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


Happy Birthday, Loki!

Today, April 16, is Loki’s birthday! He is three years old!

In honor of Loki’s birthday I am having a pattern sale: all of my patterns available for sale on Ravelry (including my new Nordic Scarf pattern) will be 40% off through the end of April if you use the coupon code LOKI when you check out. The code can be used as many times as you like before May 1, 2014. Tell your friends!

Book Giveaway Winner

Sheila, who has been emailed, is the winner of a copy of  Cute Crochet World, by Suzann Thompson. Thanks to everyone who left a comment!

Relaxing Knitting

Because I have done several picky or complex projects in a row, I figured it was time for some relaxing knitting. I wanted a nice mindless pattern that I could knit without thinking about it. I decided on Martina Behm’s Matchmaker.

I went into the stash room and selected two colorways of Wollmeise fingering weight that I thought would look good together: Bob and Mistelzweig. The pattern directs you to use a 2.5mm needle. I am using a 3.25mm needle for the simple reason that is is the smallest size in which Signature Needle Arts circular needles are made. Fortunately, I like the look of the fabric at this gauge.

And I’ve made some good progress on my Matchmaker:


The pattern directs you to break off the colors at the end of each section. Rather, I am carrying it up the side by knitting the color not in use together with the color being used at the end of each even-numbered row.


It makes a nice stretchy edge and eliminates the number of ends I need to weave in. In an item like this that is more or less reversible, I like not having a lot of ends to weave in.


I now need to go play with the Birthday Boy. He has been resting up so he’ll be all set for an extended play session tonight!



  1. Shirley Gallagher says:

    All that cuteness in only 3 years. Happy Birthday beautiful boy.

  2. Happy Birthday Loki, hope you get lots of treats,nip,toys, and love!

  3. Happy Birthday Loki! I am glad he likes his Furminator. There is a big fluffy orange cat That I stay with when his people are out of town and he will sit on the deck with me for hours on a warm spring day letting me get all that itchy loose undercoat out. It is one of the best grooming tools I have used.
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  4. Happy Birthday Loki!!!!!!!

  5. May this be the start of many birthdays with your Mama. You’re both lucky to have each other.

  6. I agree that you and Loki are lucky to have each other. You are a good fit.

  7. Three already time flies to quickly…..don’t eat to much cake Loki

  8. Happy birthday to Loki – he looks very young and furry. I love Martina’s patterns – she is very creative, and Wendy, yours looks beautiful. Thanks for the sale.

  9. Happy Birthday Loki!!! Your Matchmaker is coming along nicely; love the idea of carrying the colors along the edge so no weaving in as many ends when you finish knitting.

  10. patricia says:

    Happy birthday Loki! Long may you be floofy!

  11. Happy Birthday handsome!

  12. Carol Lee says:

    Happy Birthday Loki!!!

  13. Midnite Baker says:

    Give Loki a BIG Happy Birthday hug from us. M & Sparky

  14. Happy Birthday Loki! Yesterday was also my birthday. I hope your day was as nice as mine.

  15. A special day indeed! Thank you, Wendy for sharing your knitting and thoughts with us as well. As I looked through your patterns, I saw patterns we watched grow together and smiled. And the photos of Lucy lounging between yarns brought a knot to my throat.
    Yes, a very special day to share.
    Enjoy spring, Hannah

  16. Hoppy Birthday Loki. Thank you for your generous discount, Wendy.

  17. Happy Birthday Mister Floofy!
    Thanks much for the discount.

  18. Alice in Richmond says:

    Happy Birthday lucky Loki!!

  19. Lynne in Florida says:

    mmmrrOWWW prrp, Loki! Sorry I’m a day late, but yesterday was busy! We did have ice-cream, though.

  20. Happy Birthday, Loki. Today is my birthday! Thank your mom for the birthday sale.

  21. Happy Birthday, sweet kitty! I love the colors that you are using for Matchmaker;O))

  22. Happy Belated Birthday Loki!!
    Thank you for the terrific sale!

  23. Happy birthday to Loki – celebrate! Thanks for the bargain on your patterns as well – I added three more of your wonders to my nearly complete WendyKnits collection!

  24. Awww happy birthday Loki!

  25. Happy Cat Nip filled Birthday Wishes…. and many more!!!

  26. Mary Tole says:

    Happy Easter Wendy and Loki and a very happy birthday to you Loki, though a little late. You are looking very relaxed and kingly.

  27. Kristine M. says:

    Happiest of birthdays to you, Loki!!