My current work in progress:

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


Mousies of the World, Unite!

In response to a reader request last week, Jennifer in Orange CA created some maps to show where n the world all our mousies are from. I present . . .

The Mousemaps!

How cool are these? Thanks so much Jennifer!

If you’ve sent mousies and you see that your state or country is not highlighted, leave a comment (please no emails) and I’ll do my best to update the maps without totally messing up Jennifer’s masterpiece.

And Speaking of Mousies

Mousies received from Kristin in Park Forest, IL, Joanne in Boston, MA, Lisa in Danbury, CT, Stonering in Voncalla, OR, Genia in Crownsville, MD, Danielle in Hayward, CA, Amber in Jamaica Plain, MA, and Johanne in Stockholm Sweden (which means I need to update the map!). Thank you all, and Lucy says thank you for the treats!

Poetry in Stitches

I got a bit more done on this.


I think it’s a very pretty sweater, but it’s not terribly exciting to knit. At least it’s moving along pretty quickly. (And I’m doing floats, no weaving, btw.) I’ll stick with it to completion, because I know once I’m done, I’ll enjoy having the sweater to wear.

Sock Blahs

I think I might abandon my sock in progress because I simply do not like the striping pattern. I love the greens and the browns, but the addition of those two white stripes really bothers me.


Having those white stripes right next to the dark brown ones looks funny to me.

And why knit something you don’t like? Huh?

Particularly when you just got this in the mail:


Ahem. Three skeins of Noro Kureyon in color #52. You know what this is for, don’t you? This!

I’m making it for my friend Odie for Christmas. And will possibly make one or two more, too.

The List of Blogs I Read

Every now and then, someone asks me how I find time to read all those blogs in the list to the right (picture me gesturing to the right, okay?) everyday. I don’t. I try to check in on each of those blogs at least once a week, but sometimes it’s once every two weeks.

Just in case you wondered . . .

Lucy Sezs:


Just hanging around here!


  1. the map is too cool!

  2. Wendy,

    I know how you feel about the sox. I did red Regia ones and while knitting thought they were FUGLY, but now that they are done they are fine. If you really don’t like them just give them to charity, but don’t make them orphans, please, they are too nice for that.

  3. What awesome maps…the mouse-distribution is fascinating. What a nice thing for Jennifer to do, and what a wonderfully uniting project you’ve created!

  4. I see what you mean about the stripe in your sock…maybe you could cut out the section of yarn with the white stripe and “skip” that section of the yarn? It doesn’t look like the white happens frequently so you wouldn’t have to piece together a bunch of joins…

    Just a crazy thought. The greens and browns are really lovely and it would be a shame to abandon the socks.

    I know what you mean about the boring knitting–I’m doing a cardigan for my husband that will be beautiful when done, but it’s ALL k2p2 rib except for a cable design around the bottom of the body and sleeves. It’s a lovely design–the summer issues of Interweave Knits–but boring, boring, boring.

    But if you can soldier on with yours, I’m sure I can “manage” to finish mine.

    Thanks for the inspiration!


  5. Wendy, I’m glad to know you don’t read all your listed blogs every day. If you said you did, I would have to believe you could only do everything you do by taking speed. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’m working on a similar pair of Regia socks with brown as the background and yellow, orange, green and blue stripes. I’m enjoying them very much, but I don’t have the ugly white stripe bothering me either.

    It’s strange to hear that you’re abandoning a project. I figured with as quickly as you knit, the socks would be done by the weekend, and you’d just give them away to someone who didn’t mind the white stripe. Call them your skunk socks.

  6. Knitting something you don’t like, especially without a recipient in mind, is no fun. Particularly on size 0 needles! There is so much other yarn out there, why waste the time?

    Funny you got that Noro — I was at Stitches this weekend and Kureyon was the “one that got away.” I wanted to make the jacket in Knitty, but I didn’t know how many balls it took. When I heard there was a discounter selling it for $5 a ball, I decided to jump in and just buy “more than enough,” but by the time I got there, it was ALL GONE. ๐Ÿ™ I met Geane (knitpix) in the gansey class on Saturday — she said to say hi and to tell you we missed you there!

  7. I’m working with #52 on a scarf and I love the colors. It will make a fantastic bag!

    The stripe pattern in the Regia sock makes me think of corporate retro (ala Old Navy), which bizarrely enough I kinda like. But I agree–it’s not worth working on something you don’t like when there’s all that other yummalicious yarn to play with.

