My current work in progress:

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


Those Boots

A bunch of you commented on the boot photo in yesterday’s post. These babies are currently the only pair of cowboy boots I own — I gave away my collection a few years ago. These are Lucchese boots, handmade, from the Classics Collection.

I bought them online from Zappos (love Zappos!) on sale at a very deep discount. The retail price of these suckers makes me feel faint so the sale was a happy thing. But these are hands down the most awesome boots I have ever shoved my dainty feet into. So very very comfortable.

Last night Stacy (Stacy, her sister Muriel, and L-B and I were the attendees at the cabins-in-the-mountains weekend) emailed me what is my favorite photo from this past weekend:

That’s L-B and me walking the road up to our cabin. (See? L-B does exist.)

I did actually get some knitting done over the weekend. I finished the front of my Not-Really-Hawthorn sweater:

I made the neckline deeper and narrower than the pattern directs.

And I started a sleeve:

I decided for the sleeves I’m going to twist all the cables towards the front of the sweater. So on the other sleeve, the cable twists will be going in the opposite direction.

I’ve done little work on it since I got home because I’ve been insanely busy and consequently insanely tired. I knit 2 rows last night. Whee. Hopefully things will quiet down a bit and I can get back to what passes for normal around here!

Lucy sez:

“As long as it does not interfere with my nap schedule.”


  1. I am NOT going to buy another pair of cowboy boots – got 3 already. I’m not. Unless they’re on sale. Or purple. Or grey suede. Or Cindy makes me.

  2. the sweater is looking great – can’t wait to see it finished

  3. anne marie in philly says:

    OF COURSE L-B EXISTS! (waves to L-B) great pix of the 2 of you!

  4. ooh, nice boots!
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  5. I bought Lucchese boots close to 20 years ago and they still look fine. Best fitting boot I’ve ever had. Full quill ostrich ropers.

  6. loving the cable twists! And yes i loved those boots…. i bought a pair for myself this summer and live in them!

  7. Lucy seems to have a very busy nap schedule!

    Question: do you pick or throw? I always feel like throwing makes cabling more difficult and slower (what I do), and you seem to be cabling up a storm!
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  8. I think that is going to be one gorgeous sweater.
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  9. LURVES Zappos! Got my Harley Auburn boots there, next day!

    Bet your Lucchese’s are just as comfortable! 🙂

    Oyeah and I lurves Purple cables too ♥♥♥
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  10. A collection…makes me wonder how many cowboy boots one girl has. And those are some boots you have there. Hopefully very comfortable for handmade and a pretty penny I am sure. One pair, one girl like you deserves!

  11. I just -knew- those were Lucchese’s when I saw them. They’re gorgeous. I’ve been coveting a pair of Lucchese boots for a long time. I’ll have to check out Zappos.

  12. Are you wearing a Colinette Poncho in the picture with L-B?

  13. Beautiful sweater so far. Do you think this one will be light enough that you will actually be able to wear it?
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  14. Ooohh, those boots are wicked nice!

    Zappos rocks!
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  15. Your sweater is looking great. Love, Love the color!

  16. Love the boots!! I have not owned cowgirl boots in years, and I really miss them seeing yours. Your sweater looks wonderful and I love the color!!!!!

  17. I love Zappos too. Have been driving them crazy with my search for the perfect red skimmers…..

    And work cuts into my knitting time too. That and the arm pain I seem to have developed from my fair isle work. Sigh.

  18. That is not proof of my existence! 😉

  19. Lovely boots

  20. Beautiful sweater, the color is gorgeous.

  21. Lucy Portland says:

    Enjoy the day off. The magazine looks interesting.

  22. Those are the best boots ever. The only kind that my sons and I wear here in San Antonio! They are the most comfortable boot to have on even if they are a bit pricey. I wouldn’t wear anything else.