My current work in progress:

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



A couple of things . . .


Here is a photo of my Scottish Fleet for Beadwork. The color is “Rock Dove” and it’s sort of a light khaki color. I think the copper colored buttons will look great with it.


A question in yesterday’s comments — how difficult is Beadwork?

I had to go back and look at the pattern because I had no idea. I’d say “adventuresome intermediate.” You gotta be able to follow a fairly complicated texture chart, and be willing to knit on small needles at a tight gauge. The garment shapng is pretty standard — a cardigan with dropped shoulders and shoulder straps.


Starting out on the sleeve.


Lucy supervises.


Dale Baby Sweater

Here’s the commuter knitting project I started yesterday.


A Dale of Norway baby sweater, project details in the sidebar. What a sweet little sweater. It has a fairly simple lace pattern, but is loads of fun to knit!


  1. I want to compliment you for sticking to one sweater pattern while you are also dreaming about the next. This would be the point that I would put down Roscalie and jump into Beadwork. Fickle aren’t I? No wonder I have so few finished pieces!

  2. Morning Wendy, hope you are over the fantods. I’ve just ordered my Wendyknits mug…how cool will that be, having coffee with Wendyknits while I read my morning Wendyknits! I’m slavishly devoted….

  3. Whoa! I have the honor of being the first person to leave a comment on Wendy’s Blog this morning! So it better, be good…the pressure is on…


    Have a Great Wednesday Wendy! and Everyone else!

  4. What a beautiful color pink, too. I’ll have to look to see if that sweater is in the recent Dale baby knits collection (Soft Treasures…).

  5. That baby sweater looks so cute – I wonder how fast I could make one for a friend due in July? Hmmm….

    When will we see the secret project?

  6. Caroline, the baby sweater is in book 24 — don’t know if it has a name.

    Andrea, you won’t see the secret project. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Hmm…call me slow…but Beadwork…that’s only one color?? *GASP* LoL You know, Beadwork and Cecily of York are two of my favorite JS designs. In fact, you almost inspired me to knit the Cecily…but then I saw the price tag…egads

  8. Hey – I love the cat pillow! When you’re at my place I’ll show you my Yorkie pillow ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Cool . . . I’ll look forward to seeing it. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’ve got another cat pillow that I think is cuter than the one in today’s photo — I’ll have to see if I can get Lucy to pose with it.

  10. I really like that baby sweater. The next time someone I know is due with a girl, I’ll have to look that one up. Although not in pink. Not big on pink.

    Here’s perhaps an impertinent question. I’m probably an early intermediate knitter – I can follow pattern shaping, moderately intricate patterns, and things like stripes or mosaics. But I can’t even figure out how to start working on even simple colorwork – what do you recommend to get started? I’m pretty good at learning from a book, but would I be better off taking a class?



  11. Hi Wendy, Lucy looks so regal this a.m.

    Question for the “Queen of No Swatching”: Is this true even when you are substituting yarn – like the Kimono Shawl you did in Koigu? I’ve been having trouble getting gauge, especially with lace stole patterns (but was OK doing the Kimono Shawl in Koigu using #6 as you did). I tend to knit tight and usually have to go up one needle size with sweaters; however, some lace patterns, like the Linen Lace Shawl (Euroflax Linen) in “Knitted Shawls, Stoles, & Scarves” I go up 3 or 4 sizes and then I don’t enjoy how the lace looks. Any comments would be appreciated.


  12. Roscalie is gorgeous! Hi Lucy!!

    What is your favorite ribbing? I’m looking for one that is pretty straight and doesn’t add bulk, i.e. doesn’t pull in the knitting.

    I can’t wait for beadwork. It is one of my favorites.

  13. Hi Wendy,
    Beth in Richmond here. Thank you for the info concerning the difficulty of Beadwork. I love it and thought it woud be beautiful for one of my daughters. But I think I need to start with something more simple.(I’m just used to the more simple cardigans/pullovers). But I really want to get into the beginnings of things which you knit. *What would you suggest?? Have never done anything Aran or Fair Isle – boring huh……..Please just suggest a beginning project for the such.
    Thanks a bunch, Beth

  14. Watching your progress, I swear you must go thru a 50g ball of yarn every 2nd day.
    I love the colour for Beadwork as well. I look forward to receiving the finished garment in my mailbox sometime in mid July, when I’ll need it most. :-p