My current work in progress:

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


The Waiting Game

I spent the entire day sitting at home, waiting for the phone guy to show up. Anyone wanna guess what time he got here? Just before 5pm. And the problem was outside, as I suspected, so there was no need for me to take a day off and sit home all day. Oh well.

This is what Lucy does all day:


Me? I cleaned up, did laundry, did some work, and did some knitting. Here’s the tennis sweater as of mid-afternoon:


And I took photos of what I bought at Knit Happens yesterday:


This is Kaalund Nimbus, in the “Moss” colorway. It’s a mohair boucle, and I got two skeins (132 meters each). I plan to use it for a shawl, along with some heathered green alpaca.


This is Debbie Bliss Cathay — her new cotton/viscose/silk blend. I bought enough for a lacy summer cardi, the design for which is brewing in my head.

By the way, Kristine has some wonderful yarns for the online store. Boxes and boxes and boxes of it. I can’t wait!


From the comments, a question about what cast-on I use. Usually a long-tail cast-on, unless there’s some particular reason to use something else.

Another question about whether I’m spinning anything right now. I’m not — I’ve got too much back pain at the present to be able to sit comfortably at the wheel and spin. (Note that this is not pain caused by spinning, it’s pain that’s preventing spinning.) Hopefully I’ll be able to get back to it soon.

The 80s Contest

I’ve really enjoyed all the entries in the contest! It’s going to be hard to pick a winner, but I will do just that, at 5pm EST tomorrow (Friday). Winner announced Sunday!

There’ll be another contest next week — stay tuned!


  1. I like how Lucy keeps the remotes close. A cat can’t sleep every minute, you know.

  2. What a relief to know Lucy took the forced day off so well. A girl could stress herself out under such circumstances.
    I await the “birth’ of your tennis sweater. LOVE the colors.

  3. I’m convinced the phone guy and the cable/satellite dish guy are at a bar somewhere having a drink together whenever I need them…

    Love the green stripe on the tennis sweater!

    Kim in NC

  4. I have to say that my cats Em and Sam seem equally skilled at the same daily activities. I relate to the back problems, too. Been partially sidelined with them for a bit. Here’s hoping it is short-lived and self-limiting.

  5. Hi Wendy

    Do all cats have to look after the remotes? My cat went to throw up after my husband walzted trough the door and dared to change the channel.
    Husband should have asked the cat frist!

    Dogs have masters, cats have staff!

    Does Lucy like all her hand knitted toys?

  6. So how many times a month do you go to Knit Happens (or other LYS)? You’re always showing off new yarn. I know you’re a pretty prolific knitter, but your stash must still be pretty obscene!

  7. Michelle says:

    Hi Wendy,
    I check your blog daily, but I had to comment today because that tennis sweater looks so luscious. Somehow that particular shade of pink with the green is just fab. And the speed that your are working it is astonishing to me. Can’t wait to see the end product!

  8. The reomote is only a paw reach away. Typical cat. She looks like she was getting some serious practice in for the feline Olympics.

  9. Those phone guys…jeeezzz. At least you got some things done including some great knitting! Maybe I should break something so I can stay home.

  10. some days I just wish I were a cat.

  11. I have to second what Michelle said, this picture of the tennis sweater is the best–even balled up on your sofa–luscious indeed, now I’ve been thinking of making something w/ DB.

    Oh, I think there should be a mini-contest–correctly guess how many times a week you go to Knit Happens. I made the pilgrimage to KN while visiting my inlaws this past Christmas–unfortunately you nor Kristine were there, but it is such a great place to be! I keep my yarn bag as a souvenir.

  12. carol harrison says:

    I had to go out and buy the new Vogue knitting when you showed the first photo of the tennis sweater. Your’s is better than the vogue sample.
    My cat also holds on to the remote when she can. I am convinced it must smell like me, but we all know that what ever we focus on (which means not the cat) has to be something the cat must have. She stands in front of the comoputer screen to read the e-mails. The comment about the cats having staff is pretty much it.

  13. Susan Maurer says:

    Wendy, this may be a bit of a digression, but I seem to recall someone asking you who designed the Deli cardigan, and when you answered “Martin Storey” (is that right?), the person lamented the absence of Kim Hargreaves in recent Rowan publications.
    Just FYI, I noticed tonight that in the back of Rowan 37 is cited “the launch of the eagerly awaited second season of renowned designer Kim Hargreaves’ label ‘Kim.’ … For further information, visit
    Just thought that person might like to know.
    Hope you had/are having a great knitting weekend! Tennis anyone?