My current work in progress:

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


One More Day, Lucy . . .

I popped the kitty bed off the blocking form and decided it’s a bit too big. I thought a little bit smaller would be cosier for Miss Lucy, so it went through the washer one more time, and is blocking, again.

I was a bit over-zealous in my blocking the first time around. But that’s the beauty of felting — after going through another cycle in the washer, it’s at the size I want now. So tonight I’ll put the bed on the chair where the Big Booga Bag is now, and see if Lucy likes it.

So she’s had to wait another day, poor deprived little thing!


Here she is, giving her opinion of the situation.


I’m moving along on the second sleeve. This sweater will be done this week, barring any unforseen atrocities.


St. Lucia Day Gifties!

The ever-generous L-B sent me some St. Lucia Day gifties that I received on Saturday, which was, of course, St. Lucia Day. Lookie!


These are little Swedish soaps in boxes. Aren’t they cute? They have little strings so you can hang them on your Christmas tree.

It reminds me of the sorts of things my grandmother used to send me when I was a little kid.

Holiday Party

Today is my office holiday party and I’m feeling bleah. Have a raging ear infection and really ought to have stayed home from work. But duty calls — we have a major deadline c.o.b. tomorrow, so it’s off to work I go.

With coffeecake and scones. No, originality is not one of my strong points.


  1. don’t wait too long to take care of your ear infection! it’s no fun to be sick on christmas 🙂

  2. What Vanessa said !
    Wrap up warm …don’t you have a big fluffy scarf ? :0)

  3. I got anitbiotics from my doctor yesterday, so it’s just a matter of time before the ear infection goes away.

    Emma, why yes . . . I DO have a big fluffy scarf. And I was glad of it this morning when the stupid train was delayed!

  4. How did the Techno-Hair handle through the washer this time? Would it work as stripes in a felted bag? Stay warm and wrap Emma’s lovely Fandango scarf snug around your ears!

  5. The Swedish soaps are lovely…what a lucky girl you are! Lucy’s gesture is a hoot…but I don’t blame her for feeling that way; I wouldn’t want a wet bed either…and a princess should never have to wait!

  6. I hope you feel better! I had an ear infection last year after a raging cold… Felt like it was in Hitchcock’s Vertigo.

    “You spin me round, round baby, round, round…”

    Actually I am recovering from a raging stomach flu the whole family had late last week. My stomach was singing this phrase Sunday! Take care hon!

  7. I just love yours comments about your Lucy, it’s very funny, always, each day i come to see.
    The patterns also, of course. I am a knittomaniac.
    Where can i find these lovely swedish soaps ?
    is it possible on the net ?
    Best wishes and thanks for you knitting blog

  8. Rebecca, I bought them in a store called Anthropologie, but I haven’t seen them on their website. The soaps are imprinted with God Jul and Be Good. Very cute!

  9. e j michel says:

    wendy, you are so inspiring. i was struck by your courage to adopt another cat after your previous loss. its been two years for me since my second cat died… but reading about lucy and especially now her cat bed, makes me long for a furry sweetie. maybe itll be my christmas present to myself.

    anyway, i am home with the flu (second go around ugh) and was surfing thru your completed works. would you have a reference for the pattern for the lace handkerchief? it intrigues me. (i love lace and cables).

    thanks so much.

  10. So what’s the deal with scheduling such big deadlines right before the holidays? I’ve got two big ones myself due at the end of this week.

    I also had a question for the Fair Isle Goddess. Since you float, what do you do on single color rows? Do you just not care that the thickness of the fabric is not as thick for that row? Or do you just never do a design that would incorporate a single color row?

    The Fair Isle I just finished had some single color rows in the button band, and I weave every 3 or 4 stitches. I just didn’t carry an unused color.

  11. Hi Wendy
    I love reading your blog! I know I sound like a groupie but its really motivated me to challenge myself with the type of knitting I might have shied away from before, right now I am waiting on some Elann Den-m-knit planning to take on the Filey sweater but thought I would post this question before I got started. I dont really have a good eye for these things but the model in Fisherman’s sweater is a female but I intend to make this sweater for a man, do you think the sweater too feminine or could a man wear it just as well?