My current work in progress:

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


Historic Day

Yesterday was a historic day at Wendyknits.

For it was yesterday at lunchtime that the first meeting of the Department of Labor Lunchtime Knitting Group took place.

It all came about when someone from another agency in Labor emailed me after The Washington Post article ran next month, asking about the possibility of a lunchtime knitting group at work. And a few days later I got another email inquiry. And then a woman who works in my agency mentioned that she used to knit and wanted to get back into it.

That was enough for me!

We had lots of fun! A couple people who were interested couldn’t make it, but hopefully will be able to attend in the future.

I now have my own little downtown knitting posse. I am verklempt.

Here we are:


Left to right: Jennifer, Kate, and Meg. Hi guys! [waving wildly]

Yes, I browbeat them into letting me photograph them. A girl’s gotta have blog fodder, you know!

How To Make Wendy Almost Want To Do Intarsia

My Secret Pal 2 sent me this link.

(Warning — a couple of pop-ups will open when you click on it if you don’t have a pop-up stopper, but they are nothing nasty.)

Butterfly Update

I finished the second sleeve. Here are the two sleeves, side by side:


I am very pleased at how well the stripes matched up.

Lucy, too, was impressed.


I have the day off from work today. Yay!

A word of warning to Holly: We’re coming in!!!!


  1. I’m just imagining Lucy rolling all over your butterfly sleeves saying to her heart’s content…”mine….mine….mine….MINE!

  2. LOL!! I have been duly warned…. um, I mean, notified… ๐Ÿ˜‰ All I have to say is thank goodness! (You’ll understand in a few hours…)

    The way that Lucy is rolling on the sleeves, you’d think Butterfly was hers, lol! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Hello, Wendy!

    There is a little question on the Butterfly – since the sleeves match beautifully, why don’t you redo the left front so that it’ll match the right one? It’s just some 25-30 rows in decreases, it shouldn’t take you long… Oh yes, I do understand that the collar can cover up that part of the shoulder, but I kinda think this extra orange stripe is too bright…

    P.S. I’m feeling envy – I’d love to join some lunchtime knitting group, but I’m in Arlington Hall with noone to share my knitting passion. All these army people are more interested in workout routines than in knitting tops and tanks.(Deep sigh…) At least I can still hope to meet you in person some day at Knit Happens.

    Yours truly,

  4. gorgeous sleeves and cool lunchtime knitting meetup. good to see lucy is lovin’ that butterfly as much as everyone else.

  5. Yay for matched up Butterfly sleeve colors and lunchtime knitting groups! Happy Hump Day!

  6. Isn’t it great when you find others to knit with?! A couple of women in my nieghborhood have asked me to get a group going – it’s exciting!
    Your Butterfly is beautiful. I love the matching sleeves…can’t wait to see the FO!

  7. Do you think if you could get the folks on the Hill into a lunch time knitting group? They might be able to talk out their differences and make some decisions that did someone some good? After all, how can you be glued to your own self-interest as you knit, chat, and share with those around you.

  8. Hey there Wendy-I pop in time to time to read up on your blog, but I just had to comment on the Spongebob. It almost makes me want to so intarsia as well…if my kids see it I am doomed. Great site by the way-and Butterfly is gorgeous-love the cat pic!!

  9. Hey Wendy. The butterfly sleeves are amazing! I can’t believe they matched up that well … you rock.

    I especially love that Lucy is thrilled too … I wonder if she will be really annoyed they are going on a sweater and not remaining on the floor as little lovely mats.

    Last night I reached the point in my kittybed where it officially could be considered a Cat BEd as both my kitten Finwe and Orion climbed right into it and relaxed as I just knit around them. Both liked this very much .. and reco it to Lucy.

    DOes Lucy ever “steal” pieces of your knitting? I could never just lay out the butterfly sleeves like that or Finny would immediately make off with them.

