My current work in progress:

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


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I’ve got the second sleeve of my Maidenhair Cardigan completed:


However, I’ll be setting this project aside tomorrow. Why? Because tomorrow is the first day I can stat my Camp Loopy Project Two! I’ve got my yarn out, ready to go!


And Lucy is resting up in her new little bed.


See you at Camp!

Sleeve Achieved

Here is the first sleeve for the Maidenhair Cardigan:


I’m working on the second sleeve now:


I decided to do the sleeves before the front pieces of the cardigan for no particular reason. Just because I can!

Lucy’s New Perch

Earlier this week I got a Petstages Snuggle Scratch and Rest for Lucy. (They really should change the name of that thing!)

I first learned about the item from reading a review of it at, my favorite Ragdoll site. (Aside: be sure to watch the video review of the product at that link. So cute!) I checked out the reviews as well, and it seems that kitties universally love this thing.


Lucy is apparently no exception.




Maidenhair Back

It’s a rainy Sunday here in Northern Virginia, and I’ve got the back of Maidenhair completed.


The upper edge has live stitches held on lengths of yarn because I plan to attach the shoulders via a three-needle bind-off.

I’ve made some progress on a sleeve:


The last piece of the WendyKnits Summer Mystery Shawl was released at midnight on Friday, and pictures of finished shawls are popping up in Ravelry Forums. The KAL has been a great success! I love seeing all the completed shawls.

Meanwhile at home, Lucy has the perfect plan for a rainy Sunday:


Maidenhair Progress

Progress continues on my Maidenhair Cardigan.


At this point I have about 30″ completed for the back. I’m planning to knit to 36″ long, so I still have a bit of a way to go. But the back is getting to be a little unwieldy and non-portable, so today during my lunch break I cast on a sleeve.


Not much progress there as I never make it very far into my lunch break without being interrupted, but a little progress is better than none.

Thinking ahead, I purchased buttons for this project. I purchased two different styles, so I could compare and contrast!

Option One:


Option Two:


Meanwhile, Lucy is on the move!


I can’t decide which one I prefer, but at some point I’ll make a decision.


In my last blog post I showed the start of a new project. I’ve made some progress on it:


As Catherine pointed out in the comments, this is “Maidenhair” designed by Alice Starmore, from her book Aran Knitting, which was re-released in paperback a couple of years ago.

I did knit this cardigan a number of years ago– here are some photos. As you can probably tell from the photos, I made it for someone else. I knit that Maidenhair from Bovidae Farm sportweight at the pattern gauge. The pattern calls for Scottish Fleet gansey yarn and a gauge of 30 stitches/4 inches.

I am knitting this Maidenhair from Wollmeise DK.


I am using a U.S. size 4 needle and am getting 6 stitches to the inch. I am making the smallest size of the pattern and that will result in a fairly large cardigan I can use as outerwear. I plan to knit my sweater a bit longer than the pattern directs to make it more coat-like.

I am a little more than halfway through knitting the back and can see I have plenty of yarn. I had six skeins of the Wollmeise and when I decided to make the cardi longer, I acquired two more skeins from a nice Raveler who was de-stashing the color I needed — Pesto. So I have a total of 8 skeins, or 3744 yards.

So my Sunday plan is for more knitting and perhaps a bit of Lucy snuggling.

Lucy is ready for anything!