My current work in progress:

Kenmare, by Martin Storey, knit from Rowan Softknit Cotton, using 4mm and 4.5mm needles.

Love is All Around

Here it is the last day of June. Where did the month go? For that matter, where has the year gone? It seems like it was just January.

My little scarf/shawlette thingie is done, see?

It’s really more of a scarf than a shawlette.

It used about 250 yards of fingering weight yarn.

Madelinetosh Tosh Sock in the Creme de Menthe colorway, to be exact.

I’m very happy with it!

Using the same construction technique and lace edging, I plan to make another one that is more of a shawlette — it’ll have a deeper “body” so it is longer from top to bottom. More about that on Sunday. I’ll offer the two versions together in one pattern.

Gotta love a two-fer.

Other things to love . . .

We Love Lynn Zimmerman

My buddy Lynn Zimmerman is doing her second annual Make A Wish fundraiser — all details are over on her blog. If you donate $5.00 via her donation page (linked to from her blog with detailed instructions), Lynn will send you a copy of Laura Linneman’s beautiful My Wish Shawl Pattern. You have until August 26 to make donations.

But wait, there’s more!

For every $10.00 you donate, you will receive an entry in a drawing for some wonderful prizes! Check out Lynn’s prize blog post for details on what you could win. There are some wonderful prizes!

Actually, I think I am being very altruistic mentioning this because if I didn’t, fewer people would know about it and I would have a better chance of winning one of those amazing prizes. Of course, the fact that the Knitgirllls talked about this on their last podcast means it is already out there. So I’m not being so altruistic after all.

We Love Vogue Knitting

Because they always send me wonderful books to review, and because they authorized me to give away free tickets to the upcoming VK Live market in Los Angeles to two of my readers. These two lucky readers, chosen at random from the comments, are Brenna D. and Cathie Jones. I have emailed you two and have sent your email addys to Vogue Knitting and they will be in touch with you.

We Love Potter Craft

A couple of weeks ago I got two advance-advance copies of my upcoming book (to be published August 23) Wendy Knits Lace from my publisher, Potter Craft. (I get a box of copies next month, but the printer sends a few on early and I always get a couple of those).

I kept one copy of course, and sent the second copy to my awesome tech editor L-B because after all the work she put in on this book, she deserved to be one of the first to have it.

Yesterday Potter Craft told me they are sending me another copy so I can do a blog giveaway now!

Who’d like it?

To be entered in the drawing for this advance-advance copy of Wendy Knits Lace, leave a comment on this blog post. I will draw a winner from among the comments using the Random Number Generator at about 4:00pm EDT next Thursday, July 7, so be sure and have your comment in by then!

Last But Most Certainly Not Least

We love Lucy!


  1. Ooh! pick me!

  2. Celestine says:

    Your little green thingie is just too cute….please pick me for your lace book….Thank you Wendy for the opportunity

  3. I would love a copy of your book!

  4. the kitties and I would love a copy of your new book! And we’ll be sure to hop over to Lynn’s fundraiser as well!

  5. LaVelle says:

    I love the new scarf, what a wonderful design. Can’t wait for the pattern to come out on Ravelry. Thanks for your designs.

  6. Melinda says:

    I had never knit lace before the Mystery Shawlette — and now I’m ready for more, so I’d give your extra copy a good home.

  7. Oh pretty please pick me 🙂

  8. ruth hibberson says:

    We all want your book! I want it very much.

  9. i LOVE to knit lace things: shawls/scarfs, socks, baby sweaters!! i’m always searching for more lace patterns! i love the green scarf! i’ve knit that same lace edge on my baby sweaters!

  10. I love your new scarf! I would also love to win the advance copy of your book 🙂

  11. Lexi (my cat) and I both think Lucy is adorable!
    Kay´s last blog post ..Labor Day

  12. Can’t wait til the short row shawlette and scarf pattern comes out! I would pay big money for that lace book for that cover scarf ALONE, but if you would like to GIVE me one I will most gratefully take it.

  13. lovely shawl, would love to be in to win!
    Rachelle´s last blog post ..Hacked!

  14. I would adore a copy of your book – thank you.

  15. I would soooooooo love to have your lace book!!!

  16. I would love to win a copy of your lace book.

  17. Carolyn says:

    Your patterns are so fantastic and awesome. I would love to receive this book.

  18. Michelle says:

    OMG. Your lace patterns for free? I officially love you! Thanks for the contest.

