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. Nadine Enberg says:

    That book looks lovely! I’m willing the random generator to pick me.

    Also, I second what an above post mentions: how do you prefer to construct sweaters and do you have any specific techniques you’ve found work better than others?

  2. I’m trying a slipstitch out now on Stephen West’s Daybreak–first time I’ve used it on a real garment–not just a dishcloth. So random number generator pick me please! Thanks for writing such an inspiring blog.

  3. joan neal says:

    Count me in on the book giveaway.

  4. I love Melissa Leapman! Thanks for the chance to win her new book!

  5. KnittingKnails says:

    Lucy is definitely planning catnip mice parties.

  6. I’d love to win the book and work with more color! Thanks, Wendy!

  7. Love your column; love Lucy and am intimidated by colour knitting; Melissa’s book might just be the ticket to help me out. Thanks for the giveaway.

  8. Alice in Portland says:

    This sounds like a great reference book. It could be a stash-buster, helping use up all that yarn that ‘isn’t quite enough’ for ‘whatever.

  9. You get more knitting done than I do, so no need to apologize for slow progress!

  10. I love me a good book!!

  11. Have fun at your next event!
    .-= LittleWit´s last blog ..Sticks N Stitches 2010 =-.

  12. Stacy and the rugrats says:

    Woot! Colorwork. I’m in!

  13. I’d love to add this book to my bookshelf – it looks like on that would get a lot of use.
    .-= Sandra´s last blog ..I just went along for the ride! =-.

  14. even if you are working on stealth projects, its still always good to see a post from you pop up in my reader πŸ™‚ Would love the color book if the number faeries are on my side πŸ™‚

  15. Diane Domenic says:

    Your project is looking great. I can’t wait to start my first sweater. Lucy looks so much like my Ragdoll, D’Argo, what a pair they would make!

  16. Pick me! Pick me!

  17. Connie G. says:

    Your knitting Cece has moved it up in my queue. It really is a great looking little cardigan.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win the book. I’m somewhat intimidated by color and this might help me get over it — at least be able to knit with more than one.

  18. You’re a knitting machine, Wendy. That book looks wonderful.
    .-= Kathode Ray Tube´s last blog ..I’m Still Here and I Still Knit =-.

  19. Moo says Lucy’s parties are really fun. I always wondered where he disappeared to when you go out of town..

  20. I am just about ready to tackle my first pair of socks with your book, Socks from the Toe Up! I can’t wait! Now, if I only had a book that would help me with color work…

  21. Patricia Soper says:

    well… given I am relatively clueless about color theory this book might be just the thing to help me move beyond 1 color knitting!

  22. Kathleen G says:

    Count me in! I’ve been trying to do some color work here and there, and this book would be a lifesaver!:)

    katbetty on ravelry

  23. The book looks interesting especially since I tend to shy away from multiple colors in a project. Thanks for the giveaway!
    .-= Angela´s last blog ..Gearing up for 2010 =-.

  24. Christa K says:

    Enjoy your bog and a good contest! I finally got of copy of your new book and well I think I need to make every sock in it. πŸ™‚ Look forward to seeing the progress on CeCe.

  25. I haven’t seen the book before — looks like fun. I’d love to win it, Great Random Number Generator in the Sky. =]

  26. You had me at “easy”.

  27. Teresa (2catlady) says:

    Ooooh, that book looks very interesting! I would love to have it!

  28. Michelle says:

    There’s nothing like a contest to bring out the lurkers (myself included)! Thanks!

  29. Jeanette H says:

    I know what you mean about some projects seemingly taking forever to make up. I a currently making knee hi tube socks (toe-up) in cream and in stockinette. It is taking forever to make these (for a friend). I have put them aside a few times and made some little quick knit items just to keep my sanity.

  30. monica b says:


  31. Mimi Lawrence says:

    I would love to win this book. I am interested in trying some colorwork. This sounds ideal. I too am amazed at the amount of knitting you accomplish everyday. Do you not sleep?

