My current work in progress:

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


Archives for August 2019


I finished the back of my Beadwork Cardi last night.

Get Back!

That’s approximately 44,469 stitches. But who’s counting?

Here’s a close-up of the main pattern:

Extreme Close-up!

I have just started on the right side front. I’m planning on an afternoon of binge-watching something and knitting.

Loki wants to know if he can select what we are going to watch.

Can we watch Animal Planet?

Labor Intensive

Last week I mentioned that I was embarking on a project that is labor-intensive.It is this:

This is Jade Starmore’s adult version of her Beadwork sweater, published in Interweave Knits in the Winter 1999/2000 issue. That’s almost 20 years ago.

The child’s version of this sweater was published first — in Jade’s book A Collector’s Item. I loved it on sight, so I was very pleased when she released an adult-sized version of the design. Took me long enough to get around to knitting it, didn’t it?

I am using Wendy Guernsey yarn, which is basically interchangeable with the yarn called for — Alice Starmore’s Scottish Fleet. The gauge for this sweater is 31 stitches and 41 rows to 4″. I achieved gauge with a 2.75mm needle.

The design is labor-intensive because you work cables/twisted stitches on both the right and the wrong side of the work. At a very tight gauge. I am using a Hiya Hiya needle that at this small size is very sharp and pointy, so I have to be careful not to poke holes in my fingers as I knit.

Oooooh, pointy!

It’s slow going (41 rows to 4″!) but extremely fun to knit!

Meanwhile, Loki is taking a nap in his tote.

Do not disturb!

Freshet Pullover

It’s done — finished Friday night!

To recap, this is the Freshet Pullover by Irina Anikeeva from Brooklyn Tweed Wool People Voliume 13. I knit mine from Rowan Softyak DK.

This was a thoroughly enjoyable knit. My only mods were to shape the shoulders with short rows and to a three-needle bind-off. I also attached the sleeves via three-needle bind-off.

I really like attached drop shoulder sleeves this way. It makes a nice firm, and more importantly neat, seam!

Now I’m starting something that is extremely labor-intensive.

Loki wonders “what could it be?”


I finished the front of my Freshet sweater this week, so I attached the shoulders — I did a three-needle bind-off, my favorite way to do shoulder seams — and picked up stitches and knit the turtleneck collar.

The collar was around 8″ of 2 by 2 rib and took a fair amount of time to work, but it is done! Now I am working on the first sleeve.

I plan to attach the sleeves via three-needle bind-off as well.

Meanwhile, Loki had a busy week being adorable, so he is resting up!