My current work in progress:

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


Thank You

Thank you for all the kind comments, Ravelry posts and messages, and emails you have sent me, offering condolences on the death of my beloved kitty Lucy. And thank you to those of you who have made donations to an animal rescue organization in her memory.  For those of you who inquired about a memorial fund for Lucy (and thank you for that), donating money, time, or goods to your local rescue organization or shelter is, I think, the perfect way to remember Lucy, who was a rescue cat.

It is the last day of July and I am most definitely happy to see the end of this month, as it has been the worst month I can remember living through in a very long time. I started the month sick as a dog with a mysterious crud that lingered way too long and ended it with Lucy’s death. Because I am genetically incapable of being without feline companionship, I am in the process of adopting a kitty. I hope Lucy will approve of my choice.

So, August is welcome. One month closer to autumn. And also the start of Month Three of Camp Loopy. I have my yarn for this month’s project all ready:


That’s MadelineTosh Pashmina in the “Stovepipe” colorway.

And in honor of July being almost over, I have a book review.


This is 7 Easy-To-Knit Handbags for Every Occasion by Jill Wright, a 32-page booklet from Annie’s Crafts. It contains patterns for — you guessed it — 7 handbags. The handbags are pictured on the back cover:


If you follow the link above, and click on the “See More Images” link, you can see each handbag close up and in detail.

The patterns are all very different from each other, so you get quite a wide range of styles represented. I think that you could use the patterns as a starting point for creating your own original creations as well. The yarns called for are all readily available in LYSes and online, and you could of course sub something different. Five of the seven patterns use worsted weight yarn, one uses bulky, and one DK weight. The pattern instructions are clear and easy to follow and there is nothing terribly difficult in any of the patterns.

There is a nice how-to section in the back:


The book is available to order (from the link above) either in hard copy or electronic download. You could also win my review copy.

To enter to win my copy, leave a comment on this blog post by 11:00am Eastern Time on Sunday, August 4, 2013, and I’ll use the Random Number Generator to choose a winner at that time.


  1. I don’t blame you one bit. I would be adopting a new family member right away. You are not replacing Lucy, you are giving another cat a wonderful life.

    Thanks for the chance at the giveaway.
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  2. Good for you.Some believe that they “can’t go through losing an animal ever again” but I am of the school that believes that another cat and or dog will bring their own new kind of happiness. Please share your new pet with us again when you’re ready.

  3. I’m sure Lucy would approve wholeheartedly. Rescue kitties know how important it is for other rescue kitties to find a home.
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  4. Melissa says:

    I’m sure Lucy will be glad you’re adopting another rescue kitty!

  5. I’ve been out of town and am a couple of weeks behind on reading blogs, so I have just learned of Lucy’s passing. I am so very sorry, and my heart aches for you. I’ve followed your blog for about 8 years, maybe more, and loved your Lucy stories. I’m so glad you are adopting another kitty right away. I did the same thing a few years ago when I lost my beloved kitty. The new cat will never take Lucy’s place, but he/she will certainly fill a void. Lucy will be happy that another kitty will be keeping you company! Good luck with the search.

  6. I missed your last post — so sorry to hear about Lucy. She was a favorite of all of us, I think.
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  7. Patricia says:

    I know Lucy would approve of you giving another kitty the same love that you gave her. I hope that you post the new kitty’s pictures just like you did with Lucy.

  8. I can’t think of anything more fitting to honour your cat’s memory, than to give another cat a home.
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  9. So sorry for the loss of Lucy. Rescuing another kitty is the best way to honor Lucy. Rescues are the best!

    Thank you for the opportunity to win the book.

  10. That looks like nice selection of bag patterns. Thanks for the chance to win it.

    Can’t wait to see photos of your new kitty. There will be photos, right?

  11. So sorry about your horrible July and the loss of your sweet, elegant Lucy, but so glad you are giving another kitty a home! Hugs to you!

  12. I was reading your blog when you lost Izzy — she would have approved of Lucy, and I’m sure they would both approve of whoever is lucky enough to make room in your home and hearts this time.

  13. Cecilia David says:

    Filling a void with a new friend is wonderful way to start a new month.
    Looking forward to new stories of your new companion.

  14. So glad to know you are adopting a new kitty.

  15. P.S. I’m always glad for August to arrive too. Not a fan of summer…

  16. Lisa A Smith says:

    Losing a furry friend is not easy. Loving a new furry friend is terrific!

