My current work in progress:

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



Thanks for your good wishes. I am feeling a bit better, but I came home from work early all the same. Definitely not 100% yet.

Several of you asked about Lucy’s new toy — the KOARC left info in the comments on what it is — and here it is again:

The toy is readily available at most drug stores. It’s a Hartz “Birds of a Teather” toy. Here is the product detail.

Lucy actually had one of these toys before, which she enjoyed thoroughly. She either wore it out or it broke — I can’t remember which.

Pensguys asked:

What kind of spinning wheel do you have? (The one you can see in the video). You have another one too, right? I think I’ve seen/heard you mention it before.

I actually only have one wheel — I sold my others. My wheel is a Lendrum double treadle upright. And I haven’t spun in ages.

I am still working on the Garden Party shawl. In fact, I’ve rounded the center point on the edging.


I hope to finish it this weekend.

And here’s another look at my sock-in-progress — a heel close-up.


I did the increases on the bottom of the foot, as I mentioned yesterday. Here’s a bottom-of-the-foot shot.



Okay, time to get back to my furry little nurse.




  1. Glad you are feeling better. Try to get some extra rest. Whatever that book is I do hope there are several photos of Lucy in it! She is just adorable. And I love the new shawl…wow…you are really making progress on it. Take care.

  2. Love the colorway of the new sock. Really like the different construction, too. Is there any difference in fit? I would guess not because if it didn’t fit right, you’d probably scrap it. Plus, the fit looks good on the blocker. But that last picture of it -the bottom view- it looks bunched up. I want to try it, though, because I like the way the back of the heel looks.

  3. Has Lucy ever had a Cat Dancer? My cats have been enjoying these for the past 20+ years –

    Perry P, age 18, will run to the spot where I keep it whenever I head over there. She loves it so much it can interrupt a good nap with no grumping at all 🙂

  4. Hope you are better soon, Wendy. In the meantime whenever you get a chance, what is the name of that type of heel and where are directions for it? — It looks interesting.

  5. in an effort to be “all things Wendy”, I’ve come down with something akin to the flu – sick as a dog! thanks to the Tamiflu, I may feel human by tomorrow, but then the weather will be so crappy here that I will have to spend yet another day chez froggy …

    get well, please, so that I can copy you!

  6. I hope you get well soon. This cold and flu season seems to be a crazy one! Good thing you have such an attentive nurse.

  7. I really like the look of that heel. Looks very clean. Glad you’re starting to feel better!

  8. anne marie in philly says:

    you won’t get better with nurse lucy napping whilst she is supposed to be on duty! LOL

    enjoyed the KOARC’s video. steven and meredith say, “meh, that’s not for us. we like mommy’s hand knit catnip mousies for toys!”

    gotta love the cat kids! 🙂

  9. I love the look of that new sock. Why it matters how it looks on the bottom, I don’t know, but I just love it. Did this come from that new Cat Bordhi book?

  10. Your shawl is gorgeous! Now I wish I were going to do TLE’s DC Sweater KAL in Deep Sea Flower; I had temporarily forgotten about it. I picked Petal Shower because I thought that the cable stitches for Mr Greenjeans would show more prominently in the lighter color. Hmm, now I need to get my yarn (it shipped today), and hurry up to get my KAL sweater done, so that I can get the yarn for the next one, in either Deep Sea Flower or Lunar Zazzle. Maybe Lunar Zazzle could be appropriate because of the gorgeous lunar eclipse last night?

    I’m really glad that you’re feeling better. If I didn’t know better, I would have thought your sinus infection was contagious over the Internet, haha, since I woke up with one this morning. I hope you are back to normal soon! Have a good weekend! Our weather is supposed to be half decent, considering it’s still winter. I hope yours is too.

    Oh, and congratulations on your Loopy Luminary, your own colorway! It’s really pretty. Congratulations to L-B, too!

  11. Glad you’re sinuses are on the mend! Hope you have a most restful weekend with Kitty Nurse attending to your needs!

    Love the sock – incredibly neat heel ! And the garden shawl, of course. Too lovely!

    Look 4 U on Sunday! luv.m.

  12. Please, please let us know how the new heel feels when you walk on it. Thx.

  13. Theresa in Italy says:

    I like the heel—it looks like a thumb gusset on the bottom of the foot!

    And I have also caught your sinus infection via blog. Talk about viruses…

    Have a good weekend, don’t let the furry little nurse boss you too much.

  14. Hi Wendy. Very cool heel. Do you have instructions posted for it? I really like the way it looks. The decreases on the bottom – – I wonder if you could feel that while walking?

    In Connecticut we are having a snow day! I’ll be staying home with my son today. It has been such a brown, dreary winter. It is nice to look out and see pretty white snow everywhere.

    I hope you feel better. Thanks to the Koarc for posting the video of Lucy. I always get a kick out of watching her.

    Have a great weekend Wendy – By the way, when your book is finally published (I have to wait a year – – YIKES!), how does one go about getting an autographed book?


