My current work in progress:

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


Archives for November 2002

And the winner is . . .

Amy, of Indigirl!

Amy wins the Folk Socks book with her offer of marble magnets and . . . gasp . . . drool . . . Canadian chocolate!

Thanks to every one who made me an offer. I wish I had enough books for everyone as it was really tough to choose.

Oldie But Goodie

Izzy wanted to introduce today’s blast from my past:


Okay Izzy, get off the sweater.


This is another beloved sweater. It’s from an old issue of Knitters (before 1992 I think) and I think it’s a Meg Swansen design. Correct me if I’m wrong. (Judy just corrected me — it’s by Dorothy Ratigan. Thanks, Judy!)

If anyone can tell me which issue it’s from I’d be very grateful. I’d like to see if I can get hold of this pattern again as I love it and would love to knit another one. It’s beautifully constructed — note how the cables match on each side of the armhole decreases. And I’m a sucker for braids and knots.

The wool is from Schoolhouse Press, whatever their basic aranweight wool is, the name escapes me right now. Rangeley wool? If I wasn’t so lazy I’d go to their website and look. But I am. Lazy.

Speaking of Knitters, I’m glad to hear that I’m not the only one who is thoroughly disenchanted with it of late. Listen to your readers, guys!

Brief Encounter du Jour

Yesterday I ran into the office redneck. She gave me a look and said, “You cut your hair didn’t you?” I said yes and she said “Did you cut it yourself?” I said no. She stared at me and said “Oh well, I guess it’ll grow.”

This is the same woman who often compliments me on my clothes and says “That’s real country, isn’t it? Did you get that at Kmart?” (I almost always wear vintage Carole Little dresses and suits.) She’s not trying to be nasty or anything — it’s just the way she is. It takes all kinds . . .

Fulmar Update

I’m shaping the neck on the front and cast on last night for the back, so I could start the back ribbing on this morning’s commute. I cast on for the back so I’m ready to go. Which reminds me . . . gotta go!

Some Random Thoughts


She looks so calm, doesn’t she? Hard to believe she went nuts a few minutes later, racing around the livingroom and meowing at the top of her voice. A condition I refer to as “Thunder Kitty.”

There was a spider on the ceiling. We had to exterminate it to make Miss Izzy happy.

Knitting Meetup

So . . . the Knitting Meetup in the DC area, which will take place Wednesday night, is being held at a venue downtown. so I shall not be attending. When you work downtown and leave the office before 4pm, it’s not really feasible to attend an event downtown that starts at 8pm. On a weeknight. What would I do? Come home, then go back in again? Stay the extra four hours at work? Call me cranky, but I’m too old for that. Oh well, they’ll have to struggle along without me.

Knitters Magazine

Got my Knitters in the mail over the weekend. All I can say is:


The first hint was that there is a scarf on the cover. Nothing special– just a scarf with a pocket in it.

What a lot of uninspiring designs! There was one that was interesting and worthy, the Egyptian Collar, but it’s not anything I would ever knit. Just not my thing.

I remember the good old days, when there was stuff I was dying to knit in Knitters. Now I’m just dying for my subscription to run out.

Just my oh-so-humble opinion.

And last but not least . . .

Old Knitted Cr– . . . er . . . Stuff

Another gem from the Debbie Bliss Traditional Sweaters book.

Brown Fair Isle

I love this sweater — it’s why I bought the book. I remember I mail ordered the J&S shetland for it using money from an insipid little bonus I got at work.

I really love the ribbing!


How cool is that?!

Monday. Bleah.

Twas a dark and rainy weekend. Very autumnal.

To brighten things up, let’s look at some old knitted crap!

Cables and Lace

This is another sweater from Debbie Bliss’ Traditional Sweaters (see the November 7 entry in my blog). It’s knitted from shetland wool, but I can’t tell you the brand name of wool — it was brought back from Scotland in unmarked hanks and given to me as a gift.

It was a fun sweater to knit, even though the instructions were all written out. No charts. I vastly prefer charts to text. The only charts in this book are for the fair isle projects — the arans are all written out.

Still, I think it’s a great book!

And here’s some Fulmar progress:


I didn’t get alot done over the weekend, but I’m getting close to the front next shaping — about two more inches to go.

Also made some progress on my Knitty design, but my lips are sealed . . .

I think Knitty project will be elevated to the primary project, while Fulmar will become commuter knitting. And it might stay commuter knitting because it’s . . . well . . . boring.

Don’t get me wrong. I think the pattern is beautiful. It’s just boring to knit. I’ve got the pattern memorized so it’s the same thing over and over and over. Good for mindless commuter knitting.

I hope everyone has a great monday. Don’t forget, if you’d like the extra copy of Folk Socks I’ve got to trade, make me an offer!

Even more old stuff!

(Can you stand it?)

Blue Fair Isle

This sweater is — I think — from the same issue of Knitters as the Jean Frost sweater featured in last week’s blog — issue 32, was it? Can anybody confirm?

This one is done in the traditional fair isle manner, in the round, with armhole and neck steeks. Here’s a view of the inside steek, showing how it’s held up all these years.

Inside Armhole Steek

I knitted this using Bovidae Farm sportweight. I love their yarn! Once again, you can contact them via email at:

I took Fulmar to work yesterday and worked on it on the train. That got some attention. And I took a daylight photo of it. Click here to see it.

And just for grins, for a photo of my office, click here.

And this is the view from my office window:


I worked on my Knitty project last night and made some good progress.

Last but not least, Izzy says to have a good weekend!

More Old Stuff!

Old Rowan Sweater

Continuing in our parade of old crap I’ve knitted, here is a Rowan design from the early ’90s. Don’t remember which Rowan book it was in (of course) but I believe the pattern showed the main color as red or burgundy. I knitted mine in Harrisville shetland wool. I’ve always though this was a very cool sweater. It’s got a knitted lace edging around the bottom and the sleeves. Seen better in a close-up:

Old Rowan Sweater

Oh, and there are cables between the colorwork panels.

Before I forget, Miz Izzy sez “Hey.”


Guess what I got in the mail yesterday? Click here. Color cards from Ozeyarn (not to be confused with OzYarn, who have given me wonderful service) in Australia. You can order color cards on their website. The yarn looks and feels very yummy! Temptation . . . temptation . . .

I did a wee amount of knitting on Fulmar, and more on my Knitty project. I have a difficult time working on two major projects at once — I always want to forsake one of them for the other. This is the cause of alot of internal strife!

Someone asked yesterday if I have a cedar chest for my sweaters. I do. But only about a tenth of my sweaters fit in it. I’ve got a bunch on a shelf in a walk-in closet that’s got some cedar panelling in it, and the rest are stored in those large plastic stackable drawers. Not the best solution, but it works . . .