My current work in progress:

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


Delurking Day

I was reminded by reading Chris’ blog that today is delurking day. So please feel free to delurk and leave a comment today!

To entice you to do so, I’ll ask the random number generator to choose a comment at random tomorrow afternoon (January 13) at 4:00pm, and I will send that commenter a WendyKnits sock kit. Heck, maybe I’ll send out a few.

Now that we have that covered, here is the view from my office window at about 7:30 this morning.


I thought it was a particularly cool picture, with the sunlight reflecting off the building.

In other climate-related news, I noticed that the hallways in my condo seemed a bit cooler yesterday, so I set a thermometer out there for a couple of hours. The hallway temperature was only about 74 degrees! I was able to get the temperature inside my condo down to about 66 degrees yesterday afternoon by having the window open. We’ll see if this is a fluke or if the condo board actually lowered the temperature in the common areas. I’m probably not the only person who has complained to them about it.

We are supposed to get some chilly weather later this week so this may be the week that I actually turn my heat on. Stay tuned for more exciting developments in this story!

Meanwhile, here is a close-up of the Hanging Garden Stole:


And a peek at Miss Lucy as she preens. πŸ™‚



  1. Delurking to say that I love your blog and podcast.
    Happy Knitting!

  2. Your Hanging Garden Stole looks lovely! Of course, Lucy always looks lovely! (I’m betting she knows that already.)

  3. Miss Lucy is so sweet, and always picture perfect even while preening!!! I had never heard of delurking day, Great idea. Love your blog!

    Pennies last blog post..long time yada yada yada

  4. Yikes! “Down” to 74? Guess they haven’t heard of conserving energy! Speaking of that, I think we would all do well to take a lesson fron our kitty friends! LOL!

    Aponis last blog post..Off the Loom

  5. It got up to 65 here today, so I turned my heat back off, and I don’t think I’ll turn it back on until Spouse notices. Your stole is beautiful!

  6. Love the hanging garden stole! And Lucy is just a beauty!

    Yarn Tailss last blog post..Lazy Sunday…

  7. I always smile when I see Miss Lucy. Such a sweet girl!

    Cheekyredheads last blog post..Knitting my oldest UFO

  8. The stole is beautiful! Delurking and wishing you a happy new year!

  9. It’s always a delight to delurk, don’t you think? Love the shawl.

  10. Melanie Zahara says:

    Compared to Chicago’s lovely weather, Northern Virginia is close to heaven. I was in Fairfax Friday and Saturday where the weather was changing to cold and rainy but my big surprise was arriving at Midway Airport @ 11:30 AM to 6 inches of snow and no plowing. We are prepping for a blizzard tonight so count your blessings.

  11. Delurking to say I really enjoy your blog and I’m looking forward to your new book coming out!

  12. Happy ‘Delurking’ Day.. I enjoy your reading blog/looking at the photos, and using your sock patterns …..roll on April can’t wait for your book!!

  13. Darn, that’s hot for a hallway! The flip side is that you don’t have to turn on your heat still πŸ˜‰

    Don’t make me come up with a new and improved version of “Hot Blooded”…

    Megan S.s last blog post..So what else is new??

  14. Well, since you delurked for me, I guess I’d best return the favor. πŸ˜‰

    Ha! I am the person on the condo board with the key to change the thermostats in the common area. They go up to 66-68 when the lights are on in the stairwells (by timer), which means during the day the stairwells are CHILLY. Suck it up, condo residents, suck it up. πŸ™‚

  15. I guess since you announced the delurking day I’ll come out of hiding. I wish we would get a cold snap a cold front here is maybe 50 degrees…oh how I miss the snow that way I could have an excuse on why I knit constantly and neglect most everything else. BTW I love your cat!!

  16. I only post periodically, but I’d really love the sock kit! πŸ™‚

    Cyds last blog post..Duel at High Noon

  17. The stole looks wonderful. You would’ve loved the house I stayed in this weekend–the temp was never above 64. Of course, I was one degree above icicle status.

  18. The Hanging Garden Stole looks beautiful!

    Jackies last blog post..Nope

  19. delurking! It must take a bit of preening to stay as cute as Lucy does. πŸ˜‰

    Julie Es last blog post..Swap

  20. I’ve occasionally commented here! πŸ˜€

    And I’m commenting again!

