My current work in progress:

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


Handsome is As Handsome Does

It was back to work today, after a very fun weekend. Sunday afternoon found us at a lovely brunch at Clyde’s, to celebrate my mom’s birthday. The KOARC took a set of very good photos, which you can find on Flickr, here.

Today I had an all-day meeting. Well, more than all day — I got home two hours late from work. (Lucy was not amused.) A far cry from what I was doing Sunday: drinking Dom Perignon and eating incredibly delicious crabcakes. Ah well, life goes on.

Thanks for all the lovely comments on the short-sleeve cardi. I really am quite delighted with it, in spite of the pattern anomalies.

So much so that it crossed my mind to work up a long-sleeve version of it for winter wear. I’ll have to file that away in the back of my brain for future reference.

About the lack of shaping in the front pieces, Sylvia had a good point:

I was thinking the stretch of the lacy portion may compensate for the absence of the increases after the ribbing?

That crossed my mind as well. The back above the ribbing is stockinette stitch, while the front is a lace pattern which is indeed more stretchy. But I went ahead and worked the increases anyway. My thinking was that I am larger across the front than across the back (hello — boobage) so it certainly wouldn’t hurt to have that extra inch across the widest front of the sweater. So I increased to match the back, and I am pleased with the results.

What’s the New Project?



This is the start of the “Handsome Triangle Shawl” from Victorian Lace Today.

On Friday night I started flipping through lace patterns, trying to find one that jumped out at me. This one did.

So I started digging around in my stash. I unearthed this lovely silk that I bought almost exactly a year ago, at the Yarn Lounge in Richmond, Virginia, when I was there for a book signing.


It is Halcyon Yarn Gemstone Silk in Fuchsia. It’s sportweight, 100% silk, and 260 yards per 100 gram skein. (I’ve got 4 skeins total.) Coincidentally, the shawl pictured in the book is almost the same color.

This is a triangular shawl that starts with just 4 stitches at the neck, and you increase outward from there, adding repeats of the pattern as the piece gets wider.

The pattern is easily memorized and so far it’s fun to knit. But ask me again when I have eleventy-billion stitches on the needles!

I may or may not blog tomorrow night, depending on how late tomorrow’s meeting runs. Just a heads up . . .

Lucy Sez



“While my favorite napping place is on my Daddy’s lap, my Momma ain’t half bad either!”


  1. Wendy in Cambridge says:

    Your Mom’s luncheon looked wonderful Yum! I love crabcakes.

    I’ve never knit anything from VLT, but I think I’ll have to see if I can find my copy (in all the zillions of knitting books I own).
    The shawl is lovely, and I especially like the color.

    As always, Lucy’s photo is too sweet!

  2. I have yet to see a pattern in VLT that I don’t like.

    I love the deep colour of that yarn. Magenta . . . is that what that shade of pink is called?

  3. I thought the cardi turned out extremely well and can’t wait to see the shawl when it is completed. The fuschia color is very appealing. But then again, I do love any shade of red under the sun, hence my swooning over your mom’s wonderful pink shoes.

    Lucy, as usual, looks too adorable for words.

  4. I am so glad that I am not the only one in trouble when arriving home after the appointed time!

    Good Heavens, Woman! You must be the fastest Knitter on the block! I think I’mdoing really well to get three inches done — don’t you have to cook and clean and stuff like that there?

  5. Patricia says:

    Did I read correctly? Back to back all day meetings?

    That’s a crime.

  6. Wowie Zowie! What a feast! How yummy! Obviously a good time was had by all! Loved the lovely pics of Lucy – 22222 sweet!

    Your latest project is another scrumptious item! I love that color…. razzzzpbberrrryyy Yummmmm! luv.m.

    Now I know why KOARC is called the KOARC. Ay carumba. Is that a guy thing or WHAT? ๐Ÿ˜‰ A wink w/a smile !

  7. Wendy- Crabcakes and Dom Perignon- how decadent!

    I’m working on the full hexagon Spider Web Shawl from VLT-
    and at this point there are eleventy -trillion stitches-

  8. I want to knit as fast as you do. Have I mentioned that before??

    Your mom’s party looks like it was fun! Thanks to the KOARC for sharing his photos.

  9. I can’t believe you startd that shawl! I’ve been staring at it all day trying to decide if I should make myself practice a few more of the easy pieces since I haven’t done much lace knitting before, and there it is! It looks very lovely. I look foward to seeing how it comes along for you.

  10. Fuzzy fuzzy tummy!!! The discrepancy between Sundays and Mondays is cruel indeed. Woe is we!

    Mmm – bet that yarn is yummy to knit.

  11. What a yummy color the silk is!

    In the last picture from the birthday celebration, I tried to peek inside your bag to see if you had any knitting with you. Did I see needles in there?

  12. Jacquie Byron says:

    HI Wendy
    We mentioned you in our May issue of GET CREATIVE magazine. I could email you a pdf of the story if you give me an appropriate email address.
    Kind regards
    Jacquie Byron
    ‘Get Creative’ – Australia and USA
    Mob: 0409 534 402

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  13. your shawl is very pretty! I love that color.

  14. Oh, that shawl is lovely! I will try to contain my dismay that you got that done over the weekend, while I have been struggling with my first lace shawl for the past week and have maybe four inches done. I’m thinking “sportweight” versus “laceweight” may have a little to do with it. (The fact that I seem to be completely incompetent may account for the rest of it.)

  15. Mmmm…I love Clyde’s. I was so happy when they opened the huge one in Chinatown.

    Love the color of that silk!

