My current work in progress:

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


I’m such a Good Girl

I did some finishing work on Ingeborg last night.

I swear, I could hear her whimpering quietly from the depths of the knitting bag.

“Why doesn’t she like me? Why won’t she finish me? I’m pretty — so what’s wrong with me?”

The guilt was killing me, so Ingeborg and I spent some quality time together, just us girls.


But Then Lizzie Started In

Whimpering. Whining. “Pay attention to ME.”


I really need to do something about these voices in my head.

I did finish the back of Lizzie.


And a sleeve.


The Big Lizard yarn is a thick and thin 100% wool. Very very soft, and very very fun to knit. At 2.5 stitches per inch, you can whip out a sweater in a very short time.

Side Seams Question

In the comments yesterday Katie asked if Lucky was knit in pieces for the same reason I designed my cotton sweaters in pieces — stability. The answer is yes!

The Jaeger silk knits up into a very soft, fine fabric, wonderfully silky and drapey. I think the finished garment knitted in pieces and seamed has more structure and durability than it would if I had knit it in the round.

Don’t get me wrong — I love knitting in the round. I don’t particularly like to purl, so stockinette in the round is a little slice of heaven. But still, the only sweaters I knit in the round are pretty much fair isles and Norwegian designs. Well, colorwork, that is. Most everything else I knit flat and seam.

Speaking of Seams . . .

Have I ever mentioned that I almost never use mattress stitch to seam garments? Almost always backstitch.

A long time ago at a knitting workshop on finishing techniques it was demonstrated to me that backstitch is stronger than mattress stitch. Mattress stitch looks nicer, though. I’ve mattress stitched some sweaters I made for myself, because I knew I’d be careful with them. But all sweaters for other people are backstitched. And I’ve fallen into the habit of doing it for sweaters for me, too.

New Wendy Icon

I got a comment asking about my new Wendy icon below my photo in the sidebar. I made it at the Portrait Illustration Maker site.

It was so much fun, I made another one:


This made using the Portrait Icon Maker.

Lucy says “That so does not look like me!”


Button Update

The vendor from whom I ordered my buttons has not replied to my email. Harrumph. I ordered more buttons from another vendor and they are on their way to me.

Field Trip

Out of the office today! I’ll be spending the day at a contractor site, testing a database query system. Wheeeeeee!

The fact that I’m very much looking forward to this should give you some clue about the pathetic geekiness of my life.

Later, chick-a-rinos.


  1. Ah! I am in awe. Ingeborg is beautiful! I can only imagine how much your co-workers must ooh and ah over your wardrobe. You inspired me to try to make a jacket. I went to the yarn store and started looking through pattern books. I aspire to new heights thanks to you. Happy Knitting!

  2. Wendy,

    Thanks for the reply! I do appreciate it. I must owe you big-time now for all the hints and help you’ve given me.


  3. Ingeborg looks amazing and thanks for the seaming tips. I’ll have to try that backstitch seam. My mini sweaters could use a bit reinforcing that’s for sure. And I think Lizzie is going to influence new colors in my stash.

    Can’t wait to see the runway shot of Ingeborg. It will truly be art in motion, cause that sweater is gorgeous!

  4. Wendy, Where did “queer joe” go? He is no longer on the blog list. Thanks, Dan

  5. Ingeborg=perfection! Thanks for the big smile this morning! But, I’m thinking of buying more Laughing Lizard now. I might not thank you for that! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. For the first time, I’m tempted to want to make Ingeborg. Lovely, just gorgeous. I’m looking forward to the official photo shoot. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Ingeborg is so lovely. Amazing knitting, as always. Still loving that lace!

  8. Damn, girl…you are one prolific knitter. Love your work!

  9. If your Ingeborg was whimpering, mine must be outright shouting! I haven’t even gotten one repeat done!! Of course, that’s because I’ve had to put it aside in favor of a more urgent project. But looking at your Borg inspires me to muster on as soon as I can get back to it. It is truly beautiful. Can’t wait to see it on.

