My current work in progress:

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


The Textbook Definition of Insanity

Yup. That would be me.

Today’s title is taken from the comment that Stinkerbell left on yesterday’s entry:

I love you, I love reading you, but lady you are the text book definition of insanity.

Why, yes, I am insane. Thank you for noticing. And I love you too, my dear. ๐Ÿ™‚

This reminds me of an incident from a good long time ago — at least 20 years.

I had taught a girl who worked with me to knit, and she picked it up very quickly. We would hang out and knit together and we sometimes took trips to a LYS at lunchtime.

One day we both picked out the same pattern to make a little summer sweater. Knitted in cotton, it had a lace and vines pattern down the front. We bought our yarn and started it on the same day.

She idly said that she bet she could finish her sweater before I finished mine. Now we always had a vaguely competitive thing going on at work. So I pulled an all-nighter three nights in a row so I could complete the sweater way before she did.

Twenty-odd years later I can’t pull all-nighters to finish a sweater in three days. But I can do my damndest.

Clearly, maturity is not my strong point.

Anyhow, I finished the back of Inishmore.


Kindly excuse the bizarre ghostly photo. When I use the flash it washes out the cabling so I’m taking flashless photos on a cloudy afternoon. In the above shot I jiggled the camera.

And here’s what I’ve done on the front.


Same disclaimer on the photo, although I did a bit better on this one. But the color is off on both shots. The color in L-B’s photo, below, is much more accurate.

I’m a little surprised I haven’t completely ruined my hands yet, but they’re holding up just fine. Though Lucy seems concerned about me. This morning before I left for work, I was sitting on the side of the bed, banging out a couple of rows, watching the CBS Early Early Early Early News. Lucy sat on the bed with me and gently licked my fingers as I was knitting.



L-B sent me a photo of her finished sleeve:


Looking good!!!! She is now working on the back, I hear.

Anmiryam asked a very good question:
Ok, I’m knitting behind, waaaaay behind you and L-B and I’m curious about one of the cables in Chart B. In row 7, when you cross the seven stitches to make the figure eight the way I’m reading the chart, for the four stitches in the back you end up knitting stitches that had been purled, while knitting the previously purled stitches. This is a switch that is deliberately avoided in the ribbing cable (Chart A). Did A.S. decide it wouldn’t be noticed in the bigger cable or is it a mistake? Have you knit this cable as written or do you do something different?

Yup, you are reading the chart correctly. When you cross the cable on the last 4 stitches you end up knitting the purls and purling the knits. I work mine as written because you totally cannot see the switch behind the cable twist. It’s avoided in the ribbing cable because on a 3-stitch twist, it would show.

Ze Raffle

A question in the comments about when the raffle will be held. The raffle will be held shortly after a winner in the Challenge is determined. I am maintaining a spreadsheet of all contributors — each contributor has a number of rows in the spreadsheet equal to the number of raffle “tickets” they have — one ticket for each $1 contributed. Rather than draw numbers manually, I’ll use a random number generator to pick the winners.

And of course as soon as the Challenge winner crosses the finish line and is clocked in, I’ll be able to tell who wins yarn from me for guessing the winner and coming closest to date and time of the win.

The latest prize donater is Kathy, from Holly Spring Homespun! Check out the addition to the prize page here. Thanks, Kathy!

I’ve put a link to the prize page in the sidebar as well.

Oh, and just in case any of you are thinking it’s all knitting and no stash enhancing chez Wendyknits, let me set you straight.


This is Koigu, purchased at Knit Happens.

By the way, Lucy has a new West Coast buddy.

(Lucy says “Don’t worry, Lucky, my heart still belongs to you!”)


  1. WEN-dy! I was lusting after that color of Koigu! I didn’t see a lick of it left on the shelf by the time I got there. I guess the early, early, early, early bird (that be YOU) really does get the worm. I’m going to have to stake out KH or at least stalk the UPS guy! BTW, great progress both you and L-B are making. And that donation amount is outta this world! Woo hoo!

  2. Barbara McCall says:

    Please report LB’s total progress. In other words, who’s ahead??

  3. Ah, man, Momoze is gonna be jealous! He had his little heart SET on Lucy.

  4. Question about the sleeve… is the center diamond pattern only done 1/2, rather than full width? That seems a little odd… it looks a little unbalanced.

