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.

An Open Letter

Dear Favorite Scottish Designer,

It’s been so long. Did you miss me? I missed you. I’m happy to be back!

Warmest Regards,
Wendy

I’ve got a new WIP — Kinsale, from Alice Starmore’s book Fishermen’s Sweaters.

The design called for an old Rowan yarn: “Wool and Cotton” — not to be confused with Rowan’s current offering “Wool Cotton.”

Here are the particulars on the old Rowan Wool and Cotton:

Fibre Content: 50% Superfine Botany Wool/50% Egyptian Cotton
Gauge: 28 st/4 inches on 3.25 mm (US 3)
Approx. 164 yds/50g ball

Here are the particulars on the current Rowan Wool Cotton:

Fibre Content: 50% Merino Wool/50% Cotton
Gauge: 5.5-6 sts/1in on US 5/6
Approx. 123 yds/50g ball

As it happens, I’ve got 20 balls of Rowan Wool Cotton, in the discontinued color “mango.”

Clearly, the Wool and Cotton is a finer gauge, but I did a gauge swatch on 2.5mm needles (US 1) of the Wool Cotton, and came up with the appropriate gauge for Kinsale. without it being stiff as a board. It makes quite a nice fabric, in fact.

So I cast on for Kinsale. And I’m using . . .

. . . wait for it . . .

STASH YARN!!!!

A rarity in the Wendyknits Universe!

So what if it’s only been in my stash for a few months? That matters not. The fact remains that the yarn was bought with no particular project in mind and I am now using it.

Alert the media.

For those of you unfamiliar with Kinsale, there’s a photo of it on the VirtualYarns site here. They are apparently selling the kit for it in Scottish Fleet — their 5-ply gansey wool. I think it would look killer in gansey wool, but I’m quite liking it in my Rowan Wool cotton.

Here’s the teeny bit I’ve got done so far.

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It’ll take a bit more work before the pattern “pops.”

Why, Yes

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Lucy does have her own bathroom. I guess it’s about the same size as mine, but hers has more counter space. Mine, however, has a bathtub while hers has just a shower. She doesn’t seem to mind.

As for how it’s decorated: there’s a framed, autographed photo of Socks, President Clinton’s cat, hanging in Lucy’s bathroom. She doesn’t seem to mind that it was autographed for Izzy and her brothers, long before Miss Lucy was born.

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Doesn’t every cat have one? I guess only the Demo-cats.

hahahahahahaha

Comments

  1. I love Kinsale. I have some of the old Scottish Fleet in the stash waiting to become Kinsale some day. Love the color you are using.

  2. Demo-cats… hehehee. Good one.
    Amy (theboogieknits) just started a Fishermen’s Sweaters book-wide knitalong. You should join us! I’m doing Faroe (eventually). It’s set up as a Yahoo group, at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/inishknit/
    Love that mango color, LOVE wool-cotton.

  3. What a great sweater! Can’t wait to see yours. And I love the fact that you have/had animals named Tristan and Isolde! But I’m a classical musician so you can’t go by me…

  4. Groan!

  5. I second the “Groan!”

    But that *is* a pretty impressive piece of bathroom art. =)

  6. HA! Demo-cats. I love it. And I must say…fine color choice for your Kinsale. Orange is my personal favorite of all the colors. Such a joyful one.

  7. cool pattern and i’m lovin’ that orange. those two fiber names for rowan are pretty funny. odd they didn’t come up with something diff.

  8. Beautiful color for Kinsale! I am also making this sweater but I used Silky Wool…not too impressed with the stitch definition but it is making for a nice, soft fabric.

  9. Hey! I thought OUR kitties were the only ones with a picture of Socks signed by same! I hope they didn’t see your blog today! What a two-timing presidential pussycat! Actually my son sent for it when he was a vewy wittle kid, so he shares it with his kitty! But I think all of our cats are probably Indepawdents.

  10. Very pretty! I see you knit your Fulmar in a gansey wool. I have some Scottish Fleet set aside for a sweater from Alice’s Children’s Collection. If I could ask you a question, do you have to pull very tightly on the yarn to produce the correct fabric? I do plan on swatching, but considering the price of the yarn (more than I usually spend!) I would consider any advice to be very helpful. Thanks you Wendy!

  11. Demo-cats, indeed. And you call US weird. The gansey is going to be lovely. I’ve been fishing around for either one of the ganseys (gansies?)from a Jamieson’s book, or one of you-know-who’s patterns. They are all tempting.
    My cat Lucy is very envious of the Socks picture, by the way.

  12. Demo-cats! Excellent! Love it.

    I believe I share my house with two of those. Heh.

  13. 1) ha! I knew Starmore would call to you again. I was waiting, evilly for the day.

    2) I JUST BOUGHT yarn in a similar color for a Starmore aran. How weird is that!

    3) Stash yarn???? Ok, no, seriously, you can tell us where you got it. ;-)

  14. Finally a new Starmore. It’s my dream to make one of her designs one day. For now I’ll settle with spying on your’s.

    I’m totally impressed with all your knitting, and it seems to never stop! I have a couple of knitting-lifestyle questions for you, if you don’t mind.

