My current work in progress:

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


By Golly, It’s Lace!

I finished the knitting of the edging of the Woodland Shawl.

Here she is, pre-blocking. (Cat included for scale.)


She took a nice leisurely bubble-bath.


And I blocked her. (Cat tail included for scale.)


By golly, it’s lace!

In my remarks about whether it is lace or crap, it was not my intention to fish for compliments, but I do thank you for the nice things you said about my shrivelled up lace!

What I was trying to express was that I really had very little clue how this would turn out until I blocked it. In my head, the patterns I used seemed to go together, but until I saw the whole thing spread out and blocked, well, it’s just durn hard to predict.

But I like it.

It’s 88 inches across the top edge, and 44 inches from top to bottom.

A close-up of the center pattern:


A close-up of the border pattern:


A close-up of the edging:


I’ll post more pix on Sunday.

Lucy’s excited about the blocking process.


Me? I’m excited about my next lace project: the Spring Flowers Shawl! Here’s a sneak preview:



  1. Turbo blocking! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Woodland Shawl is beautiful! But, wait, you began Spring Flowers–don’t you need a Snowball Shawl first?

  2. Amy in Austin says:

    The Woodland Shawl is absolutely lovely. It’s almost uncanny the way you can pick out a variegated yarn to work with lace patterns so well! Thanks for the eye candy!

  3. Yes, you need a Snowball Shawl! Heehee.

    I love the Woodland Shawl. Are you going to publish the pattern anywhere? Is the Spring Flowers going to be a creation of your own as well, or is there a pre-written pattern you’ve got in mind for it? What’s for dinner? Are you sick of my questions yet?

  4. oh it’s absolutely beautiful, thanks for the closeups. The yarn and the pattern really go well together. Congratulations.

    Have fun with the new project. So when is it sweater time again?

  5. elizabeth says:

    The shawl is simply, utterly beautiful. Beautiful. Simply. Utterly.

  6. I’m thrilled to see that your design worked out so well. I’m working on designing some lace projects of my own, too, so the success you are having gives me confidence to continue.

    Plus, not only were your design combinations a success, the end result is darn pretty! And approved by your favorite feline! It just can’t get any better than that.

  7. I love the shawl. The designs and the colors work wonderfully together. And let me add my voice to those who hope that you publish the pattern someday. Enjoy the Spring Flowers shawl.

  8. I second Snow’s question… well, not all of them, but will you be offering the Woodland shawl pattern at some point? It’s gorgeous.

  9. Lovely, of course. I am so in love with that colorway!

  10. It’s beautiful! You have a good eye for patterns, Wendy!

  11. i don’t care what you say, I’m sure Lucy is knitting away while you’re at work. ๐Ÿ™‚

    woodland shawl is lovely and very autumny. spring flowers.. ok, that’s a new one you’re designing? I’ve googled around and couldn’t find it… just out of curiosity, of course while I research next project ๐Ÿ˜‰

  12. Very pretty – makes me feel better about using a varigated yarn for lace. Lovely…..
    A question – I just finished my first “lace” project (v. simple) and was wondering if you had any tips/techniques for weaving in ends. Mine had LOTS of garter stitch so I was able to hide my ends well, but I’m concerned that it may be difficult on a lacier pattern.
    Can’t wait to see what’s next!

  13. Katherine says:

    The shawl is sooo pretty! Those colors are so perfect for a “Woodlands” shawl, especially as we head toward fall. Your lace patterns still show very well, too. Since the consensus is that you have to do a shawl for each season, what would be best for summer? I like a snowball or snowflake pattern for winter, myself. Perhaps that Aslan Helen’s Laces would work for a summery shawl…

  14. Your Lucy looks like my Ahna!! Your lace work is so gorgeous. I’m getting anxious to try my first lace!!!

  15. Cat for sale? Gee, I could use another Ragdoll …

    Oh, nevermind.

    I was a leetle bit apprehensive about this shawl but, in the end, it’s a beauty.

    You are one fierce blocker.

  16. It’s gorgeous. Again.

  17. Are you sure Lucy isn’t just unconcious from her fight with Scout? Those two can get so catty. Great shawl! I pray one day to be like you. ::knits::

  18. Geez, you don’t waste any time casting on something new! I thought it looked beautiful before, but now it is just amazing. Will this become a published pattern? I join the chorus in hoping so. Your plan worked out really well.