  5. Suzanne says:

    Both of you women absolutely amaze me! When you started on Monday, I had the back of Inishmore already finished an 1/4 of the front finished. It is now Thursday night, and you seem to have surpassed me already. I knew you would do it, but I thought it would take just a smidgen longer than it has! Both of your sweaters look great so far.

  6. Margaret says:

    I am still impressed by how fast L.B. can knit. HMMMMMMMMM with a husband, plus animals to take care of, not to mention a full time job, and still is so unselfish as to take the time to show me how to do a heel turn on my socks…You keep on going L.B. I just know I smell a BURN OUT coming due to lack of sleep…just kidding Wendy. Thanks L.B. in my eyes you’re the greatest!!

  7. Susan Maurer says:

    I wonder… Did you teach Lucy how to knit and she’s making progress on Inish during the day while you’re at work? Both your and LB’s Inishmores are looking so gorgeous; It’s so much lovelier in green, methinks, than white. And green Koigu? I’d never have thunk it to be so bee-oo-tee-ful, but it’s so rich looking. So what’s the Koigu destined to become? An Inish for Lucy mebbe? I’ll bet she knocks it out while you’re at work on Friday. She could do it y’know. (Wonder where Lucy keeps her blog.)

  8. You are going to finish that sweater before the weekend is over. When do you ever sleep?

    PS What are you planning for the Koigu? I am rather fond of the socks that I have made recently with the Koigu that I made into the Alligator Wrap, & tore out because the cats kept pulling threads.

    Kathy in Mpls

  9. junieann says:

    Good title for your blog entry.

    I was always told that the definition of insanity was…”doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results,” so in the broad sense – applied to all knitters, we expect different results with each project…Therefore, all knitters are sane.

    I kept marrying the same guy over and over – and the results were always the same, (all bad),therefore, one should knit a husband for a legitimate claim of being sane… Dahhh?

    I sure should have been knitting instead of being insane and saying, “I do, I do…”

    I love the Koigu!

  10. Lucy really cares for you, Wendy!

    The progress is really fast. Remember to take adequate rest, both of you!

  11. travelita says:

    wow if I blink I’ll miss a repeat

  12. Wassamatta, you don’t like the yarn harlot?

  13. Dear Lucy-
    Two days ago, I’m a hottie…now I find you cattin’ around with this Bob character! Please don’t go breakin’ my heart, fair Lucy…
    *your hottie 4 eva*
    The P Man
    PS – there’s a pic of me without cone on Mom’s blog all for you baby…Meee-ow!

  14. Wow yesterday I wake up to see the boss on the front page of a major international paper and today I am the lead in on Wendy Knits… The notoriety and PRESSURE of it all!

    Third voice of Cybill says at least she loves you and knows that Stinkerbell loves her ๐Ÿ™‚

    As a qualifier note, this is not to say I don’t have my image in the texts and dictionaries too. Just fun to know I keep good company. Now where are ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. To Barbara McCall, Wendy is indeed ahead! I have a full sleeve plus 2 pattern repeats on the back. I might be Sleepless in Richmond this weekend! To Margaret, the check’s in the mail! Tee hee! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  16. Meoooowwwrrrrr, my dear Lucy! Our mommies may be fighting tooth and claw, but I’m still here for you!

  17. Inishmore is a sweater I’ve been looking at and putting down for at least 2 years now. I love the sweater but hate ribbing at a wide place that I would rather not accentuate. What do you think about doing it without the ribbing?

  18. Oh, that green koigu is LOVELY….
    is that for the LETDOWN that accompanies
    Finishing a Big Project?
    Take care of those fingers, Lucy….

  19. Shelley says:

    Oh lord, it’s coming down to the weekend…I won’t be surprised if I click on her Monday and see three sweaters done.

    And yes Wendy, you are right, I am a big geek…but yet, I’m not the one with Hansen’s “Mmmm Bop” on my I-Pod! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  20. Barbara McCall says:

    Thank you for the update LB. Best of luck.

  21. lv2knit says:

    I am loving the knitting race — whew! It is the Kentucky Derby of knitting!

