My current work in progress:

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


There’s Something About Lace

That just makes me happy.

What is it?

It is that you can take a pile of your own handspun. Handspun that is spun in a thickness that goes from fingering to sport and back again. Handspun that is overplied in some places and underplied in others. Handspun that you inexpertly spun into stripes in some places and heather in others.

And you can knit it into something that looks like this:


The handspun is 50/50 wool/mohair, and I bought the roving from Tintagel Farm at the 2005 Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival.


I used a total of 10 ounces of the resulting yarn to knit my Flower Basket Shawl on U.S. size 7 needles.



Wishing a good Memorial Day to all who celebrate it.



  1. GORGEOUS! I was just spinning myself dreaming about what I could make with my yarn. Inspiring I’ll tell you!

  2. Happy long weekend, Wendy! Beautiful shawl – I love the artsy window shot!

  3. Alice in Richmond says:

    Wendy, I *love* that shawl, everything about it. And you will enjoy wearing it more than anything else because of its history. So cool.

  4. The stripiness looks fantastic in your shawl. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Beautiful!! I bet you have even more of a sense of accomplishment with doing not only the knitting, but the spinning yourself as well. Wear it with pride.

  6. The shawl is very lovely!

  7. I would never guess that beautiful shawl was knit from handspun, Wendy! Gorgeous!

  8. I love the stripes! Long color changes are the best. (Knitting I love; changing yarns I hate. But everyone wants some stripes now and then!) Your shawl is gorgeous!

  9. A shawl? Are you sure that isn’t a new blankie for Ms. Lucy?

  10. Josรฉe says:

    *Sigh* Be still my heart! What a lovely lovey! I’ve been so afraid of using my own handspun yarn but seeing your work will help me get over it already… ๐Ÿ˜‰ And of course Lucy looks as beauteous as usual!

  11. Yeah, it rather looks like Lucy wants to adopt this one…. I don’t blame her, it looks gorgeous!

  12. Oh, mercy. That is *luscious*. Beautifully done, Wendy. Brava.

  13. Wow Wendy. Wow wow wow. How satisfying it must be to knit something really beautiful with your handspun. It’s a wonderful special shawl and I’m sure you’ll love using it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. I love that shawl too. Very nice with the yarn.

    Did you make any changes to the pattern?

    Moving all the markers made me crazy when I made it last year. It was one of my first lace projects, so I was a bit nervous about it — but did you use markers or just memorize the pattern?


  15. Simply beautiful! Perfect pattern for the yarn. Isn’t it great when things come together so well?!?

  16. Sheri in St. Louis says:

    Well that’s just gorgeous. I love the colors. ALMOST makes me want to try a lace shawl. Almost. ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. The shawl is amazing! Is the last picture shown in black or is it dark blue? I love it!

  18. Wendy that is just gorgeous. What a sense of accomplishment you must feel by taking it from the creation of the yarn, the color design through to the completed shawl. Inspiring work from the Design House of Wendy!!

  19. Wow, that looks amazing.

  20. The shawl is beautiful!

  21. The shawl is lovely – nice to know that my initial attempts at lace weight/sportweight/thin and thinner/plied/overplied handspun may turn out alright at the end, if I ever get it knit up!

  22. A beautiful shawl. Uniquely so !
    There’s something so pleasurable about knitting with one’s handspun.

  23. Ah tha magic of blocking! It’s lovely Wendy!

  24. Are you and Cara starting a fashion trend? Will you be wearing them to Rhinebeck? Magnificent!!

  25. Beautiful! I’m knitting a stole from my handspun, my first handspun knit and it is a wonderful feeling knowing that I spun the yarn first.

    Your FBS is really very pretty!

  26. *drool* That is so lovely! I’m so jealous! That is just wonderful, what a lovely treat!!

  27. Fabulous! Love the Black!!! Where is the pattern from?

  28. Beautiful, stunning shawl!

  29. Wendy, you’re an inspiration to novice lace knitters everywhere. Your shawl is a work of art.

  30. Beautiful! I loved knitting that pattern…so quick but resulting in such a great FO. I love mine and wear it a lot, but how much more special to have knitted it from your own handspun!

  31. I am inspired! To at least try to make a shawl half as good. Someday. That is absolutely gorgeous, Wendy! Truly.

  32. It’s a gorgeous shawl!! The patterns, the way the colors blend…scrumptious!! Looks like Lucy likes it too.

  33. Your shawl is beautiful!!! I love the colors in it. Your handspun looks wonderful. Thanks for signing my book at the 2006 Md.S&WF.

  34. Lovely!

  35. That is thoroughly beautiful! I love the Tintagel farm stuff…there is some Peacock on my wheel at this moment.

  36. Suzanne says:

    You have tipped me over the edge with this beautiful shawl. Now, I really have to give spinning a try!

  37. I agree with everyone else who is now ready to use their own handspun. I have hundreds of yards fo the stuff and have been nervous about the results in any project. Thank you for showing us this beautiful shawl.

  38. Kathy in NoVA says:

    Utterly gorgeous, Wendy. I’m glad to know you occasionally make something on needles bigger than size 0 or 1.

  39. Lace makes me happy too! It’s elegant and old fashioned at the same time. I haven’t knitted a shawl yet, but I love knitting scarves and hanging them on decorative hooks just to look at!

  40. The shawl is just lovely and looks like you planned it that way!

  41. P.S. Please write a book about lace!

  42. The shawl is just lovely and what a bonus that Lucy seems to revel on it, too!

  43. Those are my favorite colors. The shawl is beautiful.

  44. Your shawl is gorgeous. The color changes in the handspun are amazing.

  45. That is gorgeous. I love the way the colors stripe! It is absolutely fabulous and all the better because you made the yarn yourself. I’m not a spinner, but I can sure appreciate the effort.

  46. Beautiful! It is a lovely pattern isn’t it, I must make another one after I have finished the two lace shawls already on the needles. Perhaps if I was to learn to spin first that would slow down my habit of casting on before I think ๐Ÿ™‚

  47. Fabulous knitting, as always. Your blocking assistant looks as though she’s working very hard, too.

  48. Really gorgeous!

  49. Gorgeous!!

  50. Stunning shawl, beautiful handspun!

  51. That is spectacular!

  52. That’s simply gorgeous – loved the closeups of the yarn. Magic. Lace is magical. Add a lovely kittycat and it shoots off the charts.
    Bought your book — am enjoying that, too.

  53. I am very new to lace knitting and although it’s frustrating in some ways I am enjoying it enough to keep going. The yarn that you spun is absolutely georgeous!! The shawl is….scrumptous! I will keep knitting, hoping someday to make a shawl as wonderful.
    If you ever need a shawl pin please let me know and I will be pleased to make one for you!
    Thanks for the inspiration!!

  54. Really gorgeous! And thank goodness Lucy seems to like it, too.

  55. Beautiful, the shawl and of course Lucy, but that goes without saying.

    I can’t wait to take some more time in my spinning and begin producing garments from it, there must be something so satisfying taking the process even one step further and knitting with your own yarn. I’ve done a little, but haven’t accomplished a full garment yet.

  56. Oh holy mother of God! How gorgeous is that?! The yarn is perfect for that pattern, and how beautifully the lacework sets it off. Nicely done. I just failed my first attempt at lace. If anyone can tell me how I dropped a stitch BELOW my lifeline and didn’t figure it out until nearly done with the first repeat of the body chart, I’d love to know. In the meantime, it sits in the back of my yarn closet waiting for a day where I have infinite patience.