My current work in progress:

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


Agata, Completed

I finished Agata yesterday.


I did the sleeves differently than the pattern directed — “regular” cuffs instead of long skinny ones.


Here’s a close-up of the buttons:


I bought the buttons from The Loopy Ewe specifically for this jacket shortly after the issue of Knitty came out. I think they are perfect for the yarn and the design. I used approximately 2400 yards of Noro Kureyon for a large sweater that is longer than the pattern directed — around 34″. For the body of the sweater I used a U.S. size 8 needle on the garter stitch portions, a size 9 on the stockinette portions, and a size 6 for the cuffs.

The Knit Parade

I received this book to review in the mail last week:


This is The Knit Parade by Rebecca Rymsza and its subtitle is “12 Statement Sweater Patterns, 12 Motifs to Meddle With.”


There are patterns for 12 sweaters in this book, and they are all the same basic sweater: a simple drop shoulder pullover knit in a DK weight yarn. Each pattern is available in two sizes: 37″ around and 42.5″ around. The difference is in the motifs used to dress the sweaters up. Most of them are knit using the intarsia technique, but there is one that is worked stranded, or fair isle.


In the back of the book there are 12 charts of other shapes that you can apply to a basic sweater to create your own motifs.


There is also information on using the charted motifs in the book for other projects, like a cushion or a bag.

The author of the book, Rebecca Rymsza, is the owner of Where’s Me Jumper — a company that knits bespoke sweaters and dresses following customers’ own ideas, so you can see where the idea for this came from.

This is not a book for someone who is interested in achieving a personalized fit or working with advanced knitting techniques. Rather, if you are interested in using a simple sweater design as a canvas for personalized ideas and colorful motifs, you might find this a fun and useful book. Also,  teen-ager might find it fun to work with.

Who’d like my review copy? To be entered in the giveaway, leave a comment on this post by 11:00 am Eastern time this Sunday, October 20. At that time I’ll choose a comment at random.

Speaking of Comments

I get a lot of emails sent to me via the “contact me” form on my website, most of which are from people asking for knitting help or advice. This morning I sent off a reply to someone and once again, had the email bounce back to me as undeliverable. This happens a lot. The contact me form has you manually enter your email address and that is the only email address I have to respond to. So if you make a typo entering your email address, you won’t get a response, unless it is an obvious error that I can figure out (like “gmail” spelled incorrectly).

So, if you’ve emailed me a question and have not gotten an answer, it is possibly because you typed your email address incorrectly.

Loki sez:


“It looks like Momma will be going back to work soon. Who will entertain me during the day?”



  1. I thought you were knitting with Noro. I don’t know why but their yarn appeals to me so much. I really like their colorways. Your jacket is lovely! Is Loki a Siamese?

  2. Gorgeous! I’m more inspired than every.

  3. Your coat turned out wonderfully and Loki is so pretty.

  4. Poor Loki, what will you do during the day now ? I know what my little black kitty does…sleep.

    Agata is amazing…..

  5. The new book sounds interesting…I’d like to try to design a one-of-a-kind sweater…colorful as well as useful. Thank you…Your new sweater turned out nice.

  6. I love, love, love your coat!! Thanks for the opportunity to win the book.

  7. Wow – 2400 yards of yarn! I have never made anything of that size! It really turned out beautiful.
    Looks like you will be going back to work! Poor big, fluffy boy;O(( He’ll miss his mom!

  8. Pam Gardner says:

    I love that sweater!

  9. Beautiful sweater! And the colors in this Noro are stunning! Thank you for the give-away Wendy! Great ideas for doing intarsia knitting!

  10. Your sweater looks great! I really like the yarn. I hope you enjoy wearing it!

  11. The Sweater is beautiful. I may have to put it on the to knit list.
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  12. How very pretty your coat is…!

  13. Please enter me, I love a contest and the book looks interesting.
    Your Agata inspired me to make one, as soon as I pick a yarn.

  14. I love making patterns that don’t need to be an exact fit, so this book would be great! Thanks, Wendy.
    Your Agata came out great. Wear it well. The pattern is perfect for a yarn I have. I made a jacket with it already, but it came out horrible (really!) I’m going to take it apart and use the Agata pattern.

  15. Rae Gommel says:

    I had to laugh this morning, the last few pictures of Loki def look like he’s fitting into his new lifestyle. And his role as Yarn Guardian.

  16. WOW – beautiful coat. After I finish the poncho; I may have to try this. I think Loki needs another kitty to play with during the day 🙂

  17. The Agata is gorgeous – I like the buttons!. Looks perfect for cool weather like we’ve got this morning – 45 degrees. I would love to win the Knit Parade book.

  18. I love it!

  19. Your sweater is very nice. Would love that book.

  20. Your sweater/coat looks so nice I may need to make one myself.

    I love the mustache sweater, I would love that book!!!

    What a pretty kitty!

  21. Love your Agata; especially the color variation. I just may have tp make one for myself! Thanks for sharing.

  22. Agata is beautiful.

    Thanks for the giveaway – I like the cover sweater.

  23. Lovely coat. Loki is natural kitty model!

  24. It was love at first sight when I saw Agata on Knitty! Your description of how YOU did the front border will be most useful to me when I get around to knitting my own Agata. Thank you!

  25. Absolutely gorgeous, Wendy. Wonder how it will look with cat hair on it – Loki is beautiful and fluffy looking :).

  26. Eileen Bunn says:

    Please enter my name in the drawing. Beautiful sweater!!!!