My current work in progress:

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



Why do I knit what I knit?

Last week someone forwarded to me a message that was posted to a knitting list (one that I’ve been “no mail” on for a good while) in which the person making the post mentioned that I was knitting Kinsale and how it was “a design very much beneath” my skill level.

I’ve been thinking about that statement. It surprised me. There is nothing wrong with knitting beneath one’s “skill level.” And who cares if you do?

I refer one and all to the Bad-Ass Knitter Manifesto, paying particular attention to Item One.

I decided to knit Kinsale because I like the design and want the sweater. It’s as simple as that.

It’s true that I’ve not knitted an AS fair isle since I completed Flora last April. But there are a finite number of AS fair isles that exist in this universe. Most of the ones that I’ve not made, I simply don’t care for. I’ve made most of the ones I like. And while I do have yarn stashed for a couple more AS fair isles (namely Mara and Rona), I’m just not in the mood for fair isles right now.

In the past I’ve gone through “spells” in my knitting. I’ll get obsessed with something, like lace, and do nothing but lace for a while. Then cables. Then fair isle. Et cetera.

Since last spring, I’ve just been knitting things that I wanted to have. Or in the case of gifts, stuff that suits the recipients. And I see absolutely nothing wrong with that. I’ve also been designing and knitting stuff for my book.

Will I knit more Starmore designs? Sure. I’ve got the Hebridean 3-ply in stash for another Inishmore, because I love that sweater and want another one. And at some point I’ll knit Mara and Rona, too. And if AS does more designs in the future that I like, I may knit those as well.

But in the meantime, if I need a scarf, I’ll knit a scarf.

The author of that post also mentioned that I was working through Kinsale slowly.

I finished Kinsale last night, which makes a total working time of 27 days.

Curious, I emailed the person who posted (as it is someone I know) to say that I hardly thought that the time I spent knitting Kinsale could be construed as “slowly.” I usually take 4-6 weeks to knit a sweater.

He responded and said:

However, when I think of the days when you sped thru those FIs & all their colour changes, a month on a sweater with no cabling, is just not like your output in “the old days”.

I thought about this, and responded:

Now see, I find it interesting that you think a knit/purl textured sweater knit to a gauge of 15 st to 5cm would take less time than an aran weight knit at 9st to 5cm. Or faster than a fair isle, which is knitted in the round so there’s no purling at all, apart from the welt. Almost all the Starmores I’ve knitted have taken 4 to 6 weeks, so I’m right on target with this one. I don’t consider it any easier than a fair isle or a cabled sweater, just different.

I checked my knitting gallery and saw that the last Inishmore I knitted took me three weeks. Inishmore is knitted in aran weight yarn. No matter what the design, it’s going to take me longer to knit a knit/purl textured sweater on US size 1 needles than a cabled sweater on US size 7 needles.

Anyhow, yes, I did finish Kinsale last night. The front:


The back:


And I was heartily sick of it by the time I finished.

So I got started on the wrap sweater (design #36) from Rebecca 29:


The green is far less grey in person. It’s a color that seems to defy accurate photography.

I got gauge (both stitch and row) on the recommended needle size, 4.5mm — US 7. I was surprised — while I almost get stitch gauge with the recommended needle, I almost never get row gauge.

So . . . that’s all I’ve got for now. We’re supposed to get snow overnight into tomorrow. I only hope it’s enough so I can stay home tomorrow.


Lucy hopes so too!


  1. Well, I think your Kinsale looks great personally. I don’t have the time or patience to do a project like that, and I have a great amount of respect for those who do. Good job!

  2. Your Kinsale sweater is amazing. You do such a perfect job with all your knitting…..I’m so jealous. Maybe some day I’ll be that good….don’t think so. I find I’m best at buying the wool so I have a great stash but not many projects that I would show anyone.
    Keep up the good work…….evelyn

  3. Kinsale looks great! Hmmm… if we shouldn’t knit below our skill level, does that mean I should no longer knit plain socks? Or 2×2 rib scarves? Pfft. It’s my knitting, and I’ll knit what I want to πŸ˜‰

  4. It looks like a perfect fit. 30 sts to 4″ is just sick. I think that for fun you should make your next sweater a stockinette wonder out of Rowan Big Wool.

