My current work in progress:

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



I have today completed the striped portion of Daybreak and have over 400 stitches per row.

No wonder it takes me so long to finish a row. But it has been a fun, virtually mindless knit so far.

The last section will be even more mindless since it is one color.  In other words, great commuter knitting!

For blocking, I plan to steam this only, instead of wet-blocking. I am not looking to stretch it out in size, just even things up. So I think a good steam is all it will need!

Between you and me, I am not a fan of stripes and never have been. This dates back to the days when I was a wee child and dressed without regard to my personal preferences (which I probably was not able to articulate at that point anyhow). There are two particularly heinous striped jumpers I had as a child that are seared forever in my memory (and as an aside, I will never, ever, voluntarily wear a jumper — see link above for American usage of the word — not a pullover sweater but a sleeveless dress over a blouse).

Anyway. Even though this scarf/shawl/thingie is striped, I think it is quite pretty. It’s all in the colors you choose, I suppose. That and the fact that it is not a fitted garment. Since I will be using this as a scarf, I can allow it to be striped.

And there you have one of the big advantages of doing a KAL-type of project. Daybreak is not something I would have ever chosen to knit left to my own devices. But since it was one of the suggestions for a two-color shawl or wrap to count as the first project in Camp Loopy, I gave it a second look.

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Happy Summer!

Well, it’s been summer for over three hours now. And Lucy is already tired of it — I caught her mid-yawn!



  1. I can’t stop smiling over Lucy’s yawn.

  2. I hear you. I had a little girl’s version of a 60s groovy polyester pantsuit which I hated above all things.

    But I love these colors. The striking yaller-green pops against the dunny gray-purple.
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  3. Linda S. says:

    That is such a big yawn I believe I can see Lucy’s gizzards all the way over here in NJ!

  4. I’m wondering about the stripes — did you carry each color along one edge? I like this pattern but haven’t purchased it yet since I’m worried that one edge will look bulky/messy (of course I could just learn to do a better job knitting stripes, too!).

  5. Congrats Beth!

    I can’t wait to see how it looks when you are done!

  6. Lovely. You are much further along than I am (I haven’t been giving in to project monogamy). I’m at 159 stitches, but hopefully I will knock off a couple more repeats tonight and get myself a bit more caught up.
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  7. Suzanne says:

    I agree about jumpers. My mother made my sister and I (and my mother) matching jumpers when I was a child. I made a Daybreak last year. Love yours, the colors are great.

  8. So interesting how our childhood clothing affects our preferences. I was never allowed to choose my own clothes until I left home (unbelievable these days). I remember with horror the things I had to wear. Plaid pleated skirts and heavy primary color sweaters, probably acrylic. Ugghhhh. And puffed sleeves! I HATE puffed sleeves.

    Quite love your shawl. It’s in my queue.
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  9. anne marie in philly says:

    meredith says: “meow, cousin lucy, you have pretty teeth just like me…so sharp and pointy…the better to nip our mommy’s fingers if they don’t feed us fast enough!” 😉

  10. Your Daybreak is lovely. It is my next one to do after I finish the shawlette for Camp Loopy. Lucy I LOVE your yawn!

  11. I love all of your photos of Lucy, but today’s yawn was a standout. no wonder you love her so much!
    Just started the striped section of my Daybreak for Camp Loopy. I’m making the large with size 4 needles and TLE solid yarn but it seems really SMALL! We’ll see. I like my colors, tho-Lake and Lavender.

  12. Your Daybreak looks wonderful! The color combination together very nicely. I’m making one myself from the yarn left over from my Camp Loopy project. Thank you for giving me the courage to knit shawls and to enjoy knitting shawls.

    The mid-yawn photo of Lucy is great! Such an adorable girl!
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  13. humbirdblue says:

    Well, I too dislike stripes on any fitted garment! ha ha ha, I too had to wear a hideous striped jumper for school! and so the only stripes are to be in small doses, socks scarves, hats, gloves, etc. however, your daybreak is lovely! umm, maybe i’ll add it to my que.
    Thanks Wendy! You always inspire me to go a little farther, try a little harder, and expand my knitting while doing it!

  14. Lucy puts her all into whatever she’s doing, including that terrific yawn. I’ve finished the first Chart A on my Camp Loopy project, a Seriously Simple Shawl in pale blue and green stripes–yes, stripes! With the colors being so light, I’m hoping it will put one in mind of cool water; the eyelets could be bubbles.

  15. Just wanted to say I *love* that pic of Lucy yawning! She really seems like a character.

    I’m liking the look of Daybreak, too – I’m not usually a stripes fan on garments, but I may break that rule to do Daybreak someday. Now that I’ve almost finished my very first shawl (thanks to your Summer Mystery Shawlette!), I’m kind of shawl-obsessed. 🙂

  16. Completely, utterly and totally agree on jumpers! gah! I think there’s a whole generation of us out there who were made to wear them and now avoid them with a passion.

  17. Great picture!
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  18. When people ask me what I am knitting (Pogona), “scarf, shawl, thingy” is exactly the description I give. Great minds, etc, etc….

  19. I love your striped shawl. I also purchased the pattern but with Wolle cotton in a black and with a yarn that goes from red to purple from the Homespun Yarn Party. I was wondering – do you cut the yarn after each stripe or somehow run the yarn up the side. This is a shawl, not a sweater so the starts and stops will not be hidden by the seam so I am unsure how to proceed. Thanks for any advice and love to Lucy.

  20. Kristen Machowski says:

    I love the colors you picked and its coming out just beautiful but you always do beautiful work. That was perfect timing for Lucy”s picture.

  21. Lucy is adorable. Even mid-yawn.
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  22. Maureen says:

    The only thing worse than having to wear heinous striped jumpers as a child, is having to wear heinous striped hand-me-down jumpers as the youngest of three sisters.

  23. Oh, Wendy, we feel the same way about stripes, though I can’t claim any heinous striped jumpers in my past. *My* heinous jumpers were made of leatherette, pleather, y’know, that fake plastic leather stuff. True story. Mine was tan, and my sister’s was red. Wow. But coincidentally enough, I’m also making the Daybreak shawl for my first Camp Loopy project (I chose it because I thought I could manage it in the timeframe allotted.) I’m doing a medium on size 4s, and have four more stripes (of each color), or sixteen long rows to go, before I get to the solid B color section. And even more coincidentally, it looks like our colors are pretty similar. I’m doing mine in Three Irish Girls’ Glenhaven Cashmerino Fingering (what luscious stuff!!) in Bridget (a green-y, blue-y, turquoise-y handpaint) and Enna (a tonal in kind of a cranberry color). Fun project, not at all what I’d usually choose on my own. Have fun, and tell Lucy, please, that my kitty Rocky thinks she’s awfully cute!

  24. I think I have a similar fear, except mine is to seersucker fabric. I had all these seersucker outfits as a kid and there’s a photo of me with my cousin in her pristine perfectly pressed outfit and me in my wrinkly seersucker with my shorts twisted all over the place. Since then I can’t stand seersucker.

    Love your Daybreak/

  25. Ah, the geeky clothes. My youngest daughter who is now 43 and I were discussing today the “geeky” clothes she and her sister were made to wear as children, particularly a pair of plaid slacks. I pointed out to her that at that time they were the latest in fashion. She still isn’t convinced that I had their best interest in mind.