My current work in progress:

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


Of Mice and . . . Well . . . Mice

I enjoyed reading everyone’s comments about the mouse situation I blogged about yesterday and I appreciate everyone’s suggestions for dealing with the rodent infestation. However, I work in a large federal building and have absolutely no say whatsoever in the methods used for mouse removal. I wish we could have feline mousers in the building, but I know that is out of the question.

I appreciate also your comments pointing out that the snap traps are actually a fairly humane method of mouse disposal. That makes me feel a bit better about the poor little guys. However, I am sad to say that our building maintenance people also use glue traps. Fortunately, there are none of those in my immediate area.

Lucy Fur!

The randomly-chosen winner of the Lucy fiber blogged about on Monday is Cindy. Congratulations, Cindy! I’ve emailed you.

Thank you to everyone who offered to take the fiber off my hands. ๐Ÿ™‚

The Daily News

I’ve divided the Daily Sweater into sleeves and body. Woo-hoo!

Now if you’ll excuse me, I must get back to the knitting.


  1. RedfordPhyl says:

    Snap traps are great โ€” most of the time. I once caught a miserable little mouse by the tip of his nose. Have no idea how he managed it. Trap was too heavy for him to drag off, so he and attached trap flipflopped in the front closet until I used other means to dispatch the little blighter. Yep, I had to do the dirty deed. DH is terrified of all members of the rodent family.

  2. We used a snap trap once too. DH came home to a thrashing and banging sound in the cupboard. The poor (huge) mouse got it’s leg caught in it and was trying to chew his way out of it. ๐Ÿ™ My cat was sitting outside the cupboard trying to figure out what the noise was.

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  3. It looks like the Lucy fur has gone to a very good home.

  4. Lucy kitteh is the cutest!

    I worked in a building that used glue traps. Right in our cubicles. We found a mouse in one one morning and launched a rescue effort. We got the poor little guy loose in a big field.

    They removed the traps after that. I think it may be that a lot of us weren’t billable rescuing the mouse….or because of the the lady who screamed her head off when she saw found him in the trap under her desk trying to free himself.

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  5. Lucy says “Don’t worry – I’ll make more fur!”
    Sometimes I think we sweep up enough fur to make a kitten!

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  6. I hate the thought of having to kill anything too, Wendy….but if they are left alone to breed, it would become a HUGE health concern for all of you — and as others have said, _MOST_ of the time, the snap traps are quite humane.

    GLUE TRAPS?! I would (and ALWAYS DID) turn those suckers over. NO way would I allow the pest control people to use them in my workplace (which was the kitchen of a federal forensic hospital) – Those things should be outlawed, they are just cruel! They pest control people never did figure out why they never got anything in the glue traps there ::gg:: They had to be buzzed in, and it gave the few of us that were against them time to run around the kitchen and flip them bad boys back over before they got in….too bad the boss’ didn’t agree and force them to remove them completely…Almost lost my job a couple times over that issue!

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  7. I had a mouse in my office last month. I wasn’t sure why, since there’s no food, but I kept hearing rustling when I was alone…..
    (Later, I decided the attraction was my knit shawl which was folded on top of a stack of papers, since I don’t want to hang it; I hadn’t used it for several weeks, and there was Evidence Of Mouse in it. Ick!)

    Anyway, I finally saw the culprit, and called the appropriate people, who came and put in a glue trap.
    Two hours later, after hours when everyone else had left, there was my little friend again, rustling away, really loudly. I finally figured out he/she (I’m wondering about she given the ‘nesting’) was actually inside a plastic bag, checking it out. Well, I hate to say it, but I have mouse-dispatching skills gained from a stint doing research. Yes, with my bare hands, though on a wild & free mouse, and 20 years later, it was a little different. But it was done in a split second, should have been pretty much painless, and saved the glue trap ordeal. And my nerves (never knowing when you’re going to hear/see some little critter when you think you’re alone kind of is freaky).
    And then I took the shawl (which I had just the month before washed & blocked) home and rewashed and reblocked it.
    Argh. Some skills I thought I’d never have to use again. Hoped, anyway.

    It did cross my mind to take it home for my snake, who eats (frozen) mice that size, but I was worried about parasites; the ‘micicles’ we feed her are from lab-raised mice which are supposed to be certified healthy and free of parasites etc. I guess not that I worried about my cat playing with the mice that got into our house a couple years ago, but he didn’t know what to do with the critters, he doesn’t recognize them as food, though he did catch one and scare it.

    OK. Too Much Mice Info. I’ll stop now!
    Yay for the sweater, it’s looking good, and that particular shade is one of my favorites!

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  8. Sweater is looking good!
    Let us know what the winner makes from Lucy’s fur. Just curious.

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  9. Theresa in Italy says:

    Finding Evidence of Mouse on my handknits is enough to evaporate any sympathy for the little beasties. Ick. The last time we had a mouse problem we tried catch-and-release traps, but the local field mice were too smart to fall for those. The feline option is out since one member of the family is deathly allergic to cats. We finally found the hole they were using to get into the house and sealed it up. So far, so good.

  10. Thanks for the lucy fluff! Can’t wait to see how it will spin up!
    Thank you, Lucy! (and Wendy)

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  11. I work in a big government building too and last November we had a bad infestation too. it was so bad that even with all the noise of a busy office during the day the mice were still running around. several people had mice run across their desk while they were sitting there on the phone or typing away on the computer. they started build nest inside the partitions’ and inside desk drawers it was total disgusting. I for one am afraid of mice and bugs and other things so I spend the entire day at my desk with my feet propped up on a foot stool. I refused to bring any bags to and from work for fear one would crawl in and make its way home with me. I even kept my purse on my arm. it was months before we stopped seeing them. they put out the old snap traps, sticky traps and even poison pellets. every day there was at least 5 or more being found in the traps. TOTALLY GROSS!

  12. L. Simmons says:

    Hi Mouseketeers,
    I am a loyal animal lover, and a mouse falls under the category of animals. I do believe that all animals have a purpose, however mice do not have a purpose in my h0me, but certainly do in the woods and fields. They are food on the food chain for other animals and various other attributes to the circle of life. I have recently acquired a live trap and since I do not like to see an animal suffer or be tortured, it works great for me. We have caught a mouse every single time we have set the live trap. Four times in a row! One thing I would strongly recommend is to set a hockey puck or some small weighty item on top of the trap as they can struggle and knock it on it’s side and escape then, quite easily.
    When you go to release place the trap carefully in a shoebox to transport, if you tip it, the door opens and you start all over again….
    It is so much more humane than killing them slowly with poison. (do not use poison, this poisons the food chain, and may cause you to smell a rotting animal in your home, a mouldy rotting animal in your walls, think of it!) . the glue traps are sick! They should be banned! The live traps work very well. Please try them first. Thank YOU

  13. Once long ago while I was waiting to sign in for my temp job a mouse ran into the lobby. One of the security guards tried to catch it in a wastebasket, but it kept jumping out. There was an empty box in the seating area, and I picked it up and managed to catch the mouse in that. The guard took the mouse outside and released it; I bet it found its way back in pretty fast. I acquired quite a local reputation as “the mouse-catcher.”

    I’ve never seen a mouse where I work now. At home we have them in our basement, where the cats aren’t allowed; we no longer store food down there, but the mice seem to manage anyway. There must be some stash down there we haven’t found yet. I’ve considered letting a cat spend a few nights down there.

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  14. Lucky fiber winner.
    Question—- why is the date on your blog a week behind? Today is the 8th and I just got your post dated the 1st. Is it you or me? ๐Ÿ™‚