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.

Rachael Rachael

I finished reading Rachael Herron‘s second novel this week: How to Knit a Heart Back Home. (Rachael was kind enough to arrange for me to receive a review copy, but I will confess to you that I also purchased the Kindle edition so I could read it on my iPad.)

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This is the second book in Rachael’s “Cypress Hollow” series and I think it is even better than the first, which I enjoyed thoroughly. The story takes place in the same town, but the main characters are different. A nice Barbara Pym-like touch, however, is that the main characters in the first book (How to Knit a Love Song) make cameo appearances in this book. Rachael writes well and sucks you immediately into the story. There’s a nice amount of knitting content, as well as an original pattern for a very pretty sweater that is integral to the plot.

Rachael has offered a free copy of How to Knit a Heart Back Home to one of my readers, so let’s do a drawing. 🙂

To be entered in the drawing, leave a comment to this blog post, by 11:00am Eastern Time on Sunday, March 13, 2011. The great and might Random Number Generator will be awakened from its lair and exhorted to pick a winner from the comments. Then I’ll get the winner hooked up with Rachael and if you ask nice I bet she’ll even sign your copy. 😉

Please note that as usual, I require you to leave a comment to be entered into the drawing. But for every drawing I hold, I still get emailed entries, and even Ravelry messages. Please read this page if you are unsure how to leave a comment and/or wonder why I require entries via comment only.


Thanks for all your lovely comments about the Twisty Aran. I appreciate them very much!

I seem to have had many non-knitting things cutting into my knitting time this week. But the baby sweater is coming along as you can see:

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Nothing much else to see here, apart from Lucy.

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  1. I love reading knitting fiction. Totally enjoyed her first book, would love to win this one!!

  2. patricia says:

    Count me in- thanks for the drawing!

  3. Cathy Puccetti says:

    Thank you for the book review Rachael, I have not heard of this book series and am excieted to start reading the first one “How to knit a love story”. Hope I win the second one. Tx, Cathy

  4. Sounds like a good read!

  5. KnittinDeb says:

    Love reading books about knitting! And love your blog!

  6. Heather Davidsmeyer says:

    Pick me! I’d love to read it. Your Helena is coming along nicely…looks very very soft.

  7. Beverly Shearon says:

    I had not heard of this series, so I’ve placed a hold request on the first one at my library and would love to win the 2nd one!

  8. Corinne in CA says:

    I love to read, especially authors and series that are new to me. Throw in some knitting, and I am a happy camper-reader.

  9. Loved How to Knit a Love Song! Hope I win this one!!

  10. Sharon Moon says:

    Wow, another opportunity to see how an author weaves our knitting into our lives and others.
    Off to find the first one.

    Thanks for all your opportunities and information.

  11. I saw the finished sweater and love the way the shoulder was done. I love the color of the baby sweater too. I really just wanted to tell you how much I loved your sweater I really don`t wan to be entered into the drawning for the book ….reading takes too much time away from my kntting

  12. Thanks for the tip on the new book. I saw her first book and will purchase it for my Nook Color (purchased so I can read patterns and magazines). Hopefully I can win this one!

  13. I would love to win Rachael’s book.

  14. I’m convinced Lucy. I hope to win tis lottery. Sounds like a good book to curl up with.
    Thanks for the opportunity Wendy.

  15. Thanks for the review of Ms. Heron’s latest book. I will have to check out both books.

  16. I enjoyed her first book so much. Would love top get the next…

  17. Love the baby sweater – is that one of your original patterns? I’d love to purchase it if/when it is available. Please enter me in the drawing. One of these times I hope to be lucky. Like Lucy, I’ll be here if you need me! So cute!

  18. lucy does not look thrilled.

  19. Tattingranny says:

    Your blog inspires me! I sure would like to be able to knit as fast as you do…but… I really would like to read the new book “How to Knit a Heart Back Home!” I need a good book to curl up with and relax.

