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.

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.

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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?

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 🙂

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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.

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  1. I’d love something like this. Looks perfect for my travels with my knitting!

  2. How exciting! I would love to have this for my tools and black would match my knitting bag–teehee. Thank you for your generosity and for always thinking of us and for sharing.

  3. I believe I’m comment number 301! But I think the little purse looks fabulous!
    Samantha´s last blog post ..Finishing it off…

  4. Lucy Portland says:

    I would love to win the tool butler. It would help me stay organized.

  5. Gayle Joseph says:

    Would love to have a Butler–love being organized.

  6. Lovely little bag – I can imagine lots of uses…. Thanks!

  7. So nice! I would love love love this great little organizational tool.

  8. KathyM in SE VA says:

    This little case might just be the thing to get me more organized! Thanks for the contests!

  9. Hi Wendy and Lucy
    I would love the Butler, as I could really use some help getting all my knitting things organized

  10. Wow. Nice case to keep our “in-the-works” knitting items. Good and sturdy! Who wouldn’t love to have one!?

  11. My knitting tools are a disorganized mess, so this would be a delightful thing to win.

  12. Finally something to keep ‘in-progress’ tool with the project. Who wouldn’t love to have one!?

  13. handmadebysue says:

    I have been looking for a case for my tools – black is my preferred color!

  14. Love to have an organizer for my needles…currently they are in the individual paper sleeves that they came in. 🙂

  15. I am such a bag lady. You can never have enough! The more pockets, the better.

  16. NancyN (n2n on ravelry) says:

    What an awesome case design, and what a generous giveaway. Thank you for the chance.

    -Nancy (n2n on Rav)

  17. What a handy item. I would love it!

  18. Me! Pick me!! I like… Stuff! Especially free stuff.

  19. OMG that case is to die for

  20. Dearest Random Number Generator – please pick me!

  21. Count me in and thanks for sharing!
    Diane´s last blog post ..Mitting Knittens

  22. Jan Hebert-Parmenter says:

    This case looks great-much better than the elastic band I use now to keep my dpn’s together. Jan

  23. Ooohhh, I’d love that for my DPN’s! It’s really lovely.

  24. Veronica K says:

    Ooh! I’d love to win this! I could really use a bit of happy news right now, too. 🙂

  25. Karen spainhour says:

    Holy mackerel! What a lovely gift this would be. I’d give her an excellent home and lovingly use her well.

  26. How perfectly lovely! Would certainly beat keeping all my hooks and DPs in one overloaded pouch! Please place me in the running to win this, and a big THANK YOU for offering it!

  27. I would love it. Thank you for sharing!

  28. Would love a chance to win. Maybe I could then be a little bit organised!
    woolpiggy (rav)

  29. I’d love to receive this!
    Gina E´s last blog post ..Are You Tired Of This Yet?

  30. Well, I’m excited too, Lucy! Your Mom certainly has some great give-aways. Maybe this one will be mine!
    Barbara-Kay´s last blog post ..A magnificent cat

  31. Wow, what a nice case! Sign me up 🙂

  32. I love a contest. I looked at that website last week and have been thinking of getting that very item.

  33. I love organizing my knitting tools just as much as I love knitting itself – the Butler would be an awesome addition!

  34. I’d love it!

  35. Oh, I would love to have that black toolbox! Please enter me in the giveaway!

  36. savannagal says:

    Who wouldn’t love to have a Butler? What a handy case. Thanks for the giveaway.

  37. yes, of course I’d like a chance at it — it’s probably the only way I’ll ever have a butler of any sort!
    floribunda´s last blog post ..deep thoughts

  38. I’ve always wanted a butler! Looks like a great organizer!

  39. Saw these elsewhere just today. Looks like a handy way to stay organized that might be better than my recycled Clinique bags and empty mint tins. Consider me entered, please.

  40. This would be a great way to keep organized.

  41. Very cool case! Thanks for the review and the link. Please add my name to the hat.

  42. I could use a butler. Please enter me. Thanks.
    Kathom´s last blog post ..Prize

  43. Sidra Vitale says:

    Ooo, I’d love this! My stuff is scattered all over the place right now and the plastic pouch I use for my crochet hooks is disintegrating.

  44. kelly-ann (on ravelry) says:

    My messy end table drawer would be happy to have one of those!

  45. Sharon Moon says:

    I NEED this. I am treating myself to Debbie Stoller’s Carribean knitting cruise. I could keep the needles organized this way. So looking forward to warmer weather and maybe even a sunburn on the nose!


  47. This case is great, and I love black.

  48. What a useful little case this could be! Is there a little crevice in which to stick chocolate also?

  49. The case looks great! Thanks for offering it!

  50. Jose janssen says:

    Awesome! Every woman needs a butler.

  51. Lynn in NM says:

    Ooooo- how I’d love to have a “Butler”. I’ve never won anything, but can’t a girl dream……

  52. Would love to have that to keep all my tools in. I’m not exactly sure where everything is scattered at the current moment.
    RLJ´s last blog post ..Swirly Sampler Happy Dance

  53. Looks like a good organizer…I’m still struggling to get that way!

  54. jenna mcgw says:

    What a great needle case! Jordana Butler and her knitting bags are genius.

