My current work in progress:

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


I’m Floating Away . . .

A question yesterday about floats:

Dorothy asked:

I do have a question about floats – there are some pretty substantial floats on Frida. Is there a maximum # that you consider? I just floated 27 stitches on Kongsberg and it made me nervous, but it puckered if I tried catching it.

I think the longest float on Frida is (cough, cough) 32 stitches. That’s a heckuva distance, but if you’re careful, you can do it successfully.

Here’s Frida with her neck steeks cut, by the way.



That’s what I’m naming my new car. She’s actually silver, so “Blanche” is not too appropriate (as suggested in my comments yesterday). My last car was simply “Miss Honda.”

Miss Honda went to a loving home, by the way. I wouldn’t let her go live with just anybody.

What’s that? You think I’m strange?

Old Cross-Stitch


Sorta reminds you of Friday’s entry, huh? That one was domestic cat eyes. This is big cat eyes.

Lucy says, “Huh. Call those cat’s eyes?”


And While We’re Talking About Stuff I Made a Long time Ago

I thought I’d give you a better photo of the Yorkshire Dales gloves I made back in 1993. The picture that’s up on my knitting site was a scan of an old photo. This is better, ain’t it?



  1. Hi Wendy,

    one curious Frida-question: it seems like you’ve closed the shoulder seams already, have you also cut the armholes open? (I can’t really imagine you could sew & cut the armholes with the shoulders assembled.)
    Does this mean that at least the first sleeve has been finished? ๐Ÿ˜‰
    I hope to finish mine (first sleeve) tonight. If nothing gets into my way, it might be assembling time soon! I’ve looked at your tutorial about Norwegian steeks once more, which not only made me wanna try as soon as possible, but I also fell in love with Rosendale…
    You should put a kind of warning on your blog: this stuff is pretty addictive! ;-D

  2. Alice in Richmond says:

    Wendy you are no more strange than we are…Volvo named Ingrid, Beetle named Boris and Nadia Nissan to round out the trio. I’m still knitting and admiring your work, remembering my days of Red Heart yarn which have thankfully passed!

  3. My 1967 Impala (which I bought in 1989) was named “Bertha” because it was HUGE, my 1st itty bitty car was named Iggy. My current car is named Lucille. She’s a sedan, very family-looking, so she needed a name that sounded more exotic…LOL ๐Ÿ™‚

    As far as floats go, I’m with you. I float everything. I used to weave in every 5 to 7 stitched but I wound up with puckers.

  4. Careful,Lucy! Looks like you’re being hypnotized by that chain and you’ll have to do Wendy’s bidding. It’s supposed to be the other way around,love! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. OMG! The gloves are even more fabulous with a new photo. Thank you for the image update! I’m trying to find this pattern even now, ’cause I’m just a fool for glove.

    P.S. 32-st-long float . . . you are the most fearless knitter I know.

  6. Dorothy says:

    Thanks for the reply on the floats. I worked some more on Kongsberg last night and have to admit the floats look wonderful! No puckering!! I think my next step is to switch to wooden needles. I’m using Addi’s and you do have to work at getting the stitches spread out just so without them slipping back. Just wish I had more time to work on it. You’re right about this working for a living nonsense. It sure gets in the way.

  7. I’m toying with the Ingeborg knit along. I ought to have my “Must do” list cleaned by then. I have some cashmere/mereno blend from WEBS that ought to work well. However – I “secretly” knit along my Henry8 while you did yours. You did the entire sweater, while I started at the armhole steek and made it to the neck. Your knit along may continue to next year or later if knitters like me join up.

  8. Barbara says:

    Oooh! Frida is lovely. Call it fate, call it karma…I open Patternworks Catalogue in the mail yesterday…and an Ingeborg kit is staring up at me. Does this mean I should join the knit-a-long?

  9. Of course you’re not strange! I always name my cars. My first car was a 1991 Honda Civic hatchback, white, and I named her Megan. She went to a very nice home when we found out we were expecting our first child (turned out to be twins, but we didn’t find out for awhile). Now we drive “Lily”, our 1999 black Passat wagon, so christened by my daughter, Lydia, back when she was about 2 1/2 years old.

  10. My son named our cars, too. They are Greenness (a dark green sedan) and Blueness (a blue minivan). The green name came first, and we never figured out why he started calling it that, but the blue one followed along quite logically. (insert shoulder shrug here)

    Lucy really does look hypnotised in that shot. I think you should give it a caption “you are getting sleepy….. sleeeeeeepy…”

  11. Lovely gloves, Wendy! I have that kit somewhere ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Do you have any “secret” tips to share for knitting Fair Isle in small circumferences?

  12. I called my old car “Rhonda the ‘Onda” — when I was in the dorms, someone actually stole the “H” off the trunk.

    I don’t know about the new one. I’m thinking “Big Mama,” because no one will let me forget that I now own a family car.

  13. I wonder if the relative lack of puckering isn’t partly due to the type of yarn as well as the needle? I’ve found that I get the most puckering on 100% merino wool with metal needles. The stitches slide back awfully when you try to space them out. I think Shetland/Norwegian wools on wood needles are probably the best situation to avoid puckering.

    And acrylic on metal needles is probably best not contemplated …

  14. Daniel Swick says:


    I have a question on Dale sweater knitting and I am rather desperate for an answer. How does one start a new color without creating unsightly holes??? I always find that when weaving in the ends I have to do a lot of finangling to close up the holes, is there a way of joining in new colors so that this ceases to be a problem?? THANKS, Dan

  15. how is that new Civic? I have a 97, i love it to death, but soon, soon it will be time to move on… oh my heart aches at the thought…

    so hows the new one? Fab?