My current work in progress:

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


Talisman Shawl

Anyone remember this?


This is the Talisman Shawl, which I designed and knit in 2008. I would have been highly impressed indeed if anyone had identified this as that pattern:

Here’s a close-up on the pattern stitch in the original version:


And here’s a close-up in my current version:


The original was knit from a laceweight handspun merino/tencel on a U.S. size 5 needle. I’m currently knitting it in fingering weight on a U.S. size 5 needle. Interesting to see how it looks, eh?

(I agree that it does resemble the Fountain Pen Shawl, but I designed and knit the original a good six months before that shawl pattern was published in IK so I wasn’t influenced by it!)

I never did anything with the pattern, apart from knitting it up. I came across the pattern a few days ago and thought it would be fun to knit it up in in fingering weight. So there you have it!

It may just be me . . .

But I think the nutcracker in this office party invitation looks rather shifty-eyed and sinister. He probably is, given who is hosting the party.


(Click photo to enlarge and make readable . . . and spot the punctuation issue!)

To change the subject . . .

Check out this perfect little profile:



  1. Absolutely gorgeous!
    .-= KnitPurlGurl´s last blog ..This Friday on Stitch & Dish: Jeny Staiman =-.

  2. I’m trying really hard not to laugh at that invite

    As always, the shawl is gorgeous!!!!! Both of them!!!!!
    .-= Karen´s last blog .. =-.

  3. That is my favorite color of WM. Will it take 2 skeins? Scritches to the Regal Lucy!

  4. And what is the Holiday going to do with its “are here”?
    .-= Eric´s last blog ..Progress Report โ€“ Week 1 =-.

  5. I will be wearing the original Talisman Shawl to my office holiday party Saturday night! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. I want to party with the Organized Crime & Racketeering Section folks, too! They know how to get *down* and celebrate the “Holiday’s”! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Pretty shawls, by the way.
    .-= Mary´s last blog ..Rest in peace, Mom =-.

  7. Pretty little profile!!!

  8. Part of the reason I love your blog is because you knit lace shawls, as do I. Your recent post sent me to The Unique Sheep to join the Enchanted Wood KAL. I may not be able to start on time, since I’m ten days past the closing date, but I’ll catch up. When I finish that, I’ll start another shawl with some beautiful yarn I bought from Etsy after seeing it on your blog.
    .-= Mary the Digital Knitter´s last blog ..Good News and Bad (But Improving) News =-.

  9. Didn’t that organized crime bunch have issues like this last year?

  10. Beautiful, as always. The shawl’s lovely too. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I better keep Elmer away from the computer or he may fall hopelessly in love with Lucy.

  11. mlochk22 (Mel) says:

    You rock….hanging out with the organized crime and racketeering folks…sounds interesting! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Love the very obvious typo!

  12. Great comment, Eric! I think extraneous apostrophes are horrible. My doctor’s office had a sign with not one but three incorrectly used apostrophes. *Sigh*
    Beautiful shawls no matter what weight the yarn, Wendy!

  13. I love the holiday’s. lol

  14. There are 2 punctuation issues: (1) Holiday’s should be plural, not possessive, and (2) the Section Requests, as the subject and verb do not agree. (It’s a singular subject, even though it’s a group, so it needs a singular verb.)

  15. Yes, holidays with an ‘s – not right, but a beautiful shawl. Love the old and new design. Lucy is always beautiful, especially when she is content.

  16. Punctuation aside, what a terrific invitation! I suspect that group throws great parties. And the perfect profile is just that.

  17. CathieJones says:

    Wow! Our tax dollars at work, eh? (Or is that “our tax dollar’s?”) So the shawl really doesn’t portray bees and muppet aliens. It’s beautiful, as is the original Talisman.

