My current work in progress:

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


Patriot’s Day


What can I say about this that hasn’t been said before? Nothing, really.

There are going to be a couple of commemorative ceremonies at work today, but I don’t plan to attend them. I remember vividly the events of two years ago and just I’m not up for the emotional drain of attending ceremonies. Having the memory of September 11, 2001 and the almost constant reminders of the changes those events have made in my everyday life are bad enough.

Rather, I will probably do what I did last year — go to the National Law Enforcement Memorial and put a rose on the 911 Memorial there.

But . . .

This seems like an appropriate time for me to stop and say thank you.

This is what was in yesterday’s mail:


That would be 146 mice. And tidbits for Lucy, and wonderful notes that you enclosed with your mice.

I appreciate so much the time and talent and money you generous people are expending on behalf of my charity project. Most of you have never met me in “real life” and live far away from me, yet you have embraced this project as your own.

To those of you who have already sent mice, and to those of you who will be sending mice, a heartfelt thank you from Lucy and me.

For the record, the mice I received yesterday are from Pamela in Wakefield, RI, Donna in Arnold MD, Roi in Prescott, AZ, Melanie in Delta, BC, Canada, Rebecca in Andover, MA, Linda in Palm Beach Gardens, FL, Mrs. C. in Clarence, NY, and Wanda in Bangor ME. Thank you!

To close on this sad anniversary, a picture of innocence and joy: Lucy frolicking in the homegrown catnip that Mrs. C. sent for her.



  1. Take care today Wendy.

  2. You know, when people bond together for something — be it to help victims of 9/11 or to knit catnip mice, it always renews my belief in the amazing human spirit.

  3. Well said Mopsie,
    The Rose is a wonderful gesture Wendy. Have a great day!

  4. Wow, 500 mice. That is so impressive. I wonder if it’ll reach 1000 before the end of the contest.

  5. Every day each of us can give back in some way. Happy to contribute to the mouse-a-thon.

  6. Wendy, maybe if we had more leaders like you, the world would be a better place. It doesn’t take a whole village – just a compassionate, proactive leader and its amazing what just a few can do.

    Knit Dweeb (and proud of it)

  7. I feel very similar to you, Wendy. When I saw the flags at half-staff, I said to my husband that half-staff doesn’t seem strong enough for this kind of memorial, but I’m not really sure what else they could do that would have more impact. (You can’t take them all down, and you can’t turn them upside down; maybe there should be a little black ribbon they could attach at the top or a corner that would only be for this.) The services at work just seem like gaudy pageantry compared to what they are supposed to represent. It’s just going to be a sad day in the capital city. ๐Ÿ™

  8. WOW, that’s a lot of mice.

  9. My prediction of 500 total meeses is obviously way shot-to-hell. Them’s alot of mice!

  10. Nice post Wendy.
    all the best, deb

  11. 500+ (and counting) mice just shows what happens when people can rally behind a person with a good cause. They do their best to help improve the world. The rose is a beautiful gesture. I hope today brings you pockets of happiness also.

  12. I found myself thinking that maybe I just shouldn’t bother with my paltry little mouse offering (two or possibly three) given that you’ve already received so many. Then I read CarolineF’s comment and thought, “Well, why not? It will be fun to see the eventual total!”

  13. Shelda, no offering is paltry! One or two or three mice from a large number of people is a whole lotta mousies. ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. We’re all thinking of you and our other American friends today.

  15. I am thinking of you Wendy…..

    It’s funny how you can get people with just one common and passionate interest together and organize such a terrific cause for those who are neglected and abandoned. I want to Thank You Wendy, for believing in people and your cause! I have met some incredible people (you are definitely one of them!!!) through your blog who are not just helpful, but enliven my spirit on a rough day.

    You made me realize it’s not always a big, bad world out there when I was beginning to think that way…

    P.S. It’s funny, from one common and passionate interest, to many people who have MANY interests similar to mine (ie. being a pen geek)… Incredible.

  16. My thoughts are with you and all Americans today.

  17. The weeping kitty graphic really hits me.
    I live 35 miles from Manhattan, was supposed to start a new job in the WTC on 17 Sept 2001, feel so tied to folks I know who lost so much. You never know how many more days you have; take the time to do one small thing today, to give thanks and show respect.

  18. Hi Wendy, I’m just finishing up some of Lydia’s Nose Down mousies to send along. I had to laugh at her instructions in which she says “allows an i-cord tail to be knit *in one with the mouse*.” The whole time I’ve been knitting them, I’ve got “one with the mousie” running through my head. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Be One With The Mousie, One With the Mousie, Ohhhhhmmmmm. {insert finger symbol sound here). My day has already been filled with the goodness of other knitters and I know yours is too. It’s nice to be reminded that the world doesn’t really suck. ๐Ÿ™‚ XXOO