My current work in progress:

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


New Cowl Pattern

I finally got myself together enough to release the pattern for the cowl I completed last month:


This is the Nordic Border Cowl II. Why II? Because I discovered when entering the pattern in Ravelry that I have a Nordic Cowl pattern, and in my admin section of Ravelry it is called Nordic Border Cowl, even though it shows up as just Nordic Cowl in the Ravelry pattern pages. So I’m just ensuring that there is no confusion, although I did manage to confuse myself thoroughly . . .

That’s my very patient colleague Lemiel modelling the cowl for you. I lured him into my office on the pretext of discussing a work project and foisted the cowl upon him. He is a very good sport to put up with this and I do think the cowl looks great on him. (We did also discuss the work project, by the way.)

Anyway, the pattern is now available here in my Ravelry store and for a limited time (until midnight January 15) it is available for $3.00. After that time it will revert to the regular price of $5.00.

In other knitting news, I am working on another hat. This one is Risalire, designed by Woolly Wormhead.


I am using Koigu Painter’s Palette Premium Merino in colorway 315 P. The pattern calls for Koigu and looks really pretty in it, so I ordered 2 skeins in this colorway a few months ago for this hat. I am on a “hat kick” right now so it seemed like the right time to jump in and cast on. It’s knit on 2.25mm and 2.5mm needles, so a very fine gauge. And the stitch pattern is based on garter stitch, so it has a very compressed row gauge: 12.25 rows per inch! It makes for slow going, but the yarn is lovely and I am liking how the pattern looks, os all in all, it is an enjoyable knit!

The hats are very useful right now as our weather has suddenly turned cold. And I’ve noticed the colder the weather, the more snuggly Loki gets. He loves to snuggle up next to me on the couch:


Can you find his head in this picture? I think he must have retracted it, like a turtle!


  1. Ellen Richardson says:

    Ah, the old game of “Where’s the head?” I often play that one with my Maine Coon kitty. She’s getting really good at it.

  2. I think Lemiel needs to get himself an agent if he’s going to get dragged into the modeling world. Haven’t you roped him into modeling for you before?

  3. I agree Lemiel is a great model. Perhaps he should consider a second career!
    Still trying to puzzle out where Loki’s head is.
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  4. Twisty kitty!

    Another vote for Lemiel As model

  5. Love the cowl! And the cat. I do two KAL’ s a year….yours and woolly’ s. Really missed yours this year.

  6. In reading through the pattern, have you kept the two sizes in the same order throughout? It seems that you start with the larger size first in the general notes and switch to the smaller size first in the Cast On and Instructions. It’s not that important, but you might want to change the first in order to be consistent.

    Loving is doing,

    Judy Morin

  7. Lestersmama says:

    I’ve just been to Ravelry to make my purchase. I will probably never make one, but I enjoy your blog so much that I like to support your work.
    My love to Loki.

  8. That pretzel kitty’s head is behind his ruff, which is magnificent, and does make him very like a turtle on occasion.

  9. Lemiel looks like he is very happy modelling the cowl. I think he likes your handiwork!
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  10. I bought your pattern, in part because I appreciated seeing how it would look on a man. It makes me see this project as a versatile (and very special) gift for men or women.

  11. I wore my Nordic Scarf (your pattern) the other day to work, and received 2 compliments on it in one day! I had used some leftover VY 2-ply in two shades of blue for that one, and I was thinking after how I might make another. (I’m on a mittens/scarf kick myself of late.) So, good timing on publishing this pattern! Exactly what I was looking for.

    As always, thanks Wendy! Patterns like these are exactly why I’ve been a fan of yours for so long!

  12. I think we’re looking at Loki’s chin, toward the top of the pic.

    And I find the naming issue for the pattern amusing. Reminds me of how Android apps can show up in the Play store with one name, but when on your phone, it gets sorted alphabetically on some other version of the name. Why does it sound like the same developer had a finger in both?

    Bought the cowl pattern, but I don’t think it is going to see needles or use for the current season.

  13. So love that cowl…good job! He looks so great, comfortable and warm….