My current work in progress:

Stornoway, designed by Alice Starmore from her book Fishermen’s Sweaters, knit in Frangipani 5-ply guernsey wool in the Aran colorway, on a 3.0mm needle.

More On Comments

Tracy commented on Thursday’s blog post:
How do you manage the comments you receive? Do you just set aside an hour, or two, or three each day to read them all and then respond accordingly? Or do you read them periodically through the day? I have to admit, you seem to be one of the best comment-acknowledge-ers I’ve seen!

Well, I’m glad I give that impression, because I feel that a lot of time I fall down on the job of comment acknowledgment. Comment management is sporadic here at WendyKnits. Sometimes I respond via email, sometimes in a subsequent blog post. Sometimes I don’t respond at all, if it’s been a particularly busy day and I’ve had a lot of email to respond to as well.

I’ve been blogging for a long time (um, for 5 years as of TODAY, actually) and have never really been sure of blog etiquette on comments. Are you supposed to respond to each one? Do the commenters think you’re a pest if you do?

As I’ve mentioned before, a lot of the time when I respond to a comment via email, it bounces back to me as undeliverable. (I’ve noticed this particularly with hotmail email addresses.) Sometimes if the question is asked several times, or it’s one that I think would be of interest to many, so I answer it in a blog post. I’ve gotten email from people who tell me they like this, and I like it too. I like hearing what other people think, and I like the back and forth exchange it seems to foster. So I’ll continue to do so.

And Speaking of Comments

Here’s a good one from Judy:

I bought drop-dead gorgeous lace-weight yarn at Stitches East. It’s a single100-gram ball of 2400 yards of stunningly variegated 100% merino thread, practically. The colors are deep plums and auburns and blues–very autumnal.

I want to challenge myself and make a stunning lace project with this yarn, yet I’m so overwhelmed by the choice that I haven’t been able to do anything but stare at it.

The vendor is a Russian couple and the name of the booth (and site) is Skaska Designs, if that helps place it. I’ve looked for a photo of the yarn online and can’t even find it on their site.

Anyway–I’m nervous about ruining the yarn, but also about choosing just the right lace pattern to show off the variegated yarn. The color changes are slow from what I’ve seen so far.

Any ideas? I’d love to see/read what your readers might suggest, or to learn if anyone else has used this yarn.

You might not like this answer (grin), but depending no how variegated the yarn is, it would be better suited to a simpler lace pattern. The more the variegation, the more it will hide intricate lace.

Has anyone used this yarn? Judy, could you mebbe post a photo of it on your blog?

Speaking of Lace

The Alpine lace:


I’ve got 25 more rows to knit on this. I’ll likely not block it tonight, though. In fact, I may wait a bit. I ordered some interlocking foam squares to aid in the blocking process and I might wait til those arrive before finishing this off.

Book Giveaway

The recipient of the Peter Robinson mystery is Nina S. Nina, I’ve emailed you!

Five Freaking Years

As I mentioned above, today is my five-year blog-i-versary. Wheeeeee! In celebration, if you leave a comment on this post by Thursday April 5, noon, EDT, you will be put in a random drawing to win a fiber-y prize. Yup, this time, leave a comment (as opposed to sending an email). Yes, you may call this “blatant whoring for comments” if you like. Carry on.

And Another Milestone

My car’s odometer last week:


The Lucy Report

We’ve spent the weekend pampering her and catering to her every kitty whim. Clearly this agrees with her.


She’s still limping, but I think she’s feeling better.


  1. Congrats on your five year blogversary! It’s been fun watching your “fan base” grow. I remember when I subscribed and you had just tipped over the 1000 bloglines readers mark. Now you have about a kajillion readers. Thanks for your witty and informative posts! Belly rub to Lucy.

  2. As a newbie blogger myself (I think- I’ve been at it at least a month. At which point does one go from newbie blogger to experienced or even veteren?), I see no issues with “blatant whoring for comments”.

    I congratulate you on five good years and wish you many good blog-years to come.

  3. I think you handle everything blog related fabulously! Keep up the good work. Here’s to five more years. Congratulations!

