My current work in progress:

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


Gotta Love A Stitchionary

I have in my hot little hands Vogue Knitting Stitchionary Volume 5 which is all about lace knitting.

I’m pretty darn happy to have it because I have been all about the lace lately. You might have noticed . . .

I also have Volumes 1 and 2 which are knit/purl and cables. Volume 3, which I don’t have, is colorwork, and Volume 4, which I also don’t have is crochet (I don’t crochet if I can help it).

Volume 5 is the same format as the others — a large, beautifully produced hardcover book.Β  It is A “landscape” oriented book (11 by 8.5″ approximately) and I think this is what makes it lie flat in such an obedient manner when you open it.

Here’s the Table of Contents:

You have the usual introductory material and explanation of how to use the book. The stitch patterns themselves are divided into sections: easy/mesh, edgings, chevrons, allover, panels, combos, and motifs.

There is a list of abbreviations (on what I think is a particularly nice layout):

And a how-to section for yarn overs:

There is also a glossay in the back that explains certain techniques and abbreviations.

Here is a page I photographed at random:

As you can see, there is a photo of the stitch pattern knit in a sample swatch, a chart, and the pattern written out in words. This is particularly nice for people who have little experience with charts but would like more — you can follow along with the words as you work from the chart.

I particularly like the way the charts are done — they are very clean and use symbols that I think are pretty universal. The rows are numbered and the repeats clearly marked. And there is a symbol key for every chart.

While some of the patterns are familiar to me, some are not. All in all? A good investment for the lace knitter, in my opinion.

Yarnie Giveaway!

If Keri was wondering if people would like her yarn, I don’t think she need wonder any further, given the number of comments I got entering the contest to win the skein she so kindly donated. Keep an eye on her website — she will be selling her handpainted yarn soon. (And there may still be a few skeins of her “sample” yarn in her etsy shop.) The Random Number Generator chose Amy T. Congratulations to you, Amy! I have emailed you.

And as always, thank you to everyone who left a comment. While I am at it, thanks for reading my blog. πŸ™‚ I am aware that lately content has been a bit thin on the ground and I appreciate those of you who stick around to read and comment. At the moment I have eleventy-billion different things going on in my life pulling me in eleventy-billion different directions, and that will continue for a while. But I am hoping that life will settle down into some semblance of normalcy by September so if you hang in there with me through the summer I’d appreciate it.

Lucy Sez

You know they are all coming to see me, right? It’s not about you.


  1. Wendy, I wanted to thank you again for the wonderful class at Charlotte Yarn this month. I just finished whipping up a lace bookmark for one of my son’s teachers. It took,maybe, an hour to do. Gotta love a quickie every now and then! πŸ™‚

  2. Lucy reminds me of someone, but I can’t think of who….

    The book looks great – another one to put on my wishlist!
    .-= Leslie´s last blog ..Episode 11 – The One at Chez LaLa =-.

  3. patricia says:

    Of course, Lucy.

  4. Thank you for the preview. I will be putting this book on my wishlist. I have to teach basic chart reading at our next guild meeting. Lucy is THE reason we visit your blog. πŸ˜‰

  5. Well, Lucy and Teddy……don’t forget my friend Teddy!!!

  6. Thank YOU for the blog, always interesting, always entertaining, and of course, the lovely Lucy.

  7. imjustlori says:

    Lucy’s right. It’s all about her.

    Well, that, and the knitting.

    That book will be on my wishlist in Amazon….now.

  8. Denise in Kent, WA says:

    Honestly, I’m impressed that you are able to blog daily basis – regardless of content! Thin or not, it’s always worth reading – and Sweet Ms Lucy is icing on the cake. πŸ™‚

    P.S. Thought Keri’s yarn was gorgeous but chose to give folks who might have less than two lifetime’s worth of stash a chance…

  9. I <3 Stitchionary

    Love the blog too and will always be on my list of must read blogs and I'm not just saying that because I know you personally πŸ™‚ (maybe it's just Lucy that keeps me coming back!)
    .-= Karen´s last blog ..My Knitting Sisters =-.