    You knit a lot of projects at a tiny gauge or with lots of work. Won’t you ever get tired of a project? If you do – how do you overcome it? It seems like all of my projects have a sort of “dead end” – when I get there it is not exciting anymore, just boring, and it’s so dificult to resist the urge to put it away and start something new.

    Do you really only have to WIPs, or do you have a stash of UFOs like the rest of us?

  15. Wendy, I am SO PLEASED that you are doing another Starmore design. It is great that you are into so many aspects of knitting now, but I have missed you sharing your Starmore work. Thanks again for my daily fix on a portion of your knitting life.

  16. Alice’s Kinsale! Wendy escaped! She’s back! Could a Hebridean Inishmore be far behind? ;-)

  17. I love! the mango color. Very lovely.

    BTW, my wee widdle doglet also has her own room, but only because she snores and talks in her sleep so much that she keeps us awake. It’s amazing how much noise comes from that ten pounds of fluff.

  18. orange, it is conqueoring the world!

    congrats on teh destashing and even moreso on the pretty design.

    and bad-um-bump ching :)

  19. I love to see you blogging about knitting Starmore designs, so I’m giving a selfish inner yelp of glee. Yay!

  20. Kinsale is on my list to do, but I sold the yarn I was planning to use for it… something else will turn up! I recharted the center pattern from diamonds to marriage lines to make it a bit narrower and have a design that would show up better in my knitting.

  21. Diana & Orion says:

    You DC dillitantes!

    Figures lucky Lucy would inherit such a wonderful item — the First Cat. Excellent!! Although I laughed at the entire Monica incident, Bill did go down a few notches in my esteem when he brought that dog into the house …

    Demo-cats! Are there any other kind? *lol* Good one, girlie.

    I am so excited to see an Alice Starmore getting created. I treated myself to one of her books and yearn for the day I will be able to attempt even the simplist one … currently I am still just learning to use a cable needle *lol* … with much thanks to your “Mouse” pattern!

    Orion & Finwe thank you much too.

    Love the mango yarn. AM interestedin learnign how the differences in content will reflect in the design.

    You rock. HEy, how did the hair appointment go?

    Best– Diana & Ori

  22. Diana & Orion says:

    You DC dillitantes!

    Figures lucky Lucy would inherit such a wonderful item — the First Cat. Excellent!! Although I laughed at the entire Monica incident, Bill did go down a few notches in my esteem when he brought that dog into the house …

    Demo-cats! Are there any other kind? *lol* Good one, girlie.

    I am so excited to see an Alice Starmore getting created. I treated myself to one of her books and yearn for the day I will be able to attempt even the simplist one … currently I am still just learning to use a cable needle *lol* … with much thanks to your “Mouse” pattern!

    Orion & Finwe thank you much too.

    Love the mango yarn. AM interestedin learnign how the differences in content will reflect in the design.

    You rock. HEy, how did the hair appointment go?

    Best– Diana & Ori

  23. Diana & Orion says:

    You DC dillitantes!

    Figures lucky Lucy would inherit such a wonderful item — the First Cat. Excellent!! Although I laughed at the entire Monica incident, Bill did go down a few notches in my esteem when he brought that dog into the house …

    Demo-cats! Are there any other kind? *lol* Good one, girlie.

    I am so excited to see an Alice Starmore getting created. I treated myself to one of her books and yearn for the day I will be able to attempt even the simplist one … currently I am still just learning to use a cable needle *lol* … with much thanks to your “Mouse” pattern!

    Orion & Finwe thank you much too.

    Love the mango yarn. AM interestedin learnign how the differences in content will reflect in the design.

    You rock. HEy, how did the hair appointment go?

    Best– Diana & Ori

  24. Oh. My. Goodnes. It’s orange, it’s beautiful.

  25. Har! Demo-cats!

    I like mango. Interested to see this one as the pattern emerges.

    Have a great day!

  26. Nice to see a new Starmore in the mix. (Is Norfolk a FO now? a UFO? a frog?)

    I like your cat joke. Apropos of nothing, I’ve been reading your blog now for what seems like YEARS (I guess it’s about 2 years really) and this may be the most political thing I’ve ever read here. (Not that there’s anything wrong with keeping your cards to yourself.)

  27. Sigh.. starmore is goodness. Can’t wait to see how it turns out!

    P.S. Lucy is adorable

  28. It’s like peanut butter and jelly have been reunited. What inspired the return?

  29. Wow, I’m loving Kinsale’s textures. This will be a wonderful sweater. When you knit a pattern you like, do you take your time to enjoy the different stitches, or do you knit to finish it? I’m amazed at your speed; I bet you’ll have a finished back? front? by tonight!

  30. Wendy, I am thrilled that you are knitting a new A.S. I have missed seeing your traditional projects.
    I am just beginning “Nova Scotia”, using a Latvian wool. This wool was a lucky discovery for me. It is very high quality, wonderful colours and incredible yardage. Quite worthy of Alice’s design.

  31. Back to ‘traditional’ knitting. Can’t wait to see the sweater grow.

  32. “only the Demo-cats” — ouch!

    Judy
    secretly loving it

  33. democats —- I shall refrain from any Clinton/pussycat comments and simply tell you that I fear my dogs are Anarchists!