My current work in progress:

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


Weekends Are For Lace

I can get a heckuva lot more knitting done on the weekends. There has been some progress with the lace:


Ann asked a good question in the comments:
I’ve a question about the Alpine Knit Scarf. I looked at the pattern and I don’t see how to do it, but perhaps you’ve thought this through. The this is this: I like the ends of things to be symmetrical. Is there a row in this scarf where you could graft two ends at the center back of the thing? Gracefully? I see that there is a row of straight knitting — no yo’s– in the diamond pattern, but I don’t have in my head where that row hits the leaves.

The diamond pattern is a 16 row repeat, and the leaf pattern an 8-row repeat. On rows 8 and 16 of the diamond pattern and on row 8 of the leaf pattern it’s a straight purl row — no yo’s and decreases.

If you were going to knit two ends and graft them together in the middle, you’d want to do it on row 16 of the diamond pattern, which is row 8 on the leaf pattern. That way you’d get two complete diamonds going in different directions. I don’t think you’d want to do it on row 8 of the diamond, because those two half diamonds grafted together would look a little wonky.

Now the leaf pattern is going to look a little wonky whatever you do, because of the way the leaves are stacked — as you are completing one set of leaves, you are starting the tip of the next pair on the same row. But as the grafting will be at the back as you wear the shawl, it might not matter to you.


The red line in the photo shows you where row 8 of the leaf pattern falls.

Book Giveaway

The random number generator chose Joan K. to receive my copy of Seeking Sanctuary. Joan, I’ve emailed you.

To those of you who asked in the comments, yes, I do know about, and I registered this book there.

Speaking of Comments

A couple of people emailed me this week to mention that there were a couple of spirited discussions about comments going on in the knit blog-o-sphere this week.

Like most everyone else, I love getting comments. I don’t always have time to respond to every one of them, but I do read them all. Sometimes I answer the comments in a blog entry. I like doing this because it makes this blog more of a discussion than a one-sided conversation, I think. Often I will answers a comments question via email, particularly if it’s one that’s been been discussed frequently in the past, or if the answer won’t be of interest to the majority of readers. At least once a week I’ll send off an email response only to have the message bounce back to me as undeliverable. So this is just a reminder — if you ask a question in the comments, please make sure that the email address you use when you submit your comment is a valid one if you want an answer. Thanks!

Lucy Sez


I love Sunday afternoons!


  1. Am I first?! Cool beans! Anyway, I agree with Lucy (I usually do…), and I really like that diamond pattern in your shawl. Geometric goodness, mmm…

  2. Sigh, lucky Lucy!

    I enjoy your *comments* on the comments. It does make it friendlier and more welcoming. IMO

  3. The scarf is coming along very nicely. I like that pattern and have my eye on it, too — along with a million other things I want to make!

    I like the comment answers in the blog, too. A lot of times, others raise questions that I had but didn’t have a chance to ask. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Yup, getting ocmments is always exciting! Lucy looks nice and relaxed. Just the way you should be on a lazy Sunday afternoon.

  5. I love how the scarf is coming. Beautiful. I’m glad you don’t mind getting questions in comments, either, because I have one. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Is there an easy way to insert a knit inset onto the top of the front of a cardigan?
    I have finished the body of Sonnet (for the 2nd time-major gauge issue). I noticed that I made the depth of the front the same as the armholes. Now, it is essentially a low-plunge knitted bodice. It’s a sideways-knit garter sweater. Any ideas on what I can do? I would hate to have to rip & re-knit a third time.

    Thanks so much, Jonelle

  6. Wendy, it sounds like you buy the novels you read. I’m curious why you don’t borrow them from your local public library. As a librarian, I’m always interested in why people do or do not use their local library.

  7. I love your blog. I love knitting.

    But I must be honest why I am really devoted to reading your blog.


    I love Lucy.

  8. Such a pretty pattern. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. I have always liked the way you bring a question into your next blog. I find it a really reader-friendly way to answer because if I ask a question in any blog, I then have to search regularly until I see an answer or figure the person is ignoring me. Anyway, thanks.

