My current work in progress:

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


I Am in Awe

I’m talking to those among you who have multiple projects on the needles.

I know I’ve mentioned this before, but I am so not cut out to have more than one project going at a time.

I direct your attention to my poor little qiviut scarf.


In the past month, I think I’ve knitted six rows. I leave it on my nightstand so I can see it, and grab it for a few rows before I go to sleep. But do I? No, I knit on my “big” project.

I think when I finish the ribbed sweater, I’ll finish the poor little scarf before I start anything new. I’ll feel so much better if I do!

And that’ll stop the scarf’s incessant whimpering. Jeez! Who knew that qiviut could be such a baby?

Speaking of the ribbed sweater, in answer to a comments question, yes indeed, it is ribbed (for her pleasure) — on the right side you k1 p1 across. On the wrong side you purl across. Makes a very pretty rib pattern.


There was another question asking why not knit it in the round. So I will now subject you to my Seams Lecture, here.

In the case of the ribbed sweater, I think seams are very much a Good Thing. This is a thick, heavy sweater. The seams will definitely give it stability.

More on Dales

A couple of you commented/emailed, verifying that you too have experienced yarn shortages for Dale patterns. Several years ago, I emailed Dale to bitch inquire why that was. The reponse I got was that Dale knits each sample sweater in one size, and then estimates yarn amounts for the other sizes. I think that they need to get a new yarn estimator!

Theresa asked:
I am wondering if you can tell me what the design is in the Torino. Every site I’ve seen it on shows it so small. I am wondering what the picture is that is inside that triangular pointed shape (like a house shape) on the front?

I’m not sure what the design is supposed to represent exactly. Even though I have a bigger picture of it. There’s a decent-sized photo on the Allegro website here — along with a not-terribly-descriptive description of the design elements.

Violet asked:
When knitting Nordic sweaters and there are a one stitch of a different color interspersed, do you carry the color along or do you add the colored stitch with the duplicate stitch? No one has ever offered to explain how to do this.

Sometimes I duplicate stitch. Sometimes I cheat in other ways. See this old blog entry for details!

I do so love a blog entry where I can regurgitate stuff from my archives!



  1. Hi Wendy-
    Regarding the design of the Torino Sweater: pictured on either side of the zipper is a representation of a domed structure found in Torino. There is also a representation of the mascot as well as the olympic flame. As for shortages-it has been my experience that they are late in getting their patterns out as well as the zippers, etc that go with the patterns. As a shop owner-it has been frustrating. But as of late I have been assured that the zippers and patches will be at my door very soon. I have the kits of the adult pullovers posted on my website. I will say I do love Dale of Norway yarns and patterns. They are classic, well written and the yarns are of unmatched quality as a whole collection-very consistant. Hopefully they will get their act together getting their patterns out in a more timely fashion. (Last spring I started writing my own patterns for their new yarns Pelecan and Flamingo while waiting on theirs-see the “Aloha Tank!”)

  2. PS–I have at least 7 projects going-I get bored easily. And I do finish most. Yes, I do have a bit of guilt-it became a yarn shop-Kathy

  3. Hi Wendy, I asked about designing lace shawls a while back and have started a pie-wedge lace shawl. I’m thinking I’d like to add a border but can’t find info on how to do the math for this…it doesn’t make sense to knit a rectangle border and then sew it on to the rounded edge…does it? Do you have any suggestions for knitting an edging to a round edge? It’s probably just something I’m not getting..
    By the way, I almost always HAVE to have 2 projects going…one easier, St st something for the movie theater (or subtitled movies @ home) or while I’m chatting with my family and something more interesting and difficult (for my REAL knitting time).

  4. True confession: I started the Club sweater by knitting sleeve #1 in the round! Ahhhhgh!

  5. Wendy!
    I’m one of ‘those’ who has not only multiple projects, but also multiple genre’s/crafts going at the same time. In my case, it’s three things
    1. being…. scatterbrained (not *really*)
    2. I get easily bored with some projects
    3. I usually can’t bear to wait to get started on those ‘new’ projects that evilly BECKON to me with their mantra of “start me, start me, start me”…

  6. I’m with you Wendy, I’m a 2 project only knitter. One “big” one small and portable, usually a sock.
    More and I get all nervous and jerky!

    Now Pumpkin on the other hand, has more projects going then you can shake a Greenie at!!! 🙂

  7. The “picture inside the triangular pointed shape” depicts La Mole Antonelliana circa 1863.
    It houses the National Museum of Cinema.

