My current work in progress:

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


Mmmmmmm. Lace.

I did finish the Forest Canopy Shoulder Shawl yesterday evening, but decided to wait til this afternoon to block it.

Here it is, pre-blocking. It’s 46 inches along the top and 23 inches down the center to the point


And post-blocking.


It grew nicely — from tip to tip 58 inches along the top, and about 28 inches down the center back to the point.

Sorry about the icky pictures — it was dark when I came home, so hard to get a good pic. But here’s a close-up, taken with the flash:


Yes, this project was a quick, easy, and most importantly, fun knit. I started it Sunday afternoon and cast off right before posting yesterday’s blog entry (but I didn’t feel up to blocking ’til tonight).

Even with Lucy’s supervision.


Going on the needles tonight, some more lace, this time in cream-colored cashmere.


There’s 300 yards in that ball — anyone wanna guess what I’ll be knitting?

Heifer Prizes!

The trusty random number generator picked the following winners for this week’s prizes:

Julia B. wins Knitting Rules donated by Nina S.

Anne C. wins 2 skeins (total of 980 yards) of Claudia Hand Painted Kid Mohair in the Woodland Moss colorway, donated by Jackie Hutcherson, The Knitting Hutch.

Shelley G. wins Fearless Fibers Superwash Merino Sock Yarn in the Marrakesh colorway: fingering weight sock yarn in a large 4-ounce skein with 550 yards, donated by Deb Kessler, Fearless Fibers.

Imbrium wins handspun yarn and pattern kit: Approximately 2.5 ounces of a soft and warm chocolate brown handspun yarn (45% wool/45% alpaca) with glimmers of golden Tussah silk (10%), plus an accompanying pattern to make the “Klondike” scarf pattern, an original pattern from Beaver Creek Farm. Donated by Anne from How the West Was Spun.

Leigh K. wins Interweave’s Compendium of Finishing Techniques, donated by the staff of Unraveled Richmond.

Lois M. wins Two skeins, merino superwash sock weight yarn. About 220 yards per skein, donated by Rabbitch.

Susan C. wins 5 skeins of The Irish Ewe aran wool (350-400 yards each) and a Penny Straker pattern, donated by Dagny & Deb, The Irish Ewe.

All winners have been emailed. Thanks to everyone who has contributed so far, be it money to Heifer or prizes to the raffle.

There’ll be another weekly drawing next Tuesday, of course.

But you’ll have to excuse me now — I’m gonna go snort some wasabi.


  1. Wendy – First time commentor here but loyal reader from the get go…I love your work !!!! (knitting, that is)and your sweet Lucy.
    Question – have you been to your lys for knit night as of late?

  2. What a beautiful shawl! I’ll have to add it to my list of ‘want to make that after Christmas’ knitting.

    Mmmm – cashmere! I’m working with cashmere right now and getting totally spoiled.

  3. Snorting wasabi?! That sounds unhealthy. Yet oddly compelling.

    Forest Canopy is beautiful!

  4. um. there`s a video on you -tube of a guy that snorts wasabi. He regretted it immediately. the video following the incidint is painful to watch.

    proceed with caution.

  5. I’m starting to go into lace withdrawal….

  6. Kate/Massachusetts says:

    My guess for your next lace project is a Diamond Fantasy scarf! Forest Canopy is gorgeous!

  7. I reallly like your lace shawl. It is so beautiful!

  8. I love to see lace pre and post blocking. It is real magic. Is the shawl for you or a gift?

  9. Wendy does it again… another amazing lace shawl.
    Let me know how the wasabi works on the sinus problem ๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. Egads, snorting wasabi is so … hardcore. Gesundheit!

  11. The striping in the yarn lends a really lovely accent to the shawl without overpowering it. Very nice!

  12. Gorgeous shawl! Mmmmmm, wasabi…

  13. That shawl turned out really well. I like how the colours lend a nice variation on the pattern without overwhelming it.

    The wasabi should really help your sinuses! Enjoy!

  14. Geez, you are a fast knitter, but the shawl is beautiful!

    Cashmere, yummy! OK, are you knitting a neck warmer?

