My current work in progress:

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


Inishmore Challenge Raffle!

We have to make this interesting, right?

But you have to cough up money.

Anyone who wants to enter the raffle will pay a minimum of $1.00, paid to a Paypal account. I will donate the total that we receive, plus $100 of my own, to the Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation at the conclusion of the challenge.

Updated! There are three prizes for which we will be drawing:

The first lucky winner will receive a copy of Alice Starmore’s Fishermen’s Sweaters (which contains the pattern for Inishmore), generously donated by my worthy opponent, L-B.

The second winner will win the last Inishmore that I knitted. The one that was pictured in last Thursday’s blog entry. It’s a size small, but that’s 45″ around so it’s a BIG small! If it doesn’t fit you, you could give it to someone as a gift and say you knitted it yourself. I won’t tell.

The third winner will win a $25.00 gift certificate to Knit Happens, donated by Knit Happens.

And if you’d like to guess who will win the challenge and the date and time of completion, you can do so when you send in your donation. The person who guesses the winner and comes closest to the correct date and time of the win will receive a little yarn prize.

How to Enter

1. Click on the “Make a Donation” button below.
2. This will take you to the Paypal payment page for this raffle.
3. Make your donation — minimum of $1, but please feel free to donate more if you like. You will receive one entry into the raffle for each dollar that you donate.
4. There is a comments field on the PayPal form. If you’d like to guess who will win and the date and time of completion, put that information there. (The person who guesses the winner and comes closest to the correct date and time of the win will receive a little yarn prize.)
5. The raffle ends the day we have a winner. L-B and I are both totally stoked for this, so get your donations in early!
6. The total donated will be sent to the Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, as mentioned above, along with a letter explaining our project and listing all the individuals donating.

So whaddya think? Wanna play?

Okay, here’s the button!

I’ll put this button in the sidebar with a link to this entry, so y’all can still donate after this entry disappears off the front page.

Knitting? Not so much.

You will be able to tell by my progress on the Mahi-Mahi tank that I’ve not been devoting mass quantities of time to knitting.

I did finish the back and am working on the front. As the back is somewhat boring, here’s a pic of the front, featuring fishtail lace:


I ought to be able to suck it up enough to finish it this week. And maybe I’ll have time to make Aurora’s second sleeve as well. Maybe even a Nantasket Basket!

Because on Monday, of course, all regular knitting activity will cease when I cast on for the Inishmore Challenge.

“If you want to destroy my sweater, hold this thread as I walk away”

Phyl-Phyl was singing that song yesterday at Knit Happens as she happily unraveled a sweater back she had knitted, but decided it simply did not have it going on.

I have to admire someone who will cheerfully rip out that much work if she decides it’s not what she wants. Me? I’d probably wad the offending knitting up in a ball and shove it in a plastic bag, out of sight. And sulk.

Do You Ever Wonder

Why your pets do the things they do?

This past weekend, Lucy did this:


She didn’t move any of those toys after she lined them up so nicely for a couple of days. But when I came home from work today, I saw this:


She declined to comment.



  1. Of course Lucy pleads the 5th! She’s too smart! And thanks for that wonderful charity raffle!

  2. Love the raffle idea. Will you keep us posted on the total? For some reason, keeping count is SO motivating to me.
    And if a person wanted to send you a tiny gift for keeping us so entertained on your blog, where should the person send it?

  3. Thank you so very much for making this fun challenge benefit such a worthy cause. My cousin is a survivor, and I am so very proud of her. My donation is to honor her and so very many others.

  4. Thanks so much Wendy for the donation. I am a breast cancer survivor.. the one benefit – is that I don’t have to worry about my sweaters pulling across my chest! LOL! Have to keep a sense of humor about these things!

  5. Whoa. Lucy, you’re freakin’ me out.

  6. Lucy seems a little complusive. Where does she get that from?

    It’s only after you gave up the Sage I could rip, and sing, away!

