My current work in progress:

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


Knit Happens Hijinks

Spent my Wednesday night at Knit Happens, as per usual.

I worked on my AbFab throw while I was there. I’m sorta hooked on it now and am really enjoying the pattern. It’s funny — I’m not a huge fan of mohair by itself, but I love it in these throws. Those of you who have never fondled an AbFab in person — I recommend you do so. You’ll be hooked. They are just so cuddly.

Like a certain little supermodel kitty I know.


Pix of AbFab tomorrow. Too tired when I got home to deal with it. And pix of my stash enhancement. Why, of course. I enhanced my stash. But I also enabled others into enhancing their stashes too. Heh heh heh.

Japanese Lantern Scarf

A question in the comments yesterday about how many stitches I cast on. I made a page for the scarf that includes the pattern (such as it is). Ain’t I special? Go here!

Office Toys

Along with my many many office toys, I also have stickers. Spongebob stickers, to be exact. Most of them came off foil wrapped chocolate coins we had at Christmas time last year.

Kindly do not ask what happened to the chocolate coins. I am a much better person now.

But anyhow, I brought stickers to work and stuck them on my monitor. Like this:


I also stuck a couple on monitors of my team members. One of the guys on my team — we’ll call him Fred (because that’s his name) — had no idea who Spongebob was (because Fred is a real adult). When confronted with the sticker on his monitor, he responded, “Uh, thank you?” (Feeling the need to be polite, you understand, because I am the Team Leader. Almighty. All-Powerful.)

Well, his monitor died and had to be replaced. When the cute little girl who takes care of these issues replaced it, she carefully peeled the Spongebob sticker off the old monitor and stuck it on the new one. She told Fred “I saved your Spongebob sticker because I knew you didn’t want to lose that!”

You shoulda seen the look on his face. It’s always a bonus when you can humiliate someone on your team. Hee hee hee.

As pointed out in my comments yesterday, the star of my office toys is indeed Shaun the Sheep, of Wallace and Gromit fame.

Here, for The Gibster, a close-up of my prized Gromit figurine.


Oooh! Oooh! And here’s my window washer Gromit!


No, I’m not trying to taunt you with my Gromit wealth. Honest. These precious little guys were purchased in the U.K., by the way. I dunno if they’re available here.

Yes, Bonne Marie, It Is 90 Degrees in Virginia

Yet I’m knitting felted bucket hats and AbFab throws. Hey Mom, does insanity run in our family?

I heart air conditioning.

Synchronicity Scarf Progress

Coming along!


Thanks, Secret Pal!

Secret Pal prezzies were awaiting me at Knit Happens last night! Lookie here:


Two very alluring sock yarns, and adorable kitty bookmark (which is going to work with me today to be placed in my book-in-progress), and postcards with some hints on them as to the whereabouts of my Secret Pal. What fun!

Thank you, Secret Pal, for making my day!

Lucy News

Apparently, this is what Lucy does online all day while I’m at work.


  1. My favorite way of humiliating coworkers is to make them talk to my stuffed animals. In my cube. I have an AFLAC duck that talks (a free gift fromt he AFLAC folks after they messed up my paperwork about 12 times), and I threaten that if they don’t do what I want, the AFLAC duck will withhold their transit and parking reimbursements.

    It’s a good thing they need me. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Where is the postcard from? It’s hard to tell from the picture!

  3. CATSTER!! It’s about time. Yay, now I don’t have to put my cats up on Dogster and see how long they last. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Muchos Gracias for the scarf page. My fave LYS got a shipment of Japanese Lantern last week and I couldn’t stop petting it — a narrow scarf’s just the ticket, I think.

  4. Hello Wendy can you show us a other picture of the postcard perhaps we can help you with the postcard.

  5. Wendy in Miami says:

    Eeeek! I have the exact same sticker on my monitor as well.

    W. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. I would love to see a sociology paper on what people put on their computer monitors. One of my monitor-toppers is a small collection of Starbucks finger puppets (the ones they sell on a candy stick). I only buy the ones that have some kind of meaning for me (there’s 3 right now).

    I think I have that Opal yarn myself from Stitches last year — kind of like easter egg colors? I’m going to KH this afternoon! (Such a hardship — I have to pick up my son at the ice rink in Alexandria. What’s a mother to do?)

  7. Thanks Wendy for being so generous as to making your scarf pattern available for all of us to enjoy!! I love the long thin scarves. Now I might have to try the Japanese Lantern yarn.

  8. Love the Grommit figurines. Thanks for bringing a smile on a hot and humid Thursday!

  9. Love the Wallace and Gromit stuff. I don’t know if these figures were ever available in the US, but you can find scads on eBay. I’ve only recently discovered the films and started a collection — what a hoot! My guy even got me a plate with Gromit knitting!

  10. Cheryl F. says:

    Love your office stash. I’ve got the knitting chicken from “Chicken Run”, with her little purse and yarn ball cannon. Quite amusing. I also like Jessie from Toy Story and have my oldie but goodie, the baby dinosaur (“not the mama”) from the long cancelled show, Dinosaurs. Oh, and of course, Sponge Bob!
    You’re so bad, you enabler you–I already have enough yarns for three lifetimes, but now I’m eyeing the Colinette AbFab throws! Yeesh

    Cheryl in AL, where it stays in the 90’s but the A/C is always cranked up enough to knit

  11. LOVE THE SPONGEBOB STICKER! ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s always good to know how you can humiliate the employees every once in awhile… I am thinking of picking up some Alchemy to knit up a bucket hat of my own – now just to decide on the colorway…

  12. Knittykim says:

    hmmm…Spongebob seems to be employed at everyplace across the country. He is lovingly waving at me right now from the monitor stand. AND I saw him at DairyQueen last month on the cash register!! What a talented guy. I am currently bidding on Shaun on ebay. We shall see…

  13. My monitor is adorned with the following stickers: all three Powerpuff Girls, Glinda and Scarecrow, Chococat, and a little one of Badtz Maru and his little seal friend. Overseeing all of this is a Strong Bad figure, which stands on top, shaking his boxing gloved hand at me.

  14. I love Catster! And I love your toys…I think it makes work so much more fun! I used to have a bunch of teeny beany babies type toys on my monitor but work implemented a new policy where we couldn’t have anything on our monitors! Work Nazis!

  15. monstergirl says:

    Heh. The college I work at is giving away “Freshmen Packs” for students (school starts Monday), and the box is a big Spongebob package. It amuses me that our *college* students are being marketed with *kids* stuff (cuz they think they’re so growned up now LOL).

    I can’t keep anything cool on my desk, or it gets stolen. sighs.


  16. Hi, love the Gromit figurine, and found a source for Gromit knitting here: in France. Not sure I want to spent 20 Euros, but he sure is cute.

  17. Hi Wendy!
    Now you really don’t want me to answer
    that question for all the knitters to see!

  18. Giggle. Your mom’s comment is funny. And your story about your co-worker is hilarious…

    When my boyfriend and I first started dating, he would show me affection by getting me Spongebob stickers out of the quarter machines at grocery stores whenever he went shopping. And it totally won me over…

  19. Oh my gosh! I NEED a knitting Gromit! That is sooooo cool! Thanks for sharing!