My current work in progress:

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


Bork! Bork! Bork!

It’s been one of those days. You know the kind — when you fix one thing it breaks three other things. Lots of internet weirdness along with work weirdness made me very happy to leave and come home for the day!

Oh, and my email has been borked all day so if you’ve contacted me and wonder why I am ignoring you, it is likely I haven’t seen your email yet. Hopefully the emails I’ve sent today have reached their intended recipients.

Bork! Bork! Bork!


Now, if it had been Bjorked, it would look like this:


And if it had been Birked, it would look like this:


Yes, it has been one of those days. So much so, that I felt the need to Squirrelize the photo of Bjork:


And I don’t have much of anything of my own to show you. I’ve got a chunk of knitting done on the second sock of my current pair:


I took this with me to New York over the weekend. I got a total of 10 rounds done all weekend, I think. For some reason, although I knit socks on the subway every day, I don’t like knitting on Amtrak, so I spent the train time reading.ย  And since the trip to New York was for book signing and teaching classes, well, not too much time for personal knitting!

And I won’t even bother showing you the True Love Stole. It looks pretty much the same as the last time you saw it.

Bottom line? I’ve got a lot to do, but not a lot to say!

But I do have something pretty to show you. ๐Ÿ™‚


This is a handmade crocheted bead bracelet made by Julie of Big Sheep Jewelry. Isn’t it gorgeous?

And just so Lucy wouldn’t feel left out, Julie made her a pretty necklace.

Check out the clasp:


Here is a pic of Miss Lucy is wearing it.


And something I received a couple of weeks ago from an anonymous gifter:


One of Rosemary Hill‘s shawl pins — in the shape of a sock. How perfect is that??!!

Lucy sez:


“I’m a princess — I have a necklace!”


  1. What pretty goodies you & Lucy got! Verah nice!

    If I were a squirrel, I would stay very far away from Bjork. Look what happened to the last swan that got too close!
    .-= Lisa´s last blog ..Too Much to Do, Too Little Time =-.

  2. Lucy needs no necklace to be a princess, but it does look lovely on her!

    I so enjoyed your sock class at Knitty City. Thanks for taking the fear out of toes and heels.

  3. I love the shawl pin.
    .-= southparknitter´s last blog ..On the go =-.

  4. The Jewelry is beautiful…such skill…such imagination…and the shawl pin is really awesome…Miss Lucy looks loverly in her new bling…

  5. Somehow I don’t think the presence of a necklace is what makes Lucy feel like a princess. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’m glad you didn’t squirrelize the Swedish Chef!
    .-= Jennifer´s last blog ..Progress and finishing: kidโ€™s knitting =-.

  6. lovely gifts! love the squirrel, and yes, bork bork bork is very appropriate for those kind of days!

  7. I am quite amused. ๐Ÿ™‚
    .-= Janis´s last blog ..take these sunken eyes and learn to see =-.

  8. Bling! What better to cheer up such a day?
    .-= Nancy´s last blog ..No Mistakin’ #27 =-.

  9. Two Muppets comments (inspired by the Swedish Chef):

    There is a hysterical YouTube of Beaker “meeping” Ode to Joy at

    If you have iTunes, go to the HowStuffWorks podcasts and download the “How Muppets Work” (free). It’s very interesting.
    .-= Ariadne´s last blog ..Playing Catch-Up =-.

  10. I just wanted to say, “Thank You”. I love getting your blogs. I know you would rather be spending time with Lucy, friends, family, KNITTING, but, you take time everyday to inspire us. Thank you,

    barb in MI

  11. Is that a swan beak on her breast? Poor girl.
    .-= Megan S.´s last blog ..Damn that Foosball! =-.

  12. I think Lucy needs a crown! Or at least a tiara.

    Your post made me laugh. Especially the term “squirrelize.”
    .-= pdxknitterati/MicheleLB´s last blog ..The magic of blocking =-.

  13. Could be worse. It could have gone all (Lady) Gaga!
    .-= Cindy (maxfun)´s last blog ..Work, knit, spin, sleep. Rinse, repeat. =-.

  14. I love surprise gifts or as I call them Happy Day gifts!! I was looking at your sock and was wondering what length of circular do you use. I am using a 26″ well two of them from knit picks and I am not quite sure I like the length. For comfortable knitting I need the needle part to be atleast 4.5 to 5 inches long. Any thoughts to help me along?

  15. LOL – I laughed my a** off with your Bjork-Birk-Squirrel Story!

  16. I knew the minute I looked at your title it had to be a reference to The Swedish Chef, and I was right….I feel very smart. Look out, squirrels.

    Lucy doesn’t need a necklace to be a princess. But it looks lovely on her.

  17. Love the jewelry-the sock it looking good!
    .-= Cindy in FL´s last blog ..Short and Sweet =-.

  18. Lucy is a princess regardless of the jewelry she does or does not wear… it is all in her state of mind.

    I used to work w/ someone who spent time in Sweden and she said when she first tried to speak Swedish, nobody could understand her pronounciation. She started intonating like the Swedish Chef and she said all of a sudden people complimented her on her accent!! Strange but true…
    .-= Carol´s last blog ..Book Report: August =-.

  19. The necklace looks great on Lucy. I’m not sure I could convince my cat to even try something like that on!
    .-= Seanna Lea´s last blog’d never believe it =-.

  20. Miss Lucy, your necklace is just icing on the cake! Now you and mommy can be coordinated…

    Julie’s bracelets are great – I have several!
    .-= Michele In Maine´s last blog ..Pink Sleeping Lions Project Bag Set =-.

  21. I lol-ed at the “borking”! Not at your lack of email, obviously!

    Lovely gifts you and Lucy received – the shawl pin is great!

  22. Love the shawl pin, very clever.

  23. ooooh – love the bracelet. I am the opposite of you. Now that I am retired I rarely ride the Chicago Els but, when I do, I rarely knit – they sway too much. But, on Amtrak, I knit a lot – knit an entire oversized Clapotis on my trip to Seattle. It’s part of the reason I love taking the train on long trips so much.

  24. Oh dear, I remember that unfortunate swan dress she wore.

    And I’ve just spent an entirely entertaining half hour going through Swedish Chef clips on youtube, and now I can’t get the Bork Bork song out of my head.

    We all knew that Lucy was a princess all along.
    .-= Lorette´s last blog ..The Next Big Thing =-.