My current work in progress:

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


Lucy Sez

Lucy would like to direct you to the Floppycats website where she is being featured as Ragdoll of the Week.

Thanks for your good wishes re: my unfortunate accident. Been to the specialist, hand is broken, no knitting for a while.

I am succinct by necessity. It is somewhat painful to type.


  1. Lucy, Mom did a great job writing about you! Take good care of Mom, ok? She is going to needs lots of TLC for awhile.

  2. Oh no! How painful & paralyzing! Hope you mend quickly.

  3. Marilyn Tonhauser says:

    I feel your pain. Broke my wrist Nov.2009 and developed a lot of arthritis in my hand as well. Very long road back but then again I am older than you so you will recover much more quickly than I. Best of luck with the process.

  4. I’m so sorry you’re in pain–take good care of yourself!

  5. Hopefully no surgery. Sending healing and pain free vibes your way. (((Hugs)))
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  6. Shirley. in PA says:

    I’m so sorry you have a broken hand. I hope the healing proceeds in a timely fashion and mend quickly.

  7. What a bummer! I hope your hand heals quickly and as painlessly as possible.
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  8. Elizabeth says:

    Sending healing thoughts your way, with a scratch on the head for Miss Lucy.

  9. And no wonder – Lucy is beautiful. And a lovely little soul, isn’t she? Take care of your hand; get well soon!

  10. I hope your hand heals quickly – seems like time to pull out some good books and settle in with a cat on your lap to read.

  11. Wendy, your writeup about Lucy brought tears to my eyes. Bless you for taking her in and loving her as you do. She is a beautiful little girl for sure.
    So sorry to hear about your hand. Take care, I know (from experience!) that kitty cuddles are the bestest thing for healing, and I’m sure sweet Lucy would agree.

  12. So sorry! Time to relax and meditate, or at least just take it easy. Thinking of you, in Omaha.

  13. Oh, No! I hope you are not in pain. Take care and know that many people are wishing you a speedy recovery.

  14. Oh crap. Hopefully it will heal quickly.

  15. Oh No! Your poor hand! I hope you heal quickly for your own sanity! :))

  16. What a bummer- no knitting for a while! Lucy is just darling! Healing thoughts and hugs your way!

  17. Take this time to shop & shop…always needing new projects!!! Get well soon

  18. Enjoyed Lucy’s story on Floppycats…sending well wishes your way!

  19. Oh dear! So sorry to read this diagnosis. Hug your pretty kitteh Momma and take it easy. {{hugs}} to you.

  20. Sorry to hear about your broken hand, Wendy. Hope it will heal quickly. Take care of yourself and “enjoy” some down time.

  21. Wishing good thoughts for your speedy recovery. Remember, Lucy likes to be cuddled with BOTH hands, so get well soon.

  22. So sorry to hear about your pain and discomfort. I have recently started knitting, thanks to an email you sent me some time ago. I’ve learned to knit , purl, I-cord and a few other things. Thanks for your encouragement, and best wishes for a quick pain free recovery, or somewhat painless.

    Meow to Lucy from my Ragdoll NEKO.

  23. anne marie in philly says:

    call out nurse lucy and the KOARC! so sorry to hear your unfortunate news. lucy looks lovely on the floppyctas website.

    get well soon! 🙂

  24. Wendy, I’m so sorry to hear this. Yes, silence in the blog is called for. And your other hand can pet Lucy so her purring will help you heal.

  25. A good time to take a break and catch up on your reading! I hope it heals quickly.

  26. Wendy, so sorry to read about your fall, thats the pits. I hope you are not in severe pain. Thinking about you, get well soon.

  27. That sucks! I hope they gave you good pain killers – that would be the only bright side. However, you know what they say – a break heals faster than a sprain, so I guess there’s that. 😉

  28. Such a cute pix of Lucy – so sorry to hear about your broken hand. I am always upset when my evening routine is changed. And not being able to knit for a while is a real change in routine. I hope you can fine something to keep yourself entertained while your hand mends.