  4. Well, the fibery goodness incentive is a good one. πŸ˜€ I have Google Reader and you are on my list, so I read every time you post. I love watching your progress, but am highly jelous! I can only wish to have as many FOs as you! πŸ˜€ Congrats on your Blogiversary! πŸ˜€

  5. You shameless comment ho! haha Happy Blogiversary. I’ve been reading your blog almost all that time. Glad to hear that Lucy’s feeling a little better.

    You might want to speak to the KOARC about the rather… um… interesting photo he posted of you recently and his gratuitous mention of “your medication”. As if you need to go off your medication to be goofy. snort!

  6. So glad Lucy is feeling better – and I love your blog!

  7. Happy 5 years! I really enjoy reading about your knitterly exploits, and my own Ragdoll loves the pictures of Lucy!

  8. Wow! Five years! Congratulations. You are quite inspiring. Even before I really started reading blogs, I found a ton of useful information on your gallery, pattern, and links pages.

    I just started my first toe-up socks, thanks to your pattern and a couple handy stitch pattern books.

  9. Happy Blogiversary, Wendy! I enjoy lurking here every day!

  10. Heather says:

    Congrats on 5 years!! I can’t manage to keep a journal more than 5 days. But I do love reading about your knitting (and other) adventures. Thanks!!

  11. Julia in KW says:

    Happy Blog-iversary! You, Wendy, are responsible for the loss of time in my life…why? Because your blog was the first one I ever read about knitting (three years ago) and from there I was sucked in to the Blogisphere…I don’t have one myself, but I love dropping in on others to see what is going on with them…Thanks a lot! and I really mean it, thanks for connecting me with so many others who share my passion for things knitterly.

  12. Congrats and happy blogiversary!

  13. puddnik says:

    Congrats on the Blogiversary, Wendy!

    I also have a anniversary of sorts today – a much more personal one, but very postive nonetheless.

    Likewise, I’m sure you’ve found your decision to blog and “throw yourself out there” very postive indeed πŸ˜‰

    ^ my shameless, blantant whoring for fiber – better or worse than your call for comments? hmmm… πŸ˜€

  14. Happy 5th blog anniversary! Your my favorite blog. It’s great how you reloy with posting commenter’s questions or e-mail. Lucy is so lucky to have you to cater and pamper her. (Glad she’s basking in your keeping up with her ‘kitty whims’).

    Funny you posted Judy’s question on lace. I’ve just started listening to Lime & Violet and just yesterday listened to their 1st podcast. I swear they were talking about the same Russian yarn that they had seen and not bought at Estes. Perhaps, they might have some info on the perfect project.

  15. Great blog…glad I stumbled on to it. Chris

  16. 5 years, yay! I love reading for Miss Lucy and your constant flow of lovely projects. A lot of inspiration πŸ™‚

  17. Happy Blogiversary!

  18. Happy anniversary…and thanks for introducing info about unusual yarns and whatnot…ie,…now if they would only travel out my way!

  19. Happy blogiversary, Wendy!

  20. Elizabeth says:

    I’m not a usual commenter, but the five year anniversary deserves a comment, even without the incentive. Thanks for the great blog; there’s always something interesting happening at WendyKnits!

  21. Happy Blog-i-versary!!!

    Send me yarn! LOL (I am soooo about free yarn.)

    7500 on the odometer, hmmm. Just like my car, times 10! Of course, I live in OK, so we have to drive just about everywhere because the only public transportation we have is the bus, and it don’t come out to my neck of the prairie. πŸ™‚

    Healing snuggles to Lucy!

  22. Congratulations! Your blog is the first one I read every day, Wendy. I started after reading that article about you in the W. Post. My husband knew I would be interested and saved it for me.

  23. I was going to comment anyway, but now there’s a prize involved, too! W00T!

    Anyway — I usually block by spreading a quilt on the living room floor, but have been looking for a better, yet affordable, solution. When you get your foam blocks, be sure to tell us about them, okay?

  24. Happy Blogiversary!

    The lace looks great, I have purchased the book since I’ve seen your projects on the blog. Sadly, I also ordered the Yarn Harlot’s newest book along with and it will not ship until June! JUNE! I’m going to die before it arrives, I’m sure of it.

