My current work in progress:

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


You Know It’s Monday . . .

. . . when you attempt to log in to your timesheet at work and get an error message: “User Unknown.”

I wonder if they are trying to tell me something?

I’m glad you all enjoyed the steek cutting video. The secret is out: there’s really nothing scary or difficult about it. I sincerely hope that some of you who are holding back from knitting something that requires steeking out of fear of cutting will take a leap of faith and just do it. As long as you are using a hairy yarn that will stick to itself, or you have reinforced your steeks by either crocheting or stitching down on either side of the cutting lines, you have nothing to fear in cutting open a steek.

I’ve talked about steeks before — here are some links:

Norwegian Steek Article (Knitty)
Norwegian Steek Techniques I
Norwegian Steek Techniques II
Fair Isle Steek Techniques I
Fair Isle Steek Techniques II

You may have noted in the rolling of the credits at the end of the video that Ms. Lucy von Ragdoll was credited with providing cat hair for the film. I sometimes call her Ms. Lucy von Ragdoll because of this Petsmart commercial that cracks me up every time I watch it:

Proof once more that I am easily amused.

The Results Are In

My new sock pattern-in-progress shall from this day forward be known as “Twisted Logic Socks.” Thanks for voting! Here’s a photo of the sock on the hoof:


I completed the first sleeve of Lismore.

And I’m working on the second sleeve. And thinking ahead to my next “big” project. Because warm weather is setting in, I’m thinking it’ll be something in laceweight, rather than warm cozy stranded shetland wool. It’s getting rather uncomfortable to knit on Lismore. Fortunately, the temperature has dropped quite a bit and we have a cool day or two in the weather forecast. Long may that continue.

Lucy likes the cool weather — great for sleeping.


  1. I love Mr. Barky von Schnauzer! ๐Ÿ™‚ Haven’t seen that commercial in a while.

    Lismore looks great! Maybe someday I’ll knit something with a steek, but I confess right now the thought of it makes my palms all sweaty.

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  2. Debra in NC says:

    Oh, I know that commercial well! In fact, I’ve sort of renamed one of my 8 cats. Her name is Speedy, and she sleeps with me every night, purring herself (and me) into oblivion, so I sometimes call her “Ms. Speedy Von PurrButt.” LOL!

    I really like how colorful your Lismore is turning out to be. I can only hope that one day my knitting will turn out to be as nice!

  3. Oh what lovely knitting! I just love the Lismore, really – it’s a rainbow! And thanks for the video on steeking! I also found your other tutorials on how-2-steek. Your new socks are divine! You know, usually I vote for the winning name, but not this time (I chose “lyre” socks). But the name voted in is great and appropriate.

    Lovely sleeping kitty! It was 92, yes 92 in San Pedro yesterday – and we on the coast of So Cal! Hot, hot, hot and miserable to boot. My cats spent the weekend positioning themselves under the ceiling fans. Lucky for me, I got to work yesterday – something I don’ t do too often – but at least it was air conditioned in the hospital ๐Ÿ™‚ I haven’t picked up my knitting in three days. This heat wave has kinda sorta broke – it’s only in the high 70s today, thankfully. luv.m.

  4. You mean you DIDN’T have stitches in that sweater when you cut that steek? **faints** Wow, never happen with ME!

    The sock looks even nicer on — LOVE IT! And Lismore too, of course.

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  5. Uh .. I will admit that I was too scared to even watch the steeking video.

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  6. The Barky von Schnauzer commercial is cute, but you can’t beat War Kittens!

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  7. Wow!! !! Not only is Lismore an extraordinary piece of work, I am still stunned at the rate of your progress. I think it’s even faster than Mara (I think it was Mara) which blew me away at the time. Mere mortals with full time jobs cannot possibly knit that fast (and that well). I would still be forcing myself to finish the corrugated ribbing. BTW – if you do amuse easily, if you haven’t seen “An Engineer’s Guide to Cats” on youtube, it’s highly recommended.

  8. Your Lismore is beautiful! Good luck trying to match the sleeves. I finally decided it would be worse to try and have them be a little bit off than just intentionally make them a whole bunch off. I am constantly impressed on how much knitting you get done in one week. I spent months on my Kauni and it was a lot less complicated than Lismore!

  9. I used to work for a company that actually did fire some employees by making their swipe cards inactive.

    The Lismore is beautiful.

  10. I just finished knitting the “Abbreviated Aran” on the cover Knitter’s Best of Arans & Celtics. I had never heard of a steek before I knitted the sweater. I used a zigzag stitch and my sewing machine and they turned out great!
    Wendy, I absolutely LOVE Lismore. Maybe someday, after I finish my DC-KAL sweater using Dream in Color Classy (from The Loopy Ewe of course).

  11. Wow, your speed on Lismore is incredible. I am pretty much blown away. Awesome!

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  12. OMG I always thought that dweeb was saying “Mr. Barky BUNS Schnauzer!! Ok so I’m the dweeb ๐Ÿ™‚
    Lismore is beautiful, is it itchy?

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  13. You Lismore is looking soooo good. That yarn is facsinating. And Lucy von Ragdoll is cute as ever!!! I know that ad well! Love the new socks also.

  14. I too am amused by the Mr Barky von Schnauzer commercial, but so far the collective nickname for my 4 piece brood is “Purring Idiots”. If one of them wants fed they all do and they havin purring contests at the food bowl with each other ๐Ÿ™‚

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  15. My DH and I love that commercial! And he wants a schnauzer in a year or two, so I keep threatening him that we’ll have to name him that.

    I’m also too scared to try steeking. And I have such a huge backlog of projects, that I don’t even need to consider trying until 2058! But your Lismore is lovely.

  16. Lismore is amazing! You’re going to be done in hardly any time at all. If this is the result of project monogamy, then sign me up!

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  17. Twisted Logic is a perfect name. Looks like socks I could knit for the long month of November-NaNoWriMo and all that.

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