My current work in progress:

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


Frida Again


Here she is, with her neckband completed. And a close-up:


When I finished the body, I cast off 4 stitches at each side, as well as all the steek stitches for the fron and back neck. Then I put the shoulder stitches on holders, and machine stitched the armhole steeks and the neck steeks. Then I knitted the shoulders together. Cut open the neck steeks, picked up the neckband stitches, and knit the neckband. Presto, chango.

Ingeborg Knit-Along

Sounds like a few of you are interested. Cool!

Question from yesterday’s comments:

Will you be mentioning on the blog the times that you vere from the pattern? For instance in one of the archive notes you state you do the neck steek differently from the pattern [can’t find the reference right now]- will you be explaining how you the neck differently?. And the Ingeborg pattern seems to have a 4-stitch steek for the front. I know you say you use longer length steeks but I’m not sure if there is a good reason for a small steek in this instance. Seems like the longer version would be better.

The short answer is “yes.”

I will undoubtedly do neck steeks when I knit Ingeborg, and I’ll talk about them when I do them, and how I altered the pattern. I’ll do a larger steek for the front bands, because I find it much easier to work with a larger steek. All will be documented in nauseating detail. I promise! ๐Ÿ™‚

I don’t expect anyone to make the same changes to their Ingeborg that I will make to mine, but I’ll give you the rationale for what I do, so you can decide what you want to do.

From the same question:

Should I do something first like your Fearless Fair Isle [where you go into more specifics regarding details and I could improve my technique] before I tackle Ingeborg?

The Fearless Fair Isle documents fair isle steeks, so it won’t be of much use here. I do have a Norwegian steek article that appeared in Knitty a year ago. Check it out here.

Because I Know You Wanna See

Here’s Xena, parked in her parking place in my garage. Isn’t she pretty?


Lucy Sez:

I’m prettier!



  1. Xena is a great lookin’ car, but I have to agree with Lucy, she is prettier! Frida is looking wonderful. You have a great blog Wendy.

  2. Cool neck, the blue stands out. Marching right along…

  3. Lucty looks jealous…

  4. Cynthia says:

    Definitely interested in Ingeborg Knit Along – just ordered the booklet. I’m thinking about the gray colorway but done in Shetland wool instead of the Daletta.

  5. Lemming here — just bought the Dale 126 *and* 109. (Thanks to your commenter who said where to find it!) I might join in for Ingeborg — we’ll have to see what’s on the needles at that time. I also want to make Frogner in red and white. So much yarn, so little time…

  6. Here’s a funny cat story for you. My 9-year-old decided last night was a good time for our Lucy-look-a-like, Ariel, to get a bath. Since she’s an indoor/outdoor kitty, she was a little wet from the rain, and smelled a little dank, but she always tidies herself up when she comes in. He couldn’t wait and rubbed liquid hand soap in her fur and then tried unsuccessfully to rinse it out in the bathroom sink. She never cried, spat, hissed, or scratched though. So after dinner I had to put her in the kitchen sink and spray her off with the hose. She took it like a trooper. I rewarded her with a whole can of tuna afterwards, so she forgave us. She looks fine now, but she cuts my son a wide berth!

  7. Forestbird says:

    Hi! Wendy and all who read here! Frida is beeeuuteeefuul! Congratulations on Xena, too.
    Was catching up reading your blog from Friday – I have sanded down some chopsticks, and may coat them in tung oil, to try knitting with them… They’re about a size 8. Skewers, eh? Hmmm.

  8. Hi there,
    may we see a picture of the inside of Frida so we can see those looooong floats in all their glory? She is absolutely gorgeous. I love the pattern, the colors, the knitting, it seems like you have so many pretty things in your life right now!

  9. There was an inside photo of Frida on February 13. Not too far laong, but taken of some of the longest floats!

  10. Margene says:

    Frida and Xena (envy) are beautiful (along with Lucy). An Ingeborg knit along is mighty tempting. I’m working on my second Fair Isle and want to do (several) Dale designs. Mostly I’d be nervous about keeping up with you!

  11. Thanks Wendy for answering my never-having-done-a-steek questions. Sorry the post was so long. I’ll be joining the knit-along and I’m excited. You’ve really inspired me to knit more and stretch beyond what I’m currently comfortable with.


  12. Hi Wendy –
    What a coincidence, I’m a knitter with a 2001 Honda Civic and a Siamese cat ๐Ÿ˜‰ Xena is extremely pretty, but I’d have to agree that Lucy is prettier. I’ll have to post a picture of Zorra on my blog so you can take a look. Our Honda is known as Takeshi, after Takeshi Honda, the Japanese figure skater!

  13. Andrea: Where did you get Dalgarn Book No. 109????

    Wendy: Your Honda is beautiful – what color is the interior? Do you park her way-y-y-y off somewhere when you go shopping? When my 4 Runner was brand new I would park 3 miles away from the ever denting world of parking lots.

    Lucy looks so beautiful as always. She has the look of being perfectly content.

  14. another Wendy says:

    In case anyone’s interested, I found another shop that still has Dale Book 109. The Dale office in Wisconsin directed me to several shops that might still have it (the place in Falls Church, VA didn’t have it when I called), and lo & behold, Grace Robinson & Co. had it. The shop’s located in Freeport, ME, and Grace was SUPER nice to work with.

    Thank you, Wendy, for such an inspiring blog!!! You’ve inspired me to try fairisle, and Frogner will be my first attempt (!).

  15. I am attempting my first fair isle at the moment. However, i think that two of the colors are too close together to see the pattern. BUT i am going to continue and finish it just for the sake of saying that its done … plus its a lesson learned.

    I have been reading through your pages and am learning alot. I think I just might have to join that knitalong

    I can see why you do all these fair isles. They are addictive. As soon as i get bored the sweater changes!!

    Thanks for the inspiration.