My current work in progress:

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


“Will you Knit Me a Scarf?”

A very good friend hesitantly asked me this question yesterday morning when we were going for coffee.

Will I? Of course I will!

What’s involved here is me picking out the pattern, the yarn, and the colorway, ordering the yarn, knitting the scarf, and presenting it to her as a fait accompli. What’s not to like?

And she pays for the yarn. She even offered to pay in advance. And she’s not a cheap person, so the sky’s the limit.

I went back to my office and said to Monica, “I get to buy yarn! I get to buy yarn!”

So I’ve ordered three skeins of Noro Silk Garden in colorway 53 and will make a multidirectional diagonal scarf from Karen Baumer’s most excellent pattern.

Now, I wouldn’t do this for anyone. But this is a friend would do anything for me, and do it without hesitation. A friend like that is a rare and precious thing, so I’m delighted to be able to do a little something for her, particularly because she’s going through a particularly bad patch right now.

I have no qualms about picking out colors for her — we have uncannily similar tastes, even though we couldn’t look more different. She’s a 4’10” tall Mexican and I’m a 5’6″ tall Swede. We have on more than one occasion worn identical outfits to work, without even knowing that the other owned the same outfit.

Aside: I first met my friend when years ago I took a job as a contractor in OSHA’s Directorate of Safety Standards. On my first day, she walked past my cubicle, stopped, stared at me, and said, “Who the hell are you?”

So as soon as the yarn arrives, Norfolk will slide onto the back burner, and I’ll start on the scarf as commuter knitting.

Okay, I was gonna put a photo here of Norfolk sitting on the back burner of my stove, but it loses a lot of effect when you have a smooth-top range. Oh, what the heck. Here it is anyway.


Norfolk Questions

In answer to a comment question, I do not have a photo of Norfolk, other than the one in the book, which is copyrighted material. So I won’t scan it and post it here. You’ll just have to wait and be surprised, though it’ll be a long wait, considering I can only complete 1 or 2 rounds a day, and I’ll be temporarily abandoning it to work on my friend’s scarf.

Another question about how I like the Peruvian Collection Baby Silk. I love it! It has a lovely silky sheen to it and is very soft. Quite pleasant to knit.

More Q&A

Peter, those priority mail boxes are new empty ones. No yarn came in them. Honest. I have a pretty good-sized inventory of mailing supplies left over from my days as a power eBay seller. In the U.S. you can (or at least you could a few years ago) order priority mail supplies — boxes, bags, labels, tape — free of charge in quantity from the post office. Cool huh?

And the question about where the Booga Bag pattern is — it’s Julie’s pattern, available free, here.

Lucy in the Lap With Knitting

Can anyone hear Beatles music in the background?


Several comments about how great it is that Lucy is so well-behaved with my knitting while she’s in my lap. She is well-behaved because she is asleep. When I sit down to knit in the evenings, Lucy always climbs up into my lap and comfortably arranges herself while I obligingly hold the knitting out of the way. She seems to fall asleep immediately, and I gently place knitting on top of sleeping cat. She never budges.

Of course, I do need to make sure that I have everything I need within easy reach (pattern, all the colors of yarn, phone, tv remote) so I don’t have to lean forward and disturb Sleeping Beauty.

Lucy asleep at night is another story. I’ve noticed lately that as she gets more familiar in our home, she’s less obedient and well-behaved. I woke up yesterday and today at 3:00am because she was . . . um . . . sitting on my face.

So much for excessive cat sentimentality.

Lucy is a highly intelligent cat, by the way. Don’t believe me? Look at the text message I received on my cell phone the other day:


Off I go, to fight the forces of stupidity. Gack. Good Thursday to all.


  1. I seriously think that adopted cats put on a little act for the first month or so to ensure you keep them. My new cat was the friendliest, most peaceful little thing, I said to myself “I can get 3 more of these!”. Then he started attacking everything in sight..such as toes…at night… when he works his way under the blanket.

  2. Lucy couldn’t possibly misbehave–I don’t believe it. She’s so beautiful and peaceful-looking in your photo. It makes me want to reach out and pet those sweet little paws!


