My current work in progress:

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


That’s Mice, Not Rats!

Yesterday when I was going to work, I saw sitting on the sidewalk outside my office a huge rat. About twice the size of a normal squirrel.

All together now . . .


The little bastard didn’t even have the decency to run into the bushes. He just sat there. I had to walk around him. And let me tell you, I made a very wide circle around him. No, no. I mean an extremely wide circle. Like two city blocks.

And then I started wondering how many rats there are in my office building. Not a happy thought. What if they all heard about the Mouse-a-thon and decided they wanted to volunteer?

Once again:


I’m glad the only rodents in my condo are catnip mice. Though Lucy promises to protect me from all miscellaneous rodentia.


I wonder.

We’ve had huge thunderstorms with tornado threats the past two evenings. A lot of people in this area are still without electricity. Fortunately for me, mine never went out.

Lucy is fearless. She doesn’t bat a whisker at the biggest thunder crash. So maybe she would protect me from marauding rodents.

Hmmmmmmmm . . .


I finished the first sleeve!


Except for the shoulder strap, of course. Instead of knitting that last night, I started the second sleeve. I’ll do the strap this wekeend, and hopefully get some good photos documenting the process.

Time to head off to work, to do battle with The Database From Hell. Whoever designed it ought to be punished. Severely.


  1. Max’s sleeve looks great. I’m not the only one who looks at that picture and sees a giant catnip mouse waiting to be sewn up, am I?

    Scout is also a champ during thunderstorms. It’s the vacuum that gives him the willies.

  2. Love the giant catnip mouse comment. Perhaps it is a giant catnip city rat. The Grammar Avengers would not be pleased with your last sentence from your blog Wendy…Have a great, rat free day.

  3. Is there any particular reason why you don’t knit both sleeves at the same time? Especially since they are knit flat…

  4. I’m not a grammar avenger myself, but that last sentence looks a bit suspect! ;^)

  5. Good Morning Wendy–

    I hope this answer isn’t in your archives; I’ve looked but can’t find anything on it. My apologies if I missed it.

    I am trying to use your method for 2 color knitting–i.e., one strand over the left middle finger and one strand over the left index finger. While it feels clumsy yet, I like the results. How do you thread your yarn on the rest of your hand? Do you thread both strands together or thread them separately? Do you bring the yarn up between the baby and ring fingers and wrap it around the baby finger or do you lace it over the ring finger?

    Thanks so much for you help on this.

  6. I can sympathize with your mice experience yesterday. Yesterday my 1 1/2 yr old daughter and myself got chased my ducks in the local park….they came within an inch of us. We were both screaming and running for the car?!?! If only my cat had been there.

  7. No rats, thankfully, but my son’s daycare took a walk to a local square here in D.C. and the squirrels were a menace! Since the kids were eating lunch, the rodents were hoping for dropsies. It became my job to scare the boldest one away — he really did not want to leave! Rats with fluffy tails is all they are.

    Great sleeve, and I can’t wait to see the strap method!

  8. Yes,Em…I envisioned the Max sleeve as a giant catnip rat, but I hesitated to say so after Wendy’s experience yesterday! Wendy,can we predict a snowy winter by that ruff around Lucy’s neck?

  9. Too bad there wasn’t a dock spider around – that would have scared that big old rat away ๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. Handsome boy, that Max! As for rats… I grew up in the country, and there were several mornings I would wake up with Ratzo the Magnificent sitting on my windowsill staring at me, daring me to get out of bed. He must have been 10 pounds, as he took up about a third of my window when he reared up. Eeeeww!

  11. My local yarn store doesn’t carry Daletta. Can Heilo be substituted with comparable results? I know I can order on line, but I like to see the colors in person.

  12. Is there even any point in making the inevitable joke about rats in DC?

    No, I didn’t think so. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    (blah blah blah politicians lobbyists etc.)

  13. I live in San Diego and there are all manner of “rodentia” out here. My husband and I were at the drive-through window at McDonalds waiting for our order, and a rat ran DOWN THE WALL next to the window! A surreal moment, let me tell you.

