My current work in progress:

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


Happy Birthday, Dave

Today is my brother Dave’s birthday. Not that he reads my blog, but I’m wishing him a happy birthday anyway.

I found this photo a few days ago.


That’s the cake I made for him for his 40th birthday, *cough-cough* years ago. Am I not a loving sister?

And while we’re on a cake roll (Get it? Heh heh. Cake roll!) here’s a photo of the cake I made for his wedding:


Busy little f-er, ain’t I?

More Q&A!

Answers to questions from yesterday’s comments:

I have not lined any of my Booga Bags.

For arans I use Addi turbos — I prefer metal needles for speed when cabling.

Have I been tempted to join the Rogue-along? Nope. Why not? I don’t like the pattern. It looks beautifully designed, but I don’t like hoodies.


I’ve been working on the multi-directional diagonal scarf in bits and pieces this week — here it is so far:



And here’s my progress on the first Abalone sleeve!


Have a great weekend — relax!



  1. I’m impressed with the cakes. You have quite a talent with cake making, they look like they came from the bakery. You go girl!

    Have a very knitty weekend, see ya Monday!

  2. Hi Wendy,
    lovely cakes, you are truly multi-talented! A Norfolk question: have you thought yet about the neckline at all? The pattern calls for a simple 2×2 rib, but I have been toying with the idea of using the same neckline as in Flying Geese: concentric rings which would mirror the bands of purl stitching at the start of the pattern. The stitch count is close enough to fudge and it might look sharp. What do you think?
    have a great weekend

  3. Wendy, do you know they make that white bakery frosting? I’m not talking about a beautiful buttercream icing, I mean the generic white frosting.

    To me, this is the Food of the Gods. My very own 49th birthday is Sunday and if I knew how to do it I’d make a whole bowl of that frosting, poke a candle into the middle, and eat it up with a spoon.

    Have a warm weekend.

  4. Thank you for sharing allll of your talents with us – and your great sense of humor. Your Brother is a lucky guy! And you are a triple threat lady – incredible knitter, fantastic baker, and dedicated Civil Servant. Hope that you and Lucy have a wonderful weekend.

  5. I spit coffee all over my laptop when I saw the BLACK FROSTING!

    Truly a much needed HOOOhaaaa in this f-n Weather!

    But I double dog dare ya to make the coffee come through my nose!

  6. Hi Wendy! Enjoy your weekend. Those cakes are *really* impressive (not to mention creative).

    I don’t like “hoodies” either, but Rogue has me hooked. I think its hood looks much more refined than your average teenie-bopper pink stretch velour job. 😉

    Finally, can you stand more cat sentimentality? A cat was rescued from the excessive cold in Duluth, MN. (He’s fine, but if you don’t like scary animal stories, don’t read it.) Big hugs to Lucy and all the other shelter kitties out there!!

  7. Wow! Is there any limit to your talents?! I’m very impressed, I’m not too bad a cook but am too impatient for icing cakes. It’s a true skill, and sometimes sadly underated, and your cakes look stunning! What was your brother’s reaction when you brought the cake out to him?

  8. I was going to ask if that’s really black frosting, but I notice Bonne Marie’s seeing the same thing, so it must be. That’s hilarious! There really are too few black foods…and blue, lets have more blue foods, too.

  9. Wendy, I love the cakes! The black frostin is priceless. How many more talents do you have that you are hiding from us?

  10. Mmmm, cakes is good…(B. Simpson paraphase). Did you put “blacky/purple” roses on bro’s cake? Hee heeeee….

  11. How did you make black frosting? I bet you could give cake lessons, too. You are talented Wendy. Your sweater is lovely.

    Have a nice weekend.

  12. Cheryl F. says:

    The black cake is priceless. I can just see everyone with black lips, tongues and teeth after digging into that! Worth the price of admission for that alone.
    Regarding your scarf project, how do you like the Noro yarns? I’ve tried them on two occasions, and the first I had so many twigs VM it really put me off. I will say though, that the 2 skeins I bought for a Booga bag last month were much better–do you think they’ve improved?
    Tell us O oracle of knitting–and if you oracles take the weekend off, have a great one!!

  13. O Oracle,
    Even soothsayers get to close the cave door (or spit fire or tell outright mythologically proportioned lies, just for fun). It’s all about you, baybee. Have a terrific, warm, quiet weeekend. No sleet. Kiss to Ms. L from me and Digit.

  14. whew! you are a busy gal! knitting is gorgeous as usual.