My current work in progress:

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


The Readers’ Choice . . .


By late afternoon yesterday it became obvious that Butterfly was the runaway hit.

So Butterfly it is. I started last night.


The pattern directs you to start with the back, but I started with the fronts. I’m not overly concerned about matching the stripes, but I think it would look better if the two fronts sort of matched each other. So they’ll be knitted first. That way I’ve got all my yarn to look over and choose the skeins that appear to match.

Fernito is Finito . . . Almost

Yes, I finished the knitting on Fern yesterday, but did not start assembling her. (When did I get to be such a rebel? Tossing aside an unassembled sweater to start a new one. Oooh! Naughty! But I’ll get to it in a day or two) An interesting note: I used more yarn than the pattern called for. This almost never happens to me. I almost always use less. But I needed to dip into an eighth skein of Rown Kid Classic on the sleeve cap of the last sleeve. Go figure.

I did buy an extra skein last week when I was at Knit Happens because it looked like I was using yarn at an alarming rate. Turns out I was right.

Note to Caryn:
I bought the Rowan Vintage Style book on September 18 at Knit Happens, and they had it a couple of days before that. So it’s out! It’s out!

And a question:
You often mention that you just happen to have enough of a yarn to make a particular sweater. Is this because you find a yarn you like, even if you don’t have a specific purpose for it, and buy a sweaters worth? And do you usualy make the colorway in the pattern?

I will often buy a sweater’s worth of a yarn I like, tis true. And then it marinates in the stash for ages. But I did knit Klaralund from stash yarn.

As for knitting sweaters in the colorway shown in the pattern, I’d say I more often don’t — I usually prefer to choose my own colorway.

Yowie zowie, but we had some serious rain last night! The remnants of hurricane Jeanne blew through and kicked up a fuss.

But Lucy was prepared.



  1. Well, I have to say that Lucy does not look thrilled to be under that umbrella… just like nobody in New York was thrilled to have Jeanne visiting us this evening. But I guess we’re all lucky that it wasn’t accompanied by the crazy wind that was with it in Florida! (Butterfly, by contrast, looks like it will be gorgeous!)

  2. I cannot believe you got almost 1000 votes yesterday! Didi you realize you have so many readers?
    I love the colourway of Kureyon you chose for Butterfly, it’s warmer than the original one.
    And thank you for the tips you gave me for the Colinette Poncho! I had mentioned that I have never knit Fair Aisle before, but I have a book – and read how to carry the yarn on the wrong side. That way I almost had no ends to weave in in the second rectangle!

  3. Lucy is adorable and man, it was wet yesterday.

  4. Butterfly looks absolutely breath-taking!! This morning, as I did stuff in the kitchen, I realized I was singing to myself,”Klaralund Along! Klaralund Along!” Oh brother!You can tell that I get my MDR of Wendy in the morning!

  5. That Lucy – she’s one to watch – Already well known world wide for her yarn trend predictions -but now weather as well!

    Thanks for the thoughts re what a stash should comprise. Since starting knitting 4 months ago I’m alarmed at how quickly I’ve filled two large drawers. Your words are making me assess what I’m up to with that – am I building a security blanket when I was really looking for a stress relief?

  6. I know that I always have a tighter row gauge than any pattern calls for, but nearly every Rowan pattern that I knit with Rowan yarn needs more yarn than called for. Dunno what’s up with that.

    Lucy looks too cute under that umbrella!

  7. 128 looks great … I’m of the mind that every skein matches, they are just wound at different parts of the color combos … just a suggestion: maybe winding out a coupla skeins until you get the right sequence? then you could be a little bit more guaranteed of getting matching stripes?

  8. love the picture of Lucy preparing for Jeanne:)


  9. The color combinations of Butterfly are so warm and beautiful. I think I like your colorway better than the original. Lucy is too cute!!!!!

