My current work in progress:

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


Thank you

Thank you everyone who offered condolences on the death of Izzy. I was amazed at the number of comments on my last post. Even more amazing was the number of emails I got from you all. Hundreds.

And thank you to those of you who posted on your blogs about Izzy. It’s wonderful to know that she had so many cyberpals out there.

Because there’s no way I can personally respond all the comments, emails, and e-cards I’ve received, I hope you’ll accept this expression of my gratitude for your thoughtfulness.

Because I can’t imagine life without a kitty by my side, I’ll soon be taking steps to adopt a new little furry friend, hopefully a young adult from a local rescue organization. Not as a replacement for Izzy, of course, but a new fur person to share my life and my knitting.

As for knitting . . .

I haven’t done alot — a little on St. Moritz. I’ll be posting photos soon and getting back to some knitspeak.


  1. Wendy, I’m glad to “see” you today, and I hope that you are doing okay. I’m also glad that you are going to adopt another pet soon, just because there are so many who need good, loving homes. No one will ever replace Izzy, but a new cat will bring other joys to your life. No one deserves that more than you.

  2. I look forward to seeing your new pal (or is it enabler?). And will you have a contest for who can come up with a name you like the best?

  3. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Bless you for adopting another kitty, Wendy. Izzy will live on in our hearts and minds, yet there are so animals in need. One of my cats was born to a feral mother, the other was a runt from a rescue organization… can’t imagine life without them.

  5. Wendy, you shared so much love with Izzy and she with you. Izzy will surely send a kindred spirit to you and oh,what a lucky kitty it will be.

  6. No rush to blog Wendy.Take some time for yourself if you need it.No cat could ever repace Izzy,but your life will feel empty without a companion.
    Take care of yourself.

  7. Apologies for the dodgy spelling ! ;-]

  8. A friend of mine once told me, after we lost a very special cat (of course, they are all special, but this one was just especially so) that cats are like the little house gods, and that you should always have at least one around. We mourned so much that it took us a while to follow her advice, but once we did we wondered why we’d waited so long.

    My deepest condolences on your loss. It was always obvious that Izzy was especially special.

  9. So wonderful to see you today Wendy! We too adopted our boys from the Humane Society. When one of our boys died, we couldn’t live with the hole it left in our hearts, and soon after we went back to the Society to welcome another furry soul into our home.

    Of course no one will ever replace Isolde. But I am in firm agreement with you. All of that love needs to go somewhere, and giving it to a new feline friend is a wonderful idea.

  10. It’s my first comment on your blog although I’ve been reading it for some time. I almost cried when I read about Izzy.
    But: anyway, I sooooo deeeeeply envy all you people who have cats or who can have cats. I can’t. My son and I are allergic to cat fur ๐Ÿ™
    I love cats and I may never have one….

  11. I had to check back and see if you’d posted anything. Good luck finding a new furry yarn batting companion. My house has two dogs and four cats indoors (one dog soon to be adopted by his forever family, thank goodness, and one cat that will leave when our housemate does). I love the company and the personalities. All of my pets have been rescues of some sort. I can’t imagine it any other way.

    For Justyna, or anyone else who’s intersted, check out Home For Life – I keep thinking I’ll send money to them, but I haven’t yet. They provide a shelter home for cats and dogs that are not “adoptable”. It looks like a pretty neat program. All of my pets have been rescues of some sort. I can’t imagine it any other way. Their page is

  12. A house is empty without a kitty, isn’t it. There are lots of wonderful kitties waiting for homes so I’m sure you will have a new friend soon to sit on your knitting and pose for photographers. My girls are humane society cats too.

  13. Wendy,
    I am so sorry for your loss of Izzy. My elderly cat died early last summer. I started interviewing for a new kitty last summer, and in December, I found a lovely 5 year old fluffball at the Arlington shelter. Sometimes I think that my old cat is sending him transmissions from the cat planet because he is so affectionate and playful. Anyway, my sincere condolences for your loss. I will miss Izzy too.

  14. Wendy, my thoughts have been with you about Izzy. As a big cat lover and mom to Buttons and Bambi, I cried when I ready about the passing of this cat I only knew from your blog. Just wanted to say though, I think it is great you are going to adopt a new friend. That is how we got our Bambi. Our Sniffles was hit by a car, and we went to the SPCA soon after and adopted Bambi. Although I still miss Sniffles over 5 years later, adopting Bambi really helped. (Our cats are now indoor cats, can’t go through loosing another on our busy street)
    Take care.

