My current work in progress:

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


Let’s Tie One On

As I’ve mentioned, I am making my lacy cardi with ties at the front, rather than buttons. Here’s what I did:

When I was casting off the front band, I left three “live” stitches at the beginning of the v-neck on each side, thusly:


(Sorry about the over-exposed picture!)

To do this you simply cast off until you reach the point where you want your live stitches, work across those stitches, put them on a holder, then resume casting off.

Next, I put the three stitches on a dpn and commenced making an i-cord.


Quickie lesson on how to make an i-cord, for the uninitiated:

Using two dpns, knit across the stitches, then slide the work to the other end of the needle. Do not turn the work, but knit the stitches again pulling the yarn over from the other end of the work. Continue on in this manner, sliding the work to the opposite end of the needle after each row, until you have the desired length.


So there you have it: ties for your cardi!

I did finish the first sleeve on my commute today.


So all that’s left is one sleeve.

And to sew the sucker up.

Beth commented:
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?

I’m planning on mattress-stitching the lace together and forsee no problems (famous last words). The way the sweater is constructed is that I knit the lace edging first, then pick up stitches along the straight edge and knit up from there (so the stitches of the lace are at a right angle to the stitches of the body). I started and ended each strip of lace with a plain knit row, so I will have matching plain edges to seam together.

All Lucy All the Time


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

Thank you! I do take photos of poor Lucy every day. I’m surprised she doesn’t run and hide when she sees me approaching, camera in hand. I guess she’s a supermodel at heart and secretly relishes the limelight.

Janet said:
Can’t wait for your book. But the biggest question is: Will Lucy be in the book?

And thank you! Lucy will make an appearance once or twice. She has already requested that her royalties be paid in Fancy Feast and catnip.

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

Two words: clothes brush.

Actually, Lucy does not shed very much. Right now she’s getting rid of her winter coat, so the shedding is at its worst. But it’s still not too bad. Lucy gets brushed around four times a week, and that gets rid of a lot of her loose fur. Fortunately, she loves getting brushed.

A couple of you mentioned that your cats have a penchant for lying on electronics. Lucy lies on my scanner when I’m at the computer — she just wants to be close to Mommy.

But one of my dear departed cats, Tristan, (who you can see helping me block a shawl here) loved to lie on the VCR.

I remember years ago when the movie “A Passage to India” was playing on HBO, I wanted to tape it. It always seemed to be on when I wasn’t home. Every time I programmed the VCR to tape, Tristan de-programmed it by randomly pressing the VCR buttons with his paws. This happened 4 or 5 times. Once I even taped a cardboard box over the VCR to protect the programming, but Tristan chewed through the box and once again de-programmed.

I recently bought “A Passage to India” on DVD.

Aside: I’ve never met a David Lean film that I didn’t love. I have most of his films that are available on DVD. I wish they’d hurry up and release the rest of them. My VHS tape of “This Happy Breed” is decidedly crappy quality!


  1. I was just looking at Kim Hargreaves’ new website, and she shows a cardigan with ties! Great minds….

  2. One of our kitties likes to perch on top of the Bose Wave radio. Since the controls are on top, this tends to turn the radio on or up or to another station! Or change the setting for the alarm…

  3. Alice in Richmond says:

    The chanting of “Mrs. Moore, Mrs. Moore”. I love that. I think I will name my next shawl after Mrs. Moore in “A Passage to India”. I just bought “Ghandi”. The video store guy asked me why. I like the movie. I like the philosophy of Ghandi and Mrs. Moore.

    I also like your eyelet cardi. Good weather for it.

  4. Either you knit really fast, or you have to travel a long distance! You can finish a sleeve during the morning commute? Okay, take it as 2/3 … but that’s still some great achievement to me!

  5. You know, I loved the novel, but I couldn’t get through the movie for some reason (unlike other Forster novels made into movies). I should give it another Netflix-sponsored chance.

    The sweater is looking just lovely.

  6. My kitty, Moey, is obsessed with the subwoofer for the stereo system for our TV. She’s always sticking her head in the hole trying to figure out where the bass is coming from. She’s also a video game fiend and likes to “help” slay monsters appearing from the corners of the screen by jumping up and swatting them. Unfortunately, she’s a mohair hog, and find every hidden ball in my stash. She’s unravelled an entire skein of Kidsilk Haze. Do you ever have problems like this with Miss Lucy?

  7. I just wanted to say again that I love reading your blog every day, even if I don’t comment much. And I also love the daily dose of Lucy. ๐Ÿ™‚

    The cardigan is coming out wonderfully. I’ll be interested in getting a hold of the pattern once you make it available!

  8. Wow … I say “wow” a lot coming here, but each and everytime your work amazes me. I covet to be able to knit like you, and people like you someday … The cardi looks brilliant.

  9. Thank you for the I-cord tutorial – you are the BEST!

  10. I should have known you’d have something clever planned for the edges of your sleeves. ๐Ÿ™‚ Plain row to plain row–perfect! I guess when you design your own sweaters, you can plan the width of things such that they line up precisely where you want them to, as long as you don’t mind doing the math.

  11. My childhood cat was a VCR lover. The thing eventually broke down because of cat hair and/or vomit clogging up the insides. After she died, I saw “shadows” of her on the VCR for a good year afterwards–kept looking out of the corner of my eye expecting her to be there, and I don’t think I did that with any of her other common spots.

  12. Beautiful sweater!

    And Lucy is a doll. Haha. Sophia poses for picturs but Bosco always closes his eyes. I think both Lucy and Soph are super-models. Too bad they can’t do a photo shoot together!

  13. Yes Lucy is a supermodel at heart! I’m excited about her book debut. ๐Ÿ˜‰ And I’m glad to learn that my Sally is not the only one who is techno-savy. Not only does she sit on my computer monitor, but she loves walking/sitting on the phone & answering machine. She has actualy called the AT&T operator, and more than once changed the outgoing message on my answering machine to “Meow…. meow…. meow.”. I guess she wants everyone who calls to know who really runs my place!

  14. thank you wendy for writing about the icord. For the life of me i could never get it, and seeing your description makes it so clear! no more crocheted chains as straps!

  15. Wendy, just wanted to drop in and tell you that I finally listened to your Knitcast interview and that I loved hearing you speak about knitting, blogging, and cat ownership. I’m looking forward to reading your book later this year. Thanks for continuing to blog as/when you are able; your notes about design and construction are hugely informative for others (read: me!).


  16. Susan Maurer says:

    A pox on you, Wendy! A big ol’ honkin’ whomper knitting pox! May you have more yarn than you can ever knit! I just received a package of seven different cottons (Debbie Bliss, Rowan and Manos) to compare from Knit Happens. I’m in cotton heaven (and I highly recommend it; it’s glorious), thanks to you – knitting temptress that you are! I gotta date with my needles tonight (that sounds more suspicious than it is)!