My current work in progress:

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


To Quote the Poet Robert Burns

The best-laid schemes o’ mice an’ men gang aft agley.

(Like Bertie Wooster, I do love quoting the poet Robert Burns.)

I was hoping have finished the neck shaping of the front of my sweater by now, having fully intended to knit for several hours last night. That was not to be, however, due to one thing and another.  So at this point I am still a few rows away from completing the neck shaping.

As soon as this piece is off the needles, I will cast on for a sleeve, so I can have something portable for commuter knitting. Meanwhile at home I will join the front and back at the shoulders and pick up stitches to work the neckband. After the neckband is complete, sleeve knitting will commence full-time.

A couple of you have asked if this cotton yarn is hard on my hands. So far so good. I’ve not had any issues knitting with it and last week I did have a couple of multi-hour knitting sessions. When I first started working on this sweater it felt like I was knitting with string (after knitting with a soft wool) but now the denim yarn feels nice and soft to me. Go figure.

Update From Shanti’s Mom

Check out the blog entry that Shanti’s mom posted today about her hats for sailors project. I think this project can be considered a huge success. Thank you Lynne for taking it on!

Back here, Lucy is fast asleep in a golden glow.


  1. The last time I knitted with denim yarn ( the brand I do not remember) I used wood needles and they turned blue and my hands turned blue. Did you have any problems like this? I love the look of denim and thinking about doing a project.

  2. Yay for “Agley”! Hardly anyone uses that phrasing…

  3. I’ve not had problems with cotton yarn like I’ve read from others blogs, except for that Peaches & Cream dishcloth stuff. I’ve crocheted many doilies over the years, so that maybe I’m desensitized to the cotton stuff.
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  4. Much as I love sweaters like yours, I’m never outside when it’s cold enough to wear them! I think I’d like to knit a lighter weight denim sweater to wear inside, though. Any suggestions?
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  5. Isn’t it great that Bertie Wooster of the BBC series (Hugh Laurie) is now starring as Greg House? I’ve seen Jeeves (Steven Fry) on several shows too including as a psychologist on Bones. The American version of Burns’ quote is “Murphy was an optimist”.. {lol} p.s. Love the way the sweater is turning out.
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  6. What brand knitting needles are you using on this project? Straight, double pointed, circular or what? The points look so nice and sharp. (what size are the ones for the denim sweater) I am so envious of your SPEED, AND LOVE OF DETAILS.

  7. I love this sweater!! Can’t wait to see how it’ll turn out! Me too, I’m curious about the needles! I’m thinking of buying to myself a set of multi-sizes circular knitting needle. Which one would you suggest? Metal or wood/bamboo? Thank you again! It’s so inspiring to read you!

  8. Thank you for posting the link for updates on the sailor project.

  9. Gotta love PG Wodehouse’s humor. Almost as good as Oscar Wilde.

  10. I love the fact that you read PG Wodehouse. I discovered him as a teenager and read all his books, and now as an adult I still love his books but listen to them on audiobook while I knit. They still make me laugh out loud! And if you haven’t seen it, you should definitely try and watch the Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry BBC series.
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  11. so wish i would have know about the hat project but oh well, there will always be another one. thank you for posting it though. it was great to see such an outpouring of support for our troops.

  12. Thank you so much for alerting us to the hats for sailors project. I loved having the opportunity to be a part of it, albeit in a very small way.

  13. Can I ask, who doesn’t love to quote Robert Burns
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  14. Ah yes … often our plans go awry. But I am so impressed with the quantity (and quality of course) of knitting you attain week after week! Inspiring! Bess

  15. Lucy is such an aesthetically pleasing sleeper! I know she works hard on her techniques.

  16. It probably is not the first time knitting plans have gone awry, for any of us. I agree with Fixing My Thoughts, that the quantity of things you knit must surely surpass all things not completed as planned. Lucy lokks like she is trying to block out the coming of winter.

  17. madonnaearth says:

    Beautiful knitting! I love the way it looks in that second picture!

  18. Your sweater looks great even if you aren’t quite as far along as you wished. Life has a way of doing that!
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