  8. Love that rib pattern – I knit a scarf for a friend in that pattern, and it was called “Broken Rib,” which I found less than appealing. I didn’t tell my friend. 🙂 It’s a lot of fun to knit, though.

  9. Sorry, Wendy, but I’ve got so many one-third-finished projects lying around, it would give you hives AND fits! They always get completed, but at the rate of a few rows at a time.

    BTW, what did you do to Lucy?! Ration her greenies? She looks like you’re workin’ her last nerve!

  10. The dome in Torino is the Mole Antonelliana – , to quote my guidebook of Turin, “This is Turin’s awesome and original symbol. The Mole was designed by architect Alessandro Antonelli and built between 1863 and 1889. Originally the Mole was supposed to be a Jewish temple, but the structure was later bought by the City of Turin. Today the Mole is the site of the National Museum of Cinema (which used to be housed at Palazzo Chiablese). The Mole Antonelliana is 167.5 meters tall, and atop the cupola stands the bright and controversial sculpture by Mario Merz entitled “Il volo dei numeri” (the flight of numbers). The panoramic elevator, which takes you to the balcony 85 meters above the ground in 59 seconds, gives a fantastic view of Turin. Very near the Po.”

    – well, let’s be more specific here and quote our friends at Dale as well….”A central design element is the Mole Antonelliana, which is Torino’s most famous landmark. Through the windows in the design we discover detailed pieces of some of the most important landmarks, culture and historical events from the city and the region. There is a cluster of grapes, symbolizing the fertile agriculture in the region, and above the section of windows we see a panorama of snow covered mountaintops.”

    molto bello, no?

  11. I think I originally found your blog (way back!) when I was doing a search for three-colored knitting help. Because, sorry, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to coordinate two colors in one hand! One in each? No problem, but two in one hand? HOW do you do that?? Duplicate stitch is so much easier! Anyway, thanks for the memories . . . I’d forgotten that was how I’d made my way here the first time.

  12. Thanks Wendy for the link and answering my question and thanks to your wonderful readers for the links and explanations of what that was. I know it sounds weird but I didn’t want to knit something that might end up being some weird kind of symbol for something! LOL Thanks everyone

  13. You and I are in complete and total agreement on the seam issue.

  14. “k1 p1 on right side and purl across on wrong side”? My lazy mind would immediately amend it to “knit across on right side and k1 p1 on wrong side”! LOL!
    Beautifully focused headshot of Lucy today!

  15. I don’t think I could ever have just one project on the needles. If the project I’m working on is too simple, I get bored, and long for a challenge. If the project I’m working on is challenging, chances are I’ll eventually need a break from it, and will want to pick up something I don’t have to concentrate on. And let’s not even get into when you make a mistake on a project, and just can’t bring yourself to spend the evening reknitting the hours of work you just ripped out. For times like that, one must have comfort knitting. When I do major frogging, I feel the poor disheveled project needs at least 24 hours to marinate, and to reflect on its bad behavior. 😉

  16. Lucy looks like she trying to hypnotise you. Greenies, Greenies….
    Next time when I am visiting the US I have to try and get my hands (sorry paws) on some not for me but for my Perrywinkle. He thinks I spent way to much time reading and surfing.
    But if I tell him that I found something wonderful on your blog it may be OK with him.
    I am also one of ‘those’ that have more than one project on the go. Sometimes I knit somehting that I find difficult and want soemthing easy in between or the ‘big’ project is to bulky, to complicated, to many stitches in one row, to be carried around with me. Then I have some little project as a on-the-go knit. Socks, baby clothes or similar. That is my excuse anyway.
    It could also be considered a ‘starting a new project’ addiction.
    But so far I have always finished everything. OK, what is a couple of years for a project?

  17. Torino is a delightful-looking pattern but to me, those “domes” seem to be strategically placed to emphasize the ….er…. domes beneath. Hmmm.


  18. this is off the knit topic, but that is a cool flash back of you B.L. (Before Lucy)! Reminds me that writing/blogging/journaling your life in some way is a great thing!

  19. Louise in Maryland says:

    I almost always have 2 going, one big and one small. Sometimes, if both are too complicated/fussy, I need to start a 3rd for watching baseball or making conversation or sitting in the dark watching the sky. Sometimes I start an extra to create an item on demand (like today, I need to go score yarn for quickie leg-warmers for a certain princess who has decided to be a Goth Fairy Ballerina for Halloween) And I seem to see a Dale in my future.

    Am I the only one crass enough to mention the condom reference?

  20. I always have multiple projects going at one time. My husband refers to it as knitting ADD. I just like variety.

    I love that photo of Lucy. She looks like she is plotting a massive attack for the greenies.

