My current work in progress:

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


Book Sightings Everywhere!

Last Friday evening, Greta emailed me to report that she bought my book at Borders that day. Imagine my excitement at hearing that! My publisher had told me that stores will often put the books out on the shelf as soon as they receive them (Harry Potter this ain’t) but having solid evidence of this left me feeling giddy.

L-B found my book in her local Borders on Saturday, and Keiko left a comment yesterday, reporting buying it as well.

Then today, Jun Miyamoto in Tokyo (the same wonderful knitter who sent me lovely gifts from Japan a while back — documented in this blog entry, where I incorrectly identified the cone of cashmere yarn as wool — it’s cashmere, baby!) emailed me to tell me that the copy she had ordered has arrived! In Japan. Now I really feel woozy! Even though I’ve had my advance copies in my hot little hands for a couple of weeks now, I don’t think it really hit me that it’s a real book until now.

I might need to lie down.

Lucy, on the other hand, is busy reading her copy.


Kerry Progress

I have actually made some good progress on Kerry — see?


That’s the second sleeve in progress. Woo-hoo!

Carrie commented:
I am thinking about doing an aran sweater in 75% cotton/25% acrylic. I have always thought that cotton would be too heavy for this kind of sweater, so I’m wondering what, in your vast experience, you think of cotton for Arans. (thinking about Kerry and all)

Cotton can make for a pretty heavy sweater, if it is heavier than fingering weight! Kerry is not a lightweight sweater, but I don’t think it will be unbearably heavy, either. The yarn is 60-40 cotton/microfiber, so while it is heavy worsted weight, it’s not an extremely heavy yarn.

Sock Talk

A couple of you commented about snapping rosewood dpns. I did forget to mention that I snapped one of my size 0 rosewood needles last week. But, I had bought a second set of them to use as spares.

Yep, you have to be really careful with these needles — they are pretty fragile. Though I think the snapping of my needle was totally my fault — it happened while I was picking up a stitch and I was careless and bent the needle a little. These needles have been stuffed in my purse every day for the trip to and from work and have survived that with no problem. But I do stuff them in my purse carefully! ๐Ÿ™‚

I made a little more progress on the alpaca sock.


Nannette asked:
Are you worried about the new alpaca/nylon yarn having enough memory/elasticity for socks?

Well, we’ll see.

I plan to do the leg in feather and fan because I think that’ll add some stability. Stay tuned. Film at eleven!


  1. Congrats! That is thrilling news. I will keep my eye out for it in my local bookstore.

  2. Hi Wendy, I guess i’m the 1st to post. I got my copy saturday too. It is well written and I started THe LUCY TOP.Kudo to you and many more books for us to read from you.
    You are such an inspiration. Thank you

  3. I guess not…

  4. Congratulations! So exciting, I’m going to check my local Barnes & Noble tomorrow. Nice new avatar!

  5. I’m giddy for you! Just reading your blog has been great, but waiting for your book to be delivered to my door is awesome! Blogging is hard to explain – do I say ‘my friend Wendy” or a blogger named Wendy that I read? Anyway, I’ve ordered the book from Amazon and am patiently awaiting it’s arrival!
    Congratulations again, and hi to Lucy.
    Sheri in GA

  6. I am getting jealous. I have had my copy on order from Amazon since February, and no sightings of it yet…

  7. Congrats on the book sightings in the wild! That’s fabulous. I really love how the colors in the Spanish Moss socks came out – lovely! Kerry looks like fun, too. I’m working on something cable-y in cotton, and it doesn’t feel ridiculously heavy, but the cotton I’m working with is closer to sport/DK weight, and is spun more like a big single stabilized with thread, rather than plied like Sugar&Cream. It seems to end up softer and lighter. Unfortunately, I’m recycling it from a sweater, so I have no idea what it’s called!

  8. So, How come I don’t have MY book (preordered months ago)??? You don’t have any clout with do you? Sigh, I guess patience is in order. They must be following the rules.

  9. Hi Wendy,

    I have to comment on the tip you gave a couple of days ago about putting a pin on the place you start knitting so you can see the progress you’ve made. I did that this weekend on a baby blanket I was really getting bored with and was shocked to see how much I got done and encouraged to keep going! That was really helpful tip.

    Kathy (who also can’t wait to read your book!)

  10. I’m anxiously awaiting your book which I’ve ordered from Amazon. Can’t wait to read it and knit some of your published patterns.

  11. You mean I might be able to find your book at my local bookseller right now?! And here I was waiting till next week, like a chump! I’m off to the bookstore! ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Woo Hoo Indeed! You’re having a GREAT day! Couldn’t happen to a nicer knitter – enjoy it all!

  13. No book yet for me — Amazon hasn’t shipped mine yet and I preordered in October. They’re waiting for the official release date. Sigh.

  14. That’s cool about the book sightings – congratulations! And, I saw your picture over at Mason Dixon and I think the book tour haircut is fabulous!

  15. Eek. Well, it sounds like rosewoods aren’t for me. All of my bamboo needles in sizes 1 and 0 are curved, some quite drastically. And I definitely notice the strain on them when I have to do k2togs. I’d been thinking of indulging in rosewoods eventually. Rosewood is beautiful, and I even opted for rosewood for my cello tailpiece and pegs way back in the day. I guess no matching cello and needles for me. I’m just too hard on my DPNs. ๐Ÿ™

  16. wellllll……..darn….ordered via Amazon… jumping on bed with joy each day as it nears delivery date…….

    Phyl says to rest up as book CANNOT be put down….so am following wise woman’s advice… for you: take 2 aspirin, have you-know-who give you a foot massage, jump up, get Phyl, the keeper, and get a makeover or at least new lipstick: We who adore expect nothing less!…..7 days to go…..only 7!!

