My current work in progress:

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



Yep, I actually went in to the office today. First time since October 10, so as you may imagine, lots of stuff was piled up, waiting for me.

I left most of it sitting there, as I am only supposed to be working half-days until my follow-up appointment with my surgeon the middle of next month. But I did make a few inroads into piles of “stuff.”

I made some inroads into my second Diamond Gansey sock, too.

Diamond Gansey Sock 102907

Diamond Gansey Sock 102907

Several of you have asked if this pattern will be available for sale. It will be — but I’m not sure when. But I’ll be sure to let you know when it is. I’m so pleased y’all like it. 🙂

A question about how I like knitting with the Louet Gems fingering. It’s okay — not my favorite sock yarn in the work, but certainly not my least favorite either. It’s lovely and soft and has great stitch definition. I do find it to be a little splitty — you have to pay some degree of attention while knitting.

There were some questions about my giant cream puff as well — if it’s made the same way as a regular cream puff. The answer is pretty much so, yeah. You make a batch of pate choux and instead of forming separate cream puffs or eclairs, you make a ring of about 8″ diameter. Bake in a preheated 450 degree oven for 15 minutes, then turn it down to 350 degrees and bake one hour further.

Then you treat it as a regular cream puff — cool, slice the top off and dig out the doughy bits before filling it. You can fill with whatever you like — I chose chocolate mousse.

Here is my favorite little Cream Puff looking rather loopy (but she’s not — she’s just half asleep, like me):

Lucy 102907

Lucy 102907
Speaking of Lucy this is her new favorite book:

Cat Yoga 102907

Cat Yoga 102907

It is Cat Yoga, by Rick Tillotson. The book description (plucked from the website) pretty much says it all:

For centuries, people have practiced yoga as a means of improving the body, clearing the mind, and heightening joy. Now your favorite feline can relish the benefits of this ancient discipline with Cat Yoga. Regular practice will help your cat feel more energetic—no more three hour naps in the sun for him! Other benefits include:

• Improved balance
• A sleek waistline
• Mental clarity
• Fuller, more luxurious whiskers

Sixty full-color photographs of cats who have already unlocked the power of yoga guide your beloved pet on this journey, paving the way to enlightenment through Cat Yoga.

* No cats pulled a muscle, felt dizzy, or were harmed in any way in the making of this book. Does Fluffy seem stiff and tense? Help him become the lithe and limber feline he was meant to be with Cat Yoga, a hands-on guide to the ancient practice of yoga . . . for cats.


  1. Can’t imagine why my cats would need yoga since they are so flexible anyway! They don’t mind where they exercise. On the husbands stomach while he sits in a chair. On his back while he sleeps. Yep, they’re very flexible!

  2. Cat yoga? sounds sort of oxymoron-ish. Looks like a fun book tho!

    Take it easy- the paper work doesn’t go away, even if you’re in every day. spontaneous generation.

    I gone last week- 20 new and revised ms to deal with next, but an all email day today.

    Keep recovering!

  3. Wendy, I’m so glad you’re getting out and about and getting better, even if it’s for 1.2 day forays!

    I wanted to ask you a sock-knitting question, as between you and Stephanie (Yarn Harlot), you both got me into the world of knitting socks, and I am addicted. 🙂 In terms of fingering-weight yarn, my hands are not too happy about it. Right now, I’m working with a DK or light worsted weight yarn, and 3.0 mm needles (2 circs), and liking those. Do you have any favorite sock yarns or patterns that you would recommend for a slightly heavier weight sock?

    Thanks so much.

  4. I’m glad your re-entry went smoothly and that you got some sock knitting done. I was thinking I should be using Louet Gems for my Austrian Diamond sock as my Superwash merino/nylon has a bit of a halo. I like seeing the nice stitch definition on your socks.

    Lucy looks tuckered out after some Cat Yoga, that book is too cute!

  5. Aha! So Molly was doing Cat Yoga!
    I discovered her in a rather unattractive position.
    Who am I to argue with kitty wellness and enlightenment?

  6. I’ve been admiring your diamond gansey sock, as it combines two of my favorites: seed stitch and diamonds.

    I don’t think Lucy will need the cat yoga. I am assuming the author doesn’t let the cats know that two of the basic poses translate as “upward facing DOG” and “downward facing DOG.” I can’t see too many cats into that.

  7. Glad you are feeling better-its good you are moving around but I think both you and Lucy should stay away from Cat Yoga!!!

  8. So glad to hear you are up and about, and that you’ve prioritized sock knitting over catching up on work! I haven’t seen the Cat Yoga book, but my friend and I were in hysterics at our local bookstore over a book describing dog yoga positions, so I can only imagine…

  9. Judy MacGlaflin says:

    My terrier does a very impressive down dog/up dog yoga thing while yoga breathing! It has even impressed yoga people (those who attend yoga classes or practice yoga as a spiritual discipline). That is his entire repetoire, I believe. Judy

  10. The sock is wonderful! Love the color, too…and cat yoga? A book…I thought cat’s INVENTED yoga? *wink*
    Glad you’re making your way back to normalcy…take it easy!

  11. Regarding your desk at work: there is an old Russian saying. “Work is not a wolf. It will not run away into the forest.”