  29. Oh, Wendy I’m so sorry for you! That is awful. Sending healing thoughts your way.
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  30. I’m pretty sure those 2 words (broken hand) strike fear in the hearts of every knitter. Here’s hoping your internal knitting is speedy so you can get back to your external knitting soon…sending healing energy!
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  31. Lois in Boise says:

    Broken bones are always a pain – so sorry.
    If you need yummy calcium – I recommend CALCET chewy bites, in lemon. I had bariatric surgery last year, and calcium supplements are a necessity.
    Hugs, Lois

  32. Congratulations, Lucy! Tell Mommy there is nothing like a warm Ragdoll to soothe a sore hand.
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  33. So sorry Wendy- how dominant is your left hand? (As in can you use your right without total clumsiness?) Because if so, maybe take up a needlepoint for the time to keep yourself busy and from going crazy- you can just hold the canvas stapled to light stretcher bars (a frame would be too heavy) and work with your right hand if possible. You only need one hand to needlepoint or cross-stitch.

    I am so sorry. I understand pain. My dentist screwed up and massively inflamed my jaw, so i literally feel your pain.
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  34. I hope your hand gets to feeling better soon!

  35. Mz lucy was stunning, absolutely stunning on her dance interpretation. How about a version adding mr. fuzzy rat…lifts, dips,….you know the drill.

    Out of knitting action is BADBADBAD. READING is GOODGOODGOOD. Try Snowflower and the secret fan by Lisa See (lots of good footbinding info) and Astrid and Veronika by Linda Olsson.

    Miss Lily, and Uncle Ozzie and I wish you fast healing (both yakky siamese’sssss)

  36. Janice in GA says:

    Ow ow ow… quick healing and relief of pain (not necessarily in that order) to you!

  37. Oh no! So sorry about your hand. 🙁
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  38. Dear Wendy – I am so very very sorry to hear this – it’s been 2-1/2 years since I broke my wrist (my left one, which is not part of my dominant hand) and I still remember with misery the 2 months that I could. not. knit. it was AWFUL. but do remember one thing: this TOO shall pass.

    which metacarpals? hopefully not too many …

    good thoughts to you.

    margaret´s last blog post ..HOLIDAZED

  39. I wish you a speedy recovery!

  40. Dear Wendy,

    So sorry to hear the news. I am sending prayers your way.

    Wishing you a speedy recovery.

    Hi to Lucy.

  41. Ouch. Broken. So sorry, Wendy. Totally harsh thing for a knitter to have to endure. May you heal quickly and completely.
    Mary´s last blog post ..Rest in peace- Mom

  42. Oh suck. I’m so sorry. Hang in there.

  43. bummer. nice to read about Lucy’s past even though it wasn’t a happy past. her dance vid really shows her floofyness!! May the time pass quickly.

  44. Oh, no! That’s awful, and so unfair! Lucy – you must take care of your momma now!
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  45. Sorry to hear the hand is broken. Take care of her Lucy!
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  46. Make sure you let it heal correctly – don’t push the knitting…….until it is ready!

    Lucy will be happy to let you pet her while you are mending!
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  47. I am so sorry about the out come of your “trip”. I do hope you will not be “right handed” for too long!! Prayers to you.

  48. Heal quickly and well. Lucy is a doll.

    So adorable.

  49. Sorry about the broken hand. Dragonspeak might work-it translates speech into computer printing. I used it after my stroke. i’m sure there is an updated version of it. Good luck might have to try crocheting, only one hand needed

  50. Hi
    I killed my elbow last month and ended up with a bunch of stitches, an infection etc. Needless to say I too, couldn’t knit, and I’m still typing one handish.

    Here’s how I got over knitting withdrawal (or at least held it at bay)

    1. Lots of virtual knitting…this is when I go through my knitting books and plan project, or day dream what would happen if I did this…

    2. Caught up on my favorite fiber artsy blogs. Didn’t comment much though 🙂

    3. Went yarn shopping both the virtual type by cruising Ravelry, Yarndex yarn store websites, as well as visiting my LYS way more than I probably should have.

    4. Read a bunch of the Maggie Sefton knitting mysteries.

    Hope some of these things help you during your recuperation, I’m sure Lucy will be happy to oversee the home front.

    Cheers and get well soon!
    Andrea & the Pei Patrol

  51. Lucy,my kitty Pretty Girl, wanted to remind you to use lots of your kitty healing power on Momma. All your loving purrs and snuggles help her heal too!

    Wendy, you’re in my thoughts and prayers. Please take good care of yourself. We miss you!


  52. At least with a break there’s an end in sight; with a sprain you sort of limp along waiting for “nature to take her course”. Don’t overuse it, follow orders and catch up on your reading and tv time. Best wishes and congrats to Lucy on being Ragdoll of the Week although we all know she’s Ragdoll of the Year!

