My current work in progress:

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


Round and Round We Go

It’s enough to make a knitter dizzy.

But working on my circular shawl is fun, even though I am increasing 9 stitches with each round I complete. (The shawl is being knit in a spiral construction, and I increase 1 stitch in each of 9 sections.) At this point, I have over 400 stitches around.

When it is done it will be a whopping 738 stitches around.


But it is fun to knit, and the lovely colorway of the yarn keeps it interesting. This is Dream in Color Everlasting Sock and the colorway is called “Surf.” I love Dream in Color — they always manage to achieve a subtle variegation that does not detract from the pattern I am knitting. And the slight change in color makes it entertaining to knit.

Another good thing about knitting a circular shawl — every row is a right-side row, which means no purl rounds here. I knit a lot faster than I purl.

Giveaways Abound

The Random Number Generator has chosen a winner to receive my copy of 60 Quick Baby Knits — it’s Sarah, who has been emailed. Thank you to everyone who left a comment!

Now, I’ve got another giveaway.

Tomorrow (that would be Wednesday, May 4) the Summer 2011 issue of Knitcircus Magazine goes live, and once again I am hosting a giveaway thanks to our wonderful editor-in-chief Jaala.

I’ll be giving away 2 one-year subscriptions to KnitCircus and 10 copies of the complete pattern collection from the Summer 2011 issue to some of my readers, chosen at random from the comments. So, to be entered to win one of these prizes, leave a comment to this blog post by 11:00am EDT on Sunday, May 8, 2011. At that time the winners will be selected.


By the way, I have deleted both my and Lucy’s Facebook accounts, just in case you are wondering if we unfriended you. The latest spam attack was the last straw — spam was posted to my friends’ walls, purportedly from me, without me being logged into Facebook (or even at my computer) at the time. So that’s enough for me. The only time I ever spend any time on Facebook is to accept friend requests, so I really did not see any point in keeping my account.

Lucy sez:

“I’m glad my momma is concerned about my online safety!”



  1. Alicia Howard says:

    I absolutely love your shawls!

  2. Andria says:

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

  3. Looking forward to the Summer KnitCircus! Thanks very much for the giveaway….

  4. Ruth Porter says:

    Lucy, my cats aren’t on Facebook and neither is their mom. You are now safe.

    And I would love to have KnitCircus or the pattern collection.

  5. Felicia Bokel says:

    Hi I’d like to enter the giveaway! Thanks!

  6. Most excellent giveaway – wish me luck!

  7. This is a great giveaway – fingers crossed!

  8. Jeanne says:

    Love the colors on the new shawl =)

  9. Keeping fingers crossed that I’m one of the lucky winners.

  10. Would you please explain exactly how you delete a Facebook account. That’s something I’ve been wanting to do for months now, but I can’t find an opt out link.

  11. Enter me in this great giveaway.

  12. Colleen says:

    So, how does the knitting of a circular pi shawl feel compared to an every other row increased shawl?

  13. yay, giveaways! thanks, and loving the new shawl! i have no patience for big objects, so i’m jealous of your indefatigable shawl-making abilities.
    julie l.´s last blog post ..Cheater

  14. Jennifer says:

    What a cool shawl! I can’t wait to see it finished.

  15. Wendy: the shawl looks great – can’t wait for your book of shawls to come out. Would love to win a subscription to Knit Circus. Thanks for the contest.

  16. I’d love to win. I am pretty close to deleting my facebook account, it seems so pointless these days.
    odessa´s last blog post ..Freshly Spun and Almost Done

  17. What a great giveaway! Thanks for your wonderful posts and contests!

  18. Thanks for having this giveaway! I’ve been following your shawl progress with interest. I have just entered the world of lace and haven’t quite built up to a complex shawl yet
    Gina E´s last blog post ..Third Time’s A Charm

  19. Samina says:

    I’m tempted to delete my FB account too – I joined to try to find a friend with whom I’d lost touch. Mission accomplished =no further need for the thing.

  20. Love this new round shawl – this may be the one that gets me started in shawls. And good move on deleting your facebook accounts – no one needs the stress of hackers and spam.

  21. Bonney says:

    I cannot wait to see this circular shawl. I love them! I love Knit Circus. Happy Knitting!

  22. MIchelle B says:

    Your shawls are always so beautiful!

    I love knit circus!!

  23. Hannah says:

    738 stitches?? WOW!! It’s going to be another beauty for sure.

  24. Elaine says:

    ould love to win one of your Prizes.

  25. Susan B says:

    Maybe I’ll have better luck this time! Random number generators never seem to pick me!

