My current work in progress:

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


Now With Less Coughing

First off, remember a little while ago when Judy posted a comment about her dilemma — what to knit from the lovely Galina Khmeleva laceweight?

Well, she knitted a gorgeous Icarus shawl from it, and is auctioning the shawl on eBay. The proceeds of the auction will be donated to the Virginia Tech Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund. Want to bid on this beautiful shawl? The eBay auction is here. Go! bid!

I went back to work today. Thanks for all your good wishes for the state of my health. I think I am going to live. I kept debating over the weekend whether or not I needed to go see my doctor. Will it turn into pneumonia? Will I ever breathe normally again? But as of today, I am feeling much better. I’m not coughing nearly as much and I haven’t heard the odd little rustling sound emanating from my lungs since Monday morning. so it does seem as though the worst is over. (Knock on wood.)

Lucy is pleased that so many of you enjoyed her video. And after seeing it, you can probably guess why my fingernails are so long — Lucy steals all my emery boards so I can never file my nails. Heh.

Suzanne asked:
Is that a Minstrel in the background? I played with one of those at Maryland S&W. My first time with a wheel and it spun like a dream! What’s the other wheel? Do you have a preference?

There is a Kromski Minstrel and a Lendrum pictured in the video. The Minstrel was my first wheel, the one I taught myself to wheel-spin on (Two weeks after L-B taught me to spin on a drop-spindle).

The Lendrum is my favorite wheel. I can spin much, much better on it than any other wheel I have tried.

Not that I’ve done much in the way of spinning lately. I don’t think I’ve done any since the beginning of January.

Susannah B. asked:
Thank you for showing the sleeve in progress, but if I may ask, why are you knitting them separately and sewing them in? From your earlier posted diagram, I got the impression it was going to be done in one piece – any benefits to doing it this way? Does the seam add stability or stiffness?

Excellent question!

I did want the front and back in 2 pieces so I could join them at the shoulder with a 3-needle bind-off for a more stable seam. And I wanted to knit up from the bottom on all the peices so that all the miters are going in the same direction. If I had picked up stitches and knitted the sleeves down from the body, the miters would of course be going in the opposite direction.

Of course, I did screw up on the back and accidentally knitted a row of miters along the bottom edge because I wasn’t paying attention and picked the piece up upside-down early on in the knitting. It really isn’t terribly noticeable, and it’s at the bottom of the back, so I’m not overly concerned about it.

When I put the sweater together, I plan to do a simple edge around the bottom of the sweater and the edge of the sleeves — possibly just pick up stitches, knit one row, then bind off on the next row, using the same color as I used for the neckband. It briefly crossed my mind to crochet a simple edging, but given the depth of my loathing for crochet, I’ll likely stick to my plan of knitting it.


Am I now “over” miters?

I don’t think so. I keep thinking of other fun uses for mitered squares. As I think I mentioned before, I’ve got some gorgeous worsted weight handpainted silk that I think would make a great summer top. I need to dig it out of the stash room and have a look at it and see how much I actually have.

But when I complete this sweater, I might work on little things for a while. I’ve got a number of pairs of socks waiting to be knit up. In fact, I think I’ll do some sock knitting tonight.

Lucy plans on taking it easy.



  1. Aussie Rosemary says:

    I am not surprised you are “over” miters.The 3 needle bind off and neckline look really good.I have made a couple of miter jackets for granchildren in one piece starting at the centre back neck and working outwards on either side of the centre so the diagonals form an inverted V down the front,back and sleeves
    Lornas Laces is not generally available here but I got some through The Wool Shack and love it. I am using your new draft.

  2. Hi Wendy- Alot of these viruses hang around for quite a long time.

    I can see that Lucy has been overexerting herself- she needs to take it easy.

  3. I know what you mean with the miters. I both enjoyed and got very sick of my mitered square project, and while I will do something else with them in the future, it will definitely be in the FUTURE! Though there is something to be said for the small number of stitches on the needles at one time…

  4. Wendy, how much sock yarn is going to be left over from your miter sweater? Do you have any plans for it? How about “stashbuster spiral” socks?

  5. Glad you’re going to live!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. So happy to hear that you’re going to live. I was a little worried. I am really enjoying the colors in your mitre sweater.

