My current work in progress:

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


Whoa, Baby!

Wow — over 400 comments were posted in response to the book giveaway. ๐Ÿ˜€

I asked the random number generator to give me two numbers and it obligingly returned with 108 and 243. So, the authors of comments 108 and 243 are the winners, and happily, one preferred the sock book and one preferred the Starmore book. I love when things work so smoothly.

Ellen wins Favorite Socks and Wannietta wins Fisherman Sweaters. I have emailed both you lovely ladies.

Thank you to everyone who left a comment, but more importantly, thank you to the very generous Pamela B. for giving away these books. You totally rock!

Now, Do Alert the Media

For I have completed the never-ending stockinette on the body of the Daily Sweater and am working on the never-ending k1p1 ribbing at the bottom.

I know what you are thinking: “What a wuss! Whining about a little ribbing.” What you may not know is that before you embark on the ribbing, you increase a lot of stitches. This ensures that the ribbing does not pull in at the bottom. The sweater is split at the point of the ribbing, and you work the front and back separately — so you have a little slit up each side. So that this does not look odd, you want the bottom to be nice and flat and not all pulled-inny. Hence the increases.

I am pleased to report that my ribbing is all nice and flat and not pulled-inny. I’m still on the front and have to do 2.5 inches, so hopefully I can start the back tomorrow. And then . . . on to the sleeves!

Now if you’ll excuse me, I am having special guests come to stay with me this weekend so I need to go do some things in preparation.

Lucy sez:

“I can ‘t wait til our special guests get here. They are coming just to see me, right?”


  1. Hope it’s a great visit!

    More laps for Lucy!

  2. Oh boy, Lucy will be able to be adored by even more people, which is always a good thing. Enjoy your company!

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  3. No wonder you dreamed about K1P1 ribbing last night. I’m sure I’ll whine about it when I get there. I’m no fan of ribbing and since I’m a thrower, that makes it worse or, at least, some of my picker friends tell me.

    Have a nice relaxing long weekend with your special guests

  4. Thank you so much Wendy & Pamela!! I’m thrilled to have won and this is a most excellent way to wrap up a relentless week and kick off a Thanksgiving weekend!

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  5. Congratulations, Ellen and Wannietta! Thank you, Wendy, Pamela, and Lucy for another fun contest. :o)

  6. Congrats to Ellen and Wannietta!

    Lucky Lucy!

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  7. Congrats lucky winners!

    K1P1 ribbing puts me in a trance, you are my hero for staying sane!

    Have fun with your company! (Maybe you can get one to knit the ribbing)

  8. Thanks, Wendy and Pamela! I have looked at this book many times and just never bought it for fear that the sock patterns would be beyond me. I am going to give some a try now! It’s not Thanksgiving here in the States yet, but winter is just around the corner – great knitting weather.

  9. Don’t blame you for whining about the ribbing. I would rather do endless stockinette stitch.

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  10. Theresa in Italy says:

    Congrats to the winners! And you should probably get a prize as well for plowing through K1P1 ribbing on an inflated number of stitches. I agree with Megan S.’s comment above about going into a trance, but if it looks as good in the end as yours does, I guess it’ll be worth it. Have a great weekend and enjoy your company!

  11. Katherine says:

    Who is the special guest???
    And, congratulations to the winners!

  12. I am a silent follower and adoring fan of Lucy, I just had to post and say how lionish her stance looks in the picture!

  13. My DH and I have an ongoing ….um…dialog about ribbing. He’s from the school that thinks that ribbing that doesn’t pull in (and the sweater blouse) makes one look “chunky”. Of course, all the clothing you see these days are made to go loosely over the waistband. I’m not sure.

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  14. NewJerseyLaura says:

    Clever construction to increase at ribbing so it will lay flat! And how b o r i n g to knit, but so worth it in the end when the fanny is so s m o o t h. I bet you’re wearing the sweater by now! Or at least this weekend.

  15. Special friends!! YAY! Have fun Wendy. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  16. Have a a great weekend with your special guests. ๐Ÿ™‚ The ribbing is looking good.

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  17. I love the looks of your Daily Sweater…can’t wait till my yarn comes to start mine. (ok, and I finish a couple of things)

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  18. anne marie in philly says:

    is auntie L-B coming to visit lucy?

    hope the visitors bring lucy (and wendy) something special!

  19. Congrats to the winners. Hope your weekend is fun-filled.

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  20. Oh Lucy, of course they are coming to see you. But you must understand they will have to pay some attention to your mommy, just to be polite and so she doesn’t feel left out.

  21. “Of course, Sweet Lucy, who comes to see the human in a house?”

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  22. I remember when I made my first sweater, which was a very boring design as well with miles and miles of stockinette. So boring, in fact, that I decided to cut the stockinette about an inch short, thinking, “What difference could it possibly make?”

    Yeah…won’t be trying that again… ๐Ÿ˜€

  23. Enjoy your weekend.

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  24. Wendy, doesn’t Lucy think that everyone comes to see her! I know that my dog thinks that anyone that comes to visit has come to see her. She loves all the attention she can get, and I bet that Lucy is the same way.

    Have a great weekend!