My current work in progress:

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


Sixth Sense

No, not the movie. Knitting sixth sense.

I was asked in the comments yesterday:

Why did it come out to 38″ if you knit exactly to gauge on the smallest size? I just got the book recently and I read about the problems with Klaralund. Is all the math messed up? ๐Ÿ™ I’m a 32″ and would like to get 33″ without messing around with a smaller gauge because the hana silk looks divine the way it is.

Well, I don’t know if all the math is messed up. The only two patterns I’ve looked at with close scrutiny are Klaralund and Lovlund.

Another question:

I’m just puzzled how to do the math on those chevrons. Knit gauge square and measure on the diagonal?

The gauge is measured in regular ol’ stockinette stitch. My gauge in stockinette stitch is exactly correct with the Hana Silk on US 8 (5.0mm) needles. (Hana Silk is the yarn called for in the pattern, Andrea.)

Here’s where the sixth sense comes in. I calculated what the finished size would be with the number of stitches in the pattern and regular ol’ stockinette stitch. Approxmately 38″ for the 33″ size.

I thought: Huh? No way. The design is knitted in reverse stockinette stitch with paired increases/decreases to give it the slanty shape. I knew there was no way that would reduce the size from 38″ to 33″. In fact, I didn’t see where it would make much of any difference, for that matter. I mean, sure, the design is slanty, but it’s still the same number of stitches across.

So I cast on for the smallest size and blithely knit away. And yup, my finished sweater is 38″.

Incidentally, there’s a small error (I’m pretty sure — if I did my math right) in the directions for the smallest size right after you cast on for the sleeves. I did email Cornelia to let her know about it, so it will probably show up on her errata page for this book. Don’t ask me about it — I’ve forgotten what it is already.

Looking for her website? Do a Google search on Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton and you’ll find it. That’s how I found it. Google is your friend.

I wore Lovlund to work yesterday with a white linen skirt and it looked very nice, I must say. And a very comfy sweater to wear, too. By the way, it’s not quite as sheer as it appears in its photo. The flash is deceptive.

Hana Silk, how do I love thee? A whole heckuva lot!

Spongebob Stashpants believed in full disclosure, so he’s showing you this:


Ten skeins of Hana Silk in a yummy dark green. Purchased on eBay.

Wendy Haircut-less also believes in full disclosure. The state of my hair, 5:00pm EST, August 9, 2004.


Cat, how much of my hair do I have to be able to put into a ponytail to win the Great Ponytail Challenge of 2004?

What Else Is New?

So I finished another sweater over the weekend. Yay, me. I started the AbFab Throw. Yay, me. But the AbFab Throw is a tad large to be schlepping to and from work, so Liam bravely stepped up.

You remember Liam. Cast aside due to heat and humidity. I left him sitting out on a dresser in my bedroom, and every time I go in there, I can hear him sigh. The guilt! The guilt! So he’s getting some primetime action.


Ingrid, on the other hand, is in a knitting bag in my stash room, so I can’t see her. Poor thing.

But I digress.

Do you ever mark time by an event that’s coming up? See, I have a business trip and will be out of town for a week. That’s in three weeks. I return home the Friday before Labor Day. And on the Wednesday after Labor Day I will begin my Klaralund.

When I finished Lovlund I was sort of casting around for a new project, so decided to start on an AbFab. I thought about starting something else as a commuter project, but resisted the urge. There’s something I want to knit for my Secret Pal, and I’m gonna look for the yarn for it at Knit Happens on Wednesday. Don’t wanna start anything else new before then.

When I finish that, I’ll have to start on something else for commuter knitting, unless I decide poor Liam is worthy of being worked on.

And then I’ve got something planned for my trip knitting — another gift for my Secret Pal.

Of course, all these plans are subject to change. At my whim.

Aren’t you glad I shared all this?

Thanks for all your kind comments. I was feeling much better yesterday. Almost human today, in fact.

