My current work in progress:

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

My New Butler

Monday was a federal holiday here in the U.S. so I completely blanked out on blogging on Tuesday because Tuesday felt like Monday. Whoops!

Better late than never, here is my work in progress: the front of my gansey-type sweater.

I’m about two-thirds done with the front (yay three-day weekend) so I have high hopes for finishing the front this weekend and getting a start on a sleeve.

I did take some time out from knitting on this to start a swatch in a different yarn. Can anyone guess what the yarn is?

I’ll give you two hints: it is a cotton/acrylic blend and it is worsted weight.

Book Giveaway

The winner of my review copy of Extra Yarn, by Mac Barnett (illustrated by Jon Klassen) is “Stacy and the rugrats,” who has (have?) been emailed. Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway.

Speaking of Giveaways . . .

I got something exciting in the mail the other day. This:

This is the new “Crafter’s Tool Butler” by Jordana Paige, who was nice enough to send me one for review. (Note that I shamelessly pulled the photos of this case from her website since they are far nicer than any I can take here on a dark afternoon.)

The specs:

The cases is made from an attractive vegan-friendly PVC and is available in 4 colors: black onyx, bronze, deep red, and eggplant purple.

Mine is bronze.

It has six flat pockets for all sizes of double-pointed needles and crochet hooks, as well as a mesh pocket for small items such as safety pins, stitch markers and darning needles.

There is also a knitting needle and crochet hook inventory chart included.

And there are four zippered accordion pockets for circular needles with label inserts for custom numbering.

It is 10.5″ long by 6.5″ tall by 2″ thick — compact enough to tuck into a medium-sized purse or knitting bag. I foresee that I will find it extremely useful for knitting on the go, something I do a lot of.

You can purchase the Crafter’s Tool Butler from the Jordana Paige website here. There’s also a link on that page to a store locator so you can purchase it locally.

Did I mention how nice Jordana Paige was to send me one? She actually sent me two: one is for me and one is for one of my blog readers. 🙂

I’m keeping the bronze one, so I’m giving away the black onyx one. Who wants it? 😀

Leave a comment on this blog post by 12:00 noon Eastern Time on Tuesday January 24, 2012. I’ll choose the winner at random then.

Lucy is very excited about the whole contest thing.


  1. Gail Rector says:

    I do! I do! I do! I do!

  2. I need to get more organized….and this would certainly help!

  3. Mary Anne says:

    oh, yes, I do need a Butler! Absolutely, yes!

  4. Janieknits says:

    Organizers are my very favorite, would love this!

  5. Mary Anne says:

    It looks like exactly the type of butler I need!

  6. Wendy what a perfect little carry all . Well worthy of the name butler. Love it!!

  7. This is one organizer I think I’d really like and use.

  8. Very nice tool keeper! I’m not sure I have enough tools to fill it, but what better motivation to buy more knitting notions? 😀

  9. Sherry Anderson says:

    Just what I need to stay organized and tuck into my Rio! Love Jordana Paige products AND patterns! Love Wendy and Luci too! I hope I win!

  10. Stylish and practical! So desperately needed!

  11. I have never won anything from a website drawing but this would be a great time to change that!

  12. What a cool way to carry things conveniently!

  13. What a fantastic case! I would love to have it. Thanks

  14. I would love to have the black, onyx “Crafter’s Tool Butler” by Jordana Paige. It looks

  15. Oooh, I could really use of of these! I could keep my Signature dpns in it and they’d be nice and safe, keeping fingers crossed

  16. Would love to have a butler……amd a maid! 😉

  17. Yay! Thanks for the giveaway!

  18. Celestine says:

    Thank you Wendy, I would love the Jordana Paige tool butler

  19. Nancy Clark says:

    I would love to win this needle case, it looks really great.


    Ps: I love your socks and lace books….

