My current work in progress:

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


The First Rule About the Inishmore Challenge

You do not talk about the Inishmore Challenge.

Susan asked:
Are you and LB doing gauge swatches? I know that doesn’t count as knitting on the actual Inishmore garment, but I was just wondering . . . cuz you don’t wanna get into the contest only to have to backtrack and rip out later . . . You are in training for this grudge match, too, aren’t you? Resting those fingers? Drinking power drinks?

Do margaritas count as power drinks?

Gauge swatches . . . that reminds me. My cat Lucy and L-B’s cat Lucky have set some ground rules.

Inishmore Challenge Rules

1. You may wind one hank of yarn before the start date. After the start date, wind one hank at a time. You may not use an electric ballwinder.

2. All needles down promptly at kitty meal time. We will not accept “just let me finish this row.”

3. We like to curl up and sleep on your chest, so no falling asleep with knitting needles!

4. L-B can knit a gauge swatch only if said swatch is converted into a catnip mouse.


L-B will be knitting a gauge swatch. She asked me if a gauge swatch ahead of time was within the rules and I said yes. Then she asked me if I was going to knit a gauge swatch and I said:

“Gauge swatch? We don’t need no stinkin’ gauge swatch.”

Then she got all pissy.

(Just kidding, L-B.)

But I’ve knit with the 3-ply Hebridean in the past and L-B has not (am I right here, L-B?), therefore a pre-match gauge swatch is perfectly acceptable.

I have spoken.


I finished the front of Aurora, but you just get one close-up of the lace at the neck.


You only get one crappy photo because I was way busy all day. We did a photo shoot for my book.

Here is Kristine, the able photo stylist, encouraging the model with a bottle of wine.


She is also wicked good at making her suggestions heard!


“I’m ready for my close-up, Mr. DeMille.”


And Lucy didn’t even seem to mind that I came home smelling suspiciously like cute little black dog.


This Totally Cracked Me Up

You Are 18 Years Old


Under 12: You are a kid at heart. You still have an optimistic life view – and you look at the world with awe.

13-19: You are a teenager at heart. You question authority and are still trying to find your place in this world.

20-29: You are a twentysomething at heart. You feel excited about what’s to come… love, work, and new experiences.

30-39: You are a thirtysomething at heart. You’ve had a taste of success and true love, but you want more!

40+: You are a mature adult. You’ve been through most of the ups and downs of life already. Now you get to sit back and relax.


  1. Oh, I misread that. I thought you scored 12! Tee hee! Did Kristine yell, “Aaaand…ACTION!”?

  2. Has Lucy been sneaking out to ~gasp~ pose as an artist’s model? ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Oh, how fun that you are 18. I just took that yesterday and found out I’m 35. Granted, that’s younger than my ACTUAL age but still dangerously close to old-fuddy-duddy-ness. sigh

  4. Hilarious! I mean the Inishmore rules… not that you’re 18. I’m afraid to take that quiz! lol.

  5. KarenK says:

    Wish I’d been there to try on the Laci too — it looks great on everyone. I think you have a real winner there. Will you be offering the pattern on your website anytime soon? I’ll be standing in line to buy it if you do.

  6. vanessa says:

    what the h**l is kitty meal time? i only have dogs…

  7. I’m double your age but overall, I’m darn near my actual age.
    Great rules!

  8. Miss Pissy here! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’ve knitted with the 2-ply Hebridean,but not the 3-ply. So,yes,I am going to give in to the gauge swatch/catnip mouse. At the risk of undermining my Bad-Ass Knitter status.

  9. vanessa says:

    miss pissy, better to swatch and end up with an inishmore that fits ๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. Susan Maurer says:

    Looks like wine is a power drink, too. I figured anything that works for you is a power drink. Somehow I suspected ‘ritas! Just so it doesn’t change that gauge, not that you’re swatching or anything… ๐Ÿ˜‰
    I’m so enjoying this pre-grudge match/challenge!
    Wendy, are you going to be posting your progress on your blog or would that be giving away too much to the competition?
    L-B, howzabout you? Do you have an on-line site where we can check progress?
    Or are we all gonna hafta wonder out here until both Inishmores are fully cooked?
    Oh, well, it’s probably only a day anyway….

  11. Andrea says:

    How exciting – photos for the book! I hope you have time to write up something about the Inishmore Challenge for it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    We don’t have kitty meal time at our house. With 3 cats, we just keep a big bowl of dry food out for all of them. They eat whenever they d*mn well feel like it. (They are Bad Ass cats.)

  12. When will your book be ready? I look forwarding to reading it!

  13. Are you going to MD S&W? Not that I suspect you NEED any more yarn or anything – just wondering…

  14. first you loved Onslow and I loved you for it.
    now you tell me I’m 25 — does it get any better than that?

  15. LMAO! I did that quiz and it said I act 26 years old … I *AM* 26 years old. LOL I act my age! WOOT! *lol*

  16. AnitaM says:

    So the test says I’m 25 at heart! (That can’t be good for my son who’s about to turn 16!) However, I left out three questions. There was no answer that matched my living situation. There was no answer that matched my favorite rock band of all time. There was no answer that matched the last time I told a lie, which was one of those white lies that something was okay that really bugged me. So I am probably in the “so ancient your already dead” catagory in actuality. Ha! Not true! I can still get out from under the cats when they try to curl up on top of me until that part of me falls asleep.

    Love the shot of Lucy drapped with legs dangling. I just caught our tiniest kitty that way along the back of our couch. She’s so little she has to stretch sideways a little to get her legs to dangle down!