My current work in progress:

Tawney Sweater,by Jenni Barrett, knit from MadelineTosh Tosh Sock, using 3.25mm and 3.5mm needles.

The Knitter’s Curiosity Cabinet

I have in my possession a review copy of  The Knitter’s Curiosity Cabinet by Hunter Hammersen.

As it says on the cover, this book has 20 patterns inspired by vintage botanical illustrations. Ten different botanical illustrations are represented (and reproduced) in the book, and for each one, there are two patterns: a sock pattern, and a non-sock pattern: mitts, a hat, a cowl, or a shawl.

The cover socks (see above photo) are chysanthemum frutescens, and there is also a chysanthemum frutescens hat:

(This pattern really caught my eye because of the gorgeous green yarn used: Traveller by Verdant Gryphon in the “Ireland” colorway.)

These socks are crocus vernus:

And narcissus pseudonarcissus socks:

And linaria bipartita socks

One of the patterns for mitts is rosa rubiginosa:

As you can see, the photography is lovely, and each pattern is accompanied by several photos of the item. The charts are large and clear and there is an excellent key to the symbols used in the front of the book.

The patterns are for the most part sized in 2 or 3 different sizes (one cowl is 4 sizes and one shawl is 1 size only) so you can fit pretty much everyone. You could bet a lot of gift knitting covered with the patterns in this book.

Hunter sent me a review copy and very kindly offered to send a copy to one of my readers as well. Who would like a copy?

To be entered in a drawing to win a copy of  The Knitter’s Curiosity Cabinet by Hunter Hammersen, please leave a comment on this blog post by 11:00am Eastern time on Sunday, June 24, 2012. I’ll use the Random Number Generator to choose a lucky recipient then.

Summer Solstice Mystery Shawl

Are you ready? Got your needles? Got your yarn? The first clue for the 2012 Summer Solstice Mystery Shawl will be released in a few short hours!

Lucy can hardly contain her excitement!

“A KAL? I gotta bulk up!”




  1. Yes please! What a lovely book!

  2. Beautiful designs, I will put this on my dream wish list of books!

    I found my dream beads for my mystery shawl, it is surprising how delighted a person can be when they find the “perfect” beads! Now I’m excited to begin!

  3. The book looks great. Thanks for offering it!

  4. Thanks, Wendy, for a chance to win a beautiful book.

  5. It’s midnight someplace….I want my KAL pattern. 🙂 I cannot wait.

  6. I’m so excited for the KAL. And this book looks awesome. You’re far too generous! 😀

  7. I have Hunter’s first book and would love to win this one as well. I love her designs!

  8. I love to knit socks, and the more challening the patterns are, the better I like it. These look like a great challenge! I would love to have the book.

  9. Anne Marie B says:

    The designs in his book are fabulous!

  10. Would love a copy of the book, I am so into knitting socks, shawls and mitts.

    Can hardly wait to cast on for the mystry knit.

  11. Angela E . says:

    Looks like a great book! I want that book!

  12. What a wonderful concept for a book! The patterns all look lovely.

  13. Stardancer says:

    I want it! Such beautiful photos and patterns, and I love the wonderful geekiness of naming the patterns for the scientific names of plants. And I want that green yarn, too–you wouldn’t happen to be throwing some of that in for the lucky winner, would you? 😀

  14. I am a gardener who has a book of latin names for plants. I am trying to memorize all the names of my perennials and annuals this summer. I love this book, it is original and delicious in its designs.

  15. Angie S. says:

    Beautiful patterns! Would love to add to my library.

  16. Oooh, I drool over those patterns every time one pops up on Ravelry! I’d love a copy of the book!
    Rycrafty´s last blog post ..Here and There

  17. I love it all!

  18. I’ve been ogling the heck out of this pattern collection since I first heard about it, and would super-love to get a copy of it.

  19. Sandra Kerr says:

    Me! I want it! Pick me!!!!!!!
    And so excited for the KAL. I finally got the beads I want, and they are perfect. I’m not a fan of nupps, so I’m happy there’s a different option.

