My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.



Okay, sorry guys. No more guest kitties. I am now officially inundated with unsolicited emails with image files attached (some of them huge) of people’s pets. I know — it’s my own fault because I posted one photo at someone’s request. Now it’s out of control — I got over 50 photos emailed to me today. Know how long that takes to download, even on a highspeed connection?

Time is my most sought-after commodity right now, and I don’t have enough for everything everyone wants me to do. So I shall do what I want to do. Selfish? Maybe. But my blog is not a democracy.

Which brings me to another issue. Please note the addition of the “Blog Etiquette” button, which will take you to a Blog Etiquette page. This is something that’s been preying on my mind for a while. I hesitated for a long time before bring this up because I am basically a non-confrontational pushover.

Hopefully this will not offend you. It is not directed at the majority of you. Hopefully you’ll continue to read and comment on my blog. But if it does and you don’t, so be it. Your decision.

We will return to the regularly scheduled knitting blog tomorrow.


  1. Don’t ever apologise for decisions you make about your bit of cyber space . Personally I think that your recent decisions are right – you ,like everyone else,need to take care of and protect yourself.Life can become very stressful .This *place* shouldn’t be .
    As you say it’s your blog ,you can be as selfish as you like . :-]

  2. dear wendy, please don’t ever consider yourself selfish! i have gained so much knittingwise by reading your blog and also the posts left by others. thanks so much for sharing your wisdom, we love you!

  3. Good for you Wendy. Setting boundaries is a good thing. I can only imagine the traffic/emails you get. Rock on.

  4. Totally agree Wendy. Don’t apologize. It’s your blog, and you are free to do with it what you wish. No need to justify it to the rest of us. We love reading about your knitting journeys, and I can’t believe anyone told you you don’t post enough!!! I mean, seriously?!?! Keep up the great work and good for you for putting your foot down.

  5. a: this is your blog, you get to do what you want. b: you are one of the most regular bloggers that I’ve seen (so how can someone think you don’t blog enough???) c: Yeah on the copyrighted issue (I’m always amazed at how many people don’t respect the law) d: you are the reason I started blogging as I find your blog inspirational and informational. e: you have always responded quickly to any question that I had about either your project or one of my projects.
    I love reading your blog. I get up every week day with my coffee and read your blog first. Thanks!

  6. What is this “you don’t blog often enough?” What kind of #$%* is that? You don’t owe anyone anything. Like mom always said “you give an inch, they take a mile.” You do what you want, when you want. There has got to be a way to add in a “pay per view” for those people who complain. That would teach ’em . . .

  7. I like your blog just the way it is – I also start my day with Wendy – Rock on.

  8. Vera Butler says:

    I agree wholeheartedly with Vanessa. By the way, when you have a moment…………….

  9. Carry on! I’m glad I asked before shipping you kitty photos!

  10. Well, f- ’em if they can’t take a joke!
    Izzy hasn’t been getting enough blogtime anyway.
    I love to seen Wendy’s knitting every morning, not Wendy’s Wonderful World of Cats.

  11. Nicely done. Looking forward to all Izzy, all the time….

  12. Renee in CO says:

    I feel like you’re doing us all a tremendous favor in producing this blog. The photos, the writing, the unbelievable knitting — it all combines to make the best knitting blog out there and I for one am just grateful. I read you every weekday first thing — what a gift!

  13. Nice work on the blog etiquette page. I absolutely concur. I just got my first advertising comments (not even knitting related) and it’s very disappointing to think that someone’s not really reading, but just using your page for themselves. Thanks for writing up some guidelines that we can all refer to!

  14. You go girl! I also start my day with coffee and Wendy and enjoy going back over archives re questions I may have before I ask. As I stumbled upon your blog while searching for yarn, I didn’t even know about blogs or blog etiquette so I appreciate your new button:)

  15. I appreciate your posting an etiquette guide — while most of the items are obvious, not all are, and it’s good to know what are the boundaries.

    I enjoy your blog very much, and I’ve learned so much from it. I was a pretty good knitter already (e.g. not afraid of intarsia or aran patterns), but you have inspired me to broaden — now I can take on Fair Isle patterns (though I haven’t gotten to a steek yet) and I’m now a real, live sock knitter, something that truly intimidated me my entire knitting career. You’ve “taught me to fish” and now I’m sure I’ll be making wonderful socks for my whole family.

