My current work in progress:

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


Welcome to November

And it seems like yesterday it was just August.

A question from Anne:

I am wondering about the yarn you are using for Ingrid. Your sidebar says Koigu KPPPM, but from the pictures, it looks like black and white. B&W in that pattern would be very striking, but I am guessing that it isn’t really black. Could you show a close up so we (I) can see the pattern over pretty koigu?

Here you go:


The variegated Koigu is a brown/olive green mix. The solid Koigu is very pale green.

I knitted intermittently over the weekend, and managed to finish the body and start a sleeve.


Just Call Me Wacky

I took the 20 Questions to a Better Personality quiz, and here are my results.

Wackiness: 68/100
Rationality: 30/100
Constructiveness: 76/100
Leadership: 56/100

You are a WECL–Wacky Emotional Constructive Leader. This makes you a People`s Advocate.

You are passionate about your causes, with a good heart and good endeavors. Your personal fire is contagious, and others wish they could be as dedicated to their beliefs as you are.

Your dedication may cause you to miss the boat on life’s more slight and trivial activities. You will feel no loss when skipping some inane mixer, but it can be frustrating to others to whom such things are important. While you find it difficult to see other points of view, it may be useful to act as if you do, and play along once in a while.

In any event, you have buckets of charisma and a natural skill for making people open up. Your greatest asset is an ability to make progress while keeping the peace.

Of the 48771 people who have taken this quiz since tracking began (8/17/2004), 6.1 % are this type.


  1. Mary Beth says:

    Down with whiney comment leavers! Up with cat pictures!

  2. interesting quiz and great closeup of your ingrid sleeve. looks beautiful. and lucy’s revolution is just hilarious!

  3. Love your blog content, love pix of Lucy, love you sharing your life! To heck with whiners!!

  4. I love the dog-o-saurus! That’s great!
    As a new knitter, I have a question. I have so far found that 100% acrylic (cheaper stuff I found at Fred Meyer but felt soft to my fingers) and acrylic/wool (Plymouth Encore – felt VERY soft at first!) both make me very itchy! I just made some gloves with the Encore and they itch the heck out of my wrists.
    Do you have any suggestions as to a warm fiber that won’t make me itchy? Hopefully something not TOO expensive… ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thanks much! ~*~Janel~*~

  5. I don’t trust people who don’t like cats or even dogs. I think they might have a personality defect. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Wendy, I didn’t know you smoked! And you’ve even grown facial hair in that last picture of you.

  6. I’m just a little worried about your hair. Maybe it’s time for a little electrolysis above the lip?

  7. You are too funny! Am new to knitting…um so far I only know how to do the knit stitch…so I have a 30 foot scarf going because I don’t know how to BIND OFF!! Viva la Lucy!

  8. Lucy isn’t dumb; she picked you for a human, didn’t she?

  9. I have a dumb question for the great Wendy. Do you always need to give your knitted garmets a bath before they are “finished?” I’m a relatively new knitter and have steam blocked a couple of things, but never did the bath thing with my yarn. I suppose if I were really Wendy like, I would have soaked my swatch first. Right?

  10. It is a shame that some people have to spread their gloom(the whiney complainer). I may have started reading your blog as a knitting link, but have grown to love the “atmosphere” that you have created. I have enjoyed reading you, and Lucy, your mom, and Ian, etc. Your blog is a uplifting way to start the day. I must agree with one of the other comments….I don’t trust people who don’t like animals either! Thanks for the photo of the dog-a-saurus….tooo cute!

  11. they were right – I am “a Evil Genius”

    here are my results:

    Wackiness: 40/100
    Rationality: 34/100
    Constructiveness: 50/100
    Leadership: 36/100

    You are a SEDF–Sober Emotional Destructive Follower. This makes you a Evil Genius.

    You are extremely focused and difficult to distract from your tasks. With luck, you have learned to channel your energies into improving your intellect, rather than destroying the weak and unsuspecting.

    Your friends may find you remote and a hard nut to crack. Few of your peers know you very well–even those you have known a long time–because you have expert control of the face you put forth to the world. You prefer to observe, calculate, discern and decide. Your decisions are final, and your desire to be right is impenetrable.

    You are not to be messed with. You may explode.

    Of the 49585 people who have taken this quiz since tracking began (8/17/2004), 14.3 % are this type.

    seems that those x-men knew what they were talking about, no?

    the evil genius …

  12. I don’t get whiny people like that – I mean, she’s not PAYING for the content, no one’s FORCING her to visit the site. If it’s not to her interest, she can just leave and go somewhere else. Why spend the energy complaining or being mean or spreading ugliness? There’s enough ugliness in the world to go around. More than enough.