  19. I’d love your book. It looks wonderful. Your scarfet (?? – not a shawl, not a scarf) is delightful. I’ve been working on something similar in concept, but haven’t been successful in getting what I want. May have to copy you!


  20. Tamara Coombs says:

    I haven’t been this excited about a book release since waiting in line for the Harry Potter series. Also, that shawlette looks great.

  21. Who’d like it???? I would, I would!
    Nikki´s last blog post ..WIP Wednesday #23 – Here Come the Owls!

  22. Lee Long says:

    What a great chance. Will you autograph it? I’d love to win it. How awesome.

  23. Linda M. says:

    I enjoyed knitting the Shetland Pi and the Mystery Shawlette so I’m looking forward to the book.

  24. OMG!! it would be so great to win a free copy of your book.
    best wishes from Iceland
    Fríða´s last blog post ..FO nr 43/2011

  25. Hi Wendy, love your shawl thingie…! And looking forward to seeing the addition, extention, twofer from this…would also love to win your shawl book, if I were to be so lucky. Cute stuff you do!

  26. I can’t wait to see your new book! I am still working away on the Summer Mystery Shawl as it’s my first one. Congratulations!!

  27. That green shawlette/scarf is lovely — just a perfect little gift for one of my daughters (or all of them) Plan to get the book as soon as it becomes available — love your stuff! And, of course, I Love Lucy!!. My “Lucy” has nearly the same coloring but is named Sasha — and she will not share my lap with my knitting—it must go!

  28. Thank you for creating another wonderful knitting book. Cannot wait to get a copy.

  29. Wendy D. says:

    …beautiful Wendy…the “other” Wendy wants one !

  30. Lucy says make more shawls. Need my special time with the knits

  31. Jean Palionis says:

    Hi Wendy, I love the cover of your new book…I sure would like to have a copy. Thank you!

  32. Pick me! I would love to win your book and will jump on your pattern for the new shawlette. I got such enjoyment out of knitting the mystery shawl. It was very generous of you to design that and offer it for free and I hope you offer another mystery shawl in the future. I would be more than willing to pay for it!!

  33. Dear Random Number Generator –
    Please pick me!

    Dear Wendy –
    Thanks for a fun blog, so much inspiration, and pretty pictures of pretty Lucy!

  34. Ohh, please! I just started knitting shawls in addition to socks, and I would love, love, love this book. (If I don’t win it, I will buy it, for sure.)

  35. I’d love to win the book. BTW, I really like the scarf/shawlette thingie. Is it suitable for a beginning lace/shawl knitter? I’ve done socks and sweaters but never any lace or shawls.

  36. I wish I knew where June went too! I’d love a chance to win a copy of your new book!

  37. Looking forward to your new book.

  38. Love your shawls. Thanks you so much for the opportunity to win!!!

  39. Allison Levin says:

    I’d love to win a copy of your book!

  40. Can’t wait for your new book to come out!

  41. Karen M says:

    Oh. Me. Please pick me. Thank you

  42. That new scarf/shawlette is beautiful!!!!! I would really love the book. You do amazing work!

  43. Ooh, thank you for the giveaway!!!

  44. Thanks for the chance to have an advance advance copy of Wendy Knits Lace. I’d love to win it….I will have it either way. Love the new Lace CremeDe ScarfLett….I’ll be watching for the Dual Pattern.
    sue´s last blog post ..Just A Beadin’…On The PiggyPie Chart 4

  45. Love lace! Cute kitty.

  46. As comment #344, sigh…. I raise my hand and unabashedly cry ‘ pick me, puhleze, pick me!’ Your patterns are incredible – this is not an attempt to ‘brownnose’ the teacher – truly, your shawls are just beautiful!!:):) Thanks for the ‘chance’ to win!!:):)

  47. Marushka says:

    Th new shawl/scarf is gorgeous and I am looking forward to seeing the new book.
    Marushka´s last blog post ..Knitting is safer than pulling weeds

  48. Great looking scarf–will definitely make this one and will buy the pattern asap. Thank you

  49. Thank you Wendy .. for the opportunity to win your wonderful new book! Toss me in the drawing! Thank you ever SO much! Meow, meow to sweet Lucy!

  50. Beth Gray says:

    Oh please pick me! I would so love to have your book early!

  51. Your designs are so lovely. May I win a copy of your book, please?

  52. Gwendolyn says:

    Loving all the shawls you’ve been making… can’t wait to see all the patterns in the book…. 2 awesome shawl books coming out in the near future, between yours and Anna Dalvi’s I can’t wait!

