My current work in progress:

Stornoway, designed by Alice Starmore from her book Fishermen’s Sweaters, knit in Frangipani 5-ply guernsey wool in the Aran colorway, on a 3.0mm needle.

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. Sue Johnson says:

    I would love to have the pattern and yarn. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  2. Thanks for saying “Hi” Wendy!! It was great to hear your voice. You must have a had a great time at TNNA. What a place!
    The shawl pattern is fabulous. Congratulations!
    .-= margene´s last blog ..Call Me Cranky =-.

  3. Oooh, enter me for the pretty pattern!

    I think Lucy could probably teach even my kitties something about the art of relaxation. What a snuggly ball of fur!

  4. Lace AND flying buttresses? This is my kind of pattern!

  5. Nancy N says:

    Great pattern! I’d love to win.

  6. Love it and love the color. I made sock in the Zen yarn and loved them (gave them as a birthday gift00but they felt nice). Thanks for thinking of us with your gifts.

  7. Looks like really nice yarn!

  8. So beautiful! Thank you for the chance to win!

  9. Neat-o! I’ve never used Zen Yarn Garden, but the blend sounds great, and it obviously works well for lace ๐Ÿ™‚
    .-= Aimee´s last blog ..Of course! =-.

  10. Thanks for making a great pattern and for a giveaway. Hope the random generator is working for me !

  11. Travel is fun. I do understand the pleasure of returning home. Good job in getting your pattern edited and ready to go. Another fine design.

  12. knitinmom says:

    What a treat. I hope I win!

  13. Oh boy, a contest! Lovely pattern.

  14. What a generous giveaway! Would love to win, fingers crossed!

  15. Beautiful work – and the colour is just perfect.
    .-= josiekitten´s last blog ..In need of some instant gratification =-.

  16. linda-kay says:

    Wendy your the greatest! Thanks for the opportunity to win the pattern and yarn. Now I’m off to look at Zen Garden’s web site!

  17. What a beautiful pattern!!!

  18. Val Rutterer says:

    I just finished my first lace project and am ready for more. This one looks like a winner! I love the pattern!

  19. Love the stole- would be great for my mom as she checks out the cathedrals in France this Summer. Like the colorway name too LOL

  20. Another beautiful pattern!
    .-= Lynn Z´s last blog ..Just one of those days =-.

  21. Lovely work! The colors you used are gorgeous too!

  22. Lauren W. says:

    Gorgeous stole, but I think that Lucy as always stole the post! Such a cute little thing.

  23. Lovely pattern, lovely yarn!

  24. Celeste Nossiter says:

    I’m in – please include me in the drawing. Thanks!

  25. So pretty! The stole and yarn are beautiful.

  26. It’s gorgeous! I’m going to head home now for some relaxing with a cat myself. ๐Ÿ˜€
    .-= Elinor´s last blog ..Two Pair (and Iโ€™m almost done) =-.

  27. It would be great to win this pattern!

  28. Wonderful pattern as always and beautiful yarn. I would love to knit it!

  29. Kathy Rodgers says:

    So pretty. I’ve never knitted lace, but I’d love to learn!!

  30. Oh, count me in!

  31. Katrina says:

    I love that pattern! Gorgeous yarn, too!

  32. Barb Harger says:

    LOL…scarf is lovely! Lucy is a PRO at relaxing, after all!

  33. LOVE the patterns ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks again for hosting another giveaway!
    Welcome back and happy resting day

  34. The pattern is lovely and to win would be truly a zen moment for me.

  35. Laura47 says:

    A lovely pattern, and the yarn sounds totally heavenly! Please include me in your drawing, and tell Lucy she definitely has the right idea!

  36. Ooooh, lovely.

  37. I love that stole! Count me in! ๐Ÿ™‚

  38. Courtney says:

    Wendy gorgeous as always! Cashmere is delicious!

  39. what a beautiful contest! Lucy looks so relaxed. I wish i could learn from her.
    .-= Jennifer´s last blog ..Planning and preparation =-.

  40. Have a good rest. Funny how intense having a great time can be.

    I’d love a copy of Gothic Spires and the yarn to make one. Thanks for a great drawing.
    .-= Ina´s last blog ..Projection =-.

  41. A beautiful pattern & I’d love to win it & yarn to make it with..
    .-= PlainJane´s last blog ..Absent, But Busy.. =-.

  42. I’m loving your pattern!

    Cats are such good examples of how to relaaaaax!

  43. Freya in Californeya says:

    Please enter me in your giveaway. I would love to try that yarn and the pattern is splendid, as usual.

  44. How Lovely! Hope you had fun at TNNA. Can’t wait to hear all about it.

  45. I love it. I think it is totally gorgeous!
    Congratulations ๐Ÿ™‚

  46. Carol Wymer says:

    The stole is beautiful. TY for the giveaway. Lucy is doing a great job of relaxing.

  47. Beautiful stole! Please enter me in the drawing.

  48. Michele says:

    What a wonderful pattern. I would love to have the yarn and pattern. Please add me to the list to win. Thank you for the giveaway.

  49. Hillary says:

    Lovely, lovely pattern! I’m looking forward to it…but not until next year. This year is my Year. Of. The. Sweater.(tm) Next year is my Year. Of. The. Stole.(tm)

    Silly, yes?

  50. Snohotina says:

    Oh…pick me, pick me. It’s such a lovely pattern and the yarn sounds YUMMY!

  51. morandia says:

    stunning job on the stole!

  52. ACK!!! Take me to your Generator!

    I want this!!! Must try that luscious sounding yarn!

  53. What a great pattern – thanks for the giveaway! Give Lucy a skritch for me!

    .-= Diana´s last blog ..What a DAY! =-.

