My current work in progress:

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


The Shawl, She Grows

As I promised/threatened, I cast on for the Shetland Triangle immediately after blogging yesterday. Here it is:

I went with a US7 (4.5mm) needle and am very pleased with the results.

This is a fun pattern — very easy to execute the stitches and easy enough to pretty much memorize. Yu really don’t need stitch markers for this one, but I did place one, right before the center stitch. It’s there as a reminder to me, to say “Hey! You’ve reached the center!”

Because this is such an easy pattern to knit, it’ll probably become boring after a while. But I think knitting with handspun will make it less tedious. The yarn is just lovely to knit — sproingy and soft and with enough variations in the color to keep things interesting.

In fact, if you’ll excuse me, I need to go knit now.

Lucy sez:

“I am the Queen!”


  1. Very pretty! I need to try out that pattern soon. Of course, there are a couple of other things to be done first!
    (Simon says hi to Lucy!)

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  2. That is gorgeous!

  3. I think that orange is a very nice! I will be honest and say that I’m not a very big orange fan, but now that I see it knit up, it’s quite nice!

    Multi -color and the things it does when knit up amazes me! It’s like a completely different yarn! Very nice, very nice, very nice!

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  4. The pattern is nice and the color is Great. Is this a pattern you could do with dogs on your lap? Not that easy? I’m looking for a shawl pattern that isn’t too hard.

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  5. That looks beautiful! And fun!

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  6. I love that yarn! And the shawl is going to be beautiful.

  7. I am doing the lace with a february baby sweater and finding it takes more of my attention than I have given (yes that is “morse” code for ripping and starting a stockinette Vesper striping sock :))
    and yet I still want to make this shawl… which will probably be enough to do my head in. I have issues this is undoubtable ๐Ÿ™‚

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  8. I must agree that Lucy is looking quite regal in today’s picture!

  9. Very nice yarn. Colorway is very interesting.

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  10. Wow. So cool to see it knit up!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Kinda off topic question (it was the Lucy pic that triggered my memory) – might there be a Lucy calendar to look forward to for 2009? I have loved the one for 2008!

  12. I love the subtle variegation in the yarn. I think the shawl will be all the more beautiful for it. I wouldn’t like multicolored variegation in a shawl, but this tone on tone is soooooo pretty!

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

  13. Lovely start! I haven’t done much lace knitting, because I tend to favor stuff I can work on while we watch DVDs or while I’m riding in the car. Hard to count stitches under those circumstances, but one day I’ll turn to lace knitting for much-needed meditation and mental focus. One day…

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  14. Beautiful yarn and lovely shawl. You have a real talent. Love little Miss Lucy the Queen. Arn’t they all Kings and Queens who rule the roost.

  15. Beautiful color variation. That yarn is wonderful, and I’m not usually an orange lover, but it’s sunshine and morning and daffodils and…

  16. Wendy,
    The yarn is beautiful. So’s the pattern. I need to knit a more challenging shawl–one that is more than garter stitch!

  17. You are turning me on to colors I have NEVER liked! It’s GORGEOUS!

    Going to get the pattern — although I don’t know what YOU think is easy, will be easy enough for ME – crossed fingers would be appreciated, please ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  18. That’s very pretty…

    I’m still trying to figure out if there’s a non creepy way to get a job where you work so that I can be your friend too… ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Karen LGs last blog post..I can hear her warming up…

  19. For some reason, that photo of Lucy made me smile more than usual.

  20. Glad to see you knitting. Sending healthy vibes your way.

  21. So pretty. Sometimes some “mindless” and fast knitting just brings such a HUGE sense of accomplishment… Like using Cruise Control on a straight road. We don’t have to do “rallye racing” all the time. I’ve got three “tricky” wips going just now… and I’d love something in a big, loose, soft gauge!

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  22. It’s beautiful! I’m knitting my first shawl out of my own handspun and you’re right, the color changes keep the knitting exciting.

    Beckys last blog post..A day without knitting

  23. I Love that pattern! I did it in ShiBui sock for the LE swap. I have another OTN in Malabrigo. It blocks out wonderfully. I did the repeats as per pattern for the first and used less than half of the yarn. Smallish as stated in directions. OTN will have a few repeats added. Love the yarn, love the color.

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  24. Lovely shawl and quick progress too! I just cast on for a pair of Jaywalker socks using MadelineTosh–my first skein of it and I love how it’s coming out. I’m keeping my eyes out for Wollmeise, but I don’t suppose I’ll be lucky enough to snag any. Going to a rooftop Cubs game tonight and the sock is coming with me. I’ll likely be incoherent at work tomorrow morning but I DON”T CARE. ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. It looks alot like Fall! What nice yarn.

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  26. Wendy- Gold was my friends “menopause” color- whereby you start to become obsessed by a color you never noticed before. I love the Fir Cone pattern- and the yarn.
    Not that we are anywhere near menopause, you understand.

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  27. Love the color and pattern. I plan to do this shawl very soon. I don’t know how you get so much knitting done, only wish I could get as much accomplished. Miss Lucy looks rather Queenly today.

  28. I love the color (it is one of those colors that I’m sure that I could never wear, but I love it anyway). It makes me think of wheat fields drying in the sun.

  29. What a great pattern and beautiful colors. I’m sure you are going to enjoy knitting this project. I know I am (that is, going to enjoy you knitting this project) ๐Ÿ™‚

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  30. Beautiful work!!!

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  31. Pretty yarn and pretty pattern. A nice orange like that one feels right to be knitting with fall in the air. I saw my first orange leaves of the season yesterday.
    Lucy is so elegant!

  32. Oh very pretty. I think that’s the straw that means I have to buy Wrap Style now. I can always stick in a second bookcase on tracks right in front of the original so that I can have twice as much shelf space without having to give up any wall space right?

    Ronnis last blog post..Doesn’t everyone plan vacation around yarn shops?

  33. I too am knitting a Shetland Triangle out of handspun, and I agree with you–the handspun loveliness is going to keep me knitting once the lace fun starts to wane. I’ll knit until I run out of yarn as well, although mine will likely be much smaller than yours. You can see mine on my Ravelry page. It’s right here:
    Happy Shetland Triangling!

  34. Yes!!! Lucy is the queen. She looks so queening

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  35. The Shetland Triangle pattern is so, so easy, but the results are beautiful. You’ve got a winner with the pattern and the nice orange yarn, Wendy!

    MJs last blog post..Almost. Ready.

  36. Oh, and congratulations on the book! Whee! When I return to the US I’ll have to run out and get a copy!

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