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.

Forever In Vogue

I have here a review copy of the soon-to-be-released Vogue Knitting: Classic Patterns From the world’s Most Celebrated Knitting Magazine.

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This is a “best of” collection that celebrates the 30 year history of the “new” Vogue Knitting magazine, which was launched in 1982. The book contains at my count 76 patterns from the past 30 years.

Vogue Knitting was originally started in the 1930s, and ceased publication in 1969. It started up again in 1982, and I have subscribed from the very first issue.

This book gives you a brief history of VK from its very beginnings to the present, with lots of great photos of those early covers. There’s lots of fascinating information about the designers, editors, and photographers who have worked with VK over the years.

And of course the patterns.Many of them I remember well, and a number of them I have knit.

The patterns are all from the 1980s through the present. Looking through the book was definitely a trip down memory lane. I made this design from the Spring/Summer 1983 issue:

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Here’s a lovely pattern from the 1990s I made, from the Spring/Summer 1996 issue:

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I’ve not made this Shirley Paden design from the Winter 2000/2001 issue, but isn’t it gorgeous?

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As I said, I counted 76 patterns total, all with complete instructions. While this would make a lovely coffee table book, it is much more than that.

The publisher, Rizzoli International Publications, Inc. generously offered to send a copy of this gorgeous book to one of my readers. (I’m keeping my copy!)

To be entered in the drawing to win a copy of Vogue Knitting: Classic Patterns From the world’s Most Celebrated Knitting Magazine, leave a comment on this blog post by noon Eastern Time on Tuesday, November 8, 2011. At that time I’ll draw a name at random to win the book.


I ma knitting along on Filey and still enjoying the process. The pattern is written specifically for denim yarn that shrinks in length, so all pieces of the sweater are knitted longer to accommodate for this shrinkage.

I’ve finished the second giant sock of the pair I was knitting and am about to cast on a new pair of giant socks.

And I blocked my Thin Ice!

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This Week

I have some special guests arriving on Thursday . . . The Knitgirllls! They are coming to visit and accompany me on my annual knitting retreat with friends to the wilds of Virginia. But before we head out for that, we will be at fibre space in Alexandria Virginia on Thursday, November 3, from around 4:00pm to 7:00pm. If you are in the area, stop by to sit and knit with us!

Lucy Sez:

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“I’m resting up for when Leslie and Laura get here!”



  1. What a lovely book!

  2. That book looks so awesome!
    Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

  3. Vogue book looks great. And I received your lace book last night. I can’t wait for the weekend to sit and enjoy it at my leisure and decide which pattern to make first.

  4. Oh, yes — yet another book I’d like to have on my own bookshelf!

  5. That Vogue Knitting Books looks wonderful. And, so does your Thin Ice! Come On RNG! Pick me, pick me!
    caLosi´s last blog post ..Happy All Saints’ Day! Tuesday, November 1, 2011

  6. Need2Know says:

    hoping you pick me for the new vogue book copy!

  7. Oh er…the patterns sound lovely. I wish they had included some really early patterns though with the post 1980’s ones. I have been browsing some from the 20’s and 30’s and they are lovely.

    I love love vogue knitting.

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  8. The frist Vogue pattern that I knit was ‘For Cat Lovers’.
    It’s a very large cat on the front of a drop shoulder sweater.
    Still love it.

  9. Carolyn Morrison says:

    I love my Vogue Knitting even tho I’ve only been receiving it for the past 4 years! What all could I have missed?….hmmmm….must find out!

  10. I would just love to win that beautiful Vogue Knitting Book! I really believe the “older” knitting patterns are more CLASSIC and can be enjoyed and worn in the present! And a small change or adjustment here and there can make it look as modern as one wants it to be. Can’t wait to see this memorable book! Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  11. I have many of the Vogue magazines and would love to have to book..

  12. I have used the 1982 book from the library and would love to own a copy of the updated classics.

  13. Barbara Rude says:

    Thin Ice is beautiful. Throw my name in the hat for the book.

  14. My first issue of VK is from 2005….when I started knitting….I’d love to see what came before!

  15. This would be a fantastic addition to my knitting library 🙂

  16. I’d love to win the vogue knitting book- being so new to knitting the patterns are all new to me!! Good Luck all!
    Enjoy your time with your friends!

  17. PoodleYarn says:

    I do so hope the random number generator picks me as the winner. I think this book sounds awesome!!