  10. It’s gorgeous, Wendy. And good to see Norwegian knits again! This one is a particularly outstanding example. I’m looking for Laughing Lizard online and can’t find it–Knit Happens must have cornered the market! I really just wanted to handle it, and one can’t do that online anyway…

  11. I really think the white lace trim makes Ingeborg. I started this project as part of the knit-a-long and despised every single stitch — it was weird! I could not get into it at all. So, I took all the unused yarn back, which took away lots of guilt and removed a huge weight from my shoulders. But it is very beautiful made up.

    Instead I have been working on the “Poems of Color” Wild Apples pullover and have loved doing it! Go figure! That’s what is so great about knitting — there are infinite variations so you will always find something to love.

  12. Ingeborg is so beautiful

  13. Thanks for the link to the icon maker. You did a great job with your icon…it does look like you!

  14. Oh my, Ingeborg is beautiful! Have fun ‘out’ of the office.

  15. What is your next big project going to be? Ingeborg is now officially finished and can be put in the Wendy’s Hall of Sweater’s Fame. Just gorgeous.

    Miss Lucy is looking just gorgeous too.

  16. GORGEOUS! GORGEOUS! GORGEOUS! Your Ingeborg should have its own movie or at least PR crew because it really is so lovely! Congrats on another beautiful masterpiece! And thanks for the tips about backstitching. Have a great weekend! (DOH! It’s not yet Friday, is it?!)

  17. Georgina says:

    I love the fair isle/Nordic sweaters, but really dislike the boxy drop-shoulder look on me. I have never seen a fitted- sleeve fair isle design published. Have you?

  18. I can’t believe I’m posting two comments in one day! Meg Swanson’s “Sweaters from Camp” has a fair isle sweater with set in sleeves on the cover. It is knit in one piece in the round with set-in sleeves. The other one I know of with set-in sleeves is the Jade Starmore Elizabethan Jacket. Those sleeves are knit separately in the round with a steek at the sleeve cap and then sewn in. That means you have two steeks as the seam allowance — the sleeve cap and the armhole. Wendy has it on her finished works.

  19. Ingeborg is beautiful! I love using thick yarn that knits up fast. I’m very goal oriented! But I usually don’t like the look of chunky on me so I don’t make many sweaters with big needles. Lizzie is such a pretty color though. I can’t wait to see how it turns out!

  20. Gorgeous work as usual Wendy! I just learned to matress stitch seams and love the smooth look for joining pieces. If you look at the completed work, the stitch construction is the same as the yarns that join one stitch to the next in the knitting itself. I have always found backstitching pieces together to be very lumpy. Do you have a trick for “un-lumpy” back stitched seams?


  21. Oh my – Ingeborg is stunning. Being a very slow knitter, I am in awe of your speed and high quality work. Beautiful!

  22. Thanks a bunch for the information on the mattress stitch and backstitch. I am just now finishing a tank and I am using the mattress stitch for the sides. I think I am going to stick with the mattress stitch, but now I know to be careful with it. I always learn something from reading your blog. Thanks again ๐Ÿ™‚

    PS. Beautiful Sweater!

  23. Oh! I didn’t realize that Laughing Lizard is Knit Happens’s OWN hand-dyed yarn. So yes, I would say they have cornered the market!

  24. Ingeborg turned out great! Nice work as always. ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. Ingeborg is a beautiful piece of work! Quality time is gooooooooood.

    I agree re knitting in the round. People often ask me why I don’t knit my pieces in the round. Well, I notice that a lot of pieces knit in the round tend to have a “tube-like” look, even if given shaping. Works for my hats, but not for things I want to wear on my body as I’m not round. Besides, pieces are easier to block, and I like seams (even though I don’t like seaming!) because it’s easier to hide in the ends.

  26. Ingeborg is GORGEOUS. I haven’t stopped by in a while so I didn’t see the “in progress” stuff but I have to say the finished product deserves a “WOW-WEE!”