    Love, love, love the raffle. I need to do some calculations to determine my answers. That is a wonderful idea!

    And L-B, it was wonderful to talk to you on Saturday. Glad you GOT GAUGE!

  7. Great contest idea! I did make a donation (and even guessed the winner, date & time), but as usual I’m disqualifying myself.

  8. The fishtail lace looks beautiful. It’s now on my list.

    Wow, Lucy may be Compulsive. If she does this all the time, she’ll get Obssessive attached to that. Or maybe she’s trying to give us a clue about Something.

  9. Kristin says:

    Hi Wendy,
    I’ve been reading your blog for a while and I just love your sweaters. Congratulations on the upcoming book! I wanted to tell you I sent in a donation with paypal, but it will have my husband’s name, Mark Shields. Just so you know, it’s really me!

  10. Hi! I’m Lucky, Lucy’s boyfriend. I want to send out a plea to all you tuxedo cats out there to get your people to vote for my mommy, L-B. (Sorry,Lucy, but she feeds me!)

  11. Lucy and her lined-up mice are a hoot.

    I heard a rumor that the fastest knitter in the west (ok, east) is going to knit Inishmore at the same time as you guys, but I don’t know if she’s going to actually announce herself as an official participant… if she does, be very afraid…

  12. Celestine Barrow says:

    Mouse formations are a well-known phenomenon to NASA scientists. Extensive research over the past 11 years has shown that mouse formations follow a general over-all pattern that closely resembles certain rock formations on the planet Mars. For the past 3 years, the NASA researchers have been working with metalinguistics experts to determine if this is more an ancestral memory of a home planet or if it is a conscious feline attempt at communication, or both.

  13. Well, I was going to leave a message about mysterious kitty hieroglyphs, but after that last from Celestine Barrow, I’m just speechless! Who knew?

  14. You are correct, Shelda! With all due respect to Ms. Barrow (and I’m not saying she’s totally incorrect), the work of Pengergast, Harvold, and Arrington on primitive mammal communication modals establishes that Lucy’s work is an act of communication. Using a regressive model to map patterns established by a number of mammal species, including the domesticated cat, and comparing them with human hieroglyphs, they and other researchers have established the meaning of feline glyphs. I don’t have my copy of their seminal 1997 study “Mammalian Communication Modalities” with me (I think it’s at home), but they’ve mapped the glyphs of about 15 different mammalian species to their meanings. The chapters on primates is particularly interesting, but the whole of the work is very enlightening and give great insight into the nature of what we consider to be intelligence.

  15. Dear L-B and Wendy,

    The Inishmore contest sure seems to be taking great shape, such fun to follow this. No PayPal for me anymore after scary ‘phishing’ mails, but I am going for a mammogram shortly and will donate in the clinic there, there is bound to be a collection going on.

    One other question about the Wendy – L-B contest: is it just about who finishes Inishmore first or about who knits it fastest? In other words: do you both keep real, close track of hours knitted? Or is it just who has the most knitting time, whether time is due to insomnia or other reasons?

    I think I would prefer it to be a real timed contest, but correct me if I have the wrong idea about this.

    Good luck to both of you,


  16. I think it is AWESOME how you always bring us these charity raffles and other similar things. You rock, Miss Wendy.

    My dog Lucy is now ashamed at the haphazard way she leaves her toys around the house. Your Lucy’s meticulousness is exemplary. Heck, I should take her example!

  17. Margaret says:

    Hi Wendy,
    I have heard sooooooooo many wonderful things about you and Lucy from my friend/co-worker,knitting teacher, L.B. She is such a blessing to me. Please don’t take this personal..but, I am rooting for L.B. after all, she could start charging me for my knitting lessons…hahaha! I too am a big cat lover..I have 9 sweeties. Do me a favor and love up on Lucy for me she is so beautiful and Lucky, well, he is really quite handsome to say the least.
    Take care,
    God Bless, Margaret