My current work in progress:

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


Assorted Random Bits, Some Happy, One Not-So-Happy

I’ll address the sad item first, because it is an important one.

Every morning I watch a tiny bit of local news before I dash off to work, and I always see my favorite newspeople: weatherperson Kim Martucci, and traffic reporter Angie Goff. (Angie is also one of my buddies on Plurk and Facebook — Hi, Angie!)

WeatherKim posted a very sad post on her blog about a kind man whose dog is about to be taken away because the dog is is a pit bull — well, I won’t go into details here but will direct you to Kim’s blog to read the sad story. Kim is trying to find someone to help Jody and his dog Chopper and I’m passing the story along in hopes that someone or some rescue group has a solution. Thank you so much for taking the time to click the link over to Kim’s blog and reading her post. Scroll down to reach today’s entry.

Okay, onward.

A Lovely Random Bit

Sharon has finished her first pink Sunflower sock.


Isn’t it fabulous?

The pattern will be at The Loopy Ewe soon, as soon as we get it finalized. Sharon and I are so pleased you all like it so much!

A Fun Random Bit

Every weekday morning I take the subway to work, and there is a short stretch of tunnel that has animated ads posted along the tunnel wall. I finally got around to filming the latest ad:

Please excuse the reflection of my and my camera — pretty much unavoidable. But isn’t that great?

A Very Random Bit

I laughed at some of your comments yesterday about my poor dry hand in the earring photo. They always look like that when I come home from work — after washing my hands multiple times during the day using the industrial strength soap available there. I don’t put lotion on my hands at work because I never have time — I think I need to find a totally greaseless lotion that sinks in immediately so I can do so without messing up papers or keyboard.

But anyhow, I do put lotion on after I get home!

A Feline Bit



  1. that is so sad-about the pit bull.

    about the lotion-if you have a Trader Joe’s near you they have the best lotion for dry skin (that’s what its called) it is greaseless and it says it is fragrance free-but it has a very nice light scent. Plus at less than $4 a bottle it is worth a try!

    Heather @Domestic Extraordinaires last blog post..Wordless Wednesday-Spring has sprung

  2. Crabtree & Evelyn’s Gardeners Hand Therapy – I swear by it πŸ™‚

    Karens last blog post..A call for assistance

  3. Patricia says:

    Is the sock a bit taller than usual? I like it very much.

  4. Tilladare says:

    You might want to try Liquid Gloves. you put it on *before* work, then it basically seals your skin so you are washing the dirt off without washing natural oils out of your skin. Worth a try anyway.

  5. I wish I could take Chopper. Breed-specific laws are asinine. It’s like saying one ethnic group has “undesirable” characteristics because some members do. Oh wait, people have claimed that.

    Idas last blog post..On Herman and Toilet Paper

  6. CeraVe. the stuff in the tub.

    Greaseless, absorbs right away, no scent (you can add your own if you want).

    Helped me immensely with my eczema this year and I found it BEFORE it was recommended by my dermatologist.

    Also like HYDRATE body lotion in Grapefruit Sky scent by giovanni. I get it at the local Whole Foods. I keep this one at work and little sample tube of the CeraVe in my purse for when I’m out and about.

    Tiny Tyrants last blog post..For at Least Two Weeks…

  7. All of the afore mentioned are great but my favorite is the old fashioned Udder Cream, the one in the Holstein spotted jar or tube or vat with pump dispenser. All of which I have had at one time or the other. Currently it is the vat with the pump dispenser. It is absolutely greaseless and is very nice on your skin.

  8. How do we get the charming monsters?

  9. I loved the video! My daughter, living across the ocean from me, is bemoaning the fact (and so am I) that we can’t go and see Coraline together.

    I’ll go read about the Pit Bull. I am almost afraid to, as sad dog stories make me so ….well, SAD.

    Rennas last blog post..Pepper Saga-Part Deux

  10. I haven’t tried the Trader Joe’s maybe I need to check it out at $4.00. My favorite is Crabtree & Evelyn’s Gardeners Hand Therapy. My hands absorb it quickly and there is hardly a scent. I love it!!! Also love the new design.


