My current work in progress:

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



Lucy would like to thank everyone, humans, felines, and canines, for the nice anniversary wishes!


Not a whole lotta knitting progress in these parts, because I had a date with my Dad last night.

But I did work on Audrey during my commute and at lunchtime. Here she is, reclining gracefully, shortly after I started the sleeve cap decreases.


Why is it that it takes me as long to knit a sleeve as it does the front or back? I don’t get it. Help! I’m marooned on Sleeve Island!

A Teaser

And a question.

I’ve worked out a design for a summer sweater, inspired by a pile of Debbie Bliss Cotton Cashmere in a pretty lavender, courtesy of eBay.

Anyhow, I wrote up a pattern for three sizes — 39″, 42.5″, and 46″. I plan on knitting the smallest size, but I have it in the back of my head that I’d like to eventually offer the pattern for sale in several sizes.

So the question is — would anyone like to volunteer to test-knit the two larger sizes? I need two knitters — one for each size, who are fairly experienced knitters (because there will be some simple lace and some bugs to work out, I am sure) and complete a short-sleeve sweater within a month or so. The pattern is for DK weight yarn — 6 stitches per inch, and you can use whatever you deem appropriate for a summer sweater that knits to the proper gauge.

Test knitters will receive my undying gratitude and a very nice yarn gift at the conclusion of the project.

If anyone is interested, please let me know by emailing me using the “Contact Me” link in my sidebar.

In the “Stuff I Never Want To See” Department:


The police barricading the street outside your office window.

In the “Stuff I Love To See” Department:


Tam’s handcrafted “WendyKnits Minion” shirt!


  1. I hope everything is okay in your neck of the woods.

  2. Did you get that feeling of dread or uneasiness when they did that? I use to live in So. Cali where that kind of stuff happend all the time. We even had a gun fight on the corner of where I lived once, and these were not bad neighborhoods!

    I’m not a quick knitter, so I will pass on helping, but I can’t wait to see what you come up with!
    Have a great day Wendy.

  3. Wow — you are good! you even get your Minions to craft their own uniforms!

  4. I’ll be in for knitting the 46 inch chest size!
    Always wanted to knit myself a summer thing, but never got around to it, and I *love* to fool around with lace and math ๐Ÿ˜‰


  5. Barbara says:

    I’m stuck on sleeve island too. Just started sleeve two on one cardigan and sleeve one on another. I believe you may have discovered Wendy’s Law: the amount of time it takes to knit two sleeves equals the amount of time it takes to knit the body of the sweater!

  6. Hi Wendy:

    Is Tam’s Minion shirt for sale? Love the little kitty on it.

    Hope all is well for you.

    Have a good day.

  7. Cheryl F. says:

    Don’t tell Lucy, but that angle makes her look like a ….well a big rug! And we all know that she’s just the perfect weight–maybe just too much catnip cake yesterday for her anniversary.
    I’m waiting to see Audrey, love the pattern, but not too sure about the low shoulders. Your new sweater design–thought about a smaller size (depending on the style) for those of us built like (remember those old dolls)-“Flatsy, Flatsy, she’s flat and that’s that and that’s that”?

    Cheryl in AL

  8. I discovered last night why I’m so drawn to knitting tank tops, even though I don’t really wear them. No sleeves. No sleeves!

    Right on and good on ya for designing something with that cotton cashmere. I think I just picked up some in the same shade of lavender? I’m excited to see what you make out of it!

  9. jocelyn says:

    I could knit the medium size if you wish,but not in a real expensive yarn but i would love to do it!

  10. do those sizes include ease? or will you consider including any smaller sizes for those of us who are a little less… well-endowed? i’d gladly test-knit a 34″ or 36″ if that’s something you’d be interested in doing. if not, i’ll still look forward to seeing how it all turns out! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Wendy, I’d be willing to knit a smaller size, if you get around to writing it. Depending on the style, 39″ probably would be too big for me (and of course, you’re already making it). I’d probably use the cotton cashmere yarn because I’m dying to get some and I don’t have a good excuse. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Hope that police barricade wasn’t anything serious!

  12. Sleeves are a real stumbling block for me. I finish the body of the sweater and then it sits and sits and sits waiting for me to start the sleeves. Sigh. I should start the sleeves first.

    My love to Lucy.

  13. allyson says:

    I know exactly what you mean about the “stuff I never want to see”. Last week outside our NYC office, there were policemen stopping cars in the am on one side of the building and 3 fire trucks at noon on the other side.

    Can’t wait to see the sweater you’re designing.

  14. The helicopters searching our neighborhood in L.A. used to give me the creeps, too – the noise, and the lights shining in the window. Hope all is well.

  15. I just want to make a comment on just how lovely your work is! I love the Knit Happens Colourway Poncho! It’s spectacular!
    I wish I had one just like it!
    Your Audrey is coming along nicely too!

  16. My Lucy sends your Lucy belated anniversary wishes!!! We’re happy she is in such a loving home.

    (Full of lots of good yarn, too. Hee!)

  17. P.S. Welcome to Sleeve Island! We serve lots of tequila sunrises and kir royals here, of course.

  18. Thanks so much for the quick reply to my email, Wendy! I will definitely check out the Dept. of Labor link you sent me.

    Thanks again,


  19. funny that two andreas had the same idea at the same time. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  20. Shelley says:

    I just saw that scene out my office window last week…but it was on 12th and F! Evidently one of the law offices got a package with suspicious powder in it…came back as nothing, but it took almost the entire day to find out!

    Ooooh, I can’t wait to see your new pattern, I actually have some Cotton Cash from Knit Happens that I’ve been looking to do something with!

  21. I’m working on some sweater pattern designing, too. Do you use knitting software to help with sizing up? If so, which and what do you like about it? My head hurts from crunching numbers without knitting sofrware!


  22. Wendy, congratulations on getting mentioned and linked at PR Newswire!