My current work in progress:

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



The Autumnal Equinox is at 11:09 p.m., just a few hours from now. I cannot tell you how happy this makes me as I really loathe summer. Even the fact that it was around 90 degrees today and will be just as hot for the next couple of days doesn’t bother me too much because the end is in sight. Come on, Autumn!

And tomorrow is the harvest moon. That isn’t quite as thrilling to me, because the crazy drivers seem to crawl out of the woodwork around the full moon. So I am driving extra-cautiously this week.

So, anyway, I am making progress on the second sleeve of my cardi, albeit slowly. I don’t seem to have had much knitting time this week. I’m not sure where it’s all going. Perhaps there is a rift in the time/space continuum.

PlainJane asked in the comments:

Do you ever knit sweaters from the top down? I did that for my last raglan & it worked quite well.

I have knit top-down sweaters but I vastly prefer knitting from the bottom up. I am a big fan of seams, particularly in a sweater that has a very soft fabric, like this one. I am using a heavy fingering weight yarn at an approximately DK-weight gauge to make a sweater that is light and drapey, so it really benefits from the structure that the seams give it.

Well, I don’t have much to say today, and I need to get all set for the equinox. Maybe Lucy and I will howl at the moon.

Or not.

Just in case we do, Lucy is resting up.

(Just so you know, a couple of years ago, L-B phoned me at the moment of the Winter Solstice and we howled at the moon together over the phone. And I wonder why my neighbors look at me funny.)


  1. I think I have found a new annual tradition starting at 11.09 tonight…Can you hear me howling?????

  2. Amen to summer being over! I live in western Loudoun and this summer has been miserable. My sister will be sobbing at 11:09 as she is a summer, sun lover. Here’s a toast to fall, cool temperatures and lots of wool knitting!

  3. That is a beautiful picture of the Harvest Moon. I also welcome the fall, but living in the desert southwest, it will take a while before we feel the nice coolness.

  4. Totally dig the howling. I just wish cats were better at it. ๐Ÿ™‚
    .-= Virginia´s last blog ..Malabrigo =-.

  5. Would you explain your reasons for wanting seams in sweaters, especially, as you have written, lightweight ones? I hate seams, partially due to vision issues, so I knit cardigans in one piece up to the armscyes and use top-down raglan pullover designs as much as possible.

    I love your current design and I’m looking forward to buying the pattern. The yarn is so yummy, too.

  6. What I’d like to know is how its the Autumnal Equinox and its 92 stinking degrees here in St. Louis! Happy Fall!
    .-= Rebekah´s last blog ..The Great Procastination of Casting On =-.

  7. anne marie in philly says:

    “(And I wonder why my neighbors look at me funny.)” – hee hee hee! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I love autumn also – colorful leaves, cooler temps, fresh air thru open windows, baseball playoff time (GO PHILLIES! 3-PEAT TO THE WORLD SERIES!), apple cider.

  8. Thanks for the heads up. I won’t be so scared when I hear the neighbors howling at the moon.
    .-= Denise´s last blog ..Ripping Out =-.

  9. I so enjoy your blog. I too will be howling at the moon. Not in celebration, I’m one of those summer lovers. I do change to thicker and fuzzier yarns in the fall and winter. Have fun tonight!

  10. Arrroooooouuuuuuu!!

  11. Couldn’t agree with you more on welcoming the arrival of Autumn. Since I’ve lived in Texas, I’ve come to loathe summer. Wonder why?

    I agree with you on seaming sweaters. I like the structure and think the garment looks and holds up better. It is surprising to me how many people will avoid seaming at any price.
    .-= Angeluna´s last blog ..A Nod to the Ancestors =-.

  12. A fine tradition. In honor of the late Erma Bombeck, at the (figurative)strike of midnight on New Years Eve, either my husband or I will turn to the other and say, “All the thoroughbreds are one year older”.

    A small thing, but important to observe, I think.

  13. Are you sure Lucy isn’t dreaming of what you are going to knit her out of the Tempted yarn? Your neighbors are probably just envious of your status as Princess Lucy’s personal maid. Autumn in Kansas City means every few days/nights the temperature will be comfortable and then will go back to 90 degrees day, 80 degrees at night.

  14. Nothing wrong with howling at the moon. At college we had the primal scream during finals, so anything to blow off a bit of steam in a fun way is a fine and dandy thing to do (and there is nothing wrong with doing something like that for silliness either).
    .-= Seanna Lea´s last blog ..another caress of steel =-.

  15. I love that blue yarn! I can’t wait to see what you do with it. I love the fall most of all.
    Give Lucy several hugs.

  16. I’m one of those hot-weather/summer lovers myself, although I’m also fond of autumn. My real problem with autumn is what comes after — I hate winter! Even with all the hand-knits, I’m always cold.

    One thing I do like, though, is the lace edge on your cardi…
    .-= janna´s last blog ..6720 to go =-.

  17. One of our two dogs started howling tonight just before the stroke of 8:09 (PST) which is the time of the Equinox on the West Coast. I had just been reading your post. Very weird!! My hubby said that Jupiter was supposed to be visible next to the moon. I went out to see and it was just about at the 20 minute mark as the clock goes. Tonight the animals are definitely smarter than I give them credit and the smartest ones in the neighborhood as no other dogs were barking.

  18. Oh, Wendy, I’m with you. I hate summer. I hate being hot and sweaty. I’m happiest when it’s 20 below.

  19. re :Space Time issue … perhaps you need a TARDIS? It also would help with yarn storage.

    Ditto on the weather …soooo looking forward to pulling my sweaters out and enjoying them again!

  20. 1. I am also not a summer fan. (Bad pun.)
    2. Do you drive daily? I’m not sure why, but I thought you lived very near the metro and didn’t drive daily for work. I think the wacko drivers are out all of the time. Note that I drive about 45 minutes each way for work and this is based on my observations of driver behavior.
    3. I’m not sure how it got started, but our family howls at the full moon. I have to wonder what nearby drivers think when we’re driving down the road and all 3 of us are howling.

  21. Beth Wilson says:

    Ohhhh, I Love it !! (howling at the moon ) ….

    I’ve, at times, danced in the way back of the the back yard, specially when really happy…. Now my neighbors will have even more to “wonder” about ….he,he

  22. Don’t forget to eat some mooncakes!
    .-= MicheleinMaine´s last blog ..Pink Cupcakes Mini Bag =-.

  23. Top down doesn’t mean no seams.

    You can certainly knit in pieces top down if you want to. It just means you have to pin or baste things together to get the benefits of being able to try on the upper assembly (the part that has to fit or your sweater will look dowdy.)

  24. My sister has a tradition of mooning the moon. She doesn’t knit so I suppose she has to do something!

  25. My 8 month old kitten Beans was extra rowdy this morning and I wondered if it was a full moon. I looked up a moon phase calendar and sure enough, full moon! Oh man, there she goes again… When she gets feisty like this I call her Spicy Beans.

  26. I’d call you now, but I haven’t perfected the sound of falling leaves and rising pumpkins…. Happy Autumn, Wendy!

  27. You like seams…do fake seams not do it for you? I usually like the fake seams fine, although a recent sweater I made out of an overspun singles I did back and forth, for fear of the whole thing twisting up like mad.
    .-= Colleen´s last blog ..More linen cuteness =-.

  28. Barbara Riddle says:

    I enjoy your newsletter. There’s always something of interest there, and of course the sweet kitty never fails with a clever comment!

    I’d love to be the lucky one to win the Knitting on the Edge Book.