My current work in progress:

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


There’s Something Rotten in . . .

. . . Sweden.

Gotcha! You thought I was gonna say Denmark, didn’t you?

I’m referring to what seem to be discrepancies in the sizing for Klaralund. Katherine blogged about it here. If you haven’t already, go read it. I’ll wait.

Yeah, I worked out the math too. And came up with the same conclusions before reading Katherine’s post.

I’ll be willing to concede that the finished bust measurement may well be correct in the pattern, given the way it is constructed. I’m assuming the bust is measured across where you have attached the sleeves to make the yoke. (If you look at the photo of Klaralund you’ll see what I mean. I posted it a few days ago — scroll down.) And if so, it’s an estimate at best — where does the body end and the sleeve begin?

But . . . there is no schematic with the pattern. And no mention of what the bottom edge measures. I was thinking of making the size 38″. But if knitted to gauge and according to the pattern, that gives you a sweater that’s 36″ around the bottom. And according to the pattern, the sweater is 22.5″ long, so it would hit me at the top hip and be tight. That’s so not the part of my anatomy that I want to draw attention to. If all this is indeed correct, the sweater is narrower at the hip than the bust. I don’t know about you, but that’s not how I’m shaped. And not how the sweater looks in the photo. But it’s hard to tell — the model is sitting down and the sweater looks like it’s pulled back on her shoulders.

Let’s shoot the photo stylist.

The size 41″ gives you an actual circumference of 38″ around the bottom. I think I’m going to make that size, and make it a bit shorter, so it doesn’t hit right at the hip. And I’ll do my darnedest to make sure that the bust measurement of my sweater is a lot closer to 38″ than 41″.

Anyhow, I’ve emailed the designer with my questions. Stay tuned.

Critter Knitters

A question in the comments about the Critter Knitters project. Liz posted an update on her blog last week — check it out here. The response to this project has been overwhelming and we are totally blown away by its success!

Speaking of Critter Knitters

That is a blanket for Critter Knitters that Lucy’s Daddy is knitting in the photo from yesterday. He started it on July 23 and is more than halfway done — finished size will be approximately 22″ square. I just taught him to knit on July 16. He’s made amazing progress.

No, this blanket will not be finished in time for our knit-along, but I don’t think Lucy’s Daddy is interested in any of the raffle prizes anyhow. When the blanket is done, we’ll send it on to Critter Knitters ourselves.

Lauren Update

I’ve finished the back, and the front is almost done as well. Up next, armbands and neckband.


Fun Fun Fun!

I am taking the day off work today and going to Knit Happens. The Sasha Kagan color workshop is this afternoon — should be great fun!

I first heard of Sasha Kagan when I bought The Sasha Kagan Sweater Book (now OOP, I believe) in 1984. It blew me away. Not my style of knitting, but completely different from anything I’d seen previously. I almost wore the book out poring over the pages. And I did knit my own version of one of the designs in it. Pictured in this blog entry.

So all in all, I’m very much looking forward to the workshop today!

Lucy Sez


Please, dahling. I am a supermodel. I was featured on Digital Yarn yesterday.


  1. WOW That’s a lot of packages over at Liz’s.

  2. have a great time at the workshop. interesting update on the klaralund sizing. i’m curious to hear the designer feedback. i hadn’t planned on casting on til the official kick-off. think i’ll probably do a swatch now and really look over pattern details and knit a litte bit. lauren is really coming along nicely.

  3. Great photo of Lucy — I imagine she’s saying, “I don’t get out of bed for less than 10,000 cans of Fancy Feast!”

    Enjoy the workshop! I took one of her color workshops at my LYS a few years back and it was tons of fun. Very much about the creative process!

    And now a (small) Klaralund-related bitch: Lack of schematics is the one thing that really BUGS me about the guest-designer series of Noro books AND the Debbie Bliss books. For a boxy pullover, fine, I don’t need to see a picture of a rectangle. But for anything with funky shaping, I can’t live without ’em.

