My current work in progress:

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


What’s That Landmass Dead Ahead, Captain?

Yup, it’s Sleeve Island!

I sucked it up and finished the second side front of the Lacy Cardi last night.


And I cast on for a sleeve.


These are going to be three-quarter length sleeves, or there-abouts. I’ll knit until I like the length, then bind off for the sleeve cap.

But before I get hunkered down completely in my deck chair and commence yelling at the cabana boy for margaritas, I am going to knit the front and neck bands.

I’ve picked up the stitches, so I’m good to go.


(Note that the sweater is indeed white. The color in the photos varies depending on the light where I took the photos.)

This way I can be knitting on that at home and the sleeves can go on the road with me.

As I mentioned previously, this pattern will not be in my book, as the draft of that is just about purty near done, yes indeedy.

The writing of the book has become a part of my daily life. I’ve been working on it for the past eleven months. Soon I will enter the rewriting portion of our programme.

I had a couple of book questions in the comments. It is a combination of stories (or essays, if you will) along with patterns. And it does have a working title:

WendyKnits: Adventures with Two Needles and an Attitude.

My agent came up with the title, not me. And when he suggested it to me I said: “What? You think I have an attitude?”

He laughed.

Lucy has an opinion on that subject but is wisely keeping it to herself.


A question in the comments about whether my book will be available in Canada, and if I’ll be selling it.

It’s being published by Penguin, so they will be taking care of distribution. I’m assuming it’ll be available outside the U.S., but I’m a newbie at this so the truth is: I dunno. But any information I have, as publication date nears, I’ll be sure to share here.

This is a totally new experience for me. All my professional writing up to this point has been stuff for work, and no one has ever wanted to see that published, I can tell ya!

Cotton Angora Question

A question in the comments about Debbie Bliss Cotton Angora — how does it hold up after laundering?

Anyone have any experience? I have one sweater knitted from Cotton Angora . . . and I haven’t worn it yet!


  1. tell that cabana boy you’ll need a straw AND an umbrella…sheesh, that’s a WHITE sweater…I’d never
    make it two rows without Margarita splotches ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. How do you knit so astonishingly fast? It takes me weeks to get through a sweater back.

  3. About the Cotton Angora…it does hold up well after washing (hand washing is all I have done). The only issue I have had with it is that it sheds a bit, actually pretty badly, and washing it doesn’t help. Hope this helps!

  4. How in the HECK do you knit so fast??? One day I see that you have started the sweater, and the next, the back and front are done and you’ve started on sleeves! Oh Jedi Knitter, share your wisdom!

  5. Wendy with an Attitude,

    Well, the Attitude has served you well I’d say. Congratulations .

  6. Wendy, pls make sure the book gets to make its appearance in Singapore ok?!

  7. An especially cute Lucy photo today…

  8. The cast-on edge of that sleeve is cool! No wonder you were itching to get to Sleeve Island. Hee!

  9. looking forward to the book ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Hasn’t another blogger already done that book?

  11. I can’t wait to read the book! Question: How’d you find yourself an agent?

  12. Great sweater! I hope your cabana boy is better than mine. Last time I was on Sleeve Island, they ran out of tequila I was there so long. Come on! Don’t they know to stock up for Klara-lund sleeves?
    I can’t wait to read your book. It’s wonderful that the publishing world is seeking out those in the knitting world to share stories!

  13. I haven’t knitted anything with Debbie Bliss yarn in a couple of years, but Cotton Angora is the only yarn I’ve seen that Clara at Knitters Review has just totally panned – and she is usually a very kind reviewer who can find a reason to recommend almost any yarn. She said all the angora shed out after a little washing and wearing and all you were left with was cheap looking cotton. NAYY.

  14. And the attitude has a name: Lucy. ๐Ÿ™‚ (or would that be ‘cattitude’?)

  15. Cotton Angora holds up to handwashing so far for me BUT to be honest, I’ve been disappointed in the yarn. The darn sweater leaves me with a furry butt everytime! Grrrrrr…..

  16. Yes, Wendy has attitude. It’s a great title! At least she asked your opinion. Many times the author has NO say. Can’t wait!

  17. elizabeth says:

    Great news about your book! Forgive me for offering one suggestion. I think the title would be even better slightly shorter, as in WendyKnits: Two Needles and an Attitude
    Your writing has a lot of punch (and attitude!, which is good). I think that should be stressed, and the slightly shorter version would look great on any booklist of best sellers!

  18. sylviatx says:

    Congratulations on the book! That’s wonderful.

    Now, does this mean that some of your patterns we can see as finished objects in your gallery will be available in the book? Pleeeeeze say yes!

  19. sylviatx says:

    …like Mel, and Vance, and Liam…

  20. Congrats on the book. Maybe you should call it “Adventures with Two Needles and Cat-itude,” to reflect Ms. Lucy’s ever-present opinions. ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. The sweater I knit with DB Cotton Angora has been a huge disappointment. It’s lovely to knit with, but it sheds, and sheds, and sheds. After the first wearing I had fluff from my neck to my knees. Two cycles through the dryer on air fluff helped, but the surface of the garment needs to have pills removed after every wearing.

  22. hey there! i found your site through a google search for Swedish Knitting ๐Ÿ™‚ I have no idea if you’ll be able to offer any advice, but I am interested in learning more about taditional swedish knitting so that i can make my dad something “oh so Swedish” Do you have any book or pattern recommendations?


  23. Jennifer says:

    Still haven’t received my VK mag yet. However, I would like to order my yarn while it is available on ebay. Will you let me know the breakdown of the 12 balls between the main colour and the contrasting colour? Thanks for your help.