My current work in progress:

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


Happy Hump Day

We made it to Wednesday, kids! ๐Ÿ˜€

Busy busy busy day today. Heck, it has been a busy busy busy week. But I have managed to finish the body of the sweater.

I plan to join the shoulders, knit the neckband, and then knit the front bands before I finish the sleeves. I like to get that finishing stuff out of the way before the sleeves are done, because when I complete the sleeves, I really like being able to just attach them to the body as the last step. Then the sweater is good to go.

(The truth is that I do have the first sleeve started — it’s been my commuter knitting this week.)

Speaking of sleeves, they are constructed like one would “normally” construct sleeves. Knit flat from the bottom up, the sleeve cap is shaped by a series of bind-offs. Nothing fancy like short rows. I’ll likelt mattress-stitch the sleeve into the armhole. I don’t like to backstitch heavier yarns like this because I can never do it as neatly as I’d like.

Oh, I’ve got the buttons for this sweater — wanna see?

And I’ve got the beads for my next project — the beaded shawl I was yapping about last week. Wanna see?

Sorry for the not-so-great photo — it’s dark and gloomy so I had to use the flash.

All the beads I ordered came in the mail yesterday (I ordered 5 different possibilities). These beads jumped out as the right ones. I showed all the choices to an artistic friend today, and she picked these as well. So I’m really looking forward to getting started on the shawl. But I won’t until I finish my current project.

Thanks to all of you who offered your opinion on the knitting as entertainment topic yesterday. As always, I enjoyed reading your thoughts.

Lucy sez:

“Not only has she still not turned on the heat, she has the windows open again.”


  1. Those beads look great, and I’m loving the sweater progress!!

  2. i love those buttons and will have to check out the site where you got them. I need some buttons for an Austrian Dirndl I am making.

  3. Poor wee Lucy, with her “mommy” not bowing to her every whim

  4. I’m really liking this sweater. I’m thinking of adding it to my “to knit” list. I think I have some stash yarn that will work nicely. I don’t like to assemble (my one real UFO is a coat that’s been off the needles for 2 years now and lacks assembly–maybe Thanksgiving weekend) but from what I can tell the sleeves are the only real “assemble” part so might not be too bad.

  5. Great buttons! I love the shawl yarn and beads. I’ve just gotta do a shawl with beads – some day! The beads are a perfect match!

    Lucy kitty, the invite to So Cal is still standing. ๐Ÿ˜‰ A little cooler today (thank heavens) but definitely not gloomy. I said to Brad the other night as we watched the Series, “Wow. Cold and wet. What a concept!” Not that I could tolerate the weather in PA, but at that moment it would have been a refreshing change! luv.m.

  6. Love, Love, Love the sweater…are the buttons silver or gold???

  7. Love the buttons.

    Remind Lucy that she’s got a fur coat. Although my dog figured out the one button remote for the gas fireplace, and if my husband leaves it anywhere except high on the mantle, the dog turns on the fireplace. Crazy.

    Elysbeths last blog post..Yarn – not Yawn.

  8. The sweater is really gorgeous. I know I’ve said that before, but it gets increasingly so with each completed step.

  9. Lucy, My husband’s retired and he has the wood stove going all the time. You just get into a cab and give him our address, ok? I’ll pay your fare ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. That sweater looks good even without sleeves and the buttons are simply lovely.

    It snowed in London today BTW.

    Mandellas last blog post..House, Sew, Knit, Muse

  11. I love the color and pattern of your current project. The buttons will be gorgeous on it.
    Do you have a shawl pattern selected or are you “winging it”? I made a beaded scarf two years ago as a Christmas gift. It turned out beautifully, but was almost heavy enough to be a weapon LOL!

    Knittys last blog post..Ready to groan? Halloween Humor

  12. Pretty choice of beads for the yarn. I’m glad Fusion Beads worked out for you.
    I’ve appreciated all your sweater blocking commentary. I have a stockinette tweed sweater (still in pieces), and I think steam blocking will more than suffice. Some knitters seem to block sweaters like they block a lace shawl, and that seemed a bit much to me for this sweater. After seaming, I’ll probably give it a bath to soften up the tweed. A completed sweater takes up a lot less space drying flat than a sweater in pieces.
    Poor Lucy! Time to grow that winter coat!

    Brendas last blog post..A Small but Luscious WIP

  13. Thanks for answering my question yesterday!

    Lucy – we have the heat on AND an electric blanket. You are welcome anytime you wish. I am a cold girl too.

