My current work in progress:

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


Low-Stress Knitting

Sometimes I really enjoy a high-stress knit: a complex colorwork or heavily cabled design. And sometimes a low-stress project is exactly what I need.

Strandwanderer is to me the definition of a low-stress knit. It is so much fun to knit, and there is almost no counting or memorizing required.


It is never boring because I am constantly changing what I am doing. And even though I keep changing what I am doing, I was able to commit the pattern to memory very quickly. And once I figured out purling backwards, that became fun. By sheer repetition I’ve gotten pretty darn good at the backwards and am now looking forward to the short row sections. There’s nothing like lots and lots of practice to really get a handle on a new technique.


I think it would be fun to knit a larger one using a heavier yarn. The designer points out that the pattern works best with yarns that have color repeats of 20 – 35 cm in length per color — that’s an important consideration to keep in mind. Almost all the projects in Ravelry are done with fingering weight yarns. I’d love to try it in a DK weight yarn. It’s easy enough to check how the pooling will look — knit a swatch of the short-row section. And it could be adjusted slightly by adding a  stitch or two to the length of the short rows. If I did that, I’d have to fiddle with the rows at each side of the short row stripe. It would be fun to try!

Book Giveaway

The winner of a copy of Entrelac 2: New Techniques for Interlace Knitting by Rosemary Drysdale is Bobbi, who has been emailed. As always, thanks to everyone who left a comment to be entered in the giveaway, and a very big thank-you to Sixth & Spring publishers for their continued generosity in not only sending me review copies of new books but offering a second copy for a giveaway!


Loki is working on his winter coat, so he is getting daily grooming so I can stay ahead of mats. It’s a good think he likes being groomed. He is also into keeping his life as low-stress as possible.


No anxiety there!


  1. I can’t resist that cat!!

  2. The scarf looks like an interesting project and something I’d love to try. Just wish Wollmeise yarn wasn’t so difficult to obtain in this country!

  3. I’m so excited to have won the Entralac 2 book; thank you so very much. Your scarf is lovely. I have never done reverse purling, I’ll have to look into it. I know what you mean about a low-stress knit project. For me it is knitting plain socks for charity out of fun yarns. Loki looks so relaxed and precious!.

  4. I just love the way the color pattern adds so much texture to the shawl – it is beautiful!
    Happy Knitting!!

  5. Love the scarf! Its always nice to have a relaxing day of a no stress knitting 🙂
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  6. Interesting pattern, texture…

  7. I love how the yarn worked out in pattern. I want to pick up and hug Loki, that might be a bad idea if it wasn’t his idea first. At least that’s how my cats are.

  8. Hmm, interesting how the color repeats and their length are integral to making the knit pattern work. It does look great, and I’m wondering what to do with much longer repeats. I want a big low-stress project, and grabbed three of the Noro Taiyo Lace balls from the WEBS sale this week. 2700+ yards of little stitches–yippee, mindlessness here I come! Now, what to do with those long color repeats? A really big version of the Wings pattern? Something with slipped stitches and eyelet rows to break up the stripes? Suggestions welcome!

  9. You talked me into it (it being Strandwanderer) — you had me at “interesting construction” and “long color runs.”

  10. I may be calling Loki for a private stress-relief consultation. 😉

  11. Question Wendy, you mentioned that the pattern author stating that the project was best knit with a yarn that has a particular length of color repeats…I’ve also seen patterns that suggest yarns with “long” color repeats. I do a lot of yarn buying online…but even in person it may be hard to determine how long a repeat is…do you have any tips for choosing yarns with the best repeat lengths especially with a vague long or short repeat description since that is going to be relative?