My current work in progress:

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


Behold the Crumpled Rag


The first of no doubt many more WIP photos of the Tina Shawl.

It doesn’t look like much in progress. A sad crumpled little sack. But I am happily knitting away.

I like knitting lace in the round. I like that it forms a nice little bag on the needle — you can drop the ball of yarn inside and carry it around far more easily.

I also like that there is patterning on every round. It’s far more interesting than patterns that have a plain round in-between each lace round.

The Addi Natura needle is working out nicely. The laceweight yarn catches occasionally on the join, but not too badly. I’m using a 24-inch needle and am pretty sure I won’t feel the need to switch to a 32-incher. When you complete the body of the shawl, you have 736 stitches on the needle (an alarming thought, eh?), but the yarn is so fine I don’t see any problem with it all fitting. I think. I’ll get back to you on that.

About the red rubber stitch markers: I purchased them from Patternworks a while back. And here they are.

About the provisional cast-on that was discussed in the comments the other day — please bear in mind that it is a cast-on I have not tried, nor am familiar with, so I am at this point unable to answer questions about it or post photos of how it is done. Susanna mentioned that it is documented in the Reader’s Digest version of Montse Stanley’s book on page 75 and is called a “bind-off cast-on” and it is also in Sally Melville’s The Knit Stitch on pages 74-75, and also in Nancie Wiseman’s book of finishing techniques. Also, Veronique reported that it is clearly illustrated in Cheryl Oberle’s Folk Shawls. Thanks to both of you for supplying so many resources for this technique!

Rest assured that when I do attempt this technique I will report back here. Anything knit-related is blog-fodder as far as I’m concerned. And some stuff non-knit-related as well.

Which reminds me. Wow, thanks for all the positive haircut comments! (If you have no interest in hair and hair products, kindly skip the following.)

(And note to Stephanie: Garland at Celadon Spa cuts my hair.) I even managed this morning to blow-dry it into some semblance of what it looked like yesterday. I’ve had it cut like this in the past, and I really ought to remember that I am always happier with my hair one length, not layered. Please remind me of that the next time I look like I’m thinking about a layered cut, okay?

In answer to comments questions, while my hair is quite curly naturally, it is easily blow-dried straight. The photo yesterday was the salon blow-dry, but that was done with no styling products. If I dry my hair with a diffuser — lots of curls. Without a diffuser — smooth.



Lucy is very much a lap cat (in answer to a question in the comments). Sometimes she is content to sleep in one’s lap. Sometimes she requires that the person on whose lap she is sitting be petting her. Sometimes she requires that said petting be accomplished with both hands, not just one. And sometimes she requires that everyone in the same room as her be petting her. With both hands.

She is probably amused at how easily she bends us to her will.


  1. Here’s a link to a video for the provosional cast on that was mentioned in the comments.
    This should help!

  2. The provisional cast-on that was mentioned in the comments is my FAVORITE cast-on. It’s quick and easy and matches a bound-off edge just about perfectly (if you’re not using it for a provisional). Seems like you’re going to try it already, but I just have to pimp it a little bit more. Try it, you’ll love it!!

  3. Nancy J says:

    To dear Lucy we humanoids exist for the purpose of her pleasure. She trains well. Tina shawl is lovely.

  4. Lucy sounds just like my Greta! Also a seal point!

    The Tina shawl looks gorgeous, even on the needles! I can’t wait to see it finished. I wonder if I can make one…

  5. Ah yes. Lucy has you well trained. Afterall, “Dogs have owners, cats have staff!” (wish I knew who said that) 😉

  6. I haven’t visited your blog for awhile. When last I did you were spinning (which I’d like to try). And now I find you are in the midst of a lace obsession. Me too!

    Your shawls look wonderful. I do like the circular ones, too. Right now I’m on a K1C2 pattern in royal blue – Jaeger Zephyr.

    I like your blocking approaching, only pinning something to my rug would increase exponentially the number of Siberian husky hairs knit into each and everyone of my projects!

  7. Diane Head says:

    Re cats in laps, I had to give up knitting (a long time ago) because my cat insisted on sitting in my lap, and always wanted to play with my needles. Chewing them or the wool was great fun, but it made knitting very difficult.

    I have recently started knitting again seriously, and have found the blogging world fascinating.

  8. I am with you, Wendy. Patterning every round, especially when they are long, must be much more interesting. I have to remember to pay attention to that next time I pick a lace design, thanks !Your Tina Shawl, even bag-shaped ;-), looks lovely.

  9. Love the “Behold the Crumpled Rag” title. In fact, I enjoy many of your entry titles. Just another good thing about wendyknits. I didn’t comment yesterday, but your hair looked great. A new cut can be a lovely thing.

  10. Thanks for the info on where to get the stitch markers!

  11. Nice hair cut. My lace projects are loaded with stitch markers also. I sometimes use lifelines also. It’s not so fun when you forget and run the lifeline through all the stitch markers, ugh!

  12. Beth in Seattle says:

    My favorite provisional cast on instructions are usually printed in the back of Interweave Knits magazine and are similar to the other ones mentioned. Do you ever use yarn loops for markers? The best part about them is that they are free and there is an endless supply of scrap yarn around to make them out of. (Last week in a pinch I used a string from a tea bag.)

  13. Judy H. says:

    To those who, like me, have pet hair as an additive in their carpets–laying down a clean bed sheet and then blocking on top of that works really well. I’ve mostly done sweaters that way, but pins easily go through the sheet to the carpet.

  14. Last night while lounging on the couch with my husband I was rubbing his head because he had a headache, Abner would have none of that, he jumped up on the couch sat on Nick’s (my husband)head and pushed his head into my hand. Animals are so insistent at times!

  15. junieann says:

    Dear Wendy:

    Tina is going to be lovely. It won’t have that crumpy look for long. I have white AZ merino to do one. I just haven’t started it yet. It is a tough pattern I am told. I think I am, Chicken Little when it comes to lace.
    Tina will be lovely when you finish.

    Love your Lucy. Lucy reminds me of my Kimi-Kimi. She was a seal point Himi. I sure miss her. She was with me 17 years and 3 months. She liked to supervise my knitting basket. I think I need another kitty.

    Thanks for the new Lace list. It is great and it is huge.

  16. Between your blog and the Harlot’s, I was doomed!!! It’s going to be a Summer of Lace for me, too. Got the Kidsilk Haze for a Birch shawl, Koigu KPPPM for a couple of Breast Cancer scarves (one will be feather and fan, the other will be in a different lace pattern), and more KPPPM for a Flower Basket shawl for me. Now if I could only find the time to block my Charlotte’s Web, the Summer of Lace will have officially begun.