My current work in progress:

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


Knit Like a Victorian

(Does anyone else wonder what the Bangles are doing these days? Did anyone else get why I just thought of the Bangles?)

As a number of you guessed in the comments, the new project is from Victorian Lace Today. I think only a couple of you guessed the right project though — it’s the Maltese shawl. It’s pictured in “Marmalade” Rowan Kidsilk Haze in the book.

I’m making mine from Rowan Kidsilk Haze in a pale pink — shade 580. From my stash. ๐Ÿ™‚ Using a 4.5mm needle.


You start with a provisional cast on.


After completing the center panel, you knit an edging all the way around it. I’m about one-fifth done with the center panel, so I’ve got a very long way to go.

It’s a fair simple knit, but with enough action to keep me fairly entertained. There is patterning on both the right and wrong sides, which I like — I find purling back to be intensely boring.

Check out the pretty stitch markers I’m using.


These were a gift, sent to me by a lovely online friend, and they are from the Beadmarkers Etsy shop. These particular markers were made specifically for lace knitting — they have smooth small loops, and small beads that don’t hang up on the fine yarn. Check out the Etsy shop for a wide variety of pretty markers.

Thanks so much for all the lovely comments on the Bohus. I’m so pleased with it, and am happy to see you guys like it too!

Lucy sez:


“When all else fails, strike a cute pose!”


  1. Well I don’t know, it’s not like your an Egyptian or anything. Hee hee.

    Great now I’m going to be singing that all the way home.

    That’s a great pattern, it’s on my eternal to do list.

    Oh and Bohus from yesterday, absolutely gorgeous. You always inpire me to learn something new. Bohus here I come, well maybe in 2010 since my knitting calendar is booked solid until then I think.

    Lucy, thy Queen, you are adorable as always.

    Oh and Bloglines, well they pretty much are crap lately, they never show my blog updated. I think it’s a conspiracy against knitters.

  2. Knit like an Egyptian, Walk like an Egyptian… why not since Lucy is descended from Egyptian gods?

    I’m in deep envy over your shawl – both the knitting and the fact your yarn was in stash. Oh, to have a stash like yours! I look forward to your progress.

  3. Beautiful! Was this the project that needed 5 balls of KidSilk?

    I will have to go check out the stitch markers, after all, KFYS didn’t involve tools : )

  4. I have to admit, my first response was, I wonder what they ARE doing these days? and not, what the heck is she talking about? Hehe. Purdy lace… pet the lace… *ahem* excuse me, back to my corner.

  5. Me love lace shawl. Still have to try lace. Got a couple patterns filed away that should be fairly simple. Might try to use beads at the same time. No one can say I have no knitting ambition!

  6. I don’t know what The Bangles (or Steve Martin) are doing these days. But since this is THE MALTESE SHAWL – and here’s a HUGE coincidence – I DO wonder what Joel Cairo is doing these days.

  7. Why, they’re back together, of course! They’re at and greet your arrival, so turn the sound on.

    Nice stash yarn ya got there, Wendy. I love your idea of a “simple” lace pattern!

  8. Looks good. I’m also working on something from the book – the rectangular stole with the diamond pattern on p. 20, using Kid Silk Night in black. I’m planning wedding guest attire around the stole!

    Did you try the provisional cast-on from the back of the book where you tie the working yarn and waste yarn together, and pick up loops of working yarn from alternate sides of the waste yarn? It’s pretty cool, once you get the hang of it. And no unzipping of crochet loops!

  9. I admit, it took me a minute to get the reference to the Bangles. I live about an hour from Cincinnati, so I thought you were talking about FOOTBALL! And then I realized you said BAngles, not BEngals…

    I love the stitch markers. I bought my first-ever pair of stitch markers last month. It’s somehow so much more FUN than it was with boring metal rings or loops of scrap yarn!

  10. I’m breathless at the speed you turned out that much of the beautiful shawl in so short a time! And its certain to be just beautiful! I love that book although I still haven’t tried any of the patterns; its enough to just sit and sift through those lovely designs and plan for the future.