  20. Susan D. Smith says:

    What a lovely case! I could store all the neat knitting stuff my 3 cats like to play with inside it! 🙂

  21. Instead of “The butler did it.” , this is a case of “The butler has it.” I’d love to have a butler like this instead of several containers holding my gadgets.
    Beth´s last blog post ..Revamping Underway

  22. I would love to have the Butler!
    Panhandle Jane´s last blog post ..Randomness

  23. I knit in the car and travel so this Crafter’s Tool Butler would be a wonderful asset for my knitting tools. Would be nice to have things organized! Love your blog Wendy.

  24. I’d love one. I’m going on a four week trip this summer six different locations and I have to pack light but bring enough knitting!

  25. TooTwistedDonna says:

    I love her bags!! I have a ZUMA and that Tool Butler will fit in there nicely……

  26. Paulete Schirmer says:

    Wow! The butler looks awesome. Very organized and easy to find.

  27. The bronze one goes well with Lucy’s coloring! What a wonderful give-away! Black is the best basic color (next to purple)! Thanks for the chance to win.

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

  29. Thanks for the chance to win a butler….got any housekeepers to give away

  30. Barbara Runcie says:

    Please enter my name. January 24th is my birthday. 🙂

  31. Ooooh – pick me, pick me – it’s beautiful!!!

  32. I love having things nicely organized! Doesn’t get much nicer than this. 🙂

  33. Looks like a great way to keep needles on the go.
    Jennifer´s last blog post ..To the Heel and Beyond

  34. I could really use a butler to to help me get the cat fur off my knitwear.

  35. Tiffany P. says:

    Love it. Would love to have it. Just found your blog and am ecstatic! This makes it even better.

  36. Lynn Kenny says:

    Looks like the perfect case to take while traveling. Thanks for offering it! Would love to win it.

  37. I don’t have a problem with black.

  38. Lovely organizer, perfect to pack for an outing.

  39. Me, me, me,me!!!

  40. Cool… I always thought it’d be nice to have a butler, especially one that could organize my knitting stuff. Even better that this one doesn’t require weekly pay. Ha ha. Thanks for sharing this!

  41. I would love to have the case. It looks very useful and I love to organize!

  42. I love that case! Crossing my fingers that it finds its way home with me. 🙂

  43. I’m always looking for a better storage solution. This could be the one!

  44. You can just send that right to me! 😉
    janna´s last blog post ..Catching up

  45. Andrea in Tn says:

    I would love to have that case– it is just what I need—-thanks for the chance to win it!!!

  46. WOW !!! Love it ! It’s just my type of “tool” bag for sure !

  47. I’d prefer a human butler, but I’ll gladly settle for this one!
    Eleanor´s last blog post ..Bizarro World

  48. What can I say? I would love a bag to store my knitting notions in. The Butler looks like a great bag.

  49. Ooooooooh. Me pls.

  50. Thank you for sharing.

  51. What a lovely accessory to have!

  52. This bag is adorable. I’m working on organizing my knitting stuff and this is perfect to keep all of my dpns in one place.

  53. That case looks wonderful! It would be able to hold quite a few of the things I have separate bags for now, and would make it much more convenient! I would love a chance to win one.

  54. I could certainly use some organization (and a safe way to carry really sharp signature dpns, lol). Thanks for the chance.

  55. It IS my birthday month and this would be an awesome gift to myself. 😉

  56. Anne Marie says:

    Love, love, love me some Jordana Paige!

  57. I love it!! What a terrific giveaway! I’d love to win. 🙂
    ChristineG´s last blog post ..My Sides Hurt.

  58. Oh so perfect for my DPN collection…

  59. Knitsblue says:

    Those look brilliant. I would certainly love to have one.

  60. Oh, so pretty and very generous of you! Would love to try it! thanks!

  61. Choose me, choose me! 🙂

  62. Looks like a great case–would love it.

  63. Debbie Laukala says:

    Wow what a nice little bag. I would love to have one just like it.

