My current work in progress:

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


Irving’s Sweater

Here is Irving, happily snuggled up in his new sweater.


As mentioned in my previous post, I knitted this from the new Knitpicks Andean Silk and Andean Silk Twist (colors Olive and Prairie respectively) in stripes. Easy as pie.

(You probably don’t need the Eric Cartman/pie reference here, do you?)

While I’m sure that you can all figure out how to knit this without me telling you, I’m going to tell you anyway.

Knit a swatch. I used size 4 US dpns. Why size 4? Because I have them in bamboo and I prefer wooden dpns to metal (my 5s, 6s, and 7s are all metal) ones. It’s a smaller needle size than the yarn band recommends (they say size 7 or 8 which I think is too big anyway for the yarn), but I wanted a firm fabric for Irving’s sweater.

Measure your swatch. I got 5.5 stitches to the inch.

Measure your iPod. Irving’s chubby little body (while wearing his rubber case) is exactly 7″ around. He’d like you to know that he’s chubby because he’s a 40Gb iPod, not because he’s overweight.

Wait — another Cartman reference! “I’m not fat, I’m big-boned!”

Multiply 5.5 by 7 and you get 38.5. So I cast on 38 stitches onto my dpns and worked in stripes of two rows for each color, until the sleeve was deep enough to fit Irving and cover him completely.

On the last round I decreased two stitches evenly, to give me 36, a number divisible by 4. Then I worked in k2 p2 ribbing for a bit, then cast off all stitches except the last 2.

I worked an i-cord from the last 2 stitches until it was long enough to make a wrist strap. Cast off, sew the end of the strap down securely, and sew up the bottom.

Presto, chango, Irving has a new sweater!

As I mentioned on Friday, I play Irving in shuffle mode and use a remote, so I don’t need access to his click wheel. So this is the perfect solution to keep him both cozy and stylish.

Of course, I’ll need to make him one in cotton for summer. Hmmmmm, I bet he’d like a Rowan Calmer cozy!

New Spinning

L-B kindly sent me this yummy roving:


It’s blueberry citrus (great name, eh?) wool from Holly Spring Homespun

I spun it into singles:


That’s some pumpkin dyed mohair locks draped over the singles — L-B sent that along to knit into the ends of the yarn as scarf fringe. Cool idea!

Here’s the resulting yarn:


Kinsale Update

Lucy shows her approval of the finished back of Kinsale:


And Who Is This Little Girl?


Nope, it’s not Lucy. This is one of Cat’s beautiful Ragdolls, Ruby.

Ruby and Lucy sure look like they could be sisters, don’t they?

Lucy Sez . . .


Will you be my Valentine?


  1. Happy Valentine’s Day, Lucy and Lucy’s Momma and Daddy! Such pretty fiber activity is goin’ on over there.

  2. I’d think your Irving sweater was a bit over the top if I hadn’t used a bit of turquoise -> purple Koigu to make a similar sweater for my cell phone ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. My Knit Picks order of merino Landscapes Sock Yarn came in the mail on Saturday. The colors are a bit garish for my taste but the yarn is lovely. It’s knitting up very nicely.

  4. Happy Valentine’s Day! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I was browsing through your project page, didn’t know you did St Brigid! When did you make it?
    Was that the sweater that Izzy used to sit on in your old blog or was it that of the patterns from Knitters #16? I couldn’t find any pix of Izzy sitting on the sweater, but was doing random searching…

  5. Happy Valentine’s Birthday, Lucy! Purrrrrr! Meeeooowww, you gorgeous feline! Will you be my Valentine? p.s. L-B says Happy Birthday,too! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. The pumpkin roving is beautiful!

    Happy Valentine’s Day!

  7. Lucy dear I will be your Valentine, but will you be mine ๐Ÿ™‚

    Love the colors and yarn… as always you have haute goรปt.

    And can’t wait to hear the write up on the yarn! If this is the week of the job (two decent chances) I might be sending Mom to the yarn store they have by her ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Yikes! That pumpkin roving: for a minute I thought that you’d gone too far with your haircut and saved the result to spin, or that somebody had scapled you. Don’t scare us like that.

    Too early in the morning, I guess.

    I appreciate your blog not only for content, but for quality as well. You are such a good writer and layout artist — as well as a kickass knitter. Your blog has brought me so much pleasure, thank you.

  9. Your iPod and my iPod both got similar V-Day presents. But my Orbit is bathing in Opal croc inspired by a box of iPod socks that Apple sells ๐Ÿ™‚

    Happy V-Day to you and Lucy and Irving!

  10. Yes, we will be your Valentine – it will be our pleasure!
    Max & Jazz (my tuxedo cats)
    Sam (my Maine Coon cat)
    Daffy (my organge tabby)
    & Hunny Bunny

  11. I don’t have an irving, but my 16 year old just charmed me into spending $50 on an ipod case. I think the ipod cozy is cool, but I don’t think I could have bought him off with something knitted. It just wouldn’t play well in high school. Freedom of choice is one of the perks of adulthood I guess.

  12. Happy Valentine’s Day, Wendy. Lucky Irving!

  13. Happy Valentine’s to you, Lucy, Ian and of course, Irving, who looks divine in his new sweater!
    There are folks joking about the name Irving–hmm, people name their cars, why not their IPods??