My current work in progress:

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


I Don’t Wanna Work, I Just Wanna Knit on My Shawl All Day

Bonus points to anyone who knows what song lyric I bastardized for today’s blog title. (And kudos to those of you who identified the song lyric from Thursday’s blog title. I’m not the only Head East fan, I see.)

Yes, shawl knitting is addictive. Even if it is knitting the freaking 17 billion stitches of edging on the freaking Tina Shawl.

I am so not a fan of knitting on edging. By the time I get to that point in a shawl, I am so ready to be done with it. And the edging can take a long time. It looks so small, but it’s knit back and forth and there’s a lot of time wasting flipping the shawl to and fro (and fro and to). So it always takes longer than I expect.

So my poor little peacock feathers shawl hasn’t been touched since Friday’s commute.I did finish the first section (60 rows) though.


And I did turn the first corner on Tina.


I put a needle point protector on the non-working end of the circular that the body of Tina is on.


I’m using the working end of the circular needle plus one straight needle to do the back-and-forth knitting on the edging.


This seems to work best for me. And now that I’ve got a bit of the edging completed, I thnk I’m going to attempt to take Tina back on the commute. Even though it is a whole lotta shawl, it certainly doesn’t weigh much. We’ll see how I do!

But the Sunday afternoon knitting is conducted under strict feline supervision!



  1. Lucy is adorable and your shawls look amazing! I feel like a wee small knitter, indeed, looking at your progress.

    They do need to figure out that work vs. knitting thing. Knitting is waaaaaay more important.

  2. Ooooooo! Rundgren, beautiful Lucy, and gorgeous lace. It doesn’t get much better than this.

  3. Beth Smith says:

    I would much rather knit on my shawl all day than bang on my drum all day. It seems a lot more productive to me – unless I was a drummer in a band I guess.

  4. melanie says:

    I think you got the title from Arlo Guthrie –“I don’t want a pickle, just wanna ride on my motorcickle” — am I right?

    Awesome shawls!!

  5. From “The Ever Popular Tortured Artist Effect”. It’s not Todd’s best, but it sure got him on the pop music map.

    Can’t wait to see Tina. : )

    The biggest Rundgren fan you may ever meet

  6. Bang on the Drum, what a great song : )

  7. jen in orange says:

    :singing: iiiiiii don’t wanna work… i just want to bang on my drum all day!!!

    When i was in college in San Diego, B100 would play that song on the radio every friday at 4:00!!!

  8. I knew it was Rundgren, but my first thought was still Arlo Guthrie. Glad I’m not the only one!

  9. Ooh, how strictly she supervises! 🙂
    I don’t know where the lyric came from but I feel that way every other day.

  10. Elizabeth H. says:

    I think that might be….
    “I don’t want to grow up, I’m a Toys ‘R’ Us kid….
    I feel the same most days!

  11. It’s Rundgren! “I don’t want to work, I just want to bang on the drum all day!”

    I’m with you – drums not so much – but the knitting – OH yeah.

  12. I recognized it because that’s the “5:00 Friday” song on a few of the local radio stations on the trek home. I like to bellow along “I don’t wanna work, I just want to knit with the yarn all day, I don’t wanna play, I just want to knit with the yarn all day . . . ”

    Yeah, I have the windows up.

  13. Glad to know I wasn’t the only one who immediately thought of Arlo! I knew it wasn’t quite right, but darned close. 😎

  14. Todd Rundgren?
    And here all this time I could have sworn that it was Pete Townsend!!

  15. I knew the song, just had never heard of this Rugrat guy before… Nice lace, Miss Wendy!

  16. Well, I thought it was REO Speedwagon. 🙂 Figured that was too mainstream for Wendy.

    If you’re unhappy playing around with your edging, you should think about knitting (and purling) back backwards… Could be a fun distraction from the miles of edging.

  17. Just wanna bang out a few rows….(apologies to Todd R…)
    I am LOVING this summer lace knitting!

  18. Tina is looking just lovely . . . one of these days I really have to try knitting something lacy in white!

  19. lv2knit says:

    On a totally different note (!) has anyone read the book “Knitting” by Anne Bartlett? It is a novel about two very different women, one of whom is an avid knitter. In one part she describes the evolution of knitting from that of complex patterns to complex yarns so the newest knitters can create something beautiful right away.

    It’s fun to read about knitting, but it takes away from actually doing it!

  20. Todd Rundgren! Love it. Perfect for a Monday morning.

    “I don’t want to work
    I want to bang on the drum all day
    I don’t want to play
    I just want to bang on the drum all day

    Ever since I was a tiny boy
    I don’t want no candy
    I don’t need no toy
    I took a stick and an old coffee can
    I bang on that thing ’til I got
    Blisters on my hand because

    When I get older they think I’m a fool
    The teacher told me I should stay after school
    She caught me pounding on the desk with my hands
    But my licks was so hot
    I made the teacher wanna dance
    And that’s why

    Listen to this
    Every day when I get home from work
    I feel so frustrated
    The boss is a jerk
    And I get my sticks and go out to the shed
    And I pound on that drum like it was the boss’s head

    I can bang that drum
    Hey, you wanna take a bang at it?
    I can do this all day”

  21. Motorcyle Song by Arlo Guthrie!!

  22. My favorite line in the song was always “and I bang on the drum like it was the boss’s head” . . . until I became a boss. I hope no one that works for me every feels that way! Keep up the great progress on the shawls.

  23. Wow — ever since I found your blog, way back when, I’ve been awed by your work. Now you’re inspiring me to become a lace knitter, although it’s not something I’ve ever considered before! I mean, I’m not a shawl wearer, but I think I’ll have to become one. My only problem is what to start with – so many beautiful choices. Oh, and Alice Starmore owes you thanks too, for selling at least one more copy of her book with the Inishmore Sweater due to the Inishmore Challenge 😉

  24. Tina is so pretty…as is Peacock!

  25. For the problem of having to flip the shawl over… and over… and over again, while doing the edging, I strongly recommend learning to knit “backwards”. That is, knit like a “lefty” on the row back, instead of turning the work over repeatedly. Definitely do some practice rows on something else first, until your left-handed gauge evens out. Enjoy!

  26. Hey that’s my theme song! Every morning I sing that on my way to work. Of course the project changes occassionally, but currently it is a shawl.

    Here kitty, kitty, kitty. I would really like to scratch your head, it’s such a cute little head.

  27. I do love me some Arlo;-)
    Is that lace turning Lucy on her head!?

  28. Well I see I’m not the only music fan/trivia wonder… wish I had better timing as far as reading posts, I might actually be the FIRST person to answer a question! ha! (Todd Rundren, Bang on the Drum)

    Beautiful work as usual! And what a producer…wish I was so speedy and/or dedicated.


  29. It took me a week to get to row 60: I’m so impressed, but not surprised. At least you didn’t finish over the weekend, as I predicted. I’m at row #145 right now, just inside chart number 4. ‘Think you’ll be there by tonight? I do.