My current work in progress:

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



Happy Monday, everyone. I hope a good weekend was had by all. All was well here, apart from a power outage of several hours on Saturday.

A very happy belated birthday to Kate!

I finished the back of Fulmar, so I’ve got the body done. The back was finished while watching Austin Powers Goldmember. A very funny movie!

Started a sleeve. Lookie here:


So I can see the end of this project on the horizon.

I was asked by Mary (go see her beautiful FO, Inishmore, btw) about the guernsey wool I’m using for Fulmar, what I thought of it, how I liked it. I mailordered this wool from Frangipani Knitwear in the U.K. I wound it into balls and found only one knot in each of two 500 gram cones. Incidentally, I’m about two-thirds the way through the second cone as I start the sleeves, so for those of you who wonder, I will need at least a third of the third cone I ordered.

Anyway, I am very pleased with this wool. It behaves exactly like the other 5-ply guernsey wools I’ve used and the quality is consistently good throughout. The resulting fabric is firm, but not unpleasantly so. It’s got a nice springiness to it. Mary, yes, I would use it again!

Old Sweater du Jour

Here’s an aran vest in handpainted wool.


I bought the yarn at a TKGA convention in the early 1980s. The vest pattern was from a Bernat leaflet. I remember I modified the diamond cables slightly. The pattern shows up surprisingly well in a variegated yarn.

Oh don’t forget! If you haven’t checked out the latest issue of Knitty yet, go do it now!

I’ll leave you all with this link. Here’s the description that was emailed to me:

The image is a panoramic view of the world from the new space station. It is a night photo with the lights clearly indicating the populated areas. You can scroll East-West and North-South. Note that Canada’s population is almost exclusively along the US border. Moving east to Europe, there is a high population concentration along the Mediterranean Coast. It’s easy to spot London, Paris, Stockholm and Vienna. Note the Nile River and the rest of the “Dark Continent.” After the Nile, the lights don’t come on again until Johannesburg. Look at the Australian Outback and the Trans-Siberian Rail Route. Moving east, the most striking observation is the difference between north and South Korea. Note the density of Japan. What a piece of photography. It is an absolutely awesome picture of the Earth taken from the Boeing built Space Station, in November on a perfect night with no obscuring atmospheric conditions.


  1. That is a thought provoking image of the earth. It’s appeared several places including the April 2002 cover of a special issue of ‘Physics Today’ that focused on the increasing challenge energy of consumption and emerging energy technologies.

    The information provided there says that this image is a composite of more than 400 separate satellite images aquired between Oct. 1, 1994 and Mar. 31, 1995 on low-moonlight, cloud-free nights. Given that this image was compiled seven years ago, can you imagine how it’s probably changed? It would be interesting to see the update.

  2. Hi Michelle — thanks for the info! Yes, it would be interesting to see an updated photo, wouldn’t it?

  3. katherine: says:

    I’ve seen this or a version of it before, but it never fails to amaze me. I could even pick out the RhΓ΄ne valley south of us. Wow.

  4. I started the Fulmar sleeve and wondered did you follow the increase row literally—K2 m1 x15 etc,or did you increase in the established pattern with the twisted stitches? Thanks,Wendy! Oh, and I love the panoramic view, but I can’t quite make out Izzy….

  5. Yes, I did follow the sleeve increase instructions literally.

    I’m surprised you can’t see Izzy — she WAS waving . . .

  6. Thanks,Wendy! Yours looks great and I was waiting to see it to interpret her instructions. I gather that AS designs don’t require second-guessing,eh?

  7. Well, sometimes you can. I’m not doing the increases up the sleeve according to the pattern. I’ll blog about that tomorrow. πŸ™‚

  8. xo, you’re wonderful!

  9. I am? πŸ™‚

    Can I give you a list of people to talk to? πŸ˜‰

  10. Of course, you’re wonderful,Wendy! You put up with all of us and with good humor! :):):)

  11. Fulmar’s looking good. Love the link to the picture from space. Can’t wait to show it to my niece and nephew.

  12. Geane Helfrich says:

    Would that those lights were yarn shops staying open late! πŸ™‚ Sadly, I live in the dark area South of Pittsburgh…
    Love the vest, Wendy! Geane

  13. I was just looking at your first Fulmar which is equally beautiful! Do you remember what Bovidae color it was? How does knitting it with Frangipani compare to your first go-round?