  10. Shirley. in PA says:

    Wendy, your blog is always interesting and informative. And I love the photos of Lucy. I’ll have to look into that book, I’ve been playing around with lace lately, using Barbara Walker’s book, which don’t lay flat when opened. πŸ™‚

  11. anne marie in philly says:

    yes, lucy, we know…EVERYONE wants an audience with the queen!

  12. Of course we’re coming to see Lucy. Her eyes are something else.

  13. Wendy, I’ve been with you through many Septembers, usually lurking and rarely commenting, and I expect to continue on for many more. I enjoy your blog immensely and never feel like it’s too thin. Thank you for being a great inspiration and so generously sharing your talent with all of us.

  14. Gotta love Lucy’s total modesty πŸ˜‰
    .-= Joy´s last blog ..It’s been … =-.

  15. Dr. Jackie says:

    Looks like a great book…I may have to buy that one….

    Of course I’ll stick with you…there may actually be more to your life in addition to the knitting. I wouldn’t want to miss it!

  16. Mary Pat says:

    Life is never dull at Chez Lucy; therefore, the BLOG is always an interesting read.

  17. Ohhhhhh, I need that book!

    And yes Lucy, we’re here to see you. πŸ˜‰
    .-= The Unraveled Librarian´s last blog ..Crochet FAIL, Baby robin love. =-.

  18. technikat says:

    Thanks for the book preview. It looks like a very nice stitchonary
    for lace.

    I also enjoy your blog and often learn something from it. And Lucy is always decorative!

  19. Looks like the knitting shelf in my library will have to expand once again.

  20. Barbara says:

    “Stick around” ??? Hardly!!!! I love reading your stuff! I learn new things from you all the time. About knitting, eating, merchants, the weather…on and on it goes. You have a terrific outlook – thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  21. Dorothy says:

    Normal by September? I am still wondering what normal might be. πŸ™‚ That is an adorable picture of Miss Lucy!!

  22. Melissa says:

    Well, let’s just say we read the blog (thick or thin) because of all the interesting stuff you make and do and Lucy is the icing on the cake. On another note – Love, love, love Keri’s yarn. I got a skein like yours plus two of the “sample” skeins as well. Keep blogging we’ll be here.

  23. Shirley A Ryan says:

    >>Lucy Sez…..You know they are all coming to see me, right? It’s not about you.<<

    Oh gosh….busted!

  24. I don’t always comment, but you can bet I’m always reading! (and yes Lucy …of course it’s all for you!)
    .-= Valerie´s last blog ..… and another thing…. =-.

  25. You know, I only have one stitch dictionary. I really need more. This one looks particularly nice. I do love a good lace stitch.
    .-= Jessi´s last blog ..A FULL day =-.

  26. Mary G. says:

    Wendy: I know you are super busy but when/if you have a chance . . . I bought all the Barbara Walker stitch books in a fit of book lust and have been wondering if the Vogue stitch books are worth getting if I have the Walker books. What do you think?

  27. And now a column….congrats…you’ll be amazing as usual…

  28. I just picked this book up at the library, where I’ve had it on request since the beginning of the year. If I love it, I’ll buy a copy, even though I already have several other stitch dictionaries. I love knitting lace, And I love knitting from charts; I get lost in a sea of words.

    Lucy is charming, as always!
    .-= pdxknitterati/MicheleLB´s last blog ..Bubba’s Blankie =-.

  29. Melanie says:

    Dear Wendy,

    I like the consistency of the postings. I know that Sunday through Thursday you write about something and include pictures of Lucy. Even if my day is very hectic, I feel that Sunday thru Thursday Lucy is an extended pet and her pictures are calming. She is beautiful. So keep it up. I know life gets busy but I appreciate the fact you take the time to write.

    Have a great Memorial Weekend. Yeah time off for knitting. πŸ™‚

  30. September is when my life should return to something approaching “normal” too. Love the blog! Lucy’s a cutie too.

  31. I look forward to reading your blog each day when I get home from work. It’s always a bright spot. (And I’m more of a quilter than a knitter!)

