My current work in progress:

Newlyn Jacket, by Jane Gottelier, knit from Rowan Original Denim, using 3.25mm and 3.5mm needles.

Slowly I Knit, Millimeter By Millimeter

Here is my progress on CeCe:

It is a wee bit longer than it was yesterday, as I only manage to do a couple of rows a day. Because the body is knit in one piece up to the armholes it takes approximately forever for me to knit a row.

I have a bit of a conundrum. I’ve got a couple of time-consuming stealth projects I am working on that have rather tight deadlines, yet I want to have knitting to show on the blog. Since this, after all, purports to be, you know, a knitting blog.

When all else fails, do a giveaway.

I have this here book:

It is Color Knitting the Easy Way by Melissa Leapman. What’s the easy way? Stripes and slipped stitches, so that you are only ever working with one color at a time. There’s a lot of great info in this book — discussion of the color wheel and theory, step-by-step instructions for mastering techniques for knitting stripes and mosaic knitting, a treasury of stitch patterns, and a number of cute patterns for both stripe and mosaic knitting.

If you’d like to enter to win my copy of this book, leave a comment on this post by noon (Eastern Time) on Sunday May 2 and the Random Number Generator will choose a winner.

In Other News

I’ve updated my Travel page and removed events that have passed.

My next event is May 7 – 9 in Charlotte, NC at Charlotte Yarn. Check their website here for all the details!

I think Lucy is planning another party.


  1. Would love this book. I just took a class from Melissa at Stitches South last weekend. She was great.

  2. Ohhhhh, I like it when you lack knitting news for the blog!

    Please enter me in your giveaway!
    .-= Nathalie´s last blog ..You Aren’t LOST – It’s Time for the Random Dozen =-.

  3. I’d love to win the book!

  4. April Phillips says:

    I love knitting books, add me to the list for giveaway, please! And thank you SO much for posting the link for It gave me such a great laugh!

  5. Looks like something I should have in my library!!

  6. Thanks for the chance~

  7. I took my first knitting class when I lived in Charlotte. Have fun … The flowers should be beautiful. Please pick my number for the color book!

  8. Robin Pearce says:

    I’d love a new book!

  9. The only slip stitch pattern that I’ve ever knitted is the Mason Dixon ballband dishcloth. I’ve always stay away from any form of colourwork as I’ve no idea how to do fair isle or stranded knitting. They just look way too difficult!!! πŸ˜€
    .-= Michelle´s last blog ..Montego Bay Scarf =-.

  10. ChristyH says:

    I love the look of colored knitting, but I can never get my stranded socks to fit.

  11. I have never knit in more than one color. Would love to learn a new techinque. Hey, I learned to knit from a book- how hard could it be to learn to change colors using a book. I hear laughter in the background.

    Good luck with the deadline!

  12. Always enjoy your blog and a free book is always welcome at my house!

  13. Jennifer M. says:

    I really like how the yarn color matches Lucy.

  14. Thanks for the chance to win this book. πŸ™‚ I’ve been thinking a lot about trying color knitting, but I’m still a bit scared of it.
    .-= Mindy ´s last blog ..My First Design =-.

  15. Welcome back from the fling. I would really love that book. Thanks for being so generous to everyone.

  16. That book looks great! Hope the number picker picks me! πŸ™‚
    .-= Trish´s last blog ..March For Babies =-.

  17. The book looks good. I started my very first lacy shawl and am 1/4 through it. Not to be a downer, but I do say it was a sanity keeper as we went through a horrible illness with my mom, who just passed away yesterday after a month of intense pain brought about by shingles of all things. If you don’t know about shingles and/or you are in your 60s – please learn more and get a shingles vaccine shot!!! Yikes – it’s the unknown with the most pain!! But the knitting kept me going!

  18. Please! I hope I win the book.

  19. Lynn Chodur says:

    I make that kind of progress even without “myriad stealth projects”. Please count me in on the draw. Keep up the entertaining blogging!

  20. Oh Random Number Generator, please choose me, a faithful reader of Lucy & Wendy Knits (even when she’s only knitting stealth stuff).
    .-= Sharen´s last blog ..Lemonade Baby Blanket =-.

  21. Amanda Fletcher says:

    I would love to have a copy of this book! It looks like it has a lot of neat tips and tricks! I’m also intrigued by what your “stealth knitting projects” could be πŸ˜‰

  22. Working on a vest with lace and fronts and back knit all at once. Progress seems slow but worth it in the end without sewing side seams.

  23. I could use some color help! Color choices are so personal. My mom and I seldom agree on yarn colors together!

  24. Lisa Haynes says:

    Fun with color for lazy folk like me. It’s weaving in all the ends that gets to me.

  25. Random number generator: PICK ME! PICK ME!

    Can’t wait to see those stealth projects.

  26. Jennifer says:

    The book looks wonderful. Thank you.

  27. oh great random number generator pick me.

  28. Beverly (db81971) says:

    Everyone needs a little color in their lives! Especially me πŸ™‚

  29. I am also trying to get my courage up to knit my first lace project – the Argus shawlette…or it a a shawl…
    anyway oh great random number generator, choose me!

