My current work in progress:

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


Critter Knitters Knit-a-thon!

It’s today! It’s today!

What’s today? The start of the Critter Knitters Knit-a-thon!

There is a page of information about this project here. I think everything you need to know to get started should be on that page. There are email links for Liz and me there as well, in case you have any questions.

And the page showing raffle prizes is here. Not all the prizes are listed yet, because a number of you generous people are donating prizes. I’m waiting until I receive a prize before listing it, so I can photograph it and post it on the page.

But take a look — there’s a lot of wonderful stuff there already. And be sure to check back often.

The very talented Liz made us buttons for this project. I put one in my sidebar, linking to the project information page. There are several located on the main knit-a-thon page.

Please feel free to download one and post it on your own page and link to our project pages. The more people who see the button the better.

March Contest Winner!

The March contest winner is Bethany, who submitted this gem:

I washed my vest of pure wool
In hopes it would tighten a pull
When it came out, my vest
Barely covered one breast
And that’s how I learned how to full!

I’ll post more limericks this week — there were so many great ones! My two judges had a very difficult time picking a winner — but they both agreed that Bethany’s contribution was fabulous.

As do I.

My Spirit Trail Blueface Leicester Wool

What shall I knit with the Blueface Leicester wool pictured in Friday’s blog entry? It’s too delicious for words! I have 400 yards of yarn that knits up 21-24 stitches/4″ on US 4-6 needles.

Any ideas, anyone?



I did get one full pattern repeat done over the weekend.

Lucy wants to email all her friends and let them know!


Or perhaps she’s emailing them to say “Beware the Ides of March.”


  1. Bethany
    Congratulations. Now, what to do!

  2. Flora is wonderful! I like that pattern.

  3. oooh! Rightbackatcha with the Flora-tastic comments; what a difference the garter stitch border makes to the design, even while I’m loving my corrugated ribbing. And what completely different colors…quite right, what fun it’s going to be to compare. Who else is Flora-ing?

    Congratulations on the CritterKnitter Kick-off!

  4. Oooh, what lovely colors in Flora! When I update my blog this evening, I’ll definitely add the Critter Knitters Knit-A-Thon button to my site. What a great contest for a worthy cause! Many years ago, I used to work for a veterinarian and I can vouch for strays loving snuggly blankets. I think they find it very comforting. Great job to you & Liz for organizing this project!

  5. Hey Wendy,

    In regards to the knit-a-thon…are you only accepting knit blankets or will you accept any handcrafted ones?

  6. Went to the prize page for the knit-a-thon. What fabulous and generous prizes for the lucky winners.

    Flora is going to be beautiful. But we knew that, didn’t we.

  7. Wow! Wowie wow wow! That’s for Flora, of course, but it could apply equally to the prize page. What a great event!

  8. Hi guys! Yes, we’re also accepting crocheted, sewn and quilted blankets as long as they meet the guidelines on the critter knitters site. Check out Critter Knitters at for guidelines!

  9. Pretty Flora and Pretty Laptop. Mine’s “in the mail”.

  10. Thanks Wendy & Judges– I’m so excited– I never win anything! Now that I’m feeling lucky, I better start working on something for Critter Knitters! By the way, Wendy, thanks for all the work you put into your blog. Your knitting is absolutley incredible!

  11. “Beware the Ides of March”
    I was thinking that too, so made an Ides of March cake.
    Rich chocolate cake iced with “Happy Ides of March” and stuck with multiple little cocktail swords.
    If you want to avoid the mojo, embrace the mojo!
    Happy Ides Monday!

  12. Wendy: Thought you might appreciate this: it was on the local Dallas/Fort Worth news yesterday:

  13. I’ve added the button to my journal for the Knit-a-Thon.
    Living so far a way I’m not sure if I can participate, but I will try. 🙂

    Flora looks great.
    I’ve just started my first Norwegian Sweater and already had to frog half of what I’d done so far. I’m not use to this duel color thing. I’ll get the hang of it tho.

    Love your work!!!

  14. Cathy Westbury says:

    Wendy, my two cats and I are excited about
    the critter knitters knit-a-thon. Are you
    still thinking of using Encore Chunky yarn?
    Do you think one strand will make a comfy
    blanket, or will you be using two strands
    at once?

    Happy Ides of March,

  15. Love frida kinda late i know but you look fabulous!! I love flora!! cool yarn great stash enrichment exp[edition love the manos!!

  16. Hi!
    I love the project with knitted catblankets. BUT is this competition open for us from Scandinavia? Do you have a plan for doing something like this all ower the world? I love cats=katter(and hens=honor) look at my website!!
    Regards Marianne from Sweden.

  17. Wendy, I’ve already started knitting kitty-blankets! Thanks so much for making me aware of this project.

    Flora’s lovely! You’re an inspiration, as always.