My current work in progress:

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


What? Doesn’t Everyone?

Today at 4:30 a.m. I was unpinning my Shetland Garden Faroese Shawl so I could take it to work with me.

So today you get the official “Hanging on the Cat-Puke-Pink Cubicle Wall” photo.


(When we hire someone to fill that cublicle, where will I take photos?)

And the “On the Back of Wendy’s Desk Chair” shot as well. (Sorry, Amelia, that’s the best I can do for now!)


So the Shetland Garden will be my “at work” shawl for a while. And I was happy to note when I got to the office this morning that they did not turn the a/c off over the weekend like they did last weekend. (When I got to work last Monday the temp in my office was 88 degrees. After about 4 hours it cooled down to under 80.)

I wore the Shetland Garden today in my office intermittently during the day. Having to dress for almost triple-digits outside temperature and a tad-too-chilly indoors temperatures at the same time, shawls are very handy!

It is quite wearable and stays on the shoulders very easily without my having to mess with it. I wore it into the freezer that is our conference room for the morning meeting, and a couple of the other women were eyeing it covetously.

Anyhow, some final notes on the shawl.

It is available from Sivia Harding Knit Designs. I highly recommend this pattern. It was very clearly written and the charts were, as far as I could tell, error-free. There are several different motifs that make up the entire pattern, so you don’t get bored doing the same thing over and over.

As Alice in Richmond mentioned in the comments, I did state in the past that I have no particular fondness for Faroese shawls. I think that’s because I didn’t like the lace patterns on any I had seen thus far. I like delicate, traditional lace. This shawl fit the bill perfectly. I love it.

In the comments, LisaB said:
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?

Yup, I sure do! I don’t want to get over-aggressive in my blocking on one side and end up lopsided! I usually measure down the center point of the back as well, to see if my blocked length is close to the length the pattern states.

Thanks for all your great comments about the shawl. WendyKnits gives this pattern two thumbs up!

I Gotcha Spiders Right Here, Buddy. Inky Dinky Ones.

As I mentioned yesterday, I started the Inky Dinky Spider Stole Saturday night. The project specs are over in the sidebar, on the right side of the page.

I knitted the mitre for the first corner, the thirteen repeats for the bottom edging, and the mitre for the second corner while we watched a DVD of Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. Perfect type of movie for lace knitting!

Sunday morning I picked up the stitches along the long edge of the bottom edging, and started with the first part of the pattern, the spiders.


I’m using Cherry Tree Hill Suri Alpaca for this. Someone asked in the comments a few days ago if this yarn sheds alot. It does have a wee bit of a fuzzy halo, but I notice very little shedding so far.


And in yesterday’s comments, Ann asked about knitting this design in Crystal Palace Kid Merino. I’m not familiar with this yarn, but assume it does have a fair bit of fuzz. I’d probably stick to something less fuzzy, but you could always do a swatch in one of the pattern stitches, block it out, and see what you think.

Someone else wondered about using a variegated yarn for this. The photo on the pattern shows it in a variegated and I think it looks great, so I had no qualms about using the yarn I chose. The java colorway does not have startling color changes, so I think the pattern will show up quite nicely.

Lucy decided to mix things up today, and pose on the couch instead of on her favorite knitting bag.



  1. The Faroese shawl looks gorgeous!

  2. I just tried to use the Crystal Palace Kid Merino on my Birch and it shed so much that I had to cut the working yarn to get rid of a huge hunk of fluff and gave up working with it. What a shame because I like lots of Crystal Palace yarns and the colors of the Kid Merino are wonderful. jane

  3. vanessa says:

    the faroese is lovely ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. The shawl is beautiful! I so admire your speed- I just posted in my blog about feeling so lazy lately. Your work is always timely and perfect and gorgeous- you’re so good!

    After I watched “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back”, I really had to fight the urge to call any of my 4 “Boo Boo Kitty F%$&”!!

  5. Wendy, you did a beautiful job on your Shetland Garden! I love the color you chose, and your knitting is perfection. And of course, the fur ornament is lovely!

