My current work in progress:

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


I Think We May Be On To Something

Judging from the overwhelmingly positive response in the comments, I think we need to form a Monty Python and the Holy Grail knitting/touring company.

(This beats my previous idea of doing dramatic readings of The Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act of 1959, As Amended.)

Okay, so far we have me as King Arthur (because of all the Pythonites, I think I most closely resemble Graham Chapman, may he rest in peace, and because it is my idea), L-B as my trusted servant Patsy of course, and Rabbitch as Sir Bedivere. Several of you have volunteered to be Knights Who Say Ni, and some of you who can bring your own coconuts will be joining in as knights.

We’ll put Lucy in a little bunny suit and she can be the Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog.

Theresa in Italy kindly volunteered to be the moistened bint who lobbed a scimitar at me.

The KOARC, will need to weigh in and choose a role. Perhaps Tim the Enchanter? No, wait! The French Taunter!

Anyhow, there are still plenty of good roles are up for grabs.

Oh, and we are all going to knit our own chain mail from Tempted Stacy’s Glam Grrl yarn. πŸ˜€

How . . . to figure out how to get rights to the script . . .

Onward . . .

Cindy asked in the comments:

How many stitches do you allow the non working yarn to float when you are knitting in fair isle?

Longtime readers may remember me waxing lyrical from time to time on the joys of floating. Lismore has got some pretty long stretches, so I do strand from time to time. My longest floats are 8 stitches.

Here’s the current state of the second sleeve:

And in sock news, I turned the heel.


Lucy is a little nonplussed at the prospect of a bunny suit.


  1. Ok, I’m sorry, I can’t wait any longer to ask… I NEED THE PATTERN! I have truly fallen in love with your Twisted Logic Socks. Where please oh please may I get my hands on this pattern?
    Thank you

  2. Fabulous Lismore! I still have a mess of Kauni (because we must needs buy WAY more than we actually need, just in case it evaporates in crossing the ocean). This could be a next project….easily!

    Jo’s last blog post..Mission Maybe 2008

  3. French Taunter it is, then!

    Ian’s last blog post..Curb Your Enthusiasm

  4. I want to be the guy who says “Bring out your dead” πŸ™‚ Either that or Sir Robin…..

    Michele’s last blog post..JACKPOT!

  5. I can’t recall his name, but I want to play the king that Michael Palin played (he had the son who didn’t want to marry the princess with huge…tracts of land), because one of my favorite lines is, “The third castle burned down, fell over, then sank into the swamp.” πŸ™‚

    And, I join Beverly in begging for the Twisted Logic pattern! Don’t make us practice the violence inherent in the system. (I love this turn you’ve taken into Holy Grail territory way too much!)

    jules’s last blog post..Now I can’t stop rearranging things

  6. 1. the sweater, and ALL of your knitting is stupendous, as usual.
    2. I’d like to be Concord, of “Message for you, Sir!” fame, in your touring production. Has there been a Lancelot appointed yet?

    TallyHo’s last blog post..Not flat.

  7. i want to be the villager who claims the witch turned him into a newt — my favourite line is “i got better.”
    the girls empathise with Lucy’s reluctance to appear in a bunny suit, i know if i tried to put one of them in a costume i would end up looking like one of the rabbit’s victims!

    Katheryn’s last blog post..because i can’t keep it in anymore

  8. OOH! I want to be the girl with the “huge tracts of land”. I always wanted huge tracts of land, but I was given wee little acreage instead. πŸ™‚

    Shea’s last blog post..Lillian Tank Top

  9. Can I be “La Vache”?
    ….and the knitting is fabulous BTW. Thanks for sharing!

    Teresa’s last blog post..Yarn Harlot

  10. God! Oh, please let me be God!!!!

    God or the Minstrel β€” the musician in me says, “One and the same!”

    Zhenya’s last blog post..Alpaca WHAT?!?!

  11. Oh…may I be the person that gives the 3 questions which must be answered in order to pass?! My favorite color may not be blue, but it would be okay anyway. Or, perhaps I could be a shrubber…a person can never have enough shrubbery!

    dobarah’s last blog post..Prom and Flames…all in the same night!

  12. I would love to be the minstrel who sings about Sir Robin bravely running away. Either that or one of the Castle Anthrax girls… πŸ™‚

    Visionsister’s last blog post..My new toy!

