My current work in progress:

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


Garden Party Shawl

The bad news: what I thought was just a sinus issue turned out to be some sort of flu and I spent all of Thursday night in the throes of chills and fever and aches and insomnia. Sickest I’ve been in at least fifteen years.

The good news: after staying home from work on Friday and staying in all weekend I’m feeling considerably better. Not sure I’ll make it in to work tomorrow, but we’ll see.

The better news: I finished the Garden Party Shawl when I was home on Friday. Here it is unblocked:






A close-up of the center:



And a close-up of the edging:



To recap, this is a pattern available from Fiber Dreams, here. I made mine from Dream in Color Baby laceweight yarn, purchased from The Loopy Ewe, in the “Deep Sea Flower” colorway. I used the needle size called for in the pattern, a U.S. 5, and my completed shawl blocked out nicely to the dimensions stated in the pattern, 81 x 35 inches.



The pattern calls for 900 yards of laceweight yarn. One skein of the Dream in Color Baby has 700 yards, so I used one full skein and just a bit of the second skein.

This shawl is going to be a gift for someone and the occasion of the giving is not until August, so it will lie quietly among my other shawls until that time.

Lucy is lying quietly on the couch . . .




  1. Hi Wendy,

    Sorry to hear about the flu. I had it also, about a month ago. I couldn’t even knit for three or four days.

    Gorgeous shawl and sweet Lucy, as always. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Take care,


  2. The shawl is lovely. I just started Anne Hanson’s Gale with some DIC Baby I had in the stash and I love the yarn.

    I’m glad you’re on the road to recovery.

  3. Sorry to hear you’re so sick! Hope you get well soon. Your shawl looks awesome!

  4. Shirley, in PA says:

    Your shawl is beautiful. I’m sorry you were sick. I suffer from chronic sinus problems too, and can really identify with your symptoms. Stay home Monday too, Lucy needs your company.

  5. Whoever gets that shawl will be absolutely thrilled! It’s going to end up being a family heirloom, I bet.

  6. Hi Wendy, Hope you feel better. Probably having surgery helps to lower the ability to fight off nasty stuff. I think staying home Monday sounds like a great idea! The shawl is just gorgeous!!

  7. Glad you are feeling better. Take it easy and use another sick day if yo uare not up to par. Snuggle with Lucy….that will make everything better! The shawl is gorgeous — as always. How does one get on your gift list? LOL The recipient is a lucky person and I hope appreciative. Take care.

  8. The only reason I’m not casting this shawl on right this instant is that I don’t have the exactly right yarn for it. Otherwise….

    You’re a terrible influence on me, you know.

    I hope you feel well soon; everything you’ve been through has probably lowered your resistance to every passing germ. Take it easy and let yourself get better, OK?

  9. I’m digging the edging of that shawl…. especially the bit shaped like leaves!

  10. Yikes! There is a nasty flu bug going around the East coast, glad you are feeling better now.

    The shawl is beautiful, someone is a very lucky person indeed to receive such a gift.

    Tell Nurse Lucy to continue to take good care of mommy and feel better.

  11. anne marie in philly says:

    glad to hear you are feeling better, but take an extra day “just to be sure” (wink wink nudge nudge).

    both shawl and lucy are beautiful as always.

    have a good week!

  12. The shawl giftee is a lucky, lucky person! I am *green* with envy… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  13. Oh Wendy – it’s absolutely gorgeous!! I’m glad that you’re feeling better and if the random opinion of someone else’s mother is of value, I’m for you staying home tomorrow.

  14. hey there, get better. that shawl is gorgeous. and as an aside i just got back from stitches west. at the Ravelry booth they have a huge banner with all the ravatars i saw your picture of Lucy on it and thought i would let you know, take care

  15. Oh man, I like that. I’m going to go buy the pattern right now (so I have something else to feel guilty about not knitting).

    Hrm. I have a whole lot of laceweight here. And a whole lot of dye. Are you thinking what I’m thinking? (If you’re thinking you’d like a cup of coffee then yes, you are.)

  16. Wow, how gorgeous! And the miracle of blocking never fails to astound.

    Feel better soon!

  17. Zowie! I love the shawl! It’s fantabulous!

    So sorry to hear of your flu bug. A co-worker of mine had it about one week ago and was really, really, really SICK. He missed a full week and then some of work. Poor guy. Said the same thing you did – hadn’t been that ill in years!! Hope U feel better soon and I am sure you will with Nurse Lucy and Dr KOARC ๐Ÿ™‚ Force fluids, get rest and all the other stuff one needs to do!

    I got my kitties a “bird of a tether” and they have a message for Lucy. Here it is:
    “Meowie, meow, meooowww, meeeeoowww!” That translates into “Gee, great toy, thanks!”


  18. You made that for my birthday? Why thank you! I’ll be looking forward to it when August rolls around. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    It’s absolutely gorgeous.

  19. NewJerseyLaura says:

    Sending wishes for a quick recovery, and a cyber-pot of tea under a lovely knitted e-tea cosy.

