My current work in progress:

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


Mmmmmmm! Seed Stitchy Goodness!

I’ve been bleating on about Dungarvan over the past couple of weeks. Today I realized that I have barely mentioned my side filler stitch: seed stitch.


I bow my head in shame, for I am a big fan of the seed stitch. For some reason, knitting seed stitch doesn’t piss me off nearly as much as knitting ribbing does. I wonder why that is? Both patterns involve knitting 1 and purling 1 over and over on every row, but there’s something about offsetting it by 1 to turn plain ol’ 1×1 ribbing into seed stitch that makes me inexplicably happy.

Clearly, I am easily entertained and no doubt I need to get out more.

Rowan Scottish Tweed Aran makes a lovely seed stitch fabric. It’s thick and squishy and sproingy.

I’m still loving the Rowan Scottish Tweed Aran. However, it is a tad hard on the hands. I have a “yarn burn” on the side of my left hand ring finger. It appeared several days ago, angry and red, but it now seems to be settling down into a callous and causes me no pain.

Does this make me a grizzled old knitter?

Someone asked in the comments about avoiding repetitive stress injuries while knitting. While I do a lot of knitting, I almost never have problems with this. Possibly because I’m constantly putting the knitting down and picking it up. Like at least once every one or two rows. If I’m at work, knitting during lunch, I’m mutli-tasking — reading a book, answering email, answering the phone — while I knit. If I’m at home I’m pretty much multitasking as well — petting Lucy, surfing the internet, getting up to do something during tv commercials — while knitting.

Anyhow, here is the progress on the right side front.


Full Disclosure

Did I happen to mention that I purchased (also from Knit Happens) 14 skeins of the Rowan Scottish Tweed DK in Lavender? (The color in my pic is somewhat off.)


And 20 skeins of the Rowan Scottish Tweed 4 Ply in Skye?


More Full Disclosure

I have not knitted on Teal Hogget since I started Dungarvan. I have only half a sleeve and the finishing left to do on Teal Hogget. This is why I really should stick to being a “one-at-a-time” knitter.

Although I received it a week ago, I have not sewed the zipper in the Bolero Jacket.

While I’m at it with the full disclosure thing, I’ve not vacuumed in ages either.

Lucy doesn’t mind about that — she hates the vacuum cleaner.

And Now For Something Completely Different

Here’s what I had for lunch today at the National Gallery of Art Cascade Cafe:


I love my new camera phone!

P.S. to Zeppelin

Lucy sez:


I love my new hat!


I’m gonna wear my sassy new bandanna too at my next party!


  1. Thank you for answering my question about repetitive strain. I spent my weekend last week knitting the whole time on the couch and now I am suffering as a result…my wrist and my arm are hurting!

    Your lunch picture is inspiring me to have soup for dinner ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. You’ve mentioned several times that you read while you knit. How on earth do you keep the book open? I would love to read while knitting, but can’t seem to keep the book open or on the right page. Do you have a book holder you use?

  3. Cookbook holders are great to keep the books open. Sorry, just thought I’d share that. Still, TV knitting is the best. Book knitting…well, there’s just too much going on for me. The page turning, the attention I must pay to the words in order to process them in my brain, the losing my place. Otherwise known as reading. Audiobooks are a nice change from that. Also, knitting podcasts.

    I too heart seed stitch. It’s bumpy. Like lumps in my oatmeal, which I sort of dig.

  4. Cute hat. I dunno if Lucy is much of a bandanna girl, I see her in a Liberty scarf…

  5. I have to admit that I was supposed to vacuum last week and pushed it off until this past Monday which now has been pushed off until…well when ever I feel like it. I have learned to knit at a late age of 48 and I intend to make up for lost time!! Yeehaw!

  6. Lucy in her Easter Bonnet? She looks distinctly unhappy – sort of like Sobakawa’s sister – and someone to tread warily around.

  7. Cathy D says:

    Oh Yeah!! Lucy looks like she really loves wearing that hat…
    Maybe if you added some catnip to her new chapeau.

  8. juliette says:

    Special to Lucy — Ole! Mi gato bonita

  9. kelly in new mexico says:

    I LOVE Aran’s and this one is gorgeous!!!
    Ever think about writing a book on Aran’s??
    I have a question about the yarn you’re using….
    You say it is a bit rough on the hands from the constant rubbing while knitting. Will it be uncomfortable to wear? I know some yarns feel wonderful for short periods and not so good for long.

  10. I just discovered a website that I thought you would enjoy, especially after seeing Lucy’s pretty hat!
    I especially enjoyed the “naughty” section!
    The textures in that sweater are unbelievable. Yummy! I am saving up to make a cabled sweater with that Scottish Tweed, in their grape-like color…
    How lovely!
    ps: I feel famous! Thank you for answering my question! Now I need to save up for some of those kits!