  10. Lucy, it is quite unfair that your person has a much nicer umbrella than my person.

    I am so deprived.

  11. Lucy is much smarter than me just by having that umbrella! All that rain, white T, no umbrella… and instead of going home, I had to go play poker last night! LOL!! (And work a bit on Fern’s sleeve…)

    Butterfly is going to be beautiful. I can’t wait to see the finished Fern… that way I can see how mine will turn out! LOL! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  12. Wendy, you say it so well: Yarn marinating in one’s Stash – I can relate to that. I think that it’s a stage of knitting that most people forget, leave out or are oblivious to. To me, it’s a very important part of the process.

    I still vote for a 2005 Lucy Calendar – today’s photo should definitely be part of it: “Singing in the Rain”

    Love to Lucy,
    Your loyal fan

  13. what a beautiful color of Kureyon – I don’t think I’ve seen that before.

  14. Hi, Wendy. Something was funky with my computer yesterday and I couldn’t see the pix of y’day’s post till today. Anyway, I would have voted for Lindebo, as I am making a version of it in the Silk Garden that I bought for Klaralund. I decided I couldn’t wear the mohair against my skin. Anyway, I’m using SG in #88 to make a hip-length jacket. I, too, spend knitting time ruminating about the color sequence in the NOro yarns. The last sweater I made with Kureyon (Rosedale from Knitty) came out OK, but I fussed with matching things up b/c the colors were so strong, I didn’t want it to look home-made (v. handmade). With the muted shades of #88 I am startign each section with the same shade, then not worrying so much about it.
    (I realize you could care less, but you struck a chord in my brain talking about the color sequencing)
    Hope your ankle is better, I really enjoy your blog.

  15. I’m sorry to use this as a message service, but it is for charity, & my only benefit will be knowing the yarn is going to a good cause.

    I want to tell ELIZA B from (9-28 comments)that I have pale pink yarn to donate, and also a pink scarf already knitted. I clicked on her name but didn’t get an email address. If she could email me her address, I’ll get it all to her. Thanks.

  16. Lucy under umbrella = Miss April 2005
    Definitely one for the calendar. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Lara question: did you block Lara at all?

    Have a nice [dry] day!

  17. I admit it…I was a Butterfly voter but I had an ulterior motive. I have been eyeing it for myself but can’t quite commit (a phobia). I have an unhealthy love of the chevron pattern. Too many fond memories of an old knit blanket that I used to huddle under and watch scary movies while the rain poured down outside. So I figured before decided if Butterfly was a go wouldn’t it be cool if to have an expert knitter do her up!

  18. Scan hid under my umbrella last night as well, but I wasn’t quick enough to get a picture.

    Can’t wait to see Butterfly!

  19. REALLY nice colorway choice for butterfly, Wendy …cool. I love the pic of Lucy under the umbrella. I am amazed you always get the amount you need in the yarn you want. I can never find enough of one thing at my LKS to do a real involved project … at least never in the colorway I want.

    That Noro blue you just used for …ummm, I forget, was amazing.

    Good for you.

    I just ordered some Mountain Colors yarn and it will be 6 weeks before its ready *sigh*

    Oh yeah, I can’t find the Knitted Mouse Pattern –eeeekkk!! Can you mail me enlightenment? Thank you.

    Best, Diana Love to your uber-mom and blisskitty queen Lucy (my boys love her pics –me too — can’t ever get enough Lucy!)

  20. I CANT wait to see Fern all put together. I was fondling that yarn today. I think I am going to like it and I want to knit it…. now to choose a color!

  21. You can join our Butterfly knitalong! Of course, you’ll finish before I buy my copy of the pattern…

  22. Sigh… loving butterfly. I voted for it because it was so darn gorgeous, and now I’m getting alll jealous, seeing you start knitting it. Unfortunately, my budget has no room for noro – at least not enough for a sweater… =\

  23. love that colourway you are using for butterfly. and can’t wait to see fern