My current work in progress:

Sundew,by Martin Storey, knit from Rowan Softyak DK, using 3.25mm and 4mm needles.

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. I would love a chance to win a mitten kit. They are really beautiful, as is their author.

  2. Sandra Ball says:

    Great mittens, great socks. I am ordering mini mochi.

  3. Wow – those mittens are gorgeous – I’d love to try them!

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  4. wow, gorgeous mitten! thanks for showing it.

  5. Oh, those are some lovely lovely mittens!

  6. I *love* that mitten! *fingers crossed*

    The sock is lovely, too. Nice colors.

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  7. Tricia Boelter says:

    OMG – they are gorgeous

  8. Ooh! I noticed those patterns during yesterday’s sneak-up — I’m glad you encouraged her! And I’ve added the mini mocha to my wish list, which keeps getting longer and longer and…

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  9. Beautiful mittens! I’d love to make them!

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  10. oh…. me me me! My fingers are freezing today!

  11. Yes, I have to admit I would like to have that kit. Of course with a couple hundred others on the list already, my chances are pretty slim. I guess I better go check out that link.

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  12. That pattern from Johanne is incredible!

  13. NorgiKnitter says:

    Beautiful mittens and I’m so glad you posted a photo. Thank you so much for all you do for the knitters around the globe!

  14. Oh, love the mittens and your sock look good so far. I will wait to see what you have to say about the yarn when you are finished working with it.

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  15. Bonnie H. says:

    I almost purchased that pattern last night…..and I see now it is out of stock at TLE. Very pretty!

  16. I’d love to win the mitten kit. I like them so much, I’d even make them!

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  17. Beautiful mitten! Someone is to be congratulated on a job well done.

  18. amazingly beautiful! Such a talented designer.

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  19. Those are beautiful mittens.

  20. Wow!!! Look at all the comments already posted! I am so glad it will be a random drawing cause I might have a chance! I have wanted to knit a patterned mitten set for some time, and winning would give me just the kick in the pants I need. ;-D

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  21. What beautiful mittens – And they look warm enough to handle the nasty cold weather we have been having.

  22. I saw those go up on the sneak up and I couldn’t decide which one to get! And I love the Mini Mochi–I need to pick up some of that too!

  23. Awwwww, he is absolutely precious, as is Lucy!

    I’d also LOVE to be entered for the kit, please!

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  24. Thanks for the give-away.

    Johanne’s kid in the knit armour does have an extremely high cute factor. The dragon sweater was fantastic!

  25. Oh those mittens are lovely. I’ve also been thinking about getting some Mini Mochi. I’m really interested about how it knits up and how it wears once knit into socks.

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  26. slimsdotter says:

    Lovely mittens– I’d sure like to win!

  27. Lori Beard says:

    Oh, that is one lovely kit. I’d love to have it (especially after playing in the snow today–I need some real mittens).

    I hope I win. 🙂

  28. Yes, I’d love the kit! It’s beautiful and I’m so drawn to cream and black.

    Out here it looks like a snow day tomorrow, so lot’s of knitting with three kids bouncing off the walls!

  29. Thanks for encouraging Johanne to sell her patterns in the US. They are wonderful.

  30. And the freebies continue! Yay! If I start now they may be finished by next winter. 🙂 BTW, the new mini mochi yarn socks look fah-bulous, darling!

  31. Love the Signe mittens. Thanks for offering the kit.

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  32. Katherine says:

    Oh my goodness! Those mittens are gorgeous! I went and looked over on her Loopy Ewe site, but I didn’t see that pattern there – so I hope this enters me in the draw for the kit! And holey smokes is that yarn of yours ever pretty! I’m going to have to get me some of that!

  33. What beautiful mittens! I keep meaning to make some in that style, but so far I haven’t gotten around to it…

  34. That mitten is scrumptious. I never win, but count me in anyway!

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  35. The sock you started with the minimochi yarn look great. I just bought that yarn, so I’m interested in hearing more about your pattern. I read often but don’t comment often. I love your blog!

