My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.



I’ve had my book’s cover design for a little while, but just got the go-ahead from my publisher to share it with you:


I love it!

You may notice that the subtitle is different from the Amazon listing — it was changed after the book was listed on Amazon. No doubt it’ll be updated there eventually.

A Two-fer

That little mitten cuff I showed you yesterday is my ticket to two, count ’em, two knit-alongs.

First up: Sandy’s Warm Hands Knit-along. I’m a-knittin’ a mitten, so I qualify there.

And then there’s MJ’s Norwegian Knits-Along. My mitten is a Norgi mitten, so I qualify there as well.

That’s two, two, two knit-alongs in one!


Thanks to all for your very kind comments about my spinning endeavors. Creating a consistent, balanced yarn might not be a big deal to you experienced spinners out there, but to this total novice it qualifies as a Very Big Deal!

Spinning with non-animal fibers? Haven’t really done it, apart from spinning some samples. Judging from the samples I’ve tried, I prefer spinning animal fibers.


She’s just relaxing on the couch.



Also relaxing.


Yup. We are having a lazy evening!


  1. Your book cover is beautiful! Can’t wait for it to come out.

  2. Love the book cover! Love the reds! Love the title/subtitle!

  3. Dear Wendy,

    I am excited about your book, and am definately going to buy it.

    I have a question unrelated to this post but infinately related to your career as a knitter. Could you tell me why Alice Starmore books are so expensive, and why so many of them are out-of-print? I am eager to build my library of knitting books and would enjoy her books warming my shelves, yet I cannot part with $110+ for one book. Any hints? Is is OK to copy patterns from library books for personal use? Thank you!

  4. Congratulations on the book. I love Lucy’s kitty cameo.

  5. Congratulations! I can’t imagine how excited you must be about having your book become more real every day.

  6. I think you also qualify for nona’s Peaceful Palms knit-a-long, too.

    Also, I think I can answer the question about the AS books. Knitting books, as much as we love them, aren’t generally a mass-market commodity. They tend to have small print runs and therefore cost more to produce per book. Then, as they go out of print, the prices are high because they have a consistent, yet small, fan base that wants them year after year. If I am not mistaken, there is a out-of-print Barbara Walker book that goes for hundreds of dollars.

    All of this this of course does not apply to Wendy’s book, which I am sure will hit the NYT best-sellers list! And, Wendy may know more than I about AS in particular.

  7. Congrats!!!

  8. Book cover very, very good for sales potential (brightly colored, particular in the red range)! You really know what you’re doing! (And, probably have excellent advisors, as well!)

  9. I love the book cover and I love that Lucy gets her 15 minutes of fame too! Congrats Wendy!

    Mermaid is so beautiful, I just love that colorway!

  10. Hurray! It looks fabulous!

  11. WOW! It’s so cool! What an exciting time this is!!!

    it’s going to be great, I just know it. ๐Ÿ˜€

  12. how did you decide you were going to write a book, wass this a longstanding desire?

  13. Congratulations! It looks wonderful!

  14. What an eye-catching cover! Can’t wait!

  15. Sweet colors for your book cover! Can’t wait to get my hands on the real thang!

  16. Hi Wendy
    Your book cover is gorgeous – congratulations! Wishing you all the success in the world with its release.

  17. Wow! Fabulous book cover, and lots of red yarn my favourite colour. Congratulations, it will definitely be on my bookshelf.

  18. Wendy- You are right- the red color makes the cover of the book pop!. The bookcover is luscious and makes me want to buy the book. (Which I planned on doing anyway) Just think, a soon to be published author knit some of the stitches in my recently cast on sweater!

  19. The book cover is so pretty! but what is that gorgeous multi-fiber yarn in the lower right hand corner? Looks a little like Prism’s Wild Stuff!

  20. Love the cover and am looking forward to buying the book in the Spring. I like the new subtitle better than what was on Amazon. Very exciting. Congratulations, Wendy!

  21. Love the book cover!

    In the Quite-Possibly-A-Silly-Question(s) Dept.:
    What is a Knit-along? Is it only for bloggers? Why does one join – is it a participation thing, are there prizes or benefits of, say your “Two-fer”? Just curious…

  22. Oh, it’s a beautiful cover and it’s already on my wishlist!

  23. Love the book cover. I am so anxious for the book to be here.

  24. The cover looks terrific, Wendy! Too bad they couldn’t get it printed in time for Xmas — but then, I’m not known for patience. I love your Mermaid!

  25. What a gorgeous book cover.

    Wendy “D” Johnson – “D” – Wendy “Diva Knitter” Johnson. That’s for sure!!

  26. Oh, the book cover is wonderful. It’s just going to fly off the shelves. Mermaid is looking marvelous – you’ve been busy.

  27. Technically, isn’t it two knit-a-longs in two, since there are (hopefully) two mittens? Regardless, I wish I had your patience in knitting small things like that. ‘Cause ther are some cool Norgi mitten patterns out there…

  28. I “visit” every single day! Love, love the cover and, having just learned to spin…lovin’ that handspun yarn! Thanks for a daily dose of inspiration!

  29. Wendy, I am a lurker on this blog, but just had to comment today… I LOVE the colors on and the layout of the book cover.
    I actually have been meaning to ask the same question as Christina, maybe you know the answer since you have been knitting her designs for a long time.
    Why are so many Alice Starmore’s books out of print? I would love to knit some of her out-of-print designs, but don’t want to buy the kits… a) they are too expensive b) I want to use different colors.
    Thanks for your help! Your blog is very inspirational both for me and for my knitting friends.

  30. OK, my burning question is: Whose stash is on the cover? Did you get to squeeze the yarn before selecting it? Because we all know it’s all about the yarn, don’t we?

    I’m looking forward to the book’s publication. Make certain they pass you through the general Denver area on that book tour, whatever you do. I’ll buy dinner.

  31. Oh exciting! Looking forward to your new book, Wendy!

  32. Wendy, the book looks great! Your Mermaid really captured my attention but I couldn’t decide what color, so I put the question to my knitting group – it made for a good discussion! Thanks for the new project for me and my knitting group thanks you for our Mermaid review – costs, colors, difficulty, etc. Aren’t you glad to know you’re influencing knitters everywhere? :>

  33. So exciting! The cover is wonderful! So bright and cheerful… ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. I just love the book cover. The colors are great and I just can’t wait to get my hand on it. What is going to be in it, patterns or advice or both?

  35. Congrats! Very lovely cover. And saying there are patterns that ANYONE can knit. I just love encouraging words like that.

  36. Beautiful, just beautiful.

  37. CONGRATS!!!! what a pretty cover- the colors are great! cant wait to get it and peruse!

  38. how exciting!

  39. Your book cover is very enticing!! Congrat! Can’t wait to see it on the shelves. . . and my shelf.

  40. Can’t wait for the book to come out! It is at the top of my list for knitting books.

  41. GREAT cover. Very excited to see the book next year!!! WOOT!!! Sponge Bob is probably pretty worked up about this toooo!!!

  42. Woo-hoo! Great cover – I can’t wait for the launch. Any chance of a book tour???

  43. ooh, there is even a kitty on the cover. congratulations!


  1. Because knitting is my favorite distraction from other issues

    I had an email last night from Celeste Culpepper who designed the Sweet Mary Jane sweater. She apologized for errors in the pattern and pointed me to the Knitpicks errata for it. I’ve never seen such a conscientous designer, and