  5. Pam Johnson says:

    May I say that all this diatribe about your knitting output is most ridiculous. Curiously, I wouldn’t spend the time or thought on the matter mentioned by your “friend.” You could knit I-cords continuously and if that made you happy, that would be fine with me.

    I’ve never written to you before, but I most heartily enjoy your blog and your knitting prowess. BTW, your latest sweater rocks! I hope to become as proficient as you one day and that includes knitting whatever makes me happy — whenever!

    Congrats on your book and here’s to many more fascinating blog postings by Wendy Knits!

  6. The Kinsale is a beautiful pattern and you made a gorgeous one! Who the hell cares how long it took you? It’s finished, and looks great, that’s all that matters!
    I love that manifesto…..

  7. That sweater looks great, Wendy! I’m with you; if I want it, I knit it. Skill level be damned!

  8. That is a great looking sweater. What concerns me is the thought that we should knit at our “skill level”. Does that mean that people are only knitting for production or someone else’s pleasure rather than their own? I knit lots of stuff that is probably above my skill level just because it looks fun!

  9. Thanks for the opportunity to exercise my eyebrows today — they were going up and down practically through your whole post! Skill level… output… Harumph. Three cheers for Bad-Ass Knitters.

  10. Fab Kinsale !
    Lets all just knit what we want. :0)

  11. Beautiful sweater. And I second what everyone else has said. It’s your knitting. Who the heck has the right to tell you that you should do something other than what you want to?! What a load of …..

  12. Kinsale looks great! (And that other person needs to take a good look at their priorities.)

  13. “Pshaw” is all I’m going to say. And I think you know what I mean by that. πŸ˜‰

  14. I saw that post and wondered how you would react!

    Good thing no one is checking on *my* knitting right now. A plain ss sweater in the round, a garter stitched baby sweater, and a stash-busting machine knit blankie.

    Talk about “below skill level!”

  15. Well, you’re knitting far above MY skill level so whatever you knit impresses the heck out of me. ha I don’t know on what scale 27 days is a slow knit of a sweater. I’m lucky if I can do a pair of socks in 27 days, much less ANY sweater. If you didn’t post pictures at every stage of knitting I would simply not believe that it is humanly possible to knit as fast as you knit. I almost choked on my Coke to hear someone accusing YOU, of all people, of knitting something “easy” and doing it “slowly”. snort

  16. Who cares??? Knit what you want to knit because you want to knit and to wear it/give it away/etc…

    Your speed, ability to amend/alter designs to suit yourself absolutely amazes me (as I have to stick to the pattern – novice alert!). You crank out more finished objects in a month than I could hope to achieve in a year. I read your blog with awe…

    Way to go Wendy…
    Happy knitting (whatever it is you decide to do!).

  17. I can only hope that the “poster” didn’t mean to be offensive with his post to whatever list that was on.
    Wendy, ya do whatever makes ya happy! I think it’s important to keep learning. The speed of knitting is not an issue, I don’t get his reasoning for trying to degrade on you on that. Having him judge you is like having the temp boy judge the CEO, isn’t it?
    One can only hope that, in his endeavors, he isn’t aiming for speed, but for longevity and integrity if you catch my meaning.
    I wonder what he’s knitting, and how fast? πŸ˜‰

  18. How funny! I’d consider any jumper knitted in under a month as fast (excluding bulky yarns) and 30sts/10cm is super speedy. You may make excuses (one wip at a time) but it’s still fast. How does it feel to be slower than usual and an under-achiever? You must be gutted. BTW your kinsale looks really lovely. I even prefer it to some of your AS fairsisles.

  19. Honey, if you wanted to knit garter stitch acrylic squares it is not any of anyone’s d***ed business! Apart from the fact that you have an awesome gallery of phenomenal items, what you knit should be for your consideration only. I mean, what is this…some sort of competition?

    In fact, I’m so inspired that I’m putting down my fiddly cables and going to knit some sort of foofy scarf tonight. So there.

    You go, girl.


  20. So why is it any of this person’s business? I have been amazed at some of your critics. Why is your knitting so important to them? Here’s my criteria for my regular reads: good writing and knitting content. Extra points for kitty content. I couldn’t care less what you knit; I’m just reading for the shared passion.

