My current work in progress:

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


Wading Through Mermaid

I’ve been wading in the deep end of Mermaid all weekend.

Just a few more inches of knitting and the body will be done!


Yeah, I sucked it up and kept knitting. Watching movies while knitting helps a great deal.

I’ve still got one and a half sleeves to knit on Mermaid after I finish the body — so there’s a long way to go.

Anne asked:
I just got my Mermaid kit (colorway 4) as an early Christmas gift! I’ve just started skimming the pattern and I can’t find where it specifies how long the initial i-cord should be before you start picking up all of the front stitches. I am assuming that the length should equal the length of the left front (I’m making the smallest size). Is that correct? What size circulars did you get gauge with on the body?

The initial i-cord needs to be long enough to pick up one stitch for each row of i-cord. The pattern specifices how many stitches you need to pick up along the i-cord — that’s the number of i-cord rows you need to knit.

I got gauge with the recommended needle size.


Lucy demonstrated her spinning position while The King All Remote Controls took photos.


She’s just getting settled in.

And here she is, hunkered down!


And while I was downloading the photos to the computer, I found this one:


It has a certain charm, does it not?


  1. I don’t know who could have taken that picture of the beer can! Okay, so maybe I do know… don’t make fun of my interests!

  2. Even with your tips, I still can’t knit as fast as you do! Maybe your book will help me! Looking forward to it.
    Mermaid looks so good. Would you do another one of Hanne Falkenberg’s designs?
    Lucy is so cute.

  3. it’s like a Warhol!

  4. Obviously the King was bored while you were at Knitters’ Retreat. Or was he leading Lucy down the path to perdition? No, wait, she was probably leading him – female cats are really sirens in disguise… At least that’s my experience ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Cheryl, I think you’re on to something! I’ll get started right away on the rest of my “beer” series of high-quality “art” photos. Maybe I can find someone interested in publishing my coffee-table book – working title: “The Seduction of Beer Cans and My Crusade To Empty Them All”.

    Leslie, it was Lucy who plied me with brew. She was trying to get me so drunk I’d forget how much catnip I’d given her.

  6. Lucy has a certain you’d-better-not-be-taking-those-pictures-to-make-fun-of-the-cat look on her face. Or maybe it’s just that she’s jonesing for more nip.

  7. Mermaid is looking great and I find it comforting that you too get tired with projects in the middle. Even lovely ones like Mermaid. Lucy is such a cutie.

  8. I can’t wait to see Mermaid all finished… I’m living vicariously through you!

  9. My cat, Mister, likes to wedge himself behind me on my computer chair, too. He eventually scooches me onto the very front of the chair, so that he can lie down in a “contoured” position behind me.

    Also, I think he reads your blog when I’m not looking and has a crush on Lucy. Lately, whenever I take a picture of my knitting, he runs from wherever he is in the house just to sit in the picture and inspect my work. As soon as he hears the sound of the camera turning on, I hear him galloping. We have a feeling that he hopes Lucy checks out his pictures, too.

  10. I swear— her little face!!!! What a cutie.

  11. Mmmm…Miller High Life…though I confess to being a Labatt’s Blue fan, deep down. And on the surface. Ha!

    I can’t believe either you or Lucy are comfy that way – but how cute it is! ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. TKARC definitely has his lighting and composition down!

    I love Mermaid’s flared pieces; design elements like these make the thing so much more appealing!

  13. Am I late to the party, or is the aqua blue ## in the sidebar your very own ISBN?? Congratuations!

  14. Ingrid – I do believe you have it! That sure looks like the ISBN to me.