My current work in progress:

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


Denim Questions

Over the past week there have been a couple of questions in the comments about the denim yarn I am using for my current WIP.

A question that has been asked a few times — will it stretch with wear like most 100% cotton yarn does?

Well, time will tell. I’ve not used Rowan Denim before so we’ll see. I can tell you that the denim sweater I knit from Elann Den-M-Nit does not appear to stretch with wear. I’ll find out how the Rowan Denim acts. It will be a heavier sweater because if all the texture in the pattern, but I think all that texture will help keep it in shape, too. I plan on machine washing and drying the sweater after each wear (to encourage it to fade and soften), so that’ll help it bounce back.

Another question from the comments — how am I joining in new yarn? When I get to the end of a skein I leave a tail of a few inches and just start knitting with a new skein, leaving a tail of few inches as I start to knit.

After I have worked at least an inch above the point where I’ve started the new skein, I tug gently on each yarn tail to ensure that the stitches are not enlarged at the join and then weave those tails in on the wrong side of the work.

Once this baby is washed and dried (and shrunk) the first time, those woven in tails will stay securely in place. At that point I’ll trim any loose ends.

I’m working on the front of the sweater.

This weekend the weather turned a bit colder, so Lucy and I are at our annual stand-off about when I will turn on the heat.

Lucy sez:

“Would it kill ya to turn on the heat?”

It might.


  1. I’m with Lucy, but I’m in my house with underarmor pants a long sleeve shirt and long john top and bottom. I am still a bit cold!
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  2. My little one was so cold when we got back from being gone the other day I’ve broken down and actually turned on the heat. (It was below freezing outside and I felt guilty about the 13 year old kitty looking so miserable.) What can I say. After all it’s been on for 4 days now and only been on twice as far as I can tell. I didn’t set the kick on temp very high.

    Insulation rules!

  3. One advantage of keeping the house cool — or cold, as some might say — is that it turns my kittehs into heat-seeking limpets. They are both glued to me all night long.
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  4. You darn the ends in as you go–that would avoid the chore at the end of darning in all those ends. I should try this. Nicola

  5. Hi Teddy, it’s nice to see you.

  6. That’s a great tip re not trimming off the ends where new yarn is woven in until after the garment has been washed. It’s been a long time since I’ve knit anything but a scarf and potholders, but plan to get back into it. Your site is pure inspiration … and Lucy is adorable! Bess

  7. I think your jumper’s going to be lovely…. maybe Lucy needs a nice cosy jumper ^..^
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  8. Hi Wendy, I am just new around! I just want to say I love your designs you are really talented!
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  9. Lynda Hitt says:

    I might be being inspired to make something out of that yarn…it’s beautemous.

  10. Hi Wendy,
    I knit a pair of pants for my grandson out of Rowan Denim and they don’t bag, sag or stretch out of shape at all….they are lovely and washed up nice and soft. I left my ends on the edges and used the long bits to sew the pants together and it worked out pretty good.

    Your sweater is lovely…I am looking forward to starting the one for my hubby out of this yarn..

  11. I knit a Starmore gansey out of Rowan Denim last year. I wash and dry it in the machines and it hasn’t grown at all, in fact it did shrink in the percentage cited on the ball band. It’s warm and soft and I love it. As I knit it, Hubster thought it might be big enough to fit him when I was through, and before I washed it, it was. Not any more. Mine. All mine…

  12. I’ve been reading your blog for awhile and never really have commented before, but now I actually have something to ask about! I notice when you make your sweaters, it appears that you just sort of “wing it.” Do you follow a certain pattern or recipe? Or have you just done enough sweaters you just know what you’re doing? See, I am going to attempt to create a sweater based on one I saw in a movie and I just don’t really know where to start. You’re like a sweater ninja!

  13. I’m with you, do I need to turn the heat on yet? The other family members won out,heat is on. It really did get cold here. I have just started reading your blog and am fascinated by your rowan. Can’t wait to read more.

  14. My furnace went on the fritz while we were away over the weekend and it was 47 degrees inside when we returned home last night! The kitties were not pleased. Fortunately I was able to get the woodstove going quickly in order to get back in their good graces.
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  15. This time of year the felines get really insistent on sleeping in Mom’s bed; I have to put a second blanket on just to keep their kneading from doing me damage! And my big girl has figured out that the dpns aren’t going to hurt her if she lays in my lap, so now I can’t use ’em to keep her off.
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  16. I *knew* he was more than just a toe model!!!!

    Woot Teddy!!

  17. Hi Wendy,

    A reader of my Ragdoll cat blog told me about you and Lucy. So I wanted to reach out.

    I am always looking for Ragdoll of the Week submissions for my website, – I would love it if you would share your ragdoll’s story on my site.

    All you do is write something about Lucy (guidelines are here: and an example of one is here:

    Hope you’re up for it!
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