My current work in progress:

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


Eala Bhan

I don’t have much time to devote to the blog today, so just a quickie. Here is the state of my new work-in-progress, Eala Bhan.

Not the best of photos because the light wasn’t great, but you get the idea. If you click on the photo to enlarge it, you’ll be able to better see the detail. I am using the yarn called for, Hebridean 2-ply from Virtual Yarns, in the Bogbean colorway. This is a fingering weight yarn, similar in weight to Shetland jumperweight, which I think you could use as a substitute. The Hebridean is a bit thicker, I think, and softer.

This colorway is about as dark as I’d want to go with this design. Any darker and the cables would be obscured, I think.

I do notice that I need to knit on this in good light.

I am using the needle size called for in the pattern — a 3mm. It is at times like this when I wish Signature Arts Needles came in small sizes! But my Addi Lace needle is doing a nice job.

And I’ve made progress on my commuter knitting:

This is being knit from my free toe-up gusset sock pattern, I’m using the Opal 6-Ply Best of Rainforest in the Emil colorway and knitting with a 2.75mm needle. Well, two needles, because I am, as always knitting my sock on two circulars. These are Addi Lace needles as well.

I was not sure what I thought of this colorway when I started the sock — the patterning is rather strange. But the more I knit, the less I think it sucks. 😉

Lucy had a busy day today — a bird landed outside the window!


  1. Barb Harger says:

    Eala Bhan is looking gorgeous! Love the cables. Does Lucy do the chirpy clicking thing when she sees birds outside? Some of our cats do that.

  2. I really like the patterning on the sock, and thought you were doing the pattern yourself until you explained it. As for the Eala Bahn — it looks like too much work. I’m pretty lazy with my knitting. 😉
    .-= Cathie Jones´s last blog ..Join the Banjo Snow Train =-.

  3. The sweater is beautiful! You are an amazing knitter.
    .-= Liz R´s last blog ..Edward M Kennedy 1932-2009 =-.

  4. What a lucky gir!!! I bet that doesn’t happen too often; you seem pretty high up……

  5. I like the patterning AND the colors of that sock alot. If I didn’t know better I’d be like ‘knittah on crack’, god you’re fast.

  6. I’m so glad you are tackling Eala Bahn. It is a beautiful sweater and you will do it justice.
    .-= Angeluna´s last blog ..A Nod to the Ancestors =-.

  7. I love the cable patterning. That does look rather odd patterning for a sock yarn. Our cats all have a weird alien language they use to talk to the flies and outside birds. Our cage birds they like to sit on a stool next to the cage and quietly watch them. I’m thinking that alien language isn’t a friendly conversation they’re having.
    .-= Denise´s last blog ..WIP Wednesday =-.

  8. Mary Beth says:

    Hi Wendy!

    I was debating on the Eala Bhan. I think you know which way I’m swaying… toward the ordering it way. 🙂

    Did you do the Eala Bhan in one piece or did you do it in pieces as the pattern is written? (I couldn’t see the sides of the knitted piece you showed.) I’ve noticed on Ravelry that plenty of peeps are working the sides and back at once to avoid seaming a reverse stockinette fabric. I typically appreciate the stability of a seam, but perhaps the cables sure the fabric enough to make that worry moot point. I’d be interested in knowing your thoughts.

    Thanks! Mary Beth

  9. Eala Bhan is on my short list. So gorgeous. I’m just trying to decide what yarn to use…
    .-= Kathleen´s last blog ..Twitter Sweater- Yarn Choice =-.

  10. I love the pattern on your sweater.

  11. I know the pattern is a little odd for sock yarn, but I actually like it a lot. And I love cables so I can’t wait to see more of the sweater.
    .-= Ariadne´s last blog ..Grandma =-.

  12. Oh, you must have been pretty quick with your camera to catch the bird!

    We had a cat outside our window today, much to the surprise of my indoor cats! She followed me home from my walk and sat on the porch railing, trying to come in! Sorry kitty, 3 is enough already.

    You are so fast – this is your third sweater this month already!
    .-= MicheleinMaine´s last blog ..Sunny Blooms Project Bag =-.

  13. I actually had the same problem with an Opal colorway I bought ages ago. It was just all strange pooling and didn’t look intentionally patterned at all. I wonder if I finished those socks? I know I was almost done the first one when I decided I couldn’t stand it anymore.

  14. I like the colorway of the socks and Lucy’s pose is really neat. Shows her true hunting nature!

  15. anne marie in philly says:

    look at the huntress…silently stalking the birdie…probably twitching the tip of her tail and chattering at said birdie also.

    why yes, my meredith has exhibited the same behavior!

  16. Wow! No we know Lucy is a normal cat!

  17. Sharon Moon says:

    Giggle time, wait a few years and you’ll understand more about knitting on darker tones especially at night– We older knitters invest in daylight lamps.

  18. I love the color and pattern or Ealan Bhan…it reminds me of a celtic knot. Good job!

  19. Beautiful work on the sweater, and you’re a far braver woman than I for knitting a fine gauge one.

    Lucy looks beautious, as always.

  20. Absolutely beautiful. I got the book when it first came out and my then college-age daughter homed in on that same pattern. The next day I took the book into work with me and a colleague recognizing it said, “Let me show you the pattern my daughter wants me to make for her.” Needless to say…! The color is stunning. It drives me crazy when cabled and patterned designs are photographed in black or very dark yarns. This color shows up the cables wonderfully.

  21. The sock is beautiful!

  22. I like that sock patterning & colorway. It’s different from the usual Opal combos that I’ve seen. Also, it looks like the bird might be watching Lucy!

  23. very pretty cables… it reminds me of a Celtic knot too
    ^..^ <:

  24. Yes, when will Signature Needlearts make smaller needles? WHEN??!!

  25. Lois in Boise says:

    Mailed my hats off to the sailors, to Shanti’s Mom. Thanks for letting us know about a fun knit along. I also used the Israeli Soldier’s Watch Cap pattern, and I’m making hats for my soccer/football fan children, in their team colors. Keeps the head warm. Thanks again.

  26. Hey, Wendy, would it be possible for you to email me the mailing address to send the hats for sailors? I’ve sent three emails and haven’t gotten the address yet. I’ve got two hats I’d really like to get in the mail to make certain they have sufficient time to travel and I’m getting a little antsy. Sorry to ask, but I’ve not been able to find anywhere else to get the address. I’m hoping she’s just SO swamped with requests she just hasn’t had time to reply. 🙂
    Elianastar´s last blog post ..Sailor Hats 1 &amp 2

  27. Hi, Wendy, beautiful work as always. I’ve ordered Shelter in the “pumpernickel” colorway to make his shawl pattern. Just finishing a baby blanket from his Shetland shawl pattern. Do you think Jared will next own a flock, long distance?