My current work in progress:

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


Isn’t It the Weekend Yet?

Lucy is just hanging out, waiting for the weekend!


What? Me Weave?

(insert maniacal laughter here)

Yesterday in my comments, Suzanne asked:

I was wondering how you are able to put all the finishing touches on the sweater so quickly. Do you weave in your ends as you go along? Your pictures of you sweaters in progress always look like the ends have been woven in already even as the sweater is still being knitted.

One of the nice things abut knitting a fair isle cardigan is that, except for the sleeves, there are virtually no ends to weave in!

The body is knitted with a center front steek. You begin each round in the center of this steek. When you are done, you cut open this steek, so you just trim the ends of yarn at that point. No fuss, no muss.

Now for the sleeves, you do have ends with which to deal. But just lately I learned to Just Say No to weaving in ends. I now tie them with a square knit and trim them. It’s so liberating.

And yes, I do this as I go along, every couple of inches or so. I detest finishing work, so I do as much of it in progress as I can.

June Contest

Don’t forget, the deadline for contest entries (see Monday’s blog entry) is tomorrow afternoon. So get your entries in to me to be eligible for the super-cool prize — the beaded purse kit.

And Speaking of Vacation Knitting . . .

I ordered something to take on vacation to knit. Nope. I an’t gonna tell you what it is. But I’ll show you when I get it.

Baby Dale

It’s coming along. Thanks to train delays yesterday morning, I got the body done up to the armholes, where you divide for front and back. Did that at lunchtime, thank you very much.

Here’s a progress shot:


Here’s a close-up:


And here’s Lucy waiting for someone to play with her and her napkin:


Which reminds me . . . there are even more new photos in the Mouse-along gallery!


  1. Love the baby Dale. I seem to be surrounded by people having babies at the moment – so think I will have to give that one a go! Great colour, too.

  2. Mary from MD says:

    I like the stitch pattern in the baby sweater. I wouldn’t mind wearing that myself. Oh, and the blue napkin brings out the color in Lucy’s eyes!

  3. Lucy is pleased that you noticed that her blue napkin matches her eyes!

  4. You and me both Wendy… fisishing is the least enjoyable part of a project too. I have finally learned how to weave in ends on my PW sweater, and so far that’s my favourite way to do them.

    *tap tap* When are you starting your Beadwork? Geez–it’s been 24 hours since Roscalie was done. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. Wendy, I just got a kit for a lace shawl. It called for a “provisional” cast on. I googled it since I was unfamiliar with that cast on. Your method of doing the chain first and then knitting the stitches from the completed chain is just pure genius. Take another bow! (Now don’t let this go to your head.)

  6. Naomi, much as I’d like to take credit, that idea isn’t mine originally! ๐Ÿ™‚

    But thank you anyway, and I shall curtsey just for the he4ll of it!

  7. Kristin says:

    Oh, I hear ya re: weaving ends…I HATE finishing, too! UGH! One of the things I love about circular knitting is how it cuts down on finishing time. It’s a great “trick” to be able to get rid of all your ends with a few snips of the scissors right up a steek ๐Ÿ™‚

    Lucy’s pic with the napkin is just adorable! Does she carry them around like kittens? I had a cat once that would treat balled up socks like kittens. She’d carry them around, lick them, snuggle up with them, etc. It was SO funny ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. This is one spoiled kitty – even gets color-coordinated toys! I swear that if you submitted her portfolio to an agency, she could end up on bags of kitty food everywhere!

    I’m toe-tapping along with Ginny – can’t wait to start Beadwork. The baby sweater has joined my list of Wendy-inspired to-dos, but since I already have 3 sitting here waiting for finishing. . .

  9. Beth S. says:

    Lucy is gorgeous–and so is your Roscalie! I think this will be my first ‘real’ fair isle project someday (if you don’t count socks.) And I too am anxious to see you get going on Beadwork. We’ll lure you back into the texture camp slowly but surely… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. I’ve got a question about tie ends – now let’s see if I can articulate it so it makes sense…
    This seems like a nice neat process when you are starting and ending the colors in each row. But the Shirt-Tail FI I’m working on has a section of at least 6 (or more rows) that I use the same background color with 3 different colors used for the pattern color and a couple of those are used for at least 2 rows.

    Make sense?

    I guess my question is – would you tie ends that are several rows apart from each other and would lay diagonally across the back of the work?

  11. Teresa, if they weren’t more than a couple of rows apart, I’d tie ’em. Otherwise, best not to, I think.

    BTW, I finally had a moment to read your Knitty article. Loved it!

  12. Thanks Wendy…it’s fun to be a part of Knitty from the other side!

  13. That photo of Lucy and her napkin has to be one of the most adorable shots of her yet! And it completely cracked me up to hear how she brings the napkins so carefully to bed with her.

    When I only had Zoe (before I got my second nutty cat, Remy), her favorite toy was the feather on a fishing pole…she would play with it night and day and liked to drag it through my apartment as she carried the feather in her mouth – clanging against anything in her path.

    Sometimes in the middle of the night I’d wake up with her right in my face, with the feather at her feet and the string and pole trailing across the bed and a smiling “Mrow!” like she was saying,”yeah I know it’s the middle of the night…wanna play?” I can’t tell you how many times I woke up in the morning with the feather fishing pole on or around me.

    These are the best and most fun kinds of pet quirks in my book! And you should try the crumpled up notebook paper – Zoe’s been playing with the same ball of paper for months (she keeps hiding it and bringing it out to play with)!

    I’m inspired to make that baby Dale too – I also love that leaf pattern!

  14. Thanks for taking the time to answer questions at the beginning of your entries. It’s one of my favorite parts, because we got to know you a bit more as a knitter and you have such great lnowledge to share! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Then there’s all the pics that I drool over each day! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  15. Some baby is going to look real cute in that gorgeous sweater. I’m curious, what size are you making for her? When I make baby sweaters, I try to match up seasons and age…there has to be an easier way!

  16. I am so totally flabbergasted that you started that Roscalie on May 11th and finished it in a month. Something like that probably would have taken me a year! It’s lovely. You really are an inspiration to me. Kudos!

  17. Purl, the baby will be born at the end of summer, and I’m making the three month size. It should be just right for this winter (I hope!)

  18. I thought I understood tie ends until I read the exchange in today’s comments. Are you tieing beginning end to ending end of same color, or are you tieing old color to new color? I’m all for efficiency, so I want to make sure I understand.

    As always, Lucy brightens my morning, and your blog makes me want to dash out of the office and run home to knit! Thanks.

  19. What I do is tie together whatever two ends are closest. Whether it’s same color to color or old color to new color depends on your pattern, I think.

  20. We used to fan fold a napkin and tie a string around it to play with my grandma’s kitty when we went to visit. The cat loved it.

    I love the baby sweater!

  21. That Dale sweater is really sweet. Too bad the only other female in my family is one of the cats. (And I don’t think she’d let me dress her in it.)

    I’ve been off-line most of the week due to sick kids, but I am suitably awed at the finished Roscalie!

  22. I’m with you,Wendy—bring on the weekend! I’m looking forward to a drive in the mountains and I get the passenger seat for knitting time!

  23. That Dale baby sweater looks absolutely scrumptious! I love the way the lace of the bottom border becomes more textured as it moves up. Very nice design. I happen to be going to the Lawrence KS Yarn Barn this weekend, and I’m going to look for that book. Thanks for sharing (not to mention enabling)!