    And Lucy! That pose was always my beloved Mittens’ pose as well, especially if she was trying to con an extra snack out of us! Only a kitty like Lucy (or Mittens) can bring that one off with such elan!

  11. No, I didn’t think of the Bangles right away. But I knew why you were thinking of them.

    I’m still consumed with jealousy that it took you less than two months to knit the Bohus sweater, but six weeks, that’s not too bad. I can live with that. Haha. It looks wonderful. Now I wanna knit one.

  12. Knitting from your stash. Good Girl! (Although frankly, you and L-B probably have better stash than most people I know. Kinda like your own yarn shop in there, right?) ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. I get the reference – thanks, now that song is stuck in my head! Pretty shawl! (See, I was right, in the most general of senses.)

  14. The Bohus is divine and that shawl already looks spectacular!

  15. Not only do you have knitters the world over in your thrall and make us move like puppet people, now you have mind control abilities.

    Thank you for that title and little remark up there. Now, until I leave work at 9pm I will be singing “Walk like and Egyptian” … the whole time. ๐Ÿ˜›

    Beautiful lace btw. Very pretty. And the Bohus is rockin’ too. You make me want to be a better knitter. Really, you do. ๐Ÿ˜€

  16. Wendy, beautiful lace, and yesterday’s Bohus ~ WOW! My eyes ached just thinking of all that black stockinette on tiny needles! I’m always so impressed with your talent.

  17. Knit from Your Stash is very good for me so far. I bought a Wee Folks Fiber Calendar on sale today and now I want some pretty stitch markers, thank you for sharing them with us.

  18. Lucy’s policy sounds like a good one. ๐Ÿ˜€

    The Maltese Shawl is a pretty one, and I like the colour you’re using. I’m sure it’ll look great once it’s all done. Are you going to join the Victorian Lace knit-along while doing this shawl, by the way?

  19. Gads, how did you do that so quickly?
    You amaze me. I bought the Marmalade color for that stole before the 2007 Knit from your stash started. Glad to hear it is a stole I think I can knit. It is really lovely in pink. I hope it will be as nice in the Marmalade. What size needle did you use?

    I am still learning and loving knitting socks. Working on a simple pattern from Nancy Bush’s Vintage book. Orange, lacy type. Next, I am trying your generic toe up pattern in some Trekking that followed me home (vbg)

    I am planning to ask Queen Lucy why I waited all these years to try knitting socks? Frankly, I can’t figure it out.

  20. Wow, beautiful! So that’s what you and Lindsey-Brooke were rummaging the stash for.

  21. All the cops in the donut shop say…way oh way oh waaaaaay oh way oh……………

  22. Your lace is lovely as is the Bohus. I was directed to your site by a friend blogged about the LYS who was worried about staying in buisness if everyone knit only from their stash.

    I’m a LYS owner and our philosphy is exactly the opposite – Knit from your stash. In fact, come to our knit nights and knit from your stash. The faster you use it up, the more you’ll need. :}

    Plus it gives me a chance to see new yarns and understand what my customer wants. So knit away!

  23. Bohus is awesome!….and the socks: enchanting!….and the lace is exquisite…..

  24. I love the lace. I, too got Victorian Lace Today, and I now am looking at those patterns for a 7th time…

  25. Oh I loved/love the Bangles! And yeah I was singing the song when I read the title. LOL

    I so want to knit something from Victorian Lace Today, but I have so many UFO’s that I promised myself that I would finish first. It is such a wonderful book.

    The shawl is so pretty.

  26. Well, they were on an episode of the Gilmore Girls during its first season…. And, oooh, that lace looks so pretty!

  27. Wendy, the new shawl is gorgeous already. Can’t wait to see how beautiful it will be at the end if it is already so pretty.

    I am writing to request some sock advice. How do you get your two socks to match without knitting them at the same time? Do you count rows or just hold them up and compare? Do you sometimes have one come out bigger or longer than the other – what do you do to fix it?

    I just finished my second pair of socks and one is longer than the other even though they are the same number of rows in height. I’m trying to decide what to do to fix them or whether to just leave it and I also want to be sure to avoid this problem in the future. (p.s. I used your toe-up pattern, thanks so much for sharing!)

