My current work in progress:

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


Back to Work

I dragged myself back to work today, whining all the while. After five days of being a lady of leisure and hanging out with good friends, it was not fun. There — don’t you feel sorry for me? ๐Ÿ˜‰

I am this close to finishing the Daily Sweater. If I had worked on it a bit more yesterday, it would be done now, but I was not in the mood. I spent a good part of the day playing with Lucy.

But here is the Daily Sweater, and tomorrow you will see it as a finished object. I’ve got half a cuff left to knit.

Book Giveaway

It seems like a few of you wanted this book, huh?

A number of you asked why I was giving it away. Well, I did consider keeping it for myself because it is a very nice book. But I am drowning in knitting books. I buy a lot of knitting books. And I am fortunate enough to be on the list to receive review copies of books from Potter Craft, and I take advantage of that. Most of those books I pass on to someone else. Because they were free to me, it seems like the right thing to do. Yes, I know I kept the Mason-Dixon Knitting book. Shhhhhh! you can’t have a rule without exceptions, right?

I was tempted to keep the Leapman book because it is a very nice book indeed, and full of stuff that I could see myself making at some point. But my rule of thumb is — is there something in there you want to cast on tomorrow? No? Then pass it on. I have approximately eleventy-billion cabled knits that I have made over the years, and I haven’t worn any of them for at least 3 or 4 years, given my internal thermostat issues. Since the focus of my knitting is elsewhere these days, I’d rather the book go to someone who might use and enjoy it now, rather than have it sit on my shelf for possibly years before I pull it down again.

Oh, here is the cabled skirt:

Okay, so on to picking a winner.

Over 600 comments! Wow! The random number generator chose comment #290, and that was Tiny Tyrant. Ms. Tyrant, I’ve emailed you. ๐Ÿ˜€

Thank you to everyone else who commented. I didn’t have time to respond to the comments individually, of course, but I read all of your comments and appreciate them all. It’s fun to meet “new” readers this way!

Tune in tomorrow, kids, for the completed Daily Sweater and for a sneak peak at my next project. For now, here is a shot of Ms. Lucy that shows off her pretty blue eyes.


  1. Well, the guy wearing it isn’t all that attractive, and … oh right the skirt… and I’m pretty sure I’d never wear it myself.

    Jigme Datse

  2. I love that I can now tell exactly where the lovely Lucy is sitting ๐Ÿ˜‰

    That’s a great philosophy on sharing those preview books and very generous of you to do so. I passed on my copy of Knit Two already, as mine was also a preview copy. Sharing the wealth so to speak ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I can’t wait to see the finished Daily Sweater. Also, how does one get on that list to review books, eh? ๐Ÿ˜‰ Some inquiring minds might like to know.

  4. Congratulations to Tiny Tyrant! I’m glad you survived work today. And Lucy survived without you.

  5. I wonder what your opinion is on hand knitted skirts. Yay or Nay.

    Congratulations to TinyTyrant.

  6. I could see wearing a cabled skirt, but I think I would want to choose a yarn that would make the cables more flattened. I mean, if I sit on it all day parts of it would be flattened anyway, so I might as well have it all be so.

    I only had the three days off, but it was definitely hard to go back to the groove this morning.

  7. Congrats Tiny!! Well, looks like I have other cables to work on…almost ready to cast on my sweater…yarn, right, need to decide already!!
    Eeny, meeny, myni…..baa!

  8. Katherine says:

    Feel sorry for you? I don’t think so! My class last night did not go ahead because of the holiday, so we are having it tonight instead. This makes for a 12-hour day today. No time for knitting, and I shouldn’t even be here! So, I am sorry, but you will get more sympathy from Lucy.

  9. Hmmm…you folks with the federal holidays are lucky to have had a long weekend! But…given all my friends who are facing layoffs (and me too – they have begun at my company) I think any of us with full-time work these days have to actually be thankful for the opportunity to whine a little about going in to work. (btw, this isn’t a criticism of your comment, just an observation since I can’t get the possibility of being laid off….off my mind)

    I’m looking forward to hearing how you like wearing the sweater – I think Calmer is such a fabulous yarn!

  10. OMGosh OMGosh OMGosh!

    Sometimes it pays to be late to the game.

    This is so cool.

