My current work in progress:

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


Carpe Knitum

There are some days when you just wanna chuck it all, grab your knitting, and knit til your hands fall off. Yesterday was one of those days. The sad part is that I got not too much knitting done — a lot of time spent doing non-knitting stuff last night. What’s with that?

But here’s a close-up of some little trees on the Oregon cardi.


It’s not totally accurate as to color — not quite as dark and the colors are more muted. But you get the general idea, right?

So I go floating along.

Quite a lively discussion in my comments yesterday about floating versus weaving. I think those who responded are pretty much split down the middle. Some of you prefer to weave, some to float. Duh, you figured that out yourself, didn’t you?

I think a lot has to do with how you were taught and how you knit. I knit in a very bizarre fashion. I taught myself to knit when I was four years old, from a book that had drawings in it that documented how to form a knit stitch and a purl stitch. I looked at the pictures and imitated the motions. I couldn’t read the instructions because I didn’t know how to read yet. No doubt my mother gave me needles and yarn to keep me quiet and no doubt I could have gone to her and asked for help, but I was a stubborn child. So I figured it out myself.

I’m left-handed and I knit quasi-continental. I hold the yarn in my left hand and when working with two colors I drop the one not in use and pick up the one in use. Not the most efficient way to knit, eh? But it works for me. I did learn two-handed color-knitted when I was in my 20s, but the truth is that I can knit much faster my own bizarre way. And with really even tension.

The motto of this story is:

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!


I’m thinking that Izzy must have had a long session with her new catnip mouse yesterday. This is the most I saw of her all evening.



  1. I knit English/American and pretty slowly at that. I CAN knit Continental, but only if I really concentrate on it, and because I’m righthanded and it’s not how I was taught, it doesn’t feel natural to me. There’s a certain way that yarn can settle and loop into the hand where it’s most comfortable, isn’t there? I wrap a certain way around my middle finger, or else it “feels wrong”. Anyway, I stick to my fairly slow method, throwing with my whole hand and so on, because when I do, I knit perfectly to gauge 98% of the time and with very even tension. If I mess with it, gauge and tension both go haywire! Definitely don’t fix what ain’t broke. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Except — I’m now intrigued by Wendy’s floating process. I’m working on Henry VIII (surprise for my husband, hence no note of it in my blog), and there are 7 sts (and possibly more, I’m not willing to contemplate more than one section at a time :-)) difference in the colours in spots. So I’m floating. It *is* slowing me down a little bit, but I figure it’s worth a try. So far the front side looks great, but the proof will come once I get further up the body…

  3. wendy, you ain’t kidding about the fairly even tension! thanks for the close up shot. oregon is beautiful.

  4. Hank 8, Katherine? Wow! I’m jealous — I wanna knit Hank 8. I can’t see Ian wearing it though, it’s really not his type. But I could make it for ME, assuming I could find all the colors . . .

  5. Ahem. If you are serious about the colours, talk to me. Ahem.

    It is a *beautiful* sweater. I got the yarn in exchange for knitting Liz I as a shop sample. Rob had seen the photo of Hank and LOVED it. It’s been sitting in my stash for about 4/5 years, and when tricotnordique chose it as a group knit, well, I had to do it.

    So far it’s easy, just the rib and one chart that’s easy to follow. Above the first chart, though, it breaks into panels (as you are probably well aware), and gets more tiresome to follow.

    But worth it. The colours are so much more beautiful in the yarn than in the photo. I plan on borrowing it from Rob from time to time ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Oh to be able to burrow under the covers – whether it’s catnip hangover or trying coworkers! I was *that* close to pulling the covers over my head this morning and staying there! I’ll live vicariously through Izzy’s photo today…

  7. I know how you feel, Teresa. In Izzy’s defense, she did escort me to the door to say goodby when I left for work this morning, but what do you want to bet that she was back under the covers before I was ten paces away?

  8. I’m with Izzy!!

    Here’s the origin of “oregon” from the Oregon state’s webpage:

    Origin of Name: The first written record of the name “Oregon” comes to us from a 1765 proposal for a journey written by Major Robert Rogers, an English army officer. It reads, “The rout… is from the Great Lakes towards the Head of the Mississippi, and from thence to the River called by the Indians Ouragon. …” His proposal rejected, Rogers reapplied in 1772, using the spelling “Ourigan.” The first printed use of the current spelling appeared in Captain Jonathan Carver’s 1778 book, “Travels Through the Interior Parts of North America 1766, 1767 and 1768.” He listed the four great rivers of the continent, including “the River Oregon, or the River of the West, that falls into the Pacific Ocean at the Straits of Annian.”

    I guess that settles that!


  9. Do you have your 365 stitch calendar at work? Today’s stitch cracked me up! I knew a lot of Contrary Fishermen when I was in Ireland! I’ll have to add that stitch to a sweater in their honor! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. I love the pic of Izzy!

  11. Izzy’s loaded! (snort!)

  12. L-B, I had the same reaction when I turned my calendar over this morning. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Yep, Izzy’s loaded . . . but doesn’t she have dainty little feet?

  13. Wendy, I can’t get enough of you and Izzy and your knitting…I’m very disappointed on weekends when you’re out of site, but I know you’ll always be back on Monday :)..You and Nanette B amaze me with your beautiful work and I’m thankful we have you to inspire us…doesn’t it sound like if we were together in person that I would be groveling at your feet and calling you master? It’s snowing like a banshee here in Montana and I wish I were at home knitting, but alas am at the office. Knit on lady!

  14. Wendy, I have those days every day where I’d love to just stay home and knit. This being a lawyer thing is not all it’s cracked up to be.

    Thanks for your help with my tension issues – it’s improving!

  15. Waaaaa!!! I feel like Lucy when Ricky wouldn’t let her be in the show! I want to finish my Philosopher’s so I can start on a finer gauge sweater (more likely to be a vest, I’m sure), but all of my other projects keep getting in the way. Wendy, you’ll have to check out my toe that I did in your pattern while I was supposed to be working tonight! I did finish another animation, but I did at least also make it onto the body of the sock. Now, the question is whether I can push other duties out of the way between now and Monday to finish at least one of the socks! If only I had your speed… or Rob’s, for that matter. C’est la vie.