My current work in progress:

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


Confession is Good for the Soul

Confession time:

Monday night I planned to finish the first half of my poncho. I knitted on it for a while, then tossed it aside to swatch my Rowan Calmer. Got the gauge for Audrey.

So I thought, well, I’ll just cast on for Audrey. I cast on the back. So I thought, well, I’ll just work the first row. I worked the first row. Then I worked the second row.

Then I went to bed.

I started dreaming about Rowan Calmer in one of those continuous loop dreams. I woke up for my regularly scheduled insomnia at 1:37am. I lay staring into the dark for a while, then turned on the television. By the light of Nick at Nite, I worked four more rows of Audrey.

Obviously, I am not well.

But I was a good disciplined knitter and finished the first poncho half last night.


Speaking of the poncho, I’ll mention again that the pattern is one that comes with a Colinette kit — the “Vintage Knits” Kit. As far as I know, it is not available for purchase separately.

I’ve had a lot of questions about what pattern I’m using, and where one can purchase/obtain it. There’s the answer. I’ve edited my description of the project in the sidebar to make it clear what pattern I’m using.

And for the many of you who have emailed me to ask, no, I will not send a free copy of the pattern to you. And no, I will not answer questions about pattern details that seem to me to border on copyright infringement.

Do I sound a tad peeved? I am. I got 37 emails yesterday asking about the poncho pattern. More than half of them were from people who wanted me to send a free copy of the pattern to them. And of those people, more than half of them didn’t even say please.


Ooh! Ooh! Tina progress!


Okay, the truth is that I finished Tina, but it was late, and I didn’t feel like taking another photo.

And here is one nosy little kitty!



  1. Bonne Marie says:

    Hey there – you with the sleepy little eyes!!! I’m up too – there must’ve been something in the air tonight. I can feel it…

    Lovin’ that poncho – dare I say I crave those colors in a most sincere way?!

    OMG, I’ve started rhyming – gotta go…

  2. You crack me up! Calmer is my substitute for chocolate. Calmer is giving you loop dreams. Rowan does it on purpose, I think. I bet they put it in the chemicals used to treat the yarn…

    The non-Colinette poncho is looking great. I must start my own upon immediate delivery of my enormous 15mm circs, ordered ‘specially. Re pattern requests: Complete strangers have written to me in the past asking me to send full scans of patterns and schematics, and sometimes they don’t even bother to include a greeting in the message. Even if it weren’t copyright infringement, I’d rather save the time it would take to search out the pattern, scan it all and send it to someone I don’t even know for KNITTING. Clue fairy, where are you when we need you?

  3. That is by far the cutest picture of Lucy I have seen in the year I have been reading your blog.

    I’m one of those Livejournalers and it amazes me how many people ask “Could you just scan these pages for me.” Copyright, Schmopywright.

    (Have you every tried to write out what Schmopywright might spell like? This is my best guess)

  4. Jocelyne says:

    HI, Wendy
    Actually, we have a full moon, so i’m like you : knitting for hours far in the night ! I began my not-not colinette poncho : russian blue and spring green, with lots of different shades in each yarn.
    Yours is very beautifull (green and pink, like the chakra of the heart !)

    PS : My cats are also “helping me” when i’m knitting !

  5. Hilary says:

    Up late and knitting here too (central time; a *little* better)… Working on a Charlotte’s Web shawl – 26 rows left! And Blake (kitty in residence) has been helping here too.

    Gotta be the full moon…

  6. That’s such a funny picture of Lucy ! Did she dive in,or resist temptation ?
    Calmer should come with a health warning.Lovely stuff.Don’t ever wash it the machine,not even on a cool wash ! my swatch shrunk.
    Pretty poncho.Such lovely spring colours.

  7. Shelley says:

    Wendy, I just wanted to thank you for the link to
    “feed the animals”. Sorry you can’t sleep, but
    like you I love the Calmer.

  8. Barbara says:

    Yikes! I can’t sleep either. Haven’t actually done any night-knitting but am thinking about it.