  20. GL Blumenshine says:

    I’v e been wondering what kinds of projects are out there that copy the flow of plants. Now I find out there is a whole book of them. Interesting.

  21. What lovely patterns. I’ve been wanting to try some mitts and these would be perfect!

  22. Oooh, what lovely patterns! Would love to win the book.

  23. Please thank Hunter on all of our behalves for the chance to win a copy of this wonderful book.

    Can’t wait for the KAL. Have yarn. Got beads. Now I’ve got a few hours to finish the sleeve of the sweater that’s on my needles.

  24. Would love to combine two of my fav things, gardens and knitting.

  25. I love knitting socks!! Those patterns are so beautiful, I’d love to win the book.
    I have my yarn, needles, prep pages and my vitamin is waiting on the counter so I get a good start in the morning! I can’t wait to get started on this KAL!!!
    Thanks again for being so generous in sharing.
    Zoe can’t wait to help me, Cassie says, “Just leave me room on the chair!”.

  26. Crystal says:

    This book sounds super neat!

  27. I want that book, please:) Fabulous patterns!

  28. I love that green, too! I will make that if I win 🙂

  29. So much going on the KAL and the change for a stunningly beautiful book too! I hope I am the lucky winner. Thanks Wendy.

  30. I would love this book to give me ideas for gifts and perhaps even something for me!!

  31. There are several things I would love to knit out of this book. Thanks for showing it.

  32. nwheatley says:

    What a fabulous book! Definitely on my wishlist.

  33. Great inspirations!

  34. Midnite Baker says:

    Love the cover socks. Reminds me of my Mom’s hand knit pullover shell she made back in the early 1960’s that I still have today. Yes, it fits, too!! I don’t wear it often, as it is too warm for me.

  35. Holiday knitting? You are already thinking about holiday knitting? Should I be thinking about holiday knitting, too? Can’t wait to see your new shawl.

    Love all things botanical and would love to receive a copy of this book.
    Angeluna´s last blog post ..9/11 Remembrance and an Odd Momento

  36. Erica Roberts says:

    Wow, this book looks really great!

  37. Would love to be entered in for the drawing. Thanks so much for doing this. 🙂

  38. Oh! What pretty socks!

  39. I would love to add this knitting book to my library.

  40. I’d love a copy. The book looks really interesting.
    Julia´s last blog post ..Pink elephants? No, pink reindeer!

  41. Sounds an interesting book. I would love a copy

  42. Please include me in the draw, what lovely designs and I especially love the gorgeous “Ireland” colourway of the beanie hat. I’m looking forward to joining the KAL next week.


  43. Lee Ann says:

    Beautiful photography and I loved the names of the projects.

  44. I’d love to check out Hunter’s new book!

  45. Pretty!

  46. The book looks wonderful. Count me in.

  47. Heather N says:

    It has been awhile since I have wanted to do a charted pattern, the patterns in the photos seem just enough spice to get me interested again.

  48. Klaartje says:

    345 comments already on juni 20th! 😉

    That is a most populat book, I want in too! hahaha

    Next to the book, I’m looking forward to the spoilers pic of the KAL. I can’t join, too much going on, but I’m happy to watch from the sideline.

  49. martie K. says:

    I would love to win a copy. I bought Hunter’s other book “Silk Road Socks which is wonderful so I am guessing this one would be as well.

  50. Sending Lucy catnip kisses! I love Hunter’s work and would love to have the book!

  51. Great patterns, great copy, lovely pics!!!

  52. The book sounds lovely. Thanks to you and Hunter for a chance to win a copy! NancyP

  53. I’d love to win this book!

  54. Would love to win the book.

  55. This book intrigues and inspires me. I would love to be able to explore it more closely. Thanks for the offer!

  56. Alexandra Wright-Cross says:

    Yes, I would love to win this book! The designs look wonderful!

  57. Scotiaknit says:

    What a beautiful collection of patterns. I love intricate sock patterns!

  58. Beautiful! I love socks!

  59. Robin D says:

    I would love to have a copy of this book. Thanks for the chance to win

  60. Yes please! I love the photos. Can’t wait to try the patterns!

  61. love that hat pattern! lucy is adorable!

