My current work in progress:

Tawney Sweater,by Jenni Barrett, knit from MadelineTosh Tosh Sock, using 3.25mm and 3.5mm needles.

Knitting the Threads of Time


I received a review copy of Knitting the Threads of Time by Nora Murphy a few weeks ago, and just found time to read it this week.

This was a very enjoyable read. The author, a mom to two sons who lives in Minnesota, is asked by her younger son to knit him a sweater. The book chronicles in detail the creation of that sweater, from going to the yarn shop to pick out yarn and pattern, to the completion and wearing of the sweater.

Along the way, Murphy talks about cultures and traditions associated with textile creation throughout the ages and draws parallels between her knitting experience and the experiences of women throughout time. It was quite a pleasant little history lesson for me, without being dry or pedantic.

I also thoroughly enjoyed the play-by-play commentary on the sweater that the author is knitting. She was new to sweater knitting, and it was fun for me to guess what pitfalls she would find in the process, particularly because her son chose a rather challenging pattern.

It was a good read, very well-written. Who’d like to read it next?

Leave a comment to this entry if you’d like to receive my copy and the random number generator will select a winner tomorrow (that’s February 26) afternoon.


Thanks for weighing in with your experiences with the Kollage square needles. Based on your comments, I think I’ll wait until I have the opportunity to see them in person (in person? in needle?) before I plunk down the bucks for some.

I did, however, order a couple of Addi Turbos in the 20″ length, based on Annette’s comment that the 20-inchers have a shorter needle than the 24-inchers, and are easier to manipulate. I’ll be sure to report back when I get them. I’ve got scads of 24-inchers but nary a 20-incher.

I ordered them, by the way, from Angelika’s Yarn Store. Just wanted to tell you that  because I always get great service and super speedy shipping from Angelika’s. The store is located in Oregon, so it always surprises me how quickly my order gets to me here on the East Coast via priority mail. Now watch — I bet I’ve shot myself in the foot on that one. The postal service will probably lose my package. 😉

And that was a nice segue into my postal rant. What the heck is going on with the postal service? I have had priority mail packages (with tracking and delivery confirmation) sent to me in the past few months that have taken ages to reach me.  One from New York to me that took five days. One from Mississippi that took 9 days. (And the person who sent that one sent me something later first class that took 2 days.) And one from North Carolina that was mailed February 2 that still has not reached me.

There. I feel better. But I still want my package that was mailed on February 2.

The Perfume Quest

This week I have tested some Boucheron perfumes (Jaipur Saphire, Trouble, Miss Boucheron) and Amouage Dia. They are all nice, but none of them make me go “Wow!” so I’ll keep looking and testing.

Want to know a great site for buying perfume samples? The Perfumed Court.

It can be addictive. Be afraid.

Lucy Sez:


“My favorite scent is eau de poulet.


  1. Oops. What That last sentence was supposed to say was that I bet the essential oil based perfumes would not be overwhelming or cause people to sneeze.

  2. This sounds like a great book. Pick me!


    Rosemaryknitss last blog post..Pseudo-rolags

  3. Did you try Boucheron, by Boucheron. It has navy blue on the bottle. I love this one better than all the others.

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  4. Hello, please enter me for the book. I could do with the moral support after getting my ass kicked by the sewing up on my first sweater. I’m going to have to unpick it all and start again. Grrrrr

    Lotties last blog post..A selection of books…

  5. Please enter me in the draw. Lucy is looking lovely, as always.

  6. I would love the book, pick me, pick me! (Please).

  7. Speaking of the postal service, have you read about Julia (of Moth Haven) ‘s heartbreak over UPS ruining her custom-built/ordered wheel? Absolutely awful.

    Lisa Rs last blog post..Learning to Read

  8. Looking forward to seeing you in St. Louis. I am anxiously awaiting the list of classes so I can get one of yours. I am in love with your projects. I just printed off the Double Eyelet Rib socks and have ordered Bambino in the Klee colorway to make these. I am hoping to have them done to show you when I get to Mo. Keep posting and showing off that beautiful cat. All my kitties are in love LOL Hugs. JoyB

    Joy S Blums last blog post..Webs contest !!

  9. I’m not posting too late to be considered for the lottery, am I? The book just sounds so nice.

    Dajdas last blog post..Pszczyna

  10. The book sounds wonderful!
    Eau de poulet, BTW, is probably my favorite scent to come home to on a brisk day… especially if I’m fighting a cold. I tend not to wear it though…
    Oh! I checked out your Hiyah Hiyah needles and found them to be so reasonable in price and was so impressed with the close-up photo on Alpaca Direct’s website that I ordered some long circs to use for Magic Loop. I can hardly wait for them to arrive (Postal Service, don’t fail me now)!