  18. I am more of a lurker than a commenter, but I can’t pass up a chance to comment on the holiday’s. The idea of a party thrown by the Organized Crime and Racketeering Section is absolutely hilarious. I mean, I’m sure we all know it’s a section of some important government crime-fighting entity, but it sounds like it’s the actual criminals and racketeers! Man, I’d kill to go to that party. Wait a minute…that’s just a joke. Don’t tell them I said that.

  19. Perhaps the organized crime and racketeering folks just like to share their apostrophes along with they holiday cheer.

    (That or they need to get someone else to run the party planning committee – Angela from The Office would be quite upset at this error).

    Happy holidays!

  20. I love seeing these kinds of errors. Brings out the inner editor in me & makes me feel so competent (when little else does these days). Akin to these errors are the unnecessary quotation marks documented here: Very funny.

  21. What is it with people and apostrophes?? We got a Christmas card today addressed to us: The Benson’s. Huh?

    Your knitting is just stunning.

  22. ewwwww…nutcrackers…they rank right up there with clowns on my Creepy Things list. Or should that read Thing’s?

  23. Cathy Smith says:

    Glad to read that you have the grammar gene and found the errors. People do not understand the pesky apostrophe.

  24. Love it – and Wollmeise makes everything just an extra bit special, doesn’t it! ๐Ÿ™‚
    .-= PlazaJen´s last blog ..Accolades =-.

  25. It’s nice to see a government entity calling itself what it actually is. I assume you work near the Income Tax Unit?? (snickering as I know that isn’t so).
    .-= Leslie´s last blog ..Halloween Tale =-.

  26. Egads. Blatant apostrophe abuse. Thankfully, the lovely shawl and Miss Lucy make up for it.
    .-= Jeanne B.´s last blog ..I Hate Robo-Calls =-.

  27. I’m not sure what the problem’s are. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    .-= sprite´s last blog ..the freedom to marry in d.c. =-.

  28. Such a different look for the two shawls! And geez, didn’t anyone proofread that invitation?

  29. Oh Wow! I think I have confirmation…yes ineed I know what Wendy does in her non-knitting life…Organized crime & racketeering…Yes, she is a spy!


  30. That particular punction issue Drives. Me. Nuts. Right up there with the effect/affect issue. (Maybe I need a hobby?)

  31. Ah, yes – that possessive Holiday! However, I wouldn’t argue with the Organized Crime and Racketeering folks!
    .-= janna´s last blog ..Stuff That Makes Me Happy =-.

  32. So THAT’S where you work! Sounds interesting. I sure hope the Organized Crime & Racketeering folks are better at their jobs than they are at punctuation…
    .-= kmkat´s last blog ..It’s a twofer Tuesday! =-.

  33. As a government agency they should embrace OCR or OC n’ R mebbee…that invitation’s a keeper.

  34. I always crack up at your office get together invitations. Ah! What a pretty profile. About shawls. I am finding I like the feel and look of some of the really open designs done in a fingering weight yarn. Your are both gorgeous as usual. (sigh)

  35. The shawl does look completely different; in the original the pattern reminds me of lamp chimneys (you know, the glass part on an old kerosene lamp. In the fingering-weight version the bottom half of each pattern is solid, and now the eyelet part reminds me of a hanging lamp instead.

  36. Apostrophes….4th graders have trouble with them, too – trust me! I love your shawl in WM Rharbarer and how different the pattern looks in a fingering weight. Kiss Lucy’s cute little nose for me, OK?

  37. Oh, I hate incorrectly-placed apostrophes and other such silly mistakes – I’ve complained more times than I should have to about signs around town with incorrect punctuation, and even offered to read things over before they make thousands of copies… funny, no takers…
    .-= Deirdre´s last blog ..Milestones =-.

  38. I was so glad you mentioned the punctuation issue. I believe I saw that even before I saw the shifty eyes! Things like that just jump of the page at me. Love the name of the hosts!

  39. Love the shawls. Hate the punctuation. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  40. It is that apostrophe that reared its ugly head again! Holidays is not possessive therefore… don’t need no stinkin’ apostrophe..

