My current work in progress:

Stornoway, designed by Alice Starmore from her book Fishermen’s Sweaters, knit in Frangipani 5-ply guernsey wool in the Aran colorway, on a 3.0mm needle.

We Were On A Break!!

Okay, it seems as though I do owe some sort of explanation. I feel a little mean just leaving you hanging.

And apart from the comments, I’ve gotten maybe . . . oh . . . 500 emails so far.

This is how things are:

Blah . . . blah, blah, BLAH, blah, blah, blah, blah.

Any questions?

Yes, I have a case of the blahs. I feel as though I’ve run out of things to say.

And my right hand and wrist are throbbing painfully, making knitting (and keyboarding for that matter) decidedly unfun.

Time to get out the wrist brace, I guess.

And my desktop computer died yesterday. (Though hopefully it can be resurrected. Lucy’s dad will help me with that this weekend.) I have a laptop, but I have a hard time editing photos on the laptop. So I felt that the blog would suffer.

But . . . you don’t seem happy . . . ๐Ÿ™‚

Wanna compromise?

How about abbreviated blogging, maybe once or twice a week? Who knows — I may return to it fulltime again, but right now I need to cut back.

I wasn’t going for drama here . . . honest. It’s just that after reading all the emails and comments I feel as though there may be a way to make everyone happy.

Maybe a daily Lucy photo and some knitting talk a couple of times a week? How about that?

Tell me what you think.

Yes, I did start knitting again on my Ingrid sweater. I’ve got maybe three inches to go before starting the front neck shaping.


The state of my wrist makes me think I need to curtail my knitting, though. I know: maybe I should clean my house. Now there is a novel concept!

And by the way, Lucy would like Igor to know that we were watching cooking shows when she was reaching for the remote. A cat can only take so much!


One more thing. I realized that it is SO not fair to stop blogging before mentioning that I received my last Secret Pal 2 package.

Secret Pal 2 Revealed

As those of you involved know, the Secret Pal 2 project ends at the end of October. And I just received my final Secret Pal 2 gift! My Secret Pal was Bente in Germany. And she sent me an assortment of lovely autumnal items!

Here is a cute little wooden cat, and a package of autumn-themed cocktail napkins.


And a beautiful autumn leaves table runner. Bente, you are obviously a gifted seamstress — this is lovely!


And thank you for being such a wonderful Secret Pal!

Okay . . . intermittent blogging for the near future and we’ll see what happens. Is it a deal?


  1. I am so glad to hear that you are OK. I was sure that some looney out there in blogland was threatening your or Lucy’s life because you refused to copy a pattern!

  2. That’s more than fair — I’m so glad you’re not dropping it completely! Take care of that poor wrist & cuddles to that gorgeous Princess cat, Lucy. Enjoy yourself – you owe that to yourself.

  3. Yay! I’m happy that you’ll stick around. It’s amazing, the impact you’ve had on a LOT of people out there. Thank you thank you!

  4. Dear Wendy:
    I am going to miss my daily dose of Wendy and Lucy, but understand the wrist pain and the brain drain. If you are willing to provide a couple days a week and a photo of Lucy it would be much better than ‘cold turkey’ withdrawl from my daily lunch time enjoyable visit to your blog.

    May you rejuvenate with speed. Enjoy your vacation! rsg

  5. Wendy, I hope you’ll keep your “static” web pages going, no matter what you decide about the blog. I love cruising through your galleries of finished work, and reading your notes on the various projects. It’s a fantastic resource!

    Blogging is hard work, but the occasional new project page? Piece of cake. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Wendy–I agree with the hundreds of people who have said it before me: your blog, your rules, but we’ll be thrilled to read when you do post.

    A bit of advice on the sore wrist (I had severe tendonitis after too much typing in the publishing/editorial world):

    Arnica gel!!!! I had a whole office of editorial/design people using it because we ALL had sore wrists and EVERYONE had relief as a result. I think part of it is the massaging motion, but other part is the arnica, honest.

    Hope you start to feel better soon!


  7. your reasons are the only good reasons you need when it comes to blogging or anything else. and i know i don’t have to tell you that ’cause i picked that up from you. badass all around.

    glad you’re back in whatever way you wanna be.

    take care!

  8. random reader who can't even knit but reads your blog anyway says:

    You gotta do what you gotta do. Intermittent Wendy and Lucy are better than no Wendy and Lucy at all ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’ll miss the bright and early morning posts, though– the only blog I can count on to be up to read before I leave for work!

