My current work in progress:

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



I am totally amazed at the response I’ve seen after posting my Leftovers Cowl pattern on Ravelry. You just never know what is going to strike a chord with a lot of people and it looks like this one has struck a chord with a number of people!


A very big thank you to everyone who has purchased a copy, favorited it, queued it, pinned it, posted about it, and started knitting it. I am so looking forward to seeing your projects as you knit them. There are countless things a knitter can do to make this pattern his/her own, and it is going to be so much fun to see the varieties of colors and mods you guys dream up.

I’m going to keep the discount price for another day — I’ve edited it on the pattern page in Ravelry, so if you wanted the pattern but did not see it until now, you have another 24 hours (til noon Monday, February 24) to get it for $3.00 — 40% off the regular price.

Since completing the cowl a week ago, I have been fiddling with a new design that’s given me fits — not the design itself but the yarn I was using. I have just restarted it for the third time and hopefully the third time is the charm. More on that in the next blog post.

But I also finished these:


Fingerless mitts with a dragon motif. I drew the dragon chart myself so I am pleased to see that it actually resembles a dragon, once knit. 😉


The pair took two 50-gram skeins of fingering weight wool: one skein each of Shibui Knits Sock, a fingering weight 100% superwash merino wool, in the Abyss, and Roppongi colorways.

I need to finalize the pattern and send it for tech editing, but it will soon be available for sale.

Now I shall go spend some quality time with Loki, who is waiting patiently.



  1. Shirley Gallagher says:

    I love the dragon mitts. I intend to purchase the pattern as soon as it is available. Loki is looking fetching, as always. Wendy, you inspire me.

  2. Decided to buy it while it’s on sale!! Might not ever make it, but who knows!!

  3. Already got the cowl pattern and can’t wait for the Dragons! I love dragons. Loki is gorgeous.

  4. Your talent is astounding……and the cat is gorgeous 🙂

  5. I’m thrilled to have purchased the cowl pattern and now will eagerly await those dragon mitts. My daughter is nuts about dragons – even had them on her wedding cake!
    As always, Wendy, your knitting enthralls me. Lucky Loki – he’s such a handsome guy too!

  6. Wendy, those mitts are STUNNING!

  7. Barb Rickman says:

    I think the cowl went over so very well because we needed the color!! We needed to see something besides brown sleeping tree branches and WHITE!!! The all white is beginning to get to many of us and we are not happy. Looking at all that color changes one’s mood and that is why your creation was so important.
    For me at least…the mitts are cool. But the cowL ROCKS! I have the pattern and am stash diving as we speak!


  8. Wendy, your cowl is stunning; I just bought the pattern as I have lots of leftover sock yarn. I happen to have a son-in-law who loves my hand knit socks. Your design so inspires me as I also have knit lots of Fair Isle sweaters. You are so talented and wonderful to share your talent with the world! Thank you so much. Your new mitts are wonderful! Love your design and colors!

  9. LOVE THE DRAGONS!!! Clever you, handsome him…

  10. Thank you for the dragons! I was born in the Year of the Dragon – but I’m not saying which one.

    Loki waits patiently?

  11. Just got my pattern! It really looks like it will be a fun knit – the perfect project for all my sock yarn leftovers. Thank you for writing up the pattern!
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  12. Love the color combination in the dragon mitts. Can’t wait for the pattern.
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  13. dragon mitts forever. I need that pattern soon for a friend who’s retiring!

  14. I love the cowl! brilliant idea for getting rid of those pesky sock leftovers. I like things that use up leftovers while giving you a record of past projects 🙂 The dragons are awesome too!!
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  15. How do you get Loki to wait patiently? Mine always WANT RIGHT NOW-OW-OW!! Maybe mine are just very vocal/spoiled/regal (take your pick…). The cowl’s great, I’ll probably wait till high summer to start mine. Wowzers, dragon mitts!
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  16. Natalie Doyle-Hennin says:

    Wendy, I’m hoping to learn a great deal from any attempt I make at crafting a “leftovers” cowl, as I know very little about colorwork. As I’m not overly optimistic about any results, I hope there’s an option for using generic worsted yarns that range in wool content from 0 to 100%, and intend to try my hand at dying mini-skeins to accomplish this.

    Those dragon mitts are something else, however, and I just *love* the little claws on the bottom. They’re superb. I’ve had contractors working in my house since last August and don’t have a spare cent for anything these days, but your cowl pattern ended up being irresistable.

    Your furry muse is keeping you inspired, I see.


  17. I want those dragon mitts!!! Look forward to seeing the pattern for those soon 🙂
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  18. I am amazed at what you accomplish while working full-time. Love your creativity.

  19. Thanks for sharing your wonderful pattern with us at such a low cost! The mitts look great, too.
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