  16. Lynne E. says:

    Beautiful shawl! A nitpick: the color is “fuchsia” (a bright purplish-red color). For years, I spelled it “fuschia”, and only learned the correct spelling about a year ago after questioning someone’s spelling in an eBay nickname. I couldn’t believe that “fuschia” wasn’t even an alternate spelling! Obviously, you know phonetics, and how the word is pronounced.

  17. Marianne Y says:

    Clyde’s looks like a fabulous restaurant! I’m glad that you all enjoyed it so much. Did you guys realize that that web site has several recipes, including for their crab cakes? That’s really cool!

    I love your new shawl that you are working on! The yarn is gorgeous, and it is knitted in a wonderful pattern! It’s beautiful!

  18. Back to back all-day meetings? Inhumane! Call in the Human Rights Council! Better yet, call in the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Kitties!! Poor little Lucy home alone much longer than she’s used to.

    Champagne and crab cakes, huh? I’m so jealous…

  19. Glad to hear that you had a great weekend. Sounds like your Mom’s party was a fun one.

    Wow you have gotten a good start on the new shawl. Looks like it might be somewhat of a quick knit.

  20. The yarn for the new shawl is beautiful.

  21. Please tell me you can knit at these meetings. That would make them endurable. (I’m going soon to a meeting in Chicago — travelling there by train, 6 hours — all that lovely knitting time, I’m very excited!)

    Lucy the Lounge Lizard Looks reLaxed.

  22. What a lovely party for your mom. Looks like it was a very nice afternoon.

    Love the shawl, especially the color. Yummy!

  23. Theresa in Italy says:

    I guess this demonstrates the law of physics that says for every action there has to be a reaction—champagne and crabcakes one day, all-day meetings the next…!

    Thanks to the KOARC for the great photos. Looks like a lovely party.

  24. I like to have a bit of extra ease in lace across the bust, too. To tight lace there always seems to result in Yarn-Overs in inconvenient locations.

    I hope your day turns out less onerous than you expect.

  25. I remember when you were buying that yarn at YL. You said “who wouldn’t want to buy this gorgeous colour? It is perfect for a shawl”. L-B was showing me how to cast on for toe-up socks! I can’t believe that was last year. Seems like yesterday……say hi to L-B for me.

  26. gorgeous start to the shawl! the very first time i leafed through “victorian lace today” this shawl leapt out at me – as soon as i clear some of my (many) WIPs i’m casting on for it!

  27. The shawl is coming along great. The color is absolutely awesome!

  28. I love your new lace shawl. What an extraordinary color your silk is. But actually, I wrote to tell you that is my very favorite photo ever of Lucy. If a photo can show the utter love of an animal for it’s guardian, this one does.

  29. I love the color of the silk yarn, and can’t wait to see it worked up in another beautiful shawl!

  30. Jenna Beegle says:

    I just finished that shawl! In Kidsilk Haze. With the bell ruffle at the end of the book. Which left me with over 1300 stitches on the needles. I love the shawl, but I do not recommend adding that border.

    And I have long-distance boyfriend for Lucy. He’s black and white, but he loves nothing more than letting his tummy fur blow in the wind. I just have a feeling they’re way too used to their own spotlight to share.


  31. Darn it. I’m going to have to go buy that book.

  32. Your shawl is absolutely stunning. Thanks for being so inspiring!

  33. OMG, that Lucy is such a beauty. I bet she knows it too, even if she can’t read. (Cats are that way.)

    The shawl looks gorgeous so far! I love the color (surprise!).

  34. THAT’s a gorgeous color! I like the pattern, too…
    Hang in there on those all-day meetings – not fun!

  35. Hi, Wendy! You are an inspiring knitter!

    I finally made one of your Kitty Pi beds and wanted to post a picture to your gallery, if that is possible. Can you please tell me if I am still able to do so? Thanks!

  36. The shawl looks gorgeous. I can’t wait to see how it looks blocked. What a gorgeous yarn too. It looks like it’s a really decadent yarn to knit up.

  37. Clyde’s! When I last visited my friend who also lives in Alexandria, we went to a Cylde’s for dinner. The seafood there sure is yummy.
    I have an all day training seminar tomorrow and I’m wondering how to fit in my actual work…

  38. Oh not you too!?!?! My knitting hubby has been working in Chantilly since mid-Dec and every time he eats at Clydes (Tysons, Georgetown or Old Ebbits) he makes sure he calls me so I can be jealous.

  39. A very nice party for your dear mom!
    I love your new shawl – the colour is gorgeous.
    That is one cute photo of miss Lucy being cuddled by her mama.

  40. That color looks GORGEOUS! I can’t wait to see the finished project.

    I am learning that I love to knit lace on the bus or train (as long as I have a seat OR if it’s a simple enough pattern to memorize, I don’t mind standing up and knitting it) so I’m laying off of “commuting” socks for the summer and doing only lace.

    BTW, that cardi looks FANTASTIC!! I love the color. I’m a huge fan of browns and earth tones and I think I’ll have to add this to my To-Do list in a similar color. ๐Ÿ˜€

  41. David Miller says:


    I may be duplicating email to you but wasn’t sure if the last one I sent went through. I wanted to say hi, do a little catching up, and ask you about DTP. I’m still living in Atlanta, and am working on a project I would like to talk with you about.

    By the by, you’re knitting is amazing, but then you already know that, don’t you. You’re speedy needles have always scarred me. I hold them in the utmost regard.

    Or as Jim says, “Dave”


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