My current work in progress:

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



Happy New Year! 2013 seems to have gone by in a flash. The year was a mixed bag — I lost my dear Lucy in 2013, but I adopted sweet Loki. He’s been with me 5 months now and I think he’s decided he likes it here.

I did indeed finish my Britta Cowl last Sunday. Here it is laid out on the floor:


On Gwendolyn to show you how long it is:


And doubled:


To recap, this was knit with 6 skeins of Schoppel-Wolle Zauberball 100 on U.S. size 3 needles, 3 skeins of color 2166 (red/pink) and 3 of 2168 (blue/green). It is knit to double the width and folded in half lengthwise, and finished off with a three-needle bind-off. It used all but a few yards of the background color, and about 2.5 skeins of the foreground color.

It was a huge amount of knitting, but so very much worth the effort put into it. The yarn is lovely and soft, and design is bright and happy.

The Zauberball 100 is a soft single-ply wool, and I could see you getting the same results using Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light, which is also a soft single ply.

After I finished the cowl, I cast on for a quick project — a couple of pairs of slippers:


These were knit using this free pattern in Shalimar Missy Bulky yarn, in the Sequoia colorway. I knit two pair — a woman’s and a man’s, and they were a very quick knit, just a few hours. I had purchased the yarn for a different project, a cowl, and after starting it didn’t like it much. So I ripped out what I had done and re-used the yarn. A happy ending!

Speaking of happy endings, we had a lovely quiet New Year’s Eve celebration last night. Loki is not much of a party animal. He conked out early:


Happy 2014! thanks for continuing to drop by here. Blogs are becoming a thing of the past, I think, overtaken by so many different social media outlets. I’m still trying to figure out a good direction for this here blog. I’ve no plans to shut it down, but am trying to think of a good direction in which to take it. In the meantime, I’ll continue with my knitting progress reports and reviews of books and products. That reminds me — I think I have a book here waiting to review, so look for that coming soon.


  1. It is hard to believe that Loki has been with you for 5 months. He is such a beautiful young man. Gwendolyn is also beautiful.

  2. Likewise, hope all is well for you and yours in 2014! Glad you won’t shut the blog down altogether whatever may come… I still get inspiration from browsing the archives, especially the beautiful sweaters 🙂

  3. I LOVE this cowl! It looks like it was so much fun to knit and to wear as well.

  4. A blog is a huge commitment, and I have read them all for the past 7 years! I love seeing the photos of Lucy and Loki and your inspirational knitting. Whatever path this year leads you on, I wish the very best in 2014!

  5. The cowl is gorgeous. It looks like woven fabric in the photos. As for blogging, take the path that calls but I for one am certainly enjoying the current direction.
    Best wishes for 2014, both New Year’s and your birthday tomorrow. I’m glad Loki is with you. I bet Lucy sent him! We have one cat, Behemoth, that I feel sure was sent by our wonderful Howie cat and we’re glad of it.


  6. Don’t change a thing. I love watching your knitting and your cat. Happy New year

  7. Wow, utterly gorgeous cowl! And Loki is beautiful as always! Happy New Year!

  8. linda-kaye says:

    Happy New Year Wendy! I love your cowl, especially doubled – it looks so lovely, the way the flowers seem to pop!

  9. Ann Hedington says:

    I love reading your blog posts…. I get them via email, so that’s another social media link. Your knitting is inspirational and your cat photo’s are beautiful!

  10. Please continue to blog. I know it’s a huge time commitment for you, but I really look forward to your posts. I have learned alot about knitting techniques (love your books, btw) and I have been inspired to try many new patterns via your pictures and stories. Also, I love the Lucy and Loki stories as I am the proud human for seven assorted feline beauties.
    Best to you for the new year!
    Blogless Mary Lou

  11. Wendy, I love your Britta Cowl. the colors are so “happy” and nice. I love your blog and want you to continue with it. You inspire me so much. I love the stores about Loki too along with the pictures of course. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Beautiful cowl and love reading your blog

  13. Rae Gommel says:

    Please don’t stop the blog!! I’ve been following you singe NorgeKnitters days!
    And I loved reading about Lucy and now enjoy reading about Loki. Oh and the knitting stuff!!

