My current work in progress:

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


Sunday in the Garden

I did indeed finish knitting the Shetland Garden Faroese Shawl, yesterday morning.

Here it is, fresh off the needles:


And here it is, after I blocked it this afternoon. Forty-five minutes and a ga-jillion pins later!


I am mighty pleased with how this looks blocked.


It took less than 45 minutes of pinning and repinning to get it into the proper shape and size. I did not use blocking wires, because all the edges are curved. So I just pinned and pinned and pinned.

The yarn is a mystery wool — laceweight hand-dyed wool that has been in my stash, and I don’t remember where I bought it. It is a one-ply yarn, so I started out treating it gently — didn’t want anything to snap because of my over-zealous blocking. But it stood up just fine, I’m pleased to say.

Lucy needed a nap after all the supervising she had to do during the blocking.


So, I started on this:


The Inky Dinky Spider Stole, from Fiddlesticks Knitting.

I’m using Cherry Tree Hill Suri Alpaca in the “java” colorway.

So far, so good! You start by knitting a corner, using short row shaping, then the bottom border, then another corner. Then you pick up stitches along the long edge of the bottom border, and knit up from that, knitting the side edging on each side as you go along. Great fun!



  1. Wow! The Garden turned out beautiful! I love the shape overall – very butterfly!

    And the Spider Stole looks fun to knit!

    I found an olive lace weight yarn from HandPaintedYarn today – that looks similar to yours. I’m looking forward to getting it. Just finished Harry Potter 6 so my knit time will improve!

  2. The Virginia heatwave is certainly not slowing you down! The Shetland Garden looks like wings!

  3. Beautiful, beautiful work. Wow on the Garden shawl. LOVE the colorway for the spider stole. I just bought that yarn myself. I’m going to use it for socks though.

    maybe some lacey socks????? OOOOOH, AAAAAH! tee hee

  4. That finished shawl is GORGEOUS. I’m drooling. I’m so impressed.

    I very very rarely comment on blogs, even though I read a lot, but I couldn’t stand not to tell you how much I love that.

    I hope you have fun with the next one!

  5. Alice in Richmond says:

    OK, I know that you said sometime back that faroese shawls did not previously appeal to you, but that is one beautiful shawl!! I love shawls and use them often. The first shawl I ever knit was a simple one from Cheryl Oberle’s book and I use it every single day, from Sept. to May. It is like my “blankie”. I miss it in the summer. It really does stay on my shoulders better than any other shawl shape and is not so hot as a robe. So when you wear your shawl, you will appreciate it’s “fit” and maybe you will bond with it.

  6. Lovely,lovely,lovely. My 12-year-old knitting daughter says it looks like angels wings. I have to agree. I’m inspired by the Inky Dinky too — what about knitting this kind of work with Kid Merino from Crystal Palace? Too hairy? I have to admit to loving the lace done in single ply. Thanks for the eye candy.

  7. Incredible. I am in awe. I have Lace Issues. You, obviously, do NOT. Enjoy the rest of your weekend, dear.

  8. That close-up is great. I can really see the colors. What a pretty yarn!

  9. Another shawl, another beauty!! The garden shawl is just gorgeous. I started one from Morehouse Merino this weekend. It is very simple, just garter stitch with an increase every alternate row, but with the variation of the color it looks good. Oh well, back to my knitting.

  10. Wow the Shetland Garden Shawl looks awesome pinned out.

    I have a question. When pinning out for blocking, do you measure out each side from the center? To ensure that both sides are the same width?

    I soon will be starting my first large shawl, Fir Cone Square, and have no idea how to block it at the end.

  11. Wendy, as always, that is one gorgeous piece of work…and the Inky dinky or is it Itsy Bitsy one is beautiful too.
    Take a bow (again) and again!!! You are one talented lady!

  12. The shawl is GORGEOUS! It looks like wings!

  13. Your garden shawl is absolutely gorgeous, and I’m very interested to see how Inky Dinky progresses.

    I’m glad you and Lucy are smart enough to stay in the air conditioned splendor of home. It’s been hot here in Colorado, too, but we don’t suffer from the humidity, at least!

  14. Oh, Wendy, it’s gorgeous, truly gorgeous. Have fun with the Inky Dinky Spider.

  15. Purty, purty, purty, every single one! Hope you’ll be at KH on Wednesday for Late Night (even though I’ll hopefully get there mid-afternoon) so I can see in person.

  16. The shawl looks very beautiful! I’m always suprised how big lace shawls expand after blocking. Lucy looks so small beside it. Is she there for before & after blocking size comparison? ๐Ÿ˜› LOL!

  17. Both shawls are lovely. And I agree with Kelly–Lucy looks so little and adorable supervising Shetland Garden!

  18. All I can do is envy your talent. I checked the inky dinky spider pattern and Fiddlesticks says this is NOT a beginners shawl. )-:
    You are soooooo talented. Thanks for sharing Wendy.

  19. The shawl is beautiful! All of the Faroese shawls I’ve seen are in a garter stitch lace, is this one? Glad to see Lucy made sure you blocked it correctly, we’d never get anything done without our cats supervising us.

  20. The frequency with which Lucy ends up napping on that particular knitting bag is fascinating. I wonder what its secret is. Is it padded? Does it have a special kitty attracting (and restful) scent? Curious minds…

    The shawl is gorgeous. Is it as long as it looks?

  21. Wow on that shawl! What did it take you, like a week? You are one obsessed lady! (just jealous).

  22. There must be something in the water as I’ve seen five blocked shawls on my blog rounds already this morning and I blocked one myself yesterday! It really is a summer of lace indead. I really like how the faroese shaping came out with the shetland patterns – I think I might have to try it myself sometime soon as now I’m without a shawl to knit since completing my latest yesterday! Faroese is a shape I haven’t tried yet – you must tell us how it wears.

  23. Wendy, your shawl is soooo beautiful! BRAVO!

  24. The Garden Shawl is wonderful and the Inky Dinky Spider stole will be marvelous in that yarn. Sounds difficult, but I’m sure you’ll be done with it by the end of the month! ๐Ÿ™‚ No one ever said supervising wasn’t hard work – a gal deserves a nap after putting in a full day of work.

  25. The shawls you make and your delicate lacework are truly lovely and impressive. Question: do you wear these shawls often, gift them to treasured loved ones or what? And last, where/how do you store them so they stay beautiful? Chelle

  26. You are so talented my dear. That shawl is very beautiful. Do we get a shot of you/someone wearing it? I’d love to see what it looks like worn.

  27. Jennifer says:

    Beautiful!! That goes for both Lucy and Shetland Garden.

  28. Heh – well, you already know I’m twisted, but (and this is NOT a cut by any means cause the lacework you do is AMAZING and the shawl is beautiful) when I first glanced at the blocked photo it looked like Lucy was facing off with a giant manta ray, lol…which gave me an interesting idea for a shawl that actually looks like a manta ray! Hee hee…

    Can’t wait to see Inky Dinky (I’m one of the ones that grew up hearing Isty Bitsy Spider…must be regional!)

  29. oh that is a STUNNING shawl….I had no idea it would be that shape…I’ll bet that makes it comfy for throwing over one’s over airconditioned shoulders, no?
    Here’s hoping you HAVE air conditioning and that your inky dinky spider is making you smile….

  30. I had not seen these Faroese patterns before. I’m not a fan of them usually, but these particular designs I like. I just had to go and order the Shetland Garden and the Follow the Leader Faroese Shawls. Because of you, I’m broke again!!! And it’s a GOOD feeling!
    Your shawl is beautiful, and I particularly like the mossy green color.