  32. Sandy in NJ says:

    Book giveaways are good if we cannot have pictures of knitting progress. Don’t know how you can bang your projects out so quickly! I am totally amazed.

  33. I love whatever progress you make and the pictures of Lucy!

  34. Kristine says:

    Colorwork book would be a nice addition to my small knitting library!

  35. Would love to do more with colors — thanks so much for a chance at the book. And, don’t worry about “showing” knitting — a knitting blog could be anything about knitting and not necessarily looking at knitting. I’m sure you’ll always find something fun to write and where would be without pictures of Lucy?

  36. Judith Smith says:

    I am always ready for a new book

  37. Purty lace! Colorwork terrifies me. That having been said, I would like to enter to win Melissa Leapman’s book–maybe she can make it less frightening? Just this past month I’ve learned a couple new-to-me tricks (Picot hem, anyone?), and my DH keeps pointing out nifty colorwork patterns. Not too much a hint, eh?

  38. Colorwork is one of the things I have wanted to try in my knitting this year. Would love to have the book!

  39. Laura from beautiful West Michigan says:

    Don’t feel pressured to post knitting related content all the time. We love the “regular life” posts also. I guess we just really like you, however you want to post! Thanks for the opportunity to win a book, too!

  40. I love Lucy!

  41. Count me in!
    .-= Sue H´s last blog ..Sorry – No knitting to report =-.

  42. me, me, pick me..looks like a great book

  43. Thank you, Wendy, for your generosity.


  44. Ooooh – that book looks neat! Thank you for having this contest. (is it just me, or are there infinity great knitting books coming out lately?)
    .-= Vickie´s last blog ..Knitting is a Privilege =-.

  45. That looks like an interesting book – please enter me in your drawing. I’ve been busy enough and brain dead enough at night that simple projects sound like a great compromise for the knitting desert I find myself in!

    Elliot and Chloe say – “who cares about the knitting?! Tell us about Lucy’s party!”

  46. I’m scared of color, so I would love to try out this book and spice up my knitting!

  47. Pam from Kansas says:

    Looks like that is a fun pattern to knit. I like seeing what you are doing every day and also seeing what Miss Lucy is up to. Thanks for the offer for the chance at the book. It looks very interesting.

  48. Comment dutifully left. Random Number Generator, do your thing!

  49. Jane in PA says:

    Sure, I’d like that book. I’m a fan of Melissa Leapman!

  50. Bonnie K. Hall says:

    I’d love to learn more about color knitting. Count me in the giveaway!

  51. Would love to have that color book!!

  52. Andrea in Tn says:

    The book looks like something that I really need. Lucy looks like she does indeed have something up her sleeves!!!

  53. Would love to win the book!
    Sheri from KY

  54. Andrea in Tn says:

    please enter me. I would love to try this technique

  55. Cats are always planning something. Mine is!

    Please choose me for the book πŸ™‚

  56. Oh, I just love Melissa Leapman’s designs. Please, oh please, may I be the lucky one to win her COLOR book! Thanks so much for offering it, Wendy.

  57. I love the rich, dark coffee color of the Rowan Calmer. I love Rowan Calmer, period. And I realized I have a copy of CeCe somewhere in the archives. What a great knit to wear in an over-AC’d office.

  58. I love Melissa’s books. They are clearly written and loads of fun to read.

  59. Looks like a great book! Pick me random number generator.

  60. I’ve never knit with color before. This looks like a beautiful book to learn with!
    PS- I think you are a phenominal knitter!

  61. Melissa Leapman taught one of the best classes I ever took — I’d love to win that book!

  62. Your CeCe looks so nice – love the color, too!

    The book on color knitting looks great! Much as I admire Fair Isle knitting I just can’t seem to get the hang of changing colors smoothly, so this sounds just the ticket:)

  63. Bonnie H. says:

    I would love to learn to knit with more than one color and the “easy way” sounds great!

