My current work in progress:

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


“Tis the Season . . .

. . . to be charitable.

That’s obvious — just look at the Knitbloggers Knitting Basket total over there on the right! Wow! We are soooooo close to seven baskets!

The Knitbloggers Knitting Basket isn’t the only knit-bloggy charity going on right now. Christina (Knitting Goddess #9) is hosting a Hat-a-thon!


Christina’s running it like the Mouse-a-thon — a raffle. So if you’ve got some spare yarn and spare time, knit up a hat or two for a worth cause. Don’t have a pattern? Christina’s got some links to free patterns on the Hat-a-thon page.

Edvard Munch, I Apologize

Yup, that’s an incredibly tacky blow-up statue of “The Scream” in the photo yesterday. How I got it is actually a sorta funny story.

Back in 1994 I was attending an Orioles game at Camden Yards. I got there early, walked around, then went to the bar on the first level for lovely beverages before heading up the escalator to my seats (front row of the upper deck directly behind home plate).

Whilst on the escalator almost to the top, the chain snapped and the escalator went backwards really really fast. I ended up in a pile of bodies at the bottom of the broken escalator.

I was carrying two gin & tonics and of course lost them both. The two guys in front of me had barbeque sandwiches (Boog’s Barbeque, for those of you in the know) so I ended up with barbeque sauce all over me.

I also had my own blood all over me, because my right knee was smashed and all the ligaments in my right ankle were torn. It was a very long time before I walked again.

But anyhow, one of my friends gave me the blow-up Scream statue, conjecturng that it closely resembled me after the accident, covered with barbeque sauce and mourning my lost gin & tonics.

Strangely enough, my boss has an identical statue. If she gets really stressed, she closes her office door and puts the statue outside, as a warning to all. Since I’ve worked here, I’ve only seen the statue appear twice.

And Mary, yes, that is a little pig peeping over the rim of the cachepot. Isn’t he cute? My aunt gave me the cachepot, complete with porcine embellishment, for Christmas years ago.

A Ruling on the Yarn Diet

Sandy asked for a clarification of the rules:

Um…does yarn for presents count, if you really don’t have any of the kind the pattern requires (such as Noro Kureyon, for instance)?

And what about fiber? We all need fiber in our diets too, right? ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve got two pounds of Brown Sheep leftover tails coming in the mail and I’m hoping not to feel as guilty as if it was two pounds of yarn. ๐Ÿ™‚

My opinion is that yarn for presents does not count. If you need yarn to do something noble and selfless for another, then you purchase that yarn while on a yarn diet.

Fiber? Hmmmm, I’d need a judges ruling on this but I think buying fiber is a crime against yarn diet. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Ohmigosh! Ohmigosh!

Look what I got in the mail from Karen yesterday!


It’s Reindeer Spongebob! Oooooooh!

He looks funny because he still has the plastic wrap over his eyes. ๐Ÿ™‚

No Amphora update photo because I got home late last night and little quality knitting time. So instead:

Booga Bag!

Here’s my latest Booga Bag in progress:


Looks like my last bag in color 89, eh?

And of course . . .

The obligatory Lucy pic! I give you . . . Lucy dining.


Note to Elizabeth:

I used to tell people that Bruce wrote “Born to Run” for me. The more gullible sometimes believed it.


  1. Hi Wendy – our cat (Katie) has exactly the same bowl as Lucy’s (the blue and white one with the flowery cat on it). Hers is chipped, though. Sigh… Everything in our house is chipped! Also, glad to see that other cats are as spoiled as Katie (here’s a little chicken, fish …)!
    Love your booga bags. I’m doing a practice one in lopi before splashing out on Kureyon (and anyway we don’t seem to get the really good colours in London).

  2. Don’t feel bad about letting people know the truth about “Born to Run”, because he wrote “Thunder Road” for me!


  3. Sorry to be nosy, but I’d love to know what Sandra is planning with 2 pounds of leftover tails? Lucky would be jealous to see Lucy’s lovely bowls—he eats off of a brick,but has a nice redware bowl for his water.

  4. Thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you!

  5. Oy, that sounds like a heck of a way to spoil a baseball game! But I do think it proves the Scream statue can represent almost any kind of angst – I may have to get one myself. The Boogas are looking lovely, Wendy – have a great day.

  6. Regular size Booga, this time?

  7. OMG Wendy, I remember that escalator tragedy! And now I “know” someone who was actually there. I am SO sorry you were so badly injured, and without any gin and tonic to make it feel better, either! [Lawyer’s note aside, I sure hope you sued the heck out of Peter Angelos! ;)]

    As for the Boss, I knew another Wendy back home who swore that she knew the “real” Wendy he wrote it for. Since she wasn’t taking credit herself, and it was in NJ, I believed her. I never thought of Wendy as a common name, but I just realized I know virtually hundreds of you! (Two of my best friends from college bear the name.)

    Have a scream-free day!

  8. Wendy:

    Nice bags. I’m up to the i-cord cast off on my first in candy striped Brown Sheep Lamb’s pride leftovers. Matches a Hanna Andersson stripe. Not correct color names, but hot pink, spring green, white, & orange. This will be young Dear Daughter’s library book bag.

    What do you think of doing one or two purl stitch(es) each row at the corners? Would that make the blocking easier? Like turning a facing, only vertical, to define the corners?

    Happy Day!

  9. Hi Wendy! Where on earth can I find one of those statues? so neat. Anyway, I love the colors on the booga bag:)

  10. Silly me…should have ‘splained. Or at least summed up. ๐Ÿ™‚ You can see what I’m buying here:

    They aren’t Lucy tails, thank goodness! I imagine all those Lucys out there would object.

    Wendy, goodness, that escalator thing sounded scary! Glad you’re ok now.

  11. re: a couple of suggestions for exceptions to the rules for the yarn diet: if you’re working on something & run out of yarn, you should be allowed to buy what you need to finish your oroject… I agree re: buying yarn for charity… I’m not officially on a yarn diet, but I have been “shopping the stash” a lot these days, but that’s because I have what I need for projects I want to do!

  12. Oh, my goodness! I have a cat bowl just like that one too. It truly is a small world!

    But I don’t have a Spongebob. And I’m not on a yarn diet. In fact, I’m headed to ThreadBear, most likely tomorrow, and I intend to have *lots* of fun! I’ll think of you ๐Ÿ˜‰

    The accident sounds quite gruesome. Glad you at least have the blow-up Munch to commemorate the event. If not the gin & tonics!

  13. Those “one born every minute” people. I convinced a whole lot of folks that I was the recorded voice for the train destinations on the main train station in Melbourne. “This train is now due to depart. Stand clear, please. Stand CLEAR!!” wicked Vincent Price type laugh

  14. I covet your booga bags since I haven’t made one for myself yet. That scream statue I need for myself when I’m in the middle of a migraine, it symbolizes it so well. And yes, I have a Wendy who claims that song is for her also!

  15. Bruce wrote “The Fever” about me. That Bruce. Love the Booga bags and really enjoy your blog. – Lani

  16. Wendy, I *heart* the colors of your new booga bag you’re working on. They are to dye for — I think I’ll have to start a bag soon. Too cool. :o)