My current work in progress:

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


Knitting Blahs

You know how it goes. You’re bored with everything.

I was three-quarters done with the first sleeve of the Big Kureyon pullover (the body’s complete) when I was overcome by ennui. Bleah.

The sweater’s way cute, but I needed a small gauge fix and fast!

So I wound some of my Jamieson’s into balls.


And cast on for Abalone.




I have no self-restraint.

But I feel much better now. I spent last night in a tequila fog, knitting the bottom band in two-color garter stitch. By the way, a lot of tequila makes two-color garter stitch a lot less painful.

Does Lucy Really Like Her Kitty Beds?


You bet your sweet bippy she does. I don’t have to entice her to get into one of her new beds — she’s quite happy snuggling up for a nap herself. She still sleeps in my lap while I’m knitting, but now she divides her time between lap and kitty beds.

Hat Blocker

In answer to a question in my blog, I bought the 4 quart Rubbermaid container at Linens ‘n Things.

Another Comment Question

Have you ever suffered through times when you’ve been physically unable to knit/craft, and, if so, how have you kept yourself sane during that period!?

No . . . not really. In 1994 I was in an accident that crushed my right leg and for a couple of weeks I didn’t knit. But I didn’t do anything else, either — I was on serious pain meds and copuldn’t even focus enough to watch television. I spent my days staring out the window.

But as soon as the pain diminished, I was knitting. Fortunately, I’ve never had an injury that left me physically unable to knit.

Long may that continue!


  1. Tell the truth, did Lucy cast on for Abalone? Hee! I have become a total knitting sloth, so I came over here to request you poke me with a small needle. Alas, you were suffering from the same (post holiday knitting?) malaise. I don’t think copious amounts of tequila or garter stitch (as pretty as Abalone is) could prod me along. Bunny keeps reminding me WENDY SAID she should have a knitted doggie bed like Lucy’s. Shhh, she doesn’t know Lucy has TWO beds.

  2. happy new year!

  3. Pets can be smart, can they not? I’m referring to how Lucy just knows that those beds are for her. My Bella, is the same way. When I place something down for her, she just knows it’s for her and she knows what she’s supposed to do with it. They can be very cooperative in that way…which makes for a great relationship for us.
    You’re ability to knit while in Tequila Land just shows how “seasoned” you really are (in my opinion). I will not attempt to knit while under the influence, of even one glass of wine…but then I’m a light weight. I know that I’d be frogging everything I did, if I did.
    Happy New Year!

  4. Wow. The only thing I can do when drinking tequila is….well….drink.

  5. I love Lucy and her kitty beds. I made a blanket for my big kitty and put it in a copy paper box top. He loves it. I think he would really like a felted bed!

  6. Hi Wendy,
    I cast on for a new AS sweater. Yeah! However this is the first pullover so what do you do with the yarn ends, tie them off like you do sleeves?!?!?!

    Happy New Year!



  7. Wendy, A wonderful new year to you and your great cat LUCY!

  8. I have the opposite problem. After getting bored with a couple of small needle sweaters in progress, I went for some big needle, almost instant gratification with a cozy brown jacket which should be done by tomorrow!

  9. Happy New Year,Lucy! Meeeeoowwww! Purrrr!

  10. jen in orange says:

    wait!!!!! you cast on for abalone, but didn’t add it to your WIPs yet!!!!

    from my cat cheezy poof: meow purr purr mrOW!

  11. Happy New Year, Wendy. And to Lucy and Ian, too. I can’t wait to watch Abalone evolve.

  12. Oh, can I relate to your knitting Blahs. It’s very humid in Sydney at the mo, so only cotton knitting is being touched. I have 4 1/2 completed projects & none of them are inspiring me. They are either too complex or too simple. I wanna play with FI shetland yarns – & Beadwork & Blue Shimmer. But all 3 are way too unpleasant to touch. Remember we have no AirCon in our house – just open French windows & doors & in the high 20s Cel. & 70s to 90s humidity & sadly no rain. Grr. On a brighter note – hoping the NY brings you continued good health & happiness. Thanks to adding to mine in 2003.