My current work in progress:

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


Uncharted Territory

My shawl-in-progress is definitely uncharted territory.


Seanna Lea asked:

What will you do if it you take it off the needles and don’t really like how it looks?

Good question. I’m pretty sure I’ll like it if it is anything the way it looks in my mind’s eye, but you never know. If I find it loathsome, I could always give it away as a gift to some poor unsuspecting victim.

Actually, I don’t have a final disposition in mind for it anyway. It may be destined to be a kitty bed for Lucy.

Cindy asked:

Any idea of the size this will block out to?

Well . . . I’m aiming for somewhere between 60 and 72″ in diameter. I should be able to estimate fairly well when it’s time to stop knitting on the body of it and knit the edging on. I can measure out from the center and stretch as I measure and get a rough estimate of the size.

I bought 4 skeins of the yarn and I’m slightly less than halfway through the second skein, so I’ve got plenty of yarn. The edging I plan to use is a very simple small one, so it won’t take more than half a skein (I think), but I’ll be sure to stop knitting on the body while I still have at least a full skein left. My gut instinct is that I’ll be ready to stop before that anyway. It’ll be interesting to see how close I come.

I won’t name the design until it is off the needles and I can see what I think it looks like.

Oh, and I’ve got an idea for another circular shawl with a construction different from this one. But I’ll finish this first.

Lucy sez:


Did I hear kitty bed?


  1. Looking forward to the finished product…

    A shawl is always handing to have, I’m sure you won’t need to give it away…
    .-= Abimbola Akanwo´s last blog ..Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince =-.

  2. Kristi ~ Ohio says:

    Hi Wendy! I like the stitch patterns you showed in your previous blog on this shawl. Let me be the poor unsuspecting victim of your shawl if it doesn’t turn out to your liking. πŸ™‚

  3. I’m betting it won’t be a kitty bed shawl – but it would match Lucy’s lovely eyes! :))
    .-= Cindy K´s last blog ..WIP Mania – two down for the count =-.

  4. Alex Fagelson says:

    How does the construction on this shawl work? How will it differ from your next circular shawl?

  5. Shirley. in PA says:

    It looks lovely even at this stage. I bet you will find it draped on your shoulders.

  6. I love the color of the shawl, but it is hard even with your photos to tell how the different stitch patterns flow from one another. I’ll be very happy to see how it looks at the end!
    .-= Seanna Lea´s last blog ..sometimes the internet is full of stupid =-.

  7. Lucy is hilarious! OMG lace is what her face says to me.
    .-= Celeritas´s last blog ..Socks: Needlefood Martinborough Vines in Crazy Monkeys =-.

  8. you did, you did…hear a kitty bed…but don’t get your hopes up…poor Lucy…

  9. Look at Lucy… she needs a lacy kitteh bed!
    .-= Megan S.´s last blog ..Whose Idea Was This, Anyway? =-.

  10. Oh! The suspense is killing me!!
    .-= Sarah´s last blog ..Shoooooes! =-.

  11. Wendy,

    I think it’s beautiful! And the color is fabulous! Love it and who wouldn’t love it as a gift, even little Lucy!

    Kathy Anderson
    .-= Kathy Anderson´s last blog ..New Sock KAL Finished with Red Heart Sport Yarn =-.

  12. Aww, lucy is so excited! I can’t wait to see your next design!

  13. I’ve got a really silly question, but I’ve never made a circular shawl…how do you wear it?

  14. What I like about making circular shawls, is that I don’t know what they’re going to look like. When the shawl is on the needles it just looks like a knitted bag. I’ve never been disappointed when I’ve finally finished.
    To wear one, either fold in half or fold over the top third to make a collar. Or you could just drape it invitingly over the back of a chair for your cat to sit on!

  15. Title aside, Do you chart the lace patterns before you start knitting? I loved the pictures of the different stitches from your last post.
    .-= Pam Grushkin´s last blog ..Crocheted Sampler Blanket =-.

  16. Colleen says:

    It looks like a flying V, like from D2 Mighty Ducks…
    I’m currently knitting argyle mittens from the same Ella Rae Lace Merino (well, different color) and I love love love it. So soft and springy with wonderful colors and it doesn’t really split at all. I’d for sure knit with it again in a heartbeat.

  17. I love being able to hear your designing thoughts as you knit along-thanks for inspiring us to be brave and knit! It is turning out beautifully and we are all waiting for the post of this shawl in all its glory! (Thx for answering questions……)
    .-= Cindy´s last blog ..Great Day! =-.

  18. Elizabeth H. says:

    I’ll gladly volunteer to be your “poor unsuspecting victim”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE-LOVE-LOVE that color, and the stitch patterns you’ve shown us thus far.

  19. I also have victim written on my forehead. πŸ˜‰ Poor sweet Lucy, she definitely doesn’t have enough stuff.
    .-= Dorothy´s last blog ..Busy Daze =-.

  20. Thanks for answering my “how to wear” question : ) And I too – love the color!!! Thanks, as always, for sharing.


  21. I see a circular shawl binge coming on! πŸ™‚
    .-= Daniele´s last blog ..Fluffy and Tweedy Bits =-.

  22. Lovely shawl…beautiful colors. Thanks for the post about the knitting charts and fonts. It came in sooooo handy! Cheers!
    .-= Mrs MJW´s last blog ..Mates =-.