My current work in progress:

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


You Gotta Feel the Love

Polly asked:
How do you remain motivated to finish these shawls, especially when you hit the interminable edgings without giving it a good ‘resting’ period? I see all these lovely things and I just can’t seem to find it in me to have that last push once I’m about 90% done.

You gotta feel the love, baybee!

I think I stay faithful to a project and finish it because I usually will not allow myself to start a new one until the current one is finished.

I have virtually no self-control and very little self-discipline. (My insanely large stash of yarn is evidence of this.) I know if I were to start a new lace project before finishing the current one, the current one would be tossed aside for the new lace love.

I realize that my statement above is somewhat inconsistent. I do have the self-control and discipline to not start a new project before finishing the current one. What can I tell you? I am a Woman of Many Inconsistencies.

When I embarked on the never-ending edging of the Tina shawl, I thought it would be too unwieldy to take for commuter knitting, so I cast on for the Peacock Feathers shawl. Ding! Ding! Ding! Big mistake. I found myself lusting for that Peacocky goodness when I was supposed to be slogging through the Tina edging. So I set the Peacock Feathers aside and dragged Tina around, hither and yon, until I finished the edging.

It did feel as though the freaking edging took as long to knit (if not longer) than the whole rest of shawl, but I don’t think that’s true.

Now that’s one of the things that I love about Inky Dinky. The edging is knit along with the body of the shawl. This makes me extremely happy.

You know what else makes me happy? It’s a rectangle so the rows are all the same length throughout. No freaking 400 stitch rows as you near the end.

However, I’m working out on paper (well, on computer) a lace shawl of my own design and I am sorely tempted to just sorta start it. Just a little . . .

But no. I’m just barely started on Inky Dinky, so I must remain faithful to it. Besides, I have just started the spider webs chart so I’m entranced with that.


Speaking of the Inky Dink Edging, Karen asked:
The Spider Stole looks great! I do have a question – how difficult do you think it would be to substitute a different edging? I’ve got an idea for something from another lace book I have, but I’m an edging novice and it’s a little daunting.

This pattern consists of multiple charts for the different sections of the stole, and the edging pattern is on the edges (duh) of each of the charts. If the edging you want to subsitute has a different number of rows per repeat, it would take some figuring to get it to work out correctly. Also, depending on which chart you are on, there are some plain stitches added to the inner side of the edging (because the body pattern is not quite as wide in some places) — you’d have to be aware of that and adjust your edging accordingly.

In other words, futzing would have to ensue.

It’s not that it would be so difficult to do, just picky and time-consuming.

Lucy Sez . . .


Picky and time-consuming? I’m bored just thinking about it!


  1. OMG! Look at Lucy’s FANGS! =p Please remind me to stay on her good side!

  2. Wendy, are you knitting all these shawls for yourself? How many do you have now? Do you really use that many? Maybe it’s because I live in a region with relatively moderate climate … I am just amazed at the number of shawls you have knitted!

  3. Could you please repost this entry whenever you are too busy knitting, have nothing new to say or are on vacation?!
    I cringe at the number of started projects I have.
    Thank you for your entry today!

  4. Excellent tonsil shot of Lucy!

  5. I just finished my first (of many, I’m sure) knitted shawl – and finally understand how you say they are handy to have around. Mine has been worn to pop out for the mail, at the (drafty) computer desk, out onto the balcony for a morning coffee, when I’m tired and need comfort, etc. I now know that I NEED at least 4 or 5 (one for each the car, the living room, the computer room, the studio, and the back door, plus others as wardrobe demands see fit).

    Thanks again for giving me the push I needed to go beyond the basics, and try traditional for a change.

    Also – great shot of the fangs. My Peanut had dental surgery and lost 5 upper teeth – her yawning photos look way less intimidating than Lucy’s photo! What a great reminder of what a predator’s mouth is supposed to look like. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. I can’t believe Lucy would allow herself to be photographed in such an unflattering way.

    I’ve become a little bit of a lace tramp, but I love to see the finished shawl and that keeps me focused to finish one shawl before starting another.

  7. When I read Polly’s comment about the last push when you’re 90% done, I couldn’t help but think of childbirth although I have never given birth. It’s that last push when you’re 90% done that makes the whole thing work! Sorry… Lucy has such nice clean teeth!

  8. Lucy, are you related to a rattlesnake, perchance? Perhaps you’re a new species, ragdoll viper!

    Here’s to Women of Many Inconsistencies! The colors in the inky-dinky are fabulous, btw.

  9. Such self control…You never cast on a project until the current one is done? That is amazing!!!

  10. What a mouth!

    I have a question. I’m going to attempt to teach myself to knit in the Continental style. I have a shoulder that’s not happy with all this English throwing! Any tips? Hints? This is how you knit isn’t it?

    Thanks, and hugs to Lucy, she’s so cute!

  11. What is your favorite method of joining new yarn in a shawl when it is not 100% wool and split splice friendly?

  12. Oh, I can sooooo emphathize! I’ve cast on and done about 15 rows of Kiri, I’ve got 25% of an EZ Pi shawl done, and the first 6 rows on a clapotis! All in the most wonderful colors, but what am I working on now? A lacy-t-shirt for my partner who wants to wear it on Monday. And some socks. I’m saving all those shawls until Wednesday when we’re on an airplane for 13 hours and then on the road for three more weeks. It’s been killing me! They’re waiting, like sirens calling to me from my knitting basket, wanting me to pick them up but I’ve been firm. No shawl knitting until the trip, I promise ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s so hard.

  13. I may have missed this, but how many skeins of the Cherry Hill suri does the shawl take?

  14. I humbly bow before you…If I would just stick to the lacey project and not start anything else, I’d be finished by now.
    Slinking back to my knitting now….

  15. Wow, look at that fang kitty! What a great shot:)

  16. My kitties keep their eyes open when they yawn — which maks them look like Mr. Geoffreys with his tongue out and his nose up between his eyes.

  17. Looking foreward to seeing your lacy shawl pattern!

  18. Thanks for answering! Eh, fudging and futzing are becoming easier. It’s just a matter of taking a deep breath and going for it.

    Lucy looks so cute – like our buddies in the backyard bat house.

  19. Jennifer says:

    This is a silly question, but I have been obessively going over your archives the last few days (even to the point of ignoring my son some days… bad me) and I have noticed that you are no longer running monthly contests. Is there a reason? Just curious.