My current work in progress:

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


Behold. It’s a Shawl.

I am knitting a shawl from my yummy handspun yarn.

The yarn is handspun merino/tencel blends, purchased from The Opalescence. It’s laceweight — just over 100 grams and 895 yards. The colorway is a lovely shimmering blue-green and is called Hanauma Bay.

The shawl is my own design. It’s triangular, and the lace motif is sort of shaped like a medallion. I’m calling the pattern “Talisman Shawl” for reasons that are obvious to me. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I decided to knit another handspun shawl because I enjoyed knitting my Shetland Triangle so much using the lovely handspun I got from Zarzuela’s Fibers. And I’m happy to say that Opal’s yarn is fabulous too. I’m in awe of her spinning. Check out this close-up:

I love the sheen and drapeyness of this yarn. The tencel is no doubt responsible for that. I think this will be a wonderful airy shawl when it is done.

In other news, Lucy forgave me very quickly for my appalling gaffe in photographing her wearing a hat. My apology included poached chicken breast. She even consented to ham it up for the camera.


  1. ooh, pretty! I adore blues and greens and love the way it’s looking in pattern!

  2. Very pretty start to your shawl.

    For a minute there, I thought you had finished another shawl and I was going to be forced to hate you a little for it. ;^) Instead, I’m looking forward to seeing the finished shawl with Opal’s gorgeous handspun.

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  3. Awesome…love the color..cant wait to see the finished shawl…what size needle are you using???

  4. Beautiful!!! Knowing how pics on the internet don’t always do knitting or yarn justice I am guessing that it is even more beautiful in real life.

    Cheers >^..^<

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  5. Leslieileen says:

    Nice to see that Lucy has a forgiving heart ๐Ÿ™‚ Maybe she thinks you’re making a blanket for her? After all is is in her color.

  6. Sigh…the shawl is so beautiful! And the yarn is so thin!

    Yes, poached chicken breast heals all (psychic) kitty wounds.

  7. Opal is a great spinner! She has a wonderful eye for color. I can’t wait to see the finished product of her handspun.

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  8. the start of something lovely! i read “talisman shawl” and without thinking, reached up to touch the pendant i wear. may it bring you good luck!

  9. BELLY FLUFF! Squeeee!

  10. I’m glad to see the Lucy has forgiven you, chicken does wonders.

    Your new shawl is absolutely beautiful, can’t wait to see the finished product.

  11. As a novice spinner, I am in awe of both these ladies’ handspun. I can’t imagine spinning anything as fine as laceweight. I’m still practicing though.

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  12. Oh, my! And I just spent 45 minutes practicing my spinning which looks nothing like Opal’s. Sigh! But being a new spinner I shall just mutter under my breath, “Practice makes perfect!” and look at your shawl for inspiration.

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  13. Errr, that’s not an apology; it’s bribery. ๐Ÿ™‚

    The shawl is looking wonderful!

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  14. Handspun laceweight. Unbelievable. I have soooo much practicing to do…

    (And your shawl is beautiful so far!)

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  15. Another beautiful shawl in the works, I will enjoy watching your progress. I am getting ready to start my first, your work has inspired me to try one. I am curious what size needle you are using for this project?

  16. That looks like a really fine and evenly spun yarn. I love those blues.

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  17. nicole/sweden says:

    wait a min, that’s a nicole wave from lucy if i’ve ever seen one.
    it only looks like a poached chicken satiation gesture.

  18. I do realize the yarn is not pink โ€“ but Iยดd nevertheless love to see a REAL closeup of this beautiful yarn. Please?

    And Iยดm sure Lucy is just biding her time.

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  19. Handspun. Laceweight. Gorgeous hand-dyed colours. I am in awe of Opal’s skill and talent. Any idea what sort of wheel she uses? There must be some crazy ratios going on there. Either that, or she has the calves of a Tour de France participant. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Lace knitting canlook vaguely…unpromising…while it’s IP, but this project is already showing its star potential. Can’t wait to see it blocked. Hope your “Talisman” buoys your spirits. I’ll keep praying just the same, though, ‘kay?

  20. Gorgeous yarn you’ve got there! Can’t wait to see the next shawl evolve. Lucy is just too cute!

  21. Opal’s yarns are amazing! I have Blue Heron, and am still trying to decide how to knit it up. Your shawl in Hanauma Bay is going to be stunning! (Wish I could go to Hanauma Bay this afternoon…when I lived in Honolulu I got out there a lot.)

  22. Yes, Lucy, I think she served up adequate penance, don’t you?
    My Mommie sends
    To your Mommie

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  23. Poached chicken breast does sound like a requisite part of a proper apology for such a thing! And that yarn looks yummy too!

  24. Lovely start of a new project and yummy yarn! Lucy, you are such a sweet kitty and I love that photo! Mommy has to tease a little bit from time to time! luv.m.

  25. Ahhh furry Lucy tummy!

    And curly Lucy toes!

    Anyway, the shawl is gorgeous. As I was looking at it, I was thinking that your are like the Jimi Hendrix of knitting. Jimi’s guitar was totally customized – the magnets were switched around and all that – and he was a left handed guitarist on a right handed guitar, so everything he played was played upside down. And consequently nobody can duplicate his phsycedelic sound.

    In the same way, nobody could ever exactly duplicate your knitting, Wendy, because you use all those gorgeous handspuns and make up half your patterns as you go along. It would be hard, unless you had already earned your Wendy Knits Junior Stalker pin, ha ha.

    Just a thought. ๐Ÿ˜€

  26. Beautiful colors for the shawl. Can’t wait to see your new pattern emerge. Hi Lucy!!

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  27. It’s so exciting to see my yarn being transformed into something delicious by such a talented lady. ๐Ÿ™‚

    To answer Liz in IN, I use a Majacraft Suzie to spin up the singles then I use my Lendrum DT to ply. Now I think I’ll wander off before my face bursts into flames from the intense blushing that has ensued.

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  28. Are you releasing it as a pattern?

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