My current work in progress:

GeigerΒ by Norah Gaughan, knit from Wollmeise Merino DK in the “Schwefel” colorway,Β using 3.25mm and 3.75mm needles.

Sprucey Lucy It Is

I can see from the voting that Sprucey Lucy is the clear winner for the name of my new sock design. And in celebration, I finished the first Sprucey Lucy sock on the train this afternoon.

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Knitting on the second sock will commence soon.

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Yesterday was a busy one! I was insanely busy working on a stealth project on a tight deadline, along with a few hours of badly needed housecleaning. I did take time out for lunch, though:


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In the interests of full disclosure, I bit the ears off my bunny (the other one is the KOARC’s bunny) Saturday night. Okay, I bit my bunny’s whole head off as well, right after taking the second photo. I ate the rest of him for lunch on Sunday. Nom.

Knit Purses!

I have in my hot little hands a copy of this book:

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One Ball Knits: Purses, by Fatema, Khadija, and Hajera Habibur-Rahman.

This book has patterns for 20 handbags, each of which requires one ball or skein of yarn.

There is a great “Basics” section that discusses yarn weights and types, tools, and step-by-step illustrated instructions for stitches and techniques. Check out a sample page:

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The purses are divided by seasons. Here’s my fave from each season.


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Aren’t they cute?

Would you like my copy? Leave a comment to this post telling me so by Thursday, April 16, 2009, 4:00pm EDT and the Random Number generator will select a winner.

Don’t know how to comment? If you are looking at the page and see something that looks like this after the post:

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Click on the “x Responses” and it will open the post in its own page — scroll down to the bottom of the page until you find the “Leave a Reply” form and fill that out, then click on the “Submit” button. That’s all there is to it!

Lucy sez:

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Yeah, easy for you people with opposable thumbs!


  1. I just love purses, both getting and making!

    Dianes last blog post..One guppy got a lot bigger!

  2. Woo! I like one-skein projects. My impatience with my own lack of skill lasts just about that long. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  3. This PRIZE is just the thing to get my knitting in motion…I’m a novice knitter, but I think with a bit of perseverance I’d be able to handle this challenge.

  4. Throw my hat in the ring! Perfect for my raging case of Knitter’s ADD coupled with an out of control bag addiction!

  5. comment left already…

  6. I love one-skein books – just my speed, and this one looks so fun. Yes, please, sign me up!

  7. Cute purses! Thanks for the giveaway

  8. Janice Martinez says:

    Just what I need to feed into my pocketbook obsession!

  9. Pick me please!

  10. That looks like a cute book to page thru for inspiration. Consider me interested.

  11. I haven’t had much luck with knitted purses (one’s waiting to be re-felted and lined, the other needs both lining and handles), but the patterns in that book look great. I would love a copy of it!

  12. Love the book! Pick me pick me!

    Rachels last blog post..Squid and Ink

  13. Love the socks! Fitting name I think.

  14. ooo! I want it! It looks cool!

  15. I bite the ears off my chocolate bunnies too!

    That book looks so cool. I would love to be able to win it!

    Jens last blog post..Ugh…..

  16. I’d LOVE a copy. Like you are with socks, I am with purses..

  17. I love seeing what Lucy is up to. Also, I would love a copy of the purse book.

  18. Grammynan says:

    I was just wishing the other day that there might be a book out there somewhere that discussed purse handle options and how to attach them. Is this the one? I would love to see.

  19. Oooh! I love those little bags! Hey! Random Number Generator: Pick me, please! πŸ™‚

  20. That looks like a right nifty book. My nieces will love me for five minutes if I win this book. Meanwhile, this might be a one-skein book I could use.

    Sarahs last blog post..Token(a) Madness

  21. Wow I am very much digging the winter purse. I would like to see how it’s constructed. πŸ™‚

    LittleWits last blog post..Eye Candy Friday – Flopsy

  22. I love to knit purses. i would really like the book.

  23. I would like the copy oh Random Generator of Greatness. πŸ˜€

    Sarah O Gs last blog post..News…

  24. I think the pages you sampled are really cute purses. I would love this book, mainly because it’s one skein projects….and also because I have a nearly 18 month old niece who is turning out to really LOVE bags and purses.

    Anns last blog post..Does this fit me??? I think so……

  25. Put me in for the cute purse book!!

    lv2knits last blog post..From Susan β€” Love My Peeps

  26. Wendy, I love the sock and I have pre-ordered your book. I hope I can learn to knit socks from the toe up. I knit the old way on double points and cuff down. Anyway, I would love to have your copy of the one skein purse book.


    Gail Crews
    East, East Texas

  27. ohh pretty! Yes, sign me up for the drawing!

  28. I love that summer one!

    Ivy Maes last blog post..29 hours…

  29. oooh! I would love to get a copy of the book.

  30. I would love the book!!!

  31. Purses are my favorite things to knit! Especially, felting. Sign me up! I voted for Sprucey Lucy….the one true answer!