  14. You need snakes to keep the rat population down. Should have enough of those in D.C. as well.

    On the mouse front, I’ve made a few, but as I have trouble following directions, they are different. One is from leftover sock yarn, the other is done with short rows. IMHO, they are cat spit worthy, but I feel the need for approval b4 I send them on to you.

  15. Those of you who made snide comments about my typo in the last paragraph of today’s blog entry can just bite me. ๐Ÿ™‚ I bet not all of you can see to type properly at 5:00 in the morning.

    Purl, Heilo cannot be subbed for Daletta — Daletta is fingering weight and Heilo is sportweight.

    Swatchy — ain’t nuthin’ wrong with different-looking mice!

  16. Wendy: we live in the boonies & one of our cats has taken to bringing little animals that she catches into the house.. I don’t like that, but far be it from me to discourage her, except the last time she did it, the twins screeched at her & she dropped the thing & I’ve no idea if it’s still in the house…it was alive at the time… there are ways out, so hopefully it found its way out or the cat found it again… Little Face has only brought one more animal in since that day & Gary thinks it’s the one she dropped when the twins screamed. Fun? NO!! but I prefer a cat that can & will catch little creatures…

    Donna: we had 2 ducks (before the neighbor’s dog got ’em ) and let me tell you, our cats could NOT catch them… I think the ducks liked chasing the cats from time to time, though… once the weather cools off again, we’ll start feeding the outside animals again… it’s quite a sight to see a guinea hen & cats eating together peacefully! I tried taking pictures, but the light wasn’t right & I had to be careful because the guinea tends to fly off when humans get too close… he trusts the cats, though!

  17. P.S… that sleeve looks great… it alllllllmost looks like a giant catnip mouse! ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Whut! No Rat picture? ๐Ÿ™‚ I can see it now. Celebrity Death Match starring Wendy’s Rat vs. Lisa’s Texas Badass Bug!

  19. Actually, swatchy, the rats and the snakes seem to thrive off of each other in DC. What a strange and backwards place it is…

    Perhaps we should make giant catnip mice to donate to abused wild cats (tigers, lions, etc.). Do those big cats like catnip too?

  20. Cool giant catnip mouse! (Max’s sleeve) I know everyone is saying it but it’s just soooo true.

    Sorry to hear about the rat you encountered. I think DC needs “conceal and carry” laws just so you can pop all the wildlife you see running around. Of course, the definition of wildlife (and even RAT) varies so maybe that’s not such a good idea. haha

    I wanna see the socks. We haven’t seen a sock in a while and I’m having withdrawal.

  21. Dai, mebbe I ought to sew up my Max sleeve, stuff it with catnip, take it to the National Zoo, and give it to a tiger!

    Tam, I’m not knitting on any socks right now — my Dad’s socks are on hold until I finish Max.

  22. I remember talking to my best friend outside my office building who was on a smoke break and a rat ran down the street, touched my foot :-(, and ran across the street in the middle of lunchtime traffic on the busiest downtown street…. Of course, I was clinging to my friend’s dress shirt, screaming, and jumping up and down in 3-inch Ferragamos… I was not very dignified. (And I haven’t worn those shoes since….)


  23. My husband and I were walking home from grocery shopping one day and we were passing a ditch. I swear I saw the cutest baby racoon and I told my husband to look. Awwwwwww!!! He said, “That’s not a baby raccoon honey – it’s a huge rat”. Ewwwwww, is right – heebie-jeebies. I chose not to look back. Bleck!

  24. Hey – we must be working with twin devil’s spawn. Our database is called Emu = Electronic MUseum. It’s a huge flop. Basic, common type queries can take up to 1 hr. The user’s think it’s an appropriate name- large & awkward, lays large eggs & doesn’t get off the ground. They are proposing a 2ndary system & wanted a name for it. My suggestions included: moa or ostrich. Management weren’t happy, but fellow users appreciated the point.

  25. Rat story: when I was a teenager, my dad was posted to England. One day when we were waiting for the tube (subway), I leaned over to look at the tracks and mentioned to my mom that there seemed to be a large cat down there. She took one look and informed me that no, it was actually a rat.

    I freaked and never rode the tube again. So I can sympathize. Better not to think about the rodents in your building; that way madness lies.