My current work in progress:

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


More Q&A

Can you stand the excitement?

Dan asked:

Unfortunately I do not have the funds to buy the expensive shetland wool that you use. Might there be an alternative to this pricey wool that would yield admirable results?

For best results knitting a traditional fair isle, it’s best to use shetland wool. But it’s not all that expensive if you know where to buy it. I buy mine directly from Jamieson & Smith in Scotland. They charge 91p for a 25 gram skein of jumperweight wool, which works out to approximately $1.52 at the current conversion rate. I don’t think you’d be able to fnd a good substitute cheaper than that.

Renee asked:

I would love to know how many people participated in the mouse-a-thon. 1367 mice from ?? people? Do you know or would you have to spend hours figuring that out?

The current count of participants as of yesterday afternoon is 164 mouse-knitters! And there are more to come. Woo-hoo!

Claire asked:

If its not too much trouble I’d be interested to know how many states
and countries are represented in the “Great Mouse-a-thon”.

Maybe later. (Please see hints in this week’s blog entries about how busy I am.)

It’s too time-consuming for right now. But at some point when I’m not screamingly busy, I’ll post the geographic spread of the Mouse-a-thon. I’d rather wait until we have all the mousies before doing it anyhow. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’ll note that I’ve listed names and locations everyday of people from whom I’ve received mice, so you can get an idea from that.

Speaking of the Mouse-a-thon . . .

On Wednesday afternoon I took a mouse down to my condo management office to show our building manager, Susan. This lovely lady has been fielding all my packages that my long-suffering mail carrier has been bringing and keeping them safe in the condo office until I get home from work to pick them up.

Susan was delighted with the mouse (I had told her about the Mouse-a-thon at the start) and asked if I’d write an article about it for our condo newsletter, as there are lots of cat lovers who live in my building. I will of course, and include Capital Animal Care’s info email address (are you reading this, Barbara?) that is on there website for people to inquire about buying mousies. So hopefully that’ll net a few mouse sales for them.

By the way, I plan to do something nice for both the condo office staff and my mail carrier as a thank you when I get a chance to catch my breath!

Tomorrow we plan to to drop off more mousies for Capital Animal Care (are you reading this, Barbara?).

Mousies received yesterday from Jo in NY, Jan in Albuquerque, NM, Jen in Oakville, ON, Canada, and Suzy in Greenfield, IN. Thank you all!

Hell Week

It’s really been hell week at work but yesterday’s deadline was moved to this morning, so at the exact correct moment, we’ll flip the switch and release the helium balloons. Metaphorically speaking. And hopefully shortly after that, those of us involved will be high-fivng each other. And right after that get to work on the next piece of the puzzle.


Lucy would like to say thank you for the nice comments abut her exceedngly fluffy tail. She’s getting her winter coat, which makes her even more fun to hug and cuddle!



Doesn’t she look like she has a rough life?

PiSsing Along

Sorry — I couldn’t resist. A teeny bit more done. Just barely into the pattern here.



  1. Eeeek ! Wait for me ! More mousies on their way,to be stuffed !I’m putting them in the post today.
    Have a great weekend Wendy and everyone.

  2. now i can’t wait til monday to see the unfolding of the poetry in stitches! have a great weekend!

  3. Wendy,

    Will you be knitting the sleeves on your PIS sweater from the cuff up, and sewing them in later, or will you do as you usually do, and pick up stitches around the armhole and knit them down? I wonder if the picot row would be affected at all if they’re knit from top down?

  4. I’ll be knittng them in the Norwegian way — cuff up and sewing them in. This sweater has the machine stitched steek like the Dale sweaters.

  5. I second the statement that buying direct fro J&S is a very economical way to make sweaters and it is the best of the best for fair isle. I bought enough yarn from them last year to make two complete starmore designs and including postage spent something like $80. Each individual kit alone would have been over $100 if I’d bought anywhere else.

  6. Congrats on the work project–I’m sure you’ll be happy when it’s done. Hopefully you can take a break and knit, knit, knit. Have a great weekend.

  7. jen in orange says:

    ohhhhh you need to feel special – I shipped 5 packages in one day, including your mousies. YOUR shipment should get there today. The other four for some reason are still here in California waiting to get on the truck!!!! Grrrrrrrr

  8. I was pleasantly surprised to here how relatively economical making a fair isle with J&S can be when ordered directly from them. Is there a reason why more people don’t order directly from the company? Or maybe they do! I have never made a fair isle, but am inspired every day that I read your wonderful blog. It will definitly be on my knitting to do list for some time in the near future if I can get up the courage to try it.

  9. Ooooo I cannot wait to see more of PiS!!!! I have this book and haven’t gotten around to starting one of her fabu sweaters!!! It’s so fun to know there is someone out there that can give a running commentary regarding a pattern book I just love!!!

    Wendy… Did I ever tell you, you are fabulous?!? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. Lucy in her winter coat makes me wish more than evern that I could reach right into my monitor and give her a scritch. What a beauty! How wonderful that you two found each other. Congrats on the Multitude of Meece. You are an inspiration in so many ways, Wendy.

  11. Wendy, with hems, have you ever considered using a provisional cast on and then knitting that edge together with the body when you get the right length? I am curious to know if there is a good reason not to do it that way.

  12. Ooooh! Here come the leaves! ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Do you happen to know the yardage on the J&S 3ply (DK weight) yarn? I was thinking of ordering up enough 2 ply for a shawl, and since I have a DK pattern in the works as well I thought I’d ask. Ann

  14. Wow Brent! Oooo, the thought of a provisional cast on [any method!] for that many stitches makes me weak! I’d only have enough energy to do that on a baby sweater. My hat is off to you for having the wear with all to do it.