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


Knitting the Threads of Time


I received a review copy of Knitting the Threads of Time by Nora Murphy a few weeks ago, and just found time to read it this week.

This was a very enjoyable read. The author, a mom to two sons who lives in Minnesota, is asked by her younger son to knit him a sweater. The book chronicles in detail the creation of that sweater, from going to the yarn shop to pick out yarn and pattern, to the completion and wearing of the sweater.

Along the way, Murphy talks about cultures and traditions associated with textile creation throughout the ages and draws parallels between her knitting experience and the experiences of women throughout time. It was quite a pleasant little history lesson for me, without being dry or pedantic.

I also thoroughly enjoyed the play-by-play commentary on the sweater that the author is knitting. She was new to sweater knitting, and it was fun for me to guess what pitfalls she would find in the process, particularly because her son chose a rather challenging pattern.

It was a good read, very well-written. Who’d like to read it next?

Leave a comment to this entry if you’d like to receive my copy and the random number generator will select a winner tomorrow (that’s February 26) afternoon.


Thanks for weighing in with your experiences with the Kollage square needles. Based on your comments, I think I’ll wait until I have the opportunity to see them in person (in person? in needle?) before I plunk down the bucks for some.

I did, however, order a couple of Addi Turbos in the 20″ length, based on Annette’s comment that the 20-inchers have a shorter needle than the 24-inchers, and are easier to manipulate. I’ll be sure to report back when I get them. I’ve got scads of 24-inchers but nary a 20-incher.

I ordered them, by the way, from Angelika’s Yarn Store. Just wanted to tell you thatΒ  because I always get great service and super speedy shipping from Angelika’s. The store is located in Oregon, so it always surprises me how quickly my order gets to me here on the East Coast via priority mail. Now watch — I bet I’ve shot myself in the foot on that one. The postal service will probably lose my package. πŸ˜‰

And that was a nice segue into my postal rant. What the heck is going on with the postal service? I have had priority mail packages (with tracking and delivery confirmation) sent to me in the past few months that have taken ages to reach me.Β  One from New York to me that took five days. One from Mississippi that took 9 days. (And the person who sent that one sent me something later first class that took 2 days.) And one from North Carolina that was mailed February 2 that still has not reached me.

There. I feel better. But I still want my package that was mailed on February 2.

The Perfume Quest

This week I have tested some Boucheron perfumes (Jaipur Saphire, Trouble, Miss Boucheron) and Amouage Dia. They are all nice, but none of them make me go “Wow!” so I’ll keep looking and testing.

Want to know a great site for buying perfume samples? The Perfumed Court.

It can be addictive. Be afraid.

Lucy Sez:


“My favorite scent is eau de poulet.


  1. Oh, I’d love to win this! the library will be getting a copy, but not soon enough…

    melanies last blog post..Friday fill-ins

  2. Miss Lucy looks so ladylike.

  3. count me in for the book, and DITTO on the mail service.. at first I thought it was just the holidays, but it seems now everything is taking longer to arrive and our mail service here in rural northern california is getting later and later in the day… and considering since the crash in the economy, junk mail (thankfully) has all but dried up, you would think their job would be easier and done quicker… I just don’t get it.

  4. That book sounds good!
    It’s nice that there are so many great places in the Pacific Northwest I can order things. It gets here fast too!!

  5. Sounds like a nice read.

  6. Knit4Keeps says:

    This sounds like an interesting book, win or not I’ll be looking for it on Amazon. Thanks for the review.

  7. sounds like a good book Id love to win it

  8. I haven’t heard about that book. It sounds great. Thanks for the heads up. πŸ™‚

    Lindas last blog post..I’m Back!

  9. here’s my random comment. Does sound like an interesting book.

  10. Even if I don’t win the book, I think it’s one I’ll add to my to-read list. I missed the comment on the 20″ addis that may be something I’d like also since I’m an addis-kind-of girl. Will have to get my LYS to check on these.

    Timmie Bs last blog post..A trip to the farm

  11. I’d love to get a chance to read this book.

  12. Susan Scott says:

    The book sounds like a fun read. Please add my name to the pool.


  13. Oh, me!

  14. That looks like such a great book. I hope I win.

    I love the hiya hiya needles for magic loop which is what I do. The knitpicks joins broke all the time.

  15. I’d love to win the book.

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  16. Please place my name in the hat for the book. I keep running across positive reviews/mentions of this book just about everywhere, so I know I must read it sometime soon; it sounds perfect.

  17. I wish I were able to wear scents, but alas we aren’t allowed at work due to scent policies (which is a good thing sometimes). Every now and then I dab on a little Body Shop vanilla to go out. I used to love Calvin Klein’s Escape.

