My current work in progress:

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


Only Wednesday?

How can that be?


I wound some of my Henry VIII wool into balls the other night — one ball of each color so I could get started:


As I said, this is Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift, in the following colors:

187 – Sunrise
789 – Marjoram
198 – Peat
231 – Bracken
236 – Rosewood
165 – Dusk
1100 – Autumn Substitute
150 – Atlantic
160 – Midnight
234 – Pine
1190 – Burnt Umber
292 – Pine Forest

You will note that some of the colors have the same name as the original Campion colors, others do not. “Autumn” has been discontinued by Jamieson’s, replaced by “Autumn Substitute.”

And I’ve set up my charts on my big magnetic board:


I photocopied, cut out, and taped the charts together so I’d have everything all on one page. And propped it up on my music stand.

I usually don’t use markers in fair isle work because the patterns are small and repeat many times. On this project, however, I think I will. Use markers, that is. The main body pattern is in several distinct panels and at least at the start it’ll make it easier to have each panel clearly delineated.

I was mulling this all over yesterday and when I got home, these were in the mail:


Thes are little gold metal jewelry rings, sent to me by my friend Geane — to use as markers for Henry VIII! How timely is that?

And I think the gold is befittingly regal for ol’ Hank!

Knitting on Hank commences tonight!


  1. Thanks for sharing your setup!

  2. Wendy, do you play an instrument of some sort too or is the music stand just for your knitting?

  3. Catherine says:

    This is my favorite picture of Izzy. What a sweet face. Loved the photo last week when she was curling around your feet, waiting for her food. She looked like a little otter.
    Your Henry VIII setup makes me hate everything I’m knitting. Must … buy … yarn …

  4. Wow, all that yummy yarn! I can’t wait to see the sweater evolve.

  5. Liz, my sentiments exactly!

    Catherine — your otter comment made me smile — because that’s exactly what I think when I look at that photo!

    Karen, the music stand is solely for my knitting patterns — I don’t play nuthin’!

  6. Wendy,
    Love your blog. I read it every morning before anything else. Love that Opal Royal sock yarn with the sparkles. Where can I get some? Also, what kind of heel do you use on your socks? Short row? Can you send me the instructions? Thanks for your help.
    PS Your Izzy looks exactly like my Cricket. I lost Cricket last August to kidney disease. Your Izzy brings back many wonderful memories.

  7. The Opal Royal was a gift from a knitter in France — I believe it’s not available in the U.S. I use my own generic sock pattern — check the sidebar on my blog for the link to my page with free patterns.

    Izzy says to tell you “Meow!”

  8. I can’t wait to see progress on Hank begin. Reading your blog is sort of like watching a sweater being knit in time-lapse photography. I started a lace shawl recently in a tweedy Rowanspun wool (wedding present) and it seems to be going quite slow.

    The pictures of Oregon are great, by the way. You definitely chose the correct buttons.

  9. WOW! ***in awe of your organisational skills***

  10. Love your large magnetic board! I cut up my charts, paste them together, and then have to do some crazy folding them up to fit on my tiny magnetic board. Do you recall where you found your large board?

  11. Wendy, you are a wonder. Thank you so much for sharing your step-by-step process. Reading your blog is like taking a private tutorial in knitting. I so look forward to seeing your work on Hank. Question: where did you get your large magnetic board?

  12. My large magnetic board is made by LoRan and I bought it ages ago at a now defunct craft shop.

  13. Wendy, I’d like to know if you have ever found your sock organizer anywhere? I’d love to have one, too. It seems to be very practical for yarn.

    Thanks for your inspiration.

  14. Sorry — don’t remember where I got the sock organizer.

  15. Glad to see I’m not the only obsessive compulsive ’round here! I had to smile to myself ’cause the only difference ‘tween you and me and preparing to knit is the size of our magnetic boards! Oh and I don’t have a music stand – I use one of those easels for pictures.

    I ordered the sock organizer a month or so ago – you posted a pic then and someone dug up the link and posted it here. I’ll look to see if I can find it tonight and post it tomorrow unless someone does so before then.

  16. yuenmiao says:
  17. Loved your prep for Hank 8. All that effort reminded me why I like single colour Aran/gansey work. For me, it’s a matter of just having that fav cable needle jammed in the ball of yarn & the simple, photocopied 12-24 row chart, folded up in a sandwich bag within the knitting bag.

    I keep a separate bag for each project & just move the knitting note book & cable needle (if needed) from active project to active project.

    Lazy me. :-))

  18. PS. The colour combo looks yum, as does the rich patterning. Have lots of fun