My current work in progress:

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


Another Denim Update

Yes, I am still working on my denim jacket . . . though I suppose I should refer to it as a coat. I estimate the finished length (after shrinking) to be about 40 inches, and that is more coat-length than jacket-length.

I am working on a sleeve here:

This is the first sleeve and I’ve been working on it here and there. I also completed the neckband:

So all that remains is for me to knit a further 1.5 sleeves, join the sleeves to the body, sew up the side seams, and throw the whole thing in the washer and dryer to shrink/fade.

Here is a photo of the new sign on the cat side of the veterinary clinic that I take Lucy to:

I don’t know what language the last word in the left-hand column is (can anyone tell me?), but I love what their word for cat is!

Lucy is unconcerned.


  1. You made me curious enough to look it up, it’s in Vietnamese. And in case you were wondering where I found it: I think Lucy would be more concerned if you had posted the word “veterinarian” in several languages :D.

  2. The first on the left is vietnamese. The second is chinese. The third, I’m assuming, is russian, and the last one is thai! 🙂

  3. Oops. *facepalm* the first one is korean, not vietnamese. Fingers typing faster than the brain, today… I was so excited to see the thai at the bottom, my husband’s language!

  4. From past experience I recommend shrinking before sewing in the sleeves. The denim shrinks in length, not width. Your armhole will shrink in depth, but the sleeve will not shrink in width. Thefore, strange things can happen if you sew before shrinking.

  5. Sorry to disagree, but the last one in the right column is not the Thai word for cat, แมว. Perhaps it’s Arabic?
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  6. our coat is so beautiful.

  7. Lynne in Florida says:

    I’m pretty sure that the last word in the left column is in Italian.

  8. My (now angel) little guy would be SO hurt! He was such a good guy on leash, but had hissy fits in a carrier!

  9. I think some people don’t know the difference between right and left…

  10. Mèo is Vietnamese for cat ( ).
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  11. Its a nice idea for your cat…I l like the way you design it..
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  12. The last one in the right column, at quick glance, looks like the poor thing is lying on its back with it’s feet in the air – what we call the dead cockroach position.

    OK, so the sign translates “cat” – but it doesn’t help with the carrier message!

  13. I was also going to say that the last one on the left is Vietnamese. I remember it from my aborted attempt to learn a little Vietnamese once. The left column is Spanish, French, German, Vietnamese. I can’t speak to any of the ones on the right!
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  14. I didn’t know which language meo was, but I was completely thrilled to see the kanji (both Chinese and Japanese) for cat. Makes me remember that I need to study Japanese more. I haven’t done any all week!

  15. Well, someone’s got to ask: Is Miss Lucy all right? I hope this was just a check up, and she’s fine, and will be adorning your digs for long time. Hugs from Hinky Boo & TomTom.
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  16. Last word in left colum? Mèo? Sino-Vietnamese, from Chinese

  17. Melanie Simmonds says:

    It’s Arabic. I love it too. What a cool little symbol!

  18. Oh I wasn’t going to comment but when I read Iris’ comment… heehee, my thought exactly. At least until I got it to enlarge… Clueless on all but the “cat”…. sorry, my talents lie elsewhere. Where, at this time of week, I am not sure but I hope they are still out there…

  19. On the left, top to bottom: Spanish, French, German, Vietnamese.
    On the right, top to bottom: Korean, Chinese, Russian, Arabic.

  20. I found the sign to be very interesting
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  21. Vietnamese. In searching I found that kissa is cat in Finnish. I always want to kissa my kissa.

  22. I do love your coat…you would be a natural to write a denim book. I just finished a Wonderful Wallaby in sz 2 in denim for a baby shower…perfect gift and Mom and dad can throw it in the washer and dryer. And it looks so cute!!