My current work in progress:

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



I think only one of you guessed correctly what I am knitting — it is CeCe from ChicKnits.

I am making mine from Rowan Calmer in the “coffee bean” colorway. And I’m using stash yarn! I’ve had this particular pile of yarn in my stash for years, with no particular project in mind for it. I just loved the color so bought a bag of it.

So here is my CeCe so far:

It is knit all in one piece, back and forth, up to the armholes. The front bands are knit at the same time as the body, which minimizes finishing, something I appreciate.

I’ve not gotten too far on it because I’m working on a stealth project as well, and a very time-consuming one at that.

Thanks for all your congratulatory comments on the clean eating. In answer to a question in the comments. there really is nothing that I miss about my old way of eating. I drink one cup of coffee in the morning and then drink water the rest of the day (and green tea when I feel like it). The hardest part, I’ve found, is the planning ahead I have to do to ensure that I always have clean choices available.

This is particularly a challenge when traveling. This Thursday I am heading to the Spring Fling in St. Louis, and will be sure to pack a lot of non-perishable “clean” snacks.

Lucy sez:

“Zzzzzzzzzzzzzz . . .”


  1. Nice! I bought that pattern a while ago to make for my mom, then she decided she wanted Hey, Teach! instead. I’ll have to pull CeCe back and out and make it for myself sometime. It’s a cute sweater. See you at Fling! 🙂
    .-= Lisa´s last blog ..Creative Blocking 101 =-.

  2. Hey, Holly. Check out She has a book called “Healthy Eats Here.” As a journalist who traveled all over the country and as a person who really does eat clean herself, she’s done a lot of research and put this book together out of her own lifestyle choices. Maybe it will help you in your travels. I can vouch for Holly!

  3. That was supposed to say, “Hey Wendy” duh… Sorry!

  4. Can’t wait to see you!
    .-= LaLa´s last blog ..Episode 3, Pre Spring Fling =-.

  5. Celestine Getty says:

    Whoever guessed what you were knitting is good. I sure would not be able to. Wendy, you are inspiring me to eat better. I do not eat really that bad, but fresh bread and pasta is my down fall. Best wished with your continues success.

  6. Love the color – yummy coffee.

    Just saw this over on Amazon for Pre-Order:

    Toe-Up Socks in a Box: Essential Sock Techniques and 20 Toe-Up Patterns from Wendy Knits by Wendy D. Johnson and Alexandra Grablewski

    Are these different sox than have been seen in your books?

  7. Great minds thinking alike! I’m just about to start my CeCe in Calmer (carnation pink). I was thinking I needed a spring cardigan, but of course the temperature has dropped again. I’ll enjoy knitting this with you.

  8. Wendy- You have inspired me: 1.) To try some toe up socks and 2.) to dive into clean eating. I am reading a book about it tonight on my Kindle! Congratulations on your new eating lifestyle and the good results you’ve gotten!

  9. Stephanie says:

    I just may have to buy me a pattern

  10. I love coffee bean. One of my favorite colors for separates. Goes with everything.
    .-= Susan´s last blog ..It’s O.K. I’ll just breath through my third eye. =-.

  11. Very pretty pattern, and not so far off from Hey Teach, which was my guess. It should really flatter your new svelte figure.

  12. Hey, that is an adorable cardi. Pretty and feminine.

  13. Just bought the pattern-it looks really nice and I will be able to follow your progress.

  14. Clean snacks – does that mean you won’t mingle with us mere flingers and have midnight goodies????

  15. Congrats on your eating plan. I understand completely how difficult it can be eating a certain type of diet. I hurt my throat seriously December of 2008. It was bad enough where I was on liquids only for months. Makes traveling/visiting difficult! I am still struggling with my throat but it has improved somewhat. I did have a quick question, what breed is your cat? She is lovely. 🙂 I just found your website, still have lots of looking to do =)

  16. Just adding my congratulations as well on your change in your true lifestyle change! I have a question about buying yarn — how much of a yarn do you buy when you just buy on a whim? I have a hard time knowing whether to purchase 2 skeins of something (a scarf?) or as much as they have left? Just wondered…so many of us have 1 off or 2 off skeins that ultimately end up not being enough for the project that we find…
    All the best,
    Trish/Northern California

  17. fibercrone says:

    Beautiful cardi – what a great way to reward yourself!

  18. Wendy, CeCe is one of my favorite sweaters. (And you’re so lucky now that you can knit smaller sizes!!) I’m currently knitting my second–this one with long sleeves. It is a fun piece.

    I have to say though, there isn’t a B. Marie pattern that I don’t absolutely love. I’ve already got the yarn for Miss BB and her latest release is to die for.
    .-= Cindy in Happy Valley´s last blog ..Bad Blogger……. =-.

  19. I made a CeCe too, time to pull it out for the warmer weather! I can empathize with you on the planning required for clean eating. My husband eats gluten-free and it can be a challenge planning for a vacation or going to an unfamiliar restaurant. We, too, bring lots of snacks just in case.

  20. I love that colorway of Calmer. Your sweater will be like…swimming in Godiva coffee. Hmm!

  21. I was just introduced to your site this morning, and I see I have a LOT of back reading to do. I, too, am a fiber person trying to lose lots of weight. When you talk about “clean eating”, what do you mean, exactly? Do you have books, or websites or anything you can point me to?

    I love Lucy!!

  22. Particularly excellent Lucy pic today 🙂
    And I think I’m seriously in love with that yarn, the color, the name…makes me want to pick up needles again, and for some reason, it’s been too long since I’ve done that.
    .-= Melanie J.´s last blog ..Not entirely my fault! =-.

  23. crazycrafter says:

    Wow . . . what a beautiful cardigan! I want to make it now! =)

  24. I used to like Fruitabu fruit strips. They were really tasty and pretty darn clean. I’m excited to see how your Cece turns out~.
    .-= pmoys´s last blog ..Ramblings… =-.

  25. about the clean eating… is there any chance you might post a pre picture next to a present picture? maybe modeling your CeCe???

  26. I’m wondering what sorts of snacks you’ll be packing – non-perishable & clean – any hints?

  27. “Clean eating” seems to be basically low fat, low carb and organic, right? The lit I’ve seen on it seems deadly dull and grim – I think I’d rather just curl up and die than give up pasta. And that whole wheat pasta? forgetaboutit. More power to you if you can endure such a regimen.

  28. I like that cardi–I was thinking about doing it from Blue Sky Alpaca/Silk. Maybe someday! Congrats on the weight loss and having to buy a new wardrobe. It’s great that your allergies have been nipped too–now if it would only fix your poor back. But maybe the weight loss will help that a bit as well. Looking forward to seeing your CeCe!