    Why are these people so ridiculous?

  21. Beneath your skill level? So now there’s a requirement that we have to meet or exceed our skill level on everything we knit? Gag! I’m with you – if I want to knit a garter stitch scarf, it’s nobody’s business but mine. I’m just thankful that you choose to share you incredible projects with us. And if you choose to share a garter stitch scarf – well, go ahead. Kinsale looks lovely and would be just as lovely if you took 6 months to make it!

  22. Ugh. I just wonder where the person who made those comments gets off…seriously. I am continually amazed and impressed and most importantly, inspired by what you knit. As long as you’re having fun with it, I say knit garter stitch scarves in red heart for all I care. (I know, that may be taking it a bit far.) The upside of this post is that I had never read the bad ass knitter manifesto before, and was thrilled to learn that I actually pretty much qualify! I’ll be adding the button and link to my blog. I feel lucky to be in such good company.

  23. Well… hmmm… how many projects would we get to do if we had to knit at or above our skill level? Any time you knit something that was a little bit more complex than what you’d knit before, you’d be limiting the projects you were able to choose from, and eventually, you’d have very few available to you, because you’d just gotten so darn good.

    What a ridiculous thing to say.

    And seriously, I don’t know a single knit blogger who knits ANYTHING to impress someone else with how much knitting skill they have. It’s ALWAYS about just what we want (or want to do for someone else) and nothing more.

  24. As irritating as it is to know that some people have nothing better to do than be critical of someone who is obviously as gifted as Wendy is, there is a positive side. If someone (anyone) could be critical of Wendy, who is far and away the most prolific and talented knitter I have ever seen, then we mere average knitters should toughen up and see that there will always be people who want to take a swipe at you no matter what you do, so that means we can all do whatever we want! Hooray for ignorant critics! Wendy, Kinsale is gorgeous and you are inspirational. Thanks for keeping your knitting out there for all of us to see and enjoy!

  25. Wendy, you are awesome. I *love* the “bad ass knitter” manifesto. I think that some people truly need to get a life. I just can’t believe that the speed and level at which you knit is even a topic of conversation! It’s just so inane! The silliness of it all boggles my mind.

    I don’t comment very often but I just wanted to say that I truly enjoy reading your blog. I have learned so much from it :). Congrats on your book! I will definately buy it.

  26. I think your Kinsale came out just lovely.

    I always wondered at labels for knitting levels. Certainly, I wouldn’t attempt something completely new without swatching and practicing, but by the same token, simple stitches can be very nice if you use the right yarn. And it’s nice to do something just for the enjoyment of it.

    I enjoy reading your blog not only for the lovely creations that I hope to aspire to someday but also for the interesting uses you have for “simpler” projects. Just keep on being you!

  27. I saw the original comment on the list. I didn’t think he was being critical at the time — if anything, I took it in the sense that he was being complimentary of your skills more than anything else. In any case, your Kinsale is lovely, and I hope you’re not too tired of it to wear it — it’s gonna be cold for a little while longer!

  28. And you’ll note that no where in my blog entry have I accused anyone of being critical. I brought it up because I thought it was an interesting comment to make, and also because I don’t agree that an “easier” design is necessarily faster to knit, given the fine gauge.

  29. Some People! God forbid our enjoyment of knitting be stifled with such judgement! Critics may be useful in a commercial sector where artists or businesses compete against each other – but is nothing but spiteful in a forum about handcrafts for pleasure.

    Well Wendy, I love reading your blog and get a lot of joy out of seeing what you are making. True influence and inspiration comes from others who share all that they love. So thank you.


  30. I saw that post on that list, and when I read it, I thought, WTF?
    Knit on, Wendy, on whatever you want, whenever you feel like knitting.

  31. Oh man! If I had enough free time to analyze other people’s knitting projects and speed I think my skill level would be much much higher! Great Kinsdale!Love the color.

  32. I love the way Kinsale turned out, and the color seems to make the textures stand out more! I don’t think any crafting one does is beneath one’s skill level if it is done well, and if the crafting of the work was enjoyed. One has the skill to make a certain thing, and yes, one may have the skill to do something more difficult, but that doesn’t mean one always has to find something that seems impossible to accomplish just to prove how amazingly talented and able one is. (Sorry about all of those “one’s”! Didn’t mean to get on my high horse!)

