My current work in progress:

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


Busy Weekend

I had a busy weekend — took the train up to Philadelphia on Friday to spend some time at one of my favorite yarn shops — Loop. I was two hours late arriving, courtesy of Amtrak, but fortunately I always assume that Amtrak is going to be late, so wasn’t late for the Friday night party and book signing.

After classes on Saturday, it was back home again Saturday evening (and thankfully the train was on time).

As usual, I got almost no knitting done while I was away, maybe one repeat of my stole. Here’s what the first half looks like:

And the second half:

I’m getting there.

The hardest thing about going away for the weekend? Leaving this:


  1. anne marie in philly says:

    wish it could have been warmer whilst you were here…hope you had a good time!

    leaving sweet lucy must never be easy…same here with meredith and steven…then I come home and they ignore me. but so worth it!

  2. Leaving the critters is always the hardest part of being away for me too.
    .-= southparknitter´s last blog ..Visiting the frogs =-.

  3. Don’t you just love the way kitties cover their heads or faces when sleeping? ๐Ÿ™‚

    Your shawl is looking great Wendy! Is the next book going to be a shawl book??

  4. I don’t know how people with kids ever leave the house – leaving the cats is bad enough!
    .-= janna´s last blog ..Bullets and No Pictures =-.

  5. KathyM in SE VA says:

    Surely you used the travel time on the train to knit? Or maybe you had to work on a presentation or something… We took the train up to DC in January and it was super knitting time for me. Rest up – your super book means a lot of travel.

  6. Got your newest book today at our local Borders – it is fabulous! Great job, Wendy!

  7. I’m sure you’ll catch up on your knitting quick as a wink!! My friend took your class at Loop – she was very excited about it!!
    .-= Sharon´s last blog ..Spinning and Dyeing and fun, oh my! =-.

  8. Kathie Brownlee says:

    Lucy says, “See how messy my fur looks Momma? That’s cuz I missed you petting and bruching me. I”m so glad you are home, now I can sleep peacefully.”

  9. Sounds like it was a good trip, but I know what you mean about leaving your baby! That’s the hardest for me too. No one takes care of them like you do. Give Lucy a some love from me and Leila and Violet.

  10. Your photos are a perfect example of why semi-solids are a great choice for lace. Even unblocked, the pattern is very easy to read! I love how much like parchment the yarn mimics.
    .-= Seanna Lea´s last blog ..pumpkin to cure my ills (and geekery) =-.

  11. Boy do I understand that! I don’t live leaving my kitties to go to work!!

  12. The stole is looking lovely!

    Leaving the kitten is always hard. And mine is always mad (for a little while anyway) when we get home.
    .-= Virginia´s last blog ..Why I have not been blogging much lately =-.

  13. Maria Neill says:

    Should you pick my name, I am in love with your Lady Bertram Shawl. I would like to make it for my 86 year old mother…she lives in Chile….
    Thanks for your generous offer, and you daily blogs….I have come to wait for them!
    Maria Neill
    In Ravelry: mariacrafty

  14. 8 years………boy…I have only been knitting (again) for less than 2 years…
    what i really want is the pattern for that lace…many years ago…when my 40 year old son was a baby……….i knitted pale green lace out of “baby yarn”…my mother sewed it to a square of white wool…………it was beautiful…

    I would love to recreate that…

    thanks for all your sharing…

  15. Marlene says:

    Congrats on your blogging. I’m a more recent follower. Enjoy reading about your knitting activities. Would like to make your Argus shawlette …… Someday!

  16. Barbara says:

    I read you blog every day and enjoy it so much. I love knitting so follow you very close.
    I am fairly new to lace and find your patterns very intriguing It amazes me how fast you
    knit your articles.

    P.S. I like Lucy too.

    Barbara Garner
    Idaho Falls, Idaho

  17. Would love to win any one of your shawl patterns. Your blog brightens my every day, and especially love the photos and comments from Lucy!

  18. Mamie Anthoine Ney says:

    Congratulations on #8 and here’s to many, many more. Thank you for always being so generous. If my name happens to be drawn, I would love to have the Seaside pattern. I love being at the shore in the summer and it looks like a fun pattern to make that perfect sundown coverup. Keep up the good work, Wendy.

  19. I would love to win the Heart to Heart socks pattern.
    I also wanted to add that my cat Nicky and I have fallen in love with Lucy.
    If I understood the directions correctly, you need my email address in the comments section.Here’s hoping you choose me !!!!

  20. Congratulations on 8 years of blogging! I am fairly new to reading blogs, and really enjoy yours. I really love your Argus Shawlette. I have crocheted for quite a while, but have started knitting recently. I have 2 skeins of Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock staring at me as I type this, and they keep whispering… shawl…..shawl…… ๐Ÿ˜‰
    I am montymoo on Rav.

  21. Helen Jenkins says:

    You are an amazingly talented lady !!! And I hope one day to get to meet you at one of the events in the UK – I am anxiously awaiting delivery of your new book, and I can’t wait !!

    I would love to win the Talisman Shawl, the lace pattern is gorgeous.

    Carry on with the good work and here’s to many more !!

    Helen x

  22. Sarah Roberts says:

    Hi Wendy
    I’ve struggled for years to knit left handed and follow patterns but after getting your sock book as a gift I’ve taught myself right handed just to follow those wonderful sock patterns. Am now fully converted and knitting socks for anyone who wants a pair!!
    Thank you Wendy.
    PS I am rather taken by the Faro Easy Shawl!

  23. Nancy McKinley-Ehlinger says:

    I love hearing from you every ay and watching the progress on the current project

    I would love the patterns for the Left Over Sock Yarn.
    Hi to LUCY.


  24. Mindy Burch says:

    CONGRATLUATIONS…WOW 8 years!!! I am new to your blog. When I was in my local knit shop picking up sock yarn late December, someone mentioned what a GREAT blod you have…so I joined and I’m hooked! I ordered your new book and can’t wait for it to arrive. I have not knit a shaw yet but would LOVE to try the “Talisman Shaw” some day.


    Indy-Mindy on Rev

  25. Lois Conway says:

    Congratulations on your 8th aniversary. What you are creating with the lovely hand painted yarns….your recent shawls, stoles, shawlettes is very exciting. Great ideas and so many yummy hand painted yarns available today. My favorite (that is complete) is the chevron stole. I also love the one you just completed.

    Knittersgetaway on Ravelry

  26. I would love to win your Chevron Shawlette and Stole pattern. I am almost through your Seaside Shawlette pattern ,and love it.


  27. Nancy McKinley-Ehlinger says:

    I would like the “Seven Things to Make With Leftover Sock Yarn. Your shawls are amazing but I’m not an advanced knitter yet. Your kitty is very cute!
    Nancy McKinley-Ehlinger

  28. JOY SCHMITT says:

    I love looking at your patterns and would like to try knitting the Seaside Shawl. I have not done any lace patterns yet as I seem to be stuck on socks. Thanks for all your wonderful information.

  29. Ceeceestix says:

    Hi Wendy. I’m new to lace knitting and thought your Miss Woodhouse Shawl might be a good one to try as a beginner. I also love your Gothic Stole pattern and can’t wait until you put it up for sale. I only wish I could knit half as fast as you do! Hope you have a Blessed Easter!