    By the way, your lace work is astoundingly fantastic. I have yet to master lace in large, shawl form. Socks I can handle it, but in a shawl…for some reason it begins to elude me.

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

  21. Who makes these days official? Is there an official leaf-blowing day? A day of remembering the last time you fell off a horse? A National Girdle Day? A Hug Your Indoor Plants Day?

    Chennpugs last blog post..It never ends.

  22. I didn’t even know there was such a thing as delurking day, but Happy Delurking Day! πŸ™‚

    The stole is gorgeous!

  23. Delurking to say hello πŸ˜€

  24. I’m not usually a lurker, but I’d love to get a sock kit!! Ear scritches for Lucy..

    Plain Janes last blog post..Xmas Eve

  25. Another delurker here! I’ve been lurking for years. πŸ™‚ Thanks for blogging and your stole is looking lovely! Wondering if you plan to take vacation or otherwise stay home on Inauguration Day to avoid the insanity …

  26. I would love to get a sock kit! Especially since I’m just learning to knit socks.

    Pats last blog post..Useful Information In and Out of the Classroom 1/9/09

  27. Delurking to say, Hello and Lucy is as lovely as ever.

  28. Delurking to say hello. I would preen too if I was beautiful like Lucy. The stole is beautiful too!

  29. I guess I don’t think of it as lurking when I enjoy the beautiful knitting and Lucy’s comments so much – I hope the smiles reach you both!

  30. Susan Scott says:


    I can’t remeber if I have ever left a comment – but here goes: I have been reading your blog for several years and it was the first knitting blog I ever read after I taught myself to knit. I had googled “three needle bind-off” and your blog came up as a hit and I have been reading (and knitting) ever since. Many thanks for the information and the laughs!

    Susan in Baltimore

  31. OkOkOkOk!! Delurking to say “Hello!” and to give bunny hugs. =:8

    Kimberly from SBLs last blog post..Skating Quickly on Thinning Ice

  32. The stole looks awesome! Hope your condo warms up soon.

    Chris Tolomeis last blog post..My second Cobblestone Pullover

  33. KnitSteph says:

    I lurk most of the time! So I guess I’m delurking. Happy Monday!

    KnitStephs last blog post..Finito!

  34. miss lucy preening is just too cute

    ann-marie mackays last blog post..Warning, long post…with pictures

  35. Happy Delurking day! Always read your blog and love the photos, the cat, and the knitting. Wonderful!

  36. Hey-o delurking here!

  37. OK, delurking to say I love your blog and am blown away by your knitting productivity. And skill. And design genius. And generosity.

  38. andreaknits says:

    Your stole is absolutely beautiful! You are such a talented knitter! I would love to have your weather. Here in central WI, we are expecting a high of 0 deg tomorrow, 2 deg on Wednesday, and -6 deg on Thursday. Yuck!

  39. Does it count as delurking of I occasionally leave a comment already? Thank you for the regular cat pictures… makes me miss my kittens a little bit less πŸ™‚

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

  40. Delurking to say I love your blog.

  41. DE Lurking, How will your commute be affected by the Inauguration ?

  42. I love to spend time Delurking here!
    Lovely shawl!

  43. Maria Katechis says:

    Wendy, thank you for inspiring me to knit more for ME! All these years, I’ve knit for everyone else. After seeing all your beautiful projects, though, I’m declaring this my year – and am starting it with Am Kamin. I figure that if I can tackle that sweater, I can knit ANYTHING!
    Happy 2009 and hugs to Lucy, too.

  44. It’s a balmy 31 here – hope you and Lucy stay cool πŸ™‚

    Karens last blog post..

  45. Does Delurking Day mean you’ll be leaving a witty and pithy comment on my blog, too? Love ya, Wendy!

    Tammy/DarthKnitters last blog post..I Have a Plan!

  46. I comment once in awhile, but will Delurk today just cuz you said so.
    We’re getting 20-30 below zero this week – our heat will definitely be on.
    Garden Stole is looking kewl!

  47. Happy De-Lurking Day! Your stole is stunning. Lucy is lovely.

  48. Happy Delurking Day!

    Orchids last blog post..Marilyn

  49. I always read, but I guess I’m a lurker. But it’s only because I never have much to add than what’s always already been said by soo many others. And I wanna have Lucy in my pocket all day, she’s so cute! πŸ˜€

  50. Love how the shawl is coming along. Just beautiful .

    Are you helping Born to Knit translate her patterns? (I sure hope so) She alluded to your helping with something in her blog :^)

  51. Officially de-lurking today. πŸ™‚
    How chilly is chilly? we are supposed to be getting said weather here too (Ohio)- only we are under a wind chill advisory for the chilly (well below zero).

