My current work in progress:

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


Hat Trick

I did indeed start Caller Herrin’ on Sunday after I posted to my blog. I wound all my lovely Hebridean 2-ply into balls and got started. This is far as I got on Sunday afternoon:

I did the cashmere facing, the corrugated ribbing, and a wee bit of the pattern.

This is not particularly good commuter knitting because I would have to schlep 6 skeins of yarn around with me, so last night I cast on Laura Linneman’s Starving Artist (Ravelry link), a hat knit in a bulky yarn.

I had a bit of difficulty finding a skein of bulky yarn in my stash. Well, I do have some almost-bulky and bulky yarns. For example, I have a bag of Classic Elite Montera and another of Classic Elite Waterspun Weekend. I didn’t want to use either of these because 1. I probably have enough of each for a larger project, and 2. they are both in solid colors and I kind of wanted to use a variegated.

I finally found a single skein of Colinette Skye, in the “Fire” colorway. While it is listed as aran weight, I think it can pass for a bulky. It is a loosely spun 2-ply and looks like it could be knit at a variety of tensions and still make a nice fabric. Here is my hat so far:

I am using a U.S. size 10 needle instead of the called-for size 10.5 because I know I’m a loose knitter. And so far, so good. This is a fun, easy pattern and it’s free! It takes between 100 – 130 yards, depending on how slouchy you want to make it, so that’s a single skein of yarn.

Wait — a hat trick is an achievement based on threes, right?

This is one of the designs I worked up for my Winter of My Discontent pattern collection.I knit this using Dream in Color Classy in the Bermuda Teal colorway:

Laura (designer of Starving Artist) is test-knitting it as well, which is a good thing because she found 2 errors in my charts that I just breezed over while knitting. Here’s Laura’s hat in progress (and I’ve space out on what yarn she is using — hopefully she’ll see this and leave a comment):

That would be a Piddleloop bag at the top of the photo. ­čÖé

Another shot:

Speaking of test-knitting, Leslie finished the mittens (knit from Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool):

Another shot, just because she’s so darn cute:

In other news, Teddy had a date for Valentine’s Day!

In other other news, Lucy had a birthday yesterday.

Lucy sez:

“Thank you for all the birthday wishes on my Facebook page!”


  1. I love the hat and the mittens! Keep the cables coming. I’m loving the cable knits.

  2. Laura’s knitting the hat in Cascade 220.

    I love the pic of Little Lucy! She looks larger than life. ­čśÇ

  3. I love your hat trick. I did one in January, but none of my hats were as complicated as yours (though 2 of them were knit with sock yarn, which makes for a lot of knitting in a single month for me).
    Seanna Lea┬┤s last blog post ..10 Tuesday there is a non-knitting blog

  4. I owe you some pics…yes yes I do. *sigh* tomorrow night I will get them at the shop. Olivia and I were having too much fun to get good ones last weekend!
    Aimee┬┤s last blog post ..Unwind Getaway

  5. I’m knitting it out of Cascade 220 ­čÖé I’ll be surprised if the Starving Artist keeps you in commuter knitting for longer than a day or so. Love all the new hats!

  6. anne marie in philly says:

    steven and meredith say: “meow cousin lucy, happy happy birthday to a purrrrrrrty princess!”

  7. Beautiful hat trick!
    dobarah┬┤s last blog post ..February 2011

  8. Happy B’day to Lucy. I hope she is getting some special treats…
    Love the cabled hat pattern

  9. I’m so glad that you are able to knit again!

  10. your soooo clever ­čÖé love your hats x
    Dawny┬┤s last blog post ..Fairies at the bottom of the garden

  11. Your designs are just great – glad to know you’re managing to knit again. Happy Lucy with such a great birthday too! Life is good!

  12. I am so VERY VERY happy for you that you are able to knit again!
    Happy Birthday Lucy!

  13. All your projects are beautiful. I love the colors. I’m so happy your knitting again!

  14. Happy Birthday Lucy! Wendy, glad to see you’re able to knit again and on something that looks somewhat complicated (to me!). All the samples of your patterns have turned out lovely. Bess

  15. Such a relief that you can knit again, Wendy! Pace yourself!
    MicheleinMaine┬┤s last blog post ..Peapod Anna Clutch-Spindle Bag

  16. happy b-day lucy, I’m in the middle of hat and mitts and neckwear up to my neck. I love the colorwork.
    brandi┬┤s last blog post ..Angora Rabbits Part 1

  17. I bought the yarn to knit Caller Herrin’ earlier this year. I need a couple of days where I can concentrate to get me started. Give Lucy a cuddle from me. We lost our gorgeous boy earlier in the week, and I’m so missing the presence of a furry being in the house.
    josiekitten┬┤s last blog post ..The best grey velvety pussycat in the whole world

  18. I do not own a single strand of bulky yarn…..worse, I do not want to fix that oversight ­čÖé probably because it would be a dilemma just like you had. Agreed, no way to commute joggling 6 balls of yarn, no way, no how!

  19. You mean Lucy and I share the same birthday?? How cool is that?!?!! Happy Birthday, dear Lucy!

    Oh. And love the hat, Wendy. It’s gonna be pretty.

  20. Great to see that you are knitting again-that stranded project is so pretty. Mmmm….cashmere.

  21. Happy Birthday, Lucy! And I love knitting hats with bulky yarn; talk about instant gratification! Even a slow knitter like me can get a bulky-knit hat done in a snap. Love your cables! I gather the healing is coming along well.
    Ann Devine┬┤s last blog post ..Claimed!

  22. Happy Birthday, Lucy!
    I’m so glad that you are able to knit again and that it is good for your hand-healing to boot!
    The hat is cute, I will have to go buy some bulky yarn!

  23. Happy Birthday Lucy!
    Lovely hats.

  24. Thank goodness you’re a loose knitter and not a loose woman. Sorry, couldn’t resist.
    Glad your injury is on the mend!

  25. I am commenting because Laura also known as Lala, says I only do it it when there is a free gift. :D. Glad you are able to knit again and I do like the Laura’s hat. Looking forward to seeing all the patterns in your new pattern collection, Winter of my Discontent.

  26. LOLing at Eloise!

  27. madonnaearth says:

    The patterns you’re creating have the awesome!!! I am so glad you are able to get back to your knitting again!

  28. Super glad you’re able to knit again!! The patterns are beautiful (as if you’d create anything else). A big Happy Birthday and mouse filled dreams to Lucy from Buffy and Crookshanks!


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