    And she should stop spoiling the fun for those of us who love Lucy. (heh.)

  13. Who do the whiners think they are, that we MUST have their opinion. Why don’t they just go away and read another site already?
    I’m a Sober Emotional Constructive Follower, which makes me a Hippie. What a hoot.

  14. I’m all for the revolution! Cats and dogs everywhere! My favorite things in the world are dogs,cats knitting, and wine. Combine them all together and I’m in heaven.

    Now I just need to know where to find a pattern for that dog-a-saurus sweater! I know the perfect beastie for it.

    Wendy–I’m so glad you’re still posting. I love checking in to see what’s going on. I’ve learned a ton, and really enjoy your writing. Thanks for the blog–and please take care of that wrist!


  15. Thanks so much for the close-up! That is a really great color combination for Ingrid, and will be very striking with the mix of a more traditional pattern over variegated olive/brown.

    The kitty pictures make me wish I could have a cat, and anyway I, and I think quite a few people, read knitting blogs for the knitting as well as the stories that have nothing to do with knitting, and the cat pictures.

  16. Okay, this is your “Hippie” here, the Sober Emotional Constructive Follower. How depressing! FOLLOWER! At least I was borderline with a 46/100 in leadership! I also have “a massive mean streak which is not to be taken lightly.” Now I know why my teenage son is so nasty all the time! And I was a kid when there were hippies; I’m not THAT old.

    So then I took the 20 Questions to a Better Relationship and found out I was a “Teddy Bear!” Yay for me! I feel better! (A teddy bear with a massive mean streak, that is.)

    Margaret, were your cookies enabled when you took the quiz? Maybe you were a false evil genius! Maybe you are a good genius! The note said many people got that result if they didn’t have cookies enabled…

  17. Ingrid looks wonderful. I aspire to being able to knit fine-gauge, two-color items as well as you do some day. I do hope your wrists are healing nicely. I missed what brought on the pain, but I hope it’s only temporary.
    Wanted you to know that I even checked in to read about your (and Lucy’s) escapades while I was traveling in the Czech Republic. Not often, since we just dropped into internet cafes once in a while, but it was nice to get a touch of home and humor while traveling.
    As far as whether it’s wool or Lucy that inspires your blog of the day…heck. It IS your blog and you’re entitled to put in it what you wish. There’s more than enough knitting content to keep most of us happy (and more than many of the blogs I’ve read). Anyone with a pet knows that you can’t spend time on the needles without spending some time with the critter as well (ok, maybe not if your pet is a fish). My Giz loves to watch–until she can’t take it any more and has to reach out and touch something. She tries soooo hard to behave but the call of the fiber is too strong for her.


  18. Best photo of Lucy ever! Thanks for the update on your sweater – looks great!

    (The whiner reallly does not get it – the real purpose of your blog is to show daily pictures of Lucy – I’ve know that for a very long time. Ah, well, some people are forever clueless.)

    Seriously though – in these very serious and devisive times, many thanks for continuing with your daily blog – it’s been a great help and provided a real community.

    With much appreciation,
    Your (and Lucy’s) fan and follower

  19. Lucy is not dumb.

    End of story. Pah humbug.
    A. xx

  20. DOWN WITH THE WHINERS! I luv picks of your kitty.

  21. “Now you can complain about this, too. Knock yourself out. Literally, please.”

    I just love your sense of humor and way with words, Wendy.

  22. I’m not [too] much of a lady — she was a bitch.

    And I almost missed the picture switch! Can you believe that? Until someone said something about smoking… Oy, give me another cup of coffee!

  23. I can’t belive what some people complain about. I truely sympathize.
    That pictures is totally cute. I love it. Any idea where I could find this pattern?
    I’m looking for a small sized dog-sweater to make for a friends xmas gift…I’m making her a scarf, but I’d like her dog to have a matching sweater.

  24. Orli, a google search on “Dogosaurus” sweater led me to this:

    500947 Another Dog’s Life by Patons.

    You can find it in a number of retail outlets. Google on the book name.

  25. Re: the whiner. You mean forcing to people to read the blog isn’t part of the revolution?
    My 5 month old golden, Samson, must be in on the revolution. He keeps unwinding the Fun Fur my mom bought for me to make a scarf for her. He is smart enough to do this when I am not looking.

  26. Perhaps it’s time for a haircut? ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Thanks for the great start to my day. I love the doggy pic and Lucy is adorable as always.

