My current work in progress:

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



Thank you so much for all your kind comments and good wishes. And thank you to the 99% of you who did not contact me with treatment suggestions or horror stories. I was specifically vague about health issues in my last blog entry to avoid stuff like that and I’m happy that for the most part, such things have been avoided. I realize that emails and messages of this sort are for the most part well-meant, but they do not help.

Onward . . . 

This is the moth repellent herbal mix I got the other day from Simpler Thyme. Boy, does it ever smell nice! I’ve shoveled a bunch of it into smaller muslin bags and stuck them hither and yon about my home and in my stash.

I have never had a problem with moths here, and I’d like to keep it this way!

Speaking of stash, lookie here:

More stash enhancement, this from Dizzy Blonde Studios, a new hand-dyer who happens to be a long time blog-buddy — La of JenLa. As I write this, her shop is sold out because piggies like me bought all her yarn but I advise you to snap it up when she restocks. The yarn is simply delicious!

What does Lucy think is delicious? Hanging with her Daddy on the weekend.


  1. Support:
    S – special
    U – uplifting
    P – protecting
    P – pleasant
    O – only helpful
    R – reassuring
    T – thoughtful

    Daz what me thinks!

    PS – Quit buying up all of the yarn! *wink wink*

    Megan S.s last blog post..Yes, I’ve been a lazy blogger

  2. LOL I just noticed the pillow by Lucy’s photo “no outfit is complete without cat hair”… when we shop, we ask each other “how would this look with cathair on it”… (for us, that usually means don’t buy navy or black because somehow navy & black tshirts don’t wash out well when there are cats or dogs in the family… heathery colors work pretty well even if they don’t match the animals in the house!

    Best wishes for a healthy recovery… I say go with purr therapy, the sound/feeling of a purrin’ pudd’n is SO relaxing! 🙂

  3. I definitely read “moth repellent” as “most repellent” and wondered why the heck you were posting about an awful herbal concotion. 🙂

  4. Hi Wendy, your new yarn is beautiful. You really have a good eye for color. Lucy looks very content. Hope you are taking care of yourself, my thoughts are with you. Hugs

  5. Wendy, be a pal and save some of the Dizzy Blond yarn for the rest of us next time!
    I’ll have to try the moth repellent. Heaven knows I can’t stand the smell of moth balls or even the cedar repellents.
    Be well

  6. I hope you feel better soon. I find your stash posts fun to read.

  7. anne marie in philly says:

    you know what is best for you…no advice given from here.

    steven and meredith say: “we like hanging loose with our mommy and daddy on the weekends too!”

  8. Leslieileen says:

    Geesh, I missed Thursday’s post and all I can say is — isn’t this a repeat of a couple of years ago (or last year)??? Once you hit 35 you have to start taking care of yourself, Wendy – I know you’ve got some time until that fateful day (ahem) but looks like you’ll need to start early!

    Meantime, purr therapy will help and maybe you can find a nice Scot to massage your back and neck?

  9. Oh, so you’re one of the culprits who grabbed the Mae before I ever got there! At least I got some Michelle (aka Tequila Sunrise), which was, after all, my first choice. I really love this beautiful yarn and colorway.

  10. I bet Lucy also thinks Wildside Salmon is delicious, right, Lucy? 😉
    My kitty’s favorite commercial treat is Friskies in the Ocean Whitefish flavor, but most of the time we give him the drainings from cans of tuna, scrambled eggs, grated parmesan cheese, vanilla ice cream, and/or bits of smoked salmon, along with his regular food. We have a cat with an aqcuired culinary taste. 😀

    I store all my yarn in this awesome vintage Lane cedar chest, so I have never had any problems with moths either. Of course, being 15 and broke, all my yarn is the craft-store acrylic variety, so perhaps even the moths won’t stoop to that level.

    Hey, ya gotta feed the addiction!

    Once again, I offer my best wishes for your recovery, Wendy, and hope you’ll be allowed to start knitting again soon. A forced hiatus is never any fun.

  11. Thanks for link to Dizzy Blonde Studios. I listened to Knitting Purls podcast today and she mentioned this shop. Not that I’m gonna buy any yarn anytime soon. I think I’ve got to wait till Sept 1.