  6. Fantastic! The shape intrigues me on this one and I think you have tipped the scales by mentioning it stays on well–thanks! I really like what you’re using for the IDSS: colorful but not too.

  7. Your shawl is gorgeous!! Makes me very jealous, since I’m still working on the Martha cardi from Rowan #37. I must start a shawl before the summer ends.

  8. Another beautiful shawl! Can’t wait to see the next one. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Jennifer says:

    I like the new layout on the kniting gallery!

  10. You know, if you hire me to fill that cubicle, I wouldn’t complain one little bit if you still want to take pictures of your lovelies on my wall (we would, however, **have** to discuss the color of said wall)

  11. The Shedland Garden shawl is just glorious. Even makes the chair look good ๐Ÿ˜‰

  12. I LOVE Jay and Silent Bob. I may need to break that out and see what kind of knitting I can produce whilst watching it. Bong!!!

    BTW, I love the color of inky dinky.


  13. Wow, Wow, Wow! I love the shawl. And yes, it’s hot, hot, hot.

    Bob and Silent Jay Strikes Back rocks…one of my all time favorites!

  14. Ahhh, you started Inky Dinky too fast! My yarn isn’t here yet. Although at the rate I knit, I be done 6 mo later anyway ๐Ÿ™‚ Love the color choice!

  15. the Faroese Shawl is beyond beautiful! I’m so clumsy with any lace work.

  16. Gush, gush… that is one georgous shawl ๐Ÿ™‚ I wish I knitted as fast as you, I’ve been working on a feather and fan scarf for ages and the end still isn’t in sight… It might help if I concentrated and didn’t take regular detours into spinning land or beanie land.

    I am eagerly anticipating watching progress on the spider shawl!

  17. Gorgeous as always!

    If you need a cube wall for posing shawls I volunteer my wall!! I can guarantee you’ll get a gorgeous picture of the shawl to remember it by. As my daughter would say YOINKS!

    Sweet Lucy picture!

  18. I’m very intrigued by the shape of Shetland Garden. Holding off, though, for the slow boat from Iceland delivering “Three-Cornered & Long Shawls” to Schoolhouse…..

  19. I love your new shawl, Wendy. It looks just amazing all blocked out! I haven’t knit a Faroese yet, but I’m intrigued by the shaping — it’s what keeps these shawls on the shoulders so well. I took a class about them, so I feel quite prepared to do it whenever the mood strikes me! And I did complete my class sample, which fits beautifully on my son’s Spiderman doll. ๐Ÿ˜€

  20. lv2knit says:

    I am using the Crystal Palace Kid Merino and pairing it with Helen’s Lace to make the Fiber Trends Leaf Shawl It is working great. I admit that I did not want to spend ten years knitting a shawl, so by combining the two you get a sport weight yarn. Every once in a while you get a mohair blob that needs to be dealt with, but that happens with most mohair-y yarn. The Kid Merino is a cheap, semi-substitute for Kidsilk Haze.

  21. Question…

    Do you ever make a mistake? I don’t mean that to be rude at all, just curious. You knit so fast I wonder if you just pay a really good amount of attention and never mess up so never have to spend the time fixing a mistake. With all those complex lace patterns I don’t see how you don’t have to frog back every once in a while.. however I am a knitting mess ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. It’s beautiful! Great color and beautiful lace. Wow, Wendy! (And you’ll laugh that I am still working on the Vogue tennis sweater…that was, like, 20 projects ago for you!)

  23. I’m surprised you weren’t mugged on your way out of the conference room by one of those ladies. If I were to see you on the street with that shawl (let’s pretend it isn’t 100 degrees out there right now and you might actually be wearing the shawl outdoors) I can’t vouch for your safety. ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s beautiful, as is the newest project.

  24. The Faroese shawl is gorgeous! Love the color too. Concerning the Inky Dinky Spider Stole, how do you know where to ‘pick up’ stitches? To you count between markers and use math? Eyeball it? With lace, it must be right on the money I would think. I find it somewhat scary.

  25. Gosh, I can’t get enough time in a day to visit Blogland and I missed this beautiful shawl! It’s one of the most gorgeous I’ve seen!!