My current work in progress:

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


Goal Surpassed

At 8:00 this morning, the proceeds from sales of the Japanese Garden Shawl went over $2500 (they were $2502.00, to be exact — and it’s gone up since then). Considering that my fundraising goal was to raise $2400 by the end of April, this is very good news indeed and I thank you all very much. I dispatched another $1200 early this morning to the Red Cross, and will continue to send in donations periodically through the end of April. I’m not comfortable having so much money in my PayPal account so I’m happy to send it on to its final destination. (The Red Cross does not take PayPal as a payment method for donations, but I have a PayPal debit card linked to my account so can easily send donations that way.)

Again, thank you!

For those of you who wondered why there were elephants marching down the street outside my window, it is because the circus is in town.

Aside: A couple of readers  jumped to the erroneous conclusion that I was insulting Republicans by my remark in my last blog entry and at least one flounced off in a huff. I can only assume that these individuals are not aware that the elephant is the symbol for the Republican party.

If a herd of donkeys had marched down the street from Capitol Hill instead of elephants, I would have said that the Democrats were out and about. But no doubt I would have gotten a snotty email or two in response to that statement. So much for my attempt at humor.

Now, if when the clowns passed by I had said “Oh look, Congress is out” that would have been an insult.

See what I did there?

In knitting news, I finished my Vernal Equinox Shawl last night. Here it is in its unblocked state.

It measures approximately 56″ across the top and 26″ down the center back, unblocked. I don’t expect it to block out too large because it is silk and therefore not as stretchy as wool. Stay tuned!

And of course I started something else . . .

Lucy sez

“What are you looking at?”



  1. Lovely, as usual…can’t wait for the new pattern!
    Lynda´s last blog post ..WOW!!!

  2. That’s wonderful that you’ve raised that much money so far!
    I got the humor behind yesterdays post. Some people are too sensitive when it comes to politics. I’m sure the clowns would have been insulted since congress has been acting like a bunch of babies. 🙂
    Can’t wait to see the pattern blocked out and love the color of the new project.
    Trish D.´s last blog post ..Face in Hands and Eyes Rolling

  3. Some people have no sense of humor!

    Is the Vernal Equinox not stretchy because it’s pure silk? I used Pashmina wool/silk for the Transverse Shawlette and it didn’t stretch much. It was my first experience with silk, so I was surprised. Now I know!

    Kudos to you for the charity sales. Don’t know why anyone would think you’re a Hateful Cow! 😉

  4. Congrats on a successful pattern. Don’t let the humorless people get you down. I got the reference and I didn’t think it was disrespectful at all.
    Susan´s last blog post ..A little more Madrona

  5. So I take it the the clowns in your audience would have been insulted? Just kidding!

    Really I am just kidding!

  6. “Now, if when the clowns passed by I had said “Oh look, Congress is out” that would have been an insult.”

    Really? I would have thought that would have been pretty apt. Funny too.

    Congrats on the great fundraising effort!

  7. anne marie in philly says:

    I see some people have their panties in a tight knot. oh well, the world is still spinning round. don’t let the flouncers drive ya crazy! 😉

  8. I’m a Republican who got it and thought it was funny. Not as funny as the clowns comment though. That’s bipartisan funny. Snakes would have worked too but didn’t go with the circus theme.

    Congrats on the fundraising!

  9. See, those of us with a highly developed sense of humour are with you. Life is far too short to get your panties in that kind of bunch!
    I can’t wait to get started on my Japanese garden shawl! With 6 weddings to attend this summer it should be the perfect accessory. Great news about the fund-raising, it’s good to know we’re able to do some good while we knit away. Thank you.

  10. Well congrats w/ your fundraiser!!! I cant beleive how much you are raising! I thought your comment was funny. I dont understand why some people get so upset such small things… oh well life continues.

  11. Sigh….some people just have no sense of humor and seem to look for ways to be offended.

    Meanwhile, so happy to hear that the pattern sales are going through the roof! Bravo 🙂

  12. Today the mailman brought my two skeins of Noro Silk Garden sock yarn that I plan on using for the Japanese Garden Shawl pattern I purchased last night. I picked a colorway that, although there are multiple colors in it, is kind of muted and not bright and garish like other Noro colorways. It has blues and greens and greys in it, I am hoping it ends up looking as nice as I want it to.

  13. Well to show you how non political I am, I looked at the people, missed the elephants while trying to figure out how in the world you knew these people were republicans!! 🙂 Yep, went right over my head!! I know the elephant is the republican symbol but I just focused on the people. Lucy, you are adorable!! andI think your Mama is too!!!

