My current work in progress:

Rona, by Alice Starmore, knit from Alice Starmore Hebridean 2-Ply,Β using 3.25mm needles.


Have y’all seen the online magazine Knitcircus?

From their website:

Knitcircus is an independent online magazine; we publish quarterly and knit every day. Knitcircus features knitting and sewing patterns, interviews, articles, and reviews, with an eco- and socially-responsible bent. Check out the interviews, reviews, articles, recipes and pattern previews for free! If you like what you see, the pattern collection is available for purchase while that issue’s live.

I happen to mention it today because I have an article in the current issue, titled “Birth of a Sock” wherein I describe my design process and how a pattern ends up in a book.

The magazine itself is free, so you can read the articles and preview the patterns. As mentioned in the description above, you can then purchase the pattern collection for each issue online. (The pattern collection is very reasonable priced, by the way: 16 patterns for $7.50 — a great deal!)

Here are photos of some of the designs in the Summer 2010 Collection:

Want to win a pattern collection or a one-year subscription? πŸ™‚

Jaala, the editor of Knitcircus, has very generously offered ten copies of the Summer 2010 Pattern Collection and two full one-year subscriptions for a giveaway here. So that’s 12 winners in all.

To enter for a chance to win, leave a comment on this blog post by noon on Monday, May 24, 2010. The great and mighty Random Number Generator will pick the winners and I’ll announce them in Monday’s blog post.

In my knitting news, I have to report that I spent more time killing zombies last night (curse you, Plants vs. Zombies!) than I did knitting, so my progress is woefully little.

Lucy is too busy tidying up to come to the blog.


  1. Jean in Salt Lake City says:

    I first heard about Knitcircus earlier this year, and I love the magazine! I haven’t sprung for a subscription yet, but it’s on my “list of magazines to subscribe to once one of my current knitting mag subscriptions is over.”

  2. I want one I want one..waving hands. It would be great to win either the subscription or the patterns.. What a generous giveaway..

  3. I love Knitcircus! I would love the subscription. And my crazy Jack Russell Lucy says she wants to chase your kitty Lucy, but just to play with her. πŸ˜‰
    .-= Jen´s last blog ..Cooking in the yarnhoardin’ household =-.

  4. Skylark says:

    Thanks for mentioning and linking Knitcircus. Very interesting!

  5. Please add me in. I read the magazine, but hey, free patterns….

  6. This is a great online magazine. The cost of the patterns is really reasonable.

  7. It’s always nice to hear about a new online source of patterns! I like their model, too… being able to read the magazine before deciding to buy the patterns really helps to, er, decide to buy the patterns. Otherwise you’re just going on pictures on Ravelry, and I don’t often find that a convincing reason to buy.

  8. pick me! pick me! Another knitting e-zine!! Yay!! I need another place to spend time on the computer instead of knitting! πŸ˜‰

  9. This offer is great. I’m keeping my fingers crossed which is difficult while knitting.
    .-= Nancy´s last blog ..From Momma’s stash =-.

  10. Zombies vs plants is way dangerous–as bad as Fishdom!

  11. JL Bach says:

    My life is definitely a circus – so Knitcircus will fit right in.

  12. My kids LOVE plants vs. zombies. It’s an addictive game. In other news, I am SO IMPRESSED at how quickly you knit. Your progress puts mine to shame.

  13. Oh, I love the sweater progress!!! It’s looking lovely!
    .-= Jill M in Ohio´s last blog ..Finishes!! =-.

  14. Please enter me in the contest.

    .-= Ariadne´s last blog ..Complete Lack of Blog Fodder =-.

  15. Lol. Lily and Lucy are kindred spirits. Really.

  16. Thanks for the link! I’m checking them out now!

  17. Yay! I love new online knitting collections and magazines!
    .-= Carolyn´s last blog ..FO: Last-Minute Ravelympics Hat of Awesome (aka Quincy) =-.

  18. What an awesome website! Thanks for the heads up, Wendy, and great article!

  19. Mary AnneMary says:

    You always have thye best giveaways.

  20. Please throw my hat into the ring!

  21. Robin Diebold says:

    I love your blog. I would love to win

  22. Amazing … Your “little progress” would be my signficant achievement! Thanks for pointing us to Knitcircus!

  23. Mary Anne says:

    Love the patterns.