  15. We had to euthenize my elderly cat Jazz the day after our honeymoon. She was my single girl cat. She was like a little Jewish bubby, “Ach, I got her married, now I can die happy.” I lasted exactly one week without cats. It’s not that Stanley and Sadie compensated for the loss, but they distracted from it. Of course, it took time to bond with them; just like any relationship, the cat-girl bond develops over time and is tempered with trust.

    I told my husband all about Izzy last night, and her sweet serious little face. It broke my heart to see your post. My heartfelt condolences.


  16. Wendy, my thoughts are with you at this time. Izzy had a wonderful life and you were a wonderful kitty-mom to here and will be to any cat that enters your life. Each one is different and each is irreplacable and each is special. We’ll look forward to welcoming the new cat even as we mourn Izzy. When my cockatiel Charlie died after a two month illness the house was just too quiet. Even the parakeets missed her. So now, ten months later we have a crazy young lovebird: Tinker, to amuse and entertain us and keep us company. Animals bring so much to our lives. Hang in there. LindaM

  17. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and feelings with us.

  18. I am so happy to see you up today….. Izzy touched us all and was such a wonderful creature. For a cat I have only known via web, I had a good cry thinking about Izzy and gave extra rubs to Sam and Maggie. She will always be a kindred spirit to all of us and most especially, YOU. I am so glad to hear that you are thinking of having another friend around to keep your lap warm. He/She will never replace Izzy, but will certainly help you share your love with another spirit. Take good care!

  19. Wendy, it’s good to read you again.
    I hope you’ll find soon a new lucky fuzzy companion.

  20. Oh! To be reincarnated as a cat of yours! A wonderful, comfortable home with lots of food, water, love, yarn to get into…and most importantly, an unselfish act of mercy when the time comes.

    Condolences on the loss of beautiful Izzy. But sounds like some homeless kitty is about to have a lucky change of circumstances.

  21. Wendy, I am so glad to see your post today. I have been thinking about you. My niece was over last night and I told her about Izzy, I always showed her the pics on the blog and my niece always thought my little Olivia looked a bit like Izzy. My little Olivia was abandoned by her mama cat at a friends house and never grew more than the size of about a six month old. She also sits beside me as I knit. I don’t think I could ever be without a cat by my side. I had a feeling you felt the same way and in your own time would be adding a new friend to your life. I am sure the right kitty will find you when you go looking.

  22. Wendy:

    I’m also glad to see you up & posting…when someone passes on, we have to keep going…

    That’s wonderful that you’re thinking about getting another furry friend from a rescue organization! Take along a swatch of knitting when you go! ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. katherine says:

    Wendy, I was so sorry to read about Izzy — what a sudden shock…

  24. After I lost Theda, someone told me that the best way to honor a close relationship was to start another one. Not to replace it, but to spread it.

    I still had one cat, Martin, but after a few months we got 3 year old Lettie, and now she is the Boss Cat. She is the one who sits on my lap while I knit, and doesn’t even bat at the needles.

  25. Rescued fur babies are the best! My three dogs and one of my cats were “rescued” from shelters(actually, my German shepherd came from a “no kill” pet sanctuary in Utah). And my second kitty was rescued from a house of irresponsible twenty-something year old males who didn’t care that my kitty’s mom roamed the streets.

    And of course you are an excelent caregiver for any furry friend.

  26. As long as you keep the pictures of Izzy up. ๐Ÿ™‚ Just thinking about that picture of her in the antlers is enough to make me burst out laughing.

    She was a character, and the world is a better place for her having been in it.

  27. I would certainly enjoy being able to continue to “see” Izzy and wondered if you would be willing to add a section in your gallery for us to “visit”.

  28. Izzy had spirit and soul. That doesn’t go away. I new kitty isn’t a replacement but rather another journey in that special connection between animals and people. ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. cloverknits says:

    From one cat person to another, my sincere condolences. Thank you for sharing her with us as well as your knitting.

  30. I’m so sorry to hear about Izzy. I just read about it today. I hope you start to feel better soon.


  31. I got very teary-eyed when I read your blog today. I’m so sorry for your loss, but you absolutely did the right thing. You’ve also given me a little more strength to do what I need to do, too. My Gwenivere is 20, and is slipping away. She has good days and bad days, but I think it’s time. I’ve had that cat since I was 4…. Take care of yourself! ๐Ÿ™‚

  32. Kim in Oregon says:

    Although nothing I can say will ease your pain, you are in my thoughts. I am so sorry for your loss. I’ve lost two kitties and kept their tags, collars and locks of fur (left behind in their brushes) in a special box on my dresser. I have new kitties and dogs now, but I fondly remember the years we spent together. My neighbors had a wake for their furry friend and it was wonderful. I think if you had a wake for Izzy the airlines would come out of their financial troubles with all the people flying to DC. Take care.

