My current work in progress:

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


President’s Day

Today is a federal holiday in the U.S., and Lucy and I celebrated by going to the veterinarian for Lucy’s annual check-up. We girls really know how to party, eh?

Here is Lucy before her appointment, never suspecting what she was in for.



Lucy got a clean bill of health, and was very happy to return home, where she is spending the rest of the day relaxing.



I cast on a sock.



This is Numma Numma Toasty sock yarn in the Georgia Peach colorway. Just looking at it makes me go all J. Alfred Prufrock-y. But in a good way.

I’m just doing a plain toe-up sock, as you can see. But I plan to try something slightly different with the heel. We’ll see how that works out.

And I’ve just started the edging on the Garden Party shawl.



This is a very deep edging, so I still have a long way to go on this shawl!


  1. Will you wear them with white flannel trousers? A beautiful color way. Congrats to Lucy on her good health.

  2. Poor Lucy, if it makes her feel any better about having to go to That Place, I had to waste my holiday at the doctors office too. Unlike Lucy though, my beasts have had the pleasure of my company for two weeks while I’ve waited for this bronchiwhatsis to clear up and go away.

  3. Congrats on the clean bill of health Lucy! At least you dont have to worry about goin “There” for another year. Cant wait to see the socks and shawl when they are done!

  4. I love the color of that sock yarn. How do you like that particular yarn? How does it compare to, say, cherry tree hill supersock as far as softness and “smooshy-ness”?
    I’m glad you got some time off! Unfortunately, my school doesn’t recognize most holidays, so I still had classes, but my husband enjoyed his Presidents’ Day off.

  5. Glad Lucy is well. I’m sure she was a perfect lady during her appointment. The sock color is really beautiful.

  6. I just love that sock colorway! A real sunset of colors!

    Congrats on being able to get Lucy to the vet without major intervention! My two cats morph into whirling Tasmanian devils! I’m not kidding! Getting either one of them to the vet is a HUGE undertaking involving both myself AND my husband. That these cats can outwit two adults is too ironic! And forget it if they manage to “escape” you may not see them for days!!

    Am looking forward to seeing the finished project/Garden Party !


  7. When Calvin had his check up recently, the vet pronounced him “A Cutie!” on the paperwork. Can Lucy say that? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. I see how it is, birthday up the girl then off to the doc! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. I’m glad Lucy got a clean bill of health … and plenty of recovery time. You can’t rest up too much after a trip to see the vet!

    Nice socks, I like the color combo. And the blue yarn is making such a pretty shawl, I can’t wait for the final reveal.

  10. I love Numma Numma! At least fondling and gazing at it; I have not yet cast on any of the several skeins I have from Sheri. But my father just told me how much he’s liked the socks I made him, just the second pair of socks I ever made (I do MUCH better now) and made out of run-of-the-mill sock yarn — I was just thinking Numma Numma for another pair for him, much better! (Tapenade colorway, perhaps? )
    Heel curiosity here! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  11. No holiday for us at the university,but the students had a class holiday.

    I think Lucy needs some extra Fancy Feast to recover from the vet visit trauma.

  12. I held my breath until I got to the “clean bill of health”… Then I was like: Phew!

  13. I like the new sock yarn. Whatever could you do new with the heel tho????? hehehe. Good for Lucy! For not being sick that is!!!!

  14. Mmm…that is a yummy (or nummy?) colorway of Toasty. I have a hank of it here in Blackberry Jam that I recently acquired…cannot wait to turn it into socks!

  15. Theresa in Italy says:

    Glad to hear that Lucy survived the trip to the vets and got a clean bill of health. I love the way the Numma Numma looks knit up. How does it feel? I’ve also got a few skeins that I haven’t started yet, but now am seriously tempted to drop everything else and cast on. Maybe I’ll wait and see what new and exciting heel you’re cooking up!

  16. Theresa in Italy says:

    Ooops, that should have been “vet’s”, right? Yeesh, you’d never know I’d been an English major….

  17. ‘I have measured out my life in coffee spoons.’ Prufrock is one of my favourite poems, for as long as I can remember. Beloved, even. Is that geeky?

    Oooh, did Lucy get vaccinations? Or, being strictly an indoor cat, does she get a pass on some of them? Such a brave girl, Lucy! Rest now.

    Gorgeous socks. Can’t wait to see what heel magic you have in mind. I just did my first short-row (w&t) heel this past weekend. That makes the third heel ‘style’ in my repertoire. Mad knitting skilz!

  18. Since Lucy is today’s star, I’ll ask my son’s question. Do ragdolls require any special care?
    He is 15 and looks forward to living on his own someday and getting a cat like Lucy.

  19. I love Numma Numma yarn, too. And how could I not – Ms. Numma Numma lives right across the street from me!

  20. The socks look yummy! Orange/peach is my favorite color. I noticed that you are knitting socks on two circular needles. I just learned to knit socks on two circulars and it seems (to me) to go much faster than on three double points. Do you have a pattern for the “plain toe-up” sock on two circulars? Sorry, I’m new to your blog and this may be a redundant question. I’m a novice knitter and like simple patterns. Thanks so much–and Lucy doesn’t look a day older!