My current work in progress:

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

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. anne marie in philly says:

    pretty gir lucy, you help your momma VERY WELL!

    oh random number generator, please pick me!

  2. anne marie in philly says:

    pretty girl lucy, you are SUCH a big help to your momma!

    oh random number generator, please pick me!

  3. What *would* we do without our furry helpers? Mine is of the opinion that the only task I can perform unassisted is washing dishes.

    Yes, please, I would love to have the extra copy. Barbara Walker is all very well, and EZ is priceless, but a tome that actually explains *exactly* how basic (and advanced) evolutions are actually accomplished – well, gotta HAVE it!

  4. Beth Gray says:

    That book looks marvelous! I’d so love a hard copy in addition to the electronic copy I’ll have to have when I’m fully employed again.

  5. I’ve had the release date for this one marked on my calendar for a while. I’m looking forward to having a great new resource.
    Natalie´s last blog post ..Saturday spinning update: a busy week

  6. I’ve heard a lot about the original version of this book, I’d love to win an advance copy of it.

  7. POK looks like a fantastic resource. I’m not a big fan of electronic knitting books either, but this one probably would be very handy to have available 24/7.

    Love your sweater! And I’m SO jealous! I wish my animals were half as well-behaved as Lucy. My dogs think anything on the floor is a chew toy.
    Jeannie´s last blog post ..Just a quickie

  8. Marsha Gibbons says:

    I would love a copy of that book!!! Your sweater is great.

  9. Sarah Stevens says:

    I would love that book! I started knitting again in the last year or so – I did quite a bit as a teenager , but now i’m… several years older. Some abbreviations stump me for a few minutes and other techniques are strangers to me. This sounds like a wonderful resource book. Thanks for the chance to win.

  10. That looks like a wonderful book to have. I’ll definitely be purchasing that one in ebook form. Your new sweater looks wonderful and comfy.
    Trish D.´s last blog post ..Meandering, Babbling and General Craziness

  11. I would LOVE to win a knitting book! 🙂
    Lilie´s last blog post ..June Hat – DONE!

  12. Oh how wondful it would be to have a book like this, Thank you for the chance to win it.

  13. Sounds like a book I need. New to knitting I am always trying to figure out how to do things or fix things.

  14. This is not a book I am familiar with, and I would love to own it and share its insights with other knitting friends of mine.

  15. Carol Perecman says:

    Thanks for the opportunity to win the book…I have the original, but also want the new one. I use it a lot; I’d love to know what the differences are.

    Beautiful gansey, BTW.

  16. I’d love to win this book. I’ve checked the original book out of the library and it was a wonderful resource book.

  17. I would love to win this book. Thank you for sharing!

  18. WANT! Love the sweater by the way. Great color. Please do write it up sometime.

  19. Thanks for the opportunity to get the book. Sweater is beee-u-tiful!
    Kathom´s last blog post ..Knitting Suffered

  20. Thank you for being pushy! I would love to win this book.

    I’m impressed with the neatness of your bind off.

  21. AWESOME. these are my favourite kinds of knitting books – the ones chock full of the kind of information that make you a better, more informed knitter. i hope i win!!
    helena´s last blog post ..WIP: *warmers

  22. Thanks for asking for a giveaway book! I’d love to win it.

  23. Add my name to the number generator! Thanks for all the sharing you do!

  24. Oooh, I’d love to have a copy of the book!

  25. Barbara H says:

    Dear Wendy…. I would love to have a copy of POK .

  26. I would love to win this book. It seems like destiny, the releas date is my Birthday!

  27. I’d love to be in with a chance of winning the book. Your sweater is lovely and beautifully finished as always.

  28. The gansey is gorgeous! I love traditional knits!

    That books looks like a keeper for sure. I would love a copy.
    Susan´s last blog post ..more wacky winter weather

  29. That would certainly be a helpful reference guide for mr. Nthanjs

  30. Please, random plug-in selector — Choose me!

    Love your blog Wendy, I read every posting 🙂

  31. Would LOVE to have a copy. Been waiting for this one.

    I didn’t know about the e-book version. Sounds useful. Like you, I rarely order e-books, but this one might be worth it if it is searchable.