    Congrats and love to Lucy.

  25. I discovered your blog thru the Knitting Guild’s message board. I also have your book and loved it. (I have a rescue cat, also).

    For me, this is the year of the Fair Isle. I’ve completed two ski sweaters and am now working on a vest in purples, red, and yellow.

    Wishing you decades more of good knitting and good blogging.

  26. I looked over Victorian Lace Today when I received it, and didn’t even notice the Alpine Lace, but I had to go back after I saw yours!

    Happy Anniversary!

  27. happy five year blogiversary!

  28. Happy Blogiversary! Glad Lucy is feeling better.

  29. Julie Ernst says:

    Thanks for five years of such stunning (and prolific!!) knitting, Wendy. I’m happy to hear Lucy is feeling better, too.

  30. Happy blogiversary! Wow, five years . . .

    And, comments? I don’t get nearly as many as you, of course, so I try to respond to each one, even if it’s just a quick, “Thanks!” There are some bloggers for whom this isn’t practical . . . you, for example, or the Harlot . . . anyone dealing with hundreds of comments a day is automatically exempt, I think . . . but I’m not so busy that I can’t at least say something back to anyone nice enough to leave me a comment. It seems only fair . . .

    Or, well, either that, or I try to get to THEIR blog to leave them one. Turnabout is fair play….

  31. Happy Fifth!! I thought of your Mom the other day; I was looking through some McCalls Needlecraft magazines from the sixties and there were lots of knitted coats. Very ambitious knitting!

  32. happy blogiversary!

    I am so happy to see Lucy recovering!

  33. Congratulations on 5 years, Wendy. I read your blog every day you post.

  34. Wow – you tell people to enter a contest by commenting and your comment box is overflowing. With 128 comments in front of me I am NOT going to read each one – at least not right now. Maybe tomorrow, at work, if I’m bored πŸ™‚

    Happy 5 years and 7500 miles, Wendy. I check you 5 days a week, both for your prodigious knitting content and the Lucy photos. I’ve learned a lot from you over the past few years and thank you for it.

    It’s good to know Lucy’s feeling better too.

  35. I’m glad to hear Lucy is getting better. Tom sends purrs.

  36. berrienisd says:

    Happy 5th anniversary! Keep blogging please! I like the progress pictures–and the blocking pictures. I’ve learned a lot.

    The alpine lace is very lovely. I like the center panel effect and the texture seems to be nice & fibery. Looks soft.

    Diesel (my calico longhair) wishes Lucy a little kitty wink & a purr to get well.

  37. Happy Blogaversary! Lucy looks so content. Did this pet food recall cause you to adjust her food? Lexi has always eaten Iams and pretty much refuses anything else. I’m glad the dry was not affected although we had to give up her Sunday “treat” of her pouch of Select Bites. πŸ™

  38. Wow! Five years, that’s awesome! I love the Alpine lace….so very pretty:)

  39. Wow, five years!
    I was really interested to hear your comments on comments. I have a new blog and I am relatively new to the blogging world and I have wondered about comment etiquette. when should you comment on other’s blogs? Every time you enjoy reading it? That can be every day! or just when you have something to add to what they posted about? Also, what you said about responding to comments. My blog is new and I am no writer so I don’t get many comments and I would hate to make any readers feel unapreciated! any more thoughts on the issue would be great!

  40. Happy Blogiversary!

    Gotta say I agree with your comments re: simple lace and variegated yarn. My personal favorite use for variegated laceweight is Fiber Trends Shoalwater Shawl, which is old shale lace and garter stitch. It’s one of the few patterns I’ve found where the color changes enhance the lace rather than distract.

    The alpine lace is gorgeous, btw. Can’t wait to see it blocked!

  41. happy blogday to you – and Lucy too!
    Thank you for the regular posts, the news of naughty socks, the photos of Lucy, the yarn pr0n, and for writing your book which I ordered a few days ago and await with baited breath! one day I hope that just by reading your blog regularly I will magically be able to knit toe-up!

