My current work in progress:

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


Still No Buttons

I’ve not yet received the buttons I ordered for my Victoria Cardigan, so it remains buttonless and on Gwendolyn. I’ll post a photo of it on a human after I get the buttons on. I did try it on very quickly when I finished it and the fit is good, so I am happy.

Several of you complimented me on my seaming. Well, thank-you! I did not add an extra selvedge stitch to the pattern — there is an extra reverse-stockinette stitch incorporated as part of the pattern so it was not necessary. It was very easy to put together. I did mattress-stitch everywhere except the shoulder seams, which I back-stitched very very firmly. Setting in the sleeves was no problem at all — the sleeve tops matched the armholes quite perfectly, I am happy to say!

A lot of you commented on how quickly I completed this. What you may not know is that I have been off from the day-job for several days. While I am spending a lot of time on other things, I’ve gotten a lot of extra knitting time, which is why it got done so quickly.

And I put in a fair amount of work on the sock last night:

Yep, those are size 0 Addi Lace needles. Love the pointy-ness!

Lucy is in vacation mode, I think.


  1. Susan (LotusHips) says:

    I love the lacy pattern on the sock! I hope you will provide the pattern when you’re done.

  2. All three are beautiful!

  3. Oh I just love that sock Wendy. I hope it will be available to us. The color yarn is beautiful. What is it. Thanks for being such an inspiration.

  4. Lucy needs a vacation? What have you been making her do?

    The sweater looks great.

    The sock looks like fun.

  5. I am still very bad at sewing seams. Sigh.
    .-= Liz R´s last blog ..Edward M Kennedy 1932-2009 =-.

  6. I have yet to make a sweater that requires significant seaming. Most of mine have been knitted in one piece. I shall have to try it soon.

    It looks really beautiful. It being both the sock and the sweater. It being my grammar not so good today.
    .-= Virginia´s last blog ..A little knitting love and a bathroom update =-.

  7. Julia B says:

    Your sock looks a lot like your Lacy Rib pattern. I just finished that pattern in a yarn that looks almost identical to the Sweet Georgia, but it is from Knit Witch. I love the pattern and I will surely be knitting it again.

  8. KeyMargo says:

    Button, Button, Who’s Got the Button?

  9. The sweater is gorgeous! I’m looking forward to seeing it with the buttons on.

  10. I seem to have the same thoughts as your other readers – I am amazed at how fast you complete your projects. Even with a few days off work, i wouldn’t be anywhere near your level of productivity.
    I also wanted to let you know that, because of your success, I have ordered the Clean Eating book. I hope to read it next week and get going on a better way of living. Wish me luck. Your results are impressive!
    Thanks for your knitting and eating inspiration.

  11. Your cardigan is just beautiful. I can’t wait to see it with buttons.

    I am fascinated by your sock too. I really love the feel of dpns, but I really would like to branch out into the world of circular needles and toe up socks. I am chicken though. I will overcome it eventually. Especially when you post photos like this that just make me itch to want to try this! Beautiful sock! I absolutely love making socks.

  12. Love the sock!

  13. Love the new lacy sock! Hope the pattern will be available.

  14. Dorothy says:

    I hope your vacation is just that and not for health reasons! I was wondering if on the cardi if you could also wear the collar folded down? Lucy girl has the right idea about life, LOTS of nap time makes for a happy kitty.

  15. I would love to think that I would be that productive knitting-wise if I took a little staycation, but I instead fill it with baking. A silly thing to do in this heat, but I love homemade cookies too much not to.

    Thank goodness I have Monday and Tuesday off. Maybe I’ll be able to have something nice to show for it like your sweater!
    .-= Seanna Lea´s last blog ..10 Tuesday what not to watch =-.

  16. I love that sock! I hope the pattern will be available because your sock patterns are the best I’ve ever used.

  17. WOW! That is one fantastic sweater! I had to laugh at your comment about being able to do it so fast because you haven’t been at your day job for awhile. I am probably working on the same sweater project I was when you were here in Charlotte and I don’t HAVE a day job. Face it–you’re amazing.
    .-= Mary Lee´s last blog ..On the Verge of a Purge =-.

  18. The sweater looks lovely! I can’t wait to see it finished and on a human!

    I have a completely random question for you, but maybe I need to include a little background as to why I ask. I’m a self-taught knitter using the internet as my sole source of information. I vaguely remember someone (my mom or grandmother) teaching me so I kinda knew how to “throw over” stitches. This process was horrifically time consuming and I did more research to find the life-changing continental way of knitting. I have NEVER been able to purl continental. It’s so awkward for me.

    My question is, what method of knitting do you use to knit pieces like miles-upon-miles-of-moss-stitch up so quickly? I know you’re a seasoned knitter and I am decidedly not, but it just seems so impossible to achieve knitting speeds like yours!
    .-= Lee´s last blog ..Goodies! =-.

  19. I hope you are well and on vacation, not suffering back pain. The sweater is beautiful and I love the sock.

  20. It’s still gorgeous anyway!! I finally bought buttons for my sweater jacket but haven’t taken the time to put them on!
    .-= Sharon´s last blog ..Whats on the spinning wheel =-.

  21. Wow…going to town on those socks…love the color! No buttons? I think the sweater is fine without buttons, more like a shawl-sweater. I do yoga and teach yoga and wear this type over my yoga stuff as an outer wear.

  22. Lee,

    Here is a youtube video that demonstrates continental purling more or less the way I do it (self-taught).

    We all knit for enjoyment and relaxation, so I think people should knit the way that makes them happy. I am not trying to convert any one here! But I think seeing the way other people knit can give us options. I learned Judy’s magic cast on from a youtube video and am sure glad I did.


  23. Thank you for the closeup of the sweater. The fabric looks lovely.
    .-= Ida´s last blog ..Pulling Teeth- I Tell You- It’s Like Pulling Teeth =-.