My current work in progress:

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



Thank you for weighing in on the issue of civility (or lack thereof). I could go on and on and on about this topic, but I’ll spare you. Just think of it as my way of being civil to you. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I did crank out a wee bit more on the body of my sweater.

At this point I’ve got almost two repeats of the lace pattern done, and I need three repeats before I start the rib pattern.

I’m toying with the idea of making the sleeves for this wrist length — the pattern has three-quarter length sleeves. I think I’ve got enough yarn, though time will tell on that. Or to put it another way, all will be revealed in the fullness of time.

In the meantime, I’m thinking about the next project. It may be this:

This lovely shawl is in the book Alt Fiber, by Shannon Okey. The pattern is called “Midnight Lace Stole” and it is designed by Sivia Harding. The pattern calls for 3 skeins on Handmaiden Sea Silk. I might have already (cough, cough) bought the yarn.

The shawl has an unusual shape. It is not evident from the photo in the book, but if you look at the design’s Ravelry page, you’ll see that it is not a rectangle, but has a wedge-shaped center panel. I think this will make it easy to wear. It gives it a bit of a curve around the neck so it will sit nicely on the shoulders. Clearly, Sivia Harding is a genius of engineering.

And this shawl is beaded. I’m not a fan of beaded knitting, but I might actually break down and do the beading on this one.Now to find the perfect beads. I think I’ll start at Earth Faire (that’s where Sivia got the beads for hers). I’ll keep you posted on my bead acquisition hijinks. Like you had a choice anyway.

In other news, Lucy has not yet convinced me to turn on the heat.


  1. The sweater is gorgeous!!!!! I also like the shawl pattern and the yarn (cough, cough). Can’t wait to see the pictures.

  2. The sweater is looking great!
    I love seasilk! I don’t have much patience knitting with beads, but sometimes a pattern just makes you want to. I had a similar experience with Susan Pandorf’s Moroccan Days shawl. Still working on it, but so pretty and so worth it!

  3. Will you bead the knitting by pre-stringing, crochet hook or SuperFloss? I like Superfloss best….it’s so portable, with the beads on the floss, and the cats don’t get at the beads with it!

  4. I just love that sweater. As soon as I can, I’m picking up that magazine and starting yet another project….

  5. Wowie zowie, I love that shawl! Can’t wait to see it started! And your sweater is just lovely – almost matches the Lovely Lucy’s eyes.

    Lucy should consider herself VERY lucky. Here, where I live in SoCal, the temp is hovering around 92 degrees with very little humidity (think of your skin resembling sandpaper). At this time of year I do envy those living in a climate with a cool autumn. Luv.m.

  6. Oooh, that shawl looks lovely! I haven’t yet tried any of Sivia Harding’s designs, but they are all so beautiful. (I’m lace phobic, but I’m trying to psych myself up for the Norwegian Woods Shawl; I have the pattern and the yarn ready and waiting…perhaps until I can take a class with Sivia. (I’m so lucky: she’s a local!)

    Hold your ground re: heat. Lucy is beautiful, but wrong on this issue, methinks. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Oooh, so it’s like a modified faroese, but in a stole? How is it constructed?

    Beautiful colors, btw. If you don’t find beads at Earthfaire, (which I’d be mighty surprised at), there’s also Fire Mountain Gems, which has a killa (so huge I had to misspell it) selection of all different sizes, styles and colors.

    Looking forward to more hijinks. Hi to Lucy from Sneakers.

  8. That’s a beautiful shawl pattern. Fusion beads is a very good online site to buy beads also ( They have a large selection, good service and free shipping. I’ve had very good experiences with them.

  9. I REALLY like the shawl. I love that it is shaped that way. Sort of a Faroese stole!
    Oh no, this means I have to make one.

  10. I’m looking forward to watching your rapid progress pics on the shawl when you start it. Wendy, do you plan on alternating skeins for that project? I’ve never done a multiple skein project with Sea Silk so was wondering what your thoughts are on variability and handling that.

  11. Sweater is lovely and the shawl will be fabulous. It was oh so cold here today. Only about 43 degrees so had to put heat on, yuk.

  12. Shawls shawls every where shawls.. Breaking up the scenery.
    Oh! No singing – bad Megan.

    I had some silk lace weight once. It was soooo slippery I had to walk away from it. I am interested to see how you like the feel of yours.

  13. Well, if you can’t find suitable beads at Earth Faire, then be sure to check out I won’t tell you how many hours I’ve lost wandering their store……thankfully they have a coffee/snack bar to give you sustenance through your shopping!

