My current work in progress:

Yell, a design from Marie Wallin from her pattern collection entitled Shetland. It is knit on a size 3.25mm needle with Jamieson’s of Shetland Shetland Spindrift.

Diamonds and POK

Yesterday I finished my Diamond Gansey and carefully laid it out to photograph it:

As you can see, my little helper is on the job.

To recap, I knit this from Blue Sky Alpacas Skinny Cotton in the “Gravel” colorway, using a U.S. size 5 needle.

Here’s a close-up of the shoulder seam, joined with a three-needle-bind-off:

I may or may not write up the pattern for this at some point.

Now, lookie what I have:

This is a review copy of the newly revised Principles of Knitting by June Hemmons Hiatt, which is scheduled to be released on February 14, 2012.

The revision/reprint has been in the works for a while now, so I am delighted  to actually have physical proof of this in my hands.

What can I say about this book? The original edition from 1989 has been out of print for ages and copies of it would sell for insane amount of money.

This edition has been revised and updated. Since I have never seen the original, I can’t tell you how different this version is from that. But I can tell you that this version is pretty darn comprehensive. It’s kind of hard to do a review that covers the whole thing.

I picked a topic — picking up stitches.

There is a whole chapter devoted to this — 23 pages worth. And it includes pretty much everything you need to know about picking up stitches, with lots of very clear illustrations.

And also very clear photos.

I note that an e-book version is being released as well as the hardcopy. I tend not to get knitting e-books, but I think this is one I will get. I think it will be very handy to have all this knowledge readily available via my electronic devices I always have with me. The hardcopy book weighs over 4 pounds so it will stay at home. 🙂

Because I am pushy, when the publisher contacted me to offer me a review copy, I asked for two., one for me and one to give away.

Who wants it? 🙂

To be entered in the random drawing for a copy of Principles of Knitting, leave a comment on this blog post by noon on Thursday, February 2, 2012. At that time I will use my WordPress plugin app to randomly select a winner.

Leaving a comment on this blog post is the only way to enter.  Do not use the “contact me” link directly below the header — that sends me an email. Do not leave a comment on a different blog post — the plugin app will select only from comments on this entry. The link to enter a comment is right below the title of this post, which is “Diamonds and POK.”

Lucy sez:

“What? It’s my job to help!”



  1. Initially I was raised learning crochet, but in the past year I have taught myself to knit via internet videos, blogs, and repetition of very simple patterns. Now that I am trying more varied patterns, I would love to have a top notch reference book like POK at hand. Great blog and thanks for the chance to enter and win the book.

  2. I am so excited about this updated encyclopedic reference book by June Hemmons-Hiatt.
    I have been waiting for this ever since I taught myself to knit.
    The fact that it was out of print was hugely disappointing for many of us, so it’s wonderful news to know that the new and revised and updated book will be available to us very soon.
    You’re indeed fortunate to have a copy, and I thank you for showing us that it really is happening 🙂
    It was thoughtful of you to request that copy, and whoever receives that will be very fortunate.
    Happy Knitting 🙂

  3. Your book looks like an excellent reference, and one to keep
    in one’s knitting bag!

  4. Love the sweater! Thanks for securing an extra copy of June’s book.

  5. Just love to have a copy of what seems to be an amazing knitting book!

  6. I would love to have Principles of Knitting. I like to geek about technical details in my knitting

  7. This is very awesome! (blog *and* book). Thank you for the opportunity.

  8. I love Lucy… and I would say she has very good taste. I think she has given her stamp of approval. And I love the sweater.

  9. Sure, I would love a copy! Thanks for always thinking of sharing with us!

  10. This book looks like it’d be helpful! I’d love a copy!

  11. The original POK has been an invaluable resource – I can only imagine how nice the revised edition will be. (Gorgeous gansey, btw!)

  12. Lovely sweater…your “helper” looks quite happy with the comfortable bed you’ve made for her 😉

    I’m eagerly awaiting the release of POK…I’d love to win a copy but I’ll be buying it for sure if I don’t!

  13. Never got around to buying it the FIRST time around. Please put me on the list. 🙂

  14. Looks like a great book! Count me in.

  15. This looks like it would be great, especially for a self taught knitter like myself!

  16. Great looking sweater! The book looks really interesting too. I’m going to have to see if my library has it in system yet. I agree about wanting an electronic version if its that heavy of a book!
    Tami´s last blog post ..Fog

  17. Thanks for the offer — it looks like a terrific books. You can never have too many knitting books, especially in this age of the ebook — physical books will never run out of power!

  18. What the hell? 🙂

  19. Lovely sweater! (And cat.)

    Please, enter me in the giveaway.

  20. Hey, it’s a big hat, but I’ll throw my name in anyway 😉

  21. Thanks for the giveaway!

  22. Heard this book is fantastic

  23. Thanks for the chance to win a wonderful resource like that. Thank you.

  24. So glad you asked for an extra. I just love knitting books!

  25. 1400+ comments huh? Wow! You are one popular lady! (and you write a darned fabulous blog.) Of course, you know we all come here for the adorable and ever popular Lucy. Please enter me in the drawing too.

  26. Marta Dias says:

    WOW! Who wouldn’t like this book?!
    Thanks for giving someone a chance.

  27. I’ve been waiting for reviews on this new book. It looks amazing. Thanks for the opportunity to win it.

  28. I can see how many folks would like to have this book. Count me in!

  29. The fact that you actually have a copy in your hot little hands gives me hope that us mere mortals will get to have copies too!

  30. This looks like an amazing book!! I love that they are releasing it as an Ebook as well.

  31. Christine Quinn says:

    Sounds like a great book. I always seem to have issues when picking up stitches.

  32. Thanks for giving away a copy; I used to check this book out of the library until it disappeared from there. It’s great! And while I’d love to win a copy, I’d much prefer the pattern for the sweater (LOL)

  33. This knitting book looks like one every knitter would enjoy having close at hand, especially when a knitting skill is required that we don’t use every day. Thanks for giving it to some lucky person….hope that person is me!

  34. GeorgeAnn says:

    It’s a great reference book. I’ve seen a libraries copy of the old edition.

  35. Hi Wendy – I’d love to have a copy of this book!

    Best regards from Frankfurt/Germany!

  36. Looks like a great resource for knitting.

  37. Marie Howe says:

    Great book. Thanks for thinking of your readers.

  38. I would love to win a copy! Thank you

  39. Well you have convinced me that this is a “must own” book. It would be great to win it!
    Twenty-three pages on picking up stitches? Fantastic!

  40. I would love to add that book to my knitting library – thank you for offering it to your readers!

  41. That book has been in my Amazon wish list since it was announced… thanks Wendy!

  42. I am so excited about this book. I have heard about it since i started knitting.
    Carolyne´s last blog post ..Knitting With Ease

  43. I’ve been waiting for this revision to come out – would love to have one.

  44. Thanks for a chance to win the book! Your sweater production is inspiring. What I could do with a train commute in my life! Sadly, no trains here.

  45. Carrol Jordan says:

    What time is it in your time zone. I couldn’t have stubbled on this contest too late, could I?
    Crossing my fingsers and my toes.