    Cats last blog post..Nanner’s and Bread

  11. My favorite is Crabtree & Evelyn’s Gardeners Hand Therapy. Have been using it for years. Sad pit bull story.

  12. I have horrible dry hands that get to the crack/bleed stage. I have been using a product called “Gloves in A Bottle” it is a watery lotion that you put on & let dry and it stays on trhough hand washing (supposedly). Anyway I do medical transcribing for an allergy doctor and he is always recommending it, so I am trying it. It has no fragrance and is probably not very allergic. He also recommends Aveeno & Eucerin. I really like a hand cream called “No Crack” the Day Use one, it seems to drop into your skin and smells great. I got it from a knitting store because it is supposed to be nongreasy and it’s one of the best I have found for not leaving that “hand lotion stickiness” that most lotion leave on your hands so that you actually have to wipe them. Good luck.

  13. I use shea butter on my hands when they get really cracked. Also like stuff with tea tree oil in it. I can’t wait till sock pattern is ready. I love it. I’ve been buying lots of solids/semi-solids lately so will have yarn.

    Timmie Bs last blog post..KAL-ED OUT

  14. Gloves in a Bottle is a great hand lotion that absorbs quickly! The yarn is robbing moisture from our hands and this works great and you can knit immediately after using it – so I’m sure you can work right after using it too!

  15. Lubriderm is my favorite–cheap, smells good, and sinks in really quickly, but it also keeps your hands really soft.

  16. That’s a sad story about Chopper. I sent the link to a couple friends who are deep into animal rescuing, maybe they can help.

    Aunt Kathys last blog post..Wednesday- It may be Silver, but it’s worth Gold to me

  17. I forwarded the story of Chopper to the head of the rescue that I foster pit bulls for. I hope we can do something to help him. Thanks for caring about him. There are too few people in the world that understand how misunderstood the bully breeds are.

  18. Olivella Hand Creme–my hands were as rough as sandpaper and after 2 days they were silky.

  19. Margie from Maryland says:

    here’s a vote for neutrogena hand cream – rubs in quickly, comes in unscented.

  20. Four words for hands in and out of water all day: Gloves in a Bottle

    Cindy (maxfun)s last blog post..You belong in Ireland

  21. Loopy Ewe carries Bee Bar lotion, which is really a bee’s wax wafer you rub over your hands. You can even go ahead and knit, so it should be ok for papers. I have the small tins for my purse, and a large one for home. DH loves the light vanilla-type scent. I believe it comes in lavender, too, but since he doesn’t like lavender, that’s not for us.

    Love my Bee Bar lotion!

    Barbara-Kays last blog post..Music in the air

  22. Wendy in Cambridge says:

    I so hope something can be done for Chopper. He sounds like a great dog. Breed-specific laws are unnecessary and unfair.

    Great video! I saw Coraline and loved it.

  23. Neutrogena Fast Absorbing Hand Cream.
    I like udder cream, too, but takes a whole lot longer to work in. The Neutrogena is seriously fast if you just have a couple of seconds to work it.
    Cetaphil is good, too. It is water based and not greasy. Again, not as fast absorbing.

    Heathers last blog post..Gone Missing?

  24. Danielle from SW MO says:

    I use it on my dry skin, no to a very light sent and doesnt leave a greasy film. I rub it in and go about my knitting or whatever other business I have to do.

  25. Gold Bond Healing (aloe) cream. It’s been about the best and my fingers crack at the tips all winter. However, I’m going to try the Crabtree and Evelyn everyone’s talking about here!

    Knitnanas last blog post..Basket O’ Shame

  26. I have used Neutrogena hand cream for years. It does not give me a slimy feeling like most lotions do. However, I might try the “Gloves in a Bottle”!

    Beth P.

  27. Delurking to give Sharon praise for her finished sock, and to suggest Trader Joe’s A Midsummer Night’s Cream for work. I have the exact same problem and the exact same demands from a cream. Plus it’s made w/out animal by-products or testing.

  28. I too work in an office with industrial strength hand soap. I use H 2 O hand and nail cream. It is not greasy so there are no fingerprints all over the desk and paperwork. It has a nice light scent on which I frequently get compliments.

  29. I don’t care what is going on time wise at the office, I use the hand lotion, sort of a running joke around here. I am on my 3rd keyboard and they are lack the M, N, and C. the lotion rubs them off I guess. Love the socks, off to read the pit bull story but may wait till a quieter moment.

