My current work in progress:

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


It’s a Good Thing

What’s a good thing? Knitting lace. But it makes for crappy “in progress” photos.


See what I mean? It looks shriveled and forlorn while you knit it, and does not bloom into beauty until you block it. Here’s a photo from the pattern:


Quite a difference, eh?

The photo, by the way, is from the Shawls and Scarves : The Best of Knitter’s Magazine book, which as some of you pointed out, also has the pattern for this shawl. If you’re into knitted lace, this is a nice book to have.

Here are a couple of close-ups of my shawl in progress. One taken of the body of the shawl:


And one of the edging:


I’ve a long way to go. I’m less than half done with this. It is knit in two pieces, which are grafted together at the center. Then, my favorite part: the blocking!

By the way, none of the photos accurately show the color. It’s not as blue as the first photo, nor as grey as the close-ups.


I did a little spinning today, as a break from the lace.


This is the same stuff I mentioned a little while back — wool/mohair roving from Tintagel Farm, purchased at MDS&W.

Inishmore Update

If you read the comments for yesterday’s entry, you saw that L-B finished her Inishmore, in under two weeks! Well done, L-B!

L-B is sending a prize to Sherry H., who came closest in guessing her finish date and time — within one hour, in fact! Sherry will be receiving 1960 yards of Joslyn’s Fiber Farm hand-dyed alpaca/wool lace yarn—enough for a shetland lace shawl.

We will be drawing the numbers for the raffle prizes on June 1, and I’ll announce the winners of those prizes that evening, or the next day. As you can see by the total donated in the sidebar, you all have been extremely generous, and once I add my donation, we’ll be sending well over $3000 to the Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

We should have a photo of L-B’s finished Inishmore later in the week.



  1. what a shawl!

  2. Isn’t that always the way, with lace? To get progress photos of my Peacock shawl, I had to drape it over a bookcase and let the weight off the sides pull it enough to actually see the pattern. I cannot WAIT to finish it and block it so that I can see for myself what I’ve spent all this time working on. I THINK it looks like it’s going to be great, but really, I’m in the dark as much as the next person in that regard (grin). Now, if only I had the floor space for blocking . . . but that’s going to be two more weeks . . .

  3. oh, those photos don’t begin to do that lovely lace justice…
    aint that ALWAYS the way?

  4. Hey Wendy, are you doing the Secret Pal 5 this year? They extended the deadline if you wanted to sign up.

    Can’t wait to see what the shawl looks like! The yarn looks like it’s a thicker guage than laceweight- are my eyes deceiving me?

  5. That’s a beautiful shawl. My fiance gave me that book for Christmas. I’ve been working on the corner to corner shawl, which we call The Fling because I’ve been known to fling it across the room. It’s in those moments that I think starting the lace shawl would be a bad idea. Seeing your lovely pics makes me rethink that (again).

  6. The shawl is coming out lovely! I looked and looked at that pattern for the longest,but never dared try it. My fingers are too stubby for lace,I think. Can’t wait to see the finished project!!

  7. The shawl will look really lovely once it’s blocked.
    Just curious…color hues in pics of knits run a lot but colors in pics of Lucy don’t? The difference in Lucy’s pics are just light and dark (unless she’s modeling a knit ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) but in knits the difference runs into hues. Does the original color effect the outcome of the photos? I know lighting counts but other than that I have no idea about photography.
    But I’m okay with things the way it is; I have no desire to see a green Lucy. ;P
    Lucy looks deliciously content today!

  8. The shawl is breathtaking!!

  9. Wendy, you are so kind to post all those photos of the lovely shawl-in-progress! I am going to HAVE to purchase that book on my next splurge day. Maybe for the 23rd anniversary I would have had this year if my spouse had not decided otherwise. I really liked your pics before, but now the photo from the pattern is soooo tempting! I guess I really will have to vacuum the carpet someday if I am going to block something really amazing like that! =}

  10. Here’s a bit of a random question, but do you ever have any problems with Lucy and your yarn? It seems to me that my cat, Elvis, secretly wants to knit, becasue she constantly chases my yarn and needles around, even when I’m not knitting. This gets to be a problem when she tries to eat it.

  11. Love the lace close-ups! Lucy looks like she’s relieved the Grudge Match is over. She and Lucky can be friends again! ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Wow, my eyes just about popped out looking at the picture of the finished shawl. That’s amazing!

  13. Kate Hesser says:

    Hi Wendy,
    Your shawl is beautiful! How are you going to block it?

  14. I have knit the Alice Korach shawl (several years ago) and do not remember any errors in the pattern. However, I set it aside for a while because you do the long edging first–all the way around before you get to the more interesting parts. When I broke my leg I picked it up again and finished it. If doing it again, I would knit all four sections at once instead of sewing them together as the pattern directs. I used the Shetland lace-weight which worked well. Instead of blocking it on the floor, I built a frame of 1×2’s and laced through each point to the frame. Then I stood the frame up to dry. That worked well. I am a neighbor in Arlington if you would like to borrow my frame for your new shawl.

  15. I had the honor of seeing L-B’s sweater in person and it is amaaaazing! (And I saw her sore fingers too-as yarn shop owner I feel qualified to perscribe a nice cold marguarita on the rocks for 2 days before picking up the needles again!) And Wendy-Lace after Inishmore?! Wow-the fun never stops.

  16. Wendy– the shawl is lovely, and hey– you don’t have to finish everything in 9 days!!!