My current work in progress:

Comfort Fade Cardi by Andrea Mowry, knit from Miss Babs  Kaweah in the Parchment, Old Gold, Petrified Forest, and Espresso colorways, using 3.75mm and 4mm needles.

Cowl Girls

I recently received a review copy of Cowl Girls: The Neck’s Best Thing to Knit by Cathy Carron. Apart from a cute title, what does it have?

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Well, plenty of cowls to knit! There are 40 patterns to knits things to wrap around your neck, and go over your head. Most of these designs can be called cowls, I think, but there are a few hats as well.

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There is a wide range of techniques used in these knits and the patterns range from quick and easy (thick yarn on fat needles) to more complex, like this colorwork cowl:

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A few more of my favorites. This:

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And this:

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And this:

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The book is being published by Sixth&Spring Books and is due out October 5.

Who’d like my review copy?

To be entered in the drawing to win my copy, leave a comment on this post by 4:00pm eastern time this Thursday, September 23, 2010. Don’t know how to leave a comment? Check out my comment tutorial.

A winner will be chosen at random from the comments left and announced in Thursday’s blog post.

Back to my own knitting . . .

Great progress has been made. I finished the first sleeve of my cardi but since I neglected to photograph it, you’ll have to take my word for it.

Knitting on the second sleeve will commence tonight.

And here is Lucy, in a photo from this past weekend, happily ensconced on her Daddy.

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Photo take with Lucy’s Daddy’s Droid Incredible — great pic, eh?

(The sock yarn used for the socks pictured? I believe it was Regia Stretch but as I knit them a million years ago, I’m not sure.)


  1. I am so a cowlgirl, would love the book.

  2. I love cowls and sure would like to have that book. It looks really interesting. And, of course, I Love Lucy!

  3. I would love to win this book and make cowls for everyone for Christmas this year!

  4. Susan D. Smith says:

    I’ve heard about this book and would love to own your review copy. I have made cowls before and they are a wonderful, quick gift to make!


  5. I’d love to be considered for this giveaway as well. I really like the grey one with the brooch.
    .-= pmoys´s last blog ..Gah! =-.

  6. Lucy certainly looks happy. The book looks interesting.

  7. Love the title of this book!

  8. Loving that book! 🙂 Hope the Random Number Generator will favor me this time!!

    I’m random, see, so that gives us something in common! (Bacon.)


  9. I LOVE cowls. Knitting them constantly. I NEED this book!! Thanks Wendy!

  10. Susan Voegtly "CintiSue" says:

    Since I just had the hair cut short again – heck, we’re getting 90’s again this week! –
    I will need cowl’s when and if cold weather appears this year!!!!
    But, if I can only have cold weather (with snow) or the book – I’d have to ask for the weather. But, if that’s not in your power……would be glad for the book!

  11. Seeing as it *snowed* where I live last week (500 km south of the Arctic Circle in Canada), while still officially summer, I could really use some lovely new cowl patterns to knit to help keep warm! Thanks so much for this generous giveaway, Wendy!

  12. Oh! Those cowls are so beautiful!

  13. Oh Great Random Generator – Pick Me!. I love cowls. They are my favorite version of tail-less scarves. My Pedro says hi to your Lucy. 🙂

  14. I can see it now–a cowl kind of Christmas 🙂

  15. Linda G Howell says:

    Gotta love cowls! There is a special bond between daddy and daughter – I love pics of Lucy and her daddy and of course her mommy too!

  16. Would make a wonderful birthday present for me…..

  17. Melissa Baulkwill says:

    Looks great, count me in.

  18. Enter me for the cowl book, please!!! I’m tired of scarves!

  19. Daughter just moved to Maine – I could knit a lot of these for her and the girls.

  20. I need cowls!!! It was 48 degrees this a.m.!

  21. Hi Wendy, Thanks so much for your blog. It was a treat to see you and Lucy with the knitgirllls 🙂 I’m not sure if I missed it in your post or not but did you ever get your window fixed at work? I hope so!


  22. Denise Katz says:

    What a fun book?

