My current work in progress:

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



Cold here. Cold, cold, cold. Yesterday’s commute was a chilly one, but I was prepared! Because on Tuesday night I finished this:


Uh-huh. My cashmere feather and fan scarf. Nice and snuggly warm! Scarf details and the pattern are here.

I bought a lovely black cashmere coat last month, so I am quite the fashion plate.


The photo is lightened to show detail.

And to top it all off, (Get it? Top it off! I slay me!) I wore my Lopi Light Bucket-o-Chic.

You need to know that this is probably the second time in my adult life that I’ve worn a hat when there wasn’t a blizzard. I am a martyr to hathead.

But the hathead with the bucket hat wasn’t too bad. (What hathead I had was probably exacerbated by my overzealous application of Sebastian Molding Mud.) And no static electricity! That was probably thanks to the new anti-static ion hairdryer I got for Christmas.

Leprechaun Blankets!

When L-B sent me the buttons the other day, she included a couple of leprechaun blankets she knitted.

This one is Peruvian Collection Baby Silk, courtesy of Elann.


And this one is Peruvian Collection Baby Cashmere, also courtesy of Elann.


The top one is a swatch for Alice Starmore’s Nova Scotia, from Fisherman Knits. L-B was concerned that the yarn was too soft for this design, but I think the pattern shows up great! I also suggested to her that she could make a larger size and go down a needle size to knit it to a tighter gauge. That would be going down to a US size ONE, btw. Tee-hee. I’m evil.

The bottom swatch is Cape Cod, also from Alice Starmore’s Fisherman Knits. Pretty!

L-B also knit a swatch for Norfolk (same book) from the Baby Silk that didn’t photograph well, but looks great.

Coincidentally, I have a boatload of these yarns. Baby Cashmere in the color “Viola Phlox.”

Baby Silk in “Cajun Rose.”

And in “Butter Pecan.”

And I’ve never knit those designs.

And they’d be light enough to be comfortable to wear indoors, methinks.

Need I say more?

Felted Kitty Bed Gallery!

Someone asked me the other day if I were going to start a gallery of photos of kitty beds knitted from my pattern. A great idea, and I’ve been spurred on to action, courtesy of the first photos I’ve received, from Cat. The new gallery is here.

So if you’ve knitted a kitty bed and would like me to post a photo, please send it to me (email link in the sidebar) along with any info you’d like included (like the type of yarn used, the kitty’s name, and your website URL, if any). Thanks!

Here’s Lucy in one of her new favorite perches.


I think she considers our home a Kitty Day Spa and she’s under the sun lamp.

Once again, I didn’t put in much time on Abalone last night — I got a new toy that I needed to play with for a couple of hours. No, not knitting-related — I switched my mobile phone service and got a new and different phone. So of course I needed to play with that!


  1. I really dig your new coat and scarf.Sam’s Club had that same coat here (FL) in November, but their’s were the hip length. My mom bought the red, and I bought the black. They are also cashmere & wool blend. Nice coats…and only $59.It’s nice to find a good deal.

    I stole your scarf pattern and look forward to making that puppy up. I know already know which yarn I have that I want to use, but of course I haven’t checked to see if it knits at the right gauge yet. If so, I’m in business.

    Your kitty bed link will be fun to peruse from time to time, not only to see the beds, but the kittys too.

    I noticed you have a framed photo of Lucy on your end table. It made me smile. I can relate to how you feel about her…I’m the same way with my poodle. They just become our children…but without adolescence, thank God!

    I couldn’t help but notice that the swatches you posted could very well fit the bill for a Valentine project. The one with the heart would be perfect in a shade of red or a lovely pink. Just an observation…that’s all.

  2. $59? It’s not the same coat, believe me ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. How timely — I’ve been seeing questions on lists about what to use for Nova Scotia. If no one else mentions it, I’ll direct them here! Those are 2 of my favorite designs in that book. (Although I like almost every sweater in there.)

    The scarf is very pretty. Did you do anything special on the cast off end to keep it wavy, or did it work with just knitting the cast off? Curious here… Stay warm!!

