My current work in progress:

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


Shawl Progress

Here is a progress shot of my shawl-in-progress, as of this afternoon. It looks like I’ve made a lot of progress, doesn’t it?

(Note kitty feet in picture.)

That’s because the photo I showed you yesterday was taken Sunday afternoon. I’m a dirty rotten cheater, but I am owning up to it.

Here’s a close-up of one of the lace motifs.

I’m using a U.S. size 5 (3.75mm) needle to knit this. I didn’t swatch beforehand. I eyeballed the yarn, eyeballed the pattern, and picked a size. I wanted the resulting fabric to be lacy, but not too open, or I felt I’d lose some of the integrity of the motifs. When it comes time to block, I’ll do it somewhat gently. I often block shawls within an inch of their life, but that’s for stuff that really benefits from a severe blocking to open up the stitches. I think this design will be happy with moderate blocking.

Lucy sez:

“The work of a photo-stylist is never done.”


  1. Love the color! Hi Lucy-girl -prrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

  2. anne marie in philly says:

    steven and meredith say: “lucy, you work sooooo hard for your wildside salmon!” ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Could I borrow Miss Lucy for some of my photo work?

  4. Pretty! And I’m glad Lucy recovered from the hat incident!

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  5. Great job…I love when a project moves right along…thanks for explaining the blocking and needle size…

  6. The shawl is looking very pretty so far ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. What a lovely helper Lucy is! How ever could you work magic like this without her?

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  8. I really love that color. want (1000) Oooops, forgot where I was.

    That stitch pattern is really pretty.

    Denises last blog post..Yummy Spinning

  9. That is some of the most gorgeous yarn I’ve ever seen.

    Can’t wait to see the shawl as it progresses!

    You have been so productive, despite apparently not feeling the best, during the time I’ve been on vacation and offline. The Shetland Triangle shawl was amazing, and I loved the BSJ too — that yarn worked so well with it, and I wouldn’t have guessed it!

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  10. Theresa in Italy says:

    Just adding to the chorus of praise for your shawl!

  11. Love the pattern and it looks like lucy does too!!

  12. Looks like Lucy is scouting out the next place to take a nap!

  13. So pretty! (both the shawl and Lucy – the yarn compliments her eyes and coat!)

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  14. That color of yarn is scrumptious! Especially as it matches so well with Miss Lucy in that last picture ๐Ÿ™‚

    So many gorgeous shawls you’ve been doing lately.. it’s hard for a girl to choose which one she wants to knit… but until then, I have dishcloths *grin*

    mias last blog post..Time to make the HONEY!

  15. Lovely yarn and motif. Love the picture of the little cat feet poking up from the bottom of the picture. You can tell she’s just waiting for it to be big enough for Her Wholeself to lie on.

  16. She just loves being with mom and the yarney goodness, doesn’t she? ๐Ÿ™‚

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  17. Would love to get my hands on the pattern… Will you sell it later?