My current work in progress:

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


Christmas Eve

All is quiet here chez Wendyknits.

I have completed the body of my Sportweight Aran Cardigan.

As you can see from the photo, I have joined the front and back at the shoulders and have knit the neckband. This morning I sewed the buttons on the buttonband. I have also picked up stitches along one side to use to attach a sleeve (using a three-needle bind-off).

Here’s a close-up of the neck:

I bought myself a Christmas gift that just arrived:

This is a complete set of 7″ long Signature Needle Arts straight needles (with stiletto tips). (The needle roll is one I already had.) I had a few sets of these, but used a year-end bonus from work to complete my set. I have a very old set of 7″ Aero straight needles that I have found extremely useful over the years, but they are not in great shape, and also only in 6 sizes. Now I have pretty much all sizes covered.

Lucy is dozing, with visions of catnip mice dancing in her head.

Happy holidays!


  1. Another beautiful sweater and what a lovely gift for yourself!
    Happy holidays to you & yours!

  2. Merry Christmas to you and Lucy!

  3. Great way to spend a bonus 🙂 The sweater looks just beautiful too!
    Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to you all!

  4. Happy holidays Wendy! Even if I haven’t been writing comments in the last months, I regularly read you. Hugs to you and Lucy, take care.
    Marta´s last blog post ..Perché non voto Renzi.

  5. Happy Holidays Wendy! Thank you for a great year of inspiration via blog and patterns.

  6. I love those zig-zag cables on the sweater. And everyone deserves a self-present- it’s always exactly what you want!
    Michelle´s last blog post ..WIP Wed: Autumn Lace

  7. Merry Christmas and thanks for your wonderful ideas and inspiration. I love this Aran cardigan and will have it on my list.

  8. hope santa paws visits lucy tonight! 🙂
    anne marie in philly´s last blog post ..Sharing the Season

  9. Lynne in Florida says:

    Happy Solstice! What a fabulous present you gave yourself. I dream of someday having some Signature needles. My self-present this year was one skein of ridiculously expensive sock yarn.

    The sweater is/will be gorgeous! I lurves me some cables and twists and such.

    Has Lucy ever had any of those little mice that are a plastic core covered with mouse fur? My cats love them almost as much as laser pointers. Merry Pawmas to her!

  10. What a wonderful gift!! Use them in good heath!

  11. Merry Yule to you too, Wendy! May your needles always be sharp and your yarn squooshy.

  12. Love the sweater progress and pattern. Have a merry Christmas with Lucy.

  13. Merry Christmas, Wendy and Lucy!

  14. Oooooo! Pretty needles!

  15. Alice in Richmond says:

    Beautiful sweater and Merry Christmas! Aren’t bonuses wonderful?

  16. Your work is beautiful, as always. Wish I could do 1% as good & as fast as you do so effortlessly (compared to me).
    Merry Christmas to you & Lucy.

  17. Hi Wendy~N~Lucy,
    I just want to thank you for your wonderful inspiration that you so kindly share with us each day. One day I hope to be as great a stitcher as you, or even close to it. Miss Macey and I look forward to your news each day and are always impressed with what you accomplish. May this new year bring you more great ideas and stitches, and I hope Santa brings you and Miss Lucy wonderful things. You deserve the best!
    Happy Holidays, Kim~N~Macey 🙂
    HennaLadyim´s last blog post ..A Couple in Sweetwater, Texas Had a Lot Of … .

  18. Wishing you, Lucy and her family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy New Year!!
    Thank you so much for sharing your knitting with us this year. I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us in 2013.

    Lauren, Cassie and Zoe

  19. Merry Christmas Wendy

  20. The Aran is looking coming along well. Looks beautiful!

  21. Love your sweater. Where can I purchase the pattern?

  22. Beautifull aran sweater ♥♥♥ !!!
    Merry Chrismast and Happy New Year !!!

  23. I love the Signature needles with Stiletto tips-I got a gift certificate this year from my DH. I was sort of surprised to see that you have straights. I just assumed you use circs (go figure). Do you use these when knitting at home? Certain projects? I’d be afraid to lose one on the subway! Love your sweater.

  24. Dorothy in Kentucky says:

    I love your cardi. It is amazing how fast you do those cables. I have to ask what you find the 7″ needls useful for? Ah Lucy what are your New Years Resolution for this year. I wish all of you the very best 2013.

  25. Happy Holidays to you Wendy. Best wishes in 2013. Always enjoy reading your blog and checking in on Lucy.

  26. Happy Birthday!

    Thank you for giving us another great year to enjoy Chez Wendy & Lucy.