My current work in progress:

Sundew,by Martin Storey, knit from Rowan Softyak DK, using 3.25mm and 4mm needles.


I am saddened more than I can say to have to tell you that my Lucy died earlier this week.


Lucy came to live with me in May 2003 when she was two years old. She died at the age of 12 — far too short a life.

Something I never shared on this blog is that Lucy had a number of fairly serious health issues. I had successfully managed her health problems for the past few years with a lot of help from a caring veterinarian, and up until this week she did very well. She was a happy and loving kitty living a good life. But I knew this time would come sooner rather than later, and when her health declined, it did so very quickly and suddenly. I said good-bye to my baby two days ago.

I am trying to take comfort in knowing that she had a wonderful ten years with me. She was such a special kitty and I’ll never forget her.



  1. Nancy Womick says:

    I am very sorry for your loss. I know how hard these days have been for you, and how lonely your home will be without her. I remember when you came to Virginia Beach to teach a class, and wanted to get home to her. Please know thoughts and prayers are with you.

  2. Penny Bowen says:

    So very sorry, I know she is a part of your family. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. I am so sorry, Wendy. I always enjoyed seeing the pictures of Lucy at the end of each of your blog entries. She was a lovely cat and a great friend to you. It’s so great she had her special cat bowl these last few weeks to enjoy laying in. You gave her a wonderful life — you can tell from her photos she was one happy kitty. But this is a sad time for you. Knitting can help maybe, as you can enter your thoughts and memories of Lucy as the needles do their work.

  4. dorothy in kentucky says:

    I am heart broken with this news so I know your sadness is beyond belief. She was a beautiful and very loved kitty. I am so sorry for your loss there are no words to express what you are feeling. I will miss her as well.

  5. I’m so sorry to hear about Lucy. I always enjoyed her contribution to your blog. Thank you for sharing her special life with us.

  6. Deborah Gajee says:

    I am sorry to hear about Lucy’s passing. I pray your memories of her will bring you joy and peace.

    Lots of hugs coming your way(((((( ))))))

  7. margaret says:


  8. Wendy, I am sorry beyond words. I know how hard it is to lose a beloved kitteh. I have been through this three times now, and it never gets any easier. I hope that your memories of Lucy (and all the wonderful photos and blog posts) will help carry you through.

  9. Rebecca says:

    I add my love and sympathy to those expressed here. Lucy seemed to have had a full life and it was always a treat to hear her exploits on this blog. My own kitties are advancing in years and we struggle with making them comfortable as well. You’ve had a special relationship with her for many years. Take care of yourself at this difficult time.
    Best wishes…

  10. Laraine says:

    I’m so very sorry. Thank you for taking on the care of animal with special issues and giving her such a loving home. We will all miss her.

  11. Bonnie J. Cocuzza says:

    I am so sorry about Lucy and I too thank you for sharing Lucy with us. I’ve enjoyed her tremendously over the years.

  12. I’m so sorry to hear about Lucy’s passing. I always loved your stories about her.
    My kitties say meow.

  13. Katherine says:

    I’m so very sorry. One of the things that convinced me to get two cats after my husband died 3 years ago was seeing your photos of Lucy. And I learned a lot about how to take photos of cats from you (my two are well documented for all my FB friends and family.) Thank you.

  14. Oh, Wendy, I’m so very sorry. I just lost my dog 2 mos ago and still cry every day for her – so while I can’t say any words to make it any better, I can say that I understand.
    I always looked forward to the Sunday evening e-mail, of course to see what you were knitting, but just as much to get the Lucy report. What a lucky girl she was to have you as her momma and I’m so glad you shared her with all of us.

  15. Michele says:

    I am so sorry to hear about Lucy. Our pets really do become our family.

  16. Carolyn Niceforo says:

    Dearest Wendy, I am so very sorry to learn of beautiful Lucy passing. She has always brought a smile to all of our faces. You are a wonderful fur baby momma .hopeing you can find comfort at this hard time know you and Lucy are in my prayers carol

  17. It is obvious from your blog that Lucy was well loved and a very important part of your life. My sympathies and heart go out to you. Be kind to yourself during this difficult time.

  18. What a shock to hear about Lucy. All of your entries showed what a blessing Lucy was to you – and you to her.

  19. Oh Wendy, my heart is broken for you and Ms. Lucy, she will be so missed by all, but nothing compared to your loss. Please, take the time to morn her. She was your baby. You will never get over her but I can tell you that the day will come when you remember her with a smile on your lips instead of tears in your eyes. That is not to say that there will not be times when the tears return. For now, let them flow freely. May you find solace in your knitting and knowing that she brought a lot of joy and happiness to may of your blog readers. Thank you for sharing her with us. Me.

