My current work in progress:

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


Necessity Is the Mother of Invention

Not The Mothers of Invention, though. Totally different thing. Okay, who can name the title of the song these lyrics are from:

I saw your double knits
I thought they were the pits

Bonus points if you can name the album too.

If you stopped by here yesterday, you saw that I have something pink on the needles, and I showed you just an itty bitty corner of it cuz I am a tease. Here is what it looks like today:


This hunk o’ knitting is on its way to becoming a cowl. It looks a bit odd in the photo above because the top of it is smooshed up on the needle.

The bottom edge of it is a nice deep lace edging:


I knit the edging first, joined it into a round, then picked up stitches on the long straight edge of it and started knitting upwards from it, in the round.

The yarn is one of my new favorite sock yarns — Alchemy Juniper. The colorway is “Evening Pink.” I bout mine at The Loopy Ewe. I’m using a size 7 (4.5mm) needle to get a nice lightweight open fabric. My stockinette gauge is 4.5 stitches and 7 rows to an inch, so that’s a far cry from sock gauge!

Why a cowl? Necessity is the mother of invention.

Those of you who have seen me lately know that I’ve let my hair grow and I now have a metric ton o’ hair. I went all summer letting it air-dry. It occurred to me that it may get a tad chilly going to work in the morning this winter with wet hair. So I decided to knit a cowl — one that can be pulled up over the head while outdoors in the cold.

We’ll see how this works out.

Because I am now on the boring stockinette portion of this knit . . .

. . . I started something else, too!



As you can see, Lucy is enthralled.


P.S. A bunch of you have asked what the rainbow-colored sweater is that Gwendolyn wears under the shawls she models. It’s Alice Starmore’s Lismore! My Ravelry project page for it is here.


  1. wheeeeee!!!!!!! Eddie are you Kidding from Just another band from LA

    and here you go teasing me again with pretty blue/purple 🙂
    .-= Karen´s last blog .. =-.

  2. That “Evening Pink” cowl is a sight to behold. I would like to own that one! Pretty, beautiful, functional, dreamy, etc., etc………

  3. pink…..
    .-= Aimee´s last blog ..etsy update =-.

  4. linda-kay says:

    Thanks so much Wendy for the name of the yarn. I’m going straight to Loopy Ewe and hopefully she’s not sold out. You may have helped a future Mother-in-law daughter-in-law relationship. Thank you!

  5. Song – Eddie, Are You Kidding?
    Album – Just Another Band from LA

    I love all your recently designed shawls.

  6. Eddie, Are You Kidding lol but others beat me to it!
    .-= HAEdwards´s last blog ..New guy and Knitting =-.

  7. Frank Zappa. “Eddie Are You Kidding”

  8. Love the pink. On a different note, if you had a niece that was currently living in Germany for the year and passes this shop ( on her way to school each day, what would you have her get for you?

  9. Celestine Getty says:

    The album: Miscellaneous
    Song Title: Eddie are you kidding?
    Artist: Frank Zappa

  10. Nice FZ ref there!!
    By the way I still stalk yoou and love Lucy and your knitting!
    This pinky thing is looking nice…
    I think your Mallow socks may be my first patterned pair!!

  11. The artist is: Frank Zappa
    The song is: Eddie, Are You Kidding?
    The Album is: Just Another Band From L.A.
    The year was 1972.
    That pink cowl is very pretty. Are you going to post a pattern for it?

  12. I’ve been looking for the perfect cowl pattern (to cover up my wet hair in the colder weather) and I think yours may just be it! Can’t wait till you post the pattern!
    .-= Valerie´s last blog ..Celtic considerations =-.

  13. The pink cowl is gorgeous. Thank you for telling the name of the pattern that Gwendolyn wears. Will have to look into the pattern. I haven’ t a clue as to the band or the name of the album- obivously- I am too old?

  14. Frank Zappa

  15. Already been said but:
    Frank Zappa
    Eddie are You Kidding
    Just Another Band from L.A.

    That little bit of blue is curiously intriguing…..hmmmm…..

    {{hugs}} to Lucy.
    .-= Cindy K´s last blog ..FFF 2009 =-.

  16. Ooohhhh, love the lace edging on the pink cowl…hope you’re planning to publish that one!

    The song? Why that’s Frank Zappa’s Eddie are You Kidding from Just Another Band From LA album. 🙂

  17. Holy cow talk about pretty in pink!!

  18. Eddie are you kidding…Just another band from L. A. … Frank Zappa! Do I win? Just kidding, I know I’m not the first to answer this correctly. Beautiful knitting, as always…beautiful kitty, as always! Good job Lucy!

  19. You are a master at creating lovely lace patterns. And when it comes to colours you do know how to pick them!
    .-= Johanne´s last blog ..Mönster på svenska =-.

  20. The cowl looks gorgeous! But what is the pretty blue(ish) thing Lucy is curled up against? Is it one of your patterns?

  21. Beautiful cowl. I hope you will make the pattern available. I am in search of a perfect cowl. And that blue thing looks to be pretty too! Not to mention Lucy. Runty says Hi to Lucy.
    .-= Aporanee Schauer´s last blog ..Yarn Bliss =-.

  22. Alchemy Juniper??? I couldn’t find it on Loopy Ewe. Did you get the name right?

  23. But if you pull it up over your head isn’t it called a “wimple”?
    .-= Michele In Maine´s last blog ..Knitting Chickens Project Bag Set =-.

  24. Title:Eddie Are You Kidding? Artist:Frank Zappa Album:Miscellaneous

  25. I love Frank! I saw him live in his early early days, very cool
    Eddie, are you kidding?
    Just another band from LA
    .-= claire´s last blog ..return =-.

  26. Just Another Band From L.A. – Frank – Eddie Are You Kidding

    Pink! I haven’t seen you knit pink very often. Interesting!

  27. oh wendy… girl… I’ve been followin’ you so long. I suggest you offer an item for sale from time to time. Personally, I’d be honored. I really DO wish I could knit like that, but for now.. dishcloths. And it’s all good. I guess.

    ::hug:: and Lizzabella (ragdoll that doesn’t stop chewin on plastic) says Hi” ::laughing::

    .-= mia´s last blog ..Yeah, well. =-.

  28. Me, Me… she cries waving her hands in the air and jumping up and down. Throw the booket to me! The Haiku book that is, such lovely designs, just my cup of cha.

    Love the blog! love Lucy!

  29. love haiku
    should’nt you
    doves kudu
    wouldn’t you

  30. I just love seeing pics of Lucy? Is she as cuddley as she looks?

  31. Barbara Stern says:

    You’re very entertaining! Would love the Haiku book.

  32. I so look forward to your daily blog…I always laugh at the comments from hard outloud (even though I am by myself)…
    I would love the new knitting book…hmmm..lots of great things to knit!!!!