My current work in progress:

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


Filey FO

I seem to have neglected the blog for the past few days. Chalk that up to the combination of subduing a turkey and wrassling it  into brine accompanied by an upper respiratory infection that lingered way too long (but is finally fading).

I did finish Filey, on Thursday evening. I took a photo pre-shrinking. It was dark and I took it without a flash (because the flash tends to obscure the patterning in a sweater), hence the odd lighting.

And here it is after a trip through the washer and dryer (hot water/cold rinse regular cycle, and dried at high heat).

I think it shrunk a good 20%, which is a good thing since it was hugely long before washing. Now it is perfect.

The yarn softened up amazingly. While knitting, Rowan Denim is not particularly soft, but once you wash and dry it, it changes significantly. If you are on the fence about knitting with denim yarn, I encourage you to give it a try.

The pattern for Filey is available in Alice Starmore’s book Fishermen’s Sweaters, which is in print and readily available.

After completing Filey, I did some work on a stealth project for a club pattern and got that finished up. Then I started this:

This is Hitchhiker, by Martina Behm, and I am knitting it in the lovely handspun that the Knitgirllls spun for me and gave me when they visited earlier this month. It’s about DK weight and was spun from a Tempted Yarns roving, in the “Tree Hugger” colorway.

Hitchhiker calls for fingering weight yarn, but since it is a “knit until it is big enough” kind of pattern, I didn’t see why it wouldn’t work in DK weight, using a larger needle size. I’m using a U.S. size 6 needle here. I think this is a great pattern for handspun. I love love love how the striping of the yarn looks in this pattern. Love.

I started something else yesterday morning and am on the fence about it. Huge time-suck but entertaining knitting. I’ll talk about that on Tuesday, but here’s a hint — I’m knitting it in Rowan Calmer. Speaking of Rowan Calmer, if you haven’t yet, please go sign the petition to keep it in production!

Click on the number in the widget above to go to the petition and sign to let Rowan know you want them to keep producing this yarn.

(I may or may not have panicked yesterday and ordered a boatload of Calmer, just in case it does go out of production.)

Anyhow, here are a couple of hints about what I am knitting:

1. I have knit it before, in a different yarn.

2. When I finished it the first time, I mentioned that I thought it would be nice knit in Rowan Calmer.

Can you guess what it is?

Lucy sez:

“Those turkey leftovers are delicious, Momma!”


  1. Filey looks amazing. I started a couple of different projects too, fighting my need to finish stuff before I start something new. I already did sign the petition as I love rowan calmer. I hope Lucy gets to enjoy a few more bites of turkey.
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  2. I want a Filly right now. I have the book, just need the yarn and a time-stretcher. Yours is wonderful — looks so comfortable.
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  3. Love Hitchhiker – have knit 3 of them. Love the construction, the knitting, the result! Your handspun looks devine!

  4. Wendy, your scarf looks beautiful. If I ever do get my hands on a skein of Wollmeise, I think I know what to make with it now.

    I’ve been on the fence about denim. Great to hear your comments about it. Nicola

  5. Filey is on my “someday” list. I have the yarn in stash and the book with the pattern–no excuses. The Hitchhiker is looking very interesting in that yarn. I can’t wait to see the finished product.
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  6. Beautiful! I knit a Starmore sweater (Galway, I think) for my son a while back using rowan denim. It was a delight to make, as all her sweaters are. I am so glad her books are available again.
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  7. Sarah Stevens says:

    According to your “search” option, my guess is you’ll be starting a Cromarty sweater.

    I have bought a lot of yarn the last couple years, but not done as much knitting as I should to justify my purchases. This winter I want to really tackle my projects! Let’s see should I start with the denim? the fuzzy teal? the brown cardigan?

    Thanks for the inspirations on your blog.

  8. What is the “Hitchhiker”? I do love the colors.

  9. I was wondering if you were going to knit Hitchhiker. I bought it while finishing Trillian. What a great concept for scarves!

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  10. I love the way Filey turned out! I just finished a hitchhiker and have wanted to knit another (I wear mine probably 2-3 times per week). I like the way the colors are turning out in yours!
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  11. Filey looks great! I’m glad the shrinkage matched your expectations.

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I LOVE the Tree Hugger colorway. It is *perfect* for Hitchhiker! Can hardly wait to see the finished FO.
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  12. Betsy Pratt says:

    I love your Filey! And when I did a search on your blog for Calmer, I was amazed by the number of sweaters you have knit from Calmer!! Really beautiful work. I saw that you noted that Cromarty would be great knit in Rowan Calmer.
    Oh- and I signed the petition, too, but Rowan should just count on you knitting enough sweaters with Calmer to keep them in business. 😉
    Thanks for knitting and blogging up a storm for us followers,
    Betsy in rainy, rainy Mill Creek, WA

  13. the sweater is gorgeous! and i adore the tree hugger colorway. Are you knitting another lace work Shetland shawl?
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  14. Sweater looks lovely!

    I and many others in my guild (Black Sheep Knitting Guild) have made the Hitchhiker scarf and each one has turned out beautiful. Love that scarf. Great pattern to use a multi-color yarn.

  15. That colorway (tree hugger) is so perfect for the pattern like it was made for it. Amazing!

  16. Wow that’s spooky, I was only looking at the Hitchhiker pattern by Martina Behm last night as yesterday I was at the Harrogate Knit and Stitch Show in the UK, fantastic day (pooped at the end of it) and I bought some yarn (various shades of a gorgeous leafy green) specifically to knit this design with but I have to say I love the yarn that you have chosen, I do like the self striping yarns, very effective on your scarf already, I can’t wait to get started on mine but I must get my lacey beret finished first !!!!!!

    Your Fisherman’s sweater looks great as well, lovely design and colour.

    Best wishes

  17. It looks absolutely lovely! I really like the color you used. And I really like the color you are using in your next project!

  18. What a great concept for scarves!I really like the color you are using in your next project!
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  19. michelle523 says:

    I have been working on my hitchhiker this month. Got a lot done over the holiday. I have 21 teeth so half way to 42. I love your choice of yarn!

  20. Hitchhiker looks charming. I’ll have to give it a whirl, once I finish the Wendy shawlette I am knitting. How do you get me into these things?!

  21. Filey looks wonderful. I’m currently in the midst of a sweater, so I cannot start one of my own. However, I am going to check with my LYS if they have the denim yarn in stock and if not if they can get it in a sweater lot. Yum!
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  22. GeniaKnitz says:

    Sweater is fantastic! Congratulations.