My current work in progress:

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


Inky? Check. Dinky? Check.

Alrighty then. Before blocking:


After (pardon the bad angle — makes it look lopsided!)


A close-up:


And another:


And yet another!


Mary asked:
Watching your shawl progress, I’m wondering: Is Inky-Dinky much more complicated than your last two shawls? I know you knitted up each of those fairly fast, and Dinky seems to be taking much longer. Just for future reference, in case I want to try knitting any of those. Inquiring minds, you know . . .

Inky Dinky took me about the same amount of time as the Tina shawl. I think, although the shape is different, it’s pretty much the same amount of knitting as Tina. The last two shawls I made, The Peacock Feathers and the Shetland Garden Faroese, are both a bit larger than half the size of Tina. and they both took me a bit over half the amount of time it took me to knit Tina.

Hey, at least I’m consistent.

No, I don’t think the Inkster is any harder than the last two — just a lot more knitting!

Imbrium asked:
Out of curiosity, do you find that slogging your way through a project that you’ve lost interest in makes you value it more or less when you’re done? Does that resentment linger, or do you love it more for having persevered?

Now that’s an interesting question. I would think that the slogging would make me resentful (because that’s the way I am), but it doesn’t. There was definite slogging involved in Tina’s creation, but I love the resulting shawl. But I think I’d love it no matter what.

Which started me thinking — do bad memories in the creation of your knits transfer themselves to your attitude towards the finished knit? They don’t for me.

Though I do remember certain things about the knitting of most of my stuff. Whenever I wear Marina, I remember the hurricane that came through here almost two years ago, because I knit on Marina during the hurricane.

And every time I wear Henry VIII, I think of Izzy (my kitty who died before Lucy came to live with me) because that was the last thing I finished when she was alive. And I started the Roscalie cardigan the day Lucy came to live with me. I was knitting Flora when Knit Happens opened.

And so on.

Seen on the Shelf at a Local Drugstore


I wonder if they sell a lot of that?

Lucy doesn’t care enough to weigh in with an opinion.



  1. That Zim’s Crack cream is actually good stuff! I use it on my poor footsies at night. I only use it at night because it’s hard to get past the rather odd (and STRONG) smell. Just FYI, the “crack” involved is skin so dry that it is cracked. ahem It smells kind of clove-y/allspice-ish and pretty much overpowers every other scent in a five mile radius.

    Fabulous Inky Dinky. An unlikely phrase to say, but true. haha

  2. Beautiful shawl. That is Lucy helping in the first picture, isn’t it? I have so enjoyed reading your knitting journeys.

    Re the creme, guess you haven’t heard of Boudreaux’s Butt Paste, verrry popular for diaper rash, skin rashes on all age folks, etc. Created by a local pharmacist, George Boudreaux.

  3. The most beautiful thing I have knit to date is a lace scarf that drove me to tears–both through boredom (repeat after repeat) and frustration (asymetric pattern that was very difficult to track). I thought I was going to hate it, but I find great satisfaction and comfort in it. Rather than resenting it, I feel an incredible sense of accomplishment.

  4. Inky Dinky Spider Stole is beautiful, I adore the colors in the variegated yarn. Just gorgeous.

    I agree, I usually don’t resent the knitted item that I’ve slogged through. What usually ends up happening to me is that over time as I’m knitting it, I lose interest and then keep slogging through and then I can see the finish line. After that, I’m usually happy with the finished item.

  5. The Inky Dinky stole is fabulous although I still maintain it should be Itsy Bitsy ;>

    I have to admit that I do have a few sweaters that I hated knitting and now hate to wear. I also have a few items that have errors in them that I discovered much later but I adored knitting them and that I still love to wear even despite the imperfections. Of course, those are also the items I have knit two or three times in order to get them the way I want them. The slogger projects generally get pushed to the back of the queue and I pull them out of “time-out” at such time as I regain interest. I admire you for being able to knit one thing at a time but I could never apply that to my life.

    And Beverly is right, Boudreaux’s Butt Paste rocks. I still have some around and use it for general rashes and such.

  6. Wow – that is amazing [the shawl]. At least it doesn’t say *butt* crack creme! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. I love Inky Dinky! and Tina and Peacock Feathers and… well, all your knitting continues to inspire me.

    I must comment re Zim’s Crack Creme … I have done data pulls of pharmacy data at my job and also seen interesting product names like “Happy Hiney” and “Magic Butt Creme”. Probably for diaper rash … I hope!! Thanks for the picture — if you had “told” us you “saw” this product, I wonder if you would have been believed so easily without the photographic evidence.