  11. I love your blog – and would love to read the book!

    Kates last blog post..The Vet Visits For an Eye and an Eyelid

  12. Sounds like an interesting book…does Lucy approve? I would love my name to be put in the drawing!

  13. Please include me in the book drawing. Sometimes the comments that Lucy says at the end of your blog are so funny–eau de poulet, how do you ever think of these things? Thanks for the early morning laugh.

  14. Once upon a time, priority mail was 2-pounds-in-2-days-for-2-dollars. Now it is just how overweight/oversized first class mail is labeled. It is still generally faster than ‘parcel post’, but there are no guarantees on it, in contrast to express mail.

    The priority (and express) mail envelopes and boxes are given away by the PO, so this makes it especially attractive to small businesses. But there is a trap here as well – particularly for the outfits that print their mailing labels themselves, using the PO site or software, they can print the label, it can be in the PO system, but it might not actually have been shipped. This can be discovered by searching the tracking number on the PO website. I recently had someone SWEAR to me that they were sending something to me on Monday. On Friday I had a notice in my mailbox that there was something I had to sign for – which was a PITA to do since this was President’s Day weekend, I was largely tied up on Saturday (though I did get there), and if I hadn’t gotten to the PO, I’d have had to wait for Tuesday – and no, it wasn’t yarn, and was time-critical. Checked the tracking number – it had been sent on THURSDAY by express mail.

  15. Seems I am getting to the bottom of my book bag – would love to win this one.

  16. I’d love the book! Please draw my name – it would make my weekend.

  17. Oooh – yes, please enter me.

    Lucy is very pretty.

  18. I would love to read a knitting themed book that’s enjoyable! This one sounds interesting.

    Kathys last blog post..This Time With Some Pictures

  19. Oh I think it is wonderful when you volunteer up your books after you finished reading them. My mother in law and I swap books all the time and then after I am done, I leave it in the laundry room of my building to get passed to another reader. I think it so much better then sitting on a bookcase, I have a few tried and true favs that sit on a shelf, but they are my read and read over books. 😉

    Lauras last blog post..Trying Something a Little New

  20. this sounds like a good one!
    Although what I’m REALLY waiting for is YOUR new book!

    gretas last blog post..Ash Wednesday….

  21. I would just love to read your book after you have finished it. After I’ve read it I would share it with all of my knitting friends here in Minnesota.

  22. I would love another knitting read…(it would make a wonderful birthday present—today:o)
    Fun post; I enjoyed how you covered so much territory, so effortlessly.
    Thursday and Friday say, “Hey Lucy!”

    Creativehandss last blog post..LIFE IS LIKE A BALL OF NORO!

  23. I would love that book. It sounds like just what I need to get started on my first sweater. Lucy looks adorable as ususal.

  24. The books sounds interesting, hope I win, and I would pass it one after reading it. thanks for offering a give-a-way.

  25. You’re the second of my favourite bloggers who gave the book a good review, so you’ve piqued my interest. I enjoy your writing and appreciate how regularly you post.

  26. I would be interested in the book.

  27. Thanks! I’m reading Jane Brocket’s “The Fine Art of Domesticity” now. Recently finished “Friday Night Knitting Club” and plan to start “The Soloist” next.

    Janes last blog post..A Snuggy Built for Two

  28. Sounds like a good read. What other online shops do you purchase from?

  29. Yes, I have scratched a baldspot on my head trying to make sense of the postal service. Why, oh why, does it take only one week for a package from the UK or France to get here. 10 days from New Zealand! And the cheap “book” rate is 5 within the US. But priority?? It is one of those WTF issues.

  30. Alice Moisen says:

    Sounds like a fun book to read. Count me in.
    As for the Postal Service, I sent 2 packages the same day, one got to Iraq in 2 days, the other, to Colorado took a week. Go figure

    Alice in Portland, Maine, that is

  31. I’d love to read it. Count me in, too!

    treks last blog post..Butterscotch

  32. I hear ya about the postal service. But I’d love to win the book, slow delivery or not!

  33. I would like to win the book. Sounds like I would have a lot in common with the character in the book with regards to sweater knitting.

  34. Please include me in the book chances.

  35. I would like to win this. I might be to late. Thanks for offer to win.
    Take care,

  36. Personally, I think the mailman is waiting for the weather to improve. They no longer deliver “in sleet, snow… whatever”. My friend has to pick her mail up at the post office all winter because her mailman won’t get out (one little step) of his jeep to put the mail in the box if the plow has been by! He won’t even try – she has to tell the post office when the snow has melted! Like he can’t see it when he delivers the neighbors mail.
    So, blame your delays on NE weather.

  37. Oh, a history *with* present-threads. Is it just me, or is it absolutely wonderful that more history-of-the-craft books are starting to appear? I love reading them! (If I don’t win, I’ll probably be getting a copy of this book anyway, thanks for the heads-up about it!)

    CraftyGryphons last blog post..Cross-Stitch Filler!