  9. Great Lucy photo and your not Colinette poncho looks great. I really want to see Audrey though. Sorry to hear about all the folks requesting a copyrighted pattern–and not even using manners! I hope you sleep better tonight.

  10. Mandella says:


    Am I seeing things, or did you say “swatch”?

  11. Shirley, in PA says:

    With all the positive comments I have read about Calmer I just might have to try it. Did you buy it locally? I love the photo of Lucy digging into your quilted bag. I don’t sleep through the night either – haven’t for years. I sympathize, but you seem to put the time to good use

  12. You mean to tell me that the fact that you write a blog is NOT an indication that you are willing to copy every pattern in existence FOR FREE and send it out to every rude jerk who writes and asks for it?? I am just SHOCKED. I mean, someone of your talent and experience should LIVE to cater to the ridiculous requests of perfect strangers. Shouldn’t that be OBVIOUS? (eye-roll + snort)

  13. Wendy:
    I do not blame you for not sending the pattern along. And it is kind of rude that some of the people asking did not say please. There are a ton of free poncho patterns on the internet and in many library books. All anyone has to do is get one and adapt it.

  14. I blame ROWAN!! I too was awakened by my Cotton Glace – screaming from the living room- “ONE MORE ROW”. Pillow over head, I resisted until it whispered sweetly- “Kaffe REALLY wants you to do this”. What could I do?

  15. Andrea says:

    Hmm. Me-thinks the Blog Etiquette button is a tad unobtrusive. Perhaps you should revise your site to make that the first thing people see — once they click on it, they won’t have to go through that page to see the blog anymore. (I’m not a computer-type, but I just know *someone* could arrange that.)

    It must have been the moon keeping you up. It didn’t do a thing for me — I slept like a log, neglecting both knitting and reading. Now I’m behind on both!

  16. That picture of Lucy is too-o-o-o cute! And just what was the princess looking at inside your basket??

    Love the colors of your poncho. Your gift for colors tell me that you are indeed quite artistic.

    Have a good day.

  17. Martha says:

    Hey Wendy, I’m actually shocked that you didn’t get more than 37 requests for the Colinette poncho pattern. When I saw your first beautiful poncho I thought, “OMG – Is Wendy ever going to get pattern requests for that despite the fact that you obviously bought the pattern!”
    The pink and green poncho is fabulous – not colors I’d wear in a million years but to look at them is a true joy! Yarn and color combining is the BEST fun! Hope you sleep better tonight!
    P.S. I think I recall you saying Lucy’s tail is 14 inches long. My cat has a stunning tail that is that long too and very bushy to boot. It’s quite frustrating for both of us because he’s actually too big to sit in my lap while I’m knitting and he’s not even fat. Max says “Hi” to Lucy.

  18. LOL! I’m afraid that if I got up and knit whenever I couldn’t sleep at night, it would only convince the cats that they should wake me up at 2AM so they could play with yarn…

    I bought one ball of Calmer last year to play with; did a tiny swatch and wasn’t really thrilled, so just kind of forgot about it. Your recent raves make me want to give it another go.

    As for Audrey, I’m soooo in love with that design, but I know all that 2×2 ribbing would turn me into a raving lunatic… Post pix of her soon!

    Oh, yeah: Happy Cinco de May! Don’t forget to drink a celebratory margarita today. 🙂

  19. I can’t wait to see what you did for the neckband. Did youdecide that you were happy with the rolled look? I’m working on the front and have been thinking of spliting the center cable and making a 3 st. i-cord for the neck band. It’s wonderful to see all the beautiful projects you seem to whip through.

  20. BRAVO Wendy-
    the colors of the poncho are beautiful
    and, excuse me for getting on my soap box: congratulations on having a true moral center – you are a beacon – a true lighthouse of knitting and ethics in a world of commercialism and materialism.
    Allow me to sing:
    “In this world
    of ordinary people
    extraordinary people
    I’m glad there is you”
    Wendy, hats off to you.
    And, as always, Hooray for Lucy – thanks for the great photo.