  27. You must get back to blogging – without it it seems like you’ve turned into Andy Kaufman!!! (Or is that a picture of Jim Carrey doing Andy Kaufman?)

    Please let us know how the Cat Bed Along went!!!

  28. More info on the dog sweater pattern:
    It’s the Dogosaurus Rex pattern. It’s contained in the leaflet ‘Another Dog’s Life’ by Patons – just like Wendy posted in the comments. ISBN 1-894411-39-0. The pattern calls for Patons’ Decor yarn but I substituted Cascade 220 yarn from my LYS. – Sue (and Carley)

  29. When someone starts getting whiney, just ask them if they want some cheese with their whine. That’ll shut em up. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Of course, my personal fave it to just look at them and say “Whine ass!” …But of course, you can’t do that via a web blog… *snaps fingers*

    Ha, it’s too bad that we couldn’t automatically have some way to send cheese to the persistent whine asses! “You’re a whiner? Cheese is in the mail!”

    *falls into hysterical giggles*

    *Oh and still sending good mojo to your wrist*

  30. I love the dogasaurus outfit. But be will at the cats out to the enemy and al will be lost….

  31. WECL’s are now down to 6% and one of them is me. Ditto on the large part accuracy rating. I’m think we are “weckles” which kind of works for me.

  32. Cat pictures are awesome!!! My kitties have their own scrapbook albums!!!!

    Keep the pics of Lucy coming!!!!

  33. The person who left the comment obviously did not look closely enough. There are no “dumb cats” on this wonderful site. Just Lucy. I hear she is so smart, she could be the replacement for Ken Jennings,if he ever leaves Jeopardy!

  34. I think this is mostly right especially about the “no” thing.

    Wackiness: 40/100
    Rationality: 72/100
    Constructiveness: 70/100
    Leadership: 42/100

    You are a SRCF–Sober Rational Constructive Follower. This makes you a White House staffer.

    You are a tremendous asset to any employer, cool under pressure, productive, and a great communicator. You feel the need to right wrongs, take up slack, mediate disputes and keep the peace. This comes from a secret fear that business can’t go on without you–or worse, that it can.

    If you have a weakness, it is your inability to say “no.” While your peers respect you, they find it difficult to resist taking advantage of your positive attitude and eagerness to take on work. You depend on a good manager to keep you from sinking under the weight and burning out.

    Of the 50244 people who have taken this quiz since tracking began (8/17/2004), 7.7 % are this type.

  35. Wendy, I have a question. Many knitbloggers make political statements these days. You never speak of politics. Is it because you think this matter doesn’t belong in a knitblog or is it because you work for the government and prefer not to divulge your personal opinion? (I hope I am not wrong, I think you work for the government, don’t you?).
    Don’t misunderstand me, I don’t think you have to make statements here. I am just curious.

  36. “When someone starts getting whiney, just ask them if they want some cheese with their whine. That’ll shut em up. ;)” — Lisa P.

    You know, I *once* said something similar to that to my parents when I was a kid and they were asking me to stop whining. Boy did I get in trouble. Whoops! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  37. Wendy,

    Just wanted to say thanks for all your kindness and generosity in sharing your life with us through your blog. Lucy is a goddess, your knitting is gorgeous, and you are one of the kindest souls out there.

    Lil’ Ms. S., who can’t be bothered to leave her full name, should understand that you write because you want to. You don’t have to keep anyone, aside from yourself, entertained.



  38. travelita says:

    Wackiness: 34/100
    Rationality: 70/100
    Constructiveness: 38/100
    Leadership: 56/100

    You are a SRDL–Sober Rational Destructive Leader. This makes you a Mob Boss.

    You are the ultimate alpha person and even your friends give you your space. You can’t stand whiners, weaklings, schlemiels or schlemozzles. You don’t make many jokes, but when you do, others laugh out loud. They must.

    People often turn to you for advice, and wisely. You are calm in a crisis, cautious in a tempest, and attuned to even the finest details. Yours is the profile of a smart head for business and a dangerous enemy.

    You have a natural knack for fashion and occupy a suit like a matinee idol. Your charisma is striking and without artifice. You are generous, thoughtful, and appreciate life’s finer things.

    Please don’t kick my ass.

    Of the 50406 people who have taken this quiz since tracking began (8/17/2004), 3.5 % are this type.

  39. i love this dog coat — it’s so cute! As usual your knitting is so impressive as is Lucy!

  40. That’s it. I am SOOOO posting a gratuitous picture of my dog on my site this week!

  41. stephanie says:

    would any person be interested in knitting 2 christmas stockings for me i will send you the kit. for this 2004 christmas.