My current work in progress:

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


Gothic Spires

Remember the Gothic Spires Stole I made a few months back? I blogged about it here.

At the time I said that a pattern would be available eventually, and would include a scarf version. Well, the pattern is ready, and will be up for sale on Ravelry later this week. The pattern will also be available from Zen Yarn Garden.

The stole version takes 2 400-yard skeins of fingering weight yarn, and the scarf version takes half that amount. I used Zen Yarn Garden Serenity 20, a 70% superwash merino, 20% cashmere, and 10% nylon. Very VERY soft!

In celebration of the release of the pattern, how about a giveaway? Leave a comment to this post by 4:00pm Eastern time this Thursday to be entered in a drawing to win a copy of the pattern AND 2 skeins of Serenity 20 kindly donated by Zen Yarn Garden. The winner can choose from among the colors in stock. (My stole is knit in the “Topaz” colorway).

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I returned home from TNNA yesterday. It was a great trip, but I am wiped out. Good thing I took today off from work. Lucy is helping me by demonstrating the fine art of relaxing.


  1. It is a great design.
    .-= sprite´s last blog ..would you care for a drink? =-.

  2. Linda Cannon says:

    Love the way the scarf turned out it looks so soft and cuddly. Very pretty. Sounds like you had too much fun!

  3. What a gorgeous pattern! Please do add me to your drawing:) Love your blog! Snuggles to Lucy!

  4. Beautiful design! Love the “Topaz” colorway.

    Looks like Lucy has the right idea. πŸ˜€

  5. jennifer Barron says:

    gorgeous and love the colour

  6. gorgeous pattern as always πŸ™‚
    .-= Karen´s last blog ..WWKIP Day =-.

  7. That is a beautiful pattern. I would love to win it & the yarn to knit it! Thanks for the giveaway!

  8. I’d love to win a pattern..please draw my name!

    Pretty pattern πŸ˜‰

  9. jo morgan says:

    Love the pattern! Please enter me in your drawing. Thanks, Jo

  10. Love the pattern and thanks for running the contest!

  11. Another beautiful pattern! And the colorway is especially complimentary of the pattern!

  12. Wow – what an awesome way to kick off the pattern!
    .-= Aimee´s last blog ..Mean Girls Rule =-.

  13. Looks like Lucy has the relaxing down to a science. Pretty Stole, but then all your patterns are great.
    .-= Tami T´s last blog ..Kids do the greatest things. =-.

  14. Guru Nam Kaur says:

    It’s beautiful, as usual. I’d be very happy to win the pattern.
    Thanks. Guru Nam Kaur

  15. Gorgeous pattern! Thanks for continually providing more inspiration and learning opportunities – gives me confidence to create new things!

  16. Nothing like a great giveaway to make a Monday worth while. The stole is beautiful & I am glad you had fun at TNNA.
    .-= Rae´s last blog ..Some Like It Hot…. =-.

  17. If I manage to get lucky, I’ll knit one for me and one for my Mom who got me hooked on your blog.

  18. Such a gorgeous pattern! Thanks for providing the opportunity to win it.

  19. Lovely shawl as per usual. Get some rest, lady!
    .-= Leslie´s last blog ..LonelyKnitGirlll, 2nd Edition =-.

  20. I love this pattern and think it would be a great way to learn lace knitting.
    .-= Liz A.´s last blog ..This & That =-.

  21. Love the colorway and the pattern of the stole. It looks like a pattern that would be enjoyable.

  22. Great pattern and such a beautiful colored yarn.

  23. Love that stole–you can tell the yarn is super soft.

  24. I love the pattern! I really like the color it is knit up in too!

  25. I love the pattern and yarn!

  26. Glad you survived TNNA! What a lovely pattern. Toss my name in the hat because I’d love to add that to my collection of Wendy patterns. πŸ˜€

  27. It really is lovely. I love stoles. You can wear them like a scarf, wrapped around your neck, or like a shawl, draped around your shoulders. Thanks for the drawing. Awfully nice of you!
    .-= Susan´s last blog ..Say hello to my little friend! =-.

  28. Oh, I love the pattern and I’d like to win it!

    I live in Germany though, is that a problem?

