My current work in progress:

1. Strandwanderer, designed by Lea Viktoria, knit from Wollmeise Merino "Pure" in the "Zenzi" colorway on a 3.25 mm (U.S. size 3) needle.
2. Myriad stealth projects.

Presenting . . .

Lizzie!

lizzie062104 Presenting . . .

Isn’t she gorgeous?

Well, you can’t tell much about the pattern yet, but she will be a cropped raglan pullover with a crew neck, reverse stockinette stitch, and one big-ass cable running up the center front. The start of the back is pictured, and I decided to not do a cable on the back.

Lizzie is knitted from Knit Happens’ own Laughing Lizard “Big Lizard” hand-dyed yarn. This design is knitted on size 11 needles at 2.5 st/inch. So it’s a fast knit and I believe will take only three skeins of Big Lizard, which is about 200 yards/skein.

I think the reverse stockinette stitch shows up the beautiful colors beautifully.

Elastico Tank

Did a bit of knitting on this on my commute yesterday.

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A question about the tank from Friday’s comments:

Do you know how much it would cost to knit that tank in a size small? . . . and does it have any difficult shaping?

The pattern has two sizes — 76cm and 84cm (that translated into 31 and 33 inches!) which take a total of 5/6 skeins of Elastico respectively. One skein is the contrast color.

Difficult shaping? The top and straps are a little tricky. Made more so by the extreme brevity of the instructions, which I believe have been translated from another language.

Bottom line is that I wouldn’t recommend it for a beginner.

And about the sizing . . .

Sounds pretty skimpy, doesn’t it? I’m making the larger size. I measured the width of the work I’ve completed thus far and smooshed together in the rib it’s 11 inches!!!! However, it easily stretches out to 18 inches and beyond. The yarn is quite stretchy and the rib pattern is quite stretchy, so I have no worries about the fit. I’m 28″ in the waist and 37″ in the boobage, so I think it’ll fit just fine.

Wendyknits Designs

A number of you have asked when my designs will be available. They’ll be ready to go as soon as all the testknitters are done and I’ve made any needed alternations to the patterns. I don’t want to release any pattern until it’s thoroughly tested, you understand. My testknitters are all volunteers with other demands on their time, so I don’t expect them to drop everything and do nothing but knit my designs.

So . . . soon.

Speaking of such . . . here’s the photo of Lucky being worn.

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In asnwer to a comments question, I experienced no stretching of the Jaeger Silk. It was great to knit!

Critter Knitters Update

Check out the Blankets Received page to see the latest additions! Wow! And we have a couple more prizes on the Prize page as well.

Lucy

. . . is working on her tan.

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Comments

  1. Wendy,

    Cheers for answering my query about the silk. Have to say that “Lucky” looks superb on. My favourite of your designs so far. Congratulations. I am definitely thinking about using the Jaeger silk now – just have to organise a bank loan first!

    Cheers, Katie

  2. Wendy, When will the pattern for Lucky be available?? Just love it and can’t wait to get going on it!!
    Beth

  3. Beth I explained about not knowing exact pattern availability in my blog entry today.

  4. Your designs are absolutely wonderful! I must day, I’m anxious to get my hands on the Luanne pattern – I can’t wait for you to start releasing them!

  5. Wendy, have you always (well, in the last 18 months since I’ve ‘known’ you) been this svelte? Maybe its just that previous pictures of you were usually in sweaters with lots of ease.

    Lucky is so cute it just might motivate me to get back to my free-weight routine. I’d need to get rid of my upper arm flabbies before I could wear any of your adorable tanks.

  6. Wow! Lucky is gorgeous! I am eagerly awaiting the pattern.

  7. I don’t usually knit sweaters to wear next to my skin, but I just may have to make an exception for Lucky! It’s very attractive, and in a color that goes well with my skin, I think I would ejjoy wearing it.

  8. In your entry you clearly state that patterns will be ready when they are ready. Reading the comments, everyone is clamoring for patterns. I guess there are worse things than having anxious customers! Count me among the admirers of Lucky!

  9. Lucky is on my list of purchases. What a beautiful pattern.

    Hey Wendy – you got a great bod there. Any exercise in your daily or are you just one of the lucky ones?

  10. Oh!!! Lucky is gorgeous and I can’t believe how beautiful the Big Lizard colors are!

    It cracks me up that Lucy likes to sit under lamps when they’re on.

  11. Lizzie – like Elizabeth Bennet? Indeed! :) That’s what popped into my mind when I saw Lizzie – Quite differnt from Laughing Lizzard!

    Lucky looks wonderful on – you should take pre-orders, like they do on Amazon. :)

    Don’t kitties find the best places?!

  12. Okay, I loved Lucy, as anyone would. Now Lucky? I adore Lucky! I am so in a tank phase right now and it’s almost more than I can stand to see such amazing tops and not be able to knit them yet! Okay, patience. I will show patience. AAARRRGGGHH!

  13. I hate repeating what everyone has already mentioned but, I LOVE Lucky. She looks fabulous on you! I am patiently awaiting her arrival.

  14. Damn, woman. That is one lovely silk tank. The drape on it is gorgeous! Perfect fit, too.

  15. jocelyn says:

    Must make lizzie *wanders off in search of yarn*
    I will wait most patiently for this pattern or will GLADLY test knit it! the smallest size, please!

  16. I love how you sometimes photograph your knitting progress with an A/C or heater in the background. Makes me think your knitting it so hot it needs a little cooling off! (Particulary with the DC summer!)

  17. Wendy – great job on Lucky! Can’t wait to see what you come up with next.

  18. calmmom says:

    Yes, I love all your shells, too and am very inspired by them. Forgive me for mentioning this, but it’s been bugging me: are you really wearing a white bra? Sorry. Maybe it’s worse in the photographs — and I adore all your photos. It makes your blog so charming. Your designs are great and you have a cute figure. btw, i am wearing my first shell today at work — it’s a Rowan COtton tape, which is bulky, but I am still wearing a beige bra. Happy Knitting!

  19. OMG, lizzie is BEAUTIFUL.

  20. Lucky is gorgeous! Can’t wait to buy the pattern and knit away!

  21. Lucky is just lovely! Elastico is looking good.