My current work in progress:

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


Living on the Fringe

In a surprise move, I decided that my homespun shawl would look best with fringe, after all. Lookie here:


Not only did I finish my shawl, but I have my own spokesmodel to pose with it!

I’m quite please with it. I steamed the living daylights out of it, then attached the fringe. I found it difficult to cut up my handspun into small pieces for fringe. I kept thinking “all that work . . . ”

But I have to admit, the shawl looks good with fringe. So now I’m happy. For now.

And in celebration, I spun up a couple of ounces of 100% silk in a colorway called “Autumn Splendor.” Darned if I can remember where I bought the fiber, though.


Koigu-y Goodness

Mmmmmmm! Love my Koigu Kersti! Here’s the ribbed pullover in progress. I’ve got a good bit done on the back:


And a close-up of the 2×2 rib:


Reader Comments

Thanks to Leslie for suggesting I check out the David Gilmour live DVD — I’ve put it on my Amazon wishlist.

Mary asked:
Question: I searched the archives but didn’t find any reference to this. If you are putting a zipper in a sweater–do you put it in by hand or machine?

I don’t think I’ve mentioned zippers in knits in my blog — I haven’t made a sweater with a zipper in ages. But if I were to put a zipper in a sweater, I’d sew it by hand.

Erin asked:
Kind of a random question, but is there any Spongebob merchandise that you you don’t have?

Well, I don’t have the Spongebob edition of the 2005 Jaguar XK . . .

Knitbloggers Knitting Basket Project

A few more donations over the weekend. Thank you! If you want to donate, the info is in my sidebar . . .



  1. The shawl matches Lucy perfectly! No wonder she plopped herself down on it!

  2. The sweater in Kersti looks wonderful and I am really impressed with the shawl. I don’t usually care much for fringe, but that treatment sure makes it look complete.

  3. Hi Wendy, I love your homespun shawl ! The colours are matching well. The Blue Koigu looks good too.

    Happy knitting !


  4. Wow the shawl looks lovely!!! I think you should name it ‘Lucy’ does she not co-ordinate with it purrfectly?!

  5. Love the fringe on the shawl… is that your shawl or Lucy’s? I think she might have claimed it. She’s looking awfully comfy….

  6. Such a pretty Homespun Shawl avec Fringe! I’m also looking forward to seeing what Autumn Splendor grows up to be.

  7. What a lovely cat blanket! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I think fringe was the right way to go–lace might’ve really clashed with the homey retro striping pattern you’ve got going on. Love the scarf, too–it looks so soft!

    From Friday…somehow, the use of rock songs for TV show themes doesn’t bother me nearly as much. Unless it’s a great song for a crappy show. As for Wish You Were Here…I once heard a band do that song bluegrass style, and it was awesome. I say that as one who once worshipped–yes, worshipped–PF.

  8. Lucy looks splendid on “her” shawl. Autumn Splendor’s splendid too.

  9. Love the Navajo look–did you knit a spirit line into it? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. What a beautiful shawl. Must be such a feeling of accomplishment…spinning and then knitting it. It looks beautiful!! I really need to use my wheel more.

  11. Oh, and Happy St. Lucia Day, Wendy! ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Good morning, sunshine. That’s a mighty fine shawl.

    About zippers – I’d machine-sew it to narrow twill tape, then hand-sew the tape to the sweater, nicely tucked under the edge. Just my preference.

  13. Wendy:

    Lovely shawl… we’re kind of in the same boat of thinking re: “should I fringe or not?” A few days ago, I sent a handwoven shawl to a gallery and I was trying to decide “to fringe or not to fringe” and came upon this link: but decided to go ahead and do regular fringe for the shawl…
    Someday I’ll try that fringing method…


  14. That “Autumn Splendor” is yummy gorgeous stuff! I’m resisting spinning, I’m resisting spinning!

  15. Fringes rock! Glad to see you are still keeping us guessing.

  16. We all know Lucy has the finest of taste. Kersti is such a wonderful yarn to work with and I love the way it looks when knit. My Kersti sweater is high on the favorites list. Your color is great, too! Are you knitting with two skeins at a time?

  17. Mmmm… silk… lovely yarn you’re spinning there. I bet it feels wonderful.
    That shawl design looks like a wonderful solution for showcasing a few different sorts of handspun yarn together. Did the gauge match exactly between the different yarns?

  18. i love the shawl. it looks awesome with the fringe. it looked good without but it looked like it was missing something.
    and it looks like lucy has claimed it for her own. my kitty tried to do that with a shawl im giving a present:) but i told her no she would have to wait till after christmas for her own;)

    and i love the blue koigu color.

  19. Just a notification for everyone– I posted the idea that Wendy make Koigu’s Patch of Berries scarf becasue it takes up 2 skeins of Koigu KPPPM. Today I got a list of corrections in the mail from Patternworks (where I bought it from). And thank goodness! I started it over the weekend and it *seriously* played tricks on my knitting confidence! Typos everywhere.

  20. That fringe really is the finishing touch for that shawl – looks fabulous!!

  21. hi
    its look realy good