  30. Thanks for the giveaway! Good luck finishing your stealth projects on time.

  31. Oooh! Pick me! Pick me!! I’d love this book!!!

  32. Judy Wilkinson says:

    Well, I never win (everyone says that, right?), but I might as well try. I would love to have this book!

  33. I’m with you on slow progress – but progress is progress! I enjoy your blog even when only little bits of change show. πŸ™‚

  34. I definitely would like that book!

  35. I’d love to have the book. I’m reading your sock book now, BTW.
    .-= Panhandle Jane´s last blog ..The Blob is Bigger! =-.

  36. Your CeCe is so pretty! I’ve been knitting for a little over a year now, but it seems I’m still doing dishcloths! Maybe this book would encourage me to move on to more advanced things!!

  37. I can’t even imagine winning, but it would be a great addition to my library!

  38. Kathie Brownlee says:

    I would love love love to win that book as I”m not very good with color knitting.

  39. What an interesting looking book.

    I’m really interested in learning the Knit One Below technique- I wonder if that’s covered in here?
    .-= Jessi´s last blog ..Knit and Crochet Blog Week: Day 3 =-.

  40. I just took a class from Melissa at Stitches South and she is a great teacher. I am sure the book is wonderful.

  41. Lucy is much too refined to be up to any devious plots. I know this because my own cats get the same look in their eyes when I’m planning to go away. πŸ™‚

    This is definitely my kind of giveaway … I don’t do colorwork UNLESS I’m only carrying one yarn at a time πŸ™‚ I’d love to win a copy!

  42. audreayoda says:

    The slow progress is the whole reason everytime I start something bid like a sweater or cardi that it ends up in the ufo bin someday I will have great v neck sweaters that will hopefully be to big for me by the time I get done.

  43. Terri Bergandi says:

    Love hearing from you and Lucy. Thanks for keeping us posted and challenged in our knitting. Color Knitting book looks interesting, please enter me in the contest.

  44. I hope you can enjoy staying home for a whole weekend before your next travels… the KOARC and Lucy will enjoy it too. Thank you for all the book reviews.

  45. Me,me,me please!

  46. What a party she could throw!!! And what a generous mama that is giving away the lovely book – thanks for the chance.

  47. Would love to have Melissa Leapman ‘s book sounds interesting.. Hopefully she is coming to a workshop I am going too.cant wait to meet her.
    .-= Jean´s last blog ..Knitting Bag =-.

  48. Wendy I love your daily email, especially all that lace. Would love a chance to win the book
    .-= Lynne´s last blog ..Kate McKenzie πŸ™‚ =-.

  49. I would love to have the book. And, your knitting is awesome!

  50. Looks like a cool book!

  51. laura sequeira says:

    Another knitting book for my collection? And one that is not about socks? But is about color!!!! Yesssssss, please!

  52. That book sounds like just what I need. Colourwork kind of baffles me still. I would love to be able to expand my knitting reach and learn some new techniques!

  53. Ann Moore says:

    I would love the book. I look at your blog every night before bed and just dream of knitting lace. I have tired but get so lost.

  54. I’d love to win this book! Thanks for the giveaway!
    .-= Allison´s last blog ..And the legs arrive…just in time for my birthday! =-.

  55. Color knitting is always fun. No reason to make it harder than it is though. This book should help everyone be a colorful knitter!
    .-= JaneB´s last blog ..Snow, Snow, and More Snow =-.

  56. That book looks great!! Thanks!

  57. Wow. Even just a couple rows a day, that CeCe looks great already! I’m tryin to psych myself up enough to cast on for my first cardigan! The book sure looks interesting. Even if I don’t manage to win it I think i’m gonna have to go out sunday and buy it myself as a birthday present! ^_^

  58. Anna Housholder says:

    Oooooh! COLOR KNITTING the Easy Way! It sounds like fun to me!

  59. Those sneaky stealth projects!

    I’ve never done colour work before. Thanks for doing the giveaway!

  60. I’d love to have that book. Count me in!

  61. Pelly Fan says:

    Melissa Leapman! Know the name, not the stuff, would love to get acquainted. Enjoying your blog!

  62. Stephanie says:

    I’ll have to find a copy of that book sometime, changing colors is my knitting weakness.

  63. I LURVE Melissa Leapman – thanks for the give-away!

  64. Would love to win the book. Bubba says I’m not knitting large enough…he likes to snuggle in my knitting.
    .-= Diane´s last blog ..How did that happen? =-.

  65. Oooh, that looks fun, please sign me up!

  66. The mosaic knitting sounds like something I would like to try, Wendy, and the easy sounds good! Thanks for counting me in.
    .-= Debbie´s last blog ..EQ7 is coming! =-.

