My current work in progress:

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


Archives for February 2020


I finished the back of my Cornflower sweater and have just started the front.

The ribbing is a rather complex pattern but I am pleased to report I got it right on the first try!

Loki is having a good day. The cable guy was here for a couple of hours to troubleshoot some issues (all is well now). Loki was happy to help and is now very pleased with himself!

Lace and Texture

After a couple of fair isle projects, I’ve started a one-color project:

This is Cornflower, a pattern from Marie Wallin, from her Meadow pattern collection. I’m knitting mine with this:

Yummy Cormo from Sincere Sheep. The color in the skein is far more accurate than the color of the WIP. I purchased this yarn from Mason-Dixon Knitting at the end of December when they had a sale. I bought it for a cardigan pattern, but after starting it, I just wasn’t liking it, so frogged and restarted this. A much better fit!

Loki agrees.

Yell Cardigan

I finished my Yell Cardigan lat week.

To recap, this is a design by Marie Wallin from her book Shetland, knit from Jamiesons of Shetland Shetland Spindrift on size 3.25mm needles. I used the colors called for in the pattern.

I did make a number of mods, all of which I think I’ve mentioned at some point during the knitting of this. But here they all are in one place.

Rather than do the very narrow seed stitch borders, I knit facings for the bottom hems, sleeves, and front bands. A number of other knitters reported on their Ravelry project pages that as knit the garment had a tendency to curl, so I wanted to avoid that.

I worked my usual 10-stitch steek rather than the (in my opinion) too-narrow 5-stitch steek the pattern called for. By working the 10-stitch steek I had enough wiggle room so that I did not have to do any steek reinforcement after cutting and before picking up stitches.

I added about 6″ in length to the body of the garment as I wanted it to be longer than the cropped version.

Rather than pick up and knit the sleeves down from the armholes, I knit them from the bottom up, and then joined them to picked up stitches around the armhole via three-needle bind-off. I did this simply because I did not want the entire body of the sweater in my lap while I knit the sleeves.

After the garment was complete and put together I noticed a boo-boo that I totally missed while knitting it. Can you see it in this photo?

(Hint: Look at the sleeves)

Now that I’ve noticed it, I can’t believe I missed it! The error came about because in-between knitting Sleeve One and Sleeve Two, I enlarged the bottom chart and accidentally cut off the top motif. Doh!

Am I planning on fixing it? No way! Once I finished it, I was eager to move on!

Meanwhile, Loki is napping in preparation for watching the Kitten Bowl this afternoon!