My current work in progress:

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



She says with relief. Tough week.


Roi asked another good question:

Looking at Abalone this a.m. and seeing how you used a perfectly contrasting color thread to sew the buttons on reminded me of Meg’s article, “Fussy Knitting” in the last VKI. Would you describe yourself as a fussy knitter?

First of all, I sewed the buttons on Abalone using the dark green wool that is part of Abalone, so doing so doesn’t count as being fussy. If I had indeed found the perfect color of knitting thread . . . now that would be fussy.

Am I a fussy knitter? I don’t think so. I very very rarely rip out and do something over because it doesn’t meet my standards the first time. I think this is due to laziness and impatience. I have both of those traits in abundance.

Is being fussy an inherited trait? I wonder. It’s interesting to contemplate, because I think my mother and her mother were complete opposites of each other on the fussiness scale.

My grandmother was a wild woman. She acted on impluse, threw things together any old way. And she was a heckuva lot of fun to be around when I was a kid. Of course, one had to put up with the occasional sandwich made from Cheetos and pickle relish on white bread, because if she didn’t have the proper ingredients to make something, she’d substitute with whatever she happened to have. Sometimes this worked. Sometimes it didn’t (see reference to Cheeto-pickle relish sandwich, above).

My mother, on the other hand, does everything by the book. Always follows instructions and everything always turns out perfect.

I think I fall somewhere in-between the two of them.

Abalone Sleeve Progress!


Hopefully early next week I’ll have an FO photo for ya.

Lucy Calendar

I’ve had several questions over the past few weeks about the Lucy Calendar for 2005. All of which I’ve ignored. ๐Ÿ˜‰

So I think it’s about time to talk about it.

The other day, Mouse asked this question in my comments:

Lucy calendar question: would you prefer a portrait, or a, hm, rubenesque type painting? or both?

You see, when we first started talking about this, Mouse very kindly offered to do a portrait of Lucy for the calendar. So . . . what do you all think? what sort of picture of Lucy would you like to see? Leave a comment.

As for how the photos are coming . . .

I take at least 5 or 6 photos of Lucy every day. Some days many more. Many of them are calendar worthy, I think.

The plan I have brewing in my fevered little brain is to at some point late summer/early autumn narrow down the photos to a few dozen. Post small versions of them online, and let you all vote on which ones you want to see in the calendar. Sound good?

As for creating the calendar itself, I’m thinking Cafepress. It’ll make the calendar more expensive because they take quite a big chunk off the top, but I can’t see any other way of doing this project that wouldn’t involve a large outlay of cash by me up-front, and having to manage the mailing myself.

And we can figure out how much you think the mark-up from the Cafepress price should be to be reasonable, and still make some money for the rescue organization.

Sound good? If anyone has any other brilliant ideas, we at WendyKnits! are open to suggestions!

February Contest

The February contest will be announced on Monday. Happy weekend, all!


  1. I Lucy a climber? That is the top of your bookcase, isn’t it? I’m looking forward to the calendar, great Christmas presents for next year.

    Have a good weekend.

  2. Wendy, if I could knit as beautifully as you, I wouldn’t need to be ‘fussy’ with my knitting (big sigh). My knitting OCD provoked me to ladder back my front steek yesterday and it still doesn’t look as pretty as yours;o(

    Actually, it’s more of a “pretty is as pretty does” kind of thing. I was trying for the checkerboard patterned steek but in the lice portion of the sweater the steek stitches were bunching up, probably because I don’t carry the CC around on the rows not used – so then it ends up on the other side and I have to drag it over to the other side and catch it – and I guess I’m not paying enough attention to my tension at that point. Grrrrrr!

    I really like Chery’s idea about the Lucy calendar as holiday presents for next year – It’s a good thing;o)

  3. I think if you have to shell out a chunk of money to Cafepress for the Lucy calendar – wouldn’t it be nice if all your knitter friends helped with the initial shell out? I, for one, would be more than happy to help with it. Of course, this would be a volunteer type thing, but who wouldn’t want to help out for such a fun and worthy cause? I just love the idea, and it would make really nice Christmas presents.

    Miss Lucy needs to be painted as a portrait type. She is so elegant and her laying in a stately manner would definitely show her gracefullness. (Did I spell that right???)

    Happy weekend to you and Lucy.

  4. Having never ‘steeked’ myself, I may be asking a dumb question. But isn’t a steek just for cutting open your sweater? If so, then why would it matter if you make a mistake in the pattern of your steek; or, why would it be necessary to have a pattern at all ??? I’ve seen (in books) a steek that’s simply a wrap/drop stitch, so in that case there’s no pattern, no worry. I’m questioning because I hope sometime this year to actually knit a fairisle with a steek, and I want to dredge the collective knitting mind for all the info/ideas I can in advance. Let’s face it, even though you can’t do without the books, people usually have more insight! Not to mention experience. TIA

  5. minasgranny says:

    I was shopping in the local yarn shop this past weekend and bought a small skein of eyelash type yarn. The clerk asked me what I was going to do with it, and I told her it was for the edge of the felted kitty bed I’m working on. Whereupon the owner of the shop commented that she has sold a great many skeins of similar yarn for just that same purpose. “Sounds like a lot of folks are reading the same blog I am”, I replied…and several women piped up “Wendy’s blog!” Thank you for your inspiration, your time and effort in keeping the blog going – not to mention all the extra things you do (mousies, animal-grants, etc.)
    P.S. I was suprised to find out that your yarn shop carries no jumper weight shetland wool. I thought they had everything!

  6. minasgranny says:

    Oops! in the above comment, that should have been “our yarn shop” not “your yarn shop” Sorry about the t.o.

  7. Oh my. When I was in first grade, there was a boy in my class who would eat American cheese and pickle sandwiches. Is that what your grandmother was trying to recreate? I never thought the original form would be edible; I cannot imagine her version. (My maternal grandmother is also known for putting ketchup on spaghetti for my mom to eat. Bleah.)

    Enjoy the weekend — stay dry!!

  8. Happy Weekend! I think ANY pictures of the Luce would be appropriate for the calendar. She looks good all ways, always.
    Enjoy finishing Abalone! Yowza!

  9. I think Reubenesque. I always think cats look best when they are stretched out in all their glory.

  10. Rubenesque. ๐Ÿ™‚ She’s so pretty everywhere it’d be a shame to just see her face.

  11. Oh, I think you must see the movie “Calendar Girls” before doing anymore photostyling for the Lucy Calendar.

    Abalone is beautiful!! Perfect for this winter’s weather.

  12. No, No! Don’t see Calendar Girls before you decide! You’ll be approaching Lucy with a gleam in your eye and clippers in your hand! Nekkid Lucy would not be a pretty sight.

  13. if you’re planning on making a calendar, you might want to check out it’s canadian, so it’s cheaper for you, and they make calendars for 19.99$ CAD, which is… well, i dunno how much it is, but it’s cheap! and so is the shipping.

    hope that helps! =)

  14. I have a feeling that you don’t make too many mistakes requiring ripping back. You do beautiful work and unless you just don’t include them in your pictures, I don’t think you make too many major mistakes!

    Question. I know you knit mainly traditional designs. Have you ever considered knitting one of Malene Samuelsen’s sweater designs (Norselander Fiberarts)? Many of her designs incorporate side-to-side knitting, but they are beautiful.

    Just curious!