My current work in progress:

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


Block? What’s That?

Yesterday Cheryl asked in my comments:

Wendy, do you use a wooly board for your sweaters or just wash and lay flat somewhere? I’m sure you’ve covered your blocking procedures before but I missed them.–Block before steeking (especially Dales?)–or just throw caution to the wind (like no swatching).

I’ve probably never covered my blocking procedures because I don’t really block.

Dale of Norway sweaters get a light once-over with a steam iron before I stitch the steeks, and again after I sew in the sleeves. Fair isles get the same treatment, though I steam the steek areas a bit more to encourage the fibers to felt before I cut them.

Arans are never even in the same room as my steam iron.

I have really, really even tension so I never need to block. I’m sorry.

Mouse-along Gallery Update

Oh my gosh, but there are some cute photos in the gallery! I love seeing everyone’s kitties enjoying their mice. The action shots are great, and my hat is off to those of you who can take a good photo of your kitty in motion. I sure can’t.


Yes, I am still knitting Roscalie, but I’m not spending a whole heckuva lot of time on it each day. But you haven’t had an update photo for a couple days, so here ya go!


I’m still a few inches from armhole steeks.

You can see how helpful Lucy is being!


Poetry in Stitches Kit

Yes, my Poetry in Stitches kit arrived on Tuesday. No, I did not open it and fondle the yarn until last night. Yes, I might be crazy.

But I opened it last night.


Vanessa asked how the yarn feels. It’s Hifa 2, and it’s more firm and crisp than soft. I’ll be really interested to see how it knits up. I may have to knit this next . . .

Lucy sez


Meow, baby! Do I have a sweet tail or what??!!


  1. vanessa says:

    thanks for the report! lucy’s tale looks like a feather duster! hope you have a wonderful long weekend ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Lovely fluffy tale ,rather nice Roscalie,nicely tarted up comments and …I now really want to get Poetry in Stitches !
    The colours of Roscalie are a lot softer leaning more to pinky red,than I imagined – well expected from the book’s photo.Are your picture’s colours fairly true ? Silly question really ,as I’m sure you try to post accurate pictures !

  3. My photo of Roscalie is fairly true, but it’s taken indoors on an overcast day, under a lamp. I’d say the colors are a bit richer n person.

    You can see where Lucy has a shaved spot on her left haunch — that’s where she was mauled by a dog two months before I got her. ๐Ÿ™ The vet shaved it shortly before she came to me to check to make sure she was healing well (which she is).

  4. I must second Vanessa… Lucy’s tail indeed looks like a great feather duster. Meow-wow!! What a gal! I’m glad she has found herself a happy home & is healing nicely. Have a good holiday weekend!

  5. Johanne says:

    Wendy, count yourself lucky there is no speed limit on knitting! Or you would be in trouble…;-)

  6. Well, I made my mouse and sewed it up. Kitty was too impatient, and I took pity and let him play before doing an i-cord tail. Well, when I went to get it a half-hour later, it was completely drenched in kitty slobber.

    I think this is a now a felting experiment.

    Thanks for the pattern – I really like the ears people have put on. I’m going to make some more mice. Went out and bought a tub of the Cosmic catnip – and I have lots of Brown Sheep worsted.

  7. Catherine says:

    I think the Hifa 2 yarn feels scratchier than Heilo and splits a little more readily. “Crisp” is an excellent way to describe Hifa 2. The knitted garment will have a luminous sheen and drapes beautifully, especially after the yarn blooms.

    After seeing Lucy’s tail I do believe she may be a Ragdoll cat. I’m not an expert but definitely an afficianado: I have 5 of them.

  8. WOW!
    What a tail!

    I’m hoping to get some catnip, and make a mousie for my GingGong. She’s had to put up with a visiting Irish Setter, and has been quite the grumpus recently. I don’t blamer her.

  9. Great shot of Lucy, Wendy! And thanks for slowing down a bit on Roscalie — it helps us all feel a little better about our own knitting speed. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I finally started my swatch for AS Keava, and I’m finding it might be a little more difficult than I’d thought. Just to get the hang of shetland FI, that is. I thought I “knew” colorwork well enough to just jump in, but I may be humbled by this. But I’ll do it, have no fear. I may wear it to my 3 yo’s college graduation, but I’ll do it! Have a great holiday weekend!!

  10. heather says:

    had been planning to join in the mouse-along, but lost my best friend trielle after 18 years on wednesday night. after seeing your beautiful lucy pictures, though, i think i’ll pick up the needles after all in the name of some shelter kitties in need of t.l.c.
    best wishes.

  11. Wendy, how should we block our mousies?

  12. Geane, you are BAD!!!!!

    Heather, I’m sorry to hear you lost your kitty. ๐Ÿ™ I can certainly empathize!

  13. I have been reading your blog daily for about a month now & thought I would finally leave a comment. I love the Mouse-a-long & being a new knitter I am going to use it to attempt my first cables. Lucy is a lucky gal to have found you & my oh my…I LOVE HER TAIL!!!

  14. well, I made one mousie & need to make at least 1 or 2 more so that each of the cats can have one, except not all our cats are catnip sensitive yet… Liberty (10 mos old) is but his brother Dumbledore was not the last time we checked… not all of the older cats are catnip sensitive either.. weird…

    Next time I’ll use a smaller needle. I used #5 (3.75mm) with Brunswick Germantown worsted (normally 5 sts/in) and the catnip was sprinkling out…

  15. Wendy – IndiKnits was a great idea. Although I love “indigirl”… I may wish to drop the “girl” at some point in my life. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the suggestion! I’m loving the sweet Lucy pics today. What a tail she has!

  16. Ooh, Jewel had a tail like that! Big old fluffy thing. When you scritched her right at the base, she’d flip it up over her back until it tapped her between the ears. ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. If anyone wants to see my cats’ catnip mousie, visit my blog at

  18. Hi Wendy & the lovely Lucy!

    Just back after my trip to Berlin. What wonderful mice have been created from your pattern! I’m now going to have to join in – I’ve never made cables before so this will be a good introduction for me.

    My blog has been down for almost a week due to a DOS attack so I’ve set up at until that’s resolved.

  19. Lucy’s so beautiful & I love to see pictures of all the meows with their mice! I’ve got to make one for my little sweetheart, now. Wish I could send a pic of her with it, too – but for some reason I can’t email pics. Moka princess kitten is a beautiful glossy deep black.
    I thank you for writing such a great blog! Love the knitting!!