  32. Yes, Lucy, it is definitely all about you.

  33. Moo would have a hissy fit if he did not get his daily “Lucy” fix, and I need my Wendy fix as well. We’ll be here every day no matter what.

  34. I look forward to your blog daily – no matter how much/little of it there is. It’s part of my daily routine. Any, yes, Lucy has a part in that also πŸ™‚

    Thanks for the heads up on the lace knitting book – it may be of some help to a newbie lace knitter, like myself.
    .-= JoAnn´s last blog ..Don’t Be Alarmed – It’s Only Me =-.

  35. Beverly (db81971) says:

    Personally I luv ya to pieces! I’ll “stick with ya” for as long as you keep blogging!

  36. Lucy has it right! LOL It would be even better if she was a knitter, too!

    BTW, are you still using the Wen hair cleanser? I’ve been trying Dr. Bronner’s castile soap with vinegar rinse with very good results so far. Have you tried castile soap?

  37. I don’t know that Lucy is the ONLY reason I keep reading but I know that a photo of her always makes my day!

  38. Of, course! Lucy is beautiful!

  39. Lucy is spot on, as usual!!

  40. sjanova says:

    Lucy does look pretty insistent that she’s the focus of all our attention. As well she should be.

  41. Your knitting is worth the wait. We young grasshoppers will be patient.
    .-= Dorothy´s last blog ..Boyo Turns One. Family is shocked! =-.

  42. Donna in Ely says:

    Yup, I come to see pictures of the pretty kitty, Lucy!! Thanks for your blog, it is one of my highlights in the day… So, of course, I am sticking around.

  43. jo morgan says:

    Wendy, I totally get having a lot of things in your life. We are renovating our home and camped out in an upstairs bedroom with no kitchen, etc. etc. It is fun in a sort of Swiss Family Robinson way and a total paint in the tush….well, you get the drift. Have a great weekend!

  44. Shhh, Lucy, you’re supposed to let your Momma think that it’s her blog…
    .-= Diane´s last blog ..Freight Trains =-.

  45. Theresa in Italy says:

    A lace stitchionary with written directions and charts, AND a symbol key for every chart? Incredible.

    Generous of Lucy to let you share the blog…!

  46. I understand the eleventy-billion directions thing. I’m always amazed when anyone comments on my blog whenever I do post since I’m not nearly as interesting as I was when I was cranking out multiple, bloggable items every week.
    .-= Leah´s last blog ..Around and Around and Around =-.

  47. Of course itΒ΄s all about you, sweet miss Lucy!!!!! πŸ™‚
    //Sissela the Forrestcat

  48. I just got this book too– it does have some lovely and original lace patterns. I do wish they had chosen a lighter yarn color for some of the swatches– the detail is a little hard to see in the photos where they used a dark blue yarn.

  49. Hang in there! My life is having an attack of the eleventy-billion things too! Your blog is always amusing and Lucy is as cute as she can be!

  50. Wendy- Thanks for the review- do you notice that there are tons of knitting books in the stores, but very little content? Like having satellite tv, and there’s nothing to watch.
    .-= Lorraine´s last blog ..The Dog That Smiled =-.

  51. Thanks for the great review! I’m adding this book to my wishlist.
    .-= Laurie´s last blog ..A bit more Luna eye candy… =-.

  52. Don’t worry Wendy, we’ll be here for you! I just got your second book yesterday (finally), and am savoring it. I love your writing style – it doesn’t really matter what you write about! (though I enjoy the knitting, of course!).

    Lucy can hold down the fort admirably.
    .-= Michele Corbeil´s last blog ..Counting Sheep Project Bag =-.

  53. Of course we come to the blog to see Lucy. The knitting is incidental. πŸ˜‰

  54. I’ve been thinking about another stitch dictionary and will now check out this one. Thanks for the review!
    .-= Kathleen´s last blog ..Free Pattern Friday: Annis =-.

