My current work in progress:

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



I am beyond happy now that we’ve reached November, one of my favorite months. I’ve usually got a lot of fun things going on in November, so I always look forward to it.

We had a quiet Halloween: watched the new Indiana Jones movie (something or other with a crystal skull — too lazy to look up the exact name of the movie) and I sucked it up and knit the neckband and the front bands on my sweater — see?

That’s one heck of a lot of picking up of stitches for one night, and my hands were quite happy when I was done.

I had finished the first sleeve on Friday’s commute home:

Today I sewed the first sleeve into an armhole.

I’m now working on the second sleeve and expect to have that completed in the couple of days.

Reading and Knitting

A few of you asked how I manage to knit and read at the same time. Let me direct you to this blog post, from March 1, 2007.

Lucy Sez:

“Guess what she hasn’t turned on yet?”


  1. The sweater looks beautiful! Love that color.

    Be strong, Lucy! Momma can’t hold out forever! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Poor Lucy, she looks so cool. Perhaps she should come visit Hannibal and En Esch (and Lucy and Bear) — our heat is on ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  3. i think it’d be great if i could knit and read at the same time. i just don’t enjoy audio books, and i really miss reading.

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  4. Wow, your sweater is stunning! Great color too!

  5. Oh my! The sweater is very pretty. And I have a solution for your reading/knitting. Get an Amazon Kindle. They are worth their weight in gold! I don’t have to put down my needles to turn a page and I set it in a book stand and read away. I read too fast to read a print book while knitting, so this is awesome.

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  6. Ooooooh, but that cardigan is pretty. I love those bell sleeves.

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  7. OOOOOOOOOo-feminine and modern-what a nice combination-the sleeves really make it come together! Nice work!

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  8. Poor Lucy, she looks rather annoyed. My cat Mookie has been sleeping on me since the weather turned. And we have the heat on, too! But it’s still chilly at night.

    Sweater is coming along nicely!

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  9. OMG the sweater is awesome….I love the color ..I think it would make a really great sleeveless top for summer too….no furnace makes nice for snuggles…

  10. I love love love the sleeve! It’s going to add a nice bit of movement to the end of you sleeve while still remaining casual. Vera nice!

    In Lucy’s honor I have down loaded “Hot Blooded” from iTunes and am singing along ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  11. Beautiful! The sleeves are ‘da bomb!

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  12. Wendy – might I suggest a Kindle from Amazon. It is an electronic book and turning the pages is so easy you wouldnโ€™t have to even take a break from your knitting. The technology is great and it reads just like a regular book or newspaper. The selection of books is great, there is not a monthly fee for communication and the books are about 1/2 the price of buying them from a store – something for you to think about!


  13. I think your sweater is beautiful. I can hardly just knit and listen
    to t.v. I am not well and I do remember when I could multi-task, but
    I don’t think that I could ever read (except the pattern), even when
    I was 100%. I am cold all the time also, so my heart goes out to Lucy.

  14. I have just bought myself an eepc ( A5 sized laptop that weighes less than 2lb) – it is perfect for reading ( amongst other things)
    Love the cardi ๐Ÿ™‚

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  15. I have discovered something called a Gimble, it holds your book open for you – no need for the stapler etc. Here’s the link, if you can’t find a US supplier an would like one just let me know and I can send one to you.

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  16. It is so neat watching the sweater come together, bit by bit! Very cool. I have never knitted a sweater, but the idea is tantalizing!

  17. Katherine says:

    That sweater looks better each time you post a picture. I gave up picking up stitches for bands. I now cast on extra stitches, and just incorporate them into the sides. I still pick up for the neck, but that could stop soon, as well!
    Teach Lucy to find the sunny spots, and she’ll be fine during daylight hours.

  18. I haven’t become skilled in knitting without looking… what works for me are books on CD. Get them from the library, load them on your IPod and you’re good to go. When I do this, I really crank out the knitting – mind and hands are happy.

  19. I sure couldn’t do lace while reading. I have trouble doing anything while knitting lace even talking. The sweater really is shaping up and looking great.

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  20. Hi Wendy,

    The sweater is quite beautiful. Is it an original pattern?

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  21. The sweater is beautiful! I know you will finish it fast.

  22. I was just going to suggest a Kindle and I see that two people have beat me to it. I just got one this week and absolutely love not having to turn pages while I’m reading, along with everything else about it. I don’t read and knit at the same time, so I don’t know if it would work, but it does seem like it would be easy to just push the “next page” button while you are knitting.

  23. Poor Lucy! I know she has your warm lap and can cuddle at night and has her warm pad(s) during the day but is she ever upset with you! LOL

    Love the looks of the sweater and the sleeve. I wonder if the sleeves would work for me as I’m constantly between office and factory floor – a 7-step difference (those factory floors are a lot of concrete you know) might really cause havoc with the sleeves on the banisters. But gosh it’s pretty…

  24. Poor Lucy. If we lived closer, she could stay with us during the day. I have the exact opposite internal thermostat problem and our heat has been on for some time. Your sweater is gorgeous, Wendy.

