My current work in progress:

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


Sew and Sew

I am finishing up knitting borders for my afghan and sewing them on.


To make things as simple as possible, I measured my strip of knitted border and figured out how many garter stripes I needed for one afghan square (8”), slightly stretched — for me that was 32 stripes (or 64 rows). Then as I knit, I pinned a coilless pin on one side of the edging after every 32 stripes.


That way I didn’t have to keep stopping and measuring and it made it much easier to sew into place: I pinned the edging strip along the side of the afghan, matching the pin to each seam between blocks.


Then I sew the edging to the afghan.


I have three of the four edgings complete and sewn on:


Here’s a corner:


I am now knitting the edging for the second short side and Loki is helping.



  1. Marietta says:

    I cannot tell you well enough – how much you help with your “hints” and how you go about the process of whatever you’re knitting at the time. The logic is impeachable and so very helpful. Again – thank you for the time you take to blog – it always both entertains (the cutest kitty on the planet) and informs.

  2. Carol M says:

    Thanks so much for the detailed info and photos. On attaching the border, it looks like you did either a slip st or an overcast st with a tapestry needle. Is that the same technique you used to sew the squares together – or did you use a mattress st or crochet slip st on the squares? Thanks again!

  3. The afghan is lovely in those soothing beachy colors. Thanks for the savvy sewing tips.
    Kristen´s last blog post ..Two things completed

  4. Such a good helper

  5. That is such a brilliant, simple idea, thank you!

    Also, I saw this post in my inbox and I thought it said “See and Sew” which I think was the name of a sewing pattern company my mom used when I was a kid, and for a brief second I thought: “Wut, wait, Wendy is sewing now?!” 😉

  6. Interesting and informative as always. Your block afghan is so charming, it’s almost (but not quite) enough to prompt me to make one 😉
    Barbara´s last blog post ..Summer Means Red, White & Blue

  7. patricia says:

    Welcome back! Lovely afghan!

  8. Leslie F says:

    You always come up with clever ideas to make things easier.

  9. Sandra Colagiacomo says:

    I’ve wanted to get into lace knitting for years now, but since I am mildly dyslexic I need to find directions that make sense to my brain. Many attempts and several classes haven’t worked yet, but I know from experience not to give up. Who knows, this book could be the one!