My current work in progress:

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


All Blocked and Ready for Action

I’ve released the Two-Thirds Shawl from its bondage. Here is Gwendolyn modeling her new shawl.


She’s stylin’.


Thanks for all your lovely comments about this shawl. It was great fun to knit, and not particularly difficult. The only arduous bit was that by the time I bound off there were 605 stitches on my needles. I confess to having a few hateful thoughts at that point.

But off the needles it is, and I am very happy with it. I love the way it stays on the shoulders!

And I’m down to one bloggable project (though that will change in the near future). This:


Wheeeeee! A sock! It’s a sock knit from one of the yummiest sock yarns around: Alchemy Juniper. The colorway is called “Tea Party” and I think it is just lovely.

I’m calling this pattern “Cloisters Socks.” If you do a google image search for cloisters, you may agree that it is a good name. Well, you’ll be able to tell better when you see a more up-to-date photo. That pic is from yesterday.

Lucy seems to have taken sleep to an art form:



  1. I love that sock! Very nice!
    .-= biomaj5´s last blog ..My Stacy =-.

  2. neatncrafty says:

    The shawl is gorgeous and I love those socks!

  3. Of course the shawl is wonderful but I’m especially enchanted with the color of the socks.
    .-= Leslie´s last blog ..Halloween Tale =-.

  4. Dr. Jackie says:

    Both lovely…can’t wait for patterns!

  5. The sock color is one of my favorites. Beautiful shawl too.

  6. I’m not a triangle fan but this shawl is gorgeous!!! I want to make one. Love the new sock too.

  7. It is gorgeous, Wendy! I suspected we would first see in on Gwendolyn.

    The thought of binding off 605 sts helps me let this pattern wait until I have a few more things off the needles. This is good for me, as I was starting to feel that itch.

  8. Omg I love the Cloister socks, gorgeous.
    .-= Celeritas´s last blog ..Needlefood Sock club shipment 1 [Spoiler] =-.

  9. Love your finished shawl and Cloister socks. Will shawl pattern be available?

  10. What a beautiful shawl, and I can’t wait to see the socks complete.

    I have a question: does Gwendolyn always sport that beautiful fair-isle sweater, or does she just get dressed up when she’s modelling?

    Rubs to Lucy.

  11. I just finished Marilyn’s Shawl from the Schoolhouse Press Shawlalong, and there is a ruffle at the lower two sides of the shawl…I had 730ish sts to cast off….I’m with you on that!

    It’s being blocked and still wet (24 hours later!), as it’s Icelandic Unspun. It holds a LOT of water! But that hasn’t stopped my cat from sitting on it, at lot!

    What do you do to deal with ruffles when you block? Here’s what I’m doing with mine:

  12. The shawl is so delicate and delicious! Congrats on its completion! The new sock is a perfect blend of color/texture!
    .-= Cindy in FL´s last blog ..Returned to Florida =-.

  13. The shawl is gorgeous, of course. And I do like the way it lays too.
    The yarn in your “Cloister” socks is really yummy. Love it!
    .-= Sandie Knapp´s last blog ..My FIRST PAIR of Toe Up Socks………Thanks Wendy Johnson =-.

  14. Wendy, The shawl is beautiful. I can’t help thinking about sleep with the time change. It gets dark so early now. Seeing Lucy sleeping and napping has me wanting to curl up and nap more than usual. But then how could we finish our knitting.

  15. The shawl is absolutely beautiful!! I am looking forward to more of the sock! Ah!! Lucy is just nature’s artwork!!

  16. I love love love the shawl – when will the pattern be available for purchase? The socks look cuddly.

  17. Cloisters = the name of a stitch found in one of the Barbara Walker pattern books, I believe.

  18. Another beautiful shawl! I am a collector of your patterns. Needless to say, my “que to do” is as tall as me. Will this pattern be available in the near future? Pluleeeeeese, don’t make me beg!

  19. Sherie Adams says:

    Shawl is absolutely gorgeous. Not only would I not want to knit or bind off 650 stitches, I would not want to have to block it! Beautiful design. Love the socks – design and colorway – and can’t wait to see progress photos. Lucy rocks!

  20. Love both! Shawls that stay on the shoulders are definitely a good thing! I’ve been resisting Juniper yarn up till now…it’s getting harder and harder! Can’t wait to see the sock on the modeling foot!
    .-= Michele In Maine´s last blog ..Red and White Project Bag Set =-.

  21. Very nice! I love how the tea party color looks. It doesn’t look so variegated that it will obscure the patterning.
    .-= Seanna Lea´s last blog two: already behind =-.

  22. Ooh, lovely!

    And I love the colorway for that sock. I was just dreaming about a scarf today (for myself) in an ambery/tea-ish colorway.
    .-= Virginia´s last blog .. =-.

  23. Love the name of the new socks. The pictures remind me of the courtyard at Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh.
    .-= Angie´s last blog ..A New View =-.

  24. It looks like the shawl will stay on really well. What do you think of that shape in comparison with a faroese shape as far as staying on the shoulders?

    So, is knitting the Tea Party at election time (at least in some places in the U.S.) a political comment? Or just a coincidence?