  30. I highly recommend Jergens Ultra Healing. Found in most every grocery/drug store.

  31. Good old fashioned “Corn Huskers Lotion” no grease, goes in quick, cheap too! Also, thank you so much for sharing your patterns, tips and tricks with us. Just completed my first ever “toe up”, your pattern was a great way to answer my questions about how do they do that??? Anxiously awaiting the knee high pattern. Your blog is first I check every a.m. Gotta get that daily smile from Lucy’s photo.

  32. Another vote for the Udder Cream. Greaseless, fast absorbing, effective & absurdly cheap! I’m a sucker for trying a new lotion, but find that I keep coming back to the stuff.

  33. I was in DC for a conference year before last and I thought those moving ads were just too cool.
    But then I don’t ride the subway very much, so the whole thing was pretty exciting for a little country mouse like me.
    I like Trader’s Joe’s Midsummer night’s cream as well, don’t know that is soaks in ultra-quick though.

    Ann in CTs last blog post..Yawn

  34. I like Aveeno hand cream -it is 24 hour stuff- put it on the morning -good to go all day – it really helps my dry hands.
    I grew up in NYC and rode the subway daily-there were ads in the trains but not in the tunnels-that is sort of spooky-

  35. Aw, a Coraline ad — I love the ad campaign for that movie even more than the movie. Have a great weekend!

    kmkats last blog post..The Katβ„’ is angered.

  36. Try Alba lotion. It is available at Whole Foods and is a lifesaver in the insanely dry climate of Denver. I can even put it on my face without breaking out – unfortunately, I can’t say that about Lubriderm.

  37. Wendy,
    I am the owner of the dog that is being forced out of our home. Thank you so much for posting this story here. Your efforts have helped the story of Chopper to reach someone all the way in California. The website i have posted here was started from the email that Kim mentions in her blog.

    Thank you so much for your help and Support. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    Jody, Janice and Chopper!

  38. I really enjoyed Coriline–I read the book after seeing the movie mentioned on your website and loved it. I liked the movie as well–a rather artsy film, but it still captured the dark flavor of the book. If only Neil Gaimin would write more like it!

  39. Neil Gaimen just sent out a tweet with a link to your video.

  40. I just had to tell you how great your site looks. My computer CRASHED…dreaded blue screen…other stuff Over a week ago and I am just today up and semi going again. Lucy is a cutie as always. Pit bulls get such a bad rap. I have known so many that were so sweet. I love the sock also!

  41. Renew Intensive Skin Therapy by MELALEUCA

    instantly absorbs, really totally grease-less

  42. I LOVE your new web look!

    Jessicas last blog post..Why Twitter?

  43. Is the ‘animation’ on the tunnel wall actually a series of stills that appear animated as you move past? That is AWESOME!

  44. My two cents…I can’t stand the greasy hand lotion feeling, so was delightfully surprised to find Mary Kay’s Satin Hands leaves no residue…am already thinking of saving for when I run out, and I just bought the stuff πŸ™‚

    Melanie J.s last blog post..Mental Wanderings

  45. Wendy! HI to you too. Thanks for posting the story on Chopper. He’s such a cute pooch.. we can only hope a home will come through.
    — see you monday morn

  46. Poor pooch! I hope he’ll find a home! (if my son reads your blog, the dog might be living in a dorm room at a local university!) Hand follow-up from yesterday: Germy kids x hand washing + dry school air = small bottles of lotion all over my classroom. These are mostly free samples from our school secretary who sells Avon – I like the Skin So Soft one & they also make a super Moisture one – the name escapes me now b/c it’s past my bedtime! Your video of the cool animated ad made me nostalgic for my NoVa days – must visit the relatives soon!

    Cindy K

    ps: Halloween is a bit concerned about Lucy, her tail, and that rocking chair!

    Cindy Ks last blog post..Random Acts of Fiberness

  47. Morning Meadows Sundries hand lotion. 2 oz. malibu tube for $2. has meadowfoam oil and shea butter. Fast absorbing and greaseless. Udder Cream gets my second vote πŸ™‚

    molly dybiecs last blog post..

  48. another plug for my favorite lotion – Vaseline Intensive Care: Healthy Hand and Nail. I use it at work all the time b/c it does absorb very quicly, feels light, is minimally scented and keeps my hands from having that dry dry feeling. I don’t like to touch paper when my hands are that dry!


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