My current work in progress:

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


Cowl Pattern Now Available!

The pattern for my Crazed Scandinavian Cowl is now available for purchase, here in my Ravelry store.


The early bird price for the pattern is $3.00, and you can get it for that price through October 31, 2015. It will revert to the regular price of $5.00 on November 1, 2015.

Thank you for all the lovely comments about the cowl! I found it huge fun to knit and I hope you do too.

I’ve charted out another somewhat insane cowl, but have not started it yet. I decided to knit something else in between as a “palate cleanser.”


This is Claremont, a cardigan pattern by Laura Chau, designed for the Feel Good Yarn Company, which produces Silverspun yarn. You can read all about Silverspun yarn on their website, linked above.

Claremont takes Silverspun Sock, a fingering weight organic cotton that has a bit of lycra and a strand of silver spun into it. The resulting yarn is incredibly soft and when knit, creates a fabric with a slightly pebbly look. Although it is fingering weight, the pattern directs you to use a U.S. size 6 needle, and that’s the size I used to get gauge.

It’s somewhat slow going because the row gauge is somewhat compressed: the “before washing” row gauge is 9 rows/inch. (According to the website, the undyed fingering weight yarn will shrink during the first wash. The pattern takes this into account.) The body is knit in once piece to the armholes. The sleeves are worked separately in the round, then joined to the body and a yoke is knit from the bottom up.

I like that the front bands are knit at the same time as the body. I have three buttonholes done!


Here is Loki’s “it’s too early” face:


“Turn off the lights, Mommy!”


  1. Wendy that is so gorgeous! Got it and I know it will be on the needles soon.
    Love ya,

  2. Got it !! Now – I just have to finish up everything already on needles before I can start another really intense project. Your charts are amazing. Thank you!

  3. Midnite Baker says:

    Oh, Wendy, you did it again. Lovely cowl pattern for me to make someday. Really like your sweater. It will be gorgeous. Looks like Loki just needs a few long body strokes and he will be off to la-la land. Have a great week. M

  4. I just bought the pattern and am very much looking forward to knitting it. It is currently in the top ten (#8) on Ravelry’s “Hot Now” list. Congratulations, Wendy!
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  5. Can’t wait to start this! Thinking of using a variegated yarn for motifs with a solid background. You are a knitting machine! Tell Loki “hi”!

  6. Got it and can’t wait to get into the stash to pick yarn. Awesome job.

  7. Just got my pattern although I won’t be able to get to it for a while, I just started a new pretty intense and very large project. Sadly I don’t have your speed or talent but enjoy plodding along. Thanks for the discounted price all things help my budget.

  8. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! Adding it to the queue and might as well buy it while it’s on sale!

  9. gorgeous!! and what a steal at $3. thank you so much! i could tell loki worked very hard on this one 😉
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  10. Pattern is mine now! Mwhahahahahahaha!

    Thank you for the great price!!!
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  11. Thanks for offering this beautiful pattern!

  12. Looks great!
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  13. Lestersmama says:

    Have to keep that beautiful boy in the style to which he is accustomed, so I have bought the pattern.

  14. I’m so in love with this cowl. Just shared your post with my knitting group as we are concentrating on color/motif knitting right now. Perfect timing! Also, the Claremont looks stunning! Thank you so much for kind words about the yarn and the pattern.

  15. That is an absolutely fabulous cowl! As an aside, is it possible for Loki to not take a great photo? Even sleepy, he’s adorable!

  16. Got it, now just need to decide colors…I’m thinking icy blues? Or maybe sage and cream? I think it might take me longer to decide the colors than to actually knit it.

    On a side note, you mentioned in a previous post that you made the pattern in Excel…Great idea, I never even thought of doing that! Personally, I like MS Paint on maximum zoom, so I can work on a pixel-by-pixel level. It helps since I do so much with color-work, and I can get a feel for the colors before I start. There are also a few online programs like KnitPro that turn the images into numbered patterns.

  17. Thank you Wendy, love the new cowl pattern just purchased it and hopefully will be able to cast on soon.

  18. Would love to knit this

  19. Thank you for The chance to win this cowl kit Wendy, it’s beautiful!

  20. This will be my first major colorwork piece and I’m thrilled to take the journey with you. I’m usually a lace, sock or texture knitter. Thanks for making this so affordable.

  21. Thank you for creating this beautiful and interesting cowl. I hope to cast on later this year.