My current work in progress:

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


Game, Set, Match

The Tennis Sweater is done. The Official in the Bathroom Mirror Photo:


Some notes about this project:

The description in the pattern said “close-fitting.” I didn’t want close-fitting, so I made the largest size, 42″. It has 3 — 4 inches of ease for me in this size, and I am happy.

I made the body an inch longer and the sleeves an inch shorter. Also happy with this.

The size I made called for 14 skeins of the Cotton Cashmere. I used just under 12. Still happy!

Yup. All in all, happy! It’s a cute design and a well-written pattern. I give it two thumbs up!

In answer to a comments question, yes, I can see it with short sleeves.

What’s Next?



This is the new Debbie Bliss yarn, Cathay, which I am using for a design of my own. I’ll discuss it more fully tomorrow. And be forewarned: I’ll be waxing lyrical about the yarn!


We are quite worn out here today, so we’ll sign off for now and be back tomorrow!


  1. Nice tennis sweater–I’m not a pink person but I like the pink and green combination. The lace on the new design is great–can’t wait for the details.

  2. Beautiful as usual Wendy. Thanks for answering the question about size…I too am not fond of “close fitting”, so I was wondering about that. I also appreciate your comment about the pattern being well written, as a relatively new knitter that’s important to me.

  3. Great sweater! Thanks for the details about the pattern. I will definitely add this one to my list. I am a pink and green lady, literally. They are the colors for my sorority!

  4. Cute, cute, cute! Thanks for posting a picture and your comments on the pattern. I like the length that the extra inch gives, and will probably do the same when I make my own tennis sweater… someday! Oh, and did I mention – cute!

  5. Great job on the sweater–looks beautiful! And mmmmmm…Cathay. I’ve been hearing great things about it.

  6. Once again you have inspired me to spend more money on yarn! Tsk, tsk, tsk. Love the pattern and the color. Debbie Bliss is going to wonder why she only sells pink and green CC!

  7. Beautiful sweater! And in my favorite color…Pink!

  8. very beautiful. i can’t believe what i’ve missed by not knitting for over 30 years. the stuff out there NOW is fabulous. my mom was stuck on knitting worsted and if she wanted to be on the edge, she let me get baby/sport weight! You’re quite an accomplished knitter (and look so young!). Your cat’s a beauty as well. Thank you for your enthusiasm and links! mary

  9. So next time post a pic of you wearing the sweater and the associated tennis skirt kicking some DC ass. That would totally rock.

  10. Love it! You have inspired me to put this on my to-do list, only I will be adding two inches to both body and sleeves, so I will have to wait until I feel like shelling out for all 14 skeins. (Actually probably 15 for good measure.) C’mon tax return!

  11. Hi Wendy!

    Love your tennis sweater!! WOW ~ Can’t believe how fast you knit! I play tennis 3x’s/week and would love to make this sweater to wear ~ Pink is my favorite color!! I probably wouldn’t get it done for two years though…your AMAZING!!

    Thanks for giving me so much “inspiration” ~ I read your blog daily and enjoy it immensely! I love how you end your post with Lucy ~ she’s beautiful!!

    Happy Knitting ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Oh, it is so so great! I can’t wait to be finished with mine, too…It looks fantastic. When I did out the measurements, I definitely decided to add the extra inch to the body, too. It looks fantastic!

  13. Such a cute sweater and the fit is perfectly flattering on you. I’ll be in a retirement home by the time I’m as fast a knitter as you! Very inspiring!

  14. Lovely sweater! Even if it is not close fitting, it looks well shaped for you. And like the sort of sweater that could go happily to work with you and with the addition of some spiffy accessories go out on the town!

  15. Love the sweater. You are one crazy fast knitter! That is gorgeous! I love the cathay, I am working on a sweater in it now…very nice yarn.

  16. looks great. i just may need one of those.

  17. Very pretty sweater ! It looks great on you !

  18. I love the new sweater. Those colors are so fabulous too. I’m SO jealous about all this Cathay going around! Must try to find some around here…

  19. ok, I’m sold. Tennis sweater goes into the lineup. Also, I wanted to thank you for your generous donation to the Revlon Run Walk. You rock!

