My current work in progress:

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


Gloomy Day

It was a strange weather day today. This is what the “sunrise” looked like this morning:

Mauve clouds. Seriously. But they very quickly turned grey. The weather is freakish. High in the 60s and very windy. And rainy. Dude, where’s my winter weather? On the radio this afternoon they reported that it was “creepily warm” today.

Hanging Garden Stole

Did a few rows last night, but not enough so you can really tell the difference. πŸ™‚

Roseann asked:

How would you compare the Hanging Garden Stole to the Midnight Lace Stole? The Hanging Garden Stole looks like it is more fun to knit, though I’m not sure why.

The Hanging Garden Stole is an easier pattern, I think, due to the construction. The Midnight Lace starts with the wedge-shaped center piece, then you pick up stitches on each side and work out, then do short rows at each end and apply a knitted-on edging. Hanging Garden is a straight rectangle.

Yes I think I’m enjoying knitting it more. Generally speaking, I find the more complex constructions more entertaining because I don’t get bored. But the lace pattern on the Hanging Garden is a lot of fun to knit so it keeps my attention.


What better thing to do on a grey day but give away a book?

This is the new book Knitting Noro by Jane Ellison — publication date was November 4, I think. If you are familiar with and liked Jane Ellison’s previous designs for Noro yarns, you’ll like this book. There are more than 30 designs using a variety of Noro yarns, from tanks to pullovers to cardis and jackets to wraps. A couple of my favorites are this cardi:

And this pullover:

Would you like my copy?

Leave a comment to this blog post telling me that you would, by midnight this Saturday, December 13, and the random number generator will choose a recipient on Sunday.

Lucy sez:

It may be creepily warm outside, but I still love napping on my cozy cushion!


  1. I’d love that book πŸ™‚

    cks last blog post..Chugging along

  2. Am I creepily first? However that may be, I love Noro and would love to have Jane Ellison’s latest. Thanks for a great contest!

  3. Yes I would like a copy too!

  4. Wow! I expected a bunch of comments already. The stole is beautiful! And we are having oddly warm weather here at the beach also, but we aren’t supposed to be quite as cold as you are. And I would love the book. I love Noro though I only get a skein every month or two. Love your blog and happy to be a friend in Ravelry!!

  5. I would *love* to have this book. πŸ™‚

    Mos last blog post..Happy Thanksgiving!

  6. Books are good for your brain! I’m always in the market for a good one!

    I have been meaning to ask if the henna/indigo mix had a non-man-made chemical smell to it? (I can’t be killing off any more brain cells, ya know!)

    Megan S.s last blog post..We Have A Winner!!

  7. cause it’s the day before my bday!

    michelles last blog post..tractors are cool

  8. Alright, put my name in the hat for the Noro book, please.

  9. I’m throwing my hat in the ring for the book.

  10. Yes, I would love to have the Noro book please, because it’s the day after my bday!

  11. I’m saying “Yes, I would be interested in that book” also I don’t know about the weather here but the day has just been off all day today. See you on plurk.

  12. It is creepily warm here in Connecticut, too. Lucy must be happy that it is warmer.
    I would love that book. The patterns don’t look too difficult, which is perfect for my knitting ability. The complicated things that you knit are way beyond me but are so much fun to watch ‘grow’.

  13. oooooooooooo me me me me. *grin*

    It’s just been cold here.

    Tareshens last blog post..Oh look, knitting.

  14. krayolakris says:

    Hi Wendy, I think Lucy made arrangements for warm weather since the heat was not being turned on πŸ™‚

  15. Creepily warm. Hmmmm, never heard that description in weather before. I guess it fits though, being the middle of December.
    We just have Frickin Cold, here.
    Yes, please. I would like to be in the random drawing for that kewl Noro book.

    JoAnns last blog post..Drizzling & Dipping

  16. I think we sent the weather to you from Michigan…sorry!
    I would love the Noro book as I really love the colors of the yarns.

  17. Those are some strange clouds…

    Oh, and I would love to win the book. πŸ™‚

  18. Well put me in on the contest. I love Noro yarn. Hope you get some winter weather. I’m in Arizona and it’s actually cold where I’m at.

  19. I would love that book. If I could, I would send some winter weather to you. There’s lots of snow here.

  20. The book would be cool. I live in Seattle, we don’t even have enough snow on the passes for the ski areas to open!

    Karens last blog post..Hey,the gang’s all here…

  21. It was creepily warm in Michigan yesterday w/lots of rain. Which translated into lots of ice this morning. Yikes.
    Those mauve clouds are kind of creepy looking for a sunrise.

    karen ws last blog post..Random Friday

  22. I think I would indeed like the book.

  23. I saw this book a few weeks ago and would love to have a copy!!!!

  24. I would love to share this book with my fiber arts guild.

  25. I would love, love to have a copy of this Noro book!

    Marions last blog post..Happy Thanksgiving!

