My current work in progress:

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


Rainbow Wrap

Thanks for all the lovely comments about my Oregon accessories set. I can take no credit for choosing the colors, as it was a kit purchased from Virtual Yarns. I just followed the patterns.

Here’s something of my own design I’ve started:

In my last blog post I had a photo of some yarn: some rainbow-colorway Kauni, and some solid black Kauni. I had the idea to make a rainbow-colored wrap.

I sketched up a design and got to work. It’s going to be a rectangular shape. and to make the stranded knitting easier, I am knitting it in the round with a steek:

That strip of checkerboard is the steek: 10 stitches where I alternate colors. I am knitting the wrap as a circular piece and when done I’ll cut down the middle of the checkerboard lengthwise to open the piece up into a flat rectangle.

Because the Kauni yarn is a hairy shetland-type wool, it is perfect for steeking and will not unravel when cut. I’ll steam block it after cutting, and that will slightly felt the ends, making it even further unravelable.

I’ll then pick up and knit an edging all the way around the rectangle.

I do love stranded colorwork. It’s one of my favorite things to do in knitting. Here, just for fun, is a photo that shows the inside/wrong side of the knitting.

So this is my knitting future for a while. I have lots of yarn and plan to knit to 60″ long or so. I’m using a 3.25mm needle and getting 7 stitches and 8 rows to the inch, so it is fairly fine work.

In other news, I sucked it up and did my taxes and e-filed them today. Lucy finds this very stressful, so she is now resting!


  1. Wonderful knits !
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  2. Just beautiful – I learned Fair Isle knitting just this February and agree that it can be VERY habit forming. It’s just another thing that delights me to be able to do with sticks and string.

    Happy knitting!

  3. That looks to be quite a cozy wrap. I hope to learn stranded knitting at some point. I know I can do it because I’ve done a teensy little bit of it for a hat…I just have a few kinks to work out first 🙂
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  4. Absolutely beautiful, I love cutting a steek and then finishing.

  5. Susan murphy says:

    beautiful work… never cease to amaze me!

    I have been putting off doing my taxes! glad someone else procrastinates……ugh!

  6. That’s beautiful and it gives me ideas for some Kauni I’ve had in my stash for awhile.
    How much of each color do you have and do you think you will need for your wrap?

  7. I love the colorwork!
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  8. You work is just beautiful! I too love stranded work; one of my most favorite type of knitting to do. I remember how scared I was to cut that first steek! Now it doesn’t phase me and I just do it! Love your color choices are lovely. Thanks so much for sharing!

  9. Jacquelyn says:

    I don’t know about puddy porn (although I also thought the doll’s behaviour looked suspicious) but Wendy doing colourwork is full on knitting porn in my book.

    Who would have thought you would get such big blocks with each colour? – well, I suppose you would, since you know your yarns so well. If the colour changed every 2 or 3 rows I’m sure the whole effect would be much more fussy.

  10. Dear Wendy, I am happy to see you are doing colorwork, I remember this was what you were usually doing as I started to follow your blog years ago! I seldom comment but I always read you. Hugs, Marta
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  11. Absolutely Gorgeous – something to aspire to one day x

  12. The knitting is quite lovely – no real surprise there.

    And you must have ignored Lucy for all of 10 minutes – no wonder she’s stressed!

  13. Threeorcas says:

    Really beautiful! I haven’t done a steek yet. I guess that will be in my future at some point. Happy Knitting!

  14. Who wouldn’t need a rest after filing taxes 🙂 We just did ours a couple days ago.
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  15. As always, both the knitting and Lucy are lovely as ever. Quick question, could you just leave the edges a bit felted and not finish them? I am very interested in watching the steeking/felting/finishing part, along with the breakneck speed, to me at least, that you will finish this project. This, too, I aspire to, but will have to wait until my retirement years, I suspect. Between now and then I can get all the skills and practice to make a go of it!! As always, thanks for the post.

  16. Catherine S. says:

    Really, really lovely work, Wendy. Stranded colorwork is my favorite work you do. Your AS and Dale of Norway pieces have been my most-loved over the years and I dream of you looking at those stacks of sweaters in your cupboard and smiling, even if they’re too hot to wear.

    This wrap will be dandy, I can tell, and useful, too.

    Happy Spring from the Pacific NW.

  17. Very beautiful, you are so very talented with those needles…!

  18. Kristine M. says:

    It’s beautiful. I’m too afraid to try stranded colorwork but I keep seeing these lovely sweaters & accessories. Maybe I’ll do it someday.

  19. I haven’t commented in some time, but that Kauni wrap is just gorgeous. I discovered Kauni yarn by reading your blog and love the Magrathea I made with it.