My current work in progress:

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


Houston, We Have Sleevage

I’ve finished the sleeves on my Rebecca Wrap Cardi.

(Aside: I wish Rebecca would name their designs — I’m tired of calling it “my
Rebecca Wrap Cardi”)

Anyhow, here are the finished sleeves.


I have done the crocheted edging (slowly and painfully as I suck at crochet) on them — see?


I have also put the body together at the shoulders by doing a three-needle bind-off. Tonight I will pick up the stitches on the lo-o-ong neck edge — up one side, around the back neck, and down the other side.


What remains after that is to set in the sleeves, sew up the side seams, and knit the ties. The pattern directs you to knit each tie and sew it on to the sweater. I’m toying with the idea of picking up stitches along the edge where you are directed to sew each tie and knitting them on. Can’t really think of a reason not to, ya know?

Another Question . . .

. . . that crops up in the comments from time to time. How much time do I spend knitting per day?

On a normal weekday I’ll get in two to three hours of knitting time. Usually more on weekends.

Stash Enhancement

Last weekend I bought this at Knit Happens:


Blue Sky Organic Cotton, in the colorway “nut.” I understand that the Organic Cotton colors are all natural shades, not dyed. Cool, huh?

Yep, 100% cotton. Twelve skeins of it purchased by a — well, if not a cotton-hater, at least someone who is not overly fond of cotton.

This yarn is lovely, though. It’s very very soft and the color is beautiful. I’ve got a couple of ideas for it swimming around in my fevered brain.

Lucy Sez


“Action shot? Ha! Now go away and let me take a nap.”


  1. I would name it Coppelia after my favorite ballet. And,most definitely, knit those ties on! That’s a Bad-Ass Knitter given!

  2. Damn. And here I imagined you had a job where you could knit all day. That’s why I figured you were so prolific. ; ) I love the Cardi thingamajiggy (How’s THAT for a name?) The short sleeves look great. I can hardly wait to see the finished project.

  3. Rebecca says:

    The ballerina wrap is really looking wonderful!

    Lucy – nap away, you’re always lovely!

  4. I hear you on the naming! Vogue Knitting is the same – it’s just really hard to get motivated by something called Number 23…or Number 27…

  5. I agree with you wholeheartedly about picking up the stitches for the ties. It saves that extra step and makes sense. I knit my daughter a ballet sweater and knit the ties separately and it has never looked right, to me.
    In other news, my Rebecca magazine arrived today so I get to start, finally!
    I’ll be anxious to hear how the tie knitting goes for you.

  6. Hee hee! She said, “nut.” I’m so juvenile! =)

  7. I am amazed……you get all of that knitting accomplished in only a few hours a day??? You must be a very focused woman!

  8. Here’s an action picture of Lucy retrieving a balled-up paper napkin, from the summer of 2003:

    She is just so cute! She really looks forward to chasing a paper ball, and excitedly leaps after it, preferring something which will bounce unpredictably on a hardwood or tile floor that she can chase and bat around before bringing it back.

  9. I think picking up stitches for the ties makes a lot more sense than sewing them on. Your wrap cardi looks great — I like the design better now than I did from the magazine picture. I think it might be the lace pattern — couldn’t really see it in the initial photo.

    And thanks Ian for that Lucy shot — she looks so fierce and feral!

  10. Oooh love the Organic Cotton! I’ve had this tank top bookmarked since, well, forever. Now that I know where to get this yarn, maybe I’ll have to get around to finally knitting it. Or perhaps you could knit it, and I’ll just live vicariously? ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Three hours to knit? Oh lucky you! I’m doing well if I manage half an hour on a regular basis ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. ‘becca wrap looks great. i agree with you on the name thing.

  13. Lucy looks so FOCUSED in that picture Ian linked to. “I’ve got paper, people! Coming the hell through!”

  14. Before Rebecca names the sweaters, can they please make them slightly larger for those of us with greater than 40 inch chests?

