My current work in progress:

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



adj. – marked by erratic changeableness in affections or attachments.

Yesterday I showed a picture of some Handmaiden Cashmere and Silk here, all gung-ho about it and raring to start knitting a lace scarf. Then I got this in the mail:

This is 660 yards of handspun fingering weight merino from Zarzuela’s Fibers. The colorway is called “DC Sunrise.” Jessica dyed the roving and named it thusly because I posted a sunrise photo (of Washington DC) almost every weekday morning on Plurk. When I saw the roving, I had to have it, and Jessica did a custom spinning job for me. It arrived yesterday, and I haven’t stopped thinking about it since the moment I had it in my hot little hands.

So it will become Evelyn Clark’s Shetland Triangle. I will be starting the knitting of this just as soon as I post this blog entry. The pattern calls for a US 6 needle, but I think I’ll use a 7 — my yarn is just an ootch thicker than the yarn called for in the pattern, I think.

Thanks for all your lovely comments on my Cleite Shawl. Katherine asked how much yarn I used. I did not use the entirely of the skein of yarn I had for it (which was 880 yards). I’d guess that I used about 700 yards.

Katherine also asked if one could use Icelandic wool for this kind of shawl. If you mean Icelandic laceweight, yes, I don’t see why not. You wouldn’t want to go much thicker than laceweight for this pattern, I think, because it is a somewhat “solid” lace pattern and you’d lose some “drape-ability” with a heavier yarn.

Vickie commented: “I am not sure how to know when to stop knitting, i.e., when the unblocked shawl is big enough to become the blocked shawl I want it to be. Do you have any “rule of thumb” that you use as a guide? I find that most patterns only tell you the dimensions after blocking.”

I take the unblocked shawl and pull the center out — one hand at the top and one at the tip, amd measure that. I find if I add a couple more inches to that measurement, I get a pretty accurate idea of the blocked length. Do the same thing for the width — pull from the center back out to one end and measure.

Lucy would say hello, but she appears to be busy . . . 


  1. I love Zarzuela’s way with color!

    Cheekyredheads last blog post..Been a busy this week

  2. The colors are much clearer in these photos. It is beautiful. Jessica certainly has a way with color.

  3. Tis beautiful.

  4. Hai, Lucy!

    Wendy, that yarn is lovely. Jessica has such a wonderful way with color. Looking forward to seeing the shawl.

    Cookies last blog post..Oyster Bay

  5. Thanks for answering my question, Wendy! I appreciate it (and I feel a little like this is my 10 minutes of fame to see my name on your blog.)

  6. Oh to be special enough to get my own custom dyed and spun yarn…sigh. It’s quite lovely and I am a big fan of the flower basket shawl. You’d better get the one in progress done and blocked first or it will suffer in the corner waiting for you to get the other one done.

  7. 660 yards will make a wonderfully sized Shetland Triangle. And that color? Scrumptious!

    I love your pictures of Lucy; she’s so photogenic!

    MicheleLBs last blog post..February Baby Sweater Pix, and Tag!

  8. Thanks so much for answering my questions! And, like Vickie, I feel so excited to see my name on your blog!

    Katherines last blog post..AHHHHH!!!

  9. anne marie in philly says:

    steven and meredith say: “are you watching birds, cousin lucy? momma must have brushed you today cause you look all fluffy!” 😉

  10. That will be such a lovely shawl. It seems that it is Shetland Triangle season. I’m getting ready to knit it with some friends.

    Sarahs last blog post..School Daze

  11. I am quite envious of the household you are running. First a custom spin and dye on your yarn, then Luc’s meticulous scrutiny of your work! Does it get any better? The shawl is gorgeous and I look forward to your next piece. I also noticed Lucy re-thought the cat-nip quilt’s position…wasn’t working out for her? She is absolutely gorgeous!

  12. I knit the Shetland Triangle, and wish I had knit another repeat or two. I guess I just like my shawls big and roomy.

    Barbara-Kays last blog post..A flower for my dear one

  13. Catnip Quilt you say… I have 4 furmonsters/babies ere that would love to have something like that. Can you replace the Nip in the quilt as the scent starts to fade?
    The Shawl ended up beautiful and looks absolutely stunning on the recipient! Zarzuela certainly has a way with colors and the handspun is gonna be beautiful as a Shetland Triangle!

    Danielle from SW MOs last blog post..And I thought Ravelry was a time suck…

  14. AHA! So you’re the stinker that got the DC Sunrise! I saw Jessica’s pics of it when it was on the bobbins, and later finished, but I didn’t know it was going somewhere “special.” How come you get all the GOOD stuff???? 😉
    It really is beautiful, and I can’t wait to see what it becomes.

    Lisas last blog post..Hey, It’s Only Been A Week…

  15. Love the Zarzuela DC Sunrise. Can’t wait the see the finished piece.

  16. Oh, gorgeous. I’ve been fickle recently too… I think it’s the hint of Fall in the air. It makes me just want to knit everything right now.

    Kat with a Ks last blog post..Happy Anne Day!

  17. That handspun is gorgeous! no wonder you are going to knit with that right away. Seeing handspun yarn like that makes me want to learn to spin!

    CatiePs last blog post..Defense

  18. Dr. Jackie says:

    Just exactly how much is there in an “ootch”? 😉

  19. That is a great colorway, and wonderful spinning job by Zarzuela. I can see why you are smitten! Can’t wait to see how it knits up.

  20. That is utterly stunning yarn! And – thanks for answering Vickie’s question – you have just saved me putting my Tuscany-in-progress onto scrap yarn to see if it’s big enough; a tedious practice which drives me batty!

    MrsQs last blog post..Fish & chips & vinegar

  21. I can see that Lucy is doing great. It’s being ages that I passed here last. When r u visiting my blog my lady?

    Standtalls last blog post..JUST IN ONE WORD

  22. I’m with you on your fickle change of yarn love. How could you resist that beautiful DC Sunrise colorway?

    Hi, to Lucy, even if she might be too busy to receive hellos:-)!

  23. I’m *so* glad you are so happy with the yarn Wendy!! Can’t wait to see the shawl. I almost think I should have called that color “liquid sunshine”. 😉

    Thanks to everyone above for the kind comments too. I’m blushing all over the place!! 🙂

  24. Gorgeous! Absolutely gorgeous! I can see why you dropped everything to knit with it!

    Monis last blog post..Flickr Meme


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