My current work in progress:

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


The Dungarvan Process


Elaine asked in the comments:
I wondered about the process you use when you do something like Dungarvan. Did you swatch all the patterns to build the design, or did you use a previous project as a springboard?

I swatched all the patterns first.

When thinking about the design, I wanted a simpler “filler” stitch for the center, because it’s a cardi and splits in the front. I opted for Trinity Stitch because I’ve always loved it, and it has more visual interest than moss or seed stitch.


I wanted a big meaty cable on each side, flanked by smaller simpler cables. So I swatched up the big cable, and the mirror image smaller cables and put them next to the Trinity Stitch swatch.


I liked how it looked, so I put the pattern together based on those swatches.

TJ asked:
Since it will be outerwear, will there be pockets?

I thought about pockets, but I don’t really like pockets on sweaters . . . so no. ๐Ÿ™‚

Hope asked:
How DOES the Rowan Scottish Tweed Aran compare to the Hebridean 3 ply?

Apples to oranges!

The Hebridean 3-ply is a softer and slightly finer yarn. It has approximately 218 yards per 100 grams, and the Rowan Scottish Tweed has approximately 186 yards per 100 grams. The suggested gauge for the Hebridean is 21-23 sititches by 28-32 rows in stockinette stitch on size 3.75mm–4.5mm (US 5-7) needles.

Scottish Tweed is 16st/23 rows to 4 inches on a US 8 or 9.

This is Bear-y Exciting

Read this post, from our dear Phyl-Phyl.

Now read this one.

Now, go cast on for a bear!

I’ve ordered some appropriate machine-washable yarn so I can knit a bear for a child who deserves one!

Razr Name

Thanks to everyone who submitted a guess in the “Guess the Razr’s Name” contest.

A lot of you guessed Rose or Rosie, which makes perfect sense. Also a lot of guesses for Pinky, and Pinky Tuscadero (for all you “Happy Days” fans out there). A few guesses for Andie — remember “Pretty in Pink?”

But no, I originally named her Reggie.

Note that I say “originally.”

Because two readers, Annette F. and Enjay, suggested names for both the phone and the headset:

Pinky and the Brain.

Here’s Pinky:


And the Brain:


Because no one guessed the actual name and because I like the idea of Pinky and the Brain sooo much, the Razr shall henceforth be known as Pinky and the headset as The Brain. While there were a number of suggestions for the name “Pinky,” there were only two for “Pinky and the Brain.” Annette suggested it first, so she wins the pink laceweight from Thursday’s blog entry. Enjay wins two skeins of Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in the Somerset colorway:


Lucy Sez

Can I have The Brain to play with? It looks so much like a kitty toy!



  1. That Trinity Stitch is a nice addition. It really does make the cables pop. Good choice.

  2. Narf!

  3. ok……so going where no mind dares to go (re: naming the geek toys)………was a hoot…..

    am knitting Hebrides…..explaining to Kid B what it looked like & pointed said Cherub to this site…and that elicited ohhs & ahhs…..what’s next?…..oh, check out Sirdar…..more happy sounds…..BUT….then the Cherub started clicking around & listing potential projects….SO morale of story is: in olden times it was called Pandora’s box… it’s called Wendyknits!

  4. I agree with Lucy: The Brain looks like a kitty toy. I’m having trouble with my Brain (a Jabra ear piece). It won’t stay in my ear. Argh. Does The Brain give you any trouble? (You KNOW what I mean. I know your brain gives you trouble; don’t we all have the same problem-o?) LOL

  5. I definitely wouldn’t leave the Brain unattended…

  6. Tell Lucy that the Brain is part of a very special category of things known as “things which, strictly speaking, are not toys, yet nevertheless have great play value.” (I think I got that from “French for Cats.”) Most of the items in my house apparently fall into this category, especially in the middle of the night.

    BTW, was there any particular reason for initially choosing Reggie (other than your well-known penchant for alliteration and British names)?

  7. Your sweater is going to be gorgeous. I really like the cables you are using.

    When I read your phone’s original name was “Reggie” my heart skipped a beat or two. Reggie is the name of my son who passed away in September. I have a photo of him on my blog wearing his SLC Olympic sweater I knit for him.

    I do like “Pinky and the Brain,” though. Real cute!

