My current work in progress:

Kenmare, by Martin Storey, knit from Rowan Softknit Cotton, using 4mm and 4.5mm needles.

Archives for August 2004

Klaralund Update!

Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton emailed me in response to my questions about Klaralund sizing. I am posting her response with her permission:

Hello Wendy!

Been out at your website and reading your blog! Johanna told me about you… Thank you for your fine comments on my work and for doing the Klaralund-along! Wish I could visit . . .

Anyway, there is a problem with the pattern to my embarrassment. I worked the pattern out for size measurements 34 (36, 38, 40)” and decided at a late date that the sizes were to close together. Changed the measurements but apparently not the figures . . .

The rest of the pattern works for these measurements, but not for the measurements that are listed. Hope you understand.

The sweater is knit in a rectangle to bind off at armhole (front and back). The top is knit straight from the bottom of sleeve to midback. The sleeves tops are then seamed onto the front and back to center. It’s a very simple shape. Hope I’ve made myself clear. If not, let me know and I’ll try and do better.

Soooooo sorry for the trouble this has caused you! Please extend my apologies to all in your circle. Can’t really understand how these mistakes get into the books. Even with having other people look at them.

I’ll be posting an errata file on at my website soon. Please feel free to list it on yours if this is of interest.

Hope to hear from you soon.

Regards, Cornelia

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So there you have it! She also very kindly offered to work up the pattern in three larger sizes. She will get back to us on those, so I’ll keep you posted.

There’s Something Rotten in . . .

. . . Sweden.

Gotcha! You thought I was gonna say Denmark, didn’t you?

I’m referring to what seem to be discrepancies in the sizing for Klaralund. Katherine blogged about it here. If you haven’t already, go read it. I’ll wait.

Yeah, I worked out the math too. And came up with the same conclusions before reading Katherine’s post.

I’ll be willing to concede that the finished bust measurement may well be correct in the pattern, given the way it is constructed. I’m assuming the bust is measured across where you have attached the sleeves to make the yoke. (If you look at the photo of Klaralund you’ll see what I mean. I posted it a few days ago — scroll down.) And if so, it’s an estimate at best — where does the body end and the sleeve begin?

But . . . there is no schematic with the pattern. And no mention of what the bottom edge measures. I was thinking of making the size 38″. But if knitted to gauge and according to the pattern, that gives you a sweater that’s 36″ around the bottom. And according to the pattern, the sweater is 22.5″ long, so it would hit me at the top hip and be tight. That’s so not the part of my anatomy that I want to draw attention to. If all this is indeed correct, the sweater is narrower at the hip than the bust. I don’t know about you, but that’s not how I’m shaped. And not how the sweater looks in the photo. But it’s hard to tell — the model is sitting down and the sweater looks like it’s pulled back on her shoulders.

Let’s shoot the photo stylist.

The size 41″ gives you an actual circumference of 38″ around the bottom. I think I’m going to make that size, and make it a bit shorter, so it doesn’t hit right at the hip. And I’ll do my darnedest to make sure that the bust measurement of my sweater is a lot closer to 38″ than 41″.

Anyhow, I’ve emailed the designer with my questions. Stay tuned.

Critter Knitters

A question in the comments about the Critter Knitters project. Liz posted an update on her blog last week — check it out here. The response to this project has been overwhelming and we are totally blown away by its success!

Speaking of Critter Knitters

That is a blanket for Critter Knitters that Lucy’s Daddy is knitting in the photo from yesterday. He started it on July 23 and is more than halfway done — finished size will be approximately 22″ square. I just taught him to knit on July 16. He’s made amazing progress.

No, this blanket will not be finished in time for our knit-along, but I don’t think Lucy’s Daddy is interested in any of the raffle prizes anyhow. When the blanket is done, we’ll send it on to Critter Knitters ourselves.

Lauren Update

I’ve finished the back, and the front is almost done as well. Up next, armbands and neckband.


Fun Fun Fun!

I am taking the day off work today and going to Knit Happens. The Sasha Kagan color workshop is this afternoon — should be great fun!

I first heard of Sasha Kagan when I bought The Sasha Kagan Sweater Book (now OOP, I believe) in 1984. It blew me away. Not my style of knitting, but completely different from anything I’d seen previously. I almost wore the book out poring over the pages. And I did knit my own version of one of the designs in it. Pictured in this blog entry.

So all in all, I’m very much looking forward to the workshop today!

Lucy Sez


Please, dahling. I am a supermodel. I was featured on Digital Yarn yesterday.

August Contest

It’s time for the August Contest, boys and girls.

And it’s easy. All you gotta do to enter is to send an email to this address.

And the prize is this:


A stash-savings jar! Ain’t it cute? It was thoughtfully donated to WendyKnits by Joanne Conklin. Thanks Joanne!

So email your entries, using the mailto: link above, by 5pm EST Friday August 6, 2004, to be entered in the drawing for this way-cute prize!

Weekend Update

I finished knitting Lisa. Ain’t she cute?


It’s a lousy photo, but it’s all you’re getting. I wasn’t in the mood for a modeling shot.

And I finished the back of the Lauren tank, and started the front. Here is the front ribbing, reclining gracefully.


And here is a pretty decent close-up, I took with my macro lens and natural light. It’s a pretty good representation of the color, at least on my monitor.



Lucy had a lovely weekend. She had a lot of fun visiting with some special guests on Saturday night and also spent a lot of quality time with her Daddy.