  26. I’d love a copy of that book!

    Carolines last blog post..I can’t wait for this movie

  27. Oooh, I definitely want that book! I love Noro! (And I love you and Lucy, if sucking up helps my chances!) πŸ™‚

    Tammys last blog post..Six

  28. I’d love a copy of that book!

    meshalius last blog post..Dude…

  29. I would love to have a copy of the Noro Book

  30. Thx again for your generosity. I would appreciate a copy of the book.

  31. You have creepy warm and I have Winter (just 7 degrees when I left for work today). I would love your copy of the Noro book!

    Elis last blog post..What have I been doing?

  32. I very much heart this book! A copy would be fab!

    betzis last blog post..Video of the Week–knitting backwards!

  33. Oh, I would really like that Noro book. Thanks for the give-away . . .

  34. From one “creepily warm” place to another! The book looks great. It’s so nice of you to give it away!

    Liz Rs last blog post..This needs no words

  35. Hi Wendy, thanks for offering your book up to the masses — looks like a good one! πŸ™‚

    Marys last blog post..Counting down…

  36. I would love the book. also, when you use the conditioner to wash your hair, do you wash it every day or does the wash last longer then a regular shampoo wash? thanks

  37. There’s something about Noro I can’t resist! Thanks for a fun give-away.

  38. Shannon H. says:

    The weather is definitely creepy today (although my hands and feet were still cold). What’s up with that?

    and, oooh. I’d love the book!

  39. i wants.

  40. I would love to have the book! Love Noro!

  41. I have knit a silk garden beret and scarf….I would love to own this book for further Noro inspiration. By the way, your hair looks great! I get my gray professionally covered and have no problems with fading, however, I do wonder what effect the chemicals have on my brain/body. Is henna safer and less toxic?

  42. I’d love it too please.

  43. It was creepily warm here today, also. And I awoke to a text message from the weather service saying that we were to watch out for a flood and, later, a tornado. I saw neither, fortunately. But, hey, count me in for the book contest! πŸ™‚

    Pattis last blog post..Yes, I Have Been Knitting

  44. I would lurve the book!

  45. Oooh, Noro!! I’m in!
    I like that stole–very nice, as all your knitting is!

    Lisas last blog post..It’s Official!!!

  46. That’s a lovely book! Do you think it’s okay for a beginner? It looks like it’s got some adorable things in it.
    We had grey all day here too.
    *waves at Lucy* every time i see a picture of her she just gets cuter. I wonder if my Alice will ever get that cute.

    Cookis last blog post..Music Rotation

  47. Please add my name to the list for the Noro Book. I have about 1,150 yards, and I am unsure of to make it into. Thanks.

  48. Mmm…Noro… *drooling*

    If you’re not put off by my Homer Simpson impression, I’d love a copy of that book. πŸ™‚

    juless last blog post..In which I confess

  49. I love books espcially kntting

  50. Would love the Noro book. Never knit a whole sweater out of Noro and would love to try.

  51. I would really appreciate the copy! Thanks for the opportunity!

  52. The few patterns I saw here look promising!

    martis last blog post..Monday Morning Meanderings

  53. I would like that book. Yes I would. I hope the random generator gods smile upon me.

  54. Love Noro yarn and would love to have the book!

  55. We’re having the same freaky weather in NY – it was +65 here today, and HUMID (icky!)

    I would love to have the chance to win your copy of the Noro book, please πŸ™‚ Thank you, yet again!

    TheSockKnitters last blog post..New Art!

  56. Weather here in Vermont was icky, too. We started with rain, switched to sleet, freezing rain and finally snow. We dropped about 30 degrees through the course of the day, too. yuck. I’d rather have a good old fashioned snowstorm!

    Book looks beautiful, put me in too!

  57. ooooo I’m a sucker for Noro! Thanks Wendy!

    Lauras last blog post..Some Assembly Required

  58. Lynn Judge says:

    I love noro yarn too, and also would just love to win this!!

  59. I love Noro yarns. I’m in!

    Gladyss last blog post..I’m a star

  60. that book looks amazing (and so does lucy πŸ™‚ )

  61. that book looks lovely (and so does lucy πŸ™‚ )


    The weather sounds like “earthquake weather” here in California.

