My current work in progress:

1. Drachenfels, designed by Melanie Berg, knit from Madelintosh Pashmina in the Black Walnut, Seasalt, and Mineral colorways on a 4 mm (U.S. size 6) needle.
2. Myriad stealth projects.

I’m Just a Cardi Gal

It was mentioned in my comments on Friday that for a girl who claims she doesn’t like cardigans, I sure have been knitting a bunch of them.

Yes, I have, haven’t I?

I still do prefer pullovers to cardis. But there have been a heckuva lot of cute cardi patterns that I’ve wanted to make!

But for Dale 10903, I’m going to knit a pullover — it’s one of the pattern options. (By the way, Vera, the gauge is 28 stitches and 36 rows to 10 cm on size 3mm needles.)

Which brings me to a question . . .

What Will Wendy Knit Next?

I’ve got lots of projects waiting in the wings! Some have been waiting longer than others. Like Marina (from AS Scottish Collection), which has been patiently waiting since last summer when I bought the Jamieson & Smith shetland for it.

Then there’s the Poetry in Stitches leaf sweater that I bought the kit for when I got my promotion in May.

And Dale 10903 I just mentioned.

And . . . ahem . . . another Dale design I haven’t mentioned yet, because I . . . uh . . . just ordered the Daletta (from the ever-wonderful Bea Ellis) for it.

Lotus.

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Oh, did you notice that it’s a cardigan?

Also, I wanna knit an aran out of the blue Cascade 220 I bought last spring.

What’s a girl to do?

Big Sock News!

Last week a knitting buddy in Germany, Sabine Bröhl, translated my generic toe-up sock pattern into German and posted it on her site here. It’s that cool? I’m multi-national! Thanks, Bine!

The German version is linked to from the pattern on my website, too.

Frogner Update

I finished the body.

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And I started a sleeve.

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I did machine stitch all the steeks on the body, in preparation for doing the front bands, the neckband, and setting in the sleeves. This was the first time Lucy’s seen me use my sewing machine and she got very excited. So much so that she had to take a rest afterward.

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Hi Mom and Dad!

My parents left last week on a trip to Scandinavia, to visit my dad’s relatives. Here they are arriving at the airport in Vasa, Finland last Friday.

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Have a good Monday, everyone.

Comments

  1. Wendy, I am making your toe-up socks for the first time (and they are lovely) and discovered a tiny typo in your pattern. It’s not a show stopper but next time you are changing the page you might want to change this.

    While your short row heel is pretty much just like your short row toe, it is a heel and at the end of the last paragraph in that section, you give those of us working up a nice heel kind of a jolt when you tell us that our toe is half done!

    By the way, I am doing two of these socks at one time on two circular needles. They are working up quite nicely. Thanks so much for your pattern and your inspiration!

  2. Hello Wendy,

    thank you very much for linking. My son is very glad with the toe-up socks. The “normal” socks I knitted in the past were always too wide at the ankles, your pattern fits mutch better.

    In August I start a knit along with a German Sock-knitting group and I hope many German knitters try to knit the socks I create toe up.

    Your Mum and Dad I wish a nice holiday

    Bye

    Bine from Germany

  3. Vera Butler says:

    Thanks for the info Wendy – a great relief, I was afraid it might have been thick wool which I hate, now I can choose from the wonderful colours of J & S. Frogner looks lovely but how do you get it so smooooooth – I am very envious. My stranded knitting always looks a bit puckered even though I follow your tip of stretching out the stitches on the needle. It’s OK once pressed though. Perhaps I just need more practice – the one I’m doing at the moment is only my second. How many have you done?!

  4. vanessa says:

    wendy, frogner looks great, and i think lotus will be lovely with your red hair.

  5. I predict that your parents will pick up a bag of yarn and a couple of patterns for you from their trip.

  6. Oh, I can’t wait for you to do Lotus, it’s just lovely. Frogner is going to look beautiful on you as well.

    A question – do you do all cables without a cable needle? I’ve been using your method (thank you very much for that, BTW) for simple cables, but I’m working on a pattern now that is slightly more complex, so I’ve been using a cable needle to avoid dropping stitches.