    Thanks for holding the contest!

  29. Oooooooh I would love to knit this for my mother. She lives in the desert southwest and most recently asked me to knit her a pair of thrummed mittens (for the like, 2 days per year when it gets kinda cold enough to wear them). I’d like to be able to knit her something that she’d get more use out of, and this would be perfect for keeping her warm in all the air-conditioning and to ward off the chill on those cool desert nights. She’d look really awesome in the orange crush colorway!
    .-= mzundercover´s last blog ..WWKIP day/week =-.

  30. Leslie C. says:

    Beautiful pattern and yarn.

  31. This is spectacular!

  32. Awesome giveaway, love your patterns!

  33. The pattern and yarn are lovely! I’m really enjoying the recent uptick in yarns with that little bit of cashmere in them. So yummy.

  34. What’s not to love about cashmere?!? Purrrrrrr………

  35. Oh snap! I hope I win! Looks lovely makes me want to build some buttresses.

  36. Beautiful!
    .-= Spooky´s last blog ..Nupps! =-.

  37. I love that pattern! πŸ™‚

  38. What a lovely pattern. I drool over patterns like these!

  39. I was just recently admiring this pattern! Seems like a good time to enter the contest! πŸ™‚

  40. What a beautiful pattern – I’m sure Lucy is just resting after the enthusiastic welcome home she gave you =)

  41. It’s beautiful, as is Lucy!

  42. Lovely pattern!

  43. DharmaPuppy Pinklady says:

    Would love to be the proud owner of the yarn and pattern….

  44. Melanie says:

    Such a lovely pattern! And Lucy looks so relaxed and comfy!

  45. Wow, that is a beautiful pattern, Wendy! I’ll definitely have to remember to look for it on Ravelry (you’ll let us know when it’s up, right?).

  46. Welcome home! I’m so glad to see that this pattern is being released; it definitely caught my eye the first go around.

  47. Karen D says:

    Beautiful pattern! Thanks for releasing it.

  48. I love the pattern and the yarn. A great combination. Thanks for hosting the contest.
    .-= Jenna´s last blog ..Catching up- knitting edition =-.

  49. That really is a lovely pattern. Thanks for writing it up for us! I’ll have to look for it on Rav once the workday is over…
    .-= Nicole´s last blog ..I Hate It When I Do THAT, Too =-.

  50. I love all the colors of that yarn! Perfect for the pattern.
    .-= Kate´s last blog ..Dishtowel Ditty =-.

  51. Denise in Ohio says:

    I hope that you enjoyed Columbus. I’d LOVE the pattern and yarn. Pick me please, oh random number generator!

  52. RedfordPhyl says:

    I envy your design talent. Another great pattern!

  53. Lace scarves/shawls are my thing right now. I’d love to make a Gothic Spires.

  54. lovely lovely lovely lovely! I’d love to win this.
    .-= melanie´s last blog goats on Farmville are scaring me =-.

  55. I wonder if Lucy sleeps through the night as well, because my obnoxious felines certainly haven’t been and they need training.
    .-= Tiny Tyrant´s last blog ..Cosmology Corner: Feel the Power of the Dark Side =-.

  56. Cashmere yum! A beautiful pattern and yarn worthy of petting as you knit πŸ™‚
    .-= Mari´s last blog ..weekend musings =-.

  57. SweetpeaTX says:

    Beautiful. I’d love to make the scarf version for my mother.

  58. ooooh that is gorgeous!
    and thanks again for the offer to win πŸ™‚

  59. Ooh! I love it! Your designs are so beautiful!

  60. imjustlori says:

    Oh, that’s a pretty pattern. I’d love to have it. So please send it here. πŸ™‚

  61. Very pretty! Zen Yarn Garden makes some lovely colorways. Can’t wait for the pattern to come out (in case I don’t win! haha) so I can make myself one!
    .-= MsLindz´s last blog ..Pattern Update, Finished Ishbel, and New Projects =-.

  62. very pretty stole! would love love love to knit it!

