My current work in progress:

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


Wow! Wowie, Wow, Wow!

Okay, what the heck am I Wow! Wowie, wow, wow-ing about this time?

You guys, of course! And . . .

The Great Charity Mouse-a-thon!

What a great response I got from you guys. So . . . we’re on!

I wrote up a description of the project and instructions. It is posted on The Great Charity Mouse-a-thon Page. The page is also linked to from my sidebar.

The cute graphic was created by Michelle of The Knitting Project — I swiped it off her blog. ๐Ÿ™‚

All information about how to participate is on that page.

There is also a link there to a page of blank raffle tickets. If you have access to a printer, print the page and cut the tickets apart. Fill out one raffle ticket for each mouse you are sending me, and send the tickets along with the mice. This will make it much easier for me to manage the raffle. If you don’t have a printer, you can just write the information requested on slips of paper and enclose those with your mice.

What could you win if you participate?

The Raffle Prizes

There are multiple raffle prizes! The lovely and generous Catherine Smegal, she of the gorgeous Ragdoll kitties and beautiful Norwegian knits, has donated two wonderful prizes for the raffle. Lucy says, “Thank you, Auntie Cat!”

And I have donated another prize, in addition to the one I mentioned Friday, so we have four prizes to raffle off. Check out the prize page and read all about them!

The project ends on September 30, 2003 and shortly thereafter we will draw four entries, one for each prize.


Lucy is just worn out with the excitement of it all!

Frogner Update

Yes, I did get a bit of knitting in, even with all the Mouse-a-thon excitement going on this weekend. I finished the first Frogner sleeve.


And I made a start on the second sleeve.

Happy Monday, all!


  1. wowie-wow-wow is right re: your reader response and those prizes…wow! I know what my on-the-road knitting will be ๐Ÿ˜› Thanks for creating such an excellent project for the rescue kitties.

  2. Good morning Wendy – I will dig through my stash and see how many mousies I can knit until September :-)).

  3. Wow – you and Catherine are beyond generous!!
    Are you going to draw each name specifically for each prize or are you going to let the first three choose in order of their names being drawn?

  4. I’m chiming in on the generosity of you and Catherine! And,of course, all the mousie-knitters! I still think that knitters should run the world!

  5. I’ve thought about the drawing of the names for prizes. The easiest way for me is to simply draw a name for each prize, rather than wait for Name #1 to respond, before drawing Name #2, etc.

    But if y’all don’t mind the raffle being stretched out over a few days (or however long it takes), we can let each winner select a prize, one at a time. It does make more sense that way.

  6. Wendy your whole mouseathon is so well organized, my compliments. I’ll mail my mice by the end of the week. My cats weren’t interested so I’m glad someone else can have a chance.

  7. Wendy – you should really do it however is easiest for you. Every one here seems happy to help out, prize or no, and the prizes are SO good that any winner should be happy with whatever they get.
    Personally, I definitely have a preference of the four (number two – soooooo pretty) but I’d be thrilled with winning any, and just happy to help you out with your charity project , prize or no.

  8. I would draw Name #1 = Prize #1 and so forth, doing them all at the same time. All of the prizes are amazing, and I don’t think anyone would be disappointed with any of them.

  9. Wendala
    With all that catnip coming to your house we may need the vet to get Lucy a catnip version of Narcan in case of accidental overdose. Can you tell I have a psychopharmacology final this week??

    I just plugged your mouse gig at my site and did my first link, hope it works. deb

  10. Wendy, what a great project you’ve started! I missed Friday’s entry, and I’m (suitably) wowed by what happened! I’ll make some mice for the project, too, and I think you’re doing a really great thing. Regarding the prizes, I agree that drawing all the names at once would probably be easier for you — if winners then want to trade, they could always do so!

    Have a great Monday!

  11. I agree with Ginny… Why cause people disappoinment if someone had been eyeing one prize over another, just let everyone know that you are going to draw all at once in the manner Ginny described and let the winner hash all that stuff out. I would LOVE any of those gifts! Plus, it is real generous of both you and Catherine to even give prizes away. Like I said in Friday’s comment, I would make the mousies regardless of prize….

    On my fifth mouse! Sam and Mags are going loco, wondering what I’m doing in my studio (I have shut the door for the stuffing part).

    Have a fabu week!

  12. Wendy,
    As so many people have said, it’s just wonderful that you’ve initiated this project. I’ve never knit a catnip mouse as my kitties don’t pay any attention to catnip. Crazy, eh?! My question is: How do you stuff them? I mean, just stuff the catnip flakes inside and sew it up? They don’t leak out? Thanks for some tips!

  13. Victoria, I just stuff the catnip in the mouse and sew it up. Because I knit my mice on smaller needles than I would usually use for the yarn, I get a very tight fabric. I’ve never had catnip leakage issues . . . except when a cat manages to tear the mouse open with claws and teeth!

  14. Victoria says:

    Thanks, Wendy for the response. I’ll start working on my mice knitting tonight! Are you going to send the mice in as you receive them? Or is it best to wait and send you one big pkg?

  15. You can wait and send me one package if that’s easier. Depending on how many mice I get, I’ll possibly be delivering them in a couple of batches.

  16. greetings from I-195E! using pda..trying to teach Donald to say
    ‘call me Ishmael’ for greeting g’pa Don..he says ‘call me kid’s meal’.

    it’s a laugh riot. later g

  17. greetings from I-195E! using pda..trying to teach Donald to say
    ‘call me Ishmael’ for greeting g’pa Don..he says ‘call me kid’s meal’.

    it’s a laugh riot. later g