    Sarahs last blog post..Addiction

  18. Oh, oh! Me, please! πŸ™‚ (But I’m putting it on reserve at the library just in case).

    Tammy/DarthKnitters last blog post..What’s Next?

  19. Linda in Dallas says:

    pick me! pick me! Sounds like a great read. If I win, I promise to pass it on after reading it.

  20. Ooooh, this book is on my list of reads! I love books about knitting.

    meshalius last blog post..My New Scarf

  21. The book sounds interesting and I would give it a good home. Hi to Miss Lucy.

  22. Oooh! Pick me! πŸ™‚

    And I don’t understand the postal service lately… Some things have been superfast (I had a birthday present that showed up the day after it was sent from three states away, shocked the hell out of the person who’d given it more than a week to arrive), and some things have been slower than molasses (things that have taken three to four weeks to arrive).

    And of course, then there’s my postal person who seems to deliver my bills two months late and folds my “do not bend” packages in half to fit them in the box. Not really pleased with her right now.

    cyds last blog post..Been quiet this week…

  23. That sounds like a fun book. Throw me into the number generator!

    Eau de Poulet is a lovely scent! I enjoy that one myself. I don’t WEAR it, mind you. I just like to stink up my house with it. And I prefer the “Eau de Poulet CuisinΓ©” variety, though I’m sure Lucy isn’t so picky. haha

  24. I love to read and love to knit so I would be interested in the book.
    Thanks for a fun giveaway.

  25. Robin in VA says:

    Please include me in the drawing for the book.

    Have you tried 360 by Perry Ellis? It’s an “old” scent but I love it!

  26. I’m not interested in the book because it’s getting too hard for me
    to read anymore. I just wanted to give Angelica’s website a plug
    because I often order my needles from her. She also sends a lot
    of color cards with her orders. I am ill and it’s hard for me to use
    the wood needles and I have found that people with arthritis can
    use the Pony Pearl’s nicely. I’m sure that you would not like them.
    Like the owner of my LYS says, they’re wimpy, but if you need them
    they work very well and are reasonably priced.

  27. I’d love to read it… and then pass it on to someone else afterwards!

  28. Please enter me. And Wendy? Just a suggestion, but you might want to give people a little more time to enter your contests. Personally, I’m a busy mom and can’t always read your blog every day. Then when I miss a contest like this one because I only had a day or two to enter, it’s really disappointing.

  29. Thanks for alerting me to that book – certainly sounds like one I’d enjoy. I’ll be putting it on my birthday wish list, if I’m not the lucky one!

  30. I love Lucy’s sense of humor; she’s sooo droll. You gotta love that in a cat…

  31. Lori Beard says:

    I’d love the book, if I’m picked.

    My fave scent (since I didn’t say anything earlier) you can get at Epcot at the Norway pavilion (I haven’t looked for it elsewhere). It’s called Laila, “the essence of Norway”. It’s a mostly powdery scent, with bits of flowers.

    Best of all, when I’m out, it’s a great reason to have to go back to Epcot. Oh darn. πŸ˜‰

  32. I’m always up to be scanned by a random number generator! As to the mail, it’s the economy. Everything is being cut back including the mail. I’m surprised that we still have a six day delivery. Not for long I’m sure.

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  33. That sucks about the mail! I sent a Priority package two weeks ago to Wales and it got there in 7 days!

    Thanks for the drawing, Wendy! It sounds like a great book!

    Liz Rs last blog post..FINALLY

  34. Lucy! Same favourite scent as me!!! “Eau de poulet” is fabulous!!!//Sissela the forrestcat

  35. I love to read and would love to read this one! Ditto on the USPS. Lately it seems MEDIA MAIL is faster than Priority Mail. Sigh.

    AmyRs last blog post..Fearless Knitting and Crocheting

  36. I hadn’t heard about that book yet either, so I also put it on my Amazon wish list. But will wait to see if this is my lucky week with you first!

  37. Julie The Purple Chick says:

    I’m hoping my good friend, Number Generator, picks ME to win the book. Thanks, Wendy, for the opportunity.

  38. I’d love to read this book! I’ll keep my fingers crossed.

    Pats last blog post..Useful Information In and Out of the Classroom 2/20/09

  39. The book sounds really interesting. I’ve enjoyed your ‘perfect’ sock needle search – I haven’t really had good luck with Knitpicks, and just bought my first pair of Hiya’s. I love my Addi’s, and it will take a lot to replace them.

  40. AmyP in Montana says:

    The book sounds interesting and even for an experienced sweater knitter, and sock knitter, I would bet I would learn something. Thanks for the offer.

  41. Yes please I would love the book. Managed to get hold of a copy of Raven Black at work [ library ] so am looking forward to starting that. Thanks for the recommendation.


