My current work in progress:

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


December Contest Winner!

This was a tough contest, eh? And we had a tie for winner — Lindsey-Brooke and Katey in Georgia. I was going to flip a coin, but L-B exempted herself, telling me she was just doing it to prove that she could (over-achiever that she is), so the prize goes to Katey!

Congratulations Katey!

A number of you got a near-perfect score — but on the question on what I brought to my office Christmas Party last year, almost everyone said just “chocolate chip scones.” In addition to getting all the rest of the answers correct, L-B and Katey both correctly reported that I brought the scones and a coffeecake to the office party, so that’s why they tied for first.

Here are the answers:

1. Where was Wendy born?
Worcester, Massachusetts (source: 100 Things page)

2. What is the name of the town where Wendy lived as a child in the UK?
Pinner, Middlesex England (source: December 19, 2002 entry)

3. Where did Wendy buy the yarn from which she knit a sweater for her brother when she was a teenager? (source: December 24, 2002 entry)

4. What is Wendy’s favorite Christmas cookie?
pepparkakor (source: December 20, 2002 entry)

5. What is the name of the shawl that Wendy’s sister-in-law ruined and gave back to her to repair?
Stonington Shetland Shawl (source: March 21, 2003 entry)

6. What did Wendy bring to her office Christmas party last year?
Chocolate chip scones and coffeecake (source: December 17, 2002 entry)

7. What date did Wendy get Izzy (month, day, year)?
December 31, 1986 (source: December 31, 2002 entry)

8. What was Izzy’s full name and title?
Isolde, Bitch Cat From Hell (source: October 4, 2002 entry)

9. What date did Wendy get Lucy (month, day, year)?
May 11, 2003 (source: May 12, 2003 entry)

10. Where did Wendy go on vacation in February, 2002?
Caribbean cruise (source: cruise page on

11. What was the purpose of the February 2002 vacation?
Parents’ 50th wedding anniversary (source: cruise page on

12. What date did Wendy start her blog?
April 1, 2002 (source: April 1, 2002 entry)

13. What is Wendy’s neighbor-across-the-hall’s first name?
Yvonne (source: comments on September 18, 2003 entry)

14. On what day of the week was Wendy born?
Aha! Got most of you with this one. Because on my personal website the earliest photos of me were from around 1958? (I’m not sure of the actual date), you assumed I was born on January 2, 1958, which would make it a Thursday. Only a very few of you figured out that I was born in 1957, which would make it a Wednesday. The way you can fiigure this out is from my Yahoo ID, which is “wendy1257” — get it? If any of you knew me from any Yahoo Groups, you might get that.

Yeah, I know it was tough, but if you go back and read my entry describing the contest, I did say that the answers are available in one form or another in my online world. I didn’t say they were all on my blog.

15. Who is Wendy’s favorite knitting designer?
Alice Starmore (source: well, all of you got this right, just from reading my blog!)

16. What is the name of the sweater that Wendy knit on her trip to Canada in the Summer of 2003?
Parched (source: July 2003 entries)

17. What sweater was Wendy knitting during Hurricane Isabel?
Marina (source: September 18, 2003 entry)

18. On what date did Wendy do a salute to nurses in her blog?
July 12, 2002 (source: July 12, 2002 entry)

19. What day did Wendy start knitting Henry VIII?
March 12, 2003 (source: March 13, 2003 entry)

20. Does Wendy float or weave?
Float, baby! (from multiple blog entries)

Thanks for playing, everyone! This was great fun!


Did some work on Fern over the weekend. I finished the first sleeve and knitted the shoulder strap to the front and back of the sweater.


And I got a decent start on the second sleeve.

Kitty Bed

I finished Lucy’s kitty bed!

Here it is after knitting — it’s about 28″ in diameter, not including the sides.


And the side view:


I ran it through 2 complete cycles in my washing machine. Then I stretched it over a Tupperware pie carrier with a bath towel folded up and taped around it.


And put it on top of a box and left it to dry.


The finished size is approximately 17″ in diameter. Want the pattern? Instructions for knitting exactly the way I did are here.

