My current work in progress:

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


Columbus Day

It’s Columbus Day! For federal workers in the United States, that means a day off from work.

Aaaaahhhh. A day to rest.

As I tiptoed through the blogring last week I noticed a number of people remarking on how tired they’ve been lately. So I’m not alone. I thought it was just me. So what is it? The weather?

Well, here’s the weather from yesterday.


Me, I think I’m just over-extended. I’ve got too many things to do. Too many projects, too much to think about, not enough time. And definitely not enough sleep.

I’m hoping to spend my Columbus Day getting things in some semblance of order in my home.

But first things first.

Blog Contest Winner

The winner of the Noro Silk Garden is Yvonne in Ohio. Congratulations! Your prize will be on its way tomorrow.

Kitty Bed Update

I finished knitting my kittybed on Saturday, and thought it would make a lovely hat.


Maybe just a tad large.

I knitted it from one strand of Big Kureyon held with one stand of Dale Heilo on the bottom, then two strands of Big Kureyon held with one stand of Dale Heilo on the sides, then finished off the top with just two strands of Heilo.



I ran it through three full cycles in the washer. Here it is blocking:


The sides are quite sturdy and it curves in a little at the top because of the two rows knitted with just the Heilo at the top. I’ve very pleased with it. It’s about 18 inches in diameter finished size.

Once it’s dry, it’s off to Petfinder. com it goes!


I finished Butterfly on Saturday, too.

Here is the in-the-bathroom mirror photo, a la Julie:


Not a great photo because I didn’t want to use the flash in the mirror and the light’s not great.

Note my lovely t-shirt and sweatpants.

Note also that I did knitted i-cord ties at the collar. I’m very pleased with that.

I’m also very pleased that I read Claudia’s blog entry about her Butterfly and the growing shoulder seams. I backstitched mine extremely firmly, so they ain’t going anywhere. I also shortened my sleeves by an inch.


And then I started knitting Eloise, a pattern in the same Jane Ellison book as Butterfly, in Blossom color 6.


This yarn is great fun to knit!

To My Secret Pal 3

Ian and I just want you to know how very much we’ve been enjoying the yummy Bonnat chocolate you sent. We only allow ourselves a tiny bit on the weekends, to make it last. It is fabulous!

Speaking of Fabulous . . .



  1. Nice!! I can’t wait to see Eloise too!

  2. You are definitely not the only one who feel tired. I too, has come to the conclusion that I’m overworked, so I try to finish off a lot of things, and not strat any new projects, not kniiting nor anything else, before the situation feels easier.

    Eloise looks absolutely wonderful!

  3. I get third comment! Butterfly looks great!

  4. Butterfly looks beautiful (of course).

  5. You’ve inspired me to buy buy buy up Noro having watched your prgresses. I’m planning Eloise (same colourway as yours), Butterfly and Gloria and the husband is worried there’s a kitty bed next as well……

  6. Butterfly looks absolutely great! And I love the kitty bed. What a wonderful treat for a new petowner: getting a new pet with its own bed.
    Best wishes
    Petra from Germany

  7. butterfly is gorgeous! you worked the colors perfectly and it looks very comfortable.

  8. Fab,fab,fab Butterfly !
    I’m stealing the i-cord closure idea,if that’s o.k.

  9. Butterfly is beautiful – maybe it will actually be cool enough today to wear her!!

  10. 1) Your Butterfly is great! I love the colour so much. Great work – as usual. Can’t wait to see Eloise done!
    2) Lucy is sooooooooo fluffy.

    Have a wonderful week! (I’m tired, too. You’re really not alone)

  11. Being tired has no frontiers! I’m vanished!
    This weekend, i made your recipe, with butternut squash, shalotts and chipolatas (italian sausages); i added a very little bit of sliced garlic : you’re right, it’s great.
    Butterfly is great too; i’m actually expecting the book to make it with a yarn from Bouton-d’Or

  12. Butterfly looks great!
    I want to tell you that I bought a butternut squash on Saturday, came home and looked for your recipe and made it for Sunday dinner and it is gone.This was a side dish and it went over very well.I also used turkey sausage.
    Thanks Wendy,

  13. Confession time! Okay, show of hands: If you put your pre-felted kitty bed on your head, raise your hand!

    I love the collar treatment on Butterfly. Sets it off just right!

  14. Butterfly is wonderful! And now I have “Mirror in the Bathroom” in my head.

  15. Reason #498574 why my boss is not a great boss: having to go to work today.

    I really love Noro Blossom! It looks like the recycled sari silk yarn from the pictures.

  16. um, sorry — that was Foley posting the empty comment. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Butterfly is gorgeous!! No holiday for me today. Enjoy yours, though!

  17. Butterfly looks fabulous!

    As soon as the other colors of Blossom are in, I’m starting Eloise. I am so happy to hear it’s a fun knit.

    Off to work. Enjoy the day enough for both of us!

  18. Yep, pet fur spun is tres jolie.

    Google for VIP Fibers – a business spinning pet fibers, and animal related charity work, too! No affiliation.

    Happy day. Thanks for your blog, Wendy.

  19. Butterfly looks beautifully balanced!

    Thank you for the daily reads–what a wonderful way to start my day!

    I’m looking forward to starting my Kitty Pi, too! But perhaps I won’t wear it on my head….


  20. Butterfly is wonderful, even in poor light and with sweatpants! And I’m sure some sweet little kitty is going to feel like royalty in the bed. I also like the hat version of this bed. It would be great for bad hair days!

  21. What a beautiful butterfly! I don’t think I will attempt that one as mine would probably end up looking more like a yucky moth.

  22. Hmmm, I’m thinking Butterfly is pretty cool looking. Rats, another thing to put on the list. Very nice!

  23. Ann, my hand is sheepishly raised! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  24. Butterfly is really beautiful. I was looking at the pattern for it yesterday and hope to tackle a project like that sometime soon!

  25. Wendy, imho you site is the best knitting website in the world! thankyou for being so inspiring and helpful and entertaining.