  14. I’m really loving the sweater color–it will be gorgeous on you, I think.

  15. PICAdrienne says:

    I agree with LizA., Shipwreck Beads is huge. I love the sidewalk in front, beads are in the cement. Next time I go, I should take a picture.

    I like all of your socks, but I admit it is fun to watch other items grow on your blog, especially when my own knitting is stagnating on hats for my son’s football team. (Pre-teen boys asking for handknits, I feel obligated to oblige!)

  16. I am loving that sweater so far! As an aside, isn’t Sivia Harding just the greatest? My first lace was a beaded scarf by her, and I love it.

  17. Oh! A beautiful and stunning shawl. Let me know how you end up liking the beading part. I can’t make myself do it yet..

    You always find the best patterns! Such inspiration. Thanks Wendy. ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. I have to tell you…the shawl is still living with me for the moment, and I am just in LOVE with it — it really does hang beautifully on the shoulders. Now that I’ve got the contributors’ copies of the books, I’m kind of dreading sending it back. (Whoops, did I just say that out loud?)

  19. Love the sweater and yes make it have long sleeves. And turn on the heat for Lucy, if it is as cold as it is here she needs heat!!!

  20. That shawl is high on my list too, especially after knitting Sivia’s lovely Waves in the Square shawl, which uses the same shaping technique: it really does make the wrap stay on your shoulders.

  21. lovely! i actually enjoy a bit of beading, lol, the only thing i can do with a crochet hook!

  22. Michele In Maine says:

    Oh, yes, go for the beads! I just blocked my first beaded Swallowtail last night and the beads really make it. If you use the crochet method it’s really simple. Waves in the Square is next with Mini-Maiden in Peridot with matching beads.

    My heat came on unexpectedly last night when I got home and I immediately put a stop to it and built a fire in the woodstove instead! My cats were a bit disappointed at first but they do like the wood fires, I think.

  23. I’m not turning the heat on yet. Yes it’s 30F outside here when I get up in the morning but the kat kids are just going to have to suffer. They have enough fur to handle it. I do though think that Knitting Hubby’s snuck the heat on for a few morning showeres. (He gets up after I leave for work)

  24. That shawl looks quite lovely. I would really like to learn how to do beaded knitting. I will have to add that to my new year’s to do list.

  25. Hijinks indeed!!! Thank you for noticing the unusual center back panel, Wendy! To me, this was the best part of the stole and it was unfortunately not pictured. I will stay tuned to see how you do with the beads ! If nothing else, they add incredible drape so I hope you persevere…

  26. The stole/wrap looks stunning. I love the results I have had knitting with beads, though it can diminish portability a lot. For the crochet hook method, I try to get my beads into a tube with a cover like a tic tac box, so I can more easily just get out one or two when I need them. It’s either that or I cart around one of my large bead boxes and hope that the entire thing doesn’t open in transit!

  27. Hi, Wendy, you can do it! Bead a shawl! Judging by your other fine work shown in your blog, it’ll be a piece of cake. ๐Ÿ™‚

    at Rings & Things

  28. ceciliadav says:

    My three sit in the sun and follow it around but if cloudy into the bedroon on the down comforter. And at night, it is under the covers. I agree with you 100% about chatting when people get to work, the very annoying cell phone rings but my pet peeve is “loud talkers” and inappropriate conversation out loud. cd

  29. That yarn should be lovely with that shawl. I love the crescent in the center

  30. I surprised myself about the beading – I am loving making and wearing shawls with beads – just a little bit of sparkle or accent for the lace. I’ve even been adding beads to lace patterns that don’t call for beads, with good results. I’m not a granny, but I seem to favor pretty muted colors, so to me, a beautiful gray shawl sometimes looks granny-ish without some added something. Also, beads add a little heft to the fabric, making it stay where you put it. I usually use beads that are the same color as the yarn so there’s no contrast – and it doesn’t shout “Hey here’s some beads on some lace”, it’s more like “look, that lace has some beads in it”. I put some really nice camel colored glass pearls on a camel “shetland triangle” – turned out fantastic.
    Hope you have fun – I’m going to have to check out this pattern also.

  31. The shawl looks beautiful, love the colour yarn you will be using. Heat wise, here in theLand of the “Frozen Tundra” also known as Lambeau field , Really most of Wisconsin, we have turned on the heat and the “master of all he surveys” (Achrimedes) and Spazzy have found the prime heater duct locations.Hope you weekend is peaceful and full of knitting a beading