My current work in progress:

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


Everything Under the Sun is in Tune

My real-life knitbud Shelley has come over to the dark side. She is now a knitblogger. Being a former space cadet, I love her banner!

Go say “hey” to Shelley and welcome her to the bloggie neighborhood!

Cabling Without a Cable Needle Redux

Patty asked:
Any yarns this doesn’t work well on? I’m thinking cotton and rayon?

The more slippery the yarn, the more hazardous this technique becomes. But as I pretty much never make cabled designs out of very slippery yarn, this is usually not an issue for me.

Sydney asked:
Do you always cable sans cable needle? No matter how itty bitty the stitches? I’ve tried it on various different projects, and I can sometimes make it work, but for smaller stuff I find I tend to drop stitches more often than not.

I have not used a cable needle for 20 years, apart from when I taught a class on knitting cables. So, yup. No matter how itty bitty the stitches.

And on the subject of arans, Cynthia asked:
What would you suggest as a first aran for an otherwise experienced knitter?

If you have access to a copy of Alice Starmore’s Aran Knitting, I’d suggest Na Craga. It’s a lovely design, and the pattern consists of just a few elements that work really well together. Check my knitting gallery here for a couple of the Na Cragas I have made.

Fickle? Me?

Look what I’m working on now.


The second sleeve for Aurora. I’ve cast the Mahi Mahi tank aside.

I’ve got three more days til the Inishmore Challenge begins and two of them are weekend days. I figure I ought to be able to finish Aurora and Mahi Mahi and I may even have time to start a widdle Nantasket Basket as well. Whaddya think?

I’ll let you know how I do when I return here on Sunday.

Speaking of the Inishmore Challenge . . .

A bunch more contributions to the cause today! Thank you!!

Last But Not Least


For my fellow purse-lover, StitchinGirl, a photo of my new purse.


Meow, baby!


  1. three more days….
    oh, sorry, i completely forgot
    what I was going to say
    after i saw today’s LUCY

  2. What a Hottie modeling the Na Craga sweater!

  3. Welcome home, beautiful purse!!!

  4. Phyllis – The guy wearing that Na Craga is thinking about quitting his day job and modeling full-time. Or not… As Clint Eastwood said, “A man’s gotta know his limitations.”

  5. Ooooh!!!! I so need to get a pink bag!

  6. If there are no major interruptions (or even if there is), I’ve no doubt you will be able to finish them!

  7. Oh I love that purse!!! I am a purse person as well….

  8. Cool purse Wendy!! Does Lucy have wings hidden in all that fur?

    You may notice I too have now joined the knitting blog universe ๐Ÿ™‚ and I have a very cute new kitty so if Lucy is into younger men, have a look see!

    BTW, June 11 is World KIP Day and since you get 1000% more readers than I do at my fledgling blog, I thought I would mention it here…I hope you dont mind. Link is on my blog…thanks Wendy and good luck to both you and L-B on the Inishmore Challenge!!

  9. Barbara says:

    I’m glad to see that you’ve returned to Aurora. She’s too pretty not to finish. Good luck on starting the Inishmore Challenge.

  10. OK – I’ll bite.
    What’s a “Nantasket Basket”?

  11. Susan Maurer says:

    Your tutorial for “cables sans cable needle” technique is the BEST! I’m knitting the Debbie Bliss Grace cabled cardigan in cotton angora from her book of the same name and I’m going to work up the courage to try the technique. But I gotta know – since those are your hands (I’m guessing by the lovely nails) in the photos, who took the pictures? Ian or Lucy? (or did you do the tutorial B.L.? Before Lucy?) Hope you’re doing the Grudge Match workout this weekend! Fingers crossed (except when knitting)…

  12. lv2knit says:

    I have almost given up on Aran knitting (I completed the Great American Aran Afghan and that about did me in), but I may try it again using the no cable needle method. I am really slow at cabling but I hope to speed it up doing it this way.

  13. I’m so glad you suggested Na Graga. I haven’t knit a n Aran yet, so I picked up a copy of Aran Knitting from the library yesterday to take a look,a nd aee what it’s all about. Thanks for the suggestion.

  14. I am making a sweater with a 12 st cable (6 over 6) in a worsted weight yarn that doesn’t stretch much. I am finding it impossible to get into the 2nd 6 stitches while leaving the 1st 6 on the needle. I tried pulling the 1st 6 off and pinching with my thumb and forefinger while going into the 2nd 6 stitches, but the last stitch keeps raveling down before I can get to it to pick it up. Any tips?

  15. Wendy… I have a question. I noticed you have cast mahi mahi aside. At what point do you decide that you don’t really like working a pattern, or that it doesn’t suit you? Do you finish it no matter what?

    I am horrible about starting something only to get bored or decide I don’t really like it… but then I feel bad about wasting my time.


  16. Thanks for visiting my blog Wendy! oops I mean, Lucy ๐Ÿ™‚

    So furry babe, ya wanna get lucky? Meow, back at ya!! heheh

  17. So late last night I was sitting at my computer trying for the umpteenth time to download my pictures only to keep erasing my entry…Suddenly I look and I see the hits on my site going bezerk. I finally figured out what the referral page means… I’m blushing, really, you and your fans are the sweetest. Thanks so much for the big welcome and the many kind comments. I knew there was a reason why I wanted to be a part of the blog community!

    BTW folks, Wendy convinced me to try the non-cable needle technique and I haven’t gone back. I love it!

  18. Susan Maurer says:

    I gotta tell you, that cables-sans-cable-needle technique is the BEST! It’s SO friggin’ easy! I couldn’t believe it! I had the same reaction, Wendy. I just did it and then said a big “D-UH!” Without your tutorial though, I’d never have known about it or tried it without seeing your photos. So THANK YOU! and MWA! IOU!

  19. This will be my last goodluck before the Irishmore Challenge starts.
    Just a thought, due to the discussion of time zones I just came from, would it be considered cheating if one of you flies over to my place (+8 GMT) and cast on on 12.01am on the 16th? lol!
    I know, no need to answer THAT one! ๐Ÿ˜›

  20. Hey,Kelly! Don’t encourage Wendy—she’d probably catch a flight just to get a headstart on me! I’m relaxing my fingers in sunny Florida right now and will be knitting my way back to Virginia on Monday! Are ya ready,Wendy? Let’s rumble! ๐Ÿ˜‰