My current work in progress:

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


It’s Alway Sunny in Philadelphia

Well, it was sunny when I was there yesterday!

As I expected, my train was horribly late Friday night — I didn’t get to the hotel til midnight. Gahhhh! But Saturday more than made up for the inauspicious start to the trip. When my car pulled up to the first event of the day, here’s what I saw outside the entrance to The Tangled Web:


Great sign, huh? It was even better inside!


I spent several wonderful hours with these lovely ladies, talking, laughing, knitting, signing books, and, uh, drinking wine spritzers. I was also delighted to see Martha again. I wish this shop were up the street from me — I’d never leave!

Here’s my official portrait with the ladies who run The Tangled Web:


Will you look at that wall o’ yarn behind us? Swoon.

They accompanied me to the door and watched while my driver, Dave, leapt out of the car and opened the door for me. No, I would never get tired of that.

Second stop of the day: Loop. Wow! another fabulous shop filled with fabulous women. This is the view from where I was sitting.


And the offiical portrait with the Loop staff:


I love the spectrum of colors in the yarn behind us.

I was delighted to meet Anne Marie, who I “know” from my blog comments.


Clearly, she knows me all too well, because she brought me this as a gift:


And here is Michelle, modelling her outrageously gorgeous feather and fan Koigu shawl:


Here’s Michelle from the front — isn’t she cute?


I was delighted to see Anmiryam and Hope again, and to meet Anmiryam’s Mom. Anmiryam thoughtfully modelled her Socks That Rock socks for me:


We all had a wonderful time, but way too soon, it was time to leave. Fortunately the train home last night was uneventful and less than half an hour late.

Today we are just hanging around at home.


And Lucy says “Thanks for the wonderful new catnip toys, Linda!”


So . . . what are train delays good for?


I fnished my second Deirdre sleeve. Wahoo!

I’ve not seamed Deirdre, though. I got distracted by something else . . .


  1. hi, this is florence from paris, france (you permit me to translate your kitty bed pattern into french if you remember)
    just bought your book and I’m so excited to read it, I was waiting for it for months!

  2. You always have such nice comments wherever you go. I hope you can make it to California so I can visit with you. There must be other knitters in California, at least I think there are.

  3. My first thought when I saw that picture of the Tangled Web staff was, “Holy cow, look at all that yarn!!!”. No wonder you didn’t want to leave!

    Good to know that the Philly train runs late, if I ever have to take it. (Fortunately for me it’s a direct flight…).

  4. Lynette, Alison, & I are on the same page: CA road trip!…….let’s hope……keep checking the NY Times Book list……to see when the book will be on the top ten……..soon, I hope…….PA sounded like fun……but then haven’t all your do…….

  5. Wowee! Fun overload! Glad you got to finish the second sleeve too!

  6. Sounds like a fun excursion!

  7. I’d be shocked if you walked out of the tangled web with no new yarn… Yow. And that was ONLY ONE WALL? Your trip sounds like it was fun! But you are a tease for not telling us what you got distracted by. Hmmmmmmmmmph.

  8. Wendy:

    I can’t wait to see Deirdre finished… How exiting…

    Also I wanted to let you know that I linked my blog to yours. Hope that’s O.K.


  9. Well, I did open the truck door for you whenever you got IN. I’ll work on the getting out bit on your next book tour! ๐Ÿ˜‰ And you just had to show the Cedar Creek socks I’m lusting after!

  10. Don’t you just LOVE happy, welcoming people? Makes traveling feel so much better.

    I need to start a job in a different city and work in a long train commute–a person could get so much done!

  11. Looking forward to seeing what might have distracted you. Might it have been the School Products cashmere?

  12. I’ve ordered from Loop before, mail order, they have great customer service.

    Diedre is looking almost as fabulous as Lucy.

  13. anne marie in philly says:

    OF COURSE it’s always sunny in Philadelphia!

    Except when it rains, but that’s another story…

    I enjoyed meeting you in person and look forward to reading your book and making the catnip mice for my own cat kids.

    Hopefully we showed you some of the “brotherly love and sisterly affection” for which we are known. PS – that cheesesteak creep that’s been in the news lately, please ignore him since he is a bigot and DOES NOT represent how Philadelphians think and feel toward others.

    Y’all come back soon now, yo!

  14. Another fun weekend. I’m glad the turnout was good and that the delay resulted in something good. Yay for Deirdre!

  15. Sheri in St. Louis says:

    Can’t wait to see Deirdre in all its finished glory! (And for pete’s sake, when are you coming to St. Louis on tour??) ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Hi Wendy!

    It was great meeting you at Loop and I loved your book. I even re-read parts of it on the way home. My boyfriend rolled his eyes at the new sock yarn I got. He called you my sock yarn pusher. The all sock yarn website I mentioned is .
    Lucy, I’m glad that you like the new catnip toys. The toys were tested and approved by my own two kitties.

    P.S.(If you want to see more toys go to

  17. Christine says:

    It was so nice to meet you at Tangled Web. You have a lot of fans out there. I’m sure Lucy is going to be very happy that her Mommy is home for good now.

    I am enjoying reading about your adventures in knitting. I am a relatively new knitter (2 years) and I am progressing along nicely. Seeing the beautiful things you complete gives me a lot of inspiration.

    Best regards,