My current work in progress:

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


Year 2004 Wrap-up

It’s been quite a year in my blog-i-verse. At the beginning of 2004, I was knitting Alice Starmore’s Abalone. At the close of 2004, I am knitting Koigu gloves and my own Lucy design. I designed nine sweaters in 2004 and knitted more non-traditional designs than I ever thought possible.

And I made lots of new friends, both in “real life” and online. All thanks to knitting blogs.

Almost all knitting blogs are personal blogs, non-commercial websites. The individuals who write them are just that: individuals. We are people who go to work at a job or raise a family. We have ups and downs.

While there have been lots of flames and criticisms floating around in the knitblog world lately, I think the positive outweighs the negative. I’m happy to be part of this community.

Lucy is getting a nap in before tonight’s celebration.


I’m knitting my second glove.


And spinning my Corriedale.


The mousse au chocolat is made, the shrimp creole is in progress. We’ll be breaking out the kir royales later.

Happy New Year! See you in 2005!


  1. Happy New Year, Wendy! So glad to see you took up spinning this year. It’s such a nice, relaxing hobby, and so productive!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. What a great end-of-year gift—that is my favorite picture of Lucy this year! ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy New Year,Wendy!

  3. Hi Wendy,

    Happy New Year to you and yours! I have only written to you a couple of times over the years, but have followed your blog for a long time. I am a knitter, spinner, weaver, etc from NY. Yes, I was glad and impressed when you took up spinning. You’re a quick study! Your Corriedale looks fantastic.

    All the best for 2005 and all the years to come.


  4. Happy New Year to you and Lucy!

  5. happy new year! wish you all the best in 2005!

  6. I’ve enjoyed watching you learn to spin this year – it’s on my “to do” list for 2005. So is making a Kitty Pi bed for my guy Louie (he’s almost as photogenic as Lucy). Have a safe and wonderful New Year.

  7. Wendy, I just hit the one year anniversary of my foray into blogging, and you are spot on. The rewards of blogging in the online knitting community are many..the downsides few. Here’s to another year of our collective triumphs and foibles and wisdom. Thank you for sharing much of yours.

  8. Happy New Year to you and Lucy!

  9. Have a very Happy New Year Wendy! Mowgli & Bagheera wish Lucy a very happy holiday as well ๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. Thanks for being one of the special people I discovered this year, thanks to the article in the Post. I know it takes a lot of time to post so frequently, especially with all of the photos to inspire us, and I hope you know that there are many of us out here who appreciate you sharing your life and efforts with us. I continue to be amazed at your swift creativity, and always enjoy a photo of Lucy. Galadriel Rose, Pippin, and Maria send Lucy wishes for a Mewwy 2005, and Roxan says “boof,” too. (She never could get “woof” down well.) Have a safe and happy New Year!

  11. P.S. Pippin sends thanks for the Kitty Bed pattern, and asks if you have any suggestions for how to keep the other 2 kitties off of his Lopi until they have there own beds? After all, it is color coordinated for malmalade tabby ONLY, not grey tuxedo or brown/black medium hair tabbies!

  12. Happy New Year to you, Wendy! Much happiness and many more creative days in the year to come.

  13. That photo of Lucy and your spinning wheel is really very pretty. Pretty enough for notecards.

    It has been fun reading your blog this year – thanks!

    I am wishing for you a very peaceful, wonderful new year full of your favorite things.

  14. Hope you have a fabulous New Year Wendy!!

  15. Happy New Year !

  16. Happy New Year Wendy! I have enjoyed your blog through 2004.
    Mary Anne

  17. Happy New Year, Wendy!

    I’m glad to say I accomplished my post-Christmas goal of assembling my new spinning wheel – and I even managed to spin up a little bit o’ yarn before the baking of the traditional new year cheesecake commenced.

    Thanks for all the inspiration!

