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.

Winter Knitcircus

The Winter 2010 issue of Knitcircus magazine is live today!

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You may note by looking at the masthead that I’ve been “promoted” — I am now a contributing editor. 😀 In this issue you will find my article: “Make It Fit: Adjusting Stitch Patterns for Sock Design.” I hope you enjoy it.

This looks like a lovely issue — after a quick read-through I can see that there are as usual great articles and reviews and of course a lot of wonderful patterns to knit — many of them great for holiday knitting and giving.

As usual, my lovely and generous editor-in-chief Jaala Spiro has authorized me to give away two one-year subscriptions and ten pattern collections from this issue. Want to win one? Leave a comment on this blog post by noon eastern time on Sunday, November 14 to be entered in the drawing.

Meanwhile back at the ranch, the day job is getting in the way of my knitting progress. I tell you, this working for a living nonsense is starting to annoy me. I managed a few rows on the sleeve of the Not-Quite-All-the-Way-So-Much Hawthorn Sweater last night.

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Tomorrow is a holiday for us Feds and I have nothing planned for the day, so I’m hoping to spend it relaxing, snuggling with Miss Lucy, and knitting.

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  1. Stacy and the rugrats says:


  2. I keep toying with the idea of retiring, but that’s about as far as I get, even though my stash is sufficient for a little while of full time knitting.

    I didn’t know a pattern would “direct” the knitter to do anything. I figure it’s like most recipes, merely general guidance that you adapt to current preferences (except for baking, where proportions have to be fairly precise and even then I make adjustments).

    Nice article in KnitCircus, BTW.

  3. Great magazine! Sure love to win a subscription. Thank you 🙂

  4. I love the layout of the magazine. A subscription would be awesome 🙂

  5. I’ve never seen that magazine and would love a subscription.
    Love those lavender cables!

  6. I would really enjoy a subscription to Knitcircus! Thanks for the chance to win!

  7. It is a great issue — and congrats on your article!

  8. Janet B from Cape Cod says:

    I’d love a subscription. It seems it’s my turn to win.

  9. Lori Parker says:

    Oh please pick me.

  10. anne marie in philly says:

    snuggle away! 🙂

  11. Please enter me in the drawing. Thanks.

  12. I love knitcircus My Lys once in a blue as coupons to get one free pattern (I have only been am to get one pattern ) I loved this magazine and would so happy with a free subcription PICK ME pretty please I never win anything ……well a loaf of bread once Thats a long story. Lucky Lucy she get to spend the day with her Mama

  13. I never did know how I got everything done when I worked full time. Here’s to all of us retired folks!!! (Who are busier than ever!)
    Congratulations on your new status as ‘contributing editor’

  14. The magazine looks lovely – I’d love to win!

  15. Cynthia Harris says:

    When we lived “back east” I worked for the state, and loved all the extra holidays we don’t get “out west” – Veterans Day, Patriots Day (at least in Boston), Flag Day, Columbus Day, Presidents Day. Have I forgotten any? Have a relaxing day with Miss Lucy!

  16. Your post was my first exposure to knitcircus. What a great magazine. Ohhhh, I hope the random picker picks me! Congrats on your new title at the magazine, it’s nice to be appreciated.

  17. Congrats on your promotion! I’d love to win either prize.

  18. I love how the cables really ‘pop’ in the Hawthorne knit.

  19. Sign me up.

  20. Lauren Kowalczewski says:

    Congratulations on your ‘promotion’!!
    That sweater is going to be gorgeous!!
    I’d love to win that subscription…I can’t afford to buy it on my limited income. Although it doesn’t cost anything to look at the cover…(sigh)…sure wish I could have some to knit from…hint..hint!
    Thanks for posting all of these give-aways. You’re so generous to share with your readers.
    I love and look for your postings every day! And Lucy is the icing on the cake!!!!

    Cassie & Zoe say “Moewie” to Lucy!

  21. KathyM in SE VA says:

    I totally agree about the day job interfering with the knitting passion, but something’s gotta pay for the wool. Sigh. Getting socks to fit has been something that I hope your editorship can remedy, if i were to read the copy of Knit Circus. Throw my hat in the hopper!

