My current work in progress:

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


Once Again, It’s Random Wednesday!

1. Clowns

Do Clowns Creep You Out?

  • Yes! Totally creepy. (64%, 1,133 Votes)
  • No! They are cute and funny. (18%, 325 Votes)
  • What, are you nuts? (17%, 303 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,761

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2. Socks

Getting there on the second Alana Sock! I should be able to give these to Alana soon. No pic today, but I should have an FO pic tomorrow.

3. Shawl



I’m still plodding along on my shawl and knitting the edging. My knitting time was curtailed last night because of unbloggable (but extremely cool) stuff, but I will finish this shawl this weekend. By hook or by crook.

4. Kauni Yarn

There were some questions about the Kauni yarn and its intended use.

Technikat asked in a comment how itchy the Kauni yarn is. And Susan left a comment in response reporting that her sweater knit from Kauni yarn softened up like a dream when she wet blocked it. Good to know. Thanks, Susan!

COgirl commented:

I love the Lismore sweater. Are you going to make it that long? And what are you using as the background color? Can’t wait to see it.

I will likely make it as long as the original in the pattern. I’m 5’6″ tall and I like long sweaters. The background color will be the same colorway as the foreground color! πŸ™‚ Confusing? Remember, I’ll be starting the two balls of yarn in different places in the color sequence, so there will always be contrast.

It has crossed my mind that there may come a time when the two colors attempt to converge, but in that event, I’ll just break one of the colors and start again in a different part of the skein. That’s one reason why I want to have plenty of yarn — in case I need to do some skein-butchering.

Seanna Lea asked:

I’ve been looking at fairisle mitten patterns lately with an idea of using one solid and one striping color. Do you think that would be reasonable with the Kauni?

I’m thinking no — I think the repeats of color on the Kauni are too long for something like a mitten that has such a small diameter. You’d be happier with a striping sock yarn, I think.

Marianne commented:

I just looked at the chart for Lismore. How do you translate the chart to just the 2 yarns?

I was wondering if anyone would notice that. πŸ˜‰ Not an easy task translating that to two colors, is it? I made a photocopy of the chart and with a pencil, shaded in all the squares of the grid that were foreground color, while referring to the photos of the completed Lismore in the book to help me figure out which symbols were foreground and which were background. Then in Excel I created a new chart with blank squares for the background color and black blocks in the squares for the foreground color.

5. Kitty

Lucy is, not surprisingly, as adorable as ever.



In all honesty, I’d find her a lot more adorable if she wasn’t curled up on my knitting.




  1. Adorable kitty on a gorgeous shawl! Too lovely!


  2. My cat curls up on my felted Lucy bag, lol. Your shawl is beautiful.

  3. I wish you had a 4th choice on the clown survey – “depends on the clown” – I don’t mind some but others totally freak me out. The more garish ones bother me more than people just wearing a funny hat and minimal makeup.

    And would you pay her more attention at that very moment if she were *not* curled up on her knitting? Inquiring kitty minds want to know πŸ™‚

  4. Wendy.. I made the Kauni sweater.. If your first two colors are two colors apart (ie red versus yellow) and they colors change in the same direction (red to purple, yellow to orange) you won’t have any problems with the same colors coming together. If you try to start one color apart (I did it that way and I regretted it) – it is still possible to keep them contrasting – but I swear my greens took longer to turn to blue than my yellow took to turn green!!

  5. Clowns? “New Wave Hookers 5” (1997) features clowns quite prominently. But then, it gets a xxx rating.

    How do I know? Well, uh, it’s just something I heard somewhere…

  6. Lucy looks very comfortable. She is hinting you need to make her something purple or she just thinks you are knitting too much.

  7. Ah….Lucy is just doing quality control. I know I’ve picked out a really great yarn if the cats always want to be on it πŸ™‚

    Goodness – I didn’t realize so many people were freaked out by clowns! (the survey results – at least at this point)

  8. Can’t wait to see the Lismore begin. You’re so lucky to have a one of a kind Lucy brand shawl warmer! (Have you ever had a caption contest for Lucy’s pics?)

  9. I voted “cute and funny” because they are sometimes, and they don’t frighten me. However, I more often find them sad or just pathetic.

  10. Sometimes there’s a very thin line between adorable and annoying when it come to feline companions.

  11. I agree with one of the previous posters – it depends on the clown. For me, it’s pictures/drawings of clowns that I find creepy. For the most part, the real live clowns don’t bother me.

    Usually you don’t seem to care that Lucy is on your knitting. My guess is, you want to actually work on the shawl. Can’t do that while the beauty queen is sitting on it.

