My current work in progress:

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


Juggling Eggs and the 100-Stitch Repeat

Have you ever actually been tempted by a pattern with a 100-stitch repeat?

This question was asked in the comments today.

The answer is, for lace, no. I don’t think I’ve seen a lace pattern with a 100-stitch repeat. Colorwork is another thing. Some of the Dale of Norway sweaters I’ve made are somewhat “pictoral” — no pattern repeats of the main design. It’s just one honking big chart. Like Lillhammer and Nagano. (You can see my FO pix of those — they are linked to from my knitting gallery page. The link for that is over in the sidebar.)

So Tina is plodding along. I am now more than halfway done with the third side, approaching the third corner. Soon . . . the home stretch!

Here is Tina, relaxing with some chocolate.


The chocolate was courtesy of Rossana, who I saw at Knit Happens. I actually made it to Late Night for the first time in over a month, I think.

I did a teeny bit of knitting on Tina, but I spent a good part of the time performing a cable-ectomy on Kristine’s Grace. (Y’all remember Kristine’s evil sweater Grace, right?) I think the operation was a success, though the patient is still in recovery.

But now I’m home, and Lucy is happy to lie on my knitting bag.



  1. Looks like the perfect kitty bed! (the bag, not the lace)

  2. Colleen says:

    Mmmmm, Ritter Sport, my favorite! The biscuit one is best…

    I’m on edging island with you, doing Zimmerman’s Pi shawl, changed the edging, but it just seems to never end. And I have no corners to mark time with, eh?

    Hey, while I’m here, is there some reason that Queer Joe and Curmudgeon are so mean to you (and other knit bloggers, but you seem to be the main target)?

  3. I don’t really mind edging that much–after the loooong rows of the actual shawl, I kind of enjoy the fast row-to-row progress of the edging, even if it does seem like I have to knit it for days on end. The other plus? As I finish every other row of edging, I’ve got AFS (Actually Finished Shawl)–serious progress, and finally, after all that clumped lace knitting, a chance to see the actual pattern. I love that part!

  4. So good to see you tonight, Wendy! You are a knitting boo boo fixer super heroine!

  5. 100 stitch lace repeat? Check this out…

    Beautiful, but it would drive me mad.

  6. Oooh, Valrhona! Somebody loves you!

  7. Julie M. says:

    Your description of the lace edging reminds me of the story “Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel”: “They finished the third corner, neat and square, but the sun was starting to go down. . .” or some such thing. I read this book to my two-year-old because I loved it as a child (although some day I’ll have to explain things like telegraph boys, fire trucks being pulled by horses, and even steam shovels themselves).

  8. Ah….Cafe Noir, my favorite. Beautiful.

  9. …oh, and the knitting is prtty too. ^_^

  10. You can find Villars chocolates in the US ? I never could while we lived in Atlanta, GA. I buy loads of them here in Switzerland and ship them to my father in France. How do you like it ?
    Very pretty close-up of the Tina Shawl, it looks so “crème Chantilly”, absolutely lovely.

  11. Oh Vilars chocolate! I love it.
    I studies in the very city where it is produced, so I get a little bit nostalgic when I see it!
    Greetings from Switzerland

  12. I never really thought about it before, but it seems like lace and chocolate are just the perfect hanging out companions! I have some Michel Cluizel and I just started Sivia Harding’s Victorian Shoulderette. I’ll make sure they get a chance to relax together tonight!

  13. My cat loves to curl up on my bags, too. He has to be sneaky about it. I don’t like the cat hair transfer to my clothes the next morning.
    Great shawl. I can’t wait to see the finished product.

  14. I think a supplement pattern in the back of A Gathering of Lace, the Rose is a aRose shawl also has a 100 stitch repeat for the edging. I have the pattern and the yarn, but I’m nervous as *heck* to start it. I’ll need some Godiva covered coffee beans to help me out…

  15. Lucy makes me smile…thanks for the wonderful pictures! I can almost TASTE that chocolate…mmmmmmmmmmmm!

  16. I was just looking at your gorgeous bracelet in yesterday’s entry again, when it hit me — are you wearing it so that the catch thingy is on the edge away from your hand? If not, maybe that would alleviate some of the yarn grabbing.

  17. Far shy of 100, but this nearly drove me insane:

    The chart is here.

    It’s two mirrored 24-stitch/50-row repeats, worked in the round with all too many twisted stitches. Fun but not exactly autopilot knitting…

  18. I am working (slowly) on a lace shawl for my mother that is 189 stitches across. Since it is a “picture” – dragonflies and water lillies – there are no repeats. I use markers every 20 stitches and have lines on my pattern corrsponding to those markers. Before I started the marker procedure I frogged more than I knitted. LOL. Lifeline – nope.

  19. By now that bag must be Lucy’s.

  20. What’s a cabelectomy and is it painful? Poor Grace, but what a nice doctor you would be.