  25. Wendy, I learned to knit when I was eight (7 years ago, I’m fiteen now), but before that I used to like to draw while I read. I was reading Redwall at one point, the paperback version, which was very thick and unwieldy, especially with one hand. So I took my mother’s hot glue gun and built myself a book stand out of popsicle sticks. I wish I could find it now, it would be very useful.

    I also enjoy knitting without looking, as well as knitting in the dark, a skill which is especially handy during a power outage.

  26. Oh the sweater looks nice and I really really love the color. It’s my favorite ๐Ÿ™‚

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  27. I get the knitting and reading, but I can’t figure out how you actually manage to eat, too. Seems like you’d need another hand…

    The sweater is lovely; it reminds me of a little girl’s dress right now.

  28. Margie from Maryland says:

    The sweater looks stunning- Lucy looks PISSSED!

  29. The sweater is beautiful! Can’t wait to see it finished. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I think that might be my favourite picture of Lucy so far.

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  30. Theresa in Italy says:

    Oh, but that sweater is pretty! I can’t wait to see you model it. Poor Lucy! Our heat isn’t on yet, either….

  31. That sweater is really coming along beautifully!

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  32. The sweater is coming up so gorgeous! I love the color, too! I “envy” you for the ability to knit and read at the same time. I am a passionate reader, but even if i have been knitting for twenty years I still have to keep my eyes on my work.

  33. i have also mastered reading and knitting at the same time. I have a comfy chair… a recliner.. i put my book in my lap and prop it open with various remote controls that are close by… the only time i can’t read is when i’m knitting with more than one colour or if the pattern is particularly complicated… but for straight knitting, purling or ribbing.. it’s just fine.

  34. That’s funny, DH and I watched the same movie on Halloween. Very few trick-or-treaters so we got to watch the the movie without interruption. (But not without disappointment, however).

    On the reading while knitting-I learned to do this for real last May. I was studying for my law exams and that mostly consisted of reading over and over the outlines I had created. So after the second or third run through of the same outline, I picked up my knitting and started. My outlines were printed and bound, so they lay flat. But I bought a little foldy metal book holder for novels and such.

    Love the sweater!

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  35. Belinda Giliberti says:

    Okay, I always read your blog and do love it, but seldom comment (time constraints). I felt compelled to comment on current WIP. So gorgeous I can’t stand it, really! ๐Ÿ™‚

  36. I love the sweater and the color has turned out lovely.

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  37. I love that sweater!

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  38. Your sweater is looking great!

    I have been slowly perfecting the art of reading and knitting at the same time, and it is a real bonus if you can manage it. It helps me when I really want to do both things and just don’t have the time. Admittedly though if the book gets really exciting, I put away the knitting, so I don’t have to fix a lot of mistakes later!

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  39. The sweater is beatiful. The stitch pattern really shows up. I can hardly wait to see the finished product!

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  40. Sweater is beautiful. I think it will definitely go on my to-knit list. I don’t like to wear “loose” sleeves so may do different sleeve treatment. I’m keeping temperature low at my house too which means “everybody” piles up in my lap/chair or bed.

  41. That is definitely a beautiful sweater. I love the shape of the sleeves and the overall design. It all plays together so well.

    I am happy about the arrival of November as well, and look forward to many enjoyable experiences in the coming month.

    Warm wishes to you and the lovely Lucy.

    ๐Ÿ™‚ firefly

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  42. I think your creation would make a nice sleeveless top/vest piece of apparel. Very multi-seasonal if done in cotton. Is it cotton? I’ve lost track. I think you said it was.
    Lucy sweetie, I have a floor heating duct thingy with your name on it. Beau can only lay on one at a time.

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  43. Beautiful sweater. I wish I could knit that fast. Thanks for the reading while knitting tips. I remember in one of your old posts you even knit when you fell asleep once.

  44. Oh wow! Down to one final sleeve. ๐Ÿ™‚ I rather like how the sleeve comes out in a bell shape.

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  45. Wowie zowie! What a fabulous sweater! I love that color!

    Lucy, hang tough. Isn’t nice to have a mommylap ? And I’m sure there are all kinds of comfy places to curl up in (and on) in your abode!! Don’t pout! Our weather here is SoCal has turned (and hopefully will stay that way – we had the hottest October on record) and my kitties were curled up under the bed blankets this a.m. Luv.m.

  46. What an excellent sweater!

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  47. The sweater is amazing!! I may need to go out and buy the magazine when my husband gets paid (I don’t get paid until the end of the month.)

  48. That cardy looks gorgeous! I love the colour.

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