  12. Lee Cockrum says:

    Lucy begs to differ:” I am ALWAYS adorable, no matter the venue!!!”

  13. Of course, guarding your knitting IS part of her job, isn’t it? She is charming.

    Good idea to work from a photocopy to conver the chart and I’ll borrow that next time, thank you. I always convert charts to two colors, background and foreground. I can’t stand doing Fair Isle type knitting from colored charts, as I find them very confusing. Since I always carry foreground colors in my left hand, and background colors in my right hand, the 2-color system works best for me. I’m eager to see your results with the Kauni.

  14. PICAdrienne says:

    Most of the time, clowns do not bother me. However, there is one clown that bothers me, out of makeup and freaks out my girls a bit (more than a bit…they don’t like their mom being hit on in front of them.) So I went with the are you crazy vote.

    As for Lucy and the shawl, she is pretty sure you are knitting it for her. There is no one else, right?

  15. Um – what’s creepy about clowns? They’re just, well, clowns. Do pinetrees or bookcases creep you out? How about bartenders? I’m very confused!

  16. I voted “what, are you nuts” simply because clowns dont bother me, nor so I find them funny usually I dont give them a thought. Lucy is just like my Sannybug, shes the chief knitting inspector!

  17. Just quietly, the whole circus thing leaves me cold, seems kind of cruel. And clowns, like santa, can really freek out kids (and have a deep seated effect much later in life – weird face paint, manic grins, shudder).

    Cheers, gemma

  18. Lynne E. says:

    Happily, I’m neutral on clowns–can take ’em or leave ’em, although given the choice, I’d leave ’em. Never have thought that clowns were particularly funny. Apparently clowns do frighten a lot of kids and creep out a lot of adults–why else would clowns show up as evil bad guys in so many horror flicks, grisly crime shows, and science fiction thrillers?

    Lucy really is adorable on your knitting. I’m a sucker for cats in baskets and cats on “mats” that exactly fit! πŸ™‚

  19. I’m totally with ya on the creepiness of clowns issue; in fact, the whole idea of the circus makes me shudder. It feels like they just try so hard to get you to like them, ya know?

  20. Depends on the clown whether they freak me out or not. You should have added a fourth catergory. Could care less. Which is the one I would have voted in.

    As to adorable cats on knitting. My Brett is the same way. Even worse is when I wash a sweater and put it on the drying frame she immediately wants to lay on it.

  21. Question about the Lismore pattern: I recently acquired what purported to be the yarnpack for this design, but the yarn turned out to be Starmore Campion. I am suspicious that the Campion is too fine for this design, or at least, would require adjustments. I’ll be watching how it goes for you with the Kauni! I’d love to know what gauge you get, and if it’s different from the original Starmore yarns, what you will do to compensate! Good luck! This one looks to be very interesting!

  22. Meribeth says:

    I can’t wait to see Lismore happen! Please, lots and lots of pics!

    I know Lucy is a sweetie..but was she giving you the stink eye?

  23. Liz in IN says:

    Besides the garish makeup, bizarre clothing and slapstick ‘humour’, I think clowns creep me out, personally, because they are wildcards. They have no concept of ‘personal space’. Aaaeeeeiii–get away from me!

    Lismore is gorgeous! Will you knit-as-writ the wide ribbed bottom and tall, close-fitting turtleneck? Pour moi, and each for a different reason, those elements are simply deal-breakers. πŸ˜‰ I need no help in the ‘pooch above ribbed band’ Dept (sadly). And that turtleneck predicts only one thing–intermittent personal sauna. πŸ˜‰

    Lucy is always gorgeous, but never moreso than when decoratively arranged on a shawl-in-progress.

  24. Oh, but she’s so cute with purple background!
    Clowns used to scare me when I was a child; and I still feel bizarre when I see them…

  25. Carol Lee says:

    Wendy, I’m with you regarding clowns – they scare me and I find them gross. Puts a crimp in my circus visits :>

    I’ve finely ordered the DIC Classy to make Agatha. I waiting for three skeins of Lava-red to arrive.

    You’re latest looks good – as much as we can tell while it’s still unblocked. I’m working on a circular stype shawl with the same problem – lots of knitting, can’t tell how much progress I’m actually making.

    Lucy looks her best when modeled against a knitted item – I think it’s in her genes :>

    Carol in Prince George, VA

  26. If there are no pictures of the Alana-socks in your blog tomorrow
    I will email you photos of clowns!

    PS And make them BIG

  27. I find some clowns creepy – “Bozo” the clown doesn’t bother me but the “Stephen King creepy killer clowns” do – it’s kind of “you know it when you see it” type thing.
    I can’t wait to see what you do with the Kauni – I haven’t done 2 color knitting ever but the ‘damask ‘ patterns I have seen take my breath away – damn them for making such beautiful yarn!

