My current work in progress:

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


August Contest

Okay boys and girls — time for the August contest. And it’s all about lace.

To be entered in the drawing for the prize, send me the url and a brief description of a free lace pattern on the internet. I’ll compile all responses and post a list of free lace patterns on my site.

Don’t you love how I manage to get you guys to do my research for me?

Email me (contact link is on the sidebar) your entry by 5:00 pm Eastern Time this Friday, August 15, 2003, to be entered in the drawing for this:


Two skeins of the extraordinarily yummy Douceur et Soie yarn, which is perfect for knitting lace. One is red, one is green.

This prize was generously donated by my friend Catherine in California, known to many of you as “3C.” Thanks Catherine!

Mouse-a-thon News

Several of you alerted me to this extraordinarily appropriate cartoon yesterday.

Mystery Aran

Can you guess what it is yet?



More photos of Frogner, now on the Official Frogner page.


Lucy doesn’t really care about any of this — she’s busy tucking into her dinner!


Happy Monday to all.


  1. love frogner with your red hair!

  2. It looks like Maximilian from A Collector’s Item.

  3. Ding! Ding! Ding!

    Caryn, you are correct!

  4. Wendy, I’m dying to know: will you be posting a running total of mice received? I’m looking forward to sending mine in – it’s my first cabled project (excellent practice). Happy Monday!

  5. The cables grow from the ribbing so nicely on Maximillian! The hem of Frogner hangs so evenly—great job! I’d take a workshop from you on cardi-knitting anyday!

  6. That comic is adorable! Also — I’m in love with the Frogner sweater. Truly. I think it’s my favorite (so far) out of all the ones you have knitted. Looks great with red hair!

  7. Thanks guys. Actually, my hair is not that red — it always photographs redder than it actually is.

    I just mucked around a little with my blog template — running total of mice received is displayed under the Mouse-a-thon button.

  8. Oooh! I know! I know! It’s Maxmilian. And it’s coming along very nicely!

  9. Oooh, the best site ever for free lacy patterns is Nurhanne’s translated Dutch lace doilies

    I’m not a fan of doilies but I found that the look stunning when knit with a heavier yarn and larger needles. I turned a doily into a gorgeous nursing shawl by using size 6 needles & DK weight yarn on the Egeblad pattern. A friend of mine made a terrific throw for her couch using size 8 needles & worsted weight yarn with Stor Rung Dug.

    So, feel free to add this to your lace compilation list. I don’t need anymore lace weight yarn added to my stash so you don’t need to add me to the contest. How nice of Catherine to contribute to the contest. I know her from another list and she’s got a big heart ๐Ÿ™‚

    Just checked out your FO page and I must say that the shade of green you used in Frogner looks great on you!

  10. Wendy, great Frogner pictures. (But you must have been roasting for the few minutes you had to wear it outside!) Maximilian is gorgeous (but I wasn’t able to guess what it was). Can you describe the side panels a little more? The pic is a little fuzzy (could be my GI monitor) and I can’t tell if those columns are tight cables or some sort of moss stitch pattern (or something else entirely).

    And in mousie news, my original mousie has been found, disemboweled, without a single leaf of catnip left anywhere. Oh, the humanity!

  11. You knit *way* too fast to keep a secret for long! Maximillian is gorgeous.

    And I agree about Frogner. It’s really a gorgeous sweater, and it looks terrific on you.

  12. Remember the cartoon of the fat cat with a guitar singing? Ha! I remembered it while I was knitting my catnip mouse on the train:

    Love to eat them mousies…
    Mousies what I love to eat!
    Bite they little heads off,
    Nibble on they tiny feet!
    – B. Kliban

    Frogner is just beautiful. Yay for another FO for you! ๐Ÿ™‚


  13. Kathy Merrick says:

    Maximilian is looking quite fine, as is the norm for Wendy projects.

    B. Kliban did another favorite cartoon, whose caption was, “Never eat anything bigger than your head”.

  14. Hope Castle says:

    The mystery aran is Maximillian by Jade Starmore from A Collector’s Item. I just ordered the yarn for it from VY!

    It’s gorgeous in the picture. Do you like how it’s turning out? Do you like knitting it?

  15. Aw shucks, I was gonna say Maximillian! I just bought that book and have been DROOLING…. How can I not like a comic strip that has my name on it and the subject are cats?!? Frogner is so fabulous on you!!! I’m telling you…. Cardis are terrific to show off your figure!

    Lucy looks just like Sam in that photo. He’s the bowl hog (though he drinks water by scooping it with his paw)…. Maggie flicks her food out of the bowl so she can eat. I have to follow that up with a quick suck of the Oreck around their mat. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  16. Your new work is “Maximilian” from A Collector’s Item by Jade Starmore. Knitted in Brunswick “Sheepswool” in color “storm heather” on US 6 and 7 needles. (from your WIP at the bottom)

  17. I am amazed that people can figure these things out so quickly!

    Wendy, do you want me to send a Scout w/catnip picture for the mouse-along gallery? Or are you not adding more photos to it? I didn’t have my digicam when it was going on last time. I could also send you the link to the picture so you don’t have to host it.

    You look stunning in Frogner.

  18. Wendy your Frogner is simply stunning with your completion and hair. So beautifully knitted – You have inspired me to be brave enough to attempt my first dale this autumn – still saving up the pennies for the yarn, :ยฌ) but it will be worth it.

  19. Wendy,

    Are you working that Aran in the round or back and forth? I thought I read once that you prefered side seams on Arans to stabilize them somewhat, but maybe I am imagining things. If it’s in the round then… holy cats, yer almost done! hehe

  20. I’m deeply concerned about my catnip mice. My mom and I did three of them, and the cats are almost completely indifferent to them. Where did we go wrong????

    I’m hoping it was just that she brought some of her “special” catnip down and had given them some, but we stuffed the mice with ordinary pet-store catnip because hers isn’t dried out yet. Maybe they are already too buzzed to notice the store stuff. Have to try them out on some less spoiled cats before I panic, I guess. ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Don’t worry! I knit two catnip mice, thinking my two cats could have one each. One cat completely ignores them, and the other cat loves them to death. Cats are weird. ๐Ÿ™‚