My current work in progress:

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


November Contest

It’s that time again, kids.

When Wendy asks you to do work for her in the guise of a contest.

Here’s what you gotta do.

At the end of last month, Roi said this in my comments:

When I notice questions being asked of you that have been asked numerous times before – espeically the ones I’ve asked previously – I wonder if it would help you to have a “Frequently Asked Questions” section in your blog. You could have us every-day readers do the work for you – come up with a list of those questions? Could even be combined with a contest???

“What a great idea!” thought I.

So that’s the contest. Email me (via the email link in the sidebar) a question and answer for my soon to be created FAQ page. You might notice that there is a searhc box in my sidebar — you can find my answers to common questions by searching through my blog.

Please email your entries to me by 5:00pm EST Friday, November 14, 2003 (one entry per person, please) to be included in the drawing for this:


This is The Knitter’s Handy Book of Patterns: Basic Designs in Multiple Sizes & Gauges by Ann Budd. The book was generously donated by Catherine in California (also known to some of you as “3c”).

Some Mouse-a-thon News

Yes, Ian and I are still bagging mice and taking them over to Capital Animal Care. We brought two shopping bags full over to Barbara on Saturday. We’ve still got 100 or so mice to bag, and that’ll finish up the last delivery of two shopping bags full, which we’ll do next weekend. I know there are a few more mice out there coming in, so we’ll bring thos over as we get them.

Apparently the mousies are big sellers! Barbara told me about a man who bought one for his cat, who is terminally ill and only has a few weeks left to live. The man has since told her that this mouse was his kitty’s favorite toy. so you guys can feel very proud of yourselves — not only have the mice raised money for the rescue organization, but in this case, and possibly more, a mousie has brought comfort to an ailing kitty.

A number of you have emailed me to ask if I’m going to have another mouse-a-thon next year. I know that I’ve got some interest from the emails — what do the rest of you think? I’m game if you guys are! We can do another one next summer, complete with raffle prizes, if you guys are interested.


I got a good bit done on Amphora over the weekend. Here it is:


Lucy seems impressed, doesn’t she?



  1. Lene Clausen says:


    I fint it a very good idea to make a new mouse-a-thon. That will give us, who have not sent in anything, another chance to do something good.


  2. Another mouse-a-thon would be GREAT! I’m definitely game!

  3. I’m up for another mouse-a-thon! Maybe I should start making bodies now, and stuff them next summer… it’s the only way I’d catch up to the folks who managed 30+ on their own!!

  4. I’d definitely like to participate in another Mouse-A-Thon. It’s a rewarding feeling to know the meesies are going to a good cause.

  5. I’m definitely up for another mouse-a-thon – count me in! 🙂

  6. I’d be happy to make more mice. I was thinking that it would be nice to keep making them even after the contest, since *eventually* the rescuers will run out (1700 mice can only go so far, eh?). Doing it by another Mouse-a-thon may be the best way to keep people inspired and gather a large number at once, rather than spreading out the effort over time (and never, ever being free of little plastic baggies, I would imagine).

    Oh, and thanks for another contest opportunity!

  7. Amphora is looking pretty damn cool.

  8. Somehow I’m imagining legions of felted Noro-scrap mousies this go-round 😉

  9. Count me in for the mousies!!!!

  10. The haul from the next mouseathon is bound to be even bigger than this one. And there’s got to be a limit to how many mousies Capital Animal Care can dispense before the catnip goes stale. How about sharing the wealth a little? With a downloadable label, mouse knitters could have their choice of sending their mice to you or sending a photo to you and giving their mice to a rescue or shelter organization in their locality. If contributors include URLs, you could also end up with a great list of kitty links!

  11. Off topic: I want to say I’ve been using your cables w/o cable needle technique and want to say ‘thanks.’ When I tried it at first I did not enjoy it and thought I’d just stay with the old-fashioned way. But, when I started a vest featuring several cable patterns from “Folk Vests” by Cheryl Oberle I tried it again. It makes the process much faster and easier. Since I’ve got the pattern down now and only have to make sure I’m on the correct row (for some reason I am not writing that down) the work is really smooth sailing.

    Thanks alot!

    p.s. The sweaters you make are always beautiful. I really enjoy looking at them.

  12. Amphora is really beautiful, amazing progress! More mouse-a-thons please…

  13. In addition to the mousies I sent to you, I made a few for my troupe of housecats, one of whom is also a Lucy. she’s developmentally challenged, easily frightened or upset, but when she’s happy she plays all day long.
    Lately she wanders around the house, carrying her catnip elephant (it’s the circular mouse with large ears instead of bobbles) when she’s not actually batting it around. so you did a good thing for my unfortunate kitty, too.

  14. I’m definately in for another mouse-a-thon!!

    Amphora is stunning!

  15. Annette Auswalder says:

    Ha, ha, ha, Wendy. I was browsing through Amazon, and couldn’t believe that you put a $999 digital camera on your wish list (

    Good thing you added a comment that you put it there just to track it!

  16. I’m up for another mouse-a-thon! I wasn’t able to participate this time, and would love a chance donate some meece. 🙂

  17. The Mouse-a-thon was a great idea the first time around, I don’t see why it wouldn’t be a great idea again.

    Take care