My current work in progress:

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



Here is the shawlette, unpinned and being modeled by Gwendolyn:


And laid out on the floor:


I wanted a good bird’s eye view, so I perched precariously on a chair for that shot. Here’s a close-up of the bottom point:


Thanks for all your great comments on this. It is a little larger than a shawlette. This was knit from a skein of Dream in Color Baby, which is laceweight and comes in skeins of approximately 700 yards and 113 grams. I had 37 grams left over. I used approximately two-thirds of the skein. If my math is correct, that’s about 229 yards leftover, so I made the shawl in 471 yards. You could make it from one skein of Wollmeise. Hmmmmmm . . .

In other news, I cleaned out my kitchen cupboards and gave all the food away to a food drive:


All except one lonely box of whole-wheat pasta and some cooking bags. What’s up with me? Changes!

Meanwhile, Lucy consented to lie on the new shawltette so you can get an idea of the size:



  1. Very pretty pattern and I love the ‘November Muse’ color!
    .-= Rebecca´s last blog ..A Thorpe Hat =-.

  2. Cathie Jones says:

    Lucky Lucy . . . the shawlette is just her size and color!

  3. The coloring goes so well with Lucy’s coat, I think it should be hers. :>)
    I admire your work and look forward to seeing what is new on your blog.

  4. Beautiful shawl, Wendy! I’m still afraid to start Girasole…..
    I’ve used November Muse in a pair of Monkey socks and really like feel and color.
    Must be some major life changes to empty your cabinets. Can’t wait to find out what you have planned.

  5. This one is particularly nice. Can’t wait till you issue the pattern.

  6. You are giving up food for Advent? Or getting a really, really early start on giving it up for Lent?
    .-= kmkat´s last blog ..Monday is for ice. =-.

  7. That new shawlette pattern is great. It looks fun, too. Good idea about your cabinets. We donate food that way every few months, too.

  8. Love, love, love this shawl!
    It is really incredible looking.

  9. Are you moving? Getting married? Going on a really hard diet?

    Love the new shawl!
    .-= DarthKnitter/Tammy´s last blog ..Down by the Riverside =-.

  10. Larger is better, I think. True “shawlettes” don’t know whether to be a shawl or a scarf, and just feel clumsy for me. I guess I don’t know how to style them.
    .-= Barbara-Kay´s last blog ..Just for me! =-.

  11. That would look lovely in WM. Or any other yarn, for that matter. And Lucy looks lovely on it.

    I’m working on a shawl design myself, and fearing that I need sock weight lest it not work in laceweight… and since I have no clue what the yardage requirements are, I don’t dare use any of the sock yarn in my stash, lest I run out. That means another trip to the LYS. Horrors.
    .-= Lucia´s last blog ..Eye Candy Friday =-.

  12. Nice shawl! I think it looks better under Lucy than on Gwendolyln!

  13. I thought I was the only one to empty my cupboards during food drives. Ah now the shallette is purrrfect with Lucy!!

  14. Change is good. We all need more change in our lives. Giving food to the poor or needy is exactly the right ticket. The shawlette is exquisite!

  15. Hmm…sounds like some sort of meal plan is on the way. Seattle Sutton? Or have you decided to hire a personal chef? ๐Ÿ™‚ More time to knit that way. I hope you didn’t give away Lucy’s treats!

  16. Go you for the food drive business. Excellent work.

    I would like a brown shawlette to wrap around my shoulders as I curl into the couch after a hard day at work. I shall have to knit one.

    My cat says that she would like a shawlette to curl up on at any time, although she says that brown would not show up her black fur to its best advantage.
    .-= Virginia´s last blog .. =-.

  17. Knitter lives on yarn alone? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  18. how many items is Gwendolyn modeling at the same time?

    could we be moving, painting or remodeling? it’s unlikely all the canned goods outlived their shelf life simultaneously, and on the outside chance that happened, you wouldn’t be donating them to a food bank…..

  19. Love it! I’m adding it to my 10 in 2010 queue…and thank you for donating food to your local food bank….now about those changes…?

  20. margieinmaryland says:

    Love the shawl – add me to the throng curious about the changes….

  21. Tina slave to four says:

    Becoming a Raw Foodist are we?

    I did the same thing. It’s amazing the difference I’ve seen in my health

  22. Emptying the cupboards? Hmmm. Really, really strict diet? I’ve done that a couple of times–whenever I give up dairy, I pack it all up and give it away. Sadly, I just cannot stay away from cheese.

    Love the shawl. Abigail is envious of Lucy.

  23. The shawl maches Lucy and is almost as pretty as Lucy:-) Now…about those changes….

  24. I have to say, the notion of a hard diet, remodel, or house move during the Christmas season seems kind of hellish any way you look at it. Like the shawlette a lot but I have two in the queue already.

  25. Well, it’s about time Model Lucy extracted herself from her comfy place and got to her “real” job of modeling your finished knitting! I love the shawl(ette) — it turned out very pretty!
    .-= annalilly´s last blog .."Ribbit" =-.

  26. Wendy,

    Do you wear all the shawls you knit, or do you tend to gift them? ๐Ÿ™‚
    .-= Catherine´s last blog ..Finito! =-.

  27. Going vegan, maybe?

  28. Starting a new life in the hew year? Retiring from the gov’t to knit full time? Good Luck with the changes whatever they are. Please don’t give up knitting, writing and your blog.

  29. Love the shawl. Can’t wait for the pattern. You may never get Lucy off it. As for the cupboards being bare, either painting or a new diet. Nah, just more room for chocolate!

  30. Love the geometric patterning of this shawl. Can’t wait to see the pattern. Thanks to Lucy for modeling. There is nothing like scale.

  31. Well, Wendy, I wish I had a skein of Wollmeise to use for this! However, i do have some Dream in Color and I love it! So, I expect that will work okay. Wollmeise would be nice……

  32. Very nice! I would love this in a stunning red. Maybe one of the Dream in Color yarns with a bit of silver in it for glitz. Just over 1 skein, so enough for socks afterwards.
    .-= Seanna Lea´s last blog ..I’m a loser! =-.

  33. Well…changes are what make life interesting!
    Love the shawl…will try hard to wait patiently for the pattern.
    .-= Knitnana´s last blog ..Ten on Tuesday =-.

  34. It looks really good! I like the criss cross effect over the diamonds.
    .-= madonnaearth´s last blog ..The long weekend =-.

  35. jo morgan says:

    Whenever I hear the word changes, my anxiety level goes through the roof — what’s up with that! In any case, I hope the changes are good ones!

  36. I was recently diagnosed with Celiac disease and was forced to clean out my kitchen, too. It is TOUGH to stick to an all natural foods program – if you have to remove all wheat, rye and barley, it’s even worse. Taking lunch to work is a real challenge.
    Hats off to you! You’ll feel so much better for it.

  37. I am anxiously awaiting your new patterns. Love the shawlette. I finally hopped on over to Ebay and got myself a mannequin and a leg so I can take some presentable photos of my shawls and socks. Would you mind if I named mine Gwendolyn too? (Gwendolyn-2). Somehow I think she deserves it.