My current work in progress:

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


Rock Me Like a Hurricane

I’m writing this wondering if the power will stay on long enough for me to post it. Fingers are crossed.

Yesterday was a day of waiting for the storm to hit, and then wondering how much worse it would get. It’s been pretty intense at times.

Lucy had a good day. I did catch her checking out some mousies.


I caught her before she did any damage, and put the mousies in the Mouse Room.

I finished the body of Marina.


And knitted the neckband.


I did pick up stitches and start a sleeve, too. Most industrious of me, eh?

The federal government is closed again today. Not surprisingly, considering the state of things here. Wish me luck!


  1. Hi Wendy, I hope that everything will turn out all right. Take care and be safe.

  2. When I looked at the Amphora, I didn’t recognize it… so, tonight after work, I pulled out the various Starmore books and searched. Now I know why I didn’t know it immediately. In “A Collector’s Item” it’s a mostly cranberry color, and not nearly as appealing as the blues and grays, etc. This isn’t the first time that I’ve been more impressed with your color selection. I still have a print out of your Elizabethan Jacket, which I like very much in the colors you chose. I’m looking forward to following the progress of the Amphora. What fun! Glad to hear you got so much knitting time today.

  3. Your knitting time is the only thing I envy about the whole hurricane situation – I’m very glad I no longer live in DC at moments like this, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed for you and Ian and Lucy. As the mouseathon draws to a close (sort of), I just wanted to say thanks – I haven’t done as many as I’d like, but those meeces are excellent practice for the beginner – I can increase and decrease like a pro now, and my seed stitch looks swell. Hoping to do one more with bobble ears now that my first set of DPNs are here,and then off they go!

  4. Vera Butler says:

    Glad to see you’re OK Wendy. I saw what the hurricane is doing on the news this morning so I hope you are not in the middle of it. It must be very frightening for you all. Good Luck and stay safe.

  5. I also hope you and Lucy and Ian are well and not suffering power outages/damage…but I also must say it’s about time someone invoked The Scorpions. Rock on. And be safe.

  6. Hey Wendy, I’ve been thinking of you! It’s hitting us around noon but a much weakened version. Stay safe!

  7. Wendy, Marina is gorgeous. I’m glad the storm isn’t too crazy and you get all this knitting time. We’re getting Isabel light right now–it’s really just a blustery day. Have fun and be safe.

  8. I’m keeping you in my thoughts today Wendy. We’re getting the leftovers from Isabel today, and it’s pretty icky out now. Marina looks stunning! Just think of all the extra knitting you can get done today. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. Ruth D, in Houston says:

    Yea !! You still have power. Good for you and Lucy. Now to check on the rest of my buddies on the east coast.

  10. Hang in there, Wendy! Good thing is you do have all that extra knitting time. ๐Ÿ™‚ We’re getting the edge of the storm all the way here in Flint, MI. Wow, huh?!

  11. Holy knittin’ frenzy–you must be one of the fastest knitters I know. I’m chartreuse with envy! Really nice work on Marina–somehow I think LOTS of progress will be made on it today. Stay safe!

  12. Wendy,
    I can not get over how quickly you knit! Amazing!
    Glad you are safe and still have power.
    Smiles to you and Lucy,

  13. Glad to know you, Lucy and Ian are well. Marina is a beautiful sweater.

    Hope the storm passes soon.

  14. Glad you and Lucy are safe!

  15. Hi Guys! Since I posted today’s entry shortly after midnight, my power has stayed on. I think I’m really lucky in that.

    We can’t drink the water here because the water processing plant lost power, but I’ve got plenty of bottled water. Lucy has bottled water in her dish.

    It’s still really windy here but no more rain. I had one little leak in a window in my livingroom, but managed to stop it up with putty, so everything in my condo is fine.

    I went out — lots of tree branches down and the usual debris you’dexpect after a hurricane.

    I’m gonna go knit on Marina now!

  16. Good luck with the storm! Hope all is well. Up North all we are getting is warm rain.
    Joanne’s comment reminds me… Wendy, it seems like you often make me want to knit designs because you pick a better colourway than the original. When Wendy knits it, it’s that much cooler. ๐Ÿ™‚ Or maybe you just take better photos.

  17. Actually, I didn’t select the colors for the Amphora colorway. Jade Starnmore did. ๐Ÿ™‚

    L-B, if you have power and can see this, please check in and let us know you’re okay!

  18. Girlfriend, you had me worried! I am so glad you and Lucy are safe…. How did Ian fare? Saw your town after the hurricane on the news this morning… I am glad you have power (and not the flooding)!!!

    Marina is absolutely delicious!

    I’m still chanting away (for the power this time)!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. I’ve got two words for you, sister: Bloody Mary. Have two! It is important during times of stress to keep up your vitamins. Did you know that a bloody mary contains 40% of your daily Vitamin A requirement? And 1/2 of your daily Vodka requirement (although the FDA has not certified the latter). Take care!

  20. Hmmmm, I do9n’t have tomato juice or Bloody Mary mix. I guess I’ll just have to have vodka martinis.

    Darn it.

  21. Mary from MD says:

    Hooray! I have electricity and can see what I’m knitting. We lost power at 6 pm last night and just got it back today at 1 pm. I knitted a button band by flashlight last night and it looks just fine. I didn’t miss television but it was killing me not to have lights!

  22. Wendy,
    I’m glad to hear that you are ok…. Marina looks great….Tell Lucy that Jay (my kitty) says hello….

  23. Lolly’s prescription is a good idea – vodka will kill all the germs in the untreated water, won’t it?

  24. Wendy, do you plan the location of the patterning on your fair isle sweaters? I noticed on Marina that the flower pattern is both just above the bottom corrugated ribbing band, and just below the shoulder seaming, which gave it a very balanced look.

    Glad to hear you made it through the hurricane ok.

    Karen in MN

  25. Ooooh! Caroline, excellent point! And, you can’t be too careful about these things. Wendy, please remember to chase each glass of water with a nice martini. The olives are a fine sodium source too. Just thinking of your electrolytes, ya know. ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. Austin in FL says:

    It’s me…again.. I thought of a question to ask you… I learned to “correct” method of fair isle back in June. Well, my little swatch was pretty good for my first try. Well, now I’ve sort of lost my fair isle touch and didn’t realize this until after I ordered a kit. What do you suggest that I do to get my fair isle back in shape?? I thought that I should just practice, but I want to get an answer from the knitting goddess first….hope to hear from you soon….


  27. if you have a gibson, instead of a martini, do the onions count as one of your 5 vegetables for the day?

  28. Vanessa and Wendy: My motto is: “if it appears anywhere on the food pyramid, it counts” ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. Wendy, it was great to hear that you came though the hurricane without too many problems. Thanks for posting the pictures of Oreo and Shorty–they’re quite excited to have their own 15 minutes of fame.

  30. After another morning of sawing up downed trees, I detoured to Kinko’s for a Wendyknits “fix”.Got the car out from the downed powerlines today. Still no power or water at home.(What’s Kinko’s secret?) I was hit last night by another branch that fell,but just bruised my back.Thanks for that beautiful picture of Marina—just what I needed before I get back to the cleanup. I’m knitting after dark by lantern light. I guess we need these “events” to make us appreciate what we have! Lucky sends Lucy a big hug–he was worried about her!

  31. Absolutely gorgeous! And from the weensie bit I can see of the nonpublic side, tidy and fab-u-licious. Keep on going now…