    Angels last blog post..Snowed In

  52. The stole is looking amazing! *must not cast on more lace*

  53. Hi there. Didn’t know that it was delurking day. a contest definitely bring folks out *lol*.

    Niks last blog post..I Resolve…

  54. Hello! I’ve been a blog lurker for over two years now. I love the Lucy pics and your beautiful projects. Thanks for the delightful and entertaining blog.

  55. Lurker caught!

    Heather Strawsers last blog post..One small skein for man, one hobby that’s taken hold for a lifetime

  56. I’m generally a lurker because while I love looking at the pretty photos (and the ones not of Lucy, too πŸ˜‰ ), I don’t tend to generate much thoughtful commentary. Maybe I should stop reading blogs first thing in the morning or first thing after work!

    Lizs last blog post..Books

  57. I’ve delurked in the past for raffles, but never won.

  58. Delurking! Didn’t really realize I was lurking until I was asked to de-lurk…love love love the blog!

  59. Happy new year! Love your blog!

  60. Sarah-Dianne says:

    The stole is so pretty! I can’t wait to see it completed!

  61. I guess I would be a terrible lurker (laugh). I am pretty new to knitting socks, although it seems to be the only thing that I enjoy knitting so far. I just haven’t really had anything intelligent enough to say so far!

  62. OK, ok I am delurking. Just want to say I look forward to reading your blog and I love Lucy!

  63. Your Hanging Garden Stole is gorgeous – such beautiful work! Miss Lucy is so beautiful – definitely a Goddess. Love your blog! To actually post is a first for me but with the hope of one of your kits…. the shyness faded so here goes.

  64. Pretty picture! I’m envious of your warm condo, though; our little house gets sooooo cold — it’s an old house with an addition, and there’s no insulation under the floor of the old part. Or at least there isn’t right now; hopefully there will be after our landlord returns from Iraq next month! Love your blog, and Lucy is just beautiful. Happy Delurking Day!

  65. Ok. Well, here is my delurk. I never win anything, but want to let you know that I am here, read your blog on a regular basis and enjoy your sense of humor!

  66. The stole is quite interesting.

    Lucy, of course, is always fabulous!

    otherdebs last blog post..For 2009

  67. Thought I would delurk, since I haven’t commented in a while to say hi to you and Lucy. Love the stole! It’s beautiful!

    Lissettes last blog post..Recent FO’s

  68. I also look forward to reading your blog each day that you post. You are so generous with knitting information, plus the inspiration you provide by your photos, that I really think you should have a gold star at the top of your blog. Love the newest stole, and am waiting to learn if Lucy will get heat this week. πŸ™‚

  69. Happy De-Lurking day to you and Miss Lucy!

    Lauras last blog post..You know you want to.

  70. Doesn’t wanna be first! First nevah wins anything!!! πŸ˜€ Hey girlie! I read… πŸ™‚ I lurk… πŸ™‚ I stalk..err.r… TALK… TALK… that’s what I meant! *looks around suspiciously*

    NotAMeanGirls last blog post..Mark Mah Werds!

  71. It’s supposed to be around 1o degrees later this week in Prince William Co . I know closer in to DC it’ll be warmer (maybe 15 ?), but I’m still betting that this will be the week you turn on the heat. Lucy will be so happy!

  72. I’ll delurk. I am a faithful daily reader who loves your taste in knitting projects and kitties.

    Lorraines last blog post..Snowy Weather and Little Blessings

  73. this stole looks really beautiful

    selanas last blog post..Kettenhemd stricken? – knit a chainmail?

  74. technikat says:

    I’m happy to delurk because I enjoy your blog and lovey Miss Lucy.

  75. Do you even know how strong your secret powers are? Somehow, you’ve managed to get me to de-lurk twice in a week! Hmmm… I wonder what Wendy-kryptonite would look like?

  76. I’ve got your blog on my Google Reader, so I read every post, but rarely comment. Does that make me a lurker?

  77. Ok, you talked me into it……..I’ll delurk. I’ve been reading your blog for over a year now and really enjoy it. I especially enjoy seeing what Lucy is up to.We use to have a male cat that looked very much like her named Mister. Miss him.

