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


A Rare Friday Update

Kitchen Counter Still-Life (click to enlarge)


1. My mom’s birthday cake, fresh from the oven.

2. Obligatory morning beverage.

3. Pastry cream filling for cake.

4. Irish whiskey.

5. Ragdoll Diva from Tempted Yarns.

6. Wollmeise.

7. Phone charger.

8. Swedish vodka.

Back of the Couch Almost Still-Life

A little sleeping angel.

I am cautiously optimistic about the rest of the week.


  1. She wasn’t such an angel an hour ago! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Yarn on the counter!!!! Aren’t you nervous about spilling something on it!! Or perhaps, you are such a wiz in the kitchen that there would be no possible way an escapee would hit the yarn.

    What’s this from L-B that Lucy wasn’t such an angel an hour ago!! Do tell. ๐Ÿ™‚ I love naughty kittie stories.

    Have a great long weekend and yummmmm the cake looks good!


  3. Yikes. I saw the whisky bottle and thought that’s what you were refering to when you said ‘obligatory morning beverage’! Phew! ๐Ÿ™‚

    (formerly) no-blog-rachels last blog post..Post Plague Productivity

  4. Looks like that cake packs a punch!! Yummmy!

  5. Dude! You even have yarn — Good Yarn — in the kitchen! Dedicated knitter. Love the red of the Wollmeise, Love the cake (wish I had one Right N-O-W), and especially love the pic. Interesting composition of things you don’t expect to see sharing a kitchen counter, especially the cat face-topped ceramic.

  6. I wish I had time today to bake! The cakes look goooood.

    Jessies last blog post..what? this is a knitting blog?

  7. Here I thought it was going to be a still life of addictions or aides through the day.
    Although with the absence of chocolate I guess I’m just being silly.

  8. I was thinking about baking today, cold and rainy here, so baking and knitting work…
    Happy Birthday to your Mom, too!


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  9. I knew we were kindred spirits! I always have a Diet Coke with Lime first thing in the mornings!

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  10. I love Svedka – so good and usually cheaper than anything else that doesn’t come in a plastic bottle.

    At the duty-free store on the way home from a conference in Sweden, I picked up a lonely bottle 0f Viking Fjord vodka. Pretty good, despite the touristy name.

    Sarah T.s last blog post..Nothin for Christmas

  11. emily10 says:

    I’d wholeheartedly second WendyT’s concern about the yarn on the counter, but I have to question is whiskey can really do anything to yarn but improve it.
    For the record, I don’t know if I’ll be the one to test this theory…

  12. The rest of the week includes a Friday, and a 3-day weekend. I do hope it’s safe to be optimistic about it. If it’s not, that would just not be fair.

    Nicoles last blog post..Thursday 13 #40 ~ Cake and Eat It

  13. I’m so glad I’m not the only one with sock yarn on the kitchen counter occasionally…. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  14. All that’s missing is some chocolate.
    Looks like you’re gonna have a good (and yummy) weekend!

    Marys last blog post..On the (Bumpy) Road Again

  15. Nice…
    MWAH! MWAH!! (all over Lucy)

  16. Wanda in Ar says:

    Needs chocolate.

  17. Nothing like a little Diet Coke and Irish Whiskey to get the long weekend off to a good start!!

    Teenuhs last blog post..Paris, Finally

  18. Looks like the Wollmeise and Tempted had a party and passed out.
    Have a great weekend!!
    xoxo Stacy

  19. It’s nice to know that I’m not the only one who’s yarn stash has inflitrated the kitchen. It looks like your mom’s birthday celebration is going to be a good one!

    Lynns last blog post..Mine, all mine!

  20. Wow, I can’t believe it’s that time already! I remember how lovely last years birthday pictures were — hope you will share more this year — your Mother is adorable!

    TheSockKnitters last blog post..What AWESOME Service! DIVA KNITTING ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Irish Whiskey, Cake and Yarn – what more could you need for a good party?

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  22. Hey Wendy… looks like you’re about to have a party! Yarn, Cake, alcohol… ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy birthday to your mom!