  42. Happy 5th blogiversary! May there be many more for our reading pleasure πŸ™‚

  43. I’ll come right out and admit I’m commenting to be entered in the drawing! I love your blog–I’m currently working on some socks in Malamute from Yarn Pirate. You’re so darn fast you beat me to it, though!

  44. Happy bogiversary! I’m sure I’ve been reading for the entire 5 years.

    Glad Lucy is on the mend!

  45. With all that pampering, I would want to be your cat when I get reincarnated!

  46. Happy fifth anniversary! Good to see Miss Lucy is feeling better.

    I just tried foam tiles for shawl blocking and LOVE them. These are from an “interlocking fitness mat” found on Amazon – $20 for four 2′ x 2′ tiles.

  47. Congrats on this milestone. I started reading your blog in January ’07 after enjoying your book. It is the first blog I ever read and boy am I surprised now to see how many are out there. But it is the only one I read daily because of your intelligence and of course the product reviews.
    I am glad that Lucy is in your care. We have 62 cats here on our farm (all S/N’d, vaccinated, and dewormed!) as I run a rescue. Cats really do have at least nine lives and I don’t think Lucy is using one of hers on this one.

  48. Happy Blogiversary!

    Poor Lucy..I send my get well wishes!

  49. Happy Blogiversary! I always look forward to reading your latest updates (as well as the pictures!)

  50. Happy Blogiversay! I’m delurking to wish you many more years of blogging about knitting!

  51. Happy blogiversary! You and your blog are an inspiration.

    Hope Lucy gets better soon πŸ™‚

  52. Congrats on your anniversary! 5 years…wow!

  53. Happy blogiversary! I’m glad that Lucy is on the mend. Yours is one of my favorite blogs to read because you have my two favorite things, cats and knitting. Though, I do hold you responsible for getting me addicted to lace knitting. Here’s to another five years!

  54. Sally A says:

    Happy 5th. I’ll drink a toast to you and the next 5. Yours is one of only 5 blogs I read daily so you are part of my daily routine! I keep hoping if I read enough your talent will come through the blogosphere into my fingers making me a better knitter! Thanks for another year, Wendy.

  55. happy blogiversary! My how the time flies… Remember when you could click through the whole ring on one cup of coffee?

    (I swear I would have commented without fibery prizey incentive)

  56. Happy Blogiversary!! Your sweet Lucy inspired me to get the STR Lucy and I made my son a bonnet out of it because his eyes are so blue. So I think of you every time I put the bonnet on him, LOL!

  57. Well from someone who has had a blog for less than 1 year, I have to say WOW!! – 5 years is a long time to keep this up – thank you for taking all the time and energy needed to produce your wonderful, always inspiring blog….I’m looking forward to the next 5 years!!

  58. Happy Blogiversary! I only get to read you now and then, but I must admit I used your “Toe Up” tutorial from to start my STR socks. Without it, the skein would just be another “pet yarn”.
    Note: I NEVER let my cats look at your blog/Lucy. They might get ideas of how they should be pampered!

  59. Hello, hello! Your plan seems to work well, considering the amount of comments you are getting here! Congratulations on the 5th year, that’s very cool. And I like you answering comments, it’s like you carry on a converation. Lucy looks happy, I am sure she is weel spoiled and loves your attention. I kow my cats did! So keep up the Lucy report. Fame suits her.

  60. Since drawing day (April 5) is my birthday, I simply must enter! Happy blog anniversary! As an idea for Judy, I’m using the Open Diamonds pattern from Victorian Lace for — believe it or not — a wrap made Scarlet Fleece Poodle Skirt in the DK weight. It’s a bit loud, but kinda cool and should look great with an all-black outfit. Not making the fancy borders, just simple garter borders. Judy could challenge herself with the fancy borders if she likes how the yarn makes up in the Open Diamond pattern. If the yarn isn’t too variegated, it might work well. My beloved Birman, Sunny, whose looks are similar to Lucy’s, sends her get-well wishes.

  61. I don’t expect a reply to comments unless I ask a direct question, and on a busy blog like this one, I tend to do so very rarely, as I figure it must be overwhelming to get so many questions. Happy 5th!