    The cardi is looking good!

    I think I might need to make myself a cute ribbed, short sleeve summer sweater with the organic cotton.

    Have a great weekend!

  15. Susan Maurer says:

    Beautiful wrap-around (oops, my first typo of the day: I wrote “warp-around”. I guess depending on how the finishing is done, it could be either!). Yours looks beautiful. Makes more sense to knit the tie directly on, too. Like the Kinsale sleeves. Leaves more time for knitting rather than joining or finishing.
    ANYwho, I have a Q. Hope you don’t find it stoopid. I’m wondering if you can possibly compare the Blue Sky Organic Cotton to any other fiber (e.g., cashmere, angora, hey, a girl can dream, n’est-ce pas?, alpaca, etc). I moved to Florida about 10 years ago, and I’m a knitter stuck on wool, but this climate demands more cotton, linen and silk. I have yet to find a cotton (outside of Henry’s Attic, which is heavier weight than I normally use) that I really like. Most are too much like a fine rope or mercerized with hair spray. When you wrote that you like this cotton because it’s “very very soft,” well gosh, I guess I *have* to try some now. Maybe I’ll order a skein or two or 12 :-), but I’m trying to work my way through a voluminous stash first before ordering more yarn. Sigh. Is that even possible? TIA.

  16. Enjoy your weekend Lucy (and Wendy). I love the cotton and might have to give that one a try…organic is just up my alley. The sweater is going to be very cool, too. Wish I was a little younger and could get away with it.

  17. The Rebecca I bought has functional if not overly exciting names, but they’re in German.

  18. The Rebecca Cardi is really beautiful, Wendy!

  19. Ooooh….I’ve been looking for soft organic cotton for baby washcloths to give as shower gifts!

    The cardi is beautiful!

  20. I’d vote for Pavlova for the cardigan in the making, it is a ballerina wrap after all!

  21. I’m curious to hear your reactions to knitting with the Blue Sky Organic Cotton. It has a great “hand” I agree but I was disappointed though at the way the cotton shed – all over everything, in grand little puffs and fluffs. I stopped knitting with it ’cause the shedding was extremely aggravating. Perhaps it would be better after a washing?

    Susan M. (above) asks about any other fiber to compare… perhaps a Rowan all seasons cotton?

    I look forward to seeing the BSOC knit-up.

  22. Hey Wendy! Will you be at Knit Happens tomorrow (Saturday)? There is a wee chance that I may be, and just want to know if I should look for you? We are flying into Baltimore around 12:30 and need to rent a car and figure out how to get there, all that jazz. I also want to stop in Bowie and look up the house I lived in as a child, but I don’t know if we will have time for all of that. We are in town for the MENC All-Eastern Music Festival. One of my daughters will be singing with the chorus on Sunday. Let me know!

  23. wow you seem to be flying through that cardi. i, too, have an aversion to cotton. most of it feels so dry and stiff. but i have felt up the organic cotton at my lys and definitely would not mind using it. the rowan asc is actually really nice, too, but most cottons are ick. can’t wait to see the finished cardi!

  24. Wendy…your Rebecca cardi looks great. That yarn looks so soft and pretty.

    You could always name the cardi yourself How about “Snowflake”

  25. Annette says:

    Your wrap is turning out to be beautiful. Have you been spinning anything new lately?

    Thanks for the wonderful inspiration!

  26. Loren Gaffin says:

    Your Rebecca wrap looks great!! It is an inspiration to try the Rebecca patterns now that they are printed in English. Let me know about the organic cotton yarn because I may try my hand at knitting a few tees for the summer. It’s gets hot & muggy in NJ and I may need them.

  27. Oh Wendy, what can I say?
    Your knitting speed would probably have your needles smoking by the end of your sessions! LOL

    Cotton’s really not that bad. Really…just use wooden or bamboo needles and they will feel better.