My current work in progress:

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


Thursday Already

How ’bout that.

Yes, the week goes by very quickly when you are off from work on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. You were probably wondering why I’ve made such good progress on Marina, huh? Or maybe you figured it out when you saw I was posting shortly after midnight each day. If you noticed.

And here is Marina.


I wound some more of the skeins into balls, and Lucy was happy to supervise.


In answer to a couple of questions yesterday, corrugated ribbing is simply knit 2 of one color, purl 2 of a second color.

And Now For Something Completely Different

A rant. Well, okay, maybe it’s not so different.

Why the bloody hell does the freaking NFL think it’s a good idea to have a kick-off rally in downtown DC on a weekday afternoon? Several key commuter routes will be closed and the subway system is going to be jammed. Even OPM is advising the federal government to grant liberal leave to workers who prefer not to deal with the insanity.

We are not amused. Except that I just heard on the weather that there’s potential for “heavy thunderstorms” this afternoon.



Meeses received from Diane in Willow Grove, PA, and Kay in Levittown, PA. Thank you both!

Off to work, and no doubt I’ll have to do battle with the forces of stupidity on my commute home. Have a good Thursday, everyone!


  1. Good luck with the commute! Living in the Bay Area, I have to deal with A’s, Giants, 49ers, and Raiders traffic. Sucks. People enroute to games are snarky with excitement, and on their way home they’re drunk. Ew. Feel for you.

    Made four mousies while camping, they’ll be in the air to you soon!

  2. Eek! Another DC knitter! I’ve been reading your log for a few weeks now, and I didn’t realize you lived in Northern VA!

    A question about the mice: do you have to use wool? I have a ton of inherited acrylic that’s begging for some charity projects.

  3. Thanks Rachael!

    Katue, the mice do need to be wool or wool blend — a lot of cats show an aversion to acrylic.

  4. posting after midnight? when do you sleep?

  5. When I’m off work the next day I stay up really late and sleep really late.

    Unfortunately I am back to work today — alarm goes off at 4:25am. Yawn!

  6. Marina is beyond lovely. Drool!

    I need to get my act together and finish up the mousies!

  7. I understand about your commute. Here in Albuquerque, we have a Democratic debate going on at the university. Those poor students, plus I have a friend who works on campus. There is so much security, you might not get to your class on time, they handed out 3000 tickets for 2000 seats for a 90 min “conversation” between the candidates. Glad I don’t work there… if I did, I would be calling in or leaving work extremely early since they are closing the campus to all traffic.

    I love the colors of the new sweater!

  8. Wow! Great progress! I bet you could get used to a 2-day workweek! 😉

  9. Wendy, really nice progress on your Marina. I like the colors in your egg basket, such a wonderful thing to enjoy while knitting. Does Lucy pick up your yarn and run? Have a good day at work.

  10. Hi Wendy,
    My mom had to fly up to D.C. yesterday on biz. She’s a civil service (her term) employee too. I told her to watch out for the rats! She didn’t think that was funny at all. I don’t think she believed me.
    Have a great day back to work.
    P.S. She ended up taking the train to Bethesda for the day, and all I could think about was, “Wow, a whole hour to knit uninterrupted!” She is not a knitter and used the time to do silly stuff like review her presentation.

  11. Your mom spent good knitting time reviewing her presentation?? You need to have a word with her.

    A coworker told me that he saw Ratzilla this morning — probably the same huge rat I saw last week. Ratzy was blocking his way on the sidewalk and checking out the bag my coworker was carrying, which of course contained his lunch!

  12. Marina looks great. Just made me wonder about selecting colors for these intricate patts and if there’s software out there to preview color alternatives for Fair Isle, et al.

    Just received Jade’s ‘Cats and Mice’ blanket yarn (could not resist) and feel I must faithfully read all of your advice before starting. So glad to have found you! Happy commuting.

  13. Wendy, do you own the swift & ballwinder you used to wrangle the skeins for Marina? I’m considering buying one of each, and wondered if you (or any of your other readers) have any suggestions for where to get the best quality:price ratio.

    This is my first post, btw. I’ve been reading all summer and have learned so much! This blog is a terrific resource. I haven’t got a blog of my own, sad to say.

  14. Yup, that’s my own swift and ballwinder — I’ve had both for over 20 years and don’t remember where I bought them, so I can’t help on suggestions for buying a new one.

    My swift is in great shape, but I could use a new ballwinder — mine is falling apart, and I have to manually hold it together to work it!

  15. Oh my, Marina is looking beautiful! I love the yarn colors on the flower pattern, just gorgeous. Can’t wait to see the finished product.