  15. Woot! What a great surprise to come home to! Thank you Wendy, and thank you Anne!

  16. Are you making Susan’s Mountain Stream Scarf next??? that is my next scarf and wouldn’t it be lovely in cashmere?

  17. The combo of the 2 pics in this post are funny. Actually more like ironic and funny all in one pack. Lucy looks like she’s staring down the page at the yummy ball o’ cashmere yarn. I chuckle in her general direction. ๐Ÿ˜€

  18. It’s funny how the colours in the yarn show up more pre-blocking than post-blocking. Still, the pattern more than makes up for a little lost colour in the photos. Nice work, as always! (You know, it was you who first inspired me to try lace, so I always love seeing what lace projects you have on the needles. :D)

  19. Beautiful!

  20. Ok…you did that shawl in only TWO DAYS?!?!?! Forgive me, but I think I hate you… ๐Ÿ˜€ Just kidding! The shawl looks beautiful and I am jealous of your talent. I will suffer and imagine that you did nothing for 48hrs but knit. ๐Ÿ˜€ Either that our imagine that you did it on Bulky with 17s… ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

  21. The shawl is *gorgeous*!

  22. Your handspun makes the simple pattern look really special.

  23. Shawl. So. Pretty.

  24. I can’t believe how FAST you knitted that… and the pre and post blocking photos should be obligatory viewing for anyone who questions the need to block.

  25. Kind of a random question here. I’m 19 and think I might be in the early stages of carpal tunnel in my right wrist. I learned to knit in the summer before 5th grade and now am in my 2nd year of college. I also have a tendency of writing by hand and typing a lot (want to be an author). What things do you do while knitting to prevent yourself from getting carpal tunnel?

  26. The shawl is lovely! Is it really ‘beginner lace’? I’m a lace virgin, but can’t hold out much longer. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I, too, am impressed with your knitting speed. Any chance KOARC would make a little close-up video of you knitting? Just to torture–I mean inspire us?

  27. I think I hate you too. I’ve been working towards a Forest Canopy shawl for a few weeks now but I don’t think I can fit it in until after Christmas and I’m not sure about the yarn, and maybe I should do a swatch, etc., etc., etc., and here you’ve finished it in two days. However, it does look lovely and I shall try to feel further inspired and not totally defeated. Actually, one of the things that’s stopping me getting on with the shawl is a pair of socks in the STR Lucy colourway – such lovely colours.

  28. HOLY MOLY! You are an incredibly quick knitter! That shawl is gorgeous! I can’t wait to see the Caaaaaaaaaaaaaaaashmere shawl. that will be nice and warm and cuddly…Lucy will look lovely wrapped in it as well! Take care! Thank you for sharing Lucy pictures! mb

  29. Wow, such a purty shawl, I love it! Lace and me…we don’t always get along. But that looks like something I could probably manage!

    Wasabi – the best way to clear your sinuses all right! That and Jamaican Scotch Bonnet sauce. Heh, trust me on that.

  30. The shawl is gorgeous! That pattern just went on my list.

    Hot and sour soup is really good for clearing stuffy sinuses.

  31. spinner lynn says:

    Your shawl is beautiful!! Makes me want to get back and finish the one I started awhile ago, but I still have socks to finish for Christmas presents first.

  32. I have always been afraid of tackling lace but now that I see the photo of it unblocked and blocked, I am getting my nerve up to try it! You are so amazing and I love your daily photos of Sweet Lucy. My kitties keep me company when I knit and are pretty good about not going after the yarn anymore.

  33. Wendy- The mind boggles at how quick you are.
    And you’ve been watching too much JackA**- remember what happened to Steve-O?

  34. Such beautiful lace, very beautiful work. Not that I’m surprised. I just continue to be surprised at how much knitting you get done on a regular basis, impressive projects always coming off the needles!

    I think maybe Lucy knits too, but it would be too shocking for you to share photos of her doing so.

    Awesome what you’re doing, with the help of your readers, for Heifer, Int’l.


  35. Hope the wasabi works! The shawl is beautiful and the yarn was a nice choice!

  36. Cashmere yarn, I am stuck on how great that must feel. I can’t imagine what you will make with it. Maybe the Swallowtail Shawl?

  37. Cream cashmere… I really hope you’re making something for me because I promise to give it a very good home. Just saying.

  38. Wow, it’s really cool the way lace pops open after it is blocked. Maybe there is something to this blocking business after all. Of course, I’ll have to start knitting lace to make it worth while.

  39. Wendy:
    The Forest Canopy *is* beautiful. Glad you are better. Thanks again for the Heifer prize. My little ragdolls arrived yesterday. My DD LOVES them, we had to rush over to ESTY to get more.
    Good work with the Heifer project. Thanks.

  40. Thank you so much for this post – I have been searching for the perfect pattern for some handspun – swatching etc for my first real lace shawl and this one is exactly what I am looking for.

    I cast on last night and this is the perfect pattern for my yarn.

    Your statement about knitting it in just a few days really made the difference, but now I realize that you are just a freakishly fast knitter and not to be discouraged by the mere 5″ that I got done last night.