My current work in progress:

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


Teal Hogget Q&A

Some questions from the comments:

Shelagh asked:
When I click on your pdf, nothing comes up. Is that the point – it’s a pattern in progress?

If you are having the same problem that Shelagh had, you may need to update your version of Adobe Reader — the pattern won’t display in versions earlier than 5.0.

Lorrie said:
I found one obvious correction to the Teal Hogget pattern: The diagram shows 12″ to armhole shaping, but the instructions say “Work until piece measures 14″ from the start.” I suspect that 14″ is the correct measure because I can’t imagine you specifying an armhole depth of 12″!

Actually, that 12″ measurement in the pattern schematic is for the three-quarter-length sleeve to the armhole, not the body. The body is 14″ to the armhole and the armhole depth is 10″. I’ve changed the schematic on the pattern a bit so it’s more obvious.

Sue said:
I see in your previous blog entry you mentioned ‘heavy’ worsted weight for the Teal Hogget. Could you please mention a some examples of yarn brand/types that would work well for this sweater?

If you check the pattern, you’ll see that the gauge is 4 stitches and 6 rows to the inch.

If you look at a chart of standard yarn weights, you’ll see that “worsted, Afghan, Aran” weight is designated as 16-20 stitches to 4 inches for gauge. Because my pattern is knitted at 16 stitches to 4 inches, it’s at the heavy end of the spectrum for worsted weight.

Specific yarns? Rowan All Seasons Cotton, Scottish Tweed Aran and Yorkshire Tweed Aran would work. Noro Silk Garden and Noro Kureyon would likely work, as would Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran. And many other yarns. Anything that knits up to 4 stitches to the inch.

Look for a yarn that has a stitch gauge of 4 – 4.5 stitches/inch. Then knit a gauge swatch, and make any needle adjustments to get to 4 stitches/inch. Do you like how the fabric looks? If it’s too dense, you yarn is too thick and if it’s too loose, your yarn is too fine. Personal preference plays into this. My handspun could easily be knittied at 4.5 or 5 stitches to the inch, but I like the way it looks at 4 stitches/inch.

Laura asked:
May I ask how much ease is figured into it?

The measurements shown on the pattern are the actual measurements — no ease is factored in.

Here is my Teal Hogget in progress.


Rose Update

Still working on the body. Here’s another photo of the front neck steek:


Jon asked:
Now I’m confused. With the neck decreases, are you adding stitches to the steek or is it puckering in and will open up when you cut? I’m rather sure you are letting it pucker/pull in but I just want to be sure.

You are correct, sir! I decreased on each side of the steek. It is puckering/pulling in.

I’ve completed the front neck decreases, now I knit straight up. When the body is complete, I’ll stitch the steek with my sewing machine, cut, and presto-change, the neck will open up nicely.

This process never fails to entertain me. I am easily amused.

There will be no knitting on Rose tonight because I am so tired I am going to have extreme difficulty keeping my eyes open for much longer. I’ll do my best to stay awake til the end of this blog entry, but I’m making no promises.

Weekend Spinning

As I mentioned yesterday, I did quite a bit of spinning over the weekend. I had purchased this lovely roving from Spirit-Trail:


It’s a blend of 70% Castlemilk Moorit and 30% Border Leicester — the brown is the natural undyed Castlemilk, and the peach is dyed Border Leicester. The roving makes me think of peaches and brown sugar — yum!

Here are the singles:


And here is the 2-ply yarn — 214 yards.


I also plied this:


That’s a 50/50 wool/mohair blend that I bought at last years’ Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival from Tintagel Farm. I spun some singles ages ago and then . . . uh . . . wound the 2 ounces of singles that I spun into a center-pull ball and cast it aside — months ago. I’m not sure why, because I love this stuff.

Anyhow, on Saturday I plied it and that’s the result: 160 yards. Then after I finished my brown sugar and peaches, I pulled out the rest of the roving — about 8 ounces worth.


And I started spinning it.


It’s wonderful — very silky and easy to spin.

Lucy thinks the roving would make a lovely kitty bed, but I’m trying to prevent her from testing that theory.



  1. How exciting to not only be linked in your post, but to not look like too much of an idiot! ๐Ÿ™‚ The update worked like a charm. All of your answers are soooo helpful. Steeks! You are brave!!!

  2. I hear you on the steek process. I was terrified at first by it, but now I crave patterns which have steeks! All your progress is lovely!

  3. I bought the same roving from Tintagel at this year’s S&W too — haven’t gotten around to spinning it yet, though, so it’s nice to see what it looks like spun and plied!

  4. Just LOVE Lucy!! Here in Richmond a new Meezer will be joining the family soon – a sister for Meezers Teakie, Soonie and Jacob.
    Love the spinning!! I have some beautiful roving from Stony Mt. Fibers and since I don’t spin would be interested in knowing if you know where I can have it spun……………
    Thanks so much, Beth

  5. Brown sugar and peaches! Yum!
    I’m looking forward to seeing the fibery goodness at Tintagel this year. In the past two years, I’ve really only paid attention to their yarns–gorgeous. But I predict more purchases this year for spinning. We’ll see…

  6. I’m wondering…is that the Anglo-Saxon pronunciation “HOG-get” or the French, “hoe-GAY?” Just curious…either one makes me giggle. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. hope you get some sleep ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Hi Wendy… I’m always fascinated with your WIP’s and their methods! Can I ask you – is there a way to work Norwegian steeks without a sewing machine? Could they be worked as traditional Fair Isle (a la Starmore) and stitched by hand? Or is the yarn not sticky enough? Thanks!

  9. Wow. Gorgeous spinning. Something tells me that Lucy will eventually try out her theory.

  10. Completely off topic but I was listening to old Knitcasts this weekend and you sound just like Jane Pauley.

    Witness protection program?

  11. yum! peaches and brown sugar…..your spinning is lovely…

  12. Ye gods, that Tintagel Farms roving (and resulting yarn) is glorious.

    Maybe you can appease Lucy if you knit her a little CatPope hat out of it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  13. I am IN LOVE with the copper and coffe hand spun! It is beautiful! I haven’t seen anything like that around. Lucy looks thrilled too.

  14. I would be willing to bet a number of your readers don’t know what Hogget is!