  63. Lovely, as always! Thanks for the giveaway! πŸ™‚
    .-= Claudia´s last blog ..Finished =-.

  64. Love the pattern. Looks like a great piece that you will love to wear.

  65. Oh! Such a lovely stole/scarf! Count me in! πŸ˜€
    .-= Lee´s last blog ..No Shampoo Begins Again =-.

  66. Lovely pattern. Wish I had the talent for designing that you do.

  67. Oh my! I would love to win! I have been drooling over the recently finished pics at ZYG ‘s Flickr. Thanks for the chance!

  68. I’ve been hoping this pattern would come out soon and have been dying to try it. Hope I win!

  69. Oh wow, its so beautiful!!!
    .-= Kata´s last blog ..July/August Non-Club – 2 skeins and other goodies =-.

  70. Kim in Apex says:

    The pattern is the perfect showcase for the Zen Garden yarn. Just lovely.

  71. Love that pattern! And Lucy has perfected relaxation.

  72. Very nice! I just wish I could come up with designs like that.

  73. Barbara says:

    Oooo.. such a pretty pattern. I love the color of the yarn so very pretty. Please enter me in your give away πŸ™‚

  74. Maureen says:

    Thank you for such a beautiful pattern and for all the hard work you put into your blog.

  75. Cyndi J says:

    Beautiful pattern. Can’t wait to see it on Ravelry!

  76. Suzanne says:

    As usual…a stunning design!! Would love to try the Zen Garden yarn & your pattern!

  77. Heathwitch says:

    Beautiful yarn, and a gorgeous pattern. πŸ™‚ Though my kitties are rivalling Lucy for achieving R&R… πŸ˜‰

  78. Because I need another lace pattern or more yarn like I need a hole in the head but yum…. how can I resist?

  79. The stole is lovely.

  80. KateinIowa says:

    Topaz Serenity is gorgeous and perfect with your pattern. Wish I could wear that color. I’ll bet it looks beautiful with your hair and coloring, Wendy.

  81. Deranda says:

    I would love the challenge of making a stole from this pattern. It is so beautiful.

  82. That is a lovely pattern!
    .-= aliceq´s last blog ..Waiting =-.

  83. That’s awesome. I would love to make the scarf.
    .-= LeahC´s last blog ..Fun Weekend with Mom =-.

  84. Jen In Ypsi says:


  85. That is just gorgeous!!! The topaz is very pretty!!!
    .-= Jill M in Ohio´s last blog ..Design Wall Monday =-.

  86. Blinkie says:

    I love the angleyness of the design!

  87. Love that stole!!!

  88. It’s beautiful!

  89. I’m glad you had a nice trip, Wendy!!! Your stole is absolutely stunning!!!!!! I would like very much to knit it for my mom. Her 65th birthday is in October, so plenty of time to finish it by then!!!! Thank you for the generous giveaway!!!!
    .-= Catherine´s last blog ..SAL UFO/RR 2010 – Projet de MΓ©lissa =-.

  90. Lovely pattern. I think we should all take cues from our animals on how to relax, they seem to have perfected the art form.
    .-= Rebekah´s last blog ..Summer of Doilies and Such Items =-.

  91. I thought so before: the pattern is lovely. I would love to win the prize. πŸ™‚

  92. Glad to see that the pattern will soon be available. I’d love to have it!

  93. Love the stole pattern!

  94. cicadaqueen says:

    Lovely pattern and the Serenity yarn looks delicious. Please add me to the drawing!

  95. Please enter me in the draw. It’s gorgeous!

  96. “Gothic Spires” immediately reminded me of a scarf in the Museum Shop of the Art Institute of Chicago inspired by Louis Sullivan stencils in the old Chicago Stock Exchange: . Your shawl is just beautiful!
    Susan Kunze
    Sandersville, GA
    .-= Susan Kunze´s last blog ..Looking Back, Moving Forward =-.

  97. The stole and scarf are both beautiful. Would love to win the prize!!!

  98. It’s lovely. And it doesn’t look too intimidating for a lace neophyte!

  99. I NEED that pattern!

  100. Please add my entry to the drawing. Lucy has the right idea!
    .-= Ariadne´s last blog ..Leavin’ On a Jet Plane =-.