My current work in progress:

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


Isn’t She Pretty in Pink?


Awwwwwwwww . . .

And speaking of pink, I finished the back of my Noro tank:


The Noro Lily yarn is lovely to knit. If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, you’ll know I’m not a fan of knitting with cotton. But I’m enjoying this very much. The addition of 30% silk makes it feel quite nice and gives a nice sheen to it.

Crocheted Flower!


That’s the flower on my bucket hat that I crocheted on a whim. Here’s what I did:

Chain 12 and join to make a circle. Double crochet four times in the first chain stitch, slip the next chain stitch and repeat this until you have six petals. Couldn’t be easier, right?

Speaking of the bucket hat . . .

The Mission Falls cotton is a bit heavier than the gauge the pattern calls for, and I chose it on purpose. I wanted to knit a heavier yarn at a tight gauge to make a stiffer fabric. I went down two needle sizes to get the gauge for this hat and I’m very happy with the results. It was tough knitting in places, but I think the results are worth it.

Steek This, Baby!

Yes! It’s today! This afternoon at 4:00pm I’ll be cutting the steek for Flora’s second sleeve. At my favorite yarn shop, Knit Happens. Y’all come by now, hear?

Lucy’s gonna stay home and nap. I love it when she uses her tail as a pillow!



  1. Thanks for the flower directions Wendy! It’s great looking and really adds to that hat.

    I sure wish I could see the public steek cutting. That’s pretty cool.

  2. Oh for a Webcam! I still am skeptical. It’s amusing that any time I run into a Shetland sweater, the knitter’s first words are something like “Yes, it’s steeked and yes, it really works.” It could be a conspiracy to make us all cut our knitting. Wendy, you’re my only hope.

  3. Aha! Glad you noted the yarn change on the hat, Wendy. I was in my LYS today looking for yarn to make mine. I looked at the MFC, but there wasn’t a color that was calling to me. I was a bit bummed not to find any groovy variegated yarn in cotton. Harumph. So I was boring and got some Debbie Bliss Cotton DK in a predictable shade of pink. We’ll see if I like it. My other thought is to use some Summer Tweed in the same shade as my tank… I have to swatch and see if I get the gauge. By the way, how many skeins of Mission Falls cotton did your hat take?

    Can’t wait to hear all about the Steek Cutting. Wish I could be there for it. And Lucy just looks too cozy under your Noro tank. How can you possibly deprive her of her new kitty blanket to make clothing out of it?

  4. I just finished a BOC hat (haven’t written about it yet) using Rowan ASC. It was the double stranded purl rows that got me!

    Have fun at the steeking event.

  5. The little wee posie is fresh as spring! One of the coolest little knitting books though, is Nicky Epstein’s Knitting Embellishments, which has scads of cool little knitted flowers, leaves and other nifty items. It’s addictive.

  6. jo morgan says:

    Thanks for the flower directions. I knit a little coat for my Liesl (mini dachshund)in garter stitch and have a tiny bobble. The flower will be the perfect cover up and lovely on Liesl! Thanks again, Jo

  7. For everyone who is lucky enough to watch Wendy cut her steeks at “Knit Happens” – please for those who lives way-ay-ay-ay far away – sneek in a camcorder. We will be forever humble.

  8. Have a great time at your Steeking. I am so sorry I cannot make it today, I would love to be there.

    Love the hat!

  9. E J Michel says:

    thanks for the inspiration on the Bucket hat.

    i think maybe my new kitten, Katie, and Lucy are kindred spirits – ive discovered Katie loves to play with tissue and anything paper – like napkins, tissue paper, etc.

    interestingly her mom, Cordelia, could care less!

    both think my knitting is “time to play with the pretty yarn” – but we are having conversations about that daily — its a tie right now.

  10. OH I wish i could be @ the steek cutting i still think a webcam or video would be good.lucy does look lovely in pink

  11. OH I wish i could be @ the steek cutting i still think a webcam or video would be good.lucy does look lovely in pink

  12. OH I wish i could be @ the steek cutting i still think a webcam or video would be good.lucy does look lovely in pink

  13. sorry about the multiple posts

  14. Have fun at the Steek-Out! Can’t wait to see the pics…

  15. I wish I could see the steek cutting… I admit, I am a wee bit skeptical on it. However, I was also skeptical about throwing my knitting in a washer full of hot water the first time I felted something, and that turned out fine…

    Also, thank you for the directions on the flower! I had been trying to figure it out.

  16. Aw, Lucy is pretty in anything, not just pink! Hope the steeking is fun…if I was anywhere near that part of the country, I’d totally be there, just because, like the last commenter, I’m skeptical. Cut knitting?!

  17. another Wendy says:

    Oh please, oh please, next time you cut a steek at Knit Happens (which I’m SURE there will be a next time), could you possibly persuade them to Webcam it? I’d even pay to see it, if that would help defray costs (not sure how it would work, though).
    Have fun! Wish we all were there!!!!

  18. Bonne Marie says:

    Your BUP is Yummy, especially with that little flower!

    Total thumbs up on using a warn knit *down* to a tighter gauge – that is the perfect solution for many yarns and I do it all the time with these hats.

    I’m way behind on gettting mine started but the engine’s idling.