My current work in progress:

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


The Return of the Kitty Bed

Because I got one of my WIPs (that being Mel) off the needles and into the FO list, I resumed work on the kitty bed that I haven’t touched since I last mentioned it in my blog, about two weeks ago. I worked on it yesterday evening, and every time I put it down to attend to other things, Lucy picked it up. Hopefully, she’ll be as happy with it once it’s completed and felted.


Kathy in Mpls asked if Lucy was taking a break in her training schedule. Kathy, she’s back on track — see?


After seeing the photo, below, of her competition, she jumped back into her regimen with renewed . . . um . . . vigor?


This is Shelley’s Miss Kitty who is clearly also in training.

Marnie was the first of several of you who identified the quote in yesterday’s blog entry as being from Wallace & Gromit: A Grand Day Out.

(I’m in agreement with the commenters who said “A Close Shave” was their favorite W&G film. How could I not love Shaun the Sheep?)

I remembered hearing something about a W&G feature film, and Becca mentioned it in the comments, so I did some Googling and came up The Wallace & Gromit Movie: Curse of the Wererabbit — here’s the movie website. Here is the main Wallace & Gromit website. According to these sites, the movie will be in theaters in the U.S. in October.

I wonder if the wererabbit is any relation (a descendant, perhaps?) of the killer rabbit from Monty Python and the Holy Grail?


After taking some time out this weekend to complete Mel, I’m back plugging away on Deli. Here’s the back:


Once the kitty bed is done, I’ll be down to one project on the needles. I may have to break down and cast on something. I do have the lovely La Luz I bought a couple of weeks ago at Knit Happens.

I think it’s time to give some thought about what that might become. I’ve got the germ of an idea that I need to consider further before I decide whether it’s good and worth pursuing or lame and deserves to die. It’s a fine line.

Cuteness Alert

If you want to see extraordinarily cute photos of a tiny doglet posing with yarn, go here. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.


  1. You should also look at the featurette for the movie…

  2. Hate to burst in mid-movie with a dumb question… But, darling BF needs to know: lovely Lucy is a ragdoll?? (BF thinks she’s wearing knit socks…)

  3. I’m looking forward to the Wallace and Gromit Movie. My boyfriend and I saw a trailer for it somewhere, either on a movie we rented or on tv…I can’t remember which.

  4. Oh man, I’m giddy. Now’s where I decide whether or not to tell the husband, who’s been a W&G fan for far longer than myself, or let him find out for himself.

  5. Just wondering if anyone has had this experience an can help me,,,,( I know this is off todays subject but I do need the wisdom of fellow knitters here,)
    I bought some nice colinette yarn from an e- bay auction for me to make up a poncho, got it for a nice price too,
    BUT the yarn has an odd smell, not cigarette smoke but odd,
    I DO have other colinnette yarn ( did the throw kit once) but in that kit, no smell, of course.

    my thoughts were that perhaps the person I purchased it from stored these yarns in a place that made the yarn pick up the unusual odor so I hung it outdoors today to air it out (its not wound yet,,,)
    I was thinking maybe I could try washing it up ( I have had luck with simple shampoo on wool before) , so I thought tomorrow I would go for it,, hang it out again til it smells fresh and clean before I work with it.

    I COULD return it, but the dye lots for this small kit are discontinued now and I really like it,
    any help for me?
    sure would appreciate ANY help thrown my way!
    happy knitting to all,,,,,

  6. knitterlady says:

    To Pam: What about trying Febreze? I’ve heard that people have had luck with that.

    To JoAnn: Not to co-opt Wendy’s answer, but I believe Lucy is a Birman, because I have a cat just like her. The boots with white paw tips are a breed characteristic. Another is being the Perfect Cat in all of Felinedom.

  7. you know, first time i saw ‘a close shave’ i was CERTAIN they were calling the sheep “Shorn”, which i thought was insanely clever. shaun’s neat too, just… well, you know 🙂

  8. Fiona is a little cutie isn’t she? She has ben trying to talk me into making her a “puppy pie” bed because she says that Lucy shouldn’t get to have all the fun.

  9. Hmmm… I suspect the wererabbits are closer to the bunny in “The Celery Stalks at Midnight”.

  10. Heck, if Lucy doesn’t want that bed I’ll take it. It’s so fancy!

    P.S. While I’m not a cat person [coughBICHONFRISEcough], I must say that Lucy’s pictures get to me, every time. She’s a regular pinup.

  11. Don’t know why, but when I looked at the photo of the un-felted kitty bed, I decided it looked like a human organ, a heart or a womb or …….

  12. I’m glad Lucy is back in training. It so easy to fall off of a training schedule & then it takes a lot of work to get back into it….;)

    Kathy in Mpls

  13. Lucy is a ragdoll. Miss Kitty is the cat with the white feet, and I don’t know what breed she is (although she does appear to share a lot of characteristics with Lucy).

    I am loving Deli, and can’t wait to see it finished. I also can’t wait to see what you make with La Luz — what a luxury yarn!

  14. Knittykim says:

    you mentioned the killer rabbit from Monty Python and I spit tea all over my desk at work! Who can forget when the rabbit flew 10 or 15 feet at that guys neck !! Blood everywhere. Hmmm…no that I write it out, it doesn’t sound all that funny, does it??

  15. Lucy had better watch her back…Kathy has some serious contenders for the kittycat sleeping olympics too. And even I, with my measly 2 cats, have one who is breathing down Lucy’s neck. Well, at least she would be if she weren’t asleep, um, training, right now.

    Judy in SC (who has been friends with Kathy in Mpls since we were both in college, in the what, LBJ administration??)

  16. Mel turned out simply wonderful!

    I’m knitting with La Luz and well I’m not sure it can be described with a PG rated comment.

  17. Bunnicula! It’s been a long time since I thought about those books. As for Monty Python and the Holy Grail… did you know there’s a new Broadway musical based on that movie? It’s called “Spamalot” and it opened last week at the Schubert Theatre. It stars Hank Azaria (Simpsons), Tim Curry (Rocky Horror Picture Show), and David Hyde Pierce (Frasier). Eric Idle helped write the script, and all of the living Monty Python members were at opening night. Blood-sucking bunnies abound!