My current work in progress:

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


Oooh, Steamy!

A couple of you asked me if I blocked or steamed my Flower Power mittens before photographing them. I did indeed steam them. I always steam colorwork when I finish it. It smooths out any lumps and bumps and “sets” the stitches so all is nice and smooth.

If you think that your two-color knitting sucks because it’s so bumpy, don’t pass judgment on it before you give it a good blast with your steam iron — it really does a lot towards smoothing out all sorts of inconsistencies.

Since this blog is all about reality, here is a photo of my current work in progress, un-steamed and un-retouched.

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Glove 011608

And a close-up of the un-steamed un-blocked knitting.

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Glove Closeup 011608

Yup, it’s a glove. Here’s the flip side.

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Palm 011608

And a close-up of the thumb gusset:

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Thumb Gusset 011608

So . . . much . . . fun . . . to . . . knit! I even like knitting the fingers, because I have wee short dpns.

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DPNs 011608

These are 4-inch long Suzanne ebony dpns, purchased from Patternworks.

Thanks for all the entries I’ve received so far for the Wollmeise lace give-away. See yesterday’s blog post for details on how to enter. You still have time!

Oh, and L-B has a request. She would like people to stop saying how nice and sweet I am in the comments. I have to tell you, she has been snickering. She knows me In Real Life, you see. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Lucy has a request, too.

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Lucy 011608

“Feed me!”


  1. is it just me… or is Lucy flippin you the tail? Better feed that kitteh- ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. That glove doesn’t look so bad closeup, even un-steamed.

    Of course, I’m comparing it to my own less-than-steady colourwork, so it’s all relative. Still, it looks pretty good already, even if it will look better later.

  3. when you say “steam” do you mean with a regular iron set to steam? do you put a dishtowel between the knitting and the iron? do you let the iron touch the dishtowel? i usually just wet block things, so i’m not really familiar with the steaming, and i’m doing my first fair isle right now!

  4. Goodness, I like this pattern almost better in these colors than I did the previous one. And that’s saying something! Loverly!

    Gloves always make me feel like a real knitter.

  5. i thought your work looked great up close even un steamed. But that is a good suggestion, so i will try it next time! thanks

  6. I had to look at the enlarged picture of Lucy to check out her bowls – I love that she ate out of the middle of the one to make sure the “Good Kitty” shows with the kibble all left around the edges!

    I just love those minty green/chocolate brown yarn colors!

  7. I know you in real life, too, and you are wonderfully generous and kind. I admire your stramina going for more colorwork, I just finished my second Fair Isle mitten and I need a little break. Do you have a thumb gusset preference? I prefer the gusset like in your current glove better than the “afterthought” type, I guess my thumbs need more freedom than I had realized.

  8. I like the gloves better than the mittens- minty goodness! (but the mittens are pretty darn attractive too)

    I don’t think I’d have the patience to knit all those fingers- even with wee dpns.

  9. L-B stop being mean. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Wendy – Love the gloves.

  10. How neat! I was wondering how you got it so smooth. I love the top patterning on these gloves, very cool!

  11. Gloves in the same colors! Be still my heart!!! (And stop drooling my mouth!) ๐Ÿ˜‰

  12. Ah, your glove looks nice and steamed to me! Any advice on steaming your knits? Do you place fabric over the knitted item? Is there a “too close for comfort” zone for the iron?
    Does Lucy’s food ever get “steamed”? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  13. The mittens were lovely and so are the gloves! I have to knit my Son a pair of fingerless gloves pretty soon any tips or tricks i may like to know? Am gonna use Claudia Handpainted yarn in Hawaii for the gloves and Shark for some arm warmers. Look at that poor starving kitty cat ๐Ÿ™‚ least wise thats what mine always think, lol. I’ll bet MS Lucy thinks/knows you live to serve her.

  14. I’m not usually a big ice cream eater. Once every now and then. But for the last week I’ve had such a craving for mint chocolate chip ice cream while reading blogs. Hmmmm….

    Great mittens and lovely gloves.

  15. Given that mint chocolate chip is my all time absolute favorite til eternity ice cream flavor, I find the last few posts to be nothing short of torture.


