My current work in progress:

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



By the way . . .

By all means, please do knit mousies for your own local charities. Use my pattern! I think that’s great! Gezunterheyt, as Deb might say.

Wouldja say that, Debala?

But don’t forget: you have a chance to win fabulous prizes with every mousie you send me.

And I think group projects are fun.

And I’d like to say a public “thank-you” to Katherine for her August 6 blog entry.

Speaking of Fabulous Prizes . . .

We are going to have the August contest next week. Stay tuned to this station! Win fabulous prizes!

And Speaking of Just Plain Fabulous . . .


Here’s Lucy, in her glamour pose. She really really wants to be the model on the label for the mouse packaging!

More Fabulousness


This came yesterday! In with my order for Daletta to knit Lotus, from the fabulous Bea Ellis.

I’ve only skimmed through it quickly, but I can tell already that it’s a gem. If you are interested in traditional Nordic knitting, it’s a must-have. Lots of old photos and descriptions, and charts, and patterns. Yum!

Even More Fabulousness!


Mmmmmm . . . Regia sock yarn!

The word for the day is . . .

. . . wait for it . . .

. . . fabulous!


  1. woohoo! i am the first! i am the first! i am the only other knitter up at 5AM! yeehaw!

    um. ok. anyway. that was undignified. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    i really like the blue and green regia. i don’t think i’ve seen it before. it may become an Object of Pursuit. yeah.

  2. Undignified, perhaps, but impressively peppy, considering the hour. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’ll have a squint at the label fo the blue-green regia and let you know the color number tomorrow.

  3. I have taken a couple of workshops with Katharine Cobey ( Katharine said that she recommended Knitting in the Nordic Tradition to a woman going away for Peace Corps who was only bringing one knitting book. That’s quite a recommendation!

    I don’t have it yet but it’s on my shortlist!

  4. Oooh, another book to add to the stash! I’m knitting away on my mousies. Luckily, I can combine baseball season with knitting and get two things done at once ๐Ÿ™‚ I’d better be careful or the next mousie I knit is going to have the Cubs logo on it…LOL!

  5. Speaking of undignified, I had that book before you did! I had that book before you did! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. Michelle B says:

    Does anyone know if shipping a filled mouse from Canada would pose a problem? I would like to ship them complete but don’t want to get the men in black all in a lather at Customs thinking I’m sending something evil.

  7. OYE, Such a yiddisher kop,our wendala, she’s a bilingual blogging maven and knitting balehbustah. I am feeling a little farklempt, please, go blog among yourselves!!! debala

    Wendy, looks like you just sponsored today’s Yiddish lesson, better start working on my post. Zay gezundt bubbelah!! xo cyber-yenta

  8. Hey L-B:


    Just kidding ๐Ÿ™‚

    Michelle, email me — you can send an empty mouse to one of our Official MouseStuffers in the U.S. who will fill it and send it along to me.

    Debala! My cyber-yenta! I too am farklempt!

  9. Wow, where do you get all the great sock yarn? My LYS doesn’t have all those great colours, especially the blue-green and the yellowy one.

  10. Wendy, you wrote that as you waved Scottish Collection at me,right?

  11. katherine says:

    Aw, shucks…

    As for the rogue Canadian herbal mice, I think as long as they are well sealed in a plastic bag, and the package is well and appropriately labelled, there shouldn’t be a problem…especially if Extand isn’t involved in the delivery (…)

  12. To anyone who is interested:

    I asked my mom, who is a postmaster, about the whole shipping the catnip thing. She doesn’t think this should be a problem intra OR internationally….of course stuff can always happen but she seems to think it is 100% A-OK.

  13. Thanks for the info, Tiffany.

    And how cool to be able to say “My mom is a postmaster!”

