My current work in progress:

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


Ann & Kay Have Done It Again

Longtime WendyKnits readers may recall how thoroughly delighted I was with the first book by Ann & Kay of Mason-Dixon Knitting a couple of years ago. Last week I was lucky enough to get my dainty paws on a review copy of their new book: Mason-Dixon Knitting Outside the Lines. The publication date of this book is next Tuesday, September 16.

If possible, I love this book even more than their first book. It has the same “feeling” as their first book. It’s treasure trove of creativity, fun, and wisdom.

The books is separated into sections, each one with a theme — like fair isle, and knitting things that children will actually wear, for example. And I was pleased to find socks, my current knitting obsession, covered in one of the sections.

I think the most amazing thing about this book is that I’ve identified two sweaters from it that I want to knit.

You may have noticed that I am “off” sweaters. I have knit exactly one this year (Lismore) and it is one that I will likely never wear. I knit it for the fun of combining the Kauni yarn with an Alice Starmore sweater. It looks great on my mannequin, but the thought of putting on a stranded wool sweater these days makes me break out in a pre-emptive sweat.

But as I said, I’ve identified two sweaters in the new Mason-Dixon book that I want to make. One of them is a glorious light-as-air little cardigan made from 2 skeins of Rowan Kidsilk Haze, the Cardi Cozy.

I think this will be perfect over a plain dress in the winter, and will be light enough to not make me feel as though I am being roasted alive. It’s a very simple pattern, with a single cable design placed in strategic spots.

The other sweater I want is The Daily Sweater.

It’s knit from Rowan Calmer (which I love) and is shaped like an updated sweatshirt. Considering pretty much the only sweaters I do wear in the winter are machine-made Eddie Bauer cotton “sweatshirt sweaters” this one definitely struck a chord with me. It’s knit top down with raglan shaping, and has a lovely little cable detail along the raglan.

So thank you, Ann & Kay. Love the book! Love you guys!

(I also love that you gave Onslow an acknowledgement as a model. You guys crack me up. Seriously.)

Back to me . . .ย 

Thanks for all the lovely comments on my shawl in progress. Because it looks almost the same today as yesterday, I’ll spare you a photo. Hopefully you’ll see more progress in the next update!

Lucy is ready for the weekend!



  1. Gee, I hate to think of Lismore going to waste. I’d give her a good home (tee hee!)

    Ok, if not the sweater, how about the cat? (double tee hee)

    Lisas last blog post..Sock Disaster Movie

  2. Love the first book, and can’t wait for this one! Thanks for the sneak peek, Wendy.

    Karen in Toledos last blog post..Looking For Answers

  3. I am a huge fan of the EB sweatshirt sweaters, myself – so comfortable!

  4. needleglyphs says:

    I love the Eddie Bauer sweatshirt sweaters too! They are so comfy, I guess I will have to get this book as the 2 skein KSH sweater looks very lovely.

  5. I’ll have to get my not so dainty paws on a copy.
    Is Lucy looking for chickens you can do unspeakable things to tomorrow?

  6. Thanks for the sneak peek inside the new M-D book! This one has been on my Must Purchase list since I found out about it (actually, it’s a two book list right now – M-D, and your upcoming sock book). I love the sweater made from Calmer but yikes, that’s gonna be a pretty penny buying the yarn ๐Ÿ™

  7. thanks for the review…can’t wait for my copy to arrive :^)

  8. btw – the Lismore would look great with my jeans. Seems like a shame for it go unworn :^)

    of course, Lucy might argue that is makes a great napping spot

  9. Ooo, thanks for posting a photo of the Kidsilk Haze cardigan! I’ve seen some preview photos and patterns from this book, but this is the first I’ve seen that design and I love it!!

    I’m waiting (impatiently) to buy my book at YarnCon in Chicago. Ann and Kay will be there, along with Bonne Marie Burns, who has a very cool pattern in the book. So I’ll get a great book plus three autographs!!

    Michelles last blog post..Good Mail Days

  10. I love your picks – they look very wearer- friendly !! I can’t wait to curl up with this book, as I love their writing style, and their patterns typically strike a chord.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Megan S.s last blog post..Pass The Cheese Please!

  11. What color Calmer are you thinking for the Daily Sweater? I’m guessing you won’t be starting any KSH project until the humidity drops.

  12. Oooh, I love the sweatshirt sweater, too! Thanks for the sneak peek!

    And I’m with Lucy. I can’t wait for the weekend.

    Nicoles last blog post..Today.

  13. ANOTHER book I just must buy? Oy – the shelf is straining under the weight but I’ll get it anyhow ๐Ÿ˜€ Thanks for the good review.

  14. Belated oooos and aaaaaas over the shawl in progress. Seems every time I’ve been at the computer lately I’ve been in a hurry. Not too much a hurry to look, but too much a hurry to say “gorgeous!” And thanks for the Ann and Kay book review. I was planning on getting it regardless, because I liked the first book so much. Now I know for certain I’ll like this one a lot, too. Happy weekend to you and the Princess. Hope it cools down some and actually turns into autumn soson.