  14. Jo Culver says:

    Wendy, where can I get the pattern for the Britta Cowl?

  15. I do think blogs are achanging
    But there is still a place for the written type
    Along with those who go audio and those who go visual
    I think most of us will go with you no matter which direction your choose

    Loki is sweet

    GerryART´s last blog post ..Celebrate ! ! ! !

  16. Beautiful Cowl. Love the slippers. And let Loki know I fell asleep early as well.

  17. Happy New Year to you and yours. Don’t go too far, I still enjoy reading your updates!

  18. How beautiful!

  19. Beautiful cowl hard to believe it was hand knit…. Love your blog….

  20. Ceciliadav says:

    I hope that your blog does not change too much. I get motivated from your projects. Thanks for the suggestions.
    Happy New Year to you and yours.

  21. Martina Norelli says:

    Your Britta cowl is absolutely gorgeous! Total perfection! I love seeing your work in progress and then the finished product. Love the slippers too. My daughter would like them very much. hmmmmm where’s that yarn I couldn’t figure what to make with? Happy New Year to you and Loki… He is one floofy cat!

  22. Happy New Year to you and Loki! No, blogs are not a thing of the past, I read yours and several others regularly. Please keep going! I like hearing about and seeing Loki, as well as what you are knitting and designing. I would miss you both if you stopped.

  23. Rosemary Johnson says:

    Your cowl is so beautiful! Happy New Year!

  24. Shari Blakey says:

    Happy New Year, Wendy and Loki! I LOVE your blog and look forward to each entry. I have purchased your books and a number of patterns and many different yarns from inspiration you provide on your blog. And being a cat lover, I love the stories about first beautiful Lucy and now Loki. I appreciate that it must be a time and effort commitment on your end, but do know how much it is appreciated!

  25. Amy Schulze says:

    I haven’t followed your blog all that long, but I must tell you how much I look forward to reading it. You have inspired me in many ways. I’ve added patterns to my que, learned techniques, and most of all communicated with another knitter. Whatever path 2014 takes you, please know your writing has been an inspiration.

  26. Beautiful cowl; great color choices. They really pop against each other.
    Handsome Loki, too.
    Yes, the blog universe is changing, but I think there is still a place for them. Some longer stories just can’t be conveyed in a short form format. Blogs give you a chance to really explore a subject. I love your blog.
    pdxknitterati/michele´s last blog post ..Under 100 Knit Collection: book launch and giveaway

  27. I love your blog – I check it almost every day to see if you’ve posted an update. Please don’t change a thing. Your knitting is spectacular and I love finding out what Loki is up to. All the best in 2014.

  28. I hope you continue your blog. It’s something I look forward to twice each week. I admire you design and knitting skills, as well as the tone of your ‘conversation.’


  29. Mary Tole says:

    Happy New Year Wendy. Whatever the new year brings please don’t stop blogging. I so enjoy reading about your projects, yarns and Lucy and Loki. I would truly miss it if you stopped. Social media does not quite do it for me. You have a communications gift in addition to being a great artist. Love the cowl and I’m seriously thinking of attempting it. Did you purchase your yarn at Loopy Ewe?

  30. Sandy Officer says:

    I love your cowl! I also like your blog. Yours is the only one I follow on a consistent basis. We have not replaced our cat who died so it is nice to see Loki in his glory! I guess you are tops in all regards ! Thanks.

  31. GeniaKnitz says:

    Oh, I do hope you continue to find pleasure in writing your blog because I am one of many who love reading it.
    I enjoy your knitting and have learned so much from your writing. And I love, love, love reading about your dear cats.

  32. I love your blog just the way it is!! Please keep on, I find it so fun and it it is one of the few that I read as soon as I see it. Super lovely cowl too.4

  33. The cowl is just beautiful, as is Mr. Loki! Happy new year!
    I still enjoy your blog!

  34. The cowl is gorgeous! When I get done with my current projec(s), that’s what I want to start next! Please don’t stop blogging! I look forward to hearing about your life, current projects, and Loki. It makes my day! Hope all is well with you, love!

