My current work in progress:

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


It’s a Done Deli

Thank you for all the kind comments and email about my third blog-i-versary. I appreciate them all very much.

Yep, I sucked it up and sewed miles of lace edging on to Deli Friday night. This process was aided by several margaritas and half a chocolate bunny. It is my experience that tequila and chocolate ease any boring task.

I mentioned last week that I used mattress stitch to sew the lace on. We did attempt to take a couple of photos of the process.

On the right side, I slide the needle under a stitch, right above the cast on edge at the bottom edge of the sweater.


Then I slide the needle under a stitch at the straight edge of the edging.


Pull the yarn tight. Repeat forever.


When I make my way up the side front of the sweater, I slide the needle in-between the first and second stitch of the edge of the sweater. Doing so makes the edges turn to the inside, so you always get a smooth seam.

After sewing on the lace I knitted the two i-cord ties and sewed them to the fronts of the sweater.

Here’s the completed Deli.


And a close-up of the sleeve.


It was late Friday night when I was done, but I did cast on for the Debbie Bliss Tennis Sweater (Design number 18 in the new Vogue Knitting). As I mentioned last week, I’m using Debbie Bliss Cotton Cashmere, in pale pink with pale green as the accent color.

How very preppie of me.

Here’s the progress on the back so far.


By the way, I hate the time change. So does Lucy.


And this is for Kim:



  1. Hmm… I was going to skip the new VK, but that sweater does look terrific.

    You are such a speedster!! Now I’m tempted to knit instead of working (which is so successfully being procrastinated…)

  2. Deli looks wonderful!!! As I said before, you are an inspiration to me. I have been attempting to work on the Lucky Clover Wrap from the SnB Nation. I have frogged it a couple of times because there are too many distractions around me to concentrate on the pattern stitch. Oh well, I will certainly try again. The tennis sweater also looks great. Can’t wait to see the finished product.

  3. That is really a great sweater. I’ve been reading your blog for maybe 6 months and I think that’s my favorite thing that I’ve seen so far. (I’m not sure how I feel about the pink — but that’s just me.)
    My question is, though — how on earth do you knit with those fingernails?

  4. Cute! It looks really nice. I really like the new Vogue Knitting too– I think it is their best issue in a while. I agree that the pink and green tennis sweater is going to be pretty darn preppie.
    Nice to see spongebob making an appearance (he must have been on vacation…!)

  5. I love the Deli sleeves – those came out beautifully! Congratulations ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Deli looks great – well worth the interminable lace.. I’m hating the time change in the other direction even worse – it’s SO dark in the evenings now, no more after dinner walking on the beach.

  7. Hi! I’m a fairly new blogger and just wanted to say that your sweater is so lovely! The tennis sweater looks like a winner too. My 5 year old Daniel liked the Spongebob photo! Come and visit me sometime too!

  8. Hi Wendy, Deli looks great on you ! I love the lace border. It is very beautiful !

  9. Deli looks wonderful on you. I love the color. Don’t forget to snap a shot with the dress you bought for it. I can’t wait to see them together.

    Happy BlogBirthday too.

  10. Wow! Your knitting on the tennis sweater looks great. I’m thinking of starting it in a few weeks, and I’d love it if you posted any “problems” that you encounter. If you don’t encounter any, that would be fabulous to know too!! Deli looks fabulous, too!

  11. Great job on Deli! The edging is well worth it. Or at least, *I* think so ๐Ÿ˜‰ Happy bloggyversary!

  12. Deli is gorgeous! That shade really suits you. Well done it getting it all done so quickly. Can we get a picture of Deli with ‘the’ dress?

  13. deli looks awesome!
    i love the colors for the tennis sweater!

  14. I like the sweater…it looks very loose and comfy.

  15. Holy Moly Macaroni! How are you knitting the tennis sweater sooooo quickly! That is amazing. I finished a sleeve this weekend – but I will keep checking to see how you’re coming along. It’s going to look fantastic!

  16. I can imagine you wearing that tennis sweater to some event at Knit Happens!

  17. Love the Deli! I bought white Cottoncash to make it and I can’t wait to start (its after a few million other projects I want to do..). I envy your knitting speed! I tend to knit slowly – especially when I rib plus I try to spend some of my “non-work” time reading. I also agree with the daylight savings time thing. I don’t get it – we aren’t an agricultural society anymore. Geez!

  18. Hurrah! It’s your sock pattern in my knitting calendar today!

  19. A delitious deli, so pink and feminine. I’m actually knitting pink too, for the first time. Don’t know what came into me, but it’s actually quite nice…

  20. Ohhh!!! Deli is just Fab!! I think that I will add the pattern and yarn to my list of things to order when Knit Happens finally goes online!!

  21. Deli looks very elegant on you….great job as usual!!

  22. Claudia W says:

    Deli came out beautiful.

    The tennis sweater looks great in your color choices. I can’t wait to see the progression – you’ll be done in no time.

  23. Deli is very pretty, but I think a tad bit too large for you… I’d be happy to take it off your hands!

  24. Deli is GORGEOUS!! Congratulations on your completion!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. Deli is beautiful–I had no idea it would be that long from the progress photos! And the tennis sweater is full of preppie goodness. I’m tempted by that sweater, too, but I don’t think I have enough yarn for it…and I also don’t know how often I’d wear a tennis sweater.

  26. Susan Maurer says:

    You are awesome! Deli finished already AND I can’t believe your progress on the DB tennis sweater. Deli looks SMASHING! It’s truly lovely! As are you in it!

  27. Deli looks wonderful!

    Thank you so much for the pictures of sewing on the lace! The pictures make it more understandable. This will be helpful in the future!

  28. just to repeat what a zillion others said, LOVE deli, and the tennis sweater!!

  29. It takes a weeek to get used to the time change…yawn. Delia looks marvelous and you did a quick job of knitter her.

  30. WooooooooWhoooooo!!!!! Sponge Bob!! Sponge Bob!! Coffee on the computer screen (again)!! Mr. Bill even came out to give him a hug. Big smile. Thank you Wendy.

    Oh yes, your Deli is absolutely beautiful!! Love the color. The lace edge is incredible and worth all the time you spent on it. Sponge Bob!! Sponge Bob. What a great Monday present.

    Hugs, Kim

  31. Wow, Deli looks great! I do hope you’ll show us how it looks with the dress, though. Thanks for the sewing on close-ups.

  32. so pretty!

  33. Deli is awesome! And that tennis sweater is looking REALLY good as well. I’m not usually a pink/green lover but the colors there looks really pretty! Can’t wait to see it progress!

  34. Deli is amazing on you. Definitely something you can wear to the next Pete Townshend/Who concert tour! Hey I may have to make it myself!

  35. Lucy is too cute, and I’m with her I don’t like the time change either.

    Love the new sweater colors, very, very cute.

  36. wow! A yummy post all around! (1) Thanks for the pix of sewing on the lace. I’ve got a finished pullover (from one of the Jaeger aran/chunky booklets) and yards of lace trim waiting to be sewn on, but I’ve never done that and so I’ve just been putting it off. (2) Deli looks gorgeous!! (3) The Debbie Bliss sweater is v. cute.

  37. AHA! Chocolate and margaritas!! That’s the ticket . . . I’ve been trying to write my $*(#!@ papers with coffee and twizzlers. I’ll have to switch.

    Deli is absolutely beautiful.