My current work in progress:

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


Ingeborg, jeg elsker deg!

Hopefully I didn’t mangle that too badly.

Yes, I’ve been sucked back in to colorwork.


The last colorwork sweater I completed was Flora, around the middle of April. Since then I’ve been happily working away on small projects and summer things. The truth is, I was not looking forward to Ingeborg as I’d gotten myself out of the colorwork/teeny needles mode.

Baby, I’m back! It’s as if I’d never left. There’s something about seeing the pattern grow as I knit that gives me that ol’ colorwork thrill. And I will be hard-pressed to stick to my resolve of only knitting on Ingeborg part-time.

But . . .

There is the Lucy Sweater

I am also enamoured of my Lucy design and am happily knitting away on her too.



Thank you for all the Audrey compliments. Blush, blush — we are not worthy! For the commenter who didn’t know where to find the pattern source — look in my knitting gallery for the Audrey page (the link to the Gallery is in my sidebar). For the past couple of years I’ve listed my pattern source on my completed project page. But I’ll tell you anyway — Audrey is in Rowan Book 35. I made the middle size (36″) and it called for 7 skeins of Calmer — I used slightly less than 6.5 skeins. Calmer is high yardage. 175 yards per skein, if I remember correctly.

For those of you want to know if I’ve worn it yet, check the weather report for Washington DC. I have a feeling that Audrey will have to wait until autumn for her first outing.

I am totally impressed, by the way, by those of you who identified the purse sitting behind me in the photo as a Dooney & Bourke. Damn! You girls know your purses!

Lucy Kitty


Lucy hasn’t quite figured out how to check her email.

Last, But So Incredibly Not Least

Check out the Critter Knitters blankets received page, and look at all the wonderful blankets received in Week Nine and Ten. I took some time last night and looked back over all the blankets received since we started this project. The love and kindness put into all these beautiful blankets is incredible. I defy you to go look without getting a little misty-eyed.

As of yesterday, we have 245 blankets donated. Wow. Wow.

Don’t forget — Liz is hosting a Knit-out this coming Sunday, May 23rd — check out her knit-out page for info! If you’re in the NYC area, stop by and do some Critter Knitting on Sunday afternoon.


  1. Your Norwegian was perfect, Wendy. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Takk for all inspirasjon! Get that? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Don’t know about Norwegian, but “jeg elsker dig” would be Danish, so that’s probably pretty close. ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. A knit-out…what a lovely idea. Perhaps we should do something like that in D.C. before the Code Red days hit. But after the cicadas?

    Maybe a fall knit-out…

  4. Your sweaters are coming along very nicely. Kitty Lucy doesn’t happen to be under Ingeborg when you snapped your picture, is she? Looks like Lucy fur to me.

    Is your Lucy sweater going to be sleeveless? Or have you not decided yet?

    Have a good day.

  5. Hi, Wendy. Your Audrey is just lovely! It’s on my “must make” list now. ๐Ÿ™‚ I wanted to ask you what the Debbie Bliss Cotton Cashmere is like to work with. I’ve been really curious what her blends are like – the cotton angora, cotton cashmere, cotton silk, etc. – not having worked with cotton a whole lot. Can you feel the cashmere? Thanks!

  6. How are you liking the DB Cotton Cashmere?

    Rowan Calmer is the stuff of the gods, isn’t it? This fickle poodle had started “Iris” with the 3/4 length sleeves then ripped it to do “Audrey” instead.

    I broke my foot 10 days ago and am having serious running withdrawal. The Calmer is helping to keep me, er, calmer.

    You’re looking mighty svelte there, Skinny Girl.

  7. Jocelyn says:

    She is so cute,so purple but nowhere near as beautiful as lucy is! I really like ingenborg it lookks great.I am sorry the fiona bag got stalled but parhaps one of those new muscle relief wristy things could help.


  8. Wendy, is that reverse stockinette I see there on your Lucy sweater? I love the lace at the bottom. Will you be showing us photos of the ‘Lucy’s’ knit by your test knitters? I’m following your progress with interest.

  9. Suzanne says:

    Very pretty sweaters you have going. I love the lace on your Lucy sweater. Audrey is beautiful, too. And Miss Lucy makes a nice prop model for a gorgeous Ingeborg. I have always liked that sweater and will enjoy watching it grow.

  10. Jeg elsker Ingeborg ogsรฅ! Wendy, your Norwegian is perfect, so is your Ingeborg. I’m fighting the urge to drop all “real” work and just spend the day knitting the sleeve I cast on on Friday night. Looks like Lucy, the sweater, might have to go on my To Knit list too. Wendy Johnson, inspiring a generation of knitters.

  11. Wow, those sweaters are gorgeous! And the kitty is too! What a cute way to display a sweater – with a cat model. Very cute. Your page is so inspiring. ^_^ Have a great day.

  12. Don’t mean to make you blush, but Audrey shows off your “front porch” too.

    Great sweater, and its a fabulous color for you!

  13. Oh, that color pink is just what I was looking for for an upcoming project. Will have to check out the Cotton Cashmere!