  20. Susan murphy says:

    So so sorry……she was such a loved kitty with such a personality and will be so missed by all your readers. …….

  21. I am so sorry. Take comfort in knowing that she had a wonderful life with you. I’m sure she is in Heaven pain free and chasing butterflies.

  22. We will all miss Lucy.

  23. My heart goes out to you. Lucy will always have a place in your heart and the hearts of everyone who enjoyed seeing her adorable pictures in your posts.
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  24. Abby L Call says:

    I am very sorry for your loss. I am sending hugs and prayers your way. Just know you gave her a wonderful life and someday you will be with her again. Again prayers for you and your loss.

  25. Robin F. says:

    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. My heart breaks for you. Thank you for sharing Lucy with us all these years. My Tiger died last winter and he was a fan of Lucy’s. He would sit in my lap and admire her pictures. many hugs for you.

  26. Amanda Price says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. While I am not experiencing the same pain as you, I am definitely saddened and will miss her also. Thank you for allowing her to brighten so many lives through you.

  27. Wendy, I am so sorry to hear about Lucy. She was truly a sweet girl and will be missed by many. You were a wonderful kitty momma and she loved you with all her being. Thank you so much for sharing your baby with us. My heart and tears go out to you and my prayers as well.

  28. Lulynn Foster says:

    I am so sorry and sad about your kitty Miss Lucy! I know she was a great comfort to you and vice versa. She had a great 12 years with you! Thank you for letting us know.

  29. Cecilia David says:

    OMG I am so sorry for your loss. I have always enjoyed your pictures and stories of Lucy. cd

  30. Charlotte Rutland says:

    So sorry for your loss. Losing a beloved pet is one of the saddest losses in life.

  31. OMG…sorry to hear, Wendy. I understand how quickly it can happen. Recently my cat 15 and had a recent incident I thought he was giving up…he is well today, after much penicilin and TLC but hard to know as they do not speak our language. Blessings to the memories…

  32. So very sorry for your loss. It has been a pleasure to see her daily. My thoughts are with you in this loss.

  33. My heart is just broken for you. Lucy was such a sweet loving kitty, thank you for sharing her with us through your photos.

  34. Wendy, we are so sorry for your loss! We will miss hearing how Lucy is spending her days.
    Hugs to you
    Vicky, Velcro, Inky & Toots

  35. I’m so sorry for the loss of your sweet kitty. It’s like losing a family member.

  36. Sandra Johnson says:

    I was so, so sorry to read of Lucy’s passing. I really felt like I knew her personally, and I know you will miss her terribly.

  37. I am so very sorry, Wendy. Our non-knitting business is dedicated to cat care and we know how a kitty can crawl into your heart and become more than just a pet animal. Lucy had an amazing life. We will miss reading about her antics, too, and pray that your grief will fade as you remember how special she was to all of us.

  38. Natalie Doyle-Hennin says:

    Dear Wendy,

    Though Lucy and I never met, I felt as though I knew her. There are no words to comfort one in times of such sorrow; losing a pet is devastating and so very painful. I share in your sadness and hope that, with whatever time it takes, the happy memories will warm your heart for all of your days when you think of her.

    Virtual hugs…

  39. Carol77584 says:

    Wendy: So sorry for the loss of Lucy. I know how hard it is to lose a precious furball as we have been in that position many times through the years – April was the loss of our 18 year old. Take time to grieve and remember, then open your heart again as you have a lot of love to give.

  40. Melissa L. says:

    My sincere condolences on the loss of your beloved Miss Lucy. I am so very sorry to read of her passing. Thank you for sharing her with us <3

  41. Shirley Ryan says:

    I am so sad for you. I read your blog every day, especially to see Lucy.

  42. scottie hugghis says:

    Oh Wendy, I was saddened to hear that news. Remembering the good loving moments will get you through. God bless.

  43. Wendy,

    I am so sorry for your life. Lucy was very lucky to share her life with you. I hope your memories bring you comfort.


  44. Judith Smith says:

    I am sure you will never forget Lucy. After a while you will be smiling when you recount one of her behaviors. I still do that about animals I lost 20 years ago.

    Our pets give us so much love. We just need to be grateful for their sharing our lives.

  45. I am so sorry on the loss of Lucy. I know every day you had with her was more cherished due to her health issues, I know this as my 16 year old guy has shown his own health issues lately so we do the best we can to make their lives happier and easier.

  46. Lee Long says:

    I have great sympathy and understanding for your loss. I lost my Claudia after 13 years in May. It was a tumor in her throat. Blessedly she went quickly when it was time. We still miss her and always will. I was just finishing a knit blanket for her at the time. It is now the property of her sister Kitty, who is 8 years old. Time will help heal the empty space with wonderful memories. Thoughts with you.

