My current work in progress:

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


Spurty Creativity

Here we have an unblocked shawl:

And here it is blocked.

Unblocked, it measures 52″ along the top and 26″ down the center back. Blocked it is 70″ along the top and 30″ down the center back. It took a little under 600 yards of fingering weight wool, specifically Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in the Oceana colorway.

I’m calling it “Island Time Shawl.”

Pattern coming soon.

It has not escaped my notice that I have designed and knit 3 lace shawls in under 3 weeks. (And I have 2 more designs charted out waiting to be knit.) What’s up with that?

I really have no explanation except that I appear to be having a creative spurt. I am full of the spurty creativity, as Buffy and the Scooby Gang might say.

This happens from time to time. I’m not sure why or what triggers it. I just enjoy it while it lasts.

The next shawl is already on the needles but will take a little longer because I’ve got some required stealth knitting that I am working on at the same time.

Film at 11.

Happy Blogiversary to Me

Tomorrow (April 1) is my 9th blogiversary. Yes, I have been blathering on here at WendyKnits since April 1, 2002. In celebration, I am having a pattern sale in my Ravelry store. From now through the end of April 2011 all patterns in the store are 25% off (with the exception of the Japanese Garden Shawl). The discount is applied automatically when you put a pattern in your cart.

Just my way of saying thanks for reading my blog and knitting my stuff. 🙂

Speaking of the Japanese Garden Shawl, donations now total $4117.75.

Lucy sez:

“Momma’s had this blog longer than she’s had me!”


  1. Congratulations on your blogiversary! You’re amazing… working full time, designing, writing and blogging! Hope someday you might hold a shawl design class. Or maybe it will be a book. Knit on!

  2. Happy Blogiversary Wendy. Here’s to many more! I think I started reading your blog just after you got Lucy. How long ago was that?

  3. I’m so excited that the Japanese Garden shawl has raised so much money!! You really are a very creative person and we all get to reap the benefits. 😀

  4. Happy Blogiversary! I can’t imagine your blog without Lucy!

  5. Happy Blogiversary, Wendy! And thanks for all the wonderful patterns over the years. Sure hope your “spurt” continues!

  6. It’s beautiful! Are you going to make the pattern available for sale in your Ravelry shop?
    Joyce´s last blog post ..A Week of Knitting

  7. Congratulations on both your blogiversary as well as on your spurt! Your designs are incredible.

  8. Happy blogiversary! Congrats on 9 years!!! Love that newest shawl, too.

  9. Just downlowed the Lace Edge Cardigan. How do I miss this beauty? Happy for the bargain price. My boy Billy and evil witch Willhemina send love to Lucy.

  10. Happy Blogiversary! Thanks for the nice discount. Three shawls in three weeks is amazing!
    Susan´s last blog post ..Where are they now 2KCBWDAY4

  11. Nancy Jo C says:

    Congratulations on your blog anniversary! I love the shawl. I’ll go check out your patterns on Rav.

  12. Three shawls in 3 weeks is mighty impressive. I was thrilled to have knit 3 lace shawls in one year last year!! Congratulations on the blog anniversary! Keep it going~I love to read it.

  13. Congratulations Wendy!
    It’s always a wonderful experience visiting your blog each day. I don’t know how you do it.

  14. Happy Blogiversary! I just discovered your blog last year and I love to read your posts. One of my favourite things is finding out what dear Lucy is up to. 🙂 Here’s to many more years of happy blogging!

  15. Congrats! You were one of the very first blogs I read when this whole blogging thing started and perhaps the only one that’s still going. I enjoy reading your blog very much and I hope you continue for a long time!

  16. Happy blogiversary. I haven’t been reading your blog as long as you’ve been writing it but I truly enjoy observing your prolific knitting. Quite amazing. Here’s to another 9!

  17. I’ve noticed you’ve been quite prolific lately it’s wonderful when that happens. I have never seen your blog without Lucy something would be missing otherwise at least to me. Happy Blogiversary. I hope to be having my first one this year.

  18. Elizabeth says:

    Wow, that’s pretty! I’ve already stashed Madeline Tosh yarn to create this project – can’t wait until the pattern comes out! Congratulations on your Blogiversary!

  19. Congrats on the blog-BD! Love the blog. Look forward every day for the familiar “bing” between 3:30- 4:30 Calif. time. luv.m.

  20. anne marie in philly says:

    happy blogiversary! and on april fool’s day too! I pity the fool that doesn’t read wendy’s blog! 😉

    have a good weekend!

  21. Congratulations on your Ninth!

    I can’t believe all the lace shawls you are churning out! Amazing!

    Is your hand better?

  22. Happy Blogiversary! Blog-a-doodle-doo!

  23. Congratulations! Happy Blogiversary to Ewe. Thanks for all the laughs, patterns and knowledge.

  24. Sandra D says:

    Happy Blogiversary! Thanks for the great present, too! And the years of fun and information and inspiration!

