My current work in progress:

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


Orange You Glad?

Several of you have remarked that while you are generally not a fan of the color orange, you really like the color of my shawl in progress. Me too!

I’ve never gone out of my way to knit with orange, nor do I have much in the way of orange in my wardrobe.Β  But the yarn I’m using for my Shetland Triangle is, to quote Jessica, like liquid sunshine. I can’t stop looking at it. It’s such a happy color.

I’ll be keeping this shawl for myself, and it will likely live at my office. What could be better than wrapping yourself in a cloak of sunshine when work sucks?

Marion asked:

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.

This question makes me smile, because I am imagining giving patterns “dog” ratings. “This is a two-dog pattern — you can knit it with two dogs in your lap.” Perhaps an icon system of little dogs to designate how many dogs you could have on your lap while knitting. Tiny icons for chihuahuas, and big icons for Irish wolfhounds.

Where was I?

Can you knit this pattern with dogs on your lap? It depends, I guess, on how experienced a knitter you are. If you have knit lace before, you should be able to. I am knitting mine balancing one cat and one MacBook Air in my lap most of the time. As I said, the pattern is easily memorizable. If you haven’t memorized it, a glance at the chart at the beginning of each row should be enough.

I’ve got a row counter in play as well, to help keep track. I will be making this larger than the pattern directs, as the original is a rather small shawl. I will be knitting until I run out — don’t want to waste any of the precious handspun!

Lucy sez:

“I want to be alone.”


  1. Liquid sunshine would be just the thing in the middle of winter.

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  2. If Lucy lived here, she’d be saying, “Why are you talking about dogs when there’s a perfectly good cat here to talk about?”

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  3. Normally I’m not a big fan of bright orange, but this yarn is so cheery I have to make an exception for it!

  4. Knitting with one cat on my lap is challenging, two is downright impossible. I can’t imagine trying to knit with a dog! I admit I like the idea of an animal-based difficulty rating πŸ™‚

    That shawl would make me feel like a kitty sitting in a pool of sunshine.

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  5. Blue is officially my favorite color, but I keep gravitating toward orange ever since my grad school stint at the Univ of Tennessee (Go Big Orange) πŸ™‚ Then throw in the Fall factor, and I have to rein in my urge to buy yet another sock yarn featuring autumnal foliage colors!

  6. I’m one of those who really doesn’t care for orange. But this one is gorgeous. I’d happily make an exception

  7. It does look pretty! I too am not really a fan of orange, just you’re right, wrapping yourself in sunshine is a good thing to do at the office!

    It’s rather a shame that if I wore orange, it’d make my skin look rather sickly. Red’s fine on me, but orange just looks nasty!

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  8. needleglyphs says:

    I love it when I have a pattern already in one of my books, yippee!! I can’t wait to try this one out, love Evelyn Clark.

  9. Leslieileen says:

    That is such a gorgeous color – more like an rosy orange sherbet.

    My boss has already said they’re turning the heat down this winter so I’ll be making something larger (denser, heavier than lace weight) to use this winter at work too.

  10. Hi Wendy, I love the colour it is very similar to some I am spinning myself. I suppose I am a child of the 70,s and have always worn orange. Even had a burnt orange silk suit, now that used to get some comments!

    As for “dog” patterns how about cat ratings!! It would depend on the cat/dog. “Patches” our resident moggy can sleep on my lap for an hour or more with me happily knitting and all of a sudden she “attacks”. Many is the time I have had to be “rescued” by my partner as knitting and cat and I get all entwined in yarn and needles. She even bit through some copper wire I was knitting once. Now she either sits on the footstep next to me or sits on her “daddies” knee instead.

    She likes undivided attention and he strokes her all the time! Spoilt cat!

    Cheers from a slightly drier and sunnier NZ, roll on summer.

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  11. Hmmm, is a 3-chihuahua pattern the same as a 1-german shepherd pattern? Beautiful shawl!

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  12. Ha ha! I love the idea of an animal rating system.

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  13. I agree that a cat rating system would also be helpful. For instance I can’t knit with 14″ straight needles with two cats next to me.

  14. that is a gorgeous orange and a gorgeous shawl-in-progresss πŸ™‚

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  15. I knit your Cabletini socks in a color similarly like sunshine – it’s amazing how jappy I felt just by pulling out the knitting! Your shawl looks lovely.