  12. Do you think maybe the KOARC could teach Lucy how to massage your back with her little fluffy paws?!! Sending up healing thoughts to you!

    That yarn looks like a Louet base – my fave. Hopefully next time she will have more to sell so the little piggies won’t get it all – but thanks for introducing us to new dyers anyway!

  13. Don’t we all just love the well-meaning advice?

    Gorgeous yarns!

    Dorothys last blog post..Feel the love/luck.

  14. Sending you best wishes for a good diagnosis and quick recovery!

  15. Hang in there, sister! You’ll get back to your regularly-scheduled shenanigans soon. I have to say, I’m grateful that your ailment hasn’t prevented you from doing unspeakable things to chicken. 😀

    Those semisolids by the Dizzy Blonde are absolutely BEAUTIFUL! Will these be going on your needles soon or do you anticipate marinating them in stash for a while? Golly they’re pretty! I broke a nail trying to pet them through the computer screen.

    Miss Knottys last blog post..I don’t believe in Tarot…

  16. Great stash! Hope U R feeling better soon! Lucy is such a lucky kitty. Buster sits on his Dads lap too – just like that! luv.m.

  17. I’m intrigued by your moth repellent. I use lavender scented moth bars which don’t smell as bad as moth balls but are still *very* potent. I’ll have to look in to some herbal stuff.

    Melissas last blog post..A Brave Sock and the Sprint to the Finish Line

  18. Hope your backgets better without surgery this time and you are back to your regular stuff in no time!
    Lucy…Take care of mama, she needs your healing purr and paws on her

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  19. Mmmm…I’m a sucker for good quality pot pourri. And I love middle colourway of the Dizzy Blonde Studios (great name…hee hee)!


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  20. Thank you for your sweet comment on my Washing Tigers post. I know it had nothing much to do with knitting, but the experience was so extraordinary that I just had to write about it.

    And that stash enhancement is just gorgeous! Going to check out her stuff right now 🙂

    fleegles last blog post..How To Wash A Tiger

  21. Nice yarn I will check back to see when she gets more. Hope things are well!!

    Jewels last blog post..New stitch makers and yarn

  22. Hi, Wendy,

    The stash enhancement looks yummy! But at 560 yards / 4 oz, it’s pretty tiny for socks, isn’t it? I look at that size and think “lace.” What gauge do you get for socks and what size needles do you use?

    I liked the potpourri idea and ordered some, too. We have little moths flying around from time to time — they hitch a ride indoors in your hair or on the dogs. I haven’t noticed any damage and pray none of them have procreated in my stash!! It’s tough grabbing the little suckers out of the air to squish them because they are so light, the air flow from clapping your hands blows them out of the kill zone. I did manage to swipe two out of the air single handed one day. Flick of the wrist and “Squish.” Then again, there was that one that got away…

    Be of good cheer and enjoy the new scents of your moth repellent!

  23. That sure looks and smells nicer than the mothballs around my house! Cute bags too. Love the new yarn. I’ll have to keep a look out for more. Lucy is loving her seat!

  24. Hanging with her daddy… or hanging on her daddy. Just adorable.

    I was trying to get in on that first batch, because I love yarns with a semisolid-lightly variegated base but I was away from my computer for a day and they were all gone.

    Seanna Leas last blog post..i finished something

  25. Your blog entries don’t seem lame, although I admit I don’t come around so much for the knitting content as much as to just “hear” your voice, see Lucy’s latest pose, and oogle all googlie eyed at pretty yarn photos.

    I don’t have any problem with wool eating moths in this old farm house, oddly enough. But, we (along with other people in these parts) have kitchen cupboard moths that you have to really watch out for. I have to keep everything I can think of in the kitchen in sealed plastic bags. I have been having some weird allergy problem all summer, ever since we picked raspberries out by the barn. And I’m itching all over off and on. And then if I see one of those little kitchen moths, they make my skin crawl and the itching starts up just because I’m all buggy-boo’d.

    Anyway, I think I might try that moth repellent herbal mix you linked to in the kitchen to see if it helps keep those guys out.

    My thoughts are with you, and I’m wishing you good karma, great vibes, and good news.


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  26. Therapeutic Stash Enhancement… always makes me feel better! Take care of yourself… -patti


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