  67. Knitting, cats, and a giveaway. . .you lead a grand life!

  68. I am so glad to know that my cat isn’t the only one that has parties when I’m not home.

  69. I like other people ideas of getting you to show your stash and to talk about construction techniques. But I’m also interested in knowing what patterns you love, or ones that keep going back to, maybe the knitted items that you wear/use over and over and over again..
    *tosses name to random number generator*

  70. karrol nicoletto says:

    I think I will save all Lucy’s Pictures for an album of just Lucy, she is so beautiful , I only have 30 of my own. Always room to love one more….

  71. I’m always amazed that you have progress to show us every day! It’s wonderfully inspiring!

  72. Pat Murphy says:

    Nice book – I’ve always wanted to try color work!

  73. I really like your post’s title today. It makes me want to yell “Martha!”
    .-= Kirsten´s last blog ..Simple and complicated =-.

  74. Have you and Lucy met Molly yet?

  75. I’m a new knitter and I /adore/ reading your blog – it gives me the motivation I need to tackle new skills so that someday I can knit as beautifully as you do! The next thing I’d like to tackle is colorwork, so your giveaway book would be very well appreciated!

  76. Please count me in for the giveaway. I am interested in trying color work.

  77. Helen Johnson says:

    Yep, Lucy’s definitely got that party look about her…my cats get the same look when I go out of town for business. πŸ™‚

  78. I love stripes and slipped sts… it makes me feel very clever every time πŸ˜‰
    .-= Karen S´s last blog ..Temptation,Β ready,Β set… =-.

  79. Sharon M says:

    More knitting books are always welcome! Thanks for the chance to add to my collection.

  80. Susan Deeter Murphy says:

    I love colors so much, can never settle on one,, so I end up with insufficient amounts of all
    kinds of colors. The book you describe sounds helpful.
    I hope my number is random enough to win it.

    Here is a sample Menu for Lucy’s Not-A-Party…
    Tuna Juice Margaritas Shrimp Chips
    Pate d’mouse En Croute Creamed Cream over Cream
    Tossed Salad ( containing many tiny tossable items, This is food to play with, not to eat)
    Chopped Liver Cake Smoked Salmon Sherbert
    Yum! Yum!

  81. Looks like a great book, and IΒ΄d love to have it on my shelves.
    best wishes from Iceland
    .-= FrΓ­Γ°a´s last blog ..FO nr 15/2010 =-.

  82. Mary Carver-Stiehler says:

    I love books and I love working with different colors, the brighter the better πŸ™‚ The thing about knitting is there are so many great books out there and I can’t afford all the ones I want so i have a wish list a mile long… LOL.
    Your cat looks like mine when they are planning something πŸ™‚
    Have a Great day!!!
    Camden, Maine

  83. Cece has inspired ME to try Cece for my summer project. and the book looks great for one who has feared colorwork.
    .-= KathyB´s last blog ..Catching Up With Jeremy Wade of "River Monsters" =-.

  84. One can never have too many knitting books!

  85. KathyM in SE VA says:

    Most of us knit millimeter by millimeter – no need to apologize! Right now Im working on three different projects, one of them is fair isle ( and a book on color might be what is needed to move it a long a little faster!) and another is a pair of Wendy design socks. Every minute of every millimeter is still a joy. πŸ™‚

  86. Knitasha1968 says:

    Book giveaways are completely acceptable as a substitute for knitting content! Thanks!

  87. Pick me! I love color work and ragdolls πŸ™‚

  88. Kathy L. says:

    Please include me in the drawing for the book giveaway. I could definitely use some help with color technique!

  89. Debbie H says:

    Now, I’m sure Lucy has very quiet restrained parties – My kitty Punky would love to come, if we didn’t live about 2,000 miles away that is. LOL I would love to win that book and I’ve got Regresty on order at Amazon! Thanks, Debbie in Alaska

  90. Sure, I’ll enter. I’m always up for a new knitting book.

  91. It was nice to see you at Spring Fling again!

  92. Robin Diebold says:

    I love your knitting. I have the yarn now for one of your shawls and can’t wait to start it. Thanks for the chance to win a book.
    BTW Love the color of your CeCe

  93. I’d love the book. Please enter me in. Thx.

  94. Beverley says:

    Yes please!

  95. Thanks for the giveaway. I’m sure if Ms Lucy does have a party it will be quiet and refined – just like her πŸ™‚

  96. I love knitting books – so many good ideas, so little time!

  97. Stoney Monte says:

    Would love to win the book!! I have been lurking around knit blogs for months, admiring those who do lace knitting. My fear of messing up keeps me looking, instead of doing, but I might be getting closer to actually choosing yarn and a pattern and taking the plunge. Thanks for all you do to show us how it’s done. And how it’s undone. Then re-done. Tink happens.

    Stoney Monte

  98. Kathleen R says:

    I’d love to win a copy! thanks!

  99. Whoo hoo, another give away! Although, seeing more of the Cece would be nice. I am living vicariously through your knitting since I vowed not to start yet another project until I finish the ones I have on my plate!

  100. I recently discovered that Melissa Leapman and I went to the same college. Is that one degree of separation, or two? heehee.
    .-= CarolineF´s last blog ..Ply, ply again =-.