My current work in progress:

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


Up to My Neck

I have reached the point on Lismore where I put stitches on a holder and cast on a front neck steek. So things are moving along nicely.

Vicki asked if I’m finding a lot of veg matter in my yarn. There is a bit — I do pick a tiny sliver of a twig or straw out now and then. But it’s not too bad.

And Brigitte asked:

Will you need to stitch the steeks Norwegian style, or is the yarn sticky enough to just cut them without reinforcing the steek edges?

That’s something I’ve been thinking about.

The pattern directs you to backstitch up the center of a steek stitch on either side of the cutting line. Now, the pattern calls for a non-hairy non-sticky yarn. But I’m using a pretty sticky yarn. I think what I’ll do is steam the steeks before cutting and see how they look. I’m betting I won’t need to reinforce the steeks before cutting.


When going through bloglines this morning, I found this post on Fricknits.

I’ve been a member of Ravelry for almost a year. I donated some bucks when I first joined, but figured that considering all the use and pleasure I’ve gotten from it since I joined, it was time to make another donation. Here’s the perfect time to do it: you can help Ravelry and at the same time be entered to win fabulous prizes. See the post I linked to in the previous paragraph for more info.

Nice Case!

Can you stand another post about my MacBook Air? Well, this is not so much about the computer as it is about the wicked cool case I got for it.

As soon as I ordered BabyMac, I started surfing around for the best case for him and for me. After reading a great review of their bags, I ended up at Waterfield. I am very glad I did.

I ordered their “Vertigo MamboCombo” last Monday.

You pick out a notebook sleeve from their chart that tells you which sleeve fits which computer. And pick out the size bag you want ( I opted for a vertical bag), and the options you want. I placed my order. You can also tell them the make and model of your notebook so they can confirm that what you ordered is the best fit. (You can buy the pieces separately, of course, but there is a price break if you order them together.)

Later that afternoon I got a phone call from Gary at Waterfield (who is a very nice guy indeed), telling me that the large vertical bag I ordered was probably larger than I needed. We discussed my options, and I changed my order to the (cheaper!) size medium. My order arrived on Thursday — not bad for west coast to east coast shipping.

The sleeve fits BabyMac perfectly, and goes into the vertical bag with enough room to spare for peripherals you might want to take along (I can easily put in a bluetooth mouse, the power cord, a power cord extension, and the ethernet adapter — I like to be ready for anything). I test-drove the bag over the weekend and was delighted.

I can also put BabyMac in the sleeve and stow that in my knitting bag, should I so desire, and he’ll be snug and well-protected from bumps, scratches, and yarn fuzz.

So if you are in the market for a case for your notebook computer, do take a look at Waterfield. Apart from being very well-designed to fit their function, the cases are beautifully made and lovely to look at.

(Must resist buying 2 or 17 more bags . . . )

Speaking of lovely to look at . . .


  1. Cool Baby MacDougal bag!
    And many thanks for the colorful knitting and fuzzy Lucy-belly to brighten a dreary (in more ways than one) day today! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. That is the most beautiful sweater I think I’ve ever seen!! It is just gorgeous! Now, about steeking; can you film this as you do it? I’m sure many, many people steek without a thought, but it scares the bee-jesus out of me!! In any event, I look forward to seeing how it’s done by a true fiber artist!!

    Very cute new baby. I see Miss Lucy is doing an interpretative dance in celebration of the new addition to the family! Isn’t she just too lovely? Err… I mean Kitty, but that could go for the computer too!!



  3. Lucy is such a tease! That is DEFINITELY an invitation.

    Lismore is looking fab. I’m reading along on your description of the case for BabyM and thinking to myself “yeah, but does it have room for YARN” and then you mentioned it fitting in your yarn bag. LOL

  4. Okay, I have to ask…why didn’t you KNIT a bag for BabyMac? ๐Ÿ™‚

    No, honestly, I can’t resist a great tote bag, and that it has a terrific name like “Vertigo MamboCombo” is just a bonus. Lismore looks beautiful, as does Miss Lucy!