  38. Somehow, I always thought of Lucy as an eau de salmon girl.

  39. I think that book sounds good.

  40. Shounds like a really interesting book! I loved Friday Night Knitting Club as well. I’d love to win it!

  41. Would love to read the book. I lived in Minnesota in the 70’s did some wonderful knitting while there!

  42. Hi Wendy,

    Thanks for the opportunity to win this book. Please count me in.


    Rosanes last blog post..Happy New Year!!!

  43. Sounds like a great book. Thanks for the chance to win!

  44. I love fiction knitting books. I read the Friday Night Knitting Club, Maggie Sefton’s Knitting mysteries, and now I have another mystery series on my bedside table. The first one is called Died in Wool by Mary Kruger. So if I am not reading knitting patterns, I am reading knitting mysteries. Oh Don’t forget Debbie Macomber’s knitting series and companion knitting pattern books.

  45. It sounds like a nice story, I would love to read it, so put my name in the hat!

  46. Absolutely love to read books knitting fiction. It really sounds like one I will definitely enjoy!

  47. I would enjoy reading the book.

  48. I love historical fiction; this sounds like a good read!

  49. oo the book sounds great…love hearing what others think about books…makes it easier to choose

  50. I’m just as frustrated with the USPS. Several things I ordered at Christmas for gifts, still haven’t arrived! Maybe they’ll be here in time for Christmas this year! 😉

  51. Just a heads-up. This book is not fiction — I’d call it more of a knitting memoir.

  52. Little Knits out of Seattle is also very quick in sending things from the left coast to the right. cecilia

  53. Still sounds faster than the Canadian postal system! Count me in to be next for the book. Thank you!

    Karens last blog post..Family First

  54. Sounds like a lovely read, please count me in!

    Melanie J.s last blog post..Better

  55. Winner or no, this goes on my reading list!

    Cynthias last blog post..Dem’s da breaks

  56. Sounds like a wonderful book. Hope I win! I am suffering from a knitting related injury so need another hobby to distract me.

  57. Great review, this book wasn’t on my radar. Thanks.

    Margots last blog post..big changes

  58. I’m in for the book–I’d have pegged Lucy’s favorite scent as eau de Wildside Salmon…she’s obviously a very complex kitty.

  59. I’d like to read it! Sounds like the perfect thing to escape the craziness that is my life this week.

  60. Barbara Vaccaro says:

    My local post office did not pick up mail from street boxes in a timely fashion. Then 9/11 gave them an excuse to remove almost all of them for,” security reasons”. I now have to make a trip to a post office to mail anything.

  61. Oh, you are a perfume enabler… I love my Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab ones but think that there are definitely some lovely new smells to try through Perfume Court… 🙂

    Jena (the yarn harpy)s last blog post..mittens!

  62. I would love to read the new book!
    Don’t you just love those online stores that ship quickly and give great service? Loopy Ewe is always fantastic…and have you seen Sheri’s blog from a few days ago? She asked readers to submit their favorite sock patterns. There are a lot of Wendy devotees submitting comments! You are very popular over there!

  63. That book sounds great, I would love a chance to read it!

    BethCs last blog post..Since we last “talked”

  64. Would LOVE to be in the drawing for the book – since I’ve yet to knit a sweater, it would really be educational for me!!
    And Lucy, you’re such the lady there…pretty girl!
    (I can vouch for Angelika’s, too! Great service!!)

    Knitnanas last blog post..KCS4 Mail Call!!

  65. I would love to read this book! Oh and I love Angelika’s too. 🙂

  66. Tell Lucy I have that perfume right here for her!

  67. If there is still time to enter, I would love to win your copy of Knitting the Threads of Time!

  68. Michele In Maine says:

    what? not eau de salmon??? sounds like an interesting book – please add my name to the hat!

  69. Knitting the threads of time sounds great – I hope I win!

  70. Hi – I would love, love, love to read the book! and funny how all the kitties mentioned above are into chicken while my pugs love l’eau de thon! that’s tuna (not thong) 🙂

    Deborahs last blog post..Allow myself to introduce,… myself

  71. Sandy in South Dakota says:

    HI Wendy and Lucy……..I would love love love to read this book. Also, I used to love Shalimar, but haven’t had any in decades. I always enjoy your blog………Sandy

  72. Please include me in the drawing. I am knitting an “Outdoor Snuggle” from Zoe Mellor NURSERY KNITS for an expected grandchild in September. It’s an interesting pattern as the stockinette is horizontal.

  73. That looks like a wonderful book!!!!! I would love to read it!! And I’m so inpired by the socks you are knitting for the last week or so!!!! Can’t wait to finish the one I’m doing now to try something else that all jersey socks!