  20. Wow sorry to hear you have the flu. I hope you are well quickly. Nasty thing seems to be everyplace this year.
    The shawl, now if only beautiful things like this were everywhere, what a lovely world it would be.
    More leaves I love it. I think I must have been a tree in another life, cause I am a total sucker for leaf patterns.
    Just gorgeous as usual.

    Hello Lucy, you are looking mighty fine too

  21. Sorry to hear about your not feeling well. I rarely get sick, yet started out with a sinus infection at the beginning of January. I lost four days of work and its taken over 6 weeks to get rid of this, and I am still having sinus issues. My doctor said its a virus-thing. I knew I was really sick when I was home on the couch and didn’t care about my knitting. Take care of yourself, Wendy and don’t overdo it! I’ve finally gotten back to finishing up some socks and have some new projects on the drawing board. Take care!

  22. Please do take care of yourself, and I hope you feel better soon. It’s been a bad winter for viruses.

    The shawl is just lovely. Wonderful colors, and I like the pattern very much.

  23. If my calculations are right this might be too late – but it you’re in the first 48 hours of the flu if you can get your doctor to prescribe Tamiflu you’ll be over it in nothing flat. My husband & I caught if from our granddaughter while she was in hospital & her dr. told us to call our dr & get on it right away. We had 1 day of feeling pretty yucky but after 2 doses we were good to go! That Tamiflu is golden!!! My son had it & 2 weeks later is still dragging on with it. Hope you feel better soon!

  24. Absolutely stunning shawl! Wow!

  25. Theresa in Italy says:

    So sorry to hear it’s actually the flu. We have a nasty version going around over here as well. The kind where you feel too awful to knit for a day or two; and it doesn’t quite go away. Stay in and stay warm.

    The shawl is beautiful, I love every detail. Lucky, lucky giftee!

  26. It’s probably just me, but it looks like there are more repeats on the left side of the center than the other (I noticed it in the blocking photo). Is this an illusion? It’s really stunning; I’m envious of the giftee.

    Hope you’re feeling better. Being sick is the worst, even with wonderful cat nurses.

  27. Wendy in Cambridge says:

    The shawl is lovely.

    I think you should stay home with Lucy tomorrow, rest and knit. Feel better soon!

  28. Ohhhh my….sigh…the shawl is just spectacular. If only I could be 1/10th as productive when I’m healthy as you are with the flu, I’d be a delighted woman. Hope you feel better soon.

  29. I hear a lot of people are getting a real “kick-butt” flu, and sorry you are one of them. Wishing you a very speedy recovery, and don’t rush back to work!

    Someone is going to be very fortunate to receive that shawl. My BD is in August..btw..just thought….oh, well…

  30. It is lovely! Thank you for the recommendation of this pattern. I was looking for just the right pattern.

    I hope you feel better.

  31. Wendy,
    The shawl is beautiful, thank you for pictures of before blocking and after, it helps us newbies understand the miracle of blocking….love your blog and I adore Lucy

  32. it’s amazing how lace knitting is the only thing we’re capable of doing when we’re sick as dogs, huh? sorry that you were sick – I was right there along with ya!

  33. What a gorgeous shawl!

    I’m sorry to hear that you’re sick. I can sympathize; the cold that I’ve been dealing with on and off for the past few weeks has overnight bloomed fully into a wretched cold that’s now got me home from work. :/ Hopefully you get over your flu quickly!

  34. Ouch! So sorry about the flu!
    But that shawl is just stunning – a gorgeous shade of blue!
    (but then, I’m a sucker for gorgeous lace)

  35. Glad you’re feeling better. The shawl is beautiful. A question: Could it be made smaller by possibly leaving out a last repeat before the edging, thus needing only 1 skein of Baby? (which I just happen to have….) It’s hard to tell whether or not that’s possible by looking at the photo. Thanks.

  36. I hope you feel better soon. I just read that a lot of people are catching the flu, as the flu shot is only 40% effective this year. Apparently the flu shot manufacturers have to guess which viruses will be the big players and this time their guesses weren’t so good.
    The shawl is beautiful. It is always amazing to see what a master can create with ‘just two sticks and some string’!

  37. That is absolutely beautiful. I’ve never had a desire to knit lace, but seeing this I suddenly want to try. The pattern is lovely and once it’s blocked it looks like an heirloom piece. Thanks for sharing!

  38. Gorgeous Wendy! I love seeing your lace work. Beautiful! Hope you are fully on the mend by now.

  39. Beautiful shawl! Sorry to hear you caught that bad bug, stay home and rest another day.

  40. I love the shawl. Lace knitting is always thrilling to see!

  41. Your shawl is beautiful! Great job, you are an amazing knitter!

  42. I had that bug, and recovery has been slow. I recommend the couch, for longer than you think you need it.

  43. The shawl is fabulous. Hope you are feeling better soon.

  44. Ooh, it’s lovely. (Sorry about your sickness–glad you’re better!) I love those twin leaves down the center. Makes me want to make a shawl out of just that pattern. What fun.