My current work in progress:

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


Edging Complete!

Last night I sat down and finished the last few repeats of the edging on the Pinwheel Sweater, and grafted the last row of the edging together with the first row. Here is the whole thing:

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Pinwheel Sweater 120607

My dining room table makes a great model, doesn’t it? ๐Ÿ˜‰
And here is my graft.

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Grafted 120607

Not the best grafting job in the world, but to my eyes, acceptable. ๐Ÿ™‚

As you can see from the picture of the whole thing, above, I’ve started a sleeve.

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Sleeve Start 120607

At the start of the sleeve I had one full skein of the yarn (198 grams) and a tiny bit of a skein (7 grams) remaining. I went ahead and started knitting with the full skein — after I finish the first sleeve I’ll weigh that skein again and see how much I have left. Then I’ll have a pretty good idea of whether I will run out of yarn.

When I’m in a situation like this, I find myself knitting really fast, as though I can outrun the yarn and keep it from running out. Do you ever do that?

My beret is still damp, so it’s still on the dinner plate. It is still damp, no doubt, because my home is kinda chilly. I have not turned on the heat, even though it’s been below freezing. In fact, I opened the windows the other night to cool the place down.

Lucy does not approve of this practice.

But my condo building is solid and must be really really well insulated. If it’s sunny outside, the sunlight warms inside my condo quite nicely.

It is getting a little too chilly, though. I can always tell because Lucy stays glued to a cozy cushion, or in my lap. When she wants to sleep pasted up against me, tucked under my arm like a teddy bear, I know it’s time to turn on the heat.

Maybe tonight.

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Lucy 120607



  1. The edging is BEAUTIFUL!

    On the knitting fast and hoping not to run out…that’s like leaning forward when somebody walks behind your chair. Like that is really gonna make more room when the chair itself hasn’t gone anywhere ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Were the armholes made with some sort of stitch lifeline, like with buttonholes? Is there a before picture where I can see it?

  3. Poor pampered Lucy. *chuckles* I can’t blame her for hating the cold, though. At least she has thick fur to keep her warm. :p My warmth relies on whether or not the doowhacky attached to the central heating system of this apartment building decides to warm th air or not before blowing it through the vents. :/ Most of the time I’m huddled under blankets, hoping the heating will actually start to HEAT soon.

  4. Wow! Picasso sleeps with me like that… but every night.

  5. I do that too – knitting real fast when I’m afraid I’ll run out of yarn. “Trying to outrun the yarn” is a good way to put it! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Pretty Lucy!

  6. Wow! That edging looks really beautiful. And the grafting job looks really good to my uneducated eye.

    I envy your building in that it keeps so warm. My 1890 house is just frigid whenever it’s cold out. When the cats start huddling up to each other you know it’s cold out. My old tabby used to go to bed with me every night snuggled up under my arm. I sure do miss him.

  7. My circa 1870’s house is just like yours Esther and is covered with rocks so when its either cold or warm out its the same inside!! We have 1 inefficient “warm morning” stove to keep us warm and live/sleep in the LR. Needless to say our 2 cats and 2 kittens sleep with us or atleast close at nite!!
    The Sweater looks Great!! You can do it Wendy, Outrun that yarn!

  8. I knit really really fast when I think I am going to run out of yarn. But I have a reason for that. If I knit fast, really fast, I increase the chances of finding yarn of the same dye lot.
    Turn on the heat before your pipes freeeezeeee!

  9. Your Pinwheel Sweater is gorgeous! I love the edging and am amazed that you created it from scratch, who needs crochet? I do knit faster when I think I am running out of yarn, that is sooo funny! I think there is some excitement to it. I end up thinking either “What was I worried about, I have plenty of yarn” or “Yikes, I am going to run out, now what do I do?” Have a great weekend!

  10. I was just laughing at a friend’s blog recently who said she was knitting faster so she wouldn’t run out of yarn. I find that mindset particularly amusing. Do let us know if it works!

