My current work in progress:

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


Saddle Up

Last night I sewed the one completed sleeve to the body of the Calmer Aran. Here’s a photo of the saddle shoulder.

I am pleased with how it looks — I even managed to make the saddle the proper length to fit the shoulder. I back-stitched the seams here — I find that back-stitching works best for me when I am seaming together pieces that have different textures.

And I’m knitting along on the second sleeve.

Hey, a big thank-you to those of you who bought my Autumn Dream Scarf pattern! I can’t quit my day job yet, though. Maybe I’ll win Mega Millions tonight. I’m not sure what I’d do with 330 million dollars, but I’d like to have the opportunity to find out.

A couple of you asked about the sweater underneath the scarf in the photos from the last blog post. That is Alice Starmore’s “Lismore” from The Celtic Collection, knit in Kauni Wool 8/2 Effektgarn in the Rainbow colorway. I used the one colorway to knit it, starting in different places of the pattern repeat for the foreground and background color. A blog post answering some questions about Lismore is here, and if you scroll back through previous entries from there you can read more than you want about the project.

The Ravelry project page for my Lismore is here.

Here is Lucy, happily napping.

Doesn’t she look peaceful? Don’t be fooled. If I take the ball band off a skein of yarn (even if I’m two rooms away) she is instantly awake and begging for it. Then when she is done playing with the ball band, she drops it in her water dish. Always, without fail.


  1. That shoulder seam is just beautiful – I aspire to be that meticulous. Regarding Lucy, it’s always the innocent (looking) ones that are the naughtiest. 😀

  2. What a very clever cat Lucy is!

  3. I love that little Lucy girl!!

  4. At least it’s only the ball band. My toddler will abscond with a ball of yarn in twelve seconds flat, regardless of what’s attached to said ball (like a big lace project!)

  5. Gorgeous, gorgeous sweater! Will you be publishing a pattern?

  6. That looks so beautiful. I don’t know what it is about saddle shoulders, they get me every time. Love the color, too.
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  7. That shoulder makes me want to immediately cast on a sweater as if it can miraculously reach that point (and perfection)

  8. sorry Wendy, Mega Millions is mine tonight. My yarn stash is really low. 😀

  9. Looking good! 🙂

    …ahem…ball bands MUST be pre-washed and pre-shrunk in order to be of any use! ♥♥♥
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  10. Haaaa! Ball bands in the water. That’s SOO cute! My Terry just chases it around until it stops running from her, and then loses interest. It’s even whole and re-usable most of the time.

  11. That is going to be a gorgeous sweater! I really like the saddle shoulder, you did a beautiful job with that. That would definitely be a pattern I’d buy if you publish it.

    Our tortie always drops her toys in the waterdish, too. I just thought that was her little weird thing but it sounds like it’s more common than I realized!

  12. My cat loved to chase wadded up paper balls (which I discovered when I wadded up a chocolate bar wrapper one day and threw it across the room) and she also dropped them in her water dish when she was done playing. Required buying more chocolate bars, but we must keep Kitty happy, yes?

    Lovely sweater!

  13. How else would you know she was done with it?
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  14. Sigh, someday I will knit sweaters, maybe. I can’t believe how fast and perfectly you knit. gorgeous color
    re: Lucy. but she does not put her “mice” in her water bowl? My grand-cat favors drowning the mice and then placing them on a pillow, or just leaving them in the bowl.

  15. That saddle shoulder is BEAUTIFUL. I have no idea how to knit anything like that.

  16. Well I`m impressed with that seam I love the pattern, the color, the cables, and that seam. My kitty Remmie would bring me mice from outside and wash (?) them in the water dish and place them so nice …right on my pillow

  17. Lucy is the funniest cat — doesn’t bother your yarn but instead is obsessed with ball bands. Calmer Aran is lookin’ good!
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  18. Oh how much joy Lucy brings, I am cracking up about every one else’s stories too!! Oh, yeah, sweater…. STUNNING!!!!!!!!!

  19. positively stunning
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  20. gorgeous! (lucy too)

  21. They want flavored water?

  22. That is one sexy looking saddle shoulder. Much nicer than I ever imagined them looking!
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  23. we love Lucy, the saddle shoulder looks great! Happy New Year♥
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  24. Saddle shoulders look like something I could do…and yours looks terrific! I am convinced that cats are actually Martians. Mine do the dumbest things. I have actually trained one of them to get up & go when I tell her it’s “time to go”; the other one will leave on that command about half the time, but he’s not as large an obstacle so I’m not pressing my luck with him.
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  25. Yes, what is it with the water dish? My Sami (adorable Maine Coon) drops his plastic milk ring “mice” in the water bowl – but he puts his furry/feathery “mice” in his food bowls. Oh, and then the catnip socks go on my pillow. Jeez, he sorts things better than I sort my laundry!

    Oh, and beooootiful sweater!

  26. I’ve gone cable crazy lately, and I am drooling over your sweater!!! Thanks for sharing. Also, I think the Autumn Dreams scarf is absolutely the prettiest shawlette/scarf that you have designed (and that is saying a lot since I love all of the others).

  27. WOW! This cabled sweater is even more impressive than the last. I am not sure I could ever do that nice of a job making the pieces match so perfectly, but I suppose, practice will make perfect. I live the pattern and smaller style of the Autumn Dreams scarf, and it is a lovely yarn you have chosen.

  28. My cat Cinnamon also likes to drop her toys in her water dish! When she hears me take ice from the ice tray she’ll come running, and I’ll put an ice cube in her water dish so she can play with it.

  29. Your Aran is just *gorgeous*!!

  30. All of your projects are lovely! Lismore is lovely. Someday I shall tackle color work! maybe not lismore though 🙂

  31. What an unusual way to do the saddle shoulder. I’ve done it by doing the saddle first as taught by Janet Szabo when I did her FLAK. Looks great. Just shows there is more than one way to skin a cat, but not Lucie or my Billy or witchy girl Willie.

  32. I use to have a Siamese girl that when ever I took a band of my thread she would come running. She stored them under the couch. If ever I needed her to come and she was ignoring me I would get one and rub it between my fingers and she would come a running!! Doesn’t Miss Lucy Brighten your life so much!! Mine do too. I am anxious to start my scarf. Hey did you hear New sizes in circular needles from Signature Needle Arts? They will be out January 18th. I can’t wait!!

  33. jennmoles says:

    I swear I used to have a cat that would steal every pen in the house and put it in her water dish… We named her Penny because of it!