  21. Wendy it must have been the moon last night. I kept waking up from dreams of Koigu colourways and the Charlotte Shawl which I’ve been pondering buying for two weeks now.
    I love that poncho and your colours.
    I truly wish people would get the word that a copyright is a copyright.

  22. jocelyn says:

    Wow thats alot you must really like that calmer that sounds nice,i really wish people would read yopu faqs clear as day you tell people not to do that

  23. I wil add my words of praise to you, Wendy, for teaching people a lesson in both netiquette and copyright infringement. I’m planning on making a Not Colinette or two after I finish the Colinette Poncho that I got from Knit Happens.

    Can’t wait to see your Audrey. I’m loving my Coral Calmer. You’ll look fab in the Pool!

  24. Robin S says:

    Love the picture of Lucy and of course, as always, your projects. When I find myself waking up at the same time each night (and I’m not supposed to be awake) I have a stern talk with myself when I lay down…you will NOT wake up at 2:30 a.m….that always works…try it! Keep up the awesome’s a great addiction that I have.

  25. Suzanne says:

    I just can’t get over the way some people act. Isn’t it enough that you are willing to take so much time writing such wonderful and helpful information in your blog. What kind of jerk would think to then ask you for a free pattern, even if it wasn’t a copywrite infringement? I worry that all of these knitters who hassle you will ruin it for the rest of us. At what point will you decide it isn’t worth the hassle any more! None of us would blame you, but boy would we miss you. I wish I could have a word with some of these ungrateful jerks and teach them a bit of etiquette myself.

  26. Having spent the past umpteen years working with the public, I know they’re weird, ask highly personal questions etc. In fact, when all us bloggers were hanging out in MD last weekend we discussed this very topic. I like to make up my own patterns and am loathe to post one because I don’t want the hassle of folks demanding a wider range of sizes and the like.

    The poncho colors are my personal fave combo, you are inspiring me to make one of my own. I could see one with a cute cotton, slightly flared skirt…and new shoes…

  27. Miranda II says:

    I’m glad I’m not the only person who dreams of Rowan.

    I once woke up from the most incredibly vivid dream about Rowan Summer Tweed. It had the richest, sweetest floral smell (in reality coming through my window from my neighbour’s garden) and the most delicate variegated colours — doesn’t sound like Summer Tweed at all does it?!? and yet that’s exactly what it was.

    Rowan — it’s the KFC of yarns — “It has a secrrret ingrrredient that makes you crrrave it forrrtnightly!”

    (apologies to the movie “So I Married an Axe Murderer”)

    Miranda II

  28. People have to ask for a pattern to make a RECTANGLE? I am so amazed at the lack of imagination of some people.

    Must have been the moon, my hubby was up all night too. Me? He claims I could sleep even if a marching band entered the bedroom.

    I think I may have to succumb to the 6 balls of something poncho. They just look so happy!

  29. After all the raving about copyright the last few years you wonder where people have been! Under a rock? Some people have more nerve than common courtesy. Lucy, Tina and “not Colinette are all wonderful…can’t wait for Audrey. Wish I could wear her…sigh.

  30. Another insomniac here! And now, thanks to your inspiration, I have my very own Colinette poncho to work on in the wee hours. Imagine my delight to walk into the LYS and find not one, but four, colorways to choose from. Mine has shades of purple, mauve, green, and gray. I always enjoy seeing your projects, and envy your color sense. Thanks so much for sharing with us.

  31. That is some fine boot-ay, you’ve got there Lucy.


  32. Coming up from my crushing pile of work to read bout your knitting adventures… I can’t believe so many folks bothered you for the pattern! Harrumph! Anyway, all the knitted lovelies are, well, just lovely. I’m halfway tempted by the Audrey knit-a-long too but I promised that I’d finish at least one Critter Knitter blanket.
    Okay… back to the grind.

  33. I enjoy your blog and all the great things you are working on. I have to know is Lucy a ragdoll cat? I have a wonderful ragdoll that looks similar to her with a great peronality too.

  34. Rosemary says:

    I love your new poncho. The colors remind me of watermelons. I think I have summer on the brain. My kids can’t stop talking about going swimming.