    I, too, use my cats as indicators for when to turn on (or up) the heat. If sleeps with me at all, and stays with me ’til morning, the house is cold.

    Gonna get chilly tonight — low 20’s. Might be the time to turn it on.

  11. Lucy is as photogenic as ever, but could she be putting on a little weight?

  12. No kidding! I always think knitting fast and repeated weighing of the remaining yarn, trying to mathematically assure myself that the yarn will last!! Who can argue with that logic? ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Don’t you love kitties who stay glued to you when it’s cold? So sweet. Love your doily sweater. Honest; it’s really gorgeous.

  14. Yes, Lucy looks very fluffy, like the robins in early spring when they’re chilly and fluff up their feathers to keep warm. She’s fluffing!
    I do also knit faster when I’m threatening to run out of yarn. I don’t think I’m trying to outknit/outwit it! I think it’s the adrenaline, the pure excitement, the anticipation of finding out whether I’m going to make it! (I’m at that stage on a hat now, that I’m designing; not only am I going to have enough yarn?, but is the hat going to look like a green and pink hairball or will it work the way I picture it? ) (Sorry about the hairball reference, Lucy dearest.)
    And some people don’t think knitting is exciting. Hmmph.

  15. Your new sweater is so interesting that I am thinking of knitting one for my winter holiday’s project. I do not blame Lucy even though her fur coat is originally designed for living in outside world! It is so cold here in Tokyo, too. I am using my electrical blanket already.

    By the way, any plans to do the charity things this year ?

  16. Theresa in Italy says:

    I knit faster when I think I might be running out of yarn, and also stop frequently to weigh the yarn that is left, then try to calculate (in my head—I should know better) whether or not I’m going to make it while knitting frantically again, and so on. And since I have to buy most of my yarn on line (my LYS closed a while ago and I haven’t found one to replace it), if I run out, I’m out. Living on the edge, that’s me.

  17. Kate in Somerset says:

    I knew someone who thought that the solution to the yarn runing out problem was to knit tighter and tighter. Trouble was she was at the neckband and her child had a rather large head.

  18. I used to catsit sometimes for a friend, and I could actually tell when the heating had gone off for the night, not because I felt cold, but because the little cross-eyed Siamese would appear in the doorway and glare at me, and then stamp back upstairs to lie on the quilt. This was her way of telling me it was time to go to bed. She was very beautiful (lavender point, with violet eyes) but she was an angry little person and I’m afraid we used to laugh at her quite a lot. Not when she could see us, of course.

  19. Wendy, your sweater is just beautiful, and the grafting of the edging looks fine from here…

    I laughed at the knitting faster to save yarn – seems like a few of us think that way…

  20. I, too, belong to the ‘knit fast to finish before running out’ club.
    I also have a WIP that has 11/2 sleeves that I quit knitting because I was running out of yarn. On that one, I know for sure that there is not enough left. Instead of frogging, I hold on to it hoping that the yarn will breed in the dark and one miraculous morning there will be enough.
    I love the pinwheel sweater and may have to do one of my own.

  21. Maybe the condo is so warm because of all of that wool! : ) Your neighbors might be thanking you!

  22. The sweater looks very cool so far! And I totally do the “knit faster and the yarn won’t run out” thing all the time. I have no idea why knitting faster makes us think the yarn won’t notice, but I do it any way!

  23. I love your sweater. I have been following it and making bookmarks to your information. I had made one similar to this, but with crocheted edging. I want to make another one, and I will use your edging next time.

    Over the past couple of years I see that I have frequented your site for information (and kitty pics ๐Ÿ™‚ I would like to thank you for opening sharing your knitting knowledge with me and others!

    By the way – when I start to run out of yarn, I tend to slow down. Similar to when the car is on ‘E’ and I am trying to get to the gas station. If I drive better maybe I can make what is left last just a little longer. ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. The sweater is looking wonderful! I’m also one to hurry up before I run out. I do this with gasoline too. Fortunately I haven’t had to explain that one to the police yet.

