My current work in progress:

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


All is Revealed


This photo should give you a very strong hint about what the rare, precious, and beautiful fiber in yesterday’s blog entry is.

Yes, it is 100% Lucy-fur, spun by the extremely talented L-B.

And you can see from the photo that Lucy was intensely interested in it.

We had some discussion about what I should make from it. I think it’ll become a catnip mouse for Lucy. That oughta freak her out, huh?

We also discussed the possibility of offering it for auction on eBay. Considering the source, Lucy the Glamour-Puss, the bidding ought to go high enough for me to pay off my mortgage, don’t you think? And of course give L-B a cut for doing the spinning.

And then there was the suggestion that I shave Miss Lucy. I said if I were to do that, I’d have to knit her a sweater from her own fur.

Yes, I think a Lucy-fur catnip mouse is what it will become.

And congratulations to Clare in the UK for being the first person to send me the correct answers to both parts of the question. Rare Precious & Beautiful (Volumes 1 & 2) were albums by the BeeGees — very early work, released in 1968, I believe. Before a bunch of you were born. Ahem.

What I Bought at Knit Happens



Ten skeins of Noro Blossom, color #6. Mwha-ha-ha!

I plan to use it to make Eloise, from the new Jane Ellison Noro book.


Spindle Fever

Thanks to everyone who commented or emailed me advice about spindles. Stay tuned . . .

Don’t Fergit!

Entries for the October contest must reach me by 5:00pm EST today. Instructions for entering are in Monday’s entry. Scroll on down . . .

The sky is still blue here, by the way.


I’m still knitting on Butterfly.


And Lucy is still cute.



  1. I cannot wait to see Eloise! I have the Ellison book and was only looking at it the other day thinking that I have to make it. The Blossom shade you’ve chosen looks divine! I can’t wait to see how it knits up!

  2. Wow, that Lucy yarn is amazing! I can definitely see why so many knitters go on to spin! I’ll be watching your spinning progress with great interest. The possibilites are endless.

  3. You read my mind! My Noro Knits book arrived today, and I decided that Eloise has to follow Butterfly ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I don’t know why the idea of Lucy Yarn is so funny to me, but it is. Oh, god. Giggle. Now, what we should do is arrange some mouse-swap — Adah Yarn to Lucy’s mouse and vice versa, and watch the carnage. Heh.

  5. I knit a purse from Noro Blossom (okay haven’t assembled it yet but got the knitting done- in July!) and loved the yarn. It is beautiful stuff. Can’t wait to see it in a sweater!

  6. Greetings from Atlantic City! (OK, so it’s not Asbury Park.) That precious yarn is too much. I should have recognized the color. How many yards did she make? And how thick is it? Details, please!

    I think Eloise is pretty, though I haven’t seen the picture up close. But I’ll probably buy the book, since I scored 2 colors of Kureyon at the Stitches Market yesterday! If anyone is coming up (or down) here today, I apologize for buying up all the yarn last night. (There is a *little* bit left. ;-))

  7. I love the lucy-yarn!! My dog is 1/2 spitz and sheds very spinnable undercoat every year. About a tissue box full. I spin it and last winter I knitted a domino hat with about 1/3 of the diamonds being her fluff.. I love the hat and her “cheingora” looks and feels like angora bunny.. Very special indeed..

  8. Was I ever off! I thought it was qiviut. And even though I am plenty old to remember and love the Bee Gees, I am not a “tuney” at all — no memory for song names.

  9. The Lucy yarn is beautiful! Does Lucy try to clean it all the time? My DH and I were just thinking about that with our Isabelle the other day. I didn’t think we would, but that yarn is so pretty!

  10. I swatched some Blossom for my LYS last year and found that I preferred it in reverse stockinette stitch. I’ve seen it in a plain pullover sweater knit up in a basketweave stitch. It draped nicely and was very snuggly.

  11. WOW! The Lucy-fur is awesome.

    Can’t wait to see Eloise. That’s up on my list when Knit Happens receives the other colors.

