My current work in progress:

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


Potpourri, Thursday Edition

I’ve got a mishmash of stuff today.

To start, a picture of this morning’s sky, just before sunrise.


Next on the agenda, behold the most beautiful colorway of Wollmeise I’ve ever seen: Single Malt.


This is Wollmeise Lace, and this skein of yarn is most definitely going into the “to be knit soon” queue.

A question from the comments — how to bind off the Hanging Garden Stole so that it will be stretchy enough?

Well, the short answer is “loosely.” But how to achieve that? One way is with a Russian bind-off, which is nice and stretchy. Another tip — use a needle a size or two larger than your working needle. Me, I’ll probably just do my usual cast-off and make it loose by going up a needle size or two. I’m not planning on blocking the living daylights out of this, so I don’t need my bind-off to be terribly stretchy. I’ll probably just steam it with my iron when I’m done.

And next, an important public service announcement:

I received the following email from Rachel in Scotland:


I run a small animal shelter and ethical pet supply shop here in Edinburgh (you can read about what we do on my website) and recently, what with the time of year and the economy being what it is, we have had a massive influx of rescues and we’re struggling to cope. As part of our fundraising efforts, and because I and so many of my friends love to knit, we’re all knitting wee cat toys and other items out of scraps of spare yarn, and then we offer them here on the front desk for a donation to the rescue fund.

You can read all about this on the Paws Here journal at

I’m wanting to get the message to as many knitters as possible, so if they have a little bit of spare time and yarn they can help us make a difference to these animals.


Longtime readers will remember The Great Charity Mouse-a-thon I ran several years ago shortly after Lucy came to live with me. It’s amazing what a group of knitters with bits of leftover yarn and an hour to spare will accomplish. And there are many wonderful patterns for kitty toys.

Feline dimsum from Knitty

A huge listing of cat toys!

My main catnip mouse pattern is here, with links to other patterns.


Do you know what this is?


It’s the switch on my thermostat. Yes, it finally got cold enough so that I turned on the heat.

Lucy sez:


I can hardly believe it.


  1. Congratulations, Lucy. You have heat!!!

  2. As much as I DON”T enjoy the cold weather, I’m sorry to hear you had to turn on the heat. But then I’m in Richmond wrapped up in a shawl in my office, which is usually warm in the afternoon. Sounds like it’s going to be a record breaking cold inaguration (sp?).

    Thanks for the spreading the word for Rachael – our Pretty Girl will insist I help out. Who am I to argue with the ruler of the household?

  3. Wow. I don’t think I knew that Wollmeise had laceweight. And I didn’t NEED to know it, either!!

    I’m happy Lucy now has heat. She still deserves her cuddly shearling though.

    Lisas last blog post..It’s All About the Dress

  4. Alex Fagelson says:

    But Miss Lucy, when the weather is so cold, your fur grows and makes you so beautiful.

  5. You make me feel like a wimp for turning on the heat when it drops down to 50 or so at night here–especially with near=90s during the day! But The Daughter gets chilled; the cats sleep with me, in my closed-heater-vent-windows-open upstairs bedroom!

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

  6. Yay for heat! We have been cranking the heaters all day and it is still freezing here. BTW I love that yarn, and the name. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  7. Alert the media! Cancel the call to the SPCA! Call off the Dept. of Animal Services. Lucy is not going to freeze to death – huzzah!!!

  8. So WHY is the lovely Lucy just laying there? I would have thought she would be doing a happy dance.

    Lindas last blog post..Knitting News

  9. I got the Laceweight Single Malt also and I can’t stop looking at it and smelling it. It’s already wound and ready to go. My husband rigged my small ballwinder to be able to wind almost a mile of laceweight and keeps making jokes about it because I kept telling him “just look at it!” Some people just don’t get it. I have it coming in 80/20 also and I was going to make him socks out of it but now I’m rethinking that.

  10. Hi Wendy – thank you for answering my query about binding off the Hanging Garden Stole. I’ll google the Russian bind-off to see what that’s all about. I did go up two needle sizes for binding off, but I think that positioning the beads in there made the process tighter than usual. Your advice is appreciated!

  11. Wendy in Cambridge says:

    Thanks for the information about the animal shelter. I just went to their website and sent them a donation via PayPal.

    Lucy looks very contented. Must be that the heat is on…

  12. Yay heat!

    May I suggest the kitchner bindoff….

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  13. Who has gone soft now, eh ๐Ÿ˜‰

    At least Lucy is happy – whose happiness is of worldly importance!

    Megan S.s last blog post..And so it goes….

  14. I got a big kick out of Lucy’s picture on the right hand side of the blog. I figured out what the pillow said behind her. A pillow like that at my house should say, “Cat and Dog hair…”. Very cute. Lucy too.

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  15. I sometimes think of making knitted cat toys for Mookie, but since she doesn’t chew on my knitting now, I’m not sure I want to encourage her to do so!

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  16. What a beautiful sunrise photo. I never see sunrise anymore, but the photo makes me want to. I did notice that at 5 pm, it was still somewhat light outside and the sky had a mauve glow so I will have to get my camera out. Stay warm.

    Lizs last blog post..Tomorrow is my Blogiversary Contest!!!