  14. Kathy Sue says:

    Wow, you get faster and faster!! I really like the new one. Congrats on the money raised for Japan. I hope the total continues to rise until you are boggled by your customers’ generosity!!

    I didn’t get your joke until I embiggened the pic. Then I got a good giggle. Thanks!

  15. Wonderful to hear how much money you are getting! Perhaps we should be teasing you for not realizing the potential of your fan base? Yes, I think all three of your observations are funny. Beautiful shawls and beautiful Lucy.

  16. Lovely!

    Miss Lucy, as usual, does a nice job of blocking 🙂 ♥♥♥
    Sandra La KnItalian´s last blog post ..Agatha Cardi Progress

  17. Oh Good Gravy. With that, I suppose the mashed potato folks might be after me next?
    The shawl looks lovely! Excellent fund-raising, you are awesome!
    Plazajen´s last blog post ..Good News!

  18. I am still laughing at the elephant comment!!!! Who ever “flounced off” must simply not have a sense of humor,,,,sometimes we must laugh at ourselves!!!!!
    And, congrats on your successful fundraising … what a humane thing to do….even if you insulted the elephants!!! (now I will quietly walk away snickering! :):):):):):

  19. I loved the elephant post! And if you see those clowns from Congress please give them a piece of my mind!! (I really can’t spare it, but oh well.)

  20. I’m sorry people took it the wrong way. I like elephants (and donkeys) so really was ok with it. The clown/congress thing would have hurt a little… But if you’re not p^&*ing somebody off, then you’re probably holding back way too much. You can please some of the people, some of the time…
    Samantha´s last blog post ..Come into the garden- Maud

  21. I have had a good laugh all the way around! I love your humor!
    WOW- great on the donations! The shawl is beautiful!

  22. Congrats on the pattern, looks like Lucy is having fun.

  23. Kathleen says:

    Hmmm. Well, I guess some people just have to be that way. Sad, really. Congrats on the great pattern sales.

  24. Your shawls are both gorgeous, and kudos to you for your generosity! And your sense of humor! Bess

  25. Just love Lucy. And people with no sense of humor should read non-fiction instead of blogs……….

  26. Laura Crouse says:

    Hello Wendy. One question…what do you do with all these shawls you make? I have been reading your blog for almost two years now and I’m guessing you’ve made about 30+ shawls. Do you wear them all? Give them to friends/family?

  27. Val Champ says:

    Loved the Clown comment..although it could have been directed to the people that I work with today.

    Lucy looks lovely on silk..

  28. I thought the elephant comment was funny,

  29. If they are that lacking in a sense of humor, they’d have left over something else soon anyway.

    And I love how Lucy ‘helps’!

  30. Dear Wendy,

    Thank you so much for your fundraising efforts – obviously you have many, many very generous readers.

    I purchased 5 patterns but I would also gladly have paid more than $5 for each copy of the pattern if that could have been an option – not that I won’t be able to find knitters who will be excited to receive your pattern but if ravelry allows separate price structures for one pattern, maybe that could be something to consider for future fundraising purposes?

    Thanks again for all you do.

  31. I think the clown comment would be right on!

  32. Love the colour of the new cast on! We must thank you for your work! You wrote the pattern… so we could fall in love with it… and you decided to donate… Which is fabulous of you!!!

  33. I for one thought the idea of the clowns being Congress was funny and I completely got the political symbol with the elephants. I think it is just a sensitivity thing. My reaction is that I read knitting blogs primarily to read about knitting (funny that) and I can ignore and just not comment on political issues if and when they crop up.

    Of course, I’m opinionated and a feminist, so I often comment in support of these issues but usually only to like-minded individuals. I get enough grief in daily life without flinging open the gates to the sewage plant that is talking about politics (and often religion). They are just things that a lot of people have a hard time being sensible about.
    Seanna Lea´s last blog post ..pistachio ice cream

  34. Congratulations to you Wendy, what an awesome achievement! 😀

  35. I’m Republican and thought your comment was humorous and sweet. Some people are always offended and just looking for a cause. Good riddance..go be Little Mary Sunshine somewhere else I’d tell them. You just be you..congress & clowns are so true, lol.

  36. Doh! I’m a few days late on purchasing the Japanese Garden pattern, I had to wait until payday of course. What a great idea for fundraising! (you definitely have a large fan base out there, Wendy!).
    I loved the elephant joke too! Hilarious! And ever so appropriate since it was in the right venue!! Congress and Clowns – another great analogy!

  37. Love the color of the new project!
    Kate´s last blog post ..School Budgets

  38. Deb in PA says:

    It just goes to show how alert I was when I read yesterday’s article. I didn’t even see the elephants!