    Hooray for your new WOrk Knitting Group. Good idea!! I should try and start one here. Your friends are adorable. Have fun ladies. I look forward to seeing more of you and hearing your yarn tales …

    Happy hump day, Diana

  10. Outstanding!! Love the sleeves — so similar, and not glaring, but just a slight sutble nuance to add interest! And we are getting the perfect weather to wear it soon!



  11. God bless whoever charted spongebob. I am envisioning a toddler sweater, accompanied by some very funny little knitted shorts.

    By the way- thank you for being a daily source of inspiration! I visit every morning and then get knitting. Seeing your quick progress on things makes me extra excited to move along myself.

  12. Re: the adorable spongebob chart. Dare I say “Cross stitch”? or “needlepoint”? The proportions look like they’d work in those mediums. Slap a little waste canvas on a sweatshirt, stitch that baby up in cross stitch- you’d be a fashion plate (as usual).

  13. You should put that SpongeBob on your projects list …. perhaps a pillow, and then a little bolster pillow knit to look like tighty whities!!

  14. Wendy, on the sleeves for Butterfly, I’ve read on a couple of blogs now where the sleeves ended up longer than the knitters intended and expected them to be. Have/will you be doing anything special so that your sleeves fit correctly immediately?

  15. Those sleeves look outstanding. Considering the variability of Noro skeins, I’d say they are [relatively speaking] perfectly identical. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    We tried to have a knitting group at EPA several years ago, but it fell apart. (Partly, I think, because we have several office locations.) Maybe I could come to your group sometime?

  16. Wendy, you must be at Frances Perkins. I’d love to join you, but I’m at BLS – close, but not quite!

  17. Okay, I’ve been visiting this site for a while, and I must say that I’m very impressed, both with your knitting prowess, and computer mastery! (I’m also impressed with Lucy’s beauty, style & grace). However, one thing I just can’t figure out is HOW ON EARTH DO YOU FIND THE TIME?????

    It seems like you knock out a huge projects every week… with several on the needles at any given time. Tell me wise knitter – how do you do it?

  18. Love Butterfly, Can’t wait to see it finished! You will definitely have to do the Sponge Bob graph…maybe on a blankie for Lucy???

  19. I’m sorry this is so off topic, but I’ve been trying to find really short circ needles. Does anyone have any ideas to were I could get ones if they do exist? Wendy always has all the answeres, so I thought I’d ask her!

  20. Just wanted to let you know that I made the sausage and butternut squash recipe that you posted and it was wonderful!!! I changed it a bit, I diced the shallots and added 1/2 of red wine. Thanks for the recipe. It’s a keeper!

  21. Lex: I found my size 4 12″ circ in bamboo at JoAnn’s Etc. which is like a mega sized JoAnns. You may also want to try,, If you’re looking for shorter than that, I don’t think I can be of much help. I saw some REALLY short ones at Stitches West last February, but can’t for the life of me remember what vendor carried them. hav you tried DPNs?

  22. Thanks La, I would like shorter than 12 inches, it’s for mittens. I have dpns, but I can go faster on circs ( I need to mass produce mittens), and sometimes I find that I get ladders between my needles. If I could find 6 inch circs I’d be in heaven. I need 5mm I think. Also, I take my knitting on the bus, and double points are a little scary to sit beside. I’m also always afraid of lossing stiches while the work is in my bag. Thanks again.

  23. Ha ha! Spongebob Squareknits. You love it. You want to knit it. Or you could do old fashioned latch hook, or you could make him Spongebob CrossStitch!

  24. Yet another Melissa says:

    Reply to Lex:
    You can’t find shorter than 12 inches, because there wouldn’t be enough cord between the needles to bring them around to get the needles in position to knit. What you need to do is get a 32″ circular and the booklet about the Magic Loop method, and then you can knit your mittens in the round without double points (or the 2-circular method, which I always found clumsy and slow). Your local yarn store should be able to explain this to you better than I can.