My current work in progress:

Sundew,by Martin Storey, knit from Rowan Softyak DK, using 3.25mm and 4mm needles.

Oh Baby

I have in my hot little hands a review copy of  60 Quick Baby Knits: Blankets, Booties, Sweaters & More in Cascade 220 Superwash — see?

This is the latest “Quick Knits” book in the series from Sixth & Spring Books. It contains (you guessed it) 60 patterns for baby items, all using Cascade 220 yarn (though you could of course use whatever worsted weight yarn you wanted).

The designs range in size from newborn to 24 months and there is a very nice variety of projects — sweaters (both pullovers and cardis), hats, booties and socks, leg warmers, blankets, and a pillow. There are lace, cables, texture and colorwork patterns — a little something for everyone.

Thumbing through it, I found a lot of patterns I really liked. Here are a couple:

A cute cabled pullover.

A mosaic blanket.

There are many more adorable patterns as well.

Since I very rarely knit for babies, I’ll pass this book on to one of you.

To be entered in a drawing to receive my copy of 60 Quick Baby Knits, leave a comment on this post by 4:00pm EDT Tuesday, May 3, 2011, letting me know you’d like it. At that time I’ll have the Random Number Generator draw a comment number at random to determine who gets the book.

New Patterns in my Ravelry Store

Today I added the Delightfully Simple Shawl and Reticulated Shawl patterns to my Ravelry store — and remember, they are both 25% off through the end of the month, which would be this Saturday at midnight (Eastern time, I think). So if you want either of those patterns, you still have time to get them at the sale price.

A very big thank you to Stacie B. and Angie D. who test-knit (at blinding speed, I might add) the Delightfully Simple Shawl from the line-by-line directions to ensure they were all correct.

The Shetland Border Shawl will likely be ready for sale tomorrow or Saturday (it’s being tech-edited right now), so keep an eye on my Ravelry store — I’ll try to get it up for sale so there’ll still be time to buy it before the sale ends. ETA: Shetland Border Shawl is now available in my Ravelry pattern store — thanks to my tech editor Sharon!

Also remember I am donating all proceeds from sale of my Japanese Garden Shawl to the Red Cross through the end of April as well, so if you thought about getting it to donate to the cause, you still have time to do so. We are now over $6000 in donations! Thank you all so much 🙂

Work in Progress

My current work in progress is another knit-from-the-bottom-up shawl, this one being made from Madelinetosh Pashmina in the Betty Draper’s Blues colorway, on 4mm needles.

After I complete this, I’m thinking about starting a circular (spiral construction) shawl — that’ll take me a fair bit longer to complete. 🙂

Lucy is a bit relieved. All this blocking assistance she has had to give me is tiring her out.


  1. It seems like everyone around me is having babies…a new book of patterns sure wouldn’t hurt!

  2. Sue Robinson says:

    I would love this book! Cascade 220 is a yarn I just used to make a vest–yummy stuff. I have a brand new granddaughter and a brand new great nephew who would love for my number to be randomly chosen. Thanks for the offer of a free book!

  3. oooooo- loved their other book and would love this one too. and there is a new wee niece to knit for and my friend’s baby…….

  4. I really like the Fisherman’s Pullover – so cute

  5. That book would be welcome here. 🙂

  6. I’d love to win this book!
    odessa´s last blog post ..Moth Bait

  7. Carolyn Neiman says:

    Very cool of you to share. I have three friends and relatives having babies this summer. It would be nice to have something new to knit for them.

  8. I really appreciate all your giveaways (even if I never win!). Maybe this time.
    Dorothy´s last blog post ..And the Winner Is

  9. I’m always knitting baby stuff to give away. I would love to have this book to work from 🙂

  10. I work at an elementary school. Seems like someone is always pregnant there. I NEED this book!

  11. technikat says:

    I’ve got lots of babies to knit for. There were six born into our family in the last year!

    I like that blue shawl you’re working on. The color really appeals to me.

  12. great book!

  13. Love, love, love your shawls and that wonderful baby book!

  14. Deborah H says:

    Oh by goodness, I totally need this book. Buns in the oven everywhere!

  15. Wendy,

    For a change I’m not wild to have the giveaway, but I do know someone who would be delighted with the gift if the random number generator picks me.

    Instead, I have a question. I just perused all of your shawls on Ravelry. I’m a fairly accomplished knitter, but am lace-challenged. I’d like to try your Delightfully Simple Shawl, but it’s proportions don’t suit me at all. I unerstand that your goal has been to design things you can finish with a minimal amount of yarn, but I’m six feet tall and occupy a fairly extravagant body, and as written, your shawl would make something which would be more like a scarf for me. I’m not asking you to write new instructions, but I’d like to know how complicated it would be to add width in order to make it finish about 8 inches longer.

  16. I knit for new babies in our small rural community so winning this book would provide great new ideas!

  17. I would love this book. I’m a beginner and am currently working on a baby blanket for my little girl that isn’t turning out to well. Need help or a new pattern.