  35. Loki is absolutely beautiful.
    The Britta cowl is grogeous.
    Wishing you a Happy New Year and most of all, Happy Birthday! Hope you’re having a great day.

  36. I love your blog. Yours is one of the few that I can get
    via email and then link to comment that way I don’t miss it. Please continue you are my inspiration to keep on going. I love your work.
    I love the cowl. The colors are great and the flowers really pop.
    Thank you for all that you do for the knitting communities.

  37. Pamela Beeching says:

    Great colour combinations with your gorgeous Zauberball cowl. This yarn seems to beg to be combined with others in the range to produce something rich and luxurious – not that I’ve been allowed to keep anything I’ve knitted as my Daughters seem to have an in-built radar for the casting-off process and hang around like frilly vultures ready to pounce!! I live in hopes…

    Your blogs inspired me to try socks some years ago now and I always point others in the same direction because you inspire with joy, enthusiasm and common-sense whether it be the most expensive yarn or the ‘pocket money end’ of the market, whether is a ‘death-defying, sweaty hands pattern’ or a sensible self-striping sockie – and all without the slightest hint of patronage. It’s hard to imagine you going off in another direction that will lead us into the paths of tangles and unravelling so good luck to you. Have no doubt we will all cheerfully follow, waving our needles and fluffy kittie toys and cheering you to the rafters! And a Happy New Year to you and yours too.


  38. Happy New Year Wendy

    I love the cowl, so happy and mod I may look into making one to call my own. Keep up the blog I enjoy it.

  39. Happy New Year to you and yours. Tossing my 2 cents worth about your blog. Love it, wish it was still 5 days a week (but understand the reduction), hope you continue and if not in this format, something similar. I, too, check frequently for new posts and read them immediately. And if you do something else, social media wise, please let us know so we can go along. Love Loki and your knitting, so I truly hope you don’t go anywhere without them… and us!! Thanks for all the lovelies you have shared.

  40. Your cowl is stunning! Thank you for the inspiration to continue with my Funchal shawl.

  41. Your knitting is an inspiration (both its beauty and speed), and your kitty pics and captions give m a smile each time see them. Hope you can continue to find time to blog or share your talents in another venue. Best wishes for 2014!

  42. Happy New Year

    Just want to say how much I love catching up with twice a week. thanks so much

  43. Happy New Year! The cowl is beautiful. Please keep the blog going…it’s the perfect start to my day.

  44. I love the cowl. So very beautiful. But the slippers…they are just about perfect for what I’ve been envisioning making for my husband. Will have to get on those soon…

  45. Love the cowl. Love the cat. Love the blog. Keep them all safe in the coming year! I look forward to your blog and read it once if not twice. God bless.

  46. Patti Dmytras says:

    Happy New Year to you. I really enjoy your blog and hope that you don’t give it up. I have resisted the social media stuff for security reasons. Your cowl is lovely and I made those slipppers a long time ago. I wonder where they are. Keep up the good work.

  47. Ann Voorhies says:

    Happy new year, Wendy. I have been inspired by your blog for a long time. Please keep it coming, and give Loki my best for his new year, too.

  48. Wendy -Happy New Year. I dont stop by as often as I used to. I am sorry to hear about Lucy she was a beautiful and wonderful muse and cat. Loki looks like he might be filling alright:)

  49. Beautiful cowl! Gwendolyn is so fortunate to wear such nice things:)
    Happy New Year!!

  50. Beautiful cowl, Wendy. Happy New Year!

  51. Happy New Year, Wendy. I must be a thing of the past myself because I love blogs! And it goes without saying. Your knitting is a constant source of inspiration! And who wouldn’t fall in love with Loki?

  52. Liz in Missouri says:

    Happy 2014 to you, too, Wendy! I agree with all of the above – I love your blog. I look forward to your new and always inspirational projects, not to mention keeping up with Mr Loki. I don’t know if blogs are a thing of the past or not – but I hope not.

