My current work in progress:

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



I will confess to you that in my head, I am calling this project “Nympho.” Much easier to remember and to spell.

I think that it is interesting that when I Googled the word “Nymphalidea,” rather than get hits about butterflies (in the pattern description the designer explains that Nymphalidea is named for one of the largest families of butterflies, with varieties found in every corner of the world), the first page of hits were all for the shawl.

Anyway . . .

I am making nice progress on this piece. The pattern is easy to memorize and fun to knit . . .a win-win situation!


As I usually do when knitting a pattern that is not my own design, I hopped on Ravelry to check out the gallery for the pattern. This pattern has 707 projects listed in Ravelry! I filtered the projects by the ones that have helpful notes, and read all the notes. One project offered a very useful suggestion:

The main complaint appeared to be that the original shape, particularly the ‘peak’ on the top edge, made it difficult to wear. Therefore, after knitting Wedge D for the 18th time, I changed the welt rows and knitted them as follows:
Row 1: P2, P2tog, P to end
Row 2: as per pattern
Row 3: K2, K2tog, K to end
Row 4: as per pattern

So after my 18th time knitting Wedge D, I am doing the welt decreases as she describes.

I am thinking that when I finish, I’ll work an applied i-cord along the top edge to give it a nice finished look. I’ll have plenty of the solid welt yarn leftover, as the pattern uses double the amount of yarn for the wedges as for the welts.

Today, June 4, is “Hug Your Cat Day.” And I think I will do just that!



  1. Helpful note for when I cast project on. Copied and pasted on my Ravelry queue description. P.S: can I hug your cat too?

  2. I am working on that pattern now, just cast it on today. I will copy and paste as well so I remember it. My own kitty is right beside me meowing so I’ll hug him. Yours is so cute!

  3. Cathie Jones says:

    I hadn’t done an applied i-cord edge until recently, and now I’m looked. Love the way it looks.

    I would love to be able to hug your cat. Instead, I’ll hug one of my dogs.

  4. Wow – very cool pattern! I love Raverly just for that reason – the helpful notes that save your the aggravation that others went through before you.
    Lizy Tish´s last blog post ..Muuuuuuuch Better

  5. Qued this pattern as well. Really like it. Have a question how do you filter the projects so you could get the ones with helpful info ?

  6. I saw this pattern when you first posted it, I don’t normally jump on things other people knit, but I thought this one was so neat. Still trying to decide what yarns to use… I’ll be interested in seeing how yours is shaped though because I also did not like the “peak” in the pattern. And I saw several notes on changes people made but it’s so hard to tell in the pictures sometimes, so I wasn’t decided on what to do to fix it.

  7. GeniaKnitz says:

    I bet *every* day is Hug Your Cat Day in Loki’s house!

    Here I go, have to go convince my boys that they want a hug – they’re each going to get one in any case. ;o)

  8. Pattisand says:

    I’m almost done with this pattern. I really like it


  9. Midnite Baker says:

    Love your shawl. And put down those needles and “hug” Loki from Sparky and me. Sparky is on the mend after 3 weeks of stress from us taking our “After Tax Season Vacation”. Have found she cannot handle the renal disease meds the vet prescribed. So, am just keeping her healthy through her homemade diet. Have a good week. M P.S. Sparky is getting lots of hugs too.

  10. Nice shawl, but please don’t tell daughter’s cat Ash that it is ‘hug your cat’ day. Having just returned from a 2 week trip, he is all over me anyway. The folks who looked after him for us said he was totally disinterested in them, so hugs from others apparently don’t count.