My current work in progress:

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


Dear Sir or Madam, Will You Read My Book?

It took me years to write, will you take a look?

(Apologies to the Beatles)

Today was the official publication date of my book. Woo-hoo! What did I do? I went to work. Clearly, I am not hooked up right. Or as Holly might say, I’m broken.

Oh well, as it was pointed out to me, Lucy needs me to support her in style, so work I must.

Thanks for all the lovely comments about the book. I am indeed very excited, even though I did plod into the office like it was any other Tuesday. I will confess, however, that I told anyone who would listen that today was publication day. And my boss very kindly remembered it (before I had a chance to inform her) and congratulated me.

Just in case you wondered, it was at some point between 1:30 and 4:00 this morning that the book’s status on Amazon went from “not yet published” to “usually ships within 24 hours.”


There’s a bit more progress made — see?


The cable pattern I chose (Colleen called it a “banana leaf cable” and I have no reason to dispute her word) is a bit labor-intensive, as you are cabling on every right side row. But that’s what gives the cable its own special charm and somewhat flat appearance. I think cabling without a cable needle is a necessity for this design, otherwise I would drive myself batty (well, battier) wielding the cable needle continuously.

Grrrrrrrrr . . . Tiger Sock!


I am happily knitting away on this sock. I have gotten a lot more interested glances when I knit this on the train then when I knit a sock in a more sedate colorway. Not that this surprises me.

Colleen (same Colleen as above) commented:
I adore the Opal Tiger, having made myself some socks out of it recently (from the new stock). If you still have the first socks out of the original Tiger, I’d love to see a side by side comparison of the yarn.

I don’t have the socks made from the original Tiger yarn — gave ’em away to someone. But there’s a photo of them here. The new yarn with the additional color and shading seems more sophisticated. ๐Ÿ™‚

More on the Alpaca Socks!

The source from whom I got the prototype sock yarn let me know that she has a limited amount of this yarn available for sale — you can inquire by emailing amazinggrazeATsympaticoDOTca — and you know to replace the “AT” and the “DOT” with the appropriate symbols, right?

The Wallace and Gromit toys featured in yesterday’s blog entry, by the way, are actually puppets — the arms are hollow and you can put your fingers inside and move them about. They were purchased via eBay at least three years ago.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to break out the good catnip for Lucy, and the good tequila for me. Oh, who am I kidding, I already did.


Decent tequila, Cointreau, and Key Lime juice make an awesome margarita.


Lucy sez:


“Catnip? What catnip?”


  1. Marie-france says:

    Congratulations on the book! I ordered it on Amazon UK last week and although they informed me that delivery would not be before August(?), I actually received it on Saturday (before publication date!)I thoroughly enjoyed reading it over the weekend. Well done!

  2. Mary in Virginia says:

    Congratulations on such a wonderful book. I grabbed it last night at BandN and couldn’t put it down. Very well written and quite entertaining and the knitting, well what can one say about the knitting and patterns, but that they come from someone truely extraordinary. Enjoy yourself today and during your 2006 Book Tour #1 (hopefully Book 2 is already in the works!).

  3. Congrats on the book! I look forward to picking it up this weekend.

  4. Congratulations! What a great accomplishment – there will always be a book out there with your name on it! I can’t wait to read it.

  5. i’ve bribed my new jersey boyfriend to stand in line at the Stix-n-Stitches book signing on may 20th to get me an autographed copy. since i’m in california and all. but i think i might have to buy a second copy before then since i can’t wait to read it!

  6. CONTRATS! Enjoy your publication day!

  7. Isabelle says:

    Congratulations on the book! My local Borders had it available last week; I read it cover to cover the same evening! Thank you for the inspiration that your book and your blog provide. I may even try knitting socks. Give Lucy a scratch behind the ears for me.

  8. …and Amazon reflected this afternoon that it went from: Sales Rank: #861 in Books (See Top Sellers in Books)
    Yesterday: #5,114 in Books

    Now breaking 1,000 seems pretty darn good in the whole country. And breaking #900 is even “more better.”