And I got another coupla squares done on AbFab.


Lucy pronounces it “snuggly!”



  1. Lucy looks like you have interuppted her beauty sleep!

    I too measure the time by events, although this summer it seems to be measured by how long it is until the next wedding. And it is usually not more then a few weeks!

  2. I was just about to say how FAB your hair is looking, but then I saw the picture of LUCY….oh, that is just Precious.
    So glad you are Feeling Better, and that Liam, wow.
    I ,myself, measure time by the Olympics and how much knitting gets done during the opening Ceremonies this Friday night is a matter of great debate at the moment.

  3. The math makes sense to me–thanks for getting it through my head that I should do these kinds of calculations before I start knitting stuff. Sometimes I do, sometimes I’m just too excited.

    HI, Spongebob!

    Poor Ingrid. Hopefully she understands. And is comfortable.

  4. Ab Fab is making me drool. I agree with the “Google is your friend” comment. I sometimes think that people just expect you to know it all or do all the work for them and turn over the info at will. Usually I do the Google search and find the answer with my first try!

  5. Lucy is right — don’t you want to just stop right there and leave it as a kitty blanket?

    I really like Liam. Usually I prefer arans with lots of different cables, but his center cable is so gorgeous that I like setting it off with simpler panels.

  6. Hi – i am Wendy who knits, also. i love your site and have been checking it for quite a while. it’s so inspiring – i keep thinking: “hmmm…maybe one day i’ll be a Wendy who knits like *The Wendy Who Knits*.

  7. This sentence struck me:

    “Ingrid, on the other hand, is in a knitting bag in my stash room…

    Stash ROOM? I think you need to post a pic of this someday. I thought I was hot stuff with my stash drawer ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. I was wondering about Liam. Can’t wait to see him finished.

  9. Your hair really does look fabulous. And Liam is delicious and cable-y. Yum.

    Lucy is so nonchalant and elegant. How does she do it?

  10. Found this site purely by accident… found it slightly amusing that as well as my name being Wendy, I have a birman cat (now 15) just like Lucy.

    Kinda worried by the use of the name Liam though, as that is the name of my fiance!

    Love the site,


  11. I’m glad I’m not the only one who plots and plans and lines up her projects and justifies and figures out when to start, when to knit, etc etc! Its half the fun. ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. A couple days late, but… last year, I knit a shawl out of Noro Silk Garden, and I thought I’d share my method for softening it up. When it was done, I filled my kitchen sink with cold water and a little hair shampoo (Aussie Mega Shampoo). I let the shawl soak for about 5 minutes. Following that, I soaked it in plain cold water. THEN, I soaked it in the sink with cold water and a little hair conditioner (for color treated hair), followed again by a clear cold water rinse. I blotted it dry with bath towels then put it in the spin cycle of my washing machine for 90 seconds or so. Finally, I blocked it on a bed and let it dry. It feels GREAT! This formula works with Lamb’s Pride, too. Hope it helps!

  13. Oh you’ll put us all to shame by knitting for your SP2. Liam looks so good! Glad you feel better.

  14. Sorry to be late on this comment but I’m on vacation and wasn’t online yesterday…it may not make a difference at this point but you are the 4th person that I’m aware of to be “sick as a dog” and attribute it to food poisoning. My neighbor even spent 2 days in the hospital because of it. I’m convinced there’s a VERY NASTY BUG in the air…

    Love Lovlund – it’s beautiful and beautiful on you!

  15. I have a question about Lovlund. I decided to order the book based on your blog picture, and I started making the sweater the day I received it. Then I found a mistake, and frogged it. That night I was reading a knitting book, and it said that sweaters that are worn with the purl side out have a tendency to stretch out of shape. And now I am scared to restart–I love the pattern and the yarn I am using and I would REALLY hate to have it stretch out of shape the second or third time I wore it. So…how is yours holding up so far?