My current work in progress:

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


One Sleeve to Go

I did complete the first sleeve for my Pomme de Pin cardigan, and as I discussed a couple of blog entries ago, it is radically different from the way the pattern directs you to knit it.

I sort of fudged it together based on other patterns and tweaked as I knit, and I am pleased to report that it worked beautifully and fits in the (also tweaked) armhole nicely. Ta da!


I also got around to sewing on the buttons as you can see.


The second sleeve is in progress and this project should be done tomorrow. So my Camp Loopy Project Three will be completed by the deadline.

Once this is done, I will go back to work on my Maidenhair Cardigan, which has been patiently waiting in the wings. I have one side front left to knit for that project, then the finishing work and collar, and then I’ll have another nice cardi to add to the pile I am collecting to (hopefully) wear this winter.

Book Giveaway

Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway for my review copy of  Iris Schreier’s Reversible Knits: Creative Techniques for Knitting Both Sides Right. The winner is “knittingdancer,” who has been emailed.

Blocking Lace?

Thanks also for all interesting ideas for how to block lace with a new kitty in the house. I wasn’t looking for suggestions, but there were certainly some creative ideas in the comments. Since I won’t be making any structural changes to my condo (probably prohibited by the condo board anyway) or purchasing large screen doors or what-not that I don’t have space to store, I am sticking to my original plan of knitting projects other than lace for a while. I’m all about making life as easy as possible. I do have foam squares and I do have blocking mats so I do have the ability to block and hide away if I find myself absolutely compelled to knit lace. More likely, I would go elsewhere to block. I do know someone who has floor space and no Thunder Kitties.

Loki sez:


“I don’t know what you are talking about!”


  1. I’ve got one of those large cardboard things from joanns that works for a lot of lace, and have on occasion had to carefully pick it up and lean it against the wall to keep it from being stepped on. I bet those blocks, if they hold together well, would do the same…

  2. Loki looks very content.

    Whenever I try to fudge my knitting it usually ends in disaster!

  3. I usually set mine up on the bed in the bedroom and shut the door with a couple of fans going. Lace doesn’t take that long to dry – most of the time just 3 or 4 hours where I am. The little friends really like to get involved – I had one that would pull the pins by scratching his face on them. I think the smell of wet wool is very tempting, also.

  4. Aww, he goes cross-eyed when he’s happy 🙂 I love how they do that. It’s the cutest thing.
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  5. You are the Wonder Woman of knitting….I just don’t know how you complete things so quickly! This latest sweater is going to be stunning! The silver buttons really compliment the color.

  6. Would you mind sharing the ‘tweaks’ that you did? After my experience with Dark and Stormy, I perk up when I hear someone changed the pattern. Wonderful sweater, by the way!

  7. annalilly says:

    Just a thought: Years ago, when quilting was a matter of necessity for the home, people attached their quilting frame to the ceiling, letting it down to sew, and up for the family to be able to gather in the room. Wonder if that would work for a blocking frame…. and if kitties could eventually figure out how to reach it?

  8. Mary Tole says:

    The cardi is lovely. That yarn made up is gorgeous.

  9. Love your Pomme de Pin. Loki sure is a pretty boy 🙂

  10. I can’t imagine you lace-free!
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  11. Kaye Reynolds says:

    Having such a handsome companion as Loki is worth a bit of waiting on the lace. He may turn out to have no interest in it at all. My little Boston terrier, Cricket, only goes for the yarn and needles when she feels neglected.

  12. Such a fast knitter you are…or…give me time to understand your language…whatever you are saying, keep saying it…

  13. It looks great. Such a cute Loki face!
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  14. I love the look of that sweater! The color is gorgeous too! I was going to suggest that if you developed a great desire to knit lace that perhaps you see if you could block at a friend’s house–from your blog it sounds like you thought of that and have that as a backup plan! Loki is a beautiful cat. I wish my allergies would allow for an indoor cat. sigh.

  15. Its looking so good!! I love the button’s you chose for it too.
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  16. dorothy in kentucky says:

    Your cardi is beautiful. Oh my gosh that Loki face is so adorable. I wish Lucy had met him she would have ruled, he just looks like he would roll over for a belly scratch. He would have let her be queen and him the knave. 🙂

  17. The very picture of innocence, is Loki.

  18. I haven’t visited your blog in ages and ages. Very glad to see you’re still here, posting regularly. I was saddened to hear of dear sweet Lucy’s passing, but so glad to hear that you have a new kitty to love. It looks like Loki is settling in nicely, and you two are getting to know each other. I’m sure you’ll have many years of loving companionship. Loving the new sweater. Gorgeous. You even have buttons on it already! I never put on the buttons until the very end. I hate doing it, and put it off as long as possible. LOL

  19. penelope dubois says:

    Good grief, Loki is so cute!!!!! What a face!!♥♥