My current work in progress:

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


The Sweater That Zigs

Remember back in the late 1990s when Cadillac introduced the Catera and marketed it with “the Caddy that zigs” as its slogan?

I always wondered why anyone would want a car that zigs — surely that would make it difficult to stay on the road?

Questions like this keep me up at night.

Anyway, my work in progress is a sweater that zigs — but in a good way.

As you can see, now that I’m further along on the back the zig-zag pattern is much more obvious. What I didn’t see until I downloaded the photo is that it is a photo of the wrong side. Whoops!

My plan for the weekend is to complete the back and get a start on the front. I’m planning (I think) to do a simple round neck on this. And for a change, perhaps three-quarter length sleeves.

POK Giveaway

I think this is the most entries I’ve ever gotten for a giveaway — almost 1,450. The winner of a copy of the new edition of The Principles of Knitting is Samantha, who has been emailed. Thanks to everyone who entered the drawing!

I hope you all have a good weekend. Tomorrow Miss Lucy has to go to the vet for her annual check-up. I haven’t told her yet.

I’ll spend the rest of tomorrow making it up to her. And she will be given a pinch of the catnip that Piddleloop Jen sent her. Thanks, Jen!



  1. That fabric is actually reversible, isn’t it? (Am I first?!)

    Have a good weekend!

  2. I wish I were as talented as you – to start something and ‘think’ to do a simple round neck. Ish, if it isn’t in the pattern, I don’t get it done.

    Getting ready to take my Scarlett into the vet very soon due to something ‘not good’. I certainly hope Lucy is WAY more agreeable to a carrier and vet than my Scarlett!


  3. Congratulations to Samantha, you lucky gal. Soon you will have the compendium of the knitting world at your fingertips. No. I’m not jealous. Nope. Not me. (Is it too late to change my name to Samantha so I can be the winner?) (kidding!!!)

    Wendy, have you considered sending the results to either POK’s publisher or someone else so they get an idea of just how rabidly we knitters want this book? If it was the cause of the most entries ever received for a giveaway, that says something, doesn’t it?
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  4. 1) Zig zag sweater looks good & seems to be coming along well.
    2) Lucy does not look impressed
    3) PS: Lucy already knows about the vet visit & has decided to be hard to find in the morning.
    Cats are like that.
    Diane´s last blog post ..The Sweater That Zigs

  5. Perhaps a medicinal pinch of the catnip before the trip to the vet? Make everything easier.
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  6. zombie tomatoe says:

    Judging by the look on Miss Lucy’s face, she knows. Better to confess now and give her a bit of the nip tonight instead of making her wait…

  7. I have to agree with the others…Lucy already knows about tomorrow. I think she’s already plotting her revenge.

  8. Even inside out the pattern is attractive!! Will be in your part of the country this weekend. I fly into DC on Saturday morning for a 4-day conference. Hope the weather will be cooperative.

  9. i think your pattern looks great either way!
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  10. So THAT’S why you can’t sleep?

    And the sweater will be reversible? – Just kidding.

  11. I do remember that Cadillac!!!! I cannot wait to see how much your petite little Lucy is doing. I won”t tell her though where she is going tomorrow. Oh Samantha you are a lucky girl!! Enjoy your prize.

  12. “Catera”. Sounds like a terrific name for a sweater!

  13. I guess it’s okay if it zigs if it then zags back!

  14. One word… Yay! Oh, and two more. Thank you!
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  15. I think the idea of the car zigging (and indeed zagging) was that it would go round corners nicely – in the Uk and Europe I’m afraid American cars are famous for being utterly rubbish in the bends. it is put down to you only having straight roads. They go on about it a lot on Top Gear – I don’t know if you’ve seen the British version? Men care about these things because they (generally) don’t have more important knitting to consider.
    Love the jumper. And the blog.

  16. The book looked amazing and useful to people of all knitting levels. I’m almost surprised there weren’t more entries!

    I should see if it is available for download, so I can stop trying to remember the instructions and just look them up.
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  17. Greetings Wendy and Lucy:
    Perhaps you can devote one of your posts to tell us how fast you knit. When you knit. For how long you knit. How early, or late, you knit. It seems that each time you place an entry, you have so much to show. I keep wondering if it is humanly possible to do what you do. Are you a speed knitter? I am in awe with your talents!
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