  21. elizabeth says:

    The DB chocolate yarn looks tempting! I was looking back at the catnip mice-is there a pattern available that I overlooked? I have two cats and new kitten who would be thrilled to own a few! Also in the archives, I saw you had purchased the Poetry in Stitches Leaf sweater-did you ever knit this or is it still hiding in what must be a fabulous stash? Thanks!

  22. Susan Maurer says:

    I admire the stick-to-itiveness required to work on only one project at a time. So in the hopes of becoming a Knitting Wendy, I tried to do it. Then I needed a simple mindless project (k2p2) for phone calls and toddler interruptions (project #2). Then Christmas said, “I’ll be here shortly!” (projects 3-9, but they only count as one cuz they’re all garter stitch scarves on large needles). And did I order enough Noro Kureyon to make anything I’d like? I only have 8 balls. Better cast on for something and see to make sure in case I need to order more. So I cast on just last night for project # 4 (cuz remember: the scarves only count as one project). Sigh. I’ll never be a Knitting Wendy. Having more than one project going tends to lead to mild schizophrenia, but it’s never boring!

  23. Judy said “Torino is a delightful-looking pattern but to me, those “domes” seem to be strategically placed to emphasize the ….er…. domes beneath.”

    Maybe it’s just me, but not only do they *emphasize* the domes beneath, they even RESEMBLE the domes beneath! To me, the tower motif looks almost exactly like Madonna’s famous tasseled brassiere. It’s the symmetry; if there was just one “dome”, and it was centered, and maybe a bit larger, it would be an entirely different story. But as it is… two of them, strategically placed… giant tasseled bra. It’s all I can think of when I see this sweater.

    (I bought the pattern anyway.)

  24. Wendy! Where was the “spew warning?!”
    Portia doesn’t like it when I choke and sputter my morning tea. Ribbed for *her* pleasure, indeed! (splorf!)

  25. OOPS-found the catnip mouse pattern-Thanks…
    Would still love to hear where the Leaf sweater is though.

  26. I get bored easily too. I think that is why I have so many UFO’s. You knit your things so fast that you don’t have time to get bored.

  27. Ha! I just posted about how I could never only have one project going – and I was thinking of you when I wrote it, too! Different strokes for different knitters!

  28. Adventures in ADHD knitting—-yep that s me
    hhhhhmmm the grass is always greener- isn’t it— i always am awed by people who can focus on one project- until it’s completed—- then begin the next one—

    I think it takes all kinds of knitters—- just glad there are so many of us!!! 😉 regardless of the type!

  29. Besides having more than one project going, I currently have a scarf that’s on a CHOPSTICK instead of a needle. 😉 I’m thrifty–I wanted the 6mm, I stole the 6mm. I don’t think I really need to buy another set of 6mm. Ha!

    I was going to ask if that was a seed stitch. I guess it’s not. It reminds me of the seed stitch…which I love. 🙂

  30. A comment to the question of what to do in a Norwegian pattern when there’s one stitch in a different colour. I have always been told that the practical reason for traditional Norwegian snowflake (or lice) patterns, is that they offer a practical and decorative way to add an extra layer of wool which adds warmth to the finished garment. You’ll miss that effect if you don’t carry the yarn with yoou obviously, but then again I suppose it’s not really called for in every kind of climate!

  31. I am a one project knitter. I guess I’m more product oriented that process oriented! “The End Justifies the Means” is the way I approach most things so I also “cheat” to get things finished. If I don’t like a project well enough to want to finish it RIGHT NOW I frog it off, put the yarn away until I find a different project for it, and find something else to make.

    Lucy needs a Greenie this minute! (My ragdoll, Chelsey, and my two lynx point siamese, Belle and Tigger, don’t like Greenies. They like Aquariyums in both crunchy and moist.)

  32. Laura’s comment above about “writing/blogging/journaling your life” makes me wonder if you feel that blogging has improved/enhanced your knitting (although I’m not sure it could be improved). I’ve found reading has made me a better knitter because I’ve been exposed to different things I might not have in my ‘real world’. Do you feel having the blog has been beneficial?

  33. Regarding the Torino sweater domes, I agree about the domes, and I also bought the pattern anyway! Why not put the grape cluster, which is on the back, on the front (2) and the domes on the back?

  34. THAT is one beautiful cat. !

  35. Hi Wendy,

    I’ve been a silent lurker…er fan for sometime and I must say, that picture of Lucy in this post is adorable. I imagine her saying,

    “look at my adorable self, minioning over my minions, waiting for my GREENIES to arrive….”