My current work in progress:

Beadwork, by Jade Starmore, knit from Wendy Guernsey, using 2.75mm needles.

Labor Intensive

Last week I mentioned that I was embarking on a project that is labor-intensive.It is this:

This is Jade Starmore’s adult version of her Beadwork sweater, published in Interweave Knits in the Winter 1999/2000 issue. That’s almost 20 years ago.

The child’s version of this sweater was published first — in Jade’s book A Collector’s Item. I loved it on sight, so I was very pleased when she released an adult-sized version of the design. Took me long enough to get around to knitting it, didn’t it?

I am using Wendy Guernsey yarn, which is basically interchangeable with the yarn called for — Alice Starmore’s Scottish Fleet. The gauge for this sweater is 31 stitches and 41 rows to 4″. I achieved gauge with a 2.75mm needle.

The design is labor-intensive because you work cables/twisted stitches on both the right and the wrong side of the work. At a very tight gauge. I am using a Hiya Hiya needle that at this small size is very sharp and pointy, so I have to be careful not to poke holes in my fingers as I knit.

Oooooh, pointy!

It’s slow going (41 rows to 4″!) but extremely fun to knit!

Meanwhile, Loki is taking a nap in his tote.

Do not disturb!

Freshet Pullover

It’s done — finished Friday night!

To recap, this is the Freshet Pullover by Irina Anikeeva from Brooklyn Tweed Wool People Voliume 13. I knit mine from Rowan Softyak DK.

This was a thoroughly enjoyable knit. My only mods were to shape the shoulders with short rows and to a three-needle bind-off. I also attached the sleeves via three-needle bind-off.

I really like attached drop shoulder sleeves this way. It makes a nice firm, and more importantly neat, seam!

Now I’m starting something that is extremely labor-intensive.

Loki wonders “what could it be?”


I finished the front of my Freshet sweater this week, so I attached the shoulders — I did a three-needle bind-off, my favorite way to do shoulder seams — and picked up stitches and knit the turtleneck collar. The collar was around 8″ of 2 by 2 rib and took a fair amount of time […]

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Fluff and Nonsense

First of all, congratulations to Robin F. who is the winner of my review copy of The Knitter’s Activity Book by Sincerely Louise. Thanks to everyone who left a comment. Work continues on my Freshet Pullover. I finished the back last week. Here is my progress on the front: I’m loving this pattern — it is […]

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The Knitter’s Activity Book

I got a new book to review last week — this: This is The Knitter’s Activity Book by Sincerely Louise (aka Louise Walker). If you are like me, you looked at the cover and thought “how fun!” I mean, who doesn’t love a knitted lobster? While there is a statement on the cover that it […]

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