  64. Stephanie Yun says:

    I need all the help I can get with colors….
    I love your patterns, Wendy!

  65. Looks like a colorful book!

  66. I hope I’m in under the deadline πŸ™‚
    .-= Ruth´s last blog ..It’s a bit discouraging =-.

  67. jo morgan says:

    Thanks for the travel update. When are you coming out west? As in Denver? And, of course, I would love to be the lucky winner of the book. Good luck with your stealth project deadlines.

  68. I think your cat needs to have a play date with mine!

  69. The book looks interesting…..maybe I’ll get lucky! Lucky we are that you are coming back to Charlotte!!!

  70. The book looks great and fun

  71. Just found your blog this month – love it!

  72. I just LOVE a good book-giveaway!

    and ce ce is so pretty, even just those few inches!

  73. What could be better than an “easy way” to do color knitting? ANything that purports to be “easy” always has my vote! I’d love a copy, esp. since I am struggling with the “hard” way…:-)

  74. Count me in for a chance to win your copy of Color the Easy Way. (Please ignore this comment if my previous one posted–I don’t think that it did.)

  75. I saw Melissa Leapman at one of my guild meetings she definitely has great ideas

  76. I once took a class from Melissa Leapman and thoroughly enjoyed it. I could really use some help with color choices though. I’ve got my fingers crossed.

  77. I would love to win your copy of this beautiful book πŸ˜€

  78. Barbara Rude says:

    Count me in for book, it looks interesting.

  79. I love your blog. Only one that I read. Thanks for all the information and fun stuff about Lucy. Color Work? I really need that.

  80. No worries about knitting progress – I’m impressed you post as often as you do!

  81. The book looks intriguing. So does Lucy.
    .-= E. Engman´s last blog ..CRAFT IN AMERICA SERIES =-.

  82. Katharine Finley says:

    I would love a copy of the book!

  83. Cece is looking beautiful! Looks like a cool book!

  84. Jennifer Eckel says:

    A free book, I’m game.

    Loved regretsy.

  85. Looks like an awesome book! Thanks so much for doing another giveaway!
    .-= Aponi´s last blog ..Wakey Wakey!!!!! =-.

  86. cool looking color book! Yup, lock up the catnip!
    .-= turtle´s last blog ..The Farm Chicks! =-.

  87. The book sounds like a great resource for color knitting! Thanks for the giveaway!

  88. peneloped says:

    I would love this book! My granddaughter loves lots of color and patterns, but I am all thumbs trying to work fair isle so I never seem to get anything finished while it still fits!

  89. Nancy FP in Ferndale says:

    Oh, I want, I want. I’ve been dreaming about color work, but scared to start. I’ve been knitting about a year now – maybe I’m ready!

  90. Mary Beth says:

    I’ve been pondering doing CeCe myself, but if it takes you, the fast knitter, a long time to get through a row, I might be finishing it in 10 years!

  91. helene harris says:

    Thanks for the chance to win the book! You inspire even when you don’t post knitting pictures. And Miss Lucy makes it all worthwhile.

  92. Please pick me, Random Number Generator!

  93. I would love to have a book about color.

    Thanks for the chance.

  94. SusanInStatenIsland says:

    Love Melissa’s work. I took a class with her at Stitches East about 10 years and I can tell one and all that she’s a delightful person and a very talented designer. I’d love to win her book. Thanks Wendy!

  95. Carolyn Malloch says:

    I’ll take a chance on the book – — Thanks for all your patterns – -your gusset with a difference sock has been knitted at least 15 times ( all for me)

  96. I’d love to win the color book. Count me in. :o) I think a photo or 2 of your stash would be great. However we all know sock yarn doesn’t count as stash!

  97. I hope you can show the secret project soon. Lucy is such a pretty cat.

  98. Love books on color work. Pick me please!

  99. Oh, please pick me!

  100. I’ve never really done much color work, but would love to try my hand. Thanks for the offer!