My current work in progress:

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


Weekend Wrap-up


Here’s Lucy, relaxing in her Daddy’s lap after her Thanksgiving dinner.

Thank you for all your good wishes and lovely comments about Elizabeth I. We’ve had a great weekend. The turkey was cooked, much food was partaken of, and much jocularity ensued.

And I did some more spinning.


This was spun from more Blue Moon Fiber Arts roving, another merino and angora blend. The colorway is called Atomic #6.


It was from a roving that L-B acquired and split with me — my skein is 2 ounces and 116 yards. I’m thinking about using it together with the Purple Rain handspun I finished earlier in the week and perhaps making a scarf.

I also started a sweater.


This is the West Side Raglan, a lovely simple design from Oat Couture. I’m making it from this yarn:


This yarn is from Chester Farms, and is a cotton/wool/silk blend. The colorway is called Sea Shell and is a nice heathered tan.


Actually, I did more than just start this sweater — I’ve got the front and back done.


It’s knit at a gauge of 4.5 stitches/inch on a 5mm needle — it goes very quickly!


  1. I am green (with envy). I’ve made the West Side Raglan twice (well technically three times since I left one of my sweaters on the security belt at Heathrow this summer and it required immediate replacement. It is made of Red Berrocco cotton twist and I love it and wear it very often.) I love the pattern. It is easy, somehow it fits nicely in whatever yarn I use, and I like sewing the raglan sleeves in much better than the usual set-in sleeves. Can’t say why — just do. However, I surely don’t get the front and back done in seemingly one day. That is serious speed knitting!
    Happy Thanksgiving.

  2. You are blazingly amazingly fast! The day that I say, “It knits up very quickly, 4.5 st/in” is, as we used to say in MN, the day the Vikes win the Super Bowl.

  3. I know Alina is still in the wings,but I’m going on record that the Atomic 6 is my favorite! It glows!

  4. There is nothing like a warm furry cat in your lap to give a sense of contentment, especially if that cat is lovely Lucy. Your Elizabeth I was stunningly beautiful. Hope you wore it to many gasps of appreciation. The simplicity of the new sweater is very appealing. You will probably finish it this afternoon and wear it tomorrow. You are amazing!

  5. You knit beautifully!

  6. Wendy, your Elizabeth I sweater is too beautiful for words! I can’t wait to see the obligatory mirror shot! I was computerless for about a week so I caught up your writings today. I can’t believe all the knitting you’ve done in such a short time — AND you did some baking and cooking. You make me look like a serious slacker. No way can I let my husband read your blog . . .

  7. Wow the colors in your handspun are gorgeous! I don’t think it was fair to put the sweater into the same blog post; it’s wonderful but pales in comparison to the colors in the handspun yarn.

  8. Your spinning always amazes me. It’s so fine and precise. And the colors are very pretty.

  9. You’ve been a very busy woman! Love the new yarn and project.

  10. I can’t believe you spun up 2ozs of fiber -and- knit up the front and the back of a sweater! You are such a fantabulous speed demon!

  11. Wendy, I haven’t even finished my Thanksgiving cleanup and you’ve just about finished a sweater. You are amazing, Wonder Woman! I adore knitting raglan-sleeved sweaters, too. They’re so geometric somehow.

  12. Cestari, huh? Didn’t I see that at Springwater? How is it to knit with?

  13. Pretty, pretty yarn!

  14. For most people, the phrase “I started a sweater” implies that they’ve done the ribbing and maybe an inch or two of the body.

    For most people, the phrase “I’ve done the front and the back” means “I’ve been knitting this sweater for two months and I’m almost done.”

    And then there’s Wendy. =)

  15. More plain stockinette! Must be all the company and the holiday. I know how soothing plain knitting can be while in company.

  16. Absolutely fabulous! We should call you The Atomic Knitter! Your handspun is so pro! have a great week.

  17. West Side Raglan is one of my favorite patterns. I haven’t knit it, but I do like that pattern very much.

  18. Penny Tschantz says:

    I’m catching up after Thanksgiving, and I echo many others in saying that Elizabeth I is one of the most elegant creations I’ve seen. You truly are amazing and inspiring. I’m awaiting the delivery of my first spinning wheel and will consider you an example to emulate. The chapter on spinning in your book is my favorite, even though I’m not yet a spinner.

  19. Wendy,

    Elizabeth is absolutely gorgeous!! I need to make one for myself. Looks like just the right combination of interesting knitting and stockinette that keeps you on your toes, and have mindless knitting. Just my type of sweater.

    I’ve been trying to find a copy of the book, but can’t find it anywhere. Does anyone know where I can find that book.

    If anyone out there has it, and is willing to part with it, send me a note. I’ll happily buy it from you.

    Any other suggestions? I’ve already checked and my library doesn’t have it. 🙁


  20. Your handspun is beautiful!!! It reminds me a little of your recent blue/raspberry socks. You must be so pleased with it. How soft is the Cestari yarn? How do you like knitting with it? Thank you for reminding me that I too have the West Side Raglan in my pattern stash.

  21. Lovely spinning! Lovely knitting! You certainly do zoom through the knitting. I guess I would probably get more knitting done if I didn’t have children, huh? But I know that dear Lucy requires plenty of petting and feeding and talking and brushing – that’s nearly like having a child or two!

  22. I can’t believe that you think “starting” a sweater means knitting the entire back! When I “start” a sweater, I’m usually done with the ribbing.

    I too would like to know what you think of the Chester Farms yarn. I passed it by at Maryland because I had already exceeded my yarn budget (actually already spent twice what I expected to), but I kept this source at the back of my mind for possible future projects. Does it knit more like wool or more like cotton?

  23. Wow, that’s some fast knitting! I suppose you’ll be posting a finished sweater tomorrow? =-) I have to go cast something on. I’m feeling shamed… Good job

  24. The yarn you spun is beautiful!

  25. Try washing your swatch in the machine. I have a tank out of that same yarn that accidentally went through the wash once (cold water, standard top loader) and came out just fine (cestari says their wool won’t felt naturally, it is not treated to be superwash). Luckily I caught it before the dryer, I’d have to knit a swatch to see what the dryer would do to it.

  26. I need Deborah H.’s addy please!

  27. Geez, Wendy. Speed-knit a little?! Do you sleep? Do you really have a job? Do you employ knitting gnomes, and then claim their knitting as your own?

    That’s what’s going on here, isn’t it? I’m onto you, missy.

  28. I knit a sweater with the Cestari yarn 4 years ago. It knits up beautifully, and the sweater has worn really well. A wonderful yarn-I think I will have to use it again.
    Your Elizabeth is so beautiful!

  29. Oh, I love that colorway… looks great!