My current work in progress:

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


Pattern Now Available

Hey y’all — this is just a quickie post to let you know that the pattern for the Japanese Garden Shawl is now available for sale in my Ravelry store for $5.00.

As I mentioned yesterday, through the end of next month I will be donating 100% of my proceeds from this pattern to the American Red Cross for their disaster relief efforts to help those affected by the earthquake in Japan and the tsunami throughout the Pacific.

Thanks for considering buying it, and thanks to those of you who already discovered and bought it. 🙂

Don’t feel like knitting a lace shawl? Please consider buying the pattern for this gorgeous quilt-inspired blanket. The designer, the lovely and generous Kay Gardiner of Mason-Dixon Knitting, is donating all proceeds from the sale of downloads of this pattern to Mercy Corps. In 2011, these donations will be designated for Japan earthquake/tsunami relief, and thereafter to support Mercy Corps’ relief work.

Lucy is quite overcome by the excitement of it all and is heading off for a nap.


  1. I like both of these patterns, but I have to admit that I kind of want to make the blanket one first (probably because I finished a shawlette not that long ago). Thank goodness patterns don’t go bad!
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  2. Thank you! Just purchased your Japanese Garden shawl pattern, and can’t wait to begin. I have loved wearing the shawl I knitted from your Miss Woodhouse shawl.

  3. I too just purchased this lovely pattern. Thank You Wendy for both the lovely pattern and doe helping the Japanese. This is a wonderful thing you are doing. Hey the pattern is pretty special too. Now I think I`ll go take a nap with Lucy

  4. I’m a sucker for a well-written pattern from a top designer when the proceeds go to a very worth while charity.
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  5. Nice rumba pants, Lucy!

  6. Great rear floof shot! And thanks for offering this pattern….off to purchase!
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  7. Thanks for sharing the pattern with us and donating your time/money to a good cause! *toddles off to get credit card*
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  8. Lovely, lovely shawl, and I really admire your donating everything (but the PayPal cut, understandably) to the Red Cross. You’re a generous woman.

  9. Thanks for the beautiful pattern – I’ve purchased it to start soon – as soon as I finish up a couple of other projects! What a great incentive to finish so that I can start this beautiful new project!

  10. LOVE it! Got both the shawl and blanket pattern. You rock Wendy!

  11. I was a guest of the Japanese government for three weeks in October of 2001 as a participant in the Fulbright Memorial Program. I will never forget how compassionate the people there were towards us Americans who were still reeling from the devastation of 9.11. I am happy to be able to contribute, even in a small way, to the recovery of their country.

  12. Loving Lucy’s harem pants.

  13. I love that shot of Lucy’s “pantaloons!” It really does look like she is wearing old-fashioned, ruffled pantaloons! Thanks for sharing your precious baby with us . . . and for the gorgeous pattern too!


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