My current work in progress:

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



Well, look at that. We are 4 days into 2009 already. I hope everyone had a wonderful New Year celebration!

For me, 2008 ended on a mixed note.

The good: my brother became a grandpa on December 30. (Remember the baby surprise jacket I made a few months ago? That was for his new grandson.)

The bad: on the morning of December 31, a family friend had a large tree fall on her house, which demolished about one-quarter of the house. The good news there is that neither she nor her 2 kitties were injured, but the state of the house is horrific. Work has already started on it, but it will be at least several months before it is habitable again.

I’ve been off from work since December 18, and am reluctantly returning to the office tomorrow. So today I’m getting things ready to return to “normal” life.

I’ve got my new 2009 calendar up at home.


And I’ve got another 2009 calendar ready to take to the office.


Now I’ve got to pick out a new book to take for lunchtime reading.

I’m still working on non-bloggable things, but wanted to show you a photo of one of the lovely things I got for Christmas:


This is laceweight wool that my friend Johanne gave me, along with matching beads. It’s from a shop local to her in Stockholm. Isn’t it gorgeous?

So, all is back to normal here. And Lucy is as usual overseeing everything!



  1. Knittygirl says:

    That’s not lame. Unfortunately that’s where most of us are at today! I’m trying to have some fun before the daily grind starts again.

  2. Happy 2009. That may be one of the most beautiful lace and bead combinations I have seen. Will the non-bloggable things become bloggable in time?

  3. anne marie in philly says:

    I have franklin’s calendar up at work. and YAYZ for your brother! ๐Ÿ™‚

    work – bah humbug! although I AM grateful I even have a job… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. Oh my gosh I want that knitting men calendar!

    Knitguys last blog post..Best Fiber Day Ever!

  5. Lucy look like she knows Momma’s leaving her alone during the day again. Don’t be surprised if she superglues your shoes to the floor tonight ๐Ÿ˜›

  6. I’m still floating along that Egyptian river when it comes to working tomorrow. Yes, I telecommute, but in addition to the mountain of email that I know is waiting for me, I have to pick up the house tonight since the cleaning crew is here in the AM. Well, I still have an evening of knitting time ahead, so all is not lost! Hope you’ve enjoyed your vacay as much as I’ve enjoyed mine!

    DPUTigers last blog post..Scratching an Itch

  7. Yeah, so NOT lame! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I need to invest in some 2009 calendars. Thanks for reminding me!

    GirlMeetsNeedles last blog post..Happy NEW YEARZ!!!!

  8. Happy New Year Wendy. It was great you were able to take so much time off the end of last year to enjoy the holidays and renew yourself for the coming year. That yarn and beads is gorgeous – your colors. Good luck tomorrow.

  9. I’m guessing that’s the Men With Yarn calendar. January looks good!

    Yarn and beads will be a lovely thing when you get it knit up; do you have a plan? Even just staring at it would be enough to make me happy.

    pdxknitteratis last blog post..Log cabin blanket and friends

  10. Wendy,
    Good luck at work for 2009, I was at work last week but I did take the week before. Can’t wait to see what you do with the yarn and beads? Any plans?

  11. Michele in maine says:

    Yes, I also took a very long break this year and it’s been heavenly just staying home and picking away at various projects. Today I got some serious skating exercise with my daughter, but other than that, the focus has been more on eating, trying new recipes, sitting and knitting, drinking wine or tea with friends – that sort of thing. It’s an easy lifestyle to get used to – kind of like being a cat….

  12. The yarn and beads are wonderful and a great color for you. I can’t wait to see what you make with them. Hope you have a good return to work. I’m ready for normal schedule to return.

  13. After two weeks at home, my husband has returned to Ohio where he’s been working for the last year, and I am going back to school in the morning. Murray the dog has come down with a cough; an obvious and pathetic bid for attention. Maggie the cat, on the other hand, is taking her usual “make me care” attitude.

  14. happy new year to you! congratulations to your brother, but i’m sorry to hear about your friend’s house. i hope she has a place to stay while all that construction is going on! what a nightmare!

    mais last blog post..happy new year!

  15. Wendy in Cambridge says:

    Happy New Year to all of you chezwendyknits!

    By the way, I just finished Casting Spells–what a fun read!–and I love your lists in the back of the book.

  16. You and I have the same ‘home’ calendar. I think it’s quite tasteful but somehow I think others at work might disagree. Silly others at work.

    (formerly) no-blog-rachels last blog post..Old And New And I’m Not Such A Slacker

  17. Hey You – Happy Belated Birthday! Hope you have a FANTASTIC new year!

    Caras last blog post..A Family Affair

  18. Looks look you and Lucy are ready for the new year all right. Nothing like a new calendar (or two) to get inspired for new opportunities ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Yeah, I hate when the inevitable happens and you have to return to work … but, not being independently (or even dependently) wealthy, there’s no choice in the matter …

    I’m glad that your friend and her kitties are OK, but what a scary thing to happen!

    Congratulations on the new family member! Are we likely to see a picture of said baby in her jacket????

    Bridgets last blog post..December Book Report and a Challenge for 2009

  20. Aw, that lace-weight yarn looks amazing!
    I’m really sorry to hear about your friend’s house and current situation. Please send my sympathies and I’m glad noone is hurt.

    lucy is cute as always. <3

    Cookis last blog post..I love military lolita

  21. I have always admired your gorgeous shawls. can’t wait to see what you come up with next. thank goodness the family friend is okay. here’s to a speedy re-build! Happy Knitting in 2009!

    Annas last blog post..Happy New Knits!

  22. That yarn looks yummy! Can’t wait to see what you do with it. I am anxiously awaiting your new book this year!!! AH!! The real world does intrude. Did you have a nice birthday? January 2 right? Have a great day!!

  23. Happy Birthday, Wendy–a few days late but I hope January 2nd was a great day for you.

    Here is to a knittin’ 2009.


  24. No where did I see the fridge stocked with Diet Coke w/Lime before starting the first work week in 2009, but I’m sure you’ve got that covered.
    Looking forward to seeing what new projects you have in store for this year and I will continue to check in to see what Miss Lucy is up to also.

    Happy New Year!

    JoAnns last blog post..Back to Reality

  25. I think you ought to take the Men with Yarn calendar to the office. Spice things up a little.

    Suzanne V. (Yarnhog)s last blog post..FrogFest 2009

  26. Ah yes – yarn porn – I love it – and the calendars aren’t so bad, either!

    Joans last blog post..By George, I think I’ve Got It!