  11. Did you see the dada exhibit? That’s next on my list. (I went last week to see the Monumental Sculptures before they went back to Italy, but we ran out of time for dada.)

    Dungarvan is really looking great. Don’t feel bad for Teal Hogget — it knows you still love it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  12. Stephanie says:

    The aran’s looking great! Are you going to publish the pattern?
    I know someone asked a similar question a week or so ago – when you buy yarn (like your new Rowan aquisitions) – if you don’t have a particular pattern in mind, how do you know how much to buy? Why 14 lavendar and 20 Skye? Is there some “rule of thumb” you follow?
    I’m perpetually stumped and confused in my LYS, usually leave empty-handed.

  13. Your knitting is fabulous! Do you have plans for the yarn you purchsed (I’m assuming you do lol)? I like the colours you chose.

    Lucy looks great in her new lovely hat!!

  14. Your new yarns are pretty, I like the colors. And your book is available next month, yay!

  15. Obviously, Lucy loves her hat – that explains the arm clamped around her! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  16. O how I adore Scottish Tweed! I have three balls of each shade in the DK weight. Just lost all control and bought ’em for no earthly reason except I had to possess them. Herring. Now THERE’S a name for a shade. Ahhh, the smell of it.

    Your Aran is looking amazing. Beautimous!

  17. I am glad to hear the clarification that you hadn’t been working on Teal Hogget in tandem with your new project– As of late I had been wondering if you were morphing into a (gasp!) more-than-one-at-a time-knitter, which was sort of causing my perception of the whole knitting universe to shift a little. You know, like if Alison were to change her blog’s name to the Mauve Blog or something. Nice to know that all is right with the world!

  18. *sniff sniff* – I do believe Wendy is lunching on lentil soup, unless my nose is off today.

    Lucy looks lovely in her Easter Bonnet. Looks like she is really enjoying it, too.

  19. Lucy looks like she’s saying, “My mommy dresses me funny.”

  20. I’m surprised you got her to sit still for that pic. My cats would have thrown the thing off and probably made a huge fuss. cute hat!

  21. I am a seed stitch lover as well. It crops into lots of my designs–it’s just a lovely, comforting stitch, even though labor intensive.

  22. I love watching the progress of Dungarvan and hearing about your creative process. Wonderful!

  23. I find that knitting lace saves me from repetitive stress injury because I am soooo sloooow….

    I LOVE Dungarvan so far–that yarn is absolutely gorgeous! (like any of us need more yarn lust…)

  24. Seed stitch is indeed much more enjoyable than ribbing. I’ve wondered about the whys of that, but don’t have any idea. Just one of those quirky knitting things. Lunch looks delish – I’m starting to see the benefit of a camera phone.

  25. Hindrek in Vancouver says:

    Dungarvan is awesome – I love the colour texture in the tweed wools – and you have a stunning one….as for what I call “wool burn” on your left finger – I wrap a bandaid on my finger and knit happily on. Just wrap it towards you so that it won’t lift up when you knit – I guess that is counter clockwise if you are looking down your index finger…ok. this simple solution is getting too complicated….LOL. The The burn is nasty – and happens with “rougher” wools with me as well.

  26. Oh, it’s Lucy!! I mistook her for Irene Molloy the milliner (Hello Dolly reference of course…)

  27. I like seed stitch, too. My first “real” knitting project was a baby blanket with a seed stitch border, and I thought it was the coolest thing. I love how it looks and how it feels, and while I don’t necessarily love knitting it, it’s totally worth it to me.

  28. Wendy- the callous is a sign of a true Knitting Warrior! We’ve earned every scar- be proud. Love your Rowan Tweed!

  29. Sarah R says:

    Another big fan of seed stitch here…and for me I think it’s all about the texture of the fabric. It has a wonderful hand…sproingy, indeed.

    And that looks like vegetable beef soup to me.

    I’d also be interested in your thoughts on the “I’ve found a yarn I fell in love with but how can I be sure I’ve bought enough?” question. I’ve seen charts that give some estimates…but I’ve been fooled by them before.

  30. It *is* soup weather, isn’t it? I’ve been having minestrone… yum!

  31. i wondered if you’d seen this? perhaps lucy would like to take a look…

  32. That is one gorgeous sweater you’ve got goin’ there, Missy.

    Give Kristine a big hug for me the next time you see her–ok?

  33. “Sproingy” — that’s my favorite texture. Lovelyh work, Wendy!

    Kathy in NoVA

  34. Lucy reminds me of Minnie Pearl! Cute!

  35. Wendy-

    I am new to knitting and recently stumbled upon your blog. The work you do is so inspiring and so beautiful. And, like everyone, I just love Lucy!

    Can you tell me the difference between picking and throwing? Thanks.