My current work in progress:

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


Contest Winner!

The winner of the June contest is Marge W., in Massachusetts. Her contest entry:

My favorite summer projects are usually one’s that don’t cover my entire lap – too hot!

I like to knit socks and slippers (like the one’s pictured here) which I can stock-pile for gifts in the winter months when I would rather be knitting sweaters.

And she attached this photo of a very fun looking slipper:


Marge will receive the beaded purse knitting kit, which would make a perfect vacation knitting project.

Thanks for playing, everyone!

What’s my vacation knitting project? I’m so glad you asked.

It’s Jill Vosburg’s incredibly cute Watercolor Camisole. I ordered the “Jungle Cat” colorway (because I am an exotic feline creature — meow!).

I received the kit just two days after ordering. Can’t get much better service than that, eh?

To do the gauge swatch, you knit a diamond. Here’s my swatch:


Smooch Me, Baby!

The observant among you will notice the addition of the Smooch button in my sidebar. Yup, I caved, and joined in on Alison’s Smooch-Along. What can I tell you? I just wanna be a Tank Girl! I ordered the pattern book last week, and being the rebel that I am, ordered not Rowan, but a different yarn. Gedifra Wellness, from Elann, at the low-low price of $2.99 per 50 gram skein. I picked a lovely green called “leek.”

So . . . I may take this along on vacation instead of the Watercolor Camisole. It crossed my mind, too, that . . . uh . . . I may have the Watercolor Camisole finished before I leave. I have no self control. The gauge diamond was so much fun to knit!

Um . . . has anyone noticed that I’m acting like I’m excited about knitting with cotton? Somebody slap me, quick! I must be hysterical.

The baby Dale is finished, except for setting in the sleeves, sewing on the buttons, and making button loops (it closes along one shoulder with three buttons). I want to wait to set in the sleeves until after the button loops are done, and I don’t have the buttons yet. So that’s on hold for a day or so.

Lucy spend the weekend chillin’


And we did a quick Roscalie photo shoot. It was 85 degrees and raining. Photos on the Official Roscalie Page.


  1. Roscalie is beautiful. I have always been curious about the Just One More Row patterns. As usual, I will be following your progress!

  2. re: cotton: it’s summer…but the cotton you picked for Smooch isn’t 100% cotton, it’s 40% acrylic… You’ll have to let us know how that might compare with 100% cotton..

    re: vacation knitting projects: you knit so fast, you might end up not having anything to knit by the time your vacation is up!

    I may save Smooch for after I finish nursing my youngest since the largest size would possibly fit me like a glove & I like my clothes on the loose side…I’ll see what the pattern looks like when the Cotton Collection book gets here… won’t do mine in All Season’s Cotton yarn either, if I do it at all…

  3. Kristin says:

    Ohh, the watercolour camisole looks like it’s a lot of FUN to knit. I’ll bet you’re done in no time ๐Ÿ™‚

    Will you blog on your vacation? Is Lucy going with you?

  4. Lucy will be staying home with her daddy, who will no doubt spoil her rotten (or rottener) in my absence. I won’t be near a computer for most of my time away, so my blog is taking a vacation too.

  5. Rosacalie photos are terrific! Your short hair really shows it off! I’ve done two of the Just One More Row designs and love them—patchwork-type knitting is another “addiction” of mine. If it makes you feel any better,I’ve got a cotton project going,too–Chic Knits’ Sitcom Chic from Knitty. I can’t recall ever knitting with cotton before–it’s not so bad! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Oh boy, you did it again! Exposed us to another place to spend money! I am in love with the half moon pullover. The tank is wonderful, maybe I’ll make that for my daughter instead! Decisions, decisions! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Roscalie is beautiful! I HAVE to make the Cardi – have to! The Watercolor Camisole looks like a fun project. Can’t wait to see it finished and modeled by you. The colors are yers bay-bee!

  8. Beth S. says:

    Wendy, if you still feel that Roscalie is a bit big for you, you could always pop it in a box and send it to me me ME! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Seriously now, it looks fabulous, especially with the new ‘do. I really like the short hair!

  9. Thanks Beth . . . nice try. ๐Ÿ˜‰ It really is too big for me — what you can’t see in the photos is that it tents out in the back. It looks okay from the front when I hold my arms to my sides like in the photo.

    Teresa — I love the colors I picked for the camisole! They remind me of a black-eyed Susan, which I’ve always thought was such a pretty flower.

  10. Thanks Wendy! I am sure I will enjoy making the beaded purse. And Roscalie is gorgeous!

  11. Hey Wendy, Roscalie is beautiful! I, too, really like you new hair cut- so cute being curly!! I have a question for ya,I checked on the website at One More Row, but could not fing the answer– what would you consider the difficulty level of the Watercolor Camisole? Thanks for your input!! Have a great day!!

  12. Oh no… another online shopping store to spend money at. And just when my Starmore is on the way…

    Lovely photo shoot Wendy. The Watercolour Camisole is very unique, and will be a lot of fun to watch develop. I would not be the least bit surprised if you finished it before your vacation. That way, you can smooch away while wearing your camisole creation!

  13. Kristy, I would consider the camisole to be advanced intermediate — the diamonds themselves are pretty easy to knit, but the construction might be a tad tricky for a beginner — you pick up stitches along the edges of existing diamonds to knit new ones. And you knit an edging after completing the body, and straps of course. The pattern is very clear, though, and easy to follow.

  14. I love the Roscalie! You’ve inspired me to go out on a limb and knit something more complicated than I’ve been doing. Now I just need to pick a project. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Oh, and thanks for providing an RSS feed for your journal – I created a syndication feed at, and now I know when your blog is updated through my friends list. It’s pretty cool!

  15. If you finish the camisole before our vacation you can always wear it to Toronto, and work on the tank while you’re here ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. The camisole is lovely. I too became inspired by the tank girls and am knitting Smooch. But I am using the All Seasons Cotton, in the bleached white and it’s lovely to work with. So summery! It’s about 50% complete but very easy so I’m sure it will go very quickly for you. Have fun with both of those summer projects!

  17. Rosecalie looks great! Just the thing to wear when its cool and rainy (which is what our entire summer has been like so far up here – and I’m making tanks!). Glad you’re joining us on the Smooch tank-along. I’ve seen the Wellness and it looked like a great sub for all seasons cotton. Can’t wait to hear your opinion when you’re done working with it.