Lucy is patiently waiting for it to dry.



  1. Wow, look at how Lucy’s eye match that towel. She is just stunning!

    I *love* the kitty bed ๐Ÿ™‚ Can’t wait to see how Lucy takes to it. I bought a kitty bed to keep my cats off my yarn and they could care less. AARRGGHH!!!

    Ooh, Fern is going to be done before you know it. Awesome job ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Wendy,I love the things you come up with to block your felting! Pie-carrier? Who knew? The trivia contest was such fun! Congratulations,Katy! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Actually, Kristin, that’s my lap Lucy is lying in — her eyes match my jeans!

  4. Good contest. I didn’t have time last week to search out the answers, thanks for posting them. Love the cat bed, it should keep Lucy comfortable, snug and warm. Have a good day.

  5. I love the bed! It really turned out perfect…you’re such a creative knitter. Thanks for sharing the pattern. Saved it for later use. Does Lucy realize it’s for her?

  6. Dear Wendy, remember when you were lamenting the cheesy row counters? While browsing my messages, got my Knit U entry, and low and behold there was a message about a sturdy and high number row counter. A “customer counter” that can be purchased at restaurant suppy stores, office supply stores, and scientiful supply outfits! It counts to 999 and it they can come in metal! It won’t fit on the needles, but it ain’t bad!

    Cat bed is a winner! Make sure it has some, pardon the expression, “essence de Wendy” on it before you let Lucy try it.

  7. Excellent kitty bed…the fur around the top is purrfect. I’m wondering now about a bed for the pups. Thanks for the photos of the felting process! and, Have a great Monday!

  8. Hi Wendy! Thanks for posting the answers — I could not find Yvonne for the life of me. I knew about where to look, too, but just never got it. (Your search feature does not find terms in comments — rats!) Very tricky! And at least I’m patting myself on the back for getting the baby pictures right — That is not an infant under 1 in the 1958 pic, so I was pretty sure it would be 1957. (Of course, the caption said “circa” 1958, so it could have been all off anyway…) Did your parents name you Wendy because it’s so close to Wednesday? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. Congratulations Katey! You deserve the prize – some of those questions were hard. I surprised myself at doing a lot better than I expected (a couple of wild guesses that hit the mark). Thanks for the contest Wendy – it really was a lot of fun. And the kitty bed is wonderful. Hope Lucy likes it.

  10. LOL…gee Wendy, I must need glasses. I’m at work now and yes, it *is* a pair of jeans. OK, I need some caffeine ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. jen in orange says:

    holy CRUD it was bugging me I couldn’t find Yvonne’s name *anywhere*

    ::shakes finger::

    no way in heck i was gonna browse a year and a half’s worth of comments for THAT!

    I’m glad I got close tho ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. What a fun contest. I was too busy to participate, but it’s fun to see the answers. 1957 was a good year, eh? ๐Ÿ˜‰ Turns out I’m just about a month older than you. I had wondered. Happy kitty bed and Fern!

  13. Renee in CO says:

    Congratulations on creating a contest where you didn’t end up doing a random drawing for the winner! It was tough, and I was one of those who fell on the 1958 vs 1957 question. I kept staring at the picture trying to decide how old that kid was! Well, and I missed the coffee cake, also.

    I had a lot of fun, though. It felt like a scavenger hunt. Unfortunately, I really should have been doing my job…

  14. Re: cheesy row counters

    While I still use a bunch of those that I get at Walmart or whatever, I did find a neat alternative that I use with some circular knitting – a clicker lap counter (for joggers). I knew somewhere there were the plastic clicker counters, but couldn’t find them anywhere and then thought I’d check sporting goods and got meself a nice metal one that counts to 3 digits! Cool, eh?

    Love the kitty bed – are you going to sew a cloth bottom on and then stuff it?

  15. I so love Lucy’s cat bed! The colors are a perfect match for her lovely fur, too. Can’t wait to see her posing in it. Then she’ll REALLY be a calendar cat! ๐Ÿ™‚