My current work in progress:

Roscalie Cardigan by Alice Starmore, knit from Jamieson’s Shetland Spindriftย  on a US 3 needle


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. I think she just left to get a haircut.

    We love you, Wendy!

  2. You’ll be missed, but hopefully we’ll still see you at Knit Happens to see your latest works of art.

  3. I’m a “senior” knitter who started reading your blog after seeing the article about you in the Washington Post. I have been amazed at the lovely sweaters you create and the speed with which you create them. I’ve learned so much from the articles on your website, and have enjoyed your humor and all the photos (especially Lucy–she inspired a cat bed for my Annie). I will be so sorry to see you go.

  4. Knitters’ mornings won’t be the same without your blog. So much inspiration and knowledge within these pages! Thanks for it all! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I’m stunned, too, and just hope that there is no “bad” reason for this sudden departure. I love reading your blog every day, too, and will miss starting my work day with you and Lucy.

    I admit, I’m hoping this is a sudden decision which you’ll rethink. You’re too much of an inspiration to lose to abruptly!

  6. (spluttering)…WHAT? I’m so confused!

    If this is the real thing, you’ll be missed. But I hope it isn’t….

  7. I am also a “lurker”, as so many times my comment would have been Me Too, but I just need to say that you will be missed, my morning coffee won’t be the same. I wish you all the best and thank you for all your inspiration and humor and just being. All the best to you, Lucy, Lucy’s dad and all those who are special in your life.

  8. nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!

    Please come back! Pretty please?

  9. Is this what it felt like when the Beatles broke up?

    Thanks for all you have done for the knit blog community. You deserve a long week at an all-inclusive spa. Best of luck with all you do.

  10. Say it ain’t so…’re the first thing I log onto at work (hope my boss doesn’t see this)…I’ve gotten so much inspiration from you and have enjoyed reading about Izzy, Lucy, and the rest of the gang. If this is not a hack, then I wish you all the best and hope to see you back again some day. Thanks for everything ๐Ÿ™‚ ps now we’ll never know how long you’ll go before cutting your hair!

  11. Thank you for your blog…I’ve enjoyed it immensely. Good luck with everything, whatever that everything might be…

  12. Julia Starkey says:

    I’m sorry to see you go. When blogging, or other online interactions, becomes a hassle it’s good to stop. I hope this is a vacation from blogging, but if it ends up being a permament vacation, have fun with your knitting and the always adorable Lucy.

  13. Have fun and thanks again,

  14. I’m new to wendyknits – just the past two months or so – but I will miss it as a part of my morning routine very much. You’ve been an inspiration – not just as a knitter – but as a great friend to animals (kitty beds galore!) and as a smart and strong woman. My best wishes to you and thanks for many wonderful mornings with my cup of coffee next to the computer and my knitting waiting for me afterwards.

  15. You are an inspiration – please don’t stop blogging!!! I just finished my first sock using your toe-up pattern. It’s the best sock I’ve ever made. Anytime I need a bit of technical help, I look to your blog. Thanks!

  16. There seems to be great debate over the validity of this….and part of me does hope it’s a joke.

    However, if it is true…I’ve enjoyed reading your blog. It’s been amazingly helpful and inspiring, and I will miss it.

    Best wishes to you (and your knitting) and Lucy.

  17. Your blog has encouraged me to get back into knitting. Thank you for introducing me to “Bad-Ass knitting”! The knitting goes everywhere with me now. Thanks to you,a group of us have started a
    monthly pot-luck knitting group for yarn sniffer’s. Take time off, change postings to fewer
    days, explore new avenues, but please continue to share your talents and voices with your friends beyond the screen!

  18. A tragic day in knittingdom.

    Still, I hope all is well with you and you will be missed. Hopefully, we will still get to see you from time to time at Knit Happens.

  19. Wendy,
    I, too, believe (hope) this is just a hacking incident because it is truly not like you to leave without any explanation. At any rate, if it is true, although I didn’t write frequently, I have so enjoyed reading your blog and have often felt that if I lived in D.C., we could have been good friends. I will keep my fingers crossed that you will be back tomorrow.

    All the best – Shelley (in Cincinnati)

  20. Shirley, in PA says:

    I’m so sorry to see you go. I have started my day with your blog ever since you posted the Fearless Fair Isle. You’ve made me laugh and cry (when you lost Izzy I wept and sent money to my local animal shelter in her name). I hope you and your family are well and will continue to prosper. You will be missed.

