My current work in progress:

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


Summer of Love Lace

Raise your hand if you are old enough to remember the Summer of Love.

Okay, never mind.

I have decided that (for me anyway) this will be the Summer of Lace.

I am blaming this partially on job stress. When I am stressed, I impulse shop. And if I am remembering correctly, I have impulse-shopped up quite a mess o’ lace yarns and patterns.

Not everything has arrived in my mailbox yet, so I’m . . . um . . . not sure exactly what I have. But I do know that it is enough to keep me amused for a while.

And I haven’t had a Summer of Lace for at least five years, which was PB (pre-blog).

I feel as though I ought to hang curtains of beads in the doorways, find my old peace sign medallions and wear them with peasant blouses. Part my hair down the middle and say “groovy.” Peace out, man.

Perhaps I am getting carried away. I toyed with the idea of making a “Summer of Lace” button for my blog, but the way I envision it in my brain (freaked out tie-dye colors/1960s flower power) and the way it came out in my graphics program were worlds apart. But if any of you lovelies who are adept with the graphics want to give it a try . . .

Summer of Lace Blog Button Contest!

An idea breaks through! Send me a “Summer of Lace” button by 5pm EST Wednesday and I’ll post them on my blog Thursday and we can vote on our favorite. The peoples’ choice will win a yarn prize.

Make the button no bigger than 100 pixels wide by 50 pixels high. You know, normal blog button size. I think most of the buttons on my blog are around 80 by 30 pixels, or something like that.

Speaking of lace, here’s the first half of the Deborah Newton shawl completed.


I’ve made a good start on the second half — photos tomorrow.



  1. Summer of Love was ’67? Or ’69? So I was either 1 or 3, but no . . . don’t REALLY remember it! However, I did make a couple buttons for you to look at! I’ll e-mail them to you.

  2. CatBookMom says:

    “If you’re going to San Francisco” by Scott McKenzie was released in 1967, which sort of heralded the Summer of Love for me, stuck in Wyoming as I was. Ah, “those were the days, my friend!”

    Just wanted to comment that Lucy looks quite indignant; does she consider that not her ‘best’ side?? She’s a beautiful cat, and I always like to see her pix.

  3. I think Lucy looks a bit like she was afraid Wendy had finally gone “round the bend!” But I find it a fun idea, being into lace. Or perhaps that was just a “summer of fancy feast” look?

  4. Nancy J says:

    Lucy’s ready for the treat away from the camera? She’ll love you knitting lace — I can see cat behind, in front of, on, under, etc. the lace

  5. Is Lucy sticking her tongue out at us?

  6. Oh yes… as I think about prancing “In the Godda-da-vida” and romping “In the Sunshine of Your Love”. I’m 56 now – graduated from high school in 67 and still have photos of myself with my hair parted in the middle down to my waist – wearing my peasant blouse. I used to knit back then too – through the boring noon lectures we had to attend at college. What memories!

  7. I missed those summers, since I was at Girl Scout camp– not only Woodstock, but also the moon landing and the Democratic convention in Chicago which was apparently quite the event. I will, however, be present for the Summer of Lace, though my participation is still in question. I may qualify as an unindicted co-conspiritor.

  8. Susan Maurer says:

    Your shawl is more gorgeous “in person,” that is, in real life than in the photos in the magazine. I like seeing real world renditions better than the model photos.
    If I were adept at graphics, I’d enter. Shame I can’t enter my visual image, not unlike your own. And I do remember the Summer of Love. But the memories are fading… thanks for bringing them back!

  9. Living in Chicago during the 60’s – 70’s was a dangerous time. We lived on the southwest side near Marquette Park. I can remember lying in bed and listening to the gunfire from Marquette Park during the Democratic Convention riots.
    We moved to the suburbs later that year.
    Like Ricki – I too had hair to my waist parted in the middle. Now, my 16 year old daughter has the same hair, except hers is brown like her Dad’s and mine was blonde.
    Life has a way of coming full circle.
    Love the glam shot of Lucy today! MRRROOOW!
    Denise and the Six-Pack

  10. I’m old enough to remember, but not old enough to have participated, being – what – 10 or 11 at the time… It was just another one of those weird things going on in the world out there.

    The shawl looks terrific, I’ve always thought that was beautiful and been a little uncertain whether it would turn out as lovely as it photographs. I’m looking forward to the final in-use photo of yours to help me decide.

  11. Another one who remembers that summer! Considering the amount of sex and drugs and rock’n’roll that went around, it’s amazing how healthy we all are, huh?

    Love the Summer of Lace idea..I just impulse-shopped some laceweight at my LYS too, so I may have a go at some laceknitting. You’ll know by the swearing to the south of you if I do.

  12. Actually, my hair is STILL down to my waist, although its getting greyer these days. Perhaps, after my winter of socks, I too need a summer of lace. I’ll start slow, this will be the week of lacey socks. The shawl looks super, btw.

  13. I, too, had the long, parted, straight hair, a peace symbol on my car, a peasant blouse and a spouse in the Army. Dangerous/raucous/fun/memorable times, drugs and all. And we lived to tell about it. Outrageous.

  14. Yep, I remember and looked much the same as the above comments. I’m all for a summer of lace. Can’t wait to see the button choices.

  15. Hi, Wendy ! I have had the yarn (in hot pink) for the Deborah Newton’s shawl stashed for some time now but never took the plunge. I always thought it would be a neverending story if I started it. Your progress on this shawl makes things look so quick and easy, I might give it a try. Getting ready for a lace summer as well for pretty much the same reasons as yours. Have fun when your orders arrive !

  16. Which email address do you want us to send the buttons to? The one in your sidebar or your usual contest email?

  17. I was just thinking about returning to a lace project that needs to be frogged and started over and this sounds like the perfect time! Thanks for the inspiration! Love the shawl so far. Are you thinking of turning the button into a knitalong or ring?

  18. My hand is waving! Oh, the concerts I went to…. Young Rascals, Lovin’ Spoonful, Question Mark and the Mysterians, The Animals, Herman’s Hermits, Procal Harum, etc. etc. I need to listen to some old music the next time I sit down to knit.


  19. I think you’ve got this summer pegged. All of my summer knitting projects so far are lace shawls. I doubt I’ll be able to keep up with you but I’ll try.

  20. Well, I was *born* in the summer of love. In the Bay Area, even. 🙂

    Love today’s Lucy pic!