My current work in progress:

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


Slowly It Grows, Inch by Inch

The shawl edging, she grows!


Again, it’s hard for me to see how much progress I’ve made, but I can see that I’ve made some progress. The blob of body stitches left on the needle has definitely diminished some.

A couple of you have asked what the yardage required for this pattern is. The answer is that I don’t know yet, because I haven’t finished it. But I’m betting it’ll be around 1400 yards. I also do not know the unblocked and blocked dimensions for the same reason.

But all will be revealed in the fullness of time. 🙂

I’m so pleased that you guys like it. I think I do too, but again, I won’t really know until this baby is done. It’s life on the edge.

Did you see what I did there? Get it? Edge, Edging?

Moving on . . .

Here is the new circular shawl in progress.


The color is not quite as bright as the photo would have you believe. It’s a bit more mossy. But you can see the spirally nature of the shawl in this  photo, and also the wee hole in the center created by my longtail cast-on. Personally, I love the look of that.

This shawl is divided into 9 sections, each section being identical in composition. So I’ve placed a marker between each section — purple ones, so they show up against the yarn. But the beginning-of-round marker is green (though a different shade) so I can easily see when I complete a round.

I guess circular shawls are going to be my obsession this summer. Who knew? Not I. After making a Pi Shawl a number of years ago, I shied away from circular shawls because they seemed like they would be awkward to wear. (One way is to fold down the top one-third or so and drape over your shoulders.) But I think they make very fun throws or afghans — hence my knitting them in fingering rather than laceweight wool.

And in the interests of full disclosure, I should tell you I’m thinking about working up another circular shawl that employs yet another construction method. I may have already ordered the yarn for it . . .

In answer to various comments questions, I will indeed write up and offer for sale patterns for any of these creations that I deem pattern-worthy.

At the moment I suppose I am on a sock hiatus. But I can’t imagine my needles will remain sockless for too long.

Miss Lucy

A number of you commented that Lucy must get hairballs. She really doesn’t very much. Not as often as you’d think, with all that fur. We make a point of brushing her two or three times a week, and that really helps get rid of all the loose fur. And for a longhaired kitty, she really doesn’t shed too badly.


“Did it escape your notice that it is time for me to dine? Seriously?”


  1. I really love the way it’s turning out! Not too much to go now!
    I noticed that as well. My long haired cats never shed as much as the short haired ones. Kinda backwards from what people think, yeah?
    .-= pmoys´s last blog ..Tatting =-.

  2. My long-hair also doesn’t seem to have a lot of problems with hairballs. Sometimes it looks so difficult for her to groom, I think the only spot that gets groomed is that patch of fur on her chest.
    .-= Janis´s last blog ..i am going out to see what i can sow =-.

  3. Is this the Summer of Shawls Take Two then?

  4. Wendy in Cambridge says:

    These new shawls are so beautiful! I’m just finishing my Girasole and have really enjoyed it. I see more circular shawls in my future!

    Love the photo of Lucy waiting expectantly…

  5. catspaw says:

    Wendy, you go girl. I like the idea of three different ways of completing the circle.

  6. Beautiful shawls, both of them!! And more to come, wow, wonderful!

  7. I have 4 cats…they used to get hairballs all the time (not the ragdoll, who sheds the least….far far less than the mixed breed shorthairs!). After reading about cats’ digestion (they are obligate carnivores), we switched them all to grain-free dry food (I know wet ought to be better, but the logistics were too difficult) and they stopped getting hairballs! It wasn’t why I did the switch, but, hey, I’ll take it!

  8. Hey!! Feed that kitteh!

    Both shawls look wonderful – I cannot wait until the spiral one grows – I’ve always wanted to do a circular shawl in that fashion.
    .-= Megan S.´s last blog ..Just A Song Before I Go… =-.

  9. You are being a tease………so close to finish and it is looking more beautiful with each peek! I really like the green swirls….
    .-= Cindy´s last blog ..Blogiversary GIVE-AWAY! =-.

  10. They’re both so beautiful and so different! The blue is like a medallion and the spiral on the moss gives it a sense of motion!

  11. Now I have Abbot and Costello in my head! “Slowly I turn…” 🙂
    .-= Kim´s last blog ..Argh. =-.

  12. As far as the photo goes, the blue shawl is looking very pretty. I’m really loving the way the green swirls around. I’m looking forward to seeing how it progresses. I just finished my Girasole, and have started another circular from the Unique Sheep’s Secret Garden KAL. Guess this must be my summer of shawls too. Who knew?

  13. I love the green. Can’t wait to see both finished. It amazes me that you can create such beautiful pattern. What a gift you have.

  14. A great way to make hairballs occur less often is to add a little bit of olive oil to her food once a week! Miss Lucy looks gorgeous and I can’t wait until I can get a pet of some kind to keep me company.

  15. I think both shawls are working up beautifully. I can’t wait to see them when they’re finished.

    I’m actually rather glad that you’re on a circular shawl obsession. I’ve noticed there is an utter lack of them that’s not “super” lacy. I like that you’re using sock weight yarn, as that’s my favorite weight to use. So I’m looking forward to patterns being available. 🙂
    .-= Deinera´s last blog ..Here’s to adventure… in 2 days time. =-.

  16. I’m really liking the spiral construction. Not being a green person I’d have to use purple yarn with green markers but if we all liked the same colors all yarn would be white–right?
    .-= southparknitter´s last blog ..On the go =-.

  17. Can’t wait to see the blue shawl blocked so the pattern and be seen it all its glory. Thanks for explaining your choice of fingering yarn. You are very inspiring.

  18. Beautiful work! I love the colors you’ve chosen for both.

  19. Very nice. I love the shade of green (and one of my green-obsessed friends would love me to make her something with that color)!

    Our kitty thankfully doesn’t get hairballs. She’s a short hair, and sheds like nobody’s business. When we vacuum it’s like we get a second (and sometimes a third) very dirty cat as part of the process!
    .-= Seanna Lea´s last blog ..I have a p-l-a-n =-.

  20. I’m liking your current obsession! Don’t worry – we have plenty of socks to keep us busy until you’re ready again!!!

    I have two Himalayans and the shedding isn’t too bad either. I especially like in the mornings when my husband wakes up and has white cat hair velcroed to his five o’clock shadow!! 😉
    .-= Daniele´s last blog ..Sleeves! and the great Cuff-Down Smack-Down.. =-.

  21. More shedding trivia for you – my short-haired tiger cat sheds more than my long-haired tortie.

    Those shawls are so nice!
    .-= Michele In Maine´s last blog ..Flip Flops Accessory Case =-.

  22. I think I’m in love with your new spiral shawl. I’m going through a spiral shawl phase as well. Can’t wait to see it finished!

  23. btw, my brothers both swear by the FURminator for grooming their cats.
    love the ‘actual hair removed’ photos on the website. makes me wish my cat was here to de-fur. 🙂