My current work in progress:

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


The Plan

The plan for today’s blog post was that I was going to show you how I finished the body of the colorwork jacket with a photo of it steam-blocked and laid out carefully.

Well, yeah, that didn’t happen. I woke up this morning with some pretty serious new back pain. (New! Improved!) Being an expert at back pain, I can tell that this is not muscular but neurological, and I am hoping that something is being pinched temporarily. Emphasis on temporarily. And not something that broke off and is jammed into a nerve. I think it is the former rather than the latter, which is good, but blocking knitting is definitely not on the agenda.

Anyway, that’s all a long way of me saying that the photos are less than fabulous!

Here’s the front:


Here’s the back:


And a closeup of the top of the back.


And I started a sleeve yesterday.


And now I need to get back to my furry heating pad.



  1. Well, for someone like you who is used to knitting amazing colorwork that is most definitely not plain and simple, they may not be fabulous. But for someone like me who mostly knits non-garments with one color, they’re absolutely stellar!! Thanks for always being such an inspiration! 🙂

  2. Sorry to see that you’re in pain. Hope that you’re feeling better soon.

  3. That’s stunning. It reminds me of that artsy thing, I can’t think of the name so I can’t Google it, but the Craftsman era style from a hundred years ago in Britain (am I nuts?). It really is beyond words, so pretty.

    That sucks re you are in such pain, totally unacceptable. I can’t even imagine what that must be like. So sorry. Please get better soon. Maybe some single malt will help. 😉

  4. Colorwork Tube, beautiful, incredible, lovely to look at.
    Back Pain, sucky, lousy, incredibly bad.
    I seem to recall this is not a new issue for you (Health Spine Socks) and hope that it is indeed temporary and you will soon be up to speed with knitting and Loki snuggling.

  5. So sorry to hear you’re in pain. Hope Loki knows how to give really good back rubs! Kidding aside…take care and heal soon.

  6. Hope your back is better soon. That can really be debilitating;O(( You are a great inspiration. Some day I must try color work. Hope Loki snuggles help.

  7. Charlottewv says:

    You are truly an artist! Such beautiful work! And Loki is soodorable. I hope that your back is feeling better soon. Take care.

  8. Your knitting is stunning – and the photos are fine!

    I’m so sorry about your back. I pray you can obtain relief without surgery or mind-numbing drugs!

  9. Sorry about the back pain. Nothing worse. Husband recovering from back surgery where a nerve was actually pierced by a shard of bone. Believe me, if that were the problem, the pain would be so bad, you wouldn’t be able to blog or write! Take care and if it continues, see a good orthopedic or neurosurgeon, or maybe one each for 2 opinions! The project is stunning,

  10. Absolutely beautiful knitting. So sorry about the back pain. Hope all is better soon.

  11. Amy Schulze says:

    Sorry to hear about your back. The color work on this sweater is amazing! That would take me forever. I don’t think I would have both the courage or the patience.

  12. Dorothy in Kentucky says:

    Feel better that is no fun. The jacket is beautiful and I love your furry heating pad

  13. So sorry to hear of your back pain. I pray you get better VERY soon without surgery.

    Your colorwork jacket is gorgeous! The photo’s are just fine.

    Your furry heating pad should help. Take care.

  14. I am sorry you are f in pain. Your work is just beautiful and there is nothing quite the same as radiant heat from a furry heating pad. Mine is helping me type right now. Feel better.

  15. The jacket is … incredible.
    So sorry about your sore back. Been there, done that; don’t ever want to do it again.
    Fingers firmly crossed.

  16. I hope you get well soon, I know these neurological back pains, I get them too 🙁 I feel better snugged in bed and warming my back when it happens.
    The jacket is beautiful! I love it, and I hope someday I will be this good :)))
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  17. Back pain of any kind stinks. I hope the pain is relieved soon.
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  18. Gorgeous colorwork…sorry for the back pain. Feel better soon.

  19. Shirley Gallagher says:

    Sorry you’re in so much pain. I hope rest and Loki can restore you to health.

  20. Susanne Scheurwater says:

    Ouch, so sorry you are plagued with such pain. Not fun. Your colourwork is incredibly beautiful however and we all look forward to seeing it all done, when you are feeling better.

  21. Hope you’re feeling better, Wendy, two days on. The sweater looks fabulous, as usual.

  22. I’m late to the party…:(
    Beautiful sweater – you need to film your knitting. That sweater would take me nearly a year to knit!
    I empathize with the back issue. They ask you your pain level from 1 to 10 and you can say 1000! Nothing worse than the nerve pain. It takes me 3 months to get an appointment with my neurosurgeon. I can do a few things beforehand to get a good appointment. I got my local general doctor to order an MRI for upper and lower spine, and sent them to the neuro guy. The last time I was there, he ordered some good drugs. I’m putting off surgery until the drugs don’t work any longer. SAFE for the time being!