  54. I love Gothic Architecture and would be quite pleased to knit this pattern.

  55. Gothic Spires is lovely!! I have a red headed sister in law that would love this!

  56. I would love this yarn and pattern! Thank you for the giveaway.

  57. Deb Ferguson says:

    I would really love to win the pattern and yarn. Please enter me in the drawing.

  58. Kathryn Sigman says:

    What a beautiful scarf! Wold love to win the pattern!

  59. Love this pattern!

  60. Beverly (db81971) says:

    oh my goodness! Generous! I’d love it!

  61. What a lovely scarf! I would love to make one of my own!

  62. Once again, Wendy, you’ve come up with another winner. Thanks for doing the giveaway!
    Maria in NY

  63. Beth in Seattle says:

    Yahoo – another giveaway. Thanks again for the opportunity. The yarn is yummy and the pattern is lovely, as usual!

  64. Welcome back!

    I have been into lace the last few weeks. I could always use a new pattern and more yarn. Hopefully, my number will be a lucky one this week.

  65. I’d forgotten how much I liked this pattern! Please add me to the list.

    The best part about going away is coming home!
    .-= MicheleinMaine´s last blog ..Dancing Cats Project Bag =-.

  66. Beautiful!!! I’m getting my fall and winter birthdays/holiday projects in line, and this one will be perfect for a certain someone I know. So very excited to cast this one on.
    .-= The Unraveled Librarian´s last blog ..I’m a winner! =-.

  67. I also love the pattern – thanks so much for offering it, both for sale, and for the giveaway.

  68. i envy your ability to get SO many projects finished and blocked, not to mention the patterns you write up! I also enjoy seeing what Miss Lucy is up to!

  69. Gorgeous.

  70. Bonnie H. says:

    What a generous offer…..and what a beautiful pattern!

    I’ll buy it even if not chosen, but what it would be to be chosen.

  71. Jo Anne WM says:

    I would love to be the lucky winner. Thank you.

  72. I always love your patterns! They are so beautiful. Lucy is quite talented with her napping. I would love a chance to win the pattern and the yarn. Thank you Wendy!!! Can’t wait to see your next project come to life

  73. Very pretty – the pattern and the yarn!!

  74. Welcome home and back to the blog! Looking forward to hearing about TNNA from various bloggers.
    .-= Jenni´s last blog ..In the meantime… =-.

  75. Holly Hunt says:

    What a beautiful stole. I would love to be entered into the giveaway for it.

  76. I’m drooling, imaging the stress relief that would provide me right now! I’m getting married in 12 days (EEEE!!!!) however I think I need to focus on the Girasole I’m finishing for my future hubby before I start dreaming about other projects. Or the LYS down the street from our new apartment….

    Thank you for holding giveaways, they’re a highlight to daydream about during my day!

  77. Those loverly kitties have that art down pat…its almost a science…so follow suit and get some rest…those short trips are never much of a vacation…oh and btw..pick me for the giveaway…

  78. Colleen says:

    I want to do what Lucy is doing as much as she does it! I could cat nap anytime, anywhere! Thanks for being so generous with the giveaways!!

  79. oh i wish to be gothic, gorgeous pattern, yarn sounds yummy
    .-= KathyB´s last blog ..Hosting Some Unwelcome Guests =-.

  80. Truc-Ha Duong says:

    OOOOOhhhh! I love the variegation!

  81. I love the pattern – thanks for the blog giveaways! Take Lucy’s advice and rest some today.

  82. Kristine M. says:

    Wendy, I love the pattern and the yarn. You have a great talent writing lace knitting patterns!

  83. great looking scarf and how nice of you to do a give away!!

  84. Kathleen says:

    I think that I am the natural choice to win your pattern. I wrote a paper on Gothic architecture in college. (It was actually a fun paper to write, as far as papers go.) Knitting your stole would be like a refresher course for me.

  85. as usual…beatiful ๐Ÿ˜‰

  86. Barbara says:

    Would love to win the pattern and yarn. Think I’ll visit Zen Garden anyway.

  87. Just under the wire- Great design I’d love to try. Your “relaxing instructor” looks like a real expert.
    .-= Leslie McSorley´s last blog ..Whooooosh =-.

  88. Lovely shawl that I would love to knit ๐Ÿ™‚
    I think I know what yarn I would use too..!

  89. I am crossing everything of which I have two that I am picked to be the winner. Gorgeous, all of it – thanks! ๐Ÿ˜€
    .-= Smellyann´s last blog ..Sunday Stealing: The Dark Side Meme =-.

  90. Kathy S says:

    Ooh. I remember when you were working on that! It’s pretty.

    Me please! (she says to the Random Number Gods)

  91. What a great giveaway! The pattern is great and the yarn is perfect. I checked out the other colorways and they are all so gorgeous! I would love to win this!

  92. Maryann says:

    I love your blog. Hope I win the yarn and pattern. Thanks so much.

  93. eadaoine says:

    Count me in for the drawing!

  94. Denise K says:

    wow – that looks like a great intro to lace!

  95. I couldn’t be happier that you are able to get the pattern out into the ether! I was excited when you first blogged about it, and it is so pretty! If I made it, I would definitely have to choose the WIne Storm colorway. How very goth. ๐Ÿ™‚
    .-= Pandorasslave´s last blog ..Farm Chicks Show giveaway! =-.

  96. Shannan says:

    It’s beautiful!

  97. Comment!

  98. Please add me to the drawing. what a beautiful stole!

  99. Thanks for the chance to win!

  100. Glad you had fun at TNNA. It’s on my ‘bucket list’. I’d love to win the pattern and yarn. Please pick ME!
    .-= Geri´s last blog ..Sekku =-.