  13. I’ll be one of the monks that pound themselves in the head!
    If we get tired of the Holy Grail, I’ll belt out a chorus of “The Spam Song” or “The Lumberjack Song”!!
    spam, spam spam, spam……

  14. Hold your nonexistent horse! Patsy only gets one line in the film.
    I propose performing the musical version (Spam-A-Lot) for matinees, so I can get to sing “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life”!

  15. I see that L-B is trying to hog the limelight . . .

    Wendy’s last blog post..I Think We May Be On To Something

  16. OMG I better get busy if we have an army to clothe. I Love this, too cute. L-B will get us both in trouble, and I will love every minute of it. Hey you know where the bar is, right??

    Stacy’s last blog post..What a day

  17. We should do some kind of online thing, were people poest their renditions of Monty Python. I mean, there’s a site where you can get the whole script. I want to be the witch. (“If she weighs the same as a duck, she’s made of wood. And therefore…a witch!!!!!!”)

    Caroline’s last blog post..PROM!!!

  18. Good thing you didn’t pick Rocky Horror, LOL.

    Stacy’s last blog post..What a day

  19. Ooh! Can I be in too? I don’t know who I’d want to be–Dennis (the peasant in the mud), another of the self-flagellating monks, one of the French knights…so many choices.

    Erika’s last blog post..Der Dreifinger-Faultiere am Spinnrade* (and elsewhere)

  20. I want to be Zoot!

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  21. I am going to claim a place in your Knights of the Round Table, by virtue of the fact that I am the proud owner of hand-knitted Monty Python Killer Rabbit Mittens:

  22. (Not the same maureen as above, but very proud that one of my namesake should have the aforementioned mittens. Good on you, maureen! A splendid way to pass your few hours on this plane.

    Since I have no coconuts handy, and since my mother was a Latin teacher, I’d like to be a monk and throw around some muddled Latin phrases.

  23. Like L-B, I’d prefer to do the “Spamalot” version. I won’t aspire to be the glorious Lady of the Lake (as portrayed by the same woman, Sara Ramirez, who plays Dr. Torres on “Grey’s Anatomy”) but I’d love to be one of her Laker girls!

  24. I want to be an African swallow!

  25. Windy… go over to Anne Modesit’s blog and and Mason-Dixon Knitting blog.

    They both have finished sweaters that are very similar to Lismore. There are differences but at first glance the colorway with the solid pattern overlay are very close in appearance.

    I think it’s to funny! (I’m weird in that I notice things like that)


  26. Theresa in Italy says:

    Thanks for the correction—knew I didn’t have it quite right in yesterday’s comments! Off to pack the scimitar….

    Will you make a video when you have Lucy try on her bunny suit?

  27. I want to be Zoot’s twin sister Dingo!

  28. Do you really believe Lucy will stand for that?

  29. ooooooo…The Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act of 1959, As Amended! It’s as fascinating as my M.G.L.s (that’s Massachusetts General Laws thankyouverymuch. I work in a municipality). These types of readings just leave you saying………………….huh?
    May I be shrubbery on the tour?

    miss sandra’s last blog post..Signs of Spring

  30. If the role is not taken, I want to be the peasant who says that you don’t get to be king just because some watery tart hands you a sword. I love that.

  31. Ok, if Michele falls through for the Dead Collector, I’m stepping up to the plate!!!

    Perhaps I could yell out “Bring out yer stash…. Bring out yer stash”!

    If not, I will happily settle for the Dead Collector’s happy side kick who politely states “Im not dead yet.”

    Oh the fun that could be had.

    Megan S.’s last blog post..I Love Reading Certain News Websites…

  32. If it will save Lucy the humiliation of a bunny suit, I’m sure I could find a rabbit at my house willing to go along. Tribble has enough energy to be the killer rabbit, but Sophie does great disapproving looks and could, perhaps, be convinced to sign on if she were allowed to lounge about and kill with a look. πŸ™‚

  33. I wanna be the Lady of the Lake here’s why…

    Listen — strange women lying in ponds distributing swords
    is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power
    derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical
    aquatic ceremony

    Lynette’s last blog post..Congrats to the Daley Travels folk

  34. I want to be Roger the Shrubber.

    Katie’s last blog post..Socks

  35. Can I be a peasant?

    “I thought we were an autonomous collective.”