    Stay warm and safe if the heavy snow does hit! Maria has been hiding her little grey and white self under the blankets since last Thurday’s snow! She comes out to yell at us (sounds a lot like a Siamese), get some food and snuggles, and then disappears again.

  33. Kinsale is gorgeous! What’s the old saying? “Don’t let the turkey’s get you down?” Come on — what do you care what turkeys think??

  34. Wow on the Knisdale. Great fit, too.

  35. Wendy, your Kinsale is gorgeous, but then so are all the projects I’ve looked at in your gallery. I’ve been knitting forever but a pullover worked at 30sts/4″ for myself would take me years not weeks (okay, maybe just months)! Whether or not the author of those comments meant to be derogatory isn’t the point. The point is that you made a beautiful sweater with tiny sts in a difficult k/p pattern in 3 weeks! And if that’s what you felt like knitting, more power to you.
    I enjoy reading your blog and seeing all the knitting and spinning you’ve been doing and will continue to do so. Please let us know when the book is out – I’d love to get a copy. In the meantime, keep knitting whatever makes you happy and don’t worry about other people’s opinions. I’d love to know what the author of those comments is knitting right now!

  36. I saw that comment and thought it ridiculous. What! Is some Knitting Policeman going to knock on your door and say, “Uh, ma’am, we’ve had a report that you’re knitting below your skill level here, tonight. That’s strictly forbidden, you know. It seems to be taking awhile, too.” I think not. We knit our socks for fun now, not because we wouldn’t have socks if we didn’t.

    Kinsale is gorgeous. Knit whatever you like.

  37. Bah humbug on the naysayer. Talent and wit notwithstanding, you are a knitter extraordinaire and I’ve been blessed to know what a truly wonderful soul you are. Knit on!

  38. It’s really interesting what some people care about. What the heck does it mean you were slow? And Kinsale is under your skill level???
    Firstly, you ARE a very fast knitter. Secondly, you don’t have to prove this fact to anybody, do you??? If you feel like knitting a garter stitch scarf and taking three months for it, who cares????
    Anyway, I joined the Rebecca wrap cardi KA and I am waiting for the yarn. By the time I’ll get it, you will probaly already done with yours :-))

  39. That guy is not worth the bother, but valid rebuttals abound. Margene would say, “It’s the process!” And, you were knitting how many other things at the same time? I get bummed when a project goes too quickly and often pick up something else for a few days here and there just to draw out the process a bit longer.

    I love the fit, btw. You do lovely work.

  40. Kinsale is fabulous! I love the contrast of the traditional pattern with the zingy colour. I can’t believe the fit – the pattern just shows a straight line but on you it looks like the waist is shaped. I’m guessing that’s clever use of the changing tensions of the texture work. I definitely need to try it – even though it’s way *above* my skill level. Man, if I’d believed in staying in my box I’d still be doing piggy squares. What a kooky idea to knit to ones skill level up or down. What a bore!

  41. Honestly, what does it matter how long it takes to make any project?? I worked 5 months on AS ‘St. Brigid’, because I only had the patience to knit it on the weekends! During the week, I knit the easy stuff. I worked on a thoroughly beautiful Mission Falls that took me 3 weeks. NO project is beneath any knitter. You should take pride in your creations, whether they be a ribbed scarf, or a Starmore Fair Isle.

  42. kinsdale looks fantastic. you’ve sparked a rage on orange in my book. everytime i look at kinsdale i just gotta go work on something orange. very cool stitch pattern and fab photo of the back. and the rebecca pattern…must knit that one too.

