My current work in progress:

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


Have a Heart

A knitted heart, that is:


This is an afghan square (and an unblocked one), the very start of the Martin Storey Knit Along 2I read the announcement of the KAL in December and decided it would be a fun project to use as fill-in and commuter knitting. The project is an afghan that consists of 48 squares in 8 different designs. The seed stitch heart square is the first pattern, which was released last Thursday. I need to knit 6 of those squares. Subsequent square patterns are released every 2 weeks, so the next one will be out on February 11. Here is the completed afghan (in the colorway I am using):


The yarn used is Rowan Pure Wool Superwash Worsted, and the afghan is offered in 4 different colorways: Calm, Blues, Evergreen, and Spice. I bought my wool, the Blues colorway, as a kit from Webs. You can see the kits on offer here. A nice thing about ordering from Webs is that they give you a very generous discount on orders above a certain price so that the kit ended up costing 25% less than list price. Score!

There’s some great discussion of the project on Ravelry, in the Rowan Yarns Group. If this looks like something you might want to do but you think you might need some support, rest assured that there is a group of lovely knitters over there who can offer advice and assistance.

An afghan is a large undertaking, but it is knit one 8-inch square at a time, so it might be a good way to get your feet wet with some techniques you are not experienced in. The afghan includes a little bit of everything. In the designer’s words:

For my second KAL in the Pure Wool Superwash Worsted, I looked to the motifs, textures and colours of our Northern European knitting traditions – the knitted textures and fairisle patterns of the Shetland Isles; the Faeroe Isles; Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Iceland.

And of course you don’t need to limit yourself to the 4 colorways offered in kits: you could put together your own colorway.

Mine will likely grow slowly because I am using it as a secondary project, only knitting on it during lunch breaks at work. Carrying one 8-inch square to work is a lot more convenient than schlepping a big project.

Speaking of big projects, I am knitting along on my rainbow-colored Autumn Wave and am cautiously optimistic that I’ll have it done within a week.

This little guy is no help at all!




  1. MaryO1230 says:

    Too sweet – both heart AND kitty! Luv.m.

  2. But cats are most helpful when they are sleeping! Lovely colors in the afghan. Must check it out

  3. Sweet…heart!

  4. At first I thought Loki was a pile of roving, waiting to be spun!