My current work in progress:

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


Alert the Freaking Media

Because I finally seamed Teal Hogget. Here is a photo of it before I pressed the seams.


And the official in-the-mirror shot:


I did indeed mattress stitch it. And I used the same yarn I used to knit it — my handspun. It worked out fine, as it’s not too heavy a yarn.

I love this sweater. It’s exactly the type of casual comfy sweater I’ve been wanting. The gauge is just right for All Seasons Cotton. Hmmmm . . . I have some All Seasons Cotton in stash. I’m thinking I’ll be making another one!

The pattern is available, free, from the Teal Hogget link in my sidebar. I have options in the pattern for three-quarter length or long sleeves.

I am knitting my second bear. And I started something else. Something so perverse, so unexpected, so startling, that Holly gasped when I pulled it out of my knitting bag today to show her.

I’ll tell you what it is tomorrow.


lv2knit asked:
Is it just me, or is your bear not wearing pants?

My bear is not wearing pants. If Donald Duck doesn’t have to wear pants, neither does my bear. Next question?

Meg asked:
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?

Well, that really stinks! My advice would be to contact eBay and see if they’ll shut down the auction. What do you all think?


Lucy appreciates that some of you have expressed your displeasure that she will not be accompanying me to the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival. However, as she is undoubtedly considered a pet by the festival organizers, she is not allowed in.


“Peasants! Don’t they realize that I am an international superstar?”


  1. An international superstar with a HECK of an impressive tail, not to mention!

  2. You may have (indeed!) designed the perfect sweater. I especially like the shapely, yet skimming quality.

    I love your Teal Hogget, and thanks for making the pattern available for free!

  3. Lovely sweater! Heh, I don’t think Lucy would appreciate the alternative – being considered a “fiber bearing animal” and getting sheared or plucked!

  4. The blind knitter and her seeing eye cat. Must I think of everything?

  5. Nancy J says:

    Miss Lucy is a co-author, is she not? And, yes, eBay should definitely be contacted to shut down the auction.

  6. Heh, I’m pretty sure I first found this blog because of a journal entry at about a woman selling links to free patterns on eBay, including one or more of Wendy’s. Or trying to sell them; I don’t think she succeeded.

    And yes, the shaping on Teal Hogget is nice. I think we need to chip in for a better light for Wendy’s bathroom or wherever she takes the photos, though. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Beautiful teal hogget….don’t you just love that name!

    The perfect casual sweater.

  8. Socks, you must be making sock – Snow has finally worn you down on that. (I’d guess.)

    Oh, and nice teal hogget, too.

  9. Either a seeing eye cat, or perhaps a fiber animal. Yeah, they’ll buy that!

  10. Have you checked with the organizers? It seems to me they MUST realize Lucy’s celebrity status and allow her to attend — in fact they must offer her a trailer and secure area. If she, however, chose to not attend because of the undoubtedly inconvient safety precautions then the world would have no choice but to mourn her absence and curse those ingrates who make such public situation fraught with dangers for the truly precious among us.

    God it’s easy to put a good spin on things. Think I should move to Washington???? LOL

  11. Raye in NYC says:

    For Meg:
    I agree with Wendy about contacting e-bay to stop that auction. Meg, make sure you have all the necessary documentation.

    Re: Lucy and MD
    Gee Wendy, then no children should be allowed at MD S&W. After all, it is a family event, and since Lucy is furry four legged person, she’s a member of your family! I guess those folks never learned syllogisms, eh?

  12. I LOVE TEAL HOGGET!! Wow, that is such a nicely-fitting sweater. Any chance of you eventually writing it for a 32″ chest size? And I think that MS&W should be required to make an exception to the pets rule for an International Superstar of the Highest Order!

  13. MamaLana says:

    I wholeheartedly support the Lucy-the-Seeing-Eye-Cat concept. Sheesh. Some people just don’t get it!

  14. Teal Hogget is so pretty! No too baggy and not too fitted.

    I hope your at MS&W Saturday so I can say hi. (After I gorge on Koigu mill ends at least).

  15. Pet?!?! Co-author is what I’m sure she thinks ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Exquisite hog-gay…..lovely sweater..brava!…bear looks fun, will try….

    re: pattern issue: most distressing to take someone’s work of mind and hand and then pawn it off as one’s own……so disrepectful of the artist…writer….creator….So, Wendy: since you are in Washington, DC area [therefore you must know :)] Miss Manners…..what would she say?….

