My current work in progress:

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


Back in the Saddle Again

The return to the working world yesterday wasn’t too heinous. I’ve got way too much work to do and not nearly enough time in which to do it, but that’s nothing new.

Floating Along . . .

I’m plugging away on Frogner. This is a particularly fun pattern to knit because the front and the back are different. The front has the pattern that looks to me something like crossed sheaves of wheat and flowers, and the back has a simple checkerboard pattern. So knitting in the round, it goes: one side front with interesting pattern, the boring and easy back pattern, then the second side front with the interesting pattern. For some reason, this rhythm appeals to me. Just when I’m getting tired of the boring back pattern, along comes another interesting bit!

There are some wide-open spaces in the front pattern that brings us to the age-old debate — to weave or to float. Even though some of the stretches of one color are wa-a-ay long, I’m still floating. It works for me. My tension is pretty darn good, so my resulting fabric is nice and even. And from experience I know that a good steaming after the knitting is done will make floats lie down and behave. What more could a girl ask for?


Lucy is so on board for knitting Frogner!


Daletta Notes

In yesterday’s comments Roi asked:

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?

Anyone have an experience with this? I have very limited experience with superwash wool and have not had Daletta grow. Maybe because I’m using it in a stranded design, that helps it hold it’s shape better? Whaddya think?

One thing I can tell you is that Daletta splits. You have to keep close watch on it while knitting.

Repetitive Stress and Knitting

Purl asked:

Are you and any of your other readers finding that certain types of knitting still work for repetitive stress?

As far as I’m concerned, anything that isn’t done at a very tight gauge and/or involves tight twisting is okay. I can do colorwork with no pain. I can do a cabled sweater in aran weight wool with no pain.

The things that have bothered me lately are 100% cotton that has no give and the guernsey wool which is knitted at 8 stitches per inch. Anything else . . . no problem!


  1. Kristin says:

    You’re right, Frogner does look like it has wheat patterns in it. I’m plugging away on Armaugh and what I wouldn’t give for some boredom interruption…LOL ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s a lovely pattern and looks cool in the black & blue I’m using but, UGH!, the boring repetition is killing me!

    I’m glad to hear that you can still knit most of your projects with your RSI. Frogner is coming along well. Give Lucy a scratch on the ears from me!

  2. On repetitive stress – 100% cotton makes my wrists ache. Maybe after a rest from the cotton projects you can take up the “beadwork” again. It sure is pretty

  3. Frogner is lovely! You always choose great colourways on your projects.

  4. I just finished a sweater in Dale Kolibri (100% cotton) and it also split a lot, and made my left wrist ache. At the same time I was finishing a shawl with a million stitches on a 24 inch needle and that made my wrist ache too. Now that they are both done, nothing is aching. Thank goodness.

  5. I am sorry to hear that you can’t work on Beadwork, I had almost resigned myself to watching you zip by me and finish it while I plod along on one front ๐Ÿ™‚

    Did working Fulmar give you similar trouble? I don’t remember you mentioning it.

    Nice meeting you while you were in TO.

  6. Hi Renata! Funny, I was just thinking about you and your Beadwork this morning.

    Fulmar did bother me, but not as much. I think that’s because I wasn’t doing too much keyboarding at work while I was working on it. Right now I’m working on work projects that require a lot of writing, so I’m pounding on the keybhoard all day long. I think early retirement is in order. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I enjoyed meeting and talking with you at the Stitch n Bitch. Wow! Was that really almost two weeks ago?

  7. Cheryl F. says:

    Glad you had a great vacation. Frogner is looking wonderful. Whatever happened to the watercolor camisole you were working on before your vacation? Finish it, or did the cotton get to you? Hey to Lucy!

  8. I love Frogner. I think that’s a really pretty design. Can I sing “It’s not easy being green” now that you have started on it?

    Have you found that alternating between different tasks helps with reptitive stress? I had carpal tunnel syndrome for about a year and couldn’t knit at all, but fortunately it cleared up. Mine was due to overusing a muscle group all of a sudden without working up to it (milking goats). It’s been 12 years now and it hasn’t come back, and I continue to milk goats, knit, type, and spin. I think that doing all of these things rather than just one of them has something to do with avoiding repetitive stress symptoms.

  9. I just recently found your blog and I’ve been reading back a bit just to see all your pictures and such… at the risk of sounding fawning, I hope someday I will have finished objects like yours ๐Ÿ™‚ I only just started knitting last November, and I make socks and I can cable, but I knit relatively slowly still, so the idea of Fair Isles and Norgis and such intimidate the heck out of me. I’m making myself wait till I finish the cabled cardigan I started a bazillion years ago and set aside when it got hot outside before I dive in to multicolor knitting.

    I just wanted to tell you though that I think your work is beautiful, and someday I want to make things like frogner and all the others ๐Ÿ˜€

  10. Wendy you’re back!!!! I just got back from hot (and very dry) Park City, UT and was looking so forward to reading your blog again. You and Bonne Marie are the first two of many I read and when you were gone I didn’t even have the desire to continue reading the others. A belated Welcome Back!!! Sorry about beadwork, I have problems with super chunky cotton where the back of my hand shoots pain (Weekend Cotton is a drag). Perhaps I am knitting too tight to compensate for the lack of elasticity. Frogner is gorgeous and Parched is hubba hubba on you!!!!!

  11. Hey Wendy!

    Thanks for your cool comment! I’ve been trying to email you, but I get a 550 error every time… even taking out the nospam. Hmm.

    ๐Ÿ™‚ Amy

  12. Wendy: you’re a human knitting machine! Frogner is beautiful…