My current work in progress:

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


Tuesday Twaddle

You know, it’s awfully hard to plunge back into career mode after a week of being a Domestic Goddess. Particularly when one’s office is in the throes of moving and space renovation.

Yesterday I went down to our storage room with a member of my staff, to see the state of things there, as we have to move a lot of stuff into that rather small room in conjunction with the whole renovation/move extravaganza. Staff Member was not off work being a Domestic Goddess last week, so he had made some very good progress in clearing out the room.

Anyhow, when I went down there yesterday, Staff Member pointed this out to me:


This is written on the wall behind a (formerly full) bookcase. Call me childish, but it totally cracked me up. So much so that I made Staff Member tilt the bookcase away from the wall so I could read what was obstructed by the slat of the bookcase (it reads “Leon &”). So much so that I trotted back down there today to take the photo. And we both sniggered. A lot.

(Incidentally, neither of us have any idea who Leon or Ed are.)

I thought the photo would be particularly nice accompanying an article about the office renovation in the next edition of the employee newsletter. Must remember to run that idea past the Big Boss. Heh.

West Side Raglan

I’m on the second sleeve. Alert the media.


I sewed the first sleeve to the body of the sweater and sewed up the side seam last night. You know, just for grins. Mainly because I really loathe doing the finishing work, so it’s nice to have half of it done now. It’s all mattress-stitch, in case you wondered.


A number of you have mentioned how quickly I’m knitting this bad boy. Remember, I started it right after finishing Elizabeth I last week (while I was home being a Domestic Goddess) and apart from spinning and starting my current sock, that’s all I’ve been working on. And it really is a fast knit. 4.5 stitches and 6 rows to the inch. Zoom zoom zoom. Ya know?

I had a question in the comments asking what style knitting I do, and how long I’ve been knitting. My style? I dunno. Any of you who’ve seen me knit — in what style do I knit? What would you call it?

How long I’ve been knitting? Since I was a tiny tot. A very long time. Very long.

Another question in the comments — which are my favorite sweaters to wear?

While I really enjoy knitting the very complicated stuff, I currently enjoy wearing the simple stuff the most. That’s why I’m slogging through boring stockinette to make the West Side Raglan. ๐Ÿ™‚

Raffle! Raffle! Raffle!

This week’s winners are as follows

Celia P. wins the Handpainted J-Knits Sock Yarn in the Boston and North Carolina colorways, donated by Julie, J Knits.

Dawn H. wins a Knitspot pattern of her choice, donated by Anne Hanson, Knitspot

Anne H. wins a set of 4 handmade ragdoll cat stitch markers donated by Wee Ones.

Nina S. wins a copy of Swedish Sweaters by by Britt-Marie Christoffersson, donated by Patty B.

Vanessa wins a complete set of knitting greeting cards, donated by Denise Satterlund. You can view the whole set here:

Barbara (CatBookMom) wins a copy of A Treasury of Magical Knitting by Cat Bordhi, donated by Liz.

All winners have been sent emails.

Can I have both a “woot!” and a “woo-hoo!”? Thank you. ๐Ÿ™‚

There’s another bunch of great prizes to be awarded next Tuesday, so keep those donations coming in!!

Lucy sez:


Baby chicks! Keep those baby chicks coming!


  1. What no comments yet?? Well that’s reason enough I guess. I got your book yesterday! and of course sat down and read it cover to cover. Thanks for all the hard work you put into it!

  2. Woot! Woo Hoo! You’re going to get to 20! I would have cracked up too if I saw that at work ~snort~
    Lucy looks very fluffy tonight ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Hey lady, I noticed that you’re knitting straight from the skein wrapper and all… When you get yarn like that do you usually knit it straight away or do you like to wind on the ball winder?

  4. Woot! and WooHoo! ๐Ÿ™‚ that’s a gorgeous sweater, and I wish I could knit sweaters as quickly as you ๐Ÿ˜€ I successfully finished a pair of socks from your toe-up pattern (for my mom) and immediately started another pair (for my sister). I can’t wait to start a pair (for myself)! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. I know what you mean about the simple stuff. Sometimes I feel like I’m “expected” to knit patterned socks and Fair Isle sweaters all the time (especially in public), but if I prefer to wear the stockinette, well … I can always take a shawl out with me if I’m feeling self-conscious. I certainly don’t like *those* plain! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. Woot! and WooHoo! and Yowza! Such a nice feeling to win something, even if I was really hoping to win a chance to pet Lucy, lol! (I would, of course, have to provide my own transportation to there.)