  43. The sweater looks great! You did it many months ahead of what I have time to knit. Don’t let one comment ruin your day. You can knit whatever you want, we all have seen your skill and determination in past projects. You don’t have to explain yourself or why you choose to make something. You also forgot to mention that you have been spinning now too. That has taken time away from knitting. (Great yarn too) You have inspired me to complete and work on only a few things. Thanks Wendy

  44. Kinsale looking good, and anyone who says differently should mind their own business.

    I have a question for you, since you must be the Starmore guru of the internet. In one of your previous posts I saw you swatch for RΓΈros Lamullgarn. Did you end up using it for any projects? Could it substitute any of the yarns used in the AS patterns? I’m thinking about some time in the future to knit Aberlady from Celtic Collection, and I’m wondering if this could be the right yarn to use…

  45. Oh for God’s sake-tell that other anonymous (to me) knitter to purl off (um-find another word for the purl,wouldya?) Not only is it none of his business what you do or do not do, or how fast you do it-it shouldn’t really be fodder for the on line alternative to “mindless cocktail party chatter”. I am all for doing what I want when I need to, and as fast as I feel I want to go at that moment. You go girl!

  46. All that matters is that you’re finished with it and it looks great on you. You can wear Kinsale while you look out your window at all of the snow I’m pretty sure you’re getting about now.

  47. Wow. Someone out there took the time to criticize you for knitting what they think is an insufficiently challenging pattern and to critique your rate of progress. How…silly.

    I continue to be inspired every time I come here.

  48. That anyone is wasting font energy to publicly judge something that has no bearing on anyone or anything but your own, personal pleasure, is nothing beyond absurd. It’s not as though you’re charging people to watch. You knit.

    That being said, I imagine people typing behind my back, expressing concern that that I should dumb it down a bit.

  49. I would just like to tell ole grumpy gus to take a hike! Why anyone would come here and interrogate you about your knitting is beyone me!

    I think you’re just the best! I love seeing what you are knitting.


  50. It’s not instant gratification photography, but I wonder if you’d get better color if you use a film camera & then either scan the photos or get a digital option from the film developer… (this is in response to what you said about the grey green defying accurate photography… )

    That said, I also have a film camera, which I haven’t used in ages… recently picked up a disposable camera (we were having computer problems & I wanted to be SURE of having a photo of a shawl that I was sending to a gallery) but still have not developed the photos..we’ll see if the shawl colors look better when I *remember* to take the camera in for processing…

  51. Kinsale is perfectly lovely! The design is wonderful. But the color is what makes it so very, very perfect. For me. With Orange Cowboy boots.
    Enjoy your snow day of knitting!

  52. Well, I guess you can take the fact that you are now essentially the equivalent of tabloid-material (“Wendy Knits Too Easy Of A Pattern! Could She Be Burning Out”) as evidence that you are a Knitting Celebrity.

    still, I have to snort with derision at the presumptuousness of some people. (I think your next project should be one of those all-garter-stitch fur-yarn scarves, just to put people in a tizzy. Or at least, that’s what I’d do, in your place.)

  53. I think that the “below skill level” commment person must have taken the short bus to school.

    Knitting is too personal. I knit what I want, when I want….
    period. ha.


  54. Gosh! It seems that stupid man has you mixed up with a production knitter! What is his skill level vs. output?
    Knitters knit because they love the PROCESS! Of course we want something wonderful at the end, but getting there is part of the fun….
    Sometimes I need a challenging project, and sometimes I want something only luxuriously soft and beautifully colored to work on. Choosing the right yarn for the right project is part of the process, as well.
    Seems to me he is more talk than knitting.
    Congratulations on the beautiful sweater!

  55. I find great comfort in reading your comments about “knitting below skill level.” Lately, I have wanted to knit only plain (stocking stitch) sweaters, a la J. Jill and Eileen Fisher. I have justified doing so, because 1) I am larger than most, and thus “busy” patterns are not flattering to me. 2) I can adjust my sleeve length, eliminating having to fold back too-long sleeves. 3) I can knit in extra bust-accomodating fabric, using short rows. 4) I can catch up on my reading, while creating something I will enjoy wearing. Below my skill level? Yes. I will however, have something I can enjoy wearing.
    Kinsale is fabulous. Now I’m anxious to see the lace sweater. Yum.

  56. Kinsale is beautiful. Seeing your pic makes me want to knit it.

    If you get stitch gauge but now row gauge — which often is my situation — how do you adjust? I modify pattern to add rows, but is there another way?

  57. There are just some folks who need a dope slap and a “shuddup” once in a while.

    “Beneath your skill level”, indeed. What a contribution to the universe.