  10. I’ve been enjoying watching your progress on the alpine scarf. I bought Victorian Lace Today last week, and the alpine scarf will be my first project from that book, once I get my WIP list a bit more under control.

  11. Wendy- One thing I’m really curious about- how do you manage to be faithful to one project before beginning another ?(not including socks). I suffer from yarn polygamy, if I’m working on one, I’m thinking about another.

    And making myself nuts in the process.

  12. I love symmetry as well but I’d be inclined to not graft this one as the leaves would be too weird at the “seam” for me to ignore – even if they were behind my head! LOL

  13. I love everything about your blog, including reading the comments, and of course the delight of seeing dear Lucy. She really knows how enjoy life.

  14. Such a lovely lace pattern, it’s coming out beautifully!

    I love the fact that you choose comments and invite comments for discussion. It’s a great interaction with your audience. Provides a lot of inspiration too ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Lucy look so adorable! My two kitties are doing the sunday afternoon nap time as well, course that is what they normally do every day. Ahhh the life of a cat.

    You scarf/shawl is beautiful, I have ordered the book. You do realize you are contributing to my book stash as well as my yarn stash right?

  16. I too love that you answer comment questions in posts. (and it’s such a fun thrill when I’ve received an e-mail response!)

    Also, just wanted to add my .02 to the library question that Pamela asked… Personally I love libraries (my first job was at one, it rocked, I could shelve books all day quite happily) However, I don’t use the library very often even though I love it. I realize this makes no sense. I do tend to treat books like I treat my WIPs, there’s more than one going at once and I might put one down for a while before picking it up again. That tends to not be horribly practical with a set “due by” date.


  17. That scarf/shawl is coming along beautifully. I wish I didn’t have so many other projects to finish, I’d cast on for it tonight!

    And Lucy, as always, is looking beautiful.

    (Man, I wish I had more interesting things to say in my comments!)

  18. Leslie - knitting therapist says:

    You’ve really made me take a second look at that scarf/shawl (I agree with you – really more of a shawl).
    I’ve got a skein of Sweet Georgia laceweight in Willow from her first and last shipment to Lettuce Knit – it’ll be perfect.

  19. A suggestion re: the symmetry of the scarf; leave the diamonds alone, but alternate the direction of the leaf panels — you know, up, down, up down.

  20. Thanks for the answer, Wendy. You gave me just the help I was looking for to get started on this for myself.

  21. I have a comment regarding library books. For me it’s a cleanliness issue – the books I get from the library are never very clean and since they are touching my hands and are right by my face, I’m just not comfortable with them. And I love the smell of a brand new book.

  22. Wendy, I’m astonished at how much you can knit in one day. For example, the progress on your current lace scarf is astounding. This would take me weeks. I’m wondering if it is because I’m a really slow knitter or just don’t spend enough time knitting.

    Here are two questions for you and all the fans of your blog. How many hours a day do you knit? How many square inches of stockinette can you knit in an hour?

    I know that knitting isn’t a race, but sometimes I just loose interest in a project because it is taking toooooo long.

    Keith, Vancouver, BC, Canada

  23. Wendy,

    I just completed the peacock feathers shawl using red jagerspun 50/50 wool silk, the recommended yarn, using bryspun no. 6 circulars (last 3 rows with the Addi lace needles ๐Ÿ™‚ ) I knitted a test swatch as recommended in the pattern and obtained gauge, unblocked and blocked, with needles two sizes larger than the pattern suggested. My shawl blocked 94″ wide by 46″ deep, about 7% larger than the indicated finished size 88″ X 43″. Any tips on predicting blocked size of lace, or is experience the best teacher?


  24. I’ve been reading your blog for 3 or 4 months now and quite enjoy seeing what you’re knitting. You inspired me to take a knitting class a couple months ago and this weekend I used your short-row directions to start my first sock. Thank you for the inspiration. (If you’re interested, there’s a photo on my blog.) Happy knitting!

  25. It is coming along so good!! Are you a fast knitter or am I just that slow? ๐Ÿ˜‰ I might have 5 rows done on something like that by now. One of these days I would like to try my hand at lace.