  21. Wendy,

    I want to add my voice to the comments and thank you for this blog. I have been reading it since the beginning of it and even if I almost never left any comments, it always been an inspiration to knit for me. So thank you Wendy for all the time and efforts you gave to this blog.

  22. WhatwhatWHAT? I dearly hope this is a cruel joke . . . but if it’s not, you will be sorely missed around here.

    I’m still holding out hope that it’s not true (yep, I’m in denial).

  23. Bronnie (in Pittsburgh says:

    I’ve always wondered how in the world you manage to blog everyday with all the other things you do, and I certainly don’t blame you for quitting. BUT oh, how I will miss my Monday thru Friday knitting fix. Thank you for starting me on Dales which I never knew existed. I’m currently doing my third, getting lots of compliments on them, and all because of you. Goodbye and all get wishes, Bronnie

  24. Really sorry to see you go, Wendy. I’ve truly enjoyed reading your blog. Thanks so much for sharing your knitting projects, they were an inspiration for me to pick up the needles again.
    You will be missed!

  25. judith rosa says:

    Say it isn’t so!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh, Wendy. Thanks to you and your BADASS knitting philosophy I have become a very good knitter. Thank you so much for all you have taught me. I am sure there are many of us who never wrote but read you faithfully.

    My best to you.

  26. Wendy, I’ll miss you and Lucy! Thanks so much for inspiring me to be better at the craft. Keeping a blog is time-consuming, and I know how it is. Hopefully you’ll come back in the future. Best wishes!

  27. Wow. For my morning routine, this is like turning on my radio and getting static instead of NPR.

    Wendy, I hope everything is okay, and I will miss the daily updates and the lovely Lucy. Enjoy your time away from blogland — thank you for sharing so much with us.

  28. Yet another me too post, but I did want to say thank you for being such a bad-ass knitter and sharing your mad knitting skillz (or should that be mad phat knitting skillz? ) with everyone. I first got interested in colorwork from reading your blog. When I posted a question I was astonished (and grateful) at how quickly and thoroughly you answered it.
    Thank you for all the time, energy, and sheer verve you’ve put into your blog on a daily basis.

  29. Wendy,
    You will be missed. My bank account thanks you, but the rest of me, not so much. ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. I will miss you.

    Thank you for inspiring me to pick up the needles again.

  31. Wendy, Thank you for everything—your wit, your knowledge, your dedication for the past few years to the knitting community—well I could go on and on. You have been an inspiration to us all. We will miss you!!!!!

  32. Oh wow! You and Lucy will be sorely missed. I’m sure you have your reasons to not continue blogging. If you decide to blog again, we’ll leave the light on for you. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Take care.

  33. Wendy, Thank you for everything—your wit, your knowledge, your dedication for the past few years to the knitting community—well I could go on and on. You have been an inspiration to us all. We will miss you!!!!!

  34. Bummer. Did my IG finally find out that you were my home page? ๐Ÿ˜‰ I might get more work done now.

    Thanks for everything you’ve given the knitting world. I know you’ll still be a part of it, so I hope I can still find you here or there amongst the skeins. There are so many books welling up inside you that it’s only a matter of time before it bursts onto the retail scene with many splashy pictures of Siamese fur!

    I feel really awful that people have given you such a hard time (“insults and abuse”? Sheesh!) over copyrighted patterns — where do they get off? OK, if I stay on this, I’m going to use profanity, so I’ll stop.

    Truly hope I’ll see you around.


  35. Wendy,

    I hope you find rest and lots of fun in what you do next. I knew there would be a point when you would quit, and some of your recent posts have been short which made me ‘fear’ today. I just am stunned to know it is really true. Hopefully we will be graced with Wendyknits designs in the future.
    Hugs to you and Lucy. I have my third kitty, Molly, because of Lucy and Izzy, my Canon Rebel camera and lots of inspiration because of your sharing. Thanks. You will be missed.


  36. Wendy – I have never left a comment on ANY blog. I am still really not beleiving that this is true, but it seems like it is. My family owns a restaurant and the work is long and hard. I don’t get much time to surf the net – let alone knit – so I have to pick what I have time for online. I visited your blog most every day for the past year and look forward to all of your yarn adventures, your wit, and your generousity with your time. (and of course, the pictures of Lucy) Thank you for all of your inspiration and good luck. I hope everything is ok.