    L-B, you know me too well. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  14. At first I thought the blue/green on the right was the Amazon color, but looked at mine & I don’t think it is… my Amazon is #5043 and it seems to be listed at 5045 now (on redbirdknits)…

    Either way, they’re all gorgeous sock knitting yarns! ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Ooooh, pretty socks ahead! And Lucy’s very glam with her mousie. I have a question: I know that in your archives somewhere is an explanation of knitting cables without cable needles. Where should I look for it? Thanks. ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Rene,

    if you go to the main page, over on the right there is a link to finished work, free patterns, and tips … that will take you to her big page of gorgeous finished objects as well as the tips and tricks stuff ๐Ÿ™‚ (found it when I was reading all the archives and such the other day)


  17. Oooooo…. sock yarn! I can always add to my insanely huge sock yarn collection! LOVE IT! I must know the red and black combo (first set in pic)!!!! Funny, I don’t wear socks that much…. even in winter (not that it gets that cold here in Seattle). I live in Clarks clogs and they feel funny with socks to me…. I guess the one time I kicked my leg and my shoe came flying off in the middle of a downtown street was an indication that I’m not a sock girl. But Diva lives in custom made socks! She refuses to wear store bought now!

    Another book to add to my list! I just bought the Viking Patterns for Knitting and plan to order Setesdal Sweaters by Annemor Sundbo…. Anyone have this one and is it worth it?

  18. Yummy sock yarn! We can never get enough sock yarn, no? I have 3 mousies ready for stuffing from leftover Noro scraps. Cute, if I do say so myself!

  19. Vibeke Lind’s book is fabulous indeed. Enjoy!

    And I swear Lucy just gets more photogenic by the day. I’m so glad you and she found each other. We all benefit!

  20. Wendy, I just got the yarn for Lotus in the mail on Monday! It’s, um, already started. *blush* I’ve never worked with Daletta before, and I’m loving it!

    I’m also planning on picking up that book at the bookstore tonight, if that one lonely copy I’ve spotted is still there.

  21. Thanks, Sammi, I’m a super spaz. I very thoroughly read all the *reader* tips looking for it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Oohhh Wendy, I bought that same book recently and just love it. I already have a pair of the gloves on needles. Hot, sticky, overcast and 80 degrees in Maine and I’m knitting wool gloves. My DH thinks I’m nuts but I’m in heaven. Enjoy the book!

  23. Fabulous, Wendy! Cats, mice, yarn and all! And I’m liking the cyber-yenta thing going on here. It’s like having my mother around without having to have my mother around! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  24. A question: is it a no-no to put bells in/on the mice? Cats really love these and I wanted to put a jingle on each tail ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. Funnily enuf, I wasn’t that keen on this book when I saw it recently. I thought it was rather dated. Silly me. And thanks, sweeties for the Rannoch subs. I have been working like a Trojan this week as a DishPig, so maybe a treat for me is to order ASAP, before the northern winter arrives & you buggers buy it all up.

  26. Tiffany, I think bells would be great, as long as they’re sewn on tightly. Cute idea!

  27. Uh . . . Peter? A DishPig?

  28. Yep- I work as a kitchen hand 1 night a week, cos of only getting 3 days at the Gardens. My fault- I need to complete the PhD, so that they will employ me as a real scientist. This week i have done 4 shifts & another 2 this weekend – its all in the latest blog entry.

  29. Hey, Wendy,

    I’ve been out of the virtual loop lately – my job got eliminated and it’s taken me this long to get my very own computer (it’s so beautiful I could cry!). In my haste to leave my former workplace, I toasted all my internet favorites, including that faboo European website for cheap Birkenstocks and REALLY cheap shipping. My watchword, probably for the remainder of the year, is “cheap”. Can you help me? BTW, so glad to see Lucy glowing and growing EVEN more beautiful!

  30. As a Dane I can only agree with you. Vibeke Lind’s book is great.

    Also thank you for your sock pattern. I really enjoy knitting socks using your pattern.

  31. I really like that book! It’s a reference book for sure- there’s tons of info packed in there. I check it out from the library once a year or so…

    I was looking at your site last night before bed, and the pattern from frogner showed up in my dreams! wierd, huh?