  26. I don’t use my public library very often because I’m a bit of an “impulse reader.” When my favorite authors come out with a new book and I see it in stores, I want to read it immediately. If I go to the library I’m usually on a waiting list and sometimes by the time I finally get the book, it’s already out in paperback and I can justify the expense.

    Besides there is also only so much time in a day, and I can’t read AND knit like Wendy. I’m having enough trouble knitting and watching the March Madness games.

  27. I don’t use my public library very often because I’m a bit of an “impulse reader.” When my favorite authors come out with a new book and I see it in stores, I want to read it immediately. If I go to the library I’m usually on a waiting list and sometimes by the time I finally get the book, it’s already out in paperback and I can justify the expense.

    Besides there is also only so much time in a day, and I can’t read AND knit like Wendy. I’m having enough trouble knitting and watching the March Madness games.

  28. Sorry for that double post. Monday morning fog.

  29. Laura in New Jersey says:

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous alpine lace. I love the white color, and it seems to be keeping your interest.

  30. My library doesn’t seem to get the books I want, and, I too, want to read the new one by my favorite authors as soon as they come out!

    Someone wanted to know about the shrug in A gathering of Lace…I made it years ago for my grand-mother-in-law…it was pretty easy, but entertaining enough to keep at it…came out LOVELY. Needs minimal blocking…perfect for an old lady in assisted care!

  31. Oh, Wendy. I was doing sooo good on my KFYS07 and then it happened. THIS HUMONGOUS sale at Knit Happens!! did you see it?? I have several summer tops on my project list and didn’t have any yarn for them really in my stash. So I caved and got some.

    It was hard as hell to pass that sale up!! DB Cathay at $3.38 each! DB Baby Cash at $3.60 each!! RYC Cashsoft DK at $3.83 each!!!!!

    Ah well, that was one humongous splurge. But I AM working thru lots of things in my stash and will continue to do so.

    That lace looks fabulous!! For one of my next projects on the needles, I plan to cast on something from that book. Not sure what yet, tho.

    Happy knitting!

  32. I have read your blog just about every weekday for several years now, and I find it to be one of the absolute best around. One of the reasons for this is because you do make it interactive with the way that you choose interesting comments and highlight them for discussion in the next post. This makes it more of a discussion as you say, and it reminds me a lot of the types of discussions that go in classroom environments, especially in graduate school. Can you tell I am a college English professor? ๐Ÿ™‚ I really do enjoy your blog and appreciate the time you take to make it special.

  33. Hi Wendy! I just wanted to say that, firstly, the lace is GORGEOUS. And secondly, that you are one of the online knitters that helped inspire me to try socks (although I ended up doing them cuff-down), and soon, lace. It’s so pretty!


  34. Wendy, the lace looks great! I FINALLY tried your toe up sock pattern this weekend – SUCCESS! I had to do a couple of practice toes, then I finally got it! I’m very pleased with the results – I can see why you prefer this method – the toe is smooth and easy to knit (once I got the hang of it). And I love the way it looks and feels!

    I followed the pattern out of your book, using Scarlet Fleece merino, from Hollysprings Homespun, using U.S. 1 bamboo doublepoints.

    Thanks for a fine pattern with good instructions and all the encouragement your blog provides.

    Also, thanks to Collen for commented back about the GAL shrug – just the info I wanted.

    Carol in Virginia

  35. That is my favorite from the whole gorgeous book! I can’t wait to see yours when it is finished. ๐Ÿ™‚

  36. As I have the view on my left (Kyra) just like one in front of me (Lucy) feeling like the same atmosphere! Annyway, as I have allready tried to knit an lace, and I did it wright, I was hoping to find out where can I find same more of paterns… I have saw that book of yours, but I am so sceptic about buying by net…. e-mail adress is valid, and my blog is still in croatian!

  37. Beautiful lace! I missed the “spirited” discussions, I must not have read those blogs. Phew! Lately, all I want to do is “bend it like Lucy” :)zzz

  38. You’ve made a LOT of progress… I’m jealous >.>
    I wish I can knit faster ๐Ÿ™

  39. Thanks for mentioning Bookcrossings. I had not heard of it. I have books that I would like to pass along. Usually I drop them at the local library for them to use or sell.