  36. What a wonderful read about your trip to the Bohus exhibit. Enjoyed it very much. Thank you for another chance to win something. I love the mittens.

  37. So many temptations! These are lovely patterns; thanks for introducing me to a previously unknown designer. : )

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  38. I Love the mittens! Beautiful!

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  39. ooh, very pretty!
    I know several someones I could knit that for!

  40. Me, me!

  41. Wow, that’s a gorgeous mitten pattern. Adding to neverending projects list …

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  42. oooo purty

  43. eliseknits says:

    Ooooohhh…. pretty mittens! I’d love to be in the drawing for that! 🙂

  44. Ooh, I already saw those on Ravelry and loved them. Add me to the drawing please

  45. I would love to win the mitten kit. Count me in!

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  46. The blog is chock full of pretty today. I’ve been needing some new mittens… and really need to learn stranded knitting.

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  47. CaroleP (ohio) says:

    I’ve meant to write before this, but seems like a good time now with the mittens available and all. They really are pretty and I’ve only knit mittens for my granddaughter (2 different sizes). I kinda made them up as I went! Well usually humans have different size hands and feet anyway, don’t they 😉
    I LOVE your Lucy!!! (I said years ago that when my present cat moves on – shhhhhhh – I wouldn’t want her to hear that) I would have a rag doll. Babbs is all mine when she wants to be but, she’s twelve yrs old. I think Lucy is beautiful and has such a personality.
    I have Wendy Knits (love it) and plan to get the new book (did one pair toe ups and need to do more). I like the Spring Socks, want to do those and the Hanging Garden stole. I need more time…… Keep showing us those pics!

  48. I just bought that hat pattern: lovely. Wendy, you are a golden friend.

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  49. Karen Scheer says:

    I’d love to be entered to win the mitten kit. Thank you.

  50. I really love the mitten design! Hope you pick me.

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  51. Wow. Wow. Wow.

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  52. Ohh I was just admiring those. I’d love the kit!

  53. Oooh, love the colors in the new sock. Makes me think of Caribbean seas….

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  54. Gabriele G says:

    The gloves look great. Thanks for doing this 🙂

  55. Loving the sock and the mitten – can’t decide which is more beautiful!  Must order from the Loopy Ewe…

  56. I love those mittens. Thanks for getting those patterns sold in the US.

  57. Thanks, Wendy! Gorgeous mitten and the sock yarn is pretty!

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  58. That mitten is beautiful. I would really like the chance to work on that. Thank you for getting her patterns in the US.

  59. Oh I’m *dying* to start a new mitten project! Those are beautiful!

  60. Great mittens! Would love to win a kit!!

  61. Oh! I love that mitten.

  62. Gail Lucille says:

    Whoo-Hoo! count me in…would love to knit the pretty mittens…
    Come on Random number picker…Pick me..You know you want too.
    Oh, Lucy your black sheep skin is so stunning…You do it proud.

  63. Ooh ooh me please! That’s a lovely mitten.

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  64. The mittens are gorgeous and your new sock in progress looks delightfully cozy!

  65. I love that Mochi colorway – can’t wait to see the finished sock! Oh, and that is a gorgeous mitten pattern.

  66. jennyswonderland says:

    *crosses fingers + knitting needles!*

  67. I ordered Johanne’s cat socks pattern.
    I’m liking the new sock. I may have to try that yarn

  68. Here in NH we are due for yet another 10″ of snow. It seems as if that is what we get every time it snows! I don’t know where the plow guys are going to put this next shipment of white stuff. Ice may be an issue too. The last ice storm we lost power for 3 days….and we were one of the lucky ones. Some folks were out for up to two weeks. I bouught an LED lantern just in case.