  25. Happy blogiversary! I enjoy reading your blog and following the creation of your beautiful knits.
    Beverly´s last blog post ..Beads- Beads Everywhere

  26. Thank you for letting us celebrate your blogversary with your Ravelry sale…resistance is futile!
    dobarah´s last blog post ..CowsMarch 25- 2011

  27. I already posted, but I’d just like to add: After a hard day at work (OK, I work from home and I like my job,) it’s still so nice to forget about the rest of life for a few minutes and see what’s knitting up in WendyLand! 🙂

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  28. Happy Blogversary!!! Beautiful shawl!

  29. Wendy–
    Serious question for you…
    How is it that you knit so teeny-tiny and your hands haven’t literally locked up on you!?
    Having knit for years and years, at the ripe old age of only 27, I have early stages of arthritis in BOTH of my hands. My first attempt (and last) at knitting socks was utterly painful, I wonder how it is that so many amazing knitsters can create such amazingly delicate and tiny stitch works. I’m just in love with so much of your pieces but am quite literally AFRAID to start any of them, anything less than a 7 is just painful. Please, tell me your secret, I want so badly to be able to gift wonderful things like socks (and your drop dead gorgeous wraps and shawls) but feel I’m physically hindered!
    Thanks so much for your awesome blog, you are everyday an inspiration to me!

  30. I’m always amazed at just how quickly you design and knit everything up.
    If only there were courses in knit pattern designing here in San Francisco.

  31. I love your new shawl. I KNOW I will be buying that one when it comes out. I think the spurt may be Spring related. I always feel full of creativity when I start to see some signs that Winter may finally be on it’s way out, one day, eventually, maybe.

  32. Happy blogiversary Wendy! Yours is the first blog I read every morning.

    I was never able to knit lacy shawls until Japanese Garden. Now I will finish it today (Yay!) I love the bottom-up construction and will look for others in your pattern store. I’ve already been looking at your patterns for my next project and now you have given us this bonus! Thanks!

  33. I will have to try one of the bottom lup shawls-fascinating concept. This one is beautiful! Congreats on the blogiversary!

  34. Happy blogiversary!

  35. For all you do, thank you! I look forward to your blog in my inbox.

  36. What a wonderful way to say thank you to have a sale on your patterns! And it is so gratifying to see how much money is going to help Japan just from your one pattern. Knitters rock! Congrats on your blogiversary.

  37. Kristine M says:

    Congratulations on your 9th year! I’m also wondering how long you’ve had Lucy. I know she was featured in your book Wendy Knits from 2006.

  38. Thanks for all the inspiration and beautiful patterns!

  39. Nancy in CA says:

    Happy blogoversary! I may have to head on over to the Rav store, even though I have two books full of your patterns. Recently finished the Cable and Lace socks from “Socks From the Toe” up and LOVE them, but my all-time fave (in terms of fit and ease of knitting) are the tried-and-true feather and fan socks that I first knit up in, oh, 2005 or so.

  40. Congratulations, Wendy. Your readers look forward to another 9 years, I’m sure. It’s a nice business to be in, especially when retirement gets closer. Thanks for the sale and your beautiful work.

  41. The shawl is beautiful! And congratulations on your blogiversary! And I love Lucy.

  42. congrats on your blogiversary. I just love the color of this latest shawl, and I am not big on blue. There is something specail about that color. Love that Lucy girl

  43. Linda S. says:

    Congrats on your blogiversary. No day is complete without checking in to see what you and Lucy are up to. I love your new shawls. How can you knit them so close together without your hands/wrists killing you? I’m working on one and can only do a few rows every night. Knit on.

  44. Michelle says:

    Happy blogiversary Wendy! I wanted you to know that you were the starting point for my knitting obsession & for that I am grateful. May you continue on this knitting path.

  45. Happy anniversary to you and the blog, and Lucy of course. I have so enjoyed reading over the years.

  46. Oh happy day!!……..thanks for the inspiration and good blog wisdom………best to you, hello to Ian……….kibbles ? for you know who??

  47. Congratulations on the blogiversary! It has been a pleasure reading your blog.
    I know I have been reading your blog as long as you have had Lucy because I cannot recall a time when you did not have her.

  48. This is such a beautiful shawl, and I love the before blocking/after blocking photos. I’ve knit two shawls but haven’t blocked them….guess I need to take that step next.

    Congratulations on 9 years, and all the fans that have come with it!

  49. Sharon Moon says:

    Please bottle your energy and creativity spurt. You will be a millionaire if you share with your buddies:)

  50. Congratulations on your blogiversary! It’s always a pleasure to read.

  51. I’m in awe of the lovely shawls you have been cranking out lately! I do have a question though, what happens to all your lovely hand knits when you have spurts of creativity like this? Do you keep them all and put them into a rotation of wearing? Do you give some away? Send some to shops as samples? Just curious!
    Melissa´s last blog post ..Resting Up

  52. Awesome shawl-ness.

    I’m hoping to design my first shawl (for my SIL) in the next few weeks, but I was wondering if you had any tips! (I will check the archives later, because I’m sure you have quite a number of gems there.)