  18. I would love a copy of this book! We have a lot of infants and toddlers in our family right now and it would be great timing! :o)

  19. Ruthie A. says:

    I have a thing for baby stuff…maybe because I’m a grandmother? And I just found out a friend is expecting another grandbaby in November! It seems all I do is knit baby things. Sure would like this book to give me new ideas. Please, RNG…pick me!

  20. Beverly (db81971) says:

    I would love that book, my neighbor is pregnant, and I know I’d find the perfect gift in there.

    You are my shawl making idol! THANK YOU!

  21. Marina McIntire says:

    Oh, boy! Babies!

  22. Barbara Johnson says:

    Please, please, please. Prissy, Cinder and Pickles all have their paws crossed!

  23. Raye, mother of the other Jan 2nd Wendy says:

    Hi Wendy,
    This would be a great book to own, as I’m about to become a grandma for the 1st time (my son and daughter-in-law). I’m almost done with knitting newborn stuff for the summer and soon I’ll start knitting for the fall and winter. so please enter my name for the random generator!
    Best regards!

  24. YAY! BABIES!

  25. Katerina says:

    I would adore a copy of this book. Have a 14 month old who my knitting centers around! Thank you for such a great blog. Always enjoy your updates.

  26. GeniaKnitz says:

    I appreciate this chance to enter my name in the drawing.

  27. Kim Garnto says:

    I like making baby gifts and could use this book! I also have a siamese cat named Lucy; actually LucyLu!!

  28. Since babies are coming out of the woodwork this year, this would be a great addition to my bookshelf!

  29. Me want book 🙂
    Thanks! 🙂

  30. Oooh, great contest!
    I love making baby gifts from cascade 220 superwash. I get to use wool, and the new mama gets some thing easy to care for…not to mention, knitting little things in worsted is faaaaast!

  31. I’m so glad you posted something about the book, which I’d love to have, It reminded me I need to start knitting for my friends grandchild.

  32. Amelia S says:

    I’d love to have this book; I love knitting baby things. Thanks!

  33. I just rediscovered knitting about 6 months ago when I decided to downsize my possessions. I couldn’t figure out what to do with my yarn stash, so I picked up my knitting needles and began working my way through it. I also discovered your blog a few weeks ago and I have enjoyed reading it. I would love to win the new book. It would help me make it through my stash that much quicker.


  34. I would love to win. Thanks for the chance
    Robin Diebold´s last blog post ..My progress on my projects

  35. Kathy L. says:

    Please include me in the drawing!

  36. It’s spring and everyone seems to be having babies – this book would come in so handy! Thank you for sharing!

  37. Oh, I have the superwash! I only need the book. Fingers crossed for a win!

  38. Pick me. Still Hoping to be a grandmother….

  39. I love knitting baby stuff…it’s a way to learn techniques that doesn’t take outrageous amounts of time…and then there are all those grandchildren that need hand knits :>)…

  40. Oh Baby! With 6 grandchildren and more on the way, Grandmum needs some more ideas for the needles.

  41. Love baby hats – they knit up so quick and are so cute! Thanks for passing this along!
    Mary´s last blog post ..Rest in peace- Mom

  42. i found out I am going to be a grandmom just a week ago — so this is right up my alley. Let the baby knitting begin!

  43. Catherine P says:

    I would love this book!!

  44. Teresa Wertz says:

    love it!!
    pick me oh random generator!!

  45. Alycia C says:

    I’d love to win a copy.

  46. I would love to win a copy of the book. Thank you for the opportunity!

  47. I would love to have this book! I do a lot of knitting for the babies of friends and family, have stuck mostly to blankets for the past 12 years. It’s time I pick up some new patterns! 🙂

  48. I, too, could use some new baby knit designs. Thanks.

  49. I have so many new babies in my life that this book would get a lot of use. Two of my friends just had their boys on the 26th! Cannot wait to see the circular shawl you come up with 🙂
    Ashley´s last blog post ..My first commissioned pieces!

  50. This looks like a great book! Thanks for sharing.

  51. My first grandchild is due in November and this book would be a great kickstart to knitting some really cute patterns!

  52. Oh baby is right!! Since there will be two new babies born into my extended family in the next 6 months, I *need* this book 🙂

    Thanks for gifting (even if I don’t receive). You are very generous.

  53. RebeccaR says:

    So cute!!! I need to get a head start for all my pregger friends!

  54. Sarah O. says:

    Omgosh, I love knitting baby stuff I would treasure a book w/60 baby patterns all in one place.

  55. This is fate! Cascade 220 is my favorite yarn, I have a grandbaby who is adorable in handknits. AND my birthday is May 3rd. Great giveaway!
    Susan´s last blog post ..You Can Blame Costco

  56. Looks like another great “60’s” book!

  57. Mrs. Meg C says:

    Oh my, I’m drooling over this book big time! I’ve got an adorable little nephew to clothe and if I make cute little clothes there’s a chance maybe my husband may start to think that a little one would be perfect in the future!