    (My Kumba and Kisa would like to pass on to Lucy that they hope *her* mom isn’t trying to make her eat nasty tasteless not-at-all-seafood-flavored prescription cat food. I think they may be trying to guilt me out about it.)

  16. I absolutely love these mittens! The vine quality of the image on the front is absolutely amazing!!

  17. OMG please stop! You’re making me want to knit mittens. Do you know how little I need mittens here in Texas? It’s been 70f here in January!!!

  18. I just spent the last several hours searching (unsuccessfully, I might add) for yarn to make beautiful knitted mittens like yours. I suppose it is too much to ask you to send me the ones you just finished, so I’ll keep looking, but I have some serious envy going on! Love the new gloves, too.

  19. Your gloves make me want to eat mint chocolate ice cream and knit at the same time! Is that possible without getting ice cream on your project? Just kidding. But seriously…..

  20. Your work is exquisite whether its steamed or not. I’ve been knitting for 47 years and am still in complete and total awe of your work. Socks, mittens, gloves, shawls – it doesn’t matter. You are indeed an exemplary artist.

  21. Theresa in Italy says:

    I don’t know you in real life (wish I did) but I read this blog regularly and I stand by my comments of yesterday. (And I’m sure L-B is a kind and generous person, too!)

    I thought the mittens were darn cute, but I really love these gloves! And your unsteamed colorwork looks beautiful to me, but heck, I’m in awe of anything stranded, and besides, mighty distracted by those yummy colors.

    At least when Lucy wants to let you know she’s hungry, she doesn’t stand up and put her paws on your shoulders and whine into your face, unlike our Newfoundland dog….

  22. My kitties say this everytime they want to be fed “Feed me I’m CUTE!!” ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. Well I still think you’re sweet. It takes a pretty nice person to give away that yummy german sock yarn.

  24. Hee, hee. No one knows you like your friends. My cats are center bowl eaters too. The old guy gets grumpy when he can see the bottom of his bowl.

  25. Love the gloves!! I also have some wee dpn’s and I LOVE them! I had to knit a thumb gusset with my longer ones and I was catching the ends on the edge and nearly cursing it was so akward.

  26. I made A glove once. I found all the fingers a bit too fiddley for my liking, so I am in awe of you making all those fingers in TWO COLORS!! I bow to the master! Give Lucy a nice scratch under her chin from me.

  27. Yes, but no one in their right brain would post something actually mean about you here- or at least I sincerely hope not. I am pretty sure you’re as human as anybody else, and someone I’d love to share dacquiris or an afternoon tea, ideally with knitting in hand, or a cat toy for Lucy (or one of my cats). I also would not be shocked to hear you swear.

    But you put your best face out here, and therefore we’re entitled to think you’re sweet and nice.

  28. Carol Lee says:

    Wendy, tell L-B if she wants all of us to tell her how wonderful she is, cough up some blog time!! I know she’s currently blogless (as am I :>), but you have to work for the good stuff!

    The gloves and mittens are beautiful – thanks for the inspiration.


  29. Hmmmm….I’m thinking L-B could use a good neenering!!

    Gibson’s soo jealous, he gets one bowl of prescription diet food…not two of yummy food. Let’s just say this, there is a reason he needs 5-inch bunny thumpers!!

  30. Lovely gloves and mittens. I don’t know about knitting gloves, those little DPN’s and skinny fingers – I’ll stick to mittens.

  31. So I just entered the contest for the Wollmeise but I forgot to state my name, and it’s not in my e-mail address either…


    I doubt you’d give the wool to someone named ‘[none]’, so try ‘Mizzle’ instead. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Oh, and the mittens are gorgeous. These are totally not my kind of colours and yet they look so awesome. ๐Ÿ˜€

  32. knittymonster! says:

    i really like your mittens! and the glove too!! long live queen lucy!

  33. LOVE the gloves! I really liked the mittens, but I just love the gloves.

  34. I have a seal point mitted ragdoll name Lucy too. Actually her full name is Luseal, but we call her Lucy. Your’s is beautiful and your glove is as well.

  35. These gloves are great! The colors are perfect and it’s so fun to see the process. Very cool!