My current work in progress:

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




I rearranged my knitting books over the weekend, and discovered two copies of Folk Socks by Nancy Bush. I’m offering one in trade — brand new condition. The person who offers me the coolest thing in trade by the end of the day next Tuesday (November 19) gets it.

Fulmar Update

Here is a nice dark photo of Fulmar.

I was asked about the advisability of knitting Fulmar in the round. Yes, you could adapt the pattern to do that. But I wouldn’t. The front of the smallest size of Fulmar is 236 stitches. Double that and you’ve got almost 500 stitches. More for the larger sizes. And heavy cabling. That’s a heckuva big piece of knitting to haul around on your circular needle, especially when you get near the top.

Another reason why I prefer to knit arans in pieces is that the sewn seam adds stability to the finished piece. Even knitted in a fine gauge wool, this is a heavy sweater.

And the last reason is that having wrong side rows helps you keep track of the pattern. On the wrong side rows of arans, you generally just work straight across, knitting the knit stitches and purling the purl stitches. If you’re always on the right side, which you are in the round, you have to remember more carefully where the non-patterning rows are.

Just my two cents.

Wendy’s Old Knitting Stuff


Today’s entry is a cat vest from The Sasha Kagan Sweater Book. I knitted it from Jamieson & Smith jumperweight shetland wool in the mid-1980s. I changed the colors, and instead of doing the back as directed, I put one cat from another of her designs on the back:


While I was in the middle of knitting it, my aunt coincidentally sent me the perfect buttons for it. She just saw them and thought I’d like them. Cool, huh?


Super Hush-Hush Project!

I cast on for a project I’m designing for Knitty, and I plan to use that as my commuter knitting for a while. So there will be no socks made until that is completed. I only hope my fellow commuters can handle this change . . .

Speaking of Knitty, see the link in my sidebar — you can help support Knitty by contributing to the running costs. It’s a good thing!

Hey, thanks to everyone for all the compliments on my new haircut. You guys are very good for my ego! Mmmwhaaa! I’ll be taking my new head to work today for the first time — I’ve been off work since Friday. Don’t wanna go back. Wanna stay home and knit.

But at least it’s not raining.


  1. Too cool of you to put up the knitty link, I have one up but you have a much larger following (shesh, you sent me 200+ clicks yesterday alone – too bad the hair pic was already archived, eh?).
    I wish I wasn’t so darned busy or I’d try to come up with something for trade – I love to collect knitting/craft books!

  2. I’ll offer a set of original marble magnets plus some Canadian chocolate bars. ๐Ÿ™‚ (Not these – new ones that I’ll make just for you.)

  3. Ooh! That’s a very tempting offer, Amy. I was coveting your magnets on my last visit to your blog. And chocolate? Well, we don’t need to talk about addiction here . . .

  4. Ooh that cat sweater is cute. I love seeing all your old designs but it’s DANGEROUS because then I find out about all these BOOKS I want to HAVE and I go BUY them then I decide I need YARN to make one of the things in each one… You see how it goes.

  5. Caroline, I’m not called “The Great Enabler” for nothing! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. It *is* impossible to resist the sweet temptation of chocolate. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. Caroline F says:

    That sweater is stranded, right, not intarsia with bobbins and so on? At least, the front? I have not yet seen an intarsia design that made me want to deal with all that!

  8. Yup, stranded. Except, of course, for the stretching kitty on the back. That’s about all the intarsia I want to deal with!

    Sasha Kagan has a website, in case you didn’t know:

  9. Caroline F says:

    I found SK’s site earlier today – very nice site! I ran off and bought that old book, so I was hoping I hadn’t let myself in for intarsia! By the way, my offer for your book is this offbeat but legendary item:
    (hope the link works) – clearly there is a story behind it that I won’t bore everyone with here… I’m sure you will get cooler offers but I did want to throw this out there to be seen!

  10. Yeah, everything in the old book is stranded. I flipped through it last night for the first time in ages. Most all the designs are fingering weight — like J&S jumperweight. And the charts are easily adapted to different sweaters if you so desire. A really fun book!

  11. Oh, and thanks for the trade offer! ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. I am offering a set of six hand tatted ornaments. Sorry, I don’t have a website, but I really do know how to tat!

  13. ooh! Tempting offer, Marti! ๐Ÿ™‚