My current work in progress:

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



I survived re-entry into the world of work with minimal scars, thanks for asking. The horrific event I expected to occur while I was out didn’t, while the horrific event I thought would happen next month happened while I was out. Go figure. And there were only a couple of truly horrific events today. So far, so good.

One of today’s horrific events was actually kinda funny . . . in spots. I had a voicemail from an irate woman who was screaming into the phone, saying she was filing a complaint against my agency, and threatening me with dire results if I didn’t return her call. At the end of her message, after cursing me six ways to Sunday she said “and have a blessed day.”

Such phone calls are not the norm here at Insanity Central, by the way. Thankfully.


There were lots of great suggestions in the comments yesterday for both Norgi gloves and colorwork hats. If you are in the market for either of these types of projects, do have a look there.


I’ve finished the back — see?


I had some difficulty photographing this.


See what I mean?


In the end, I gave up.


I’m working on the front.

Phyl commented:
Hmmmm, interesting observation about using the Iro. I wonder what Transitions will do? I might need to order more yarn since I haven’t a clue how to do standard v-neck stuff and I don’t want a tray.

Phyl, I believe Transitions is a bit softer than Iro, so you may get the drape you want if you make the u-neck. I dunno . . .

I believe I’m okay on yarn amounts with what I bought. I used slightly less that one-fourth of the yarn I bought to make the back. And I don’t think the v-neck will take more yarn than the u-neck, particularly since I’m not going to do 6 inches of ribbing and fold it over — I’ll probably end up with 2 inches of ribbing. And I’ll be happy to share my pattern mods for the v-neck with you. ๐Ÿ™‚

Speaking of which, I’m at the point where I will divide for the v-neck. I know. Please try to contain your excitement.

While I’m at it, I might make long sleeves rather than three-quarter length sleeves. We’ll see.

So by the time I’m done, my Kolsva will bear little resemblence to the original pattern.

Maybe I should rename it Coleslaw, huh?


  1. Coleslaw works! And is far more memorable.

    Wendy, you’re such a good chronicler of life, knitting, and everything. It’s a pure pleasure to read your blog.

    Thanks for being there!

  2. Lucy looks right at home on the blocking-in-progress. My little Kally loves the blocking process and helped me pin out a scarf last night. She sees the towels and bowls come out and she by my side, ready to hlep. There is someting about wet animal fiber that makes her a little loopy, you know, it’s like catnip or kitty crack. Meow!

  3. Lucy wants a Coleslaw too!

    I checked out the Transitions and believe you to be correct. (Oh lands, did I just admit that in writing?) Can’t wait to see Coleslaw! I’m going to be a copycat.

  4. Ah, once again Lucy shows good taste.

  5. Lucy’s doing a great job as your Quality Control Inspector.

    I like that voicemail you got at work today, which can kind of be summed up as “F you! Oh, yes, and may Jesus bless you.” Jeez, so many people count themselves as “spiritual” or “religious” but REALLY don’t know how to practice what they preach! To everyone in that category I say… “F YOU!”

  6. I’m so sorry you had someone screaming in the phone at you. No one deserves that. What a wild world we live in! I’m glad you have knitting to keep you grounded.
    BTW, have a blessed day.

  7. End of the month/seasonal jitters? Love Lucy’s pics! Don’t the 3/4 sleeves work better over a turtleneck than long sleeves? But then, I usually push my sleeves up anyway….

  8. LOVE LOVE LOVE that colorway! It’s gonna be smashing ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. I have a theory that catnip is spun into all Noro. My cats will not leave anything knit with Noro alone. They also love Blackberry Ridge’s yarns, but not quit as much as Noro. I suppose they have to have their favorites, too.

  10. Coleslaw, LOL. You are hilarious :).

  11. I didn’t see anything at all wrong with the photos, Wendy; btw, nice colors in that rug you’re making Lucy! ๐Ÿ˜›

    have a blessed day …

  12. Psssst,Wendy! Lucy wants Santa to bring her an Iro Kitty Bed in color 40! In case you didn’t know. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Meow!

  13. Nothing like a little helper with your projects. At least your sweater was only used for posing. Usually my yarn is used for the living room decoration if I leave the house. Bailey loves the way yarn looks all unwound and all over the furniture. She has quite the decorating eye!

    I found your site by looking at other knitting blog sites. I am a brand new knitter and spinner so this is all a whole new world for me. I am looking forward to your book and think it’s great that you have one!

  14. Lucy clearly has excellent taste in knitwear. I’m glad re-entry was relatively painless.

  15. I love the colors!! And Lucy too!!

  16. Oh no! Not only has my misreading corrupted your knitting, but other readers too! At least it isn’t the color of coleslaw. It would look great at a picnic though…

  17. I am using Iro in precisely this colorway for an Einstein coat (Sally Melville’s “The Knit Stitch”) but I used a larger needle.

    The fabric (the bits that are visible!) is gorgeous and has inspired me to get back to my coat!

  18. Yor photographic difficulties seem to be caused by the presence of an extraneous feline adhered to your camera lens…

  19. Transistions is much softer than Iro, but it sheds like a beast.