  28. Now I’ve got that song stuck in my head ๐Ÿ™‚
    I like the shawl design – very delicate – and the colour is softly muted.

  29. Wendy-
    I have a question that has nothing whatsoever to do with your current post, sorry. I have been wondering, how much yarn does it usually take you when you make knee socks? I have a skein of 550 yards that I’d like to use, but I am afraid of running out. Oh, and I love the lace scarf you’re working on. I have that book too, but haven’t made anything from it yet…Yours looks beautiful!

  30. Yet another beauty! And the shawl is pretty too;) Everyone seems to be loving this book, I may as well too.

  31. That’s funny. Now see? I didn’t think of the Bangles at all, but of Steve Martin singing “walk like an Egyptian” in “King Tut.” LOL I know. I’m dating myself. LOL

    Love the shawl!

  32. Aussie Rosemary says:

    Do you ever sleep? Your output is amazing and always beautiful.The Victorian Lace book is fantastic.I don’t think it is generally available here yet but I use a wonderful bookshop which seems to be able to get in anything-and quickly too.I love Lucy [this of course is not intended to relate to the T.V.programme].

  33. hi, wendy. like everyone, i am impressed by your Bohus. not that i know what it is, but i’ve watched the progress and it is beautiful. i love lace. i have knit some in the past and now that i am only doing “small” projects, lace is on the agenda. my Victorian Lace Today was ordered several days ago, and the other one i’ve requested through my LYS is arctic lace. i requested that several weeks ago, and so far, it isn’t in. i could have gotten it from amazon, but wanted the shop — a good one — to get my business.

  34. Of course I get your reference. I immediately thought of Grumperina’s Egyptian dress.
    What I don’t get is your incredibly prolific knitting. You are tops.

  35. I’m bowled over by the elegance of the bohus and the mystique of the shawl!

  36. I’m looking at that provisional cast on thinking that I could never get it to separate from Kidsilk Haze. Please let us know how you do it!

    Beautiful work.

  37. Oh, no, that song’s going to be in my head all day. Thanks ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Pretty lacework. The top photo really captures the pattern so well.

  38. I just learned that Belinda Carlisle has a new album out, in french, of songs of the 40s and 50s. Apparently she moved to France after reading Under The Tuscan Sun.

  39. Wow, another 80’s soundtrack for my day. Thanks. ๐Ÿ™‚ The lace is beautiful. I’m trying my first shot at lace (well, not really first if you count all the times I’ve cast on). The stitch marker is beautiful. I’m using my daughter’s beads right now.

  40. Lovely shawl! I’m also working from “Victorian Lace Today” with yarn I bought at Stitches East. It’s from a small farm, and I don’t have the label here with me. I’m making the capelet on the back cover in ice blue to wear over my wedding gown. We’re planning an evening outdoor ceremony in Maryland at the end of October. I must have something warm, blue, and elegant to wear, right?

  41. Lynette Freire says:

    I love the stitch markers! I have a question. Do you know where I can get shawl/wrap closures? I’m looking for something like short chopsticks that would hold the shawl together, but wouldn’t hurt the fiber.

  42. ooh, i miss the bangles! so happy . . .

  43. Heh, I just heard Manic Monday on the Metro this morning. (From my iPod, not over the loud speaker or anything.) That shawl looks beautiful — pink is my all-time favorite color, and pale pink fuzzy yarn like that makes me swoon.

  44. I have serious appreciation for lace knitters – (having just learned myself.)
    The shawl panel is absolutely stunning. Question.. doesn’t a stitch marker like that beautiful one, get caught in the lace? It’s very sweet though. Isn’t it wonderful to use great tools.

  45. Very pretty.

  46. I even had the tune in my head the second I read the title.
    lovely, lovely lace!

  47. have you seen the gilmore girls episode with the bangles?
    and i LOVE your bohus ๐Ÿ™‚

  48. Bookwoman says:

    Does Belinda Carlisle realize that Under the Tuscan Sun happens in Italy?

    I too am floored by your knitting speed.

    My Lady Jane says “Meow” to Lucy.