My current work in progress:

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


Get Out the Ark

Wow, it rained nonstop yesterday. Heavy rain. All day. Lucy was starting to be concerned. I think she wanted little kitty water wings.

But I did get a lot of cleaning done yesterday. It ain’t fun, but it’s necessary.

And I finished my bucket hat knitted in Becky’s Bucket Knit-along!


After seeing that photo, no one can accuse me of vanity. I cropped out the rest of my face because . . . well, children read my blog and I don’t want to be the cause of nightmares.

I added a little crocheted flower, just for fun. And I’m pleased to report that I ran into no more knots in the Mission Falls cotton, since those first three. And no pilling so far.

I also got past the armholes on my checkerboard shell.


It’s eleven inches to the armhole shaping. I considered making it a tad longer, but I think it’ll stretch a mite, so I didn’t.

And I put together some prize kits!

Liz is planning on several knit-out-in-the-park events in and about NYC for the Critter Knitters project. We thought it would be a fun idea to have an instant prize to be raffled off at each of the knit-outs. Here are the partial contents of a “Summer Fun” kit:


Each kit contains the yarn, pattern, and needle needed to knit the “Perfect Pouch,” along with a bar of wonderful handmade soap. All kits contain some fun summer yarn, and some of them contain an autographed copy of a novel by Barbara Bretton.

Barbara was kind enough to donate the Kureyon and patterns for the Perfect Pouch, along with the autographed copies of her book. The soap was donated by Tami, and I threw in the needles. The extra summer yarn (not pictured) is a surprise in each kit, and was donated by Natalie.

So if you’re in the NYC area, be sure to attend at least one of Liz’s knitouts. Not only will they be loads of fun, help the animals, but you could win a wonderful instant prize!

Lucy is giddy just thinking about it.


And Liz received more blankets!


To one and all who left comments yesterday. And it may interest you to know that another knitblogger emailed me and told me that austin had been pestering her too. In the same creepy way. Ewwwwww.


  1. CUUUUUUUUUTE! That little crocheted flower is snappy. I want one, too!

  2. Hmmm… perhaps there is a Troll in our midst : ) I have received a rash of .pif attachments ever since joining a few Yahoo groups.

  3. Someone should warn Austin that a set of 00 Addi turbos can be damned lethal in the right hands. Twerp.

  4. Great bucket Wendy. Lucy looks adorable sprawled out on the kitty quilt. And I am glad Austin is leaving you alone. When will people learn–if you don’t have anything nice to say…just be quiet.

  5. As I sit here enjoying my first cup of Joe and photo of Lucy (love those little tufts of hair between the toes) I wonder if Austin was given half the love you give to Lucy (and all those adoptable kitties for which you’ve made life more wonderful) maybe he wouldn’t have so much anger to vent.


  6. I’m loving the purple bucket o’ chic hat. Where’d you find the pattern for the crocheted flower?

    Love your blog too!

  7. OK, I fell in love with the Checkerboard Shell pattern and ordered it yesterday? Yours is looking very pretty. You are a bad influence, Wendy! Could you tell me how many yards it takes in DK. I am ready to order yarn too. Love to look at Lucy photos.
    Thanks, Paula

  8. I may be way off base here but could it be that Austin isn’t really Austin and isn’t 14 at all?


  9. The crocheted flower is the perfect touch – and apparently a hip addition this season. Not that I mind, as it’s getting me more students for my crochet class (you *shall* be assimilated — muhahahahahaaaa 😀 ).

    Hm….perhaps a flower pattern will make it’s way to my website soon. Thanks for the inspiration!

  10. Another pic of Lucy at a “10”.

    Austin must be a very lonely teenager. Makes you wonder where his parents are and what they are doing for him. I would definitely block his e-mails.

    Your bucket hat turned out cute, cute, cute.

  11. Aren’t you just the little bottoms up knittin’ gunner? The hat is so cute. How did you like Mission Falls’ cotton for this project? I used it for a toddler’s sweater previously, and also considered that it might be nice for a hat. BTW, the knit out prizes are great – go you!

  12. Thanks for all the nice comments on the hat!

    Sheila, I made up the crocheted flower as I went along — I’ll post directions for it in tomorrow’s blog.

