My current work in progress:

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



Some info about Ingrid.

Yes, it’s my own design — I’ve added it to my sidebar. You know you can always get the straight dope there, right?

It’s knitted at 32 stitches/36 rows to four inches, so it’s not a fast knit. The Swedish sweaters from the 1800s that I’ve been looking at were often knitted at up to 42 stitches to 4 inches but that’s kind of impractical these days. It’s harder to find such fine yarns and harder still to find the time to knit to that gauge!

Koigu, which I am using for Ingrid, has a suggested gauge of 7 stitches to the inch, but going down to 8 stitches to the inch was not problem. My gauge on colorwork is always a tad tighter than for knitting in one color anyhow. Most fair isles I have done are knitted to a gauge of 8 stitches to the inch, so I think you could easily sub a shetland jumperwieght yarn for this design for a less expensive sweater.

I’m loving knitting it in Koigu though. I like the effect of the variegated foreground color against the solid background color. For my next trick — er, design — I might reverse ’em: use the variegated for background and the solid for foreground. And of course Koigu is incredibly soft and luxurious to knit.

Ingrid is being knitted in the round and I’m using the traditional Norwegian technique for the armholes — machine stitched and cut, with the sleeves knitted separately and inserted.

Lizzie Update

I’m nearly done with sweet Lizzie — what a lot of fun she’s been to knit.


I need to sew her together and knit the neckband, and she’ll be done.

Ingeborg Button Loop Details

A request in the comments for a close-up and explanation.


The way I made the button loops was to pick up three stitches on the edge of the band where the loop is supposed to be, and knit a three-stitch i-cord. Twleve rows was just the right length for the size loop i needed (using size 2.5mm needles). Bind off, then attach the bound-off edge of the loop to the edge of the band next to the beginning of the loop. Presto-change, a button loop!


The Lion Brand Kitty Bed

I posted the link to the Lion Brand kitty bed kit just because it was pointed out to me, and it looks alot like mine. I never said I thought they stole it from me, though my design may certainly have influenced its creation. It’s not felted, for starters (at least I’m pretty darn sure it isn’t.) Someone mentioned that there’s a similar pattern for a kitty bed in the “Stitch and Bitch” book which I’ve never seen, but it was no doubt designed before I designed mine — I think the book’s been out for a while, hasn’t it?

But even if this kitty bed was inspired by mine, my kitty bed is a free pattern, so it’s not like I’m losing any money.

Speaking of this, have you visited the kittybed gallery lately? There are lots of new cute photos there. Link is in the sidebar.

And Another Thing

The link to the blogger’s disclaimer provoked some interesting comments, which is what I was counting on by posting it.

No, I don’t agree with everything in it totally. No, I don’t consider my blog private. Anyone can read it. It’s quite possible if I discovered a blog written by an ex, I’d read it. But only if it was interesting. But I most emphatically would not leave comments on it, or pester the ex via email.

The part I totally agree with is that blog readers have no right to expect more personal information than is divulged on a blog. I have the right to ignore comments and emails to which I don’t wish to respond. I also reserve my right to delete comments that offend me enough to warrant such treatment. Apart from spam, I very rarely delete comments. But I have once or twice.

I think of a blog as a newspaper column. Anyone can read it, and is free to agree or disagree with the writer. You can send a “letter to the editor” but there’s no expectation that you’ll get a response.

Lucy sez


So there!


  1. re the Bloggers’ Disclaimer : exactly !

    As always there’s some gorgeous knitting going on over there. :0)

    p.s. I LOVE Koigu !

  2. Though I don’t agree with all in the claim, I thought it was a brilliant piece and definitely something to think about. It had a lot of great points. Thanks for the link.

    As for the button loop, I am so grateful you shared the details. I have been crocheting loops lately and have been disappointed that they were not as stable as I had liked. I never thought of an i-cord. Great idea. It looks beautiful and very stable. I will be trying that soon.

    Borg is beautiful! No surprise there. The colors and construction are just fabulous! And Ingrid is surely destined to be a winner. I love it already! I really like the contrast of the black and white. Great job!!

  3. Jo in Boston says:

    Regarding blogging and privacy issues: there was an interesting article in last Sunday’s Boston Globe about a woman who was fired for remarks she made in her blog. (It didn’t help that she had linked it to her work email). She seemed surprised that she couldn’t threaten violence to her employer or her fellow workers in what she considered her private publication. She still seemed a little puzzled about why her employer tool it so seriously since she felt she was just venting. Anyway, it brought up another whole set of issues about what people post on their blogs.

  4. Jo in Boston says:

    Oh, and I agree totally, the lace makes Ingeborg–and Ingrid is beautiful too.

  5. Barbara says:

    Many thanks for the button loop detail. Now for the dumb question…..which yarn in Ingrid is varigated….the dark or the light? On my monitor it looks like you are knitting with plain black yarn and plain white yarn.

  6. Lizzie looks wonderful!! And you’re completly right with the blog disclaimer!!


  7. Lizzie has such a beautiful colorway. Can’t wait to see it sewn and on your bod for all to see. Congratulations on yet another wonderful sweater.

    Lucy is looking good.

  8. Wendy,
    I’ve always considered your blog your newspaper column – better written than much I read in newspapers these days – it’s a pleasure to read with my morning coffee – many thanks. Borg is a beauty! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Lizzie is beautiful! Great colors.

    Excellent to compare the blog to a newspaper column.

    Take care,

  10. Thanks for the button loop close-up on Ingeborg, Wendy. I’m going to use this technique on a jacket I’m finishing up!

  11. Ann Marie says:

    I think the variegated yarn gives it depth, without interfering with the high-contrast, graphic quality of the design. Will the collar and cuffs be banded light and dark? The suspense!

  12. Knittykim says:

    You said it, Lucy!!

  13. I have a question. 🙂
    Do you ever make mistakes in your knitting?!?!

  14. Here’s another question – when you knit flat and have to seam – what do you use for sewing the seams? I took a class at Stitches East a few years ago and it was recommended to use embroidery floss (nice and strong and available in just about any color you could need, less bluky than most yarns).

  15. Hello to Lucy from Cricket… who also believes that any knitting in progress left on a surface is obviously meant as a kitty-bed. 😉

  16. That Boston blogger story is interesting. I especially like what she put up to replace her entire blog archives after getting fired: “Voyeurism is bad. Please go peep someplace else, Tom.”

    Lizzie looks great, nice and fuzzy. I almost miss sweater weather when I see things like that!

  17. Wendy! I LOVE the Lizzie sweater; it looks fantastic with the cable. I just got a bunch more dyes and your favorite colors and will be out in my garage mixing and steaming!