My current work in progress:

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


Quickie Update

Busy busy busy this week, so just a quick post today.

Sunday afternoon I made some good progress on my Diamond Gansey. I joined the front and the back at the shoulders using a three-needle bind-off, and I picked up stitches around the neck and knit a narrow neckband.

I also picked up stitches along one side so I will be able to attach the sleeve using a three-needle bind-off.

I’ve gotten a fair amount done on the first sleeve — I ought to be able to finish this sleeve tonight.


The winner of the Jordana Paige Craft Tool Butler, chosen at random from the comments on the post that announced the contest, is, for a change, a guy: Small Town Knit Guy Rusty! Rusty has been contacted. Thanks to everyone who entered the contest and a big thank you to Jordana Paige for supplying such a lovely prize for the giveaway.

While my Diamond Gansey will not be done by the next blog post, I hope to be working on the second sleeve. We’ll see.

Lucy is hard at work too.


  1. I love Gansy-type designs, and I love that sweater! We’re having such a warm winter (and I don’t leave home that often), I haven’t had a chance to wear a sweater this year.

    Congratulations to Rusty!
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  2. I can’t wait to see how the sleeve joins up with the 3-needle bind off. I would never have considered that, so I’m putting it in the back of my mind when I finally get all of my Gansey materials together. THANKS for that. Give little Lucy a hug for me. Sweet, sweet girl.


  3. thinking three needle bind off for sleeves would be so much better than seeming, and Lucy — luv your attitude, yesterday was such a dreary day in NC that you made me envious, I would have loved to be in your position.

  4. Midnite Baker says:

    I’m still trying to figure out how you can knit with Lucy in the house. Mine has to be on my lap or playing with the yarn. And I see Lucy still loves her fuzzy pad. I’m not too familiar with a 3 needle bind off. Will have to check it out. xox to Lucy. M

  5. You sweater is gorgeous. I am always amazed at your productivity. Lucy looks quite content.
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  6. Sweater looks terrific!

  7. as always…lucy is lovely as is your gansey!! what formula do you use when picking up stitches? thanks. i enjoy your posts!!

  8. I’ve done lots of 3 needle bindoff’s, right side out and inside out, too. But I’m wondering about your thoughts on the sleeve. What was your reasoning behind attaching the pre-knit sleeve to a straight dropped shoulder instead of picking up the stitches and knitting it down to the cuff? Looking forward to any comments on this – thanks (and a scritch for Lucy)

  9. I love the gansey and also wonder why you are not knitting the sleeve from the picked-up stitches.
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  10. Gail Rector says:

    I’ve paused my netflix stream of Judy Dench in Behaving Badly Season one episode three second scene to note that , Judy is wearing a gorgeous gansey in the first scene. It has what appears to be a seed stitch cowl neck with a yoke of vertical chevron stripes alternating with stockinette and below horizontal diamond motif and then I haven’t been able to check out the body of the sweater but I had to tell someone.

  11. I’m also curious about the three-needle bind off. I have used this method for shoulders for over 20 years, but I have never used it to attach sleeves. Do you make sure to match the stitch count exactly when you pick up stitches? Or do you just get it more-or-less right and then fudge with some k2tog to get it right?