My current work in progress:

Stornoway, designed by Alice Starmore from her book Fishermen’s Sweaters, knit in Frangipani 5-ply guernsey wool in the Aran colorway, on a 3.0mm needle.

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Q & A

There were a number of questions in the comments on my last blog post. So here we go!

Do you by chance have the color numbers in the Jamieson & Smith version?

In the original The Scottish Collection, there colors were listed by name, not number. But there is a conversion chart on the Knitting Beyond the Hebrides website that gives the corresponding Jamieson & Smith color numbers. You can also find this information on some of the Marina project pages in Ravelry.

How much time you spend knitting? Daily? Weekly?

Good question — it varies quite a bit and since pandemic shut-down I’ve been doing more knitting than usual because I have no commuting time during the week and nothing else to do on the weekends. I’ll do a couple of hours a night on weeknights, probably double that on weekends.

How often do you repeat a project?

Apart from basic socks, almost never! But I knit Marina so many years ago it doesn’t feel like a repeat.

Here’s my week’s worth of Marina progress:

I’ve started the armhole steeks:

And here is the Little Prince:


Why nineteen? That’s the number of colors in my new project:

This is the Marina Cardigan, designed by Alice Starmore, purchased as a kit from Virtual Yarns.

Long-time blog readers may recall that I knit the Marina pullover years ago. How many years was it? Fifteen? At least fifteen, and knit from Jamieson & Smith Shetland Spindrift. Here it is:

The colors on the Virtual Yarns version are very close.

Speaking of colors, I dug out my old sock organizer to sort the colors. This is a very handy way top keep your colors organized when you have many!

(Don’t ask me where I purchased this — I have no idea! It was a long time ago!)

In other news, Loki is back in his tote bag!

Lynsey, Completed

I finished this on Friday!

This is Lynsey, a pattern from Jamieson & Smith, knit from Elsawool Cormo fingering weight lambswool.

Next up, a far more complex fair isle. Stay tuned!

One Down, One to Go

Sleeves, that is.

I’m knitting exactly as directed with one exception: the sleeve decreases. You start with 160-something stitches and decrease down to 70 before starting the cuff. I decreased down to 96, then worked straight for the remainder of the “body” of the sleeve — about 4″. Then I decreased down to 72 stitches and worked the cuff on those stitches. I’m happy with how it looks. I don’t like too-narrow sleeves.

Loki really doesn’t care one way or the other.

Lambswool, Baby!

For my next trick . . .

This design is called Linsey, a pattern I purchased from Jamieson & Smith Shetland Woolbrokers. (That link to takes you to a page for a kit to knit this design, currently out of stock. You can purchase the single pattern via Ravely.) It calls for 4 undyed shades of jumperweight shetland wool.

I had an idea.

I love Elsawool Cormo so much, I decided to knit mine from 4 shades of Cormo fingering weight. And I took it one step further — I purchased Elsawool Cormo Lambswool. Scroll to the bottom of the page to see the lambie choices.

Even the corrugated ribbing was fun to knit!

Am I happy with my decision to use this yarn? Heck, yeah! It is gorgeous, consistently spun, I have yet to see a knot in any of the skeins, and it is soft and bouncy.

Speaking of soft and bouncy . . .

Play with me, Momma!