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.

The Knitter’s Curiosity Cabinet

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

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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:

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(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:

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And narcissus pseudonarcissus socks:

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And linaria bipartita socks

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One of the patterns for mitts is rosa rubiginosa:

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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!

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“A KAL? I gotta bulk up!”




  1. Karina Bates says:

    Thank you for offering the book, yes, I would love a copy. And aren’t the Verdant Gryphon’s yarns pretty?

  2. Thanks for your blog and books! I am currently working on the Crocus socks!
    I would love to be entered to win the copy of Knitter’s Curiosity Cabinet book!

  3. Charlotte says:

    My fellow Master Gardeners who also knit would love this book!

  4. Mary Beth says:

    Lucy clearly takes her training very seriously!

  5. I would LOVE to own a copy! I like her designs and have this book on my wishlist. Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

  6. Would love this book for my library and am very excited that the Summer Mystery KAL is finally at hand!

  7. I always want to reach through the computer and pet Lucy! I’d love the book too…

  8. Those sock patterns are to die for! Just put this one on my Amazon wishlist.

  9. Whoa, love the mitts pictured! I have my yarn, my swatch (altho I didn’t put in a pic on the Rav thread), and the pattern ordered–I be ready, Freddie! And I’d seriously like to have this book, thank you for this nice offer.
    CeltChick´s last blog post ..White carnations

  10. Karen F says:

    love rosa rubiginosa:mitts ;o)

  11. Cute book, I’d love to win a copy! I’m always on the lookout for interesting sock patterns.

  12. Those patterns look lovely. I am going to have to check to see if my LYS has this book.

  13. I would love a copy of this book! Thanks for an opportunity to maybe win one. ready to start my mystery shawl!

  14. Sharon Amara says:

    Hope the Random Number Generator finds my number. The book looks lovely.

  15. Lucy, would you please explain to my kitties how to keep the area around your food bowl so neat (if it’s your Mama, I’m doomed!)

    Thanks for the contest. ;o)

  16. Allison says:

    Beautiful patterns! I promise to knit several of the patterns and give the book a good home!

  17. Trish Bullock says:

    I would love a copy of this. Please enter me in the drawing.

  18. Jessica says:

    I first heard about this book on a podcast and thought it sounded wonderful! I’d love to get a copy.

  19. Shirley Gallagher says:

    I would love a copy of this book, my sock knitting has gotten boring.

  20. Love the sock designs from that book!
    Angela´s last blog post ..Procrastination-knits

  21. Annette M says:

    What a beautiful book!

  22. Judith Smith says:

    Would love that book.

  23. Judith Smith says:

    would love that book

  24. MizMelly says:

    Those are some gorgeous pics and love the patterns!! I may have to put this book on my wish list!!

  25. What a beautiful book!!!The patterns yoou showed are gorgeoous. I would love to try those sox on the cover. I downloaded the A part of the KAL this morning. I can hardly wait to get started.

  26. Helene Ross says:

    The book sounds like it is great for gifts.

  27. Stephanie says:

    looking forward to the Summer Mystery! I can’t wait to begin!

  28. Charlotte says:

    My fellow Master Gardeners who also knit will love this book.

  29. Those patterns look very interesting! I would love to win the book and try a couple of them out!

  30. Looks like a great book! Lucy is awesome, too!

  31. That book looks wonderful!

  32. The patterns are beautiful. Would love to win a copy.

  33. i love that book! the concept is very interesting and has come out with some great patterns as a result. thanks for sharing!
    sharmie´s last blog post ..bookmark this! : geeky

  34. I love the both the patterns and the colors used in the pictures! I am VERY excited about the KAL. I printed it out as soon as I could. I really like the yarn I will be using. When I knit the swatch it did amazing things with the yarn. So EXCITED!!

  35. What a great book for a gardener/knitter (like me!)

  36. What a beautiful book. I’d love to add it to my shelves.

  37. I want those socks on the cover!!!

  38. Hunter’s socks are always pretty and her blog is great.
    Leslie´s last blog post ..First Sock Club FO

  39. Would love this book in my library and am very excited to receive the first clue to the summer mystery Kal. Thanks Wendy for all of the great things you do for your fellow knitters.

  40. Looks like a lovely book. I like the idea of socks paired with another pattern.

  41. Catherine S. says:

    Cool! Plants and knitting go together like … well, you know. Good luck to me!

  42. Jackie Wilson says:

    Sounds wonderful

  43. Happy solstice Wendy and Lucy! x

  44. I love to socks for gift’s for christmas. This would be a great book to start with.

  45. Those socks are amazing! I would love to make them…

  46. Karen Greaney says:

    I love the patterns in Knitter’s Curiousity Cabinet and I love the idea of tying patterns to nature.

  47. Kristine says:

    This book looks amazing! Would love to have it!

  48. I never win these things, but this looks like such a lovely book… I have got to try
    Amy´s last blog post ..Episode 33: Back Story

  49. I’ve been knitting my way through Hunter’s Silk Road Socks and treasuring each pair. Would love to have the new book. Thanks so much for offering a copy.