    Sandra Ds last blog post..Summers are to Dye For

  15. Yours is the first blog I check each day after work…….even though I don’t leave a comment…….I am always delighted…….and today: more so: Cozy Cardi looks fabulous……and so does your current shawl…..

  16. Thanks for the review. I think I shall have to purchase this book.

    Timmie Bs last blog post..Folk Festival and New Guild

  17. Thanks for the review! (Imagine a dancing Nanner here…)

    Loribirds last blog post..Recuperating

  18. DO WANT! I added this to my Amazon wish list — but maybe I won’t wait for Christmas in hopes of getting it. Hey, I have an Amazon gift certificate around here somewhere…

    Hissy Stitchs last blog post..Kimono vest: Knitting phase is done

  19. you knit so fast!!!

    already pre ordered the book..just waiting!

    Turtles last blog post..All Hallow’s Eve Dishcloth Swap Sign Up Q’s

  20. I’m making a list of all the books I want to read. I figure Christmas is coming and I have an Amazon wish list. Now if I can get my family to co-operate!

    Marions last blog post..Sock Bigamy

  21. They have a new book?! Geez, that means I really gotta get readin’ the last one…

  22. Much as I LOVE kidsilk haze (I’m 1/3 of the way into my Earth Stripe Wrap, which a wit on Ravelry calls the Economic Stimulus wrap), that stuff is WARM. It doesn’t weigh much, and feels light as a feather, but, oh, my is it WARM. I had to stop knitting it last month, even in the a/c, because it got long enough to rest on my lap!!!! Damp hands do not mix with mohair.

    Colleens last blog post..little red what?

  23. Thanks for the review, I’ll have to check this book out.

    Denises last blog post..In The Pink

  24. I was already excited about the book, but now I can’t wait! Those are great sweaters, and I especially like the Cardi Cozy!

    Things have worked out somehow for me to come to Rhinebeck this year — where my plan is to be wearing the Diamonds and Purls shawl! : ) (after due measuring, of course!) I haven’t checked yet to see if Ann & Kay are going to be there signing books; it would be so awesome if they were.

    My copy of their first book is, um, well-loved! And I’ve lent it briefly to a couple others who have (fortunately) then gone out and bought their own copies.

    We will need another pictorial fix of gorgeous handspun shawl soon, you know, even if it looks the same….

    Cathy-Cates last blog post..R is for Rock Star

  25. Lucy show real dedication to her weekend preparations.

    alisons last blog post..List crazy

  26. Theresa in Italy says:

    Thanks for the review! Now I’m doubly glad I pre-ordered the book!

  27. You know the first thing I noticed in those pictures? The sweaters come down past the models’ belly button!! That in itself makes the patterns desirable for me. And it looks like Lucy is doing exactly what I plan on doing this weekend…lying on the couch. lol

  28. I agree with you – both sweaters are right up there with “gotta make” – now will I make either one? lolol!
    I can’t wait to get the book!

    Knitnanas last blog post..L’il Ol’ Knitnana in Sensible Shoes ๐Ÿ™

  29. Does the Cardi Cozy really use only 2 skeins of Rowan Kidsilk Haze? I think it beautiful also but can 2 skeins be all that it takes? That’s only 460 yards. Can’t wait to make it if that’s right.


  30. Ok – they can thank you for selling yet another copy of their book. I absolutely loved their first one and I didn’t know there was a second one ready to come out! Thanks for blogging about it. I just clicked your link and pre-ordered my copy. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Sheri at The Loopy Ewes last blog post..The Official Loopy Ewe Dictionary

  31. Can I have the Lismore? I go to Northern Michigan in the winters and I get sooo cold there! I’d really wear it. Although at home in Baltimore I can see why you think you might not wear it around here and why a cotton sweatshirt sweater would be more temperature appropriate.

  32. Hi Wendy,

    I can’t believe I opened your blog today and saw that you were enjoying the Mason Dixon book!! I completely agree with you about possibly liking it better than the first. Except I still have four more Moderne Baby Blankets to knit!!

    I have a podcast going up today with an interview with Ann and Kay. My podcast is called Knit Picks.

    Go Mason Dixon!!


    Kelleys last blog post..Which shawl shall I knit?

  33. Wendy ~ I’m hoping you will recommend to me a shawl pattern. I am ordering the Riverside Cafe Lace Sampler pack from KnitPicks (6 different hanks of 440 yards each for a total of 2200 yards) and am a bit stumped about how to handle the use of six different colors. It seems some patterns would lend themselves better to bands of color than others. I’ve considered another option ~ holding two colors together throughout and switching the two-color combinations often to lessen the “jolt” of a clean-cut color change. And, just to make this a real challenge for you in terms of a recommendation ~ I want a fairly simple pattern. “Lace Aerobics” isn’t my sport.

    Thanks for any suggestions.
    Julie The Purple Chick

  34. But…..I just bought a new book! Arghhhh…. enabler Wendy! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Danieles last blog post..Soap . . . and babies

  35. Thanks for your review of the second Mason-Dixon book. Tell the King of All Remote Controls I occasionally look at his blog. I enjoy his comments about the neighborhood. I live at Pentagon City.