My current work in progress:

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



Okay kids, this is it.

I think I’m done with blogging. I may be back someday, but for now, good-by. It’s been fun.


  1. Please say you’re joking. I’ve enjoyed reading your blog for a long time–thanks for all of the time you put into it.

  2. I agree with Jennifer…if this is truly the end, your blog will be sorely missed.

  3. NOOOOOOOO!!!!

  4. Wendy, reading your blog has been the highlight of my mornings for so long, you’ve been such an inspiration and your blog is one of the reasons I started blogging myself. You will be sorely missed.

  5. Yikes ! What happened ?
    We shall really miss you.

    I wish you and those you love much happiness dear Wendy.Many thanks for the entertainment and education.
    Happy knitting. :0)

  6. Hang on, I just checked my calendar and it’s not April 1st. I’ll certainly miss reading updates from your blog. Just in case you feel compelled to post, I’ll keep the bloglines subscription. Thank you for sharing your life with us!

  7. Is this like Rock Chick’s sudden exit? Or has someone hacked into Wendy’s blog? I refuse to believe that she’s gone.


  8. What happened?
    I’ll miss you very much. Please keep your website up and come back when you feel like it, maybe once a week?

  9. What?? That’s it, no reason? Noooo.

  10. It was nice knowing you. I’ll miss Lucy.

  11. I hope it isn’t true-I start each day (or end it) reading my knitting blogs and yours is at the top of the list!! The whole post didn’t come out so I am hoping it’s a fluke…

  12. what?! What will we do without our daily Lucy fix, and all the great knitting inspiration?

  13. I will very much miss having my coffee with you each morning and the great bits of information you give me each day. I just hope that all is well with you!

  14. Wait. What?

    This has to be a joke. I hope it is.

    This is one of the most popular and interesting knitting blogs ever. How can it just go away?

    I’ve really loved reading, Wendy, and if you are indeed leaving I am sorry to hear it!

    – Brooke

  15. with no warning? no telling why? a faithful and reliable blogger like you, who even got subs in when away? there must be a reason….I can see that it is tons of work but you are leaving us all in the lurch 🙁

  16. .
    [conscious omission of stating how I feel about your decision]
    Thank you for sharing your knitting skills with us. I’ve learned a lot from your blog.

  17. I hope you’re not really quitting. I love reading your blog, and I know lots of others do, too… you have more Bloglines subscribers than any other knitting blogger I’ve seen. I hope nobody said something mean to you. If you quit, I will miss reading about you and your stuff so much. If pleas will help… count this as one!

  18. What?!?!? Why?!?!?


    You and Lucy will be missed. ;-(

  19. You’ll be missed. Hopefully you’re just bored with blogging and you’re not being driven out by the rude people now referenced in your side bar. Good luck with your other endeavors, and enjoy your newly acquired free time.

  20. I realize blogging is a personal choice. But when one accrues an audience that’s as large as yours,it’s very, very unfair to just drop them all cold.

    Your blog was insightful, followed, loved, and cherished. I put you on my newsfeed list so I knew as soon as you posted that I could read something new.

    I can’t be so kind as to consciously omit my feelings about your decision. I find it selfish. If the work is too demanding, post less often. But don’t just quit… look how many people have already protested, in only two hours!

    If I had an audience as large as this one, I would consider it an honor. Not just anyone can earn this kind of following and respect.

  21. i’m sure there’s a reason behind this, and i wont question your motives. suffice to say, i’m one of the many who will miss being inspired by your personality (and projects!) on a daily basis. be well in whatever you do!

  22. Chica, I trust that you are doing what you need to do. I’m also a curious soul so if you ever do feel comfortable sharing why you’re exeunting stage left, as the Pink Panther might say, would love to know. I ask mostly because it does seem to be a trend with some of my most favorite bloggers. But again, I totally support you exiting as you see fit.
    I send you hugs and many, many thanks for sharing all the wonderful knitting and Lucy-ing and for your irrepressible and feisty self. All the best!

  23. Dear Wendy,
    I do hope that you will reconsider quitting blogging so abruptly, maybe consider blogging less often, but you obviously have your reasons and I will respect your choice to do so.

    Know that you are much respected and loved by many in this world. Sharing your life as you have done, and that of your family and friends has been an inspiration to so many, beyond counting.

    We will miss you and your excellent pictures of Lucy and your knitting, your excellent advice, your kvetching even. Take care.