    On a different subject: Seeing your Koigu reminded me of the sweater I just finished. At my LYS they displayed a Rowan pattern done in Koigu and Kidsilk Haze worked together — it is a GORGEOUS combination, so extremely soft it must be touched! Pattern is Emmeline from Rowan Magazine #28 (Fall-Winter 2000). The Kidsilk adds a mohair look and softens/blends the colors of the Koigu. At the same time, the gauge is increased from sport weight to worsted. It is one of the nicest sweaters I have ever made and very easy to do.

  22. Lucy, darling. If you ever tire of that Lucky, you know I’m right here for you.

  23. What a pretty kitty! Oh, pretty sweater, too. I have been on somewhat of a knitting hiatus due to a lot of hand pain from work etc. But, I knit vicariously thru you. Hugs, Jo

  24. Now I just have to ask, don’t you think that all this blogging and answering questions and keeping track of contests is costing you some serious knitting time?!? I mean, if you can’t do all nighters anymore shouldn’t you at least swear off the computer? ๐Ÿ˜‰ Of course we’d all be dying from the suspense if you did! Go Wendy go!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. Darn it,Jessica! I was hoping no one would remind Wendy of that! ๐Ÿ™

  26. You can not be crazy and buy Koigu. Only sane, healthy, happy stashers would want to buy Koigu. It’s the yarn of the goddess.

  27. So Wendy, you must be listening to fast disco music or *something* to be in that fast rhythm- do tell! What about L-B? Is she a speed metal fan? LOL. Her sleeve is beautiful.

  28. Thanks,Lelah! I’m listening to The Chieftains and Battlefield Band!

  29. Amazing progress-both of you! This is more exciting than Nascar-or the Preakness! L-B…my offer still stands to be your pit crew. (Wendy has Lucy-afterall!)

  30. Isn’t there an old saying: Insanity is next to Goddessness? or is it Godlessness? And how’s that Vanessa coming along with her entry in the competition? I tell you all, I’m lovin’ just sitting back and waiting for the results with none of the pressure or pain. Take care of all those hands and wrists now, ok?

  31. Doh. Shelley called you out on Hansen. Heh. I guess it really was just a matter of time, huh?!

  32. Hey Wendy, Don’t be embarassed…I saw Hansen in concert!! That middle brother was simply dreamy!

    Both sweaters look amazing, I’m loving the color much better than natural and your respective knitting swiftness and skill is really impressive. Good luck for the weekend Ladies!!

    PS to Igor and all other kitty-come-latelys, back off dudes, when she’s done with Lucky she’s MINE! ~ The P Man

  33. Hey, Igor and P-Man, I’m not giving up Lucy,but you can have L-B’s Molly cat! Just don’t tell L-B I said so! Meow!

  34. Barbara McCall says:

    Are you going to post over the weekend so that we can follow your progress?

  35. *g* Zoe licks my fingers while I’m knitting sometimes, too…it’s so damned cute.

    I need to send you that picture…will do over the weekend…

  36. Eizabeth says:

    How many skeins of the 3 ply VY did you purchase for the small size of Inishmore? Also-AS has Inishmore listed on her site with a “small amendment” available-with mention of different necklines. Was this something you felt you needed? Or was it just an add on for the necklines only?

  37. In “the art of fair isle knitting” it tells the story of a knitter from teh 1920s, about a 45-inch allover begun on a Tuesday and finished on a little after midnight on Thursday. The knitter never slept and all food was placed next to her so she wouldn’t have to get up. Think you could train Lucy to do that?

  38. I think three nights without sleep in a row might actually qualify you as temporarily legally insane!

  39. holy cow! the sweater looks fabulous — now, if Lucy is giving you kisses while you knit, is your sweater going to smell like kibble?

  40. Okay this has nothing to do with your post, well not really. (altho upon reading part of your blog I will agree you are insane…LOL) I just waanted to thank you for the kitty pi pattern. I made it, realized I had made a mistake, felted anyway…LOL, thought it would make an interesting bag, but instead today decided to take the scissors to it. The girls love it and they love the chunk I cut off as well. I will send pictures of mutated Kitty Pi and my girls in it. Thanks again for the pattern!!

  41. My darling Lucy–I know I’ll never meet you, mainly because I don’t leave the house. But I wanted you to know you have my undying affection from afar!