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.ย  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. I’d love a copy of that book

  2. OK, greed springeth eternal – I saw an article about that book in Piecework Magazine and it looked lovely. But if someone else gets it, that’s so OK!:)
    I guess I’m not that greedy, LOL!!!
    Crossing my fingers and saying a prayer that the one who should get it does!!

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

  3. knit purl girl says:

    I’d love a chance to win the lace book, thanks!

  4. I would love to have this nice lace book! It’s my birthday week and, although I knit profusely, supply friends and relatives profuse hints (even web addresses and wish lists), I never receive a knitting related gift. I believe they all think that I have enough knitting stuff – but I don’t – I don’t have this book!!

  5. me please…lucy i’ll give you a cheeseburger if the random generator picks me

    lissa bells last blog post..1 word

  6. I hope you pick my random number, because I would really like that book. It looks very interesting.

    Sallies last blog post..End of year post

  7. I would love to have your extra lace book. (I’d also like your voice mail message that discouraged people leaving messages!)

    Marions last blog post..Merry Christmas

  8. Marlyce Swinnerton says:

    Offering such a prize sure brings us lurkers out of the woodwork.
    Thanks for your interesting blogs and pictures all year,
    and Happy New Year.
    Marlyce in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

  9. Hariamrit says:

    I would love the book. Maybe it will inspire me to try knitting some of the lace in the book. Happy New Year to all.

  10. Yes, I would love to have a copy of Lace in the Attic.

  11. Susan Lehto says:

    I’m looking forward to seeing what the unblogable projects are!

  12. I’m game!

    Kims last blog post..New Year Ideas

  13. Although the library shelves may tend to sag, they would welcome this lovely book which I had not yet added to the working collection. I must have known somehow that you would be giving it away to the lucky post (mine) selected by Ye Mighty Random Number Generator. Scritch for Lucy.

    Nancys last blog post..Changing weather and such

  14. I’m a lace addict, too, and would love that book.

  15. Thanks for the great chance!

    Sligos last blog post..Laminaria Cast-on

  16. Tonya Millett says:

    Learning Lace is on my list of things to learn this year, so a lace book would be great.

    I really enjoy reading your blog it keeps me motivated in my own knitting.

  17. Thanks for the chance to win the book!

  18. Thanks for the chance to win. I am getting quite a good lace library and this would be a wonderful addition.

    Nancy Ns last blog post..Santa Baby

  19. Please put my name in the hat!

  20. linda-kay says:

    What a great way to start off the New Year……..Thanks Wendy!!!

  21. Barbara D says:

    Would love to win the book! Thanks for a great blog.

  22. I too would love a chance to win Lace From The Attic, please ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Glad your survived your first day back – Happy New Year!

  23. Mmmmm lace…. after all the chocolate over the holidays, some lace is all the deliciousness I need.

  24. Remembering your passwords is an achievement worthy of merit! Sign me up for the contest, please – one can never have too many lace books (unless, of course, they are duplicates).

    Annikas last blog post..Reflection

  25. Today was my first day back after two weeks off…it took me all morning to wade through the email!

  26. I’m slowly becoming a lace addict, and I seriously lack books on the subject….would love a chance at this one!

    Erikas last blog post..Almost there…

  27. Hey Wendy, glad to hear you remembered everything and are getting settled back in at work. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’d like to be entered in the drawing please! Give Lucy love!

    Krystals last blog post..Yes, chicken nuggets are made out of Satan

  28. Hi Wendy,
    Happy New Year to you, Lucy, and KOARC!

    Beckys last blog post..Look what I can do!!

  29. Wowza! I’m just beginning knitting lace, and that book looks magical.

    Lucy’s all plopped down on the floor like my cat Sarah does! Oh, those magical ragdolls. They are so cute!

  30. Oh swoon, Nancie Wiseman!

  31. Lucky you, no voice-mails! Hope you were able to wade through the e-mails (usually takes me twice as long as I was out). I am really looking forward to seeing the finished Hanging Garden.
    Cheers, Margaret

  32. Glad your first day back was OK – mine was too! Please stick my name in the pot for the book drawing – please,please,please…..btw – #1 son said your venison stew looked y-u-m! (Did Lucy lick the bowl?)

