My current work in progress:

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


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.


  1. Savannagal says:

    Honest to goodness. I don’t know anybody that knits as fast as you do. I am always amazed at your progress. If you’re taking votes, and I know you didn’t ask, I like the 2nd button better. Both are quite nice though.

  2. I’d go with option #2 but that’s me. It speaks to me more than the first one. Also, you have fast mad knitting skills. I hope to be able to knit that fast someday…for now, I just accept that it’s going to take me 7-12 months to knit a pair of socks. Of course, I’m not a monogamous knitter and that’s probably part of the problem…
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  3. Johanne says:

    I would use both! I have many projects with 2 or 3 different buttons and I even play with different colours or shapes! I just love it!

  4. I’m going to throw my vote to #1 because I think it compliments the snake cables.

  5. Annette says:

    Option #1… it stands out more.

  6. Both buttons are beautiful and I agree with Annett that #1 stands out more – and that is why I am voting for #2 – it blends in more and lets the knitting be the star.

  7. I go for option 2, but both are nice

  8. Mary E Osborne says:

    What a beautiful sweater! I’m divided on the buttons… I like’em both! LOVE THE COLOR of that yarn! luv.m.

  9. I am always amazed at how creative you are and at how fast you knit from one post to the next. Regarding the buttons…I would use Option #1. I like the way they compliment the squiggly snake looking thingys/cables. Option #2 is nice but kind of flat looking for a coat with so much great texture. I’m sure you will get lots of input, solicited or not. 🙂

  10. It is coming right along…love the celtic button!

  11. Patricia says:

    Although I like both, I would go with option #1. That one just seems right for the project. The knitting that you do on one lunch would take me two days!

  12. HBMalone says:

    Number two! And yes, love the colour.

  13. Love option two!
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  14. Bobbi J says:

    I realy like button #2 as it is nice and lets the knitting be the star of the show! Your knitting is absolutely gorgeous. Nobody I know can get as much knitting accomplished as you do. I have been knitting over 60 years and am no where near as good as you. Thank you for sharing. Love Lucy always too!

  15. Charlotte says:

    Wendy, your knitting skills are absolutely awesome. I wish I had a fraction of the talent you have. I love seeing your beautiful knitted creations that you complete soo quickly! Awesome!! And Lucy is such an adorable little sweetheart.

  16. Darlene says:

    I really like the idea of different complimentary buttons on one handknit article.

  17. I like option 1 too for the way it goes with the snake cables. It is something a little different, but not too much.
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  18. Joan in Wisconsin says:

    Depends on the “look” you want. No. 1 is sort of different and No. 2 is sort of classic. I’d hold each one up and see what looks the best. If you have time, take a photo and see what all your readers have to say! I am also amazed at your speed and talent.


  19. Linda Broglan says:

    I like #1, it does seem a good match with the cables .
    Wish I could knit as fast as you!

  20. Wonderful knit ! I prefer the first option 🙂
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  21. Hi Wendy,
    You are so-o-o talented! I immediately felt drawn to Button #1 – it seemed to me to be ideal for your varied patterns. I was quite drawn to those for a match to your work…just saying! 🙂 Take Care!

  22. i think #2 is the nicer button but #1 would look better with the garment.
    and i really loved the idea of using both than another reader suggested-, very interesting!

  23. It looks great! I like option 2 better, but they are both really nice buttons.

  24. The sweater is going to be lovely! I vote for button “Two”.

  25. Liz in Missouri says:

    Beautiful, Wendy! LOL – I’m going to throw in a vote for Button #1 for the same reason as stated above – it compliments the large “snake” cable. Big and bold.

  26. Martina Norelli says:

    I vote for option #1. It has the same ‘vibe’ as your gorgeous hand knit sweater. Option #2 appears more smooth/machine made. Just my take…

  27. Lynne in Florida says:

    I don’t really like either one of the buttons for this particular cardigan. If I had to choose, I’d go with #1, but both of them are basically curved lines, whereas ‘Maidenhair’ is all about straight lines and sharp angles.

    I do believe this is the first picture of Lucy I’ve seen in which she is actually standing on all four feet! And what a gorgeous tail plume she has!

  28. I like number 2. I really like the color you chose. Its going to look great!
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  29. linda-kaye says:

    Both buttons are great, but I’m leaning toward number 2 because the design is more subtle.

  30. Christienne L Stewen says:

    As long as you’re showing us – I’d go with Option #1 – I love the traditional Celtic knot of Option #2, but the first one is just that little extra special with the relief / 3D look. Very nice!
    And your knitting as always is impeccable. 😉

  31. With all those beautiful the #2 option of the Celtic Knot seems to speak to the knitting pattern. Jus’ sayin;

  32. I forgot to say beautiful cables!!!!

  33. I like button choice #2. Seems more classic and just a better design!

  34. Courtney L says:

    They’re both lovely! Does one grip better than the other, or feel nicer on your hand? Maybe it’s easier to choose that way.