  17. Marit Kalmbach says:

    Hi Wendy,
    I’m so sorry to hear about Lucy. She was a sweet kitty with a neat
    personality. Glad you’re getting another kitty, and will look forward
    to getting to know her/him.

  18. My kitties are all rescue kitties too. I’m sorry for your loss.

  19. Sandra Kerr says:

    Are you getting a kitten? Or an older kitty? Good luck.

  20. I’m with JenR — all mine have been rescue as well. I always loved seeing you comments and Lucy’s non-nonchalance and interest in the whole “knitting thing” .

  21. Kathleen Kennedy says:

    What a wonderful thing…adopting another. To give another rescue a loving home is such a beautuful way to honor Lucy. I know whomever you choose will feel Lucys presence always watching over her as I know you will too. Can hardly wait to see the newest member of your family and read about the beginnings of your new adventures together.

  22. Thanks for the giveaway! I love your idea of donating to a local shelter in Lucy’s name, an that is what I’ll be doing.

  23. It’s always hard to lose a pet but good news you are giving another lucky kitty a home.

  24. Jennifer says:

    So sorry to hear about Lucy.

  25. Heather N says:

    Handbags and adopting fur babies are my weaknesses

  26. I empthasize with your loss of Lucy – my Tigger is slipping away a bit more each day. My Mother summed it up when she said ” the problem is that pets don’t live as long as you do” . A new kitty will provide a new dimension and laughter, joy, and comfort. While Lucy was exceptionally special and will always be dear to your heart, another kitty that needs a home will continue to help you knit the fabric of your life, as you give it a much needed place to be safe and cared for and loved, and people and kitty’s need that.

  27. Judith C says:

    I am so sad about Lucy. I loved her pictures and I could tell how much she was loved. I know how hard it is to loose a furry loved one. I am happy you are going to get another little ball of love. No one will replace Lucy but the new little one will be wonderful in her/his own way. I will stop by my local shelter on Saturday and make a contribution in Lucy’s memory. Take care.

  28. i know what you mean about being catless….looking forward to the new kitty. lucy will be happy.

  29. grammie2maddie says:

    Love, love, love Madeline Tosh Pashmina!

  30. Glad you are getting another cat. When I am without a cat I feel lost even when surrounded by people. Oh and thanks for the giveaway-I love knitting bags.

  31. I am really glad to hear you are adopting another kitty. It makes your relationship with Lucy even more precious and poignant in that you want to share with and love another furry, little one. Just a word of caution (not to be seriously applied), when my big Oreo girl had to be put to sleep, in tears I told my vet how lonely my other cat was going to be without her. My vet and her assistant looked at each other and then me, and asked “If it’s not too soon to consider, someone left a box of kittens on our doorstep and we have a couple that still need homes”. I went home with 2 instead of 1. 🙂 Just sayin’…

  32. Suzanne says:

    When I lost my favorite cat suddenly 6 years ago, I thought I would wait before getting another and two weeks later, I couldn’t wait anymore and brought home 2 non siblings older kittens.

    Best of luck with the new kitty. Can’t wait to see pictures and to see what your Camp Loopy project is going to be.

  33. Bravo on being Brave! Lucy would wholeheartedly approve of new kitties getting a forever home.

    Just as an aside, when my Harry passed I waited four months to get another cat. When I was ready and went to the shelter there were sister kitties there and they couldn’t be separated. So I brought them both home. I’m here to tell you, two kitties are easier than one as they have each other as well. I never ever would have believed I would love any other cat as much as Harry, but I do. And I never would have believed two would be easier than one, but that’s been my experience.

    Blessings to you and your continued healing. Lucy would be proud.

  34. Karen Shannon says:

    Thank you for sharing Lucy with us. She was a lovely girl and I hope you are as lucky with your new friend.
    I love that shade of Madeline Tosh.

  35. getting a new kitty is of course the right thing to do, and Lucy would most certainly be happy about that. and I would be thrilled if I were to win that book.
    best wishes from Iceland

  36. Can’t wait to meet the new kitty, I’m sure Lucy would approve.

  37. I hope August is a better month!
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  38. I am ssure that Lucy will approve of your adopting another kitty. Lucy will always hold a very special place in your heart. All of us will hold Lucy close in our hearts as well.

  39. I’m so glad you’re getting a new kitty right away – I know exactly how you feel about being cat-less! As awful as July was, August will be better!

    Also – MadTosh Pashmina is currently my favorite yarn. I don’t have that color. I may have to order it right now! 😉
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  40. Bridget says:

    I have to say, that I skimmed through the post looking for ‘another’ Lucy. She was such an adorable face for you.