  8. Anything that isn’t nailed down is a cat toy. Anything that can be pried up isn’t nailed down anymore.

  9. I don’t normally comment… but Dungarvan is so gorgeous I had to. The cables and the combination of elements are really nicely balanced and I think it is going to be just lovely once its done.

  10. I just read one of Elisabeth Zimmerman’s books and she suggests making slit pockets in the side seams of a sweater by using a smaller gauge yarn like DK so as not to show any bulk. It’s a shame not to have pockets in a sweater. I recently bought a 100% wool Irish knit sweater made in Ireland, but got it at my local Salvation Army store for $2 (it’s amazing what people throw away), perfect condition and it is thickly knit and very heavy like yours dark natural gray brown with patch pockets and verrrry warm. I use it like a coat but have been wearing it around the house over another wool sweater. It has been really cold in Wisconsin. Your Dungarvan is much nicer though, beautifully designed. I hope you knit on a nice thick collar.

  11. Wow, I love your cables! Great job! Your cat totally cracked me up sitting under the lamp shade.

  12. Trinity stitch: I’ve always fought shy of that particular option as I’d heard that it was hell to work.

    I presume I’ve been misinformed, or are you just a bit of a masochist?


  13. wow!!!beautiful color and cables!!!!

  14. I mean colour.

  15. You’re inspiring me to do something creative! I’m not sure what yet . . . but I’m liking that sweater!!!

  16. love the cables, and the trinity stitch. lovely texture ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Between Lucy and the Brain, I’m pretty sure they could take over the world. Narf!

    Dungarvan is lovely.

  18. Ugh, I hate pink, but I’ve got phone envy! Absolutley geeky – LOVE it!

    Just found your site, can’t quite remember how, but I like it here. ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. I’ve been wanting to put together a similiar sweater for my mother. She used to wear a cream, acrylic one from Sears every day…there were big gaping holes, strings hanging from it…and she still wore it. There was a pattern up the front, but I don’t think it was the trinity stitch, as it was more airy/open. I have looked and looked and not found the right stitch. Do you have any suggestions or resources?
    What about pockets on the inside? They won’t spoil the look of the outside, but still give a place for the keys and lip balm.

  20. I miss PINKY AND THE BRAIN. My husband likes cartoons, and that is the only one of his faves that I really got into. (Although I do like INVADER ZIM in reasonable doses.)

    PattiD – thanks for the hint about the seam pocket. Like Wendy, I don’t really care for pockets on a knit sweater, but someplace to tuck your keys while going for a walk would be nice.

  21. I am learning how to knit now, and after seeing someone using the pick/continental method, I decided to give it a try. (I was taught to throw/english method.) After about a MONTH of trying to do it without twisting stiches and adding yarn-overs all over the place, I’ve finally figured it out…yay! I am going to start Lucy Chin’s Reversible Rib shawl soon, which is basically *k2, p2*, repeat forever…and i’m glad that I know the pick method now because I can see my work going much faster.

    SO, my question is: I’ve read that you are a thrower. Do you ever pick, especially in a seed/moss stitch section? What about when you use two colors…do you have a left-hand color and a right-hand color and combine the pick and throw techniques?

  22. Hey- that reminds me of the song: “they’re pinky and the brain- one is a genius, the other’s insane, to prove his Mousy worth he’ll overthrow the earth….”. Love the new design.

  23. I’ve been randomly bursting in the pinky and the brain classic “brainstem” most of the weekend. I miss those little guys.
    Dungarvan looks very nice. If you don’t mind my asking, how do you measure gauge over such a textured project?

  24. Pinky and the Brain! I love it!

  25. Thanks for listing the name of the stitch in your central panel. I had looked for it in a book and didn’t see anything that looked like it. That book must have had crappy pictures. I picked up another book (after I asked you about it) and there it was, big as day: Trinity Stitch. I love it. I don’t think I’d do a whole sweater in it as someone did for my friend(it’s a bit tedious for that) but it’s gorgeous as a section of a sweater like Dungarvan’s central panel (thanks for the closeup).

  26. Objects which have been stuck in the ear (or rubbed closely against it) of beloved humans are irresistable to pets. Earwax apparently is rich in delightful “human smell”. If Lucy is as excited by that smell as my grandma’s dog (eater of 3 hearing aids) then you’re in trouble!