My current work in progress:

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


I’m Not the Only Enabler Here

No, I ain’t!

Because L-B someone is trying to talk me into this. And L-B someone has suggested that I should make it in the “Meadow” colorway.

The design is calling out to me, so I may have to cave and order it.

But the self-same enabler also pointed this out to me: Annabelle’s Caps.

The book is a tribute to Annabelle Dawson, a founding member of the CKDA. All proceeds of the publication go to the Canadian Cancer Society and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

And Suzanne sent the link for this extremely pretty hat pattern in a blog comment.

Inox Needles

I got the Inox grey needles I ordered. Close to perfecto!

Here’s the point:


And here’s the join:


The point is slightly less pointy but the join is slightly smoother on these versus my Holz & Stein rosewoods. And the fact that the stitches of the java colorway I’m knitting show up better against the grey needle pushed me over the edge — I’ve put the Inky Dinky Spider Stole onto an Inox needle and have been using it all weekend.

Lucy gives it two paws up!



  1. Excellent eye, L-B and Wendy. That lacy cardigan is a winner!

  2. I’m delighted to note that you have come to the same conclusions I did about the Inox grey for lace. Twice in the last two months, I’ve dropped the Addi Naturas mid-project and ventured out in search of Inox at half the price. The second time was as recently as yesterday – the laceweight mohair kept binding on the join seam and I was truly ready to toss the whole thing in the trash! Everything goes a lot smoother with teflon.

  3. Amazing! Just last night I changed my latest Birch from Addis to Inox, and find it is much easier to see and I can knit much faster!

  4. Ah, Inox greys are my favorite of all needles! Slick as all get-out, good points, and never a catchy join. I love the color. I have to knit in strong light, and I don’t like the reflection shiny silver needles give off.

  5. I’m inspired by the Calmer hat. The pattern is available for free right now as a part of Knitting magazines Nation Knitting week ( and I have decided to knit up a few of these caps as charity chemo caps (and one for me ๐Ÿ™‚ ).

  6. If you are planning your next project, how about something completely different?
    Check out the knitted lace curtains “Rose Leaf” on page 46 of 1st Book of Modern Lace Knitting by Marianne Kinzel.
    In dark blue they would look fabu against a blue sky.

  7. I dunno. Dew is for the more experienced knitter. Are you sure you qualify? Are you sure it won’t be too difficult for you? Am I screwing up my sycophant application (yet) again?

  8. Wow – that’s an awesome lacy sweater! Gosh that KH – she is amazing. Love her [after you of course ๐Ÿ˜€ ] … I haven’t tried those needles – don’t get me started – I have to make do with what I have [addis & Denise] for a while. They look great!

  9. Ooh, that IS a pretty sweater. Hmmm. . . Uh-oh!

  10. I’m sure you’ve seen these, but for anyone that hasn’t, here’s a great link for chemo caps:

    The Cable Knit Cap comes out really well, especially done with a slightly smaller guage yarn.

  11. I’m in love with Inox teflon too!! I’m knitting a shawl in laceweight linen (!) and that stuff has a mind of it’s own…the Inox were the only needles that could tame it after trying turbos, naturas and Denise. LOVE LOVE LOVE the points! You know Inox Greys (Teflon) are the same as Aeros? Both made by Prym and identical in packaging and construction if you compare.

  12. I’m getting ready to knit my first lace shawl, and I bought some lace-weight merino, and I intuitively purchased some Inox circulars in the sizes needed to work with it. Glad to know I made a good choice!

  13. If you make that lacy cardi, will you make it not-too-big? You are a very good knitter (obviously) but I do think you tend to make sweaters too big. You’re slim, show it!

  14. Since you are such a wonderful knitter and since you’ve got such a talent for shawls (and since I’ve been reading/lurking your blog for about a year now and finally found the moxy to post) I thought I’d pass along this link to you:

    The link is for prayer shawls that are knitted or crocheted for women who are going through tough times (ie medical procedures for cancer, etc). Since you are making your friend a chemo hat, I thought a matching shawl might also be something she’ll treasure as well (although I believe the shawl should be made out of yarn that is completely washable).

    It’s an idea.

  15. that dew is lovely! which color do you like?

  16. Your comment on Inox is interesting. I prefer Clovers to Inox anyday. Maybe because I knit mostly with cotton?

  17. Hi Wendy and Lucy
    This “Dew” is great. It’s true “Meadow” is a good color for you, but i also like “liqueur”, and the first one, quite grey. Which one will you chose ? (I dont even say maybee !)

  18. CatBookMom says:

    What different takes on the Inox grays!! Based on recommendations about the points, I bought some last month in 0s,1s and 2s to use for socks, and immediately regretted it. The dratted joins on the Inox just made it a struggle to push the stitches back onto the point for knitting on 2 circs. The points are very nice, although I’m not wild about the bend in the needle ends.

    So then I had to hit the budget for Addis in sock sizes. And of course sock sizes are not what’s needed for lace, being way too small.

    The Java colorway is lovely!!

  19. I READ IT!!
    I hadn’t handknitted for decades, and decided I’d try it again this summer. So of course I started out on the Internet. And discovered knitblogs, and Wendy Knits. And did something I’ve never done with a blog before: I went back to september 2002 and read the Whole Blog chronologically over the past few weeks (this involves a lot of scrolling). Such fun! Like a mix between a Cathy Kelly novel and a manual full of tips, tricks and fascinating links!
    Consider me a fan (minion?) from now on. I’m really looking forward to The Book!
    Best wishes,
    Ps: In the meantime I figured out how the sock pattern works, how magic looping works (no way am I going to fiddle around with dpns :-)) and how to pick up double loops (more or less), and I am now proud mistress of my second Opal SIP. Also ordered Kureyon for a Booga bag. Drooled over Virtual Yarns kits. Discussed excessive pet sentimentality with my dog. Having a great time!

  20. Gorgeous. I think it looks like a great pattern, I just wish one didn’t need to buy the kits…

  21. Ha! Good thing I’ve nervously eaten myself to the point that the Dew cardigan probably wouldn’t fit. Er…maybe that’s not such a good thing…but saves me money! (Yikes, can you say massive rationalization?)

  22. Oh Wendy, now I am drooling over the KH designs also. So many things to knit, so little time…..I love the Dew design also.

  23. I think showing Dew to people who haven’t even finished their first sweater yet should constitute as cruel and unusual punishment. ๐Ÿ™‚