    Your sweater looks wonderful.
    Angeluna´s last blog post ..9/11 Remembrance and an Odd Momento

  32. Your Diamond Gansey is lovely. Thanks for the book giveaway.

  33. Candace (from Canada) says:

    I’m a newbie knitter – could really use this. Thanks for the giveaway!

  34. What a neat sweater! Great book review, thx 4 letting us know it’s out.

  35. Finally! I’ve been waiting patiently for this. Four pounds? That’s a lot of book, the e version will also be handy!

  36. Thanks so much for all of your blog entries. Those of us who are don’t comment too often but she really should do so to express our appreciation.


  37. I would LOVE to win this, it looks really useful.

  38. Would love a copy of the book!

  39. I’m in!

  40. Oh, heck yeah, I’d love to win that book!

  41. The book looks great! Would love to have a copy.

  42. Sam La Tricoteuse says:

    Never been that lucky with draw but I reall couldn’t pass this one, as I love references and knitting “bibles” 😉

  43. Comprehensive knitting help? I’M IN!

  44. Wow, another gorgeous sweater start to finish in the time I barely finished 2 pairs of fingerless mitts. BTW – is a textured knitting tome on it’s way — you keep referring to stealth projects? Would also love a glove/mitts book in the style of your socks books…. I’m learning this the hard way…..

    BTW – happy belated birthday, did you mention it this year?

    PS – would love a copy of the book…

  45. Ninaclock145 says:

    What a prize! Your sweater is lovely. I love 3 needle bind offs for shoulders.

  46. Thanks for the chance, if I win, I can order the ebook instead of the hard copy which I have preordered and then I will have both!

  47. Your cat is as helpful as my four cats whenever there is knitting or fabric laying about. Thanks for reviewing the book–now it’s on my radar.

  48. I love the gansey. The book would be fantastic to have and a terrific reference source.

  49. Your sweater looks really lovely. And thanks for the book giveaway.

  50. Thank you as always for thinking of us.

  51. Oh, please give it to me. This book has been in the works forever and that is how long I have been waiting. It is so nice of you to give one away.

  52. Nice job on the sweater. Kitties are so very helpful. 🙂
    Rich´s last blog post ..Ole #7

  53. I hope to win the book but I agree thee book would be handy to have. I also love the finished sweater, I’ve watched it’s progress with extreme jealousy. I do hope you take the time to share the pattern.

  54. Love a good, serious book on knitting. Thanks for the giveaway. Your new sweater is very pretty. (and feline approved!)
    Cindy in FL´s last blog post ..Tourist Time

  55. Sandy Lopacki says:

    Ooooo. Would love that book!

  56. What a great book! This would be a welcome additional to my library.

  57. Hi lovely Wendy, I also would like a copy of the book, hope I am lucky.

    gemma´s last blog post ..munch crunch

  58. Pam Huang says:

    I heard that this book was being revised and would love a copy-it is truly The Bible of Kintting as far as I am concerned. Thanks for being so generous to your readers. I’ll probably buy a copy even if I don’t win!

  59. CaroleNJ/SloKnitR says:

    I have had this book on pre=order from Amazon for over a year! I am so happy to hear that it is finally coming out and was glad to read your review. I think I will join you in getting the e-book too so that I will always have it handy. No need to enter me in the contest.

  60. Robin May says:

    I don’t care what you say… You knit like the wind! The Gansey is beautiful, reminds me of a favorite sweater I once had! The book looks amazing as well.

  61. My kitty ‘helps’ with blocking too, but occasionally gets a little over exuberant (and she has claws so this can be a problem!).

    POK looks like a great book! I’d love to have a chance to win it.

    Thanks Wendy!
    MicheleinMaine´s last blog post ..Ghastlies in Green Sweater Bag PREORDER

  62. awesome new sweater! and as always, beautiful cat!

    my cat is in the doghouse as he managed throw up all over my drying , newly finished Catkin shawl. grrrrr!

  63. Sounds like a really great book. Would love to win a copy.
    Michelle´s last blog post ..The homestead

  64. You’re not pushy, you think of others who might also enjoy the book. Thank you for this opportunity, even if the odds aren’t all that great.

    And Lucy helps by just being there.

  65. Another great giveaway, very smart of you to ask for two copies. I didn’t know they were releasing an ebook version, very smart of them!

