My current work in progress:

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


Some Qs and As

It’s time to answer a few questions from the comments.

Hannah asked if Loft is an appropriate yarn to use for knitting socks. I say no. It is a softspun, light yarn and is not superwash. It is far more suited for hats, scarves, sweaters, mittens, etc.  and would be great for colorwork or lace, in my opinion.

When I first fondled Loft, the yarn that it most reminded me of, off the top of my head, is Alice Starmore’s 2-ply Hebridean: a soft, lightweight yarn. I haven’t gotten around to comparing them side-by-side yet, but at some point I will, to see if my immediate reaction was close to reality.

Linda asked if, when I create some gradient lace from the Loft I purchased, will I put the lightest or darkest colorway closest to my face. I hadn’t thought about it until now, but I think I’ll go from light to dark, with dark being on the outer edge or bottom of the piece.

I’ve not yet decided what exactly I’m going to do — circular, square, triangle, or something else.

Gail commented that she hoped I’d post pictures of our visit to Kid Hollow Farm. I will not, because I didn’t take any pictures. In fact, I took no pictures at all during our weekend away.

Seanna Lee asked me how much I expected my Filey to shrink after washing. It should shrink 15 – 20% in length and will not shrink in width.

I did not knit a swatch and wash it to check the amount of shrinkage. I like to live dangerously. ­čśë

I knit a sweater from Rowan Denim abut a year ago and it shrank abut 15% in length after washing. For that project I did knit a swatch and wash it, measuring before and after. Here is the blog post about it.

I’m working on the front of Filey now. I did get a fair bit done over the weekend.

I think I mentioned this already, but I’ll say it again because it is a cause for joy. This lighter colorway of denim yarn is not bleeding blue all over my fingers. After hours of knitting with it I have just the merest bluish tinge to my fingertips. A far cry from my experience with the darker colorway last year.

In other knitting, I finished a Giant Sock. And started working on the second one.

Lucy is working on a nap.


  1. Lucy is my muse. ZZZzzzz.

  2. I’m with Sandi. Right now I’d love to be a hosue cat and able to spend my afternoon profitably on napping.
    Seanna Lea┬┤s last blog post ..this full weekend marks the end

  3. Thank you for answering my question and all the others too! I appreciate that and I am sure everyone else does also.

  4. anne marie in philly says:

    steven and meredith say: “meow, cousin lucy, we like your work! and your paw floof too!”

  5. My reaction, upon handling Loft is that it is very much akin to AS’s Hebridean 2-ply, which I am using now to knit her Flora pattern. The weight, spin and feel are very similar. I suspect it will be great for stranded colorwork, especially as it comes in a significant number of colors.

  6. Thank you for answering our questions, Wendy!

    Filey is looking good … looking forward to the finished product +/- the shrinkage!

    Glad to hear that your fingers don’t look as though you are cyanotic!!
    Linda┬┤s last blog post ..Who wore your yarn before you bought it?

  7. GeniaKnitz says:

    I’ve said it before, and will know doubt think (and possibly say) it again…. I love your Lucy!
    (I also love the rest of the blog, but Lucy is a big beautiful doll.)

  8. Lucy sleeps with such abandon!
    MicheleinMaine┬┤s last blog post ..Ghastlies in Mauve Sweater Bag

  9. Fuzzy feet.

  10. I’m really glad you are enjoying knitting Filey. The place is near where I live in Yorkshire , England, had many lovely days out there. Its really beautiful. Here’s a link for you and your blog readers to enjoy!
    Come and visit Yorkshire!

  11. WOW great progress on Filey. I am forever in amazement of your productivity. I will soon be making some “giant socks” as well for my 16 yr old son with size 13 ft.
    Brandi┬┤s last blog post ..What does your hump-day look like?

  12. Am I too late for Q&A? I have a question about your Denim sweater. I’ve never knit with that yarn but I see that it is 100% cotton. My question is this: will your sweater be very heavy? I have a bunch of Rowan All Seasons Cotton and I would love to knit up a cabled cardigan with it but what is making me hesitate is I wonder if the sweater will be too heavy. When I search on projects made with All Seasons Cotton I see mostly baby things. I think you knit a sweater from All Seasons Cotton awhile back (but not cabled). Did it shrink horizontally or vertically?
    Thank you, Sue