My current work in progress:

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


Labor Day

Happy Labor Day, to all of you who celebrate it.

I labored long and hard this weekend, knitting shoulder straps to the body of Max.

We took some not-so-hot photos of the process. I don’t know why it is, but it’s damned hard to get clear photos of this. I remember trying and failing while doing Fulmar.


I’ve worked across the strap on the right side, and knitted the last strap stitch together with a shoulder stitch.


On the wrong side, I slip the first stitch (the one worked together with the shoulder stitch), work across the strap, then purl the last stitch together with a shoulder stitch.

On the right side, I slip the first stitch, then work across, knitting the last stitch together with a shoulder stitch. And so on.


On the right side, this gives you a nice chain finish on each side of the strap.

When the shoulder straps were done, I picked up stitches for the neckband.


And I did indeed finish it.


Even with all this activity, I made time to snuggle with Lucy.


Mouse-a-thon News

I received mousies from Meg in Alpena, MI, and from Cindy in Ogden, IA. Thank you both!

Ian and I spent some time on Saturday in mouse packaging and as of this moment we’re caught up. Lucy offered to help, but we didn’t think her motives were pure!

Today . . .

I’m going to get started on my next project. Wind some skeins into balls, and cast on for Marina!


  1. Max is lovely Wendy! Such beautiful work… and so quickly! The pictures are indeed helpful, and it turned out wonderfully.

    A quick question: I’m working on the Rosemarkie waistcoat, and my corrugated ribbing is curling up on me. I used a long-tail cast on, and it looks nice, but it’s curled just like stocking stitch. Will steaming be enough to eliminate this hideous curl, or will I have to rip and try another cast-on method? Thanks so much for your help! Oh… and Catherine Parr is looking lovely! Thanks for inspiring me to give a Starmore or two a try! 🙂

  2. I’m looking forward to watching your progress on the Marina. I made this one years ago and it’s still one of my favorites. It’s a wonderful pattern.

  3. Good morning Wendy. Another lovely sweater. Do you slip that first stitch so that the edge (the join) is a little flatter?

  4. nice nails Bubbeleh!

  5. Lovely sweater! Beautiful color! Gorgeous CAT!

  6. Thanks for the shoulder strap tutorial!

    I’m close to finishing Inishmore and I want to use this method. If the original instructions say to cast off right shoulder, knit across neck stitches and leave on holder then cast of other side of shoulder, how would it work leaving them live? Do I just leave them all at the same level or put one shoulder on hold, rejoin yarn and process the neck stitches (then leave on holder)then put the other shoulder side on another holder?

    Also, do you bind off at the end of the strap and then pick up the stitches or leave them live?



  7. Maximillian is terrific! Love the chain edge along the shoulder straps! I looked back at Fulmar and didn’t see the chains–a new tweak to your method? I’m furiously finishing up Fulmar for the fair,but I’ll cast on Marina tonight–looking forward to a knitalong!

  8. Bravo Wendy… Max is fabulous!

  9. Beautiful Max. I like your strap method and will try in on my next aran sweater. You are so innovative, thanks for sharing.

  10. Looks like you had a productive Labor Day week-end Wendy. I hope it was restful too given the fact that you had a stressful week last week.

    Max is smashing!

  11. Yay – Marina. I’ve been waiting for that one! Looking forward to seeing it develop.

  12. I am blown away by ALL your projects! And Max is no exception – – can’t wait to see Marina ! I am interested in the “ball box” you pictured today . I could REALLY use that! I live in a fiber “void” with no shop even remotely close, so I mail order everything – – I’d love to know where to get one! TIA !

  13. you knit like the wind wendy! you never fail to impress me at how quickly you get done projects!