  8. By the looks of the Mousie Map, perhaps Lucy should run for President! The PiS leaves are lovely!

  9. Bonney Teti says:

    It doesn’t look like NH is represented on the mousie map but you acknowledged my mice early on! It would be neat to see the whole map colored!

  10. Working on a sock I hate here, too. Hand-dyed variegated, it’s really making me hate the varietaged look. It’s probably because of the pattern (sl1, p1, sl1, p1, sl1, p2, k the slips on the 2nd row and so on). Strange that I didn’t think to abandon it – the little girl in me following the rules I guess. After reading about yours, I may just be courageous to rip out what I hate and go for something simpler. But I still don’t think I’ll get to liking variegateds.

    About the Kureyon, I don’t understand the whole felting thing. I’d hate to ruin all that good knitting by felting it. I love the yarn as it is. But that’s just my HO.

  11. Odie and my daughter Kristi are going to receive the same felted bag for Christmas…that’s the color I’m using her BoogaJ bag too!

  12. Wendy — I’m so flattered that you are making my bag! Please send me a picture when you are finished and I will add it to the gallery.

    And I know how you feel about those socks. For me knitting is fun — it relaxes me. That’s why I frog things when they aren’t enjoyable. I mean, what’s the point of knitting something that you don’t want to knit?

  13. Jen in orange says:

    Hey Wendy – let me know if you want me to update the maps with NH and Sweden… since I have them handy n everything ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. i like the stripey socks

  15. Ah PiS… (hearts-a-pounding)

    I am making that bag with color 89! I know, it’s bright, but that just the kind of girl I am…. I am thinking of making one for my SIL in color 40.

    (BTW, Julie… great pattern!) ๐Ÿ˜‰

  16. I’m glad you received the mousies ๐Ÿ™‚ Wow, the map sure is filling up. What a visual impact it makes to see all the states & countries who are participating. Your PiS cardi is coming along well. I’ll bet you have it finished before I start the sleeves on Armaugh…LOL!

    I just started a pair of your toe-up socks for my commuter knitting since Armaugh is getting too bulky to work with on the train. Thanks for the clear directions. They’re very easy to knit and the toe I knitted looks *perfect*. I’m getting ready to do the heel shaping.

  17. Yay! You got my meeses!!! I was a little worried, but I feel much better now.

    It’s amazing to see where all of the meeses are coming from. Although, I guess part of me was wishing there would be little “pins” to tell you where exactly they came from. For instance, the state of California is pretty big, and it would have been cool to see a pin for each of the cities in California (or other states/countries) so you could get a really good idea of where they’re coming from.

    But, I’m not complaining. Just thought that would have been cool.

  18. Oh, PiS is just lovely! You’re one talented lady. Thanks for the link to Julie’s bag pattern. It’s now on my “must make” list.

    Andrea, your mention of Stitches made me groan. I missed it “AGAIN” this year and I only live about 90 minutes away!!!

  19. Jen in orange says:

    Hey Dani – go for it! I managed to do the state thing in an hour or two (I had to take care of my twins while doing it).

  20. Hi Wendy! PIS looks great! I wonder tho, what makes this sweater less exciting than say, Marina, or Frogner?

    The mousemap is awesome! What a wonerful job you’ve done to unite knitters everywhere!!

    I think there are gonna be LOTS of BoogaJ bags gifted for Christmas/Chanukah this year, my SIL will be getting one in color #95 (just like Julie’s)

    WOW, Julie, you should very proud, too, all the world loves the BoogaJ Bag!!

    Lucy, as always, looks divine! Don’t you just love it when that winter coat grows in? Jaxon’s tail gets ENORMOUS!! (altho, I could live without the concommitant increased hairball production, LOL)

    Hopefully you can have a calmer week, enjoy your knitting.

    PS – I’ll be using my other email addy: from now on, but it’s still just me ๐Ÿ˜‰


  21. Your PIS is just beautiful!! That book is a must to add to my knitting library. Thanks so much for sharing and inspiring me to try more difficult things.

  22. Hi Wendy,
    It is exciting to see a PiS sweater take shape.
    The colours and repititions remind me of an Andy Warhol portrait.
    I sent some mice a while back, but I’m not on the map, yet…
    Ingrid in Canada, more specifically Alberta.
    Thanks, eh.