  47. Michelina says:

    I am very sorry your loss. Lucy led a wonderful life with you. She was the highlight of the block, it was interesting to see what Lucy was up to.
    Take care and she will always be in your heart.

  48. Dearest Wendy, I am sending you Light;for, Lucy was the Light of so many who knew her vicariously and a great joy of your life. May you find a new kitty love soon. I found Maggie Purrkitty Pussybuss on Tuesday to fill the great void I had after my critter loves died in the last year and she is a great joy for me. Thank you for sharing Miss Lucy these last ten years. Hugs.

  49. Sally Miller says:

    You were a wonderful mom, and you gave her a beautiful life.

  50. Sandy Officer says:

    Wendy, I am so sorry. Lucy was an important part of your family,and we grew to know her also. It is hard to lose a treasured friend. I know you have treasured memories.

  51. Wendy, I’m so sorry . When I first started reading your blog years ago, she was your Knitting Supervisor – it seems she was that and so much more: companion, friend, comforter, spreader of joy (if not yarn). You and she were fortunate to have each other.

  52. I am so sorry to hear about Lucy’s passing. I always enjoyed reading about what she was up to. My sympathies…

  53. Barbara Fredrick says:

    So sorry Wendy. I know how hard it is to lose a wonderful, caring furry family member. I hope you will find comfort and the pain will lessen. I will miss her too. I always looked forward to her picture in your blog.


  54. Oh Wendy I want to add a note to and say that I am truly sorry for the loss of your loved one. I know she was your heart and I loved seeing her in your posts. I feel a sadness also with her passing. I know it will be hard for you and I will miss her too! She gave you so many wonderful memories and she was much loved!

  55. Wendy TC says:

    The first line of your post brought immediate tears to my eyes. I share my life with cats and over the years, have gone through the grief of losing two of them. Both had health serious health issues too, so I can imagine the loving care and dedication you had taking care of your Lucy. Animals give us so much unconditional love and bring so much joy to our lives. Go through your grief and let the tears flow freely. Imagine that your dear Lucy is butting your face with her head to wipe the tears off.

  56. Courtni says:

    I’m so sorry to hear of Lucy’s death. I so loved reading about her adventures in your blog and will miss her terribly.

  57. Days spent reading about Lucy and seeing the fun pictures were some of my favorite. I always enjoy your blog, but Lucy was my favorite. I have an older cat Chelsea, and I know that this day is sooner than later for her also. She has her share of health issues. Lucy knew she was loved and gave back the unconditional love that only a cat can give you. Both of you were lucky to find each other and I thank you for sharing her with us. Prayers and blessings to both you and Lucy. I know she will watch over you and give you comfort.

  58. So saddened for your loss.I have followed your blog for years and loved to see what Lucy was up to.Thank you for sharing her life with us.
    Prayers and hugs to you.

  59. Beverly Laughlin says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing her with us. I’ve loved your pictures of her, especially helping you blocking shawls.

  60. I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. I have been following your blog for quite a while and have always love the pics of Lucy. Thanks you for sharing her with us !

  61. How very sad. She’ll be fondly remembered. Thank you for sharing her with us through your blog.

  62. My brother in law & sister in law also lost their beloved cat this week. My heart goes out to you.

  63. Kathleen says:

    Lucy brought so many smiles to your blog followers. Thank you so much for sharing her life with us. My heart breaks for you and your loss. Hugs to you Wendy, Lucy was a very special kitty.

  64. I’m so sorry to hear this. Lucy had a wonderful, sweet personality that always came through on your blog. I know she was very much loved and will be very much missed.

  65. Gail in Texas says:

    I especially loved your stories of Sweet Lucy. I’m am saddened by her passing. I know your hearty hurts. Thank you for sharing Lucy with us.

  66. Robin D says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. Recently my cat Happy died he was 17. I still expect to see him.
    Sending hugs

  67. I am so sorry to hear about Lucy. Take comfort in knowing that you gave her a very good life. I am glad u shared because we would have wondered what happened.

  68. I’m so sorry. I remember when the rescue brought her over for “a visit”. I looked forward to seeing her latest photo every time you posted. I will miss her too.

  69. penelope dubois says:

    I was so sad to hear this. She seemed so young, what a precious girl. It is so hard to lose a pet. Hugs to you.

  70. I am so sorry for your loss. Losing a beloved friend is never easy.

  71. Karen Wong says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. I did not know Lucy, but I got a marvelous sense of her essence in reading your blog. She had a wonderful life with you.

  72. I am so sorry for your loss. My cat just died 2 months ago. My rabbi gave me this prayer. I hope it will give you some comfort.

    Whoops–I can’t seem to attach a pdf.

