My current work in progress:

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


Critter Knitters

Didja see the new Critter Knitters Coalition website? Liz blogged about it being up and running yesterday. She did a fabulous job and I think it’s a beautifully designed and executed site.

I also love what it’s all about. Go read it, and then come back here. I’ll wait. ๐Ÿ™‚


You all know what a bleeding-heart animal lover I am. This is a cause that really tugs at the ol’ heartstrings for me, because when I read about shelter animals needing warm blankies to lie on, I think of Lucy when she was in a shelter (before her rescue), shivering, injured, alone, and scared.

I look at her now, sleeping in my lap, purring in her sleep, and wish I could give a loving home to every poor creature in a shelter. But I can help by knitting and donating blankets to the Critter Knitters Coalition.

What do you guys think about a Critter Knitters Knit-along?

Liz and I are going to cohost this event. We are still in the planning stages but we’d like to give everyone a heads-up and see what you think. We’re going to have a raffle, like I did with the Mouse-a-thon, so there will be chances to win some great prizes.

There are guidelines on the Critter Knitters website on what they need, as well as links to patterns for blankies. Those of you with knitting machines could whip them out pretty quickly, I think. The blankets must be machine washable, but I’m pretty sure I’ve got some Plymouth Encore Chunky at home left over from another charity project, so that’s what I’ll be knitting my blankets with. Plymouth Encore is my favorite machine washable yarn. Mostly acrylic, but has enough wool in it to feel good.

I’m very excited about this! Liz and I will post details on our blogs as we figure them out.



I think it’s very cool that both Michelle and Anne recognized and had started or made the cat and basket cross-stitch I featured yesterday.

Did either of you make this one?


Anne, I believe you are correct — the magazine was “Cross Stitch and Country Crafts” at that time, and I agree — it was good.



I did complete Frida’s first sleeve and started the second one.

Oh by the way, I’m not the only person who has noticed that Dale of Norway’s yardage requirements in their patterns are often inaccurate. It’s been discussed on the Norgeknit list (over at Yahoogroups).

A question yesterday on how much extra yarn to buy if your making the largest size of a design and there’s no next size up to guide you.

Well, you sort have to play it by ear. Look at how much the amounts needed go up for each size and just estimate. And by the way, the amounts needed for Ingeborg may be exactly correct as written in the pattern. I’m just pointing out that it’s been my experience in the past that Dale underestimates yarn amounts. So I always buy a little extra so I don’t have to think about it.

Your mileage may vary.

Apple Butter Socks

Finished the first one.


March Contest

It’s that time again, ain’t it? I’ll announce the March contest on Monday. Keep your eyes peeled!


  1. Yes! That’s the other cat and basket cross-stitch that I started (great minds, you know ๐Ÿ˜‰ ). I think I may have actually finished that one. It was right around the time I stopped stitching things that needed to be framed. Now, I’ll have to dig through my stitching stuff this weekend.

  2. just quickie comment here. been reading your site daily. im hooked,cant start my day without seeing whats going on on your site.and i love the obligatory Lucy photos. i was surprised to find out that Lucy was a rescue. she is such a beauty.have a nice weekend

  3. Finished my Apple Butter sock,too,last night! And cast on the second one this morning. ๐Ÿ™‚ I think green will have to be my next pair–yours is gorgeous!

  4. Josรฉe says:

    I think a knit-a-long for the blankets is a great idea. You can count me in! Everything looks great – as usual. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. Count me in to make a critter blanket. I have 2 cats, both rescued, who are currently cuddled together on my daughter’s fleece blanket.

  6. Tevilla says:

    I think the knit along is a great idea, although I will probably donate locally–the animal control officer in my town just put out a request for blankets, so the timing of this website is PURRFECT. Thanks for linking to this site. I belong to a womens club group and we are knitting/crocheting for Project Linus and I hope critter knitters can be a destination also.

    I am taking one of my spoiled cats for his ‘well kitty’ appointment this AM and will post the site at the Vet’s office.


  7. Bridget says:

    I think the knit-along is a great idea. I, too, have Encore in my stash that some poor homeless animal would benefit from

    I’m midway through sleeve one of Lillehammer and am growing more and more anxious about the Main Color. I generally buy the yardage for the next size up but this was a gift from Dear Hubby. I love to knit the Dales…I’m addicted. I guess the yardage issues is just one more challenge to them.

  8. Wendy: The blanket-knit-along is a good idea. Your sweater and socks are coming along quite nicely.

    Have a good weekend Wendy and Lucy.

  9. vanessa says:

    this is going to make a lot of animals very happy ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Alithia says:

    Hi! I love the critter knit-along idea. Count me in!

  11. Knittykim says:

    I contacted Critter Knitters yesterday, and Sage sent me back and e-mail. I am sending some prepared towels, etc that I already had, but I am certainly up for a Critter Knittalong!

  12. Juliette says:

    Count me in, too! I have four rescue cats..I couldn’t live without em but you can only make so many Kitty Beds before even they are saying “Enough!”

  13. count me in! What a great way to use up all that old acrylic. Frida is beautiful – I’m guessing it’s one of Solveig Hisdal’s designs. I love the way she does the flowers, i.e. the Poetry in Stitches big cardigan.

  14. Critter knits it is! My cats are rescues of one kind or another, so’s my dog; can’t take any more orphans in, but could easily do a blanket or two.

  15. I have knit several shelter blankets in the past for the Snuggles project. Have you seen their website?

  16. The Critters Coalition sounds like the Hugs for Homeless Animals Snuggles Project, but targeted for NYC.

    I’ve done snuggles before, I really recommend the Comfy Knit snuggle,

    For those without a serious stach, you can easily knit a decent size one using one skein of el cheapo Red Heart Worsted weight 4ply. Or two skeins of the nicer Lion brand Homespun if your looking for something a little nicer, but still relatively inexpensive.

