My current work in progress:

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



Another weekend zipped by like nobody’s business. At least the weather was nice but I was too tired and/or sick to enjoy it much.

But there was a nice surprise in the mail Friday — a care package from Lindsey-Brooke, and her kitty Lucky.

Lucky sent this for Izzy:


It’s a catnip mouse that mas a microchip in it. It emits gentle squeaks when moved.

Izzy didn’t quite know what to make of it:


She was very full of herself, though, because her cyber boyfriend sent her a gift!


Lindsey-Brooke sent this for me:


This is a CD of music to knit by performed by Jean Moss and the Purly Kings and is called More Yarn Will Do the Trick. Isn’t that great? It’s going to work with me today to listen to while I work.

Lindsey-Brooke also sent a surprise that I shall not reveal for a while . . . it’s to be used as a prize for a future Wendy’s Blog Contest.

So stay tuned!

And thanks L-B. Big cyber-kiss to you! Mmmmmmmmmwha!

Hank 8

Did a bit on Hank. In an effort to escape the never-ending television coverage of the war, we rented a DVD. What did we rent? The Gathering Storm. So much for escaping from war. It was a good knitting movie though, see?


It was a good movie all round, though I could have done without the Winston Churchill nude scene. Yikes!

And because I’m in a generous mode, here’s a photo of Odie’s Easter Sock in progress.


Have a good day everyone and stay safe.


  1. yuenmiao says:

    oooh. the henry 8 sweater looks positively smashing! keep up the great work!

  2. Hank 8 is looking fantastic,as is Odie’s cute sock.
    I really like the transition from red to blue background in Hank’s main pattern .
    Please do a review of the cd – I spotted it on her site .
    Sorry you haven’t been feeling too good – stress will do that to you.Maybe you should demand work place neck masssage ?Or compulsory hourly knitting breaks ?
    Joling aside ,I hope that you soon regain your equilibrium.

  3. Sorry ,that should have been ‘joking aside’ .But you guessed that !

  4. Hank is looking great Wendy!! Peanut had one of those squeaky Izzy around water bowls. ๐Ÿ™‚ Peanut drowned her squeaky mouse until it didn’t squeak anymore. ๐Ÿ™‚ She drowns all her toys, so maybe it’s just her..but just in case. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. Oh! And what a great new pic of Izzy on the front page! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Daphne, thanks for the heads-up on the mouse. Izzy doesn’t drown her prey usually, but I’ll keep an eye on her while she plays with her squeaky mouse.

  7. I’m fresh out of superlatives for Henry VIII! Yours is looking more beautiful than the original….I wonder if Alice has considered you as a “ghost-knitter”? Lucky totally ignored his squeaky mouse for weeks then one day he just went off and attacked it and hasn’t given the poor thing a moment’s rest since! Glad Izzy liked hers!

  8. Henry VIII looks incredible, Wendy. I have to ask: are you tying knots at your color changes on this one?

  9. I am tying knots. It’s a liberating experience. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Wendy, out of curiousity, how do you cast on for your steeks? Any tips or tricks? For the life of me I can’t remember what did for Rona, and I’m mulling over the instructions for Henry that say to cast on using two colours.

    I’m *this* close to the armhole steeks. And now that my trip to Egypt is officially cancelled, I have bags of time to work on Ole Henery the 8th.

  11. Hank is really beautiful. I read a book review of Tudor Roses online, and it was one of the designs the reviewer really liked – she said it looked like gold embroidery over velvet, or some such.

    I saw the book on sale, but hesitated to buy it. I just learned this weekend more details of the Alice-controversy, and I got kinda turned off to her stuff. (Although I’m certainly going to knit the one I’ve already bought.) I’ve been reading your archives to see if you ever opined on the debate, but haven’t found it if you did. Any thoughts to share about it?

    Enjoy the nice weather!


  12. Katherine, I just do a simple backward loop, alternating the colors. Almost ready to steek, eh? Gotta knit faster to catch up! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Andrea, I don’t feel qualified to comment on anything about Alice Starmore’s business practices and any controversy as I do not have all the facts. Most if not all of the discussions I’ve read are by people who aren’t in possession of all the facts either, though that doesn’t stop them.

    So you won’t find anything of that ilk here. Just discussions about her designs.

  13. Sam and Maggie have that mouse…. Maggie jump in the air when it squeaked and Sam tore into it and then hid it in his bed for a while (like he does with all his toy mice…. his binky of the moment) No where to be found.

    Hank is soooo fabulous and I already knew Odie is fantastic, my daughter loves that pair…. Thinking about making a pair for myself now. Wendy, when you get a chance look into Regia Stretch in colour 81. The colourway is absolutely terrific and it reminds me of odie but in dominant bright green.

  14. Thanks, Wendy — I think that’s what I’ll try. Simple enough, and who needs to fuss with a steek?

    Steeks will go in tomorrow. Fortunately I have a lot of light and otherwise amusing films on DVD to ease the process…but don’t feel you have to knit faster just for my sake ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. hank is looking delicious! and my kitties absolutely LOVE their little squeaky mouse… so much so that i can’t find it as of late… they have dragged it to be killed somewhere bechinf a couch or something!

  16. Hank8 reminds me of a rich brocade wall hanging or Turkish carpet. I’m enjoying the progress of yet another AS masterpiece.
    I feel you are right in not getting into the AS fuss. It’s such a shame that she can’t focus on the large adoring public, rather than the few hangers on & troublemakers. Just writing these exquisite books would keep her in luxury for the rest of her life.