  64. Joan from Wisconsin says:

    What a great “butler”. Toss my name it with all your other fans’ names! Lucy is the apple of my eye. Her personality just jumps off the screen.

  65. This looks like a great organizer. Thanks for the chance to win it!

  66. tool bags are the best!

  67. That case looks pretty spiffy! I would love to win it.
    Alissa Barton´s last blog post ..Hello 2012!

  68. That’s a great design. If I don’t win this, I might just have to buy one!

  69. Wow! That is a really neat case. Perfect for travel! Sign me up!
    Amanda´s last blog post ..WIP Wednesday: Tappan Zee Cardigan

  70. Is your swatch Rowan Calmer? I don’t remember a color like that but …

  71. Who wouldn’t want one?! Enter me, please.

    Thanks, Wendy

  72. Beautiful knitting, beautiful kitty, beautiful bag!
    This would look lovely with my tools in it 🙂

    Pick me! Pick me!

  73. Always wanted a butler – maybe this one will prove as useful as Jeeves. At least my knitting can be orderly.

  74. Wow! What a great little organizer. Would love to win it!

  75. Let’s see….new year….resolutations…..organization…..knitting….winning…..sounds good to me!

  76. The case looks great! Thanks for giving away the second one… 🙂

  77. I could have used this this afternoon! Trying to take everything I needed for an entire evening of boring meetings while limiting the space and weight was quite a challenge.

  78. I would love a Butler! It looks great –

  79. Just what I need and have been looking for – I’d love to win one! Thanks to you both for your generosity.

  80. Your projects are looking great! No clue on the yarn. I would love the case! I need something to organize all my hooks and I am getting a Darn Pretty set so a nice case would be lovely for my new needles. Thank you for being so generous and give one away!

  81. I love the bag! And I have no clue as to what yarn you are using! I ‘ m to cold to think!

  82. How wonderful! Thanks for having such a great giveaway.

  83. Iam not a case person,but that is a cute one. I enjoy reading your blog

  84. Gail Godwin says:

    Would love to win the Crafer’s Tool Butler. Thanks for sharing with at least one of us.

  85. Annie Wilson says:

    OooOoo. Zippered. No more wayward DPNs floating around my bag.

  86. Oh man, that is one of the first things I’ve seen on a giveaway here that I will almost certainly buy for myself …if I don’t win the giveaway of course. It’s awesome.

  87. Oh, my! I absolutely covet that case. What a marvelous organizer! And I’m also enjoying watching your gansey-type sweater in progress. I think my next project needs to be a gansey pattern.

  88. I suppose a better question is who DOESN’T want it?!? Thanks for the chance!!

  89. Oh goodness, this looks wonderful! Hope whoever wins it enjoys it!

  90. Peggy aka PickleSoup on Rav says:

    Who doesn’t need a butler? Lol! Is there a maid in the works, too? 😉 Yay for the random number generator! Pick me! Pick me! 🙂

  91. Stephanie Reynolds says:

    Lovely!! I’d love one!!

  92. Oh. Pretty. Would love to have that to store some gadgets in. 🙂

  93. ooh, I’ve been coveting those since they wee first announced! and it is my birthday soon….

  94. Elizabeth H. says:

    Oh, I’ve always wanted my own butler! Pick me!

  95. I would love to win on of these! I’m constantly traveling back and forth between Kenosha, WI and Chicago. It would tuck into my mid-sized project bag perfectly!

  96. Wow! That case looks awesome! I would love to win it! I have been trying to solve the “where my needles live” problem for some time now.
    Jessica´s last blog post ..Am I a Crazy Person?

  97. Please enter me to win the Crafter’s Tool Butler.

    I love Rowan Calmer – it is a great yarn to work with in the sticky summer heat. Looking forward to seeing how it works up in gansey patterns.

  98. Tanglegirl says:

    PS: Hi Lucy!

  99. Comment!

  100. What a nice case! I definitely will be buying one if I’m not lucky enough to win.