    Cindy Ks last blog post..New Year’s Knitting

  33. I love when I can return to work with no voice mail and no forgotten passwords after some time off. Email never spares me, though!

    I’d love a chance at the book, please ๐Ÿ™‚

    mslindzs last blog post..Mrs. Cactus (More thoughts on the year to come)

  34. Hey…is that my grandmother on the cover !?! ๐Ÿ˜€

  35. Oh, yes, please, may I have the book?

    Who knew that strongly worded outgoing messages worked? LOL!

  36. I’m totally going through a lace phase right now. I’d love that book. Glad transitioning back to work went well for you.

    Emilys last blog post..Happy New Year!

  37. Please include me in the book drawing — 2009 is to be the Year of the Lace.

    Faiths last blog post..Christmas Music

  38. I wonder if Lucy was lonely, or if she was glad of the quiet. My husband went back to work today after two weeks off, and I know which it was for me.

  39. I would love to win this book!!!! I like knitting lace shawls.

  40. Sure! I’d like a try at a copy! Thanks! Happy New Year!

  41. I would love to win a copy.

  42. Oh great random number generator, randomly generate my number!

    Debbies last blog post..COLD

  43. Shannon H. says:

    Oooh! A book on lace! I would love to have that!

  44. Oh yes, all our christmas money went to fixing hubby’s car so no new books for a little while-this would help keep my addiction for a new book under control ๐Ÿ™‚

    Myriams last blog post..No Restrictions

  45. I would gladly cherish your second copy of Lace from the attic.

    tabithas last blog post..Revelations and Resolutions

  46. Karen Scheer says:

    I would love to be entered in the drawing, thank you.


  47. I am a bit addicted to lace. I tat, knit, do the odd bit of Battenburg, and currently I’m trying to teach myself filet crochet without the benefit of knowing how to crochet anything more complex than a chain for toe up socks to start with. So, please rescue me from myself by adding to my pile of pre-1948 lace books!

  48. Lisa in Toronto says:

    My mother would be very happy to find room on her bookshelf for a new lace book. Thanks for sharing!

  49. Would love to win a book to start the new year out right! I’ve been a lurker who enjoys your blog on a regular basis.

    Pat Ks last blog post..Z is for…

  50. Donna in Ely says:

    Oh, please pick me!! I just started knitting lace and don’t have any lace books just sock books. Maybe I could knit lacy socks too!!

  51. Lace From The Attic, pick me! Pick me!

  52. Miss seeing your knitting pics……hope you get to a bloggable one soon.

    Cindys last blog post..New Family Member

  53. Judie Digby says:

    Hi Wendy….Please sign me up for ‘Lace From the Attic’. Nancy Wiseman always has great books.

  54. wow – I would love to win that book. I borrowed it from the library once and hated to give it back.
    Happy New Year to you and yours, Wendy!

  55. Today was my first day back after 5 days off – no day off goes unpunished!
    I’d love a chance to win a book…..
    Thanks Wendy – Happy New Year!

  56. Happy to hear that everything went normally on your first day back ๐Ÿ™‚ I would love to be entered for the book.

    angelas last blog post..Ta-Da!

  57. I would love to win the book!

    Tabithas last blog post..Kameron Luke Myers

  58. Wow–I’m trying to bulk up my lace book collection. Count me in! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Clumsy Knitters last blog post..How to Offend a Knitter

  59. my birthday is Jan 7th, I think that book would be a lovely birthday present. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Kristis last blog post..How now brown gloves?

  60. It’s always strange to discover you have two copies of the same book lying around the house. That’s happened to me on a few occasions too. I’m sure any one of your loyal readers will be glad to take it off your hands! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’m looking forward to seeing more pictures of the stole! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Rias last blog post..Give โ€˜em the old razzle-dazzle!

  61. Today was my first day back since Dec. 17. Don’t know who was more disappointed to be back — me or my 80+/- Sixth graders!

    Count me in on the book drawing!

  62. Congrats, on first day back survival. I would love the chance at the books.

  63. Oops, book, singular. I knew that but my fingers did not.

  64. What a lovely book. I would love a copy. Thank you for the opportunity.

  65. krayolakris says:

    Happy New Year Lucy & Wendy!