    Lizs last blog post..Washed Suri Alpaca Fiber

  32. Ginger Klein says:

    Lucy., A lot of us apposable thumbs types hope to be our own cats in our next lives. In the current life we knit kitty pi beds and open cans of cat food!

  33. Put my bid in for the book too! I love the winter purse.

  34. I’d love a copy.

  35. Count me in! Thanks so much for your blog…I really look forward to reading it every day to see Lucy and whatever sock you’re currently working on. I too love socks!

  36. Ginger Klein says:

    P.S. Tell your mom I want to be on it to win it for the book. Thanks. Ginger

  37. I insisted that my husband buy jelly beans for the kids…why? Because the kids don’t like jelly beans, and I get them! Yes, they had lots of other candy.

    I’d love to be in the contest. Thanks, Wendy and Lucy.

  38. I was just bemoaning the fact to another blogger that, not having kids at home anymore, I no longer have a legitimate excuse to buy chocolate bunnies. Of course, if I won a copy of that book, it would somewhat make up for the missing choco bunnies. πŸ˜‰

    I love the socks, and their name πŸ™‚

  39. Ohh that it yet another one for the Knitters library.

    PSS I have the pre-order for the new book and can’t wait!!

  40. I love knit purses! I’d love that book!

  41. I really love the last purse, how cute!!!
    Excellent sock (Sprucey Lucy), Wendy!

    Aesoxs last blog post..Zanzibar

  42. Oooh! Oooh! I want the copy!

    Your “meal” looks a lot like mine do when I have a deadline coming up…

    Mujercitas last blog post..Easter Flowers for Mom

  43. I have so many single skeins of yarn, I need a copy of that book to help me deal with the stash! πŸ™‚

    Carries last blog post..Peas, beans, zucchini

  44. I have their first book and really enjoy it. Thanks for sharing your copy with us. The previews you showed looked great. All of a sudden I feel the need to knit a purse.

  45. Yay, Sprucey Lucy! Now I want the pattern!

    Y’know, I’ve always been the “one purse, small, plain, utilitarian” kind of person, until discovering all these purse patterns. Hmm… maybe it IS possible to live with multiple purses…

    Hissy Stitchs last blog post..I like indie dyers…

  46. I would like the book, but really need a chocolate bunny after reading your blog today. Thanks!

  47. Sarah W. says:

    Another book giveaway! I would love to have this one. Can’t seem to have enough cute purses around, nor enough uses for one skein.

  48. I would LOVE your copy of the purse book! I really hope that my number is picked.



  49. I’d love a copy of the little purse book.

  50. Jo Ellyn Wheeler says:

    Please add me to the list of those who would love to have this new book – and a chocolate bunny.

  51. That book looks fantastic – one skein projects seem to be all I can focus on right now.

    I’m rather disturbed by that first picture – is someone STANDING on your laptop? Or do you have a lovely lightweight mannequin leg to display your socks?

    Marg Bs last blog post..Bunny Paws!

  52. I’d love to have that book!

    Kelley Regans last blog post..Finally Finished!

  53. I would love to add the book of knitted purses to my library.

  54. Kristina says:

    I’d love a copy. Thanks for running this contest. Kristina

  55. “Sprucey Lucy” turned out great! The knitted purses book looks like great fun, and I’d love to win it.

    I’m also about to embark on my first “toe-up” sock – wish me good luck!

  56. Looks like a great book – would love your copy. Thanks

  57. Ooh! Ooooh! Oooh! Me!

    Don’t worry Lucy – In my estimation it is a fair trade to give up opposable thumbs to be waited on hand-and-foot and sleep all day long (like a kitty princess rightfully should!)

  58. Sprucey Lucy is a great name.

    Please add me to the list for the purse book. My wish list of books just grew — again! πŸ™‚

    Thanks for this latest contest.

    Inas last blog post..Knitting in the news

  59. OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am a purse-a-holic!!!!!!!! I could kill for this book!!!!!!!!!! Please let this be my lucky day and let me be picked for something!!!!. I don’t think I have won a thing in my whole life! Well, that’s not completely true. Since my 20 yr old Cat dies in Feb., I have adopted a beautiful 4 yr old calico cat named Patches. Her owner was going to a hospice and she was put up for adoption. She and I locked eyes at an adoption show and we knew we couldn’t live without each other. I love her and she loves me. She has never been around men before so she and my husband are working on their relationship. And since I also have 2 dashounds she slaps each one early in the morning just to go ahead and get that out of the way for that day. They want to play with her, she is just alittle unsure of them yet. She has been through so much in such a short time, but she is a jewel for sure. I definately won first prize with Patches.

  60. patchworkhen says:

    I so want this book! Please Please Please pick me.

