My current work in progress:

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


Lucy Does Move. I Swear.

But first, in case you missed it . . .

Knit Happens Online Store is Live!!!!

It only looks as though Lucy is permanently glommed on to the couch in the same spot all the time. She moves. Really.


For example, now that I have a desktop computer again, she spends some time draped over the back of my desk chair whilst I . . . um . . . compute.

Agnes asked what Lucy’s fav tv shows are. Lucy likes old movies — British cinema from the 1940s and 1950s, to be exact. She is a huge David Lean fan. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Aside: Has anyone seen the movie Home at Seven (sometimes known as Murder on Monday in the US)? Made in 1952, it was directed by Ralph Richardson, who also starred in it, along with Margaret Leighton, Jack Hawkins, and Campbell Singer. (I love Campbell Singer, by the way, who played a policeman many times in his career.)

I first saw this movie ages ago on AMC. And couldn’t remember the name of it, or who starred in it. It drove me crazy for a long time, until I found an online message board about British cinema. I posted a brief plot description and within minutes several people supplied me with the title. And one lovely lady offered to send me a U.S.-format videotape of the movie. Which I treasure.

Huh. What brought on that little digression? I dunno. Any other fans of old British movies out there?

Back to Knitting

I did finish the back of the LaLuz top yesterday afternoon, sitting at the back table at Knit Happens.


And I started the front.


I posted yesterday that I was going to do a lace flower motif at the neck — I decided that would be too big, so I’ve got a smaller motif in mind now. Subject to change at my whim.

Ann in CT asked:
Have you stopped naming your original creations? I notice the recent ones have been sort of generic and the names were always so cute.

I think the only one I haven’t named is the cardi I just finished. You’re right — she needs a cute name. She will henceforth be known as Laci.

Now . . . the LaLuz top. Anyone have any cute ideas? Leave ’em in the comments if you have an idea what it should be named.

The Inishmore Challenge

Lauren asked:
Not that I doubt your honesty whatsoever, but what would keep one from starting Inishmore a wee bit early?

Well . . . nothing. Except our honesty.

L-B and I are good friends and spend a fair bit of time teasing and harassing each other via email. But I can tell you with 100% certainty that neither of us would even consider starting early. It would kill the fun for us, ya know?

Though one of us (and I’m not naming names here) did threaten to set her alarm for 12:01am on May 16th so she could wake up and cast on. Of course that is within the rules we have set.

Crikey! It’s a good thing we’re both in the same time zone, or this could get ugly!

P.S. to Jen:

Why yes, some people do give a crap about your winding of sheep hair!


  1. Karen in MN says:

    Names for your top? Since the yarn is called Alaska, how about Kodiak? or Denali? Can’t think of anything bearing the first letter of “L” however.

  2. Cathy in San Diego says:

    Going with the Alaskan theme what about Aurora? If my high school Spanish still works doesn’t La Luz mean the light?

  3. Why not leave it the “LaLuz top”? It fits with the L- convention!

  4. Hi Wendy! Have you seen Michael Powell’s “I Know Where I’m Going!” (1945)?

    Lovely La Luz!

  5. I just visited the Knit Happens site and love it. The layout is very beautiful and pleasant. Still need some time to explore. But I post about it on a knitting forum to let everybody know.

  6. Luzy, of course. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    (I’m sorry. I grew up in a family of punsters. I can’t really help myself.

  7. Susan Maurer says:

    That photo of Lucy is too funny! Looks like she was knitting and put it down. Look what it did to her eyes!
    Now there ya go- I was going to suggest Luz-y as well for the La Luz pullover. Is it a tank top? That seed stitch really makes the colors pop! Love it!
    I don’t know many old British films, but has anyone seen “Educating Rita” with Michael Caine and some wonderful British actress whose name I don’t know? It’s great!

  8. Was Lucy actually posing for that shot? How funny!

  9. I’m partial to the “Belles of St. Trinian’s” and “Kind Hearts and Coronets” amongst others. I’d love to hear about other British oldies that are worth tracking down. Never thought about finding a discussion group/site for old movies before, duh!

  10. Oh yay!!!! I had been reading about the saga of Knit Happens, and I was SO MAD about that “husband” comment– I can’t wait to start shopping there just to spite those evil beings in Alexandria that delayed Kristine’s opening!!

    And, I have to also add– that photo of Lucy is ADORABLE. So cute.

  11. Wendy,
    I’ve been reading your blog for about a year now and am a great fan. Am de-lurking to suggest the lovely LaLuz be named “Linda,” which I believe is Spanish for pretty.

  12. Wow, if someone’s already thinking about waking up at 12:01 to start, this is going to get very interesting. How about Laurel or Laurelynn? Since your other silk sweater was named Lauren…

  13. Hi Wendy – Just wanted to let you know, I knit with L-B tonight at the local B&N. She brought the yarn for Inishmore and I can assure you, she has NOT cast on yet. She did mention something about the alarm going off at 12:01 a.m. on 5/16 and knitting in the airport.

