My current work in progress:

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


‘Tis the Season

It’s always the season to be thinking about charitable projects, but there a couple that are near and dear to my heart going on right now.

First, The Itty Bitty Kitty Committee’s fundraiser for the 2012 Dog-a-thon — a walk-a-thon for homeless pets. The page where you can make donations is here. I get so much joy from reading the IBKC blog every day that I donate to this worthy cause every year. You could also make a donation to your local humane society if you prefer.

Second, Lynn Zimmerman in once again participating in the Denver Oyster for the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Her donation page is here. Lynn is offering some prizes in a raffle for people who donate — you can read more about them on her blog, here.

Camp Loopy Project

Thanks for all your kind comments about the poncho I am designing/knitting. I have been writing up the pattern as I knit, so I will have it available shortly after I complete the project. While I am making mine from a fairly expensive yarn (because The Loopy Ewe gave a nice discount on yarn purchased for Camp Loopy projects) you could use any worsted weight wool or wool blend to make it: Cascade 220, Encore, etc.

I am still knitting away because, you know, there is nothing better than knitting a large heavy project in a wool/cashmere blend in 105-degree heat. It’s a good thing I have air conditioning, or I would not be able to work on this in the heatwave we have been having. Even indoors in an air conditioned space it gets too warm to work on. But I am hoping to finish it soon. I am halfway through my seventh skein and I have eight skeins total:

Lucy Sez:

“I heart the a/c!”


  1. Jocelyn says:

    Seems like it’s using a lot of yarn. I just got 1260 yards of Tosh Merino, and I wonder if it could be shorter (more capelet size). Would the body increases work out (i.e., end) soon enough to go straight earlier? I do love the turtleneck, so I don’t want to lose that.

  2. I probably need that poncho in a dark red. And I love Cascade 220 for its softness and low price, so this just might be possible.

    Love your new designs. I see a new book in the making!
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  3. I made a bunch of these:
    for our local humane society to sell at their county fair booth and at their annual dog walk. That’s the sum total of my charitable knitting for the year, but it used up all my leftover sock yarn ­čÖé
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  4. That poncho is so lovely. I wish I had your knitting speed (even though you always say you aren’t a fast knitter)! I am making my first real cardigan for Camp Loopy’s second project, and I’m feelin’ mighty s-l-o-w….

  5. The more I see of your Poncho the more I want, need, have to have one just like it. I will try to afford some really nice yarn for it. I`m think a tweedy grey for myself. I just love it Wendy

  6. What, no cartoon this week?
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  7. Dorothy in Kentucky says:

    Your poncho is absolutely beautiful. I cannot wait for the pattern to come available. I am with you Lucy, thank goodness for air conditioning.

  8. Your poncho is quite stunning and looks like it will be quite warm.

  9. Marnie Byod says:

    I really love to learn doing like that. Stitching is fun but I think it is hard to learn more about it. Waiting for the pattern coz I will try this at home. Thanks!
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  10. My kitties certainly agree with Lucy!

    And I love the IBKC — nothing like looking at pictures of kittens to improve one’s day and the ones with the kittens ‘manning’ the phones are absolutely adorable!
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  11. Leslie F says:

    Your project looks great, even if it is hard to imagine actually wearing it this past week!

  12. I love the poncho. I admit to a secret fascination with them. Ok they hide the a bulges really well!
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  13. Midnite Baker says:

    The heat wave left North Central Iowa over the weekend. Thank goodness. No rain, so my garden is drowning in drought and rain is not in the forecast for the next week. Now, Sparky, on the other hand, has been enjoying all this heat. We do not a/c the enclosed sun porch, but leave one door open just enough for Miss Skinny Minny Sparky to sneak out and bask in the afternoon sun and stay toasty warm at night too. Boy, what we do for our kitties!!! ­čÖé
    Stay cool!! We have another heat wave coming!!

  14. I moved to Virginia this Spring thinking I would be getting away from Oklahome heat and humidity…kinda hard to knit wool with a 113 degree heat index, huh? I’m wanting to move back now to Tornado land where all our storms hit in early Spring and you don’t lose power for days in crippling heat there.

  15. Here’s something I do when knitting a large project in the heat. Put the project in a metal bowl. The bowl is cooler in your lap than the wool. I also use the bowl when I have a large project that involves lots of turning. Hope that helps! Pet Lucy for me.