My current work in progress:

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


Roscalie-ing Along

And here she is, in all her sleeveless glory:


Front band/neck band completed, all facings sewn down. So now all that I gotta do is knit the sleeves and when they are done, it’s done. I picked up stitches and started the first sleeve.

And guess who was in my lap during all this?


I did order some nice Celtic-looking buttons from a place called Dream Weaver Beads. This, for Roscalie:


And thinking ahead, this for Beadwork:


Why I Don’t Knit With Cotton

Someone in a comment last week asked why I have a “prejudice” aganst cotton.

I wouldn’t go so far as to say I have a prejudice against cotton. I just don’t like to knit with it. And the climate here in the summer is not good for wearing cotton sweaters as far as I’m concerned. It’s hot and humid most of the summer — there’s usually a week in the spring and a week in the autumn when short sleeve cotton sweaters are just right. The rest of the time it’s too hot or too cold for me. Your mileage may vary.

Also, I prefer fine gauge cotton sweaters — finer than fingering weight. Not something you could handknit.

And that’s the straight dope.


  1. Stephanie says:

    Beautiful bands and buttons.
    Many thanks for the band tip.
    Have a happy day.

  2. Love the buttons – both just perfect.Roscalie is looking lovely ,as is Lucy.I predict an overheated lap this summer ;-]

  3. I really like the buttons destined for Beadwork. Excellent choice.

  4. Just want you you to know that I’m a faithful reader as I enjoy my morning cuppa. You are such an inspiration! Oh and BTW, I love your hair cut. Are you enjoying it?
    I’m ready to do the neck shaping on Kongsberg. This is my first steek experiance and thanks for the good advice.
    Enjoy the road trip and your friends.

  5. Roscalie is gorgeous! Perfect choice of buttons! Tell Lucy that Lucky was purring her name in his sleep last night! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Kristin says:

    Wow, the front bands look spectacular! I like the steek trick you used to knit them on. Will have to file that one away for later use. I have learned so much from you in the 8 months I’ve been reading your blog. Thanks, Wendy!

  7. I don’t tend to enjoy the knitting experience as muich with cotton (no give in the yarn, I have to be sure to knit very tightly which is hard work) – but once I finish the item, I wear it constantly – so once in awhile I put myself through the pain. I’m knitting a Dale pattern in Kolibri right now and it’s annoying but will be a beautiful thing when finished.

    Do you feel the same way about knitting with silk? I did that for the first time not long ago and like it better than cotton although it has some similar properties.

  8. Caroline, I do feel the same way abut knitting with silk.

    Another point is that the type of knitting I enjoy — traditional stuff in many colors at small gauge, doesn’t lend itself to cotton and silk as well as wool.

  9. Rosecalie is beautiful! Love the button choice!

  10. Catherine says:

    Your knitting speed is really starting to freak me out.

    Roscalie glows and that button band just makes it.

    LaLa Lucy looks as though she’s settling right in. Will Monsieur be ‘sitting her when you take the road trip?

    Wish I lived closer — she could be pampered here at Auntie Cat’s for a few days.

  11. Yes, Lucy’s Daddy will take care of her while I’m away. I’ve no doubt that she will be spoiled and pampered while I’m gone!

    I think I won’t mention Auntie Cat to her — then she’ll want to take a vacation at Auntie Cat’s Kitty Spa!

  12. Great buttons, Wendy! They will look fabulous!

    Are you making Beadwork in the color in the picture (ivory)? What a sweater!

  13. Hi, Wendy. The buttons are perfect! Just amazing. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll have to remember the source when it comes time for me to order buttons next time. Those are lovely.


  14. hi wendy – roscalie looks gorgeous! you really are the speedy gonzales of knitters. i’m still plodding along on my tank top i started on the 12th of may! i am about an inch into the front. the back is just waiting for a match to seam it to! ๐Ÿ™‚

    as for cotton – i just got my first bunch of cotton yarn- it’s karabella’s zodiac solid in a light blue. the sheen is beautiful, and i have to say i love how it knits up tight and even…i may hate it once i really get into the project, but for now i’m sold. ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Corinne says:

    Hi, Wendy, what email address should I use to send mouse-along pictures to you – I don’t know where to send them. You can email the address to me if you like, Thanks! -Corinne

  16. Hi Wendy,
    Beth in Richmond here (mom of meezers Teakie, Soonie and Jacob). First of all, your hair looks wonderful – very stylish and spiffy!!
    *A knitting question: I have “returned” to knitting and am totally enjoying knitting for my children, grandchildren. I absolutely LOVE Beadwork but am afraid it might be too difficult for me. I think of myself as an intermediate knitter. Just don’t know whether to go ahead and try it or pass it by for now. How do you feel it “difficult wise?”

  17. Yeah, I understand about the cotton. I used to live in the DC area. Anything soft enough to knit without scraping all the skin off your fingers becomes a hot sweat mop in the humidity.

    I am thinking of doing a Rowan Denim sweater for an aran fan who wears only cotton, though. Me be nuts.

  18. Both buttons are indeed lovely Wendy.

    I don’t knit with pure cotton either (remember Giza?) I am, however, going to try Cascade Sierra, which is 80% Pima cotton and 20% wool. The extra stretch from the wool will hopefully make the stitches sit a little nicer. The summer months are very short up here in The Great White North, so I can get away with a cotton long sleeve.

  19. Roscalie is stunning – love the button bands. And love the buttons. Many thanks for being an inspiration.

  20. Barbara says:

    Is the WendyKnits store new? Will there be more?
    coffee cups, knitting bags, writing pads?
    How cool!

  21. Yup, the store is new! Want more? Sure, I’ll add stuff from time to time. ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Wendy? Since people seem to like my steeked band idea..can I be not a knitdweeb anymore? (snif)Thanks. g

  23. I suspect you are speeding up again. Probably lots of reasons, but just the continued familarity with yarn etc is probably one of them. I’ve noticed the same happening to me recently. I have been knitting a little every day for almost a yr now.
    The last 2 have definitely been made a lot quicker than the previous 2-3. I think Beadwork will also whiz thru.
    As for cotton. I play with it in summer & last Summer started making myself a polo style shirt. It’s on fingering weight cotton in a lovely rusty brown. I found I like doing “non-trad” things in cotton; trad methods in wool. Each to their own.

  24. Geane . . . who said you were a knitdweeb?

    Peter . . . my speed is dependent on external pressures, as well as how boring I find a project. The more boring the project, the slower I go. ๐Ÿ™‚