My current work in progress:

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


Blog Rules: What To do When You’ve Got Nothing to Blog About

Remember the Peapod Sweater I made last autumn? Here it is, being worn by the recipient:


Isn’t she adorable?

(This would be Blog Rule number #47: When you don’t have much to say, open with a cute baby picture.)

Yes, I am still knitting mitered squares. Yes, I am still enjoying it. No, it does not make for terribly exciting bloggage.

But here is the front in its current state.


Nancy asked:
Are you worried about the sleeves blooming too much at the cuffs with the decreases (half squares) so close to the cuff and less distributed than in a standard sleeve?

Sleeves? I’m adopting a “just wait and see” attitude.

Monkia asked:
Isn’t this mitered knitted fabric going to be a little stiff for a sweater?

It is totally not stiff, in fact, it is very soft and drapey. Remember, this is sock yarn that I usually knit in stockinette on a size 0 needle. I’m knitting it in garter stitch (which I do looser than stockinette) on a size 2 needle.

Blog Rule #48

(Also know as the Imitate Ann Rule)

Show a piggie picture.


The large pig is about 2 inches long. If I’d had my wits about me, I would have included a coin for scale.

These piggies are toys from my childhood. In other words, antiques. They were made by Britains Ltd and acquired by moi when I was a child living in the U.K. I had lots and lots of them — both farm animals and wild animals.

(I googled Britains Ltd but did not find much, except for their old toy soldiers going for exhorbitant prices on eBay and suchlike. Are they still in business? Does anyone know?)

Blog Rule #49

Post a silly picture of yourself.


The KOARC and I are going to a Swedish picnic on Saturday. Johanne thoughtfully sent me some accessories to make the occasion more festive, so I thought I’d model one of the items she sent. Thanks, Johanne!

Blog Rule #50

End with an impossibly cute kitty pic.


Lucy sez:

“I know exactly how cute I am!”


  1. Who can not love a good pic of a baby…adorable. Oh we can’t forget Lucy who is always adorable. I also got a good laugh over the viking hat. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I love “Peapod in Action”, she is soo cute in the sweater, the color is lovely, too. Lucy looks like she’s back in action, all recovered from her injury, I hope! All of your fun pictures are a nice Monday pick-me-up, just what I needed.

  3. Hey. That’s the hat we wear when we play Kubb. Very stylish!

  4. Pea Pod baby is just too cute. Adorable. I love the color. Nice to see something besides pastel pink, blue or the ever-amgibuous mint green.

    Sorry Lucy, you’ve been upstaged today. The baby wins!

  5. You know Wendy, we have heard next to nothing about your log cabin left over sock yarn project. You were my *inspiration* to begin one. My grandaughter fell in love with it and it is now up to over four hundred stitches per row. Every time I ask her if it is big enough she says no. I am making an executive decision and will bind off and make perhaps an I-cord edging and say it is done. I am not inspired to make a mitered square sweater, but a throw may be calling to me. My Forest Darkness Bohus is still stalled after more than a year. I am easily influenced you you

  6. Yes, Lucy, we all know how cute you are, but that picture of momma with her horns showing ain’t bad either. You better talk to momma about all the competition she threw you today – a baby photo, pigs and horns. But you still won ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. I need that hat. The baby and the cat are pretty nice too.

  8. What a sweet baby! (And Lucy has become WAY too used to posing for pictures. She has the pose down pat.)

  9. Yes, Britain’s farmyard toys are still going strong:
    (I love the bales!)

  10. So what are all the previous rules for blogging? :p

  11. Ahhhhhhh! The eyes! I could look at those beautiful baby eyes for hours on end. Too, too precious!

  12. Could you knit me one of those babies too?

    Oh … you knit the SWEATER!!!

    I’d still like one of those babies.

  13. I actually think that you, Wendy, won the cutest award in today’s blog!! You look so adorable in your Viking-wear!! (Sorry Lucy….I’m sure you’ll be back tomorrow as the winner!)

  14. A Swedish picnic! Oh, I can taste the herring, lefse, lutefisk, boiled potatoes, milk gravy and tons of baked stuff like rosettes, berlin wreathes, spritz, ad infinitum. Guess where my grandparents came from? Yup, Sweden. I was raised on this stuff. Such happy, wonderful memories. Have a great time.

  15. That’s one bright-eyed baby girl and bushy-tailed Miss Lucy! I like your rules :o)

  16. I hope the Swedes let you in wearing that Viking hat! (Aren’t Vikings Norwegian? If so, you’re in trouble Wendy!) Perhaps you could knit some braids to attach to the hat?? I love your blog rules!


  17. super-cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! love the peapod, love the sweet pea in it! ๐Ÿ˜€
    and of course the sweet pea at the end of your post ๐Ÿ˜€ and that hat is pretty darn cute too!

    I can’t wait to see your miter sweater on a model, but I guess those size 2 needles really don’t make for quick knitting huh?