    The internet is a cool thing, but boundaries are essential. Thanks for sticking with it on your own terms.


  16. Thanks for the positive comments youse guys. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Alison and any other knitbloggers — please feel free to copy (and edit if you like) and use my blog etiquette language on your own blogs.

    Making the internet a more polite place is probably a losing battle, but I think Miss Manners would be proud of us.

  17. Wendy, your blog has inspired me immensely and I hope never to take you for granted. Right now, the Wendyknits world is a refuge in a stressful universe. I’ve enjoyed the guest kitties,but I’m sure Izzy wants to return to her place of honor! I would have added to your cat photos ,but mine wanted to trim down first and that’ll probably never happen anyway! Long live Wendy! Long reigneth the Fiber Hussy!

  18. Hear! Hear! Or is it Here! Here!! ๐Ÿ™‚ I don’t know..I’m confused.

  19. Finally!!! I’m glad you got up the nerve to say something. I was getting exasperated on your behalf sometimes.

    You rock! Please don’t ever feel that you have to apologize for taking back what is yours.

    All these comments should remind you what we all think of you, and how much you should feel admired. Yo go, girl!

  20. I honestly don’t know where you find the time to knit AND blog AND do all the other things that you do! Don’t let a few spoilsports spoil a wonderful thing, Wendy! ๐Ÿ™‚ You’re knitting is beautiful & so’s your blog & give Izzy some special cuddles…

  21. Yes! Wendy! Take care of yourself! Blogging and knitting are suppose to be fun…anything that gets in the way of that there’s no time for.

  22. Aw, Wendy! Please don’t feel that you need to apologize at all. This is YOUR blog and you do with it what you will. I’m continually amazed at how you consistently have an interesting & “fun to read” blog every day.

    I start my day with your blog ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s sad that a few people have made you feel down. Please keep on doing what you do best…knit (and post pics for us to oooh & ahhh over)

    I know you’ve been totally stressed out with work lately. Hang in there. I love reading your blog and never miss it. You’re doing a GREAT job, Wendy ๐Ÿ™‚
    Take care!

  23. N-cat says he totally doesn’t mind not being Guest Kitty. (He would, however, like me to add that he is awfully, awfully cute. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I suppose I should give him more time over on my own blog. The reason I’ve chosen Arwen the puppy over him as “mascot” is that N-cat has a heart condition and is 8 yrs old and I don’t know how much longer he’ll be around. Arwen is 7 months old and very healthy. I think losing N. will be hard enough that I don’t really want to get a ton of email about it, if that makes sense. So I’ve kept his fuzzy little grey face out of the limelight.

    On the other tip, I used to have to have an email etiquette page up on my old website. Why? Really annoying obnoxious email, and a lot of it. It’s a major reason why I don’t have any pics of myself up on the current site. & ppl get demanding when you have a high-traffic site or blog! in exactly the ways you described. Blah on that, but hopefully ppl will listen to what you said and be less annoying.

  24. Yay Wendy!
    I couldn’t even begin to put myself “out there” like you do for ALL our benefit. I think some folks must get so familiar they think they can make demands on you. I belong to several of the knitting lists and even hesitate to post there–can’t take the scrutiny! I just admire you opening up and sharing your knitting life with the cyberworld (Izzy too!). Wow!
    I truly appreciate you being available for us–you’ve helped many people grow as knitters, myself included. Don’t let a few knuckleheads keep you from what you want to do!!

  25. Elizabeth says:

    Wendy, It is really sad that it had to come down to the point that you had to add an etiquette button to your blog. How in this world can anyone complain about how you manage your blog. I for one am truly grateful for all the help that you have given me, both directly and indirectly in the past few months. I look forward to reading your journal on a daily basis. I do miss you on the weekends, but it makes me eager to see what your progress is on your WIP’s and other comments on Monday morning.
    I guess some people don’t think you have a life outside working and your blog (or maybe just your blog), which is unfortunate. Thank you, thank you, thank you for your on-going inspiration. You are a very gifted and talented lady; and, I for one deeply appreciate you sharing that with me. Keep up the good work!

  26. Josรฉe says:

    First of all, thank you so much for opening yourself up to all of us by having a blog in the first place. Your talent is amazing and inspiring! And you’re real friendly to boot and ever so helpful! And Izzy is just the prettiest thing ever! I love reading your blog, yours is one of my faves and I love sharing the pictures with my kids – btw, they send lots of hugs and cuddles to Izzy! ๐Ÿ˜€
    Secondly, good for you for making things clear with an etiquette page – put those annoying people in their place. It’s really too bad you’ve had to put up with it in the first place.
    So you get my kudos for having a blog in the first place, but also for everything you’ve done with it too.

