My current work in progress:

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



This has been another of those weeks that seemed ten days long. Hopefully today will pass without incident.

Bucket Hat

There were some questions about my bucket hat in yesterday’s comments.

I used almost two skeins of Colinette Skye for my hat — but I did make a large size, and I doubled the yarn for the brim. In future, I will not double the yarn for the brim of hats I felt — as is pointed out in the pattern, doubled yarn doesn’t felt as much as when it’s knit singly, so it took extra manipulation to get the brim to lie flat, and I’m not 100% happy with it. I think a single thickness brim felted will be thick enough, so that’s what I’ll do for the next one.

In answer to another question, you can use any heavy worsted weight wool that will felt. I just started another hat in Lopi Light.

And I was asked for a photo of me wearing the hat. Hoo-boy! You’re gonna be sorry you asked.

Because I have been averaging 2 – 3 hours of sleep per night for the last 4 nights, I am a vision of loveliness. Dark shadows under the eyes, giant zit on the chin. So this is as much of me as you’re gonna see right now!


I don’t want to frighten anyone any more than necessary.

Mobius Cowl

It’s coming along, and I’ve made a point to not leave it lying out where Lucy can get her little paws on it.


I don’t know yet what I’ll do with the yarn that Lucy unravelled yesterday — but I’m sure I’ll think of something!


Lucy’s thinking about it too.

Knitting Basket

Tomorrow, December 20, is the deadline that Teresa, Deb, and I decided to set for contributions to the Knitbloggers Knitting Basket Fund. If you want to contribute, there’s still plenty of time — the link is in my sidebar.

And a huge thank-you to all of you who contributed and helped make this project such a resounding success!


  1. Congratulations on making it to the 8th knitting basket! ๐Ÿ™‚ Cool hat,Wendy!

  2. Inquiring minds want to know what the next sweater project might be? I’m hopeful it will be a Dale, since I am presently having a passionate love affair with all things Dale (and Bea Ellis, vendor extraordinaire). Even saw one of the ski sweaters being worn yesterday in the Starbucks line with patch and all. All of my holiday gifts were made from Dale book #130, and when I finish the cable and bobble gloves for myself, I will finally finish (steek) my first Dale sweater. And as soon as I get a few expected first grandbaby projects completed, I’m going to start my Mouseathon prize project. This prize (Kongsberg) has been a gift beyond my expectations. I almost feel guilty ‘taking’ when my intent was just to give love to all homeless and/or mistreated kitties.

    I hope you get some rest soon – the new camera (drool) clearly shows how much you need it.

  3. Happy Friday, Wendy! Get some rest, okay? I took today off to get some last minute holiday stuff done, and where am I? In front of the computer again! Oy!

    Have a restful weekend!

  4. Aah – Lucy looks like one unrepentant little kitty. I have to be careful where I leave my yarn because I have an 8 year old Lhasa Apso that likes to frolic as well. Hope you get over your insomnia and get some sleep. I’d like some hints too on what your next project will be. I keep going back and forth on mine. I’m dying to do another Dale (my baby sweater was received with great applause and the 3 year old recipient loves to model it!), but some Elsebeth Lavold patterns keep calling to me. Have a relaxing weekend!

  5. My bet is that Lucy would like you to knit the yarn up again, preferably in a fancy lace stitch, so that she can unravel it again!

    This could be a new way to stress test yarn…how many time can it be knit and then undergo feline unravelling without losing it’s structure, sheen and strength!


  6. Wendy,
    Hope you can get some rest over the weekend. And your bucket hat and the cowl are wonderful. And Lucy is beyond words…

  7. It’s a pimp hat! Super cute, Wendy. ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you get some sleep this weekend. Insomnia is no fun.

  8. I had the same issues with my first bucket — doubling up the yarn in the brim. I do love how soft and warm the Skye looks. And your cowl is making me want to invest in some Cash Iroha. I keep petting it in my LYS!

  9. Lovely eyes, Wendy, under you hat !!
    you know, you just must write a book with Lucy and you ! it’s so funny, and each day !

  10. Since it’s felted, why don’t you cut the brim and make it shorter then overcast the cut edge by hand then steam/wash and see what it looks like?

  11. Rebecca had a wonderful idea about a book with you and Lucy. Your wit and humor is similar to Erma Bombeck, which I found profoundly funny and delightful. I think by nature you are serious but you have a wonderful whimsical side that comes out often.

    Hope you get some zzzz’s this weekend.

  12. The before pictures were hysterical. I’d love to make the bucket o chic. But the thing with the wavy brim made me hesitate…and I’ve seen it happen a lot! Is it the yarn? is it the doubling of the yarn? Is it the width of the brim? Is it the blocking? I’ve read the FAQs on the website, but am wondering if there is any additional collective wisdom there? Theories?

  13. Ah, a red face here! The magnificent Bonne Marie has posted notes to tame any waves! You are both wonders.

  14. Hey Wendy!

    I just sent Teresa the ThreadBear part of the baskets–we collected $104 and some change through the uber-cute donation jar made by Martha and her mother (local knitters), so with us matching donations, I just PayPal transfered $210.

    Excellent ideas from excellent people–you, Teresa, and Yentala are such wonderful and giving folks. THANKS!