My current work in progress:

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



Here is my new WIP:

I am knitting this project from Blue Sky Alpacas Skinny Cotton, using the “Gravel” colorway. This will be a gansey-type pullover. Definitely not a “true” gansey because I am knitting it in pieces and from cotton instead of traditional gansey wool. But the patterning is gansey-style.

I knit a tiny swatch with a U.S. size 6 (4mm) needle but thought it was just a little too loose, so switched to a size 5 (3.75mm). Using a size 5 needle, I’m getting just a shade over 5 stitches to the inch (like 5 and 1/16 of an inch) and 7 rows to the inch.

Rather than do a ribbing on the bottom edge, I’ve done narrow columns of seed stitch alternating with stockinette stitch.

This morphs into the body pattern: seed stitch diamonds separated by narrow seed stitch columns.

As a rule, I am not a fan of knitting with 100% cotton yarn. I cast this on and on the first row was not terribly happy with the feel of the yarn. But by the second row I was much happier. I never like working the first row of anything — knitting into a cast-on edge is something I always find slightly unpleasant.

So I’m finding this yarn quite pleasant to knit. It’s fairly soft, but has great stitch definition. It is a multi-ply yarn so I do have to remain vigilant so that I don’t split it, but it’s not too much of an issue, particularly since I am using a lovely Signature needle with a stiletto tip. Mmmmmm . . . pointy!

Sweet Shawlettes Book Giveaway

The contest is now closed and the two winners of copies of Sweet Shawlettes by Jean Moss are Heather and Kathy in Alaska. I have emailed you both.

Thanks to everyone who left a comment entering the giveaway and many thanks to Jean Moss and Taunton Press for providing two copies of this lovely book for my readers!

Lucy’s Weekend Plan

‘Nuff said.


  1. Love new sweater

  2. I really like the way the seed stitch goes from goes from the border ribbing into the body pattern. That’s a creative touch that I’m definitely going to have to steal for my next sweater.

  3. The picture of your kitty makes me wish I could just bury my face in her fur! (owner of 13 cats that are overseas away from me) On a related note to the post: Love the stitch pattern!
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  4. Gorgeous work in progress!

  5. Thank you so much! ­čÖé I’m excited to knit myself a new shawl of some sort… maybe I’ll even get to keep it?? You’re already so far into this new sweater – you must knit like the wind!
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  6. Shirley Ryan says:

    I just have to say, I don’t believe I have ever seen anyone knit as much or as fast as you do. You are fantastic. Hug Lucy for me!

  7. Love the clever border seed stitch ribbing that flows into the body patterning. You rock, Wendy. Isn’t it The Best when you’re uncertain of a project when you start then decide to give it a few more inches, then voil├á! It turns out to be grand? I love when that happens. xo to Lucy.

  8. Midnite Baker says:

    Love the color, the pattern and the ribbing. Don’t know if I could knit with cotton, though. And, I will agree with the other posters, that you are a whirlwind knitter. I see Lucy still loves her nappy pads. Sparky kitty loudly meows at me during lunchtime, if I forget to put her pad in the afternoon sun. ox to Lucy.

  9. Oooo lovely pattern you have been busy

    Lisa ­čśë

  10. Lovely sweater as always I am amazed at your productivity.
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  11. The edge combining seed and stockinette stitch is a very good idea. I have to keep this in mind for a future project!
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  12. Elizabeth says:

    Did not know if you would be willing to blog about your knitting speed and how much time per day/week you put toward knitting. I find your quick progress on project amazing and did not know if there were some tips or tricks you could offer.

  13. Gretcheng says:

    Neat looking bottom edge, and it segues perfectly into the pattern. I like how it gives you a vertical element without the pull-in of ribbing. Clever, clever!

  14. On your suggestion I checked out Michael Pearson’s Traditional Knitting. It was very interesting.

  15. cecilia david says:

    That pattern is really pretty and I hope that this is a pattern that you will eventually share with admirers. cecilia

  16. I thought ganseys had flat stockinette “bottoms” with the initials worked in before the patterning started. I was told this was because the gansey was tucked into overalls or trousers and there was no reason to make that part of the garment pretty. In addition, the smooth stockinette would be easier to tuck in.

  17. What a great idea of changing up your ribbing with the seed stitch and carrying it up into the pattern, very unique. I have yet to break down and try the Signature needles, maybe someday when I stop spending all my money on yarn, ha ha!
    Keep up the cool designs we love them.
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  18. Another pat on the back for the lovely seed stitch “ribbing”. Without the extreme tension of traditional ribbing on the yarn that would make a lovely all-over pattern for a basic pullover, especially in fingering. It’s hard to get a vertical pattern without always using cables, which distort the gauge.

  19. Having these kind of skill’s is really impressive! It’s seem’s to be simple but it’s not. Because I try how to stitch but I’m failed.
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