My current work in progress:

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



That’s the number of stitches I picked up to knit the band that goes up a side front, round the neck, and down the other side front of the Lacy Cardi.

I picked up the stitches in sections so wasn’t thinking about a total number. I think I’m glad I didn’t add them up until after I finished. If I’d known there were so many, I would have whimpered and whined all through the knitting. But not knowing, I just knitted along , not thinking about it.


I finished the band last night, whilst watching lame television. When I bound off, I left three stitches live on each side, at the point where the v-neck starts. These will be used to make the i-cord ties, as I won’t be using buttons on this.


And here’s my commuter-knitting sleeve progress.


Several of you have commented on how quickly this is working up. I hadn’t thought about it, but yeah, it is going pretty fast. I started it at 10pm last Tuesday night.

I think the reason why I’m zipping along is a combination of loving the yarn and enjoying the eyelets. It would be considerably more boring if it were straight stockinette. Having an eyelet row every fourth row definitely adds some “zing” for me!

I leave you with . . .


Almost-Still Life with Scanner and Wireless Router.


  1. Ah! A kindred spirit! My kitty does ‘cat scans’ all the time! I’ve never figured that out since scanners aren’t warm…..

  2. I always enjoy the shot of your cat at the end of each post! Are you taking pictures of her every day?

  3. Eyelets definitely take the boredom out of stockinette. Thanks for the tip on the i-ties, one of those “duh” ideas. Wendy, you’re always on the ball!

  4. Looks wonderful! I do love eyelets as well, but I must say how wonderful DB Cathay is. It does slide so nicely on the needles!

  5. Apparently, NOT knowing is half the battle with regard to that very large number of picked up stitches! =)

  6. There is a lighter feeling to not knowing how many stitches are on the needles! Though sometimes, it’s necessary…

    My kitty also likes to sleep on any raised just-barely-cat-sized flat surface, too. On the scanner, on the printer, on the new DVD player…especially any NEW flat objects in the house!

  7. Love the sweater. And loved the pink/green one. Can’t wait for your book. But the biggest question is: Will Lucy be in the book?

  8. I really like how this one is turning out. The fabric looks very drapey, so it’ll be interesting to see how it fits.

    And please, give us the real secret. How do you mix daily life with a chocolate cat and a white sweater?

  9. I think you must be reincarnated from a Hindu God with many arms to get all that knitting done soooo fast. Cardi looks lovely!

  10. I hear ya. I have to have eyelets, an occasional cable, stripes…SOMETHING in order to keep from getting bored of straight stockinette. It’s soothing, but after a while gets monotonous.

  11. Lovely sweater, do you cast off til you reach the stitches you want live and then end the cast off and start casting off again after those stitches, or?

  12. great idea to leave the live sts 🙂

  13. I know Im a day late but I never pass up a chance to pan DB Cotton Angora. It is the huge waste of time and money. After two washings and a few air dryings I realising that I could never wear it to work with good clothes. I figured I could wear it with jeans on the weekend. Wrong – I got to work on Monday and discovered that the seat of my car was covered in fur AND the seat belt had left a white bandolier strap across my chest. I had to go out at lunch and buy a clothes brush.

  14. My cat loves the scanner/printer combo — she gets on top and presses all the buttons, then gets in front of it to watch the “mousies” (print heads) go back and forth. Repeat till bored.

  15. At least she can’t hit the print button. Mimi likes to hit the print button on the all-in-one combo. I have to keep the shredder unplugged since it is just a step for her a te way to a window. Meezers and their relatives seem to think that computers and their related parts are just there for resting purposes or to elevate them to petting hits.

  16. Wendy, I’m wondering how you are going to deal with the lace edging when it’s time to sew up the seams. There’s a couple of spots where you will be joining lace to lace (the end of the sleeves, for instance.) Can this be done unobtrusively, i.e. without a wavy or otherwise funny-looking seam?

  17. Now you all have me worried — I am making the pale lime green sweater from Nicky Epstein’s Knitting on the Edge (Berry Cluster Pullover). It is an excruciatingly gorgeous pattern!! It is in Tahki Jolie, which is 70% angora. I am worried it will shed all over the place, and I won’t be able to wear it. It’s already way too dressy for my lifestyle, but if it sheds a lot I’ll be even less likely to wear it! Anyone worked with Jolie??

  18. patty bolgiano says:

    I’ve been reading your posts for a while and must say that you do lovely things at an amazing rate of speed. It seems as though it is roughly a sweater a week. Except for the mango Alice Starmore, but even that was really moving along. How are you finding the time and what style knitting are you doing? Continental?