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.

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?

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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:

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A cute cabled pullover.

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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.

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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.

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  1. Eliana Bahri says:

    I’d love a copy of “60 Quick Baby Knits”. Thank you 🙂


  2. I would adore this book 🙂
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  3. Hi Wendy,
    I have lots of friends and relatives that need hand knit baby gear. Today is my birthday and this would be a wonderful present.
    Happy May.

  4. ooh baybee, baybee, baybee! And Lucy, I don’t get why you think blocking is such hard work; after all, your job is sniffing, treading, and lying down! Skritches for you, you beautiful kitty.

  5. Heather M says:

    Ooh! I just had a baby and I’d love to make him some simple, quick projects! 🙂

  6. Between family and friends, many babies are on the way. This book would be great as I try to knit something different for each one! (I love the new look of your blog.)
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  7. Love the blanket. Thanks for the opportunity.

  8. It really is baby season! I would love that book. Thanks for offerig it to some lucky winner.
    ellen´s last blog post ..Head em up- Move em out

  9. What a cute book! I would love a copy of this book!

  10. I have a new great niece on the way and would love some
    new patterns.

  11. Newest grandchild expected end of May, so I would love to have this book – it sounds delightful!

  12. Quick Knits for Babies sounds like a great book. Please enter me in the contest. 🙂
    Ina´s last blog post ..How Can Knitting Patterns Reduce Stress

  13. I loved 60 Quick Knits, and would absolutely love to get a copy of 60 Quick Baby Knits!! Fingers crossed!

  14. I would love to be included in the drawing for the 60 Quick knits. Many thanks for offering up your copy.

  15. TerryB says:

    All the young teachers in my building insist on procreating! What’s a knitter to do?

  16. Looks like a nice book. Especially like the blanket you posted.

  17. comment yes like the book; relieved Lucy is relieved.
    try blocking with three cats in house!

  18. I too have a new niece/nephew on the way. wishing I had a new blanket pattern…

  19. Would love to have new baby patterns to knit for the babies that come along!

  20. Would LOVE this book! Just found out my daughter is pregnant and can’t wait to knit items for my first grandchild! This book would be perfect!

  21. Becky in Iowa :O) says:

    Looks like a lovely book and I just so happen to have a baby niece that needs some new knits.

  22. Would love to have this book! thanks for sharing!

  23. Juliette says:

    Would love a copy of that cute book!

  24. brenda says:

    oh i would love to win this!

  25. Deana Coyner says:

    I would absolutely love to have that book! I DO have several little ones for which to knit, and I am always on the lookout for new patterns.

    Thank you!!

  26. Arlene Hoose says:


    I would love that book as I have a NEW grandson!!
    Thanks for putting it up for us.

  27. kristine says:

    Hey Wendy,

    Love the color of your new shawl! Would love to win the baby knits book! Have baby #2 on the way, and am sure I could really find some useful patterns 🙂

  28. Laural Homstead says:

    This book is on my list! I wold love to win a copy.

  29. Baby things are such satisfying knits — small & yes actually quick to knit! I would love to have a copy of this book. And I’m glad to see Lucy get a break from all her hard work 🙂
    AnnBan on Ravelry

  30. Geneva says:

    love love love 🙂

  31. Phyllis says:

    12 grandbabies here! I could put that to very good use, thanks for the chance!

  32. chandra says:

    always knitting for babies, would love the chance to win, thanks!

  33. Nancyva says:

    Thanks for the chance to enter. With a little nephew on the way this would be great to win.

  34. Kirsten says:

    Looks like a great book!

  35. My new grand daughter would look adorable in some of those patterns!

  36. I have 5 grandchildren, plus my friends are having more grandchildren, so I could certainly use the book.

  37. Janell H says:

    I love knitting baby stuff for my nieces and nephews…and hopefully at some point grandchildren. No hurry C.B! LOL.

  38. I love baby knits – they are my favorite ! The speed at which I see progress and compleation are right up my alley. 🙂
    Karrie´s last blog post ..Moving in the right direction

  39. Denise Katz says:

    I would love this book! There are some cute things in it…..

  40. Shannon says:

    Love that mosaic blanket!

  41. G. K. Green says:

    Please enter me for the chance to win the book. Thanks for a great giveaway!

  42. Vicki B says:

    Looks like a great book! Thanks for showing us!

  43. I didn’t knit when my son was young so I’m making up for it with my great nieces & great nephew…and with my only niece getting married next week, I’m sure I’ll be knitting many more infant projects.

    Consider me a worthy recipient…

  44. I am just starting to knit for babies and would love a copy of this book.

  45. would love this!

  46. My bff just had a baby last week so I’d love a copy of this book. Thanks for offering it to us.

  47. LaurieofNepean says:

    This book combines three of my favourite things – sweaters for a baby, Cascade 220, and another opportunity to knit for my granddaughter. Thanks for the contest.

  48. brenda says:

    cute book……babies are always fun to knit for!

  49. Love this book; will probably buy a copy if I don’t win your contest. Fun stuff!

  50. SkyBee says:

    Both of the patterns you featured are adorable! Looks like a great book.

  51. Count me in! I would love to win it.

  52. Beth in Ohio says:

    Thanks for another chance to win a great book! I’m ramping up the knitting in anticipation of being Step-Grandma.

  53. I would love a copy of that book! What a great giveaway 🙂

  54. I would love this! I have my first niece or nephew due in November.

  55. Please pick me oh great random number generator, my boy needs a new sweater!

  56. Jane Wilson says:

    Thanks, Wendy for offering to share this book. I would love to add it to my library because there seems to be a baby boon in our family among the nieces and nephews, not to mention that I have three grandbabys age 2 and under.

  57. Lynn B says:

    Have seen this book in store. Many wonderful patterns. Would love a chance to win.

  58. My daughter just had twins and just found out that a friend is to become a grandmother. I would love this book. Thank you

  59. Michelle Bingnear says:

    We have babies on the way, would love to win!

  60. I have a lot of babies coming into my life (or that of those around me) and I am running out of good patterns for them. I NEED this book.
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  61. Oh I’ve been waiting for this book to be published. I have 60 quick knits and have done several great projects from it. I’ve been looking forward to this one!

  62. The book looks great! Thanks for the giveaway.

  63. Angela Zaikowski says:

    This book would be great! Expecting my own little bundle in a few weeks.

  64. what a cute book! Who wouldn’t love to own it?

  65. With another grandson on the way, this would be super useful! Thanks for the chance!

  66. I’d love that book! You are so generous to give away so many books.

  67. Donna T says:

    I would love the book!!