My current work in progress:

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



We had an unexpected snow day yesterday. The weather forecast had said the majority of bad weather would be south of us and we’d just get a bit of snow. Well, it snowed all day yesterday non-stop so it was a nice little stay-in snow day.

I started a new project, but you don’t get to see it yet. Friday night I finished my shawlette-in-progress. Here it is, fresh off the needles:

Lucy’s head included for scale. It is about the same size as the Argus shawl unblocked — 40″ across the top edge and 20″ down the center back.

After popping some percocet, I felt up to blocking it. Behold the shawlette all pinned out!

Blocked it is 56″ across the top edge and 25″ down the center back. Here it is, released from its bondage:

A close-up:

Another close-up:

I’m calling it “Seaside Shawlette.” The bottom border is supposed to remind you of waves and the body pattern could be shells on the beach. Or something. I knit it from one skein of Sanguine Gryphon Eidos sock yarn on a U.S., size 6 needle. The skein weighed 118 grams and when I was done, I had 16 grams leftover. Each skein had around 400 yards, so I’m estimating that this shawl will take 400 yards. If my math is correct, I used about 350 yards for mine.

Anyhow the pattern will be available soon.

Check It Out!

Check out Threadknits — it’s an online knitting and crocheting contest. You could win some very cool prizes by entering your creations. I was asked to be one of the judges, so I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with! Contest ends March 1, so you’ve got some time to come up with something fabulous.

Lucy sez:

“Speaking of fabulous . . . I heart naps!”


  1. It’s making me really want a skein of Eidos for my own shawl!

  2. Stickweaver says:

    I love the new shawl, but when Lucy volunteers to show scale – how big is she? I understand Ragdolls can be quite large. Sorry Lucy, for such a personal question/comment!

  3. Kathy Sue says:

    Blocking lace is the coolest! Or the outcome is, that is.

  4. Our snow was not unexpected. I ventured out this afternoon for the first time in 48 hours. We had 10 inches.
    .-= southparknitter´s last blog ..Mats and Mitts and Pics…oh my! =-.

  5. Seaside is gorgeous–another winner!
    .-= Susan´s last blog ..There’s no place like home! =-.

  6. We had the snow too! Fortunately we just got a dusting but we were out to dinner for my son’s birthday and it freaked everyone out making them leave us early… 🙁

  7. What is your definition of a “shawlette” – as compared to a shawl? Do you have a specific size range for each? Just curious!

  8. The Seaside shawl looks wonderful!

    And you know, mixing alcohol or painkillers and blocking is always good. Unfortunately, I’m off both of the above. Can’t win em all.
    .-= Virginia´s last blog ..Sunday Pix and an actual FO! =-.

  9. Love the seaside shawlette- waiting for the pattern.
    The snow missed us-just freezing cold here.

  10. Beautiful, Wendy!

  11. Wendy: Just looking about the web for inspiration and came across your site. I too have a bad back. Have for over 25 years. I find the easier patterns the best too when pain is too much. I HATE the days I just cant concentrate for meds but what ya gonna due!??!

    If you need someone to ask Back stuff too… feel free… more surgeries then I care to think about but I walk in less pain the before. And as long as I can walk and knit… what more does one need???

    Love your stuff… I will keep checkin to see what you have next.

    Best of luck and prayers for you

  12. myra Harrell Fleming says:

    Seaside is just beautiful!! Well done, yeah for snow days!

  13. Vicki Johnson says:

    I think Seaside is me favorite! I am excited to purchase the pattern when it is available. My husband is taking a course close to the Pentagon and was also surprised by the unexpected snow. We are from Reno and only see snow sometimes!


  15. Seaside is a beautiful pattern! One of my absolute favorites!

  16. Seaside is beautiful — I just imagine central and northern California where the sea meets pine trees near the shore! It’s another beauty, that’s for sure.
    .-= Cathie Jones´s last blog ..It’s In The Mail =-.

  17. Wendy- I’m obsessed with Sanguine Gryphon, but hadn’t realized that Percocets could aid in the finishing process.

    Sounds like a plan!

  18. I wish I had gotten more knitting in this weekend, but I had a metric tonne of dog walking. It’s amazing how those miles cut into the knitting!
    .-= Seanna Lea´s last blog ..what are they called? =-.

  19. Another beautiful shawlette! I am looking forward to the pattern. I just love this trend, because shawlettes are so much fun to wear with my everyday clothing. Just this little extra to make me feel good. I hardly ever get the chance to wear a large shawl. I love your work!

  20. Debra Simon says:

    Are you sure you don’t want to do a book of shawlettes? They’re all too beautiful!

  21. Love the shawlette — I will keep an eye out for the pattern.

  22. That’s a beautiful shawl. I especially like its connection to the seaside.
    .-= Ida´s last blog ..Fiber Friends Feed America =-.

  23. I cannot wait to get this pattern! It’s just beautiful! And with a name like Seaside Shawlette, well, it’s now completely and utterly irresistible!