My current work in progress:

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



That’s what I am! Gobsmacked!

For as some of you already know, birthday gifts keep popping up for me!

Friday night I found a gift on my computer chair — a gorgeous scarf knitted from Colinette “Fandango” (which is a yummy hand dyed cotton chenille):


The card says it’s from the very talented Emma of Emma & Co!

I can’t begin to tell you how much I love this scarf, and I’ve made good use of it already, for this is what it looks like here:


A couple of inches of snow yesterday with the potential for a couple more today.

Saturday night we had my birthday party with my family. Among my pile of family gifts a gift appeared without explanation:

tiny sweater

Gifts from wonderful Kathy of Far From the Madding Crowd! A teeny-tiny fair isle sweater that I can use as a Christmas ornament (but I’ll undoubtedly display it year round), and some beautiful vintage earrings.

And if that weren’t enough.

Yesterday I put my knitting down and when I returned to it, an intriguing little box was sitting on top of it, along with two bars of Norwegian chocolate!

Norge stuff!

Gifts from the incomparable Theresa of Bagatell!

Clockwise from top left, a darling little safetypin/bead pin of the Norwegian flag, a little Norwegian flag garland, Norwegian chocolate, and five beautiful pewter clasps! The clasps will be wonderful for the next Norwegian cardi I make.

Umm . . . there’s a reason why there was only one chocolate bar available for the photo . . .

So Emma, Kathy, and Theresa . . . THANK YOU! I love you guys!

And this is still a mystery to me. I know that you guys have coordinated this through Ian, even though he steadfastly maintains his innocence in the face of overwhelming evidence. For example, when confronted with the gift sitting on my knitting, he said “Huh. How’d that get there?” with a look of pure innocence on his face. You have to admire that. He will not cave under questioning.

The Carvel Ice Cream Cake

Yes, we were bad. For the uninitiated (and you are to be pitied) you can learn about Carvel Ice Cream here. Here’s the before photo of my cake:

Carvel Cake

Here is the after photo:

Carvel Cake

Perhaps I should say “oink.” In our defense, it was a small cake.

And it didn’t stop there! Friday night we had s’mores. Because I had never in my life eaten, much less prepared, a s’more, the chef went to work.


Ignore the large bottle of vodka visible in the photo . . .

Virgin Sweater

For those of you who have read thus far, yes, you actually get some knit content! Here is the Virgin sweater as of yesterday afternoon:


Gotta love the Ott Light for taking photos!

Some of you may remember that I got the wool for this in a trade with Theresa a couple months ago. It is the yarn called for in the pattern, Vestlandsgarn from Gjestal. I have altered the pattern to knit a pullover rather than a cardi.

What I’m doing is knitting the back chart for both the back and front. I started by casting on 20 fewer stitches than called for in the body of the sweater (total of back chart stitches doubled) and knitting 15 rounds in black for the facing, purling one row for the turning, then knitting 2 rounds in black, increasing 20 stitches evenly on the second row. Then two more rounds in black and then the two-color pattern. When I get to the armholes, I’ll follow the pattern directions for casting off stitches and casting on for the steeks, and doing the armhole shaping. Same for the neck, except I’ll have to play it by ear a bit to alter from the neck for the cardi to a neck for the pullover. It’s a round-neck cardi, so it should be easy to adjust.

I’m using US sixe 3 for the body (I used a 2 for the bottom band) and am getting the gauge nicely.

And I’m very grateful for my Ott Light for reading the chart. I may still go blind knitting this, but it’ll be at a slower pace!

Lastly, Izzy says “Happy New Year” to all!



  1. Wow! YOu are having SOME birthday. Your gifts are great and the sweater is beautiful.

  2. Your birthday surprises proves there’s karma – you do good things for others and it comes back to you!

    The Virgin sweater…do you have a link for it? I’m not familiar with it. Who’s pattern is it?

  3. Then I must have a whole boatload of good knitting karma!

    Check out this link for kits from Norsk Strikkedesign, the book that the Virgin sweater is in:

  4. Goodness, how could you NOT have a whole boatload of good knitting karma?! The birthday surprises sound most fun. Enjoy!

  5. Yea, Wendy! Thanks for the Virgin update. I want one, now. Keep going, and Happy Birthday.

  6. Looks like Izzy’s worn out after her anniversary, the New Year and your birthday! Poor girl needs her rest!

  7. WOW! Gorgeous! And so is the scarf… hehehe! I finished Dalriada yesterday. It is drying.
    Hope your Monday is as good as it can be!

  8. I’ve been looking at my copy of Norsk Strikkedesign ever since you started talking about the Virgin sweater. I’m so intimidated by the charts, and the fact that I can’t really read some of the darker ones, that I’m not sure how I’ll ever actually make one of these. But I want to! Right now! Love to Izzy.

  9. Congrats on Dalriada, Lisa!

  10. Larry, the charts ARE intimidating! But after several tries I did get a scanned copy that is usable. I’d be happy to try to help you out with scanning if there’s one you’re pining for ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. The Virgin Sweater looks great! And you’re even redesigning the structure. Amazing, as always!

  12. I’m afraid I can’t leave well enough alone — I always gotta change something ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Ignore the bottle of Vodka? Ha! I’m flying down to join the party! ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Come on down, Janet! ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Melkesjokolade er best!