My current work in progress:

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


We Interrupt This Blog

For a slice of Real Life.

At work, Monica and I are in the throes of building an intranet for our agency. Coming up with the content and navigation and creating the pages? No problem. We know what we’re doing. Getting it up and running and hosted on the appropriate server? Not so easy. Why? Because we have to deal with other people.

Monica had a discussion with one of our central IT people the other day about this. He very helpfully drew her a chart.

what we deal with.jpg

She showed it to me yesterday and we both just started laughing. Oh yeah. That clears everything up.

Okay, maybe you had to have been there.

In spite of that chart, we did figure out how to get it up (as it were) where it’s supposed to be. After much testing and refreshing and running back and forth. Or as the French Taunter in Monty Python and the Holy Grail said: “knees-bent running about advancing behavior.”

Yeah. Welcome to my world.

Lauren Tank

I took some daylight-without-flash photos of my Lauren Tank. Here is a slightly better photo of the awesome-ness that is Alchemy Silk Purse.


But it still ain’t right.

Lisa Sweater


Have I put it together and completed it yet? Why, no, I haven’t. I wanted to last night but I did a lot of real-life stuff last night that cut into my knitting time. Severely.

Like laundry. And grocery shopping. And (gasp) cleaning.

Yes, sometimes I clean. But only when I have trouble telling Lucy apart from the cat hair tumbleweeds.

Stay Tuned . . .

The August contest will be announced Monday!

Lucy Sez . . .


Why yes, my food does taste better when I drag it across the floor first!


  1. To touch that Alchemy Silk Purse is to touch a slice of heaven!
    As for bizarre, pre-feasting kitty cat rituals–hey, whatever makes Lucy, Muffin, and others of the feline inclination happy, right? Heh heh heh…
    Have a fabulous weekend!

  2. I wonder why some cats do that? My Calvin and Ivan kitties both pick up their food and drop it next to the bowl to eat it. Actually Calvin stalks and “catches” his food. He bats it around and throws it in the air like it’s an edible toy! It’s really cute. But Hobbes eats his food in the bowl unless he is STARVING at which point he will eat the leftover mess from the other two. ๐Ÿ™‚

    This is such a common occurrance in our house that the puppy has acquired the same trait! He gets a mouthfull of food and carries it over to the rug by the door and eats it there! ๐Ÿ™‚

    How many other people’s kitties do these things I wonder!

  3. I don’t know that any digital picture would be able to do justice to the limeness of that green. It may be one of those things that you just have to see in person.

  4. And here I looked at the diagram and thought you were making a chart for a new sweater. You can tell where my mind is.

  5. Dust bunnies are not a problem, herds of dust rhinos are when it gets tricky. I have one cat Tangle that gets a piece of food, drops it out of the bowl, looks at it in disgust and refuses to eat it because it’s been on the floor!

  6. The Alchemy Silk Purse is pretty. What softness!

    Your work world sounds like it could be a bit hectic – thank goodness for the yarns that soothes the soul.

    Lucy is as cute and pretty as ever.

    Have a restful weekend.

  7. Oh my, I really want to rub that Lauren tank against my cheek. It looks DIVINE.

    And that Lucy picture is great…she is obviously a movie star. When are you sending her headshots to Hollywood?

  8. When I dog-sit for my daughter’s dog (my grand-dog), I see he will also take a mouthful of food (dry, thank heaven!) from the bowl onto the rug. Then he’ll eat it. I’d never seen an animal do this before, so I thought he was just a very strange dog. Now I see it’s wide-spread behavior!

    That Silk Purse looks truly beautiful. I can’t wait to see what you’ve whipped up with it.

  9. Love the Intranet chart

    Love your knitting!

    Love the Alchemy silk

    Love Lucy’s eating habits – my Sam (a Maine Coon cat) does it too –

    Love Lucy!

    Hate cleaning

    Hate dust bunnies

    I read your blog and realize that I DO have my priorties straight!

    Have a fab weekend!

  10. Wendy,
    Your blog is my first read every morning, then I link to others. Now that I’m finally feeling that I’m capable of knitting more “advanced” patterns such as arans and fair isles and I’ve started accumulating the yarn and patterns for both, you’ve decided not to! I do love all your yummy summer knits but I was looking forward to seeing some more fair isles and arans. Will you ever go back to them? I remember you blogged about a Poetry in Stitches kit (I have one I’m about to start). Do you think you’ll possibly start it in the Fall?

