My current work in progress:

Stornoway, designed by Alice Starmore from her book Fishermen’s Sweaters, knit in Frangipani 5-ply guernsey wool in the Aran colorway, on a 3.0mm needle.

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. I love Knit Circus! Please sign me up for the pattern giveaway.

  2. Lovely shawl. I’m looking forward to seeing how the design progresses.

  3. Lesley Duckworth says:

    Would love a subsrciption to Knitcircus! Great addition 🙂

  4. Monica says:

    Your giveaways are so much fun and I really enjoy reading all the comments from the entrants.

  5. Yes, I’d like to win.

  6. Mystery says:

    The new circular shawl sounds lovely. It takes patience, which I don’t have !! Can’t wait to see it finished.

  7. I’m fairly new to your email list; look forward to seeing your posts in my inbox. Received your latest Toe-Up book as a gift – love it!

  8. Rachel says:

    Knitcircus for the win! Also, I, too, am growing weary of these spam attacks on facebook. I’m not even sure of the point, as my PC checks after the fact show no spyware or viruses.

  9. Love your shawls! I love Lucy! Would love a subscription to Knitcircus. Thank you!

  10. Your new shawl is as lovely as the others. Your work is gorgeous.

  11. Can’t wait to see how that circular shawl comes out! and I don’t know how you get so much knitting time in!! I’m jealous.

  12. Try, try again!!

  13. What a great giveaway! Also your shawl is such a beautiful color!

  14. I’d love to win the knitcircus subscription! And I am in awe of your knitting skills and stamina – ending a shawl with over 700 stitches is, well, decidedly un-fun in my opinion. What kind of bind-off do you use?
    Anne´s last blog post ..Quickie update

  15. Can’t wait to see this shawl finished! Thanks for the giveaway!

  16. oh my i wish i could knit FAST FAST FAST like you do!
    when i grow up i want to be just like you!!!
    ps i’ll be receiving my 1st SS check in august !

  17. I agree about the FB thing. I keep debating whether to cancel mine too.

  18. Congratulating Sarah! Love the new shawl! The
    Yarn is gorgeous! You are so kind to have another
    give away! Thank you! I too have a Sealpoint Ragdoll! So Woody and
    I wish you and Lucy a fun day!

  19. Jill B. says:

    I would love to win the subscription to Knit Circus. Thanks for entering me!

  20. I so love knit circus. My wife and I would both enjoy a subscription or just some patterns.

  21. susan murphy says:

    I would love a subscription to Knitcircus!

  22. Wendy T-C says:

    Thx for giveaway. Any idea how I can get my hubby off Facebook? He’s a bit obsessed…

  23. patricia says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! Keep on knitting!

  24. I will miss you and Lucy on FB. There’s always Plurk! 🙂
    Mo´s last blog post ..Ugly FOs

  25. im just lori says:

    I’m glad to hear that I’m not the only one who thinks Facebook is a time suck that I do not need.

    Oh, and pick me! Pick me!

  26. Martina says:

    All the giveaways are great fun! Subscriptions are good…. Love your shawl. Terrific color.

  27. The shawl sounds amazing! I just bought 3 of your other shawl patterns for my birthday. I can’t wait to knit them up! 🙂

  28. Linda Borst says:

    I truly love Knit Circus and their patterns; and, I love your blog.


  29. Would love a chance at KnitCircus. Thanks for the updates and love seeing Lucy every day. She is such a good blocker. My kitties just get mad because I have taken up their bed.

  30. Tattingranny says:

    I notice that you receive many more comments when you have give-aways. I’ll be interested to see you circular shawl finished. Thank you for you blog.

  31. I love your shawls and can’t believe how fast you produce them.
    I’d love to win knit circus

  32. Tina_R says:

    Here we go with a comment!

  33. Is every round shawl a “pi” shawl? KnitCircus sounds like fun.

  34. Always anxious to see your completed knitting! Appreciate your contests and your blog!
    (just a note:there’s a reason Facebook begins with the letter_-just saying) 🙂

  35. Shannon O. says:

    I love Knitcircus. Thanks for the giveaway

  36. angela says:

    I can’t wait to see the finished shawl. How have I not heard of this yarn? Off to look for some now . . .