  5. Where did you get your knitting bag?! That’s a great pattern! Please share. Thanks!

  6. Again, love the Lucy picture. Part of me just wants to go over there and rub her tummy. But, the other part, the one that’s been living with 3 boys for the past 4 years, and 2 boys before that, and 1 boy, well, you get the idea, that part wants to zurburp her. I know, that’d be mean. I’ll try to hold myself back. Maybe now I need some of that chocolate.

  7. I considered a waterfeild sever times, but I wound up with a crumpler which I ADORE if you like bright colors! Still I wouldn’t mind trying that exact same waterfield, its the one I looked at!

  8. I don’t recall seeing much about knitting bags on your blog and wondered if the Lady B is your favourite, and what other styles you might recommend? I have just received a Lady B and a Superstar (in Bali Hai – but Dutch Treat is my fave pattern) from Lexie Barnes – the Superstar is going to be my inflight bag for Spring Fling. It holds my macbook, 2-3 sock projects, a book, magazine, ipod, camera, passport wallet etc, and the personal bits and bobs required for 22 hours in transit – all without being jam packed, or too big and cumbersome. Highly recommend it.

  9. Just to let you know, the Kauni yarn is fairly sticky, but I didn’t have the intestinal fortitude to just cut the steeks…I sewed a small line reinforcing it down the center stitches and back up. I’m glad I did, as the edges of this are a little ravel-y. Check out the blog for pictures of me looking very, very sick at the cutting of the steeks!

  10. I’m swatching some Noro sock yarn. If you’ve used that, how would you compare it to the yarn you’re using for Lismore? Both are slow-color-change yarns, both about fingering, both fairly sticky,. . . ? And, how about availability here in the States?

  11. Love the new look! And Lismore is just gorgeous!

  12. Wow, both sweater and kitty are gorgeous-looking!

  13. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the steek update! Lismore is beautiful, and I just love how the colours are lining up.

    Nice new blog theme, btw!

  14. Theresa in Italy says:

    Lismore is looking good but Lucy is ever so cute! I like the slick new look of the blog, too. I also like Lexie Barnes bags. They seem to be more dog-scratch proof than some of the others, and the bright colors mean I’m less likely to leave them behind by accident. Plus they hold a ton of stuff.

  15. I did reinforce my steeks, but only with a couple of lines of crocheted slip stitch … in retrospect, I think that you’re right, and it isn’t really necessary, the steeks would have held perfectly well without doing this. There are several sets of pics on my blog of some of the steeking process. I think it was more a hangover from school needlework lessons, where the back of your work was supposed to be as neat as the front – over 30 years ago, and I’m still haunted … ๐Ÿ˜‰

  16. Maria in NY says:

    Thanks for the link to Waterfield. Just got my son a new laptop for high school in September and he’s going to need a case for it. We’ll have to see which one he likes.
    Your version of Lismore is going to be stunning! I like it more than the original. Thanks for helping the rest of us see “outside the box” so to speak. It would never have dawned on me that I could try something like this until now!

  17. Just look at her!! What a scrumptious belly – – so friggin’ cute! Sigh, I just love kitties.


  18. Ann in CT says:

    Holy Smokes. I go out of town for a few days and you totally remodel the place. Looks good, but I keep tripping over things. Of course I love that MASSIVE picture of Lucy at the top. (Is that where the random Lucy pic is now?)

  19. Love the new look! Miss Lucy is as lovely as ever!Wish my kitties would let me love and rub their bellys when they flop like that…unfortunately them flopping like that is an invitation to get your face or hand clawed off ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. I LOVE Waterfield! My husband and I have both ordered several bags and sleeves from them over the last 5 years. In addition to everything you already mentioned about their fabulous customer service, perfect sleeves, and thoughtfully designed bags they also as tough as nails. I predict you will continue to love your bag…and eventually order more from Waterfield. I’m glad you found them!

    Oh, and by the way, your sweater is just beautiful! =)

  21. Lismore looks great and Lucy looks very provocative ๐Ÿ˜‰

  22. Wow. Wow. Wow!

  23. I don’t know if I’ve said this before but the colors in that sweater are AMAZING!

  24. I also have the very same Waterfield bags for my MacBook. I’ve had the bags over and year and like them very much. I wish the shoulder bag had more inner pockets, but anyhow, great stuff!

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  25. I love the waterfield bags. I found them when I wanted to protect my nano. Their customer service is wonderful.

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