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.

Diamonds and POK

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

SweaterFlat012912 240x170 Diamonds and POK

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.

DiaondGansey012912 160x240 Diamonds and POK

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

Shoulder012912 240x160 Diamonds and POK

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

Now, lookie what I have:

POK012912 199x240 Diamonds and POK

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.

Stitches012912 240x160 Diamonds and POK

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.

Illo012912 240x160 Diamonds and POK

And also very clear photos.

photo012912 240x160 Diamonds and POK

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:

Lucy012912a 240x160 Diamonds and POK

“What? It’s my job to help!”



  1. Wow, I can’t believe the book is finally being released! If I remember correctly it was originally due out last spring. We’ve been waiting a LONG time for it! Thanks for offering up the extra copy.

  2. I’d love to have a copy of this book.
    southparknitter´s last blog post ..Destination TTL Mystery KAL, Day 6

  3. Wow, I imagine that book being both a great reference and great weekend-morning-with-coffee reading. If I don’t win, I might be getting myself a Valentine’s Day present!

  4. Wendy, I think you knit in your sleep! Your speed is impressive, very impressive. This lurker would like to be entered into the book giveaway, please. Thanks.

  5. You had me at “picking up stitches”. I think I do it a different way every time. I would love to feel like I actually understand the technique!
    nursenikkiknits´s last blog post ..FO Friday # 36 – Twilight Treasure

  6. Nice sweater! Lucy is so cute!!
    Chandi´s last blog post ..Digging Through A Room Full of Yarn

  7. I would love to win the copy of the new “Principles of Knittng”. Thanks for the opportunity.

  8. Great sweater–you’re inspiring me to knit a Gansey! Please add my name to the drawing for POK.

  9. Mary Anne says:

    I love the Colorado of your gansey. POK would be. An excellent reference. Thanks.r

  10. Gorgeous sweater. Would love a copy of the new edition of POK.

  11. I would love to win the book!


  12. I would love to win thr book, thank you for the chance.

  13. Oooh!!! I want this book! 😉

    And I’ve got an extremely helpful blocking kitty, too!
    janna´s last blog post ..Catching up

  14. The sweater looks great. I passed up the original POK a few weeks before it bacame impossible to get because it was so big. I’l love to win the new version.

  15. I borrowed POK from the library recently, and considered not giving it back. Boy would they have had a field day with me! Sure hope the new version is as good as I expect. I’ve been waiting quite a while for this one! Way to use your influence on behalf of your readers 🙂
    Love the gansey, too! One day, I hope to actually finish one as nice as that.

  16. Cindy91081 says:

    From a few snap shots in this post, I think POK is a very handy ref for knitting. I like it!

  17. Julia in KW says:

    I love knitting resource books and that one looks very comprehensive…

  18. Can’t wait for Principles of Knitting reprint to be released. I am lucky enough to have the original—it is a great reference. I’m sure the new issue will be also.

  19. Christine says:

    This book looks to be something every knitter could use. I would love to win it!

  20. Love to have a copy of the book! Wish I could knit like you do!

  21. The sweater is awesome and the book looks fantastic!! Lucy seems like a lovely knitting assistant.

  22. I found the original POK in my daughter’s high school library, of all places. As you can imagine, it was pristine, never having been checked out. I could not believe the knitters’ literary gold I was holding in my hands, and no one even noticed! I would love the new copy, as I could not sink low enough to swipe the library copy, even though no one would have missed it! Ethics, morals, values, you know, the stuff that makes society work…

  23. claire fischman says:

    Hi Wendy. Can I borrow some wendyness from mmario’s site? ooooooh. pick me! pick me!!! i would love to have that book!!

    btw, i LOVE your sock book. did not make the connection!!

  24. I am starting to acquire more e-books since they are more portable. It is easier to use my e-reader and browse my sock pattern collection.

  25. Love to get my hands on that book 🙂

  26. Love the way the diamonds line up perfectly at the shoulders. And I would like the extra copy of the book.

  27. Katie Kerrigan says:

    Well, of course, Lucy loves that sweater! Diamonds are a girl’s best friend!