  17. Ah, you finally need heat! Here in the San Francisco Bay Area, we’re baking (or basking) in 68-70 degree weather. Normal temperatures are 40-55 degrees.

  18. Lucy, I give you joy at the turning on of the thermostat.

    nice sunrise too!

  19. Have you considered a sewn bind off?

  20. whoa! You mean you decided to not wait out the entire winter!! Lucy is happy…she says with the temps you’ve had even her fur coat is not quite cutting it!

    turtles last blog’s hump day!

  21. i can’t believe you’re only turning the heat on now!

  22. Lucy, It has been in the 80s all week here in California. You should come visit. There is a nice sunny spot on the desk, right next to the fishtank. What more could you want? Oh, right, Mommy!

    Lisas last blog post..Mem’ries…

  23. The Wollmeise is very pretty. I can’t wait to see you what you knit with it ๐Ÿ™‚

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  24. You’ll need heat here next weekend!

    lv2knits last blog post..From Sally โ€” A New Bohus

  25. I’ve had heat ever since we moved on January 2nd. It was 5 below freezing the whole of the first week and as the house hasn’t been lived in for 18 months it was somewhat cold!

    Mandellas last blog post..Brief Update

  26. C’mon over to the west end of Toronto on this Friday morning and share in our big power blackout! -15C weather is not very helpful. No furnaces, no lights…no hair irons. Couldn’t be happier to be at work.

    Clicking on the Scottish animal shelter link and viewing a picture of that tiny baby bunny warmed me up just fine, though.

  27. Colleen G says:

    I’m jealous that you just NOW switched on the heat. I live in IL…and yesterday, Alaska was warmer by40-50 degrees.
    Of course, it’s still not as bad as MN, where my folks had a starting temp of -28, before windchill.

  28. Wendy, I am so glad to see you posting today. Yesterday after the plane went down in NY, I saw a passenger who looked just like you! At first I wondered if you left early to go to the Bohus convention. Glad you are safe!

    Shirleys last blog post..Moose Loves Roses

  29. Oh puhleese.. you finally turned on your heat? I need to hurt you. I can’t remember what warm feels like. hehehe, and now i HAVE to go check out the knitted kitty toys ๐Ÿ™‚

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  30. I tried to tell my dad it was cold here (12 degrees at 6:30am) – and he just laughed. He’s on the far side of the White Mountains, where it’s -36 this morning.

    (I’m glad I’m in DC instead!)

    CraftyGryphons last blog post..Lorna’s Laces Worsted: More Yarn Than You Think

  31. I’m with lucy on this one. 73 or higher please.

    madonnaearths last blog post..Aarrgghhhhh!!!

  32. Well, it was under ten degrees this morning, right? We all have our limits… ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. That Wollmeise is GORGEOUS!! I think I shall never be fortunate enough to ever get a skein of it. Is there any good source for it besides lucking out on a Loopy Ewe sneak up? Hasn’t happened yet… ๐Ÿ™ I can’t wait to see what you make with it–I’m sure it will be lovely. I don’t know what your yardage is, but I just started Anne Hanson’s Palimpsest Stole and it’s really lovely, so that’s a suggestion if you don’t have a plan already. Stay warm Lucy!

  34. Wendy- Lucy looks positively gobsmacked!

    Lorraines last blog post..Kittybad

  35. Where did you manage to score that beautiful Wollmeise? It is exquisite!!!! Can’t wait to see what it becomes in your expert hands!

  36. I agree with Karla. Lucy is radiating smugness, isn’t she?!!!!

  37. It must be really cold in DC if you turned on the heat ๐Ÿ™‚ Keep that kitty warm!

    kmkats last blog post..Notes from the cold depths of hell.

  38. They’re predicting a heat wave out here (Minneapolis) next week. Rumor has it we will be UP to the 20s when you visit. Bring your shorts- it will be nice and warm! (it’s really sad when you start to think temps in the 20s as warm.)

    JillsKnits last blog post..I’m ready for my close up

  39. Yep…time to turn it on…we were there in the greater DC area this week, when some moron started a cigarette fire in the hotel as we were in the hot tub. It wasn’t a blast to be outside in wet suits and towels while they put the fire was COLD! DOWN RIGHT COLD! Stay warm!

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  40. Wow, I made a noise aloud at work when I realized you’d turned the heat on. I think the fire may have messed up the balance of the internal spaces that were keeping your place warm, or something.

    That IS a lovely yarn. Someday I am going to luck out and score some of that, but if you are not in the “in” crowd, you are mostly out of luck!

    All my best to you cold readers. I feel very lucky to be in Austin, where at least it is above freezing.

    Sunas last blog post..Poor Lonely Sock

  41. I’ve been bundling up as much as I can (and getting a lot of people saying, “That’s all you wore?!”), because it has been so cold in the Boston area. I just keep thanking my lucky stars that I have heat and I don’t have to worry about it costing an arm and a leg to turn up the heat a smidge. I still wish I was in DC though, because compared to Boston right now it is balmy!

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  42. Michele in maine says:

    Single Malt lace is about the only (Wollmeise) thing I’m lusting after these days.

    Heat? Well, yes! 20 below zero here this morning. In 17 years, I’ve never seen it that cold here. Breathing in my car made ice on the inside!

  43. I happen to have the little mouse kit from Schoolhouse press in one of my knitting bags :~) Perfect!