  53. The cowl is a work of art…just beautiful! But the slippers…I learned to knit from my mother when I was about eight, but the first useful thing I remember making was slippers just like those! My grandmother taught me one summer when I stayed with her for a week. About a month ago, I started thinking about thost slippers again. I have downloaded the pattern and plans are under way!

    I do hope you continue to blog, as I find immense pleasure in reading about your lovely knitting adventures and your beautiful cats. You inspire me, and although I don’t always chime in, I read everything you write and admire your writing style.

    Best wishes for 2014!

  54. There is something to be said about keeping a blog. 🙂 I’ve learned in the last year or so that if I’m going to dedicate time online that a blog is the way to go rather than post here and there on social media. After a while, it gets lost in the jumble. With a blog, it’s all right there in one place.

    Happy New Year Wendy!
    AmniconStudio´s last blog post ..Daily 5 Gratitudes and intro., Jan. 1, 2014

  55. Beautiful cowl. Blogs a thing of the past? They said that about books, the novel, and print magazines. You have a good blog. I hope you continue.

  56. Marseille says:

    I enjoy your blog the way it is!!!! I’d miss it a lot…..

  57. I agree with many of your readers. I follow yours (and several other) blogs. I like reading your input on a variety of topics, from knitting (where you always challenge me to step beyond what I am comfortable knitting) to diet to cats. I like to read!

    Blogs are not antiquated, but we do realize that they require a time commitment that perhaps, you may no longer be willing to make.

    Twitter is a quick message type of contact. Could you imagine Twittering about Lucy’s demise? Instagram and SnapChat rely more on the visuals, but don’t convey the same richness that the written word does. Could you tell us on either of these the details of knitting Brita – the brand of yarn and how much you used in yours?

    Brita does look like it is a woven in the photos posted. I am sure you will enjoy it on cold, dreary winter days (like tomorrow)!

  58. I hope you decide to continue with the status quo, but I do understand the work involved could become tiresome, even tedious. Whatever works for you, but I am a fan. You have served to inspire me twice a week through some difficult times (breast cancer) and I am grateful for each and every entry you have provided. Thank you, and may you have a happy and rewarding 2014.

  59. The cowl seems like a lot of knitting but definitely worth it! I have completed my first stranded knitting hat and I loved the technique! Your cowl inspired me to continue to knit more colorwork projects!

    Happy 2014!!!

  60. Happy New Year to you, Wendy–and to all those you love.
    When I first started reading your blog Izzy was the cat whose pictures I enjoyed daily. Then darling Lucy and now, Loki.

    I hope you keep the blog. I like it very much and hardly a day goes by when I do not read it. I’ve learned a lot from you about knitting and I’ve enjoyed your writing/comments/links very much. However, I also know it must be a LOT of work. So: whatever you decide I’ll be for it.
    Happy New Year!

  61. Hi Wendy, even folks with podcasts also have a blog so they are not really a thing of the last. You have been right in front of the pack and actually your blog is quite awesome. I have learned from you and own your books. You will make the right decision for you and I wish you all the best in 2014. Thank you, no matter.

  62. I love your blog, so I’m glad you will continue to write it. My love to Loki.

  63. Happy New Year Wendy! I love your blog. Yes, most are gone but I love how consistent you are in your knitting and writing. You are inspirational.
    As a cat owner, I know how you feel about your dear Lucy. Loki is lucky you found each other.
    Wishing you the best for 2014!

  64. I love reading your blog, and I love the fact that it brings me out of isolation and into contact with people that have similar interests. I love the inspiration that I receiving from reading about others’ projects. Thanks for all that you share with us.

  65. Beautiful work! Love the colors ~ and by the way… really enjoy your writings, your knitting and the kitty pix! Hope you continue on. Happy Belated B-Day! Hope it was great!

  66. Happy New Year to you and your family. I love reading your blog and adore your pics of projects and your cats(Lucy and Loki). Your posts have made me realize I can do it too. I hope you continue to blog, but if you change the direction I’ll just have to figure it out and follow. Thank you for a wonderful year.

