My current work in progress:

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


Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Best wishes for a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2003!

First Sweater Story

Yesterday Joe posted about the first sweater he knitted in his blog. So of course I have to do the same. What better time than New Years Day?

I was nine or ten years old and had been knitting squares for a few years. I told my mom I wanted to knit a real sweater. We were living in the U.K. back then, so we picked out a pattern leaflet from the knitting section of one of the big department stores in London. A pullover with raglan sleeves and crewneck done in stockinette stitch. My mom had color cards from one of the British wool companies so I picked out a bright red wool, worsted weight and she ordered it. I started knitting the sweater immediately but, being a kid, lost interest. I did pick it up again and finish it when I was about 14. My mother, wise woman that she was, had me start making a size several times too large for me, so it fit me as a teenager. I did wear it alot, but I don’t remember what ultimately happened to it.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, was my first sweater.


  1. Happy New Year, Wendy! Wow! A first sweater as a ten year old. My first sweater was a baby sweater. i don’t think I would have been brave enough for a full-sized. lol Hope you and Izzy have a great day!

  2. Hi Laura — I may have started it when I was ten but it took me four years to knit it! 🙂 Happy New Year to you too!

  3. Wonderful first sweater story. I envy that you started at the age of 10. I think my Grandmother tried to show me how to crochet at that age, and I never forgot how to do it, but I didn’t pick it up as a hobby until much later.

    Have a great 2003, and keep up the inspiring knitting stories.