My current work in progress:

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


Checking In On The Pink Blob

I did get a bit of knitting done on my pink blob over the weekend.


I’ve still got a fair amount to go on this but I’m not sure how much — I’ll know when I get there.

Before I left for Minneapolis, I took my chart off the magnetic board and instead marked the rows with carefully trimmed slips of post-it notes.

I do own some of those “pattern tamers” but I don’t like them for use on a single sheet of paper. I can’t easily slide the thing up as I complete a row — I need to pul it apart and reposition it.

Anyway, when Karen saw me with my makeshift post-it note strips on my pattern charts, she gave me a roll of highlighter tape.


Oh highlighter tape! Where have you been all my life?

By the way, I am pleased to announce that the pink blob now has a name. I’m calling the design Sandvik. Sandvik is the name of a town in the Faroe Islands and translates to mean “sandy bay.” As good a name as any, eh?

By the Way . . .

Did you notice that all WendyKnits patterns are on sale over at The Loopy Ewe? Just sayin’ . . .

Lucy Sez


“Zzzzzzzzzzzzz . . . “


  1. Ditto here with the magnetic strips, Thanks every so much for the highlighter tape info. I need all of the help I can get with lace knitting.
    I love the pink blob color!!
    .-= vicki´s last blog ..Socks and more socks, two at a time! =-.

  2. I’m sure Lucy is getting some much needed rest after worrying about mommy being gone and coming home not feeling well….Hope this round of pills work for you this time and it stays gone for good…never heard of the highlighter tape..I will be checking that one out for sure…thanks..

  3. Highlighter TAPE? *running off to the store*

  4. Highlighter tape is the best & the pink blob is looking great – and very pink!

  5. love the pink blob…and I can’t wait for my next charted pattern…I got some highliter tape in a swap and can’t wait to give it a try. Glad you love it..I like endorsements
    .-= shelly´s last blog ..Fair Protection a Headache and socks =-.

  6. the blob is turning out very well!

    Highlighter tape! brilliant! added to shopping list!

  7. My next trip to the red office store I’m getting some of that stuff!

    Good luck with this course of antibiotics!
    .-= Leslie´s last blog ..On the Wires =-.

  8. The highlighter tape is wonderful…WEBS has it…

    I love all your projects…one day I may knit a shawl…

    Thank you for the inspiration

  9. Isn’t that highlighter tape awesome? I just bought some a couple of weeks ago and love it.

  10. Lynda Hitt says:

    Lot a good your patterns being on sale does us as I post this…someone broke the Loopy Ewe, and I weren’t me. I can’t get any of your patterns

  11. I love highllter tape but had trouble finding it. I wish Sheri would sell it. I ordered DIC Baby for 2 circulars today.
    .-= southparknitter´s last blog ..On the go =-.

  12. Highlighter tape? OMG! Highlighter tape? I need some NOW! Thank you sooooo much for posting this.

  13. I love the highlighter tape. And your pink blob is looking quite lovely.

  14. Pretty, pretty, pretty! Creating lace patterns is still a great mystery to me, which will require a lot of lace knitting to understand.
    .-= Hissy Stitch´s last blog ..A Day at Sock Summit 2009 =-.

  15. Kathy Sue says:

    oh, Lucy, she is so cute. And that pink thing is BRIGHT.

  16. The pink blob is certainly coming along nicely.

    I am very curious about the highlighter tape. I see that it is removable, but wonder whether it can be placed again, or if one try is its limit. I’m off to investigate.
    .-= Sarah´s last blog ..Chasing Away the Cranky =-.

  17. Oh, yes, highlighter tape will change your life! It comes in lots of pretty colors, too 🙂
    .-= Michele In Maine´s last blog ..Black Pears Mini Bag =-.

  18. It’s not easy to find. If you have a educational store in your neighborhood that caters to teachers, they usually carry it. Also, you can get it online at It lasts forever too!

  19. I second (or third or fourth…) the love for the highlighter tape. I’ve noticed it being sold at at least one yarn shop recently — Needleworks in Champaign, IL – so maybe it will start showing up other places, too.

    And for the question about repositioning it — yes, one strip lasts forever!
    .-= janna´s last blog ..It fits! =-.

  20. is your next book going to be all shawls?? that would be nice

    Gunnar sends his best to Lucy

  21. I love highlighter tape. My old roll lost all it’s sticky (I think it got damp)…so I just got more (only one store around here carries it). I had to get my DD her own roll ;-). But I found it very hard to pry up the ends, quickly, so I learned to put a fold (hem) on each end, so that I can just grab the flap and unstick it to move it up. I usually put my pattern into a page protector sleeve. That works really well, whether one sheet or multiple. If it’s many sheets, I usually put the picture facing out on the back, so that I can flash it at the inevitable questioner of what I’m making.

  22. The name has such foreign intrigue, I love the color as well. I am conveying hello from my kitties to yours.
    .-= LeenieBeenie´s last blog ..New Projects =-.

  23. I haven’t tried highlighter tape for a knitting project. When I tried to use it for cross-stitch it just wasn’t common to find and so I ended up going back to postits.

    Postits are one of my favorite random knitting tool. Maybe I should add that to my wish list for my next birthday. Wide postits that can go across an entire graphed chart. Yeah!
    .-= Seanna Lea´s last blog ..the numbers lie =-.

  24. Kristine Molander says:

    Long time reader, almost first time commentor… I hail from the Minneapolis area, and had hoped to take your class, but it was not to be. My mom’s maiden name is Sandvik, so I just felt compelled to tell you that. Made me wonder if you had a foray into Ikea while you were here, as I know they have some Sandvik items! Always makes me smile. : )

  25. Ann Otlewski says:

    These are obvious, but still titles: Raising Arizona and Sweet Home Alabama.
    How about song titles with state names: Indiana Wants Me