My current work in progress:

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



I’m up to my eyeballs in stuff — no time for a lengthy blog entry.

I do, however, have a progress photo (complete with photo stylist):


I’ve just started knitting the edging onto the Woodland Shawl.

While I don’t have 17 billion repeats of the pattern to do (as I would if this were a square shawl), I still have 8.5 billion repeats to do. So I plan on moaning about that as much as possible.

And I’ve started thinking about my next lace shawl. I want to use the lovely alpaca laceweight L-B got me at Holly Spring Homespun. It’s in shades of lavender so I’m thinking Spring Flowers . . .

Here’s the alpaca, lounging on the ball winder.


I’ll hopefully have more coherent bloginess tomorrow.

In the meantime, Lucy is holding out hope for a Catnip Shawl.



  1. That ballwinder pic is a good testimonial—the alpaca lace yarn is very fine and looks like it was wound with ease!

  2. Where did you purchase the electric ballwinder? It looks like the yarn was wound with ease. I need that because I have the old fashioned kind—hand crank!!! By the way, I really have admired all of your shawls this past summer and you have been an inspiration.

  3. I love the colors of your woodland shawl. I hope you won’t mind the impertinance (sp?) of this comment, but the colors are unlike many of the colors you’ve chosen for other lace projects. More vibrant, I guess, and more suited to a lace like you’re doing with larger knited swaths. I think it’s lovely and am of the seemingly minority opinion that lace can be done with handpainted yarns. Are the colors pooling at all? On the one larger shot it looks like they might and I love me some interesting pooling. I’m lazy and haven’t looked back but are you completing it with just one hank of Helen’s lace? Such a deal!

  4. Wendy, do you use some sort of “center” on your ballwinder so that your center-pull laceweight balls don’t collapse? Or do you let them “cure” a bit on the winder before removing them, so they’re stable? RAGards to Lucy! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. Don’t you just love cat tummies? They are so soft and just invite petting… which is just the point, I’m sure. ๐Ÿ™‚

    It seems that you go through the second type project obsession… I am of the first type, where I do a lace project, then a pair of socks, then a sweater, maybe a small item or two, then lace again. Whereas you get really into one thing for a reasonably long period, then move on to something else. Just curious if this is correct.

  6. Since I’m the one who doubted the use of variegated yarns for lace, I have to say how much I’m admiring your Woodland Shawl. Those colors suit that pattern perfectly. Kudos!

  7. I love that shawl! Wherever did the pattern come from! The colors are very very vibrant and just seem to make the shawl!

  8. Great pictures today, Wendy! Such a beautiful shawl.

    Is part of the stuff you’re doing book-related? We’re getting close, aren’t we? Can’t wait to see it!

  9. I love how this is turning out! I hope you will be writing this up and selling it because I would LOVE to try it! :o) Theresa

  10. You know I do believe that Lucy most likely deserves a catnip shawl, her little body isn’t too big, it shouldn’t take long to spin the catnip and then knit a shawl. I’d volunteer, but so far my spinning capabilities have been dismal at best.

    I might be able to take Basil’s feathers and sew them together into a cap for Lucy though.

  11. I’m getting down to the miles o’ edging section of the Song of Hiawatha, so I feel your pain. In an act of stupidity, I decided to add lovely little green beads! To slow me down even more! What the hell was I thinking?

  12. I’m so impressed, you have less time to knit than I do, but seem to finish things faster. But then I’m a project ho, and have several things all going at once. I just can’t be faithful to one needlecraft much less project. LOL
    It seems most are looking to fall colors now. I love looking at them, but look sickly to wear them. It nice to see someone else thinking/using spring in the fall.