    Much love, Josée, Carole and Patric

  24. Wow. That was sudden.

    You will be missed terribly. I DON’T think it’s selfish of you, but I can’t say I really like the idea. If course, it’s not my decision but I do hope you will reconsider.

  25. wrightnour says:

    I can hardly believe it…IF this really is the case, then please accept my thanks for inspiring me to do more and better knitting. I’ve been hooked on your blog since I first got turned on to it. (And, now ‘have cowboy boot lust!) Best wishes to you in your future knitting life…and to Lucy.

    I HOPE this was a fluke as you’ve been part of my cyber life…but HEY! Your purpose in life is more than just to entertain and inform ME!!

    all the best!!–


  26. I’m blinking at the screen.

    I have a hard time believing but can understand if you need to quit. I’ve been in that spot a few times when things got difficult for me. Your reasons are your own. I just hope it’s not because of the idiots out there.

    Thanks so much for enriching our lives and sharing with us. I have learned lots about knitting and generosity from you. I hope to see you around the blogosphere.

    Best of wishes to you, Lucy and Ian.

  27. Thank you so much for all your time and everything you have shared with us. You will be missed.


  28. ….and it won’t be the same without you.

  29. My coffee will not be the same.

    Thanks for being an inspiration. You will be missed.

  30. wendy, you are truly an inspirational knitter and person! I really appreciate all you’ve done online for the knitting community. It will be sad without you to look forward to everyday, but we all move on to new and better, bigger things! Good luck in all your endeavors! 🙂

  31. I think it must have something to do with Wendy’s comment over on the right– Someone was sending her insulting messages because she wouldn’t share copyrighted materials. Frickin’ idiots and trolls.

    Wendy, I’ll miss your posts. But you gotta do what you gotta do.

    I thought it was so cool that you just got a reader from the Shetland Islands. A shame that whoever that person was had to go and ruin something that so many people got so much enjoyment from.

  32. That sure is something. I wish you all the best and I sincerely thank you for the entertainment and information you’ve provided me!

    Good luck with all your future endeavors!!

    And in the interest of total honesty, I really can’t believe some people. I mean, telling you it’s not FAIR for you to stop blogging because so many have come to rely on your regularity?? Some people need to spend a little more time in the real world, I think.

    Oh, and thanks for those steeking lessons that you never knew you gave me!

  33. Oh wait, reading my post it made it sound like I was accusing that person from the Shetland Islands of something…Noooo. I just meant that she, along with those of us from all over the world, have gotten so much inspiration and information from you, and we are all going to miss you.

  34. I know I never posted a comment on your journal before but I know I will really miss reading your blog everyday. It was the highlight of my morning and my 8am classes.

    Thank you for the inspiration and I hope that one day you decide to come back to blogging.

  35. I have to echo Crystal and say – That was sudden.

    I’m very tempted to believe that you’ve been hacked more than that this is real. Especially because you spelled “good-bye” with an E in your subject and without in the body of the post… I’m skeptical. This post sounds nothing like you!

    Of course, if you are truly leaving, I hope everything is okay, I’m sorry to doubt you, and I will miss your daily posts and pictures of Lucy very much. Take care.

  36. Thanks so much for your wonderful, generous blog and for all of the time, energy, knitting expertise and money you’ve put into it. Your exit seems sudden, so I hope you’re OK. That’s not a criticism; I’m just hoping you’re not leaving because of something that is troubling or problematic for you.

    If it works for you, I hope one of these days you might reconsider and blog again, maybe weekly if daily is too much. If you publish any patterns, I sure want to know about it.

    Thanks again, and I wish you all the best. You know you’re gonna be missed A LOT!!

  37. I have read your blog every morning for over a year now. I will miss your knitting updates and the pictures of precious Lucy. Sorry to see you go. Thanks for all the great knitting inspiration. Happy knitting.

  38. I just wanted to join the chorus of thank you’s. Thank you for your generosity, your continued humour (despite a world of stupidity) and your inspiration.

    All the very best in whatever new challenges you decide to take on – I know you’ll knock ’em dead whatever you put your mind to.

    Lots of love and more thanks than I can really adequately express, from Sally

  39. What the heck?! I’ve been living vicariously through you, getting to go to Knit Happens & see one of my fav knitbabes, Kristine!

    Sorry to see you go. 🙁

  40. I too am skeptical that this post is really from you…you are an early morning poster…not an evening poster. Although this is probably just wishful thinking on my part. I don’t want it to be true.

