My current work in progress:

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

This and That. And Possibly the Other Thing as Well.

Here is my progress on my ruffled scarf:

I’m a bit past the halfway mark. I’m calling this design “Ruffles and Ridges.” A friend (hi Sharon!) is knitting it along with me as I design it, which makes it extra fun.

Lee asked in the comments “Is it better to wind the yarn before you use it just in case of something like this or is winding it harder on the yarn?”

Yes, that would be an excellent idea. That way there would be no ugly surprises. Note, however, that I did not do that with my new skein of Kauni. I am lazy, and I like to live on the edge. 😉

I do have two more skeins in this colorway, though, so if I encountered something horrific mid-skein, I have more to fall back on.

fibre space Fibre Explorers Club

Heads up! Have you heard about fibre space’s Fibre Explorers Club?

fibre space is my local LYS and it is a wonderful shop. Danielle (the owner) is always on the look out for the best of the best so there are fabulous things in the shop, both yarn-wise and knitting doodad wise. I always bring visiting knitters to hang out at the shop and I encourage you to stop by there if you are in the Washington DC area. (It’s in Alexandria, VA.)

You can read about the club at the link above. Basically, it is a club where they score stuff that most folks can’t get their hands on (to quote Danielle). Each month’s offering is themed around the origin of the yarn or yarn company and there are always fun extras. And, you can personalize the club to a certain extent — let them know which colors you absolutely do not want and which colors you love. Having been in a fibre space club in the past, I can tell you that the packages are always wonderful!

Book Review

I was recently sent a copy of 10 Secrets of the LaidBack Knitters: A Guide to Holistic Knitting, Yarn, and Life by Vicki Stiefel and Lisa Souza.

It’ a book of patterns and more. The chapters are themed by the 10 secrets and in each chapter there is discussion of the philosophy of the theme of the chapter, some back and forth dialog between the authors, tips and extras, and of course patterns.

You get biographies, interviews, tips, factoids, advice, and lists, and of course patterns by a variety of designers, some of whom you already know.

You can read about the designers, see pictures of the designs, and more at the book’s website.

Actually, Vicki arranged for me to be sent two copies so I could give one away. Who’d like it?

To be entered in the drawing to win a copy of 10 Secrets of the LaidBack Knitters: A Guide to Holistic Knitting, Yarn, and Life, please leave a comment on this blog post by noon Eastern time Thursday, March 29, 2012. A winner will be chosen at random then.

Lucy Sez

Thank you, Spindlecat, for sending me my new favorite mousie!

Have you seen Spindlecat Studio on Etsy? She sells the most awesome handcrafted stitch markers and stitch holders, shawl pins and other doodads. I’m using one of her copper ring stitch markers in my Ruffles and Ridges:

As well as a copper locking removable stitch marker to mark the center point of my piece:

It’s fun having pretty tools!


  1. I’d love a copy of the book, and I can’t wait to see how your latest design works out. Love the ruffles added as you knit!

  2. That scarf is looking SO pretty! Might I be considered for the book giveaway?
    Bess´s last blog post ..A wonderful young crowd!

  3. Love the Kauni projects, been wanting to try one myself!

  4. Linda Suppan says:

    Love how the ruffles are working up. And can’t wait to see how it works sideways the way you are doing that. I knit a shawl last year with the ruffle very last – I never thought I would get thru those knitting rows, and they kept doubling!

    Would love a chance to win 10 Secrets of the LaidBack Knitters: A Guide to Holistic Knitting, Yarn, and Life!

  5. Thanks for generously offering a chance to win a book!

  6. Heather Green says:

    I love the Ruffles and Ridges. It is so pretty. :0)

  7. Well, sure I’d like a copy! I’m not sure I could ever be a laid back knitter, but it’d be fun to read about. Thanks for offiering, this as well as all the other books lately.
    CeltChick´s last blog post ..She’s alive!