    Res last blog post..Two of the Best Things about Rhinebeck

  14. Uh, Lucy? You can always make sure Mommy stays nice and warm by shedding all over her.

    Kristens last blog post..Backyard snow

  15. Wow… those beads look subtle and gorgeous! I think you can’t go wrong there…

    sivias last blog post..Lace and Shakespeare

  16. I love the sweater! I have an odd question about knitting with beads. I was told you have to thread all the beads on before you begin knitting. How does this work. My visions of this give me nightmares! I cannot picture putting the beads on the yarn I guess. Lucy my kitties are with you about the heat and open windows right now. It is rather chilly here and the cats are burrowing in! The shop kitties already have a little heat on.

  17. The sweater is looking great, you’re really making me want to knit that one (must finish FLS first…)! And the beads are going to look great, I can’t wait to see the shawl in progress.

    deknitss last blog post..A Hell of a Town

  18. Wow your sweater is coming along very quickly. Those beads look great with the yarn. It’s going to look fantastic. ๐Ÿ™‚

    LittleWits last blog post..Chowdah!

  19. The finished sweater body, buttons, beads, and laceweight have me all excited!

    Sarahs last blog post..Double-Triple Day

  20. Love the buttons — the sweater is going to be a knock-out.

    Now, Lucy, remember, you are furry. And there are lots of yarn and wips around to curl up in…

    yarnpiggys last blog post..When all else fails, read the instructions

  21. Oh that’s going to be a fun sweater to wear – very adaptable! I love sweaters that can be dressed up or dressed down! This time of year in NC calls for wollies in the AM and cotton in the PM and a short sleeved sweater works nice!

    Poor Lucy. Life isn’t fair when you are furry.

    Megan S.s last blog post..Can You Follow The Fiber Buying Rules?

  22. Wonderful buttons you picked out! AND – can’t wait to see the shawl-in-progress!

    Danieles last blog post..Mama’s Got a Brand New Bag…….

  23. I took a finishing class at Stitches years ago and we used embroidery floss to do our seams – makes life easier especially with thicker yarns where the added bulk just won’t do… Now if I could just get around to finishing things I’d be all set!

  24. Sweater is looking lovely. I’m already anxious to see the shawl, Grand Duchess of Startitis here. Hope you still have that warmer pad for Miss Lucy. Even in Texas, I gave up and turned the heat on, not much, but to take the edge off so I could knit. It seemed colder inside than outside. A real sissy, I suppose.

    Angelunas last blog post..On a Beautiful Day in September

  25. Ooops, I meant to comment on knitting as entertainment. I certainly consider it that. And if I amortize cost of yarn by hours spent knitting it (and I’m not even counting the delicious time of pattern decisions and fondling), think it comes out to much less per hour than going to the cinema, much less a concert. I’m just fine with that. And it keeps me out of trouble and off the roads. My son was very ill all last year and the knitting was the only thing that got me through all the hours and hours of hospitals and clinics. How do you put a price on that?

    Angelunas last blog post..On a Beautiful Day in September

  26. The yarn and beads are just great. Do you have a specific pattern picked out? I have also remembered just one more reason knitting is a great bargain, at any price. …no calories!

  27. Oops. I MEANT to comment on Knitting as Entertainment but got distracted by the link to the survey.
    Irks the crap out of people when they ask me where I’m going on vacation and I reply “nowhere”. If I do explain I’m going to concentrate on a knitting project (i.e. spend my vaca money on YARN and knitting GADGETS) I get: “can’t you do that anytime?” so I don’t bother. It’s all good, Wendy understands.

    miss sandras last blog post..Oh, oh, I feel a Mood Coming On

  28. Michele In Maine says:

    Kitty furnace wars!

  29. Ooooh, everything looks so great! Love the beads, and your photo of the yarn captured this beautiful sheen…

    Michelles last blog post..Whew!

  30. Definitely the right beads, and I love those buttons. I’m looking forward to seeing your finished sweater.

    Imbriums last blog post..The Glove Thing

  31. those buttons are gorgeous! you’re really on a roll with the sweater.

  32. Hello there! I just ordered some beads from!!! I’m getting ready to start my first knitting project with beads and I am very excited. What technique are you going to use to get the beads on your yarn? Maybe you should knit Lucy a little sweater?


  33. Those are really great buttons!

    I’m just counting the days until I’m finished with the holiday knitting, and can knit one of the three sweaters I either already have yarn for or can readily afford to buy the yarn for. This one is moving up the list with each picture I see of it.

    Seanna Leas last blog post..a little update

  34. Those buttons are totally comment-worthy. Wow! I’m usually not a fan of metal buttons, but I’ve never seen any like that!

    grumperinas last blog post..I’ve died and gone to nupp heaven

  35. oh wow,I love the sweater as is, as a Tank, its beautiful