My current work in progress:

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


Another DC Pic

Yesterday morning at 10:00am, the line of people waiting to get into the Capitol was wrapped around the Reflecting Pool.


Someone remarked in the comments yesterday what good photos my camera takes. The DC photos yesterday and today were taken with my “baby” camera — a Canon Powershot S200 Digital ELPH. Not my Canon digital SLR.

I bought the ELPH because it’s teeny tiny and fits in my purse. Which is where it lives.

It occurs to me know that if I had brought my big camera with a zoom lens, I coulda gotten some good close-ups. But, of course, I would have had to haul camera equipment into work and I am loathe to do anything that requires extra effort in hot weather.

So be it.



Lucy is very much a baby. She may look elegant and sleek, but inside she is a child. She loves toys! She has several beautiful catnip mice made from luxurious fibers — one is even cashmere. But her favorite toys are wadded up bits of paper and plastic bendy straws. Sigh.

She is forever carrying a ball of paper in her mouth. I’ll glance down and notice that she has put one on the couch next to me, and is sitting, waiting patiently for me to throw it for her, a few feet away. Once when I was sitting at my desk, working on the computer, Lucy quietly placed a ball of paper next to the keyboard and then jumped down to the floor. I didn’t notice it until she reached up with a front paw, and gently moved it an inch or two closer to me.

The cutest thing is when she brings a toy to bed with her. Awwwwwwwww. Her catnip pillow stays on the foot of my bed, but she usually brings a toy mouse or paper ball with her at bedtime.

Knitting Update

I didn’t work on Lucky at all yesterday, but speaking of Lucky, I believe the tank will take around four skeins of the Jaeger Silk. But I do have a tendency to use less yarn than most people do. I wonder how that is possible?

I did some Ingeborging. I also finished the little Hana Silk Scarf, and here it is, it all its silky glory.


It’s 22 stitches wide — mebbe 4″? And about 4 feet long.

It’s hard to describe how this yarn feels. It’s very soft — it surprises me every time I touch it. Yet it has that lovely crunchy silk feel too. It was oh-so very pleasant to knit, and I’m not a huge fan of ribbon yarns. But Hana Silk? Yeah buddy, you get the WendyKnits seal of approval!

Speaking of Ribbon

A question from yesterday’s comments . . . “Is ribbon yarn suitable for ribbing?” I’m not sure how to answer that. I think it depends on the ribbon. As I said, I’m not big into ribbon, so don’t have much experience knitting with it.

If you were planning on knitting a sweater from ribbon that has ribbing at the bottom, well sure, I think it’s fine. But an all-over ribbed pattern? You’d want to swatch with the ribbon yarn to make sure it would work with your pattern.

But you knew I was gonna say that, didn’t you? Swatch!

That from the Swatch-less Wonder.

Tee hee hee.

Federal workers are off from work today, so I will not be going to work. I will be going here.

As it happens, I’m taking Monday and Tuesday off from work as well. Debbie Bliss will be at Knit Happens on Tuesday morning and I signed up as soon as I could, so I will so be there!



  1. Wendy,

    I was there at noon on Thursday, and let me tell you – there was a whole lot more people there – at least three or four more line barriers worth.

    Ack. I always forget to go early to these things.

  2. Hana is lovely.
    Our cat Kieko also loves bendy straws…but he does not play the whole day though he is still young (8 mos.) he will play with them for about an hour or so and than find something else to do.
    Paper is also entertaining but now as much as straws.

  3. Wendy, this is not specifically about this entry but more generally about your blog and how much I enjoy. Please know that your fair isle proficiency has been a big inspiration on my current project (you’ve done the pattern, of course) and I’ll be thinking of you to summon my inner strength when I cut open the steeks!!!

    Thank you for being fabulous!

  4. Hi, Wendy! I love reading your blog! And I’m so jealous you get to spend part of your Friday at Knit Happens! Try as I did, I couldn’t get my work powers-who-be to let us avoid DC Friday. Otherwise, I’d be there, too!
    And yes, our feline friends are funny that way…all those toys we take such great care to make or buy for them….nothing’s ever as good as a nice bendy, wine cork (!) or balled up paper. Sigh….Have a great weekend!

