My current work in progress:

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


Well, Yeah, It’s a Shawl — But Which Shawl?

It was sort of mean of me, asking you to guess what my new WIP was, because I’m test-knitting a pattern that’s not yet been released.

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Pacific 121107
This is the Pacific Islands Shawl, designed by Laura Patterson. You can see Laura’s scarf version of the shawl on her blog, here.

Last week Laura posted about her scarf and said she was looking for a test-knitter for the larger shawl version of the pattern. Because I was looking around for a new lace project and I loved the scarf, I volunteered.

It is a stole, knit from each end and grafted together in the center. The edging is knit as part of the body, a design feature that I love.

I’m using Wollmeise laceweight, purchased from The Loopy Ewe, in the Gewitterhimmel colorway. Isn’t it gorgeous?

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Pacific Closeup 121107

It makes me think of sunlight on the water.

Because my yarn is a bit heavier than the Jaggerspun Zephyr wool/silk called for in the pattern, I went up one needle size to a US 6.

And because I wanted the cast-on edge to be very stretchy, I did a simple backwards loop cast-on, using a US 9 needle. I’m very pleased with the results!

Several of you have emailed or commented to ask if I’m going to do my annual holiday charity drive this year. Sorry guys, I simply don’t have the energy required to run it and deal with prizes and drawings, etc. this year. I did put a link to my Heifer gift registry in the sidebar yesterday.

Then this morning I discovered that Rachael over at Cattywumpus is doing a Heifer challenge, complete with prizes. I encourage you to donate through her project!

Lucy is dreaming of baby chicks.

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Lucy 12107


  1. Beautiful! I’m a sucker for those darker shades of blue! (as seen on my monitor)

    maybe this year Lucy!

  2. Psst….Lucy…..ask Momma if she or KOARC can find any Christmas peeps….

  3. It’s beautiful! The pattern looks similar to the merino lace socks in Favorite Socks. Oh, and a quick question about the laceweight. I have a hank of the Dani colorway, how in the world did you wind it? Did you wind half of it, then cut the yarn, then wind the other half? I’m concerned that my ballwinder won’t be able to handle a cake that large.

  4. I love the way the stitch pattern makes the light color in the yarn arc like a ripple on the water. It is just great that it pulls away from a straight line across the knitting.

  5. it’s lovely!
    I used the same central pattern on my haapsalu stole ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. I think it’s so terrific of you to volunteer to test knit for Laura! The pattern and the yarn go so wonderfully hand-in-hand. Can’t wait to see the finished product.

  7. Wow, you just justified a large portion of my knitting projects by using the backwards loop cast-on! I always feel like such an noobie when I use it, but now I can say, “Well, WENDY uses it too!”

    Love that colorway. mmm

  8. Shawl is gorgeous and I love the yarn. I can’t wait for the designer to release the pattern for sale. She is lucky to have an experienced, talented lace knitter doing her test design.

  9. Oh, Wendy, it’s just gorgeous in that yarn!

  10. Awww how come Lucy hasn’t gotten her baby chicks yet? hehe

    The stole looks lovely. The color is outstanding.

  11. I love the color you’ve chosen for this lace. It is a wonderful match.

    It just goes to show how the same technique can yield such different results depending on the knitter. You chose the backwards loop cast on for stretchy results, but for me, it is one of the tightest, least giving ones.

  12. Love it, its Beautiful!!

  13. I love the shawl/stole. I have two skeins of the sock yarn in Gewitterhimmel that is being saved for a shawl. It’s nice to see that it works well with a pretty pattern such as this! ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Ha – I love a question that no one can really know the anser to. It makes it extra challenging. : ) The blue colorway is gorgeous and makes the lace pattern stand out with such pizzazz.

  15. That stole is absolutely gorgeous! I had heard tales of the beauty of Wollmeisse…

    Is there a reason to graft rather than use a provisional cast on? I’m sure there is a reason, I just don’t know what it is.

  16. I adore the colour of that yarn! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ And it does go really well with that stitch pattern. It makes me think of waving plants under very deep water. ๐Ÿ˜€

  17. Thanks for the link to a Heifer Intl. donation project. Our church school kids are going for an ark this year, so I’ve give to that. But maybe a little more to a knitters’ cause. I agree, gorgeous shawl. I may get brave about lace one of these days.

  18. That shawl looks great. I love the beautiful blues in the yarn and the gentle curves in the pattern. They are wonderful together.

  19. The shawl is gorgeous and a love the color you choose. I can’t wait until the pattern is complete. I can see that making it to my Ravelry queue really soon.

  20. Thanks for linking to my contest!!

  21. Beautiful color! Does this new project mean you’ve finished pinwheel, or does it mean that Pinwheel gets the back burner treatment until your more yarn for the sleeve-finishing comes in?

    Just wondered, since you’re so great about project monogamy.

    Miss Knotty, who is decidedly NOT project monogamous.

  22. now I know why I recognized it – I’ve seen that pattern before, and it’s lovely.
    That color is deep enough to dive right into!
    I am so glad to hear you are not trying to run the fundraiser this year… good for you doing good self care.

  23. Thanks for the Heifer link.

    I’d love to have more scarves for the Food & Friends Scarf Drive. It ends February 6th and the scarves are a Valentine’s Day gift for the clients. For more info, see my blog. Michelle in Maryland