  7. Kristin says:

    Lotus? PIS cardi? Marina? How on earth are you going to choose? Gee, I wish I had that problem…LOL :-) I’d love to see the cardi you mentioned adapated as a pullover. I think it would suit it well.

    Hmm, do I smell another project poll coming up?

  8. Wendy, I have a really strange request… I love to look of two-color work and I think I’m finally at a point in practice/skill I should give it a whirl, but I can’t find any pictures of what the BACK of items look like, so I have no idea if what I am doing is atrocious and will be a problem or if I’m making mistakes or not … Is there any chance you could post a picture of the inside of Frogner, or maybe something that’s already completed that’s like that, where I could see what it looks like on the “wrong side” of a place with a larger break between colors? I was just wondering if the white is carried all the way across behind the green or if you loop it around the gren every few stitches to anchor it or what.

    Told you it was strange ;) It’s just that your work is so beautiful, I want to see what the back looks like that goes with it :D

    ~Sammi

  9. Kristin says:

    Sammi, I think if you look in Wendy’s archives, you’ll see the back of one of her projects. There was a discussion a few months back on stranding w/long floats vs. weaving in. I’ll let Wendy comment on the technique she prefers.

    Good luck with your first 2-color project :-)

  10. Hi Wendy – I’m back from vacation again, and you’ve done (nearly) yet another sweater! I love Frogner — you are amazing. Funny coincidence, I’ve been yearning for that Lotus sweater myself since I found it on-line a couple of months ago. But I REALLY have to finish the things I’m working on first. :-\ So much yarn, so little time. *sigh*

    I hope your parents have a marvelous trip!

  11. Hey Wendy – I think you should do the blue Aran next. It’s been a while since you’ve cabled (hasn’t it?) plus, on the worsted weight, you’ll be through that baby in a day or so…. You’ve jaded me with your quick progress, now I need to be super-wowed.
    Now, make it so. ‘Cause I said so. (Yeah, I went there.) Damnit – that’s not so funny in type. Well, you know I’m a funny gal so pretend, okay?

  12. Ooh, cool :) I’ve only gotten a couple months back in the archives, I’ll look back again and see if I can find that.

    Thanks Kristin! *goes to scour archives*

  13. Lotus – how absolutely gorgeous! Meow! I want to knit that, too! Never mind that I’ve never done anything more complicated than stripes.
    Lucy knows how gorgeous she looks against that beautiful upholstery, doesn’t she?

  14. I’m addicted to your blog. I can barely make it through the weekend until your next entry. You’re my knitting hero. Please do the PIS leaf pattern sweater. I’ve been admiring that one and would LOVE to see it come together.

  15. Wow, I want Lotus now!!!! As for you and cardis…. With your great figure, you should wear more cardis! Frogner looks so lovely…. I wish I can knit as fast as you can. I am still working on Mendocino from AS Children’s Collection… Of course I have a Lily Chin reversible rib cable shawl, a pair of Regia socks and an EZ Best Baby Sweater all on needles. SIGH, I still wish I can knit as fast as you can….. And you are making me drool over things I should not be wanting to do!!!! You are more inspiration to me than most people at my LYS (I have 5 I go to!). Keep up the wonderful knitting we all aspire to imitate!

  16. Wow, I want Lotus now!!!! As for you and cardis…. With your great figure, you should wear more cardis! Frogner looks so lovely…. I wish I can knit as fast as you can. I am still working on Mendocino from AS Children’s Collection… Of course I have a Lily Chin reversible rib cable shawl, a pair of Regia socks and EZ’s Best Baby Sweater all on needles. SIGH, I still wish I can knit as fast as you can….. And you are making me drool over things I should not be wanting to do!!!! You are more inspiration to me than most people at my LYS (I have 5 I go to!). Keep up the wonderful knitting we all aspire to imitate!

  17. I vote for the PiS cardi – It’s a great design and the colours look wonderful. I’ll also be interested to see what Hifa 2 is like to knit with. I just got a kit for Carpathian Black Roses from Norsk Strikkedesign and it’s also in Hifa 2.
    When I do get around to knitting Roses it will be my first venture in colourwork. I’ll certainly be revisiting your archives for tips!