  12. Have you seen the book “Why Paint Cats?” I don’t know who it’s by but I found it a bit freakish myself so I didn’t buy it. But the book “Why Cats Paint: a theory of feline aesthetics” by Burton Silver and Heather Busch is a wonderful peep into the world of kitty art and kitty artists. I laughed my a__ off!

  13. LOVE the Diamond Gansey pattern! I need to set up a shuttle bus that just goes back and forth, between my house and the Loopy Ewe. Glad you’re feeling better!

  14. Marianne Y says:

    I am so happy that you are doing so well after your surgery, and getting out and even allowed to go back to work so soon, even if it is for half days! That is terrific! (I have followed yours a little bit because I may have to have back surgery in the near future. I fell and badly fractured part of my lumbar spine, and instead of healing, the fracture has been getting worse. I have not seen the results of the last CT scan done late last week, but the prior one was not good at all. Anyway, it is wonderful to see that people can recover quickly from back surgery, and that a possible cure might be worth it! Thank you!)

  15. I love the cat yoga! Although I’m not sure I want mine to be any more active — I’m trying to encourage their inner lap cat. About the Louet Gems — it’s definitely splitty, but I’ve found that it launders better than most of the other sock yarns I’ve tried (which isn’t nearly so many as you 🙂 !), so maybe it’s worth it? Have a relaxing evening!

  16. cat yoga.. hee hee . now that’s funny. I can just about see MY two black kitties doing a duet to some nice ommmm music.
    be gentle going back to work – you’ll have to compensate with a bit more snooze time with loopey Lucy.

  17. Ann Carpenter says:

    Hi Wendy and Lucy, Glad you are better. But I do have a question. How do you knit when you’re sick? I can’t make a sensible stitch when I feel bad. I just goof up and have to frog and start over. Besides I shake so hard I can barely hold my needles. Real bad.
    By the way, my husband and I really got a giggle out of Cat Yoga. All our furherd are too old, too fat, and too lazy to even try Yoga although I wonder if Princess George’s epileptic seizures count as Yoga. She gets into some awfully radical positions when she seizes badly. And of course she claws my legs to pieces when she does also. Sad but her meds mostly control it.
    Take care, keep knitting and tell Miss Lucy that her Auntie Ann and her Furherd from Dallas think she’s a dear.

    Ann Carpenter and the Furherd in Dallas, Texas

  18. Tired tired tired after even a half day of work, I bet! I won’t know until 11/9 whether I got back 1/2 or full days. Here’s hoping for 1/2 days!

  19. If the P-Man gets any more lithe and limber he’ll be a puddle 🙂

    Who doesn’t need more luxurious whiskers tho?

  20. Hmm. Cat looks loopy. Knitter sells her patterns at Loopy Ewe. Is there a connection? Is the next step “Ewe look like a cat”?

  21. Heh, I’m thinking that Atticus in particular would have some issues with me trying to coax him into various yoga asanas…

  22. You deserve a medal for going into work (even for a half day) after feeling so wiped out on Sunday! Please continue to take things easy — baby steps — for a while.

    Love your new sock pattern!

  23. The sock looks wonderful! I’m glad your reentry is a gentle one. The cat yoga is too funny — this month’s Ladybug Magazine (a mag for young kids) mentions cat yoga in one of it’s regular stories – Molly & Emmett, a little girl and her tiger cat.

  24. Hi Wendy;
    I love reading your blog. I must say you are so talented. Yours socks are all so beautiful. I just learned how to make socks and am loving it so far. I am at the end of my first pair. It is just a plan sock, done on dp needles. I would like to try a pair on two circulars and was wondering if you could recommend a good starting pattern. I have bought some books about knitting socks on circulars but was wondering if you had a pattern or instructions for them. Thanks in advance. Debbie

  25. Wendy,
    I’m glad to hear that you’re recovering, and I’m very glad to see that you’re able to take it slow.

    I’m pretty excited about this gansey sock. I’ve recently learned how to knit a sock that’s toe-up, and this pattern appears to be something that I may be capable of knitting. I love the pattern, but with the comment that the yarn is a bit splitty is a concern. Any suggestions for a substitution?

    Tell Lucy that Callie and Gonzo say “purrrrr”….


  26. Can I just say you’re amazing? For just having had surgery and you’re already knitting the second sock, back to work partly, making birthday desserts, oh, yeah, and by the way, maybe you’ll go ahead and just make up a new pattern in your spare time! Wow. I’m going down on one knee in respect.

  27. Is that the same guy who did Why Cats Paint and Cat Dancing? (paws to google)… apparently not. It’s an excellent addition to the genre, though.

    Nice sock! Now you’ve got me in a diamond frame of mind as I ponder what to do with my current sock project (so far all I’ve got is most of a toe).

  28. Good to hear you are progressing well.

    Hmmm – half asleep huh? Lucy looks to me like she’s been sneaking catnip. Is she trying to keep up with your post-op medication?

  29. Ann in CT says:

    My dogs to yoga, especially when I’m trying to get up from the couch and they can trap me. I was trying to do yoga over the weekend and Baru decided to help by positioning himself under me. I think he was missing the point.
    Glad you’re starting to feel better.

  30. Dr. Jackie says:

    Thanks for the warning about the Louet…I just bought some from Sheri to make the Cafe du Monde fingerless gloves for my daughter’s Holiday Gift (pattern also from TLE).

    What kind/size needles do you use for your socks on 2 circs?

  31. hah! my cat would scratch me to pieces.