My current work in progress:

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



I just love a good mystery. A couple of weeks ago I got the following email:

Dear Wendy,

I represent a group of artists, puppet-makers, animators, and knitters who, for the past three years, have been working on a new film, Coraline.

We are great admirers of your passion for knitting on especially small needles and therefore want to send you something special. Something handcrafted that only someone like you could appreciate. We only made 50 of these something specials, and we think yours will be right up your alley.

We’d love to send it to you soon, so please, email us back with your mailing address at your earliest convenience.


The Coraline Team

Of course I emailed them back. And a couple of days ago I received a mysterious package. Inside, a box:

Check out the lock and key:

Inside, a carefully cataloged collection of artifacts from the movie production:

The movie is stop-motion animation, so I assume these tiny spats were used in production.

Also inside:

The pattern for the sweater that Coraline is wearing in the photo. How cool is that?

Thank you, Coraline Team!

The website for the movie is here and the wikipedia article about the movie is here. I’m really looking forward to seeing this one!

The New Project

My new project, which Lucy was modeling for you yesterday, is a cowl.

I’m making this up as I go along, and if I like the results, I’ll post the pattern for y’all.

The yarn is Hand Maiden Swiss Mountain Cashmere & Silk, in the Rainforect colorway. It is incredibly light and soft, so I think this is a perfect use for it. I have 2 skeins (196 yards per skein) and will likely use at least 300 yards of the yarn for this design.

Speaking of Lucy, does she look comfy to you?


  1. Oh my goodness! That Coraline stuff is awesome! I’m extremely jealous though oh-so-happy for you! I would love to see the finished result if you ever make the sweater. ๐Ÿ˜€

    Deineras last blog post..Iโ€™m just curious

  2. That movie looks like it could be a lot of fun. At least their website looks like it would be fun if I had the code. ๐Ÿ˜‰ What a wonderful surprise for you!

    LittleWits last blog post..Eye Candy Friday – Fall Colors

  3. Wow, neat little things.
    Lucy looks pretty comfy. My dogs like to hide their faces, so I figure that is what she is up to.

  4. Interesting gift. You are a bit braver than I. I probably wouldn’t have given them my address. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    A cowl! I thought it was a cowl! It’s not a bad bandwagon to jump on. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Jessicas last blog post..Many random thoughts

  5. What a great surprise!

    Love, love, love the Handmaiden Cashmere & Silk — decadent! And that colourway is a favourite. Looking forward to seeing the finished cowl. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Lucy looks very comfy indeed!

    yarnpiggys last blog post..TGFM (Thank God for Memes)

  6. I cannot even BEGIN to tell you how envious I am that you got that package of Coraline swag!

    Very cool.

  7. And here’s a link to some info about the Coraline video game:

  8. Love the cowl! And how cool that they sent you those movie artifacts… I can’t wait to see it, esp. with Jennifer Saunders and Dawn French doing voices for it.

  9. Can’t wait for the cowl pattern! And I wish I could get cozy like Lucy!

    Lisas last blog post..Caturday again!

  10. Wow – a co-worker just sent me info on Coraline (we’re into movies in this workplace) – and I was planning on putting a link to the video in my blog. Amazing stuff, isn’t it? And how cool that they sent you that gift!

    (formerly) no-blog-rachels last blog post..Half Full

  11. Josรฉe says:

    Anticraft gave out a code recently for the website : sweaterxxs.
    It shows an interview with the knitter of the sweaters in the movie, very lovely and so tiny! If I remember right, her name is Althea Crome. Now if I had a mobile phone, I could sign up for more info and codes.

    Congrats Wendy, that’s a very lovely gift they sent you, a colector’s item for sure.

  12. I am BEYOND jealous! I’m a huge Neil Gaimon fan, and Coraline is one of my favorite books. For our ‘paper’ anniversary (1st) I got my husband a signed copy of American Gods, our favorite Gaimon book. So, so cool that you have a piece of Coraline history.

    Tina M.s last blog post..Falling for Ewe Swap Package (2)

  13. Michele In Maine says:

    What a fun package to get in the mail!