  62. Happy Blogiversity! I have been a reader since Deli, um, March of 2005.

  63. Happy Bloggiversary Wendy! You have brought years of reading pleasure to so many people.

    Good to hear Miss Lucy was thoroughly spoiled this weekend!

  64. I’m glad Lucy is feeling better.
    My littlest kitty, TwoTone, is limping a little this week himself. He was denutted a few days ago lol.

  65. Happy Blogiversary!

    LetΒ΄s see… Five years ago today I watching my .com go under, wondering if they were going to be able to pay me. I ended up leaving within the month, and started working an NGO in DC. So, this would have been a pivotal time for me as well. That job change has really changed my entire life, and is how I met my husband. Funny how that goes.


  66. Happy Bloggiversary! Here’s to another five years!

  67. Wendy,
    Happy Blog Anniversary. Thank you for all your wonderful writing and knitting knowledge. I have really learned from your blog. I hope Lucy is feeling better. Sje helps me get my kitty fix since I’ve been catless for several years (allergy problems). Hope you have another happy 5 years of blogging.


  68. Happy Blogiversary! And keep on pampering that gorgeous kitty! πŸ™‚

  69. Yay! 5 years of blogging. Happy anniversary!

  70. Happy Blogiversary! : ) Lucy looks happy!

  71. Happy Blogiversary! I hope Lucy feels better soon, but I’m sure she is soaking up all the extra attention. She deserves the princess treatment.

    Wendy, I don’t know how you do everything you do, AND make us glad we stopped by every time. I’m looking forward to many more years.

  72. Happy Blogiversary! I discovered the world of online blogs about a year ago, and yours was one of the first I found! Thanks for all the great info, tips, and pictures of Lucy (who reminds me of my Himalayan)! Your knitting is inspiring.

  73. Deb in PA says:

    Congrats on the 5 years! It’s amazing how the time flies.

    Thanks for keeping the online knitting community a great place to visit.

    Deb in PA

  74. Thanks for a great blog! It is always inspirational to pop in to you…

  75. Happy Blogiversary! I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for your sock pattern, which I use frequently. My favorite thing to use it for is worsted weight baby socks/booties — they knit up in not time! (Though I learned today that I shouldn’t make up stitch patterns before I’ve had coffee. Those booties got frogged.)

  76. Happy blogiversary, Wendy. I use your site often as a resource. Thank you for the info you provide.

  77. Happy Blogiversary dear! I’ve quite enjoyed reading your blog for the last year or so. I look forward to reading it for years to come.

    And it’s not wrong to whore for comments. They are the fun part of blogging. πŸ™‚

  78. Happy Blogday, and many more! Your posts are one of my daily computer musts (even higher than banking!). Thank you! Is that enough exclamations?!?!?

  79. Happy blogiversary indeed! Thanks for all the inspiration, information, motivation and, um, Lucy-fication?

    Congrats! 5 years is a mighty long time!

  80. Happy blogiversary! Your blog is definitely one of my favourites!

  81. Holy comment whoring, Batman! 175 comments and counting…

    Happy 5 year blogiversary, Wendy! Hoping for many more years!!!

  82. Congrats to 5 years! I hope you go at least another 5. I love reading your blog. And I come out of lurk-dom for “blatant whoring for fibre-y goodies!!”
    Give Lucy a special hug for us!

  83. I have a Red Setter (Irish Setter) who has a poorly paw too! He lays at my feet while I am knitting, seldom interfers with my yarn, but gives a pitiful look whilst holding up his poorly paw!

  84. Happy blogiversary!

    THanks for the answer to my question–I’ll try to get a good photo of the yarn soon. The trouble is it’s so slow to change colors that the ball doesn’t show much, and the individual strand of yarn is so fine that it doesn’t show up at all. I’ll do my best. The Skaska site doesn’t have photos of the yarn I bought, either, and I did a google image search for it, but didn’t find much, either. It’s a special mystery yarn, I guess.

    So a simpler lace, hmm? What would that mean, exactly? Only lace work on the RS?

    One of your readers posted a comment for me on my blog that the Alpine pattern might be nice, actually…I’ve been drooling over yours, so maybe that’s a possibility.