    (nice margarita, by the way)

  9. Congratulations on the book. My copy arrived in Cindy’s hot little hands this morning (and there was some discussion about post it notes being attached to certain pictures), but it’ll be there for your signature on Friday. And Lucy looks like maybe she’s been drinking margaritas with her mommy.

  10. You must be very excited! Congratulations!

  11. Hoorah!
    Mazel Tov!
    Felicitations (said in a fancy French accent)!

  12. Congratulations! You must be so excited! Enjoy that margarita!

  13. It’s pub day! It’s pub day! Congrats on the book!

  14. Happy Pub Day to you! Wendy How exciting for you and all of us to be able to share it soon! I can’t wait to get my copy!

  15. Congratulations! Lucy does not look at all high on nip. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Still love the tiger socks! My high school mascot was a tiger, and the original tiger socks actually remind me of the costume some poor doofus had to wear at all the sporting events. (In a good way. That sounded like an insult, because of the poor doofus, but it wasn’t.) (Yes, I am quite mad.) Great socks though!

  16. My fave tequila for a good homemade marg is always Herradura Silver. Smooooooooooooooooooooooth. yum!
    Congrats on the book! That super rocks.

  17. I ordered my copy today, Wendy. If I mail it to you, will you sign it for me?

  18. Congrats to the author! Hi Lucy – I can barely tell you’re stoned. Really. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  19. Catnip and Tequilla sound quite fitting for you both for today. Congrats again! ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. I spotted your book on Sunday at my Borders – you were on the New in Paperback table, on the front, on the stand-up section, top shelf (not lying down on the back row – look at YOU!) All those bright colours – you really “popped”! And, just for the record, Yarn Harlot was on the second table. (!!!)

    And thank you for answering my question the other day – so now I know to just knit what strikes me and when I get to the end of the project, I can guiltlessly say to myself, “Why, this looks like something I would really love. I think I’ll give it to me.” Then I can wrap it up and gift myself with a clean conscience.


  21. Welllll……..It came today…….I drooled on some pages and laughed out loud on other pages and loved every page…….

    Let’s hope it goes to #1….and stays there….could mean a Road Trip (shades of Legally Blonde)…..with you know who driving the RV….could be a book in that!…….

    Well done…..well written…..destined to be a classic!

  22. Congratulations on your new book. That is a great accomplishment. I hope it will be very successful. I will look for it in the New York Times Book Review.


  23. Lucy looks like a 60’s cat today — stoned out of her mind! But then again, she’s got an author for a mommy so is entitled to be “artistic”. Just don’t let the king into the catnip (LOL). I’m sending you good wishes for a 4th or 10th reprinting.

  24. I am so jealous for both the book, congrats by the way, and the margaritas.

  25. Alice in Richmond says:

    !!!!!!!Margarita on the rocks! My favorite! None of that frozen “Slurpy” stuff.

    Congratulations Wendy for being a published writer! I am so envious of your talents, believe it.

  26. Yeah baby, rocks, lots of salt mmmmmm
    Congrats on being publised Hunny ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. Pensguys says:

    I really like the tiger socks!

  28. Wendy, in case you’re interested, there are kudos and a simple review on my site. Your book rocks!

  29. Congrats on the book. I just noticed your sweater “Deirdre.” That is my daughter’s name and I also named a purse after her at my website. She’s getting popular ! Betsy in Sacramento

  30. Congrats on the publication of your book. I received my copy from Overstock yesterday and read the first two chapters before I retired for the night. I look forward to meeting you in person at the MDS&W festival and you can sign my book. Exciting!!!!!

  31. Congratulationsamundo! I’m stoked that knitters can now be celebrities. woohoo! needles UP!

  32. Congrats! Amazon was kind enough to have the book waiting for me when I got home tonight, and I just read it from cover to cover. I’m especially thrilled that the koigu sweater is in there; I fell in love with you right then and there when I saw it on the blog! And thank you, sincerely, for finally giving me a good use for the two jade sapphire skeins (from Knit Happens, natch) sitting in my stash….

