My current work in progress:

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


Day Off Work. It’s a Good Thing.

Hoo-boy, there’s nothing like a holiday weekend! And taking the Tuesday after a holiday weekend? Pure brilliance.

(By the way, my t-shirt in yesterday’s photo read “I’m blogging this.”)

Not that I did anything terribly exciting yesterday. Cleaning, laundry, grocery shopping. And off course I plunked my not inconsiderable butt down in front of the teevee and knitted.

Here is Ingrid, reclining gracefully as she always does.


But I cheated on her yesterday.

I started yet another project. Meet Liam.


Liam is my own design that I’m making from Dale Freestyle is a very pale greyish green. I spent a fair amount of time yesterday knitting little cable swatches, charting cables, and finally casting on. Ahhhhhhh . . .

Bad-Ass Knitter’s Kitty Manifesto

Lucy would like to thank Igor for asking about the Bad-Ass Knitter’s Kitty Manifesto.

1. Sleep on whatever the hell you want . . . whenever you want.

2. Play with as much yarn as you want, whenever the hell you want.

3. Never, ever, apologize for sleeping on knitting.

4. Never, ever, apologize because you think your playing with yarn isn’t “good” enough.

5. Never, ever, apologize about how you tangle yarn: with your left paw, your right paw, or with your teeth!

6. Sleeping on traditional knitting is timeless.

7. Barf on your owner’s stash with pride!

8. You don’t have to tangle yarn exactly like other kitties do — make changes if you wanna.

9. Never apologize for your fur working its way into the knitting. It’s all the warmer!

10. Whenever a knitter tries to remove you from his/her knitting, remember that you have sharp, pointy claws.

Lucy sez

Now that we have all that clear, can we go shopping?



  1. You’re killing me. You showed your rear yesterday, and I showed my cleavage: We are certainly bad-ass. I must hie me over and get me a shirt.

    Digit growls his thanks from the depths of my WIP basket….

  2. Now that Mocha and Jezebel have seen the Kitty Manifesto, there’s no talking to them. The girls went on a rampage attacking loose ends on my Shapely Tank with no apologies. And when I tried to scoot them away, they simply dug in and continued to chew on stray yarn. Thanks a whole bunch 😉

  3. Such a sweet, sweet picture of Lucy! I love your manifesto as well 😉

  4. Jocelyne says:

    Éclair, Tiyi, Ramses, Shaman and Fripouille aggree completly with Igor’s manifesto !
    Last week-end, Éclair jumped on the table where i had put my knitting, and a half empty cup of tea, and of course, she tea-dyed the knitting and the skeins… Impossible to un-dye them. I throwed the whole thing away, and i have to knit again the left front of a pale pink cardi …
    Lycy looks cut, and so does the sweddish jumper!

  5. Jocelyne says:

    Oups ! Lucy looks cute, and not cut, of course !

  6. If my girls (Sassy & Diva) see this, there will be no living with them. They already think I am here only for their pleasure (which I admit, seems to be true) and to serve as their furniture. Hope you have a great Tuesday off!

  7. Lucy is in big trouble if Lucky or Molly hear about the Bad-Ass Knitter’s Kitty Manifesto!;-)

  8. The Six-Pack would like to *meow* their approval of the Knitter’s Kitty Manifesto and add one of their own –
    *Gnaw on knitting needles wherever and whenever you want. If you can totally ruin them, GREAT!*
    Somehow I don’t think Brittany will replace size 0 and 1 double points because of kitty teeth marks. 😉
    The morning just doesn’t start without a cup of tea and Wendy Knits. Thank you for sharing this little bit of your soul with us.

  9. Sign me up.

  10. hello- i have enjoyed all your recent designs, but Liam is far and away my favorite. maybe because i’m not brave enough for the likes of ingid….. thanks for sharing.

  11. You are really on a roll, girl! I have loved each and every one of your designs, but I am really excited about Liam. I assume that this is a guy’s sweater? And with two men in my life (okay, husband and son), I am always looking for great sweaters for guys. My daughters are easy to knit for, there are plenty of great girlie patterns, but guys are kinda a different story. So I look forward to Liam with interest.

    Love the picture of Lucy in the shopping bag. My poor Spike, at age 21, is really too old and unsteady to do a lot of cute things any more, but we love him anyway. And by the way, does the kitty manifesto apply to our canine friends, as well? While Max doesn’t play with my yarn or needles, her hair gets into everything and if I leave my knitting on the couch, she will definitely sleep on it as soon as I leave the house in the morning. I must be well trained, because she sure isn’t!

    Thanks for my first read of the morning every day.

  12. Kitty Lucy’s picture is priceless today. Maybe one for the calendar.

    Liam is going to be lovely. Such talent. Is this sweater for you?

    Have a good one.

  13. hmmmm…does Lucy need glasses? 😉
    Liam is incredible…I’d say takes loads of patience.

  14. Ayla completely agrees with the Kitty Manifesto, and wonders if she and Lucy could be pen pals.

    And Liam is gorgeous. I don’t have the patience to knit an Aran…yet. But someday…

  15. I love Ingrid. What a nice pattern. My cats Bear and Fisher salute Lucy in the Manifesto!

  16. Rebecca says:

    I love lucy ! it’s a star, oh, scuse me : SHE is a star !
    and the bad ass knitter, i agree, with all my heart : i am a BAD ASS KNITTER ! YES !
    Ingrid, so lovely ; and i definitly want INGEBORG. But the problem is : i have almost 56 kits… but, i dont cry because i am a bad ass knitter and if someone want to tell me bad things, i can use my circular needle around his neck, yes !!! SURE !
    Rebecca of France

  17. That is too cute!

  18. Lapis Lazuli says:

    A question: when did you make the leap into designing knitwear? Did you begin with embellishing/tweaking existing patterns? Does it require a predilection for mathematics?

  19. OOH!! Liam is my sons name! I can’t wait to see this one all done up!!

  20. If you get a chance, could you comment on whether Lucy is a talker? All the siamese that I’ve lived with are big blabbermouths. My current kitty is quiet and I kind of miss the interaction.

  21. I think the world at large has set a new record for copyright violation. Your Bad-Ass Knitter’s Manifesto showed up on a Bond List today – unattributed (of course) and with Bad-Ass changed to Big Bad (because it was a Christian – her words, not mine) doing the forwarding. I sent her a little note…