My current work in progress:

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


Sleeve Tuesday

I’m making good progress on the Ribbed Sweater’s first sleeve. Lookie here:


But appearances can be deceiving. There’s a lot of sleeve above the armhole shaping because of the style of the sweater, so there’s still quite a bit to go.

In the “In Case You Care” Department

I ordered Falk to knit the Dale Torino sweater. Why? Because I’ve never knitted with it and I thought I’d try it out.

And because it’s Bea Ellis’ “yarn of the month” and therefore on sale at her site through the end of the month.

Both compelling reasons, no?

Of Cats and Vacuums

Snow mentioned that Wilbur the Amazing Deaf Cat enjoys having the vacuum run along him. Snow, my parents had a Siamese cat (the dearly departed Cadbury) who also enjoyed it.

But Lucy is terrified of the vacuum. So consequently I don’t vacuum very often. That’s my excuse, anyhow.


Of Were-Rabbits and Suchlike

I’ve not seen the new Wallace and Gromit movie yet, nor am I likely to until it comes out on DVD. Just not a movie theatre kinda gal — ya know?

Speaking of W&G, did you see this very sad news?

All Lucy All the Time

Szarka asked how I collect Lucy fur for spinning. After grooming her, we take the loose fur out of the brush and/or comb and store it in a zip-lock bag.

Lucy’s fur is very soft. Ragdoll cats are categorized as having a coat like bunny fur, and that’s a very apt description. Lucy’s fur spun up into a very soft yarn.

Since I gave her the toy mouse knitted from her fur, she’s been carrying it around like it’s her doll-baby. Very cute! Though, no doubt, she’ll tire of the novelty soon enough.

Anne asked:
Besides wondering what it is like to knit with cat hair and spin it and if it smells when wet (like dog hair does), the more important question is – does it shed?

It doesn’t seem to smell. But then, I don’t think that wet cat is quite as odiferous as wet dog. (Anyone with experience to the contrary, please feel free to weigh in on this.) L-B spun up this batch of Lucy fur, and she said it was pretty easy to spin. The resulting yarn does have a bit of a halo to it, so I guess it will shed a bit. I have some handspun angora that someone gave me a while back and the Lucy-yarn very much reminds me of that.

Theresa asked if Lucy has a favorite Greenies flavor. So far she’s had both the salmon and the liver flavored Greenies, and she seems to like both of them equally.


In the “How True!” Department

Your Hair Should Be Orange

Expressive, deep, and one of a kind.
You pull off “weird” well – hardly anyone notices.

In the “I’m Getting Punchy” Department

Clearly, it is time for my nap.


  1. In fact, I was going to send you an email this afternoon and ask if you were going to use Falk, Heilo or the teflon-enhanced Hauk. I imagine I’ll use Falk as well, for the same reasons, but I think I might order a skein of Hauk just to see what it feels like. Have you knit anything with it? The idea of a waterproof sweater is great, but it’s got to feel like the inside of my frying pan, right? Might not be much fun to knit with.

    Lucy looks good in your sleeve. Wilbur has recently adopted one of my shrugs as his own (because I left it on my bed), and since he was so ill, I haven’t had the heart to take it away from him.

  2. In regards to whether cat fur smells when it’s wet-

    I bathed two of my cats on the weekend. If the fur is still on the cat when it’s wet, it STINKS! In my experience, anyway ๐Ÿ˜›

    However, they do smell fine, now that they’ve dried…

  3. The quiz told me my hair should be red.

    My hair *is* red… for real.

    No fun! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. Are you making the navy or cream color scheme?

  5. I was thinking of knitting a Dale sweater. Are they very hard to knit and what size needles do you use? How did you know how much yarn to order or is it on the web page some place? What color are you going to do? I have been knitting a Philosopher’s Wool sweater and it looks pretty good so far.

  6. I WISH my cats would let me vacuum them, something makes me think it would be easier than trying to keep it off the floors and couch! Sadly, all three of them are fraidy-cats when it comes to the noise.

  7. My TC kitty looked just like your Lucy. He never liked the vacuum either, but loved the massager. You could put it right on his head and watch his little kitty eyeballs rattle around. Purred like an engine. Strange what makes old kitties happy. :o)

  8. Since most of the wet animal smell comes from oils secreted from the skin into the fur, once the fur has been brushed out and cleaned in some way (by washing, or something), there shouldn’t be an issue of annoying wet animal odour. Which is good. I can only imagine the horrors of wearing a sweater that still smelled like your pet dog just came out of the rain. >_<

  9. I have been inspired by your Lucy-fiber story. My daughter started collecting her cat’s fur, in the same manner as you did, after we visited the MD S&W festival. We could not stay away from the angora bunnies, and we kept commenting on how her cat’s hair felt so much like them. I thought she was being silly with her ziplock, but if YOU say it is okay, I guess my almost-ten-year-old is on target! I’m wondering if it would work easier mixed with some mohair fiber or something. The fiber I bought that was 20% angora spun up nicely without much of a halo, and was still very soft.
    By the way, I came up white for hair! “Classy, stylish and eloquent. You’ve got a way about you that floors everyone you meet.” (Yeah, right.) Good thing, though, as that is the color of a few of my hairs now. I’m skipping gray and going straight to white as middle age strikes its vicious blows!

  10. We took the kids to see Wallace & Grommit this weekend. After we all settled in I pulled out my knitting (much to DH’s surprise … he should know better by now!), and the kids were delighted when Grommit had to wait in the car and pulled out … his knitting. My hobby has been validated in their eyes.

  11. I bathe Sharky biweekly and the water always comes out dark brown. Right after the bath, she only smells faintly of her shampoo, nothing that can be identified as wet cat smell. However, for wet dog smell…ugh!
    How often does Lucy bathe?
    Thanks for the multi-Lucy pics. Oh, I’m must be in heaven! ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Is your reason for not going to the theater much to watch movies related to your knitting at all? Even though, I can easily knit on simple stockinette stitch projects in the movies, I am finding that I don’t enjoy going as much I used to now that I am so passionate about knitting. I enjoy sitting at home with light and working on my more complicated projects while watching a movie these days, and I only go to the theater if it is a movie that I feel that I really need to see on a big screen.

  13. I saw a cartoon once that was a drawing of a Momma cat opening the door on Halloween to a kitten dressed up in a vacuum costume. It had the Momma saying, ‘My, now that’s a scary costume!!!” It was so funny, because it’s so true!

  14. My friend vacuumes her cat to get the dandruff off him (he’s black and it shows!). He LOVES this. Sounds like a win/win situation.

  15. Heh… another plus to a lucy-fur knitted thing… you won’t have to worry about lint-rolling the cat hair off of it ๐Ÿ˜‰

  16. We have two dogs and two cats. The dogs win the wet smell contest, paws down.