  66. Glad your first day back was okay. Can’t wait to see what’s so unbloggable!

  67. I would be MORE than happy to take that off your hands. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thank you for offering, and while I’m here, love the blog!

    Tina M.s last blog post..Spinning FO: Fruit Salad

  68. Can’t wait to see more on the stole. So pretty. Please enter me in the book draw….

  69. I would love to have this book–thanks for the chance!

  70. Anxious to see the unbloggable. Happy New Year and best wishes in ’09.

    Sue J.s last blog post..Socks To Be Me

  71. unbloggable? eventually bloggable or a total mystery?

  72. Happy New Year!


  73. Oooh, I’d love that book!

  74. Beverly Shaw says:

    I would love another Lace Book to add to the collection. I have been addicted since the first shawl. I’ve had to swear off of KALs though because I can’t keep up.

  75. Hey a new casino opened up just up the road from me. I can’t win there, but maybe I can win here? ๐Ÿ™‚
    Lovin’ the lace patterns!

  76. technikat says:

    A lace book from Nancy Wiseman sounds like a real treat!

    Welcome back to the “real” world ;-(

  77. Christine says:

    Hi Wendy,
    I’d love a chance to win this book.
    I’m so looking forward to seeing your completed Hanging Garden Stole. It looks beautiful!

  78. Thanks for the chance! I have only knit two feather and fan stoles.

  79. cecilia david says:

    Best wishes for the New Year to you and Lucy. Your knitting skills are a true inspiration. Thanks for your wisdom. Cecilia

  80. Would love to have this book!

  81. Happy New Year! I would love a chance to win that book! Thank you for all your posts, you’re an inspiration to knit more (and finish more) in 2009.

  82. Happy New Year. Glad work wasn’t that bad to return to.

  83. I would absolutely LOVE a copy of that book!! Glad you survived your first day back to work!!

  84. I got into the lace scene and I love every minute of it. I would enjoy the book. Have a Happy New Year. Jean

  85. oh, today was a not a great monday. my inbox was surprisingly empty, which pleased me ๐Ÿ™‚

  86. the unbloggable….has me intrigued…..
    Please enter me in the draw for the awesome book!

  87. Lynette Holzer says:

    I’ve been knitting top-down socks for 20 years, have the recipe memorized, can practically do it blindfolded and am resistant to change when it comes to sock knitting, I suppose, but every once in a while I venture into toe-up territory. I’m enchanted by your Swan Song socks. I bought some lovely Smooshy sock yarn in their lipstick colorway last year, and it’s worked its way to the top of the heap. Your pattern calls for a Turkish-type toe. Is your short-row toe a viable substitute? I prefer that over all the other toes I’ve tried.

    Lynette, who would like to have her name tossed into the ring for the Nancy Wiseman book, thankyouverymuch.

  88. Oh I would love that book….random number generator pick me!!

  89. Love lace! Would LOVE to win that book!

  90. I’d love to add that book to my growing lace book collection!!

  91. ooooo. pretty book. ooooo.

    oh and glad the re-entry into the working world wasn’t to painful.

  92. I had a million messages when I got back to work. Could you record my voicemail message next time? ๐Ÿ™‚

    The book looks lovely, too.

    Michelles last blog post..Happy Friday!

  93. Ohhh, pick me! pick me!

    Natalies last blog post..New Year’s Resolutions

  94. Thanks for your generousity!

  95. I’m new to lace knitting, and would love a new book to explore.

  96. This looks like a fantastic book. I love your site and just recently my 10 yr old started reading your Wendy Knits book. She loves it! Passin’ on the knittin’ love to the next generation.

  97. I’d love to be reading a nice lace book while I sit at the beach getting eaten alive by sandflies, sunburnt and attacked by seagulls.Kiwi summers never last long enough!

  98. Linda from Kansas says:

    Hm, I think I am 177 or something. Well, why not. Lace is pretty. Some day I am going to knit up something lacy.

  99. Pam Huang says:

    It looks like an interesting book. Put my name in the drawing! Thanks.

  100. I would love to win that book. Pick me, pick me!

    Claires last blog post..happy birthday!