My current work in progress:

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


Calmer Now

Thank you for all your lovely comments about my denim aran. I wore it to work yesterday and am pleased to report that it was very comfy to wear.

And in the interests of full disclosure, I did run it through the washer and dryer on Sunday one more time (for a total of four times) before wearing it. Just trying to get that “weathered” look.

There was a question in the comments about attaching the sleeves:

I love the sweater, but I have a question. If you allow for 20% lengthwise shrinkage, how do you deal with sewing a sleeve cap which is not going to shrink to an armhole that does? What allowances do you make?

I attached the sleeves via 3-needle bind-off. When I picked up the stitches along the side, I compensated for the shrinkage by picking them up an ootch further apart than I would normally.  “Ootch” is a technical term — it’s just a pinch more than a smidgen.

Knitting this sweater was a lot of fun but I am very happy that I no longer have trances of blue dye on my hands.

I have moved on to a project using Rowan Calmer. This is another cabled pullover sweater and I am using the “Laurel” colorway, which has been discontinued.

Lots of fun cable twists in this baby. I’m using a U.S. size 7 needle (4.5mm) and my stockinette gauge is 5 stitches to the inch.

It’s gotten a lot colder here than it has been in the past couple of days, so I’ve shoved the thermostat up. Still, Lucy is happy to snuggle down in a comfy bed.


  1. At least the cold snap is giving you a chance to wear those lovely knits! 🙂
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  2. I do like the blue denim but I adore the new project!

  3. Love the new cables 🙂 Lucy does look snuggly… northerly winds are heading this way too so I may have to do something similar ^..^

  4. You make me feel like I need to get my knitting butt into gear! All this sweater production… (Actually it’s incredibly inspiring and reminds me that a little done every day turns into quite a lot!)
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  5. Wow, the new sweater is a real stunner. Can’t wait to see it finished.
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  6. the new sweater is cable gorgeous – something for my new year resolution list of new projects and wish I could join Lucy — likewise the temps in piedmont of NC have been reminiscent of my years in central southern NY —

  7. Love your Denim Aran – I just picked up two cones of Black denim…… I’m looking forward to black dye hands soon too!
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  8. I love the word “ootch”. It’s a very useful word.
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  9. Michele in So. Cal says:

    Truly Amaziing! I am so astonished at what you get accomplished in virtually no time. I can’t imagine how you get so much detailed beautiful work produced between working and…..You must not sleep! I’m envious!!! I’m grown up but I want to be like you 🙂 Thanks for the blog and so generously passing on your encoragement and knowledge. All the Best! Michele

  10. that cable panel is stunning! it’s like looking at artwork!

  11. re: Calmer now…

    HOW ON EARTH do you knit so fast?!?! You just finished that Denim on Sunday, are you on speed or something? You are totally amazing. ♥♥♥

    Miss Lucy has the right idear~ 😉
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  12. Cables in Calmer…thank you, Wendy, thank you! So looking forward to the pattern; us non-able-to-wear-wool people need warmth, too.

  13. “…by picking them up an ootch further apart than I would normally. “Ootch” is a technical term — it’s just a pinch more than a smidgen.”

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  14. I am working on a cabley sweater for my hubby with a big whack of stockinette stitch in the middle, and I am still moving slow as mud. You knit like the wind! And by wind I mean the fast warm kind, not this nasty biting stuff we’re having now. Brr.

  15. Sharon Moon says:

    Pleeeease do not tell me you knitted this in ‘one day- two days’. ..or even less. Do you sleep?? In SC here, we’re 16 degrees with a wind chill of 9 (It has been 25 years since we have had this cold weather this soon in the winter). I might have to knit ME a wool sweater.

  16. I’m really enjoying your recent knits – so fun to see sweaters! I’ve done some cabling with Rowan Calmer and have noticed that it just doesn’t “spring” back like 100% wool does. But, I bet after using the denim, anything is springy.

  17. Is this a pattern of your own?

  18. Gorgeous sweater! I was going to ask the name of it when I realized it’s one of your own. You’re too talented for your own good!! 😉

  19. Adore the color and scrumptious cables! from the news you have the perfect weather to justify a pot of soup and lots of knitting!
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  20. Your sweater production is nothing short of amazing!
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  21. madonnaearth says:

    Those cables down the middle on the new project are so freaking awesome! Go Wendy!!!

  22. That new sweater deserves a WOW! Gorgeous choice of cables and it really works with the yarn. Call me jealous!

  23. Is the Calmer Now because you completed the denim project you were focused on or is it referring to the new colorway…never mind! Rowan Calmer, okay. I love this new color very much and glad your denim was comfy and beautiful to wear. Lucky you!

  24. Loving the Wendy Knits blog right now!
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  25. I like the new sweater. I have enough calmer for a sweater of my own, but probably nothing so gloriously cabled!
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  26. all this knitting reminds me so much of my grandma. Your work is beautiful, Keep up the great work!! 🙂

  27. Thanks for the “stitch tour”. Very nice!!!! I am mostly a sock knitter and admire anyone that takes on a sweater by hand!!!! As usual fantastic work!
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