    Looking forward to seeing you at Knit Happens on Saturday!

  33. Congratulations on the publication of your book! Lucy, of course there’s no catnip. We know you don’t do catnip. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  34. I got my book today!! It was brought inside by my DH and left on the table where I promptly opened it up and spilled hot fudge on it. I consider that proper christening.

  35. Congratulations on the publication (officially, now) of your book! How does it feel to be imortalized?

    I remain in awe of your lovely cabling prowess. Thanks for answering my question last week, I think my left leaning cables/waves are improving!

  36. We are so pleased for you! Woofs! SNAPs! We drank gin straight out of the bottle in your honor! (kidding! kidding! –the pups are never allowed to drink gin.) Congratulations!

  37. I just got notice that mine shipped tonight! Congratulations! maybe one day I can have you autograph it!

  38. Congratulations on publication day!

  39. You GO GIRL. I’ve had that book on order with Amazon for at least 2 months. Yippie. I can’t wait. I couldn’t resist it when I first saw it because I’m a “Wendy”, too. But, I’m even looking forward to it more since I’ve been following your blog. Congratulations.

  40. Priscilla says:

    Congratulations! I can’t wait to see you in Philly!

  41. Yay for you!! I can’t wait to read it — I am planning on coming to your NYC book signing!!

  42. Congratulations on your Special Day Wendy. I’m really looking forward to seeing The Book!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  43. Nice try, Lucy, but we can all tell by the look on your beautiful kitty face that you’re already quite stoned on catnip. You can’t hide it from an old niphead like me. Oh– tell your mom congrats on the book thing.


    Wilbur the Amazing Deaf Cat

  44. Congratulations! What a wonderful moment for you. Will Lucy be going on the book signing tours?

  45. I got your book in the mail from Amazon today, and it was just what the doctor ordered after a tough day. Reading your first chapter was wonderful. You have been my first stop when I turn on my computer each morning for the last couple of years, always giving me a few moments of excitement and inspiration before starting my day. Now your book is destined to be one those favorite knitting books of mine that I will keep on my nightstand and read over and over at the end of a long day. Congratulations Wendy. Thanks for sharing so much with all of us over the years.

  46. Wow, I saw this at Books-a-Million this past Sunday, picked it up and read a bit. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get it then, but made a mental note to pick it up next time.



    Come on to Nashville, willya?

  48. I’m surprised and excited. I knew today was Publication Day, and I got a shipment confirmation from Amazon, saying to expect delivery on Thursday . . . but guess what came TODAY? Woo hoo! An honest to goodness real book with patterns and pictures and a cute litte cat on the front. Congratulations, Wendy!

  49. Yes, I’ll say it again . . . congratulations!! I’m hoping to find it here in Toronto in the book store!! If not, here I come Amazon!

  50. I have to agree with you about the second pair of Tiger socks looking a little more “grown up” where the shading is concerned. They look more like a real Tiger skin to me. Listen to me I don’t even know how to knit socks yet. Silly me!

    I have read1 1/2 pages of the book (would have read more but company came to do his laundry for free and I had to change to Mother Mode). So far it’s riviting! Love the Lucy pictures! She is such a good kitty bed model. Does she have an agent?

  51. I didn’t realize that this was the official publication date, but my copy arrived from B&N yesterday and I am breezing right through it; it’s a keeper. I just wrote a review on my blog, and when looking you up to add a link, realized that it is appropriate to wish you Happy Publication Day!

  52. Ah, a truly sophisticated lady drinks her margarita on the rocks (like me!)!

  53. Read it? Heck, I bought it Friday afternoon, devoured it over the weekend, and have already started rereading bits. I love, love, love it! You rock!

  54. Congratulations on the book! It was waiting for me from Amazon when I got home last night – love it! I actually stayed up a reading it last night. Congrats again!