    The Kinsdale on the other hand…well, if it wasn’t so far below your skill level it would be FABULOUS! (you know I’m kidding)

    GREAT work

  58. BRAVO – Kansale is magnificent. As are you.

    What is this issue with time and skill level – how American or Western. Americans so often ask – how long will it take to make? As if the answer to that covers all the bases. I once watched a African master weaver weave in a museum – the visitors kept asking him: how long will it take you to weave a strip? Not, how did you learn? why are you weaving? what do the symbols mean? is there a religious meaning? (there was) is this a family tradition? (yes, he learned from his father). What is this emphasis on time all about – sounds like something out of the industrial revolution to me.

    In my humble opinion, the great thing about knitting is that it’s a skill anyone has to do whatever they want with – if they want to be type A personalities, so be it – if they want to knit what they want, so be it.

    Thanks for bringing up a great topic.

    Love to Lucy,

  59. I just love your blog and read it daily. In fact I joined the group to knit an Inishmore and have ordered the Alic Starmore book, so I can start. Go for it girl – if you want it – knit it! I can never understand people criticizing others for what they do or don’t do. I just love the Kinsale and hope to be as good as you someday.

  60. I think Kinsale looks great, and just because you CAN knit amazing complicated things doesn’t mean you have to all the time! It’s great to make something just because you want to, not because it’s a challenge. Keep on with your bad-ass self! :-):-)

  61. I knit ‘below my skill level’ all the time because I’m making something I want to have. Sometimes the most elegant, wearable sweaters are the ones that bore me to death while knitting but get worn constantly. Also, I think we need a ‘mindless’ project on the needles at all times to just let us rest, or revel in a particular yarn. I love the commenter who said this means you’ve become the stuff of tabloid journalism.

  62. While reading your topic today a joke I heard last week came to mind not sure why, but here goes..
    A couple drove several miles down a country road, not saying a word. An earlier discussion had led to an argument, and neither wanted to concede their position. As they passed a barnyard of mules and pigs, the wife sarcastically asked, “Relatives of yours?”

    “Yep,” the husband replied. “In-laws.”

    Gotta love the Bad-Ass Knitter Manifesto
    Would be a great book title πŸ˜‰

  63. Well, sounds like envy to me. I wonder if the commenter has anywhere near your production, expertise, or style. They need to get a life.

  64. Personally, I think that “skill level” re the type of projects one knits is a bunch of hooey. If you can knit, purl, increase, and decrease (which is basic knitting knowledge), and count, then you can knit anything there is. Some people just do it faster than others.

  65. Lucy looks like she is in kitty heaven.

    Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain. Knit what you want to knit when you want to. Some people just feel that they are the supervisers of all of us.
    Kathy in Mpls

  66. Ha! It never ceases to amaze me when I’m actually faced with the fact that there are people out there who think that THEY know best about what should be on YOUR needles, and for how freaking LONG it should be on the needles.


    Anyway….Kinsale! For something that took ages for you to finish and is just so basic my little boy could knit it [okay, I’ll stop being sarcastic], it sure looks fabulous. Classy design that shows off your curves well. Va-va-voom!

  67. Production rate? Skill level? Cheez–this is supposed to be a hobby, not a Darwinian scrabble to the top of the yarn-heap or an episode of The Apprentice. Has somebody forgotten that we’re trying to have FUN here?

  68. I’m in shock. I can’t believe that anyone would have the nerve to make comments like that. I mean, you are an artist & a craftswoman – you knit for your own pleasure and to suit your own desires. And as for speed – my mind boggles at how quickly you can knit a sweater as complicated (and at such a small gauge) as Kinsale… which by the way is beautiful, and very flattering on you!! Yeah, I just don’t know what that guy was thinking – perhaps he was being sarcastic? Who knows?

  69. > is just not like your output in “the old days”.

    Personally, I watch you and the Keyboard Biologist and boggle at how fast you seem to whip things out.

    I got personally affronted on your behalf by this person questioning you making Kinsale or ‘how long’ it took you to make it. Sheesh.

    Thanks again for your excellent blog. I simply enjoy getting to read about your knitting and spinning because it helps to inspire *me*, and I love getting the near-daily dose of cute Lucy pics. πŸ™‚

  70. Not much to say that hasn’t been said already. I think becoming a more skilled knitter means there are more things you can make, not fewer, if you know what I mean.