  53. Oh my goodness…how terrible for you. Hope it heals quickly and you can get back to knitting.
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  54. Oh no! I am so sorry your hand is broken! Once you are able to go, therapy is the best thing you can do to recover. A number of years ago I broke my elbow by falling on black ice and was told I would never be able to straighten my arm again. With therapy, I can.

    Congratulations to Lucy. I enjoyed reading her story again.
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  55. Get well soon. My two ragdoll cats love the Lucy updates. I think they fight as to which should be her boyfriend. I don’t know your pain but I do hope you are coping ok and that it gets better as fast as possible. I’ll knit a few rows for you.

  56. oh Wendy, hope your healing goes well and fast!
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  57. Too bad you never taught Lucy to type. On the other hand, that would be like those dumb movies where the family dog is telepathically relaying the real truth. Never mind.

    Look at it as your opportunity to develop your use of your non-dominant hand.

    Sending healing thoughts your way – not that it will do any real good, but it will make both of us feel better. There’s a sci-fi story involving someone who unknowingly performs micro-telkinesis. that’s who you need – she’d mobilize those cells to heal you faster. I don’t think they gave a phone number for her, though.

  58. Sincerest sympathy, Wendy.

  59. Argh, dastardly to have an injury that will keep you from knitting! Heal fast. Will miss seeing your updates.

  60. Much sympathy! Hope it gets better soon. A cat in the lap is natures quick heal.

  61. Ouch. Heal quickly & take it easy.
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  62. Catherine says:

    Delurking to say that I am so very sorry to hear about your hand. Hope it feels better soon. Doing things one handed is not fun. I suggest lots of time petting and cuddling Lucy.

    Also, love Lucy’s dance, and a nice write up on her for Ragdoll of the week.

  63. So sorry to hear about your injury — but luck for you that Lucy’s there to pick up the slack, so to speak!

  64. Oh my! I hope you a speedy recovery with out any further complications.

  65. Lucy, you deserve all the attention you get! Great post. Wendy, I hope your hand heals quickly.
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  66. Ouch! Get better soon and follow your doctor’s orders.

    Maybe we can get you one of the dictation softwares, so you can stay entertained while you are recuperating.
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  67. sweet article about lucy!
    so sorry to hear your hand is broken. take care and let it heal! will pray for a quick recovery for you and that you can endure this time without knitting. (i just can’t imagine it myself, so i feel for you!)

  68. So sorry to hear about your hand. That is definitely tough for a knitter to deal with. Get well soon Wendy. Lucy, take good care of your Mom.

  69. Oh No! Having done something similar several years ago, I’d have to say that not being able to knit was awful. Though not being able to wash my own hair was worse. I found that my husband’s cheap barber would do it for much less than my salon lady. It’s amazing what you learn to do with one hand, but knitting’s not one of them. Take care of yourself!
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  70. So sorry to hear about your broken hand. Hope the pain is not too bad, and that you are still able to give Lucy lots of strokes and cuddles!
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  71. Boo for broken bones. Best wishes for a speedy recovery!

  72. Congratulations Miss Lucy!!!! We all know you are the best!

    Hoping you feel better fast…even after the cast comes off you will have pain, it takes awhile to get the muscles built up again. Be kind to yourself and take care of yourself….you only get one body, treasure it.

    HUgs and pets, Kathie and Kibby

  73. I can’t even imagine not being able to knit, so it has to be terrible for you, who I believe might be the most prolific knitter in the world! Heal well and quickly. In the meantime, read some knitting books!

  74. *Love* Lucy’s feature! Her personality sounds a lot like my Lucy, though mine likes knitting in progress. Hope your wrist heals quickly.
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  75. Hang in there Wendy you will be knitting again soon enough!
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  76. Helen Johnson says:

    I’m sorry to hear about your hand! I’ll wave the rubber chicken of quick healing on your behalf.

    My four furballs send purrs and purry mrows to Lucy.


  77. How terrible that you broke your hand! Hope it will mend ASAP. Really enjoyed reading about the beautiful Lucy (and seeing more of your beautiful knitting) on floppycats. She is a true jewel. So nice you found each other. Bess

  78. Celestine says:

    I can relate to your pain. You have been in my prayers for quick healing. I broke my right hand several years ago when a woman did not wear slacks to work. I had to get special approval to wear slacks because putting on pantyhose with a cast just was not possible.
    I hope you are feeling better real soon.

