My current work in progress:

Roscalie Cardigan by Alice Starmore, knit from Jamieson’s Shetland SpindriftΒ  on a US 3 needle

Born to Knit!

A lot of you know my friend Johanne’s blog, Born to Knit. By the way, you seriously have to visit today because she has posted photos of her little boy in knitted armor and the level of teh cute will make you keel over in a faint.

Anyhow, what you may not know is that Johanne has been designing some knitting patterns. Up until now she’s only been selling them in her native Sweden. But because one of her friends might have nagged her incessantly (and I’m not saying who), she has released 4 patterns (so far) for sale in the U.S, available from The Loopy Ewe.

Her patterns are here.

In celebration of my having harangued her into starting to distribute her patterns in the United States, I’m doing a giveaway: a kit to knit Johanne’s lovely Signe mittens.


The kit includes the pattern, and Cherry Tree Hill merino yarn in black and cream.

Would you like it? Leave a comment to this blog entry be 4:00pm EST on Thursday, January 29. I’ll choose a commenter at random to receive the kit.

Meanwhile back at the ranch . . .

I decided to dig into my new Mini Mochi sock yarn and start a sock.


Incidentally, this yarn went up for sale at The Loopy Ewe last night as well — the category is here. It may well be sold out at this point, but I’m pretty sure that Sheri has more on the way. I’m using color #108, by the way.

This is a very interesting yarn — it stripes like Noro but is softer, and when knitted up has a halo. It’s 80% wool and 20% nylon, but it’s hard to believe there’s that much nylon content in it. It’s a single ply that looks like an Icelandic Lopi — very “un-spun” in places, but I’ve found it to be quite strong. I guess that’s the nylon talking, eh?

Because of it’s single-ply-ness and un-spun-ness it takes a bit of getting used to, particularly if you are used to knitting socks from something with a firm twist. At first I had trouble splitting it, but as I knit, I became more accustomed to the yarn and am now working merrily along.

I’m doing a very simple lace pattern that I sketched up. But more on that tomorrow!

Meanwhile, look at this cute little profile:



  1. Pretty socks! Love those colors, and they look cloud soft in the photo. Please add me into your drawing for those awesome mittens!

    Wendys last blog post..Houston, We Have Bodice!

  2. I am wondering what is going to happen to the signs of spring sock pattern. Another for the LE, perhaps. I do love the mitten kit. ;0)

  3. Well I would love to win this one Wendy… I don’t know much about color work but it’s a goal to learn this year. I am off to visit her blog now, I need some cuteness

    Aunt Kathys last blog post..Monday- Cocoa Swap Topic #3 and 28 and counting

  4. Ooooh, I’d like to try those mittens. I’ve never done advanced colorwork like that before. Might be the time to try. Also, you are, like, the absolute enabler. I bought 2 skeins of Mini-Mochi in strawberry lime today with my Loopy credit cuz I saw your skein the other day and I just had to try it. I like that it is similar to Noro, but softer(and hopefully no knots mid-skein).

  5. Beth in Ohio says:

    Love the mittens! And the socks, and Lucy!

  6. That Mini-Mochi stuff is beautiful. Too bad I am on a yarn fast…

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  7. Love the mittens and the sock!

    Please randomly pick me. πŸ™‚

    Jens last blog post..More spinning

  8. Beautiful mitten!!….but Wendy! I just got a new kitty…rescue of course. 5 months old so I figure he’s like an 8th grade boy!! All legs and tail. So cute!!!

  9. Kristi ~ Ohio says:

    Oh…I’d love to win. I remember mentioning Johanne’s cat pattern to you at last year’s Spring Fling..hoping that she would make it available. I’m glad to see it is. I’ll be purchasing it soon. πŸ™‚

  10. Love the mittens pattern. And really love the colorway of the new socks. Those jewel tones are “my” colors.

  11. Love those mittens! Very pretty.

  12. Elizabeth says:

    I was born to knit those mittens!

