My current work in progress:

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



The question on the floor: could you knit The Daily Sweater from wool?

Absolutely! I think it would be great in wool. And when I say that, what I mean is great for someone other than me, someone whose internal thermostat still works properly. ๐Ÿ˜‰

In this sweater, Rowan Calmer knits to a gauge of 21 stitches and 30 rows to 4 inches. I get gauge on a 4.5mm (U.S. 7) needle. You could sub any wool yarn that will knit to the gauge. Calmer is a DK weight, so you have quite a variety of wools from which to choose. Knit Picks Merino Style would work beautifully, as would jo Sharp Classic DK Wool, or Rowan Pure Wool DK, or Debbe Bliss Merino DK, or a score of others.

I managed to get a few rounds in on my Daily Sweater last night. I’m not yet at the point where I’ll divide for sleeves and body. Because, of course, the rounds are getting longer and longer at this point, so each one is taking longer. And I’m spending less time knitting on it then I like.

Why, you ask? I’m on a mission to de-clutter and simplify. Mucking out, however, cuts into the precious knitting time.

Here is my latest pride and joy:

That would be my coat closet, with the old pole structure that had collapsed ripped out, and a new garment rack fitted handily in. (I really lucked out finding a rack that fix the closet almost perfectly) I would love to install a shelf above the new pole but alas, my handy-person skills do not extend to that. It’s not a “standard” width, of course and would involve some skill.

Heads Up!

Is anyone going to the SWAK Knit Out next May? Why do I ask? Oh, no particular reason . . .

Meanwhile back at the ranch, Lucy contemplates life.


  1. I’m quite envious of your neat coat closet–among other things

  2. If you’re going to be there, I’m looking into it. It’s a reasonable drive from where I am!

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  3. Oh, that closet is wonderful. Mine needs decluttering, too.

    SWAK sounds fantastic. It’s a little far from PA, but what a great long weekend!

  4. Thanks so much Wendy for answering the wool question. I’m glad I have Jo Sharp DK in my stash. Your sweater looks so nice and I love the color. Thanks again.

  5. The Daily Sweater is coming along great! I have the Knit Picks Merino Style… Hmmmmm.

    Oh, and how exciting for you and SWAK Knit Out!! I might have requested a brochure…..

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  6. The change of the seasons seems like such a perfect to clean out the clutter. That’s on my agenda for the next month. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. I moved over the summer and did MASSIVE decluttering. Massive. It’s sure a lot nicer though with all the JUNK gone!

    On the shelf, have you thought about just getting some standard shelf brackets (ask at Home Depot or any hardware store). You can usually get them to support a 12″ or 16″ shelf. Then you can just pick out a 1″ x 12″ or 1″ x 16″ board and have it cut to the appropriate length (Home Depot will do this although they might charge you a nominal charge to do it). If you’re not into the raw pine look and don’t want to paint the shelf, easy enough to cover it with fabric, or shelf paper. Instant shelf! Well….almost instant shelf.

  8. The closet looks great – decluttering is on my list of things to do! Thanks for the heads-up on SWAK – it’s only about 6 hours from here, so that’s doable! Difficulty is that it falls on son’s bday but he may not be around…DDIL may have plans…hopefully we can see you there!

  9. The sweater seems to be coming right along. I swap yarns all the time with my knitting.

    Need to contemplate decluttering here………. Ok, I’m done contemplating. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  10. Being a DIC Classy fan I gave some consideration to using it. I decided that, for me, wool is best of cardigans. It’s not cold enough here to wear wool worsted all day long.

    SWAK, I’d love it but it’s a long way to go. I may try for Spring Fling again but am trying to find “regional” retreats closer to home.

    I can’t wait to start my sweater. Better go work on my sweater vest…

  11. Gasp – that’s within driving distance! I could go! May I ask (if you know) – will you be teaching at TLE’s next retreat? I’d have to pick which one to try to get to…

  12. You know I will be there!!!!

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  13. Wow the brochure picture of you is really great, especially the hair!

  14. Well, I went to SWAK Knit Out last May. I think maybe I should now consider doing it again! I live in TN, but we combine it with a visit to the kids in Edmond and it worked great last time. He goes to play with granddaughters, I go knit (granddaughter time for me happens after the knitting is over).

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  15. Another possibility, in addition to Tracy’s suggestion, is to buy one of those wire shelves that just about any closet system has. If your closet is an odd size, there are some that are adjustable. All you need to know is how to drill a hole so that you can screw in the supports.

  16. I like the new coat rack. Making a shelf for the top sounds like fun! Any day I get to use a hand tool is a good day in my opinion ๐Ÿ™‚

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  17. You are solucky that Lucy contemplates life from the safety of the sofa. Unlike Peri who insited on comingwith us to the beach. The sweater looks fab.

    alisons last blog post..A morning stroll

  18. I have been reading your blog for years, but have never commented. I live very near SWAK and have already signed up for one of your sock classes. We have a pretty good time in in OK! Hope you are ready for a great time.

  19. Theresa in Italy says:

    SWAK sounds fantastic but getting there could be tricky (especially given that Italy’s flagship airline is collapsing faster than a paper cup sucked into a black hole)—but given that I have until May to work out a solution….

    Congratulations on your pristine closet and the progress on the sweater!

  20. The daily sweater is very cool indeed, but I too would need to do it cotton, or some other NON-wool yarn. I think when I get home, it’s going in my queue. Right now I’m on “vacation” in Greece, helping my daugher with a new born, and a 4 year old… I need a vacation from my vacation right now…

  21. So what you’re saying is, your inner child is playing with matches?

  22. NewJerseyLaura says:

    Cleaning is therapeutic — when it is finished!! You are inspiring me to clean out my closets. Right now I just look aside when I open them (in denial, and in once instance – in defense of possible falling object). Good luck!

  23. Thank you for hosting the Daily Sweater KAL. I am doing the size medium and frogged it once because I thought I had made a mistake; HOWEVER, I think the chart is wrong. The numbers in the chart for rows 3 and 4 don’t match the written instructions for these rows and than the rest of the rows aren’t correct either. I have not found any document errata on this but I think I’m right. What do you think?

  24. Heard from Kay – the charts are the numbers you have AFTER you have worked that round. It is in number 5 of how to use the charts. For me this was the kind of “at the same time” mistake. You need to read it all; I do hope this helps someone else.

  25. You are reminding me how much stuff I still need to put on Freecycle. At least we finally got rid of the moving boxes (from January!)!

    P.S. Hope the medical stuff is coming along.

  26. I would love to go to SWAK. I used to live very near there. However, I moved to KC last year. Too bad.

    FarOutMoms last blog post..not me Monday

  27. Just stopping by to say good day to you and Lucy, see how you both are doing. Too bad you can’t put in that shelf you would like above the coat rack, but at least had the good fortune of finding a rack pole that would fit properly.

    Have a good day,

  28. Most hardware or home improvement stores sell simple brackets and will cut your boards to size, and a lot of them have employees who do “handyman” chores for a nominal fee. (I’d recommend my brother who is an excellent carpenter/craftsman but he lives on the left coast.) My husband and I just replaced all of the brackets holding up our collapsed closet rods with metal ones (the house came with plastic brackets?!) and we took the opportunity to do a little clearing out before we put the clothes back. Now I just have to remember to take the box to Goodwill.

  29. I think the Home Depot will cut things to length for you if you know the closet’s measurements.

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  30. I have two words for you…black cohosh.

    Ask me how I know…

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  31. Where can I get the pattern for the Daily Sweater?