My current work in progress:

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


Zzzzzzzzz . . .

You will excuse me, I hope, if I fall asleep while writing this. Ever since the beginning of the year I seem to be needing a huge amount of sleep. Must be the winter blahs. In fact, I slept through almost all my knitting time last night, so I have very little progress to show you on the Garden Party Shawl — see?



I’m working down the right side of the shawl’s “backbone” now.

A question from the comments, from babyface:

I know you said the pattern tells you exactly what to do, but I was wondering if there is any piecing or sewing once you get started?

Nope. No piecing or sewing. You’ll have a few ends to weave in, but that’s it!

Debra I commented:

Interesting shawl. I bought the pattern and notice it calls for 900 yards of yarn, and the Smooshy Baby has only 700 in a skein. So I’m assuming you’re using 2 skeins β€” and if so, are you alternating skeins every 2 rows, or are you just taking it on faith that they’ll match up well enough when you start the second one?

Yes, I have two skeins of Smooshy Baby. I am knitting from the first skein and when I run out, I’ll knit from the second skein. The skeins looked pretty much identical when I got them, so I didn’t see the need to alternate skeins. Besides, I’m lazy.

I’m pleased to hear that you enjoyed my interview over on Sheri’s blog at The Loopy Ewe though some of you seemed to think that Loopy should interview Lucy. Well, actually he did, and this is how it went:

Loopy: Baaaa! Baaaa baaa baaa.

Lucy: Meow! Meow, meow, meow.

They had quite an animated conversation.



And because I got nothing and I resort to cat-blogging every day, I will now resort to hair blogging. L-B, this one’s for you! πŸ˜‰




  1. Enjoyed your (and Lucy’s) interview. And with pretty hair like that, you should be smiling.

  2. Are you still poo free?

  3. Chortle! OK, your blog often makes me smile, but the Loopy/Lucy interview made me laugh out loud. Since I’ve still got another hour to the workday, this was a much-needed break (Tuesday?! It’s only TUESDAY?!).

  4. Lucy is the most beautiful kitty!! Today’s Cat-A-Day calendar has a picture of a ragdoll and a blurb on their gentleness and sweet disposition. I immediately thought of Lucy!

    I have always wanted to be a redhead. I would look ghastly with red hair, but still – maybe in my next life!!!

    Am looking forward to seeing the finished “Garden Party” ! That colorway is gorgeous!!


  5. Sigh….

  6. Ragdolls are very loving gentle kitties. And the interview between Lucy and Loopy was laugh out loud funny! I cant wait to see the Garden Party Shawl done. I am also considering it as yet anpother showl of Laura’s purchase!

  7. Alice in Richmond says:

    The Emperor says “DO you mind. I am eating ice cream.”

  8. Of all the words that come to mind when I think of you, *lazy* is definitely not one of them! Hope you got out to vote in the miserable weather.

  9. Wow, your hair has gotten really long! Love the color.

  10. Lucy and Wendy,

    You both always make me smile and miss my ragdoll “Sunny” who left me years ago. OH but WENDY! Wasn’t it just yesterday that you photoed your latest “DO” Makes me think “Do I really need a haircut?” I’ll just go check out “KORC’s” take on all this. Haven’t been over there in a while. You are very fortunate.

  11. Are you sure you’re not knitting undies or swim suit bottoms instead of a shawl? Just askin’. πŸ™‚

  12. It might be wise to get your thyroid level (TSH) checked. Normal TSH should be about 2. Anything above that you will have fatigue, mental fog, hair falling out, dry skin, hoarseness, etc. Low thyroid is very common, esp. in women of a certain age.

  13. Loopy says to tell Lucy that she is his third favorite cat. (After Zoe and Gracie, of course.) Baaaaa….hahaha!

  14. The interview was great, but i did half expect it to end with a picture of Lucy at least. Seemed odd without it. She’s the period to the end of your sentences.

  15. I’m sure the question has been asked already, but I’ll ask again. Are you still POO free?

  16. Yes, please, like Bj said, have your thyroid checked. It was pushy free medical advice like this that inspired me to have mine looked at; sure enough, it was whacked.

  17. Theresa in Italy says:

    It’s probably a good idea to have your thyroid checked, but judging from how great your hair looks, you’re not suffering from at least one of the symptoms that would indicate a problem. Some of us were just born to hibernate. (At least that’s my story, and I’m stickin’ to it.)

  18. I just popped over to the Loopy Ewe to read your interview — thanks for the movie recommendations — I just watched Brief Encounter, and I’ll add the others you mentioned to my “Rogers Direct” account — it’s a Canadian version of Netflix — I’ll think of you when I watch them!

    Do you like scary movies? Thru “RD” I was able to get the original “The Haunting” (not the remake with Liam Neeson and Cathering Z-J) — and I’m going to watch it today (in the daytime) LOL!

  19. Is this the solution to the “ursine” reference? πŸ˜‰

    I was a bit surprised, too, at no mention of Lucy during the Loopy interview, though I do understand it. Nuf sed.

    Still, part of why I visit here daily (and that’s how it feels, like visiting) is to see Lucy. Just one reason of many, mind you. You’ve created a world on this blog, and she’s part of that cyberworld, just as she’s part of yours. πŸ™‚

    All that to say this: Some bloggers may “RESORT to cat-blogging”. Lucy is more like…co-author!

  20. I don’t think you have a thyroid problem
    although it certainly woudn’t hurt to
    check it out. Maybe you need a little
    more iron rich foods in your diet.
    I think the interview with Lucy and Loopy
    was very cute. Just think what it would
    have sounded like if you had a talking
    parrot also.

  21. anne marie in philly says:

    such thoughtful pix of you and lucy.

    I can’t stand this time of year – too damn gray and dark too soon. I could never live in the pacific northwest.

    HOWEVER, spring begins tomorrow (at least for me)…the phillies pitchers and catchers report for baseball training camp…woo-hoo!!!!! πŸ™‚

  22. I love the hair! I saw the infomercial for the product you are using, and I was intrigued. The shawl is looking lovely. I can’t wait to see it finished.

  23. I like how the shawl looks!!! And tell Lucy I said hi!

  24. NewJerseyLaura says:

    Love the hair shot. Next book, back cover? Lucy/Loopy interview could go on inside cover πŸ™‚