    Miss Knotty, who is SO TOTALLY ON BOARD with doing Monty Python. Besides, reading sections of government code, even dramatically and with great elocution would likely only draw a certain audience…. unless you did a dramatic reading during a burlesque show, which would draw a certain other audience.

  36. I want to be the Friar that reads the instructions for The Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch from The Book of Armaments, chapter 2, verses 9 – 21. Amen. πŸ™‚

    Kelly’s last blog post..Won’t You Wear A Sweater?

  37. In all the revamping of your site, it appears you lost the link to newer post and to older post — would you consider putting that back? It was handy.

    kmkat’s last blog post..Random Wednesday.

  38. Dangit, Christina and Avril beat me to it!

    “Oh… it is a lonely life. Bathing…
    dressing… undressing… knitting exciting underwear….”

    “A spanking! A spanking!”

    Oh well, I’m more physiologically suited to playing Galahad anyway. “Please, please. I can defeat them; there’s only a hundred and fifty
    of them!”
    “Just a little bit of peril!”

    Wendy’s last blog post..The Bubble Pullover

  39. I want to be Tim!

    Lucia’s last blog post..Name That Tune

  40. Apparently I have to watch this again so I can pick a role. I was also going to suggest getting rights to Spam-A-Lot, even though I haven’t seen it.

    Ann in CT’s last blog post..More Jitterbug!

  41. Ooh, ooh! Can I be the mud-gathering woman from the collective? Please?

    Jocelyn’s last blog post..Peace and quiet

  42. Dang! I wanted to be Dennis!
    I love the “now you see the flaw inherent in the system, help help I’m being repressed!” also of course the “some watery bint lobbing a scimitar at you is no basis for sound government”

  43. Has anyone volunteered to be Brother Maynard yet? Pretty please!

    Mandella’s last blog post..A picture tells a thousand words

  44. I really want to be the Black Knight. Then I could bite someone’s leg off.

  45. Or we could try a little Life of Brian – ” We’re going to a stoning”

    Kelley’s last blog post..What I’ve been up to

  46. I want to read the instructions for the Holy Hand Grenade. Either that or the cat that is bashed against the wall all the time. Who says we ain’t edjukated?

  47. a Grail knitting touring group! I’m in, lol I can sing some if this touring knitting group must perform for their supper…and yarn!

    turtle’s last blog post..a few links!

  48. I go between 4 to 8 stitches for the floating, otherwwise I think it gets kind of messy lol!

    Andres P. Nevarez’s last blog post..Livingroom Stash!

  49. Darn, I wanted to be Dennis but he’s taken. The “She turned me into a newt” guy would have been good too. Can I be Sir Bedevere? (I think that’s the name – the brilliant sage who came up with the way to tell if someone is a witch?)

    I think Lucy should play God. She probably thinks so too. She can sit on a cloud and glare at King Arthur and company while someone does the voice.

  50. I want to be the witch!

    I volunteer my six-year-old daughter to play anything you’d like – she currently has a starring role as Hyena #1 in her school play. (She has lines. Mostly laughing.)

    I will also volunteer my husband and his friends, all of whom know the movie backwards and forwards.

    liz’s last blog post..allergies of DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM

  51. Whoops, itchy trigger finger.

    My husband and his friends can play the three-headed knight.

    liz’s last blog post..allergies of DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM

  52. Oh….*$!# I wanted to be Zoot. Or the peasant woman: “Ooh, Dennis, there’s some lovely filth down ‘ere…”

    I had to lie on the bed and weep after seeing the Lismore. I just found out about Kauni yarn last week, and I’m still in shock. Too gorgeous!

    Lisa’s last blog post..It’s Not Working

  53. Dang! Zoot, Zoot’s identical twin sister Dingo, and the witch (“It’s a fair cop!” — do you know how many times I saw that movie before I caught that line?) all taken! Even God (“Stop Groveling!” Or, my favorite, “‘Course It’s A Good Idea”.) is taken. This is what happens when I’m gone at Sock Camp! Well, I can be the Cleric (different from Brother Maynard) with the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch (“Five is right out.”)

    My husband and I actually had our first conversation almost entirely in Pythonisms at a party. Twenty-five years later, we still speak Python. And we even have corrupted the kids.
    Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries….

    Cathy-Cates last blog post..Back from camp, more later