  37. Kari W. says:

    What a great giveaway. Thank you to you and KnitCircus .

  38. Eileen says:

    Hi! I have never left a comment before, but I read your blog all the time. I love the shawls you make, and I love to see Lucy. Thanks for making my days a little brighter – and adding to my knitting fun!

  39. Katy Sullivan says:

    Would really love to enter the giveaway! Oh and I am so excited to see your finished shawl. I love the circular shawls.

  40. Another giveaway! That’s exciting and Knit Circus looks like it is packed full. Please add me to the drawing.

    It amazes me the speed you knit – the circular shawl is looking good.

  41. Wow; that sure is a nice giveaway. Wouldn’t any one love it for their knttiing room?

  42. Hope you choose me!

    Love the circular shawl and I’ll probably do one sometime. I really like the idea of round & round we go.
    Diane´s last blog post ..Enough Already!

  43. Mary Beth says:

    Thanks for the chance!

    I was thinking about exiting Facebook too. Glad to see I wouldn’t be a complete Cro-Mangnon man if I did. HA.

  44. What a beautiful color for the shawl. I’d love to have the knitcircus as well.

  45. I’m random! Please pick me for one of the knit circus prizes.

  46. I love Knitcircus. It’s exciting to know a new issue will be out tomorrow.!

  47. Love the circular shawl, and would also love the chance to win the giveaway!

  48. I love KnitCircus. Thanks for the reminder that it goes live tomorrow!
    DPUTiger´s last blog post ..Tigger’s Latest Greatest Adventure

  49. Pam B. says:

    Would love to win this wonderful give-away! Thanks so much,

  50. I just want to let “Lucy” know we would never hurt her and love hearing what she thinks about all our knitting! She is such a lovely fluffy kitty…Keep up the knitting and Moma reports.

  51. Aw, sorry about the Facebook drama. That’s one reason I limit my “friends” to people that I know face-to-face and a few I know well online. Knitcircus looks interesting — don’t think I’ve seen it before.
    Hissy Stitch´s last blog post ..Capn Jenny Sets Sail

  52. I love Knit Circus patterns. I also thought that I was the only Facebook “anti-fan”. I quit a while ago (paranoid of security stuff) and I still have friends!
    Wendy, keep designing. Any crescent shawls in your future?

  53. Danelle in Kansas says:

    Love the Circus!

  54. Susan Shelly says:

    Looking forward to KnitCircus and the giveaway:o)) Don’t blame you on the Facebook decision. I have had some trouble with spam too. It’s not all it’s cracked up to be!

  55. Kathleen says:

    I would love to win!!

  56. Lovely patterns, beautiful cat and blocking assistant, and wonderful giveaways. Who could ask for more?

  57. Claudia McKenzie says:

    Yay I love your give aways!!!!!

  58. Elizabeth F says:

    Thanks for another giveaway! I would love to win!!

  59. Wendy in Indy says:

    Knitcircus, here I come. I just know the Random Number Generator is going to choose me!

  60. I understand the Facebook issue – I’ll just come read your blog anyway, so will still see your beautiful work and lovely Lucy! Thank you for your generous give-aways! What fun!

  61. I think the total number of stitches on a circular shawl shouldn’t be revealed to a knitter until the last moment. It’s a daunting thing, 700+ stitches! Glad you’re enjoying the process.
    Barbara-Kay´s last blog post ..A magnificent cat

  62. I’d love to win anything from Knit Circus.

  63. KnitCircus is a great online mag. It is very nice of you and them to offer up this giveaway.
    ikisti´s last blog post ..Spring and the Yellow Socks

  64. After knitting many socks now, I have to say that you do the best job of writing your patterns. They are so clear to understand that I have trouble knitting anyone else’s socks.