  53. Can’t wait for your book to come out!

  54. Linda R says:

    love the scarf! Beautiful color! Would love a book on lace knitting too!

  55. I love your patterns…especially the ones that incorporate lace. I’d LOVE to win this book to add to my knitting library!

  56. I would so love to win this book. I love your lace work and I just adore Lucy!

  57. Suzanne says:

    Your shawlette is beautiful! I’d love to win a copy of your new book!

  58. I would love a copy of your new book. I love lace!
    Nan´s last blog post ..Hot, hot, hot!

  59. Who’d like a copy of your new book? I’d love a copy!

  60. I really enjoyed your mystery shawlette, and am ready for more lace knitting!

  61. Laura Iseman says:

    I would love a copy of your book, and I am looking forward to the pattern for yur little scarf/shawl thing. Lovely.

  62. Oh oh oh me! You have me hooked on lace. I am getting the book even if I don’t win it is in my wish list on amazon.
    Helen´s last blog post ..What is on my needles

  63. I can’t wait to see your new book…and what better way than early?

  64. DeborahKaye says:

    Wendy has always knit lace – be it socks, shawls or whatever, lace rules. Love the book!

  65. Oooh, I’d love a copy!

  66. Kamilla Mazanec says:

    I love your shawl patterns. Keep on knittin’.

  67. Carol Perecman says:

    Looking forward to seeing your new book!


  68. I have your first sock book and would really like to have your first lace book. Your patterns are wonderful.

  69. Diane S, says:

    I would love to have a copy of your book.

  70. ooh thanks for the opportunity.
    Lori´s last blog post ..I can be a B…

  71. The book looks lovely! I definitely want to enter!

  72. Hope I win your new book. I know it is a winner.

  73. Denise in Ohio says:

    Only 367 entries so far. Count me in, please.

  74. patricia says:

    Love Lucy, love the scarf, would love the book!

    happy fourth!

  75. Maureen says:

    Want. Want want that book. So much that I will of course buy it if I don’t win.

  76. I love your patterns. Pick me, PLEASE

  77. Yes, we do love Lucy. I think you’ve already named the shawlette – “Love is All Around”

  78. Oh, me, me, me! Lace is my favorite! (Also — I just love that Creme de Menthe colorway!)
    janna´s last blog post ..I’m Back!

  79. Yes please – see what good manners I have?

  80. Katy Sullivan says:

    Wow! I would love to have a copy of your book! I am loving your shawl patterns.

  81. I would be happy to give that extra book a workout! Send it on over, and we’ll get right to it.

    Love me some lace. And shawls. And lace.

    And Lucy. 🙂

  82. I would love to win this book. Beautiful lace!

  83. Love, love, love to knit lacey things. Hope the great number generator picks me!!!!!!!!!!!

  84. Looking forward to knitting your shawl patterns. Would love to win a copy of your new book!

  85. I would love a copy of the book. I am also happy to buy it at retail at the lys to support local business and my favorite knitting book author!

  86. Marianne M says:

    I am excited about your new book! I would love to have it now before I go back to teaching in August. Also, thanks for the comments about the battery for the Thunderbolt. I have to charge mine twice a day. I ordered the new battery yesterday!

  87. Virginia says:

    The odds don’t look good but I’m crossing my fingers anyway.

  88. Love the scarf/shawlette! And love to knit lace!

  89. Elizabeth H. says:

    I love all your lace patterns – pick me!

  90. Melissa says:

    I’d love to win a copy now cause I don’t want to have to wait for August to get my copy.

  91. Teresa C says:

    I love that little shawlette/scarfette thingy.
    Would love the book.

  92. chris warner says:

    here is hoping I will get picked love your shawls and socks. If not I will be impatiently waiting for the book to be published

  93. Wow, I’d love it! Your sock patterns are wonderful, and your shawls are beautiful. The book would be awesome!

  94. Allison says:

    I would love to win a copy of your book!

  95. Oh please, pick me!

  96. Book!! Who wouldn’t like it! Hi Lucy!!!

  97. I would love to have a copy of your book. I am working on your transverse shawlette right now and loving the pattern and the chart. First time I have knitted from a chart so thank you!!

  98. Ruth Musso says:

    Ruth wants to knit lace from Wendy Knits Lace 🙂

  99. I would love the book, of course!
    Myriam´s last blog post ..More socks

  100. I love shawl patterns and I realllly love shawlettes. I can’t wait for your new patterns to be released! I’d be in “Knitter’s Heaven” if the random picker picked me to win your new book.