    I’m looking forward to the Cat Bordhi book, which I don’t have and keep meaning to buy. Thanks so much, Wendy!

  7. Love the writing on the wall. I must be childish too because that made me giggle foolishly.

  8. Doncha love the accumulation of papers that work generates…….and it is all —-!…..funny!…..and yes, Lucy: hope you get lots of chicks……and no goats!

  9. One of my best friends and I donate to Heifer International every year in our pets names for our Christmas present to each other!

    Since our companies match our donations, we’ve been able to provide quite a bit between her kitty and doggie and my two doggies…and how many ever foster doggies I happen to have at the time.

    Then we go out to a local place to support our local economy as a final cap to our celebration!


  10. Your knitting style is very original. As is most everyone I’ve seen who have knitted for a long time. It’s fun to see how everyone adapts the process to make it their own. One thing is for sure, it’s fast!

    LOVE the writing on the wall.

    Is it too late to donate prizes?

  11. WOW! I am a very slow knitter so you just amaze me!! Love to check on your progress of all the great things you make.

  12. My cat Dickens say’s, “Hello!” or rather, “Meow!” to Lucy. ๐Ÿ™‚ He’s a resuce too and I can’t imagine loving a pet more.

  13. it’s been a while since I’ve dropped by. I’m glad to see that you are productive as usual. Absolutely drop-dead gorgeous sweaters (Elizabeth I and this Raglan), not to mention all the spinning – sigh. So lovely!!

    (pet, pet) Hi Lucy!

  14. I’m always amazed at how quickly your projects progress. Elizabeth I is simply gorgeous. Also, thanks for sharing the office graffiti — I particularly love the apostrophe in the middle of E’D’s name.

  15. anne marie in philly says:

    heh heh heh, “shit” (said in a beavis & butthead voice)

    $20K? I think you will acquire $25K in donations! ya gotta believe!

    WHEN will lucy receive her baby chicks? how long can you keep her sweetness waiting?

  16. Wendy’s knitting style? At first glance,it looks continental. But she’s a lefty who both throws and flicks–whatever it takes! I agree with Phyl because I’ve also knitted since childhood and have a similar knitting style,only right-handed.

  17. Thanks so much for stopping by! *blush* Jenn’s yarn is beautiful. I’ll be donating again when I get paid (tomorrow). Helping a family in need is the greatest of all prizes.

  18. Is that a tiny fluffy feather I see sticking out of Lucy’s mouth?

  19. Leon and Ed are cracking me up!

    Molly-dog caught a bird for Lucy, but, fortunately, can’t figure out the postal system so she can send it for Christmas.

  20. I almost fell off the chair — this reminds me of a long-ago co-worker who made a hand-lettered sign for his door: “Jay’s Orifice: hands off my shit or you get it!”

    I am also between offices at the moment — our house is stacked with perma-file boxes, which I just may put in a pile, throw a dark-green sheet over, and drape with garland and lights and ornaments, in lieu of a tree this year.

    P.S. Lucy, I have a friend who works in the Poultry Science division at the University. I can get you baby chicks.

  21. Wendy, your mattress stitch is great. I still have some trouble with mine, just can’t get it perfect.

  22. That sign is hilarious. And I’m having the same issue with getting back to work this week…

  23. West Side Raglan looks like it could be knitted from the top, maybe even in the round. Would that work? I seem to have length issues that knitting from the top down would ease.

    BTW, my office is also in packing mode, but since it will result in new furniture I’m trying to stay cheerful.

    Kisses to Lucy.

  24. If Lucy eats all those baby chicks she’s going to outgrow her girlish figure. So many feathers cannot be good for a girl. Funny picture. I hope the office renovation goes ok.

  25. Hi Wendy- Well, whoever Leon and Ed are, they sure have alot of Bullsh*t.
    Can I ask where that might be so that I can store my husband’s there as well?

  26. Always enjoy reading your blog. I was wondering how the log cabin blanket is coming along. Can we see a picture? I’m thinking of making one out of all my leftover sock yarn.. either that or barbie doll clothes for new grandaughter, can’t decide… Lucy is lovely as always. I think my cat is in love with her. – patti

  27. I knit fast too. Everyone tells me it is because I knit the Euopean way holding my yarn in my left hand. It looks like crocheting. Do you knit this way too, Wendy?