    Yours is the first blog I read every morning. You never fail to inspire. “You make me want to be a better knitter.” You have always shared your tremendous skills so freely.

    I will miss you and Lucy terribly. I hope nothing catastrophic has caused this decision. Do we have to come all the way to Knit Happens to get an update on you now?

  41. I just want to say thanks for getting me back to knitting again! My son’s 15 pound Garfield-like kitty thanks you for posting the pattern for the felted kitty bed so that he would no longer feel the need to steal his owner’s dirty clothes that were strewn about to make his bed! I’m even going to pull out the Aran sweater I almost finished 20 years ago (fell asleep on sleeve island!) and finish it now. Lucky for me the moths never discovered it!

    Your beautiful knits and generous spirit have given me a lift every time I’ve “visited” you. Thanks for all the time and talent you’ve given to all of us. (And I do hope you will think about making your beautiful WendyKnits Designs patterns available for purchase someday!)

  42. i seem to be bad luck for knitting blogs. this is the fourth i’ve started reading in the last few months that’s decided to call it quits within a few weeks of my discovering it.

  43. Please no! I just discovered your site through the gals at Knit Happens on Friday! Please come back…

  44. Wendy, I am sorry to hear this, but I do respect your choice. Blogs are a very public thing and some times people think they might know you from your blog, when they in truth do not.

    Best to you, Ian and Lucy,


  45. I really enjoyed reading your blog. I hope all is well and want you to know you have encouraged this novice knitter soo very much. Thanks for sharing the beauty of knitting.

  46. Yours was one of the first few knitting blogs that I read as I began this sojourn into a new addiction! I’m sorry to hear that you have to go… And I thank you for what you have shared with the whole of the knitting community…

    Please take care.

  47. Wendy,

    I’m sorry you feel you need to stop blogging for now, but there aren’t any “blog police” after all, and you don’t owe that much of your spare time to the public. You have been an inspiration to me and countless other knitters. I will always be in awe of your ability to produce such gorgeous creations so quickly. Maybe Lucy will decided to post occasionally.

  48. But you were just featured in the Toronto Star!!! Sadly, the vingnette can’t be seen on their website, but in the Saturday Star section (which was all about knitting, by the way) you got a mention as one of the most entertaining knitbloggers around. Not that this should be a reason to continue blogging if that is your choice, but congrats on the mention in any case!

  49. I too am devoted to your blog and want to thank for your intelligence, wit, and generosity. I’ve learned so much, and will miss my daily Wendy and Lucy (as will my Siamese “daughters”).

    It would be lovely, if perhaps unfair to you, to wake up tomorrow to find this was just a bad dream.

    Come what may, thank you so much and good wishes!

  50. Wow. Wowie, wow, wow. I’ll miss you Wendy, and Lucy too. Do what you need to do, but know that you’re missed.

    Jayne, be real. Wendy doesn’t owe you or anybody else *anything*.

    Like others said, I’m hoping this was a hacker or something equally sinister…

  51. Having just come off a long blogging vacation myself I can completely understand. I will miss your fun and informative posts, but I will especially miss the daily photo of Lucy, she really is such a pretty kitty. I wish the both of you my best.

  52. Thank you, Wendy, for sharing your experience, passion, and the little bits and pieces of your life with all of us. You will be missed. I think it is shameful that so many insensitive souls have expressed that you *owe* them something, when you’ve already given so much. I wish you all the best.

  53. Wendy, thank you for your inspiration. Best wishes to you.

  54. I’ll certainly miss reading about your newest project while enjoying my morning coffee. I’ve found much inspiration here on your blog.

    Good luck in whatever direction your muse takes you!

  55. Wendy, I am going to miss both you and Lucy. I always look forward to your Monday – Friday entries and the pictures of Lucy. You have used so many different yarns that I was then encouraged to try. Patterns that I wouldn’t have tried if you hadn’t showed progress photos on your blog.

    I’m going to miss reading your blog each morning while getting ready for work.

    If you can… please resume posting. Share your projects with your readers and inspire us again, to try new and adventerous projects.

    HHuummm, maybe let Lucy do the blog writing for a while?


  56. Wow, I hope this is a hacker, for while that would be destructive, it wouldn’t be final.

    If it’s real, I must say Thanks to you, Wendy, for teaching me so much — not just about knitting, but about being able to share oneself. Your work here has been phenomenal. I’ve never understood how you managed to do so much in a single day!