  37. As someone who can NOT maintain a blog, only posts in an LJ now and then, I can see a lot of reasons you’d stop, I just hope it’s not the recent rise in digging for info about Lucy’s Dad. I know you mentioned before that you don’t like people digging for more information than you grant them… I was wondering if the prying and demanding to be let into your life had finally been Enough. You’ve turned into a regular Knitting Superstar which has to be frustrating on its own. *grin* At any rate, I have loved being able to learn from your experience and to see you and Lucy each day! Sorry to see you bow out, but hey, who never needs a vacation? Enjoy it ๐Ÿ˜‰

  38. loved the blog, loved the contests, loved the cats, loved the “old knitted crap”. thanks.

  39. Wow, Like everyone else, I’m saddened but I understand. This is a huge commitment to an audience that may or may not be always respectful. I certainly will miss the knitting updates regarding your projects. You inspired me to try my first Dale of Norway ages ago. I’ve done several and continue to love knitting them. I hope all is well with you and yours. I wish you nothing but the best. Happy Knitting and thank you….

    PS…you also made me realize there is no “wrong” way to knit. Yep…I took one of THOSE classes where the instructor tried to change me.

  40. Long time daily reader, first time poster….

    This is certainly a loss for the knitting blog-iverse, but I simply cannot believe the selfishness of a few of the above posters.

    You do not owe anyone an explanation. I’ve wondered on a daily basis how you manage to keep your blog so incredibly updated and knit the wonderful things that you do. It is undoubtedly hardwork, that can take a toll on a person.

    When it is time to take a break or quit, then you must. But you will be missed. You site has been an absolute inspiration to my knitting and a joy to read everyday. All the best in your future knitting, designing, and cat-loving.

  41. NOOOOOOOOOOOO! *pounds her fist on the desk and sobs*

  42. Wendy, everyone else has said it many times already, but I will add to the chorus. You will be missed and I too hope that nothing ill has caused this decision.

    All the best,

    Liz Boston

  43. Oh my gosh! The earth tilted on its axis, the moon turned blood red, the seas boiled, and then- WENDY QUIT BLOGGING?!? It must be the end of the world!
    *sigh* Seriously, I miss you already! Take care!

  44. Wendy, many, many thanks for ideas, inspiration, and irreverence. My stash thanks you, my wallace and gromit collection thanks you–who knew such things were available? My girls thank you for sharing Lucy, kitty beds and Sponge Bob Stash Pants! Without you, these things, and any number of sweaters, would not be a part of my life.

    I feel like the little boy at the end of Shane, “Wendy, come back Wendy…” But, I understand how much you’ve put into the blog and can imagine any number of reasons why it is time to stop. Hope I have a chance to share your knitting life again someday, until then all the best.

  45. I think the reason that we’re all worried is that the message doesn’t even sound like you; yet if it was a hacker, then where is your morning message?

    Like everyone else I want to thank you for your inspiration and wit. I just hope that you’re quitting because you want to and not because you were forced to.

    I’ll always be grateful to the world you opened up for so many of us. Love ya!

  46. Gee, I only saw this on the morning of the 26th – so, thanks for all the wonderful bloggings and patterns and pictures so far, and I look forward to reading more by and about you, as you follow your passions.

    ::lifts a cup of tea and drinks your health:: cheers, be well, and you’ve made a wonderful place so far!

    Dena in Port Townsend

  47. Wendy — I will miss your blog. However, you need to live with those wrists for another 40 something years. So take care of you. I am glad you will be keeping in touch. xoxoxoxo

  48. Wendy, You have truly been an inspiration to me. I was cold off knitting for two years, couldn’t find my way back into it, and then I discovered the knitting blogs. Yours and Purl Jam were what inspired me initially to bring out those sticks and string, and now I’m consumed again with my love of the craft. I never miss a day of your blog, but perhaps you could post weekly and slow down your pace to save your wrists. I will truly miss you and the adventures of Lucy.

  49. Wendy,
    You are a real “Menche” – thank you for everything you have given me and all of the other knitters – knitting inspiration, laughter, tears, and sharing your lovely Lucy. Get well soon. I’ve been getting massages at Crossings in SS, MD that have greatly helped my right knitting arm and wrist. Let me know if you’d like the contact info. Take very very good care of yourself. I will miss you. Love to Lucy.

  50. Lapis Lazuli says:

    wow, no matter how old I get, I never get used to being dumped.

    Have a nice life

  51. Wendy, I have so enjoyed reading your blog! It’s like the mail – through rain and snow, your blog entry, Monday-Friday was posted. Thank you SO much for sharing your knitting life and Lucy with all of us! Seeing your knitting has been such an inspiration to me! I’ll really, really miss my ‘Waking Up With Wendy’ routine of reading your blog with my morning coffee (at work). I hope everything is well with you and that we will periodically see new pictures of your beautiful knitting and, of course, the lovely Lucy!



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