My current work in progress:

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


Sunday Shawl Progress

I’ve put in some solid shawl knitting time over the weekend and have made some progress.



I’m at the point where I’ve got a whole lotta stitches on the needles so each row takes a long time to complete. The wrong side rows take a particular;y long time because for each double yarn-over I am doing a purl 1 knit 1 on the wrong side, and I have to sort of pay attention.

Still, it is a fun knit, so I’m not really complaining.

The results of the shawl naming poll sorta surprised me. I didn’t think that “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds” would be the favorite. It’s a good name, but I’m not going to use it. If I want to sell the shawl pattern, I hesitate to use a well-known song title for its name.

I’d also not call it by the second choice: “Diamonds With a Bunch of Crap in the Middle,” because some people might find it offensive, as evidenced by complaints in a couple of comments. Not that I really care if other people don’t “get” my sense of humor (it wouldn’t be the first time), but for a pattern for sale, it needs to not offend.

So the name of the shawl, from this point forward, is a conglomerate of a couple of the choices: “Kay’s Diamonds and Purls.”

Hey, I never said my blog was a democracy! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Here’s what Lucy will be doing all afternoon:




  1. Wendy – good for you for being your own person; but also knowing how to be a good business woman too.

    The shawl is super and I would buy the pattern. IMHO you found the perfect name.

  2. Sorry, my favorite is still “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds.” If I was looking
    through a list of shawls names trying to pick one out, I’d look at “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds” way before I’d look at “Kay’s Diamonds and Purls.”

  3. Pensguys says:

    Yeah for you….a poll is a poll but no one ever said you had to go with the results. ๐Ÿ™‚ I kind of like plain “Diamonds and Purls”, but I understand putting your friend’s name in there.

  4. This is very late. I am old and have so far only READ blogs. Well for what its worth ——- tome your shawl is “Holy daimonds”
    Happy knitting

  5. What a lovely name!

  6. It’s your design – you get to call it whatever you want. And, frankly, whatever you call it, it’s still beautiful!

  7. Works for me!

    Lucy, as well as my cats, are engaged in the same activity! It is a blustery day in SoCal and they are curled up together on mom and dads bed! Soooooooooo comfy! luv.m.

  8. Raye in NY (mother of the other jan 2nd Wendy) says:

    Who cares about the name…whatever name you chooose is fine with me. The point is the design is gorgeous. Wendy, you are a worldclass designer, and there’s enough other “stuff ” to worry about. It’s a great design and I honor you for sharing it with the knitting community. Thanks!

  9. I think the reason so many of us chose Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds is because we all love Lucy!! She’s just too cute. But you are right, there may be a bit of an issue trying to sell something with a name that has already been taken by Lennon/McCartney. No matter the name, it’s a gorgeous shawl.

  10. Maybe you should have called it “Lucy’s Diamonds in the Sky”?

  11. Hey Wendy,

    My grandmother, who passed away 2 years ago at the ripe old age of 104 and still had as she liked to say her right mind, told my nephew that s**t, damn, crap & hell were not bad words. I think only cause they were her favorites. Everything was for crap sake! She would have loved Diamonds with a bunch of Crap in the Middle!

  12. I like the title you’ve chosen. Lucy In the Sky, I didn’t realize was a song, however, another designer also has a sweater design with the same name, and a yarn company has a colorway with that name. I assumed it was after your cat, Lucy. However, while I understand the easy title of Diamonds with Crap in the Middle, I’m glad you chose something else. I did vote for diamonds and Purls, which is also the name of a song by Prince, but I thought it was a most clever title. And it’s your blog, choose whichever shawl name you like. No one else has to like it.

  13. I love the two names together. Makes for one great name.


  14. Well done. It was a good idea to have the poll adn get a feel for opinion, but I’m glad you felt able to stay true to your own feelings. I love the title you have chosen, but the name Lucy sort of trips off the tongue and has a je ne sais pais about it. Perhaps Lucy’s diamonds and purls.

  15. Theresa in Italy says:

    Good choice! I’d buy the pattern no matter what you decided to call it, just for the record, but I sure understand your reasons for rejecting the first two names. Anyway, it looks gorgeous.

  16. There were complaints…about “Diamonds with a bunch of crap in the middle”??

    Well, I think it’s lovely, and very doable for a crappy lace knitter like me! (I mean crappy in that I’m not very good when it comes to lace knitting! Oy…)

  17. Ya know, the note under the poll did say, “the poll is fixed”. Hee Hee

  18. Living in Minneapolis for the past 10 years, I have an affinity for Prince, so I love that you chose Diamonds and Purls! Your summer of lace had me buy tons of lace yarn and I haven;t started anythig, but I just might if you make that pattern available for purchase. I think I have the perfect yarn too–Lorna’s laces in Vera…I’m so excited now!

  19. I did vote for the Lucy in the Sky.. name Maybe you could have “revised” it a bit to something like ‘Lucy-cat’s Starry Diamonds”.

  20. Hey, I like the name and how you arrived at it.

  21. Nothing like a good, old-fashioned, autocracy.

  22. I think it’s very nice to name it after your friend. She was the inspiration behind it, after all! (But could you put “aka Diamonds with a Bunch of Crap in the Middle” in 8 pt. font somewhere on the pattern page, just to give the rest of us a little laugh?)

    Never mind. That might be offensive to some, as you pointed out. Just write that on my copy somewhere, ok? ๐Ÿ™‚