  18. My whole blog is Blog Rule #47 ๐Ÿ˜‰ I always wanted to make the peapod sweater – now even more after seeing a cute baby in one ๐Ÿ˜‰

  19. Swedish picnic? – Just stay away from the strange smell. That will be lutefisk. Here in Minnesota we have songs about lutefisk and “joys” of its smell and taste. Even my cats won’t touch it!

  20. hmmm….do you take new pictures of Lucy every time you post an entry to your blog or do you use pictures you already have? Just curious.

  21. Barb, are you some kind of Barbarian??

    Of COURSE Wendy publishes a N-E-W picture of Lucy every time!

    Sheesh! It’s not like she’s at a loss for a feline supermodel! Lucy is more than happy to pose for each and every new picture. It’s what makes Lucy unique!

  22. Awwww, cute baby looking adorable in the lovingly knit sweater!
    And you? Well, Miss Wendy, there are NO words.

  23. Ha! Thanks for the ideas, since I’m sitting here with nothin’ myself for tomorrow. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  24. michele in maine says:

    I am just about to start that same sweater in a sea foam baby cashmerino for my one year old niece. Thanks for the motivation!

  25. Angeluna says:

    Charming post. Obviously, blog rules work!

  26. I have that exact same viking hat!

  27. So much cute in one post!

    I also just posted a picture of my fridge, and I’m totally blaming you ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. I love the rules. I will take them to heart, oh masterful blogging one. :->

  29. I’m really enjoying watching the mitered sweater grow. I love the premise, and what you’re coming up with is beautiful!

  30. Did you know, that the vikings never had horns on their helmets? Well, it’s true. Then how have the horns entered common knowlegde? Well sometimes in the late 19th century som French archeologists who were digging at a site of Normans (vikings) had a party, where they for the fun of it put the drinking horns on a helmet…. unfortunately somebody drew a picture, which was publiced in a major newpaper… and that’s how a little feather became five hens! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  31. Theresa in Italy says:

    Adorable baby, adorable Lucy, still love the mitered sweater (you can do no wrong with that one, trust me). Does the Viking helmet double as a Viking drinking vessel?

  32. I had those very same farm animals – but I’m a little younger than you. I used to play with them for hours I’m going to resist acquiring a new set. My favourites were the ducks and geese, all attached together in a little row – however, I think I’ll get a sheep for an obsessed friend (thank you, Brigid, for the link)

  33. Oooh piggies, I had those when I was wee and I’m only 21 so they can’t be that antiquated (is that a word? It is now!).

  34. Oh, I love that peapod sweater. Great job going with purple, it’s adorable. The baby is an adorable little thing, too. I’d say you pulled that blog entry through just fine! =)

  35. Aahhh piggies! Last time I was in Ottawa visiting my parents, my Mum finally handed over the Britain’s Zoo set I had as a child (I’m 43 now!) My sister has the Farm set. We used to get to pick an animal every time we went into London to “Hamlyns?” (I think that’s the spelling) The best Toy store ever!! I still remember the train set that went all the way around the giant staircase, and the 6th floor doll room (still have a few from there too!)

  36. Hey, I had some of those toys! Too bad I don’t still have them…

    Very cute little baby! Beautiful sweater!

  37. I LOVE that rule!! almost as much as I love those pigs!

  38. Excellent blog rules. I use them one of these times. I usually just put up pictures of outside.

    Baby is adorable especially in a handknit. Lucy is always incredibly cute and I love the hat. It looks like good commuting wear. But you’d get a good seat if you wore it on the bus.

  39. I knew you’d get to the kitty cat sooner or later!

  40. Now how can you say you have nothing to blog about? The knitting looks great, and everything else looks fun and cute!

  41. Dude, I had those *exact same* pigs as a tyke in the UK. That so brings back memories!

  42. Ooo, piggy picture! Me like, especially since I’ve godt a small little piggy myself. And I just have to say, you’ve got a great blog and I read every post through bloglines ๐Ÿ™‚

  43. I don’t know if Britians, Ltd is still in business but the farm & circus animals from 60s-70s era sell like hotcakes on Ebay.

  44. You are too funny….like we wouldn’t come back if you had nadda today? SURE.

    LOVE the Lohengren hat! And Lucy, you are really too cute…
    (the baby sweater is adorable…btw)

  45. i actually have a set of pigs that look like that. my grandmother had them when we were children, and i got them when she passed away. hmmm, i’ll have to check maker’s marks (i have the piglets, too! and they are about that size)

  46. Today you compete with Lucy in the cuteness department.

    Hope you are both well.


  47. Those little piggies remind me of a game we used to play back in the early 80s. It was called Pigmania. Ring any bells? It was a very simple points game which used tiny plastic pigs instead of dice…

  48. I love your blog. It almost always makes me smile. I’ll remember your blog rules for when I finally start mine.

  49. Lucy rocks!

  50. Just to let those of you who love Nordic Knitting there will be a Nordic Knitting Conference in October at the Nordic Heritage Museum in Seattle.
    Lavold, Hoxbro, Sundbo, Van Keppel, and more will be there.
    Go to for more information.

    Take care. Love the socks !