My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


This is my cat . . .


This is my cat on drugs.

Any questions?

How to be a Speed Demon!

Some Fulmar comments . . .

It looks like a complicated design, but it really isn’t. I memorized the pattern after one repeat. It’s easy to do if you break things down.

In the body pattern, there are four different motifs that are repeated, and two of them are simply mirror image of each other, so that’s really just three different motifs. Two of the three have a twelve row repeat, and the other has a twenty-four row repeat.

If you have a good memory, you can quickly memorize on what rows you have to do cable twists and move stitches. I do use a row counter, because by keeping track of what number row I’m on, I know what cable I’m supposed to be twisting.

I keep track of the twelve row repeats. The one pattern that has a twenty-four row repeat is easily divided into two sets of twelve. The first set of twelve makes a braided rope, the second set of twelve fans the braid out, then in again. And it’s obvious in the pattern which half of the total twenty-four you are working on.

Does any of the above make sense?

Once you have the pattern set, you can get along pretty well without having to refer to the charts. Just look at what you did in the previous pattern repeat.

My other tip for speed is to learn to cable without a cable needle. This really speeds things up, particularly on this sweater because you are moving stitches on every right side row.

So . . . here is Fulmar.

And . . . I’m losing my mind. I thought I gave away my old Fulmar I knitted a few years ago. I didn’t. I still have it. Here is a closeup.

And for the sock fans among you . . .

The Regia Stretch in progress:
Regia Stretch

The Regia Ringel in progress:
Regia Ringel

And now for something completely different

Here, for Caroline F., is a photo of an old sweater knitted in Jamieson & Smith shetland jumperweight . . . at 6 st/inch.


Yep, and it don’t look half bad knitted at that gauge. This is a design by Meg Swansen that appeared in Knitters magazine ten or so years ago.

Would y’all like to see a selection of other old stuff I’ve knitted from time to time? Stuff that’s not currently on my website? Huh? Would ya?


  1. yes!

  2. katherine says:

    Uh-huh (shaking head vigourously), I would like to see them. Like you really had to ask,eh?

    BTW,that picture of Izzy is priceless. Gave me a good chuckle today.

  3. Yeah, it’s amazing what a little Power Goo and a warped — er — creative mind can do! The crazed photo of Izzy is courtesy of her Daddy. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Yes!! I know I would love to see more of your work.

  5. I’d love to see more of your work!!!

  6. Yes, would love to see your other work! Would also love to know what older issue of Knitter’s that the Meg Swansen sweater came from!

  7. Caroline, All I can tell you about the old issue of Knitters is that it was about ten years ago — all my old issues were lost in an ugly flooding incident.

  8. Elizabeth says:

    Don’t know why you even asked us if we wanted to see pictures of your other “stuff”! I, for one, would love to see them. Izzy looks like she just got in from an all-night orgy of some sort. That picture is so funny!

  9. ROFL…Poor Izzy…looks like she had a rough night. I would love to see more of your work.

  10. Wow – Izzy whacked out on catnip! Cute! And YES of course we all want to see more, MORE, MORE!! photos of your work.

  11. I recognize that pattern – I’ll have to check my Knitters issues to find out which one it came from.

    And yes, I’d love to see piccies of your past works.

  12. Caroline F says:

    Wow that Meg S sweater is beautiful! I love seeing pictures!

  13. Yes please–more photos!

  14. More More More!!!!

  15. Are you sure this isn’t Izzy after a Hershey bar with a vodka martini?

    More pictures? Yes, please.

  16. Of course we want more photo’s!!!

  17. Hmmmm, you may be right, Teresa! I’ll check the levels in the vermouth and vodka bottles when I get home. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  18. Lindsey-Brooke says:

    Yes! More knitting pictures! More Izzy pictures! More train ride tales! Wendy–you’re the entertainment capital of the knitting world! ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Need you ask? Of course we want MORE! More photos of your work, more photos of Izzy on drugs – er, I mean more photos of Izzy!


  20. Wendy – your photo of Izzy on drugs had be literally laughing out loud! Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. More! More! More!

  22. Yes please! More sweaters!

  23. YES! PLEASE! Your work is VERY inspiring. I’m loving Fulmar.

  24. Geane Helfrich says:

    I want to see Fulmar on drugs..that would be a wild cable sequence. ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. That’ll be a ”YES” then !!!
    How many knitters conversations include ”one day I’ll knit as many beautifullly crafted things as Wendy” ?

  26. more- more- more- never possible to have too many pics of projects and izzy (izzy’s ‘mom’ too of course)-

  27. Yes, I would love to see more. I dream of being able to knit like you someday.

  28. Of course I want more. It might mean I spend more time at the computer and less actually knitting but what the heck!
    That Meg Swanson is gorgeous, I want, I want, I want.

  29. Yes, more please, you are my daily inspiration. Trip to Cornwall?, I’d go!!!

  30. Aw shucks guys (blush, blush). Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. You are friggin’ amazing, woman!

  32. And insane! Don’t forget insane!

    Thank you Annie ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. I just love seeing these daily photos of Izzy. She reminds me very much of my late and sorely lamented kitty, Sister Mary Christmas. She was a very big help with my knitting, and lived to a ripe old 18. She was a hellcat when she was younger, and in her older age she loved to lie right next to me, her back pressed up against my thigh as I knit and knit.

    It’s a nice memory.

  34. Definitely more – I love seeing what you’ve done. Its just awe-inspiring.

  35. I found the pattern! Knitter’s 32, fall 93. It is by Jean Frost, though. Wendy, I like your colors much better. And of course keep posting older works!

  36. Thanks for finding it, Judy. Wow, I really am slipping — I would have sworn it was a Meg Swansen design and I used the colors called for in the pattern. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I have another sweater I knitted from that issue of Knitters (at least I think it’s from the same issue!) Hopefully you’ll be able to tell me what that is too. ๐Ÿ™‚