    Here’s a kitty story for you – I was awakened very early this morning by my heat going on (it’s a hot air furnace), which was unusual since the woodstove was going and it wasn’t that cold out. I thought the wind sounded louder than usual so I peeked downstairs – and my front door was open!! To the outside! I immediately panicked that my three indoor kitties were out in the yard (or worse!) and ran downstairs to do a nose count. One, two, oh dear, where was the third? Fortunately she strolled by looking at me like I had some nerve, disturbing her sleep! The wind had blown open my (locked) door, which apparently hadn’t been fully latched. At least I was home to remedy the situation immediately!

    Happy turkey day to you and Miss Lucy!

  14. Eeeeee! I love reading Gaiman’s stuff. Sometimes it translates wonderfully to film (Stardust); sometimes less so (MirrorMask). Depends on whether or not the people making the film really “get it”, I think. Very cool that They picked you for such a wonderful surprise!

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  15. I loved the book, Coraline. But it was very creepy, and I definitely do not think it is a children’s book. So scary! But a very cool mystery package ๐Ÿ™‚

    Have a lovely Thanksgiving!

  16. The cowl looks lovely! I would love a pattern =)

    Keris last blog post..Lace ribbon scarf with Noro silk garden

  17. You lucky, lucky devil!!!

  18. Lucy looks stiff. Her fur is mussy. Does she feel okay? Is she hunting a couch critter? Giving you the cold shoulder? Morning fur?

    miss sandras last blog post..Let The Season Begin

  19. Okay, the Coraline stuff is seriously cool. I love that kind of attention to detail.

    Imbriums last blog post..Baffling

  20. Ah — Neil Gaiman — one of my favorites! There is a book and graphic novel of Coraline. I’m very jealous!

    Julies last blog post..Learning Spanish

  21. That is so, so cool!
    My kids and I saw a preview of Coraline while we were at the movies yesterday, and my 11 year old son told me that it was “the scariest book ever.” (This is saying a lot, since he’s read “Kidnapped”, “Dracula”, and “An Inconvenient Truth”.)

  22. Incredibly awesome! I love handmade artifacts . (And I would so love a sweater with stars all over it!)

    Janiss last blog post..i’m gonna knock the door into the world of perfect free

  23. Ooh, I’ve been following the progress of that movie for a while now. How lucky for you to get something like that! Congratulations!
    And yes, Lucy looks amazingly comfy!
    I was confused at their choice for stop motion animation, but I trust it will do well.
    I think that cowl looks lovely! What nice yarn!

    Cookis last blog post..A hat loosely based off of Turn a Square… and some cats

  24. I thought it might be a cowl! It looks lovely.

    Lucy looks too comfortable. Practicing her post-turkey treat napping perhaps?

  25. Most excellent! Neil Gaiman rocks. And lives only a hundred miles or so from me in Wisconsin.

    kmkats last blog post..Knitting in the big time.

  26. Ultra. Cool.

    Just saw the trailer for this in the theatre, and it looked FANTASTIC.

    “Lucky….” (N. Dynamite)

    xo Kay

    Kays last blog post..It’s Classic! It’s Elite! It’s a Contest!

  27. Hmmm. Scariest book ever, from a well-read 11-year-old? Sounds like my 10-year-old scary-story-lover would be into it!

    What a fun package to get in the mail! And all a surprise.

    Lucy looks as though she is impersonating a slipper.

    Cathy-Cates last blog post..A Little Song, A Little Dance, A Little Knitting

  28. Wow! What a cool surprise. Coraline was my first real introduction to Neil Gaiman (Oddly, Id read some of his comic books without recognizing him) after I heard him on Fresh Air. I’ve fallen in love with his writing since then – including his blog.

    Shantis last blog post..Outside the Attic

  29. You are a lucky, lucky girl!! Coraline was my gateway drug into the world of Neil Gaiman. I loved it! Can’t wait to see the movie. I’m so jealous of your goodies!!

    FiredUpFairys last blog post..Ooooh!

  30. Another jealous Neil Gaiman fan here! That Coraline stuff is seriously cool! And I didn’t even know there was going to be a movie. I didn’t read the book but listened to it on CD – it was fantastic.

