My current work in progress:

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



Yesterday was a strange day. Rain in October? Yes. Snow in October? Freaky! WE did not get enough snow to accumulate on the ground, but it was fun to see it snowing. Most of the day it looked like this:

Wet, windy, and cold. A perfect day to stay inside and knit. So I did.

This is the start of Alice Starmore’s “Filey,” from Fishermen’s Knits. As you can see, I made good my threat to start it. So far so good. The pattern is a 12-row repeat that is easily memorizable. I am using Rowan Denim in the “Tennessee” colorway. A bonus of using one of the lighter Denim shades? Not as much dye rubs off on your hands as the darker shades.

Knitting with DK-weight cotton is not the most enjoyable of pastimes, but this is not too bad. It is fairly comfortable to knit and I find I can work with it for fairly long stretches of time without tiring. The results look a little sloppy, but once the sweater is washed and shrunk, the stitches will tighten up and smooth out nicely.

Giveaway Results

Congratulations to Joan in Wisconsin who has won the drawing for my copy of the Knit Simple Knitting Workshops book. Come back on Tuesday for another great book giveaway.

ETA: Joan in Wisconsin, my email to you bounced back — please use the “Contact Me” tab to send me your snail mail addy. Thanks!


“The Keeper of the Works in Progress.”

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a Thin Ice shawl to block!


  1. Lovely knitting. I love the fact you have a WIPS guardian:)
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  2. What a great start you’ve got. I’ve always been inspired by your Starmore colorwork, but this has me wanting to start an aran. Just beautiful!
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  3. Hi Wendy, After the first snow last night I feel like I really need a new sweater. I’d love to knit something with cables. Your new sweater is beautiful and I love something along those lines. I’m an experienced knitter but have never tackled a sweater like that and I’m hoping you would suggest something to tackle for a first dip in the pond. Thank you so much, Bonney

  4. Very nice. Is the Starmore pattern designed for denim yarn? I haven’t used denim yarn before, but I remembered reading that it shrinks in a different way from other yarns.
    Seanna Lea´s last blog post’s experiment… huge success!

  5. Funny, it’s almost Halloween we don’t have snow on the ground, and here that is weird!
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  6. hahahaha… yeah your idea of sloppy is my perfect! Why is it that they work in progress on your needles behaves while mine curves in on its self and looks rather mis-shapen?
    Thanks for the Trillian scarf link – I’m really liking knitting on it.
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  7. Yeah, I went to DC for some nice fall weather, not snow, sheesh!
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  8. Midnite Baker says:

    I’m feeling the itch to start an Aran after seeing your “Filey” start. I have a bunch of natural worsted to use. The last time I made an Aran was for hubby before he wasn’t my hubby and
    we have been married going on 43 years. So, think it is time to make one for me. Now, need to find a pattern. Later, M

  9. It was nice here this weekend. In for more rain though by the end of the week. I like the pattern and of course the blue! Can’t wait to see it finished!

  10. Oh, gorgeous pattern, and lovely yarn to go with it. I hope you’re surviving the snow. Way out west here, it’s just rain, rain, rain.
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  11. Marylyn Sidle says:

    Don’t really need another book, but would love to have that one from Vogue!

  12. Wow….what talent! Where do you get all the time and energy? Anything Vogue is yummy, would love the book. Thanks for taking so much time out to write your blog. You provide pure inspiration. Thanks


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