My current work in progress:

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


Happy December!

It’s Monday, but I’m not going to work. I had the foresight to take today off, so I won’t be back to the daily grind until tomorrow. Aren’t I a clever girl?

Guess what I finished?


More photos on the official Amphora page.

Guess what else I finished?


Here’s what it looked like before felting:


Guess what I started?


This is Fern, from Alice Starmore’s book Stillwater. I’m knitting it in Classic Elite Devon, which is 90% wool and 10% silk. It comes in 50 gram skeins of 123 yards each. The color is called “Ivybridge.”

Some of you might recall when I first mentioned using this yarn for this design, I was a little concerned that it might be too dark to show the pattern well. I’m pleased to report that the pattern shows nicely, more so than the photo depicts.

I started knitting with an Addi Turbo, but switched to an ebony needle — I found the Addi Turbos to be too slippery. I think the silk content in the yarn makes it slide more than juast wool would. The yarn has a nice light, crisp hand, and should be comfy for indoor wear.

I altered the pattern slightly — rather than the diagonal texture pattern that is used for the sides of the sweater, I substituted a fisherman’s rib (right side: k1 p1 across, wrong side: p across). I thought the pattern used was a little too busy.

I am knitting the bobbles, though I originally thought not to. They aren’t too large and I like them, so I’m happy I decided to include the little guys.

The discerning among you will see something else new in my list of WIPs. I’ll talk about it tomorrow. ๐Ÿ™‚

Lucy had a fun Thanskgiving — here she is in her daddy’s lap.



  1. Uh, Wendy, could you pass a little of that talent down to me, I could sure use 1% of yours.

  2. Wendy, I agree with the above – if I could just get 1% of the things you get done, I’d be happy. Your speed and skill are amazing. They all look beautiful!

  3. Beautifull, amazing Amphora! Adn fits you soo well, color & shape, I hope you will be wearing this one a lot.

  4. Wow that Amphora is just simply and overhvelming gorgeous! Though fair isles are definitively NOT my thing I must say Amphora is one of the most pretty sweaters I have seen for long.


  5. Hi Wendy,
    This is off topic but thought you might know the answer. I purchased some really cute sheep coat hangers at Montpelier – and would love more for Christmas presents. I cannot remember from which booth they came. Do you have any idea from where I can get some??
    Thanks a bunch,

  6. amphora is simply lovely!

  7. Another beautiful sweater. The colors look very nice on you.

  8. Absolutely stunning Amphora.
    Gorgeous Fern.
    Lovely Booga – nice colour.
    Have a great day off.

  9. Wow, Amphora is beautiful! How do you like knitting Fern? I like the idea of Fisherman’s Rib on the sides. Have a wonderful day off! I’ll bet you’ll end up with the front of Fern almost finished…LOL ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Wow! Amphora looks lovely on you! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Fern is one of my all time favorite Starmore designs. I love the color you chose, it will look fantastic on you!

    And YAY for days off! Good for you!

  11. Amphora looks amazing, simply gorgeous! What a beautiful sweater. It looks so lovely on. And Lucy looks beautiful as always!

  12. Glad you decided to include the “little guys” on Fern. The fisherman’s rib is a more elegant solution to filling in the side pieces and AS would be envious she didn’t think of it first.

    Either Lucy has grown her winter fur or she’s filling out a little. She looks lovely, content, and very Raggable.

  13. Smart gal, taking the day off. SOME of us have to *sniffle* go into the office *sob* today.

    Amphora is lovely, and Fern is so nice. Great color!

  14. Jenny (in Davis) says:

    Wow Wendy! You are SO fast. Amphora is so beautiful. It looks great on you. Fern is in such a pretty color…

    I am almost finished with my first pair of gloves, fingers and all! woo-hoo! Then FINALLY to my booga bags. (The kureyon has been staring at me every day….)

  15. Amphora looks perfect with your new short hair do! And, lucky me, found a copy of Stillwater for sale this weekend (thanks to Erica of so will be able to follow along with your version of Fern.

  16. How can we subsidize Wendy so she can stay home and knit all day for our enjoyment?? You know, quit that slavin’ job?? ๐Ÿ™‚ Hmmm..

    Amphora is gorgeousness as usual, girl! And the fur wrap isn’t a bad choice of accessory!
    May your Fern grow a foot this week..Me? I planted paperwhite bulbs..(yawn) g

  17. Holy cow you’ve been busy! Everything looks really great!

  18. Your hands and needles must move at lightening speed! I would have to knit around the clock, and give up sleeping at night to even come close to producing what you do! I have only been knitting for five years and can only dream of making that sort of progress…I can’t believe you did all of that in a week or less! When I grow up, I want to be a knitter just like you…you go girl! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  19. Amphora is really beautiful. Lucy – one doesn’t appreciate just how BIG she is, until viewed with her Mom.
    I have had the A.S. wool for Fern, in my stash, since Stillwater was new. Now I have an incentive to begin!
    What is the penalty for falling off the Yarn Diet?
    Cumberpatch offered a Hanne Falkenberg “Ballerina” kit and my finger pushed the “Bid” button before I could restrain it.

  20. Wow – the colors are just amazing for Amphora – and the pattern around the bottom of the body & sleeves completely intrigues me. And funny, I’m just about to start my first directional scarf too – just have to choose which of my Kureyon stash will be the lucky colorway… ๐Ÿ˜‰ Did you make anything with your Arucania yet? I’m curious to see it as I started my Arucania scarf this weekend (in olive).

    Glad you had a good T-day!


  21. Holy Crap. I can NOT believe how productive you are. It just blows my mind. Absolutely beautiful stuff…

  22. Enjoy your day off, Wendy! (I took Wed. and Fri. and I still could use some time off!)

    I’m not surprised that you finished Amphora, but I can’t believe how much of Fern you got done over the weekend! If work behaves for you, this could be a sweater record. (Hmmm — what is the fastest you’ve knit an entire sweater?)

  23. Hi Wendy,
    What great knitting, must have been a nice weekend! Here’s a question: do you find the Hebridean yarn (VY) the same to knit with for FIs as the J&S yarns? Some people feel that the Hebridean is more “springy” and different to work with. Any thoughts?
    happy December.

  24. Amphora is SO beautiful! And it’s going to be a fun change to see you knit pattern in one color.

  25. Amphora is beautiful. I had an idea that you would finish it up over the weekend. Never guessed that you would get that much done on the next sweater.

    Fern is on my someday list and I have some Galway put away to maybe use on it.

  26. Wow Amphora is great! If I remember right you ordered the smallest size. I may just have to get this kit for Christmas. I love the colors.

  27. Wendy,
    Your Amphora looks great! As usual. You keep me inspired to knit.

  28. I’m not big on making scarves, but when I saw Karen’s pattern on another list just had to try it, and have made 2 so far for Christmas presents. They’re so pretty, and fun to knit. So much for the Kureyon I’d originally intended for a sweater on the cover of a recent Cast On – it’s all been turned into scarves, Booga bags, and tiny felted purses (thanks, Vanessa!)

  29. I am chuffed to see that you are doing Fern as it is one of my favourite patterns. Also, whilst i am not generally a bobble fan, i think that in Fern they work well.

    My own fern is languishing because the black welsh handspun i was using is both too dark and too fluffy to work well….but i will prevail with something more suitable.

    Amphora looks wonderful- well done!

  30. Wendy, Amphora looks lovely on you. The Booga is adorable. You sure didn’t waste time casting on for Fern! Hope you had a great day off.

  31. You look wonderful in that jumper! It never did much for me in the book, but you keen eye saw that it would be ab fab, and indeed, it is. Wendy, you are a wonder.