My current work in progress:

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


Curses! Foiled Again!

Repetitive strain injuries are really really annoying.

I started knitting Beadwork over the weekend and it wasn’t long before my wrist let me know that this was not a good idea. It only took this much:



So it’s abandoned indefinitely, I’m afraid. I took it off the needle and will unravel it. It I start it again at some point in the future, I’ll want to start from scratch.

For those of you who were planning on knitting along, sorry about that. Can’t be helped.

So What the Heck Am I Knitting?

Dale of Norway Frogner. Knitted in Daletta wool in olive green and off-white. Here’s part of the front:


And here’s part of the back:


It’s a cardigan, so it has a center front steek (the stripey bit you can see in the top photo). The pattern directs you to do a four stitch steek, but because you have to pick up stitches for the front bands, I’m more comfortable with a wider steek, even one that’s machine stitched. So I have ten rather than four stitches. I can always trim it after knitting the bands if it seems too bulky.

Back to Work

After being off since June 24, it’s back to work for me today. Groan! I shudder to think of the pile of email, voicemail, and other assorted atrocities waiting for me!

Lucy sympathizes.



  1. Well, the Dale cardigan looks very nice, too. What is it about Beadwork that does the bad things to your wrist?

  2. Oh boy! Frogner!! I just received my copy from Bea Ellis…I love Frogner.

    I hope your day isn’t too dreadful with the combination of heat + Monday + back-to-work. Wishing you a good one . . .

  3. I feel your pain on Beadwork. I still want to knit it, but I think it’s one of those projects I’ll work a few rows a day on. I love the green in your Frogner!
    Post-vacation reentry–ugh! Sending positive thoughts your way!

  4. Kristin says:

    Awww, that’s too bad about Beadwork! It stinks when you want to do something and your body says “no” ๐Ÿ™

    I can totally sympathize about returning to work after vacation…ugh! Good luck today ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Sorry about Beadwork… that is too bad. But Frogner is certainly an interesting design! That will be loads of fun to watch form!

    Glad to hear you had a fabulous vacation too! Nice spider… *eep!*

  6. I share your pain (literally). I was told to stop knitting due to a ganglia cyst, I stopped for a while, and then realized that maybe I didn’t have to stop knitting entirely-just stop the intricate cable knitting. I am currently working on a Dale baby sweater-and so far so good with my wrist pain. Are you and any of your other readers finding that certain types of knitting still work for repetitive stress?

  7. Ooohhh, Frogner looks nice!! What a drag about your wrist though ๐Ÿ™

  8. Gee, that’s really too bad about your wrist. I DID so want to see Frogner, but this is not a good way to have that happen! It’s really pretty. I wonder why Beadwork hurt, and Valtos didn’t? – aren’t they both traveling-stitch patterns?

  9. Hi all, thanks for your kind words.

    Caroline, it’s not the texture/travelling stitches that bothers my wrist — it’s doing texture/travelling stitches at the excruciating gauge needed for guernsey wool! I’m pretty sure I won’y have problems with a “normal” aran the next time I knit one.

  10. Yo Wendy! We’re just back from C’s family reunion in Tampa, FL…I haven’t been able to say “Welcome Back!” It’s been fun reading all of ‘you gurl’s’ blog entries from the trip.

    Here’s to a soft re-entry and a kinder, gentler Monday!

  11. Welcome back to reality, Wendy! I’m “re-entering” today as well, after a week in the Caribbean. WAH!

    I’m sorry to hear about your wrist pains — hopefully you’ll be able to do Beadwork some other day. Frogner is beautiful, though. Oh yeah, and so is Parched. I went away for a week and you churned out a whole sweater?? (I, on the other hand, barely knit a stitch. Oh well.)

    BTW, did you see the NY Times editorial on your overtime rule? You’re so famous (or infamous)!

  12. Wendy,
    Welcome Back! Hooray Hooray! It’s such a pleasure to read you blog – I missed it terribly. So sorry about your problems with Beadwork – Frogner loots great!

    I’m going to Atlanta for my vacation – any great knitting shops there?

  13. Yes, the Queen of enabling is back! Vacation pics were great. Looked like Lucy also enjoyed her change of venue. So sorry to hear about the lingering wrist problem but Frogner looks wonderful. What size are you knitting?

    I Googled to see a full photo and found some gorgeous new-to-me sweaters to put on my wish list, both in Daletta: Lotus and Kongsberg (Allegro Yarns has a bizillion Dale kits). But Daletta is superwash wool and because some knitters said superwash will “grow”, I’ve been leary of knitting sweaters with it. Is there something different about Dale superwash?

  14. I’m also “re-entering” today. I didn’t make it away to any exotic climes, but a nice week of knitting and relaxing. Seeing your blog this morning eased the pain a bit!

    “Frogner” is looking good! Sorry about your wrist.

  15. Great vacation photos and tales — glad you had fun. On the knitlist, there are a couple of posts about 3 Fair Isle knitters doing demos and teaching and talking about knitting in the Hebrides at the Folklife Festival on the Mall — have you had a chance to stop by?


  16. So sorry to hear about the RSI! The vacation pics are great. I hope that work isn’t too crazed for you today!

  17. Hi again guys! Thanks for your good wishes. So far so good today — a couple of surprises but nothing I can’t handle . . . yet.

    I missed the Folklife Festival this year. Too bad, because it looked like a good one.

  18. Linda M says:

    Hi Wendy, thanks for the details on Parched. It looks great on you. It is definitely on my to-do list. Right now I’m working on a simple lace shawl in a very loose tension in order to give my wrist and shoulder a rest. RSIs are everywhere. Also, thanks for sharing the pix from vacation. Lots of us enjoyed our vicarious trip to the cottage with you and the gang.

  19. I made it to the Folklife Festival, but there wasn’t enough knitting for me. ๐Ÿ™‚ They had one booth with 3 styles: shetland lace, fair isle, and sanquhar. They were very cool (the lace was beautiful), but not more than a few minutes’ worth of hanging around. They had other cool Scottish things, though, like tartan weaving, Harris tweed, and kilts. Enough for a lunchtime walk around, plus we heard some nice bagpiping.

  20. Renee in CO says:

    Welcome back! I’m sorry about your wrist. Up til now I thought you had iron hands. I’m sorry you don’t. ๐Ÿ™ I have wrist and finger and shoulder issues from time to time, also, and it’s tough. I love Frogner, though. Great color for you.

  21. Suzanne says:

    Welcome Back Wendy! You were missed. I checked your page last night and noticed Frogner in the WIP section and wondered what happened to Beadwork. Sorry that it caused you pain. Frogner is lovely. I love olive green and can’t wait to watch your progress through this sweater.