My current work in progress:

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


The Miter Report

Mostly sunny, with a chance of miters.


I am at the point where I’ve started to think about the sleeves for this sweater thang I’m cooking up. I plan to start at the bottom of the sleeve and knit up to the top, because that’s the way the front and the back are constructed (well, apart from that little hiccup on the back where I accidentally picked the piece up up-side down and added a row of up-side down miters to it, but we won’t speak of that) and I want everything all matchy-matchy.

And I want to ensure that when I get to the top of the sleeve, the squares properly alternate green and brown where the sleeve attaches to the sweater.

So I made this highly technical drawing.


The shaded squares are the brown ones. I got bored with filling them all in, so just did them around the edges. simple, but effective.

Y’all Love Your Magnets, Doncha?

I got 662 emails from y’all, asking to be entered in the drawing for the Interweave word magnet set. Some of you were very wheedlesome in your emails, but hard-hearted bitch that I am, I was not swayed by your words. Rather, I let the random number generator choose the winner. The winner is:

Valarie K., whose birthday is today. ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy birthday, Valarie!

I wish I had a set for each of you! But thank you to each and every one of you who took the time to send me an email.

Happy Earth Day!

The KOARC and I celebrated in our usual mad fashion.


Lucy is more contemplative.



  1. Thank you for the miter schematic, very helpful as now I want to knit one of these. I love how the colors work together to create such a beautiful fabric. Very pretty!

  2. The Mitered sweater looks very cool. I can’t wait to see the finished product! Happy Birthday to Valarie too. I too am an Earth Day baby – I was born on the very first one. If you don’t know when that was, I’m not telling! It looks like you and KOARC celebrate in a fantastic way.

  3. That’s a wild way to celebrate Earth Day! : )

  4. Okay, now I’m considering multi-colored square magnets to plan mitered design schematics on refrigerator doors!

  5. I know when the first Earth Day was! It was my 18th birthday, and it was the first time I ever saw blue sky over Manhattan.

  6. Cathy-Cate says:

    Happy, happy Earth Day, to every girl and boy!
    Hope this very special day brings you lots of joy…
    (and so on, and so forth — with apologies to whomever feels in need of them)
    It’s a beautiful day here in Wisconsin — a good day to be outside enjoying & cherishing our amazing Earth.
    And happy birthday, Valarie!

  7. I have a couple of sheets of magnet material that will go through my inkjet printer. As I recall, I picked these up at the local office supply store for a really reasonable price.

    I spent the first Earth Day at the UCLA event, sitting on the grass over by Janss Steps. I was a sophomore in Engineering School. The Whole Earth Catalog did more to turn my mind toward conservation and reducing my footprint on the earth in the next five or ten years than did Earth Day celebrations.

  8. anne marie in philly says:

    looks like the KOARC has had too many margaritas…LOL

    and you must be over at his place – much too messy for a woman’s apt.

    belly rubs to lucy on this 80 degree sunny blue skies day in philly!

    (remember what it was like this time last sunday?)

  9. I was a freshman in highschool and within a week after my 15th birthday for the first Earth Day. Seems long ago and just yesterday.

    My refrigerator has wooden panels on the door, so I didn’t enter this contest. Congratulations and Happy birthday to Valarie.

    I’ve been working out Wendy’s toe-up generic sock in a man’s size and heavier guage yarn on my blog, if anyone wants to see photos.

  10. Happy Earth Day too! And congratulations to Valarie, lucky girl.

    The more I see of the Mitered Sweater, the more I like it. I don’t think I’d have the patience, because, well, picking up stitches is NOT my strong point. So I’m enjoying your progress!

    Hi Lucy!

  11. I just wanted to say thank you for your book. It is better than anybody else’s book about knitting experience. I had feeling that I’m speaking to very close friend who is a knitter too (don’t be surprised by my nickname–I started to blog when i was heavy into crocheting). Your writing style is very pleasant as well–very easy–you should write books!!
    You inspired me to write more about my knitting and crocheting experience as well (well, not a book yet, but in my blog).
    Are you going to write another book? It would be exellent present for me and other knitters!

  12. 662 magnet contest submissions?! WOW. *blink blink*

  13. This is turning into a masterpiece! I love the way the colors blend and dance on this! Happy Earth Day!

  14. Kathleen says:

    Love the hula-hoopin’ dude ๐Ÿ™‚

    Also, thanks for the photos of Lucy–I continue to be amazed by her beauty and ingenuity as a “supermodel.” ๐Ÿ™‚


  15. The KOARC needs a few shelving units there… and why no pictures of you letting loose with the hula hoop too?!

    Happy Earth Day!

  16. Happy Earth Day! I love the hoola hoop!

  17. travelita says:

    heh heh!! Looks like the KOARC is hitting your Diet Coke *plus stash! The suspense is killing me on your Miter sweater ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Thanks for sharing the schematic. It makes it clearer how it’ll go together. Are you worried about the sleeves blooming too much at the cuffs with the decreases (half squares) so close to the cuff and less distributed than in a standard sleeve?

  19. Isn’t this mitered knitted fabric going to be a little stiff for a sweater? Love the colores by the way!

  20. Have you looked at any of the books by the Woolly Thoughts people? Pat and uh, somebody else. Their stuff is mathematical knitting, and their squares are the ‘start at one corner and increase’ kind, but their sweater patterns might give you some ideas on how to do the sleeves – although it sounds like you’ve got a good plan in the works.

  21. Wow, it’s really taking shape. It looks like so much fun. All the miters going around the net are inspiring.

  22. Michelle in WI says:

    I too just received your book through the mail Friday afternoon & by last night I was almost done. I haven’t read a book that fast in years! I couldn’t put the thing down. Very enjoyable, thank you.


  23. Wendy – I loved the photo of Lucy on this post!!!! In my ever so humble opinion, it is the best shot of her yet!!!

  24. For those who didn’t win the magnets-you can make your own!
    Type up a sheet of words -knitting/spinning/wool related plus articles, pronouns, conjunctions and common verbs and adjectives (warm, soft, has, gave) – and print them on the printable magnet paper that is available (I think I got mine at Staples.) Cut the words apart and store them in an Altoids tin that you have decorated appropriately. I did this for a Christmas gift for an English teacher with a Shakespearean theme and skateboarding for my son. Such fun!

  25. Wendy, I dont know why, but all this time my mind has had your miters becoming a jacket! Kinda like an asian-style, boxy-type jacket. Quite startling to see the layout as a sweater. Duh.

    I guess I know who needs to get busy knitting a mitered asian-styled jacket, huh?

  26. Heh, and I was just wondering how you were going to work the sleeve increases. Good schematic.

  27. I really wanted those very cool magnets, but since it’s Valeries b/d, I’m happy she won. The schematic is very cool, I was wondering how you were going to put it all together. Can’t wait to see the finished product.

  28. Hi,

    I love the miters.

    Do you know of any formula to calculate approximate yardage of a mystery skein. Last year at a yarn swap I got a large skein of sportweight silk with no label. It wound up into 2 wheels on a ball winder. Trouble is, I have no idea how much silk I really have. Thanks.

  29. Wendy- “Work it, King!”

  30. What a cute pea in a peapod! Gorgeous sweater too.

    About the piggies: I think I saw something on “Cash in the Attic” or the BBC version where there were some British WWII era figurines – dogs and foxes that went for some cash. Try