My current work in progress:

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



3:00 a.m.

I am slowly regaining consciousness because a small, but substantial, warm, furry, purring being has plopped herself down on my chest and is now repeatedly shoving her head under my hand.

“Pet me! Worship me! Adore me!”

So of course I do. After fifteen minutes, Lucy decides she’s had enough and wanders off. Leaving me in a semi-stupor. That’s when the yarn dreams begin.

As I doze off, swatches invade my mind. Fat plaited cables and diamond patterns elbow gloriously colored snippets of fair isle out of the way. I’m pretty sure I can see a beefy celtic knot punch a fair isle swatch right in the peerie. And the lace! Lots and lots of lace! The lace swatches hang back uncertainly at first, afraid of the macho cables and aggressive brightly colored fair isles. Slowly, though, they approach. Eyelets on a stockinette background, feather and fan, picot edgings. All these swatches are climbing over each other, jockeying for position. Then I hear them.

“Knit me!”

“No, knit me first!”

“You have the perfect yarn for me!”

So I lay awake until the alarm goes off, thinking about swatches and patterns and design possibilities.

It’s not easy having voices in your head. Particularly when you feel compelled to do what they tell you. Fortunately, mine are telling me to knit.

Jaeger Silk

My Jaeger Silk is fingering weight — 7 st/inch. Too fine for the Lucy sweater. But fear not! I have some ideas swimming around in my subconscious. It’s those danged voices again! Telling me what to knit. Stay tuned.

By the way, it was an eBay acquisition.

Fiona, Rest in Peace.

It’s official. I’ve abandoned Fiona. It’s a great pattern for an adorable bag, but every time I look at it in progress, my hands and wrists ache. So Fiona has been frogged and the Mission Falls 1824 Cotton has been returned to the stash.

A moment of silence, please.

Lacy Lucy

But I am happily chugging along on the Lucy sweater. I’m on the second sleeve, as a matter of fact, which means that after that there is just the neckband and finishing work. She is coming down the home stretch, she is.


And that’s a good thing, because I’ve got a new design that’s working its way out of my fevered little brain onto paper.

Lucy sez:

“Pet me! Worship me! Adore me!”



  1. Oh, those voices are music to my ears. Can’t wait to see what they inspire you to knit. Sorry to hear about Fiona, but boy do I know how that is. Cotton just does me in every time. And home stretch of Lucy, yoohoo. With the name Lucy, we only wait and see how fabulous it will be.

  2. jane pollard says:

    I love to dream about knitting! Just yesterday my co-workers said that when I’m in a nursing home and they come to visit me I’ll be lying in bed working my hands like I’m knitting. If that happpens one of them better put some needles in my hands! Of course, I’ve already gotten over 20 of the staff at my school knitting so I’ll have plenty of company! Jane P.

  3. And now that my minion t-shirt has arrived, it would have been perfect. Me, sitting in my minion t-shirt, knitting on your Fiona. The perfect minion activity.

  4. Oh god! My sleep has been so poor lately because of those knitting dreams!! So glad to hear others are having the same disorder.!

  5. Honestly, if Igor asked for worship at 3:00 AM, he’d be shoved off the bed. Its boot camp for kitties around here….tell Lucy again how lucky she is.

  6. Wendy, you are a trip. What more can I say?

    Gauge problems have been solved; Lily it is. Progress already, due to my own insomnia last night (plus The Bird Cage on TV). Have a great day!

  7. ROFL! Great knitting and great prose. Who could ask for more?

  8. Knitting nightmares is what I’m having sewing up Rowan’s Herbal Remedy. Why oh why did I not think about all the ends to deal with when knitting a striped sweater?

    I’m curious if you would say the Bliss Cotton Cashmere is as easy to work with as Calmer?

  9. Can’t wait for the Lucy pattern to be available for sale. And yet, more patterns on the way.
    O! Joy! The anticipation is so-o-o exciting!

    Kitty Lucy pic today maybe one for the calendar.

    Have a good day.

  10. Aubergine says:

    Wendy – Tell us about Luanne!

  11. Yesterday I have a large bunch of my cottons to my fellow guild members. What cottons have you found that _don’t- hurt your hands? I love your Lucys – both the sweater and the cat.


  12. Linda B. says:

    Re: Jaeger Silk – I have some of that too – that colour, and from an ebay merchant, even. There are some very good patterns in the Jaeger books – one is called Ogee (a lacey pullover, with or without sleeves), and the other’s name I don’t remember, but it is a long tank with a shawl (both are in stocking stitch, and either with or without beads) – and THAT’s what I’m going to knit.

  13. Lapis Lazuli says:

    I think that silk is literally screaming out to be a Vintage Knits camisol. That’s what I got mine for.

  14. Maureen says:

    Looking for a suggestion for the Jaegfer Silk? I am using it for the Veronik Avery “Victoria Tank” in the new IK. It is coming out pretty nice. Another yarn that I think you might like is the “Vintage Cotton” by Karabella. It knits up at ~24 stitches to 4″ and it has a lovely retro look when knitted up. I’m gonna use it to sub for Rowan 4-ply cotton in some as-yet-unchosen top from the new Rowan Magazine.

  15. Who am I to argue? Of course I’d pet, worship & adore her. Lucy is a beautiful kitty ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve got a kitty and two babies who interrupt my knitting dreams, which is probably a good thing or I’d be buying more yarn than I know what to do with. Oh, who am I kidding? I already have more yarn than I know what to do with ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Fiona has been very hard on my arms. It’s almost done so I’ll finish it up but this was difficult. Good for you to give it up and not risk injury.

  17. Your swatch dreams are cracking me up! I can imagine the swatches, all jostling each other, with little stubs of wooden dpns as their arms and legs. And I can’t wait to see your designs come to life. We’re in for a real treat, I know it.

    P.S. [Pets Lucy.]

  18. I have been plagued by similar talking projects in the night as well. ๐Ÿ™‚ Its doens’t make for a good night’s sleep, but it does make your waking hours more interesting.

  19. I just ordered some Cotton Cashmere in a nice sage color to make a sweater for DH. I ordered *a little* extra so (1) I would be sure to have enough for his sweater, and (2) have a few balls (say, ten ) to knit a little sump’n sump’n for myself.

    Hurry up and make that Lucy pattern available, woman!

  20. No matter what time of morning, I still think it’s the best way to wake up — to a purring kitty.