My current work in progress:

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


Greetings From Sleeve Island

Here is the first sleeve of Dungarvan.


I’m having an extended stay on Sleeve Island — because I had half this sleeve done and ripped it out yesterday morning. I didn’t like the rate of increase I was using, so I ripped back to the ribbing and started over. Now I’m happy. Well, relatively.

kelly in new mexico asked:
I have a question about the yarn you’re using….
You say it is a bit rough on the hands from the constant rubbing while knitting. Will it be uncomfortable to wear? I know some yarns feel wonderful for short periods and not so good for long.

Rowan Scottish Tweed Aran is very definitely not a “next-to-the-skin” yarn. But, considering I’m using it to make an outerwear jacket, that’s not an issue for me.

A number of you have asked if I plan to publish this pattern. If I like how it turns out, then yes, probably.

But on to more important things . . .

Lucy did some mountain climbing this weekend.


I’ve gotten questions from time to time, asking if I’ve seen the “Stuffonmycat” web site. I have seen it, but I’m not a fan. Some of the photos are cute and harmless, but some of them I find disturbing. For example, I don’t think a photo of a cat with a pile of books on top of it is funny. There are a number of photos posted there that I wonder about — the stuff piled up on the poor cat looks too heavy. I went over to the site today and read the submission guidelines and could not find anything about not causing physical harm to the cats in the photos.

I hope I’m wrong about some of the photos there, but that’s my opinion.

So I’ll stick to, where none of the little critters in the photos look abused.


  1. Wendy, I’ve been thinking about your book. I see on Amazon that the release date is late in April. Any word about an earlier release date? And will you be doing a book tour?

  2. Your instructions on cabling without needle – in tips – is wonderful….well written, great pics…..incredible skill to have in repertoire (or knitting bag!)….big, big thanks

    Sweater looks divine….

    wondered about the “cute” cat pics…agree….but figured am strange: living creatures are not toys….same goes for children…

  3. I’ve not seen the stuffonmycat website and from your comments, I’m glad. Cuteoverload, however, is definitely on my everyday checklist (along with WendyKnits).

    I’m a kitty momma too and wouldn’t like to see kitties being hurt….

  4. Alice in Richmond says:

    I will say this at the risk of offending all nice guys with cats and sounding like my mother, sorry in advance. I think most of those pics on are sent in by twentysomething or younger “men”, really boys. Just look at the things they pile on those poor cats and how many are posed watching sports and drinking beer.


  5. With you about StuffOnMyCat – even if the stuff is light, I think that it is disrespectful. Good on you for speaking out.

    Oh, and nice sweater! ๐Ÿ™‚ ‘Hi’ to Lucy from me, Hope and Oh.

  6. I don’t much like the pics of loads of stuff piled on the cats. I do love the pics of the cats dressed up or wrestling with other animals or kids. I also adore cuteoverload. It always makes me want to run out and get a pet and then I remember the mess that my 6 yr old makes all by himself. hehe

  7. If it makes you feel any better, I’m 99.4% convinced that most of the pictures are Photoshopped. If you look at them closely, you can see that there are some pretty obvious errors in scale, overlapping, and lighting discrepancies.

    I did quite like the knit cat hat and scarf set, though! Those are obviously real – and fantastic!

  8. Might I also receomment the Daily Kitten? ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Hi Wendy – I can’t agree more about stuffonmycat.I had the same reaction. Love Dunvargan! Hope you get a brief cold snap so you can test wear it!

  10. You’re kidding–they PILE things on cats? What the hell is up with some people? Bizarre. I’ll skip checking it out–sounds pretty creepy.

    As for your sleeve—it’s soooo nice. I’m loving that yarn. Rustic yarn makes me wanna puurrr.

  11. my husband is wearing a scottish tweed sweater every day, close to skin, at least at the neck and the arms, and no complaints up to now.
    but I agree, for sensitive skins it must be very irritating.

  12. vatergrrl says:

    You might like No traces of animal cruelty, or even animal humiliation, just cute cats. And sinks.

  13. Your April 7/05 entry says that you can provide an email address for Solveig Gustafsson.
    I would be grateful if you would let me know how to contact her. I would like to order a Lace Rose Collar kit.
    I knitted Blue Shimmer, when Poetry In Stitches was first published.
    Thank you.

  14. I agree about stuff on my I mentioned it in my post today, but only referred folks to the “clothes on my cat”-egory. I also caution about even putting clothes on your cat if the cat minds. Cats deserve respect, too. So there.

  15. If you like Cute Overload, you may like the Daily Kitten ( and ( too. These 3 blogs are my daily doses of cuteness.

  16. Kathleen says:

    Just to throw another cat one into the mix – have you seen Such a cool idea! and no cats harmed, unless they got square eyes…

    Loving all the cables X

  17. An extended stay on sleeve island is so much better than an end product you’re unhappy with. So smart of you (why oh why do I have such a hard time with that lesson).

  18. stuffonmycat is a lot better than the website started by ALF, “stuffinginmycat” which was a big hit back on his home planet of Melmak, where cats are a delicacy.