    It was fun hanging out with you at KH on Saturday. I will have to drop by more often!

  71. I don’t know how you stand it — having people talking about what you knit, how you knit and the speed at which you knit it. I think it may be time for an eyelash scarf on size 15’s …. and take a week and a half doing it!

  72. Wow- Kinsale fits you *perfectly*!! It’s such a rich and beautiful color, too. I love it.

  73. That sweater looks fantastic. And a perfect fit — I am so envious! Good god, I hope and pray to one day be able to knit at a level so “below you”!!! πŸ™‚

  74. You have 73 comments at this point, whether or not you’ll have time to read this one I don’t know but I just have to comment.

    1) I can’t believe people think they have a right to comment about your knitting level and how fast it takes you to knit something. It’s none of their business. I can’t even imagine commenting about this to a group of 8000 members.

    2) You’re sweater is very nice.

    3) Lucy of course is always adorable

    4) tell her to take a long walk on a short pier

  75. Riiight.

    So they hate it when you knit a sweater in three days.

    And then they complain when you take three weeks.

    And now knitting apparently is the newest Olympic event for skill.


    *ignores silly list poster, who hopefully was kidding*

    Still looks awesome you BAD ASS KNITTER. πŸ˜‰

  76. First of all, your Kinsale sweater is masterfully knitted — I can tell it fits you perfectly and nary a defect is apparent. Secondly, it’s lovely. Thirdly, it looks plenty damned complicated to my beginner’s eyes. And finally, tell that passive agressive emailer to get bent! You rock. Thanks for blogging and knitting and sharing it all with us and Lucy too! Sincerely, Lissy

  77. Kinsale is freakin’ beautiful. Awesome. Can you see me bowing before my computer at its beauty?

  78. I have never had anyone analyze my knitting like that! And who is to say that you “should” be knitting at a certain pace on certain items. Goodness, that comment just ticks me off! I love your sweater, and wish you luck on the one you just started! ~work at your own pace ;P

  79. I have to say I found the conversation re: Kinsale quite interesting, and I appreciated your including it in the discussion. To be honest, I thought the sweater seemed to be growing at an incredibly fast rate; of course, I know that’s relative since I’m a relatively new knitter, but my mother is also an experienced (and fast knitter) like yourself.

    I like the fact that you work on a variety of projects — as much as the complex AS designs (and some of the complex Wendy originals) are absolutely inspiring, I like the fact that you mix those complicated projects with simpler or smaller ones. It reminds us newer knitters that there’s a time and a place for all knitting projects — and that time and place is completely dependent on the knitter. Empowering.
    Please give the irrepressible Lucy a pat for me.


    Now, if you had DELIBERATELY knit errors and “ugly” parts into your piece, THAT would be knitting “below skill level.” Knitting any piece beautifully takes skill–it’s impossible not to put all of your skill into your knitting, no matter how “officially” challenging it is.

    Your blog is fun; your knitting is beautiful, and your manifesto is about to become my desktop wallpaper. πŸ™‚

  81. My response to your nay-sayer would be “Bite me, what do you care what I knit”. Your knitting is awesome!

  82. Kinsale looks wonderful and kind of refreshing in the mango color.
    I’m not even going to say anything more about the silly comment, although I’m sure by now the knitter probably feels at least a little…sheepish. hahahahahha.

  83. Kinsale is marvelous – and you’ve inspired me to knit it, myself (well above my skill level!)… it will take me months.

    Your gallery is stupendous – such wonderful sweaters. Thank you for the inspiration!

  84. With 83 comments I hesitate to add anything… but what the hell.

    I agree completely about the pattern work. I did a Rowan DK cotton design that was patterned with knits and purls every row except the edgings (rolled st st). Damn that takes TIME – certainly more than lace and cables.

    I found you (again) when someone linked to this post. The first month I blogged I had your button, but then you shut down so I deleted it. I’ll have to resub.

  85. Wendy, I have just been looking on here stumbled onto a white aran pull over sweater you made it is lovely but I am new at this & am not sure how to get that pattern or what kind of yarn I could use if you can help me with either I would very gratefull. In fact I am so new at this I cant even find my way back to the sweater .