My current work in progress:

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


A Hat and Then Some

I finished the hat I showed you the start of a week ago:


As I mentioned then, this was knit in Rowan Softknit Cotton, my first experience using that yarn. I loved it — so soft and lovely! I suppose I ought not to say out louds that I love it, or rowan will discontinue it, as they seem to discontinue all my favorite yarns. ::cough:: Calmer ::cough::

Yes, I am still bitter about Calmer.

Anyway, the Softknit Cotton is 92% cotton and 8% polyamide — the addition of the polyamide gives it a little bit of stretch. The hat I made is basic black. When I knit with dark yarns I always halfway expect to see some dye transfer to my fingers while knitting, but that was not the case with this yarn — all black stayed obediently on the yarn.

The hat is just a plain 2 x 2 rib, made for my friend in the middle of chemo. This will be a good plain “business” hat for her.

I also have a sweater on the needles.


This is Ropewalk, designed by Norah Gaughan. I am knitting it from Berroco Indigo, a worsted weight yarn that is 95% cotton and 5% “other” and it is 100% recycled fibers. It has that somewhat “stringy” feel that I associate with Rowan Denim yarn, but once I started knitting with it, I was surprised. It’s certainly not what I would call soft, but it is not unpleasant to knit. I’m betting that giving it a good wash will soften things up quite a bit too. I really ought to knit a swatch and wash that to see!

I am using a U.S. size 7 needle and getting a gauge of 5 stitches/inch. I’m using colorway 6410 – Relaxed. It looks pretty grey in my photo but it is more blue in person. Like faded jeans. I want this sweater to be a comfy loose everyday sweater and figured that the faded blue would add to that whole feeling of comfort.

But today I’m setting Ropewalk aside to work on something else.

Loki is intrigued!



  1. I share your feelings about Rowan Calmer. That was too nice a yarn for them to discontinue. I haven’t given up hope that they might bring it back some day.

  2. Charlotte says:

    nice dark chemo hat as was your last one, hope your friend is improving
    last year someone who saw me knitting at the library asked me to knit a dark one & in soft cotton for the summer heat so she could wear to work because all they ever had in the “bin” at the local chemo center were ones made in colorful acrylic yarn or in “funky” acrylic yarns, never any choices for the business woman.

  3. Venice Smith says:

    I hope your mysterious project has something to do with a nice MKAL for this summer. 🙂

  4. Very nice chemo hat!

  5. GeniaKnitz says:

    Wendy, Is that a good yarn for people who hate knitting with cotton? I’m also knitting chemo caps for our local ACS center and I’d like to knit some nice cool ones, but gah! Knitting cotton is so hard on my hands!
    Loki just keeps getting more beautiful; thanks so much for adding his photo to all your posts.

  6. Quick knit hat! I so agree with you about Rowan Calmer – I still have some leftovers stashed away. Calmer still ranks up there with my fave yarns. Anxious to see your sweater finished.

  7. I am still bitter about Calmer too!! What if they discontinue Kidsilk Ha….no, I won’t even finish that sentence. The world would end if that happened.

  8. Catherine S. says:

    Looking forward with great interest to see if you use SoftKnit Cotton for another project. … Bitter? Moi? Hmph.