  66. I am a new knitter and would love to have this resource!

  67. I’ve been reading about this reprint for a long time so I’m happy to see a pic of an actual finished book finally as proof that it really is coming out on the release date! The hard copy is on my wish list, but I’d really like to hear from someone about how good of a job the publisher did on the electronic formatting before I buy it for my Nook. Thank you so much for getting the extra copy to give away 🙂

  68. Yay! I WILL have a copy of this book one way or another. I’m sure I’ll end up buying it, but thanks for the chance to win it!!! Super-fun. Your sweater seams are perfection, by the way!

  69. Ooh, sign me up–I’d love to win your extra copy! Thanks for asking the publishers for one to give away.

  70. I love the sweater. I do hope you write up the instructions! The book looks wonderful and I think that I’d love to get the electronic version… so that I have a reference knitting book with me when I go places with my knitting

  71. I certainly could use help in picking up stitches. Would love to do it once instead of several times on a project. That book looks it could help me.

  72. I am so excited that this book is actually getting released again. I’d love to win it, but even if I don’t, I’ve had it on pre-order from amazon since August.

  73. Krystal Smith says:

    I probably spend more time looking through knitting books/magazines than actually knitting. I have a 16-month-old little boy and another one coming any day now, so I have trouble finding time to actually KNIT. Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

  74. Thanks Wendy! You really can’t make it any easier to win a great book!

  75. I am addicted to knitting books, especially reference books. Thanks for offering a copy to your fans!

  76. Lucy is a cute little helper.

  77. I would love a copy of this book. I am a relative newbie knitter/spinner and need all the references I can get my hands on. Thanks for the give away.

  78. Rachael W. says:

    Your gansey is very beautiful. Thank you for the giveaway!

  79. Your shoulder seams boggle my mind. Hell, most of your knitting boggles my mind in a good way!

  80. Wow, I’m amazed at how quickly you finish projects! I’m lucky to get an hour a day to knit, plus I’m super slow, so it takes me forever to finish socks, much less a sweater.

    This reference looks amazing! Please enter me in the giveaway, and thanks.
    Joanna´s last blog post ..Knitting Projects to Finish in 2012

  81. I would love to have your give away copy of this book. I have all of your books and this would be a nice addition to my reference library.

  82. This is one book I would really like to have on the shelf.

  83. Kristin C says:

    Oh wow, a whole chapter on picking up stitches? This sounds like my kind of book!

  84. OMG, Wendy, would sure love to have this book. (Thanks for thinking of us!) Please, Godess WordPress Plugin App, pick me! BTW, gansey looks good.

  85. I would love to have a copy of this book! I’d been thinking of ordering it myself.

  86. I think I really need one of these to come and live in my knitting library – it would make such a difference to my knitting.
    Thanks for your generosity in giving a copy away.

  87. thank you for the giveaway! would love to win a copy!

  88. The sweater looks awesome!

  89. I’d love a copy of this book. I’m always stuck trying to find information on these reference topics.
    Maura van der Linden´s last blog post ..Word for Writers

  90. I would LOVE the extra copy!

  91. What a beautiful helper you have! I would love to win a copy of that book. 🙂

  92. could use a good knitting reference!

  93. The gansey looks great! Have been following your amazing work for a few years! Wish I could knit as fast as you do!
    Would LOVE a copy of the book….. Crossing my fingers and my toes!

  94. Elizabeth says:

    Oh wow! I just might have to buy that one regardless. Thank you.

  95. The gansey looks beautiful! That yarn really shows off the textured stitches.

    Would love to win this book – I have had it pre-ordered for months. Nice to hear there’s going to be an e-version which would be so handy for portability. 🙂

  96. 23 pages of picking up stitches is convincing me I need to get a copy of this book. Sounds joyishly comprehensive. Thanks for letting us enter to win a copy.
    I hope you do write up the pattern. Great looking gansey sweater. 🙂

  97. cydney yerushalmi says:

    I would very much like to have a copy of this book.

  98. Please enter me in the chance to win this terrific looking book. The picking up stitches chapter sounds joyously comprehensive and would certainly make a difference in my choice of patterns to knit.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win it. Great gansey, too. I hope you do write up the pattern in the future. 🙂

  99. The first book was so good. I’d love to have a copy of the new version.

  100. Lisa Rogers Lowrance says:

    Yes, please enter me in the drawing, and thank you so much for sharing with the blog. 🙂