My current work in progress:

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


The Course of True Love Never Did Run Smooth

Once a literature geek, always a literature geek. 😉

In the comments Brit observed:

It seems that progress on the True Love stole is going more slowly than on your last two shawls.  Is that because you aren’t finding as much time to knit?  Or is it because it is a difficult pattern?

I was wondering when someone would ask me why the heck it is taking me so long to knit this baby.


The reason is the former, not the latter. While this stole is heavily patterned, there really are no tricky bits to it. The lace stitches consist only of yarnovers, k2tog, and a sl1 k2tog psso double decrease. Every row is knit. There is patterning on every row, but that just makes it more entertaining to knit, as far as I’m concerned.

And each row can be completed pretty quickly. Because it is a stole, it is not extremely wide, so I can whack out a row in a few minutes.

Getting that few minutes is the problem. I have had a whole lot of impediments to knitting lately, so progress has been almost non-existent. Still, I got a nice chunk of knitting time in yesterday afternoon, so that was encouraging.

And my second sock is almost done. I will hopefully finish it tomorrow on the commute. As soon as it is done, the stole will accompany me as commuter knitting, so I can get a few more rows knit every day.


Stay tuned for further developments . . .

Lucy sez:


“Just finish my white blankie, willya?”


  1. Poor Miss Lucy, the chill winds of autumn and the new blankie is unfinished. It will be stunning when done.

  2. I thought she was knitting up quite quickly, especially compared to my poor neglected projects. I think this may be the perfect shawl for my dream of wedding veil/christening wrap. Do you think it would look OK as a square?

  3. Oooh – I love the kitty bag. Where did you get it?

  4. Your Lucy is going to look mahvelous reclining on her white blankie!
    .-= Megan S.´s last blog ..I’m So Speshul, I fergot to Title This Post. =-.

  5. poor lucy. thought of you this morning when hubby ran from the bed at 5 am to turn on the furnace! Of course i turned it off after he left for work and grabbed a snuggle blankie

  6. Hi. I’m wondering if you’ll offer the True Love stole pattern for sale? I’m intimidated by the border but am interested in all the rest and I think my 100% cormo wool (soft, soft, soft) from Martha’s Vineyard Fiber Farm will be just right for this.

  7. Slow is a relative term. I know I wouldn’t be quick about a big ol’ lace shawl like that.

  8. I think it is slower because the challenge of change is missing from the pattern now……it is just repetive knitting-I know, cuz I have a stole that has been put on hold-I just don’t get to it very often!
    .-= Cindy in FL´s last blog ..Just Knitting Around, Mostly =-.

  9. It’s good to know that I am not the only one whose life is slowing down her knitting. I feel like my current shawl will never end. But, having a life is not a bad thing, either.

  10. The stole is looking amazing!

  11. I’m with the others on slow being relative. I think your progress normally looks fast because you have a consistent amount of time you are working on your two or three projects (hey, it looks like it is just 2 or 3 from my side of blogland). If I was smart and only worked on 2 or 3 projects at a time I would look pretty speedy too!
    .-= Seanna Lea´s last blog ..Arr! =-.

  12. I know I’m super late in the “what should I add to my ipod” commenting, but I’ve been trying to remember the name of the song for days, and finally came up with it. Check it out and see if you like it. I think it’s the best soul song ever. Lorraine Ellison’s “Stay with Me”. Enjoy!