My current work in progress:

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


You Guys Are Bear-y Smart

Because, yes, that start of the project I showed you yesterday was indeed a bear!


The poor little guy looks quite deflated, doesn’t he? Well, I’ll fatten him up!

I mentioned the bears a little while back when Phyl blogged about them, here. Note that Phyl is going to do a drawing and give away some exceedingly nice yarn to one lucky bear knitter.

These little guys are fast and fun to knit. My bear is made from Plymouth Encore worsted weight. I ordered some polyester fiberfill for stuffing, so I can’t finish him til it gets here (which should be soon, I think). But I’m thinking I’ll be making at least one more bear.

In other knitting news, I finished the neck on Teal Hogget. Do alert the media, would you? All that remains is to put the thing together. I may actually do this.


Sheep & Wool!

Jes commented:
Yay, MD sheep and wool – It’ll be my first time there and I’m so excited. =)
Will you be selling the book there, or should we get a copy in advance?

Jennifer of Spirit-Trail will be selling copies of my book at her booth, so you can buy a copy from her. I’ll be available outside at a pre-determined location at pre-determined times to meet and greet and sign. If you buy a copy of my book before the festival, you can bring it along and I’d be delighted to sign it.

Lucy Sez


Hmmmmph! I won’t be there to sign books, so what’s the point?


  1. Maybe Lucy could make a bunch of paw-print autographs to send with you for those who want them?

  2. OH NO!
    My knitting goddess has clay feet!
    THREE projects on the go at once!
    Well, I can still read in your archives how you took Tina on your commute and knit her in 20 days!
    Still amazes me, along with your other knitting accomplishments!

  3. Bronwyn says:

    I’m curious; will Lucy stay with the King of All Remote Controls while you are on tour? (Doesn’t it sound exciting and tiring to say “on tour”?!) Poor thing, she will no doubt miss her mom… and milk all the sympathy she can get!

    If you could somehow get Lucy’s pawprint, I’d be glad to carve a small stamp for you to use at signings. Lucy could be there in spirit, if not in ‘person’!

  4. I saw a photo of the Dongarven sleeve on circulars, but obviously knitted back and forth. Not being much of a fan of sewing, I like to knit circularly, but can one knit cables cirularly? If so, how does one follow the pattern? I knit Fair Isle circularly, so I know that I just keep following the pattern right to left continuously. For some reason I can’t get my mind around cables this way, though.

  5. Oh no, where WILL Lucy be and who will be taking care of her Highness??

  6. lucy.must .be there.

  7. I believe it is referred to as the “GAT” ….or Great Author Tour……..and requires special provisions to be packed as an emergency kit…..such as special food in case of being stranded in a place no one has heard of…..special photos of loved ones to keep one from being lonely or feeling abandoned in the wilderness of heaven knows where on day XX……and other such requirements……any suggestions from the public?…….

  8. Spirit-Trail Jennifer is one of the nicest women I met at Rhinebeck awhile back. And her yarns…oooohhh!!! You’ll be taking a U-Haul with you, right?

  9. I’ve been knitting your Teal Hogget pattern. This is the first time I’ve knit a sweater where I’ll need to seam. After consulting a few of my knitting books that all give different opinions, I am lost. One book says never to use the same yarn you knit with to seam, another says to always use the same yarn. I remember a post you made a few months ago too where you wrote about different ways of seaming your sweater together. Are you using matress stitch on Teal Hogget?

  10. sigh….I suppose it’s too much to hope that you’ll ever be anywhere close to Dallas for a book signing….

  11. Poor Lucy who can’t go on tour and sign books. If only cats had opposable thumbs. No, wait. Then they wouldn’t need us at all, and we’d be their slaves. (Like we aren’t now?)

    I’ve never made it to MD S&W, but I keep swearing I will. You should try to make the Estes Park Wool Market in June. See here:
    Because Margene is coming to stay with me for it, and so is Carole, and at least three other bloggers. Clearly, you need to join us.

  12. Is it just me, or is your bear not wearing pants?

  13. Maybe Lucy should send along “paw-tographed” 8×10 glossies for you to hand out like all the other rock stars do! ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. I hope you are at least using a photo of lucy in the book!

    An off topic question for you: I recently found out that someone in the UK is selling on ebay a free pattern that I wrote that is on my blog. I have asked her to remove it and not sell it again, although she has already sold six copies. What can I do if she doesn’t remove the item?

  15. Oh poor Lucy, I’m sure she’d be very cute at a book signing, I’m even guessing people would probably pay good cash for her little pawprint.

  16. I’m with Snow – come to Estes! I’ll be there too. Teal Hogget looks great and the bear is really cute.

  17. I know how you feel,Lucy! Everyone will be at the festival, except us. ๐Ÿ™ No fair!

  18. If I can’t meet Lucy I’m not coming:-(

  19. Wendy,
    I came late to your blog. What is the name of your book?
    Your blog is a pleasure to read and very informative.
    Thank You

  20. Ann in CT says:

    I’m glad I’m not the only one concerned about your bear’s lack of pants!

  21. I’ll chime in with a “come to Estes” too!

    I am totally unconcerned about your bear’s lack of pants. Bears don’t need pant. Everyone, however, needs a sweater. It makes perfect sense.

  22. Thanks for the answers!

  23. Hi there

    Loved your bear. My girlfriends and I have knit well over 100 of these bears over the last couple of years. We send them all over the world with fellow Rotarians to give to under priviledged boys and girls. They are a huge hit! If you are ever wondering what to do with your bears, please let me know. I would be happy to find a home for them!

    Sue Finneron
    Vancouver Island, BC