    Pick me, pick me! I would love that book!!!! Otherwise, I’ll just have to buy it….(probably both of them, since I agree the ebook would be awesome to have as well).

  28. Wow! What a great book to review and give away. It is so comprehensive, or at least that is what I have heard.n I have never seen a copy in person!

  29. Helena Dias says:

    The book looks great. Thanks for sharing. PS. the sweater looks amazing. Great work.

  30. Ann Liebert says:

    My cat always needs to sits on the latest knitted project, just like your cat. I would love to have the latest edition of POK.

  31. Years ago, when I was still an amateur knitter-didn’t know much-I ran across a copy of POK in the remainders section of my favorite book store for $9.95. And I didn’t get it because I didn’t know anything about it. Doh! Help me Wendy correct the massive error I made and correct the space-time continium.

  32. Would love to win this book. Your sweater is beautiful.

  33. What a wonderful tool to add to the library…and yet another reason to get an iPad

  34. Gosh, I’m pretty far down the list, but with any luck……



  35. Great gansey! I look forward to your pattern. Please pick me for your giveaway. Thank you. 😉
    Geri´s last blog post ..Constant Quest

  36. I’m not usually lucky but there’s always a first time

  37. Thanks for asking the publisher for two – you certainly didn’t have to. The book sounds terrific. One of my favorite “go to” sources is the “University of YouTube.” That’s where Cat Bordhi taught little ole’ me how to do Judy Becker’s magic cast-on. Give Lucy a scratch for me. Thanks for the blog.

  38. I would love a copy! Thanks Wendy!

  39. Beautiful sweater and fab book. Thanks!

  40. This looks like a real find. Please sign me up for the drawing. Thanks.

  41. I need all the help I can get. Count me in, please.

  42. I would love to have a copy of this wonderful book. Thanks for always thinking of us!

  43. Me, me! And thank you ahead of time. LOL

  44. Book giveaway fantastic! Sweater looks gorgeous!

  45. Love the Diamond Gansey pattern and the drape of the sweater. Nice job!

  46. Oh, I would love to have a copy of POK! I knit in the winter and in upstate NY that could be for 9 months. In the warm weather I quilt! Thanks for the opportunity to win the book!

  47. Pat McKenna says:

    I love Lucy’s comments. She definitely has a way with words.

  48. I really really need this book.

  49. Carol Kumpf says:

    Your sweater is beautiful. I am a larger size XL/1X, and the material looks like it has a nice kind of drape that wouldn’t make me look larger. I hope you do write up the pattern at some point.
    I would love to own the Principles of Knitting. Thanks for getting an extra copy to give away to us!

  50. Sherry Anderson says:

    I always love hearing from you and reading your blog. I’ve been waiting for this book since I read it was coming – it seems like I’ve been waiting since September? I would love to win! Thank you for all you do!

  51. The knitting is fantastic but I LOVE LUCY!

  52. I would love to win a copy of this! Just the portions you’ve shown look immensely useful!
    Thanks Wendy!! <3
    Erin´s last blog post ..Episode 43 – Time’s Up!

  53. You’re sweater is beautiful! Can’t wait for POK to be published and I too would love a copy.

  54. I’ve been interested in this book for a long time! I think it would be a wonderful reference book to have on hand.

    Gorgeous sweater! Can’t believe how fast you complete your projects.

  55. Ooh, pretty! I’d never heard of this book until thirty minutes ago when I cruised over to Schoolhouse Press to see what was new. Looks like a wonderful reference book and I’d be proud to have it in my little library.

  56. Can’t wait for the book to be released.

  57. I would love to be in to win, it’s a book that is very much on my “to buy” list.
    Rachelle´s last blog post ..I overdid things

  58. I would love to win this book. I am a new knitter and need all the help I can get.

  59. Wendy Lamar says:

    Must have POK! Will also get both versions if I don’t win this one. Thanks for being pushy!

  60. Your sweater turned out very nicely. I’ve used the 3 needle bind off and it is so smooth.

  61. ME, ME, Pick ME

  62. I would love to win this new book, i’ve worn through my old copy and would love to see all the new skills and techniques that have been developed since the first issue.