  63. Going for it!

  64. I would love a copy of the book. What a generous offer.

    Sligos last blog post..Wooly Crown Hat

  65. Maria Katechis says:

    I’ve been looking at this book for a while now! It’s so good of you to give it away! Thanks, Wendy!!!
    Maria in NY

  66. New books are always nice!

  67. I would love a copy of this book. Thanks very much!

  68. I love Noro yarns and would be happy to take that book off your hands! Pam

  69. oh yes… please!

    melanies last blog post..Happy birthday, Emily Dickinson

  70. I would love to have any of the Noro books. I just recently discovered Noro yarns, and I think I’m in LOVE!!!! I’m also in love with Miss Lucy. She is the most adorable cat that’s not mine that I’ve ever seen.

    Candis last blog post..‘Tis the Season

  71. I would love that book. I have a bunch of Noro and don’t know what to make with it.

  72. I love the way your Hanging Garden Stole is coming out. And if you’d like, I’d willingly take that Noro book off your hands!

  73. As a recent discoverer of Noro yarn, I would be honored to receive this book!

  74. I’d love a copy of that book! I have one of Jane Ellison’s others and love the sweaters in it.

    stariels last blog post..Casting on some more…

  75. I would love to have the Noro book, I have never used noro and it would be a great excuse to get some πŸ™‚

    Lauras last blog post..Where did it go!

  76. Love Noro – would probably love the book :^)
    Creepily warm is right. 60s today…wasn’t it in the 20s on Monday? and windy? Time to knit and watch a couple DVDs.

  77. leslie - knitting therapist says:

    I would love to have a chance at winning this book!

    Our weather has been all out of sorts, too. Snow, then rain, then a flash freeze and now it’s supposed to be 10 degrees (C) next week?

  78. I love gloomy days, love the Noro book – and btw – love your hair color. I’ve bookmarked the henna page and may have to try that out myself, although finding several uninterrupted hours to let the color set may not be possible.

    Julies last blog post..Radical Knitter

  79. I would love it if picked! Thanks for the chance.

    It’s rainy here in NJ right now and supposed to get cold and icey tomorrow.

    Sue Hs last blog post..Show of Hands – Who has a problem??

  80. Oddly enough, it’s cold and rainy here today, when it should be hot and sunny!
    Would love to win the book πŸ™‚

    Donnas last blog post..Proud

  81. You are so sweet and generous! I would love the new Noro book! Maybe the random number gods will smile upon me this Sunday.

  82. I would just love to have this book!

  83. I’d like to enter this contest! it’s quite a nice prize!

    Sylvies last blog post..What I’ve been up to

  84. I love knitting with Noro, and I would really love to have your book!

  85. Me, please!

  86. I would love your copy!
    Just printed a copy of your Crest o’ the Wave Scarf . I have been wanting to try some lace knitting and this looks perfect for a beginner like me. I just cannot start anything until I finish the hat I started for my grandson. Yes, it was 63 degrees today here in New Jersey but it was 27 just 2 days ago and I am sure we will be back there shortly! Thanks

  87. I would love that book!

  88. I’d love the copy of the Noro book! C’mon, Lucy, pick me! πŸ™‚

  89. I would love the Noro book!!

    Suzannes last blog post..Wisdom

  90. Uggh, I hate gloomy days!
    Yes, I’d like to be entered in the contest for the Noro book. πŸ™‚

  91. It’s been gray here too. Would love to have the book!

  92. I’d really, really, really, really love that book!!

    Doris last blog post..My First Belt Pattern

  93. Karen Scheer says:

    I would love to have that book. Thanks for giving it out.


  94. It’s not creepily warm here, but I’d love to have the book anyway!

  95. I would like your copy of this book, Wendy!

  96. Count me in!………Noro is fabulous!……….California can get chilly!!

  97. Very annoying weather! Good looking book! Great looking kitty (did you see those toe tufts? Wow!)


  98. I would love to have your copy of the noro book.

    BreannaSs last blog post..Kiddio Giveaway

  99. Of course I’d like to have this book! Anything Noro …..

  100. I’d like to put my name in for the book, too. And, Michelle? It’s the day after my birthday and my husband got me…a card. Sigh.

    He gives me a card and no gifts because he doesn’t see the point of birthday gifts. His birthday is in January and I shower him with gifts, which he doesn’t really care about, in hopes that he’ll catch on that birthdays are important, and that includes gifts!
    You’d think after 30 some years of this we’d have straightened it out. But he’s thoughtful and good to me in all other ways, so I can’t complain.
    Can I?