My current work in progress:

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


Longhair Knitters Unite

Thank you for all your kind and supportive-of-long-hair comments on my last post. I wasn’t fishing for compliments — honest! Just attempting a preemptive strike to avoid the inevitable emails criticizing my personal style and hair choices. And for the most part, it worked.

Okay, first of all, the Knittens pattern has been finalized, and is now available for sale in my Ravelry store.

Speaking of mittens, I’ve been working on the second fishie mitten:

It is a fair bit further along than the photo shows, as I took that picture 24 hours ago.

And in slouchy hat land, I have finished the second Super Slouch:

I strong-armed one of my co-workers (far younger and cuter than I) to model it:

I should have the pattern finalized in a day or two, with both versions of the hat included. I’ll let you know when it, too, is available in my Ravelry store.

As you can see, this hat is knit from a true variegated yarn. The lace pattern I am using for this version is a very simple all-over pattern — much more suited to the variegation than the pattern for Super Slouch I. The yarn I am using here is Fiesta Boomerang in the “Morocco” colorway.

Interestingly, this yarn is listed as aran weight, but it works up very nicely at the same gauge (and needle size) as the Madeline Tosh DK I used for the other Super Slouch.

Lucy is thinking about that.

Did you see that the guidelines for Camp Loopy Project III are up on Sheri’s blog? I’m really looking forward to this project. I’ve ordered my yarn and am eagerly awaiting August 15 when I can get started!



  1. im just lori says:

    I can’t wait for the slouch hat patterns! They both look great.

  2. I love the knittens. Enough to make this staunch-disliker-of-mittens want to knit them ๐Ÿ™‚ First I have to learn stranded colorwork though.

    And your hair is Just. Fine. thankyouverymuch ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I’m a little afraid of project 3, but that might be because I’ve been a little distracted in getting the mittens done. Pathetic, but the mittens I’m working on are awesome if a little slow.

  4. I have long hair, too! Old ladies with long hair UNITE! Lovely mittens and gorgeous hat!

  5. The mittens are moving right along and I really like the hat!

  6. Good God, I’m horrified that anyone would consider criticizing your lovely hair. You look mahvelous, dahling. And the hat is fabulous as well.

  7. Susan Shelly says:

    Lovin’ the Super Slouch! Looking forward to the pattern. Even if it is 110 degrees . . . . .

  8. Thanks to you, every time you mention the hat, the earworm you mentioned and planted goes through my head!
    *Super Slouch, Super Slouch, it’s Super Slouchy… YOW!*
    Maybe that should be “MEOW!”

    Your co-worker is kind to model in all this heat and humidity! I know it’s in AC, but still….

    I have one half knit mitten, as I have been working on socks and a shawl and a big computer conversion at work. Better get going so I don’t miss this deadline! I ordered my yarn for #3 Monday; I bet the Elves are busy.

  9. What a great way to start my morning when I saw that “Knittens” was already available. Bought a copy for me and then decide to get a gift for a friend ๐Ÿ™‚ Now if your lace book would just hurry up and get here, my knitting life would be complete….LOL.

  10. heheh, if you really want to tick people off with your age-inappropriate long hair, you should try what i do–i refuse to color it. it’s now about 30% gray. people regard it as a slap in the face. having lived through the 60’s, when my curly-frizzy hair was so out of fashion during the long, straight-hair Cher era that i was a total social outcast, i now could care less what people think of my hair. i comb it once a day, to braid it. with short hair, it’s trips to the salon, styling products, constant combing–ugh.

    overaged longhair cat loving knitters of the world unite!!!!!

  11. And you are knitting – what? – for round 3?

    Cute fishies.

  12. I love your red hair. I too have red hair but I wear mine short. I am excitedly waiting for your new book which I pre ordered months ago.

  13. Really? People comment on your hairstyle? When not specifically mentioned in your post? I suppose I should be surprised since I recently read an article about the appropriateness (or not) of touching a total stranger’s hair. Personally, I’m on the side of “not”!.

  14. Sandy Mark says:

    Hi Wendy, I just want to comment that I really envy you and your ability to get so much knitting done besides the designing as well and still have a regular job. I can’t find enough time to do all the knitting I would like to accomplish. Ideas just swim through my head; projects get started with good intentions. Love your patterns!

  15. So Lucy just lowers her head and silently contemplates the ironies of life (aran/dk=same). Me, I would be banging my head against something hard screaming something about the unfairness of it all. When I grow up, I want to be a cat and have some dignity.

    Also, I’m ordering those Knittens right now. Thanks so much for that pattern.

  16. I can’t believe that people actually have the gall to make comments about hair. That said, I love the new super slouch, both the style and the colors.

  17. Who says there is an age on hair. I love it. You convinced me to let mine grow some too. I love the Fishy mitts!! They are great!! Ignore the monions with rude manners!!!

  18. I was just thinking about how my sister, who taught me how to knit, would sometimes get her longhair caught in the knitting and she wouldn’t realize it until she felt a tug on her head. whoops