My current work in progress:

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


Curses! Foiled Again

I did not win $250,000,000 in Powerball. I cannot believe my bad luck.

So I guess I have to go to work today.

Sometimes life is so unfair.

I worked some more on Frogner last night. Once again, I thank thee, oh ye gods of air conditioning, for enabling me to knit with wool during the hot humid DC summer.

In an unusual display of thinking ahead, I actually bought the buttons for Frogner quite a while ago.


Lucy loves it when I change the sheets on the bed.


And Finally . . .

Do you think Kate is the only one obsessed with Birks? Not at all!

I bought these in Bobcaygeon:


And these upon my return home:


And . . . um . . . these . . .


Ebay will be my downfall.


  1. Did you buy the birks on eBay? One can never have too many. Hope you get a break from the heat soon. It’s 46 degrees out right now!

  2. Hi Melissa! Yes, both on eBay, from two different sellers. Both brand-new in the box, and at very good prices! ๐Ÿ™‚

    It’s supposed to be a bit cooler today — high in the 80s. We had some huge thunderstorms last night that cooled things down a bit.

  3. Hi Wendy,
    Beth W. in Richmond here. I’ve written to you about knitting before as I just admire all the beautiful things you make. But, today, it is another question. I, too, love kitties. And I do have 3 Meezers – and work with Siamese Rescue. But today I am losing my Tortie girl who is 16 due to cancer. For some reason the thoought of when you lost Izzy came into my thoughts. You said you didn’t want her to go through a most difficult time with whatever illness she had. This is just such a difficult thing to do and I just want to know how you did it. I keep telling myself that Laverne has had a long and very happy life – but it is still so hard. Part of the reason I love your blog so much is because of Izzy and Lucy. They have just added that something that make it extra special.

  4. Beth, I emailed you . . .

  5. Curses indeed – but this time heaped upon you! I was hoping that the pic of the three birks could pass as representative, having people think I bought one pair – but now the truth must come out, I did in fact purchase two spare pairs upon my return. Do you think it was something in the air up there? Kath does own many pairs herself….

  6. but, oooooh, the Boston’s do look quite nice, don’t they? and I don’t have any fall birks….

    grrrr, damn you!


  7. Ah,Birkies! I live without A.C. at home, but I can’t live without my Birkies! I’ve lived in the traditional ones for decades, but now I’m lusting after the cool ones with flower prints!

  8. Ah, yes, L-B — love them Birkies! The flowered ones are really really pretty! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Kate, I think we should blame Kathy for influencing us, Birkie-wise.

  9. I’m glad I’m not being blamed—but then, I could tempt you with the black velvet Birkies! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. Now we know how you are spending the raise you recently got!


    Birk Hussy!
    (You are just a plain ol’ hussy at heart aren’t you dear…)

  11. The only problem with Birks is that they don’t wear out, thus justifying new purchases. I’ve got a pair that have been around the world – trips to Australia, Tahiti, Singapore, the Caribbean, Hawaian islands, etc. I have 4 other pairs in different colors/styles, but am sentimentally attached to the old standard two-strap swade navy blue. Flowers tho, hummm – may have to check them out today on my trip to B&N – I listened to Pi on CD and don’t have the ?s.

  12. Being Birkie-less here in central Minnesota, I’m wondering if they are something I search out? Are they very nice shoes? What would be so special about them? I’m just wondering since I’ve never encountered them.

    Does Lucy have to sit on every sheet that gets put on the bed? Spooky does that, then I have to shoo her out of the way to finish putting it on. Must be a cat thing.

  13. I must confess I have only one pair of birks – dark green suede 2-strap. I think I’ve had them over 10 years, and no, they really don’t wear out. I buy so many other shoes these days, though, that I just can’t say I “need” more birks.

    Glad to hear your knitting is still going along painlessly! Now if the weather would just dry up a little — it felt like a swamp when I stepped outside this morning!

  14. Myself, I blame SquibAmy when it comes to Birks, because I followed the link she posted on the weekend and have three (or is it 4?!) pairs coming from across the pond. I chose free shipping that takes weeks and weeks, but it’ll still be warm in our neck o’ the woods well past Labor Day! Like Roi, tho’, I have sentimental attachment to the first pair, purple Arizonas in serious need of resoling . . .

  15. Wendy, what would you DO if you won Powerball? You’d probably knit a sweater a day! ๐Ÿ˜‰ How would you ever wear them all?

    I love Birks too and good to know about the eBay tip. I have a propensity for picking weird colours that look crummy after long-wearing (and I HAVE managed to wear out a pair due to the way I walk). I have a pair of “Fake Birks” and they are nowhere near as comfy.

  16. Need those Birks to show off my hand knit socks and need those hand knit socks to keep my tootsies warm when I wear my Birks. Rationalization and Justification for both!!! In fact need a few new pair to wear with my new Kersti socks.
    Deb in Austin (where we wear them year round)

  17. Hmm now I’m browsing for flowered birks…

    I had a similar reaction when I first found tha tI can buy old fashioned wood soled Swedish clogs online – a year later I have 4 pairs….

  18. I must confess, I don’t like Birks. The inner sole is too hard for me. I am more comfortable with a padded surface. I just bought some dansko sport open-toe clog shoes. They have elevated heels and are very, very comfortable. I might browse ebay for some of these. Local shoe store had no more in my size. Pooh!

    I’m joining the blogging crowd. Please let me know what you think about my new blog. It’s still ‘UFO’. I think it is a little more basic than I want, might have to upgrade to Moveable Type….

  19. Love my Birks…. they will last for years or until a puppy chews them. I had my cranberry colored Arizonas for 12 years, then Jake (rescue White Shepherd puppy) found them.

    My favorite summer Birks are my new floral ones… pale yellow background with watercolor-looking flowers in rosy pink and sage leaves (they are kept in a shoe rack behind a closed closet door).

    Lucy is looking great.


  20. Now Wendy, you can’t really blame me for the new Birk’s addiction. We both know it was because that saleswoman in Bobcaygeon told you you had narrow feet ๐Ÿ˜‰

  21. But Kathy, aren’t you impressed that I didn’t even mention how dainty and narrow my feet are in my blog entry? Huh?

  22. *laugh* I have teeny little narrow feet, and I love my new Birks (the standard 2-strap in soft brown) because they make me feel like my feet are normal sized finally ๐Ÿ˜€ Besides, it’s nice to have room to wiggle my toesies.

    ‘Course, I paid too much probably for them, but they are so wonderfully comfortable, and now I know what size to look for on eBay and elsewhere discounted. And I’ll have proper shoes to show off my hand-knit socks!

  23. Dale Evans says:

    Why Wendy! Birks instead of boots? Roy and I are rolling over in our graves!

  24. I discovered Birks about 3 years ago and now rarely wear anything else- I have everything from loafers to clogs to black patent leather sandals. I have two strap, three strap, back strap, waterproof… anyway, I love them and I never have break them in. Birk makes a soft-insole version now, too. Now to knit more socks!

  25. How lovely to see so many like minded people. I knitted my first pair of socks (red) a couple of years ago to be able to wear them with my birkies and very nice they looked too.

    After having endured 2 years of derogatory remarks (suffice to say tofu muncher was a pleasant one) from my nearest and dearest, i am now outraged that all have jumped on the bandwagon. Even had a trip to Costco today on the quest for their cute red ones. And i really fancy the flor clogs, although i look like a smurf in them.