  22. catherine Vanderloos says:

    would luv! a subscription–love that kitty too!

  23. Thanks for the opportunity.

  24. Denise Voss says:

    I’m new to KnitCircus but I love what I’ve seen. I’d also love a subscription. I also have a day-job to support my evergrowing habit. Gotta have it!

  25. Please include me in the drawing for knitcircus!

  26. Andrea in Tn says:

    woo hooo I love the concept of free magazines and such a fine one it is!!!!

  27. Lucy says, “yippee!!! Mommy’s going to be home with me. I will curl up on her lap all day.”

    Great issue of KnitCircus this time!!!

  28. I tried for years to have my boss mail my checks to my house, if I promised never to darken her door again. It never worked.
    So, I’ll never darken…Oh, right. That doesn’t work.
    Just pull up my name for a subscription, please please please!

  29. What a great issue – would love to win a subscription!

  30. The new issue of Knitcircus looks great.

  31. Wow – perfect article for me to read… I am a new sock knitter and have found your blog and patterns so useful. Thanks!
    cathy´s last blog post ..Next up … casting on the Sole Sock

  32. kelly-ann (on ravelry) says:

    I love this new issue – especially the Winterside Cardigan.

  33. You must have some really great contacts, you’re constantly giving stuff away! The latest edition looks great, nice and cozy for winter.

  34. Ray Janikowski says:

    Thanks once again for the opportunity to win in one of your give-aways. You are very generous!

  35. Ooh, pick me, pick me!
    Signed, green with envy at the thought of having a holiday in the middle of the week

  36. Funny how this workin thing seem to be international, I have never quite understood why I have to spend 1/3 of my life in a place where I’d rather not be. I do like my job, don’t get me wrong, but I can still EASILY figure out about a zillion things I’d rather do. Like knitting, or knitting. Oh, or knitting :).

  37. So nice to see a non-anorexic on the cover of Knitcircus. I do have a hard time visualizing what many patterns would look like on me, so I appreciate those I can!

  38. yay!

  39. LOVE those cowgrrl boots… *wonders if Wendy has ever kicked any road apples with them?!?* lol

    I’d love to win a subscription!!

  40. I’m lucky that I can take my knitting to my day (sometimes night) job. I would enjoy the Knitcircus magazine.

  41. Me! Me! pick me, O Random Number Generator! I totally feel ya on the day job getting in the way. When will your writing support you in the manner in which you deserve?

  42. Would love to win a subscription…..

  43. Great KnitCircus patterns — I definitely need some more patterns to add to my “Knit This Next” list!

  44. Linda Cannon says:

    Wow, the magazine is taking off. what a great accomplishment.

  45. I love Knitcircus!

  46. As a fed myself, hooray for the holiday!
    Ashley W´s last blog post ..Best Pictures of the Season

  47. Your boots are beautiful! I’d love to win the draw for Knit Circus.


  48. Congratulations on the contributing editor thing. That’s great. 🙂 I’d love to win!

  49. Ooooh, me likey! Please enter me 😉
    Karen´s last blog post ..Whiskers on Wednesday

  50. Boy do I understand the job getting in the way of knitting. This is a super prize, especially since I have no time to shop because of the job.

  51. Knitcircus seems appropriate. I’d like to knit more, but the rest of my life is the circus.

  52. I would love to win a subscription.

  53. Congratulations on your promotion!

  54. Pat Whatley says:

    Congratulations on the promotion!

  55. I’m seriously annoyed with my day job for interfering with my knitting, so I totally understand. Congrats on your new job with the magazine, and I sure hope the random number thingy likes me a whole bunch!

  56. Bunches of good things: being “promoted” (pun intended), getting a day off, cuddling with cutey.

    Day jobs, both bad and good. I used to have one. It was nice to have a source of income.

    Pick ME!

  57. Please pick me! I would love to try Knitcircus.

  58. Comment!

  59. One of my favorite magazines!

  60. i have never read knitcircus before, i would like to win a copy
    marianne lundholm
    kopphuslandet 17
    81431 skutskär sweden

  61. congratulations on the promotion!

