My current work in progress:

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


Talisman Shawl

Before blocking:

I put the yardstick down for scale, but Lucy had her own ideas.

After blocking:

The dimensions are about 76″ across the top and 36″ down the back to the point.

Here’s a close-up:

And the bottom point:

I used about 800 yards (3 ounces) laceweight handspun merino/tencel yarn from The Opalescence. One could use any laceweight of comparable weight.ย 

I’ve started the Daily Sweater.

But I’ll talk about that tomorrow. ๐Ÿ™‚


  1. Kristi ~ Ohio says:

    Hi Wendy! I love, love, love your shawl. It turned out very lovely. Lucy’s doing a great job of helping you block it.

  2. Oh, it’s GORGEOUS (as is Miss Lucy of course!!) LOVE the pattern — do YOU like it — and have you decided if you’re going to make the pattern available or not?

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  3. I’m happy to see Lucy was supervising your progress. I’m sure she takes her job as quality control very seriously.

    The shawl is lovely. Well done!

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  4. that is really lovely! I just finished my first lace shawl, and it’s not great (it’s too small because I knitted it at too tight of a gauge) but nice enough to make me want to knit more lace! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. I love the intensity of the color before it was blocked. I have a question: if a shawl is knitted in a worsted weight wool, will it be denser and larger? I’ve not made a shawl and am intimidated by the size of it. I would try if I knew it could be bigger and especially denser, sorta like it looks unblocked but having been blocked. Thanks much!

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  6. I love your lace design! To me it looks sort of like a pendulum of a grandfather clock. Beautiful!

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  7. I love the shawl! What a gorgeous stitch pattern. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  8. Absolutely stunning – the stitch pattern and yarn are perfect together!

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  9. Wow, that was fast! The few times I’ve tried lace knitting I spend more time reading and re-reading the instructions, unpicking rows that have gone bad, and reading the instructions again. I guess I need more practice.

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  10. That shawl turned out beautifully. Didn’t you say earlier that you didn’t swatch it? Bravo. ~ksp

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  11. Lucy is particularly fond of that colorway, considering her ‘baby blues’. Beautiful shawl, indeed.

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  12. Oh, so pretty. To me the lace pattern looks sort of like little people raising their arms in praise…

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  13. It’s truly beautiful! Meezer-eye blue, eh? And of course Lucy knows how good she looks on blue!

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  14. SO gorgeous. Do you have a mini-editorial on the advantages/disadvantages of triangular vs. rectangular shawls? Not the knitting of them, because challenges aren’t the issue… but WEARING them. Which do you prefer? Thanks.

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  15. What a beautiful shawl–I love the color. Thanks for sharing! Looking forward to your progress on the Daily Sweater. Have you seen the new Nashua magazine? I just bought it today–really nice sweater patterns and a great cabled handbag.

  16. Beautiful shawl! I’m waiting for my new M-D knitting book to come in the mail and then I may join you on the sweater.

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  17. That lace is gorgeous! And you knit it up so fast! That would take me months.

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  18. The shawl came out beautifully. I remember when I first started knitting, I put a scarf on the floor so I could get a better picture of it, and my fiance’s cat decided to sniff it and lay near it, but he definitely is not as brave as Lucy.

  19. That shawl is absolutely gorgeous. Can’t wait for the pattern.

  20. Very pretty shawl, was worth the wait to see it finished. Cats alway seem to have their own ideas on things.

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  21. Beautiful! And it goes so well with Miss Lucy’s lovely blue eyes.

  22. NewJerseyLaura says:


  23. I so love your shawl! The coloring goes so nice with this type of stitch. I am really really hoping you will make this pattern available. Pretty please?
    -keeping my fingers crossed-

  24. Theresa in Italy says:

    You’ve done it again. The color of the yarn and the lace pattern are made for each other. It’s a beautiful shawl. If you’re keeping track of who’s asking for the pattern, count me in!

  25. I love this shawl. It’s like the ocean!

  26. Hey Wendy, your shawl is incredebly beautiful!! Hopefully you will release this pattern ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Wish you a good monday!

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  27. So very, very pretty and delicate … oh, and the Talisman Shawl is quite pretty as well. ; )

    Hope you and Lucy have a wonderful week ahead.


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  28. Wow! You finished that fast. Lovely pattern Wendy. Sweater time!

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  29. Your shawl looks great! I am trying not to be inspired to start laceweight shawls but I really just may have to give in. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  30. Your shawl is so beautiful! Great knitting! ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. Love the shawl! My dog does the same thing.

  32. Love the shawl! My dog does the same thing.

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  33. One word: GORGEOUS! Nothing quite like knitting with handspun, is there? ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. I love this shawl. I’ve done a fair amount of lace, but seeing your shawl reminds me that I’ve never done a really nice triangular shawl (stoles and circles, yes).

    Do you have any suggestions for blocking a circular shawl so it doesn’t end up with lots of little points? I just blocked my Pi Shawl and it looks a little peaky.

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  35. I love your shawl! The bottom point is especially pretty, too.

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  36. The shawl is GORGEOUS! Nice that Lucy approves also. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  37. That is a fabulous shawl, Wendy. Great colorway for it, too.

  38. BEAUTIFUL SHAWL! Wonderful color! And Lucy modeling.. well… puuurrrfect! luv.m. ๐Ÿ™‚