My current work in progress:

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


And the Knitting Mojo is Still in Place

I’m booking right along on Keelan. Here is the finished left front:


I’ve started the right front. At this rate, I may have it completed early next week.

A number of you have asked if I’m going to make the pattern available and I keep forgetting to answer. The answer is yes, eventually. ๐Ÿ™‚

Roseann asked:
Do you ever knit both sides of a cardigan at the same time? or sleeves at the same time?

Never. And I never knit two socks at the same time. I just prefer doing things one at a time. ๐Ÿ™‚

A couple of you asked which wheel I’m using to spin up the BFL. It’s the Lendrum. I find the Lendrum the easiest and most fun to spin on and as an added bonus, I’ve got a Woolee Winder on the Lendrum.


Kris asked:
What kinds of things have you knitted with your handspun? Have you ever knitted a sweater or something…um….big? If so can we see a picture? I’m a new spinner and I love seeing finished objects made from the knitter’s own handspun.

I’ve knitted scarves and hats and mittens and fingerless gloves . . . and a couple of sweaters. One sweater is Teal Hogget, and you can see a photo of it here. The free pattern for the sweater (in pdf format) is here.

Lucy sez:


It’s Wednesday! Wiggle for all you’re worth!


  1. *wiggles with Lucy*

    Love the way Keelan’s looking! I can’t wait to (eventually) knit my own!

  2. Fun to see your Lendrum! And Lucy really needs to do “action movies” so we can get the full effect of her “hula”!!

  3. Hi Wendy –
    I really enjoy your blog, I find it inspiring and educational as well.

    Anyway, my question has to do with the sweaters you’ve knit. Now, I must preface this question with, “I’ve only been reading your blog regularly for about 4 or 5 months.” So, I’m sorry if this has been asked before.

    Why do you prefer to knit your sweaters from the bottom up? Is there a specific reason? I’m reading Barbara Walker’s book about knitting from the Top Down and I’m finding it quite interesting. So, I’m curious why some pick one over the other. Certainly no right or wrong answer, just wondering.


  4. Christina says:

    I’m in love with Rose, the sweater you designed and knit earlier this year. Are you still planning to make that pattern available sometime? I’m hoping so!

  5. Hey, didn’t you knit the Flower basket shawl out of your own handspun?

  6. Incredible: the sweater……..divine: the cat in the dancing position!……what fun to be a cat!…..

  7. Keelan is so pretty, I love that blue. I don’t spin at all, and want to say something that may or may not sound strange to spinners. I knew a woman in Los Angeles years ago who was a spinner and she had a long haired cat. She said she used to add her cat’s hair into fibers she spun at times. I found that unusual. Is that something that is done?


  8. I second the request for Rose! I’d love a pattern for that one.

    Looking forward to seeing more of Keelan – hope to see that pattern too!

  9. Did you do short-row shoulders on Keelan? The shoulders look very neat, and they do appear to have shaping. I’ve only done them on a couple of sweaters, and I found it a little challenging to make the short rows on a cabled design. Keelan is turning out beautifully.

    I always find that doing the fronts and sleeves at the same time saves a lot of “record keeping”. I usually take detailed notes on what I do, since I generally modify a pattern at least a little (probably because I rarely use the yarn specified). So, I don’t have to do things like count rows to be sure both are the same if I knit them at the same time. Do you have any “tricks” for matching that go beyond just pencil and paper notes?

  10. Keelan’s so pretty….

    I’d wiggle, but I’m not sure they’s apprecate that so much here at work. Maybe when I get home. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  11. Lucy looks like she needs a good belly rub.

  12. Non-spinner here: What, pray tell, is a woolee winder?

    I love that teal yarn you spun — gorgeous. ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. This is totally unrelated to your posting today….but I’ve been thinking about your Mermaid sweater (have been wanting to make one). I couldn’t find it in your gallery of finished work. Do you have a picture of it somewhere on your blog? Do you wear it a lot?