  24. Looks like a fun magazine.

  25. CaroleP (ohio says:

    Thanks for telling us about Knitcircus. Designs I would be interested in doing. Thanks for the chance to win the patterns, too. Keep working on those stealth thingys, I look forward to your new designs.

  26. Thanks for introducing me to Knitcircus!

  27. Barbara says:

    Thanks, Wendy! I want to knit the little shawl and the baby socks! I enjoy your blog.

  28. I love a good on-line knitting magazine! Thanks! πŸ˜€

  29. Love the new project!!

  30. Dorothy says:

    Yeah! Count me in I would love to win!!

    By the way how to you like the TyDy yarn from Knit one Purl too. I love that colour. Lucy you are a sweety!!

  31. I’m ready for some new inspiration.

  32. oooh! Random number generator….pick me! pick me! Wendy – thanks for hosting yet another generous giveaway..

  33. Looks like some cute projects! I would love to have those patterns! =)

  34. Lots of socks and a nice shawl. Sign me up!

  35. How fantastic! Enter me, please!
    .-= Mujercita´s last blog ..FO: Felted Cloche =-.

  36. I have never seen this magazine before. Thanks for introducing me to this!

  37. Thanks for mentioning this magazine. I’ll be sure to check it out, particularly your article.

  38. I’d love a chance at this. I love the article about you as well as the one about Cookie A.

  39. Patty D says:

    please add me to the list! enjoy your blog

  40. Andrea in Tn says:

    Thanks for the new site. Looks interesting!!!

  41. Carolyn says:

    I’ve already succumbed to iFish Pond…now I’m wondering whether Plants vs. Zombies will be the inevitable next step and completely deprive me of my knitting time!

  42. HeatherB says:

    Argh – I accidentally hit reset instead of submit, so I’m writing again…I fear it won’t be as witty as the first one. πŸ™ Anyhoo – I’m surprised yet pleased that you’re enjoying Plants vs. Zombies. I’ve been killing zombies for quite some time and it can get intense! I’ve played through at least six times (probably more) and played all of the survival and mini-games. Don’t you love Crazy Dave…. because he’s craaaazy! It doesn’t get old – even when you tire of it, you can come back a few months later and it will be just as fun as it was in the beginning.

  43. The baby socks are adorable!!

  44. Looks cool!
    .-= Lucy ´s last blog ..Winner and Finishing =-.

  45. Kathleen says:

    I would love to win.

  46. Add me to the list. Very cute socks.

  47. looks interesting – hope I win!
    .-= Lucy´s last blog ..Winner and Finishing =-.

  48. Diana T says:

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  49. Well, I’ll be! I like knitting.

  50. hey, I am knitting socks in the orange/yellow/pink number the last pic on your post. It’s a sign.

  51. Knitcircus? Hmmm….another chance to be a loser! How can I not go for it?

  52. wow this magazine is great! I’ve never heard of it before; I hope I win but those things never usually happen but I think this may be something I might actually subscribe to; Thanks for the link Wendy!

  53. Thanks for the link for the magazine. And for a chance to win!

  54. I would love to win something, but I also wanted to say that I love the progress on the sweater.

  55. Thanks for another fabulous contest, Wendy and Lucy!

  56. Thanks for the new site to look at and for the chance to win free patterns………who cold beat that.

  57. I hadn’t heard about this magazine. It looks very cute. Thanks for letting your readers know about it!

  58. So glad to hear about this online magazine. Sign me up for a chance to win!

  59. I would love to win! Plus now I have a new e-zine to go look up
    .-= Dragonfly7673´s last blog ..Evenstar Clue 1 finished (spoiler pic) =-.

  60. Fantastic idea for online magazine. Please enter me for the drawing. Patterns are fantastic.

  61. Patricia M says:

    Please include me in your drawing…thanks!

  62. Oh Pick Me! Pick Me! The banana cookie recipe looks yummy!

  63. Ooh! Enter me in the drawing please!
    .-= Diana´s last blog ..Ah, the exciting life! =-.

  64. Wow. Thanks Wendy for sharing the mag. It is a great resource and I look forward to checking out future issues too.
    .-= JaneB´s last blog ..Out for a Walk =-.