  18. What a great giveaway! Fingers crossed 🙂
    Missy´s last blog post ..Boundary Gulch

  19. I’m in vogue , into too

  20. There aren’t too many of the Vogue collections I don’t absolutely love. I bet I would this one as well.

  21. The book looks wonderful and so does your lovely shawl!

  22. Love, love, love Vogue Knitting!

  23. Love how that shawl blocked out, really makes me want to bust out some of my lace. But with a baby due in a month I think I’m sticking to booties for now.
    Danielle´s last blog post ..Forget It

  24. Lovely book! And I have to say I am watching your Filey with interest… I have had yarn for it for quite some time, just haven’t got up the courage to knit one of those again yet (my dh has a lovely gansey from the Debbie Bliss Family Knits book, so I know I am capable of doing it!!)

  25. Here’s to my chance in winning the Vogue Magazine. Thanks

  26. Wow! Great book, Vogue knitting has always been so cool, and I love their sewing patterns too! Lovely book by Rizzoli, who publishes those really nice art books.

  27. Heather K says:

    What a wonderful book to peruse!
    Please enter me in the drawing – and I love your latest shawl, and am in awe of how much knitting you continuously output. It really is amazing!

  28. Thanks for the contest–that is a trip down memory lane. Have fun with the Knitgrrls!

  29. Wow, I would love to win this book!

  30. susan murphy says:

    Love Vogue patterns….
    This Ice is beautiful!!

  31. What a fun book to win!

  32. I would love to have that book. Vogue Knitting always has really great patterns. And Lucy sez she wants me to win!

  33. tootwisteddonna says:

    I would love this book!!!! Looks beautiful!!!

  34. I’d love to win this book!

  35. Can’t wait to see a copy of Vogue’s new book. Sounds like it has a lot of great classic designs. Thanks for sharing!

  36. Oh, I’d love to win that book!

  37. Wow! What a book!!!!! Thanks for making this giveaway possible. Hope you have a marvelous weekend!

  38. Throw my name in that (handknit) hat.

  39. Your Thin Ice shawl looks awesome.
    I’d love to win the book!

  40. I have subscribed to Vogue since 1982 and even have one or two of the issues from before 1969 though I was still a novice knitter at the time. My very first sweater was from one of the early issues and I still have the sweater, but sadly not the pattern.

  41. Thanks for the giveaway!

  42. I sure would be thrilled to have this book!

  43. Looks really neat.

  44. What a cool book. Have fun at the Fibre Space tomorrow.

  45. What a beautiful looking book! I’ve been a subscriber since 2003, when I decided I was going to *learn to knit*, dammit. I’ve always wished there were some way of seeing long-past issues, and this looks like a good solution.

    Lucy is so lucky she’s fashion-proof, and never has to worry about any photos from the 80’s showing up to haunt her. Man, was the hair big back then…….

  46. Jane Wilson says:

    This would be a great addition to anyone’s library. Thanks for the opportunity

  47. Turtleknits says:

    Thank you for the VK giveaway! The Thin Ice is beautiful.

  48. Lovely shawl, Wendy! I’m enjoying your books. Hopefully I’ll be able to do a little more knitting soon. Teaching has been eating up all of my free time lately!

  49. I really appreciate your showcasing books and even if I’ve never won one, it’s certainly prompted me to buy a few!

  50. That looks like a keeper- please enter me! Have fun in Virginia tomorrow!

  51. amaryllis says:

    I would love to have this book. Contemporary knitting history. Wonderful that it has been done.

  52. In the early 80s, it was VK that sort of started me thinking about knitting, then Kaffe Fassett struck and I discovered Rowan, and it’s been a love affair ever since. I would love this book!

  53. I would love to win the Vogue book.

  54. Beautiful Thin Ice! Hope you have a great time at your retreat and spending time with the Knitgirllls. Thanks for sharing the book.
    Kathom´s last blog post ..Fall Has Arrived

  55. Lucy is always ‘en Vogue’!
    Kris´s last blog post ..Happy Happy Halloweenie!

  56. A great looking book.

  57. interesting collection, love the cover! your shawl is gorgeous! luv circulars
    turtle´s last blog post ..still alive… really!

  58. I hope I win! I too have been a long time Vogue Knitting reader.

  59. Classic Vogue….what a treasure! Thanks for the opportunity to win this beautiful book!
    Cricket54´s last blog post ..Best Laid Plans

  60. I just finished watching episode 82 of the Knitgirlls where they talk about visiting you, sounds like the ultimate slumber/knitting party.