    Let the games begin … well, not until the 16th, that is!

  14. I think the LaLuz top should be named LuLu!

  15. I can’t stop laughing at the pic of Lucy that greeted me this evening as your site loaded … keep those beers away from that cat!!!!! How funny! I can’t stop laughing!!! Although, I do need more of a description of how she’s on the chair — where are you? I LOVE your cross-eyed kitty!!

  16. Um…how about Chameleon? For some reason, I keep thinking about chameleons when I look at it, so I looked around the ‘Net and found this:

    Lucy looks dazed!
    Maybe it’s a pic of how cross-eyed she’ll look just after knitting for hours!
    How does Lucy balance herself on the back of your computer chair? Please describe. Or even better, post a pic! (Am I pushing too far?) ๐Ÿ˜›

  17. How about “I Love LaLuzy”. Love the cardi, looks like it goes with everything.

  18. Wendy, when you knit a seed stitch bottom border, do you typically cast on the full number of body stitches or fewer? The same size needle or smaller? I once knit a seed stitch border which rolled–I’ve avoided it since, but your LaLuz looks so nice, I’d like to try again. Thanks.

  19. I think your LaLuz top should be called “Lola” because she looks so exotic!

  20. Laci needs a new home. I’ll share her. I will, I really, really will.
    What was I thinking taking her off? I should have ran! Laci is simply divine. As I patiently await the Big Book Of WendyKnits, I’ll have to knit something in Cathay, it’s lovely.

  21. Jennifer says:

    The original Pygmalion film with Leslie Howard. That one is good. “A Matter of Life or Death” (also called “Stariway to Heaven”). David Niven. Quite unusual. Can’t resist the Ealing Studio films with Alec Guinness. My mom grew up in Ealing, so I feel a connection I guess. Plus they are brilliant!

  22. Went to the Knit Happens site and found they have their own Shepherd Sock colorway. And it would go perfectly with the outfit I’m wearing today. So I ordered 2 skeins. So I can make socks and then wear the same outfit but with socks to complete the look. And its ALL WENDY’S FAULT.

  23. If the yarn had a smidge of yellow in it along with the other colors, I’d say Monet — the other colors make me think of his Waterlilies paintings. As is, I also think Aurora’s a good name.

  24. I love old movies and am addicted to the AMC, TCM and IFC channels. Right now I’m on a Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart and Jimmy Stewart kick.

  25. The LaLuz yarn makes me think of Lupe for some reason. The colors look really beautiful!

  26. Old British films are great! Two of the one’s other people have mentioned are by the Archers – the writing/directing/producing team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. They had a great run of films in the 40s and 50s. Any of them are highly recommended. Criterion has put many of them on DVD, including THE RED SHOES, I KNOW WHERE I’M GOING, THE LIFE AND DEATH OF COL BLIMP, and BLACK NARCISSUS. If you haven’t seen THE RED SHOES, you must. Set in the world of ballet, this is a film about art, love, and how women are torn between family obligations and the need for self-expression. All in beyond-gorgeous Technicolor.

  27. Thanks for the tip on the British film. I love them also!

  28. I say the LaLuz top should be Luscious. Because it is!!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  29. Elizabeth says:

    ok so i bought a bit online at Knit Happens, since i am deprived in brooklyn…. and as for British old movies – COUNT ME IN! one of my dream days is to sit and knit to a succession of old british movies… and if its raining outside and there is a huge pot of tea and scones – well, my idea of heaven !

    question – i am itching to make Maidenhair but cant really wear a wool sweater at work – (too many computers in my area – its 80 degrees year round in my office). would it be sacriligious to knit it out of cotton – im thinking of BS Cotton Fleece – i have a gorgeous purple – and well, i really want to… would this be an exercise in futilty? any advice is appreciated (i love cables so i dont care if they are in cotton, and i love BS Cotton).


  30. How about La Mer for your top, since it’s such a pretty blue.

  31. Love that pic of Lucy – makes her look more cross-eyed than usual ๐Ÿ˜‰

    And the Knit Happens online store looks great! I may have to place an order if my LYS can’t provide a certain yarn or product…

  32. Me again. I just got an e-mail saying the yarn I ordered from Knit Happens at quarter to 10:00 this morning has shipped. Which is pretty awesome service.

  33. I think you should go for the obvious and just call the top Luz – a great “l” name with a little multiculturalness to it.

  34. My DH is a big British Cinema fan. We haven’t seen that particular movie though. I’ll have to see if we can add it to our GreenCine queue, I’m sure he’ll appreciate it!

  35. I love the suggestion for an Alaskan name for the cardigan, being a fomer resident and all.

    How about The Lace Frontier? A take on “The Last Frontier” nickname. Or you could go with Midnight Sun Lace. Shame there are no big cities in Alaska that start with an “L” to go with Lace.

    Oh, and if you stop on by my blog and scroll down the sidebar you’ll see I made a Bad-Ass button. Snag if you want it.