  55. You are most welcome, ma’am. And thank you for sharing so much of your world with us out here in cyberspace.
    .-= toni in florida´s last blog ..For a hot time in Knittown tonight… =-.

  56. You know it, Lucy! (giggle)

  57. Of course I’ll hang around, I have to have something to do at the office while I’m pretending to work πŸ™‚

  58. The book looks pretty good, though I’m still holding out for one of my friends to see my wish list and give me pretty much any of the Barbara Walker books.
    .-= Seanna Lea´s last blog ..matcha matcha man! =-.

  59. Lucy is a very small little kitty. LOL Love your blog and love the pics of Lucy.
    .-= Judy´s last blog ..Can you say tired? =-.

  60. Kathie Brownlee says:

    Lucy is correct of course. but, does she have to rub it in????

  61. I love reading your blog even if it gets a little thin. My blog gets the same way during busy times at school.

  62. I am in a lace phase as well, and after reading your blog I looked for the Vogue Stitchionary 5 at my local B & N, but they didn’t have it as well. I’m looking forward to browsing through it and perhaps seeing what you create using it.
    .-= Sharen´s last blog ..It’s a Party and We’re Invited ! =-.

  63. Val Champ says:

    Love your blog Wendy and Lucy is inspiring as always. She is very “to the point” for a cat, whereas my Jessie takes after me and will talk your ear off..LOL

    I wonder if you are up for a lace question? I will put the book on my list, but could really use an answer now. Can you tell me why an intelligent person like me, trust me,I am pretty smart, can knit 20 repeats of a simple 6 row lace pattern, and every time I get to row 1 its like a whole new pattern, like I have never seen it before. It must be the summer weather? The fact that this shawl languished and then Wed I realize that I want it for the wedding we are going to a week from tomorrow?

    Oh well, I am through that bit now..fixed the mistake on the 2nd last row that gave me 127 stitches on one side and 123 on the other…

    Maybe its destined to be something different? Sorry to be so long, but inquiring minds and all that…

  64. Beth P. says:

    We’ll be here!!!


  65. Ha! I know I haven’t been commenting frequently, though I do read. I was going to reply, “I’ve got to get my daily dose of Lucy!” but I see you had that covered. You know why we’re really here πŸ™‚

    OK, part of the reason why else I come is to envision what I might be able to make someday, if I just keep at knitting!
    .-= Mary´s last blog ..Timing =-.

  66. No problem hanging in there. Summer is usually busy for all of us so “lite” blog reading fits in better anyway!

  67. LOL, I do visit to see Lucy, I must admit! πŸ™‚

    I love your blog and your knitting! It’s very inspirational and I am thinking that I have enough yarn in my stash to do my own CeCe, something I would never have thought of if I hadn’t seen yours.

  68. We all get busy and crazy! Such is life!! The book is awesome – a friend of mine has it and loves it!
    .-= Sharon´s last blog ..I’m a Designer on Ravelry! =-.

  69. your blog is so nice and give me lots of inspriation on knitting. I have a similar cat like Lucy and he is a sweet guy and lying under the sun now. I like to enter your drawing and hope you pick me.
    .-= Esther in CA´s last blog ..Happy and Healthy 2009…………………… =-.

  70. No matter how much or how little you are able to write, I’m always hangin’. Have a great busy summer!

  71. Jacquie says:

    Lucy honey, you are always right.
    Occasionally I let myself get side tracked by knitting and beautiful yarn.

  72. Melissa G says:

    Thanks for the review! I’ve been thinking about that one.

  73. Thanks so much for the book review (it looks wonderful!) and the terrific blog posts. I thoroughly enjoy them and look forward to the new entries. Take care!

  74. Kathi Jobson says:

    Thanks for the great review, I was thinking of getting this book but the review on Amazon was not good. People should read your review, anyway thank you.

    A question, what kind of cat is Lucy? She is gorgeous.

  75. Connie G. says:

    Of course, we’ll stick around! You’re too much fun not to. Besides, we all get busy in our lives and you’re right there with us.