My current work in progress:

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


Well, That Went As Well As Can Be Expected

First day back at the office today and I survived. No problems on the commute (apart from a brief delay on the trip home), I remembered my security badge and keys, and I remembered all my passwords.

And wonder of wonders, I had no voicemail messages at all. That could be explained by the very strongly worded outgoing message I left on my voicemail before leaving work for the holidays. “Don’t even think about leaving me a message, scumbag!” (Okay, it wasn’t quite that bad.) Email, however, was another story. My inbox runneth over.

But all in all, it could have been much worse.

Hey, remember this?


I’m hoping to get back to work on my Hanging Garden Stole within the week.Β  I’m still working on un-bloggable stuff for a while, but by the weekend I think I’ll have things enough under control that I feel comfortable splitting my time between the unbloggable and the bloggable.

In the meantime, hey, would you like a book?


For reasons I cannot fully explain, I find myself with two copies of Lace From the Attic by Nancie Wiseman. Therefore, I am giving one away.

If you’d like to be entered in the drawing to receive my second copy, leave a comment to this blog entry by Thursday, January 8, 2009 at 4:00pm EST. At that time the noble and revered random number generator will select a winner from among the comments.

Lucy sez:


“And where have you been all day?”


  1. Ahh lace. I want to knit more of that. It’s on the ever expanding to do list. πŸ™‚

    LittleWits last blog post..FO – L’élΓ©phant

  2. I would love the book! Please, please, please.

  3. I would love to have a copy of this book πŸ™‚ I seem to be on a big lace kick as of late. Hope you have a happy 2009!!!!

    Karens last blog post..

  4. I am a lace addict. I’d love the chance to win that book!

    KnitStephs last blog post..Happy New Year!

  5. Hey, well I have wanted to try some lace, why not start now .

    And I’m the first one to comment (that should put me in a good spot right?)

    betsys last blog post..Look What I Got!!!!!

  6. Dear noble and revered random number generator,
    please enter me in the drawing.

    I also hope to finish my stealth knitting by the weekend.

  7. I would love to win this book, since I think 2009’s knitting goal could be lace themed…

  8. While it may not be great to be back at work, at least you have a work to go to. I’m hoping for a job interview this week. We shall see. I hope you dig out from the emails long enough to knit! πŸ˜€

    Patti/Wombat of DOOMs last blog post..Still Christmas Blogging – D.O.D.

  9. Hi Wendy! Comment….comment….LOL!!!!

  10. Welcome back to the work week. πŸ™
    Retirement is sounding really good about now. πŸ™‚

  11. Would love the book. Thanks for the chance! I love lace knitting and yours is always so lovely.

  12. oooh! I’ve really started getting into lace lately (posted my first piece to ravelry), and I’m hooked! Me please!

    Cyds last blog post..First (non) creative post of the year!

  13. Oooooh – been wanting a copy of that one!!! Plzkthxbai

    Alynxias last blog post..Out with the old and in with the new…

  14. I too would love the book!

    As for how my day is going? I have a *SERIOUS* case of the Monday’s! I’ve been on vacation for 10 days, and now I’m back to a hectic work schedule, and insane school schedule, and trying to keep up with my family. I can’t wait until I graduate!

    Lissettes last blog post..Merry Christmas All!

  15. Well, I already own the book, so should you pull up my number, please try again! However, I did want to say your bundle o’ stole is looking good, almost good enough to encourage me to haul mine out and work on it again!

    mehitabels last blog post..On the Tenth Day of Christmas…

  16. Well, one can’t have too many lace books. Glad you survived your day.

  17. You are always so generous, Wendy! Happy New Year.

    Karen in Toledos last blog post..Where Did That Come From?!

  18. I’d love that book!! I’ve peeked at it before but it belonged to a friend and she would have missed it if I had made it mine.

  19. Wow, I love lace knitting and that’s a book I’ve never heard of! What a prize!

    I hope Lucy wasn’t too lonely while you were gone today. Maybe she’s was resting up instead!

  20. ooh, yes, please, LOL

  21. I would love a chance to win the lace book. Thank you for your generousity.

  22. Aw, poor Lucy. I bet she didn’t know what to do with herself today! (And I’d be happy to give the book a home.) Welcome back to the working world, Wendy!

    Tammy/DarthKnitters last blog post..So Long, 2008!

  23. I would love a copy of this book, pretty please?!

  24. Please, disregard the previous comment, it has my wrong email, sorry hon! is the correct one. *cringes and slinks away, LOL*

  25. I’d be willing to give the lace book a new home.

    knittechs last blog post..2009-01-03

  26. aaaww – poor Lucy is having Wendy-Withdrawals?
    Can’t wait to see bloggable projects again. In due time, I’m sure.
    I’m not much of a lace knitter, so you don’t have to enter my name in your drawing. I just wanted to comment today.

  27. Happy New Year!

    …sending out random number generator mojo…

    Astabeths last blog post..Uneven Spinning and Other Things

  28. BlackMagicMuffin says:

    Glad to see work wasn’t too horrible; I’m looking forward to seeing what the unbloggable stuff is.

