My current work in progress:

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


It’s a Bird It’s a Plane

It’s Not-Really-Hawthorn!

I did seam this sucker last night and even tried it on (and I actually like it). Said trying on of Not-Really-Hawthorn was late and it was dark, so no photos. I had a late meeting at work today so arrived home later than usual (not to mention tired and cranky), so you only get a photo of Gwendolyn modeling it.

I did not mattress-stitch this baby (as is my usual modus operandi) because of the varied nature of the stitches to be seamed — cables, twists, etc. I back-stitched the whole thing and am pleased with the outcome.

To recap, this was knit from Rowan Amy Butler Belle Organic Aran in the “Orchid” colorway, on 3.75mm and 4.5mm needles and is based on Kathy Zimmerman’s “Hawthorn” pattern that appeared in the Fall 2010 issue of Interweave Knits. I made the middle size (41″).

New! New! New!

I have started knitting with my Rowan Denim yarn (it’s the “Memphis” colorway, by the way). Doing a 1×1 twisted rib in a splitty denim yarn may not be the smartest thing I’ve ever done, but I do so love the look of twisted rib.

I’ll talk more about this project tomorrow, assuming the twisted rib has not driven me insane by then.

Lucy looks worried, doesn’t she?


  1. I notice you showing off your signatures in that photo 😉 At least….that is the only brand I know with colored needles with silver tips…
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  2. Not-Really-Hawthorne looks great! I really shouldn’t have looked at this post, because I really don’t need another project calling to me to cast on.

  3. Not-Really-Hawthorne is beautiful. I may have to cast on. Your kitty looks as worried as mine do:)

  4. It’s Memphis yarn! Know what that means? You have to wear it in Memphis! And guess what? I know two awesome girls in Memphis!

    Also, the sweater looks great!
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  5. Love the Not Really a Hawthorne and really love the look of that denim yarn.
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  6. Ah yes I too am a fan of the twisted rib, and I’d forgotten how time consuming it is. I remember now I’m an inch into my nephew’s Christmas present. Thank goodness its a hat!!!

  7. Wendy, your latest sweater looks great! I can see why you modified the neckline – a deeper neckline in that style is more attractive IMHO. I’m looking forward to reading about your experience with the Demin yarn – I’ve got a great pattern picked out that calls for just that yarn, but I’d like ot hear about some first hand experience before I “venture forth”. I know Denim has a few unique qualities (and a fine price tag to boot :>). Thanks, as always, for sharing your knitting travels – it’s appreciated!

  8. I like the directional cables. And I’ve never thought of using backstitch for varied stitches. Thank you!

  9. I know people from Memphis! Also, the sweater looks great!
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  10. Coolness.

  11. Very great! Looks quite comfortable…

  12. I’m always impressed with the shape and fit of the sweaters you make. Some of it, no doubt comes from years of experience, maybe even a few booboos. Even when I swatch and block and then measure, I always end up with a not-quite-great fit. Any advice?

  13. Lucy does look worried. She’s pondering, “Should I eat or play with my fuzzy rat?”

    Kathy Zimmerman creates the most amazing cabley goodness doesn’t she?

  14. 1. Not-really-Hawthorne is lovely. 2. New project will rock you with it’s color alone.
    3. Lucy is magnificent and thinks you’re knitting #2 to match her eyes.

  15. The Not-A-Hawthorne looks great! Lovely color.

    And I can’t wait to see what the 1×1 twisted ribbing is going to be.
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  16. even tho gwendolyn makes a great model hope we get to see the Not-a-Hawthorne modeled by you to show off its beautifulness — really enjoyed watching the progress especially the cable and assembly decisions, all too often the first attempt at a WIP is followed to a T — still learning what changes can be included to personalize the FO. Love the colorway most of all, its tempting but am currently working to complete the Classic Coat by Deborah Newton from the Fall 2009 Interweave Knits. Chose to repurpose Cascade’s Ecological Wool that was a retreat project i could not fall in love with. How is the BFF scarf doing? looking forward to seeing the FO,

  17. Poor lighting or not, I’m sure it looked terrific with you figure! It certainly looks nice on G.

  18. Thrilled that you are experiencing the joy of denim. Wait til you wash it! It’s amazing! I hope the sweater is for you.

  19. what kind of cat is Lucy, she is beautiful
    i love denim, reminds me of the 80’s hehe