    Catherine Micheles last blog post..Un nouveau RR

  74. Sounds like a fun book! I would love to read it. : )

    I am with ya on the post service rant. Still waiting on a package from a friend who lives in a smallish town in Tennessee to reach me here in Dallas, TX. It has been two weeks. Grrrrrrrr.

    With regards to your perfume quest, have you tried Ysatis by Givenchy? Love it!

  75. Long time lurker, first time commenter. I love reading your blog. Lucy is beautiful and I look forward to her new pictures every time.

    Knitting is a family ties thing. I learned from my grandma, and lately have been missing her. Seeing this book is great inspiration to read some of her pattern diaries again. Thanks.

    My new favorite perfume is DKNY Be Delicious. It’s light, smells of apple and pear.. and that “something I can’t put my finger on” floral. It’s light enough that I can wear it all day without getting sick. I like it cause I can still smell and taste while wearing it (I’m a pastry chef and we usually don’t wear perfume cause it can taint food with the smell.)

    I am excited for your new book. I have borrowed out my copy of your previous book– love it, and miss it. She says she is going to give it back soon, but we shall see if the follow through comes.

    Hope there is still time to get into the drawing for the book. Keep up the fun work. I love reading about it.

  76. martha in mobile says:

    I would like to read that book! Thanks for having this drawing.

  77. Sign me up for the book drawing please. Hugs to Miss Lucy.

  78. Add me to the list, please!

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  79. Linda in NC says:

    Knitting the Threads of Time sounds like just my kind of read. Thanks for passing it along to one of us.

  80. I would very much like to read this book. I read a review of it elsewhere and was going to put it on my wishlist. Maybe I can get a free copy instead! Here’s hoping.

    Cecilias last blog post..We’re Not Going To Guam, Are We?

  81. I love memoirs–I’d very much like to be included in the drawing. Thank you.

  82. Me! Me! Me! 🙂

    I love The Perfumed Court. That place is trouble! My very favorite perfume is Miss Dior Cherie (Miss Cherie Dior?). LOVE!

  83. Thanks for offering us another book!

  84. That book sounds like so much fun! I’m currently knitting my very first sweater, so it would be neat to track that progress of the author’s when I’m not busy tracking my own (or too frustrated to keep tracking it ;-). Plus, it sounds like the sort of book that I’d enjoy passing around to the knitting group.

  85. I love to read and love to knit! Hope I win! 😉

  86. I’d love to be included in the drawing for that book! I too love to read books about knitting (both fiction and non-fiction).

  87. Ida Marovich says:

    I have large hands, so the longer needle-length on circs is more comfortable for me. Unfortunately, I’ve had problems with Knit Picks circs breaking and getting snaggy. Sheesh! Makes me wish I hadn’t already purchased so many of them. When they work (before they get snaggy), though, I love them.

  88. Love to read the book, have not started a knitted sweather but would love to try, maybe this book will give me the inspiration.

  89. Wow, that book sounds fantastic!

  90. I would LOVE to win a copy of this book. I read knitting fiction all the time.
    Books! Knitting! Life is good!!!

  91. Sarah Flowers says:

    I’d love to have the book. Include me in the drawing!

  92. I’d love to try the book if the drawing is still open (and I get lucky enough to win).

    Seanna Leas last blog post..I think I heard him say…

  93. I’d love to read another good knitting book!

  94. 2 opinions today:

    1 — I would gladly pay the premium price for Addi circulars for my Magic Loop sock knitting *if* their size 2 was truly an American size 2, not a 2.5 (3mm). Since KP makes both 2 and 2.5, I use KP. I would even use Clover bamboo circulars if they came in size 2. I enjoy the pointiness of the KP needles, but it isn’t paramount. What I would prefer is that the darn things would quit breaking at the point where the cable enters the needle. Yes, they replace them for free, but the annoyance factor is growing. I’ve tried Susan Bates circulars, but I don’t like the little bend an inch before the cable. I also prefer the nickel finish, but the aluminium doesn’t bother me.

    2 — My favourite perfume is Angel by Thierry Mugler.

    3 — I sent my daughter who is away at school 2 Priority boxes with duvet, pillow, and duvet cover from IKEA in them so that she can stay warm in the Utah mountains. If I mailed them on a Saturday morning, they should have arrived no later than Wednesday. She had better get them today! Hope your package comes soon, I love getting fun stuff in the mail!


  95. I just finished by Ann Hood, so I am ready for another good kntting yarn. Pun intended 😀

  96. Whoa! Where did the book title go??? The above should say, “I just finished The Knitting Circle……etc.”

  97. S0unds like a good read.

    Sue Vs last blog post..UFO No More

  98. Hope it’s not too late to enter! I’m definitely a process knitter, reading someone else’s process sounds like fun.

  99. My favorite scent of all time is Stradivari by Prince Matchabelli –I haven’t seen it in decades. I still have a tiny crown-shaped bottle with just a whiff of scent left.

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