My current work in progress:

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


January Contest Winner

We had a tie, and you’ll soon see why.

I got lots of fun entries — many of you suggested gloves or wristwarmers, sexy undies, hot water bottle covers, socks, hats, scarves, and little shoulder shawls. But the entries that made it to the finals were the ones where the person said she would knit something for someone else. And two really stood out from the crowd.

Since I only had the one skein of cashmere to give away, I flipped a coin.

The winner is Kerrie!

Here’s her winning entry:

I would use the 200 yards of cashmere to make a twisted rib vest top for Brooke (age 4). It would be a similar style to the picture attached below however a little lower at the front and with no stripes. It would be worked in one piece with ribbon fastenings at the back. I would also use a fine ribbon to make straps for the top of the vest, similar to the Phildar tiny tank that Alison, Claudia and a number of other people including myself made last year.

The stitch pattern would be my favourite twisted rib stitch worked over a number of stitches divisible by 4

Row 1 Purl 2 Knit 2 to end
Row 2 Purl 2 Knit 2 to end
Row 3 Purl 2 Knit 2 together but before removing stitches from left needle knit the first stitch again and then move them both over to end.

And she very cleverly attached a photo of beautiful Brooke.


Doesn’t this little sweetie deserve something knit from cashmere? I think she does, and I defy you to think otherwise.

But wait, there’s more!

The runner up was Johanne in Sweden, with this entry:

If I was to win that lovely cashmere yarn I would make a bucket o´chic-hat
for my daughter Elise.
You can see what she looked like aged 2 on the picture I´ve attached (sorry
I don´t hava a more recent digital photo of her).
But she is still blond with rosy cheeks and I think that she would do a hat
in the colourway peaches justice.

And she just as cleverly attached a photo of Elise.


Isn’t she adorable? How could I not send her something as well? So I’m sending off to Johanne a consolation prize of some Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock yarn to knit something for her little Elise.


I think the blue colorway will look lovely on Elise!

Thanks to everyone who entered! It was great fun!

(No doubt I will now be accused of excessive child sentimentality.)

My New Knitter

My new knitter came in the office on Friday with some more done on her swatch. Her tension has improved and her knitting is now very even. She told me she has a friend with a baby due in September, and would like to knit a baby blanket for her. So we’ll be looking for patterns for pretty, easy blankets.

Ex-TREME Hedonism! News

My dad emailed me to tell me that he loves his Ex-TREME Hedonism Neckwrap I made and gave him for Christmas. Thanks, Geane, for a great pattern! and for sending me the yarn to make it! What more could a girl ask for?


I’ve made more progress. Here it is:


I started the armhole steeks this weekend. Here’s a close-up:


This is a long cardigan — much longer than most Starmore fair isles. It finally occurred to me that’s why it’s taking me so long to complete the body. Duh.

Today is a federal holiday, so no work for me! Yay!

Lucy celebrates by chowing down.



  1. Congratulations Kerrie! And thank you Wendy for a super consolation prize, Elise will indeed look lovely in that blue.

    Enjoy your day off – my guess is that you will spend most of it working on Abalone. It must be hard for you to tear yourself away from such a pretty knitting.

    Greetings from a snowy Sweden.

  2. First stop laughing,Wendy, that I’m up this early to visit Wendyknits! 😉 I’ll bet that there’s a good chance Brooke will become an avid knitter someday if she begins wearing cashmere so young!

  3. my favorite easy baby blankey pattern is a basketweave stitch with a garter edge. it’s easy and it’s reversible.
    have a great day off!

  4. I’m making a great baby blanket for the baby my nephew and his wife are expecting in June. The pattern is by Berrocco (sp?), and it’s knit out of Plush yarn. Simple stockinette, but the yarn is incredibly soft, in deep blues, teals, purples, greens, etc. If you are interested, I’ll look up the book number (221, I think)and let you know.

  5. Well, I guess I could bought you a new microwave to cook it in, eh?? 🙂 No. I’m so glad your Dad loves it!

  6. Abalone is BEAUTIFUL!
    I have a suggestion for a baby blankie. A few months ago I made a nice one on the diagonal. I used the flying geese pattern, just knit and purl, with a garter border of 3 stitches. I increased 1 st past the border both sides every other row until it was big enough, then I decreased at the same rate. it is very stretchy and pretty-I used 2 different yarns held together. From my stash I used a pink Katia Austral(50% wool, 50% acrylic) Very soft. Then I added the Sirdar Snuggly Magic DK in lavender/blue/pink. It is one of the self-striping yarns. Sorry such a long description. Pretty, soft and easy, though.

    Currently I am working on Mrs Hoover’s Baby Blanket from Knitty’s. Too complex for a newbie, but simple and lush at once. 🙂

    Thanks for entertaining and teaching us all thru your blog!

  7. Lovely choices for your Jan. winners, Wendy! Two beautiful little girls, with their big smiles, probably future knitters… so cute.
    Following your progress with Abalone, those colors are so beautiful together……that sweater is going to be gorgeous. Thanks for always sharing.

  8. Thanks Wendy, I’m so excited to win this. I can’t wait to start on the tank when the cashmere arrives.

    How sweet of you to have another prize, Elise is so cute. Johanne – what you going to make with it?

  9. Aaaaawwwwwwwwwwww 😀 I love that you went with folks who said they’d use it for someone else, and the kids are so cute, too 🙂 Me, I’m too selfish this soon after the holidays. I’m all about the Me-factor! *laugh*

    Congrats to Kerrie and Johanne, and Brooke and Elise who will get such loverly gifts out of it!!

  10. THAT’S why I thought you’d be done with the body this weekend, now I get it. (And now, so do you! That was cute.)

    And very good choices for the winning entries. Diplomatic, too! I desperately wanted to enter, but all I had were entirely selfish thoughts about the cashmere, so I didn’t. I couldn’t GIVE that away. Good for you…..

  11. Hi, Wendy! Re: the armhole steeks on Abalone — I’m on the armhole steeks on my first Starmore (I’m knitting Irina), and I’ve never steeked before. I have a question for you: When it comes time, are you going to simply cut the armhole steeks up the middle, or are you going to pre-secure them with some kind of hand- or machine-stitching? Thanks for any advice — love your blog!

  12. Wendy,

    You are a good egg. A delightful choice of winners!