  67. Happy New Year to you and Loki!

    Love your blog and have been reading for years. As a matter of fact, just today I wanted to start some 2 CPR 2×2 (corrugated) ribbing. Tedious! Then I recalled you had an easier technique. Sure enough there it was complete with video from 2008.

    Your blog always has had beautiful projects and been so helpful! (Toe up socks – love them!) Whatever you do, I’ll be there (although I’m not so much for social media. :-).

    Thank you and best you in 2014!

  68. Have no idea where the “2 CPR” came from….sigh

  69. Beautiful cowl! Happy 2014 to you as well.
    We hope you’ll keep blogging, enjoyed your furry children and following along with your projects. Enjoy whatever you do.

  70. HI! I’m new to your blog. Can I just say that cowl is astounding and you are an amazing knitter! Happy New Year 🙂


  71. The cowl is stunning; I love how the yarn makes the flowers ‘pop’.
    I’m happy you are planning to continue the blog in whatever form it takes. I’ve been reading you since you started blogging, and even pre-official blog, when you had a website record of your knits etc. Fondly remembering Izzy and Lucy, and now happily following Loki! Call me a dinosaur, but I prefer a good ‘old-fashioned’ blog, where the writer puts some thought into what she is saying, to social media, which lacks depth.
    Happy New Year to you and yours!
    Kristen´s last blog post ..Final December post

  72. Wendy, your cowl is simply lovely. Just want you to know that I enjoy your blog immensely. If you decide to change it, I hope it’s not a great deal. Your knitting is beautiful and makes me wish I could knit so well. You’re an inspiration.

  73. Babs Fitz says:

    I have had the pleasure of your blog/posts for years. It is like having a letter from a dear friend………whatever you choose to do is fine………..but this format is and has been a welcome part of the day/week………..and much more substance that the twittery/tweety/hashtag hit and run………….best to Ian…………..

  74. The cowl is beautiful, I love the pattern and the color. I hope you decide to continue your blog. I love reading about and seeing all of your incredible projects. Because we have no longer have pets I get my pet vicariously through others; I so enjoy your cat pictures and stories.
    Happy New Year. May peace, health and happiness be yours throughout the year.

  75. I enjoy your blog and appreciate it! I only have a few blogs that I read and yours is on the top of my list. Thank you for taking the time; love your comments, knitting, and updates about Loki.

  76. I LOVE your blog. It’s a bright spot in my day to see where your knitting is at and a kitty picture.

  77. Ruby Louise says:

    Happy New Year! Wishing you all the best in the coming year.

    The cowl is beautiful! Thank you for sharing your knitting projects and progress on your blog. Your writing helps keep me making progress on my own projects. The commentary from Lucy and now Loki is always amusing too. Whether you keep blogging or shift to another medium is up to you. I’ll follow. 🙂

  78. Your Britta Is absolutely beautiful! I want one, …but wait, I live in the hot desert. Oh well, enjoy. It’ll keep you nice and warm in your cold, stormy weather.

  79. Wendy, your blog has meant so much to me over the years. It was one of the very first ones of any type that I read. I have followed you for many years and have learned so much. In fact, I have come late to the party and just started a blog of my own and guess what, you are mentioned and linked to often. So many of the things I have learned came from reading you over the years! Good luck in whatever you choose to do, but you would be greatly missed if your blog ever ended! I hope blogs don’t become a thing of the past since they have a special quality that is missing in many social media forms.
    Suzanne´s last blog post ..The Benefits of Swatching

  80. I hope you continue your blog, but I do see the change in them. For me, I think I stopped reading so many when I discovered Pinterest.

  81. Happy New Year, Wendy! Your Britta Cowl is exceptional, and I finally stopped my dithering and clicked that button to buy the yarns today – it will be my chef d’oeuvre piece for 2014 … seems like old times with the Fair Isle knitting, right? On another note, *please* don’t stop writing your blog – I have been a faithful follower since almost the beginning! Also – that Loki is one big handsome dude! xox mhv

  82. One of our 4 cats sleeps on her back just like a ragdoll kitty but isn’t fluffy haired like Loki or Lucy was. She is an orange tiger with white paws.