My current work in progress:

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


All Lace All the Time

I am on “Shawl Archipelago” (the lace version of Sleeve Island, cleverly coined by Carie). Yeah, still knitting madly on the second half of the shawl. I’m making progress, but it makes for very uninspiring “in progress” photos. The fun won’t start until the blocking!

So I’ll spare you an “in progress” photo today because it looks pretty much the same, except there’s more of it.

Instead I’ll post some photos of recent acquisitions.

Last week I placed an order with Morehouse Merino, and it arrived a couple of days ago.


Ten skeins of their lace yarn in Soft White. This is fingering weight, 220 yards per 1 oz skein.


Five skeins of their variegated 2-Ply yarn in Autumn Fields. This is sport weight, 220 yards per 2 oz skein.

The Soft White will likely become a square shetland shawl (though I reserve the right to change my mind a million times). The Autumn Fields — hmmmm, maybe a triangular shawl.

You see, I am stockpiling lace supplies in hopes that they allow me to take them all with me when I am sent to the Home for the Terminally Confused.

How to Salvage a Sucky Day

Come home from work to find an envelope from Sweden in your mailbox.


Open said envelope and find a cute kitty card inside.


Find also in said envelope an alluring little package wrapped in gold paper.


Open said package and find these:


Beaded wristwarmers. Knitted in qivuit.


Thank you, Johanne!! They are perfect!

Coming tomorrow: Voting on the Summer of Lace Buttons. The button that wins the popular vote wins a yarn prize!



  1. WOW! Awesome wrist warmers!! They must feel divine!!

  2. Those pulsewarmers are breathtaking. And I’ve been on a binge…those are beautiful.

  3. marianne says:

    beautiful wrist warmers, i may have to take up beading too now!

    currently i am knitting a lace scarf from the morehouse lace yarn as their shop is just up our
    “rural” road here, (a lot of development here lately), glad to see you supporting our local sheep farms!

  4. Laureen says:

    beautiful wrist warmers, but, those nail are gorgeous!! How do you keep such long and beautifully manicured nails?

  5. I got my qiviut from the raffle today! I’d planned on making a lace scarf with it, but maybe beaded wrist warmers would work better! My hands are always freezing in winter. Hmmm…

  6. Beautiful wrist warmers! What a great way to salvage a day. The new yarn is lovely too. I adore Morehouse Merino and always head to their booth at a festival. Which reminds me, I have one of their lace kits that I picked up in NYC at the Union Square Farmers Market last year. Thanks for the reminder!

  7. Those wrist warmers look so good on your hands!

    I like the summer of lace idea. Since I have craploads of lace projects that need finishing. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. LOVE the wirstwarmers! I definitely have to learn beading. I’d love some of those in blue, or maybe green…hm…

    anyway. Can’t wait for the buttons to go up! hope I win. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. I love the Morehouse Merino.. such a wonderful yarn. I’m looking forward to a summer of lace. Just when I thought I was getting out of my lace mood…. you pulllllll me right back in. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Maybe if you start Tina, it’ll inspire me to finish my Tina too.

  10. Ok…question for you. Do I get to consider the Flower Basket Shawl a lace project? Yeah, I know I’m not stepping up the plate compeletely, but I’ve only done one other lace pattern before. I do have a more complicated lace pattern planned for after I finish it.

  11. Can I run away into the Autumn Fields?

    Those wristwarmers look very cool.

  12. very cool pulse warmers…hey–your nails are long again!!

  13. For those who feel they need a little extra guidance on lace knitting for the Summer of Lace Knit-Along, my knitting guild (Knit at Night Guild in Houston) is hosting a Mystery Stole Knit Along on Yahoo:

    Clues (instructions) are posted each week, and there are lots of good tips for beginning lace knitters.

  14. Beautiful wrist warmers!!

    Will you be posting pictures of the blocking process for the shawl? I’d love to see the process, in action so to speak.

    Beautiful kitten card – but can’t compete with Lucy!

  15. I’ve been reading your blog for a few months now. I found it after Googling “steeks.” Sometime during the Summer of Lace, could you write about what sorts of yarns work best for which kinds of lace, etc. After two more Fair Isles, I’d like to begin my own lace project. I’ve seen some made from yarn that looks as substantial as dandelion fuzz. And then you have some beautiful fingering weight that you plan to use. How does someone decide?

  16. I was gonna say if you opened the picture and found that kitty, well that’s just mean to put a kitty in a tiny package like that.

  17. Cookie in Colorado says:

    When buying yarn without a particular project in mind – what is a good quantity to buy?


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