  19. The close-ups of the Woodland Shawl looks really beautiful!
    The Spring Flowers Shawl looks so nice and spongey right now! ๐Ÿ˜€
    I thought you meant *Lucy* took a nice leisurely bubble-bath…until I couldn’t find her head. ๐Ÿ˜›

  20. That shawl is soooo gorgeous! It makes me want one for fall! I’m ready for a little relief from the instant oven (sun) and the instant freeze (a/c)that is SUMMER! Autumn is my favorite time of the year (can you tell). That lavendar lace is looking so very inviting as well. Staying tuned!

  21. Wendy, have you ever designed a shawl and named it “Lucy?” A nice dk brown to blonde colorway would be lovely..
    Well done, once again.. I’m so inspired by you. I hope to knit half as well when I grow up!

  22. Hi Wendy I love your blog:) and your shawls, I have one on my to do list if I ever find the right wool here in Tasmania Australia…there is only one decent wool shop and thats an hour and a half away!!!! can you tell me if Inishmore is knitted in an 8ply (d.k ) wool?

  23. Ok, I’m just finished with the edging and on to the body of Inky Dinky and you’ve designed and knit another shawl in the meantime. Are you SURE you don’t have Mrs. Weasely’s Magic Needles??? And I agree with Cher above, there ought to be a Lucy Shawl ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. I thought Lucy was in the bath, too! Don’t imagine she’d be there long, though. Your shawl is gorgeous.

  25. I cant do lace like you but I can say pretty… and now think about starting ANOTHER sock in my gold hills LL colorway ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. Gorgeous !

  27. Wow. I must say that is one of the prettiest shawls I have seen. You must publish somewhere and I am with the whole snowball shawl going into a spring and summer shawl. That would be a cute idea y’know. 4 seasons of lace or something like that. . . . . . . . .

  28. Absolutely stunning, I want one!

  29. Wendy, that is just lovely, and the colorway is gorgeous. It may be the inspiration I need to try a varigated shawl for my next project. I’ve been worried about obscuring the stitch pattern but yours seems to bring it out nicely.

    Out of curiosity, was this done with just one skein of Helen’s Laces?

  30. Your shawl is lovely! Your talent in knitting and in designing simply amazes me. Have you ever thought of quitting your day job and becoming a designer full time. Many of your designs over this last year or so are some of my favorites.

  31. how many shawls have you made this summer?

    Kathy in Mpls

  32. I love that shawl, both the design and the colors. Is that one going to be included in your book or was it a one-time-make-it-up-as-you-go thing?

  33. I love the new lace! Is the pattern going to be available for download, or is it going into another book?

  34. very pretty!!!

  35. Wow, I’ll say it’s lace! Awesome little “experiment” there, missy. Have a great weekend!

  36. Your speed is absolutely amazing. Didn’t you start the Woodland shawl, like, two minutes ago?? You have my total admiration on how fast and accurately you knit. Wow. The shawl looks like if you tossed it in the air, it would be a while before it floated back down to Earth. Quite lovely.

    Is Lucy declawed? I’m thinking not, but the way she lolls around on your work… If my Claude did that, he’d be taking along his own portable mat, ensnared in his toenails. He also lays around on his back like Lucy does and loves to snuggle my wool WIPs.

  37. Isn’t lace magic!?! And your off on another lace project. You are the knitting goddess…sure as shootin’.

  38. You know how it goes, taking a slurp of coffee, reading blogs, going from one to the other then finally reading my fav at the end of the list…
    see the shawl on the floor, think it is blocked with Lucy s”noopervising”, then see your comment..
    “cat included for scale”…but I read, “cat included for SALE!!!!”…I think….my GAWWWD she is selling Lucy…!!!
    needless to say, another slurp to injest more caffeine, straightened me out…
    don’t scare me like that again will ya? …

  39. btw, almost forgot, LOOOOVE the shawl!

  40. “Cat included for scale” is one of my favorite Wendy sayings now. ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜‰

  41. Pretty! (Both Lucy and the shawl.)

  42. She’s gorgeous (Lucy too, but I was referring to the shawl)I think I am going to have to try lace. Other than Branching out (I have one now thanks to Jill), what would you recommend for a beginner. I keep thinking Birch but I am not sure that’s going to be easy enough. Thoughts?

  43. When I read it quickly, I thought it said the cat was for sale, not scale. ๐Ÿ™‚

  44. Your work is lovely. I need to get back to knitting. It’s been too long.