  62. Gorgeous patterns, and I love rosa rubiginosa in particular. I’d love to be in with a chance of winning a copy of this book! Thank you, and thanks to Hunter too 🙂
    Heather´s last blog post ..[finish] Destiny Legwarmers

  63. Anjanette says:

    I’ve been interested in this book since I saw it reviewed on The Knitgrllls. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Now I’m off to download the Mystery Shawl clue 1! Yay!

  64. I love these paterns, especially the socks! Beautiful!

  65. Sharonknits says:

    I love flowers and plants….my yard is full of them! It would be great to duplicate some with my knitting.

  66. I loved Hunter Hammersen’s Silk Road Socks … this looks to be another winner. Thanks!
    Heather Kinne´s last blog post ..Episode 81 – Campaigning

  67. I would love to receive a copy of the book – thanks for sharing!

  68. The book looks well written and the photos are great. Can’t wait to see the patterns. I would love a copy of this new book. Thanks!
    Kim B´s last blog post ..UFO Finished

  69. I would love to have a copy of that book. I’ve been wanting one for a while now, but haven’t got it yet. Needles at the ready for the Summer Solstice KAL

  70. Susan Picciano says:

    Awesome times! Summer Solstice is here, KAL is beginning and chance at a free knitting book! Yippeeeeee!

  71. Peppermint says:

    The colors used for the samples in the photos are so luscious that I wanted to have the book in hand right this minute along with my needles and yarn! It would be fun to win the book…..a wonderful addition to my library! Best of luck with sales………

  72. Jennifer says:

    Nice book!

  73. becknitter says:

    Would love a copy…thanks for the contest, Wendy!

  74. Ladies, get your needles running! The Summer Solstice Mystery Shawl is starting! Thanks Wendy 🙂

  75. Rachel Cutler says:

    The patterns look like a lot of fun.

  76. Kristina Peters says:

    Those photos make me want to make everything! Hope I get the chance….

  77. Therese says:

    Love the botanical theme!

  78. I would love a copy of TKCC. Please release the shawl so no one hurts themselves!

  79. What a great addition to a knitters library. Thank you for the opportunity

  80. Thanks for the chance to win such a great looking book.

  81. I would love to receive a copy.

  82. Very good choice for the cover. Chysanthemum frutescens is calling my name.

  83. Verena B says:

    What beautiful patterns! I would love that book!

  84. GrandPenny says:

    Thanks for the gorgeous photos and gift ideas from Curiosity Cabinet. Hoping I win!

  85. I would love a copy. Her books are beautiful!

  86. What a lovely patterns!
    I would like to have a copy of the book.

  87. Beautiful colors and flower patterns, would love to have a copy! Thanks!

  88. Alice Moisen says:

    That looks like a great book. Lots of gift possibilities (as well as some keepers)

  89. The book looks lovely, and I just downloaded my first part of the summer KAL shawl. Can’t wait to get started.

  90. I would love a copy of this book, and I will be starting my shawl this afternoon.

  91. The patterns from the book look wonderful!

  92. I just love(d) Silk Road Socks and the pictures from this new book are wonderful.

    Henry, Tim and Bella send cordial greetings to Lucy.

  93. Stephanie Tipton says:

    I love this concept. It would be great to knit a gift for someone using the design based on their favorite flower! Thanks for the contest.

  94. I’ve been eyeing these patterns for a while! I’d love a copy of the book – they are wonderful!

  95. Although I will leave a comment, I will probably not win. Anything with the word “random” in it automaticaly excludes me. However, I think that the photos in this book are amazing! Beautiful colors!

  96. kelly-ann (on ravelry) says:

    Her sock designs are so awesome – I would love to own this book!

  97. Michelle Bingnear says:

    Thanks for another great giveaway. And hooray for the first day of the KAL!!

  98. What a wonderful idea for a book! The pictures and projects are so beautiful.

  99. Oh, me! I will take it! I have her earlier book and it is gorgeous.
    CarolineF´s last blog post ..From sheep to shawl


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