  50. Ooooh! How pretty!

  51. I like the green yarn for the chysanthemum frutescens hat too! And the sock patterns are gorgeous!! If I don’t win the free copy, I am going to go looking to add this title to my sheves! 😉

  52. monica b says:

    lovely idea and book, thakns for the great review

  53. Lovely book. Please put my name in the draw.

  54. These patterns are to die for. I would love to own this book. I promise it would be well used.

  55. Tamara Lin says:

    Ooooh, lots of pretty socks in that ebook! I’d love to win. I’m excited about the mystery shawl too. 🙂

  56. Helen Johnson says:

    Gorgeous socks, and a gorgeous kitty! If I won this book, I’d be incredibly thrilled. 🙂

  57. Cheryl K says:

    Oooh pretty! This book looks like a lot of fun!

  58. Wow the socks are pretty

    I love your inserts on Lucy; she sure is a beautiful cat. I have a female tabby she has alot of fur like Lucy does; my daughter wants to take her to a groomer and have her shaved for the summer and make her look like she is wearing little ugh boots. Told my daughter no way was I allowing that; besides I have never heard of shaving a cat.

  59. Phyllis Holder says:

    Have to have this book. Love the socks.

  60. Marie R. says:

    The book looks lovely. And Lucy is just as cute as ever.

  61. Yippie! another wonderful give-a-way and a KAL all in the same week.

  62. Robin Mc says:

    Wow, the book is gorgeous (but not as gorgeous as Lucy)! Fingers crossed that I win!

  63. Oh Oh Oh! I would love to have this book!

  64. I love all of Hunter’s stuff!!!
    katie metzroth´s last blog post ..Seaweed and a new friend.

  65. Vivian Davis says:

    The photos are absolutely lovely. What an inspiring book! And many thanks for putting it up for one of us to receive. I just hope I’m the lucky one!

  66. The book sounds like something I could use, Wendy! I love all the Verdant Griffon yarns, too!! Especially anything green.

  67. That book looks so lovely. I think I’m in love with the narcissus pseudonarcissus socks!

  68. I like the concept of this book and would enjoy a copy.
    gerald´s last blog post ..I got Urshuz

  69. Lucianne says:

    Oh, I LOVE Hunter Hammersen’s work! I have her Silk Road book and absolutely love it. But…it’s lonely on the shelf, and needs a companion. Please help me and my lonely book out by picking us. Please?

  70. It looks like a fine book to me! Thanks.

  71. Carolyne says:

    Just getting back into sock knitting. What a really neat concept for patterns.

  72. I’d love to see all the patterns in the book – maybe the gorgeous socks will finally convince me to take the plunge and make a pair!

  73. All of her patterns are just lovely, with an impressive attention to detail!

  74. Pat Hellhake says:

    I would ABSOLUTELY love a copy of that book.

  75. What a beautiful book!

  76. Looks like a gorgeous book – thanks for the chance to win!

  77. Laraine says:

    The botanist in me is salivating. I would love a copy of this book.

  78. Gorgeous! I love Hunter’s patterns!

  79. What a beautiful book – I’d love to be entered in the drawing, Thanks!
    Jeannie´s last blog post ..Hand Knit Can Cozy – blue, purple by JeannieGrayKnits

  80. Science and knitting — LOVE IT

  81. Christienne L Stewen says:

    Wow those patterns look delightful – I love the nature theme – and the photography looks amazing – I would very much enjoy a copy. 🙂

  82. I’d also be attracted to the pretty green yarn.
    Aberdonian´s last blog post ..OMG! So much dust!

  83. Hi Wendy,

    I am in love with this book! Please, please pick me random number generator. Hunter Hammersen is one of my favorite designers. She really comes up with great designs and writes very clear directions. Thanks for the offer!

  84. Jeanne S. says:

    Love the colors they chose – especially the purple!

  85. Mary G. says:

    Wow. Beautiful pictures of beautiful patterns. Looks like a book I might have to buy, if I don’t win it.

  86. Lucianne says:

    I LOVE Hunter Hammersen’s work! I have her Silk Road book but it’s kinda lonely on the shelf. Please pick me so my book can have a companion. Please?

  87. Laura from beautiful West Michigan says:

    Thanks once again for your generosity! It’s a beautiful day in West Michigan!

  88. CarolynZ says:

    Would love a copy of the book.

  89. The book looks wonderful. I’ve already picked my first project from your pictures. I sure hope I win!

  90. Oh, I would be thrilled to win that book! I love Hunter’s designs and these look top notch!
    KathleenC´s last blog post ..I Got the Music in Me – But Where Did it Come From?

  91. Love the patterns, please enter me!

  92. judy frank says:

    beautiful designs and photos !!!

  93. Michele says:

    What a lovely book. Hope I win!

  94. These patterns are gorgeous! Thanks for offering this copy.

  95. allison says:

    Wow! That looks like a great book. Whether I’m chosen or not, I’ll definitely get this book. Thanks for the review!

  96. OOOOOOOOO nice looking book! enter me!

  97. The book looks lovely. Love the pictures you shared. Thanks for the giveaway.

  98. Those socks are beautiful!

  99. I love her patterns! The book looks awesome!

  100. tootwisteddonna says:

    I would love a copy of this curious book!