My current work in progress:

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


Psst! Want Some Easy Lace?

Then join the Summer of Lace Group!

One of our members, Lorrie, has kindly posted a free pattern for a very pretty Fishtail Lace Scarf she has designed. Her pattern uses 3 balls of Blue Sky Alpaca Sport (120yd / 2oz.) and is knitted on US Size 4 (3.5mm) needles at a gauge of 6 st/inch. The finished scarf is 7″ wide by 56″ long. The pattern is lovely, and a great beginner project. You could substitute any yarn that fits the specifications, or if you’re feeling adventuresome, try it in something completely different.

How to get the pattern? Join the Summer of Lace Group! The pattern is posted in the files section of the group website. There’s a great photo of the scarf on the pattern. Thanks Lorrie!

Hey, Guess What?

My Tina Shawl still looks like a crumpled rag. A slightly larger crumpled rag, but a crumpled rag nonetheless.


But look — she does impressions! Here she is being a Sea Anemone:


But I’m making progress. I’m still projecting that I’ll be starting the edging this weekend.

So of course I’m thinking about what to make next. Should I do an easy lace shawl or scarf as a “breather” or dive right into another more difficult design?

Submitted for your consideration:

On the easier side, I have the Fiber Trends Leaf Lace Shawl pattern.


And the Fiber Trends Flower Basket Shawl pattern.


And on the harder side, I have the Fiddlesticks Knitting Peacock Feathers Shawl pattern.


And the Inky Dinky Spider Stole pattern, also from Fiddlesticks Knitting.


And finally, Hazel Carter’s Song of Hiawatha Stole pattern.


I’ve got appropriate yarns for all of these.

Whaddya think?

I wonder what Lucy’s favorite is?


She’s too busy channel-surfing to tell me.


  1. What do you do if you find a mistake far down in your work. Do you frog the whole ting, or do you figure out a way to “cheat”?

  2. Annie B says:

    oooooooh…. sea anemone synchronicity! Found a beautiful page of anemone-inspired knits in the gallery section of the CKDA site last night… here ’tis:

    snorkeling, anyone?

  3. I hope your Tuesday was better than your Monday. And that the rest of the week gets even better! =)

  4. I voted for the Flower Basket Shawl out of selfishness — I want to make it!! But I could see you doing the Peacock or the Hiawatha stole, too. I think I’m still on row 4 of the ribbing for Inishmore — did I win? he he he

    Lucy’s vote: “Whatever is big enough for me to lie across while you block it, mom … meow”.

  5. I’m doing the Flower Basket Shawl and it’s my first lace project – I have to say – it’s pretty easy. I think the Leaf Lace shawl is almost identical.

    You’d be finished before you could blink.

    Go for the Peacock Feathers. It looks beautiful!

  6. I ended up picking what the majority picked. I found out after I voted. Peacock Feathers Shawl! Beautiful!

  7. Hey there,

    I’m going to attempt to knit lace this summer, but, in general, I suck, so we’ll see.

    Just to let you know (because I’m sure people will freak) the lace group has hit it’s download limit with the fishtail lace pattern, and it won’t be avalible for ‘a while’. I couldn’t get a straight answer of when bandwidth limit is reset from the help, but there ya go.

    ๐Ÿ™‚ (PS. I voted for the peacock as well, partialy because I’m not brave enough to knit it yet.)

  8. I can’t get over the fact that you are knitting Tina on your way to work! I always think I need a garter stitch design, something easy to travel with.
    I voted for the ‘Song of Hiawatha Stole’, but I think you should be knitting Sandy Terp’s ‘Magickal Earth Shawl’ from the ‘A Gathering of Lace’ book put together by Meg Swansen. The edging is endless, I’ve started it!
    But I think this design has so many different elements that would be enjoyable for a knitter of your caliber. Considering your work situation these days, I don’t know the details, but it seems tough, this design would take your mind off the stress.
    Take care.

  9. I made the Song of Hiawatha stole last year and wore it at my wedding! It’s the pattern that let me know that I could knit lace and fix problems and that I didn’t have to be afraid of these kinds of patterns anymore. I put up a page of progress at my old site:

    Hazel Carter patterns rock.

  10. BUMMER! I can’t get the fishtail lace scarf pattern, because Yahoo says we’ve reached our download limit.

  11. Peacock Feathers! Peacock Feathers! I just finished it and it was great to knit and the finished product is just absolutely amazing. Love it, and you’ll just fly right through it, I know. It’s beautiful! (I posted pictures on my blog last week if you want to see mine.)

  12. Wendy, since the pattern has hit the download limit, could you post it? Or send it to me and I’ll host it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Ooooh! Wendy you should do the Peacock Feathers Shawl. Then we can be knitting it at the same time. That Hiawatha stole is very pretty too! Never new it existed

  14. Susan Maurer says:

    Drats! And I voted for what the minority picked, the leaf lace shawl. No matter. It’s all fun to watch! You give good lace, Wendy.

  15. The anenome impression made me laugh so hard I had tears in my eyes!

  16. How can I say ‘no’ to peacocks?

  17. I was just scrolling along looking at the lace shawls…and the Song of Hiawatha took my breath away. That is SO beautiful! I voted for it, obviously, but I just wanted to put in a vote in the comments, too!

  18. I’ve got to vote for the Hiawatha Shawl, since I haven’t knit it yet. That way, you can be the proverbial guinea pig, and if you struggle with it, I know I’ll never be able to hack it!

  19. And now, an impression of a Sea Anemone! Wendy, it’s not nice to make people snort-laugh in the office.

  20. I am making the Leaf Shawl and it is a great easy to knit project for a beginner level knitter. I started Peacock Feathers a couple of years ago and stopped very early on — my poor brain could not read the chart backwards (they chart one half of the pattern and then you mentally flip it to do the second half). It SOUNDS easy to do, but the charts are HUGE. I may tackle it again by copying the charts and flipping them for real.

    I am also making the Koigu Alligator Wrap which is a great way to make use of leftover koigu (it takes 2 skeins each of 5 different colors).

  21. While I have knit lace motifs into sweaters and scarves, I’ve never “knit lace,” you know, with the thin, thin yarn and the too-big needles. So my summer of lace project is going to be the flower basket shawl. Seems pretty easy and I’ve got a hank of Cherry Tree Hill fingering weight silk that would look gorgeous knit up!

    When I look at Lucy staring at that remote, I wonder if she’s thinking, “Can I eat it?”


  22. I voted for Hiawatha – even though I’m just started the peacock feathers. I hadn’t seen Hiawatha before, and I really like it.

  23. marylee says:

    Hi Wendy. I joined the group and tried to see the pattern but found out I was “unauthorized” or some dang thing. What to do? Oh, and I vote inky dinky! I’m on my first attempt at lace (Branching Out— I’ve learned to keep my “firsts” simple) and I tremble at the thought of something so fine as the shawls you’re knitting. I’ll get there.

  24. There’s something about the kid in me that had to vote for the Inky Dinky.

    I’m not in the “group” because I just can’t decide what to do with my 1050 yds. of Bearfoot. Maybe I can make a Mini Inky Dinky?

    If I can decide (waffle, waffle) I’ll be joining you all!