My current work in progress:

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


So Close

It was very close. I almost got the whole shawl knit from 2 skeins of Alchemy Juniper. But I had to dip into the third skein at the very end — to the tune of less than 1 gram of yarn!

So I am estimating that this baby takes approximately 500 yards. The unblocked measurements are 44″ along the top and 23″ down the center back. Blocked measurements — well, I’ll know those after I block this. Blocking may occur this evening, or I may wait until the weekend. We’ll see. More likely this weekend as I have other things to do tonight.

It took me 6 days to knit this, which is pretty darn fast for me. Judging from the yardage I used, this is bigger than most of my shawlette patterns but took me way less time to knit. I guess I like knitting from the bottom up.

Now I need to wind this for the next project . . .


Congratulations to Kat, Cyndee, and Beth C. who have each won a knitter’s eye chart in my drawing. I have emailed you three. Thanks to everyone who left a comment and thanks to Firefly for donating the prizes.

Lucy sez:

“I’m ready to help with the blocking!”


  1. Can’t wait to see it blocked!
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  2. Beautiful! (shawl and Lucy)

  3. Sure an’ you chose a yarn green as the auld sod for this day.

  4. What a nice shawl I love the pattern and the color. Lucy is just such a big help

  5. Oooh, is your next yarn Sea Silk? I hope so. I briefly had a skein, but I gave it away as part of a raffle for charity.
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  6. Lovely color on the new yarn…

  7. I don’t know how you can get so many things finished. The shawl is beautiful, along with Lucy – she must be a wonderful kitty. Looking forward to seeing the next item with that beautiful yarn from Hand Maiden. I love their yarn. Always look forward to receiving your blog at the end of the day – it is a day brightener for me. Thanks!

  8. PLEASE tell me you are going to offer this pattern for sale. It is absolutely GORGEOUS!!

  9. Jose janssen says:

    I second that….please….offer that pattern for sale!
    With gratitude from Canada

  10. Wow! So quick! Quick shawl Mcgraw…

  11. Very lovely shawlette Wendy, I need to make myself something like that before next autumn comes around. I wanted to thank all of the readers who left comments about the Knitter’s Eye Charts. I read every comment, and appreciated the warm reception. Thank you Wendy, for your kind words also and for affording me the opportunity to share with your good friends.

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  12. Do you have to wear a mask and gloves when working on your stealth knitting? Is there anything else you can tell us?
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  13. Lucy you have just the sweetest little face!! Anxious for the pattern to become available for the beautiful shawlette. I loved the colour and design so much I went and bought me some yarm at Loopy Ewe!!!

  14. looking forward to seeing the shawl blocked and getting ants in my pants for the pattern to be available –would seem to be easy to stick with working bottom to top — sometimes increasing to size rather than decreasing seems to be endless so really looking forward to a change,

  15. Harley likes to help with the blocking, too. She will also help with the ‘unblocking’ by pulling out the pins with her teeth. I have to keep an eye on her!
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  16. I, too, am looking forward to this shawl pattern! And Handmaiden yarn always catches my eye, esp. if it is green!
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  17. I will be waiting to see your blocked shawlette. I’m still pretty lace-shy but starting to work with small and easy amounts of it.

  18. I am totally in awe of the speed with which you knitted this shawlette. Please post a picture after blocking (and what you are going to make with teh silky pepermint green!)

  19. There is something about a shawl knit from the bottom up. I think how the rows keep getting shorter, and shorter, keeps the morale (was that spelled right?) up, and I just love that little marathon bit right before you get to the end. When you stay up till the wee hours of the morning just trying to finish, but, of course, you never do.
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  20. Lestersmama says:

    That’s a lovely green – is it Seasilk? Is Lucy really crosseyed or is it the camera?