  29. DH went back to work on Friday, and he still doesn’t feel like he remembers what’s going on. For me, the laundry, dishes and dinner seem to always remain the same… I keep looking for the housecleaning fairy, but she hasn’t shown up yet. Better not hold my breath! The lace book is lovely – I hadn’t ever seen it. I’ve added it to my “Wish List” just in case I don’t win πŸ˜‰

  30. Happy New Year! I would love me a copy of that book.

  31. Yes, I would love to have that book! Thanks for the drawing. You’re very generous! and Happy New Year

  32. Jessie Johnson says:

    Ooh, ooh, ooh: I’ve always wanted that book! Please throw my name in the hat.

  33. Oh wonderful esteemed random number generator please pick me.

    Glad you had a OK first day back

  34. Did someone say lace?!

  35. I would randomly love your second copy of the book!

    Judy in MNs last blog post..Diet Friendly Pumpkin Bread

  36. RedfordPhyl says:

    I’m a confirmed lace junkie, and one can never have too many lace books. I would cherish it.

  37. I would be very interested in that book. I hope the grand and wonderous random generator picks me (Hey I figure it cant hurt to try and butter up the inanimate object that chooses, you never know)

    Sarah O Gs last blog post..DreamRibbon

  38. Lace. Ahhhhhhh.

  39. Count me in!

    Anisas last blog post..2008 knitting

  40. I’m another one who would love to win the book!

    Plain Janes last blog post..Xmas Eve

  41. Looking forward to seeing more of your lovely knits soon! And yes, I’d love the book too. πŸ˜€

    Gennys last blog post..Bah

  42. Pick me! Pick me! Thanks for sharing your extra books with your loyal readers.
    Blogless Mary Lou

  43. Pick me! Pick me! One can never have enough lace patterns.

  44. I hear ya on the overflowing inbox! Please add me to your list for the book drawing.

  45. Deb in PA says:

    I’d love to have a chance to win the book.

    Happy knitting!

  46. Catherine says:

    Victorian Lace? Count me in on the contest please.

  47. What a generous offer, Wendy. Looks like a cool book, too. Sign me up! Thanks!

    Marys last blog post..Happy New Year?

  48. Niow that looks like a very interesting book! Hope I win!!

  49. *waves arms*

    I’d love a book of lace patterns to try!!!

    *still shamelessly waving arms*

  50. Glad you “survived” your first day back at the office. As for “runneth over” email inbox, welcome to my world:-)

    Hope Lucy is managing to amuse herself while waiting for you to return home from the office…

    Abimbola Akanwos last blog post..Digital cameras

  51. Hilary Williams says:

    Ooh! Pick me!

  52. I’d love a chance at the lace pattern book! One of my goals for 2009 is to knit some lace, since I always admire it but never actually do it.

    Also, I really enjoy reading your blog and seeing photos of Lucy. As a cat owner myself, I love the “quotes” from Lucy that suit each picture so well!

    Courtneys last blog post..Socks in a box

  53. That looks like a great book. I’ve wanted to try lace knitting but it looks hard. Maybe 2009 will be the year I jump in and try it!!

  54. I have always wanted to do something in lace….this would be the perfect opportunity to give it a try…if I won this book…thanks for the chance to win…

  55. Oh yes please! I would love a lace book. I don’t have one yet, just a rag-tag assortment of patterns printed off from somewhere. But even if you don’t choose me for the book, please give Lucy some extra pets from me, and maybe a hug or two.

    Candis last blog post..And so we start another year of knitted goodness

  56. valerie sheehan says:

    yes, i too, would love the 2nd copy! being winter here in vermont, it is too cold to anthing except read and crochet. if i am awarded this book, i too, will recycle it to others who are interested. so hep me through January and Please send ME this book!

    respectfully submitted

  57. Welcome back to work! That looks like a swell book.

  58. I came into the office on Friday to get a headstart on this week — it really did help a lot to deal with the email backup. And yes, I’d love this book!

    Gladyss last blog post..the good, the bad, and the ugly

  59. Dear Lucy, would you please “fix” the random number generator so it picks me?? Please, Lucy??

    Dear Wendy, I’m glad you survived the first day back – that always seems to be the worst!

    best wishes to you both πŸ˜€

  60. Oooh I love lace! Here’s hoping I get randomly chosen (although I never seem to πŸ™ Luck just doesn’t work that way for me)

    Nicoles last blog post..Happy New Years!

  61. I feel lucky! add my name to the draw.

    Sylvies last blog post..My knitting and life goals for 2009

  62. Oh, the first day back to work after a vacation is always tough. Glad you made it.

    The lace book looks interesting, too, so here’s my entry! : )

    limedragon :-: Harriets last blog post..Dad’s Cardigan

  63. Ooooh, pick me, pick me. I am fascinated by lace books, even tho I haven’t worked up the courage to try a major lace project yet. I use them as inspiration as to what I have the potential to acheive.