  31. The book Coraline was fantastic so I have great hopes for the movie. (All Gaiman’s books are A+.)
    How nice of the movie people to send you that box of goodies!
    Your new project looks pretty and necessary with the cold weather coming.

  32. *goes insane with jealousy* Oh, and pretty project.

    Jadieladys last blog post..Good golly!

  33. Oh my GOD, Coraline stuff. JEALOUS!
    I’m in animation myself and have worked for LAIKA (although not on Coraline, I do the old-fashioned drawing kind). Those props are PRECIOUS, hang onto them with your life.

    And yes indeed, more of Coraline’s sweater would be awesome ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. That is SO very cool…I love Neil Gaiman!

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  35. I CANNOT wait until this movie comes out!!! So jealous of you little gift!

    Cristi-Laels last blog post..When Life Socks You Hard In The Faceโ€ฆ

  36. whoa, that is really cool! i have to admit that i was skeptical that it was a serious offer and that they’d end up sending you poop in a bag or something else equally weird, haha (not seriously). maybe i’m too paranoid?

    mais last blog post..iโ€™m a genius

  37. Oh-my-god… I listened to Coraline as an audiobook a month back and it can’t wait for this movie! All those black button eyes… And I really appreciate the fact that Neil Gaiman reads his own audiobooks – there’s something so loving in his voice when reading his own creations.

    Nunts last blog post..Sock yarn doesn’t count!

  38. Wow! How cool! Unexpected pressies are always fantastic to receive ๐Ÿ™‚

    What a wonderful thing!


    Tannias last blog post..Puts a Rose in Every Cheekโ€ฆ

  39. what is the key that they refer to on the site. I am missing something, and the music is nice and creepy.

  40. That is crazy but fun!!!

    Jewels last blog post..Happy Thanksgiving!

  41. The cowl will be so pretty! I can wing a design for simple things but that is going to be striking! Have fun on the coraline knitting project!

    Cindys last blog post..Just Waiting!

  42. Lucy looks like a nice little kitty pillow.

    You’re making miss Harpo again. Sophie the GD is a nice pillow too but not so fluffy. Of course, she lets me use her longer than the nano-second that Harpo used to allow.

    Cats. Gotta love ’em.

    And that cowl too. Mmmmm.

  43. Can you share the pattern?

  44. You are so lucky! I’m really looking forward to Coraline after reading the book (even if it is for kids). What a nice surprise!

  45. What a beautiful thing to have! I actually have Coraline here with me; I think I’ll read it in bed tonight.

    Happy Thanksgiving, Wendy!

    MJs last blog post..An Attached i-Cord Corner (part 1 of 2)

  46. Wicked cool gift (and brilliant guerrilla marketing). I was turned on to Neil Gaiman recently. I’ll have to check Coraline out.

  47. I really loved reading the book, so hopefully the movie will live up to the richness of the story. I read Neil Gaiman’s blog, so I read a bit about the making of the movie (though I didn’t know there was also a video game).

    Seanna Leas last blog post..counting my knitting hours

  48. SPOILER ALERT — Please ignore if you want to keep guessing:

    Very cool site for the movie. And if anyone was wondering the key to enter is stopmotion.

  49. Stopmotion is one password, Wendy has another on her key. (You can see it in the picture) Everyone sent a box will have one. A key with a password that is…

  50. I love, love, love Neil Gaiman. You are soo lucky, and it’s so cool that they recognise how fab you are ๐Ÿ™‚

  51. Hello

    Would you mind posting the paragraph from the letter where the Coraline crew tells why your blog was selected to get the gift? Thanks!

    Number 37
    Stephen Worth

    Stephen Worths last blog post..More On Our Coraline Suitcase…

  52. Per Stephen’s request:
    We admire WendyKnits, and the fact that you are a pillar in the online knitting community. We also happen to know that because of your sock obsession, you have an appreciation for knitting things on incredibly tiny needles. Because we’ve got so much in common, we thought we’d give you an inside scoop because you’ve got a voice worth hearing. Please keep up the super work. We’ll be reading.

    Wendys last blog post..Thankful

  53. That is so cool! And your cat looks adorable.

    I was wondering if you might be persuaded to share the Coraline Star Sweater Knit Pattern with us, please?

    Thanks! :O)


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