  23. I would love to win the CowlGirls book. Please add my name to the drawing. Love keeping up with “Lucy”!

  24. I have a few vintage brooches that would look great pinned to a cowl! Thanks for the giveaway!

  25. Lucy needs a cowl that matches those beautiful blue eyes.
    .-= Beth Douthit´s last blog ..Love This Color! =-.

  26. Love the pic of Lucy and of course would love to win the book.

  27. oooh, I love cowls! I’ll keep my needles crossed.

  28. If only Wendy and her random number generator can find me among all of these comments.

  29. Barbara Stern says:

    This book looks like it has some great projects. I’d love to win it!
    Thanks for offering this contest.

  30. Please enter me in your giveaway – I have such a lot of hair that hats never fit properly – so cowls seem like a good idea!

  31. Would love the book….the cowls look like fun!

  32. Oh great number generator please pick me!!

  33. I’ve never knitted a cowl before and those pictures look so yummy and cozy that I think a cowl may very well be my next project!

  34. Oooh those coals are cute. Pick me please!!!

  35. Tonya Millett says:

    Awwwwwww, Lucy looks snuggly on her daddy’s lap. I’d love to win the book. Thanks!

  36. They look fun to knit – thanks for the give away.

  37. Barb Edison says:

    The CowlGirls sound like they would be such fun. Hope to win! Lucy is so pretty.

  38. I have never made a cowl – looks like fun!

  39. WoW I love to knit cowls and would love to win this book

  40. Roseanne Nichols says:

    I’m a cowlgirl! As I bow to the great random number generator…

  41. I love love love cowls, neckwarmers and hats oh my. Please pick me.

  42. I’d love to win this book. It would be great for stash reduction.
    I’d love to win the book. Thanks!
    .-= Esther´s last blog ..Happy and Healthy 2009 =-.

  43. Michele Cashen says:

    I would love to make every cowl in the book. Hope I win!

  44. Cowls are so lovely in the cold Pennsylvania winters! Thanks, once again, for your incredibla generousity!

  45. Never knitted a cowl before, but I am really liking the colorwork one! Please toss my name in the “hat” and thanks!

  46. I really enjoy the pic’s of Lucy.

  47. deidre corbet says:

    Looks like a great book! Putting it on my wishlist after I say HI LUCY!

  48. With cold weather coming, how fun to have this great book to knit up warm cowls. Thanks for providing this opportunity.

  49. I love cowls! They’re such a fantastic knit item…and my fiance loves them!

  50. Looks like a great book to add to my library. I have a few extra skeins of yarn from a knitting mishap that are looking for a pattern!!

  51. Helle "Gracie" Berry says:

    I have knit lots of cowls for gifts and am ready for some for me! I would love to win this book and therefore…I submit my name!

  52. Cowls are the best! And I’ve promised one to my nearly-90-year-old mom (who can’t deal with a scarf with loose ends while using her walker), so this book would be totally perfect! Nice random number generator, pick me, please?

  53. LaVelle Nott says:

    What a great book.

  54. Oooo, I just love cowls! I’d love a few more ways to make them. Also, your cardigan band method (knit long enough to meet in the back, and seam to the neckline) has given me an idea of how to fix a poorly written band on a cardigan I’m making. The sweater (I’m making) is just lovely in design and will be quite pretty, but I wonder a bit if it was test knit well. drat.

  55. I would love this book!

  56. Ooooooh…cowls…

  57. madonnaearth says:

    Me, me, me! Awesome!

  58. I love that you have soooo many giveaways! You’re so sweet 🙂

  59. Winter is coming very quickly up here and it will be cowl season sooner then we hope. Love your blog and Lucy too.

  60. I would love to win. I’ve tried to knit a couple of cowls and one was beautiful but was snug to pull over my head and the other was just plain ugly. Maybe I have a chance with a new book!

  61. Carol Kumpf says:

    Oh, yes! Cowls will make great Christmas gifts! Count me in!

  62. Lucy looks wide eyed and awake for a change. The CowlGirls looks like a fun new book and with Christmas gifts to make this would definitely come in handy.

  63. It’s already getting cool here in Maine. I need this book so I can have something more interesting than turtlenecks for the next 6 months. 🙂
    .-= Leslie McSorley´s last blog ..Pets on Quilts =-.