  13. Lovely mitten, lovely kitten.

  14. I’d love the Signe mitten kit. I’m Swedish, too!

  15. The mittens are lovely. I wandered to the Loopy Ewe and love, love, love the red/white mitten pattern.

  16. I just became aware of mini mochi and I’ll be curious to see your finished socks. I’ve been thinking of some for gloves. The halo makes it look really soft!

    KozyKittys last blog post..In with the new !

  17. I just ordered the cute cat sock pattern. Maybe that will give me some good karma points and I’ll win the lovely mitten kit. Hugs to sweet Lucy. She looks so content on her sheepskin.

  18. That Mini Mochi is gorgeous! Of course, I’d love to win that mitten kit. May have to go buy the pattern if I don’t get it. I haven’t done any stranding for awhile and I think it’s time.

    Emilys last blog post..Didn’t Realize I Had Half of This Stuff

  19. I love those mittens. The mini mochi sold out in the color I wanted. I have to be quicker on the draw next time.

  20. ooh, those are great looking mittens. pick me πŸ™‚

  21. Linda from Kansas says:

    Wow, he is a cutie in his knitted armor. The signe mitten looks about easy enough for me to do should I be blessed enough to win the random number drawing.
    Lucy, is as always, a real prima donna. She is beautiful and she knows it.

  22. My daughter (age 11) just caught me reading your blog, and wanted me to scroll through all of your posts so that she could see more Lucy pictures…Jeanne

  23. The patterns are stunning. I had already put them on my Loopy Ewe wishlist! The photos of the knight in knitted armor are too cute. My son would have loved something like that.

  24. Karen in Baltimore says:

    Lucy looks like she’s wearing a coat with a fur collar — not that she isn’t already, but she looks even more “fluffed up” than usual. Is your heat turned way down perhaps?

    Love the mittens. Please add my name to the contest.

  25. Johanne’s mittens are gorgeous – add my name to the hat! πŸ™‚ And I love the colors in that sock. And as long as we’re talking about pretty things – hugs to Lucy!

    juless last blog post..The Sock

  26. Windy Brown says:

    Please, please pick me for the mittens. With the snow and ice in DC today, I need to make some wonderful mittens like that.

  27. Oooh, pick me pretty please with sugar on top! That is a beautiful mitten – It kinda reminds me of treble clefs. Miss Kitty Delilah says “mee–owww” (hello) to Miss Lucy.

    Natalies last blog post..New Year’s Resolutions

  28. Ooh, nice mittens.
    Does DC seem any different with the new Pres in place?

  29. Wow, those are some beautiful mittens! They’d be great up here in Minnesota where the windchill is still hovering below zero.

  30. I’ve never knit mittens before….I’d love to try! Pick me, pick me!!!!

  31. Denise in Ohio says:

    Oh, those designs are lovely! Enter my name for the drawing. This will save me from having to add them to my next Loopy order. (Shhhhh, don’t tell hubby.)

  32. What lovely designs she has! Good for you for encouraging her to branch out. And good for her for following through!!

    marissas last blog post..We Caved.

  33. That Mini Mochi looks lovely!

  34. Oh. My. Goodness! That boy is too much cute! I love the new yarn too. It really looks lovely!

  35. love the mittens and the mini mochi looks gorgeous–hope TLE gets more in soon, not that i need any more sock yarn!

    kristens last blog post..Warm Ewe Up Question #3

  36. I love those blue hues, I saw some yarn like that online today ironically. Enjoy the ice tomorrow *grumble*

    iheartbobrosss last blog post..1.27.2009

  37. Please – I would love the mittens!

  38. I have been obsessed with knitting mittens since last October! I would love to win the kit. I also enjoyed reading about your visit to Minneapolis and especially visiting The Yarnery. My son lives in St. Paul and actually shopped there for me.(LOL) BTW, I have the same experience as you when I go there. No allergies until I return home.

    Shirleys last blog post..Half Skein Wonders!

  39. Thanks for nagging! They’re awesome mittens.

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  40. I must admit that right now I would really love to have a nice pair of mittens – I’m freezing!

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  41. Beautiful mittens! I love the sock yarn too. I loved hearing about the Bohus show. It must have been wonderful.