  8. Great looking shawl!!! I love the colors. I might have to look for the crack lotion for my tootsies. Ha,Ha.

  9. Crack Creme? Butt Paste? How about these:

  10. Inky is very beautiful!

    Question: When you block, do you use starch or anything to help it stay in shape? I use starch so thick on my doilys that they are stiff as a board. Can’t do that on a shawl do how does it stay stretched?

    Also, a funny story about Butt Cream. My son was in a well-known children’s hospital when he developed a diaped rash. When the nurses said he needed “butt cream” I thought they were kidding, but the label on the jar actually said Butt Cream. Got a chuckle out of that.

  11. No crack conversation is complete without a mention of Mr. Happy Crack:

    Inky Dinky is lovely in her webbiness. You have a knack for choosing yarn that suits the pattern.

    Remember: “A dry crack is a happy crack.”

  12. It is nice to see the “Java” all knit up. It is one of my favorite CTH colorways. I’m currently knitting “Wild Cherry” but that is because the recipient said red or something bright. Inky Dinky is quite lovely.

  13. I love the way that Inky finished up. Although I am not a big fan of varigated yarn and shawls, the yarn you chosse was just perfect. Congratulations on yet another job well done.

  14. RE the “Crack” cream…I can finally cross my plumber off my christmas list.

  15. Or maybe that is Lucy’s opinion. The Inky Dinky shows that you can knit with a multi-colored yarn, and still have a very complex lace pattern show up beautifully. Hard to pull off, but you did it. Bravo!

  16. Inky Dink is lovely. I don’t know how you persevere with this knitted on edging. I know that it looks great but man does it take forever. Thanks for all the circular needle reviews. I’m always on the hunt for something with sharp points and good joins.

  17. Gorgeous lace, Wendy! Absolutely gorgeous!

  18. Lisa, Mike, Jack, Della says:

    How completely fabulous! InkyDinky is my favorite so far during your summer of lace. Speaking of the summer of lace, how I have enjoyed watching your work flow from the needles this summer! Lovely! I have InkyDinky ready to go in the Moss colorway of the Artisan Lace, and I think today I will order some needles Just Like Yours ๐Ÿ™‚ Snap! and Woofs! P.S. Guess who will be 1500 miles closer to next year’s MDSW?

  19. Well done, and a beautiful color for the name of the shawl if that kind of thing is important to you. It looks like Lucy’s blocking experience came in handy…

    So…what’s next? You’ve hinted around, but you’ve certainly cast on something already. What’ll it be, Wendy?

  20. Wow! I mean, WOW! (Or should I say Wowie, wow, wow!) That stole is really amazing. The big spider webs are so cool (although I like all of it). You are inspirational!

    ps – Butt paste really works on diaper rash, like nothing else can. What else could they have called it?

  21. WOW and Bravo – Inky Dinky is magnificent! I love reading your blog – only you and your loyal fans would discuss getting tired of knitting something – I tend to make up the pattern as I go along for knitting (not lace!) scarves and shawls – I know that my project is ready to be finished when I get tired and bored of working on it – really bored – but, I tend to forget that when I wear it later on.

    Love to LUCY!

  22. Butt paste kept bed sores off of my grandmother for years…it is super stuff!!
    Crack creme is good stuff, but I too cannot take the smell…. it’s even stronger than Bengay!

  23. Inky Dinky is gorgeous, as expected. I too relate life events to my knitting and consider the trials and tribulations involved in any part of the process as a learning experience and hold no ill will towards the finished project. Glad to know that others are the same.

  24. Inky Dinky is fantabulous! You, again, have done such a beautiful job with it. I’m sure that Lucy was a huge help.

  25. Crack creme? Yikes. I know what it’s actually for, but it does bring a different picture to mind. I’ve been horrified enough that they’ve taken to advertising KY Jelly during prime time. GAK!

    I love Inky Dinky! What a speedy and lovely job you’ve done. What did you start immediately afterwards? Because we know you started something.

  26. Really a wonderful shawl.


  27. god, I LOVE the way that Gold Hill LL knits up! ugh. mustforgethowpretty. mustnotbuytheyarn.

    I once knew a guy who hated to mow his lawn. He lived around here somewhere, I forget exactly where. Anyway, he and his roomates just didn’t mow. The lawn grew so outta control from the NONmowing that when they DID try to mow it, the mower choked. So, you know what they did?

    They adopted two sheep. Dolly and Dolly. I shit you not.

    The lawn was cleaned up in a day or two.