My current work in progress:

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


Cables Cables Cables

I, of course, have a new project on the needles:


This is Chloe, designed by Amy Miller.The pattern is written for aran weight and I just happened to have a lot of Rowan Amy Butler Belle Organic Aran in stash. That’s a 50/50 wool/cotton blend aran weight yarn that has been discontinued. I have a vague memory of purchasing a boatload of it for half price at the time it was discontinued. Yay! Stash yarn!

The colorway is Peacock and it is not as dark as that photo would have you believe, but the lighting in the evening at this time of year is not the best. Here’s a far more accurate photo of the color:


The Chloe sweater is a hugely oversized pullover with a lovely deep cowl neck that is heavily cabled. For reasons that escape me, it is designed to be knit in the round to the armholes, then split and the front and back knit separately from that point on. I think knitting a heavily cabled oversized aran weight pullover in the round might lead to insanity*, so I am knitting mine in pieces, and that’s the beginning of the front (which I decided to knit first) shown above. I’m using a size 8 needle and am happily cabling away!

*Why would knitting this in the round lead to insanity? First off, dragging such a huge piece of knitting around would be very bulky and cumbersome. Second, it would be very hard on the circular needle and could very likely damage or break the cord (ask me how I know). Third, a sweater of this weight will benefit from the structure that side seams will give it.

I’ll close with a photo that shows you why I don’t/can’t put anything on the end tables in my living room.



  1. Shirley Gallagher says:

    I like knitting sweaters in pieces too, easier to handle and as you said the side seams lend stability. My cat Piwacket loves to lay on top of bookcases and tables and I have removed everything that was in his way. Cats rule!

  2. You & I define insanity differently. Seaming when I can avoid it is insanity to me! Your reasons are valid, though, so I’ll let this one pass. Also, don’t I remember reading in one of your posts that you actually enjoy seaming? Maybe that’s because you’re good at it. I suck at it & I hate it. Or maybe vice-versa…

  3. Ummmm….it looks like the perfect thing is on your end table!

  4. Your rationale for seaming makes sense – even for this knitter, who loathes seaming! But then, I don’t knit aran weight jumpers because they would be impractically warm during what passes for winter where I live.

  5. Agreed! Knitting in the round makes sense … sometimes. But heavy sweaters in particular require the stability that piece construction and seams provide.

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  6. Sharen Warren says:

    That cowl neck is wonderful and the sweater will be gorgeous knit with that beautiful blue yarn.

  7. Dorothy Bunch says:

    That sweater and colour are beautiful! Ah I love your decor for the end tables! I have some similar. Only different colours and sizes! ­čÖé

  8. Love your Chloe sweater and the color is yummy! I just might have to buy this pattern someday as I love cables. Loki looks like he owns all surfaces.

  9. Hey kitty. I have a thing for peacocks…bet the sweater will turn out gorgeous.
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  10. Hi Wendy – interestingly enough, Karen at Fringe Association just wrote a post about how to seam sweaters knit in the round. It won’t avoid carting around a bulky nearly finished sweater, but you can give structure to an in-the-round sweater while still knitting in the round.

    Love your Loki updates and photos – I have one or two like that as well – and a dog who sometimes thinks he’s a cat!


  11. I love the blue yarn! Its going to be a very pretty sweater. I don’t blame you for doing it in pieces, seems like it would be the best way to go about it.
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  12. Ooh, good timing for the picture…my new end tables haven’t been delivered yet, but I suppose I’d better think of covering them with something imperviou to cat claws. Mine tend to clear off any surface on which they park. I have been so amused while watching them adapt to their new environment (new house!), and have taken steps to prevent some of their destructive activities. Love that peacock color! I love knitting in the round, but I can see the point of working heavier projects in pieces.
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  13. What a great sweater pattern – the cables are so pretty and while I don’t love to wear large-necked things, this one looks great!
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  14. That is a fantastic sweater, and beautiful color for you. Can’t wait to see it!

  15. Wow! That’s a lot of cables. Beautiful though, and lovely yarn color!
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