  64. They look great! I would love to try the green on and the grey one. Who doesn’t need a wardrobe of cowls for this upcoming winter?

  65. Love cowls-when it gets really cold I pull it up to keep my chin warm.

  66. I’d love a copy of CowlGirls! Looks interesting.

  67. OoOoOoOoh! Pick me! Pick meeee!!
    .-= Kathryn´s last blog ..Sunday Post =-.

  68. This book looks intriguing! I’ve not knit a cowl yet, but I’m sure it could come in handy in the winter here. Love the designs, too!

  69. “I only regret that I have but one neck to drape with a cowl…..” (Comment reportedly overheard in Mrs. Patrick Henry’s weekly knitting circle..)

  70. What a neat book! I love cowls!

  71. cowl me baby
    .-= Ruth´s last blog ..A bit of the random =-.

  72. Cowls! I could make a cowl for every day of the week and be completely happy! Love it and will probably buy it even if I don’t win it 🙂

  73. Yvonne in Southwest Virginia says:

    Seriously love, love, love cowls. Hope I win!

  74. That sounds really cool. I’ll definitely be checking the book out.

  75. I love making & wearing cowls, the book looks great….
    .-= Elly´s last blog ..Memoir review-Mennonite in a Little Black Dress =-.

  76. Toss me in the generator, too !
    Would love a new project!

  77. Oh, I’d love to win! Just moved to New Hampshire from Florida, so I would love to make some warm cowls before it turns cold. 🙂 Lucy is, as usual, adorable.

  78. Oo, now I’m going to have to add this to my list of books to hunt down.

  79. I’ve never knit a cowl before, but there’s a first time for everything…and this looks like it would be a good motivating factor therein.

  80. Last winter was the year of the cowl for me — but there’s nothing preventing another! And I love that last one, they grey one….
    .-= janna´s last blog ..6720 to go =-.

  81. The book looks interesting. Thank you for making it available to us via another draw.

  82. Looks awesome!!

  83. Those are really lovely. Please put me in the draw, and wish me luck!

  84. Hats and cowls are my this year’s answer to “What’s everyone getting for Christmas?” The book looks great.
    Sushi sends regards to Miss Lucy.

    Also, since I’m reading two posts in one day, the blue yarn in your next post is spectacular!

  85. That book seems right up my alley, as I’ve been contemplating how to make a cowl. I had thought I would have to figure it out myself, I never thought about there being so many patterns out there. The book would be great. Thank you for the opportunity to win it.

  86. Kris Peters says:

    Love cowls, particularly after last winter in PA!

  87. The picture of Lucy looks nice, but Lucy always looks so beautiful! More yarn for Lucy, yea!

  88. Mathews Knitter says:

    I love knitting cowls. Started my first one about 12 years ago when we were staying in a motel after evacuating during an ice storm. Haven’t stopped making them since. Would love to have the book.

  89. This book looks like fun!

  90. I love making cowls & giving them away! Women think they’re cool!

  91. The sweater is going to be lovely. And Lucy’s eyes match her daddy’s jeans perfectly!

  92. Love, love love Cowls! Please put me in the RNG list and keep them Lucy pics coming!

  93. I would LOVE to have your copy. I want to make up some of these for Christmas presents. You never have to worry about a cowl fitting!!! LOL

  94. Thanks for offering what looks like an awesome book. What a great way to try new techniques!

  95. These I would knit by the dozen

  96. Cardi looks great, Lucy is lovely as ever – posed on the back of it! Cowlgirls looks very interesting – I’d love to win but don’t expect you to send it to me in the UK!

  97. Thanks, Wendy and Lucy, for the contest. I’d love to win the book. :o)

  98. The perfect things to make with my handspun yarn!

  99. I love reading your blog and am always amazed at how quickly your projects are finished. Thank you to you and Sixth and Spring books for offering a copy of the cowls book. I’m looking for some great gift ideas.

  100. Nancy FP in Ferndale says:

    I am so loving cowls – they are pretty – they can be knit easily or with great concentration – I want to give everyone on my Christmas gift list one. Great use of fantastic yarn – which I’ve been buying up in large quantities. I’d love the book, but even if you don’t pick me, I’m going to purchase it! Thanks for giving stuff away – fun to read all the comments.