My current work in progress:

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


It’s Wimplicious!

Hearty thanks to Gail for coining that phrase in the comments yesterday.

Yesterday evening I sucked it up and finished the wimple I was working on, while watching The Diary of a Chambermaid on television. The film is in French and has English subtitles, but as I was doing mindless stockinette, and I do know some French, I could happily knit and watch at the same time.


I did 4 rows of garter stitch at the edge before binding off, using a Russian bind-off.

In the interests of full disclosure, the wimple is clipped together under the neck of my disembodied head, because it is smaller than an average sized human head. The wimple fits nicely on my head sans binder clip.

I made this wimple using approximately 350 yards of Alchemy Juniper sock yarn and a US size 7 (4.5mm) needle. I started by knitting a lace edging and joined it to make a tube, then picked up stitches along the top edge, and knit a lace pattern up from there, decreasing a bit as I knit. Then I increased a bit after the neck and just knit straight after that.


The pattern will be available at some point. And for now it is called “It’s Wimplicious!”

So now I am concentrating on my Two-Thirds Shawl, being knit from Handmaiden Mini Maiden in the “periwinkle” colorway.


At this point I have approximately 350 stitches in each row so a row takes a whole freaking lot of time to complete. But it is fun to knit, and the pattern is so nicely geometric that not only do I not need stitchmarkers to separate the repeats, but I need only glance at the chart at the beginning of a pattern row (wrong side rows are just purled across) to remember it for the row. It’s close to being mindless knitting, so it came on the train with me today.

And I may need to find another foreign film with subtitles to watch tonight while knitting. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Lucy sez:


“I’m just hanging with my pink mouse. Whatcha doin’?”


  1. The cowl is beautiful..
    .-= PlainJane´s last blog ..A Meme From Knitnana =-.

  2. Lori Beard says:

    How fun! I could see wearing that at the Maryland Renaissance Festival. A more natural color might be better for me, though. ๐Ÿ˜€

    Can’t wait for the pattern.

  3. Dr. Jackie says:

    Still in shawl mode here too…can’t wait for the 2/3 pattern!

  4. love the whimple!!!!
    .-= Susan Mohr Krupke´s last blog ..worth the read, worth the click me too =-.

  5. The wimple looks pretty cute. I like the lacy flare at the bottom.
    .-= Seanna Lea´s last blog ..meeresrauschen (on vacation) =-.

  6. Beautiful – I especially love the edging!
    .-= Sheri at The Loopy Ewe´s last blog ..A Little Color in the Day and a CONTEST! =-.

  7. Dear Lucy, I am finishing a pair of woolen fingerless mitts to help cope with the stupid, predicted snow flurries the next two days. In mid-October. It’s stupid. I think I’ll curl up in the recliner and knit.
    .-= Nancy´s last blog ..Hand cover season =-.

  8. That’s just gorgeous. I’ll be looking forward to the pattern. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. The wimple is wonderful! Can’t wait for the pattern. I just got my Stacy Shawl kit from Stacy. Lace and I don’t get along much, so I’m hoping that a heavier yarn will help. The yarn is a beautiful red, called (ahem) 28!

  10. The wimple is gorgeous! I love the color, and the lace edging.

    I too received my Stacy Shawl kit from Stacy today. So fast, I was surprised. Mine is going to be gorgeous GREEN, “Luxe Grrl.” I have a few other things to finish first, but looking forward to this. I love how you made it more in the front than traditional triangle shawls. Being a “full bodied” lady, I need that extra in the front. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Have a great day and I hope you are not getting snow, as I am!!
    .-= Sandie Knapp´s last blog ..Talk About Surprises! =-.

  11. Mmnn…Mini Maiden.

  12. Debshepknits says:

    I have lurked in the background for a couple of years — you have inspired me, although I haven’t acknowledged it. I have both of your books. After knitting three pairs of socks and not liking the toe AT ALL, I am seriously contemplating knitting “toe up” socks in the future. I’m a novice knitter, but I am reluctant to start any new sock for myself until I am ready to attack your “toe up” sock pattern. I think I need to re-read your latest book and begin from there! Thank you for all the wonderful insights to knitting that you express!

  13. The wimple is gorgeous. i love the drape and the slightly shiny transluscence of the fabric. Pink’s usually not my colour but I could make an exception for that shade!
    .-= lexyjane´s last blog ..Nothing if not fickle =-.

  14. If you’re looking for subtitled films, try Tell No One or I’ve Loved You So Long (french) but don’t miss Black Book (Dutch/German/english) or the Lives of Others (German), both with Sebastian Koch (my favorite actor, bar none!), then there’s Boca a Boca with a very young Javier Bardem. I made a pair of booties as a baby gift, and one was knitted while watching a subtitled film. It was very easy to see which one was knitting during the movie. Big difference.

  15. Denise in Kent, WA says:

    Seeing your gorgeous wimple makes me want to rush over to my stash room and cast on for the wimple that’s been hiding there for years – a lacy beaded design using soft lace weight alpaca. Can’t wait to see the completed 2/3 shawl, it’s looking great so far.

  16. Nancy in CA says:

    Love the wimple! I have the same pattern as Denise commented about, but no suitable laceweight mohair in stash. I am thus saved from startitis.

  17. “In the interests of full disclosure, the wimple is clipped together under the neck of my disembodied head…”

    Thank you for clarifying. I’m a little confused though. I mean, I can understand how you can knit while watching a movie with subtitles if you speak a little of the original language the film is in, but I’m having a little difficulty understanding how it’s possible for you to knit with a disembodied head. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    .-= Virginia´s last blog .. =-.

  18. That disembodied head sure came in handy for displaying your beautiful wimple. Two heads are better than one. (Sorry, couldn’t resist).

  19. The wimple is lovely. Very clever.

  20. Wow, I love the wimple. I have been thinking about making something like this. The only thing I do not like is how tight it is around the head, but that can be changed. Nice job1
    .-= itsJUSTme-wendy´s last blog ..A Day in Watkins Glen =-.

  21. The Wimple is lovely! I love watching movies and knitting.

  22. Love the Wimple! When will the pattern be available?