    Thanks again for the post/answer–and happy happy happy 5th anniversary!

  85. Happy Blogiversary!!
    5 years is worth a comment, whether or not you’re giving away fiber!
    I think I’ve been lurking for about three of those five years–and enjoyed every bit of it.

  86. Happy anniversary. Your blog is one of the bright spots in my day and I have learned a LOT from your website too. This is one of the few blogs that I have gone back and read all the archives for. I like the way you explain things and I love the pictures of Lucy.

  87. Happy Blog Anniversary! Miss Lucy looks much better, clearly pampering agrees with her. Sign me up for your drawing please!

  88. Happy 5th Blogiversary, Wendy!

    I think your balance of comment response is pretty good, actually. I don’t think you have to respond to every comment, and clearly you do read all the comments, so that should be that.

  89. Happy anniversary, Wendy! You’ve not only contributed a lot to the knitting community, but also to the blogging community and you should be proud of that. We’re happy you’re here and you have been an inspiration. I’d love to hear a review of your interlocking foam squares (and also where you got them) since I’ve heard them mentioned on several blogs and am interested in perhaps getting some myself, but would like to hear your opinion. Thanks!

  90. Ha! This makes it a perfect time for me to write a comment I’ve been thinking of lately…

    Sooo, happy blogiversary!

    I have a question for you. I’m a high school senior and I have to go the the prom this year, my first formal ever. A knitting friend of mine brought up the fact that we’re going to need a wrap or shrug of some kind over our dresses and that we should knit our own!

    So, I figure this is the perfect time to try some lace knitting. I’m a pretty new knitter but I love trying new things. But, I am searching the Internet for free patterns and can’t find something quite to my liking, so I figured, why not ask WendyKnits for her recommendation? She’s a lace knitter. Do you have a recommendation for a beginner rectangular lace shawl pattern that I could finish in about a month? And where I could find it? It doesn’t have to be free — just that I don’t know where to look other than the Internet’s free patterns, and I figure you know of books with good patterns that I could either check out from the library or buy from Amazon.

  91. Happy Blogiversary!

    I just started reading your blog and I love it. I spent a day at work goofing off every time I got a chance by reading archives of your blog.

  92. Janice Dager says:

    I enjoy your blog before I begin my teaching day with 23 Fifth Graders. I have rediscovered knitting in the last couple of years, but mostly enjoy looking at the beautiful projects you make. You are truly an inspiration to many of us! Thank you for the time you take to write your blog.

  93. Happy Fifth Anniversary for your blog!…I enjoy so much reading it and learning about the different yarns and sock patterns.
    You responded to one of my questions once in your blog…it’s nice to be acknowledged and that my question wasn’t stupid and maybe someone else wanted to know also. Keep up the good work…we all appreciate you and Lucy!

  94. I don’t care if I win anything or not … I just want to wish you a happy blog-o-versary and thank you for being such a generous contributor to the internet knitting world.

  95. Happy Bogiversary! Hope you and Lucy celebrate!

  96. Happy anniversary! I discovered your blog when I was learning to knit and was hungry for any and all knitting knowledge. In fact, your blog inspired me to try (and complete) my first lace project. Also, I just love looking at cute kitties!

  97. I confess, I ‘m doing this to get in the contest, but I also really enjoy your blog and think the way you handle comments is very sensible.

    Happy Blogoversary!

  98. I bought some interlocking foam squares for the same reason! They also happen to be all the letters of the alphabet so that way I could use the excuse that they are for the kids-haha!

  99. Hi Wendy- Quite the milestone- 5 years of blogging. May you have many more.

    I have absolutely no problem with whoring for comments, fiber or anything to do with knitting. It doesn’t make you a bad person!

  100. polarbears says:

    Happy 5th. First found you when my SIL said you had a mountain of awesome sweaters. If you remember all the way back to your Virgin, I fell in love. The original tapestries (in Norway) are my favorite fiber things ever. I made the Kaffe Fassett Virgin for myself (first and last intarsia!!!!!!) but one like yours is in my future. I’m also drooling over Cromarty–or maybe Henry VII from Tudor Roses.