  61. Annastasia says:

    Oh that book looks AMAZING. This would be a resource that I would use for YEARS. 😀

  62. What a collection!
    SueV´s last blog post ..A Big White Felt Whale

  63. Oh, heck, who WOULDN’T want a Vogue knitting book, even if it’s to point and laugh at the sillier designs. Now Thin Ice? That’s utterly gorgeous!
    Hissy Stitch´s last blog post ..I’m on the Yarn Harlot’s blog!

  64. My sister would love that book for her birthday. And she lives right there in Alexandria.

  65. What a great book!
    janna´s last blog post ..Baby Sophisticate #2, etc.

  66. Thanks for the chance to win the book!!

  67. This book looks amazing!! I only wish I’d been knitting since the 80’s!! Alas, I’ve only been knittin 10 years!!! : (

  68. Ohhh that looks very interesting 🙂 Hello Lucy !

  69. Wendy I am interested in following your comments about the Rowan denim cotton.
    I’ve picked up the skeins in the LYS and put them down again, not really sure how I feel about having to knit more to get the right length/width because of predetermined shrinkage.
    Is it all worth it?
    From what I’ve read the cotton is meant to age as a pair of jeans does over time. But how often do you wash a cotton top as opposed to jeans? I guess I’m wondering how long does it take to soften up and then not change in size.
    I’m reading with interest!
    Oh, Hi Lucy

  70. Sounds like you will be having a lovely time with the knitgirllls. I feel a bit green because I love events like that but alas I live in beautiful Maine. Enjoy!
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  71. Please please me! I need something to keep me busy once the semester ends and this looks perfect for that!

  72. Enjoy your retreat!

    The VK book looks lovely.

  73. Janice Boulukos says:

    Looks like an awesome book, would love to add to my collection. Many beautiful patterns for inspiration.

  74. Recently I was in my aunts house and she pulled out her collection of knitting patterns from the 80’s when it was her job to knit them. Needless to say some of them were more than you could imagine a person wearing now… but I loved them!

    Getting a chance to flick through and maybe take a couple would have been good enough for me but in fact she has bestowed upon me all of them. Now I must take a better look through to find some inspiration… because I am lacking it! But I fear that I wont find it there… maybe I would find it here in this book! I if get it… *nudge nudge*!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  75. Looks like a great book! I have always enjoyed Vogue! Thanks for the giveaway.

  76. those vintage patterns bring fond knitting memories!

  77. This Vogue collection looks very interesting. I’d love to have it. Thank them for the giveaway, please!

  78. GREED in my heart for this book as I to remember many of these patterns and suffer a bit of regret that I handed off the magazines but know they have been well loved by others.
    Your shawl is beautiful and inspire me to block the KAL shawl from this summer. One of the most fun projects I have ever knit and will do again.

  79. The Vogue book looks amazing. Thanks for the chance to win it.

  80. Looks like a great book! Pick me 🙂

  81. I have not had the courage to attempt a VK pattern. This book looks amazing!

  82. Came to check up on Lucy, before I start knitting.
    I have The Best of Very Easy Very Vogue book that came out in ’99. Like it alot.
    Thanks for offering the new Vogue book as a give-away. I too would love to have it. One of us will be very fortunate. Margaret Semple

  83. Stardancer says:

    Oooh, I would love that Vogue Knitting! 😀

  84. I love Vogue Knitting too.

  85. I would love this book. Beautiful shawl!

  86. Sherry Anderson says:

    Lovely book! Would love to win it! Have fun with the girls!

  87. What a great book! Needless to say, I’d love to have it.

  88. OMG – I’ve GOT to have that book!
    Sherill´s last blog post ..Acropolis Museum and Sounion

  89. I love Vogue designs! Well, I haven’t quite embraced the 80’s giant sweater resurgence yet… But I would love to win this book! Thanks!

  90. Please throw my name into the hat for the Vogue book.

  91. I would love a copy. thanks, Debbie H

  92. Looks like a great book. Throw my name in the proverbial hat.

  93. I would love to win – and a big hello to Lucy.

  94. The book looks fascinating! And your Thin Ice is really beautiful.

  95. Throwing my name in the Vogue hat!

  96. Vogue sure goes way back – some of their older patterns are classics. Enjoy some of the newer ones too.

  97. Candyce Loescher says:

    Looks like a great resource! Thanks for the giveaway and have fun this weekend.

  98. Gorgeous book! And Thin Ice is gorgeous too!

  99. What a great book to add to my collection. I would love to see all the Patterns.
    nannyjean´s last blog post ..Sammy Jo

  100. It would be so hard to choose which pattern to start with in the Vogue Knitting book! I’d like to try, though 😉