My current work in progress:

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



As you can see, my creativity is at low ebb when it comes to coming up with clever titles for blog posts.

I’m telling myself that I am reserving my creativity for knitting. 😉

I’ve completed the bottom border of my latest lace tunic.

Here’s a closer-up photo:

If you enlarge it (by clicking on the photo) you can see that there are subtle variations in the yarn. It’s not plain, un-relieved black.

Why I am knitting a black lace sweater? I want it to go with this skirt:

I bought this skirt on sale from the Sundance Catalog. (It is still available, here, but looks like only size14 is left). I had been stalking this skirt since I first saw it on the Sundance Catalog website but I didn’t want to pay full price. So when it went on sale this summer, I grabbed it. I am not even remotely trendy enough to pair it with a chartreuse blazer as shown in the photo (let alone the floofy boots), so I thought I’d go with something safer: black.

Speaking of lace tunics, I’ve been asked a few times for suggestions on yarn substitutions for the Hand Maiden Swiss Silk I am using for my sweaters. You could pretty much use any light fingering or heavy laceweight yarn. You have some leeway in the yarn weight because it is lace and the final dimensions are post-blocking. Hence the wiggle room. If you don’t want to use silk but want some drape and sheen, try a tencel or bamboo blend yarn.

Lucy sez:



  1. That’s a pretty skirt!!

  2. Such a cute skirt- I always think of pairing my knitting projects exclusively with something store-bought, but by the time I finish the knitting I’ve always forgotten exactly what it was. And then I just wear it with everything!

  3. I LOVE that skirt! I’ve always shopped at JJill but I remember seeing great things at Sundance, too. Guess where I’m headed next.

    I also love the lace pattern of that sweater. And it goes perfectly with the skirt. Black lace wouldn’t be my favorite thing to knit (I tried black lace socks once — now that’s a project that was never finished). Good for you for giving it a go.
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  4. Shirley. in PA says:

    I love the lace border, it looks very gothic. I’m curious to see what you do for the body of the sweater. Your designs are always in happy balance.

  5. Lucy looks like she’s getting blocked!

  6. Can’t wait to see the finished sweater with the gorgeous skirt!
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  7. Make sure we get a picture of you in this great outfit! Love that skirt!

  8. I love that lace — I think it will look great with the skirt! I also love Sundance, especially for the jewelry…
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  9. Phew! Thank goodness that isn’t you in the skirt photo! The boots look like a relative of Miss Lucy! I had a pairof fake wheeling lined clogs a few years ago that reminded me of my cousins poodle.. My cat peed in one so I think he agreed!
    I love the black lace! Can’t wait to see more of this one.

  10. Yay, for sale stalking! What a pretty skirt.

    Lucy has sheen and drape without any bamboo!

  11. I really like the pattern so far. Looking forward to seeing the rest. Love your designs.

  12. OH MY GOD…..the bobble edging on the lace took my breath away. It just takes this whole project to a new level. I am always in awe of the special touches you put into a project to make it special. This is what makes you my idol !!!!

  13. Marylyn Sidle says:

    Shawls are my summer project. Now it’s time for socks! I would love that new book!

  14. 1. ADORE that skirt!
    2. If you don’t stop knitting lace tunics, I’ll just *have* to cast on for my own. Given that I already have 200 wips on the needles, this wouldn’t be a good thing. 😉

  15. The Swiss Silk is an amazingly afforable yarn for the yardage you get. I’d happily use it to knit a tunic (though maybe not in the colors I used for a shawl earlier this year. What is bright for an accessory is eye blinding in a garment).
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