  7. I really like the colors of the ball sitting on your in progress sleeve. They look like good man colors. What yarn is that?

  8. I’m with Lucy, taking it easy tonight. And some knitting, of course.

  9. I hope you’re all better soon. I get what I not so lovingly call “lung ick” every year. It takes forever to get back to normal. Fortunately, Rags have wonderful healing powers. Take 2 Lucy hugs and feel better in the morning!

  10. Wendy, actually, the miters would be going in the same direction (e.g, lower right to upper left) no matter if you knitted the sleeves from cuff to shoulder or from shoulder to cuff.

  11. NatureBatsLast says:

    I love it. I’m at least ten comments down and no one has even batted a virtual-eyelash at your comment about going into the stash ROOM to DIG out yarn! We’re all in serious trouble.

    My non-knitting daughter visits your site regularly – not religiously, but definitely regularly – just to follow Lucy’s antics. I think she may have designs on the socks I’ll eventually knit from my Lucy STR … still if I knit them just a tad too big for her, they’ll only fit me, me, me. Maybe this will be the impetus she needs to finally fall under knitting’s spell.

  12. I just had to say I loved the title of the post today. It was so funny, it had me laughing ’til I started coughing and choking. Thanks.

  13. The sleeve looks like it wants to be a laptop cozy.
    And Lucy’s job tonight is to be inscrutable.
    She’s very good at it.

  14. la dee da says:

    hello lucy and wendy…..i am the cat loving sis of “sknitty” !! she told me about lucy and i love her video.i tooo have a rescue cat whom i love more than life itself !!! she is miss pearl and she is identical to your cat but she is shorthair and a tonkinese………..p.s.s i do not knit and never will.sknitty does it all for the whole family !!!!!!!

  15. Glad you’re getting better. Seems Lucy knew you would;) Any mitered socks in your future?

  16. I would be after knitting something else too after all those mitre squares. It still looks beautiful and I think using the same colour for an edging all around as on the neckband would really finish it nicely.

    Can’t wait to see the Seasilk become a summer top. I bet that would feel fabulous on the skin.

  17. I love your mitered squares! I can’t wait to see the finished article.

    I do have a question, though. All the mitered square patterns I have seen start from the “big” side(s) and work down to nothing. I have a cone of double worsted cotton yarn, and I want to use it up to make a pet cozy, either for my cats or to donate to a shelter. I think the best way to do this is to make a mitered square that starts from nothing and ends when I run out of yarn. I “think” I could figure out how to do this, but if there is a pattern on the web or in a book, I would appreciate being pointed to it. If nothing else, I could crochet it, but I would like to knit it in garter stitch. I do like to crochet, don’t get me wrong. This yarn made a sturdy, cushy bathmat in crochet. I would like to try something else.



  18. I’m glad things are going well. I generally just lurk around your website, because you’re AWESOME, but wanted to let you know I bought some Zen String yarn. I am SO in love! Hope to have a finished product on the blog soon.

  19. I’m soooo excited that you might start something in Silk! I bought a bunch of silk while in Hongkong awhile back but I have never worked with silk, and I’m not sure of it’s properties, so it sits in my stash while I search for enlightenment! I’ll be anxious to follow along with your silk progress.

  20. I’m so glad you’re feeling better. The sweater is beautiful and I can understand your desire to knit more mitered squares.

    Lucy is gorgeous, as always.

    Have a wonderful week!

  21. Glad to hear that you are feeling better. That video is too cute. Looks like our cat with a milk ring. She loves them and thinks that they are the best toys ever.

    Miters seem to be quite addicting that is for sure. No wonder you aren’t over them yet. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  22. I love my Lendrum too. ๐Ÿ™‚ It does everything I could want a wheel to do, and I can pick it up and carry it up or down the stairs with one hand.

    I like it so much that occasionally (er, make that ‘frequently’) I wonder what the saxony is like. Since I like the little folding wheel so much, would I like the great big version even better?… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  23. Lynne E. says:

    “Lucy Steals an Emery Board” won’t load, even from the YouTube site. (Other videos on YouTube load fine.) Do you or the KOARC have any idea why? It drives me nuts, when this sort of thing happens, because I waste a lot of time checking my local machine (Windows XP Service Pack 2 with all updates). Also, I’d like to see the video!