My current work in progress:

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


A Book Review

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Book 020508

I recently received a review copy of Twelve Months of Knitting by Joanne Yordanou, so I thought I’d . . . uh . . . review it. ๐Ÿ™‚

This paperback book, which is published by Potter Craft, has 160 pages, and is subtitled “36 Projects to Knit Your Way Through the Year” which tells you a lot about the book. There are, as you might expect, 36 projects, arranged by months of the year — three per month. The retail price of this book is $22.50 and the price is $15.30, so this is a seriously good deal if you break it down to a per pattern cost — even if you only want to knit 5 or 6 of them.

The projects are quite varied: sweaters, hats, gloves, socks, lace, and even a couple of bikinis (which in my opinion should only be worn by individuals age 15 or younger). There’s also a cute dog sweater, a couple of lace pillows, a lace bookmark, purse, lap blanket and some adorable baby knits. The complexity of the patterns is quite varied as well — some extremely simple, like a pair of bulky wristwarmers, and some relatively complex: his and hers fair isle vests. Each pattern states what skill level is needed.

I was very impressed by the designs in this book — there were several that I would enjoy knitting and I’m an extremely picky knitter.

But because I’m such a sweetheart (note use of heavy sarcasm), I’m going to give my copy away. If you’d like to be entered in the drawing to win it, follow these instructions:

Send me an email to the Official WendyKnits Contest email address: blogcontestATcomcastDOTnet before 4:00pm Eastern time on Thursday February 7, 2008.


1. One email per person, please.

2. Only entries emailed to the Official WendyKnits Blog Contest email address, above, will be counted. Entries in the comments will be ignored.

3. As usual, anyone on Planet Earth with a mailing address where I can send a package is eligible to enter.

4. I will use the official WendyKnits Random Number Generator to choose a winner on Thursday afternoon and announce that winner in Thursday’s blog post.

5. I will not accept bribes unless they are really, really good ones.

6. Lucy will not accept bribes because I will not let her.

In the “What I am Knitting” Department . . .

I’m working on the second Hot Stuff! mitten. Not a whole lot of progress, though, because playing with the new computer has cut into my knitting time.

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Hot Stuff Mitten 020508

Lucy sez:

“Don’t let the cat out of the bag!”

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Lucy in the Bag 020508

Quite the little comedian, isn’t she?


  1. Lucy is always such a hoot….oh your knitting is nice too. ;0)

  2. O my what a Ornery thing she is!! Not gonna enter the contest this time, Good Luck to those who do!!:-)

  3. Cats and bags…. they just naturally go together!! Luv the mitts! Buster loves bags too, especially paper bags! luv.m.

  4. Is there a particular Thursday in February we should enter by?

    I like the bag, but the contents are even better. Cats can be so silly!

  5. I may be under fifteen, but I don’t intend to wear a bikini, knitted or otherwise.

  6. anne marie in philly says:

    lucy also sez: “thank you ladies and germs I’m here all week don’t forget to tip your waitstaff good night!” bada bing!

    when does lucy go on letterman? ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Julie the Purple Chick says:

    You two gals are a mess!

  8. Hi Wendy, Lucy is a riot. Cats definitely keep you laughing. Until they get into the yarn! Love your bag or is it Lucy’s? Love the mittens too.

  9. Lucy actually manages to look dignified while sitting in the bag! Your mittens are looking great – I just love the colors ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Nothing comes between Lucy and her Ham’s Jam bag! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  11. You’re so good to us! I wouldn’t dream of bribing Lucy.

  12. I can’t help but think that Lucy looks an awful lot like she’s planning on pouncing on something in the near future. She looks very intent.

  13. Here in California, ladies with dogs in their purses are common. I’ve never seen a cat who would stoop so low.

  14. Lucy is cute in the bag! And the mittens are stunning. I haven’t had a chance to say so before, but both the current and recently completed ones.

  15. How funny! Last night I dreamt that I was carrying around one of my cats in a tote bag as if she were one of those little teacup dogs and here’s Miss Lucy ready to be carried about. But, I agree with the above poster–cats would *never* stoop that low.

  16. What an adorable Lucy photo. She sure does look intent on something though. Did she climb into the bag herself or did you put her in it?

  17. What is it about cats and bags? I can always draw my cat out of hiding with an empty paper bag. Empty laundry baskets, boxes and closets must also be thoroughly investigated. Must roust those invisible mice, LOL! Thank goodness for our fierce protectors ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. I heart that picture of Lucy in the bag! Way too cute. Bags, boxes…cats are a total hoot! I hope Gibson hasn’t figured out my Paypal info!! LOL!

    Heart the mittens!!

  19. Laura from Italy says:

    I sent an email to the contest address for the book. Last time I did it your server sent my mail back saying it did not accept it? Does it have any prejudice on Italian readers?

  20. That is the most adorable pic of Lucy yet! You have made my day.

  21. I LOVE seeing kitties in bags! That gorgeous bag especially suits Lucy.
    The Six-Pack + 1 sends purrs and headbonks Lucy’s way! Ozzie especially says MRRROW! to Lucy!

  22. If it was one of my cats, I would say she was waiting for someone to put their knitting in the bag. However, Lucy seems to be much better behaved than that!
    She is so cute (and absolutely gorgeous)!

  23. Wendee–Those “Hot Stuff” mittens are going to be fiery beauties–perhaps your Lucy is vying for the “Cat in the ‘Bag’ ” award apologies to Dr. Seuss…..

  24. Your too funny. Love the bag and the colors, kitty is adorable!
    The mitten is fab! Is this a pattern of yur own?

  25. Hi Wendy,
    I actually had the same error as Laura from Italy…but I’m in WA state :).

    There are two cats at my favorite used bookstore that will take over your bags of books to be sold if you’re not fast enough.

  26. Michele In Maine says:

    I put knitted bikinis in the same category as corduroy shorts and sleeveless turtlenecks. Why?

  27. Well, as a mother, I would say bikinis are suitable for ‘ladies*’ older than 15 and younger than 16 (-;
    * the term ladies as used for olympic gymnastics and figure skating where you need to still be in junior high!

  28. Beautiful LucyCat is a joy to look at! Puma and I send her kisses, and to you, too.

  29. This must be the week for “cats in stuff” pics. My friend Kristy had pics of her cat in her lightbox, now you with Lucy in the bag. Too cute!!

  30. I just caught up with blogs for the last couple of days…I too switched from PC to Mac over the holidays. Got a new iMac in November. The absolutely coolest thing is the Core Duo processor. I actually bought the Parallels program and now have installed Windows on my Mac. Not only that, I can run both OSX AND Windows AT THE SAME TIME!!!!!! (on different screens, using Spaces) or on the same screen. Wow. It is a very functional machine, with the emphasis on “fun”! Congrats!

    P.S. Lurve me some flamin’ hot mittens!

  31. Ann in CT says:

    Ok, totally off topic…but I could have sworn the recipe for your catnip mouse was on the blog some where?
    I even did a search and nothing obvious jumped out (not that I would want mice, knit or otherwise, jumping at me).
    I must make a mouse for someone at work. Good grief, I hope I don’t have to think for myself and make one up! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  32. of course, i entered the contest. why do cats like bags, boxes, and baskets??? my cats lurve that stuff!!

  33. PS Lucy is a wonder, that flame-y knitting is EYE-WATERINGLY beautiful, and on top of all that “Hey, HI!!”

  34. I love the mittens! Awfully cute kitty picture, too!

  35. Broomhilda says:

    “Lucy In The Bag With Catnip” heh heh heh (I have 8 of them… cats, not bags. Never a dull moment)


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