My current work in progress:

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



Monday. Again.


More Q&A from my comments!

Vanessa asked: “While stranding, do you carry the lighter color underneath, or on top?”

I always carry the lighter color underneath, the darker color on top. To be honest, I don’t notice any difference in the appearance of the knitted fabric if I reverse this. I did reverse it once halfway through a test piece, just to see if it looked different. Not to me it didn’t. But I still strand consistently. Just because.

Cheryl asked: “Since you mentioned that you won’t get to wear Hank until the fall, do the projects you knit in the warmer months change as well?”

No, I’ll be knitting wool sweaters all summer long. Ah, blessed a/c!

Selma asked: “Are you a picker or a thrower?”

I’m a thrower! A left-handed, continental-style, thrower. ๐Ÿ™‚

Jo asked: “What do you do about the ‘dreaded jog’?”

Nothing. I don’t care. ๐Ÿ™‚

And “Do you have a secret pile of UFO’s somewhere?”

No, I almost always finish what I start.

And “Also,how big is your stash?”

Fair to middling. Not huge, but not small either.

And “Where do you put all your sweaters and such,after looking at your FO page I think your closets must be popping.”

Um, no. Not all the sweaters I knit are for me — I do give a bunch of them away.

Lolly asked: “On the delicate subject of, er, errors. Since I’ve ever noticed any pattern errors in any of your stuff, what are you doing? A) My knitting is perfect, I don’t make mistakes; B) I rip back if I spot one so my knitting can be perfect; C) I make a judgment call about how noticeable it is and move on; D) Other?”

The answer is “A.” Of course I’m perfect.

No . . . just near-perfect (heh heh). The answer is: “It depends.” I tend not to make errors, but if I did make one and it was in an un-noticable place, I might leave it. If not, I’d rip back and fix it.

I remember when I was knitting Inishmore, I made really bonehead move and had half of the second sleeve done before I noticed it — had to rip back to the cuff. Which I did. I remember telling Geane that I felt like a really Inish-moron.

But I think that’s the last mistake I’ve made . . .

One more question. Sheila asked: “Yours is the first Henry VIII I’ve seen using pure Jamieson Spindrift. Have you had any opportunities to compare it side-by-side with one built of the AS Campion? I’d be interested to hear what, if any, differences you note.”

No, mine is the first Henry I’ve seen “in person.” And I’ve never knitted anything out of Scottish Campion, period. I know the Jamieson “Autumn Substitute” is different from the original Scottish Campion “Autumn.” The “Autumn Substitute” is made of of two colors — one in each ply. It’s one ply of a rust color and one ply of a light mint green.

Here’s a close-up that shows my Hank’s colors pretty accurately:


Speaking of Hank, I got a lot of weekend knitting in. Watched two great movies to knit by: The Captain’s Paradise, a fun old British comedy from 1953, starring one of my all-time favorite, Alec Guinness, and A Beautiful Mind, neither fun nor a comedy, but a great movie. So here are my knitting results:


Izzy had a relaxing weekend too, but now she’s ready for Monday!



  1. Henry looks like it should be hanging in a museum! It looks like a tapestry.

    Hope your week gets off to a good start.

  2. thanks for answering my question! by the way, are you going to maryland sheep & wool?

  3. I just did a program for my guild which demonstrated some tips for Fair Isle knitting. I posted an entry to my blog on 4/14/03 with a photo of the sample I used that shows the difference between carrying the lighter strand underneath, and carrying it above. It can be pretty dramatic.

  4. Alec Guiness is the greatest…my favorite is 1958’s The Horse’s Mouth.

    Your Hank8 is gorgeous!

  5. Just another Manic Monday…but I thought I’d add my 2 cents to the light color above or below question. I was playing with that with my AS Fish and Anchors swatch and decided it looks best when I hold the foreground color below whether or not it’s the lighter color. At one point the fish are darker than the gold background, and they popped out when I held the gold high and the blue low. Henry looks like he’s almost ready for a photoshoot! Yea!

  6. Me too, L-B – Ann Feitelson says this is because the stitches knitted with the color below are infinitesimally taller.

  7. Hi Wendy! What an interesting question (how to hold the two colors). I’ll have to think about it when I swatch my AS Keava. Although, I’m not sure it’ll matter the same way for the Celtic key motif as it would for fish. Since I’m still working on my 2-handed PW sweater, I haven’t tried to hold 2 colors in one hand yet.

    Hope you had a nice Easter and have a good week!

  8. Funny — I seem to be in a minority about the holding two colors differently not making a difference in the appearance of the knitting. Well, I always knew I was odd . . .

  9. But,Wendy,that’s why you’re more prolific than the rest of us—you don’t sweat the small stuff! As Carolyn said, the difference is infinitesimal.

  10. Well I do always hold my colors consistently anyway — another benefit of that is that you don’t get your yarns twisted together.

  11. Wendy, would you clarify about the left-handedness: you’re still throwing with your right hand, right? Or do you knit left to right? I decided this was one instance where it was better to join the righty-dominated world, although I crochet left-handed.

  12. Hey Wendy;
    I remember that Inishmore mistake….wasn’t it 199????? :0

  13. Maggi, I knit from the left needle onto the right and I throw with my left hand.

  14. I’m convinced, without any specific evidence, that the above/below distinction matters less or not at all when both yarns are carried in the same hand. Nevertheless, I’m consistent for reasons of avoiding twisting and remembering the pattern.

    BTW, I’ve been reading back through your archives from a year ago. I can remember reading some of those posts when they originally appeared. It seems like so much longer than a year ago. Maybe time just passes quicker in the blogiverse.

  15. Izzy really has an exceptionally cute face. Oh, and Hank is nice too. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  16. I’m reading Ann Feitelson’s “The Art of Fair Isle Knitting” and on page 58, she discusses holding dark and light colors. The dark colors show up more when the light yarn is held over, the dark under. The light colors are more prominent when the dark yarn is held over and the light under. Either is ok, depending on the effect you want. If you are inconsistent in how you hold the yarns your knitting will look uneven. There are color photographs which show this quite well. So being consistent seems to be the important point.

  17. A reader says:

    You’re kidding about the bracelet, right?