  26. KnitCircus always has such fun issues!
    sprite´s last blog post ..helping hand- support- and a night at the park

  27. maggie says:

    I would love to have KnitCircus!

  28. Thank you for the giveaway! Your shawl is looking lovely.

  29. I will miss the updates from Lucy though. I loved the weekend she hosted the party while Mom was gone….

  30. Can’t wait to see this shawl, the circulars are really growing on me 🙂 Thanks for all the fun giveaways!

  31. marcie says:

    would love a subscription to knit circus. Can’t wait for the new shawl pattern. EZ pi shawl last year was my first circular lace shawl…Thanks for the hard work.

  32. I have to learn to knit faster! No FB here, either.

  33. Ginger says:

    Great giveaways!

  34. I do love Dream in Color!!
    As for the ‘scrip and the patterns…..”Pickmepickmepickmepickmepickmepickmepickme,” she said breathlessly in a second-grader sing-song voice.

  35. Happy springtime shawl knitting. I hope I win, but even if I don’t I look forward to KnitCircus!

  36. anne marie in philly says:

    lucy is screaming mad at facebook (or so her picture seems to say; such a scowl!).

    my cat kids and I are not on facebook either; I have heard so many horrible stories about it that I chose never to join.

  37. KarenV says:

    I have never knit a circular shawl. Are they all called pi shawls?
    I’d love to win one of the Knitcircus priizes.

  38. Britni says:

    I love Knitcircus and would love to win either prize!

  39. Waa I never win…tell me, do people enter their comments more than once when you are giving something away? I don’t but wondered if it was acceptable…

  40. Debbie says:

    And I thought I was the only person not on Facebook! Would love to win a prize, thanks for posting the giveaways!

  41. Thanks for having another contest. I would love a subscription to a new magazine. Also, sorry to hear you have had problems with Facebook spam!!!

  42. Lovely color on the shawl! Thanks for another contest – maybe I’ll win this time!
    Dorothy´s last blog post ..And the Winner Is

  43. I would love to win something from KnitCircus! 🙂

  44. Nicola says:

    I have been admiring your shawls. I’d love to win Knit Circus! Thank you for your generosity.

  45. Leslie says:

    I would love KnitCircus — I let my hard copy subscription lapse in a fit of economy and now I think they’re only on-line? It makes more sense in some ways. At any rate, please enter me as I would love to win either the subscription or the colleciton.

    I just finished Tesni and am looking for a new project — Maybe I’ll wait until this pattern is up 🙂

    Thanks for letting us know about your facebook account. I assume Lucy is off CatBook as well?

  46. Ah, so you’re the one who disappeared.
    I noticed my “friend” count dropped! lol

  47. I love Knitcircus! Thanks for the great giveaway…
    Sally´s last blog post ..Mommy Break

  48. Suzanne says:

    Love the shawl. I have only made a Pi shawl once years ago. Right now I’m knitting the Japanese Garden, very fun knit so far.

  49. Michelle says:

    I too am in a shawl craze this year. I love your patterns and love your suggestions. Thank for sharing and for the lovely introduction to KnitCircus.

  50. I’m find all the shawls just wonderful and yet overwhelming! I hope I can work up to it one day. The knitcircus magazine always has something interesting in it!

  51. Amy S. says:

    I’d love to be entered! I admire your shawl. I did one circular shawl (a pi shawl) and it will be a long time before I am ready to do another!

  52. Henrycat says:

    Would love to win a subscription! KnitCircus is a great publication, always fun to read. The new shawl looks promising!

  53. Sharon Amara says:

    Your shawls are very lovely and your speed in finishing is amazing!

  54. The circular shawl is looking great! I’m DEF in a blue mood this year, can’t wait to see it done!

    Maybe I win? Hopes!

    Miss Lucy, re: FB begone, WIN! ♥♥♥

  55. Angela Econ says:

    YOU are sooooo talented!

  56. It has to be me now! Surely it’s my turn? Pick me oh pick me please!!



  57. I love that color! I’ll give in and do a circular shawl one of these days, but not yet. 😉

    Knitcircus sounds like fun — hope I win!!

  58. Thank you for describing Dream in Color – I’m always looking for a new subtle varigation – some are just too gaudy for anything other than stockinette.

  59. Cathy S says:

    Yeah knitcircus!

  60. Would love to win the giveaway, Wendy! And I’m wondering: do you use a lifeline while knitting your beautiful shawls?