  20. Andrea in Tn says:

    Glad to see you are back to knitting full force . Hope your hand does not start bothering you again. Would love to read the book Andrea in TN

  21. Hope that Lucy loved the books too! Or rather your lap as you red them. <3
    Kathryn´s last blog post ..Puffs

  22. I love a book that incorporates knitting! Heck…I love a book, period!

  23. I would love to read this book. I just finished reading How to Knit a Love Song last night!

  24. love the book, does lucy come with it? 🙂

  25. Linda R. says:

    Thank you for the chance to win a new book! I will definately look up this author and add her to my list of new reads this year, thanks!

  26. I’d love to enter; I read even more than I knit! Thanks.

  27. Oh heck yeah, I love a drawing. Frankly, I’ve not heard of the book, but I love discovering new gems through recommendations of other people.
    Hissy Stitch´s last blog post ..Pablo Neruda is a knitworthy poet

  28. Yay novels with knitting!

  29. Ann Hedington says:

    Lucy doesn’t look very thrilled with the book, but I would be! 😀
    The twisty aran is fabulous, and your baby sweater is beautiful too — your hand must be all better now!

  30. Ann Hedington says:

    I am much more interested in the book than Lucy appears to be 😀
    The twisty aran is fabulous, and your baby sweater is beautiful too.

  31. Beverly Seibenhener says:

    I really enjoy reading books about knitting and would love to read these two. Will have to look for the Kindle version on Amazon.

  32. Please enter me in the drawing! Thank you!

  33. Sounds like a great book. I’m going to have to read the first one as well.

  34. Thanks for sharing the wealth. Love your blog and am inspired by your gallery of finished projects.

  35. sounds like a fun book. thank you.

  36. Thanks for the opportunity to win the book. It sounds interesting.

  37. Wendy, I can’t believe how fast you knit!! Are you sure you aren’t a machine?? I would love winning Rachael’s book, but since I haven’t read her first one I’m going to my library tomorrow. Love your blog. Joyce

  38. How wonderful! A chance to win a lovely book just when winter won’t quite GO AWAY! How do you do it? The amount of delicious knitting you crank out…very inspiring! Thanks for sharing!

  39. I’m always looking for a good knitting read. How’s the hand?

  40. Oooh, goodie! I do love drawings – please choose me, mighty random number generator!

    And Lucy – that’s one of your best pictures. What a cat!
    Barbara-Kay´s last blog post ..A magnificent cat

  41. Wow. It would be super to have an autographed copy. By the way how about a status update on your hand? Hope it is doing better everyday.

  42. I have not heard of this series but would love to read these books! Of course if I win I will have to get the first one too.
    Trish´s last blog post ..March of Dimes fundraiser

  43. I read Rachael’s first book, and I’d love to read this second one, too!

  44. oh oh! Pick me pick me!

  45. I like to read the book. Plz enter me in the drawing.

  46. audreayoda says:

    I would so love to win this book next to knitting and spinning reading is my favorite thing to do.

  47. Alexandra says:

    hi, sounds like a great story. I would love to win this book

  48. I love her book! Analisa

  49. RustyBird says:

    Hi there, Lucy. You look good with the book. Tell Wendy thank you! for having a give away.

  50. Shirley Ryan says:

    Another prize….looks like a good one. Thanks again

  51. MayaMoonie says:

    As both a reading and a knitting addict, I find it impossible to pass up a chance to win this book. I will be hunting the first one down, for sure!
    ~Maya (mayamoonie on Ravelry)

  52. Rachael’s in my local writing chapter…she’s as wonderful as her books!

  53. Wow – that baby sweater is looking good! Cant wait to see it done!
    Oh yeah, I would love to win the boo too!

  54. Well since the book looks Lucy approved, count me in!

  55. Lisa from w mass says:

    What fun! Looks like a great book for yet another grey day…. I love the Twisty Aran (would love to make it) and the very cute baby sweater!

  56. I love reading a book that has knitting all through it.

  57. I’m loving my Barbara Bretton books so I’m sure I would love this one as well…count me in for the drawing!!!
    So glad to see you’re knitting like your pre broken hand self again.

    Love and kisses to Lucy!!

  58. Wendy – I thought your twisty aran was amazing, especially the way it all come together in the end. As a Marylander, a cat lover, a writer and a reader, and a political junkie, I feel that once again life, as my blog is subtitled, is about knitting it all together.
    Thank you.
    Denny Stein´s last blog post ..NATIONAL CLUTTER AWARENESS WEEK

  59. Yes I would like to win the book thank you.

    (Now that I read that back it comes out more “spam commenter” than funny.)

