My current work in progress:

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


Do the Twist

Work continues on the back of the Twisty Aran. See?

As I’ve mentioned, it is slow going due to all the twisted stitches and many many cables, but is a lot of fun to knit. I love the yarn: Rowan Calmer. It’s got a lot of stretch and great stitch definition so it really works well for a complex twisty design.

Speaking of yarn . . .

Check this out:

This is some gorgeous stuff! It’s a cashmere/merino/silk blend laceweight called Nona from Spirit Trail Fiberworks. You can browse the colorways here. It is 640 yards per 4 ounces, so it is on the heavier side of laceweights. These have become my favorites to work with and I doodled up a lace cowl design earlier this month that I think will work beautifully with this yarn.

Lucy Recommends

Early last month Lucy discovered the Floppycats website and blog and we posted about it here. This month she has another recommendation: Cat Scratchings, a new blog on the Animal Planet website. It’s a new addition to the site and what we have seen so far we love. Lucy gives it two paws up!


  1. Please tell me you’re going to publish that pattern. I love twisted stitches!
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  2. Love the Twist.

  3. I have some Spirit Trail “Sunna” in Green Velvet right here on my desk just for petting! It’s gorgeous stuff. Can’t wait to see what you make with the “Nona.”
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  4. Lovely sweater! Glad to hear that Lucy’s enjoying her new surfing past-time ^..^

  5. Love your twisty aran. I love Spirit Trail too. The yarn and the fiber is great; her colorways are wonderful.

  6. Love the twist, gorgeous.
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  7. Love the twisted stitch aran . It is beautiful. Is there a pattern in the works?

  8. Hi Wendy,

    I really the pattern you have designed for your calmer sweater, it looks incredibly intricate. I have yet to have a go at cable / twisted stitch, I think I might have a go at some hand/wrist warmers, a small project to get me going. I am curently knitting a pashmina with 4 strands of wool in moss stitch, very easy but still taking forever, must crack on as it is for Mother-in-laws birthday which was last thursday doh !

    Best wishes,

  9. Connie G. says:

    Last month I took advantage of Spirit Trails’ sale and bought a skein of Nona in the colorway Connemara. It is beautiful! I haven’t come up with a pattern worthy of it, so can’t wait to see your lace cowl!

  10. Liz in Missouri says:

    Wow – I LOVE the cables! Beautiful!

  11. I have some laceweight from Spirit Trails that I bought at Rhinebeck a few years back. I love the colors, but I haven’t found anything I want to make with it enough. Sadly, I have a lot of special yarns bought at Rhinebeck in that kind of boat. I love the color you’ve chosen. It is one of my favorites.
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