  17. Wendy, that sweater fits you to a tee! Lovely color, too. Enjoy!

  18. The Teal Hogget looks lovely one you! Oops, there it goes onto my waiting list. Thanks for providing the pattern.
    “Pet?! PET?! Hmph, forget it! I refuse to go to an event where they think I’m a….a….PET!”

  19. Once again you’ve outdone yourself. Brava!!

  20. I love the Teal Hogget!

  21. Wowzer! It looks fabulous!!

  22. Beautiful teal H – beautiful Lucy. I hope the stuffin is coming priority mail – I wanna see your teddy all plumped up so you can tell us how to keep his ears from looking like Eddie Munster ears. ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. Jacinta says:

    Hogget is fabulous!!!!! Thanks for sharing the pattern ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Patti D says:

    The Teal Hogget sweater turned out beautiful and looks great on you. Your yarn looks slubby. I started knitting my sweater yesterday out of Cascade 220 Turquoise Heather 9455. The gauge works out according to your pattern and the yarn feels soft next to the skin.

    I think your next project is socks because many of us are taking up Theresa’s sock challenge and I think I saw your name in there. You can’t hide anything from us.

    Poor Lucy, to be discriminated against because of her species! One would think that she broke a social norm or something.

    Oh, I preordered your book too. Can hardly wait for it to come.

  25. eBay will DEFINITELY shut down the auctions, and possibly close the seller’s account. They take intellectual property violations VERY seriously.

    1. Go to the main page, scroll down to the bottom.
    2. Click the link for “Security and Resolution Center.”
    3. Choose “Report another problem,” and click “Report Problem.”
    4. Choose “Listing Violations,” and continue.
    5. Choose “Counterfeits and copyright violations,” and tell them the story.

    Badda bing, badda boom, all their listings will be cancelled, and the seller’s account will most likely be revoked.

  26. I betting it was SOCKS that had Holly gasping also. Go Wendy. Oh yeah, and ho-gay looks great……!


  27. Re: stealing intellectual property

    This is the link to the Verified Rights Owner infringement reporting program on the UK EBay

  28. Teal Hogget is gorgeous – fitted sweaters with 3/4-length sleeves are so attractive and not very common! Thanks for whipping it up and making the pattern available. And I’ve pre-ordered your book from Amazon, but if I haven’t received it before MS&WF, I’ll gladly buy another to ask you to sign for me….

  29. ya gotta love the black tail of Ragdolls, so Siamese like but so incredibly/beautifully not.. but my current TortoiseShell has almost the same effect as Ragdoll I had, the light hair shows up on the dark clothes and dark hairs show up on the light clothes ๐Ÿ™‚

    you’ll have to bring in a scrapbook of Lucy pics or just a few life size ones.. forget the knitting projects ๐Ÿ˜‰

  30. oooooo, something perverse! now you’ve got my attention

  31. Something perverse, eh? And you seem like such a nice woman. I’m picturing you knitting with whips, chains, and frozen bananas here, Wendy. This should be interesting.

    Teal Hoggett is lovely, by the way. Not perverse in any way, shape or form, but lovely nonetheless.

  32. Hi,

    Teal Hogget is beautiful. I’d love to make one but all the sizes are too large. Any chance of getting the pattern sized for a 32″ chest?

    My kitty sends regards to Lucy.

  33. Is it a poncho? That would be perverse.

  34. Beautiful sweater. I just love the color and it looks great on you. I do believe that the festival organizers need to be informed that Lucy is NOT a pet, but a princess.

  35. Oh, Teal Hogget is glorious! I’m going to have to make one for myself…it looks incredibly comfy, yet very flattering at the same time. Yay!

  36. Wendy, this is one of the nicest fitting sweaters I think I’ve ever seen you knit! It looks lovely on you!!

  37. Lucy could probably go to MD Sheep and Wool if you tell the festival organizers that she is a fiber animal (think of all of those bunnies, and haven’t you spun Lucy-fur) or that she herds sheep (pens of heeler puppies), but she’ll probably have more fun with her Daddy at home. Kerrie (magknits, hipknits) also blogged about an ebay seller selling magknits patterns recently. What’s wrong with these people??!! Oh, and Yogi and BooBoo never wore shirts either. ๐Ÿ™‚

  38. OOPS! I mean pants- never wore pants. And now that I think about it neither do Winnie-the-Pooh or Paddington.