My current work in progress:

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


Nope. It’s This.


You would have had a better chance at guessing if I’d mentioned that the two skeins I pictured yesterday were not the sum total of the yarn I have for this project. Yeah, I’m mean like that. Yeah, I have more yarn.

I blame this project on Phyl-Phyl. She practically broke my arm forcing me to buy yarn and pattern a few weeks ago at Knit Happens. Well, that’s how I remember it. La-la-la-la-I-can’t-hear-you-la-la-la-la.

Phyl posted a different version of this incident on her blog. She is clearly delusional.


I started knitting this sassy little number. Here’s the right front:


A close-up:


I really really like these yarns. The La Boheme is a two-strand yarn, one is a rayon slub and one is a mohair. The La Luz is orgasmic silk. I’m using the Madrid colorway of the La Boheme and the Cabernet colorway of the La Luz. Yum! I really like how this is turning out!

Patty mentioned in the comments that you have to be careful knitting the La Boheme. She said that she ended up with more mohair than the rayon slub. That struck me as very funny, because my experience was just the opposite: I found that I ended up with more rayon slub than mohair. No one ever accused me of being normal.


Bottom line: you have to knit the La Boheme carefully because it consisted of two separate strands made out of two different fibers that you hold together.

Now, on to the pattern.

This is a pretty easy knit, but the pattern seems strangely written to me. I’ve followed a whole lotta patterns in my time as a knitter, and this one just strikes me as, well, strange. Things are not stated very clearly. And stuff is left out here and there. Nothing earth-shatteringly important, but if I were a beginner knitter, I’d prefer the pattern to say “repeat these 6 rows for 18 inches” rather than “repeat these 6 rows for 18.” Just sayin’. And it would be nice if when the pattern directs you to repeat between *-*, that the *-* are properly placed in the pattern.

Again. Just sayin’.

My overall impression is that it needs a good proofreader. Preferably someone who is accustomed to reading well-written patterns.

However, so far there’s nothing that I can’t figure out, so it’s all good. As the kids say.

Lucy Sez


Thank you for all your kind birthday wishes!


  1. Does it say “orgasmic silk” on the label? Exactly what kind of silk -is- that? Or do I not want to know?

    It is lovely, and I imagine that it’s a relief to knit on something relativley simple (and non-twisty) after Rose.

  2. Yes that coment is so cute that you made about not being aboe to hear la la la la. It made me laugh and that is good because till I read that I was in a rather bad mood since today has been a boring day. But the new sweater you are making looks like it is going to be another beautiful garment and as usual Lucy is adorable. Happy Birthday a day late Lucy. Happy knittind Wendy I am still jealous of your talent but I’m getting better. Susan

  3. ohhhh, that is sassy

    No Jess no!! you have far too many WIPs as is, baaaaaad.

  4. I gotta say, you have a great sense of color. And obviously you know how to enjoy yourself! (wink)

  5. Very cool – I really like the colors. Perhaps you can offer your proofreading skills :).

  6. The yarn looks lovely. And the colors… Wow. Lovin’ it.

  7. Too bad about Phyl’s delusions. It happens to us all — I WOULD like to know more about the pattern as I would love to knit that bolero.

  8. I must agree on the description of La Luz. I’ve got 2 skeins of a lovely aqua, but I don’t know what to do with them.

  9. It does look lovely. Now I need one, too. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. Wow! A pattern that might look good on me. Is that knit diagonally, or does it just look it?

  11. Ohhhh what a beautiful colour combination and design. BTW are we going to get a modelling shot of Rose?

  12. The pattern you chose is lovely (The diagonal lines the colors make will be very slimming… I could SO use that).

    I’ve noticed that there’s a lot of patterns out there that could use a good test-knit and/or pattern proof-reader. It’s a little sad that designers can’t take more pride in their work, or care about their customers/audience more.

  13. yummy colours.

  14. The sweater does look very nice. But I just bought multiple Dale kits from Nora at Allegro due partly to Wendy and partly to the Olympics. At least that’s my story, I have no responsibility in the matter.

  15. Delusional? Well I’d like to say it’s the first time that’s been said.

    I’m so glad you’re going first! I would have knit 18 rows, not inches. My yarn is still at the shop. This is my “down time” project for March.

    Happy Knitting, especially with the silk!

  16. I like a well-written pattern, too, even if I can figure things out on my own at this stage of the game. There is nothing like knitting from a pattern from someone like Alice Starmore who is meticulous about every direction. If you are in the mood to just knit and not have to think much, a well-written pattern is the best!

  17. I have four skeins of La Luz in the same colorway, and I agree, it’s heaven in a skein. I had cast on with it to make a bolero from the past spring Vogue Knitting, but the pattern you’re using looks so much better…will you indulge us with the name of the pattern?? Or will it be a secret?

  18. martha in mobile says:

    A question for Lucy: do you have a full-on “meow” or do you have the typical ragdoll whisper-squeak? Would your mom consider putting up a .wav or an .mp3 of your meow so all your fans can listen (and startle their own cats by playing it)? Or perhaps, like the silent screen stars of old, you prefer to remain enigmatically silent on this topic…

    Of course so is Lucy and tell her Im sorry I missed her birthday – Happy BDAY Lucy!

    The new project looks very nice and I like the look of that yarn.

  20. I would have messed that whole 18 thing up. Without a doubt. Lovely yarn – I love the colors.

  21. I gave up worrying about keeping the colors of the strands together. I think it adds an interesting depth for it to be a bit off. ๐Ÿ™‚ That sweater is going to be gorgeous.

  22. Where can I get the pattern? It is gorgeous!