My current work in progress:

1. Brickless, designed by Martina Behm, knit from Mrs. Crosby Carpet Bag in the "Boston Fern" colorway on a 4.0 mm (U.S. size 6) needle.
2. Myriad stealth projects.

Monday

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Not only Monday, but a Monday holiday here in the U.S.: Memorial Day.

And even though it is still May, I am announcing the June Contest today. Why? Because I am the Queen of this blog and I say so.

June Contest!

We have a special prize this month:

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This is 1897 yards of drool-worthy mohair (90% mohair, 10% nylon), donated by Jen of Spirit Trail Fiberworks, who hand-dyed it especially for the Wendyknits contest. Isn’t it spectacular?

Thank you so much, Jen!

And all you must do to enter the drawing to win it is to send me an email at the Official Wendyknits Blog contest email address — blogcontest@comcast.net. Click on the link to send your contest entry. Please do not send entries to my regular email address — use this one.

Send an email to that address by Friday, June 4 at 4:00pm EST to be entered in the drawing for this yarn. The winner will be chosen at random.

I suppose if I were to submit an entry and win, it would look suspicious? Yeah, that’s what I thought.

Debbie Bliss Cotton Cashmere

I’ve received several questions on how I like working with this yarn.

I started knitting the Lucy sweater using Addi Turbos. I quickly switched to bamboo needles because the Addi Turbos were a tad slippery for knitting the lace portion. and I stuck with the bamboos, because I liked how they felt with the yarn. So for the readers who found it slippery to work with, try a wooden needle, if you haven’t already.

It’s not a shiny cotton. The addition of the cashmere gives it a soft hand. It’s great for stitch definition and worked really well for the Lucy lace pattern.

Now here’s something interesting.

The lavender cotten cashmere was very nice, lovely to work with. I started knitting with the teak cotton cashmere and hello! Knitting heaven. I can hear quires of angels singing in the heavens above every time I pick it up.

Remember in Monty Python and the Holy Grail when they showed the image of the grail in the sky (which was really the light from the grail-shaped beacon in the Castle Anthrax) you could hear angels singing?

That’s how I feel about the teal Cotton Cashmere. It’s soft and springy and just all together yummy.

I was surprised at the difference between the two colors, though. But as a friend reminded me (hej, Johanne!) some yarns will react differently to different colors of dye. So perhaps that’s it.

Even with that variation, I recommend it. I’ll be using it again.

The Lucy Sweater!

Speaking of Cotton Cashmere, here are the official FO shots of my Lucy sweater.

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And:

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It is too large for me, of course. I am still making sweaters too large for me. I really should have made mine in the smallest size.

That said, I really like this sweater oversized. It has gentle waist shaping that I think looks rather nice when worn in a loose-fitting way. And in the summer heat, a loose-fitting sweater is a Very Good Thing Indeed.

I am considering making myself another one in the small size, because I think I’d like that too.

I also decided to add instructions to the pattern to make the sweater without the waist shaping, as that is not flattering to everyone. One could easily make it longer, too, in a tunc length.

I’ll be offering the pattern in fours sizes, with finished bust measurements of 35, 39, 42.5, and 46″.

More progress . . .

On Luanne.

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And even a bit on Ingeborg.

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Comments

  1. Lucy is gorgeous! I agree with you on how flattering it is in the loose fit. Also, your colorwork is just amazing!

  2. Joan in Reno says:

    Lucy is very becoming. I really like the lace edging. It gives it that extra touch. Please hurry and publish the pattern. And Ingeborg turns me green with envy.

  3. Hi Wendy
    Both your Lucys are looking great!
    The prize yarn is a fabulous colour and thanks for attaching the link to Spirit Trail Fiberworks,
    have a good holiday Monday…..

  4. The Lucy sweater is just wonderful. Looks great on you with your hair. You have made great progress on Luanne and Ingeborg.

    Have a good holiday.

    Snuggle Kitty Lucy.

  5. Lucy is beautiful, but we already knew it would be. Can’t wait to try that lace. I looks great and I love that side shot. Ingeborg is just amazing as well. Can’t get enough of those colors together.

  6. Lucy looks beautiful! Say, didn’t you make something last spring/summer with teal and purple stripes? Innnnnnteresting. Or, maybe not. :)

  7. Wow, Ingeborg is coming along fast! And mine is languishing. Poor girl. Charlotte is getting way more attention these days.

    The Luanne tank is gorgeous and may have to be added to my list of tanks for this summer.

    Praying, praying, praying that I win the contest. That mohair is to die for!

  8. Oh la la! Lucy is gorgeous, and you look great in it.

    P.S. Clearly, every day is a good hair day for you. Lucky you with those curls!

  9. jocelyn says:

    Wendy
    lucy looks like that mohair, if there is anything wonky with my entry please delete the second one :) it was unintentional i didnt think the first one went through!
    Jill

  10. jocelyn says:

    Wendy
    lucy looks like that mohair, if there is anything wonky with my entry please delete the second one :) it was unintentional i didnt think the first one went through!
    Jill

  11. jocelyn says:

    sorry about the double comment, that was me mum!

  12. I don’t have any time to knit for my self, I’m too busy knitting for all these babys that are arriving LOL…but I would like to have a lucy sweater so I might just by the pattern and keep it till I have time =)
    I also love entering contests so you’ll see my email and what a gorgeous color!

  13. Hi there,
    Lucy looks terrific! I notice your nice neat shoulder/armhold seams and wonder what your preferred seaming method is for cotton.
    I’ve looked thru your FAQs, etc. What a treasure trove of info you’ve compiled. Thanks.

  14. I think the fit of the body of the sweater is flattering. I’m wondering if the sleeves should be a tad narrower. A few photographer/model tricks (getting a helper to take them up with
    clips or clothes pins or something in back) and testing with a few quick pictures would be a painless way to test the look of narrower sleeves. The sweater is really nice.

  15. Lovely looking mohair! Yumm! I love Lucy!!! You could definitely go a size smaller but I still like the looser fit. It’s not too big. Luann is really coming along. And of course, I’m just in awe of Ingeborg. WOW! You knit fast!

  16. Hello Wendy

    Lucy looks like it could be nice, but why, oh why, did you choose to knit it in pieces?? What is there about the body that couldn’t be knit in the round? I am asking because the body looks awfully… striped. Like, as if you knit k and p rows at different tensions.
    Other than that, I will agree with you that it does look quite baggy on you. The shoulders are nice.

    Lene

  17. What a fantastic start to your summer wardrobe. The sleeve cap seams on Lucy look perfect. As always; I’ve enjoyed reading your blog. Thanks.

  18. Charlotte says:

    The thing which makes your lace trimmed sweater look too big is the shoulders. They are too wide. If you take out the sleeves and sew them in a little deeper so the shoulders fall where they should, you’ll take away the “too big” look and end up with a loose summer sweater. Another way to narrow the shoulder would be to sew a pleat in them but I think that would look clumsy.