  4. Forgive my ignorance, but what’s a leprechaun blanket?

  5. Andrea, you just cast off normally and it waves by itself because of the pattern.

    Liz, I was just being silly — I told L-B that her swatches were “elf blankets” and she responded that they were “leprechaun blankets.” I think you had to be there. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Hi Wendy (and L-B),
    I’m about half way through Norfolk in the infamous “Brown/Dusty Rose” Fleet that was on eBay last year. I’m enjoying knitting the pattern very much. The fleet is not too hard on my hands, but I only knit on it for an hour or so at a time. I like it enough that I’ll probably attempt Beadwork myself later on as I have some cream gansey yarn stashed for that. Can’t wait to see when Peter finishes your Beadwork cardi. And I’m glad to see the patterns from the Fishermans Sweaters book getting some attention. L-B’s swatches are beautiful.

  7. Wendy,
    Your scarf is lovely. Really lovely. And thanks for sharing the swatches with us.

  8. another Wendy says:

    Wendy, your scarf looks wonderful! I’ve been looking for a scarf pattern for some fuschia merino I’ve got, and I think your pattern is just the thing. Thanks in advance!

  9. Oh Wendy! Please please please consider Nova Scotia for your next project. I have been dying to see someone try it! I don’t think I have ever seen a completed version, besides the photo in the book.

    Sometimes I think about trying to replace the heart cable with an anchor, or diamond, or something like that. Do you like the heart? I go back and forth on it.

  10. my odd little kittie also does the under the lamp “tanning” or whatever they are doing in there. my theory is that my cat is white and thinks it’s a tanning bed….who’s to know?

  11. {fingers in ears singing “lalalalalalalalala” at all references to Elann and baby silk}

    But, wow! They have *cashmere* at Sam’s Club?!
    Cool! I was looking a coat like Wendy’s just this morning and it was $700 on sale. I won’t even repeat the original price. Poor Me Alert: It’s o.k., though, I can’t really justify a cashmere coat in California. Sigh. ๐Ÿ˜›

  12. I can’t wait to make kitty beds and then send pics to be posted in the gallery. If I wasn’t at work I would start on them right now.

    Incidentally, just adopted a second cat from the shelter and the first one (Elvis) is a bit peeved. I’m hoping it will wear off in a couple of days.

  13. Do curly-haired folk really get hat-head?? Wow, now I feel a new kinship!

  14. Lolly, I’m sure the coat is a knock off from the designer model (mine is Halston), but when you live in SW FL, a coat is rarely needed so there’s no need to spend big $$$’s. The Sam’s Club here in our area had them in Nov. They are wool & cashmere blend. For the money they are really nice and you can see it at my site. I posted it for the heck of it…and as I think of the price more I’m thinking it was either $59 or $79, not sure, but either is good.

  15. Lovely scarf, Wendy. Thanks for the mini yarn review — I’d gotten some of the Baby Cashmere but haven’t had time to play with it yet!

    Lucy is a complete doll kitty — personality plus, for sure ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Hi Wendy, I am sure I must be one of the countless fellow out there who really admire your work!!! I am very new in knitting and all I know are just knit and purl, sob. Thank you for sharing your Fan Scarf’s pattern, I must go to study about what those “knit 2 tog”, “yo, K1” mean and hopefully magic will happened too!! Thanks again!! =)

  17. Hi Wendy-haven’t posted in a while so Happy New Year!!

    $59?? more like $599 at least ๐Ÿ™‚

    I dunno why either but Jaxon does the hang out under the lamp thing too…maybe he and Lucy have kitty SAD, hehe.

    Love the scarf, you are gonna be one fashionably stunning and warm chica this winter! Also, I’m just loving Abalone…I’m not all that big on fairisle, I’m more a Frogner or cables/aran kinda gal but Abalone is really pretty.

    I hate to be a downer but I just made 2 pairs of sox with the Baby Cashmere and I really hated working with it…it was so slippery and inelastic I had go up to 2.75mm bamboo needles and still got 8.5 sts/inch!(and I usually don’t knit that tightly!) Also, the alpaca content is 60% and alpaca is HOT!

    One last question if I may, on the infrequent occasions that you knit flat vs. in the round, do you do a selvage stitch and if so, what selvage stitch do you use?

    I guess this long comment is making up for my absence, thanks for the *extra* bandwith ๐Ÿ™‚

    Happy, healthy 2004 to you and yours, Wendy!!

  18. me again….reconsidered my adjectives and the Baby Cashmere is more *flabby* than slippery…an odd knitting experience!

  19. That scarf is da bomb Wendy. Seriously awesome. As always you have churned out so many things I never know how you have time to eat or sleep, much less work or have a social life!