    My cat Jamie loves my knitting – I have resigned myself to the fact that every single thing I knit will have :
    A.Jamie Cat Hair ( a lovely ginger color) or
    B. Pat Hair (blonde, brown, gray – my hairdresser swears it’s white!) firmly woven in.

  28. I was going to point out that you don’t typically mind having Lucy on your knitting… but then it occured to me that it can’t bother you that much or you would have kicked her off already!

    I have a nine year old cousin who is *terrified* of clowns. And, come to think of it, elephants.

  29. I understand why many people are creeped out by clowns, but I have to say that for many years as a child, my mom was a professional clown – painted face, rainbow wig, funny shoes, red nose, the works. She did birthday parties, fairs, parades, events – mostly facepainting, storytelling/puppetry, balloon animals. Her dream was to go to Clown College and join the circus, but she couldn’t bear the thought of being away from her own kids for so long, so it never happened. My sister and I both were clown assistants when we were younger, until we hit our teens and got too embarrassed to be seen with our mom in full clown gear. I still feel bad about that, you should never be embarrassed by someone who loves to bring joy to others, even if she looks a little silly in a red nose.

  30. clowns – make me want to hide under my desk.

    my ENTIRE family on my mom’s side is creeped out by clowns. (so we give each other little ceramic clowns from the thrift store every year at christmas) πŸ˜‰

    and just to say I’ve been reading your blog for the last week or two and I just enjoy ‘watching’ what you’re knitting πŸ™‚

  31. Too funny…I just talked about clowns, in conjuction with yarn, on my blog on 3/14. I fall in the “Clowns totally creep me out” camp. Totally enjoy your blog!

  32. Wendy! I just read on a blog (can’t remember which) that the knitter rewound her Kauni to check for breaks – and good thing, too, because she found several knots and sometimes the color changes SHIFTED at the knots! So, look out for skeins that have more than one direction in them!

  33. How nice–you will only need to worry about two “colors”–you’ll just need to remember which one to hold in the left and which to hold in the right, after you put it down and pick it up again. You can mark the balls with a little tag. Very cool! I’m just working on my first fair isle project and I can see how it can become addictive!

  34. Have you ever knit something in a Lucy color scheme (including that beautiful blue eye)?

  35. Charlotte says:

    Hi Wendy,
    I’m really pleased to see that you’re going to knit a sweater with Kauni yarn. I have been so tempted to purchase the yarn but I always seem to get confused about how to knit the pattern — and it seems so simple — just one of those knitting senior moments! I’m sure that once I see you working with it, I will be able to figure out how to use the yarn. The Kauni EQ cardigan is so beautiful but it seems to me that it will be too orange for me to wear. I’ve tried to figure out how to use a different colour — but they don’t seem as effective in the pattern — and I’ve also thought about using a solid yarn and one of the Kauni colours. So, I can’t wait to see your sweater progress. I’m so glad you’ve started this!!
    Thanks, Charlotte

  36. Lucy is just holding your knitting down so it doesn’t escape…

  37. I’m ok with the Bozo gang and Ronald, but find lots of other clowns creepy–scary movie clowns, John Wayne Gacy…and MIMES are worse! Stop looking at me like that! Talk to me! *Shudder*

    Love the Lismore, and can’t wait to see how doing it in the Kauni works out. I always find your projects to be inspiring!

  38. Like Ricki, I have worked with Kauni and the colors will not converge as long as you do not “cut and paste”. I urge you not to be tempted to do so. Let the yarn do its thing and you will be happier with the results. The problems usually occur when you get to the sleeves because the colors take longer to blend into the next color. You will start to worry that they will never change. Be patient! You will be rewarded. I have alot left over from my Kauni Cardi and I’m thinking of making the Starmore Rosemarkie Vest. It’s been lurking in my mind and maybe your Lismore will get me started.

  39. Thank you! I had a feeling that I would have to use sock yarns to get the effect I had in my mind. It’s definitely something to explore, because striped sock yarns vary wildly in how wide their stripes are (the Noro sock yarn looks like the stripes take forever).

  40. There was a study that came out in January indicating that clowns creep kids out (, and I remember thinking “Duh!” when I heard about the results.

  41. My clown survey answer wasn’t an option in your survey. My response is: sometimes. Some clowns I find delightful. Others are scary. It depends. LOL

  42. I am so excited to have found your site, and for the help it has given me with my knitting. I too, have a Lucy, however she is a Maine Coon. Again, thanks for the knitting help!