  58. Meredith says:

    I’d love the book! I’ve got a bunch of babies-on-the-way to knit for, would love some new ideas.

  59. Wendy Bloom says:

    I would love a copy of this book. My brother is up to four kids and two are babies.

  60. Rachel Eldridge says:

    Love the blanket! Please enter me in the book drawing.

  61. Saw that book at my LYS -really cute patterns. Lotsa babies to knit for, so I’d love a copy!

  62. As a new grandma (yes!) this book would come in handy for me and my beautiful grandson Nash.
    Jocelyn´s last blog post ..Eye-candy Friday

  63. I would love to win this book as I am expecting my first grand-child in July and would love to knit up some quick projects. Thanks for offering.
    Michelle´s last blog post ..We’ve Moved

  64. Oh I would so love this book. Everyone I know seems to be having babies at the same time. Need baby patterns! LOL.
    Milly´s last blog post ..Cuteness!

  65. I looked at the book last night during KnitNite at the bookstore! Some really cute patterns in there, perfect for the grandbaby…
    Anne´s last blog post ..Quickie update

  66. Please add me in the drawing. Nice looking book.

  67. me me me me! Oh please mighty random number generator, pick me.

    OK, I admit, I’ll probably go buy that one..,

  68. What a fun book! I would love to win this one! I have a baby due in October and multiple neices and nephews due this year! Thanks for the drawing!

  69. Such a cute book. Looks like lots of fun knits.

  70. Oh baby, indeed. I would love to receive a copy of the book. Thanks for the chance.

  71. I’d love the book! I love knitting baby things, and it seems like there’s a mini baby boom going on among my loved ones, so I have LOTS of baby knitting coming up! Thanks for the opportunity.

  72. I make a lot of crocheted blankets for babies, but I have been wanting to change to knitted hats or sweaters, etc. This book would help me branch out into other gifts as well. Love your shawls.

  73. I love that mosaic blanket! And with all kinds of babies coming up in my future, this book would be really appreciated.

  74. I love spiral shawls – no purling back. Just knitting. For my style of knitting, it just goes faster.

  75. Thank you for the giveaway. So kind 🙂

  76. I really would like to have this book! The sample pix you had in your blog are just the kind of baby patterns I have been looking for!

  77. Jo morgan says:

    I rarely knit for babies but most of the women in my church knitting group do. I’d love to win this book to add to our library. Thanks for entering me!

  78. Ooo, I have a 12 week old who would love some hand knit items, this would be perfect!

  79. So many friends in my life are having babies right now – I could really use this book!

  80. Soxy Jane says:

    This would be a great book for me – put me in the drawing.

    I can’t believe how fast you complete projects. Can you estimate how much time you spend knitting each day – or maybe the total for a week? I know you can knit during your commute – how long is that? My commute (3 minutes and I’m driving) is easy, but doesn’t allow for knitting 😉

  81. Cute book! I’ve been stalking the library for it, so I can see if there’s enough there for me to buy it. 🙂

  82. Oh I would love this book! 🙂

  83. Rain2rainbows says:

    Oh em geee!!! I have 11 preggie friends so this would be amazing!!!!!!!!! *fingers crossed*

  84. It’s fun to knit for babies!

  85. I am surrounded by wee nieces and nephews, so I could definitely find use for that book; I love knitting worsted for tots since they grow so fast . Thanks for the chance!

    On a side note, just wanted to say I love how fast you get projects completed. I’m a fairly quick knitter and you leave me in the dust. 🙂

  86. Love baby knits. This looks like a good one. Thanks for your entertainment and inspiration! You too, Wendy.

  87. I have 2 babies to knit for — a boy and a girl — so this would come in very handy. Thanks for the opportunity to win it.

  88. I’d love to win this book. Lots of cute stuff for my new little guy.

  89. Sue Ann Schaus says:

    Oh Baby Oh!!! We have so many at office having babies this would put to good use !!!
    Thanks, Wendy.

    Sue Ann

  90. I’d love it too!

  91. Count me in the running and thank you!

  92. Erin Grenier says:

    I’d love a copy of that book! I’m hoping to start trying to get pregnant sometime soon…

  93. I’d love the book, need more ideas for knits for my new nephew!

  94. Lots of new babies coming soon here at school. I’m envisioning a mosaic blanket in soft, soft pastels!

  95. That book would be wonderful. I wonder if I can capitalize on winning a book on a book blog…does that make me extra lucky? Or less lucky b/c I already won?? Oh, the mystery!

  96. Am so excited about your reveiw. Want the book for new ideas for my little Oliver 1 1/2. Something new to que my interest.

  97. What a great looking book. I love to knit baby gifts and I’m looking for new inspiration.

  98. Marie McKee says:

    I love to knit baby gifts and would make good use of this book. Thanks for offering it up!

  99. I got to see that book last week, and I have been looking for it to buy…please pick me!

    Love the new shawl

  100. i would love the book. I need to knit more for my neighbour’s baby.