My current work in progress:

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


Zig Got Back

As you can see from the photo below, I completed the back of the Zig-Zag Gansey.

And have started on the front.

That’s about it, really.

Miss Lucy had a successful visit to her vet on Friday. She does hates being put into her carrier and cries the whole way over. (She still has, I think, abandonment issues since she was a rescue cat.) Fortunately, it is a very short drive. But once she is at the vet’s office she is pretty calm and purring. Her defense mechanism is, I think, to act as adorable as possible. She will often roll over on her back on he examining table and display her fluffy tummy for rubs. “Look how cute I am! You couldn’t possibly want to hurt me.”

So all went well — her weight is the same as on her last visit, she got her annual shots, and before she knew it, she was back home again, sleeping it off.

Lucy sez:

“I was minding my own beeswax, taking a nap, when Momma shoved me in my carrier and took me to the vet!”


  1. Lucy looks quite startled at the thought of going to the vet!

  2. Glad she had a “good” visit at the vet’s office.There is a lot of information out there about not vaccinating cats past a certain age, especially if they are indoors only. Helped my kitty Delilah. She lived to be 16 and was very loved.

    Love to see Lucy’s poses and thoughts put into words. They always make me smile. Thank you.

  3. The sweater’s coming along swimmingly- looks so nice!

    Tranquilo Lucy- Pepper had her annual vet visit this week too! Yes, it is so traumatic and requires Fancy Feast appetizers to recover!

  4. Every cat I’ve ever had (and there have been lots) seemed to feel it necessary to cry – or worse – whenever they were in the car. With the exception of one, they all were fine once they reached their destination. I think it’s a matter of the ride not being their idea and so they have to express their opinion as loudly as possible.

  5. The sweater is lovely – I’m looking forward to seeing the FO.

    You’re such a good momma to Lucy. The shots and stuff are important even though not fun. I’m glad Lucy is healthy and she is obviously happy. Tummy rubs for her!

  6. OOOXXXXs Lucy! Your mommy loves you very much and wants you to be healthy and cute for a looooong time!

  7. Lucy, Please send your vibes to my Scarlett. Our visit is Tuesday. Not only does she scream and cry, but the teeth and claws come out at our destination. Sure wish it was easier…….


  8. Your sweater is looking fab! Mine doesn’t like being stuck in the carrier either, sometimes he still fights when you try to take him out. He is a recue too. Glad Lucy’s check up went well.

  9. hard to believe the exquisite ms lucy was a rescue – lucky little girl to have found such a wonderful home. The gansey is looking wonderful – love the color.
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  10. Back in mid-October you abandoned a lace tunic in Hand Maiden Swiss Silk in the “Raven” colorway because, you said, you were sick of knitting lace tunics. I was really taken with the design, and I keep hoping you’ll pick it up again and write the pattern for us. Any chance?


  11. Poor Lucy’s probably wondering why her momma has to drag her into her carrier for a car ride. Hug Lucy for us!
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  12. Your zigzag sweater makes me smile every time you post a pic. Can’t wait for a pattern. Tiger and Puff send Lucy their empathy- they react the same way to going to the vet. They know how brave she was.

  13. I assume you don’t get the carrier out until the last minute? I assume that because whenever one of my cats sees the carrier it’s under the bed time… How do you keep her so slim? Tux is indoors only and he’s gotten f.a.t.

  14. OMG — Lucy is just so adorable!

  15. Oh Lucy! The humanity!!!!

  16. Does she cry on the way home too? Mine cry both ways, now, but I used to have a cat that only cried leaving home. When we were done with the vet he was very happy to be going home, and he seemed to know that’s where we were headed, and he wouldn’t make a peep! He was always afraid I would get rid of him. But I didnt. He had a forever home.

  17. Midnite Baker says:

    Love the design & color of your sweater. I told Sparky that Lucy went to the vet. She looked at me with her big blue eyes, let out a blood curdling yelp and high tailed it to the far corners of the house. Sparky loves riding in the car, as long as she isn’t in the crate. And this in only allowed if two adults are in the car. She loves standing up and looking out the windows with her motor going as fast as the car. Have a good week! M P.S. Blessed are those who rescue cats.

  18. Our cat hates the car ride for the vet. She sounds like the saddest, most pathetic creature the entire way. We love our vet, so we followed her around when she was still doing relief vet work and unfortunately some of the trips were quite long.
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  19. *pettins* to Lucy! Never mind, hopefully that’s it for another year. I like the way the Gansey is coming along, too 🙂

  20. Seems that Lucy isn’t any worse for the trip.:)
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  21. This is fantastic! I like also the post you have shared us here…
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  22. Goodness, every time I see those crazy crossed eyes, mine water in sympathy! Miss Lucy is a gorgeous girl, glad to know she’s doing well. I’ve worked with Cotton Ease, and liked it pretty well–the addition of the acrylic makes it a bit springier than 100% cotton.
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  23. Have you ever considered using a home vet? Our animals got so stressed going to the vet that we made inquiries and found a vet that makes home visits. We live just outside the District so she might work in your area. Email me if you’d like her contact info. We think she is terrific and the animals love her.
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  24. Gina in the SF Bay Area says:

    I used to have a Siamese kitty that I would take to the vet in my little convertible roadster. Oh, the looks I would get as I drove down the streets with a howling kitty in the car. Although she was safe in her carrier, she made it sound as if she were being squeezed under the brake pedal.

  25. My two fur babies sound SO pitiful when having to ride in the car/be in their carriers. Even with lots of treats. Dante even kicks in his shedding genes at the vet so the table gets covered in beige hair!

    But I did get Chaucer to do his trick (i.e. beg for a treat) last year so I think he might actually be getting used to it.
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  26. oooh poor miss lucy! My Ming growls at everyone and everything at the vet, especially dogs 10 times his size. and he will never, ever, ofer his tummy for rubs.

  27. Luce- Beau and I (Andrew speaking) yell in the back seat all the way to the vet and mom loves it so much she yells with us. MEOW MEOW. She doesn’t know what she’s saying but at least she tries. Once we are in the office we don’t utter a sound. It smells funny, we don’t like it and they let dogs in. Peeee-yooooo!
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  28. Tina in NJ says:

    I like these gansey sweaters you’re producing now. As for Lucy, have you tried singing to her on the way? My Ebony seemed to calm down when I sang show tunes, of all things!

  29. I have a “stray/rescue” that howls anytime I have to take him in the van. I think he is just afraid that Mom will “throw him away” like his first owners did. The little noodle-head should know that Mom is NOT going to let him go. His howl sounds likes “Owl-Woo”. It would be cute if it weren’t so heartbreaking.
    Lovely sweater.
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  30. Ahhh Lucy you sweet petite little girl. So happy all is well from your visit to the vet. Leaving your home where you feel so safe and loved is a hard thing to do. The outside noise can be terrifying. My little Calli (all 13 lbs of her) who is an epileptic becomes this snarling vicious little beast when we go to the vet and she is on Valium. She is the sweetest little girl at home but the out side world and strange hands turn her into a dragon!!!!

  31. Sweet little kitty.Miss Lucy will look beautiful 🙂