My current work in progress:

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



Laura has released the Pacific Islands pattern for sale. You can purchase it from her site here. I recommend this pattern — easy enough for a lace newbie and fun enough to keep the interest of a more-experienced lace knitter. And the resulting shawl is gorgeous!

There’s also the option to make a scarf, if you are an immediate gratification kind of knitter.

I’ve made a start on the second half of the shawl.

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Pacific 121707

It probably makes me a total geek that I bought this book:

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New Book 121707

Today was one of those days that I had a less-than-successful photo shoot with Lucy. Wanna see?


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Lucy1 121707

And this:

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Lucy2 121707

And this:

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Lucy3 121707

And this:

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Lucy4 121707

And this:

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Lucy5 121707

But it sure was fun trying!


  1. Sister, if you’re a total geek, then so am I – I would love to get a look at that book! I have a map of London’s Tube that sometimes I just pore over, as if I were in London, or going there soon, or something. Sadly, none of these are the case, so I just pore over the map. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Love the last picture of Lucy!

  2. Wendy in Cambridge says:

    You’re not a geek at all for wanting that book. A good friend of mine just purchased that book for a friend of hers, and he loves it!

    Off to buy that lovely shawl pattern.

    Lucy can’t take a bad photo!


  3. Oh, Lucy is such a silly cutie! My cats do the same thing most of the time, and are usually quite uncooperative when it comes to me getting pictures of them. That’s why I usually take about 10 whenever they decide to stay in whatever cute position they’re in. Makes up for all the failed attempts.

  4. OK, the secret is out. Lucy is a normal cat.

  5. Is it wrong to love Lucy’s crossed eyes? I don’t want to be right…….

  6. Re comment #4 by Judy – Lucy?? Normal?? Never. It’s just that sometimes a star needs a break away from the constant weary rush of the paparazzi. After a bit of lobster and an extra-long nap she’ll be back in form again.

  7. Wiggly Kitty!

    Cool book- I’ve seen it and been tempted. I have saved subway, bus, etc. maps from my travels.

  8. love the back feet up pose – and it’s great to see her in arms!

  9. Alice in RIchmond says:

    So Not Geeky! It was so much fun to learn about the London Underground and what was at each stop!

  10. I just have to tell you how much I enjoy the photos of Lucy! I think all little ladies named “Lucy” are special…I had a 14 year old kitty named Lucy that passed away a few months ago…I’m just lost without her. I check your blog everyday to see all the gorgeous creations you are knitting…but also to see what Lucy is doing!

  11. If we could come up with the right caption, that last Lucy shot would be a great lolcat!

  12. The book sounds like great fun……..I found a tie with the New York City transit map………but it was “pilfered”…… maps……….and drooling over the Pacific Islands pattern……thanks for sharing……… trying (in vain) to get my cat to dust………!!

  13. love the Lucy out-takes…. hah haahahahahahahah
    thanks for the absolutely great chuckle tonight!

  14. back-paws-with-computer is my favorite of the Lucy photos. ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. I can’t see Lucy at work, but I know one thing..she’s making me like cats….(I hate cats). I’ve started to look at all of them and think “That’s a pretty one… ohhwwwww that one too”. I love her and her pics… she thinks she’s the chit (and she is).

    Thanks for the link to the lace stole/scarf. She has some nice stuff. Especially those blocking wires. WOW!!!

    How are you feeling girlie, hope you’re getting stronger by the day.

    Happy holidays in case I don’t get in any more.

  16. just one second …… did you think you were a partial geek before you bought that book? I do believe we both crossed that line awhile ago! ; )

  17. I think seeing Lucy’s cataloons is a perfect picture! ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. I have a little white peek-a-poo who is 14 years old and just HATES to have her picture taken. All she has to do is SEE the camera and she squints her eyes tightly shut and gets away FAST! LOL! She already is kind of funny looking so I have learned over the years that a good picture of her is a real feat! Our animals certainly do brighten up our days!!!

  19. Cute Lucy ! I do not know if it is your photo talent or Lucy herself, but every photos of her seems to have something to draw people in. Lucy could be a movie star (cat). You two make me laugh everydday !!

  20. She has some very dainty feet attached to those pantaloons. Happy holidays!

  21. Ok, I wasn’t imagining it until I saw another post referring to Lucy’s crossed eyes – too CUTE!!

    I love your shawl – the color is beautiful! I must acquire some Wollmeise soon!

    Merry Christmas to you & your family!

  22. Michele in Maine says:

    I am helpless in the face of your recommendations. The pattern is downloaded, printed out and sitting in a sheet protector already! It will be the perfect thing for some lavender Malabrigo baby merino lace that I just got at my LYS.

    Love Lucy’s fuzzy belly!

  23. I totally have that book. It’s AWESOME.

  24. Right now I’m reading a book on the history of the London Underground: Christian Wollmar, _The Subterranean Railway_. So far pretty good!

  25. Judy Bushey says:

    Every diva (Lucy) has her moment. Love the shawl.

  26. There are NO bad pictures of Lucy; you know that! I’m setting up 2008 on my new Lucy calendar, and I find her loveliness downright distracting. What a beauty.

  27. Especially love the rear-feet-up-with-cataloons photo!

  28. Lucy is like Adam Sandler in the movie “The Waterboy.” She loves her momma!

  29. Alison Jacobson says:

    Love the pic of Lucy with her crossed eyes …. too delicious!