My current work in progress:

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


T.G.I. gasp F.!

Could it be? Just one more glorious fulfilling day at work before the weekend?

Not much to say this morning . . .

But here’s an update photo of Hank.


I’ve got 20 or so rounds to go before starting the front neck steek, so with any luck I’ll get to that there steek this weekend or early next week. I have a command performance Saturday night that will unfortunately cut into knitting time — a required appearance at my parents’ home to celebrate my sister-in-law’s birthday. This will necessitate my being adorable for several hours in a row, which is a strain at the best of times.

Yesterday at work we had a “Shelter in Place” drill. Now correct me if I’m wrong, but doesn’t it kinda take away from the impact of such a thing if everyone knows about it in advance? I got no less than 6 emails alerting me to the drill, and intelligence from 2 different sources informing me of the exact time the drill would be taking place.

Contest Alert!

The April contest will be announced Monday. Watch this space!

Izzy says “Have a good weekend!”



  1. Have a fantastic weekend Wendy ,and everyone else .
    I’m so sorry that the SIL ‘s birthday will be cutting into it. L-B will have to stock you up with lots of silly jokes and songs to keep your spirits up :-]

  2. vanessa says:

    as my father always used to say “illegitimi non carborundum” sorry but i don’t know the latin for sister-in-law! hope you have a great 3 day weekend, can’t wait to see henry on monday (or maybe we’ll have to wait til tuesday ;-).)

  3. Ahhh…it’s not Groundhog Day anymore! Maybe I did a good deed! Thanks for giving me a smile on your blog yesterday–it helped me through it! I hope your SIL event is tolerable. I’m not sure of Emma’s suggestion—I might just make it worse! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Hank (just like Donald and Sean and Patrick…) is getting better with age–now give him some arms for hugging! Have a partially-great weekend! Hi,there, Izzy!

  4. Vera Butler says:

    Thanks for the info Wendy, also the translation. Taking my hottie to bed on a chilly night now has a whole new meaning! Have a great long weekend (having Monday off makes Sunday sooo much nicer doesn’t it.)

  5. Did you knit a birthday gift for “dear” SIL? (I never know if my sarcasm comes across in the typing!)

    Have a great weekend Wendy, you deserve it.

  6. Hahaha! That’s very funny, Naomi!

    Nope. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Kristin says:

    UGH! A hard week of work and then you have to put on your “happy face” for SIL? It’s enough to drive one to drink…LOL ๐Ÿ™‚

    I had to laugh about your “drill”. They do the same thing here at work (I work at a bank in the IT dept.) I always say “it’s not a REAL drill unless it’s a surprise”. Shouldn’t they just call it a scheduled practice run?

    Hank is looking lovlier each day. Have a GREAT weekend…you definitely deserve it!!!!

  8. Kristin says:

    Just sent you an e-mail

  9. We had our emergency procedures meeting at work this week. One woman asked if managers would notify us in advance if there was a real emergency. Sheeesh. Like the terrorists are going to call to say they’re on their way.

    But I’m putting a copy of Wendy’s generic sock pattern, some yarn and needles in my desk in case of emergency.

  10. Oh I do feel for you – I know all about those “command performances” – although in my case it’s with my EVIL mother-in-law. Good luck!

  11. Wendy,
    Good luck with getting through today. Good luck with dealing with SIL. Now I launch into a rendition of “How do you solve a problem like a SIL?” I always ask myself when I must visit with my SILs -What happens when women become SIL? It’s a mystery. You take a perfectly decent woman who, maybe, one could become some type of friend with and, shazaam! The moment she becomes a SIL – Fuhgedah bowdit – any type of friendship that is. Mine are up in NY – so I rarely have to deal with them.

    Many thanks for the close-up photo of Hank and Izzy. You made my day.

    I’m taking off from work this afternoon to see the Cherry Blossoms in Kenwood – hopefully, given this crazy weather, Spring has sprung and they are out.

  12. yuenmiao says:

    does your sil hate all things knit? i know how she treated that lace shawl (or was it a blanket) you made and how she gave it back, teling you to ‘fix it’. and how she was out to throw away your brothers fave sweater (your first, i belive to him?)…

    just curious!

  13. Hi, Wendy — let’s see, if I stop knitting when DH gets home tonight, you’ll probably be caught up to me by Monday (next row is the one with the front neck steek!).

    And I solved the sister-in-law problem by marrying an only child… ๐Ÿ˜€

  14. That would work, Katherine, except my SIL is my brother’s wife. ๐Ÿ˜›

  15. Thanks for the well wishes you left for C and I in my comments! I got really emotional when we were closing when they showed us our deed…it felt like they were showing us our marriage license!

    Henry is beautiful. I can’t believe how fast you knit…I think you’ve done 4 maybe 5 sweaters since I started my vest! It’s hard not to think I’m doing something wrong – knitting at a snails pace! I keep telling myself ‘knitting is not a competitive sport!’ ๐Ÿ™‚

    I posted this today, but if I’m reading my pattern correctly I think I’m 24 rows away from joing the shoulder seams. Yeah!!!

    Have a great week-end, Wendy. Be as good as you can be with the SIL!

  16. TGIF Wendy! I know what you mean about those drills — so dumb! I hope you enjoy most of your weekend, and find something enjoyable about the SIL party. Hey, she must have some redeeming qualities if your brother chose to spend the rest of his entire life with her (so far, eh?).

    My DH has 2 sisters, and they are good SILs. My brother married a SIL who is kind of wacky, but perfectly tolerable. I count myself lucky!

    Peg, let us know how the “cherry blossoms” were. (Does she really think we don’t know that a major LYS is right across the street from Kenwood?)

  17. Have yourself a wonderful weekend! I just want to say that Izzy looks just like my Sam (except he’s about 13 pounds… not sure if Izzy is that big). He’s my little buddy and I love your photos of your feline companion.

    Is your SIL the one who ruined that gorgeous afghan you made for your brother???? Ack! Slay her!!!! She deserves a cake IN her face!!! I am sure she is real sweet and good towards your bro, but…. how she treats precious knitted items…. Ugh! I have two wonderful SILs and hubbys (one happens to be a weaver, like his grandfather was… YAY!!!!). They treat all handmade items with much respect and I do the same. Perhaps it’s because their “fabulous dame” of a grandma knitted beautiful things for them. How I wish I could have met you Grandma Burns!

  18. Does Izzy have black lips like my tabby, Stanley? Those sweet black lips just kill me.
    Happy weekend.

  19. Wendy try super glue instead of liquid bandage for paper cuts. It doesn’t have the sting.

  20. Oooooo! A contest! Ok. I’m ready:

    There once was an Easter bunny named Sonny
    Who wore a Willy Warmer he thought very funny . . .

    What do I win? *teehee*

  21. Technical Question: Wendy, what do you do to finish off your shoulders? I ask because Starmore indicates to graft the shoulders of Henry VIII, but I know some people use a three needle bind-off. I’m trying to decide — usually I like the idea of a shoulder seam for support, but the fair-isle is light enough that I’m not sure that would be an issue.

    I’m just mulling, but was curious about what you planned to do…

  22. Wendy, have you checked out Katherine’s Henry VIII at Wabi Sabi? I think you are both torturing me!

  23. I’m blessed with enjoyable or tolerable outlaws from James’ family. My sister’s partner tho is a true cretin & I smile at him, engage him & am pleased when the ordeal is over. Fortunately, my sister lives 500 mls away in Melbourne – a city I’m not that keen on visiting. Pity you couldn’t take up my suggestion of a few days ago. hehe