  69. Unlurking, yet again to enter one of your contests! I read the blog religiously, but seldom feel I have much to contribute. LOVE the mittens though and I WANT THEM! (please?)

  70. Even though I don’t knit mittens, or knit with 2 colors, those are some purty mittens. Would love to try to make them.

  71. Me, pick me!! I love mittens and I always need a new pattern!

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  72. I know it’s a slim chance . . .

  73. Those mittens are beautiful! Also, loving the sock so far and can’t wait to see how it turns out: you always do such wonderful work.

  74. I love the mitten pattern and would love the kit. Thanks for helping Johanne get some of her patterns out in English.

  75. those mitts are awsome… and would be so great to knit for chilly Canada!!

    put my name in please

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  76. I’d love to win the mitts kit. I have never done stranded or fair isle colorwork, and I really want to learn.

    I also do not have an LYS so I have never experienced Cherry Tree Hill yarns. It is hard to order something online without having touched it first, know what I mean?

    Now, off to look at cute armor pix… 😉

  77. Oh those mittens are Gorgeous! I’d be thrilled to be in on the drawing. I’m hoping for a snow day home with my kiddos tomorrow. Stay warm!


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  78. Comment made! Those mittens are amazing, and I’m local…no postage…

    (i guess this makes me not a lurker anymore)

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  79. I love your website- thanks for all the chances to win stuff!

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  80. Count me in for the contest – those mittens are almost as beautiful as Lucy!

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  81. That mitten is gorgeous!

  82. You’re right! The level of “cute” is outstanding. The mittens are also a must do. Thanks for sharing.

  83. Me, me, me, me, me!!! (too obvious?)

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  84. Lorraine C. says:

    What pretty mittens! Thanks for enabling us.

  85. Thanks for the giveaway, love, love, love the knitted armor.

  86. Hi, Wendy! Just putting my name in for the giveaway. Those are lovely mittens! I also really like the new socks you are working on.

  87. Wow those mitts are so gorgeous! I’d love to have the chance to win! Thank you!

    Lucy is SO BEAUTIFUL. But she knows that. 🙂

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  88. Love the mitten love the socks. Gorgeous colors.

  89. What lovely mittens! I will definitely take a look at The Loopy Ewe.

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  90. My LYS has just gotten Mini Mochi also. We were all petting it and admiring the sample sock she has knit up. And by the way – I love those mittens. If I don’t win I might just have to buy the pattern!

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  91. Ooh! Pick me, pick me! I just did my first colorwork project and I’m itching for another one!

  92. Wow, I already bought Johanne’s Signe patterns! Hat and mittens. I saw them at The Loopy Ewe last night, and not only did they appeal to me mightily (I love the Art Nouveau sinuousity of the lines) but my good knitting friend’s daughter is named Signe.

    Anyway, please put my name in the drawing anyway, because I was dithering about keeping the pattern or giving it to my friend, and if I were to be so lucky as to win, that would solve my dilemma! 😉

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  93. Wendy, can you tell us the correct pronunciation of Mini Mochi? Mow-key? or Moch-ee (like mocha)? Inquiring minds need to know!!! Hi Lucy!

  94. Issy Thomas says:

    Beautiful. I may just have to knit these.

  95. love the mittens, whoever wins will be v lucky, an d warm

  96. Love the mini-mochi. I keep seeing it around, and plan on weaving some scarves with it because of the longer color repeats. The mittens are spectacular! Thanks for all the info.

  97. You’re a good friend to Johanne! I wish her success.

  98. Love the mittens! Pick me! and I also just bought some mini mochi. Can’t wait to start working with it.

  99. Margie from Maryland says:

    mmmmm I like your socks and I love the strawberry lime mini mochi!

  100. Diane in Northern CA says:

    I recently had a chance to touch and see Crystal Palace’s Mini Mochi at one of my LYS and while I loved how it felt, I resisted the urge. After seeing how beautiful your sock is knitting up I may have to go back and get some.