  8. The scarf is lovely! And the book looks really awsome. Thanks for the give away 🙂

  9. That book looks wonderful. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Knittingknails says:

    FibreSpace is on my list of key tourist stops this Nov when we go to DC! (of course)

  11. Gina Zahra says:

    The book looks lovely…Lucy looks pleased with her new mouse – maybe it will keep her feet on the floor for awhile 🙂

  12. Please enter me, I’d love to have this book

  13. Susan Campbell says:

    Love the ruffle. I’m making a shawlette called “And So Are You” by Rose Beck because of the ruffled bottom. Thanks for the chance to win a cool looking book!

  14. I’m looking forward to seeing the finished shawl, and am tempted to get my own set of stitch markers. Of course, the book would be nice, too.

  15. Love the scarf. The colour is wonderful. The book needs to come and live at my house. Please pick me!

  16. The book looks interesting. I’d love to win it.

  17. Helen Johnson says:

    That book looks like it’s right up my alley. Also love the ruffles and ridges project. Give Lucy a couple of ear scritches for me. It’s always fun to see her on the blog. 🙂

  18. love the copper stitch marker! visited the shop and will definitely have to purchase something soon!

    thanks for the chance to win this book!

  19. Lynne S. says:

    I love the colourway of the Ruffles and Ridges shawl! (And doesn’t the copper look fantastic with it?!) The book sounds as though it would be a fun read.

  20. This book looks really interesting. My love to Lucy.

  21. Erica Roberts says:

    I’ve had my eye on this book, would love a copy.

  22. Love the shawl, can’t wait for the pattern. I’d love to win the book, I’ve heard lots of good things about it and would love to have my very own copy. Thanks.

  23. I’d love to have a book by Lisa Souza!

  24. Do you think this would work with a mohair at a looser gauge?
    I just made a neck warmer that’s two layers of ruffles worked off a center spine (3 rows of garter stitch). It’s fabulous, but I want something larger for transitional weather: You know, large enough to through over my jacket for style’s sake when the sun comes out and I don’t have to protect my neck anymore.

  25. It sounds like a wonderful Book. Please enter me in the drawing.

  26. Love the scarf color and how the pattern is developing. I’ve seen the Laid-Back book already–it’s a good one.

    E. Engman´s last blog post ..SNOW DAY YARN DYEING

  27. Looking forward to seeing your finished shawl. Wouid love to win the book!

  28. I need to learn to be a laid back kniiter so I can stopping using knitting to keep me from killing people:^)

  29. I love books and would love to check this one out!

  30. Catherine says:

    your ruffled scarf is beautiful

  31. Barbara Vaccaro says:

    Sounds like the perfect book to read on the subway when there isn’t enough room to knit.

  32. Barb Bartelme says:

    Enjoying your post as always. Would love the book. Regards to Lucy, who is such a special part of your blog. Have a good knitting day.

  33. Yes please!

  34. I have some Kauni in my stash just waiting for some inspiration. Your posts have gotten to me. Yay, I feel a new project coming on! Oh and, thanks for your generous giveaway.

  35. Genie Cormode says:

    What a lovely book!

  36. I love how your ruffled scarf is turning out! I would love to win a copy of “10 Secrets of the LaidBack Knitters: A Guide to Holistic Knitting, Yarn, and Life”. TFS.

  37. Sounds like a good book to read. I find knitting very therapeutic, and I find more, and more, I enjoy reading what other knitters have to say about knitting.

  38. Jennifer says:

    Lovely book, need to be a mellow knitter..
    Hi Lucy!

  39. Would love a copy of the book. Took it out of the library and really liked it.

  40. Oh, my sister would love that ruffled scarf! I’m making a mental note of it for Christmas presents.
    mesha´s last blog post ..Beads and Spirals

  41. Thank you for giving away the book! Love your knitting, love your cat…
    All the best…

  42. Brittany says:

    Thanks for writing, reviewing, and knitting, even on top of your work schedule! The book looks intriguing. 🙂

  43. Linda Stackowitz says:

    I would love to have this book. I enjoy watching your progress on your projects. I wish I was as productive as you. Linda

  44. Katherine says:

    I wish I were a more laidback knitter!

  45. That book looks really lovely. I’d love a copy.
    Verena B´s last blog post ..Die Schneeglöckchen fangen langsam an zu blühen