My current work in progress:

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


Check It Out!

As some of you know, November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month at And as some of you know, we have a project going to knit kitty beds for senior cats adopted in the month of November.

I am pleased to report that nearly 100 kitty beds have been knitted, felted, and mailed at this point. 100 older kitties who go to a loving home will have a warm snuggly bed to sleep in. Kitty bed knitters, pat yourselves on the back!

Considering adopting a pet? Go to Petfinder and have a look around. That’s where I found my Lucy, you know.


Mail Call!

What every girl needs for the cold and flu season: a Spongebob thermometer, courtesy of Kim!


Thanks Kim! If I wasn’t a moron and deleted your email, I would be emailing you a thank you.

And what this girl needs to send her into transports of delight: Plassard ribbon yarn from the ever-delightful Becky!


I happen to have some mohair yarn in an almost identical colorway. The two together will make a wonderful scarf!

And if I wasn’t a big dork, I would have thought to photograph the mohair along with the ribbon. Duh.

Ingrid Report

Not a lot of progress because I’ve had to take it easy on the wrist. But here, for fun, is a pic of the sleeve increases.


Call me a geek, but I love doing increases and incorporating them into a pattern. It makes my time on Sleeve Island less arduous.

But ask me how I feel about it when I’m on the second sleeve.

In this blog entry I’ve referred to myself as a moron, a big dork, and a geek. I think that’s a new personal best.


  1. i am mesmerized by that sleeve. i’m trying to decide if it is the colors, pattern or just a combination of both. fabulous design (i just can’t stop saying it) and i am a early riser like you but just don’t know how you can get up early and be so damn funny at the same time.

  2. i’m not an early riser, i’m just a really late SLEEPER. but i must say, i think a pattern so geometrically repetitive and small-scale could either look really weird, or really BEAUTIFUL in the large scale. the more i see your pieces progressing, the more i lean towards that second option… ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. *LOL* Wendy, Froggy is right. You have your wonderful humor even at 4:30 a.m. :-))

  4. I love petfinder – that’s where my sweet dogs came from! BTW – you are not a moron, geek or a big dork! You are, however, very talented and giving. Thanks for sharing your talent with the rest of us. (Didn’t really mean to be soooo gushy!)

  5. I LOVE INGRID! I have been just about ready to give up on finding motivating and beautiful designs. I am so glad that we are adding so many new knitters to our craft, but do miss the more challenging patterns that they are not quite ready for. I hope that you prioritize Ingrid and have her available soon to your waiting fans. Thanks, Wendy, we love you.

  6. Just a MWAH because you deserve one.
    (oh, and one for Ms. L, too: miowah.)

  7. Ingrid’s sleeve increases are a thing of beauty.

  8. We found Bosco using Petfinder.

    Wendy, thanks for the laugh this morning!

  9. We found Rude Ranch Animal Rescue through Petfinder. We got two of our kitties there. One senior and one very junior! Bob and Cathy Rude run a “no kill” shelter, and also take care of feral and FIV cats, and special medical needs cats (although our senior, Maria, is of the latter variety) who may never find a forever home. One way to help out, if you don’t want to have a kitty in your home, is to “virtually adopt” one of the “residents” by giving a donation each month (I do it thorugh Paypal) toward care of a specific kitty in need!
    We fell in love with a second special needs cat when we were there, but could not fit more than 3 cats, 1 dog and 4 fish in our townhome, so we did the virtual adopt thing to help him out. If you go to their website, ( and click on “sponsor a resident,” you can help out as well. They are in Harwood, MD, near Annapolis.

  10. I was gonna chastise you for the self deprecating remarks but then I saw the last line….

    Nice sleeve.

  11. I love Petfinder also, that’s where we got Opus, our 3 year old’s BESTEST buddy…and he is very good with our Reuven, and the rest of us love him as well, and he’s even good with cats, despite that he’d never been around cats much before we got him. Soon’s I get my camn damera driver working on my computer, I’ll post some pix of Reuven & Opus together and send you some…

    We didn’t want to go through the “little puppy” stage, as cute as that may be… Opus was around 7 months old when we got him and that was puppy enough for us! ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Good to hear you are taking it easy on the wrist – despite being, well you know – a moron, big dork, and a geek. ๐Ÿ™‚ Those increases are so cool – I love this design.

  13. Love the increases!

  14. Petfinder is wonderful!! That’s how I met my dog too. Adopting a grown dog or cat is so important, since they have a much harder time of it in the shelters. Bless all the kitty bed makers and all the pet adopters too!

  15. Christine says:

    Hi Wendy, I have been growing my hair since March but I’m about to buckle and get it cut off again. I just can’t handle it any more ๐Ÿ™

    I saw your last haircut and it looked so lovely! Are you growing your hair for the sake of having longer hair or are you like me and just haven’t been to the hairdressers for a long time? I know that love hate feeling so well, especially with shorter hair.

    My cats say hi to Lucy, we got them from a similar place in Sydney.

  16. You make those words into accolades, Wendy. I should be so dorky, geeky and so forth!

  17. I don’t care if you did get the thing from It doesn’t make you a saint, and it still makes all your ridiculous cat pictures just that–ridiculous. It’s a cat. Not a human. And certainly not that great.

  18. Hey, “q” or “purl_gurl” – How dare you leave a moronic message like that on Wendy’s blog? It’s obvious you’ve missed a few doses of your meds. Be sure to tell your psychiatrist that you’ve been a bad gurl for leaving stupid and nasty comments on blogs, and that you may need to be restrained to keep you from injuring yourself. When you look in the mirror, do you see someone ugly, stupid and hateful? Do you wish every day that you could die? Do you lie awake at night thinking that the world would be better off if you had never been born? Do you regret the great pain and misery you have brought to your parents every day of your life? Why don’t you just bother someone else and leave Wendy and her blog alone, and direct your miserable, pathetic, vitriolic excretion elsewhere? Wendy’s blog readers don’t want to hear your inane drivel.

  19. I’m runnin’ with the pack:
    1) finished my first fair isle swatch ever (hee hee)
    2) figured out how to do the top of a sock on 4 dpn’s for the first time ever (hee hee)
    3) bought on ebay for the first time ever (hee hee)
    4) have 5 skeins of 3-ply VY (hee hee) it’s lovely
    5) oh! did I mention those were…knitting books?!
    6) finished about 8″ of Na Craga sweater…it’s lovely
    7) finished about 4″ of St Brigid sweater…it’s lovely
    hee hee hee

  20. The Plissard ribbon from Becky is wonderful. I searched your site for the yarn name, but haven’t been able to find it (ie, I’d like to get some for myself).

    Would you be willing to email me with the yarn name & the color #?

    Many thanks