  42. oooOOOOOOoooo send some mitten love this way please

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  43. technikat says:

    Those are lovely mittens and you’re right, Johanne’s little boy is cute personified.

  44. Wow, your comments count sure goes up when you have a prize. I enjoyed reading about your Bohus trip. I grew up in St. Paul. I was inspired to purchase the Bohus book as well. Thanks for sharing your weekend. I have knit Blue Shimmer.

  45. Wendy, you didn’t say if you wore your Bohus over the weekend. I bought a kit when you finished yours. Sad to say mine is still languishing in a bag in the closet. I still have some of the yoke to do so it is not because of the plain stockinette boredom that it is there. I need a good kick in the butt to continue. My bad boys Billy and Neil send love to Lucy.

    on Long Island, NY

  46. Seriously. Must. Keep. Knitting. …… So much knitting, so little time. Would love to add to my queue.

  47. Your friend Johanne is great! Her little guy is adorable, and as soon as my sons are available, I’m showing them the sweater. This may be a mistake, because they will WANT that outfit!

    I hope I win that kit, her stuff looks wonderful!

    Colleens last blog post..Can You Say Endorphins? (yes, knitting related content!)

  48. who doesn’t want to win!

    it’s always good to have a high pressure friend or two.

  49. Knitcarol says:

    Found a way to lure out all of us lurking around, huh?

    Please, random generator, generate my comment.

    Great blog, Wendy.

  50. Those mittens look like they’d be fun to knit! And the socks are coming out beautifully! I really like that Mini Mochi Yarn!!!!

    GirlMeetsNeedles last blog post..Frogging Friday – Talia

  51. Lucy’s mane is just adorable! Please enter me in the drawing! πŸ™‚

    DPUTigers last blog post..Leyburn Socks

  52. What lovely mittens! Thanks to the “someone” who made it possible to get the patterns here.

  53. I looked at your friend’s blog…her little boy is ADORABLE! and the knight’s outfit is amazing.

    Kim B.s last blog post..Now You See It…Now You Don’t

  54. I like that mitten design. And Lucy looks lovely as always.

    Kays last blog post..Tea

  55. Those mittens are very pretty and I would like to learn colorwork this year!

  56. Congratulations to your friend on the expansion of her business venture! I would love to win a kit to knit a pair of her mittens. I do not think I can knit too many mittens.

    I have been interested to read what people think about the Mini Mochi yarn. However, I think I need to knit a few more pairs of socks from the stash before I add to it. That sock yarn bin is mighty full.

    Sarahs last blog post..Blocked

  57. Love that mitten pattern! What a great design.

    Ellens last blog post..Wanting to knit…

  58. I’d love to win that kit! Those mittens are great!
    Kisses to Lucy!

    Mandys last blog post..FO: A Stork’s Nest Scarf

  59. Apropos of absolutely nothing, can I tell you how completely and deliriously happy I am that your new book will become available on my birthday!?! I’m sure this was entirely the reason for picking THAT specific date in April so yea me!

    And yea you! I’m not a person troubled by birthdays and now I’ve got even more reason to look forward to turning 39. No seriously, I will be 39. Really! Why won’t people believe me?

    Is the book here yet?

  60. It’s been so cold around here in Ontario, Canada (near Buffalo) that I could really use those mittens and maybe I should knit myself some pretty socks like yours too πŸ™‚

    And tell Lucy she’s very pretty!

    Sylvies last blog post..A new sweater & a new project

  61. Those mittens are gorgeous – and her little boy is beyond adorable!

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  62. Kim Bradley says:

    I’m a sucker for a freebie…particularly one as nice-looking as that!

  63. Those mittens are GORGEOUS. Please enter me in the contest for the kit!

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  64. I love the look of the minimochi. I was at my LYS this evening and they did not have any. Is this goodie available in a general kind of way or do only select palces have it? I would love to try some. I think it looks so much like Noro but looks soft, not sticky. N

  65. What a great pattern. I wish her luck.

    Marges last blog post..Reading Knitting Patterns

  66. Mary Beth says:

    Wow–love the mitten pattern! And the socks look so warm and fuzzy on this snowy day.