  55. Congratulations on the book!!!!

  56. Conga-rats on the book! I shall look for it in my local bookstore shortly.

  57. I am trying to do your toe up socks which I found in the Pattern a Day calendar. I’ve alway cast on at the leg before. So I seem to hve a problem withe the provisional cast on. When I finishe the toe and pick up the cast on stitches I get a line of larger stitches – Not Cute! Any advice of help with this cast on? I’;m crocheting a chain and picking up the little loops on the back of the chain.

  58. congratulations!!! and i like the new tigers more than the old, tres chic ๐Ÿ™‚

  59. Recipe please??? I could sure use one of those ’bout now ๐Ÿ™‚

  60. Stephanie says:

    WoooHoooo! My Amazon account says mine shipped on Sunday! They’ve been holding 2 Starmore books hostage for 8 weeks until your’s was released – the things I’ll agree to for free shipping!
    Can’t wait to get it!

  61. Congratulations on your book! You must be so proud!

  62. OK, I’ve been lurking, and loving, your blog for awhile now, but now I must comment – Key Lime Juice? Where, tell me, where can I find that?
    Amazon says my book’s on the way, I’m anxiously awaitng its arrival, and I’m hoping to see you at the MDSWF!

  63. Congratulations on publication day. I can’t wait to see you at MDS&W!

  64. Yay, Amazon is finally shipping my copy of The Book. It’s been a long wait. I’m hoping to have you sign it at MDSWF and I’ll try to remember to bring some home-grown organic catnip for Lucy. My cats love it – so do the feral ones in the area.

    I like the new Opal tiger. Thought the old stuff was ugly.


  65. CONGRATS! I’m so very excited for you!

    Also, I love that sock yarn—and yes, it does look better with the caramel.

    Mm. Margarita. That’s a way to celebrate.

  66. Congratulations on the book! I actually received my copy from Amazon yesterday and after work sat down and read most of it from cover to cover. It’s very good and I have my eye on several of the designs. One fly in the ointment – about 30 pages in the middle were bound upside down! My husband looked at me a little odd when I was reading those (I know he was thinking – some new knitting technique?). But Amazon is sending me a new copy. Now, can we start talking about the second book?

  67. Congratulations on the book!

  68. Congrats to the First Lady of Knit Blogging. Who else can list “Old Entries” before 2002? I can’t wait to get a copy. I’ll have a tequila in your honor!

  69. Congrats on the bookdate (like a birthdate)! I ordered mine way back when, and amazon sent me an email two days ago saying it’s on its way! YAY! I can’t wait! Should arrive in a day or two.
    Btw, I forgot to comment yesterday, but when I saw your alpaca socks, I thought of the name of Tom Cruise’s new baby daughter: Suri. Am I the only one who thought “that’s an alpaca” when I heard the name?

  70. Congratulations to you
    Congratulations to You
    Congratulations Dear Wendy
    Congratulations to YOU
    and love to Lucy!
    I ordered my book yesterday from Politics & Prose in NW DC – I’ll pick it up tomorrow – it’s so thrilling – BRAVO!

  71. Good luck with your book.

  72. It’s fabulous that publication day is here, and I think that margarita sounds like a righteous way to celebrate. Congratulations, Wendy! I can hardly wait to receive my copy (amazon tells me it shipped on 4/21 so it might actually be in my hot little mailbox tonight!)

    And you’re right about the new tiger yarn. It’s sophisticated enough that I think I have to have some of my very own!

  73. Congrats on the book! I received mine from Amazon yesterday and, as Dorothy did, I got the ‘special edition’ with upside down pages!

    I just paged through very quickly, I’m waiting for the weekend to devote all my attention to it (I can’t believe how much my job interferes with my knitting – sheesh!)

  74. Wendy I picked up your book earlier this week and just love it. I couldn’t put it down, unfortunately family visiting made me be a little sociable and I finally had to put it aside. I can’t wait to continue.

