My current work in progress:

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


Wherein Wendy Quotes Margene Again

Knitting lace:

“It’s the process.”

A number of people have asked me what I do with all that knitted lace — do I actually wear the shawls I knit?

I don’t keep all the lace I knit, by the way. A bunch of shawls I’ve made have been given as gifts.

I love to knit lace. I love to block lace. I love a project that is lightweight and so easily portable. I love that you can make a whole huge honking shawl out of less than 6 ounces of yarn.

Oh, and I also love shawls. I use them mainly at the office. The Shetland Garden Faroese Shawl is currently hanging on the back of my chair, for when the a/c makes me too chilly. I feel chilly a lot. I am a delicate flower. I’ve got a heavier shawl (the Highland Triangle from Folk Shawls) in a file drawer — that one gets hauled out in the winter when the heat is not enough.

I also wear shawls as big scarves over my winter coat. That’s my favorite use for my Legend of the Shetland Seas stole that I knit from cashmere (yum!). It’s cream colored, and looks awesome over my black cashmere coat.

I take my work shawl home frequently and bring in a different one. Variety. It’s a good thing.

I almost always wear a shawl into the senior staff meeting held four days a week because, as I mentioned previously, our conference room could easily be used as a meat locker.

(If we ever really have to shelter in place, they will find us frozen, perfectly preserved, when the “all clear” is finally sounded. If and when that situation arises, I can only hope that technology will have advanced to the point where we can be successfully thawed out.)

The other women in the meeting eye my shawls covetously. And earlier this week our summer intern ( a male college undergraduate) asked me “How long does to take you to make one of those, anyway?”

Each of my Summer of Lace Shawls has put in some time at the office. They each get to go home when I complete and bring in the next one.

Inky Dinky Progress

I’m into the spiderwebs. Woo-hoo!


Lucy Sez . . .


Ignore the fang photo from yesterday. I really am a cuddly-wuddly widdle pussycat.


  1. …I’m relieved. I found that picture of Lucy yesterday VERY disturbing.

  2. kelly in new mexico says:

    I love the color way of the yarn you’ve chosen for the Inky Dinky Spider Shawl along with the pattern!!
    I have a question on how many shawls have you made and have you kept a photo diary of each?
    They are amazing!! I’m sure you could sale them on ebay, if you wanted, and for a handsome price!!!
    I love your blog because you mainly speak of knitting, unlike so many other knitting blogs.
    Your adventures with your Kitty and work always include knitting too. I like that. Thanks!

  3. So cool isn’t it? (No pun intended). I agree with you, it’s the PROCESS. I am truly much more of a process knitter than a product knitter. Don’t get me wrong. There ain’t nuthin’ more satisfying than finishing up a project but I tend to pick those that have no deadlines or immediate needs (I give as gifts but not for any particular day). You shawls are ALL gorgeous. LOVE THEM ALL!

    BTW, with regard to your male co-worker, are you going to try to teach him to knit????

  4. Wendy, All your knitted shawls are absolutely gorgeous. I would be hard pressed to pick a favorite among them all. What beautiful work you do—but I wouldn’t expect anything less 🙂

  5. I personally LOVED the fang photo!! nice kitty….

  6. NOW I know where I’ve seen the pattern on the Inky Dinky Stole! It’s from the “Space Invaders” game! (I had a boss back in those early arcade days who collected the arcade games (full size), and they were frequently delivered to where we worked. The sound of advancing invaders is going to echo through my head again all night!

    Lucy can’t fool me! That had to be yawn! I think my biggest kitty’s mouth can open wider, but he can’t make much of a sound with it, so the scare is not too impressive! Love the colors of the stole; they should really accent Lucy’s gorgeous fur if she camps out on it when your back is turned.

  7. I just love all of the beautiful lacy shawls that I have seen that you have made. I wish I could learn to knit or crochet as beautifly as you do. I am going to take some classes on knitting and crocheting in the near future since I just recently found out where I can take them. I don’t expect to be able to make as beautiful things as you do but I think it will be fun trying to learn how. I have given some things as gifts that I have made and people have seemed to like them never the less. You are truly an insperation to want to make things as beautiful as you make though.

  8. Oh yea by the way! Lucy is a most beautiful cat You have every right to be proud of her I enjoy seeing her in the photos too. Even her toothy photo was adorable.

  9. There have been a couple of my lace shawls that I really wanted to frame and exhibit like fine artwork with a little light over the frame.

  10. Suzanne says:

    It always amazes me when I am asked about whether I will be able to wear something I make. Nobody ever asks a painter if he or she will hang everything they paint in their home. As you say, it is about the process and being able to wear the items I knit is just an added bonus that is absolutely not essential to my involvement in the process.

  11. Love the shawls and as I sit here with my toes turning blue, I completely understand the “meat locker” reference. Not sure I have the patience for the beautiful and intricate shawls. If you ever decide to raffle one, let me know.

  12. Love the lacy I hope to be able to start one soon. I am planning on buying a cotton yarn and hand dying it in a multi-tone of pinks and purples. I hope that it works out. I will let you know.

  13. This is my first time cruising through your blog! Love your stuff, your lace is gorgeous! I’m just breaking into lace work…slowly but surely. It’s love at first YO.

    Your Lucy is just precious! I love those rag doll kitties, never met a one I didn’t like.

  14. If you like the method by which the Inky Dinky shawl is knit, you should check out the Lily of the Valley shawl that was published in the Summer 2004 issue of Knitter’s Magazine. (Yes, I really did say Knitter’s Magazine.) Or maybe you’ve already knit it.

  15. You have no need to quote me! You are THE process knitter. You have knit more this summer than everyone in Blogland combined. They are all so beautiful. You need a ‘show’ of your work.
    I love Lucy’s fang.

  16. As long as you love it, whatever it is you’re knitting, what difference does it make what you “do” with it?

  17. Does that cat ever get off the couch? Not that she isn’t beautiful but it’s been a while since we’ve seen her more than half-awake.

    I’m curious to know if any of your lace shawls shed. That was my problem with knitted scarves on a black coat. Alpaca is lovely but…. I got rid of the black coat, by the way.

  18. Hi-ho, Wendy! The shawl is looking right purty. The intern guy? He’ll probably be asking a couple of more innocuous questions before he gets the guts to learn to knit. It’s what my nephew did. First the looking. Then the “did you knit that?”; followed in time by “is that wool?” and after another while “can you teach me how to knit?” Testing the waters, they are.

  19. The shawls are gorgeous! Great work! But I’ve gotten into trouble… Simon (age 2, black and white with enormously long white whiskers) was sitting on my lap while I scrolled through the posts… and he has a crush on Lucy! Sigh… unrequited love of the kitteny variety. He has been helping me wind yarn into balls all day. Cats are the best ol’ knitting helpers!