    Paula, the shell comes in sizes 38, 42, 45, and 47″ — it takes 660, 825, 850, 990 yards respectively of dk yarn. The gauge is 6 stitches and 8 rows per inch.

  13. P.S. I forgot to ask – was the cute little sheep tatoo in vogue yours? (I thought there was a knitting tatoo site that I had seen you on…)

  14. Hi Julia! Yes, that was me! 🙂

  15. Can I just say that Tami’s soaps are my favorite and only soaps the whole family has been using since I discovered her over 2 years ago! LOL!

    Back to knitting though. 😉 Cute bucket hat, the crochet flower adds a cute touch to it too! My daughter would love it (better not show her just yet). LOL!

    Thank you for having your monthly contests too. I can’t believe I was a lucky winner. 🙂

  16. oh i love your hat tres chic! Lucy would not want to live here in wash state as she would need her water wings most of the time,sorry about austin he seems to be a real pain in the …. i like the addi turbo comment thats funny the shell looks cool i am really exited about seeing flora finished. i think lots of people will be at your steek cuttin

  17. Hmmm…. I may need a hat… in addition to the Colinette poncho. Reading this blog is expensive!

  18. Cute hat….

    As for Austin… twerp.

  19. Wendy. I love the quilt that Lucy is posing on. It looks like one of my cat quilts. I am waiting on some hand dyed yarn before sending you a prize for the critter knitters raffle. If I make it the the book store in the next day or so, I will see what advance readers we have on hand to add for your summer fun packs.

  20. Ann Marie says:

    Love the hat! I’m off to get the yarn for mine right now – if the kitty girls will dislodge themselves from my lap, that is.
    I just wanted to say – yes, Austin was rude and he should be ignored/reprimanded, as people choose. But I was glad to see Roi’s comment. I teach high school freshmen, and when they’re that young and that angry, there are usually some pretty awful reasons why. Hope he leaves you alone AND gets some help for himself…

  21. Roseanne says:

    Wendy, you are an inspiration to us all and we reap the benefits of your experience! If someone doesn’t like what they are reading(watching), I do believe they have the ability to change the channel.

  22. Wendy,
    You are *my* knitting Goddess. I may never do a fairisle sweater, but I enjoy drinking my tea/water/DietCoke and watching the progress on yours. And Lucy photos are a daily delight 🙂

    Love love love the idea of a raffle at the knit-out! Best of luck to the attendees. Wishing I could be there too!

  23. I, for one, read your lovely blog every day…I love to see your knits and gaze on the lovely lucy. Keep knitting alive in the Metro area girl!

  24. I also read you every day – definitely the best blog I’ve found so far. That shell is beautiful! Makes me wish I’d bought some of that yarn (I saw it on sale a few weeks ago, but I didn’t know what to use it for). As if I need any more yarn. Sheeyah.

    See you tomorrow! Um, at the, uh, yarn store. Oh well, maybe I really DO need more yarn. 😉

  25. Love the bucket. I’ve got to get started on mine.
    The flower is the perfect touch.

  26. Wendy-
    Thanks so much for sharing your knitting with us all on the www! I don’t get a chance to stop in very often but it is always very rewarding when I do…. Thanks again and Happy Knitting!

  27. The hat looks good and I love your poncho. It’s neat to see it done it up in another colorway after only seeing the pink one.

  28. I agree that Austin’s bad comment should go on his permanent record! I agree with Ann Marie to BLOCK Austin’s email and ignore him.

    I really like Lucy’s pictures. And I like seeing what you’ve knitted – it’s really cool! I LIKE that bucket hat, ESPECIALLY the flower! I think you look really nice with it on, even if you cut off half the picture.

    Talk to you soon, oxoxox
    (message typed by Josée for Patric, who’s almost 9 yrs old)

  29. Remind Miss Lucy that April showers bring May catnip Mouses..or something like that..You are adorable in the bucket, sweetums!

  30. your energy and exquisite knitting never cease to amaze me and Lucy is pretty sweet too!


  1. Hand Knit Bucket Hat Finished.

    This knit up fast. And it’s cute. (At least, I think so.)

    I made my hat larger than Rosemary’s machine knit hat and used a yarn warm enough to ward off Chicago’s wintery blasts. Of course, since I wrote a pattern generator, any yarn can be …