  5. Ribbing with ribbon: I’ve never used ribbon, but I the Champagne Bohemian aka Anita has a picture of just such a thing on her blog: (scroll down to 5 June entry).

  6. Wendy:

    You are so lucky! Getting to go to Knit Happens today and Tuesday. I will be so glad when we will be able to buy online from them.

    Happy Vacation,
    Kisses to Lucy.

  7. Wendy you have a very enjoyable weekend and fill us all in when you meet up with Debbie Bliss next week.
    That is funny that Lucy does that with the balled up paper. I have a blind Tortie that does the same thing. Aren’t they just adorable LOL.

  8. For Alice it’s ponytail elastics. She steals them off the table next to my bed and bats them around on the floor. I find them in the oddest places. I don’t think she’s really ever even bothered with “real” cat toys.

    Have a happy Knit Happens weekend!

  9. Our kitty loves the plastic rings from gallon jugs of milk. Have a wonderful time meeting Debbie Bliss, you lucky girl! Thanks for the “woman on the street” pix of Washington; it’s been nice to have an insider’s view of the funeral happenings.

  10. Warning: Whining to follow.

    Debbie Bliss is coming to Knit Happens??!! I’m on the wrong friggin’ coast! No one here knits anything but scarves for crying out loud.

    Sara, the Texan transplanted in SoCal

  11. My sister once had a cat who liked to play with crumpled balls of paper, but preferred the paper to be $1 bills. When sis was short on cash, she’d check under the fridge and stove and usually come up with a few bucks!

  12. We had one cat (Speaker) who would fetch playing cards, bring them right back and drop them in your lap. And another one (Kali) who had a glove that was hers, and she would fetch that as long as you were willing to throw it for her. Good kitties, miss them both…

  13. It sounds like Lucy has some dog tendencies! You’re so lucky to have the day off! I contemplated not coming into work since it IS a national day of mourning but I didn’t think my boss would go for it. Have fun with Debbie Bliss! I can’t wait to hear about it!

  14. Cats are like children – you buy them really nice toys and they play with the boxes!

    My kitties have a (Longaberger – DH thinks I’m crazy) basket full of toys, and what do they play with most? ‘Rings of Joy’ – those plastic rings off of milk jugs! When we open a new milk container, they come running. Before we moved from our apartment, we found (at least) 50 under the fridge!

  15. Lapis Lazuli says:

    Thanks for answering my question. Oh, and I purchased some Berroco suede yarn after seeing it here. Very nice. I made a couple of cellphone bags and now I’m thinking about whipping up some headbands from it as well. I wish they offered it in pink….
    thanks again

  16. Kristen says:

    LL- I just got the Berocco e-mail newsletter today and there are 3 new Suede colors,one of which is bright pink.

  17. Lapis Lazuli says:

    super sweet! thanks for the tip, Kristen

  18. Loads of fun this afternoon, Wendy, and I can’t wait to see how the woman’s pink & green afghan turns out!

  19. Jocelyne says:

    Hi Wendy
    Ramses, one of my five cats, has a favorite toy, my first swatch from “domino knitting”…… I had just finished it when he took it, and never gave it back. Actually, it’s completly felted, because he takes it in his mouth all the time to play with it or to transport it !
    Have a fantastic knitting tuesday !

  20. Wendy,

    It was great meeting on Friday at Knit Happens!! Thanks for your help in selecting the right shade of Noro Kureyon for my mitered square bag. I couldn’t wait to start when I got back to NJ this afternoon. Thanks again.

  21. Wendy,
    I just wanted you to know that I highly value your camera recommendations!

    After seeing the fantastic Digital Rebel SLR images you got of Lucy, I got the opportunity to upgrade our camera at work to one too. It’s a fantastic camera.

    So, the computer geeks I work with and I thank you for recommending a great camera.

    Now, if only I convince Hubby to let me get an Elph too. 😀