    Anyone who feels *entitled to* your time and effort needs to take a good hard look at their priorities. I feel lucky that you shared with us. Period. Thanks once more.

  57. Wendy, thanks for unselfishly sharing your time and talents. I have really enjoyed reading your blog over the years. You have been a source of great inspiration and will definitely be missed. I wish you much continued success, happiness and many wonderful trips to Knit Happens!!!!

  58. Thanks Wendy for everything. I’ve enjoyed your blog and will miss you. Hope everything is okay with you and yours.

  59. Christine says:

    I was looking through your archives a while a go and was amazed at how long your blog has been going. 1999 I think you started? It’s been so long. Every day. It’s such a big commitment, it’s such a great resource.

    Is this a money thing? We can pay a small subscription…we can be members of the exclusive wendy knits club that *never* asks for copyrighted patterns or even bothers you at all if you don’t want…
    Is there anything we can do? Anything? I’m sure your 1000 or so readers per day (indicated by the poll a while back) will be willing to help.

    Please tell me there is.

    And thankyou, for introducing me, not only to the world of knitters and techniques and inspiration, but also to yarn sniffing!

    I’m very sad but I understand.

  60. I only recently discovered your blog but I’ve enjoyed it immensely. Thanks and good luck for whatever the future brings you.
    (from a reader in Australia)

  61. Wendy, I will definitely miss waking up and checking your blog, but I completely respect your decision. *hugs*

  62. You have been a huge source of inspiration. Thank you for all you have contributed to the online knitting community. You will be missed.

  63. Wendy, if this is true, although I completely respect your decision (especially given the bit on your sidebar about the selfish and rude people who have hassled you), I will miss you!

    Thank you for inspiring me to take my knitting as a serious passion and to challenge myself to step up to the next level. I wish you all the best.

  64. WHY???????????

  65. i’m going to agree with what’s been posted many many times above…thanks thanks thanks x infinity for the inspiration and for sharing your knitting with us!

  66. This is such a hoax. Unless Wendy is being held captive by home invaders and this is her signal for help?

  67. I understand. And I am really going to miss reading your blog. Thank you for all the knowledge, photos and wit you so generously shared these past years!


  68. Dear Wendy
    As with everyone else, I hope nothing horrible has happened to you or yours.
    THANK YOU for all your inspiration, help, humour, Lucy pictures and sharing a part of your life.

    Love and Kisses
    P.S. I hope this is a joke post – it’s selfish I know, but I feel as though I’ve lost a friend

  69. Thank you so much for sharing your knitting experiences and just overall great wit! Best of luck to you! You will be truly missed and there are really not any words that could articulate your contribution to my knitting experience and the knitting community as a whole. You and your work are outstanding. Your entries were greatly appreciated. Your blog has provided so many people with funny, entertaining moments and light bulb moments(oh that’s how you do that) galore. It has been a great joy to read every post. And I am just wishing you the same joy a million times over (make that a million million).

    Take care!

  70. Oh Wendy like all the others I can not believe it no more blog.
    There is a lot that I can say how I looked forward to read your daily updates but I know that it is about me. For what it is worth I will miss you greatly many thanks for all your energy and for what your have shared with us.
    I hope that you will be back please take care hugs
    you come first. Wendy Thank you

  71. Thanks for sharing all your knitting knowledge, Lucy photos and for all your inspiration.
    Take care

  72. Wendy,
    Sorry to see that you are leaving us. Your blog has been a lot of fun and a great way to start the day. Hope you are well, and know that you will be missed. A lot. 8(

    Take care.

  73. Like many others I would like to thank you and to say that I very much hope that all is well with you and yours. I will very much miss reading your blog everyday it has been an inspiration.

  74. I have wondered over the past few weeks if the blog-thing was snowballing. You’ve become so famous, with gifts arriving from everywhere, that it stood to reason that the flack might be flying at high speed too. Your marvellous contests and knitalongs also looked like a lot of work.

    I’ve loved your blog. Best wishes for a peaceful life and an extra half-hour’s sleep in the morning. Please don’t disappear entirely off the radar.

    Thanks for everything.

  75. Thanks for everything, Wendy. I’ll sure miss your blog and do hope everything is okay. 🙂

  76. I’m gonna miss you

    Wish you, lucy and Ian all the best:-)


  77. Your blog has been a delight to read and you have inspired me tremendously. Thanks for all your hard work and best of luck.

