My current work in progress:

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


Kitties Gone Wild

What happens when you give a perfectly normal cat this?


THIS!! (Click on the link for a pop-up window.)

Lucy says thank you to Greta and Carson who sent her the wonderfully potent organic catnip. She has had a very nice weekend, to say the least.

And she is now napping you-know-where:


Peacock Feathers Update

I’ve embarked on the last chart, which is about 26 rows long. So in a few days I ought to be ready to attempt the crochet chain cast-off, for I did indeed decide to give that a try and see how it looks.


So . . . what’s next in the lace lineup?

I had planned to make the Inky Dinky Spider Stole next, but I’ve changed my mind, because I received this in the mail yesterday:


The pattern for the Shetland Garden Faroese Shawl, from Sivia Harding Knit Design.

I’ve not ever knitted a Faroese shawl because I’d never seen a pattern that really grabbed me. I do own a book of Faroese shawl patterns but have never felt compelled to knit any of them. They are very pretty, but none were “just right.”

But a Faroese shawl with shetland lace motifs is just exactly my cup of tea! So I’m dying to dig in. The pattern is very clearly written, with nice big charts, and I think it’ll be great fun.

Now . . . which yarn to use?

I think I’ve decided on this:


This is yarn bought from eBay seller Over the Rainbow Yarns. I’ve got 1500 yards of this slightly variegated olive, and the shawl takes about 1100 yards, so I’ll be good to go!

It’s supposed to be relentlessly hot here in the D.C. area over the next few days. Stay cool by knitting some lace!


  1. My cats are higher than kites after tangling with their Kitty Hoots toys and scratch mat. Damn, what does that company put in those things…

  2. Wendy, I think there’s a listing for this project on the errata page at:

    You might want to give it glance before launch.

    Love your work!


  3. Stop that! I ordered that too and received it yesterday. However, we are SO not having a knit-off.

  4. I love that shawl and it will look amazing in the olive yarn, can’t wait to see it Wendy!!

    PS- Pumpkin says to tell Lucy, thanks for the birthday wishes!! No cones here, baby, wanna split some birthday chicken? Meeeeyow!!

  5. Can’t go wrong with Kitty Hoots! We have the whole lineup and – especially with their famous politicians posing as ‘nip toys – I sometimes think they are as fun for humans as they are for cats!

  6. Beautiful Peacock Feathers! They’re out of the peacock blue yarn, so I’ll wait and order my kit when it’s back in stock!

    Question from a new lace knitter. When lace weight, or any yarn I guess, says something like 2/9 weight wool, what exactly does that mean? I figured there was no-one better to ask.

    Lucy’s adorable!

    Sheri in GA

  7. Yay! She has some of the most fun yarn…I got some of the heathered blue she was selling…and some cotton…and some sock yarn. I have issues. Stash is getting frightening.

  8. I checked your entries and realized you knit Tina in 20 days! I am so impressed. Could you post some tips for your speed in completing things, even such complicated ones as the Tina shawl?

  9. Has Lucy gotten the munchies yet? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I took a class on making Faroese shawls, and I found them much more interesting in person than in pictures. I think that one will be beautiful!

  10. Wendy:
    As always, I’m in awe of how you can knit something up in a week or two that would take the rest of us mere mortals something akin to months or more. I know you spend more time knitting each day than most, but jeesh!
    Hope to see you at Late Night the next time I’m in VA – that’ll be the 27th…

  11. CatBookMom says:

    The Peacock Feathers shawl is beautiful, and the new project looks wonderful, too! BTW the crochet-chain cast-off is very nice and very easy to do. I’ve been making charity shawls from a Lion Brand pattern which includes that cast-off.

  12. The Silvia Harding shawl is lovely! I’ve been inspired to knit a faroese shawl too, especially after seeing this picture (and ordering the pattern):

    But I’ve been wondering about the shoulder shaping and how to compensate for that during blocking. Will be watching to see if you have any tips on that topic. Your Peacock Feathers are beautiful in that color!

  13. So glad Lucy liked the *treat*
    Carson was hoping it would distract her from
    the quest to *OWN* all of your knitting bags…
    apparently, NOT.
    Lace knitting weather, for sure
    here today….
    STEAMY with 85% humidity before 9AM…

  14. I made it through the first chart for my shetland garden but then got distracted. I need to get back to it. Fabulous pattern!

  15. love the olive yarn ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Thanks for passing along the lace knitting bug! It is wonderful in this summer heat. I had been knitting away on Inishmore (far behind you even though I had the entire back completed when you started!) and was getting tired of pulling out the heavy wool in this heat. My lightweight Flower Basket Shawl that I am working on now is delightful in this weather. I am already thinking about what I will make next!

  17. I’ve been eyeing OTR lace weight as I love her sock yarn so much. Might have to just get some. That shawl is going to be gorgeous.

  18. That pattern is absolutely gorgeous and I love the yarn that you’ve picked. I’m in awe of your lace. Thanks for sharing!

  19. Oh the next shawl is absolutely gorgeous!

  20. Looks like Lucy had a great weekend! They’re so cute when they’re high! (That sounds bad)

    Do you think a non-lace knitter could do the Inky Dinky? I’m SO tempted.

  21. The Sylvia Harding shawl is lovely, and quite similar in design to the one I’m working now: the Lucy Neatby Faroese Shawl (the one KarenK linked to). I quite like the shoulder shaping–it fits nicely and stays there. I’ll probably put a different edging on mine though, something a little lighter than the loops.


  22. That olive yarn is pretty! Now, I am almost afraid to check out the ebay seller link! Someone help me! LOL

  23. Wait a minute! What happened to the Song if Hiawatha? And the Spider Queen? (Those are both on my to-do list and in my stash.)