My current work in progress:

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


Tuesday, Baby!

Yep, we survived Monday. I didn’t think it was possible.

Here’s an update photo of Fulmar:


This is the back. The front is done. On the back I’ve got five out of eight pattern repeats done.

This is taking forever. I’m bored with it, so don’t knit on it as much as I ought to. I’ve got another project to work on at the same time — a design for Knitty. Not for the December issue of Knitty, mind, as that’s about ready to pop. But a future issue.

So Fulmar is a big yawner right now. I’m just not in “the zone.” You know what I mean? The enthusiasm, the drive to get it done. I knit a couple of rows and get tired. And then I feel guilty for not working on it more. And then I feel guilty for not knitting on the Knitty design more. I’m just not emotionally equipped to work on two sweaters at once! I think (hope) that once I’ve got the back done and can get going on the sleeves it’ll not be quite so painful.

Maybe I’m just tired. Period.

Let’s look at some old knitted crap, shall we?


This is a cute little tam I made a long time ago. It’s knitted from Jamieson & Smith shetland jumperweight wool. As it happens, it’s knitted from the leftovers from the old sweater pictured in my blog on November 6. The pattern is in the wonderful Homespun Handknit, a book I highly recommend for small projects. Here’s the other side of the tam:


Knit it in the round, dampen it, stretch it over a dinner plate, and let it dry.

I’ve never worn this. I rarely wear any hat. I’m not a hat person.

Here is my little angel, Isolde.


Doesn’t she look contented? Little does she know that she’s going to the v – e – t this afternoon for her annual check-up and shots.

I’ll be spending the evening apologizing to her.


  1. oh, poor little Izzy. I hope it is not as cold as it is here! You will have to tuckle her up in a nice wool sweater!

    The tam is so pretty, I think you should try it with your new haircut! I think it would look great! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. It’s very cold here! Izzy has a Sherpa bag that has a sheepskin liner inside, so hopefully she’ll be warm enough.

    Glad you like the tam! But . . . I tried it on last night and like all hats, it makes me look like a dork. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. You’re in the home-stretch now,Wendy! Don’t slow down! I am utterly impressed with your Fulmar progress,especially after messing about with my gauge swatch! This is some tiny knitting! I’m going to enjoy it, but as AS said in the book, it will be an heirloom piece! Tell Izzy it’s not so bad going to the vet for shots…I spent last night there with Lucky(the Tristan lookalike) who got loose and into a major scrap with a stray—even tore one of his inner eyelids. And also discovered a possible tumor I’ve got to keep an eye on. Learned something new about cats—Lucky is a lefty! Did his fighting with the left paw based on the damage to his claws. Does Izzy knit left-pawed or right-pawed? ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Thanks L-B. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Yeah, I’ll keep plugging away on Fulmar, but I’m sick, sick, sick of it!

    Izzy turns into a quivering mass of jelly when she has to go to the vet, and tries to bury herself under my arm. Fortunately the vet is only a five miute drive away, so she’ll be back home before she knows it!

    Poor Lucky! I hope he recovers quickly. I’m not sure if Izzy is left or right-pawed. Maybe she takes after me — I’m a lefty!

  5. That is the all time best photo of Izzy!

  6. Thanks Larry!

    If you take enough photos of a cat (and I certainly do that!) you’re bound to get a really good one every now and then.