  27. Susan (smwknits) says:

    Yaay Wendy! I’ve been a fan of your website and blog for a long time, and have always been amazed by your generosity, talent, humor, and productivity. So glad to see you set limits on your own behalf. I have sitting on my desk at work a picture of three cats with the caption “Cats seem to go on the principle that it never hurts to ask for what you want” (Joseph Wood Krutch), so I’m glad you’ve asked for more respect.

  28. i forgot to add that i actually can’t wait for monday morning now to see your progress! can’t wait to see hank again! i miss the tag smileys ๐Ÿ˜‰

  29. Girl, never apologize for trying to keep control of your space. Life is too short.

    I’ve kept a copy of ‘Blog Etiquette’ Page. While I haven’t run into the need yet, it’s nice having a good starting point if the need arises.

  30. Amen, Sister! I just hope the ones living in glass houses are polishing their windows. Take your time.

  31. I’ll add my voice to the cheer: yay, Wendy! Your generosity is astounding and your knitting is inspiring. Be as selfish as you need to be to keep your space (though I’m sorry people aren’t instinctively polite).

  32. Well spoken Wendy! Don’t change a thing, you rule!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. Bravo Wendy! Your blog etiquette page says it all and rather nicely too. Thank you for all the time you take in writing / posting. Don’t apologize for what is a labor of love for you.

  34. {{{{Wendy}}}} Your blog is a gift. Thank you!

  35. Wendy, you’re not being selfish, you’re being sensible and smart. Also, an excellent example of Our Lady of Knitting with Manners on the side.

    Keep it up!

  36. Hey Wendy-are you anywhere near where the guy has the tractor in the pond???

  37. Yes, I am close to the tractor dude — a few blocks down Constitution! But he was just taken into custody, fortunately.

  38. What can I say? You ROCK!

  39. Wendy, your blog is awesome! Don’t let anyone tell you differently. I do have a question for you–What would be a good beginner fair isle project? I would love to do Saint Moritz, but am not sure of the diffuculty level. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Have a great day!

  40. What is wrong with the reading public of today?? My lists are full of ill-conceived questions: the kind that can be easily answered if one bothers to access the archives. That’s why they’re there, aren’t they?? Too bad, you had to resort to an etiquette link, but I endorse & support you 100% of the way.
    Damn! I have just the pic, which I might still send you personally, of just the boi for your Izzy – hehe. He’s athletic, muscular, good looking, cheeky & loves playing with women – what more could Izzy want?? I hope those stupid messages didn’t stop you from working hard on Hank8.

  41. Wendy, you opened up a whole new world of knitting for me; – plus I’ve “met” some wonderful people.

    We enjoy your humor, photos, advice, etc. We want you to keep it up in anyway that makes you happy; – cause you make a lot of us happy.

    Thanks for being there (advertisement free).


  42. Wendy, you opened up a whole new world of knitting for me; plus I’ve made some wonderful friends.

    We love your humor, advice, photos, etc. Whatever makes you happy is fine with us; – cause you make us happy.

    Thanks for being there (advertisement free).

  43. Oops, sorry about the double posting. How embarrassing; but, it deserves being said twice.

  44. We love you Wendy and Izzy! Your knitting is awesome and inspiring. Thanks for sharing with us.

  45. Wendy – your generosity in sharing your work and helping other knitters is amazing. I honestly don’t know how you manage to keep down a demanding and responsible job, knit prolifically, blog regularly and help others with their queries (as you did for me recently).
    Your decision is perfectly reasonable and appropriate. I can’t believe people would take advantage and not adhere to basic common courtesy.
    Keep up the fabulous work and thank you!

  46. hey, tag board gone. maybe you decided not to pay for it anymore? ah well. anyway, i wanted to say how much i liked the hank 8, even though i was rooting for marina originally. youre always making me look twice at these patterns that i usually just glance over on the other web pages. keep up the good work!

  47. If you read Tuesday’s entry, you’ll find out why I removed the tagboard

  48. Wendy, I love reading your blog. As others have written, it’s your blog and you don’t need to apologise for anything you do here. You go girl!