  9. Great news that you will still be posting, I need my Wendyknits fix! Hope your wrist gets better soon ….take it easy!! Big Hugs X

  10. your are the ONLY knit blogger who does a 5 day a week thing. We have gotten spoiled. They say that absence makes the heart grow fonder. While I can’t imagine what “fonder” can look like, I will look forward to hearing WHATEVER you have to say WHENEVER you choose to say it.

    We wait with baited (for Lucy?) breath for the next trials and tribulations.

  11. Wendy–I just want to thank you for all your lovely blogs. I read your blog every morning and totally enjoyed it. You really got me to pick up my needles and begin to enjoy knitting again. My friend and I have booked Thursday nights at a LYS to just have time to knit and get a bigger project going. We begin this Thursday and I thank you because your work and your words have been such a motivator for me. I truly hope you do what is good for you. I hope you feel all the positive good wishes from your loyal readers!!!
    Thank you!!

  12. Phew! So glad you’re back even if it is only once in awhile.

    I also echo Stinkerbell.. Your blog, your rules. You take care of that wrist before you take care of the blog, ok?

    Hugs, Rose, Mags and Sam

  13. Hope your wrist feels better soon. I must have read your blog last night right before the bye post. Glad to hear you will be back part-time. Take some time to take care of yourself.

  14. Wendy, the fact that you’re willing to do this part time is just another example of your generosity. Frankly, I’ve felt priveleged to be allowed to read your blog and learn so much from you. i always felt like I had been invited to the best party in town. And if the party is over for you, after so long, I understand and just wanna say thanks, and to apologize for some of the people who haven’t been as polite as most of your fans have been in the comments. Hope your wrists feel better soon, and that your knitting doesn’t have to slow down. Your pace always has amazed me! thanks for all your help and advice and just inspiring so many of us out here in blogland!

  15. Wendy,
    I still hope that when you are feeling better you decide that you miss blogging as much as we miss reading what you have to say. I read your blog everyday and feel like a part of my day is missing on the weekends.
    But, as has been mentioned, if you are not getting the same out of it as you used to… then it is time for a break. Hope you are feeling better soon…thanx for all the help and inspiration you have given to all of us. Best Wishes.
    Sarah in Canada.

  16. I’ll miss your blog Wendy. All I can say is…if you only post a couple of times a week, then you would definately find more things to talk about. You wouldn’t feel the pressure & would enjoy it more. That’s what I did. Then you may find that it is not…Blah, Blah, BLAH, blah, blah!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  17. Long time reader…first time commenter who was THRILLED to get home from work today to find Wendy back on the blog. Piper (black and white cat who thinks she’s a dog) and I love the updates as well as the classic Friend’s reference in the title!

  18. As others have said, Your Blog, Your rules.

    I admit I like to peep in here to see Miss Lucy, and what you are working on, and I just like what you say and how you say it. However, I am very relieved to see that your lessened web presence is not due to rude, obnoxious idiots. This doesn’t mean I’m happy about your wrist pain, however. Do take care of yourself.



  19. Wendy,
    Everyone needs a break from daily routines. It’s called recharging. And given the output of your knitting and what you do for a living to support this habit, I’m amazed you have any wrists left at all. Even Celine Dion “resigned” a few years ago from her incredible routine because she “just wanted to stay home and make chicken soup when she had a cold” as she put it. So, don’t feel guilty. We’ll all miss your daily blogs, but we’ll survive. Most of all, so will you. But don’t just drop off the planet. Keep in touch when you feel like it and let us know how you’re doing. And, let us know what Lucy is up to; be sure to let her know she too has a fan club.
    All best,

  20. Wendy, I think your suggestion is great — just blog whenever you feel like it! I know we’ll all be checking your website for your great knitting and pictures of Lucy. Take care of your wrist — soo important:)

  21. Lucy, this cooking show torture must stop. Now is the time for revolution! Your person is injured; mine distracted. I’ll take the north. You take the south.



  22. Waving a fellow wrist in splint… Carpel Tunnel people bonding.

    I took 2 weeks off from knitting and my wrist did improve. I don’t know how well my emotional state was but that got better when I finally picked up my needles and yarn and resumed. Now, I do have to be careful and not do any marathon knitting sessions. Instead, I wander through the knitting blogs and enjoy seeing everyone else’s projects.

    The other helpful thing is teaching 2 new knitters how to knit and helping a returning knitter get back into the swing of things. All people at work.

    Yes, posting a few times a weeks is very appreciated! Especially with the Glamerous Lucy in pictures.