  65. Oooohh pretty! Now, one more magazine I want.
    .-= Crystal´s last blog ..Sock Madness has taken over my life =-.

  66. Jacquie says:

    Great prize. Just having a quick flick through and saw heaps of goodies.

  67. Those tiny baby socks are so cute!

    I would love to win!
    .-= Rebecca Green´s last blog ..Knitting? Not so much =-.

  68. Wendy – you ARE allowed to not knit on occasion. πŸ˜‰

    I don’t know anything about plants and zombies, but for a couple of too-compelling on-line games, try

    But don’t say you weren’t warned.

  69. Just what I need, another site to check out. Better than doing the dishes!

  70. I love it! I’d love a chance to win.

  71. Natasha says:

    Your blog is the second time today I’ve heard about plants vs zombies. I still refuse to assimilate.

  72. Wow, a new to me knitting magazine!! Wonderful!
    fingers crossed, hope I win a copy…

  73. So many goodies! My fingers are crossed…

  74. Jeanine says:

    Those baby socks are so sweet and I love the shawl! Thanks for sharing the name of the magazine site.

  75. I’d love to have a copy of the Knitcircus patterns. Between sites like this and ebooks we’re getting a little closer to that paperless future that was predicted so long ago. Most of us will still print paper copies to carry with our knitting, but only the patterns we are working on instead of buying a paper magazine full of patterns.

  76. Nice looking projects. I had not heard of Knitcircus before.
    .-= Cheryl´s last blog ..Gone =-.

  77. Ruth Schoof says:

    Please include me in the drawing. Thanks.

  78. Charmaine says:

    zombies are ok sometimes..that’s a fun name, Knitcircus…I would love to win!!!

  79. Melanie says:

    I love your new project. Lucy is so beautiful. I love it when she naps.

  80. Kathy L. says:

    Knitcircus looks great. And I love the idea of an online only publication to cut down on paper and printing costs/usage. Please include me in the online drawing!

  81. Wow! Looks like a great magazine. I’ll have to add it to my online reading. Congrats on the article.

  82. Anna Housholder says:

    I have never heard of the magazine, great article, would love to win a year’s subscription.


  83. I’d love to win this too! πŸ™‚

  84. There’s always room for more knitting magazines. Thanks for pointing it out!

  85. I’ve never heard of the magazine, but I love the pictures!

  86. Thanks for the link and the giveaway. I will check it out.

  87. Looks great! Yes, please, sign me up!

  88. Opportunity to win free patterns? Sign me up, please!
    Just breezed through the magazine and all the projects look great, especially the Pavonia. So pretty!
    .-= Malika Watson´s last blog .. =-.

  89. I love Knitcircus they have some great goodies in there. I love then colors in you WIP.
    .-= Rae´s last blog ..Feeling Almost Human =-.

  90. I’m ready to start the second sleeve on CeCe. I like the process. Thanks for the inspiration to buy the pattern and knit another item. You are soooo good at that !!! and thanks for another chance to win something Wendy.

  91. Oh I would just so love to win a subscription. I just so love your blog and your socks and all the wonderful shawls you knit. Great Giveaway πŸ™‚
    .-= Lynne´s last blog ..Roses for Mother’s Day =-.

  92. Heather says:

    What a great give-away! thanks

  93. lamhakpak says:

    Oh! Online magazine? That’s great!

  94. I enjoyed looking through the magazine and I would love to have the patterns, especially all the sock patterns!
    .-= Susan´s last blog ..not a lot going on =-.

  95. Shirley says:

    Knitcircus looks like fun!

  96. I want to win!!!

  97. Colette says:

    Thank you for introducing Knitcircus.

  98. Oh Great and Mighty Random Number Generator – me, me, me! please?

  99. Thanks for letting us in on Knitcircus, I’ve not heard of it before. I’m off to check out what it’s all about. Please enter me in your drawing.
    .-= Gayle´s last blog ..Who knew bees would chew up wood? =-.

  100. Love the Knitcircus. I keep up with her blog all the time. I’m from Wisconsin,
    and just loved seeing all the yarn shops in the Madison area. Can’t wait to visit
    them all! Love the sock patterns.