My current work in progress:

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


Garter Stitch

It’s not just for breakfast anymore.

The other day Mary commented:
I was wondering if you have a preference between garter and stockinette stitch lace. Sometimes, I think I lean one way, sometimes another.

Mary, I’m the same way. The Autumn Woodland Shawl was stockinette, and the current Spring Flowers Shawl is garter stitch.

As a rule, I do not like garter stitch. But I do like garter stitch lace very much. I love the way it blocks out — I think the ridges add an interested bit of texture. So, I flip-flop on how I feel about it versus stockinette stitch.

I have just barely gotten past the first pattern in my Spring Flowers Shawl, so this is a very exciting time indeed. Well, exciting for me, anyhow.


My friend Johanne (happy birthday, Johanne!) points out that “Spring Flowers” in Swedish is “Vårblommor,” so the shawl shall henceforth be known as the Vårblommor Shawl.

I have spoken.

My Book

A couple of people have asked where they can find my book. The answer is that you can’t . . . yet. It is scheduled for publication May of 2006. You can be sure as shootin’ that I will mention it here again when time draws near!

Lucy, You Got Some ‘Splainin’ To Do!

(By the way, several of you have asked about Lucy’s pillow — it was a birthday gift from Andrea and is shown in better detail in this blog entry.)

Snow asked:
When you got Lucy from the adoption place, did she come with the name or did you give her one of your choosing? And do you ever feel compelled to tell her she has some splainin’ to do in a Ricky Ricardo accent?

Your lavender flowered shawl is looking lovely. Are miles of edging planned?

Are you sick of my questions yet?

In reverse order:

Sick of your questions? Why, never, my dear Snow.

A couple of miles of edging are planned for the lavender shawl, or rather, the Vårblommor shawl.

The rescue organization we got Lucy from called her Grace, but that was just an interim name they gave her — we don’t know what her original name was. I had a Great-Aunt Grace, so calling a cat Grace didn’t seem quite right. Besides, she looks like a Lucy to me.

Yes, I am afraid that we are guilty of telling Lucy that she has some splainin’ to do — in a Ricky Ricardo accent. When we do, she gives us a look, like she’s thinking “My, they are stupid, aren’t they?”

What she’s probably really thinking is “I wonder if they’re going to give me catnip?”



  1. Your shawl is quite beautiful already – I love the color!

    Lucy is looking very acrobatic today. It’s hard work being a kitty. =)

  2. Taks (on the shawl name) Being 1/2 Swedish, I appreciate Swedish references and nomenclature! The other 1/2 is Celtic derivation, so ganseys and fair isle are also appreciated!

  3. Ok, that has to be the cutest picture of Lucy yet… I am quite jealous of your ability to get good pictures of her being cute. Mine seem to sense the camera coming.

  4. After your Luuuuuucy!/Ricky Ricardo comment, I had to comment, though I usually lurk in awe of your GORGEOUS shawls..

    We have a basset named Rick, and we alternate between Ricky Ricardo and Mr. Rick (a la Peter Lorre from Casablanca). Our cats just ignore it all, sometimes heaving BIG sighs at the indignity of it all.

  5. ๐Ÿ™‚ about Lucy’s name!

    I used to work at an animal shelter and we always gave the animals names to make them more appealing as pets. Some people didn’t understand that they could name the animal anything they wanted once they adopted it. I heard comments like, “I don’t want a cat/dog named XXXX.” and “Won’t she/he get confused if I change her/his name?”

  6. we were the recipients of a feral cat who had been named “Star” by the rescue person. It just did not fit her; her name is now “Fuzzy Butt”…she has the most magnificent tail I have ever seen, and she holds it striaght up to showcase it well.

  7. Hi Wendy, I am about to embark on knitting Birch from Rowan 35. You have sort of clarified whether to do the stockinette vs the garter question…sort of. Thanks for you input on preference, and also the hint about Boye needles!!

  8. Will Lucy be part of your book?

  9. I’m pretty sure we might all be quite offended if we really knew what cat’s were thinking. Of course we may just find out that the answer to all the questions in the universe is precisely 42.

    It’s so nice that rescued animals can find such loving homes.

  10. What a great “Lucy Belly Shot”.

    Love all of the lace that you have been working on. Thanks for doing the Summer of Lace. I haven’t been knitting lace but I have surely enjoyed seeing all of your beautiful FO’s.

  11. Hi Wendy,

    I thought your knitters (who are known to be generous, compassionate people) might want to know that WEBS is donating 10% of all purchases to the American Red Cross for the next ten days.
    Guilt free shopping for a good cause!
    I just received their email today. Their address is

    Knit on!

  12. Garter stitch may not be for breakfast, but it’s got to be high in fiber! (Sorry. Couldn’t resist.)

  13. Boy, at the end of a shawl, when the stitch count is up in the hundreds, garter stitch starts to look pretty good — I’ll go a long way not to purl 382 stitches. The shawl is beautiful. I love the variegation. Lucy too — beautiful that is, not variegated.

  14. The band The Producers (early 80s) did a song called “I Love Lucy” that started out, “Lu-cy… oh LUUUUUU-CY” and that bit about Ricky Ricardo made me think of it. ๐Ÿ™‚ (Too humorous, Snow!)

    Unfortunately, the “2 LPS on one CD” release of the album is upwards of $100… and you can’t hear a sample of the song… but if you’re ever interested, here’s the

    Maybe iTunes has it?