  78. Officially delurking! Beautiful stole, beautiful Lucy. πŸ™‚

    Marys last blog post..Happy New Year?

  79. I’ll delurk and comment and say that the stole is beautiful! I love it!

    I bet a WendyKnits sock kit is rather amazing too. πŸ™‚

    Deineras last blog post..LolDoctor

  80. Definite lurker here but regularly enjoy your posts…knitting, recipes, and quite a humble and beautiful kitty. (I’d like one just like her if I wasn’t allergic!) Looking forward with great anticipation to your sock book!!

  81. What is delurking??? Sounds sassy. We had -8 degrees C for the first time in 10 years over Christmas/New Year. Fabulous! I think my Abyssinian agrees with the elegant Miss Lucy, though-Put the damn heating on!!!
    Love your super shawl.

    Lindragons last blog post..Woodland Walk Beret.

  82. Happy Delurking day to you! I’m shocked at the temperature in the hallways at your residency having lowered to 74 degrees, what do they regularly keep it above 80.

    Your stole looks very nice. The kitty does too.

  83. Kate (the enabler) says:

    Delurking day is a great idea – we owe you comments as thanks and support for all the blogging you do, which brings entertainment and items of interest to us readers. Thanks Wendy. πŸ™‚
    PS – that pic of the stole draped over your chair that you posted yesterday (?) – gorgeous. Yummy and gorgeous.

  84. I am betting that lowering the temperatures will also save them some monies! Happy delurking day!

    LittleWits last blog post..Hocking Hills Hike

  85. fingerferdig says:

    So… I’m delurking πŸ™‚ Had no idea such a day exists! Love your blog πŸ™‚

  86. Delurking to say Hi! from Nova Scotia where it is a bone chilling -10.

    The stole is looking gorgeous!

    Sharis last blog post..Zona

  87. Well, technically I’m not a lurker since I have left comments in the past, but it’s been a long time. I’m impressed that you *still* haven’t had to turn on your heat. My gas (heating) bill was $495 last month. OUCH!

    Linda in Chicagos last blog post..A typical snow day

  88. I’ve enjoyed reading your blog and looking at pictures of your knitting and pretty Lucy. I’m not a sock knitter, but it would be lovely to win and give the sock kit to my sister who is quite a knitter. Wouldn’t that be a great mid-winter treat?

  89. Love your toe-up socks.

  90. Delurking to say I love your website, knitting & especially the lovely Lucy!
    Happy Knitting from the wilds of the Black Hills!

  91. My New Year’s resolution is to knit my first pair of socks in 2009 and I’ve chosen your basic toe up pattern. Thank you for it and wish me luck.

  92. Would love to have a sock kit of yours. It would actually give me the gumption to start on socks, I think. Thanks for thinking of us lurkers!

  93. Happy delurking day! Love your blog and sock patterns. And always glad to see what Lucy is up to. Shhhh … don’t tel my two furballs I look at another.

    Lynn in Calgary AB
    (a chinook at last!)

  94. Delurking and a “Hi!” from Colorado where we got 6 inches of snow today!

  95. The stole is beautiful. I am working on my very first ever lace project with actual lace yarn. It is going pretty well and I really like it. Someday I hope to tackle a project like your stole.

  96. Delurk, delurk, delurk. OK, now that is done, I shall go back to lurking, and admiring Lucy from afar…

  97. delurking to say how much I enjoy the blog – and Lucy, greetings from Scotland

  98. Shannon H. says:

    Woo! A sock kit! I would love a sock kit!

    BTW- I’m loving your toe up pattern with the gusset on the bottom! I’m almost finished with sock #2, which I started yesterday.

  99. Delurking huh? It seems to be one of those words that sounds a lot worse than it actually is. Wendy I don’t know if you realize what an impact you have on this lurker but it is imense. Through your many hours of thoughtfully sharing your knitting projects and other elements of your life you not only brighten many a day but you also encourage me personally to be a more productive knitter and to challenge myself more in my knitting. From another “who turned the heat up so high queen” Thanks Much! πŸ™‚

  100. Happy Delurking Day
    Don’t know what else to say…
    Thanks for the Giveaway
    Ta ra ra boom de ayyyyyy**…
    (**sung to the tune of the same name…)

    Lisas last blog post..Still Alive!