My current work in progress:

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


A Bit More on Bohus


To answer some questions in the comments . . .

Lene asked:
Does it feel good? Did it turn out the way you expected?

And Shelda asked:
Is it super warm?

And Cat asked:
How does it feel against the sensitive Norwegian skin? T-neck or no?

It feels wonderful and it turned out exactly as I expected. It is warm, but not horrendously so. Even though it’s a warm yarn — angora/merino blend — it’s not too hot because the gauge is so fine.

It feels wonderful against the skin — though that’s Swedish, not Norwegian skin — but that’s a minor point 😉 — but I’ll probably wear a short-sleeve t-shirt under it when I wear it. I don’t like to wear wool directly against the skin.

Mary asked:
Did you order other kits?

By the way, go visit Mary’s blog and see her lovely Blue Shimmer in progress!

Mary, I have the kit for the Large Collar. But I may need to get the Blue Shimmer at some point as well.

Phyl asked:
Did you seam it too? How can you do that so very quickly?

Why, yes, Phyl-Phyl, I did seam it. I mattress stitched it under my beloved Ott light, which was a big help. The color is dark, and it’s been cloudy and rainy here, so good light was a must. It took me two full hours to seam.


Susanna asked:
Any comments on the knitting or assembly? Anything you would change or do differently if you make another one? What size did you make? Did you have enough yarn?

Susanna, the pattern was great, and I thank you for the translation! The yoke was great fun to knit, and I didn’t mind (too much) slogging through the miles of stockinette stitch. It made for good tv and movie knitting. I made the 44″ size because I like a good bit of ease in my sweaters, and I’ve got probably enough yarn leftover to make a pair of mittens.


I wouldn’t change a thing. I like the way the design is constructed, and I like the bit of shaping in the body. I think the sweater is very flattering.

So . . . What Now?



This is the Halcyon Aran, from Lisa Lloyd Designs. I’m making it in Harrisville Flax & Wool, which is 20% flax and 80% wool in the color “Moss,” knitted on US size 5 and 7 needles. The yarn and pattern were Christmas gifts from L-B, who thoughfully mailed them, along with a number of my purchases made during our yarn crawl.

Speaking of our yarn crawl, here’s some lovely laceweight silk I bought at Holly Spring Homespun:


Isn’t the colorway lovely? It’s called “Envy.”

I envy Lucy her ability to sleep through anything.



  1. I too envy Lucy’s ability, ahh to be a cat, except for the no opposable thumbs, thus the no knitting thing I think it’d be a grand life.

    I love the new project, especially like how the simble cable runs into the ribbing.

  2. Does that Holly Spring Homespun have a destiny yet, or is it stash enhancement? It is indeed a lovely colorway.

  3. Very pretty new project and Lucy is just adorable, as always.

  4. What a nice Aran, and oh . . . Envy is the word!! Gorgeous yarn…. (sigh)

  5. Love that cabled sweater. It’s amazing how much the cables are popping.

    Rebekah – But if you were a cat who lived with a knitter, you could knit vicariously. Would that help?

  6. Speaking of envy….

    How do you find the time? Knitting from the time I get off work until bedtime, I don’t think I could be so productive.

    The Envy is to die for, btw.

  7. I think my Swedish gramma would’ve knocked me silly if the word ‘Norwegian’ was even mentioned! Again, lovely Bohus. I just know I’m going to have to order one of those gorgeous kits.

  8. I’m delighted to see that your latest project is an Aran sweater! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve looked at the many photos of arans in your gallery. As a matter of fact, I owe you a belated thanks for introducing me to St. Brigid. It was love at first sight and after mooning over it for a long time I started it a few weeks ago. I’ve completed both sleeves and one pattern repeat of the back panel. I have a long way to go, but I love the challenge. It’s my fourth project EVER and my first knitting from charts – I dove right into the deep end of the pool! Thanks for the inspiration, and I look forward to seeing progress on your latest adventure. How I wish I could knit so quickly!!!

  9. I envy your ability to stay true to one project until you finish it. I always have three or four projects going at once, and I simply cannot work on one till it’s finished, then another till it’s finished, then another till etc. My own daughter, who is 6, says things like: “You’re starting ANOTHER one? What about that sock? And the scarf?” And I know she’s right, but darn it! The new project, she calls to me.

    Ah, Lucy. A well-loved cat, that’s the life to live!

  10. I have an Ott light, too, it’s great. Your cables are beautiful.

  11. The Aran is beautiful! As for Lucy, 2 of my “girls” were sleeping on the couch with me while I knit. It was pure joy!

  12. The Aran is going to be beautiful! But I have to ask…what happened to Bettna?

  13. Wendy, you’re my inspiration! This Aran is going to be gorgeous! I’ve been doing my homework for an Aran sweater project and was hoping your list of FO’s would help me narrow my search for the “ultimate” Aran sweater yarn. How do you choose the yarn you will use for a given project? There are only a few that you have used more than once.

  14. happy belated!! love your new purse – does it fit knitting needles?

  15. I second Pam’s question. I just ordered the Celtic Dreams pattern by Beth Brown-Reinsel from Black Water Abbey yarns website and I’m wondering what yarn to use. Being new to knitting in general and arans in particular, I’d love to hear the answer to that one.

  16. Oh to be YOUR cat Wendy 🙂

    The New Bohus sweater is so lovely Wendy, looks great on you too!

    Love the new Aran and I’m green with the Envy, yuk yuk yuk!

    Glad your birthday was a great one!

  17. It appears your fingers are as nimble with the sewing process as with the knitting of the sweater! I can’t get over your speed.

    How does the Aran pattern you are working on compare with all of the Starmore Arans you have done? I find the Starmore patterns to be heavenly in the logic and detail she includes in her patterns. Is this pattern similar?

  18. Aww. Someone needs to make a yarn colorway called “Lucy Sleeping Under a Lamp.” Too pretty!

  19. I’ve been wondering what the design was in the yoke – now I see 2 sorts of buildings, beds and what?? Or am I seeing things?

    Neat – a sweater with a sense of humor….. 🙂

  20. From colorwork to cables. Good move!

  21. Halcyon looks great. I like all the colorwork on Bohus as well. Lucy is such a cutiepie.

  22. I’d be interested to hear your thoughts on the flax/wool blend. I’ve been tempted but wondered if it would hold up without sagging and also if it was hard on the hands.

    The Bohus is gorgeous. But you knew that. 😉

  23. 2 hours! you seamed it in 2 hours. The whole thing? Oh my lands, I am such a mess when it comes to finishing. It takes me 2 just to pin in the sleeves.