    Have fun today, you hooky player you! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Katherine Matthews says:

    Wendy, I wrote to her yesterday, and got a response this morning — I’ve posted the info on my blog, but yes, essentially there was a mix-up in changing the sizes.

    She also said she’s going to make some larger sizes available…

  5. Ooooh! Enjoy the workshop. Please tell us all about it afterwards!

  6. The workshop sounds very interesting. Hope you enjoy! What is the color of the Silk Purse your using? It’s so pretty. Enjoy your day off! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Very interesting post today. I read through most of the Book 2 when I brought it home. I found several discrepancies, in several of the patterns, but I couldn’t find an errata page like there is for Book 1. So, I was happy to see a dialogue begun to correct some parts of Klaralund.

    love your blog…
    knit on.

  8. Hi, Wendy!

    Are the cat graphics you used for the vest from Sasha Kagan’s book or are they of your own design? I have a friend who loves cats that vest made me think of her as soon as I saw it.

    If so, are there other animal patterns in her book? Those are some of the best cat graphics I have seen. Just thinking that I might have to search for the book if that’s where you got the graphics from.

    Thank you,

  9. Thanks for getting the correct info on Klaralund! I am so glad we are knitting this one together.

  10. Wow! Liz has a lot of work to do opening those boxes and all. She may start singing, “100 boxes of blankets on the table, 100 boxes of blankets, if one of them should happen to fall….”

    Lucy is looking good today!

  11. Carol Perecman says:

    Hi Wendy,

    Coincidentally, I began Klaralund over a week ago and stopped when I realized that no way was I going to get a 44″ sweater. When I read on your blog that you were hosting a Klaralundalong, I knew the truth would out. However, being an impatient soul, I called Cornelia Hamilton this morning and spoke to her about the problem. As I want to do the 44″ size, which of course is currently nonexistent, she told me to cast on 92 stitches and get started, and by the time I get the front and back pieces knitted, she will have the rest worked out. I asked about additional yarn amounts, and she advised that I buy another 100 grams, though she thought 50 would probably be enough. I will buy 100, as I have “running-out-of-yarn-phobia”. CTH doesn’t know it, but she has plenty of time; unlike you, I am not a fast knitter, and it will take me a while to finish the front and back.

    Just wanted to share my information.

    All the best,
    Carol Perecman

  12. Wendy, I’m so glad you wrote to the designer and that she was gracious in her response.

    Looking forward to seeing the corrections and actually knitting this up!

    Lauren looks great!

  13. Contrary Mary says:

    May I add a “hear, hear” to the complaints about lack of schematics. It is the reason I haven’t knit anything from the Elsebeth Lavold book. I have trouble keeping a consistant gauge and count on measuring the knit piece periodically to keep myself on track. When the gauge is given in stockinette and the pattern includes cables – big trouble. I am looking forward to the Ann Budd Handy Sweater Patterns book and will probably apply some of Ms. Lavold’s cabling to Ms. Budd’s sweaters.

    I am also (ahem) out of the size range of many patterns, and find that trying to figure out how to adapt without schematics is a real pain. Yes, I know math, I can do it, but… there are so many patterns I want to do that don’t require the futzing. And my tendency is to take the design elements that I like and start from scratch, applying them to a sweater of my own “unvention” rather than risk making a bad version of the pattern sweater.

  14. Are you going to be at Knit Happens Wednesday night? Morgen and I are giving serious consideration to going and you being there would up the possibility

  15. Carol Perecman says:

    Hi again,

    CTH emailed me with another change; she had given me the wrong numbers for starting the larger sizes. THe amended cast-on numbers are: 88 Stitches to make the 42″ sweater, 92 stitches to make the 44″ sweater, and 96 stitches to make the 46″ sweater. Now those numbers make sense! Now to rip out what I knit already and cast on again…


  16. Carol Perecman says:

    Oh, gosh, messed up again! Let me do that over, this time with the post from CTH in front of me:

    84 stitches for the 42″ sweater
    88 stitches for the 44″ sweater
    92 stitches for the 46″ sweater

    I think I got it right this time; sorry for the mixup, it’s been a very long day.