  55. Sandra Kerr says:

    I’d love one! My current knitting bag, I have to just cross my fingers that nothing important ie my row counters, don’t fall out.

  56. Debbi Downs says:

    How perfectly compact and organized! Love it. Please add my name to the hat. 🙂

  57. Please enter me in the drawing. I love new organizing bags and would love to win this one.

  58. Black is my favorite color! How did you know? 😉
    mesha´s last blog post ..Socks For BabyLiu

  59. I love Jordana Paige! She is so talented and her bags are functional as well as stylish! This is such a wonderful give-away!

  60. RichelleCK says:

    I’d love to see one of these cases in person!!! It sounds like such a fantastic idea!

  61. MelissaD S says:

    wow that is very nice of you to do a giveaway again. The tool Butler is very cool and Butler is also my moms maiden name.

  62. This looks like a knitter’s dream organizer!!

  63. Thanks for the giveaway!

  64. That case would be wonderful since I seem to craft on the go so much. Please enter me in the drawing. Thanks for the chance to win.

  65. I definitely want one… If I don’t win, I’ll have to buy it!

  66. Carol Louise says:

    I’m new to your Blog Wendy, but just downloaded “Wendy Knits Lace” and I love it !
    I’m currently knitting a shawl to wear on my first trip to Ireland this July.
    I hope to find some fantastic lace yarns to bring home.
    The fact that you do “Give Aways” of the items you are reviewing is so cool and I’d really appreciate the opportunity to win the Crafters Tool Butler.

  67. I can’t figure the yarn…but the Butler looks well designed!!

  68. I’d love to win that!

  69. I’d love to win this! Right now I’m using a ziploc baggie for all my tools… Can you smell the hard time$?

  70. Sure I’d like one of those pretty cases. Is that Rowan
    All Season’s Cotton that you are swatching? Thanks!

  71. Great looking case. I’m in.

  72. Sharon Amara says:

    Wouldn’t it be nice to snag that Onyx Tool Butler.

  73. Gail in Texas says:

    I would love the crafters tool butler. There is just something great about bags abs boxesbtonstore things in that is exciting. Crazy huh. It looks really great

  74. Geraldine Scott says:

    I would LOVE to win! Thanks for the chance!

  75. Oh Wendy, you are so generous. Love the look of the gansey style sweater.

  76. Yes please Wendy! I do a lot of knitting on the go as well. Would be so handy. Maybe even when I come over to Pittsburgh to visit with my son and his wife, who was knitting by the way when I rang them the other day. A daughter-in-law just perfect!!


  77. Thank you for the chance to win this. I could really use.

  78. That looks like a great way to keep everything organized and together!
    Deb – Mom of 3 Girls´s last blog post ..UFOs (no, not the outer space kind)

  79. This looks so cool!!

  80. Count me in for the Butler giveaway. I could really make use of one!
    Kristen´s last blog post ..Sometimes Learning Hurts

  81. I’d love to have this Tool Butler! I love to be organized.
    Nan´s last blog post ..One done, one to go!

  82. Great progress on the sweater. I would love to win that needle case. I am new to using double pointed needles, but that case would come in handy for new obsession. Thanks for the giveway! Have a good one. 🙂
    Maia´s last blog post ..Excuses, Excuses

  83. cecilia david says:

    I am sure that it must be Calmer by Rowan. It is really a beautiful color.

  84. Looks like the perfect companion for watching Downton Abby. But where is the lady’s maid?

  85. And I was thinking all seasons cotton by Rowan or four seasons by classic elite.

  86. Oooo! I love the idea of organization. I’m never going to achieve it, but this couldn’t hurt!
    LoriG´s last blog post ..Curl Up With a Book

  87. I’m in the middle of trying to organnize my knitting “stuff”, so to win this would be soo lovely:)

  88. Linda Campbell says:

    I’ll bet I’m more excited than Lucy – I’d love to have one of Jordana’s “Butlers”.
    Put my name in, please.

  89. Susan Shelly says:

    Would love to win that little bag! And Lucy looks soooo excited – LOL!

  90. Who couldn’t use a butler? Thank you for making this one available in this giveaway.

  91. Libba Hicks says:

    OMG, who wouldn’t want a “butler”. I could certainly use that help. Thanks for the opportunity!

  92. LOVE the tool butler and would love to win it!

  93. The Tool Butler looks great! Please enter my name.

  94. I would love a butler. I am a sock knitter and this little guy could ‘serve’ me well.

  95. That is one gorgeous butler!

  96. Thanks for offering the giveaway! What a great-looking and useful case.

  97. Wendy, what good looking knitting storage. I have a couple Jordanna Paige bags, which I love. Right now my favorite on the go storage is Namaste’s Buddy, but it doesn’t have a spot for needles.

    Thanks for doing cotton sweater knitting! I’m another VA knitted and I appreciate your thoughts on some non-wool fibers and patterns. I’m another warm blooded knitted that loves knitting with wool but can’t wear much of it.


  98. Pick me, pick me !!!!

  99. laura sequeira says:

    I would love it for all the various compartments.

  100. Donna from Muskegon,MI says:

    It just so happens that Tues. is my b’day, that would make a great present! thanks for the chance.