My current work in progress:

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



Julia asked:

Abalone is going to be breath-taking. I can’t wait for the reactions out and about when you first wear it. Doesn’t the anticipation build once the sleeves are underway?

I’ve learned from experience never to expect any reactions to handknitted attire. Many times I get no comments whatsoever. I don’t think many people who see me day-to-day realize that my stuff is knitted by me.

Expect ye nothing and ye shall not be disappointed.


But the finishing anticipation is building. A couple of weeks ago I bought a lavender cotton turtleneck (thank you, L.L.Bean) to wear under Abalone on its first outing.


I’m working on the second sleeve now. So I am looking forward to Abalone’s completion. I still have some ends to weave in from the creation of the button bands, and I need to sew on buttons. But next week at this time, Abalone ought to be a fait accompli.

Assuming Lucy relinquishes control.


And now I have to decide what to knit next.

Andrea mentioned Norfolk in my comments yesterday. No progress on it at all, not since I abandoned it to knit the scarf I’m working on. The scarf is more than halfway completed. I meant to take a photo last night but forgot, so you’ll just have to use your imagination.

When complete, I’ll return to Norfolk. I may knit on it for a while as a primary project. But probably not for long, as it’ll be very boring.

I’m thinking it’s time for another Dale.

The last Dale I knitted was Frogner. I have several Dales-in-waiting in my stash. Hmmmmmm . . .

Chuckle du Jour

A perusal of my site statistics shows me that someone reached my blog by doing a search on the phrase “sexy young lady.”

Who am I to argue with such honesty?


  1. Stephanie says:

    What programme is Lucy watching? She does not look amused. Beautiful knitting Wendy.

  2. have you picked out the buttons for abalone? and now i will be scurrying over to the llbean site ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Vanessa, the buttons I’m using are pictured in my January 7 blog entry.

    Stephanie, Lucy is watching “Buffy, the Vampire Slayer” — no wonder she looks perturbed!

  4. Wendy I’ve been reading and benefiting from your “ad nauseam running commentary” for about a year now and this a.m. I wondered if and how you’ve benefited from reading other knitting blogs? I know you use patterns designed by other bloggers, but do you also pick up knitting techniques from other bloggers? Have you ever changed something about the way you knit due to something you’ve read?

    Curious Roi

    Oh, just thought of another idea for a contest – best tip/technique attained from a blog!

  5. You make me laugh Wendy. I enjoy seeing what google brings to my blog. No “sexy young lady” though…
    Abalone is beautiful. My mom was a big AS addict and I used to get asked if my sweaters were from Benetton. So people noticed they were amazing, just couldn’t imagine handknit.

  6. Mary Beth says:

    Re: lack of comments – how could the poor ignorant fools not ooohh and ahhh over such a work of art?? You’re a goddess as far as I’m concerned. (BUT – I know what you mean – ever give a knitted gift and you get a quick – “oh, you made this? thanks”.)

  7. blue earth knitter says:

    I’ve had the oh-you-made-this-thanks syndrome happen to me, too. Some people assume you make things because you’re too cheap to buy something! (Some really STUPID people, that is)

  8. Oh, alright. I’ll just wait. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    To be honest, the reason I’m so interested in Norfolk is that the yarn you’re using seems very different from what’s called for, so I’m really curious about what the fabric will do to the design. I’d love to see another Dale. What’s in your stash? ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Your Abalone is just beautiful. Lucy is such a perty kitty.

    Yes, what Dale’s do you have in your stash?

  10. Cheryl F. says:

    Thought Lucy would be a fan of Sabrina the Teenage Witch–specifically Salem the cat. My kids think he’s a riot. There’s also a video you can buy with all things cats love, like birds and mice. One Beatles song we used to play had some bird sounds at the beginning, and it used to drive our other cat nuts!
    Ooh! Ooh! Let us pick your next Dale again, please, please (waving hand wildly!)

    Cheryl in AL

  11. I have one word for you, Abalone, Abalone with a lavender turtleneck, and, last but not least, Lucy: STUNNING!

  12. I love that look on Lucy’s face. Relinquish control indeed! Thanks for sharing your life with all of us, Wendy.

  13. Perhaps it’s because you live in an area where beautiful sweaters are commonplace, but I can’t imagine people seeing these beauties and not making some comment! It doesn’t matter whether they know that you made them or not. I get lots of comments every time I wear my $3.00 Goodwill find- a cardigan in blues and black made in Norway.
    Oh, wait, maybe it’s because people are so unused to me wearing more than one color in a garment.

    Gotta be that, not the beauty of the sweater.

  14. Can’t wait to see which project you choose next! I just ordered enough Heilo for my first big Dale sweater. I’m making Bessengen for my man. If you chose a Dale design maybe I can “knit along” lol! As in, perhaps I can get the bottom ribbing done before you finish your entire sweater — giggle!

    I love Abalone and think that turtleneck is just great with it.

  15. You will have to practice your twirl and speech,”Look at my sweater…I knit it myself.”

    I know just what you mean…it is a bit humbling.

    My husband will say, “Did anyone notice your bag?”….
    Me, “No”…swing, swing, swing

    “Expect ye nothing and ye shall not be disappointed.”

    How true!

  16. I, too, love Abalone’s pattern and the colors. My one worry about most of the fair isle sweaters I see it that Jameson & Smith yarn is scratchy and needs to have something worn under it.

    I admit to being a wimp. I prefer to NOT have to wear something under my sweaters unless it’s a cardigan.

    How scratchy/rough is the J&S yarn once knitted? I’ve felt it in my LYS and it reminds me of needlepoint yarn…. good quality, great colors but scratchy. ๐Ÿ™

    I love the colors of Rain Forest at: but I, again, worry abut how scratchy the yarn would be.

    Do any of you have suggestions other than having to wear a shirt under the sweater?


  17. Miss Pickwick says:

    Oh, I love Dale!! Can’t wait to see which one you pick.

  18. Jan:

    Did you know if you wash your scratchy sweaters in hair conditioner the itch will disappear forever and ever and ever.

    Just put your sweater in water with more hair conditioner than water, soak it, rinse, run through the spin cycle, shape to dry. Ta-da!

    The softest sweater in town.

  19. Oh Wendy – I hate to burst your bubble. Although you are the official “sweater girl” of this wonderful site, it is LUCY who is photographed posing on exotic cat beds, wearing only her fur coat. Soooo, who is the “sexy young lady” here?

  20. Ah, I love how you’ve chosen that lavender turtleneck to wear under the masterpiece that will be Abalone. I love to plan what I’ll wear while knitting. It’s part of the fun, I think.

  21. Hi wendy!

    Abalone is just lovely. Love the play of colors, like sunlight rippling through water.. anyway, it’s very, very nice.

    But (and this is probably the computer-color difference talking) the brightness of that turtleneck mutes the colors way, way down. Am I seeing things that aren’t there?

    (and you can tell me to piss off, if ya want to)

    Lucy calendar question: would you prefer a portrait, or a, hm, rubenesque type painting? or both?