My current work in progress:

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


If I Were Giving a Prize . . .

. . . for the most unusual pet photo sent to me during the Mouse-a-thon, Danielle would win.


There are her hermit crabs, Neptune and Ephyra, posing as Mouse-a-thon spokesmodels.

And in the running for the Izzy Look-a-like Prize?


This is Spicey, Jan’s kitty.

Adorable doggie photo?


This is Renee’s Homer, who emailed me over the weekend to plead with me to give his mommy the address for mouse submissions, as he was under attack!

Stop the Presses!

Because we have another mouse-a-thon prize!


This is the Times Cable Swingcoat, generously donated by Melissa Gaul. Thank you Melissa!

The Head Mouse Bagger worked overtime this weekend.


We took a shopping bag full of mousies to Barbara, the director of Capital Animal Care, on Saturday. I wish you guys could have seen how delighted she was. You all have made her very happy. We’re going to bring her a couple more bags next Saturday.

And speaking of rodents, over the weekend I received mousies from Andrea in Kensington, MD, Krista in Cambridge, MA, Mary in Glendale, NY, Margaret in Oregon, WI, Janet in Riverside, CA, Michelle in Takoma Park, MD, Alison in Brookline, MA, and Silvia in Petaluma, CA. Many thanks to all of you. You can see how close to 1000 we are now!

As I mentioned last week, we’re going to wait until I’m relatively certain I have everyone’s entries before doing the raffle. So if you’ve not yet mailed your mousies and think you’re too late . . . you’re not! Just send them in asap, please, and you’ll still be in time for the drawing.

I Haven’t Forgotten About Marina

Friday evening was all about mouse bagging, but I did do some work on Marina.


And a close-up.


So I’ll be finishing her by the end of the week, assuming work doesn’t interfere too much.

And I started a new sock. Pix of that tomorrow.


You didn’t think you’d get away without a look at Lucy, did you?


  1. i have to say i think your marina is much more vibrant looking than the new one on vy.

  2. I do like the colors in the original Marina better — though the new one is pretty too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. We were having a terrible Monday morning till we saw Spicey’s picture. That gave us a giggle. Laura and her school pals started giving her hugs because she’s famous now! Poor Spicey. Thanks for cheering us up Wendy. Your’re the best! If I was giving a prize, it would go to the person who outlawed committee meetings. Off I go.

  4. Hi,Wendy! My mousies are in the mail and will put you over the 1000 mark! Woo Hoo! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Wendy, my mice will be heading your way today. Is it okay if I send you the left over half tub of catnip along with them???

  6. Thanks, Janine! Yes, please do send yur leftover catnip. I’ve got a number of empty mice to stuff, and am grateful to those of you who have already sent me catnip as well.

    Lucy says thanks too. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. Ooohhh, Marina! Gorgeous!

    I love the crabs! Next time can we all knit catnip crustaceans?? Lickable Lobsters? Maulable Mollusks? ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Wendy…I’ll be putting my meager few mousies in the mail Wednesday – need to find some catnip and stuff ’em.

    I woke up feeling twinge of blue this morning, when I realized this is the week-end we were to visit DC and I would have been having lunch with you today. ๐Ÿ™

    Marina is bee-u-tee-full!

  9. Teresa, I thought of that too.

    But the sad truth is that I would have had to cancel, as we are in crunch mode at work. ๐Ÿ™

  10. Now THAT’S a way to wake up – to the photos of the hermit crabs. I do a weird blink-rub thing in the morning, bleary-eyed, and I just stared at the picture, sure I could figger it out if I worked hard enough. Finally had to read the text to understand what those things were…. (it usually takes me a while to warm up – you’re my first site of the morning). Hermit crabs. With the mousies. I need more coffee, I guess, ’cause that strikes me as one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen.

  11. I love how people display the mice *on* their pets – of course, that’s what I did too, when I took a pic of my two little guys this morning – my cat kept trying to turn around to get a closer look! Mousies in the mail today, Wendy – along with a little something for Miz Lucy.

    Here’s another question for your FAQ – how did you acquire your needles (by project, or did you buy a set or two?), and which ones do you use most frequently? If you use circs, what length are they – 29″? I’m speaking specifically of needles for sweaters; I was fortunate enough to get a wide range of Boye needles on EBay that have suited me fine until now. Now, I need sizes smaller than 6, and am swamped with info regarding INOX vs. Addi, bamboo and birch vs. alumnium. I realize I could go to my LYS – an Addi partisan – and ask for recommendations, but I’d prefer to buy online because I’ll need several sizes and it would be cheaper. I am waiting for the day when I spend more time knitting than buying more things for knitting! Thanks to you or your commenters for any advice.

  12. Woo hoo hermit crabs?!? I think I need another slug of coffee…. Slug? That’s what would be a good contestant for most unusual mousie rep!

    Ian looks very much like the handsome devil in that photo! He’s taking this mouse stuffing very seriously!! ๐Ÿ™‚ The darling Lucy is looking very regal today…. So is Marina! Waiting for the yarn to grace my front porch!!!

  13. Those are my little hermies up there! I figured everyone was sending in pics of their cats and dogs with their meeses, and since I have neither, I thought my hermies would enjoy the spotlight. Dax and Nixie (my other two) were left in their “crabitat” (it’s hard to control the little guys when they start running in 20 different directions). Glad to give you guys a chuckle.

    Wendy, I will send out my meeses tomorrow. I keep forgetting to throw them into my work bag so I can take them to the post office. But, I swear they’ll be in the mail tomorrow!

  14. Wendy, a sock question. and thank your for your site which is so inspirational! I just bought my first opal yarn (lollipop) to knit my first pair of socks with your pattern.

    you mentioned something back a bit about starting the yarn “in the same place” which you thought might have helped the socks match – can you tell me how to tell where that “same place” is?

    thanks!!! Jenny

  15. Hi, Wendy. Totally off topic and I’m really hoping you haven’t covered this already somewhere but I’ve got steek questions. I just read your featured article in the Spring issue of Knitty today. Then I went and read your steek posts on your knitting page. Still got questions. Which are, when doing a Norwegian steek, what method do you use to sew on the sleeve and what do you do with the sewn in machine stitching? The sewing the sleeves in looked like just simple stitching with the yarn but how do you keep that from ruining the pattern? These seem like “so obvious they ought to smack me in the forehead” questions but I can’t figure it out!

  16. Is it me? or has Ian’s fingers become stumpier with all that packing of mousies??

  17. Hi.
    Have they started selling the mice yet?

  18. Wendy–I’ve only recently discovered your site and am overwhelmed by everything! First, your knitting is beautiful! Second, you have such a great sense of humor that reading what you write makes me smile. Third, you offer so much advice that I feel like I MUST go back through your archives to find all of your tips!

    And last, I’m completely freaked out by the VERY LONG list of blogs you read. Do you read them every day?! How do you do that, keep up your own blog, knit, and, oh, yes–work?!

    Thanks for giving us so much to think about and good luck with the mouse-a-thon. I wonder if my 7 little mice will be enough for me to win one of those prizes…


  19. Marina is looking gorgeous!

    And I’m so relieved that you’re still taking mousies…I wanted to do another one with bobbly ears but I wasn’t sure if I had enough time, so I sent out my one lone mouse on Saturday via priority mail. [Hurry, postman, hurry!] But now I’m kicking myself in the bee-hind ’cause I forgot to take a picture of my dog Lucy with the mouse ๐Ÿ™ Darnit!