My current work in progress:

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


The Skin of My Teeth

I bound off my Thin Ice Shawl last night. I ended up knitting only 230 rows instead of the 270 total in the pattern  as I was running short of yarn. As I was coming down the homestretch I kept weighing my remaining yarn so I could try to estimate how many more rows I could knit. Here is how much yarn I had left:

I either am terribly clever or very lucky. And I think I know which one. 😉

Here is the unblocked shawl:

It looks plenty big to me, so I am happy with it the way it is. I plan to block this weekend.

I’m not sure why my yarn ran short. I had 800 yards of Tempted Good Grrl yarn which is what the original was knit from, and I was knitting to gauge. Go figure. It’s one of those knitting mysteries.

For the past couple of nights I’ve not knit on Trillian because I was enthusiastic about finishing Thin Ice. But I have been working on the second giant sock. I am in mid-heel-turn:

My multi-project experiment is a success, I think. I have been managing to juggle three projects without making myself nuts. So I think I will add a new third project to the rotation:

This is Rowan Denim in the “Tennessee” colorway. And I am planning to knit something I’ve loved forever: Alice Starmore’s Filey.

Years ago I knit a Filey-like sweater in 5-ply guernsey yarn and gave it away as a gift (and mildly regretted it). No regrets anymore — I’m always too warm to wear wool. A cotton Filey will be much more useful.

And when I get sick of knitting with cotton, I can switch over to one of my smaller wool projects.

That’s the plan, anyhow.

Lucy sez:




  1. Better to be lucky than good right?

  2. Looks like you’re in a Blue Period! I’m in the midst of a green period myself . . .

    Can’t wait to see the shawl blocked – I have a feeling that it will look totally different from what we see in the picture.

  3. Ya gotta love how those things work out…eeking by and making it!

  4. Your Ice looks lovely! Can’t wait to see what it looks like blocked.

  5. I think there is something about how we each individually wrap the yarn on our needles that makes for such stark differences. Last month I finished an adult sized sweater that was supposed to take between 1030 and 1200 yards of sock yarn in the main color and I had about 500 yards left. Ridiculous!
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  6. Willette Barnes says:

    I think that you are one of the greatest knitters in the world and I love your work.

  7. I was perusing the stacks of my local neighborhood library a few years back and it was some slim pickings. Except for the copy of the Alice Starmore book that has the Filey pattern. I was shocked. I checked it out and admired the book which I believe was donated by someone. I know your sweater will be gorgeous.

  8. LOL that’s cutting it fine indeed ! I’d like to be that smart/lucky 🙂
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  9. Seems “Thin Ice” was aptly named. You must have thought a few times you were on thin ice. Looking forward to the blocked pic.


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