  17. You must feel sooo good inside. Congratulations!!!

  18. oh drat! Mine’s on order from Amazon and the estimated delivery date is woefully far away!!

  19. Congrats on the book sightings! ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Congratulations Wendy!

    Can’t wait to get my copies (some of which will travel with me to Sweden and Iceland this summer and be given as gifts to knitting friends there).

    Looks like your book may inspire Lucy to take up knitting…

  21. That picture of Lucy with her elbow on The Book is just wonderful. It’s so exciting, Wendy! I can’t wait to get my copy (on order from Amazon), and barring unforseen emergencies, I’ll be in Montclair on May 20th for a signing. Can’t wait!

  22. margaret says:

    Yo Wendy – I see you’re going to be in my neck of the woods 5/19 – maybe we’ll finally get to meet in person?

  23. Someone asked about your sock yarn having memory/elasticity. While I understand the elasticity part, I am not too sure what she meant by sock yarn having memory. Can you explain please? I am fairly new to sock knitting (have only made 5 pair so far) and would like to understand more about memory.

  24. Congratulations, you’re officially a famous author (although we all considered you a famous author… blog author…. all along!)

  25. hmmm…. I think I’m going to check a couple of local stores for your book! I can still cancel my Amazon order if I find it!

    And about rosewood needles – I think they seem stronger than bamboos, don’t you?

    I also wanted to tell you I love your new haircut – so much that I took the picture to my guy and said “Do this!” He did, and I’m getting tons of compliments, even though I suspect your hair has a little more natural wave to it than mine- mine requires much product and scrunching while drying!

    Wow! Sorry for the post-length comment!

  26. I ordered my copy from Barnes & Noble and according to the notice on my door, it was delivered to my apartment office today. Sadly, I won’t get to fondle it until Saturday but it is here in California.


  27. Hi Wendy
    Looking forward to receiving a SIGNED copy of your book, so pleased to hear it’s finally on the shelves.
    I’ve ordered my copy from Jennifer at Spriit Trail Fiberworks and asked that you sign it for me when you attend the MD Sheep and Wool festival.
    I’ve followed your blog for years and enjoy every post, but truth be known, I really only follow it to see how Lucy is each day – so cute!
    Good luck with everything and enjoy you busy time ahead.

  28. You deserve many many readers …

  29. Congrats on the book Wendy! I’m going to go check today to see if my local Barnes and noble has it. Can’t wait to read it.

  30. Thanks so much for answering my sock question yesterday. A few people contacted me directly and offered advice on cuff down to toe up conversion too. You Rock! I can’t wait to see the book.

  31. Lisa, Mike, Jack, Della says:

    How wonderfully exciting! I am going to make the rounds at my bookstores and see if I can find a pre-25 April copy! WooHOO! I think I’ll go see how SOME OTHER PEOPLE are doing with their book. Don’t forget, I have photos ๐Ÿ™‚

  32. I can only imagine how excited you must be about seeing your book in bookstores since I am on cloud nine just thinking about the fact that I have received a few brief email replies from you, a published author, and a true knitting goddess! I can’t wait to get your book. I plan to place my order on Amazon for it today.


  33. Hey Wendy! Local B&N emailed to say my order was in and I could pick it up at work (Y’all who have never used this feature – give your email when you order a ship-to-store, and you get an email the day it arrives! Handy!) I’m looking forward to it, especially since a coworker gave me a gift card for Easter to buy it with! ๐Ÿ˜€

    I feel glutted on socks recently; having knit two shawls in the last two weeks, I’m sure the “Summer of Lace” is back!

  34. annalies says:

    congratulations Wendy!

  35. Like I needed an excuse to go to Borders tonight on the way home…but hey!


  36. Woo hoo!! Congratulations, Wendy!! I bet that cloud nine feels a little low from the happy place where you are ๐Ÿ™‚ Congrats!!

  37. Dang it! I’m with the other people waiting for Amazon. I pre-ordered back in October and they’re not planning on shipping ’til the 25th!

  38. That photo of Lucy with your book is just too cute! I’m waiting for the amazon folks too. Yesterday I received my Norah Gaughn Knitting Nature and it was well worth the wait. I’m sure Wendy Knits will be as well!

  39. I had hoped your book would come in my most recent Amazon order, but it didn’t. Maybe next week. The sock looks great and I love the Lucy’s reading your book. Is she having a book club discussion on it?

  40. I can’t wait to pick up your book! Congrats again!

  41. Best of luck on your new book.

    Lucy: Hummm it seems to me that if the cover was padded and stuffed with catnip it would appeal to more cats. Maybe I’ll tell Wendy this after my mid afternoon nap but before my late afternoon nap.

  42. You should have a page just for little critters with your book. Congrats! Our LYS asked about bringing you but it looks like you won’t be coming West…hope that changes.

  43. Love the picture of Lucy the Literate. Trust you know of Frederick the Literate (and his family). I forget the artist’s name just now; Google Frederick and you’ll find him.

  44. your book is at the Borders near the Franconia Metro station – saw it today!


  45. So cool about the book sightings. I get a little thrill everytime someone in the real world mentions they found my blog. Hearing that someone has a copy of your book must be even more awesome.

    Congrats on the book! Are you going to make it to the midwest for any publicity things?

  46. Wow!!!! Congratulations! I’m very excited for you. I’ve been a little out of touch because I’m finishing my school year in Magazine and Book Publishing . . . so, to find out you’ve published a book makes me very excited. I’m going to look for it here in Toronto!! Just out of curiousity, where are you located? Who is the publisher? (that’s probably on here somewhere, I’ll take another look).

    This is very cool!! I hope Lucy enjoys her copy!