  15. Love the new heel. Are the instructions printed anywhere or did you come up with it in yourself? I would love to try it. I love the picture of Lucy on the table. They do know when we are defenseless, don’t they!

  16. Denise in Kent, WA says:

    Feel better soon! I love the dining table pic of Lucy in the last post. My kitties know the dining table is off limits but feel free cavort up there when I’m not around. I love them anyway. 😉

    Interesting sock construction. I finally started reading Cat Bordhi’s latest book and look forward to trying some of her new construction methods.

  17. Ha ha I didn’t watch the video from the previous post until I saw your link to the cat toy.

    In my house that very same toy is known as the “Rolling Ball of Doom”. Imagine being sound asleep and all you hear is this sound of something large being rolled on hard wood flooring past your bedroom door (that’s how it got it’s name). My cat at first was enchanted by the fact that it moved then he started to just drag it through the house by the feather, the ball rolling along loudly behind him. He’s broken two now and is on his third (we started just buying bags of feathers and reattaching them to make the dragging easier).

  18. I’m intrigued by your increases on the bottom of the foot. do you think that they might feel “bumpy” on the bottom of the foot? I don’t have paticularly sensitive feet, but I know alot of people do. can’t wait till you share your pattern with us!

  19. This is a little bit off from your current topics, but I have a question about your colorwork mittens.

    I knit in a manner similar to yours, left hand throw and not holding the working yarn, but picking it up for each stitch. How do you do color work? I have not tried colorwork because it intimidates me.


  20. Increases on the bottom and then a heel flap – right? Being a toe-up kind of a girl, I love that idea but I worrk about how it would wear. Having the increases at a spot under the heel seems like they would be under a lot of stress. I’d be interested in your thoughts on that.

  21. You’re bouncing back faster than I am from this bug – at least that’s what it sounds like! I hope you do…it’s a bear of a bug, I wouldn’t wish it on anyone!
    Congrats on that stack of papers below, I can’t WAIT to see what’s up next!
    And Lucy, dear, you’re a terrific nurse for Momma!

  22. I’m glad you’re feeling a little better. Sinus problems can really lay people flat.

    I followed the link, just as you said to, and bought the Garden Party Shawl pattern (and two others as well). I told the seller that you had sent me. We also had a nice little chat about places to buy Zephyr Wool/Silk at good prices with quick delivery. Right now I’m ignoring the pattern and the sources.because I have other WIPs that I absolutely have to finish.

    Last night I finished my Angel Lace Shawl, which I knitted purely because I’d seen yours, in your posting on 27 December, and decided I had to have. I’d bought the pattern some time back, but it was seeing your blue version that made me have to have it. I had meant to give this shawl away but I now find I can’t bear to part with it.

    I realize that you are a very bad influence on me and I thank you for it. Your photos really help me see the lace. Patterns just can’t have as many in-progress photos.

  23. Ok Nurse Lucy, Mama Needs you this is no time to be sleeping! Cant wait to see how you constructed that heel and I’m also wondering about the increases on the foot portion. Will be looking forward to seeing how that is done.
    Get Well Soon, And Have Wonderful Weekend!! 🙂

  24. As always your knitting is great. I love looking at all your different color choices. Do you have a favorite color in general and is it a different fav color in knitting?

    I can’t say I have a fav color… and when picking out yarn it could be ANY color that catches my eyes.

  25. Wendy, QUESTION – How do you keep track of row counting? For example I am working on a garter st top and I need to make increases every 4th row. Using a row counter slows me down… is there a trick to knitting with out a row counter?

    Anyone reading this please respond if you have a tip.

  26. Hey Wendy,
    Get better soon.

    The sock made me go get out Cat’s book to see if I could find that particular construction. Once again you demonstrate your knitting prowess and and overall intelligence. You go girl!!!!!!

    When you do talk to us about the sock, please explain: the logic behind the increases, where they go (in general), how soon the decreases have to follow, and anything else you can think of to help me understand the “moving gusset” (increases).

    I guess I need to go through the book and start making the socks. I still don’t think I will be able to understand how it works. She’ll be in Michigan the last weekend of August, I just want to be able to ask some intelligent questions.

    I hope we get the pattern to tinker around with. Thanks for all that you do to make knitting in cyberspace a fun place to be.

  27. a movie of lucy!.. i must have died and gone to heaven. i just got back online and since i’ve joined the civilized world with broadband, i can replay that lucy youtube as often as i like. it’s like a personal lucy dance for joy to welcome me back after my long absence in the real world.

    too bad you couldn’t join us at the openning of johanne’s mitten exhibit. definitly a triumph.


  28. The garden party shawl is gorgeous, and I’ve been enjoying your progress. But I have a question. Perhaps I’m just dense, but…it seems like you could knit the triangle all in one piece without having to pick up stitches on first one side and then the other? Sort of like a faroese shawl, only with the center panel coming to a point at some point? Anyway, it’s very lovely!