    I was not fortunate enough to get another JD, as my current kitty is (definitely) an ‘only’ kitty, and crotchety at that. She is on her last legs – all four- and I cherish each day with her, even though she is not a JD.

    I am so happy that you can look forward, as Lucy would want you to.

  41. Susan Picciano says:

    Sorry about Lucy, 1 year ago this month we lost our Figaro. Truly feel your pain. Hand bags & knitting… two worst vices!

  42. I love the handbag book. I hope I get to be the winner.

    on a feline note: Our Amy cat was what we call a walk on. She was a stray that adopted us. She is a very special cat and LOTS of personality. I hope that your new kitty brings you as much love and joy as Lucy.


  43. more knit bags, just peachy

  44. I’m a little late with my message of condolence,as I was under the weather earlier. I sent you a comment several months ago when my beloved Ragdoll, Buffie, left us. I have followed your blog for years because Lucy looked so much like Buffie , as well as for my love of knitting. My heart aches for your loss, and I’m glad to hear you will soon have another kitty. That’s exactly what we did, and found a sweet HoneyBear cat named Pinky. It turned out to be a real blessing, because within 2 months we also lost our beautiful Maine Coon. Both of our lost kitties were about the same age as Lucy was. We will stay with 1 cat unless we find another Ragdoll rescue. Wishing you the best with your next rescued companion.

  45. I’m sure Lucy is ensuring that the purrfect companion will find it’s way to you. Rescue cats are awesome.

  46. Hi Wendy,

    I am very sorry to hear of Lucy’s passing. She was a beautiful sweet little girl. I always looked forward to seeing photos of Lucy on your blog. The occasional videos of her playing were a treat too!

    Ten years is quite an accomplishment for Lucy and you to be together. I’m sure she loved being with you you as much as you loved taking care of her.

    Take care,

  47. So glad to hear that you are getting another kitty! I have done the same thing in the past when we lost a dog or a cat. They are not replaceable, but it’s wonderful to share what you have to offer with another pet who needs you. It’s a win-win situation!

    The Pashmina is so pretty! Can’t wait to see what you make with it.

  48. I look forward to meeting the new kitty and am sure Lucy approves so long as you can be happy.

  49. Jeri Weiser says:

    So many deserving kitties, not enough good homes. Thanks for rescuing. I love reading about your knitting projects.

  50. Can’t wait to meet the new kitty! The book looks interesting and I’ve always wanted to make a purse for myself.

  51. Alexanra says:

    Wendy we love you! So glad you getting better. I know Lucy would approve of your choice. Hang in there girlfriend!

  52. Ruth Porter says:

    A new rescue kitty is the perfect memorial to Lucy. Your home is probably kitty Nirvana. Good luck with the new baby.

  53. Mary Beth says:

    Thanks for the chance.

    A new kitty will be very sweet. 🙂 Hugs.

  54. celestine says:

    My grandaughter loves her kitty and enjoyed reading about Lucy.

  55. I’m sure Lucy will be as happy as you will be with a rescue baby. Can’t wait to meet your new fur baby! And thanks so much for the give-away.

  56. Elizabeth S. says:

    Thoughts and well wishes to you and your family over Lucy. This spring we rescued three kittens and the “Pappa” who were wild in our back yard. We have only seen the “Mamma” a couple of times but are working on trying to lure her into a happy inside home.

  57. Lucy will absolutely approve of your choice. I’m pretty sure our rescue kitties and dogs find us, not the other way around. And it may sound weird, but I think our rescues who have passed have a hand in helping the new rescue find its way to their forever home.

  58. Lucy will always be in your heart. A new little companion will help heal the sadness.

  59. What a sweet way to honor Lucy.

  60. Mary Tole says:

    I’m so glad to hear you are in the process of adopting a new kitty, I think it’s one of the best ways to honor a lost loved pet and it does help ease the pain because you have a new focus. I think Lucy would certainly approve. Why not adopt two? You have a lovely home and enough love to share and they are certainly company to one another. A vet once advised me to always have two for my sake and theirs. I know it’s not really my business but I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t make the suggestion lol. Please continue to heal and feel better. I miss Lucy too.

  61. Lucy knows you are not replacing her; you are compassionately helping one of her ‘family’ live in a loving home.

    I am one of the ‘bag’ ladies, and would love to have this book of bags :). Thanks

  62. Kathy F. says:

    The best memorial to Lucy is that it is impossible for you to be cat-less for long.

