My current work in progress:

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


F.O., F.O., It’s off to work I go!

My neurotic knitting frenzy this weekend paid off.


Izzy watched on intently:


Presenting . . .



To go to the official Fulmar page, with more photos, click here.

Some notes about Fulmar:

I love it. As much as it was a royal pain to knit, I love the resulting sweater. For those of you keeping score, I made the smallest size. I shortened it by a couple of inches, and made the collar an inch shorter than the pattern directed. Also, I don’t think I blocked it quite as much as the one shown in the book.

Instead of sewing the front and back to the shoulder straps, I knitted them together. They were rippling a little until I blocked the sweater, now they look fine (I think). There’s a close-up of a shoulder strap on the official Fulmar page, link above.

And I’m glad it’s over.

What am I knitting now? It’s a secret — a design for Knitty.

But I’m starting something else . . . socks! Yep, I’m back to socks. That’s because I got my glorious sock yarn in the mail from the lovely and talented Tracy!

As you can see, I wasted no time in winding it into a centerpull ball.


The wool is lovely and I immediately started in on a sock. Progress pix tomorrow, Christmas Eve!

I’ll be starting the Virgin Jacket from Norsk Strikkedesign soon, too. I’m toying with the idea of making it a pullover. The back and the front have different designs, and I’m thiking about repeating the back design on the front. Hmmmm . . .


  1. Congratulations Wendy. Fulmar is beautiful and looks great on you. I am excited about being the first to compliment you here!

  2. Thanks Melissa! Getting it done was a HUGE feeling of accomplishment!

  3. Gorgeous,Wendy. Oh yes,and Fulmer too !

    Seriously ,congratulations.It looks fantastic.And thanks for sharing the journey with us.

  4. Amazing what a work of art that “jumbled mess” of last week turned into! Good girl,Izzy! You put good vibes into the lovely Fulmar! Wendy, may I borrow her when I knit mine? You look terrific in it,Wendy, and your new haircut really shows off the neckline! Congratulations!

  5. L-B, Izzy says thank you for the offer, but she’s not up to another Fulmar right now. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. And…one’s knitting muse should not be shared! I’ll just have to see if my Molly or Lucky are muse material while I’m knitting Fulmar!

  7. Brava Wendy!…the sweater is magnificent and even better, it’s a very flattering look on you. I know how sick I get of long-standing garments, but this one is WELL worth all the effort.

    Can’t wait to see your Knitting design.

  8. Thanks Joe! I do feel quite a rush at having completed it and I love it more than anything I’ve knitted for a while. Good thing I had another interesting project on the needles to jump right into (my Knitty design). Wards off post-partum depression. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. Absolutely gorgeous! It looks wonderful on you. Wow! Hope you take some time to just kick back and enjoy your success.

  10. Caroline F says:

    Beautiful! I will come back and look for the Fulmar page some year when I do mine, I will also want to make it smaller.

  11. Wow! Beautifully done. Great color on you, too.

  12. Wow! I love it! Don’t know what I can say that hasn’t already been said! Congratulations!!!!!

  13. Fabulous!!!!!

  14. oohh, Wendy – It looks so pretty. And, as you probably know, I love the color! It looks fabulous.

  15. Me too! That is so incredible. I really like the color. I’m so amazed at your speed and skill. I like your idea for the Virgin jacket. I wonder if I’ll ever actually make anything from that book. But I’m glad I have it.

  16. Wendy, your Fulmar is beautiful and I suspect many knitters will come up to you and want to simply touch it. The stitch definition and patterning are wonderful. Can’t wait to see what Izzy’s sock suggestions will be for your lovely handspun.

  17. re: knitting muses, it’ll be interesting to see if either of the kittens show a strong interest in my knitting: Dumbledore(5 mos old) seems to like laying down on my WIPs…
    He seems fascinated by my pennywhistle, tho: it had been lost for a couple of years & showed up a few days ago & when I sat down to play last night, he came & snuggled on my lap & music pages…

    Gary’s cat likes to sit on the arm of the couch next to my triangle loom when I weave…gotta take a pic of that sometime! ๐Ÿ™‚ He doesn’t play with the yarn, just sits & watches, almost like he’s guarding something!

  18. Fulmar is just beautiful Wendy! I love the color. Green was one of my school colors and I couldn’t stand it in high school. Now, I love green and may have to make something green soon.
    Happy Holidays!

  19. Wendy- fulmar is gorgeous. enjoy wearing it, looks great on you. merry christmas. Lori

  20. Aw, thanks guys! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Green is my favaorite color, and olive is my favorite green, so Fulmar will probably get lots of use. IOf it’s cold enough tomorrow I might wear it to Xmas Eve dinner. Heck, I might wear it even if it isn’t cold enough. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  21. Congratulations! What wonderful detail work!

  22. Watching the Fulmar grow and grow was fun – turned out fabulous! ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. Ooh, Wendy! I’ve been following the progress of your Fulmar, one of my fave AS designs. It was worth it. You are an EXCELLENT clever knitter.
    ALL of your stuff is beautiful. Can you tell me, please, is the Frangipani wool you used as dense and solid as AS Fleet? I’ve been fulminating forever on what could do a respectible job that
    might be a little less stand-uppish-on-its-own.
    Is this it?
    Merry Christmas! Keep displaying.

  24. Thanks Kathy! I’ve never used Fleet (or even seen it other than in pictures) so I’m afraid I can’t give you any info for comparison.

  25. Caroline F says:

    People I know who’ve used both say that Fleet is a little thicker and stiffer than Frangipani.

  26. Kathy in NH says:

    Great Fulmar – I’m so inspired, thanks for sharing it’s progress.
    Two questions I couldn’t find the answers to:

    How many cones of Frangipani did you order/use?

    You said the Frangipani wasn’t different than other 5 ply guernsey yarns you’ve used – other than Wendy Guernsey, can you name some of the 5 ply’s you’ve used?

    Thanks for all the information you so happily share.

  27. Hi Kathy

    I ordered three cones of wool and I used two full cones and maybe 100 grams off the third one.

    The other five-ply guernsey wool brands I’ve used are Wendy and Poppleton. And another one I bought in the UK years ago that had no label.