My current work in progress:

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


Oy With the Sleeve

As I may have mentioned in the past, the Deirdre design has a row gauge of 8 rows to the inch. This is due to the way the cable I am using pulls the fabric — it just sucks up rows like nobody’s business!

So I knit and knit and knit and knit (and then I knit some more) on this danged sleeve and I see very little progress.


At this point in the knitting, I still have more than 50 rows to work before I start the cap shaping. Yikes. And this is just the first sleeve. Again, yikes.

But I do really really like the way this design is looking. Even if it does suck rows into a parallel universe, never to be seen or heard from again.

I’ll take this pesky sleeve with me this weekend when I head to points south for more book signings. Hopefully I’ll at least get the first sleeve done and the second one started.

Then, as a reward for sleeving above and beyond the call of duty, I will allow myself to knit something from my yummy handpainted laceweight cashmere. Mmmmmmmmmm!

By the way, in answer to a couple of questions I’ve gotten, Deirdre does have some shaping in the body to give it a gentle hourglass shape.

In the meantime, my second sock is coming along nicely.


And Lucy is jazzed!



  1. If Lucy is jazzed, that must mean she has… “Jazz Paws!”

  2. I think I say a “Star Trek” episode about his once…

  3. Oh don’t complain…. It would have taken me like 5 months to finish a sleeve! The work looks great. I’m constantly amazed by your speed.

  4. OK. That “Jazz Paws” had coffee close to coming out of my nose. Not good while I’m at the office. It’s absolutely the BEST picture of Lucy!

    While the sleeve is very impressive, I’m slowly becoming obsessed with that sock colorway.

  5. points SOUTH?
    Oh, I wonder if you are coming to OUR neck of the
    Knitting Woods?
    I hope, I hope, I hope….

  6. That sleeve IS some major Oyness! So, you still haven’t mastered sleep-knitting yet? How about putting Lucy to work? Those Jazz Paws must be able to do something!

  7. Deirdre is going to be worth it … I love the pattern … but I hear you about the knit, knit, knit.

    I got some cobweb silk cashmere in the mail last week and oh it is yummy … I can’t start anything with it until I finish a couple of other things but I am keeping it on my desk by the computer so I can pet it every now and then while I’m working.

    p.s Love Lucy’s latest photo shoot 🙂

  8. Did I miss something? Do we know what the something is that the cashmere will be? Or is this a cliffhanger and we’ll have to stay tuned in?

  9. Sheri in St. Louis says:

    You still knit faster than most people – even with disappearing row-work. And when are you coming to St. Louis for a book signing???

  10. Step by step……..slowly we go…..oh, gosh: that is from a horror movie!…….looks divine……will be too…..have fun this weekend……the adventures of woman with sharp pointed sticks continues!

  11. Deirdre is gorgeous. I love her pattern; and, although she is going slow for you, she is working up into quite a piece of art! Love the colorway of your recent socks, too. Have fun this weekend on your adventures south–you need to go just a little further down to NC!

  12. The sweater is gonna be gorgeous! The sock is fab and anything in cashmere is yummy!

  13. I’m not sure of the correct Blog-courtesy –should I thank you and others who responded with solutions to moving markers with the FBS here, or in the previous post?

    In any case, thanks for the all the suggestions — I’ve been thinking of knitting that shawl again, and now I will!

    And don’t forget to take chocolate treats on sleeve island.


  14. Row sucker or not, she’s beautiful. And I’m sure she’ll be worth all the effort.

  15. Late to the party but just wanted to say that I LOVE the neck on Deirdre.

  16. I can’t wait for your trip south this weekend because I am *finally* free at a time when a book signing is happening in my neck of the woods. See you Sunday–yeeha!!!!!

  17. “Jazz Paws”… love it!

    And I love all of Lucy’s sprawling photos. Makes me want to get down on the floor and stretch too.

  18. It looks like Lucy is flying through the air yelling “Look what I can do!!”

  19. kelly in new mexico says:

    The Dierdre sweater is coming out lovely, very feminine I think. Just a question though, since it has a lovely female shape why not consider a neck and arm treatment that is sleeveless for the summer that you might wear paired with one of your lovley shawls? Just a thougt… good luck on the sleeves this weekend!!
    Happy Knitting!!!

    Kelly in New Mexico

  20. That’s quite a Lucy strech, wish I could do a backbend like that.

  21. Peggy from Illinois says:

    The Dierdre sweater looks terrific! This is my first visit to your website, so I am not sure if it is okay to ask … is this your pattern or can you direct me where to find it? I am not asking for free instructions … just want to know where I can purchase a copy if it is for sale. BTW, I just adopted two brother kitties who just live to sit with me when I’m knitting and amuse themselves at my expense. I just love them! Your website is great — keep up the great work! Peggy