My current work in progress:

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



I have completed knitting on the front and back of my poncho!



I carefully steam=blocked each piece to make the seed stitch borders lie flat and to even out the fabric. I carefully ran the steam iron over the cabled portion to, without pressing down on it.

Now I am almost done with the first shoulder piece:



I’ll make two shoulder pieces and attach the front and back to them, leaving a “hole” in the middle for the neck opening. Then I will pick up stitches around the neck edge and knit a neckband.

Loki is ready to help:



Or he may oversee from his perch by the window. His choice!



  1. Shirley Gallagher says:

    I love the cables. You’re making good progress, although I can see spending time with your boy is priority. He’s gorgeous!

  2. He looks so regal!

  3. Just love the cables. If I may be so forward as to suggest a name for your poncho, might I suggest “Amigo?” Of course, there could be (and probably are) dozens of ponchos on Ravelry by that name. I haven’t checked. What’s Gaelic for “warm friend?”

  4. Loki is such a handsome boy! I can understand if your knitting progress is impeded due to his gorgeousness and the need to give him appropriate quantities of attention (i.e., constant) when you’re home. I certainly would! Oh, and I like the poncho. Are ponchos a thing again? Or are you hoping to set a new commuting trend?

  5. Please check out todays Cat vs. Human. She’s talking about you!
    At least your last post was the first thing I thought of when I saw it!

  6. Wendy I am so glad to see the progress on the poncho, simply beautiful from my standpoint and can’t wait for the pattern. Loki is certainly growing into a beautiful fellow. My granddaughter just loves to visit your site more to due with Loki I am sure. Even if congress doesn’t shutdown. I am sure we will be seeing the end results on the poncho soon.

  7. Question on steam blocking: Why do you prefer it over regular blocking for this project? Does this mean that the fabric can’t be washed the regular way by hand soaking? Thanks.

  8. Can’t wait to see the finished poncho. Lovely cables. That yarn has nice stitch definition! Is Loki getting cuter or is it just me? Maybe I’m finally “letting go” of seeing Lucy every day so I’m more able to accept the new guy. 🙂 He is gorgeous, though.

  9. Catherine S. says:


  10. Have a lovely time off! I might have a .gov email address, but the slush fund means I have to show up tomorrow.

    Molly : )
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  11. Hi Wendy,
    Your poncho is beautiful. I wish I had your level of skill. I am sorry about the Shutdown. I will say a prayer for you. 🙂 Hopefully you will have more time with Loki! I love your blog posts, it keeps me motivated to keep tackling projects that push my knitting comfort zone. Thank you!

    Love Alicia from SC

  12. I hope with the fed gov’t shutdown that you and Loki can have some quality time together. And maybe your poncho shoulders will be photographed sooner? Because you’ll have some extra knitting time? (Trying to imagine a silver lining. . . .)

  13. The poncho is coming out just gorgeous. Love the design and the cables are just stunning on it. I am really looking forward to when you’ll have the pattern available, and can’t wait to make one of my own. So sorry about the shutdown, and hope you and Loki will have some wonderful quality time to enjoy together – he’s just so cute!!

  14. 3200 yards of yarn? That is a BIG poncho. All the better for wrapping up in, right?
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