My current work in progress:

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



Danger! Non-knitting content ahead!

Bandwidth Theft

The other day, Kerstin posted a most excellent entry about bandwidth theft. I’m linking to it and encouraging anyone who hasn’t seen it to read it.

As Kerstin mentioned, most people who are guilty of bandwidth theft are so because of ignorance. If you have a blog and are not an experienced html-er, I encourage you to read Kerstin’s explanation, as well as the explanation I have linked to in my sidebar from the Bandwidth Theft button. This one is courtesy of Midnight Knitter and is located here. On this page there are instructions for saving graphics and loading them on your own server for use.

Okay, Time For a Rant

This comment I got yesterday saddened me:

I’ve been surprised for awhile that you’ve had no problems with posting your AS completed FOs and now your wonderful Campion acquisition. Isn’t She Who Must Not Be Named still an issue?

This issue has been so blown out of proportion and misrepresented in various places on the internet over the past few years. The commenter was referring to Alice Starmore and some legal issues involved with using her name to sell and resell her old line of yarns and patterns.

I have a long list of completed Starmore garments on my knitting pages, complete with photos and project particulars. No one has ever approached me and asked me to remove any of them. I am not attempting to sell or resell anything.

I’ve gotten a number of emails over time asking me to comment on this “situation.” So here ya go.

I have nothing but respect and admiration for Alice Starmore as a knitwear designer. All other aspects of her life or business dealings, as far as I’m concerned, are her own business. I do not discuss them, nor have any reason to. Full stop.

And Now, Back to Knitting Content

I’m making progress on the shrug. One sleeve is complete and I’m working on the other one.


Lucy agreed to model the sleeve-in-progress to avoid a repeat of yesterday’s unfortunate comparison of the shrug to a toilet seat cover in the comments. Sigh.

I’m doing three-quarter length sleeves. The pattern directs you to make them as long as you like, and because I’ll be using this mostly as a cover-up for summer dresses, I decided against wrist-length sleeves.

And I’m working on a Lisa sleeve. Sleeves go really really fast!


In answer to a comments question, I believe the entire sweater will take 5 skeins of Calmer. With a fair bit left over on the fifth skein.

A Final Eeeeewwww

I was walking from the parking lot to the train station yesterday morning for the trip into work. As I passed a trash receptacle, I heard a rustling noise. When I was right next to it, a large, fat, grey rat leapt (gazelle-like) out of the trash receptable and scurried off.

Say it with me: “Eeeeeeeewwwwwwwww!”

Lucy sez:


“I’ll protect you, Mommy!”


  1. Wendy, don’t let people like that get to you. I’ve been reading you page for a while, and every once in a while someone posts something rude. You have a very popular blog, and that’s going to attract your share of nut bags. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Aww – rats are cute! ^.^

    (I know, I know, I probably would have shrieked in surprise and jumped as well; there’s a big difference between your garden-variety trash rat and the cute rats I had as pets.)

  3. I’m sending you a big smooch this morning for your inspiring and enabling ways!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I broke down and bought some Hana silk, in the dark red color. It didn’t hurt that the LYS that’s a 2 minute walk from my current client’s office had just put all their Hana silk on sale at 30% off… I’d been planning a Summery wrap, but haven’t found a lacy pattern that’s really knocked my sox off. Then it hit me: Shrug Me Tender! As the instructions are for both worsted and bulky, I ought to be able to find a happy medium gauge-wise.


  4. Good morning Wendy! What progress on your Lisa. Looking good!

    Kitty Lucy has a look of admiration as well.

    Have a good one!

  5. Wendy,

    I seem to recall a previous Rat Encounter mentioned on your blog. Maybe they are ganging up?

    For what it’s worth, I didn’t think the comment on the sleeve shape was intended to be rude, just a joke. (Not that I know the person, but that’s how it struck me.)

    Finally about bandwidth: does it use up more bandwidth to view a page more than once? Or does the browswer cache maintain the images so that they don’t have to re-down-load? (I’m very computer ignorant, so I’ll probably never make a blog myself.)

  6. I’m trying to picture a rat leaping gazelle-like, and also trying very hard to not laugh out loud here in a public university computer cluster…it wouldn’t be very academic of me ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Juliette says:

    God..people are weird.
    Thanks for the info about bandwidth…love the shrug…and one final ‘Thank God’ that my cat didnt see the rat..likes to bring em to me freshly dead…ewwww

  8. As someone who’s seen gazelle in their natural habitat (the African plain) and rats in their natural habitat (the NYC subway filth), I am having a really, really hard time imagining a gazelle-like rat. But I’ll try, since you seem to think it’s possible, Wendy!

  9. How do you manage to get so much knitting done? I’m trying to finish the doggie sweater that never ends ๐Ÿ™ It refuses to grow past 7.5 inches no matter how many rows I work on it! Does this ever happen to you? I’m trying to find out if it’s just me or if this is some kind of magical knitting physics. LOL
    BTW, that shrug looks awesome.

  10. Wendy,

    You’ve inspired me to try the Starmore designs – I had a couple of the books, but splurged and have bought the Rheingold kit as well as the Birdsfoot kit – I finished the Birdsfoot – it is beautiful – Rheingold will be my first attempt at Fair Isle – wish me luck!

    Like you, I’ve had nothing but good service from them – the packages arrived promptly, the yarn is beautiful and the designs are signed by either Alice or Jade.

    I’m also knitting one of her cable designs, Inishmore, and it is going well, too.

    Thanks, as always, for a wonderful blog.

  11. Thanks for the comments on Alice Starmore. She is such a talented person and it’s sad that what happened made her a bit of recluse and brought about her only selling patterns and yarns from VY (which is a wonderful place to shop!). Wish she would design more. Think I’ll knit Grant Avenue in August and have it ready for fall wearing.
    Your knitting is looking great and thank goodness Lucy is tough and can protect you! Look at the slug on my blog…he’s such a wooos.

  12. Wendy,
    I just wanted to say thank you for continuing to blog in spite of the rudeness you have to deal with because of it. I find your site continually inspiring and entertaining. My day doesn’t seem complete without a visit to see what you, Lucy, and Sponge Bob have been up to.

  13. Ann Marie says:

    A sympathetic eeewwwwwww!!!!! A rat ran across my foot once – I was wearing sandals and could feel his scratchy, cold little toes!

  14. Suzanne says:

    Oh no, rats again. I seem to remember rats last year (and in my case, a mouse in the toilet). Ewwww.

    I love watching your Shrug grow, very interesting construction from what I am seeing on your blog.

    I love your hair counter. Today was 143 days for me and I couldn’t take it anymore. I called to see if my hairdresser was back from maternity leave yet and as of tonight, I have layered hair again. (I tend to spend a year letting it get one length and then chopping it up again). Pretty soon you will have to change computer Wendy to one with longer hair.

  15. Go you! I like Kerstin’s idea off letting people know when they are stealing too – nice to give people the benefit of the doubt (but only once!)
    Don’t let the *stupid* comments get to you!
    Love how that shrug yarn looks on Lucy – it glows!