My current work in progress:

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


Aestlight Shawl

Yesterday I finished my Aestlight Shawl.

When I finished the body of it and looked at the edging chart, I decided I really didn’t care for the pattern as written, so I subbed my own edging. It’s actually the edging I winkled together for The Exonumist’s Shawl (Ravelry link).

Before blocking, my Aestlight had a wingspan of 54 inches and measured 22 inches down the center back.

After blocking, its wingspan increased to a whopping 84 inches and the length grew to 36″ down the center back.

It looks a little lopsided in the blocking photo — that’s due to the angle. After crawling around on my hands and knees to pin it out and adjust it I felt a bit woozy and was disinclined to stand on a chair to achieve a proper bird’s-eye shot.

I made the larger size from the pattern and it used just over 1.5 skeins of Dragonfly Fibers Dragon Sock.

It’ll no doubt shrink a little after I unpin it, because I’ve stretched it out to within an inch of its life. ๐Ÿ˜‰

And a couple of minutes past midnight last night, I started the cast-on for the Enchanted Wood Shawl.

But I’ll talk about that tomorrow.

New Book

Thanks for all your kind comments about my upcoming book. I’m so pleased that so many of you have pre-ordered it! I do hope you are going to love it as much as I do!

For those of you who were concerned because there are no photos of Lucy in the book, rest assured that she is not being ignored. In fact, she has been immortalized by a famous painter and her likeness is where it belongs, in a museum, where she can be admired by millions.


Lucy Sez:

“No comment.”


  1. love that edging!
    .-= Mary´s last blog ..Rest in peace, Mom =-.

  2. Man, that edging looks great! I have had that shawl in my queue for a while, and just wasn’t quite happy with variegated yarn for the edging. Yours works out marvelously!

  3. Hmmm . . . I’m making the small version (I only have 1 skein) . . . and I don’t like the edging, either. If I invest in the Exonumist’s Shawl pattern, do you think your edging would translate to the smaller Aestlight?

    If I were Lucy, I think I’d be happy to be painted in the same manner as Marilyn Monroe! (wink)
    .-= Cathie Jones´s last blog ..From the Ragtime Calendar =-.

  4. anne marie in philly says:

    I didn’t know lucy was friends with andy warhol *grin*!

  5. Wow! That looks great!

  6. Love the shawl- it is on my list to knit one of these days. I also pre ordered your new book and can hardly wait for it to be released.

  7. The Aestlight is so beautiful! Love it.

    And the museum shot of Warholucy is awesome. ๐Ÿ™‚
    .-= Virginia´s last blog ..Professor, what’s another name for pirate’s treasure? =-.

  8. I like the shawl variant. Is this edging just knit like another section or knitted on like the Pi Shawl?
    .-= Seanna Lea´s last blog ..a tale of two legs =-.

  9. as always, love the shawl!! lol to lucy!

  10. Lovely!

  11. crazycrafter says:

    WOW! I love how the shawl turned out! I wasn’t so sure that I would like it as well as some of your others at first, but I really love it! Also, the pix of Lucy are darling! Blessings and happy knitting!
    Hannah, age 12

  12. Wow Lucy does “colour” very well! Such a kitty! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Your shawl looks great!! Happy knitting!

  13. The shawl is beautiful and I do like the edging too.

    I was wondering where all your beads are for the Enchanted Woods cast on?

  14. aprilquilts says:

    What kind of needles do you use for your lace shawls? I can’t see what kind from the picture. Love your blog!

  15. Totally lovely, every inch of it.
    .-= Sandie Knapp´s last blog ..Homespun Update =-.

  16. You are a shawl-making machine! Do you ever get wrist pain from knitting so much? I have to be very careful about how many hours I knit or else my wrists and elbows ache too much.
    .-= Laura´s last blog ..A Little Yarn Porn* =-.

  17. While indeed most cats make the best art subjects, and Lucy looks fabulous in any color, I still think your next book should have one project modeled by Lucy. She would probably do the photo shoot for free. Wouldn’t she look fetching in her very own mini-shawl?

  18. Clearly I am 10 years old because I keep reading “Ass Light Shawl.”
    .-= April´s last blog ..The Random Number Generator … =-.