  61. Both KnitCircus and the pattern collection sound great! Thanks for the chances. No Facebook for me or my dogs or cats either! Too many of the people I knew joined to “spy” on their own school aged kids and I refused to do that to my son. It saved me all the work of figuring out how it worked and my son (now 26) turned out great!

  62. Sandra D says:

    Oh, lovely color on the Dream in Color!

  63. windzgirl says:

    I love Knitcircus and would love to win!

  64. Gloria says:

    Wendy, your talent is amazing! I am such a fan and also a very true cat person! I don’t have a kitty right now, but I sure adore pretty Lucy! Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win a great subscription. Kindest regards always!!

  65. YAY Knitcircus – I always find so many things I want to knit from each issue – if only I had time

  66. Darlene says:

    The Knit Circus Magazine sounds like fun. I too lov to knot shawls. But over 700 sts yikes!!

  67. Christine says:

    Wow, that bind off is going to be a doozy!

  68. Lisa Downing says:

    Wendy, Your knitting is always wonderful and Lucy is always entertaining. I’d love to win a prize. Thanks for the chance. LisaD in upstate NY

  69. Please enter me for the drawing. And here I thought Lucy was accepting her own friends 🙂

  70. Please include me in the drawing. Thanks for the chance to win.

  71. Diana Hirsch says:

    Lucy is appropriately serious about a serious topic. Good on you, kitty.

    Please include me in the drawing. Thanks.

  72. I love the circular shawl. It’s a beautiful color. I would love to win!! Thanks for the opportunity.

  73. Oh my goodness! A whole year of Knit Circus would be delightful! You have such great giveaways! (and a very adorable Lucy Kitty)
    nikkapotamus´s last blog post ..May Day

  74. Pat Sywenky says:

    I’d love to win a prize. I look forward to reading your posts.

  75. I just love my daily fix of your blog. I love your inspirational knitting too. Thankyou 🙂
    Would love a chance to win

  76. Sharon says:

    Sign me up to the knitcircus drawing!

  77. Stacy and the rugrats says:

    Woot!! Knitcircus!

  78. You always get so may nice comments! I would like to add mine. Your knitting inspires me. While I probably won’t be as speedy at it as you are I do enjoy it.
    Jeanie Babbage´s last blog post ..It has been a year!!!

  79. I’d love to be in to win, currently watching my kittie (Ray) playing with the newspaper and cushions.
    Rachelle´s last blog post ..Wonderful weekend

  80. Esme F. says:

    Knit circus 🙂

  81. The new shawl is beautiful! Also, OMG at the amount raised for the red cross! Holy crap! ::applauds::
    biomaj5´s last blog post ..Holy overdue update post- batman!

  82. What a pretty shawl – and no purling! Please enter me in your latest giveaway and thanks for sharing.

  83. Thanks for giving us the heads up on the new Knit Circus.
    LoriAngela´s last blog post ..Community

  84. Beth Gray says:

    Such a pretty new shawl!

  85. Ooh, another awesome giveaway. Thanks for the opportunity to win!
    Ashley W´s last blog post ..May 1- 2011- Washington Nationals vs San Francisco Giants

  86. Tall Kate says:

    Wow, another great giveaway. Thanks for offering it!

  87. I deleted my Facebook account a while ago. I think it’s the bane of the Internet.

    Nice shawl.
    Rich´s last blog post ..Lessons Learned

  88. Barbara says:

    Lucy sez: Pick me, pick me, pick me for the KnitCircus giveaway! Thanks so much!!!

  89. I would love to win! Thanks for the great giveaway.

  90. The new shawl looks very interesting. After I complete some baby gifts I will be back knitting on my shawl projects.

  91. radmeister says:

    It is a beautiful shawl but 738 stitches? Yikes indeed.

  92. SusaN D Smith says:

    Love the shawl. And great pic of Lucy. I’d love to win a Knitcircus prize!

  93. I would love to win!

  94. Ooh! Enter me in the Knitcircus drawing, please.

  95. Dream in Color is a nice yarn to work with and has lovely colors. Can’t wait to see your shawl out in full.
    Knit Circus is a good resource. Would enjoy a subscription.

  96. linda-kay says:

    Beautiful shawl – love Dream In Color yarn! Thanks for the opportunity to win a Knitcircus prize!

  97. Love the color of the new shawl!

  98. Huntley says:

    My mother and I (both knitters) love your blog! If I win the magazine thingy I’ll be giving it to my mom 🙂

  99. Wow! Another great giveaway. Hope I win.
    Beverly´s last blog post ..A Sweater for Me

  100. I love the soft turquoise color of the circular shawl! Also, give aways are great….I hope I win!