  63. So sorry about your sweet kitty girl. Our pets wrap themselves around our hearts, and become a part of us.

    I am not sure cats want anyone taking their place. But she loved you completely while she was here. And I hope your next feline family member will do likewise.

  64. Lovely book, I know the feeling of being without a cat, but after my Missy passed , Fiona my husband’s cat spent time with me, it seems she knew my need. Enjoy the new part of your family, I know Lucy would approve.
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  65. Sorry for your lost, we lost a cat & dog list year. It has been had. This looks like a fur knit book. I would give it a try.

  66. I know the perfect kitty will find you and Lucy will approve:-)

  67. There will be the purrrfect companion waiting for you and Lucy will be happy. In nearly 50 years with my husband, we have gone three days without a dog. We love our pets!

  68. You will find comfort in your new kitty.

  69. We all have had months like that and we surely understand your eagerness to say goodbye to July. Starting August with the beautiful Stovepipe colorway for your Camp Loopy 3 project is a great way to do that. I know Lucy will be happy that you will be giving a loving home to another rescue kitty. Can’t wait to see a photo.

  70. So very sorry to hear about Lucy’s passing. One of the attractions to following your blog has been the recounting of Lucy’s antics and the picture of her at the end of each blog posting. Adopting a new kitty is a way to honor Lucy’s memory and an affirmation that owning Lucy was ‘life enhancing’… Otherwise, why would you hope to repeat the experience?
    At the end of every storm is a rainbow……

  71. Wendy in Cambridge says:

    When I lost my precious and beloved Jenny four years ago, I immediately called the MSPCA to see about adopting another black kitty. A week later Maggie came to live with me. I knew Jenny would approve.
    Your new rescue kitty is a lucky one indeed! He or she will have a fabulous mom. We are anxious to hear more!

  72. There are three things in life I cannot be without – my hubby, feline companionship and gorgeous, hand knit bags. I applaud you for getting a new kitty right away. When I lost my beloved Pickles many years ago, it took a long time before I could let a new kitty into my life. But I’m so glad I did. Pickles showed me how to love the new one even more. And I’d love to have the patterns for those bags! Thanks! And *hugs* to you!

  73. dorothy in kentucky says:

    Lucy will be thrilled!! I am thrilled you have decided to get another kitty.Lucy would not want her mama to be without feline company for very long. It will help with the grieving process at least it does for me. I assume it will be another rescue kitty. Hoping for a much better August and I look forward to meeting the next kitty cat chapter.

  74. Wendy,
    A home is not a home without a feline companion to love and care for.

  75. I’m so sorry to hear about Lucy … seems strange not to see her at the end of your posts. I agree with other folks that I’m sure Lucy is thrilled that her mom won’t be without a kitty to keep her company! Hope your August is much, much better and can’t wait to meet your new addition.

  76. I am so sorry to hear about Lucy!
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  77. Carolyne says:

    What a lovely and generous way to honor Lucy’s memory. How exciting that another kitty will have a loving home. Though you will never forget Lucy, the sense of loss will ease as time goes by.

  78. What a wonderful suggestion to donate to a local rescue organization in Lucy’s honor…will do. And I am so glad you are opening your heart to another little one who needs you. Lucy would certainly approve.

    Another cat story. When my first cat and most beloved Himalayan Gremlin was dying, through my tears I told her to find a kitten about to be born and send her little spirit back to me. For several months I looked at dozens of Himalayan kittens and just couldn’t find the right one, then one day I saw a photo of a tortoiseshell and just knew. Thank goodness she was still available. I drove eight hours to get her and knew the moment they handed her to me that this was the right one. We came home and the little cat wandered around quite a while until she suddenly leapt up to Gremlin’s favorite spot and curled up. She grew up to be exactly the same small size, prefer exactly the same foods, have exactly the same temperament, have exactly the same quirks and make the same noises. She frequently just sits and stares into my eyes. I would swear my first cat came back to me and it’s been almost ten years now.
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  79. Wendy, I’m sorry to have missed your last post, and so very sorry to hear about your dear Lucy. I’m sure she knew how much she was loved. Rescuing another kitty is the best thing. xo

  80. Judith Strausbaugh says:

    Wendy, Am sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved Lucy and giving another kitty a good home is a good thing and am sure Lucy knew you loved her.

    Would love to win the purse patterns as I love to knit handbags. Thank you for the chance to be in the drawing.

