My current work in progress:

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


Road Trip Baybeeee!!!!!

If you’ve been to Kathy’s blog, you’ll see that she’s spilled the beans!

Wendyknits is going on a road trip!

(Well, okay, I’m flying to Toronto, but that’s a minor point.)

Three weeks from Wednesday, I’m going to Toronto to meet up with Kathy, Kate, Amy and Jillian for our own little mini knit retreat. Before we head off into the wilds of Ontario, we’re going to be at a Toronto Bitch and Stitch the evening of Wednesday, June 25th. I hope anyone/everyone who is in the area will come! Details of location are on Kathy’s blog.

Weekend Knitting

Some good progress on Roscalie. I finished the body, like so:


I cut open the front steek, like so:


And I commenced to pick up 401 stitches from the front band/neck band. Good thing we had a couple of movies to watch! Scotland, PA and Insomnia.

Rather than knit back and forth on the band, I did like Geane suggests — I made a steek at the bottom of the front bands connecting each side — like so:


I had the band done by the time we finished the second movie, and started on the facing for the band. Got the facing done last night, sewed it down, and sewed down the bottom facing, so I’m all set to cut open a sleeve steek and start on that tonight.

I’m gonna need buttons for this sucker. I looked at what I’ve got, and none are quite right. Anyone have any good online button sources for Celtic/Scottish-look buttons?

Next Project

It looks like Beadwork gets the popular vote!

Lucy Sez

Meow! Monday again??!! Time for a snooze . . .



  1. yuenmiao says:

    whoa…. yesh, why NOT connect the bottom? if you don’t knit and purl for the neck, why should you have to purl at all for the neckband? i LOVE it! sew, snip and sew away baby…

  2. Thanks to you and Geane for the great front band tip. Very clever. I hadn’t caught that one on the tips page. Must go back and read more slowly.

  3. Roscalie is SO beautiful–seems to glow. Beautiful knitting! I also used the front band steek trick for the first time on Laura’s Skull Vest…I think it’s a huge improvement over knitting it flat!

  4. So do you just snip the middle of the steek and then fold under the button band? You must need one at the top as well right?

    I would love to see more photos of this. Great idea.

  5. Melissa, yes — just snip and fold! There’s only one steek connecting the two bottom fronts — the band goes up one side, around the v-neck, around the back to the neck, and down the other side.

  6. Thanks to Shelda, I found the pattern to Beadwork in Interweave Knits winter 00-99 issue and I am so excited to be planning on knitting along with you and others!!!

    After checking my stash, I realize that I have some sport weight yarn that would look real pretty as this sweater. Since I normally make the large size, I was thinking of adjusting the gauge, using slightly larger needles and making the small size to get my desired measurements.

    Hope I explained this clearly. Wendy have you or your other readers tried this technique to adapt patterns and do any of you think this will look good for Beadwork?

  7. oops..the weight of the yarn I am considering is probably a wee thicker…closer to dk weight. Same question though. Thanks!

  8. Purl, my suggestion would be to knit a good size swatch of the body pattern — like maybe a 6″ square. Then you can get a good measurement and also see if you like what the resultng fabric looks like. Because this is a highly textured design, I’d recommend swatching with a needle a couple of sizes smaller than recommended for DK weight wool.

    If you like they way it looks and the sizing comes out okay, there’s no reason why you couldn’t do this. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. So, she said, where *did* you get the brass buttons mentioned on May 30th? If I’ve missed it somewhere, you can whap me on the nose with a rolled up newspaper ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Oops! Sorry Katherine — I didn’t see your comment to last Friday’s entry til just now. :-0

    I got the buttons from — several people did email me privately asking where I got them, but it wasn’t mentioned in the comments at any point.

