My current work in progress:

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


So Close . . .

What’s so close? Ingeborg is.

I’ve finished the second sleeve. I’ve finished all the lace fiddly bits.


However, rather than putting her together last night, I knitted on other things. Why?

One reason is that I don’t have the stinking buttons yet. I ordered them from an online vendor on June 8 and have heard nothing from them, nor has my credit card been charge. I sent off an inquiry last night. I suppose they might have shut the shop for vacation, or the buttons are backordered, but in either case a notice on the website or automated email might be a nice thing.

Because in the back of my head I know Ingeborg won’t really be complete until she has her buttons, I don’t feel compelled to put her together. Poor Ingeborg!


I worked a bit more on Lizzie. Love the yarn and love the colorway!


Reader Questions About Moi

From yesterday’s comments:

Wendy, have you always (well, in the last 18 months since I’ve ‘known’ you) been this svelte? Maybe its just that previous pictures of you were usually in sweaters with lots of ease.

A little of both.

In the past I’ve tended to make oversized sweaters, or sweaters with a boxy shape. But I’ve also lost some weight.

And another one:

Any exercise in your daily or are you just one of the lucky ones?

I exercise as little as I can get away with. 🙂

I tell people I work out with free weights three times a week. I do own free weights and I do heft them, but . . . uh . . . not three times a week. I used to. I ought to. I hang my head in shame. But I get a lot of walking in every day. I’ve worn my pedometer on a weekday a couple of times to see how much walking I actually do in a day. Around five miles, believe it or not. Walking from the car to the train, walking from the train to the office, walking around the office. I work in a huge building, and every place I need to go seems always to be at the other end of the building four floors away. And I always take the stairs.

Oh, and the countdown since my last haircut underneath my photo? Just for grins. I’m letting my hair grow out a bit. There are good things about curly hair — it doesn’t look too horrendous while growing out!

A Preview of Coming Attractions!


Koigu. That’s all I’m gonna say right now.


. . . is peeved that today’s entry is not all about her.



  1. I noticed the ’98 days’ right away, and thought how awful my hair would look if I went that long. When I grow it out I have to go for regular trims or it gets pretty wild. One more blessing about curly hair!

    I don’t comment much, but do enjoy your blog and envy your time to knit, and your proficiency. Thanks for the entertainment and enlightenment!

  2. Love that preview! And that Lizzie colorway is wonderful!
    Button are always a hold up for me. Either I am waiting for them or I can’t find exactly what I want. Here’s hoping they arrive soon.

  3. Pattie envies your time knitting – how much time do you spend knitting a day anyway? Most days if I can get in 5 minutes I’m lucky… need to find some time for the Debbie Bliss Cotton Angora I got at Knit Happens Friday.

  4. I love your photo icon (under It’s been 98 days since my last haircut). Besides being a steller knitter, are you also an graphic artist? Wow!!!

  5. Hi Wendy. What a cute preview – they look like little four-leaf clovers. Koigu you say? Maybe gloves? Hmmm…

    As for exercise, I’ve recently started trying to increase my “incidental” exercise (as long as I’m not wearing Silly Little Shoes like I did Monday). Parking further away from things, walking from a Metro stop away instead of changing trains, etc. But I still use elevators at work (7th floor). Have a great day!

  6. LOL.
    I walk every day, from work to day care and than to my dad’s home…but such a small country (Israel) and some a small town that’s it’s probably 1 km…at best 1 mile and the pram slows me down. I also take the stairs at work.

  7. Barbara says:

    Koigu? I have never used Koigu – but always wanted to. I can hardly wait to see that black and white project.

  8. Lapis Lazuli says:

    The humidity must not be as aggressive in DC as it is in IL. I haven’t had too many nice things to say about my curly hair lately.

    What’s the fiber of the Laughing Lizard?

  9. My daughter (and Leslie Sansone,and Denise Austin, etc.) claim walking is the “best” exercise. So do not hang your head in shame – you are doing it.

    Your Koigu yarn pattern looks interesting. Another surprise for us?

    Miss Lucy looks like – “Don’t bother me – I am sunbathing.”

  10. Mmmm! The Koigu preview is exquisite. Koigu would make stunning gloves. Oh me, oh my, o!

  11. Wendy, oh Wendy… again with more banal knitting questions. This time it’s about knitting flat. I’ve pretty much decided that I am going to do my current project in Jaeger silk (you enabler, you) and I was thinking knitting it flat – although I’d prefer to knit in the round up to the arms, if possible. Was your reasoning for knitting “Lucky” flat the same as for cotton? Would something knit in silk also require the rigidity of the seams? (I am assuming so, since other people have blogged about some types of silk stretching).

    As far as incidental exercise goes, I used to be a gym bunny until I moved to the rural backwaters of Ireland without a car. Now I walk at least six miles a day to and from work. Next week I move back to the UK and will be living a short distance from my new job……but think I will be slimmer as there is no fantastic hand made chocolate shop on the way! Exercise is great, but it doesn’t combat Lily O’Brien, I’m afraid.

  12. Yeah for a gratitious b*tt shot of Lucy! My Persian likes to pose in exactly the same manner so I have many pictures like that too.

    I look forward to reading the blog at lunchtime and I love seeing Lucy everyday.


  13. jocelyn says:

    wow about three months when you got your hair cut last, i cut mine about three months ago and its due for another cut, mine is very straight and i cut it to about 2-3 inch length, when you need a test knitter on lizzie im there smallest size sign me up count me in i love the yarn as well as the pattern sounds right up my alley!

  14. Love the Wendyicon! It’s fantastic!