My current work in progress:

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


A Tale of Two Swatches

Well, it’s really one swatch.

Here it is before washing:

It’s 3.75″ from top to bottom. I washed it using a hot wash/cold rinse and then dried it on the hottest setting in my dryer. Here it is (sorry for the blurry pic):

It is now 3.25″ from top to bottom, but the same width. And it is magically transformed from string to nice soft squishy cotton.

Lucy has given up on supervising me.


  1. i love the cables!

  2. It’s so beautiful! I hope you feel better soon, Wendy! *hugs*
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  3. I am going to have to find some of that yarn and knit something out of it. I loved my cotton sweaters back in the day and would love to have one that just got better with age
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  4. Is this 100% cotton? And it shrunk…. Huh?

  5. You can definitely see in the pictures that it softened and puffed up some. Interesting yarn.

  6. Wow, beautiful yarn & the cabling is gorgeous. I hope you and Lucy have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  7. Mmmm, squishy! This bodes well! It certainly looks lovely.
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  8. Pretty cables and soft yarn, mmmm. Lucy knows you have things under control.
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  9. The sweater will be so pretty! Thanks for all the info on the yarn…I’ve been thinking about making something from denim, but none of my knitting friends had tried it. Although I don’t think I’d start out with that many cables… 🙂

  10. A knitting supervisor has moved into our house, he is quite particular that I leave bits of yarn around for him to inspect and that I amuse him by knitting quickly enough to make the yarn dance. Lucky for me, he sleeps on my daughter’s bed, so I do get to do what I want after 8 pm.

    You are better than me, cotton makes me nuts.

    Liza the Blogless

  11. will the sweater stretch from hanging or fit? Cotton seems to do strange things and wonder if this yarn might exhibit some yet to be found characteristics — please keep us updated, Love the color and the pattern.

  12. I want to eat those cables. They look delicious!
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  13. I think the problem was the cold rinse after the hot water! I hate when my clothes shrink after washing them.
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