  78. Hope its not forever…

  79. I’ve never posted a comment to you before, but I have read your blog every day for the past 2 years and you have been a huge inspiration to me. I will miss my daily fix, but totally respect your decision, if this is what feels right for you. Thanks for all the ideas and entertainment you have given.

  80. but today is my birthday…:(

  81. Long-time reader, first-time commenter…

    Thank you!!!! I appreciate how much you have shared with all of us. My mornings will never be the same.

  82. Wendy, you will be sorely missed. Thank you for all the inspiration you have given to hundreds (maybe thousands) of knitters, every day. Be well.

  83. Wendy,

    I know you don’t “owe” anyone an explanation, but such a sudden flight is troubling. Perhaps one day you can let us know what led to your decision. But, whatever happens, it’s okay. I guess we’ll survive.

    You know, I live for my weekends. Yet on Saturday mornings I’d find myself shaking off a feeling of disappointment, as in, “oh, no, it’s Saturday, and Wendy doesn’t post on weekends.” 🙂

    I love your blog and will miss it greatly. Hugs to Lucy and her dad, and I guess now you’ll have more time for knitting!

  84. whatever led to this decision I’m sure it wasn’t reached lightly. Yours was the first blog I read and I found so much inspiration and so very much help and encouragement that it made me a better knitter…YOU made me a better knitter. Blessings to you and your family and thank you, thank you for all you’ve done. I wish you health, joy and much much happiness.

  85. …what?

    But… Where am I going to get my Lucy fix now?

  86. So sorry to see you go! Thanks for your wonderful contributions to the knitting world and take care! Hope to hear from you again someday.

  87. Wendy,

    I’m sad you’re going, but I’m grateful for everything you’ve shared with us. Good luck in the future, and I hope to soon see WendyKnits designs here, there and everywhere.

    Indulge yourself in some you time, and take care.

    All the best,


  88. wendy you are wonderful. i could never say enough will miss you sooooo much thanks for every thing and Lucy too. i will miss you sooo much

  89. Wendy, please tell us you’re joking!!! Your blog is a everyday highlight to me. I started my own blog after reading yours – you are such an inspiration for knitters!!! Well, at least for me you have been a really great inspiration.
    Please tell us why your quitting. you probably cannot imagine how much I will miss you and Lucy.
    I wish you all the best.

  90. If it’s not fun any more, then it’s time to stop. Thanks so much for everything, Wendy. I wish you much happiness.

  91. Wendy, Thanks for sharing your knitting with us. I never would have had the courage to knit a Dale of Norway without you. It’s been fun. But I’m sure it has been a lot more fun for us than you so I hope whatever you do next you are repaid for all the joy and encouragement you have given the knitting community. Life is short go enjoy it. Jan and Spicey

  92. Please, please, take a break and chill out for a while and come back! Do not say it is for good! I and many others have enjoyed your site so much!!! We will miss you and Lucy – come back soon!

  93. Wendy-
    Your blog is the only one I bother to log on for in the morning before work. You are such a shining inspiration – your work is beautiful, you are so completely thoughtful and insightful. I NEVER would have steeked without you!
    I wish you only the best and everything you hope for yourself.
    Take Care and thanks for everything – I will think of you often and hope to at least see you guest blogging somewhere!!!!

  94. I too, believe this may be a hoax/hacker job. The post time isn’t right, it doesn’t sound like Wendy, and on my computer this particular post doesn’t want to “stick” parts of it keep going away and then coming back. But, if it is real I want to wish you the very best Wendy. You have brightened my days for over a year now. Good luck and hugs to Lucy.

  95. All the best to you!

  96. I shall miss your blog soooo much, I read it every before starting work!! Thank you for all the inspirational knitting and the knitting tips I am sure I have become a better knitter since I started reading your blog. My day won’t be the same without you!

  97. Tusen tack or thanks a million for your time, energy and enthusiam about knitting. You’ve taught us all a lot and exposed us to many techiniques and ideas as well as yarns. Stay well and I too hope this isn’t permanent.


  98. Wendy, thank you for sharing of yourself as much as you have over so many years. I will miss your running commentary, but must admit, it’s never driven me “ad nauseam” as I look forward to reading your site daily. My positive vibes are with you. Take good care of yourself please. And give Lucy a good little petting for me please. Many many warm knittish hugs to you, Rossana

  99. Katherine says:

    No, no, no!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  100. okay, it looks like it’s true. Wendy, thanks so much. You’ve been a smile in my day, an inspiration.