My current work in progress:

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


Steeks Everywhere

It’s been a very steeky weekend!

I completed the front of the rainbow coat at the end of the week and was ready to knit the front bands. It occurred to me — why not steek the front bands?

Here is a front band steek — I picked up stitches along a front edge and then joined the top of the band to the bottom of the band with a steek:

Here is a front band completed:

A close-up of the bottom edge:

I knit a facing on the bnd and folded it under and sewed into place. I’ll use snaps instead of buttons for fasteners.

I just picked up stitches along the neck edge to knit the collar band — I’m steeking that too.

Once I finish the collar, all that remains are the sleeves.

And the rest of today is being spent in Frankenstorm preparations. I’ve got my battery-run radio, I’ve got my flashlights and lantern, plenty of non-perishable food and water, and of course plenty of knitting. Today is laundry and pay the bills day, just in case I’m left without power after the storm blows through.

Lucy is of course a big help!


  1. Don’t forget the cat food! and manual can opener.

    Hope the storm isn’t too severe.

  2. The coat is looking great. You are almost done with it. Keep safe! You too Lucy!

  3. The coat is beautiful – Fair Isle is on my goals list. Thanks for making it seem more possible. Please take care and be safe in the Frankenstorm and give Lucy an extra pet for me. I’ll keep you in my prayers.

  4. Stay safe and comfy–my brother lives in D.C., and I will be keeping all of you in my prayers and thoughts.

  5. LOVE the coat!!
    Thinking of you and Lucy. Stay safe – hope Sandy passes you by with nary a ruffled bit of fur.

  6. Have you seen the incredible snaps and other fasteners at ? Ponder those as you hunker down for the storm…Your sweater is a treasure, of course! Inspiration as always.

  7. I love steeks. Having got the hang of them, I steek with an obsessional zeal because sewing up is an abomination to me. (i.e. I’m hopeless at sewing up because something in my genetic make-up tells me that every straight line really needs sweeping curves which isn’t always a good thing when you’re doing a side seam). Your covered steeks look really great with that little peerie pattern wandering up them. How are you going to fix your snaps onto the top layer of the coat without the sewing showing or will you do it just through the spare steek stitches and the underlay ?

  8. I love following the construction of this beautiful sweater. Unfortunately, I don’t really understand how you did the front band. I may just be distracted by all of the beautiful colorwork, but I can’t see what you did from the photos. If you have time, would you be willing to make a drawing or further explain what you did.
    Thanks for sharing your knitting adventures. Best of luck during the storm.

  9. The more I see of this coat, the more I completely love it!

  10. I feel really dumb. I have been watching the progress on this beautiful coat and am wondering how you go about getting the colors where you want them. Are you doing stranding or does it come off of the skein just the way that you want it to? Does my question make sense?

  11. Hope you weather Frankenstorm with minimal inconvenience. Enjoy your Monday off.

  12. Susan Shelly says:

    Absolutely amazed at your knitting prowess on this one! Lovely! Best of luck with the upcoming storm!

  13. love the coat. i am enjoying watching it unfold. 🙂

    you and lucy stay safe.

  14. Midnite Baker says:

    Lovely coat, the colors are so vibrant. I see Lucy has possession of the remote. Now, I know who is boss at your place!! Take care & hope the storm stays out to sea a bit more. My prayers are with you & Lucy. M

  15. Marvellous knit and good luck for the weather !
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  16. Best of luck with the storm. That piece is coming along just beautifully – it’s so lovely to see it grow bit by bit over time. 🙂

    (I’m guessing all the jokes about making a mis-steek have been done, yes?)
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  17. Love love love the coat. You are such an inspiration! Princess Lucy has the difficult job of keeping track of the knitted pieces and the remote while you prepare for the storm. You did get a ‘backup generator’ for her water bowl didn’t you? (That you use the furnace/air conditioner sparingly due to your location in your building will help if you lose power. Good to know your stocked up and ready for the fallout from Sandy. I’m hoping as bad as it will be damages will be minimized for the East Coast.) Hope Basil has a safe place too!

  18. Your coat is very striking and beautiful, can’t wait to see it finished. Stay safe, warm, and dry. Good luck through the coming days!

  19. Your coat is amazing….I’m a bit embarrassed at my lack of ever steeking.
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  20. Beautiful, beautiful coat! Oh, and your knitting too.

    Stay safe. We know you’re high enough up to not be directly affected by the flooding. As long as you have enough supplies, batteries and blankets (temperature?), sounds like time for a knitting marathon!

  21. Anne Marie B says:


  22. Ending my lurking to tell you the coat is beautiful and to stay safe with the storm.

  23. Stay safe, Wendy.

  24. Lynne in Florida says:

    The coat is magnificent! May it be worn for many years. Steeks rule!

    Just in case – put two changes of clothing and Lucy’s kibble in water-tight plastic bags (Zip-locks work great!). Good luck, take care, and stay safe!

  25. Savannagal says:

    Your coat is gorgeous. I don’t follow what you did with the bands though. I thought steeking was cutting open a garment. But it sounds like your using steeking to knit the band on. I don’t understand what you’re doing. But I love seeing your photos. Thanks.

  26. Stay Safe Wendy. Enjoy your knitting time. Praying for all of you affected by the storm.

  27. This is going to be the most amazing coat! I hope you can take lots of photos when it is all done. I love seeing sweet Lucy helping. 🙂 Stay safe and cozy.

  28. Hunker down! Love the edging…!

  29. I love this photo…its great to read a post like this..
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  30. Having just learnt 2 handed Fair Isle Knitting, I am in AWE of your rainbow coat. Steeks – still too scared to try them…maybe a 2013 goal.