My current work in progress:

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


Linen Cardi

After I finished my Joker and the Thief shawl, I started a new project using this:


This is Rowan Creative Linen, in the Ochre colorway. I got it from Jimmy Beans Wool, half price because the color is being closed out. It is 50/50 linen/cotton and while it was quite a shock to go from knitting with lovely soft merino wool to a cotton linen blend, it is not unpleasant to knit.

I an knitting Fine Sand, a cardigan designed by HeidiĀ Kirrmaier. It is knit from the top down. Here is the start of it, from last week.


And here it is now.


I am 11 (very long) rows from dividing it for the sleeves and fronts and back. I’m hoping to hit that milestone later today.

I got both row and stitch gauge with my Rowan Creative Linen using the recommended needle size: a U.S. size 4. Gotta love that! Row gauge is important in this design so I was happy to not have to fiddle the needle size.

And here is my little helper, who knows how important it is to have a kitty snuggled up next to you while you knit!



  1. Oh I love the color of your Rowan Creative Linen – perfect for your cardi that you’re knitting. I’m using it too for a simple pullover tee in the color Foggy. You’re kitty is adorable šŸ™‚
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  2. I’m not sure if I read your blog for the knitting or Loki … they’re both great!!! :O) Bess
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  3. Oh that cat is a beauty.

  4. From cardi to cat, simply beautiful.
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  5. Beautiful!! Interesting about the row counter, you put it on a stitch holder and keep it at the beginning of the rows? How clever. And I noticed something else, do you have a different increase/counter in the last photo on the lower part of picture? I love new gadgets for knitting so just wondered. I always have a tablet by my chair and write down rows or stitch numbers, old fashioned I guess. Also admire your work and knitting.

  6. Loki is just so sweet!
    Lately I’ve been struggling with row gauge on my sweaters.
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  7. Lynette says:

    Your knitting projects are always wonderful, but I think I’m in love with Loki! (and please don’t tell my 2 personal kitty-knitters!)

  8. Hi Wendy,

    I’ve been watching your projects forever and you’ve really enticed me!
    I haven’t knit for over a year. I fell in my drive in Winter ’14 and hurt my arthritic hands and fingers so they hurt more this year. But I’m really getting the itch this spring.

    I want to make an easy shawl and I found your “As you like it” pattern on Ravelry. I have 2 hanks of Lorna’s Laces in the Happy Valley colorway and think it’ll be a nice, bright neck/shoulder wrap for summer. I don’t know if this will be the final choice…I change my mind a lot when I see something else!!
    I have 2 furry friends, Cassie sits beside my legs on the recliner when I knit and Zoe sits between my knees!! Of course, I can’t move for a while but we’re cozy here.

    Thanks so much for your lovely patterns, I have your books as well and love looking for new projects.
    Loki is a gorgeous compliment to your knitting!!

    Have a great week, Lauren in Michigan (Where it can’t make up it’s mind if it’s Winter, Spring or Summer)