    Krystals last blog post..And no, that is NOT a blog title!

  23. Yum – cake and yarn. Great start to your holiday weekend. Happy birthday Wendy’s mum.

  24. Have a terrific “Happy Birthday Mom Party!”
    (I agree there’s something missing – CHOCOLATE)
    But everything else bodes well for the weekend!

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  25. anne marie in philly says:

    so we mix the irish whiskey into the diet coke, and the swedish vodka into the pastry cream, and then we try to knit a cozy for our cell phone charger.

    and to think all I did was go to work this morning… ๐Ÿ˜‰

    have a good l-o-n-g holiday weekend!

  26. Hi Wendy,
    I would like to purchase your pattern for first sock 2008 Summer of Socks pattern; I tried to enroll, but believe it didn’t take. I have a ravery account, but am a turtle on my back with that whole thing. Anyway, where could I obtain your pattern? Thank you–and I Love Lucy.

  27. So…are the whiskey and vodka for the cake or the yarn? Sounds like a good start to the weekend, no matter what!

  28. You didn’t mention the bottle of eyeglass cleaner. Clean glasses must not be necessary once all the other items are put to use….

    Lauries last blog post..Addicted to Pi

  29. Irish whiskey, Swedish vodka, American coke, Wollmeise yarn, and a Siamese cat. You are quite the continental gal!!

  30. Maybe a select few of those items should go with you on Tues to smooth out the work week! I’ll let you decide which ones!

  31. Kristi ~ Ohio says:

    Happy Birthday Wendy’s Mom! Have a great holiday weekend.

  32. Maureen J. says:

    Good ingredients for a birthday, if we assume the ice cream’s in the freezer and the chocolate is on its way home with KOARC. Have a happy one.

  33. NewJerseyLaura says:

    Your stash runneth over. You crack me up. It’s like the tribbles. You’re also only the second person I know who drinks Tullamore Dew. Do you also play pinochle? I’ll reserve my Irish Coffee and knitting spot on the couch; I can bring the whipped cream.

  34. I love to see other people live the way I do… eyeglass cleaner, knitting, cooling cake and LOTS of booze, all withing one frame.

  35. Hmmm….liquor, cake yarn and a charger. Sounds like a full and busy yet productive holiday weekend is planned! Kitty will continue to sleep.

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  36. You’re ready for anything with that “still life”, Wendy. I’ve managed to get one order of Wollmeise ….keep trying every Sneak Up, but I’ve only been able get the green, which I loved. Never, ever, give up is my motto, however…so maybe next time.

    Hope your Mom has a happy birthday …and enjoys her cake. It looks beautiful…


  37. Kathy Sue says:

    I agree–you need some chocolate!! A Happy Birthday to your Mom. I’ll bet she’s thrilled that they made a long weekend for her celebration.

    Lucy looks so sweet–I think L-B is spreading false rumors!

  38. I love your kitchen counter’s assemblage. It is a real knitter’s kitchen!

  39. Okay, does the whiskey go in the cake, Lucy, or your mouth??!! HA! I loved this post!

  40. I love how the yarn is snuggled next to the alcohol. What’s in the cat container between cake 1 and the tray o’yarn? Stitchmarkers, Lucy treats, nothing?

  41. whiskey and vodka is good for your weekend ๐Ÿ˜€

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  42. Hi Wendy, the cake looks yummy. Love the still life. What naughty thing did Lucy do? Hope you have a great weekend follow that counter! Hope your Mom has a very happy birthday,

  43. I thought #4 was the obligatory morning beverage…

    Kathy in KSs last blog post..Knit Night

  44. Love that Coke with Lime. Love Coke in the morning, too. The cake looks good. What kind of frosting? Happy Memorial Day Weekend! (Of course you need yarn in the kitchen so you can knit while the cake is baking, cooling and so on.)

  45. A fellow Tullamore Dew Fan…a rarity to be sure. I knew I liked you for some reason.

  46. WOW! And a very happy BD to Mom! luv.m

  47. GASP!!!
    You are a diet coke in the morning person TOO? I knew I felt something special about you~

    sandys last blog post..147. Green Day