  25. Stunning!!! You did a wonderful job and I just love the color! ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. I totally knit faster when I feel like I’m running out of yarn. My stitches get tighter, too – either from trying to eke out every possible stitch, or just from nerves, I’m not sure.

    The sweater is beautiful, by the way!

  27. Add another tally to the column marked “people who knit faster when running out of yarn.” I think I do it partly because I’m anxious to see if I’ll make it to the end or not. But lately, I’ve been doing so much deadline knitting (for babies, my wedding, holidays), that I need to know if I have to rush out and buy more yarn to complete it in time, too!

    My kitty is not a good thermometer. She’ll sleep at my feet no matter if I’m on the bed or the sofa, if it’s January or July, if it’s an afternoon nap or well into the night….

  28. Beautiful sweater, and the yarn is patterning nicely!

    I stall when I think I’m running out of yarn- I set it aside for longer and longer periods of time- if I don’t finish it, the yarn won’t run out. Then I finally pick it up and get it over with.

    Cats are good thermometers. If my cat stays under the covers in the morning, it’s going to be a cold day.

  29. The sweater looks like a beautiful green pie!

  30. The only way I can convince my bf that we should turn the thermostat down is by reminding him how lovey it makes the little heatseekers in the house.

    I’m so jealous that you haven’t turned your heat on yet!

  31. I think Lucy needs a space heater of her own – The Meezer has co-opted the ownership of mine.
    (I used to love the “solar heat” of my big patio window!)
    Happy Weekend!

  32. What, Lucy only does that when it’s cold? Count yourself lucky….

    Our kitty was ill last December after her shots (ending up at the vet for a weekend on an IV to counteract dehydration), and lost a bunch of weight. We gave her a heating pad in her bed, on low, with padding and making sure it wasn’t too warm, but this year, that pad has died, and the new ones have too much auto-shut off stuff in them. She’s got one at the moment, but I’m still looking for an old-fashioned one with no auto-shut off. With this one, if the power flickers, someone will have to know to turn it back on, so our house/cat sitters at the holidays will have to check it each time they are at the house.

  33. My apartment is like that too. I rarely have to turn on my heat even in the dead of winter. Although, the dead of winter where I live now (RI) is nothing compared to what it was where I used to live (WI). Heat of course being the one utility that’s included in my rent.

    The pinwheel sweater intrigues me. I’m very curious to see the final construction and how it’s worn.

  34. Cassandra says:

    Forgive me, Wendy, but I have never seen a pattern like this before. I’m not sure I quite understand it- I can see the sleeve holes, but I can’t tell where the wearer’s neck is supposed to be… Please, enlighten the ignorant!

    Ps. Tell Lucy she’s adorable.

  35. I thought I was the only one who knit faster toward the end of the yarn! I am glad I am not alone.

    Will you and Lucy have the Heifer Challenge again this year?

  36. Dr. Jackie says:

    I am absolutely loving watching your sweater develop! I am so envious…I have about 6 projects in line to do before I can even hope to start one! (Like, yeah…I already spent a fortune on the yarns/patterns….) Thank you for letting me live vicariously through your knitting!

  37. i love the pond scum more and more every time i look at it. acidic greens are one of my colors–you may have me hooked on a new green!

  38. I saw that colorway on the website and probably wouldn’t have given it a second glance. But your Pinwheel is absolutely gorgeous! Of course, with you knitting it how could it go wrong! That edging is just gorgeous.

    Lucy is such a sweetie, I think she needs her own electric blanket. My kitties stay glued to my bed when mine is on! ;O)

  39. I voted to rip it – not because it’s ugly, it’s beautiful.
    Will you ever wear it and love the way it fits and look? I wouldn’t wear it because I don’t like the flashdance tendancy of unshaped clothing to fall off the shoulders – it would mean constantly adjusting one’s clothes.
    I once attended a workshop on patternmaking and the teacher talked all about home-made(neg) vs. hand-crafted(pos) – she said that the home-made look came from lack of fit rather than lack of craftsmanship. It made me look at my knitting in a whole new way.