  20. Game, set and match! Now I am gonna have to make one too. The sweater looks beautiful!

  21. This sweater is incredibly flattering on your figure!

  22. junieann says:

    Dear Wendy:

    I so enjoy my visits. Your sweater is lovely as are all your projects. I love the color. (I am an all shades of pink -to fushia-purple redhead.) You are quite amazing. I asked a question about Rowan’s RYC cotton/cash 4 ply and the info was that you were using it. But is this the Debbie Bliss in this sweater? I wanted an opinion before I took the plunge and ordered the RYC 4 ply.

  23. That’s a very fabulous sweater!! I love the pink and green together.

    I’ve been curious about the DB Cathay so I’m looking forward to your take on the yarn. ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. I have been waiting to see the finished product to decide if I really want to knit it…the verdict is in–Yes!! Yours looks wonderful and comfortable, too.

  25. I went right BY that sweater in VK because it was white and kind of eh, uninspiring…this is what I love about blogland…real women knitting real sweaters that make them happy! The fit is perfect,and the knitting exceptional, as always. INSPIRING!
    The Cathay design has me curious!

  26. That tennis sweater is so GORGEOUS!! So flattering and most speedily made! You are a great inspiration and I love your cat too!

  27. When are you going to wear the Tennis Sweater out in public? It looks luscious!

    I’m looking forward to seeing what you’ve got in store for the Cathay. Mmmmmm!

  28. Beauty! That sweater looks fantastic on you!!

  29. adorable! i love vintagey styles, and i collect tons of old knitting patterns. but they are very hard to make because they call for teensy yarn/needles, with tons of stitches per inch, and are of course sized for very small people. i love to look at them and dream about ‘modernizing’ them. but its nice when someone else has already done the work. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  30. The Tennis Sweater is awesome and looks GREAT! on you!

    Happy is good.

  31. I’m working on the tennis sweater right now and also lenghthened it an inch. What a fun knit this is and it looks great to boot… can’t wait to finish mine.

  32. AWSOME!!!!!!!!

  33. Susan Maurer says:

    Cute, cute, cute! And a smashing idea for a vest, as someone commented. Especially fitting (so to speak) for warmer climates, like where I live (in Florida). I don’t play much tennis, but I do love that pullover, much more on you than on the babe in the VK photo. Truly! It’s much nicer to see garments on “real” people. The gorgeous photos that sell those magazines sometimes make me wonder if they’ll turn out as nice as they look in the posed image. Or if the garment will look as nice on a non-anorexic body. Glad you’re so happy with the results, Wendy! The tennis sweater is truly lovely. They oughta run that photo of you in the bathroom mirror in a magazine! ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. Nice work on the tennis sweater. I have a question about the DB Cotton Cashmere. You didn’t find it a bit stiff to work with? I’m using Cot/Cash for a baby item, and although I like the feel of the yarn, I find it quite unforgiving and stiff to work with. There’s absolutely no give. Think maybe it’s because I’m knitting a smaller item? I’d appreciate your thoughts.

  35. You are such a spunky prepster. It looks great!
    cocktails after the match, dahling?

  36. The sweater looks great–as always, you did a great job, although Lucy looks a little underwhelmed . . . (grin)

  37. I love the sweater, and you look fab in it! I just may have to add this to my ever-growing list of must knits. Beautiful work!

  38. It looks great! And is the perfect color scheme for a yarn foray at KH! (grin)

  39. That is one good looking sweater! I love the yarn, too. It knits very nicely. Can’t wait for your next ‘secret’ project.

  40. Hello Wendy –

    What is that wonderful pattern you have knitted with the new Debbie Bliss yarn. Love that border !! Do tell. Thank you.

  41. Wendy, your sweater is gorgeous – as your knitting always is. Love the colour combo!

  42. Hi Wendy,
    WONDERFUL Sweater!!! I was wondering if you think a novice to intermediate knitter could knit this? Love your blog, and your Kitty!

  43. Your tennis sweater must be yummy to the touch! Where did you extend the length? In the ribbing or the cable body? Cathay sounds like a lovely yarn!

  44. What a cute sweater! Love the colors. Adding it to my list….sigh. ๐Ÿ™‚

  45. This tennis sweater is gorgeous!! I would like very much to have the pattern of it. You mentioned that it’s in Vogue Knitting. Could you please tell me which edition? Magazine or book? I’ll try to find it here in my country (Brazil) which I know it’s gonna be a very hard task!