My current work in progress:

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


Back at Camp

I am back at camp this week. Camp Loopy, that is. 🙂

July 1 was the kick-off date for the second Camp Loopy project. The parameters for the second project:

The project needs to have at least 1000 projects listed (or 1000 queued up) on Ravelry, and it needs to use at least 500 yards, single stranded.

I selected the pattern Dark and Stormy by Thea Colman, which has 842 active projects and over 5,000 queued up, and it uses well over 500 yards of yarn, so it fits the parameters. The pattern calls for worsted weight yarn, and I’m using the yarn shown in my last blog entry: Dream in Color Special Edition Cashmere Blend Worsted, in the “Gothic Rose” colorway.


The pattern calls for a U.S. size 7 needle to get 5 stitches to the inch. I am a somewhat loose knitter, so I am using a U.S. size 6 needle to get gauge.

The yarn I am using is made up of 70% merino wool, 20% cashmere, and 10% nylon, and while it is called “Dream in Color Special Edition Cashmere Blend Worsted,” I am assuming it is the same yarn as “Dream in Color Classy With Cashmere.”

I selected this yarn because I recently knit a project from Dream in Color Smooshy With Cashmere — a fingering weight yarn with the same make-up as this worsted weight yarn. That was lovely, lovely yarn.

To be honest, I’m a little disappointed with this current yarn. To me it does not really feel any softer than regular superwash merino. Perhaps after soaking and blocking it will bloom and soften. But the really annoying thing is that in the first skein I encountered three knots. So far in the second skein there has been one knot. I notice on the comments page in Ravelry for Dream in Color Smooshy With Cashmere a couple of people have complained about multiple knots in the yarn. I’m hoping I’ve had my share of excess knots and my remaining skeins will be knot-free!

Lucy, as you can see, has not a care in the world!


We have a long holiday weekend coming up. I’m hoping for lots of knitting time and Lucy is hoping for lots of nap time.


  1. gorgeous, I love it!

  2. very pretty! And yes, knots in what I consider to be “top” quality yarn really sends me over the edge. I hope you have seen the last of the knots!

  3. Thanks for your great blog. In non-knitting, I was able to search for and find Lucy’s cat scratch-nest for my son’s new kitten. We haven’t had a cat for many years, but I have a friend with a special cat (you)!

  4. A nice knit, again !
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  5. Cecilia David says:

    I am interested in your opinion of this pattern. Have heard and read about some issues with this pattern. cecilia

  6. I’m using DIC for my second Camp project, too. 5 skeins, 6 balls.

  7. I knit Dark and Stormy. Three times, on the same sweater then finally frogged it for good knowing that I would never be happy with it. I had problems with the neck in the front ~ I’m convinced that the pattern is incorrect, and I’m going to do it again, but with MY cast-on number. Let us know what you think as you go along. It’s a beautiful pattern, except for that front neck and I will do it again.

  8. Well, it’s certainly a lovely color! Hope you’ve seen the last of the knots, I know how frustrating that is.
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  9. I have Dark and Stormy in my favourites, and so will be interested in your progress and comments. I am not good at intuitively following patterns – I can make the most simple instructions complicated and WRONG…But I really like this pattern.