  3. So funny about Lucy… I heard the music before I read the next line. Your humor is great! I can see (feel) Lucy in the face in the middle of the night. I miss my kitties. Have a good day.

  4. For those looking for a photo of Norfolk, go to and you’ll find it in the Scottish Fleet miscellany under the Back Catalog.

  5. Hi Wendy. I know I don’t comment often, but I read your blog faithfully every day.

    With your predilection toward complex, challenging, intricate knitting, have you ever done lace knitting? For me, I love it, although it’s kind of like needlepoint, in that it’s fun to do, but what the hell do you do with it when it’s done?

  6. Nice to see you Joe! ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes, I went through my “lace period.” Check my knitting gallery for photos (link in the sidebar). What do you do with it when you’re done? Well, most of my lace sits folded on shelves!

  7. for pics of norfolk, I just googled ‘Alice *more Norfolk’ and went to look at the ones that are in other’s online galleries.
    could you tell O. that I’m thinking of her?

  8. (erm, I meant that the people asking should do the same – or follow the suggestion above – not that you should do so and link or swipe or whatever….)

  9. Isn’t it nice to have friends like that? I swear, my best bud is becoming my guinea pig for knitting things/colors I want to try but would prob. never wear. And her enjoyment of things make is worth everything.

    I envy you the cat who simply sleeps on your lap while you knit.

  10. Hi all, Flor has a picture of Norfolk in her 2000 gallery. It looks a lot like mine. Wendy, yours is going to be very soft and elegant in silk, compared to the harder wool versions. Looking forward to seeing it someday, and the scarf first.

  11. Oh, Wendy, you enabling vixen, you! I *almost* bought that baby silk yesterday to make Cape Cod (which honestly isn’t even on my list at the moment). I spent quite a while calculating yardage and evaluating gauge until I decided that the one-size is just too big for my small frame. I’d be swimming in it. Beautiful yarn, though, I must say!

    I ended up buying a pattern download for heavier yarn — something I can actually use to knit some of the yarn I already have! Yay! ๐Ÿ˜€ And THEN I can buy more yarn.

    (P.S. Make sure you remember to move Norfolk off the stove. One of my neighbors had that kind of stove and got confused about what was on or off; burned out the kitchen badly, and the whole house had to be gutted.)

  12. Today’s post is my all time fav. I loved hearing about your friend and the fact that you appreciate the value of her friendship. This is so many times overlooked, and it’s refreshing to hear you acknowledge it (I’m feeling senitmental today). And how could you not love someone who meets you with that sort of introduction your first day on the job? That is a hoot!

    Lucy is too funny too…on your face? The thought of it gave me a chuckle, and it couldn’t have came on a better day.

    Thanks for the great morning entertainment. It was better than Katie and Matt!

  13. Oh, to have a cat who will nap in your lap. I have one that will and one that just drools whenever petted.

    Your intricate knitting is an inspiration for a newbie. The Abalone may be the most beautiful piece of knitting I’ve ever seen.

  14. You, and she, are adorable. What’s her phone email again? Digit has some things he needs to text her but he won’t tell me what they are….

  15. Can Lucy have kitties? She sure would make a beautiful mommy. She is the prettiest cat I have ever seen.

    QueerJoe obviously has not gone in on your finished projects and viewed your lace knitting to see the spectacular shawls you have made. Tell him to take a look and be in awe of you.

  16. I am going away for much of our Australia Day long weekend & the cats wrote to their temporary feeder the “Rules of Da House” One of the comments they included was: Petey is such a bully & won’t feed us till after 6 pm – even when we ask politely beforehand.

  17. Dear Wendy
    When you knit with Kureyon do you take the yarn from the middle every time(to start rolling your ball of yarn) or do you take the yarn from the outside?

    My bags stripes were upside down…
    I am about to start a new bag tonight :o)Using 102.
    So pretty

  18. I read your blog each day too Wendy. It’s now part of my daily treats (next to my coffee latte that I’ve learned to make at home). I have to say I enjoy the Lucy section the most, but text messages…. hmmmmm You have a great sense of humour. Cheers.