    Have a great weekend!

  12. Lucy-fur yarn, unbelievable!
    I love the Noro Blossom, it’s a wonderful shade.
    Have a wonderful weekend, Wendy!

  13. Hurray, I ordered some Blossom (color #8) earlier this week to make the same sweater. I can’t wait to see your version as I was debating about getting the color you chose. Have a great weekend!

  14. Oh good, you are making Eloise. I just got the book and was eyeing (sp?) Eloise, but couldn’t really make out much about her shape. What’s this with no schematics in this and the Tuttle Hamilton book? Is there a law against Noro books and schematics?

    So I’ll wait for you to finish it and then I’ll have a better idea about how she would look in a “normal” shot.

  15. OMG!!! Lucy Fur … (lucifer?! too weird …)

    Amazing. Simply amazing. The most beautiful cat. The most amazing fiber … I am stunned.

    As Lucy appears to be.

    Do you think she will be compelled to fastidiously “clean” her new catnip mouse as it is made of her own lovely coat?

    Nice Noro. I lust for that colorway. As I have said before you have stupifying colorway karma … lucky you!!!

    BEst, Diana

  16. My daughter reads your blog too, now I’m not going to live this down.

    She has been wanting to do this with our animals, and I told her don’t be silly.

    Guess I’m having “crow” for lunch!

    Have a great weekend.


  17. Lucy yarn is so cool! I’ve been kicking around the idea of doing “Saber” yarn. He’s a sheltie, and that double coat makes for a really soft, silky and squishy yarn.

  18. awesome on the lucy fur! how much fur(how long did it take to save etc) i have been saving kup’s fur sinee i started knitting(since august) will probably take me years lol but iw ant to do something with it:)

    thanks for sharing this:)

  19. Miranda II says:

    I succumbed to the lure of the Ellison Noro book last Saturday at my new, soon to be not-so-LYS (I’m moving house). Unfortunately for me, but fortunately for my pocketbook, they only had 6 skeins of Blossom in stock, so I couldn’t buy the yarn for Eloise. Perhaps I’ll ask them to special order…

    Miranda II

  20. The Noro Blossom yarn is gorgeous… I can’t wait to see your Eloise when you’re done!

  21. No Way!!! I have wanted to knit Eloise since I got that book. I almost purchased Blossom in that exact same color yesterday! Perhaps I should get it and knit along with you ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. That noro blossom is gorgeous. Once again I fall in love with your color choices!

    I have a bunch of hair from my terrier that I saved up to potentially spin. just to see what it would be like. dont think Id knit with it. My spinner diva did say it was good dog hair for spinning ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. Have you read the book of short stories titled ‘Knit Lit’ by Linda Roghaar? It contains is a short story titled ‘Don’t Knit Dog’ that is hilarious. The Lucy yarn made me think of that story immediately.

  24. Perhaps you could teach Lucy to knit a sweater from her own fur. Think of what you could sell THAT for on eBay.

  25. I AM Eloise, and I think I’m gonna make Eloise, too!
    (love the cat!)

  26. Christine says:

    I am currently knitting Eloise in the same colourway as the pattern book. Have only half a sleeve and a front left to do. It knits up very quickly and is soft. It does look better on the reverse stocking stitch side. I love the shade you chose as well.

  27. I’ve got some questions for you ๐Ÿ™‚
    What exactly is bamboo yarn? Have you ever knit with it?
    Also, I have knit all kinds of things (socks, mittens, hats, etc) but never a sweater. What should I start out with?
    Butterfly is looking fabulous!

  28. Yay! I’m not the only person making yarn out of kitty fur. Lucy’s yarn is beautiful, and I bet it feels good, too. Of course, her longhair fur is probably easier to spin than the shorthair I have to work with – the yarn has to be partly felted to stay together.

    I love seeing what you’ve been knitting and all Lucy’s pictures!

  29. A catnip mouse out of Lucy yarn is seriously twisted, in the best kind of way. Mini- me, full of catnip!