  11. congrats Tiny…and to Lucy…geepers creepers…where’d you get those eyes….

  12. Great shot of Lucy Blue!

  13. This is odd –
    I cannot for the life of me figure out how to use circular needles on socks or anything else for that matter. There always seems to be too much needle loop for my project and I end up with a big loop hanging somewhere and stretched stitches with some funky-ness thrown in. It seems that if I go smaller then I don’t have enough room to move the needles properly and this is really mind-blowing for me. Tips, tricks or advise?

  14. Going back to work after a long weekend always stinks, doesn’t it? Looking forward to seeing the completed sweater!

  15. anne marie in philly says:

    steven and meredith say: “cousin lucy, mrow purr mrup meow!”

    (no translation cause mama doesn’t speak cat)

  16. That is one beautiful cat!

  17. You’re a tease, showing only that sleeve!!

    And those eyes are so gorgeous!! I wish they made contacts that color!!

  18. Your daily sweater is going to be a keeper, it appears. I’d like to make one, but the thought of all that stocking stitch in DK is too daunting. How do you think the sweater would work in worsted weight?

  19. Almost there! Can’t wait to seen the final sweater.

    You know, I’ve been trying to be more open to the concept of knitted skirts, but I’ll admit that that one does not make my “okay for me” list. Maybe if the cables kind of flared out like a gored skirt or something… I don’t know. This one seems like it wouldn’t be kind to the various lumps and bumps below my waistline.

  20. Congratulations Tiny Tyrant! I can’t wait to see your finished sweater. Still plodding along with my Allspice vest. I put it aside this week to work on sock. Speaking of which…

  21. I’m enjoying your progress on your Daily sweater and look forward to seeing it tomorrow. Is that a 12″ circular needle you are using for the cuff? How do you use it without hurting yourself? I flirted with 12″ needles very briefly for socks and I just couldn’t take the stress on my hands.

  22. Congratulations Tiny Tyrant! That’s a beautiful photo of Lucy, she has the most gorgous blue eyes … aside from my daughter, of course ๐Ÿ˜‰

  23. Playing with Lucy sounds like a wonderful way to spend the day! Bet she appreciated the attention. ; )

  24. I can’t wait to see the finished sweater. I’m glad you are almost done. I love the look of that sweater in the book.

  25. Yay – Tiny Tyrant won! She’s one of my faves (and having met her in person a few times, I’d know). Congrats Jenn! ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. Congratulations, Tiny!!! That’s super!

    Thanks for sharing a picture of the skirt! Geez.. that would be really cute on a waif!! Oh look, that’s who is wearing it! Go figure, eh?

    Your generosity is heartwarming!!

    P.S. I would have kept the Mason Dixon copy as well!

  27. Congratulations, Ms. Tyrant! Thanks for the chance, Wendy. :o)

  28. I look forward to seeing the sweater. Interesting–when I logged on tonight using the laptop I always use, it brought me to your mobile site…strange…

  29. Lucy has the most dazzling blue eyes I’ve ever seen on a cat – and they are charmingly crooked ๐Ÿ˜‰

  30. Give me a choice between knitting (or anything else) and playing with my fur babies and the fur babies will win everytime. ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. Belinda Giliberti says:

    That Lucy is so gorgeous and such a ham :-)! My ravelry ID is BelindaG if you want to PM me for anything or check out my project pages and stash. I have a bit of a sock yarn obsession. ๐Ÿ™‚

  32. congrats tiny!! looks like a fab book! i know what you mean , i have to head back to work today after almost a week off!!! i don’t wanna!

  33. considering my internal thermostat issues, I guess it’s a good think I didn’t win it after all… I’m all about cotton, silk, bamboo, and any blend thereof these days!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Cant wait to see the daily sweater finished and modeled, as the cables down the raglan in the book look a little “off” like the don’t sit quite in the right spot or something. So I’m waiting for your finished version, on you, critiqued by you, before I run out and buy yarn for this project!

  34. Theresa in Italy says:

    Congrats to Tiny Tyrant! Wendy, thanks for posting that photo of the cabled skirt—knitted skirts are so comfortable; if only I could find one that was flattering. And that one ain’t it. Lucy has the most mesmerizing eyes (and I think she knows it).