My current work in progress:

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


Charts and Graphs

(Wasn’t that the name of a segment on Late Night With David Letterman?)

Charts? I got ’em! I’m still basking in the glow of my recent trade with Caroline in which I received Alice Starmore’s Charts for Colour Knitting. I still can’t believe my good fortune.

For those who wish to know, it was published in 1992 by Windfall Press, ISBN 1874167001.

I already had a book of charts for knitting. A Shetland Pattern Book, authored by Mary Smith and Maggie Twatt (unfortunate name, eh?), printed and published by The Shetland Times, ISBN 0900662522. First published in 1979. Don’t ask me where I bought it, I’ve not a clue.

This little book is chock full of traditional shetland charts, organized by the number of rows in a pattern repeat. Very handy! I used it when designing my Fearless Fair Isle. Most of the charts in this book are bands of repeating motifs. There are a few pages of all-over charts and some Norwegian-inspired charts.

So imagine my delight when I discovered that the Starmore book has virtually no overlap with A Shetland Pattern Book. It has a nice section in the fron on the design process with schematics and percentages for a couple of basic sweater shapes. Then the charts. They’re divided into different ethnicities — Norwegian, Finnish, Greek, etc., and then sections devoted to birds, shoreline, landscape, etc.

Great stuff!

Oregon . . .

Continues. You didn’t get an update photo yesterday, so here’s one today.


Izzy looks a little jealous of Oregon in this photo, doesn’t she?


I’ve still got a ways to go before I finish the body, but hopefully by Monday. I’ll do the front bands next, before the sleeves. When knitting a cardigan, I always like to do the bands before the sleeves, especially when you pick up stitches and knit the sleeve down from the armhole. It’s a lot easier to manage if you do the bands before the sleeves, otherwise you’ve got a lot of sweater hanging off your needles!


  1. Wendy, I just wanted to say why I like your blog so much. Aside from your faithful 5-day posting schedule, you really SAY something in just about every entry. It’s not just “I knit another row and walked the cat today” entries, like some of the blogs I’ve seen on the ring. I’m learning so much about knitting just reading every day, and the Izzy updates are so entertaining! Thanks from a very satisfied blog customer!


  2. Thanks Andrea! That’s good to hear. Sometimes I feel like I’m really struggling to say something meaningful. It really helps that you guys ask such good questions — I’ve written a lot of blog entries based on reader queries.

  3. It’s a toss up as to what’s more beuuutiful – Oregon or Izzy (IMHO).

    Just got my Virtual Yarn kit – silly me didn’t believe it would come without the chart. Thanks to the Knitting Gods the book is in my daughter’s library – she will copy and mail to me.

    Silly question: Has anyone informed Jade Starmore how many people would appreciatge the republication of her mother’s books???

    Re the spitting: as a self-taught knitter, I’ve always split and knotted and wondered why one would weave and chance ends popping out on the right side?

    In addition to the yarn shops giving you yarn for your enabling so many yarn buyers, maybe the camera dealers too – I just saw the tax man and last evening spent my refund on a new 4 mp camera for my knitting log.

    Thanks again for a most entertaining, informative, and inspiring blog.

  4. I hope Izzy is reading this. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Re: ends — for what its’ worth, I’ve never had a woven end pop out on the right side. Anybody?

    I think you should email Virtualyarns and tell them what you think about republication. It couldn’t hurt, right?

    Any camera dealers out there reading this? I’d LOVE a new 4 megapixel camera . . .

  5. Izzy knows who’s prettier… and knows that Oregon is no match for a good purr ๐Ÿ™‚

    I really hope they do republish the AS books- after all, don’t they realize that books that are going for $500+ on ebay are obviously in demand?!?

  6. i hope a camera dealer gives you a webcam ๐Ÿ˜‰ i really want to see your knitting in action!

  7. Wow! What an idea…watching Wendy knit via a web cam! I think that would put all of us into a new addition catagory with a support group soon to follow…

    “I’m Teresa and I’m addicted to watching Wendy knit.”

    The only thing I can say with regard to AS books going for $500+ is that I can only hope to one day have enough disposable income that I could even CONSIDER casting a bid.

  8. Wendy’s KnitCam? There’s a scary thought. I think I’ve mentioned that I knit “funny” — it’s not a pretty sight!

  9. Your ‘funny knitting’ would turn into the next knitting craze, Wendy. You could sell DVDs.

    Tell your hubby no more comfy evenings sitting around in his boxers.

  10. wendy, i am trying your funny knitting and getting good results! still not as perfectly flat as your fair isle but i will persevere. fair isle is the one kind of knitting that i wish i could see someone do in person, i have no problems with any other knitting. tomorrow weaving workshop! am making atwater-bronson lace placemats.

  11. p.j. darbyshire says:

    Hello Wendy:

    I am making Alice Starmore “Maidenhair Shawl”–a great aran pattern. I am having trouble getting it to turn out right, even with the instructions giveing you the set up for the first 2 rows.

    The problem is with the “SSK” — which I am taking to be slip, slip, knit–it has a YO right before it, but by the time I get to the end of the row, I am 2 stitches short. Do you have any inspirations for me?? Do you know for sure if the SSK is as I believe it to be? (40 years of knitting) and I bet I must have taken out these 3 rows at least 12 times!!! I am goin’ nuts!!
    Thank you for any help you can give.
    p.j. darbyshire

  12. Can you help? I need to locate for purshase knitting graphs for military aircraft, naval ships and landmarks of the world. Dotty