My current work in progress:

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


A Free Day

I was pretty much gobsmacked yesterday afternoon when OPM announced that the federal government in the D.C. area would be closed today but hey! I’ll take it!

Here’s the view from this morning:


The sun was coming out. Yay!


Things are looking good down on the street. I went out and ran some errands. The streets were fine. The parking lots, not so much. Very icy.

I also finished this:


My Talisman Shawl. It sure doesn’t look like much in that photo, does it? The pre-blocked dimensions are 48″ by 24″.

Blocking achieved this miracle:


After blocking, it’s 64″ wide by 34″ down the center back. Knit from one skein of Wollmeise, with just 14 grams leftover.

Here’s a close-up of the lace pattern:


Here’s what I started today:


Care to hazard a guess as to what it is?

Miss Lucy slept through the blocking of the Talisman Shawl today. I’m sure she’s kicking herself that she missed out on helping me. But I turned the heat on this past weekend and she’s been happily sleeping through the most exciting events.



  1. Love that green in the new WIP — another shawl, perhaps?
    .-= Mary´s last blog ..Rest in peace, Mom =-.

  2. Talisman is beautiful! I don’t think you normally knit patterns by other designers, but that does look a lot like Ishbel in possibly Madelinetosh sock yarn?

  3. Love the gree yarn – is that another Stacy shawl?

  4. I sure could use a snow day and I am wildly jealous that your area got all the snow and we got none! Your shawl is beautiful and it has inspired me to get my pi shawl out and continue working on that.
    .-= Marji´s last blog ..My $3608.86 Mistake =-.

  5. The person who makes these decisions must read your blog and know you were hoping for Monday off. ๐Ÿ™‚
    .-= Ann in CT´s last blog ..Done: Hubby’s Striped Sweater =-.

  6. Cathie Jones says:

    Love the new color . . . and it’ll look great with your red hair.

  7. Hooray for snow days! Looks like somebody is going to have a new green shawl in time for Christmas!
    .-= Mary´s last blog ..Snow–the Day After =-.

  8. I wish I could sleep through a few days. Sounds heavenly.
    .-= Elysbeth Carson´s last blog ..But winter hasn’t started yet!!! =-.

  9. When will pattern for talisman be for sale I have some wollmeisse that it looking for a pattern.

  10. Ah, yes, I used to live in DC, and fondly remember the snow turning to ice, and the lack of any good streets other than the main thoroughfares.

    Lovely blocking on the shawl, it is like magic!

  11. Celestine Getty says:

    I am so glad you got a snow day off. We shoveled out our driveway, but I decided that I was still snowed in and stayed home today just to knit and bake cookies. Felt good!!!!
    Now Wendy, when are you going to share your Talisman shawl pattern with us??? I am placing an order for some yarn…I love the colorway…
    Thanks for sharing….

  12. I love the new shawl, the blocking really made the design pop. Could the green be a new shawl.

  13. Is that Ishbel you’re starting?

  14. I’m in Annapolis, and we got nearly 2 feet of snow, which unfortunately we had to shovel ourselves — till we caught our neighbor with the snowplow, who finished the job for us after we’d both nearly put ourselves in traction. But it was so, so pretty! My hubs was home today, too, and the folks I contract for were closed, so we both had a semi-free day. I’ve been knitting, of course!

    Talisman is gorgeous — I do hope you publish the pattern. I especially love the edge; it works really well with the main lace pattern.

  15. I think it going to be a very pretty green shaw. Elaine

  16. That shawl is stunning! Wow!

  17. Your Lucy looks so much like my Dixie Lee—we adopted her when she was almost 9 years old…she’d be 14 on 2/22/10…we had to say goodbye to her yesterday. She became quite ill, couldn’t eat or drink. She said goodbye to us peacefully in our home…our vet is a treasure.
    I will forever fondly look upon your Lucy as Dixie Lee’s little sister.

  18. myra Harrell Fleming says:

    Wendy, the Talisman turned out beautiful…I love the yarn color combo. There is someone here in Portland, OR that made a color like that and called it vineyard, fitting. Anyway, very luscious end product!

  19. That colourway of yarn knitted up beautifully into your shawl pattern! I hope that pattern might be available some time. I bet you had a great snow day! Lucy looks quite happy with the heat on and her sheep skin rug to snuggle up on!! Not a clue on what you have started. I am not so good with tests!

  20. Gorgeous!

  21. I think I know what it is you started…it looks an awful lot like an Ishbel to me…Hmmm…=)

  22. The shawl is beautiful and Lucy is one smart kitty!
    .-= Valerie´s last blog ..A Perfect 10! =-.

  23. crazycrafter says:

    I love your green yarn! I agree with all of the others, I think it might be a shawl, but it might be a mitten or something. I have no clue. I am worthless when it comes to figuring out what a project is! =) You do gorgeous work-thank you for your blog! Merry Christmas!

  24. Bluetoespinner says:

    Isn’t wonderful when the universe listens to what you wish for? The shawl is beautiful and the new project also looks like another shawl.

  25. hmmm….I think I detect a line of yo-k-yo down the middle, so I’m also guessing your new project is a shawl. Your Talisman is stunning in the WM Rharbarer!
    We 4WD’d ourselves out of here yesterday and into Charlottesville….it was a MESS – but the Christmas shopping is done! Good luck getting downtown today!
    .-= Cindy K´s last blog ..Snowed In! =-.

  26. I’d say you were knitting another shawl, and if it was from a pattern I’d say something like Ishbel. However, you tend to design your own, so I’m just looking forward to seeing what you come up with.

  27. I’ve been reading your blog every single day for quite some time now. I’ve given up on my own blog but I can’t give up on reading yours. My knitting is SO slow that I barely get something small finished in a month’s time, so I’m always amazed at the speed with which you knit. And of course, I love watching Lucy. My own Ruby gets her fair share of photos taken and since she’s much prettier than I am, I use her instead of my own face. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Happy Holidays to you and thanks for all the inspiration you give to me. Wish I lived closer to take a class but I’m just as happy to watch from afar.
    .-= Claudia´s last blog ..Taking a few steps backwards =-.

  28. The new project looks like the Gaia shoulder hug to me.

    The shawl blocked out most gorgeously.
    .-= Joan DiRito´s last blog ..Decisions, Decisions =-.

  29. The talisman shawl is such a beauty!! The colors in the yarn work wonderfully with the pattern. An A+ as alwasy!

    PS – I think you’re knitting up a Traveling Woman. Maybe. ๐Ÿ˜‰