  62. i have never read knitcircus before, i should bi so happy i i vin the magazine
    marianne lundholm
    kopphuslandet 17

  63. Eagerly awating the arrival of your Sock in the Box!
    Would sooo love to win a subscription to this mag. Don’t get it here in South Africa!

  64. Congrats on the “contributing editor” position, but hope you can still get some good knitting time in, as well as patterns. Would love to receive KnitCircus!!!

  65. i have write tre times and i dont know whats wrong with my comments

  66. Hi, Yes…I would love any issues..thanks.

  67. Wow would love to save the subscription price and even if I don’t win I think I had better plan on setting aside the cost of it to many good patterns to just let go by the wayside. Thanks for the opportunity

  68. I would love to win a subscription! And speaking from the retirement world – it’s great, don’t work any longer than you have to.

  69. Congrats, on your promotion to contributing editor…so cool!!

  70. i totally understand the job interuptis. i am currently unemployed so i have had lots of time to knit so that has been oh so fun. being that i have a whole bunch of stuff for xmas in the basket it is working out rather well.

  71. Knit circus? Looks great!

  72. Blinkiebloo says:

    A day to spend knitting sounds lovely!

  73. Enjoy Veterans Day ! it is not a holiday in our company. Plus I am having a sleepless night – urghhh – I would love to win this sub to Knit Circus – I’ve never seen it before – thanks for your generous offer. Melody
    Melody Bryan´s last blog post ..ORNAMENTS ABOUND

  74. cthulhulovesme says:

    I’d love to win something! Congrats on your new position!

  75. Maybe I´ll be lucky this time! It would be great!

  76. This is one of my favorite blogs! Great prizes! Thanks for being here.

  77. This is one of my favorite blogs! Great prizes! Thanks for being here.

  78. I’m always up for winning! Hope you make progress on the “Almost Hawthorne” but don’t slack with the Miss Lucy attention!

  79. Pick me please!

  80. I’d love to win a subscription!
    josiekitten´s last blog post ..Lazy Sunday

  81. I hope you enjoy your day off!

  82. Lovely patterns in this issue of Knitcircus!

  83. dawn in NL says:

    Shall I be greedy and enter again.
    Love the colour of your “almost Hawthorn”.

  84. Some really lovely patterns this time around. Looks interesting.
    Little Miss S.´s last blog post ..Red and green hexagons

  85. Angela Jenkins says:

    I would love a subscription! Have fun on your day off.

  86. Hope you’re enjoying your day off! What I wouldn’t give for one of those. Pesky day job.

    Congrats on your promotion!! And thanks for the giveaway.


  87. Theresa Williams says:

    I love knitting socks from the toe up. Thank you for your books.

    Pick me for the magazine subscription to ‘Knit circus’

  88. Congratulations on your promotion! I hope you and Lucy enjoy your day off. I would love to be picked. Thank you.

  89. Congrats on the promotion! Lucy looks very impressed.

  90. I just finished a sweater for my grandson out of Amy Butler Belle Organic in Lt. Aqua and I liked the weight of it for a toddler and Va. weather which is very changeable. good stitch def. for the type of yarn/weight.
    I would love to have a subscription to the magazine Knitcircus too.

  91. I’d love to win the subscription!! Congrats on the promotion.

  92. “the day job is getting in the way of my knitting progress. I tell you, this working for a living nonsense is starting to annoy me.” Amen, sister!

    Please enter me in the drawing, thanks.

  93. would love to have a subscription – thanks!

  94. November 14 is my birthday! that would be nice 😉

  95. I love purple and I love cables and I can’t ever seem to sit down and do a sweater pattern exactly as it was designed!

  96. Diane Rizzo says:

    WOW! A knitting magazine I’ve never heard of… to. have.

  97. Please put my name in the pot. I’d love a subscription!!

  98. Isn’t having to earn money a drag??? 😉 But you are still an incredibly fast knitter….
    I’d love me some Knitcircus, I think that issue is pretty great!
    Some extra cuddles for Lucy, all the best, Karen

  99. I would love to win! There are some really nice patterns in this issue.

  100. Heather Soly says:

    Enjoy your day off. When I get a day off on a pretty day like its gonna be today, I feel guilty staying indoors all day, so find a sunny porch to knit on.