My current work in progress:

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


Let’s Get This Outta the Way First

If you’ve sent me email and I have not answered it — I’m sorry.

If you’ve left me a comment that has a question and I have not responded — I’m sorry.

If you said something nice about me on your blog and I didn’t comment on it — I’m sorry.

Hmmmmm, that should just about cover it. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve been too busy for much of anything, save a quick jaunt around my daily read blogs.

Yup, I’m still really really busy. But I’ll answer a comment question today from a few days ago.

What Size Starmore Sweaters Do I Make?

The answer is . . . it depends. A lot of Starmore sweaters are wa-a-ay oversized, with only a couple of sizes. In those cases I make the size Small, which usually comes out to about a 44-45″ chest measurement, so they are still plenty big on me. I like my sweaters oversized, so that’s not a problem for me. I’m making the smaller size of Hank 8, which I think is 44″ around.

I’ve noticed the new Starmore designs on Virtualyarns seem to com in a wider variety of sizes. It’s a good thing!

Hank 8 Update

Hank is chugging merrily along. I bound off the second shoulder last night, using the three-needle bind-off. Here it is, all cast off.


Cut open the neck steeks, lookie:


Tomorrow, if you’re good, you may see the neckband.

Hey! Teresa has either cut or is poised to cut the steeks on Roscalie! Head on over to her blog and cheer her on! Woo-hoo!

Peter asked me if I plan to go back to texture knitting any time this year (or ever). The answer is . . . uh, I dunno. Maybe. Ever? Well, yes, I’m sure I’ll knit something aran-like at some point again in my lifetime. Maybe sooner than you (and I) think!


  1. vanessa says:

    henry is fabulous! wish i could see the colors in person. hope work gets better for you ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Wow! Henry looks great!

  3. Hank is really turning out great! I love love love that sweater, but know that my husband would never never never wear it. I hadn’t thought about making one for myself. Maybe someday!

  4. I keep looking at Henry to inspire me to keep after my Kongsburg. You are such an inspiration to me. Thanks a bunch,

  5. Henry is beautiful. I never really thought I would like to make that one but your pictures have changed my mind and promoted it from ‘not on the list’ to #984 on the list of future projects!

  6. Lisa in NJ says:

    I’m sure everyone appreciates how busy you are… no need for apologies! Just keep knitting and blogging on Hank 8! We love it! And love means never having to say “where’s the new photo of Hank 8?”

  7. Love your new blinking button. Hank 8 is gorgeous!

  8. Ooooh! Izzy’s intense gaze through golden mists….how could anyone resist that blog button? Hypnotic!

  9. Love means never having to say you’re sorry – ha-ha : ) And we love ya!

  10. Wow, Hank is coming along nicely! Awesome ๐Ÿ™‚ About the apologies…NO apologies are needed! We all know how busy you are, Wendy. So, you do what you need to do. We know that you are usually very responsive when time permits so you certainly don’t have to feel apologetic for being swamped!

    Hang in there!

  11. Everyone who wants to compete with Wendy, check out this site that I found. If you take a close up of the completed sweater, no one would ever guess the size!!!

    Is that how you do it Wendy?

  12. I am new to the idea of steeking. Thanks for the visual. I am not sure if I am that brave. Looks great!

  13. Having seen the breeze you make it, steeking is about to become a regular feature in my life. From the next new project onwards, if I can steek to speed up the process, then I will. Am I frightened? – of course not. People like yourself are successfully doing it, so it’s obviously a very do-able technique. Thanks for making it look easy.
    I think my new supervisor is reading your blog too. He now wants me to produce a chapter a month, so that by the end of the yr, I have a complete 1st draft of my thesis. Blah! Thanks a lot for working so hard & publicising it – grrr

  14. Okay Peter — you say steeking is obviously a very do-able technique because “people like yourself are successfully doing it”? Hmmmm . . . sounds like an implied insult there — it’s so easy that even someone like WENDY can do it.

    Just teasing . . . it really is an easy technique. Just a little stress-inducing the first time.

    So . . . what’s your supervisor’s email address? ๐Ÿ˜‰ Heh heh heh . . .

  15. You’re the biggest meanie EVER. pout & you’re not my best friend anymore. (Stomps foot & slams door of bedroom)

  16. Count me in with the 3-needle bind-off. Grafting? Last resort! First glance of today’s top pic of Henry VIII looks like the back of a museum-piece tapestry chair! Amazing!