  63. I would love to win this book. Thanks for offering it.

  64. This looks great! What an excellent resource.

  65. POK is one of the few books of my dreams. I would dearly love your second copy. Tak.

  66. MaryAlice Pilbin says:

    One can never have too many knitting books. This one certainly looks like a keeper. You ae so thoughtful to get the extra copy and share. You are always looking out for us. Thanks,

  67. Yes, please!

  68. I love the sweater. A pattern would be popular, I think.
    POK we are all looking forward too. It it also will be a sell-out.

    Have a good week.
    Martha Frey´s last blog post ..The Princess Shawl/ Row 209 of Border

  69. Aww, how sweet of Lucy to help. She does make a very nice photo model. 😉

    Your sweater turned out beautifully!

  70. Wow, the book looks like it sure would help me a lot, thanks for the giveaway 🙂 rose

  71. PP Walker says:

    Random selector pick me!!! Looks like this books holds a plethora of significant needlework enlightenment. Exactly what I need more of.

  72. Would love to add this book to my libary of knitting books. Also Your sweater looks great. Now whats next?
    nannyjean´s last blog post ..Sammy Jo

  73. Stephanie mcguckin says:

    I’d love tO win this book but I’ll buy it if I don’t it looks great thanks for the opportunity to win this

  74. Martha Reed says:

    Pick Me 🙂 Pick Me 🙂
    The sweater came out gorgeous!

  75. Would love that book..pick me, pick me!!! And thank you for the generous offer!

  76. Had an original ’till my daughter ran off with it………..

  77. Talk about heavy reading! Would love this book. Thanks

  78. Dorothy Hayes says:

    This looks like just the book I NEED not just want, my knitting and the friends who receive items want me to have it.( I love Lucy on the sweater too)

  79. I have two of those helpers at my house. The sweater is lovely. The book looks very useful. Thanks for keeping us up to date

  80. Love the sweater, would love the book.

  81. Thanks for the chance to win the book Wendy!

  82. Kit BENCKS says:

    love your sweater!
    Can’t wait to see the book.

  83. Love the new sweater. Love the book as well. Please pick me oh random number generator. Lol.

  84. This was on my Christmas wish list as a preorder. No one chose this option. I would love a copy. Pick me!

  85. handmadebysue says:

    As a matter of principle, I’d love to win this book!

  86. Margaret Hendrickson says:

    Looks like a great reference book.
    I’d like to have it.

  87. diane tetreault says:

    Many thanks for the offer– POK looks great.

  88. Allison Carter says:

    I have always heard and experienced that it is difficult to photograph cats, but your photos of Lucy are always great. Does she ever claw your work? The book seems like it’s just the thing you need in an emergency. The e-book concept definitely works in this case.

  89. Lucy is so cute! That’s what my cat does when I block as well. And that book looks incredibly useful. Hoping to win it.

  90. I would love to be the chosen winner of this book.

  91. peggy connolly says:

    the POK book has been on my wish list for years. This is so cool. Thanks.

  92. I love your Diamond Gansey!! I also think that the kitty adornment is wonderful. Lucy is obviously a totally fabulous accessory. 🙂

  93. Thanks for the opportunity to win the book. Love your blog!

  94. Nancy Clark says:

    I would love a copy of this book.


  95. Carol brennan says:

    I would love to have a copy of this book.

  96. OMG, I would love this book! We are never too experienced to learn more!

  97. marilyn Goodenberger says:

    Some things in knitting never change. I would love to have the revised version of “Principles of Knitting”.

  98. Sounds like an amazingly comprehensive book. I’d love to add it to my knitting library. Thanks for bringing it to our attention, Wendy.

  99. It it makes you feel any better about knitting e-books, I’ve got two of yours! Thanks for sharing your WIPs and your beautiful kitty with us!

  100. Tina in NJ says:

    Well, I’d love to win the give-away copy, but my odds don’t look so good, with nearly 500 comments before mine! Lovely gansey. I think Lucy likes it. Wear it well.