    Thanks for advertising this one, Wendy! I am definitely up for a knit along.

  17. I have encore in my stash too! What a good idea.

    My housemate is talking about fostering pregnant cats this summer, and I’m thinking I’ll make them Wendy-style kittybeds.

  18. This is a wonderful thing you’re doing and will hopefully get many people who are intimidated and feel that their knitting isn’t “good enough” to participate. I would also recommend saving all your old towels and donating them to your local shelter. Often-times these are just as necessary and easier to clean.

    I’m also willing to donate a hand-made purse for a prize if you decide to hand out prizes. I’ll send you links to photos next week so you can pick one out. I won’t be able to participate in this knit-along, but would like to do something to encourage others.

  19. Our local knitting guild has been making felted blankeys for the local animal shelter. This is a great cause. Thanks for doing this wonderful project.
    On a personal note, your site and others have been so inspiring and it seemed like a fun idea to create my own blog. I do hope you will stop by and enjoy a read from time to time. When I grow up (really I’m older than you) I want to be as prolific and as accomplished as you are.

  20. Oh dear…the first part of my post was lost. I did say that our local guild is knitting felted items for the animal shelter and that this a great cause. Thank you for bringing it to our attention.

  21. A knit along for those poor kitties and puppies sounds great when do we start?

  22. Wendy, I love that idea! Count me in. What a neat organization. I hope it spreads!

    Enjoy your weekend!

  23. E J Michel says:

    count me in on the blanket knitalong. i also sent an email to my firm’s classified ads so maybe i can collect some from here …. well, see though as its a pretty conservative law firm.

    thanks for the continuing inspiration.

  24. Nope, Wendy, I didn’t make any of the cast-with-quilts except the Siamese — though I liked them all, I believe.

    I still have EVERY issue, from the beginning.

    Dropped off the subscription at some point when they’d gone through several incarnations and become Annoying To Me.

    I need to finish up some cross stitch projects — but this whole knitting blog thing sorta got in the way — too difficult to do ANY textiles but knitting!

  25. Count us in for the Critter-Knitter event. My dogs are both rescues, and would love to paricipate. Jake says he might have to do some quality-control tests on the blankets, though…

  26. Fabulous, generous idea….. Count me in.

  27. Count on me for some blankets for Critter Knitters. My Abby, Fielder, was adopted from New Jersey, and I can’t imagine life without him: sweet, loving, sleeps with me every night, even under the blankets with his little head sticking out on my pillow. Our eldest female, Minerva, was a stray we took in — we just couldn’t say no to her when the weather turned cold, all those years ago.

    What do you think of Woolease for washability for the project?

  28. Okay I will admit I was orginally making a blanket for project linus, there requirement being that the blanket be 40*60. But all could muster was is 20*20 then I saw your Critter Knitters and thought perfect I am done. I am going to donate it to my local since I am in Canada.

  29. Nathalie (Australia) says:

    Hi Wendy

    How is your knitting student at work getting on??


  30. I’m in for the knit along! All my pets are always rescues. I’ve done shelter volunteer work and people have no idea how big a difference something like this can make to a scared/injured/sick little fuzzy!

  31. I’ve always been a weaver, not a floater, when knitting different colors. I do like the idea of floating but wonder how you manage not to catch the floats when you are putting the garmet on, particularly a pullover? Or maybe it’s just me ๐Ÿ™‚

  32. Hi, Everyone!

    I cannot believe how many wonderful and warm responses there are to helping make the lives of abandoned shelter animals more comfortable.

    You all are such beautiful people, and I am so touched to know so many people are participating in making change. Although I cannot walk into every shelter because some of the situations are just too sad, I personally have seen the blankets make a big difference to the cats at the shelters I do volunteer at. Just last Saturday, I spent 7 hours at one of my favorite animal shelters, and I gave extra blankets from Critter Knitters that the shelter had received when we started up to depressed or scared cats who needed the extra comfort. One cat who was laying depressed in the back of his cage, a newbie from the CACC (the city shelter) came to the front of the cage only after I put a knit blanket down for him and came and faced forward for the first time since he got there; another cat I was told can only be picked up when his Critter Knitter red fleece blanket (hi, Jocelyn!) is placed over him, as he is a feral and likes to feel secure since he is trying to become socialized with people; and one cat I was told was no longer biting as much (can’t tell if he is feral or badly abused) because he likes his new bed. (a fleece roundy store bought bed) And there is one cat that is so terrified (can’t tell yet if he was abused or is feral) that I put a hand knit over him and he snuggled in close to the blanket.

    Wendy and Liz have been instrumental in making this all happen and you all are going to make a HUGE HUGE difference in the lives of many shelter animals who need it so much.

    I have been sending over treats and toys with the blankets and keeping track in a database of the quantity of blankets shipped and the shelters and rescues they have gone out to.

    I am so touched to know there are so many compassionate people out there who are coming together to make a difference in the comfort of so many animal beings. Getting involved and spreading the word and love also helps create awareness for the plight of shelter animals. Whether an animal has 48 hours in a shelter or a lifetime in their shelter cage, it is my hope that every creature in a cage awaiting their human love connection can be as comfortable and feel as secure as possible.

    Thank you to all here for helping make this happen.
    You are truly wonderful.

    And a very special thank you to Liz and Wendy for so much hard work, preparation and enthusiasm. You both are incredible beyond belief.

    Much Love and Blessings,
    and happy Love Rug Making!

    Critter Knitters