  75. I got your book last week at Borders (using my 25% off coupon- but I’d have gotten it anyway!). My 5yo was leafing thru it in the car on the way home when she suddenly shouted “Hey- they put Lucy in this book!”. She thought it was very cool when I explained that Lucy’s mommy wrote the book and asked me to tell you that Lucy’s mommy must be very smart and a good knitter. ๐Ÿ™‚ Now, to track down some Opal Tiger!

  76. Hi – I got the book in the mail from Amazon yesterday and I really like it. I started paging through it, and there is a section of about 25 pages or so that was put in upside down!

    Has anyone else reported this? I don’t have the book at work with me and I don’t remember the exact page numbers, but I think around page 117 it goes upside down, showing page 148 or something, then returns to normal about 25 pages later.

    I’m on the west coast and I think Amazon shipped it to me from a warehouse in Portland. Maybe the west coast run had some production issues, or maybe I found the ‘lucky upside down book’ and I’ll win a prize? ๐Ÿ™‚

  77. Congratulations on your publication! It’s a great book I’m told. Can’t wait to pick up my copy.

  78. Woohoo! I can’t wait to get my hands on that book!

  79. Congratulations, Wendy! How exciting this is. If you come to Boston for a signing, I’ll be there with bells on. ๐Ÿ™‚

  80. Wow! Got my book today from Amazon. It’s like a novel/blog/knitting pattern book! I love it! And Lucy is very photogenic. Can’t wait to read it.

  81. I’ll have to pick it this weekend. The book, not the tequilla. Who am I kidding? Tequilla too!


  82. I just got your book in the mail from Amazon yesterday and was thrilled! It is just great!! Congratulations!! I will be bringing it to MS&W in the hope I will be able to get you to sign it!!!
    (And Lucy looked so beautiful as always!!)

  83. Congrats on your book! Very exciting, I will look for it. I *love* the name of your new sweater!

  84. Mary Pat says:

    Wendy – I think you had one margarita too many when you put my book together ๐Ÿ™‚ Just kidding, of course, I got one from Amazon with upside down pages and I will always consider it a collectors item.

    I have been waiting soooooooooo long to knit the Lucy sweater.

    Congratuations and thank you for doing this book.

    Mary Pat
    Lincoln, NE

  85. Jennifer says:

    That’s lovely news! I see that you are going to be at The Point soon. I’ve already written it in my calendar and am looking forward to owning a signed copy. Cheers, Jen

  86. Congrats to you,too,Lucy! You’re even more famous now! Meeeooowwwww!

  87. Congrats on the official launch of your book. I’m looking forward to getting mine.

    Some people swear by blocking their socks. Do you always block your socks? Personally, I’m always too excited to wear newly knitted socks to wait for them to dry.

  88. Congratulations!!! You are now officially an EVEN MORE Bad-ass Knitter!

  89. congrats on the book, I hear that it is lovely

  90. Mine had upside down pages too! No big deal though – I’m loving the book. I thought that since I read your blog every day it would be a lot of the same but it isn’t. Very good writing, Wendy. Can’t wait until you write another one.

  91. I look forward to reading your book. I could order it from Amazon now for delivery to Madrid — but I think I’m going to save the pleasure for an “in person” purchase at Politics & Prose or B&N in Bethesda when I get home for holiday in June.
    Your cabling w/o a cable needle rescued me from tedium — hooray! My sweater (lace and cable from Classic Elite Boathouse) will advance much more quickly without all the fumbling for a cable needle for baby cables. You rock!

  92. I’m with Ann – come on down to Nashville please. Threaded Bliss is currently having a rilly good run with our series of Rilly Great Women Who Maintain Fun Weblogs and Write Great Books!

    Ann, Kay, Stephanie and ______ (your name here!)


  1. Eye of the Tiger

    What day is it? Been so busy here, that I’m getting my darn days mixed up. I was convinced that today was Thursday and managed to give a tongue lashing to a few colleagues at work who didn’t turn up…