My current work in progress:

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


All Ready

The pattern for the Miss Woodhouse Shawlette is all ready to go.

You can purchase it in pdf format from my Ravelry store, here.

It looks nice on Gwendolyn, I think.

The Miss Woodhouse Shawl is a “more than a triangle” shawl – extra increases on the outer edges make it grow faster in width than in length.

The unblocked shawl measures 50” across the top and 16” down the center back. Blocked it measures 66” across and 25” down the center back. These measurements are approximate because they depend on how severely you block your piece.

This pattern is good for a beginner knitter who wants to knit lace. The pattern is written in great detail and spells out everything you need to know. The lace is charted in 4 relatively simple charts that are easy to follow.

It is knit from fingering rather than laceweight yarn (and uses a US 6 needle), which is much easier for a lace newbie to execute. The stitches used are knit and purl, and a few simple lace techniques – yarnover, knit 2 together, and ssk, and sl1 k2tog, psso (which are explained in the pattern).

You can enlarge the shawl by doing more repeats of Chart B – as many as you like. With each extra repeat you do, you will be doing more repeats of the 4-stitch pattern repeat. Well, you’ll see – it’s obvious from the pattern.

Speaking of my lace shawlettes, check out my friend Sharon’s Seaside Shawl:

The yarn is Hazel Knits Artisan Sock in the Tulip colorway. Sharon said “I choose that colorway because it makes me think of the Sea Pinks that grow in coastal regions ( We’ve grown them here (Sharon lives in Southern California) but they are tricky in our climate because it gets so hot in the summer. They really need the moisture of the ocean to thrive.”

As for my knitting, while I’ve been snowed it, I’ve been working mostly on stealth projects. I went out this morning to check out the snow situation — it looks like we got between 20 – 24″ here. I took a bunch of photos and put them in a Flickr set. The only sound I heard while I was out was the sound of wheels spinning as cars tried to get out of snow, so I’m wondering about getting to work tomorrow, if indeed the government is open.

All in all, we were pretty much unscathed, apart from power outage of 5 hours or so last night.

Lucy sez:

“Look Momma! The sun is shining!”


  1. fibercrone says:

    My, Lucy looks so queenly.

  2. Oh, I was hoping you’d have the pattern today. Thanks! And the photos of the snow – amazing!! I hope you don’t have to go out in that tomorrow. I’m glad Miss Lucy saw some sunlight – there’s hope!

  3. Love it! I think that it will be my next shawl after Argus.

  4. As always, Gwendolyn looks lovely in the new shawlette. And Miss Lucy looks lovely in anything! I think Sharon’s Seaside is blocked a little more gently at the points than yours — I can see waves in hers. They’re both beautiful, and moving up on my to-do list!
    .-= Cathie Jones´s last blog ..Jazz Art Wearables =-.

  5. The sun came out today and melted most of our stuff away. 50% of folks in my county had no power so I count myself fortunate that I did. I’ve been getting lots of knitting done on these snow weekends.
    .-= southparknitter´s last blog ..Mats and Mitts and Pics…oh my! =-.

  6. Margaret Williams says:

    Uh, I’m from Nebraska with parents from North Dakota, some advise about cars stuck in snow: don’t spin your tires. Go slowly and flip between forward and reverse. Spinning your tires only gets you stuck worse.

  7. I’m glad you didn’t suffer unduly from the snow.

    The shawl looks beautiful! Simple sounds really really nice right about now.
    .-= Virginia´s last blog ..The good news =-.

  8. Glad you got your power back. Beautiful work.

  9. Wait a minute….are you the same Wendy Johnson of the toe-up sock phenomenon? And now you’re on a shawl kick. Not complaining, not one bit. I am loving all these shawls. I wish I had more time to knit them all up!

    I hope you and Lucy are keeping warm.
    .-= Jocelyn´s last blog ..Out with it =-.

  10. What a beautiful pic of Ms. Lucy looking out the window. Cuddle up and enjoy.

  11. Your shawls are gorgeous. BTW, have you checked the weather forecast for the next couple of days? Here we go again…
    .-= Lisa´s last blog ..Hey, I Finished More Stuff! =-.

  12. I hope you are enjoying your snow days. It looks like you should be off today and possibly more later this week if the forecast holds true.
    .-= Seanna Lea´s last blog ..some mornings =-.

  13. Ahha, someone has been watching “Emma” on PBS, haven’t they?

    I just finished Argus, and oh dear, I really like Miss Woodhouse too, especially the widened shape… But how many shawl patterns does a girl really need? 🙂

  14. Awesome and I love Sharon’s shawl! Not just cause of her name or anything… ;-D
    .-= Sharon´s last blog ..Snow Day? =-.

  15. Dr. Jackie says:

    Very pretty. 5 hour power failure…well, surely you can knit by candle-light! 😉

  16. Excellent timing! I’m 18 rows from finishing Argus so once that’s done this week I can just slide into Miss Woodhouse. Well not literally of course …
    .-= April´s last blog ..The Random Number Generator … =-.

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