  41. My red pen correction alert sounded when I read “holiday’s”. It amazes me how much proper grammar & punctuation has declined in the workplace. I received an e-mail from one of our college interns yesterday that was basically written in “text speak” (e.g. ur = you are) I couldn’t resist the temptation, so I edited his e-mail with a red pen and gave him a grade of D and told him to re-submit for a better grade…LOL ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’m continually amazed at how prolific your knitting is, Wendy! Your shawl-in-progress is going to look wonderful. Can’t wait to see it after blocking!

  42. Really, is it that hard for people to correctly use the apostrophe? I feel like the apostrophe is the silliest of the punctuation errors, because it is the easiest to read aloud and determine the error.
    .-= Seanna Lea´s last blog ..a little smu report =-.

  43. Might I recommend “Eat, Shoots and Leaves” by LynneTruss. Primary focus is on commas (not comma’s!) but does talk about apostrophes, also. (Her 2nd book, “Talk to the Hand”, about some of the liberal use of profanity, is also excellent.) And, she’s funny!

  44. margieinmaryland says:

    my eyes are glazing over with Rhubarber lust – oh and the shawl is great too!

    I blush to admit that I missed the apostrophe. However, does anyone else spot a second, grammatical, error in the invite?

    I LOVE “Eats Shoots and Leaves”

  45. Ah ye’s, the dreaded apo’strophe which i’s often used to ‘signal when an “s” i’s coming. Look out, here come’s an “s”…

    …and which is commonly seen during this time of year in cards which say, “Merry Christmas from the Smith’s”…
    .-= Laura ´s last blog ..Is this sock ugly? =-.

  46. teehee…I enjoyed the invitation ๐Ÿ™‚
    Lovely shawls…but you know my heart belongs to Miss Lucy!
    .-= Knitnana´s last blog ..Oh My! We Are A Rowdy Bunch of Gals! =-.

  47. Aww, you crossed out the location! Now how are we going to crash the party? That is, assuming this racketeering nutcracker isn’t on guard! Probably no way a well-dressed couple could talk their way around him… My office party is at the same time anyway, but in NH, so I guess I won’t be dropping in. ๐Ÿ™‚ Have fun– Gretcheng

  48. Aaahh! Misplaced apostrophes!
    Now I feel all itchy.
    Where is my red pen?
    .-= Ann in CT´s last blog ..Stocking progress =-.

  49. Possessive vs. plural…
    Are the rules really that hard?

  50. LOL! Love the invite. Poor punctuation, poor grammar, incorrect capitalization–what’s not to love?!

    The shawl is gorgeous. I’m dying to get my hands on some Wollmeise; never seem to be able to find it before everyone else does.

  51. Dr. Jackie says:

    Holiday’s????? You know, they probably had grammar/spell check…maybe they should turn it on!!

    What color is your new shawl? It looks similar to the Traveling Woman I just finished in Casbah Victoria…

  52. Dr. Jackie says:

    Oops…I see…Wollmeise/Rhubarber!

  53. It looks like the mice in the background are the organized crime pulling off some heist, but the nutcracker is onto them. It’s creepy in a MAGIC (1978)/ventriloquist dummy way. Love the shawl!

  54. The holiday’s what are here? Or do we not have the security clearance for such sensitive information?

  55. On every single receipt that this one Mom and Pop grocery store in Wisconsin prints it says, “Thank’s for stopping!”


  56. I’m not sure if anyone already commented on the 3 errors, but in addition to announcing that the “Holiday’s” are here, the department “request” your “Staff’s” company. Send it to They will post it for all to see!

  57. *sigh* Reminds me of the billboard that went up a couple of months ago. A local fast-food chain announced, “Your just minutes away from great chicken!” That thing made me cringe every time I drove past it, which when you consider it was on my way to work EVERY MORNING…! It took them a couple of weeks (yes, weeks, not days), but they finally put a new grammatically correct billboard over top of that one.