  11. Karen in MN says:

    Spooky, my cat, does the exact same thing. When we have fish she gets a piece on her window stand. She has to drag it on to the floor to eat. We have no clue why she does this.

  12. Just a question for Wendy. I am a new comer to your blog and I was just wondering where you get the names for your sweaters.

  13. Ann Marie says:

    LMAO! I showed the chart to my husband, who’s a sys admin, and he cracked up, too. Sometimes all you can do is smile, nod, and then do the real work yourself.

  14. Alice in Richmond says:

    Hey Wendy. I had to come out of my lurking spot to make sure that you were aware of the hazards of eating on the Metro…I’m sure you saw the bit about the rebellious 45 yr old Payday candy bar eater, and the teenaged french fry fiend some time back. Knitting I hope is not next to be banned. I am reminded of another Monty Python line somewhere in there, when they are repressing Dennis of the autonomous collectorate. Of course I also am still following your knitting tales….

  15. Juliette says:

    I just sent a link to your blog to our IS department…I work for the government too. Of course they will probably write back to ask me what’s so funny….ahhhh…technology, government, and big computers..priceless

  16. Hey Wendy, just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy reading your blog every day. I know you hear that all the time . . . but it bears repeating.
    Have a great weekend.

  17. I came back to retract my Poetry in Stitches question. I just found it in your archives, and it was just beautiful!

  18. Anybody who has kitties and hard flooring anywhere in the house knows the frustration of cat-hair tumbleweeds. I go around vaccuuming them off the hardwood floors because they run away when you try to sweep them! then they get under the couch and pop up right when you least expect them (insert mother-in-law coming for a visit).

    Oh yeah, and I love the Alchemy Silk Purse. it looks like the yarn is knitting up lovely.

  19. You think that schematic was indecipherable? Try deal with a staff member who diagrams a server network that none understands! This includes my boss and big boss. Oh yes, theis employee’s idea of communicating is yelling and crying.

    And yet I am tasked to justify getting funding for the network.
    Control issues, baby, control issues.

    My Persian seems to be the only one that exhibits the drop the food on the floor issues. And the tumbleweed issues. But she’s my first pet, she can get anyway with anything.

  20. My cat Gale does the same thing with her food. She likes to play soccer with her bits, so they end up all over the house.

    That Silk Purse is just beautiful. I went to the Alchemy website, and the color looks completely different there — not nearly so lime. I think I’ll stick to brick and mortar stores for those yarns, at least until I’ve seen them myself. In the meantime, I’m totally understanding your love affair with Rowan Calmer. I’ve never knit a cotton yarn with such spring!

  21. LOL, I would always get the chart that started with a cloud on top. The cloud would be labeled “internet.” Similarly, my co-workers and I would share a good laugh over it!

  22. That’s one visually-adept IT guy you’ve got there. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Congrats on your accomplishment in spite of the chart!

  23. Wendy, shall we all come on over to have an alchemy viewing? One at a time, please!

  24. That green is delectable!! And you are soooo making me miss my cat…

  25. Oooh! The Alchemy Silk Purse looks fab! I only wish that I had gotten to the shop early enough to get to fondle it, lol! Maybe next time… About the kitty food, my Jimmy would never dream of dragging his food out of his dish to eat it – but he will try and grab the closest towels he can find to cover it up when it’s not to his liking… (If you can’t see it, it’s not there and I’ll get fed again!)

  26. ah yes, pictures from the days of yore a la nyc corp shark’s nest and “smart” people screaming yelling or crying with their stick in mud approach to visual aids. by god i nearly turned into one of those species but thank god knitting in the arctic circle intervened saving my destiny. you cracked me up this a.m. too. thanks.

  27. You work for the federal government, don’t you? I do (although in Canada) and it’s reassuring to see that your IT people are wacky as our IT people — I thought it was a gov’t thing, but apparently, they’re like this in the private sector, too! (Only with more money, which kind of makes it worse.)

    THIS is why I have to knit; so that when I come home full of frustration, there’s something tangible to channel it into.

    Thanks for the fab blog. I read it and admire your project and Lucy first thing every morning.


  28. I like your chart. I totally appreciate the issue of “the work is easy, it’s just the having to deal with people that’s the problem.”