  73. Wendy,
    Deepest Sympathy in the loss of your dear Lucy. She will be missed.

  74. Wendy I am so very sorry to hear about Lucy. Thankyou for sharing her with all your readers, and thankyou for sharing your life with her.

  75. Dear Wendy,
    Lucy will remain in your heart and soul forever. She was a your wonderful companion and you were such a good mom.

  76. I will miss seeing her. I am saddened for your loss.

  77. Wendy, so sorry for your loss…it’s never easy

  78. I’m so saddened to hear of Lucy’s passing. Sending prayers your way. She will be greatly missed.

  79. I know how hard it is to lose a very special furry companion. My heart goes out to you with deepest sympathy. No one will ever take her place but eventually the pain of loss will lessen. Thank you for sharing her with us on your blog; you have lots of support from all your readers.

  80. Mary Tole says:

    Wendy I am so truly saddened by Lucy’s passing, through your blog I felt I knew her and not being able to have another pet myself I took pleasure in seeing her and hearing you describe her day. Believe me when I say I know the pain you are feeling and it will get better buy you will always think of her and feel her in your heart. If there truly is a heaven our pets will be there when we arrive. God bless you Wendy and rest in peace Lucy you beautiful kitty, you will be missed by many.

  81. My thoughts are with you.

  82. Lucy was very happy to have you as her keeper,, friend and Mom. You must have had many special moments with her. May these moments give you peace in your grief. She was special and I enjoyed hearing of her antics too. I hope you can go through this time of trying to find resolution to the hole that pets can leave in your heart. Hugs and peace may be yours.

  83. So sorry. We will all miss her.

  84. Wendy I’m sorry to hear about Miss Lucy, I know how much this hurts! There really are no words, I send you my heartfelt condolences. Lucy had a wonderful life, she will be missed by all.

  85. Shirley40 says:

    Hi Wendy: I’m so sorry to hear about Lucy, I know what it feels like to lose a pet, because Lucy was part of your family, and also part of the internet family, that always read and keep track of your blog. I always liked your pictures and comments about Lucy. Lucy will be really missed. My prayers and thoughts go out to you. God bless you, you were a very good family for Lucy. Take care.

  86. Wendy,

    I am so very sorry for your loss. Lucy has been such an important part of the blog experience. I had never known a ragdoll before and really gained such an appreciation for them through you and Lucy. It is a wonderful legacy to have so many times in her life highlighted on the blog for everyone to recall. She is a star who will live on through the internet. Thanks for sharing her with us.

  87. I’m so sorry, Wendy. Clearly you gave Lucy so much love and I’m sure she had the best life because of it.

  88. annalilly says:

    You were an excellent kitty momma, Wendy. We will all miss Lucy’s beauty and antics in your posts. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  89. Debbie H says:

    Oh Wendy, I’m so sorry for your loss. Lucy was very special and I know we will miss seeing that sweet little fireball in your posts.

  90. I’m so sorry Wendy! Lucy will certainly be missed.

  91. Debbie H says:

    That was supposed to be furball not fireball. Darn autocorrect!

  92. Barbara Holzknecht says:

    Dear Wendy,
    I am so very sorry for your loss. I’ve followed your blog long enough to know how very much you loved your kitty. My thoughts are with you.

  93. kathleen in wisconsin says:

    Lucy was a joy for all of us, because you shared her pictures and stories.
    I can’t imagine your sense of loss. My deepest sympathy.
    Bet God gave her one of those little beds she liked so much.

  94. Wendy, I am so very sorry to hear about Lucy. Through your blog, I felt that I knew her and looked forward to hearing what she was up to and to seeing her pictures. Thank you for sharing your precious baby with us.

  95. So sorry for your loss, Wendy. I know you will miss her greatly. I will also miss reading about her on your blog. Thanks for sharing her with us.

  96. Marianne says:

    Oh my, I’m so sorry for your loss. I gasped when I read your latest post as it is obvious that Lucy was a huge part of your family. We loved seeing her through the blog post photos.

  97. I am sooooo very sorry, Wendy. I don’t have the words to express how sorry I am. Our kitties have a very special place in our lives and in our hearts. Lucy was very much loved and was very fortunate to have you as a Mom. May her memory be a blessing.

  98. Thank you so much for all the wonderful ways that you made Lucy a part of our lives. You have been in my thoughts. Take care of yourself.

  99. I’m so sorry for your loss. I loved your sweet Lucy. Pets make life so much better, even knowing we’ll lose them. You’re in my thoughts.

  100. I am so sorry to hear about Lucy. That is the hardest thing about owning a pet, their lives are so much shorter than ours. It seems like their lives just fly by. One minute they are just kittens and the next you are saying goodbye.