  11. Love the steek idea – I will have to try this on my next cardigan, whatever that is. Maybe my Rosarie vest.

  12. When I worked at a local yarn store a while back we knit beadwork in a pale yellow Jaeger Matchmaker Merino. It is a BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL sweater. Very delicate looking! I love the colour you chose, Wendy! I have thought of knitting this for myself many times. I can’t wait to see yours!

    Toronto sounds fun! I will be there June 16th, but the 25th is my daughters b-day party… so won’t be able to make that one! Have a great time! Toronto is one of my favorite places to be!

  13. My To-Knit List is getting longer…..and it’s your “fault”! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  14. Thanks for the encouragement regarding changing wool weight and needle size. I would definitely do a large swatch.

  15. Have a great time in Toronto!! (But wash your hands frequently. ;-))

    Dumb question, but here goes: are there any beads on Beadwork, or is it just descriptive of the texture? I’ve heard about several people making it lately, and I thought someone mentioned beads, but maybe they were kidding? This is the first time I’ve seen it, and it is really beautiful!

  16. Hi-this is one of my sources for pewter buttons and clasps-they are Canadian (save you some $$$$)-here it is- If they don’t have exactly what you want, they are good to talk to, and may be able to find what you need. Cheers!(Have fun in T.O.)

  17. (slapping forehead) Now, why on earth didn’t I think of connecting the buttonband? That is so going to come in handy!

  18. Hi Wendy, I have a net etiquette question. Last November you posted photography tips – said you scale pictures down to no more than 400 pixels wide. But when I scale down to about that pixel size, it still takes a while for them to clear my outbox and I’m guessing the receiver has to wait a while to receive them. So wouldn’t it be better to scale down the file (kb) size? Also, which format is better to use – TIFF or JPEG? I’m using Adobe Photoshop Album and I was concerned when I sent my Mouse-Along pics, remembering comments you made when posting guest kitties.

    Sure gonna miss you when you are on vacation:( and happy that you are gonna get some r & r:)

  19. katherine: says:

    Thanks, Wendy! Even fuzzy, it looks like a nice button. And I’ll add my admiration for the the button band steek trick, will add that to my back of tricks for future reference!

  20. Colleen says:


    As I posted on Kathy’s blog, I will be in Toronto for the American/Canadian library conference from June 20th to the 24th. I am missing you all by one day. Rats.

    Have a wonderful time,


  21. Roi, definitely, jpg is the way to go. TIFF is large-format and more suited for desktop publishing.

  22. Roi, I save as jpg and also compress the files in my photo editing software, as much as I can without degrading the photo quality. You can smoosh thne down pretty small in size before the quality degrades. You just need to experiment.

  23. Wendy, you are too good to me. Every once in a while (daily) I need confirmation that I have done good deeds in my life…the steek at the bottom of the band came to me during my Oregon Cardigan days..1997? I’m SURE I’m not the first one to do it, I don’t have that kind of luck..but it’s verrrry handy on Roscalie!! I also did it on the band of Jubileum cardigan, but that was even more of a pain since it has 3 separately knitted band deals. (one around the neck, both front sides which do NOT connect..grrrr.) so…3 little baby steeks! Hope y’all enjoy doing it! Make sure you put the purl st on either side so it folds away nicely! g

  24. I feel like a pusher!

    I just finished stuffing three little catnip mice. These are SO cute! Thanks for the pattern, Wendy! I don’t have any fur friends of my own right now, so I made three to share with friends and their friends ๐Ÿ˜‰ As I was stuffing the catnip I began to imagine how they would enjoy their treat and it made me feel like a dealer of substances ๐Ÿ˜‰

  25. Stephanie says:

    Wendy in Toronto? I live in Toronto. I drink coffee too. Lots of it. I’ll have to hunt up the details of the stitch and bitch, as I do both of those too. This can’t all be coincidence, must be destiny.
    While my tender first efforts pale in comparison to yours Wendy, I did finish the body of St. Moritz last night. I’m trying to finish it before you finish Roscalie. I can stand knitting slower that you….but , man….not that slow.