    Blessings, Patricia

  61. I like all the purses you showed and the one on the cover, also. I would like this book. Thanks for this contest. Best to you. Smiles

  62. Ooohh, I love purses and would love this book.

  63. I have made a knitted purse and love it. I would love to have some new patterns. Thanks for the contest.

  64. I totally need a knitted purse for summer. Great contest and super duper socks πŸ™‚

  65. Ooh! I’d love that book! Oh–I have to agree with you on having a chocolate bunny for lunch! Nothing better!

    KozyKittys last blog post..Spring Break!

  66. Ooh! I’d love that book! And I have to agree with you on having a chocolate bunny for lunch! Nothing better!

    KozyKittys last blog post..Spring Break!

  67. Karyn McLane says:

    a new bag for every month and then extras!!!
    count me in

  68. Kathleen says:

    Purses and knitting……the only thing left to add is the chocolate bunnies!!! At least the non eatten one anyway – LOL. Sounds like a mighty healthy meal to me! Add me to your list for wanting to win the book. Love your give-aways. Can’t wait for this sock pattern as well as the last sock you made.

  69. Please enter me in the drawing for the purse book, thank you!

  70. Oh… bags! An awesome present for cousins and the sort you won’t knit sweaters for πŸ™‚ I would love to go in the draw! And I always eat my bunnies ears/head first. I figure it’s the most humane way to go about it.

  71. Yay for new books!

  72. Shelley Giusti says:

    I would love to have a copy of the book. I am addicted to bags and this would be perfect. So please enter me in to this drawing. Thank you

  73. I am so addicted to bags and books , would love to be in the drawing please .

    Thank you so much.

  74. anne marie in philly says:

    palmer chocolate from reading PA…not as good as frankford chocolate from philly, IMHO. (*grin*)

  75. I’d like a chance at a copy please.

  76. Sorry for the second post I only meant to do it once.

    Shelley Giustis last blog post..LYS

  77. I made a cute knit purse for winter – like it so much that I need one for summer – I need the book!! Thanks!

  78. I would love that book. Random number generator please pick me!

  79. Oh! I’d love to get that book too!

    Patricias last blog post..Moving

  80. Love the Sprucey Lucys!
    Chocolate is the best lunch.
    No need to add me to the book list, just wanted to say hi!

    saras last blog post..PS: A Happy Thought!

  81. Wendy, that book looks wonderful! Thank you for the contest!

  82. I would love a copy of the book.

    I also love the sock!!

    kellijeans last blog post..MY FIRST SOCK!!

  83. I really like the green purse you chose from spring! Seems like a fun book. ^_^

    Jolynns last blog post..

  84. Count me in!!! I would love to have the copy of this book, AND I would have loved to have that chocolate rabbit too! Lucky you!

    Carol L Simmonss last blog post..Candle Mats and Glassybabys

  85. cydney yerushalmi says:

    I need that book for my friend, Pat, the Bag Lady.

  86. I’d love a copy for my library.

  87. Donna in Ely says:

    Love the sock!! would love to have the book and chocolate. What no chocolate??
    I know my dog could knit if he had thumbs!!

  88. Love the Sprucey Lucy sock. I hope that tempted is able to repeat this color as I really would like to have a skein for my very own.

    I would love the have your copy of the book.

    Timmie Bs last blog post..ENOUGH ALREADY!

  89. I would love a copy of the book :).

  90. Would love a copy.

  91. Christina says:

    I’d love a copy of the the purses book. Looks like they’d make cute gifts for the nieces. Myself, I carry too much baggage πŸ™‚

    I got my copy of Socks from the Toe Up in the mail today and wanted to tell you it’s terrific! I have tried 4 needle, 5 needle, 1 needle and 2 needle, but all from the traditional cuff down. I begin a new era tonight thanks to you.


  92. I would love a copy of the book.

    I also love the sock you’re making, it’s really cool.

  93. I’d love a copy. iI just found out today that my copy of your book has shipped I should see it tommorow. I can’t wait.

  94. adding my name to the “I would love to have this” and also, thanks for running the contest (and thanks for the continually available info on the www about toe-up socks!

  95. Nice book! I’ve never made a purse before.

    Psychgrads last blog post..Passover with Lori Lynn

  96. Give the number generator a whirl! Happy Easter!

  97. heh, what is it with eating bunny ears first? i love it. that book looks nice! lots of cute bags.

  98. Those purses are adorable and I love the socks! Don’t think I’m eligible to win anything since I won a book already, but I did want to comment and tell you I love those socks! Great name, too! I’m working a purse pattern of my own for a beginner knitting class sample project. Just something to teach basic stitches without having to make a (ugh) garter knit scarf. πŸ˜‰

  99. Ohhh, I’d love that book!

  100. I came to reprint the Generic Toe-Up sock pattern (mine was a wee bit wreaked) and find a give-away! Awesome. I’d love a copy of that book. The winter purse is gorgeous and the summer one is tres cute.

    Dorothys last blog post..At least something is done-ish around here.