    And I would love to try Knit Circus. 🙂

  65. Excited about the Summer KnitCircus! Thanks for the giveaway.

  66. Thanks for the giveaway. Beautiful color of the circular shawl.

  67. CurlyMarie says:

    Ooh, I DO love your giveaways! Thank you so much! 🙂

  68. Wow! Just looking at that purple hand-dyed yarn on page 9 of the on-line Knitcircus (your link) is enough to make me want this subscription!

  69. KnitCircus! Wonderful prize for some lucky person.

  70. I like the knit circus magazine and your latest shawl sounds like fun to make. The color is great.

  71. I would love to be entered into your giveaway for the knitcircus items.

    your shawl is lovely and I also love DIC yarns – Lucy is just beautiful – it’s always a pleasure to see her comments LOL – Melody
    Melody Bryan´s last blog post ..ITS BUNNY TIME

  72. April Phillips says:

    Oh, I hope I win! I’m in-between projects right now, and need some inspiration!

  73. Linda D. says:

    Those giveaways are awesome. I haven’t tried a circular shawl yet, but maybe one day.

  74. Diana T says:

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  75. i knit faster than i purl too!! (although I’m working on trying to speed it up a bit). horrifying about hacker spam! gah!

  76. Woo! Go Knit Circus!

  77. Can’t believe it’s already time for the summer Knitcircus – awesome!

  78. Lyinda Cannon says:

    SPAM!!! Facebook spam, what is this. 800 plus stitches what is this, Sounds like a good knit. Any way I still can’t believe the facebook thing.

  79. I yearn for knitcircus!
    And wow, over $6200 raised for Japan relief. That’s really cool. 😀

  80. Your shawl is coming along nice!! can’t wait to see it finished! Lucy is soo beaautiful!!

    Congrats to Sarah!
    And thanks for the new giveaway!!

  81. Yay for another KnitCircus giveaway! Maybe this time I’ll be lucky.
    Hi Lucy!!!

  82. I’d love to win some new patterns and knitting help.

  83. I absolutely love the color of this shawl! And I love knit circus too.

  84. evelyn Macway says:

    Knit Circus! What a nice gift to give. Thank you for the give away.

  85. What is KnitCircus? Sounds great! I love your blog, and all your incredible lacy shawls!

  86. I would love a subscription to KnitCircus!

  87. The shawl is so prettyespecially since it is knit in my favorite color. Thanks for the contest.

  88. RustyBird says:

    I thoroughly enjoy reading your posts! Thanks for having another giveaway, and give Lucy a head-scritch for me.

  89. Give-a-ways are fun!! I’ve only been on Facebook a short time and sometimes I find myself wondering “why”. I guess I’m not a Facebook type of person.

  90. G. K. Green says:

    Please enter me in the prize giveaways! I can be just as random a commenter as anybody else, I promise. Sample random comment: I believe that circular knitting needles are our friends. 8^) More seriously, thanks for your continued generosity …

  91. Celestine says:

    Thanks for yet another drawing for a prize. You are the best Wendy. I saw an ad for your up and comming lace book. Are all the shawls you have been knitting going to be in this book? I love lace knitting so I am excited to see a new book coming out….Tell us more….

  92. Pretty new shawl!

  93. Susan G. says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! The color of the shawl is beautiful!

  94. Making room in my mailbox for the magazines to come….I hope!

  95. cool shawl!
    my brother’s facebook did that to him

  96. Would LOVE a subscription or patterns!

  97. Loving the baby/toddler patterns in the new Knitcircus

  98. Sherry Anderson says:

    I would LOVE to win the subscription! I’ve recently become addicted to lace as well! I’m looking forward to seeing what must be a WIP book on lace knitting soon? I hope so!


  99. Oooo! Such good chances to win something, Wendy! Thanks for counting me in. I am looking forward to seeing your finished round shawl that’s in progress. I recently finally finished the Shetland Pi shawl and hope to have a chance to block it next week. I’ll then post a photo on my blog and to ravelry.
    Debbie´s last blog post ..Whew! Catching up

  100. I’d love to have KnitCircus. I’ll miss you on FB but I understand. I love Dream in Color also. I’m knitting your Seaside Shawlette in Knitosophy Laugh.