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  16. One dog on the lap I can handle, but when said dog gets the yarn wrapped around his tail and decides to race out of the room, it gets a little tough to carry on!

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  17. The socks I have OTN are officially a 1 cat rating because I usually dont have more than one on my lap at any time πŸ™‚ Usually tho I have 2 or more sitting somewhere near me at all times!
    I love Orange and I’m thinking that color would be perfect for socks or a knitted Tee Shirt or Sweater as well as the Shawl you are making. Which is beautiful by the way πŸ™‚

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  18. NewJerseyLaura says:


  19. Try knitting with a lovebird on your shoulder… sidling down your arm… nibbling at the wool… pulling out your stitches. And all the while the cat on your lap tries to play with the ends of your needles.

    Maybe there’s something to be said for pet turtles…

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  20. An orange cloak of sunshine is a fab idea! I think I need one of those! πŸ™‚

  21. I LOVE the color Orange. I am a Tennessee native and my blood runs orange so I can’t think of a better color.

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  22. I think I’m having almost as much fun watching you knit this up as I did dyeing and spinning it!! I’m not a warm color gal myself but this one sure is striking a cord with me lately. Must be the approaching cold weather.

  23. Liquid sunshine indeed. It is looking wonderful!

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  24. Thanks for the dog rating. There are two of them, the smallest is about 65 pounds. They just Think they are lapdogs.

    How large will this be when it is blocked?

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  25. I think this color is like the fall sun and bright hues of trees golden with the change of season. It is in anticipation for fall and it’s cooler temperatures, then winter with the cold that one must knit just to keep fingers nimble!
    On the other hand, it’s a peaches ‘n’ cream or a delightful orange sherbet if you’re hungry! It is a beautiful color and the pattern looks stunning!

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  26. Wendy – I love the comment to the comment about the rating system. That was really funny and clever!

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  27. You made me laugh! I just cannot imagine knitting with one Irish wolfhound in my lap let alone 2 or more. Not a pretty picture. Love the color, loks more like a really rosy golden rather than orange. But then, I guess orange is a really rosy golden color…

  28. I adore the orange.It is one of my favorite happy colors.You can’t not be happy if you are looking at orange.The shawl is looking marvelous!

  29. I have to agree, that is a fabulous shade of orange! It reminds me very much of how the leaves are [already] starting to change color up here (Maine).

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  30. I liked the 2-dog question also. At my house, it’s a dog, a cat, my knitting and sometimes a chart or pattern.

    Tell Lucy I’m not “offended” by that beautiful tail whether she wants to be left alone or not.

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  31. Yes, it’s orange, but it’s not ORANGE!!!!, you know? It’s a rather pleasant orange. Lucy’s tail is impressively beautiful.

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  32. I’m knitting a pair of fuzzy orange foot shapes for my bedroom floor that is just about that shade of orange!
    It is delicious, isn’t it?
    I go to high school but I keep a mohair blanket in my locker. πŸ™‚

  33. OHH! A Fluffy Britches shot of the Mz Lucy!
    Whoohoo! Pretty fluffy britches…

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  34. I don’t recommend any dogs on laps if they are 120 lbs and shedding black hair like mine. Still I’m sure Lucy could take care of her.

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  35. And I so wasn’t going to knit a shawl next! πŸ™‚

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  36. Maybe the problem with the color is the word used to describe it. “Orange” is just not a pretty word–no flow or something (and nothing rhymes with it.) It’s like the word “yogurt.” I know people who won’t eat it just because the word sounds so awful. (Ok, weird I know, but true!0

    How about the Spanish instead: “naranja” (silent ‘j’) Or we should call the fruit an orange but the color “sunshine” or “warm glow” or something. The color is beautiful, but the word lacks something. Talk amongst yourselves: new word for the color orange.

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  37. What a beautiful shawl…and I’m also not an orange fan, but that shade is stunning! I love the idea of a dog/cat on the lap rating for patterns. My St. Bernard (also a Lucy) insists on having her head in my lap (the only bit that fits) and shoving her face in my knitting… she must love the wool fumes.

  38. I love this cat!!!

  39. Well you know there has to be a reason why God invented orange – other than to be on a wrinkly piece of fruit. And being all knowing, there was no doubt it was because someday someone would make yarn that looked like that so you could make a shawl that would be your sunshine when the weather was sucky.

    That’s my story and I’m sticking with it!

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  40. this cat is beautiful

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  41. this cat is beautiful

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