  67. Beautiful mittens! I am looking forward to your next book. Judy

  68. Love the mittens. Will need to knit some up really quick with the recent cold weather in Maine. Cold and snowy!

  69. Put me in the drawing!

  70. Great looking mittens. Please sign me up. I know they would love to come to my house. I would love them and pet them and tell them everyday how beautiful and charming they are.
    Good for you for encouraging your friend. Fabulous designs.

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  71. oh are they beautiful! i could use them to go with all the scarves i have been making. scarf jag needs mitten companion!! would be honored!!

  72. I saw those go up on Loopy’s site and was drooling over them- put me in the drawing too!


  73. Beth in Seattle says:

    Count me in on this drawing. What a gorgeous mitten. I’m headed over to look at all of the patterns. Wendy you are a first class enabler.

  74. Oh the sock and the mittens are exquisite! And of course, Miss Lucy is always lovely!

  75. Ahd in CO says:

    Very nice mittens.

  76. Love the mittens! I’m in.

    Nancy Ns last blog post..Just Easy

  77. I could really use those mittens here…its -15 here with a wind chill of -35…baby its cold outside….

  78. That is gorgeous! πŸ™‚

  79. I kind of like that yarn! I’m not normally one for the big stripes of color like that, but I think I like it partially because it looks soft! There is something about a yarn that has a halo that screams “touch me!!” to me. Not that I want to touch your feet or anything. I’m simply not that kind of girl πŸ˜‰

    You are a Grade A enabler Wendy! (I will still love you in the morning, though!)

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  80. Mmmm, mittens. Those are lovely!! πŸ™‚

    Leandras last blog post..socks, hats and mittens

  81. Hejsan Wendy,

    Would love to win the kit. Thanks for giving us the opportunity.


  82. Ooooo, that mitten pattern is to die for! Yes, please include me in your random drawing. Thank you.
    I really like the Mini Mochi yarn! I saw it on Loopy last night, but didn’t act quickly enough. Eventually it’ll end up in my stash, I’m sure.
    Love, as always, Lucy’s adoorable pose.

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  83. Love those mittens! The mini mochi is knitting up nicely too. I wasn’t sure whether I liked it or not, so I’m glad to see that you’re testing it out for us.

  84. Mama needs some new mittens–fabulously gorgeous ones, even! πŸ™‚

  85. That’s a beautiful mitten! I want to knit a pair even if I have to pay for it. πŸ™‚

  86. Oh my, how lovely!

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  87. Pretty pretty!!! I want one!

    Also that picture of Lucy is awesome, she looks so content.

  88. Those mittens are beautiful, as is that sock yarn. I saw it online today, and thought that it might have those long colour repeats like Noro, but be softer, and I’m really glad to hear that it does, I’ll definitely have to check it out.

  89. I want a mitten kit! I’m on a mitten kick right now, and these are so excellent! And I love the mini mochi yarn– gorgeous.

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  90. Ooh, I need to get some of that Mini Mochi! Gorgeous mittens πŸ™‚

  91. Those are very pretty mittens. I’d like to enter please!

  92. Johanne Landin’s patterns are beautiful. The cat sock is the best! Thanks and please put me in the drawing for the fabulous mitten pattern.

  93. The mittens are lovely & the blog is great – thanks for directing us there!

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  94. I was already eyeing those gorgeous patterns at the Loopy Ewe. I’m a sucker for the black and white colors, too! I’m hoping to get my hands on some Mini Mochi soon, too!

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  95. That is a really great mitten pattern. I’d love to knit them.

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  96. I love the mitten pattern & would love to knit it! The Mini Mochi yarn is beautiful, the sheen and the colorwise Wow!

  97. Oh! I could always use some new mittens. πŸ™‚

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  98. The mittens are great. I am glad they are available.

  99. Charlotte says:

    The Signe mittens are beautiful!! I really enjoyed your description of the Bohus exhibit — I wish I could go and see it.

    Hugs to Lucy, Charlotte

  100. Those look like great mittens! I keep queuing stranded mitten patterns… add another to the list!

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