  79. A broken hand? That’s awful! I guess you can catch up on reading those knit-themed novels. Or day-dream about all those things you want to knit. Either way, give Lucy extra love to release those healing endorphins. BTW, how will this affect work?
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  80. I’m so sorry you fell and hurt yourself! Hoping for a speedy recovery for you.

  81. OMG! Hope you recovery quickly. There’s speech recognition software that people swear by for the blog, but I don’t think there’s an equivalent for the knitting. Is the Gallery out in sympathy? Last few times I tried to look at some of the sock photos, I can’t get to the gallery.

  82. Lisa from w mass says:

    Ouch! So sorry. Best wishes for speedy healing!

  83. So sorry to hear that your hand is broken. So many people I know have taken bad spills this winter, the amount of black ice under the snow is treacherous. The other day a handy bush saved me from a terrible fall. I thanked it!
    I hope your hand mends quickly. Luckily you still have one good hand for petting Lucy!

  84. I wish you a quick recovery and that the pain isn’t too awful. You did a beautiful and heartfelt writing about you and Lucy – you’re both so lucky to have found each other. The pictures, as always, were fabulous!

  85. I was so sorry to read about your accident, it can’t be easy not being able to knit, and to be in pain! Fortunately you have Lucy, a beautiful cat. I didn’t know she has such a dramatic background. I don’t understand how some people treat their animals, when, if one takes the time to get to know them as the individuals they are, they give so much joy and happiness back. In Lucy’s case it ended well. All the best to you both!

  86. Oh, no! Best wishes for a rapid mend and that you are back knitting soon. At least it shouldn’t interfere much with your ability to give Lucy love and attention.

  87. So sorry to hear that you are laid up and not knitting. Maybe you can use this time to work record a few new Lucy movies. I had a Siamese cat when I was growing up (she was 22 years old when she passed away) and while I love your work, I REALLY love your cat. Unless you are doped up on pain pills. Then just stay in bed and let Lucy keep you warm.

  88. Jane in PA says:

    So sorry to hear about your hurt paw – er, hand. Perhaps Lucy could take over the blog temporarily?
    Seriously, I can’t imagine being hurt and not being able to knit while I recovered. That is truly adding insult to injury!!!
    Best wishes for a speedy and thorough recovery.

  89. Pam from Kansas says:

    The worst thing that can happen to a knitter – huh. Wishing you luck with your recovery. Hello to the princess Lucy.

  90. Sending good thoughts your way….

  91. I hope you heal quickly and completely! No knitting – how dreadful! And congratulations to Lucy! Well, perhaps you can catch up on all your knitterly reading and start planning projects for when you are able to stitch again. Do you get to take time off work?

    I see you are scheduled to teach in Chincoteague this spring. Something to look forward to. I’m thinking about signing up to attend – it sounds very interesting.

    Take care.

  92. Lucy,
    My cats, Gra Mjav and Kliban think you’re cute. Take good care of your mom. Purr for her. The vibrations will help her hand.

  93. Oh no! How perfectly dreadful … you take care of yourself. Will be thinking healthy healing thoughts and sending them your way.

  94. Good thoughts and prayers for your hand. I totally selfishly hope that your hand is back to normal soon so you can go back to knitting and blogging. I’ve lived vicariously off of your prolific knitting for several years now. I have too many children to knit as much as you do right now but I look forward to SOMEDAY when I will have more time to devote to it. Meanwhile, your public needs you!

  95. So sorry to read of your accident. Take care of yourself and rest assured that all of your readers will be there when your hand has healed. Read the story of how you and Lucy came together. I am so happy that you and Lucy found each other.

  96. Jennifer Eckel says:

    I never knew you were a Leftie. No wonder you design so many of your own patterns!
    I think some of your knitting friends and blogwriters should offer to do guest posts while you are out of comission.

  97. Best wishes for a super-speedy recovery. That Lucy is sure one cute cat.

  98. I broke my foot last summer, and it wasn’t fun. Today, I ran into a friend who broke her hand in December, and I realized, if one had a choice, a broken foot is much easier to deal with than a broken hand. Of course, if I was dealing with a broken foot in winter, my attitude might be a little different.

    Take care of yourself and let your hand heal—think about all the reading you’re getting done!

  99. So sorry about the hand! Great layout of Lucy on Floppycats….she is the and I know will be a great comfort to you during your recovery.

    All the best thoughts to you and loads of good healing energy for a speedy return to bi-handedness!


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