    Maybe it’s time for new glasses…

  39. You are teh awesomesauce…don’t change a thing!

    I was late to the party but got my shawl today.

  40. Congrats on the fundraising! The $$$ will be put to good use. And thank you for the humor and overall great blog. I’m forever fascinated by what individuals choose to be offended by. Did they think you were commenting on the physique of Republicans, as in “as huge as an elephant” or because elephant butts are so funny? Elephants are such amazing animals; you’d think the offended would choose to be proud of the reference.

  41. nothing like a little controversy to get things going! shawls are lovey, and good on ya for raising money for the poor folks of japan, my heart so goes out to them, I tear up every night watching the news, and I’m so moved by how they are dealing with tragedy with such grace.

  42. LOL! From a card carrying Republican! (Seriously, I have a card. Well, I don’t carry it, per se.) I looked at the picture and totally got your joke about the elephants. I think people like to knee jerk and get their panties in a bunch. If you picture that literally, it looks pretty embarrassing so I try to avoid it as much as possible. Great shawl as usual!

  43. “Now, if when the clowns passed by I had said “Oh look, Congress is out” that would have been an insult.”

    Thank you for the laugh. Have to say that it does seem to be an appropriate description of the Congress in general. We would hope that it’s not true of the individual members, but I’m not sure these days.

    Congrats on the purchases and the donations.

    PS Love the shawl.

  44. Oh goodie! I haven’t seen a good blog flouncing in a long while. But now I’m thinking I should be insulted, since I sort of like clowns…

    Congrats on the successful fundraising!
    Lorette´s last blog post ..Ten on Tuesday

  45. every year I want to watch the elephants, every year I miss it. You’d think in over 40 years of living here I’d get to it wouldn’t you? And some people just have no sense of humor.

  46. KathyM SE VA says:

    Wendy – I don’t even knit lace but I bought the pattern. Maybe someday I’ll get to it because it is so beautiful, along with the beautiful idea of helping out in Japan. Keep up the good works.

  47. OK. I thought you were funny with all three jokes. Especially the last one! He he – clowns!
    I think your new vernal equinox is gorgeous and the new yarn you are using is a LUSCIOUS color!

  48. Kate/Massachusetts says:

    The elephant comment got me giggling. Lucy’s expression got me outright laughing! I thought your comment was very witty! I loved it!

  49. When I read that post originally, I didn’t see the elephants. I was like, Wendy is making fun of people walking in straight lines? Huh? Then I saw them and it made me laugh. Laughing now. Some people need to get a sense of humor.

  50. Some people have no sense of humor. As a lifelong, dyed-in-the-wool Democrat, it’s always annoyed me a little that the Republican Party got the elephant, an altogether awesome animal, as their symbol, while the Democratic Party got the donkey, a not-so-beloved animal. So it seems doubly odd that your remark would have offended anyone!

    And also – congratulations on raising $2500!
    janna´s last blog post ..Checking In

  51. Wow- congratulations on raising $2,500! A wonderful testament both to your talent and to your generosity.

    I can’t remember who was worrying that the money would go to Japan to the detriment of other nations in need. Both the Red Cross and Doctors w/o Borders make sure that money is fairly redistributed among their other causes if the needs for Japan are met. At least that’s how they do it in France. 🙂

    Happy weekend to you and Lucy! 🙂

  52. Ah Wendy, blessings on you – some people are just looking for a reason to be insulted! Thank you for the wonderful fund raising, loving strokes to Lucy along with naps for all!

  53. I’ve been away, and you and Lucy have certainly been busy! The Japanese Garden is lovely and I rushed right over to get my copy. Your generosity with the proceeds is commendable and I’m glad to have contributed. But I’d have bought it anyway because your lace patterns are great.

  54. clowns, too funny:) hehe. love your blog:)
    heather´s last blog post ..size- it matters

  55. Brava, Wendy! You are doing something fantastic and it was an honour to contribute my little bit. The shawl being a joy to knit doesn’t hurt either and I am even more impressed with the corrections you sent on two typos that were easy to detect and correct. (All right, there is some experience involved in catching that one, but all the same…)
    Thank you for a great pattern and for your generosity.

  56. Courtney says:

    Geez . . . it’s a good thing I didn’t reply with a comment to the effect that my office must be staffed with a lot o’ Democrats because . . . . [Please note that I’m a registered Democrat myself!]

  57. madonnaearth says:

    I am so glad you have a sense of humor. Some people just don’t.

  58. Adrienne says:

    Just wondering if you know about using Paypal’s micropayment system for small ticket items such as patterns. It’s 5% + $0.05 per transaction, which would make your net sales a bit better on single patterns…

    Just a thought, I’m loving knitting JGS!


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