My current work in progress:

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


Weekend Update

We are having a lazy weekend here at Wendyknits.

The weather is extreme — there is a heat advisory because the combined heat and humidity make for a very uncomfortable mix. At night we’re having dramatic thunderstorms and flash flooding.

Lucy has retreated to her kitty bed in the cool of the a/c.


“Huh, what? You’re taking another picture?”

And I’m working on my Shetland Garden shawl, equally thankful for the a/c.


As it doesn’t look like much on the needles, I’ve attempted to spread it out and photograph separate lace motifs.


And this:


And this:



Brigitte asked:
How do you SSK on the wrong (purl) side?

I believe that “purl 2 together” matches “SSK” and “purl 2 together through back loops” matches “knit 2 together.”

Janet asked:
Can you recommend an easy [lace] starter pattern?

I think something with the same all-over pattern would be easiest — and perhaps knitted in a heavier than laceweight yarn. Try the Fiber Trends Flower Basket or Leaf Lace shawl — I believe both of them have options for using heavier than laceweight yarn.

Rebecca asked:
What do your co-workers think seeing shawls hanging on your cubicle wall?

I actually didn’t leave the shawl pinned to the cubicle wall (and the cubicle was an empty one — I don’t have a wall like that). My coworkers already think I’m nuts — no point in proving it to them further.


  1. Ooo, la, la! What lovely lace! I imagine that your shawl is far more gorgeous in person, but it’s fun to see the photos. Yummy!

  2. I agree that the Fiber Trends Leaf Lace shawl is excellent for someone new to lace knitting. The pattern is error free and it’s written for laceweight, fingering, or sport weight yarn so you aren’t limited in that aspect. It’s a very beautiful shawl for such a simple pattern.

    The pattern offers both charts and written line by line instructions so if you’re new to charts then you can examine the written instructions and the charts at the same time. I think that makes learning how to read from charts easier. (After the first few rows are deciphered the rest are obvious.) It also includes instructions for how to insert beads along the edging points without breaking the yarn and stringing beads.

  3. I can almost see a cheshire cat smiling out at me from that last pattern…it MUST be the heat…or wait, the humidity…at any rate…tis LOVELY!

  4. Your lace is lovely. It’s hot here too, but I wish we got some of your rain. Lucy is her lovely self. I really enjoy her contribution to the blog.

  5. Wendy, I am wild for the lush color you’ve selected for the garden shawl. It’s the PERFECT color for a garden shawl. Great stitch definition; thank you for the close-ups. I can’t get enough. Shouldn’t we be saturated by now? And while I’m here let me say again how much I am learning from and enjoying the SOL group. THANK you for that.

  6. Or a slip, slip, purl will work as well as a p2tog tbl

  7. I love all of your lace. I am attempting to knit a Fiber Trends pattern call River of Lace. I am thinking about ripping it out because I don’t know if it is too hard. Maybe something else would be a little easier to start with, but I have been knitting for years. I just have never tried lace. How do you ever keep track of what you are doing when you are on and off the Metro? I feel like I would need all kinds of room to “set-up shop.”

  8. Everytime I read your blog, I can’t help but laugh at Lucy. That is also my daughter’s name!
    It’s very hot and humid up here in central Ontario. We have ‘humidex advisories’ when it’s like this. We’ve met some Americans who say they’ve never heard of the ‘humidex index’–some math is applied to the actual temperature and the humidity level, and viola! a ‘what it really feels like temperature’ is given. Do you have that too?
    Instead of p2tog through back loops, I purl one, slip it back, slip the next one over and put the original back on the right needle. I usually have to peer over the top of the needle to make sure I’m slipping the right one!

  9. I’m new here…1st timer…that shawl is ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!!! makes me want to run out and look for the Fiber Trends pattern (which I’ll probably do tomorrow)

  10. Your shawl is looking great. I don’t comment as often as I should, but I love reading your blog, and seeing the stuff you make. You do such nice work.

  11. My first lace project is the Fiber Trends Flower Basket shawl. I adore the pattern. You use lace weight doubled on #7 needles so the yarn is easier to handle and the pattern works up faster. I had a little trouble at first with my yarnovers skidding around, but intense use of stitch markers, and counting stitches fixed it. After 1 body repeat I no longer had problems. I strongly suggest first time lace knitters use a line at the end of each section repeat. They are a complete godsend for when you find a mistake and need to rip back

  12. I think you mean that p2tog matches k2tog, and ssp matches ssk. (p2tog tbl will give you a twisted stitch.)

    Thanks for the gorgeous lace inspiration!

  13. Is the flower basket and the field of flowers shawl the same? I found it on and I want to be sure it’s the same before I order it.

  14. hahaha given that I have called you the text book definition of insanity… looks like I could qualify to be one of your coworkers ๐Ÿ™‚

    that said it is not surprise that I LOVE that green yarn. EVER so pretty!!

  15. Brigitte says:

    Thanks for the tips! SSP and P2Tog are one of those “huh?” things. Not used to having to think much on purl sides!


  16. I think this shawl is becoming one of my favorites. I’m looking forward to seeing it blocked with all the different motifs.

  17. B E A U T I F U L !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. Oooh, la, la! The new shawl is looking great – I just love that color. Lucy looks less than impressed with the photo op. I’m glad you could stay inside in the a/c this weekend.

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