    Everyone is entitled to the Blahs. I hope that yours pass quickly.

    Many hugs and I’m so glad you are still around with us.


  23. I can see that my post to your Good-Bye entry was not taken well.

    This is much more reasonable.

    If you started this blog and have kept it going for as long as you have, there must have been a reason. Reasons don’t just disappear. They tend to fade.

    I’m an immature college kid. When I feel blah, which is most of the time, I write crap. I always write crap.

    I treat my blog like my diary, because I know nobody reads it (unless they’re harrassing me about posts I make to other blogs). I guess you can’t really do that, when everybody can read it.

    And wrist pain… well, that’s completely understandable. Repetative physical stress causes damage. It’s catching up to you. I am very sorry to hear that you’re experiencing pain. I hope you heal.

    I’m sorry if what I said came off as rude and selfish. But you do have quite the honor of so many people who love you. That would be a very hard thing for me to abandon.

    You do come first. I’m glad you have decided to remain a presence in our lives. Here’s hoping for pain-free knitting experiences.

  24. OK, think I’ll be alright now. It was like being dumped without explanation or closure. Happy it wasn’t something we’d said or done – or not done.

    But, hey, it’s a free world – to blog or not to blog is the question you can only respond to with by what meets your needs. We’re all adults here and can surely find ways to deal with abandonment issues.

    Frequent pictures of the fuzzy-toed one will be most appreciated, however.

  25. I am a lurker who just found your blogsite 2 weeks ago but was devastated to read your “goodbye” this AM. You have been a source of inspiration, humor, and good ideas to a 55 yr old knitter who was getting bored with it all. I’m so relieved you won’t leave altogether! We all need and love you!

  26. Hi Wendy,

    I do hope you stay with us. 1 – 2 times blogging per week will be fine. I understand it will be very tire to blog and knit everyday. I can imagine how many e-mails you receive from your blog readers. And, you have a job too. If I were you, I definitely have no energy to do everyday blogging !Please take good rest for yourself. Take care !

    best regards


  27. I’ve been reading your blog almost every weekday since shortly before Izzy passed. Thank you for sharing your knitting expertise, the knit alongs and charity events. Many knitters and pets have been the better for your efforts. I so enjoy your wit and humor. Also, thank you for sharing Lucy with all of us Cat-Loving-Knitters out here. If abbreviated blogging works for you, well; we’re happy if Wendy is happy! Take care of that wrist. I’ll check in regularly to see what’s up with your knitting and Lucy. Good luck.

  28. Thank you for being so generous with your knittin’ smarts and your time.

  29. If you’re happy, we’re happy. It’s a deal! I hope you knew before today how much we all appreciate your wit, insight, help, and Lucy pix! Take care of that wrist, miss! xxx

  30. Wendy, we’ll miss you, but you have to look out for yourself first, because as you probably know, no one else will. I want knitting and blogging to be fun for you, because why else do it?

    So good luck! We’ll see you ’round. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  31. Lets just make this the 131 comment! Obvisously you know your impact, but I will say…’s understood! I’m not the only one to say: I support you and your rest! Go forth and allow your creative mind a well deserved beauty rest!

  32. Hi Wendy. So sorry to read about your pains…my sis told my other sis on Saturday that you were “the Master” and showed her your blog site. Thanks for your efforts at maintaining such a wonderful site and allowing us to read prior posts. Best Wishes in your future pursuits! travelita

  33. Wendy, welcome back… Do feel better. Now, I really, really enjoy your blog. Blogging once in a while is fine for me. Best to you!! Donna

  34. Dear Wendy,
    just to add my two cents worth, yours is the only blog I read regularly, and I noticed that you hadn’t posted for a bit, so while I thought it was a joke, I also suspected it might not be. Anyway, all the way from across the globe, I will keep checking in to see if you have updated as and when you feel like it, but also best wishes for whatever you do decide to do. Get better soon.

  35. fillyjonk says:

    I’d still come here even if it were nothing but Lucy pictures.

    I hope you get to feeling better. And since MOST bloggers only post once a week or so, it doesn’t seem like a big deal.

    (I was afraid that you had gotten pushed over the edge by one too many “I know this pattern is copyrighted but could you still send me a copy of it for free?” requests)

  36. I am soooooo glad, that you won’t stop! You’ve got really big fans here in germany!
    May god bless you!
    Love, Ev!

  37. I am so glad to see that you are willing to compromise ๐Ÿ™‚ As a fairly new knitter you are an inspiration to me!

  38. Wendy, take care of yourself and enjoy your knitting!