  64. That looks like a beautiful book. I’d love to have it!

  65. I’d be delighted to be selected by the esteemed random number generator.

    Poor Lucy needs to readust her schedule!

    The boss told me to stay home today. so much snow that the bus got stuck! That’s something around here. The end of the conveyor belt snow storm system is approaching!

  66. I would love to put in the drawing for this book! Thanks for thinking of us!

    Pats last blog post..My Top Ten Memories of 2008

  67. Me, me, and a Belated Happy Birthday to you (wasn’t it last week? Not that I’m stalkerish enough to go look it up in your archives)

    Jennifers last blog post..2008 Finished Objects

  68. Can’t wait until the “unbloggable” will be revealed!

  69. Count me in!! Please!

  70. Oooooo lace! I’m in. πŸ™‚

    Camelamas last blog post..Etsy Smile – hot cat edition

  71. I am coming out of hiding to try for the book. I will keep stalking even if I don’t win it because I am totally devoted to your blog.

  72. My comment, expressed in haiku form:

    i love randomness
    spin, number generator
    and please please choose me

    Marcias last blog post..Fini.

  73. Maybe this would be the shove I need to try some lace???

    MzMars last blog post..Here I am, again!

  74. Well of course I would like another knitting book, thank you for asking!

  75. Me please?

    KateyJs last blog post..I’d have been a bad wife…

  76. marie-france says:

    I never win anything but i keep trying! I’d love that book Wendy.

  77. Hanging Garden, ho! And yes, I’d love a copy of the lace book. You’re generous for sharing (strange how one ends up with two copies of something, huh? It happened to me recently and I can’t explain it either).

    Sandra Ds last blog post..Brasstown Autumn

  78. I’d love a crack at the book. Thanks for sharing again Wendy!

  79. Lace… OLD lace… good… Arsenic bad. No arsenic. Just lace.

  80. I LOVE Victorian fashion and am getting into steampunk. Steampunkers aren’t wearing nearly enough knits. This would be a perfect acquisition to help turn things around!

  81. O noble and revered number generator! Pick me. πŸ™‚

    juless last blog post..Jellybeans

  82. I would love that book! Please, oh please?

  83. I am dubbing this the year of lace. I would usually not be interested in a lace book because I’ve had several nightmare lace projects. But I am determined this year to concur my fear of lace.

    Pats last blog post..I’ve been busy

  84. Hi, I am a succor for a good book -especially knitting! I love your blog and read it regularly! Thanks for the regular entertainment.

  85. I would give the lace book a good home. I really enjoy doing lace. I only have about 5 lace projects going at this point in time.

    Please give Lucy a scratch and hug for me.

  86. Ooooo, lace! πŸ™‚ I would love a lace book, I don’t have enough pretty ones yet. Thank you, and happy new year!

    Christinas last blog post..A Bit of a Scarf Phase…

  87. I’m glad that I’m not the only one who finds two titles kicking around sometimes. My friend calls it ‘half-zheimers’, you know, not quite Alzheimers. I would love the lace book. I haven’t seen that one before. How did Lucy survive her first day with you back at work? I’ll bet she was lonely.

  88. I had so much trouble facing going back to work today after many days off, that I just didn’t sleep at all last night. Nope, stayed awake all night long worrying. How unproductive is that!? BTW, I have three (3) Ragdolls and my cup of cat hair seriously runneth over. Lucy is a very beautiful girl.

  89. Lace Charts!! I love lace charts. Thanks Wendy!

    Elises last blog post..Lining a hat

  90. Okay, my second step out of lurkdom, and once again for a giveaway. Oh well. First day of school wasn’t too bad, and I actually feel pretty good since my morning routine didn’t implode =D

    Samanthas last blog post..Dive in.

  91. May I have another cup of lace, please?

  92. Oooooo a new lace book!!!! I heart lace =)

    I also returned back to work today after 10 days off and left without my id and keys had to turn around (thankfully I was just out of the driveway) and get them. Best part that was the worst part of monday


    Qutecowgirls last blog post..What I plan to do in ’09

  93. Ooh, the lace bug has just bitten me in the last year. That book looks like just the thing to scratch the itch!

    yarnmules last blog post..Alternative Knitting

  94. I’d love to have that book. I’m falling in love with lace. I already have two largish lace projects planned for this year, one with handspun.

  95. Looks like a another lovely book!

  96. Mmmm, lace. Maybe?

    I’ve been working through the break, but there have been kids at home. That changes tomorrow. Hope Mookie can handle it. Lucy looks like she can give advice.

  97. *raises hand* Long time reader, first time commenter! Love your blog (and Lucy, of course!) Plus, I love love love vintage lace patterns! Thanks for a great blog!

  98. lace looks very difficult! either way i’d like to try for it, if that’s alright.

    awww, lucy! i can’t wait to see that stole when you’re done! You do such nice intricate work.

  99. Let’s see if my luck is any better this year!

    Karens last blog post..New Year, New View


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