  18. Happy New Year, Wendy! I hope 2005 is as productive for you as 2004 was ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. happy happy new year! you will always be my knitting goddess ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Abalone is the sweater you were knitting when I started reading blogs. I was knitting my first FI so you got my attention. The rest is history as they say.
    Have a wonderful New Year!

  21. Happy New Year Wendy and Lucy!
    My Isabel( meow), Ivan ( big yellow dog),Cody (old Sheltie)and Sam and Bentley ( 2 baby Shih Tzus) ditto the above. Again, thanks for the very interesting and informative blog on all your knitting and spinning. I love seeing that yarn unfold before us!

  22. Wishing you all the best for 2005! Happy New Year!

  23. Happy New Year, Wendy. Thank you for brightening my days with your special blog. And a kiss for Lucy.


  24. Blessings for 2005 to you, Lucy and Ian.

    Thanks for all the hours of great knitting and now spinning posts throughout 2004.

  25. So happy your a dear friend in my blogiverse…. best of the new year to you, Ian, and of course, Lucy. Digit and Adah send visions of anchovies….

  26. Happy New Year to you and Lucy! Lots of fine spinning, and knitting this year!

  27. Happy New Year! Thanks for all the energy you’ve pumped into the bog-i-verse during the past year. Anyone reading you and watching your forays into the fiber world would have a much better, ‘I think I can’ attitude. prrrrrr… Lucy..

  28. I’m a new reader, but a new knitter, too. I just want to wish you a healthy and joyful new year!

  29. Happy New Year! I’m looking forward to another year of starting my mornings with your blog. I make my coffe and check your site. I’m always inspired by how much you are able to complete and amused by your wit. Thanks for sharing with so many of us. You have a fan club up here in Marquette Michigan. When my knitting friends get together we often talk about your blog. Love You! Marcia

  30. Happy New Year, Wendy, to you and yours.
    I’ve enjoyed reading your blog for a while now and want to thank you for sharing yourself with us. I, too, want to learn to spin and have done a little on a hand-spindle, but and starting to really want a wheel of my own. Maybe for next Christmas… Thanks again, Maria

  31. In April 2004 a friend of mine started a knitting group–we’d learned to knit when we were young but hadn’t been knitting for some time. It’s been such a wonderful thing to get back to knitting again. Perhaps there’s never been a better time to knit–the fibres, the patterns, and the websites and blogs that make possible a creative and global knitting community.

    Your blog has enhanced my knitting–and feline–pleasures tremendously. Thanks, Wendy & Lucy, and much happiness in 2005!

  32. Lazybones says:

    Happy New Year to everyone. I live in Canada and would like to know any really good sources for ordering yarn. All we get here is Beehive and such. If any Canuck knitters read this, would you mind taking a second to let me know the url for your favourite source?

    I didn’t think I would pick up my needles again but this blog has inspired me so much. Thank you so much.


  33. I’ve enjoyed reading your blog this past year Wendy. I just recently bought a drop spindle and my husband bought me another one for Christmas. Thanks for the inspiration.

  34. Wendy,
    I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your knitting and your blog. As far as I am concerned you are a knitting genius and a true inspiration. Unfortunately, it would take me several lifetimes to come close to your abilities. I also love your pictures and commentary on your precious Lucy. I have her male counterpart, Max, living with me.
    Have a marvelous new year and keep on sharing your life and talents with us all. Thank you. Shari

  35. How inspiring it was to see the changes 2004 brought to your knitting.

    In 2005 the fiber world is your oyster!

  36. Happy New Year to you Wendy. Many, many blessings and good wishes to you and yours in the coming year. Looking forward to many more blog postings on your gorgeous works!

  37. Happy New Year, Wendy! I hope you realize how much joy your blog brings! And Pete and Foley hope Lucy got some of that pre-creoled shrimp!

  38. Wendy, I am so glad that you are happy in blogland. You and Lucy make my day:-)

    I look forward to being able to purchase and knit your exclusive designs sometime in 2005.

    Happy New Year!