  60. me love books

  61. as usual, you are always generous! Book sounds great!

  62. please enter me in the book drawing
    southparknitter´s last blog post ..Double Double Dressin’ Trouble

  63. Knitting and reading – awesome

  64. Looks like great reading, a good story AND knitting!

  65. Please enter me for the book giveaway.

  66. Love that hot pink and curious of the end product…Hearts work for me!

  67. Sounds like an interesting read and a knitting pattern in the bargain. Sign me up!

  68. Looks like such a great read!! Thanks for offering it and that baby sweater makes me wish I had someone that size to knit for!

  69. Karen Kennedy says:

    Rachael’s next book should include Lucy in it .. maybe with her cat Digit … thanks for offering her book!

  70. A book and it’s about knitting? Awesome, I am so in.

  71. That sounds like a fun book!

  72. Once I get paid next week, I am definitely downloading BOTH her books onto my iPad! I’ve been reading her blog for years, and funnily enough, I believe I found it through you! I think it was her Cromarty sweater, actually 🙂 Thanks for the referral!

  73. Looks like a great book. Thanks for the opportunity.

  74. Thanks for counting me in, Wendy. Last time I won a novel in a giveaway, I did my own giveaway to pass it on after I read it. Would be fun to do it again, LOL!
    Debbie´s last blog post ..Embroidery from the past

  75. Thanks for the chance to win the book – so nice of you!

  76. Always on the look for good reads! Enter me in the drawing, please.

  77. I would love the book. I am an avid reader. I like the color of the baby sweater. very nice.
    Robin Diebold´s last blog post ..Éire

  78. Maybe a new book could lift me out of the grey weather doldrums here in Michigan. We’re forecasted to get 6-8 inches of snow today, lucky for me I work from home on Fridays!

  79. I love the baby sweater! I need to see if it comes in a granddaughter size!

  80. Lee Shenton says:

    I really like Barbara Pym, so I’ll go get the first book. I love the Twisty Aran; the neck is unique.

  81. Ruth Musso says:

    Did Lucy like the book?

  82. Did Lucy enjoy reading the story?

  83. I haven’t read the first book – but I can assure you that IF I would be lucky enough to win this one, I’ll read the first one too!

    Lucy looks so intelligent doesn’t she?
    Anne Featonby´s last blog post ..Snow day

  84. I’d love to win this book. Need a good read right now.

  85. I need to be sucked into a new world….might need to visit a book store!! We just got another blast of snow!! school closing, messy yuck!!
    Glad to see Lucy is in approval of the book!

  86. Two of my favorite pastimes, reading and knitting. Finally found a way to combine with books on tape while I knit. A little obsessive, I know. BTW, the new webpage layout is wonderful.

  87. Looks like a fun book. Thanks for the chance!

  88. I always suspected Lucy to be an avid reader…

  89. I really enjoy knitting book series. I think I will have to find the first one and hope for the second one. Thanks for the chance to win.
    Laura´s last blog post ..Ten Non-Knitting Blogs

  90. Margaret Peck says:

    The baby sweater is gorgeous, I love the color, so unusual for a baby. I would love to win be chosen to win the book, thanks for offering.

  91. I love the twisty and am waiting for a chance to purchase it . have a good weekend. The sun is suppose to shine in NYC. cd

  92. I love knitting novels, and our library isn’t getting many new books anymore. I’m off to see if they have the first one.

  93. Read the first one and will read this one, free or not, thanks.

  94. margaret says:

    Lucy says, “you’re not giving away my copy, are you Momma?”

  95. Laural Homstead says:

    I’m ready for a new book.

  96. Stacy and the rugrats says:


  97. I enjoy novels which have knitting content and these two sound very interesting. The pink baby sweater is very pretty. Is it EZ’s February Baby Sweater?

  98. I would love to win the book.

  99. I’d like a copy. Lucy’s so cute!

  100. I’m ready for a new book and that one looks interesting. BTW, Wendy, your sweater is amazing! I love all the cable work.