My current work in progress:

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


Lazy Sunday


Lucy and I are having a lazy Sunday.


This includes knitting slowly on lace.


It is growing, but slowly. I am well into the second border chart at this point, but that is deceptive, as each round gets longer — they are now very long indeed! It takes a very long time to complete a round, but I am in no rush (It is not a race. It is not a race.) so it is enjoyble.

A question in the comments — do I ever use yarn loops as stitch markers? I have, but only in an emergency, when I was somewhere without any markers when I needed one. I prefer the weight of a rubber, or metal, or beaded stitch marker. In my experience, a yarn loop is more likely to fly off a needle and disappear. Still, necessity is the mother of invention. I’ve used all sorts of makeshift stitch markers when the need arose.

I’m hoping to have the body of this shawl done by the end of the week, then I’ll spend next weekend working on the edging, which I expect will take a very large chunk of time to complete. I think when I reach the point of attaching the edging, I won’t be able to take Tina along as a commuter project, so I ought to start thinking about what my next lace project will be. Hmmmmmm . . .


  1. Thank God it’s not a race because the dental floss and I would be dead last.

  2. Ah, a women after my own heart. You’re already thinking of your next project because this one would be too bulky to travel with. I love it! It’s so nice to know I’m not the only one. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Alice in Richmond says:

    I just wanted to say that I love your blog Wendy. I love lace, cats, haircuts and spinning. I know, that outburst was silly of me. But anyway,you are my hero(ine). A

  4. Ain’t nothin’ better than a lazy Sunday!

  5. Yes, I think we’ve all used an earring as a stitch marker a time or two!!

  6. I’m working on a project that uses lots of stitch markers but I accidentally left them at stitch and bitch. As cheryl mentioned, I dug through my jewelry box and pulled out a bunch of earrings to use. Everyone thought I had super fancy stitch markers!

  7. Kathy in San Jose says:

    When I’ve used yarn loop markers, once in a while they accidentally get knit into the project. If the markers are a different material, I can tell by feel that I need to pay attention.

    Both Lucy and Tina are gorgeous!

  8. My favorite thing to use as stitch markers if I can’t find “real” ones is paper clips. And it’s amazing how many there are just lying around the average workplace! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Yup, paperclips, rubberbands, yarn loops and cut-up straws. Those were the things I used as a beginner when I all I had was a pair of needles and a ball of (leftover) yarn from my mom. How things have changed! ๐Ÿ™‚ I still use paperclips when there’s not enough markers.

  10. Thank you to everyone who commented about their stitch marker makeshifts. I’m just starting my first “real” lace project and am stalled because I have no markers. The store is some distance away. So is the bead store. And I didn’t like the idea of yarn loops for exactly the reason stated. Paperclips, here I come.

  11. how about the new fiddlesticks pattern called “The Romance Shawl” – it looks gorgeous and i don’t know of anyone else who has made it yet. i think you would look stunning in it.

  12. Tina is looking lovely. Take the lazy Sunday’s anytime you can. Arg…I haven’t had one of those in so long, I can taste it, but I keep losing the life’s lottery of receiving one!

  13. Lace, must get around to it when we move into our new apartment. Right now, all those distractions and frustrations would have me ripping it more than progressing on it!

  14. I’ve just started the La Scala shawl from Morehouse and found that my plastic rings were slipping under adjacent stitches and causing me to (apparently) have the wrong number of stitches when in fact they were all there, just in the wrong section. Wasted a lot of time counting stitches until I discovered this. I then used some leftover cotton sock yarn and made loops with 2″ “tails” – the tails trail below into the knitting and provide stability of location as well as a nice vertical line to mark the place, but slide easily through when the next row is worked. Hope this helps someone! Wendy, love your blog but have never written a comment before. Your spot was the first thing I checked when I got back from vacation – even before my e-mail. D

  15. I know what you mean about improvised stitch markers. I even pulled off my wedding ring and used that as a temporary marker once. I was working on circs at a friend’s house & just needed something to mark the end of the round until I got home & could get a “real” marker.

  16. I always call lace knitting “ugly duckling knitting” because it always looks so blah until you block it.

    Two years ago at a lake resort, a woman two cabins down heard me talking about my lace knitting project and said “Oh, I never seen anyone knit lace before, can I see it?!” I brought the project out and she said “Oh…” in a very disappointed manner. I giggled inside and told her about the blocking to bring out the beauty of the lace, but I don’t think she believed me!

  17. for my lace shawl knitting, I am using those little plastic hair “rubber bands” with a 2 – 3″ tail of embroidery floss of a different color from my knitting. The plasatic rings are vibrant colors, so I can see them, they feel different than yarn, and the tails help keep them in their places instead of jumping under the yarn overs.

  18. I like the rubber markers myself. With lace…I like it simple. She’s looking great!