  81. Michelle says:

    Fantastic that you can give another rescue cat a secure and loving home. Looking forward to meeting the new member of the family x

  82. I don’t know if you read all the comments from give away posts but I hope you do. I have to admit, I did not know we were cut from the same cloth – I, too, am genetically incapable of being feline-less… Congratulations on the new ‘baby’. Look forward to the meet and greet! Do you have a delivery date? Lucy would be so happy for you and the new kid. I am sure she hopes you don’t end up with a yarn hound… Happy but still sad tears today. Take care.

  83. Elaine shanks says:

    I am so glad you have decided to get another cat now. There are so many without homes and you sound like a wonderful cat owner … No sense wasting that winning combination by waiting. Our two boys (brothers) were also shelter kittens. They were rescued twice. Once by the no kill shelter that found found them on the kill list of another shelter and once by us. They were two lucky little guys. You will find your soul mate too. And Lucy wouldn’t have it any other way.

  84. I believe it’s a very good decision taking a new kitty home and I’m sure Lucy would approve it!
    Wish you for August all the best!

  85. I’m sorry to hear about your kitty, but lovely to hear you’ll be getting a new family member! Thank you for the opportunity to enjoy those lovely knitting patterns. 🙂

  86. Can’t wait to see what is created with this yarn. I hope your new kitty comes soon.

    Take care!

  87. Lee Long says:

    Hope reviewing the book brought a bright spot to your month.

  88. You are such a great pet owner, and there are so many cats who need good homes. I’m so happy that you are adopting another cat.

  89. Wendy,

    I lost my beloved tiny pastel calico kitty Miss Cricket about 4 years ago, at age 19. I thought I never wanted another kitty I was so upset to lose her. Well life intervened and a cat had kittens under my parents’ lilac bush in MA and abandoned them. My father had terminal cancer, so there was no way he would be able to care for them. I arranged for some friends in MD to adopt the two kittens. So on a cold January day I drove with two kittens in one carrier from MA to MD. Well I was about an hour away from dropping them off, and the wife of the couple called and said they only wanted one cat, not two! I didn’t have the heart to give the remaining one up, so Kaos the big black fluffy cat came to live with me. He is hale and hearty and still with me. He reminds me always of my dad since my dad loved his cat rescues so much.

  90. Lucy would wholeheartedly agree! She would want you to be happy, and it will make the pain a little easier! I have done this as well, and it was the right thing to do for me too!

  91. Lucy will always have a special place in your heart . As for another resuce kitty,Lucy will indeed aprove your sharing some love and companionship. I hope that you’ll find the perfect one . I for one have been thinking of knitting a bag for myself and this book is just what I need. Best wishes on your search for new companion Wendy.

  92. The world needs more kind and caring cat guardians, like you. I hope you find the purr-fect friend at the shelter. Best wishes!

  93. I am so sorry for your loss. I know how much a part of your life Lucy was and I wish you peace and healing as you grieve for her.
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  94. You’re so good at taking care of kitties, it must be that genetic thing. Another rescue kitty will get a loving home, and you’ll have that craved feline companionship. I will donate to an animal shelter in Lucy’s name, wish I could take in another kitty myself but a 780 square foot house can only hold the two rescues we’ve already got. Hugs to you, and snorggles to your new fur friend. Oh, and thanks for offering this book; I’ve lately been buying a lot of handbags (what’s up with that?) but had a thought that I’d rather make ’em!
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  95. Amy Schulze says:

    I did the same after I lost my dog Winnie. We now have Libby who keeps my feet warm at night. Good luck with your adoption.

  96. I’m a big fan of the knitted bag.
    And I am sure Lucy will be delighted that you are adopting a new little furry friend.
    Best of luck to you and I can’t wait to meet your new one.

    Vicky, Velcro, Inky & Toots

  97. Lucy will be smiling and purring loudly from heaven with her approval. I have two rescue kitties; one male and one female and wish I would get another one; but our town limits only three animals to a house – yep I have a dog (female) as well and they all play and get along so well. However my male cat lets everyone know he rules the house 🙂

  98. Kathie Mayo says:

    I have adopted 6 cats from our local humane society. Sadly, Big Guy just passed a couple of months ago. The 5 remaining are very precious.

    I love knitted bags, and the book you are so kindly offering looks like something that would give me hours of enjoyment.

  99. Yay for a new kitty! I am sure Lucy would not want you to be lonely 🙂

    I love the shape of the russet colored bag. It looks like it would be very usable

  100. Lucy would not have wanted you to be alone…good luck on the new adoption!
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