My current work in progress:

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


Japanese Garden

I blocked my latest shawl yesterday morning.

Blocked, it measures approximately 64″ across the top edge and 32″ down the center back.

I knit this from 2 skeins plus a few yards from a third skein of Alchemy Juniper, so I’ve slightly over-estimated and am stating that you need 500 yards. So you could knit this from one skein of Wollmeise sock yarn.

It is knit from the bottom up, so you start with lots of stitches and work down to just one stitch on the needle. I used a U.S. size 5 needle for an unblocked gauge of 5 sts/inch in stockinette stitch, but cast on with a needle 3 sizes larger to ensure a nice stretchy edge.

It’s easy to make the shawl larger or smaller by adding/removing pattern repeats and this is explained in the pattern.

I cast on this shawl the day after the earthquake and tsunami that has devastated Japan, so was thinking about those tragic events while knitting. I’m calling the pattern “Japanese Garden,” and when I put the pattern up for sale in my Ravelry store this week (should just be a couple of days before the pattern is ready — I’ll let you know when it’s ready) I will donate all my proceeds (after Paypal takes its cut)  from this pattern’s sale to the American Red Cross for their disaster relief efforts to help those affected by the earthquake in Japan and tsunami throughout the Pacific, for all sales of this pattern through the end of April 2011.

My new project is indeed being knit from Sea Silk — in the Moss colorway:

It’s lace. 🙂

Lucy sez:

“Yes. I’m cross-eyed!”


  1. Beautiful – can’t wait for it to be available.
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  2. Beautiful!

  3. The lacework is lovely! *kisses Lucy’s nose*
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  4. Love this pattern, and especially that all proceeds will go towards relief efforts in Japan.

    I think I will use the Alchemy yarn, and find a way to only use 2 skeins.

  5. It is one of the most beautiful shawls I’ve seen. And you are beautful for your support for the Red Cross.

  6. This is a great one.
    Wouldn’t it be nice if Paypal donated it’s cut for any transactions being donated to the Red Cross…

  7. Beautiful and so thoughtful to help Japan

  8. It’s gorgeous and I want to knit it right now!
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  9. Such a very generous heart. Lucy is such a photogenic little girl!!

  10. Wasn’t that started at the top? Worked down to the point? Isn’t the top the part that goes across the shoulders?

    Or am I just confused as usual?

  11. Oh foo, I was confused. I went back and looked more carefully at the previous photos before this was finished.

  12. I agree with Janet. I will definitely purchase!

  13. Can’t wait to buy it!

  14. Lord knows I don’t need another triangular shawl pattern but this is beyond gorgeous. You are so generous to donate the proceeds. I will definitely buy one.

  15. Gorgeous! Looking forward to adding it to my library!

  16. Gorgeous! I’ll keep an eye out for that pattern.
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  17. Thank you for your generosity. I will be buying the pattern!

  18. Absolutely gorgeous!!

  19. Just beautiful lace shawl – will be watching for the pattern. And thank for your generous heart – my DDIL has 2 brothers living in Japan; one has a wife about to give birth! They are up in the mountains, trying to stay away from the radiation!

  20. Amazing as all of your projects are!

  21. Lovely! How very generous of you to donate the proceeds.

  22. Gorgeous shawl! Knitting it from the bottom up…I like that concept. Can’t wait for the pattern to up on Ravelry.

  23. Beautiful! I hope it raises lots for Japan relief.
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  24. Kay Nysse says:

    I can’t wait until the pattern is available! Your design is so beautiful, as well as is your heart in so kindly giving to those who are hurting.

    Lucy is gorgeous crossed eyes and all! She looks like she’s related to Clarence the Cross- eyed Lion. 😉

  25. I really don’t need another shawl pattern, but this one is beautiful! I will definetly purchase the pattern to help donate more $$ to Japan.

    Let us know when it comes out! *S*
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  26. It is so beautiful! I just can’t believe/understand how you finish projects so fast!?!? I’ve been working on the same pair of socks since you finished and started this and I believe, your last project.

  27. Lovely just lovely, what a lovely thing to do sending the proceeds to Japan,

  28. Bless you. Thank you.
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  29. Just lovely! Beautiful idea and I look forward to owning it.

  30. It’s really beautiful!
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  31. Elegant looking shawl…I love it!

  32. Good thinking, I’m sure this lovely shawl will pull in lots of donations. I may even break my own rule (“Don’t buy a pattern if you can get something like it for free” — I’m cheap!) and buy this one. Lucy is such pretty lady, but man those crossed eyes make mine water!

  33. How lovely!

  34. Gorgeous Pattern, I will be adding this to my to-do list, I get paid on friday yay !

    Best wishes,

  35. So beautiful. I believe I see purchasing blocking accessories in my near future. (as well as the pattern!)
    Thanks for donating proceeds to Japan. It breaks my heart to see such destruction and pain.

  36. Lovely. I really like the idea of it being a single skein project (with the wollmeise), because I always feel a little odd weaving ends in my lace shawls!

  37. What a beautiful pattern – can’t wait to buy this one! And what a lovely way to do some good – wonderful idea!

  38. So, very, pretty. I love the color, and the shot showing how it would look wrapped round the shoulders … very lovely.


  39. I love sea silk, I can’t wait to see what you’re making out of it!

  40. What beautiful work! I’m just starting to knit and you are very inspiring. Someday….

  41. Pamela Enz says:

    Wendy, I knitted the last shawl you designed and have worn it many times. I’m excited to see you have worked on another one. I will be purchasing the pattern for two reasons, I love it, and for the people in Japan. Thanks for being so generous. Will you post on your blog when it is uploaded to Ravelry?


  42. Sharen Warren says:

    Gorgeous! I love all your patterns, but this one is my “fav” (until you unveil the the next.), plus I get to indulge myself and help you make a donation. Thanks.

  43. Just Lovely! and what inspiration; there is surely much Positive Energy in this, your latest completion.

    …sincerely hopes your chart repeats are more helpful than my current attempt at Travelling Woman. I can’t get the feathers to come out right- one end is so messed up, GAH!

    I’ll go look at your Seaside Shawlette pattern (THANK YOU AGAIN!) for help on pattern repeats ….
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  44. What a beautiful shawl!


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