  33. I’m so sorry to hear about Izzy. She was the ultimate “blog cat,” and will be missed by everyone.
    I hope the “interviews” for a new cat go well. I’m planning to adopt a cat after I get out of college and dorm living, and will probably do the same thing as you- get an adult from a shelter. It’s especially hard for those cats to find the good homes that they deserve.

  34. Looking forward to meeting your new furry friend. I’ve had to do this a few times and of course the new friend is certainly not a replacement pal but it’s such a help to have a furry face around.

    Three of my four are rescue cats – Sabre and Clyde were both adopted as adults. Personally I find it easier taking on an adult cat as kittens, as cute as they are, can be big trouble for their small size! Plus as others have written adult cats have such a hard time finding homes.

  35. Wendy,
    I am glad to see you posted today. It is so hard to loose a pet, especially ones that have tangled their lives with you as well as Izzy did. Thank you for sharing part of her life via the blog, I think that I looked forward to her pics as much as your knitting process.

    Good luck on your qwest for a new furball!


  36. I’m very sorry to hear about Izzy. I’ve loved seeing his cute picture on your blog everytime I surf in. I am happy to hear that you’ll soon be getting a new cat, though. I can’t wait until I get a place where I can have a pet. Until then, I will live vicariously through those that chat about their kitties on their blogs.

  37. Hi Wendy;

    You’ve done a wonderful job of letting us understand what made Izzy unique. I think whichever cat you adopt will be very, very lucky indeed!!

  38. Wendy, I’m glad to see you posting again, and I hope that your grief will soften with time. Izzy was a special cat, and has come to live in the hearts and minds of all your readers.

    Thank you, and my best wishes,

  39. My story: Last Oct, James’ cat of 9 yrs developed kidney failure during the night & died the next day. Of course, he was on holidays & I was houseminding the cat. I rushed her down to the Vet’s in the morning & he cut short his touring trip & returned that day. His consoling comment was: I’m so glad it was you that was looking after Abby. I know she was in good hands to the last minute.

    The week after Christmas we visited the Cat Protection Society & bought 2 young adult cats. Altho not siblings, they liked each other ( they still do) & we wanted to get adults as they are harder to place than kittens.

    Joel & Jezabel are great. Joel is the boofy, homeboy & Jez, the terror of the street, but timid around us ๐Ÿ™‚ Abby hasn’t left our lives, instead, our lives have been enriched by 2 new toddlers in fur coats.

    I concur with your decision & I know the new companion will be another fibre fiend with its own idiosincracies.

    Thanks for the lovely condolence reply comment. :-))

  40. Vicki Stammer says:


    I am so sorry to hear about Izzy. Opening your blog and seeing that she is gone hit me particularly hard as my beloved cat Siegel passed away quietly in my arms on Saturday the 26th at 3:08 PM. She was also 17.

    Although we have other pets in our home, all of whom we love with our whole hearts, each one takes their special space. A new fuzzy person always arrives in need of our love, but the love of those that have passed on never diminishes.

    You have my heartfelt sympathy. Vicki

  41. oh no! I’m late offering condolences, I haven’t been able to read anyone’s blog lately (see mine for details on why). We’ll all miss little Izzy, but you’ll miss her the most. *hugs* to you!

    A new fur person around wouldn’t be a replacement, but it definitely could help you feel a little better. I think it’s a great idea.

  42. SO very sorry to hear about Izzy, a small part of myself is grieving with you. These creatures are the icing on the cake of life, making every bite just a little sweeter. Sending love to you, Wendy.

  43. Wendy:

    My deep condolences on your loss. Izzy was very lucky to have you and I hope that your new cat brings you as much as enjoyment.

  44. MONICA says:


    i don’t have a blog of my own and i don’t post ever, but i do stop by your blog often and also see praise for you on others’ blogs all over the ring. it’s your spirit here, your willingness to help others, and of course izzy that brings you over 100 messages in your own hour of need!!! i want to express my deepest condolences for your loss. i recently lost my dog unexpectedly while on a camping trip (we think to heart failure) and i know what your going through. i’m still finding bits of his hair in all my projects and while it used to bug the hell out of me, it now somehow brings me comfort!!!! wishing you the best in this hard time.

  45. Meghan says:

    I just wanted to chime in with my condolences. I’ve been around animals my entire life, and I know how difficult it is to lose one. Izzy was a very special cat, and she was very lucky to have you. We’ll all miss her.