My current work in progress:

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



Hey, thanks for all the nice comments about my Victorian Neck Cozy! I am very pleased with how this turned out, and I’m so glad you like it too.

My favorite winter coat has a deep vee neckline, so I always need to wear a scarf with it. I designed this cowl to be deep enough to “fill in” that vee, and it does very nicely. I should be able to happily wear this, because in the winter it can be quite cold in the wee hours when I leave for work, and the wind just cuts through you. I’m looking forward to a really cold day so I can test-drive it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

A few of you asked me how I make my charts. I make them using a knitting symbols font by Aire River Design, and there are versions of it for the PC and the Mac.

I have spent quite a lot of time perfecting my chart technique. My charts are tables in Microsoft Word. You can also successfully make charts using Excel. I have word for both the PC and the Mac, and I created the chart for the Victorian Neck Cozy entirely on my iMac.

Well, as I said, onward. I’m working on my next project, the Hanging Garden Stole by Sivia Harding.

I posted a photo of the yarn and beads I planned to use a while back: Tilli Tomas Demi-Plie silk in the “Parchment” colorway. The stole has beads attached at each of the two short ends, and I used chips of Picture Jasper. I’m quite pleased with the results.

The yarn I’m using is a heavier laceweight than the yarn called for in the pattern, but I’m using the same size needle (3.25mm) and am very happy with how the stole is looking.

And Lucy is hard at work, as usual.


  1. Beads on stole are beautiful as is the stole.

  2. Gorgeousness!

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  3. I love the choice of chips for this.

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  4. Awesome stole…dang girl you knit fast…I am still struggling along with the Debbie Bliss baby bunting…that moss stitch is a real yawn….perhaps thats my problem…I am knitting things that arent very interesting…have we turned the furnace on yet????

  5. I love it ! The colour is great with the beads. Love everything about it.

  6. andreaknits says:

    The new stole is very beautiful! Looking forward to seeing the finished project.

  7. Oh, that Lucy! Does she ever stop going? She’s like the energizer bunny. It must be hard to capture her in a photo. She’s always on the move. I bet she has a hard time stopping to eat too.

    Pats last blog post..It’s 12:30am and I’m still not ready

  8. While still not convinced about the beads (I know, I’ve got to be the only one left), the stole looks beautiful. As does Lucy, as always. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  9. We are hard at work knitting our winter warmth. The meezers are hard at work growing winter coats. It’s amazing how quickly they can “plush up”.

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  10. Lovely stole. If I ever manage to complete my first sock, I would like to tackle some lace. But the sock is turning out to be like Penelope’s weaving while awaiting Odysseus’s return; every night I knit a few rows, the next night I rip them out. Sigh.

  11. Good heavens woman–you sure knit fast! I am in the midst of Christmas gifts. I have 1 2/3 Jaywalker socks done for my daughter, a pair of Fiber Trends clogs knit and ready to felt for one sister (who totally wore out the last pair I made her), yarn to make a scarf & Fetching mitts for another (I knit a cabled cowl for her but didn’t like the floppyness of it, so that’s being ripped out…grr.). In the queue are Little Snugs for my grandson, perhaps a hat for my boss, maybe some felted coasters for a coworker…well we’ll see what gets done. This evening I am needlefelting a gingerbread man ornament for a sample for a ‘last minute’ class that’s set to run Friday night. Your new stole is quite lovely. I’m hoping to get to some lace after finishing the sweater that I put on hold to get these other things done. Sigh–there’s never enough time is there?

  12. Love the new shawl and the chips are really nice. Are they polished or rough?

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  13. Aw gosh. You make such lovely things. I’m waiting for my new needles to come in and I’ll be making up a storm.

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  14. Hey- where did that stole come from? You’re really cooking on that one.

    I like the heavier yarn- works well with the jasper and the pattern is lovely- really stands out.

    Keeping track of the turkey leftovers is hard work, right Lucy?!

  15. you seem to always have a project on the needles. whereas after i finish a project, i often take a week off and don’t knit. is this something you ever do as well?

  16. The pink jasper chips is a real touch of class. Beads are OK, but those chips really make it unique and foxy. Lord! It is beautiful!

  17. Theresa in Italy says:

    I knew you were a fast knitter, but that stole just came out of nowhere! No daylight between projects, that’s you. It’s lovely, and those chips are just perfect. Poor Lucy, never a moment’s peace.

  18. Your stole is coming along nicely. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  19. The stole looks great! I love how heavy and luxurious it looks even just sitting out like that.

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  20. Very nice stole. I like the pattern and I Love the color. Wonder how it would look in gray?

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  21. It is looking quite lovely! Great choice of beads.

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  22. Wow, Jennifer. Troll in action. Go you. o.0


  1. […] The most frequent question asked about yesterday’s post was where to get the knitting symbols font. Now, if you questioners had read instead of skimmed, you would have seen that I plainly said in yesterday’s post that I had talked about the fonts a couple of days earlier. The info about and the link to the fonts is in this post. […]