  42. Ooh! This book is on my list!! Isn’t it hard to choose a perfume? It smells one way when it’s on for a short time and then changes as you wear it!

  43. I would love to read this book. I would really enjoy seeing how someone new to the sweater making world handles the pitfalls of making a sweater.

    Maybe a mailing list should be established for those that want to read this book. As one person finishes the book, it could be past on to the next on the list. Just a thought.

  44. OOH – that book sounds awesome. I’m always so interested in the history of what I do. And I’ve often thought while turning a heel on socks “I bet my grandma did this a million times.”

  45. Sounds like a very interesting book. I’ve been having problems with the local post office since last summer; it’s been quite frustrating.

  46. The book sounds great. I’d LOVE to read it.

  47. I would have my name thrown in the hat for the book.

  48. Athena Grey says:

    The book sounds great. I need an antidote to Archbishop Rutt’s exceedingly snoozeworthy history of knitting.

    I agree that the Kollage squares should be met in person. I found the cables wimpy and sticky on them.

    Hugs and purrs to Miss Lucy!

  49. Sounds like a great book. I hope you do a contest for your book too.

  50. Ooh books. I’d love to read it and promise to pass it on.

    Tiny Tyrants last blog post..Find Out Who Your Friends Are…

  51. I LOVE to read and I LOVE to knit…….what a combo! I hope I am the lucky winner. Thanks for having the give-away.

  52. Would love a chance to read this book – thanks for being so generous in offering it up.

  53. Sounds like a great book. Maybe it will inspire me to finally knit a sweater for my son. He has fabric sensitivity issues so I’ve never found the right yarn that I didn’t think would bother him.

    I wish I could wear scent – DH has asthma and perfumes are a trigger.

  54. Sounds like an interesting read, I’ll jump in.

    And the 20″ Addis are pretty nice. It’ll be interesting to see what you think. But then I haven’t tried the Hiya-Hiyas.

    And ditto on Angelika’s. Great shop, great service.

  55. Count me as another who’d love to read the book.

    Beths last blog post..Birth of a Blocking Board

  56. I tried the square circs, and was less than happy with the join. The dpns are okay, but could have a better tip. Just my two cents. The book sounds interesting though!

  57. I’d like to read it. Thanks for giving things away like this! You rock!

  58. The book sounds like an enjoyable read! Please add me to the list of wannabe’s! Thanks

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  59. I would love to get a chance to read the book, thank you! You really are thoughtful for sharing with all of us. I hope people understand and appreciate that. πŸ˜‰

    midgelings last blog post..Day 37

  60. Hi Wendy! Just jumping in for the drawing! And by the way, thanks for doing this from time to time. It’s very generous of you!

    Aponis last blog post..Reality Steps In

  61. I would love to read the book! And I’m anxiously waiting for your new book to be released in April…

  62. sounds like an awesome read – except the only reading time I get is interrupted by Mr. Sam, the jet black kitten with the white spot on his neck and the wool chewing troublemaker, who thinks he needs to suckle my fingers bottle style when I read….

    Ulis last blog post..Happy Birthday To Me

  63. Let us know how those needles turn out.

    and of cource i would love a copy of the book. I am an advid book collector, and i love to read.

  64. This sounds like a good book. I went to read some reviews also. I love reading your blog whether I read it everyday or once a week. πŸ˜‰

    Ednas last blog post..Very little

  65. Wow! I can tell from your description of the book that I’ll have to buy it if I don’t win it.

  66. I would love to read that book.

    Susans last blog post..still no contest draw

  67. ForestKnitter says:

    Would love to read this book – please add my name for draw.

  68. Please add me to the draw as well. πŸ™‚

  69. Sounds like my kind of book!

  70. Oh, Lucy. Eau De Poulet is for eating, silly. If you wore it you’d have other thing trying to eat you, and then what would we do? Glad to see the perfume search is chugging along!
    The book sounds fascinating, I’d love to be put in the pool!

  71. Would love a good yarn read! Thanks for the giveaway.

  72. I’m always up for a good read!

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  73. Would love a chance at the book — thanks!

  74. Count me in for the book. I just finished my first sweater and would love to read about the trial and tribulations of another knitter.

    Our postal service has been fantastic lately. Even with tracking, our packages get here before there supposed to. And I hope I haven’t shot myself in the foot either.

  75. I’d like to throw my name into the pot for the book too. I’m new to your blog and I love it. I also must suggest Guerlain’s new fragrance Insolence. It is very soft and lovely. Thanks! Roz

  76. Sounds like a fun book to read. I had a mailed package (priority) take 4 days to travel 75 miles. I think the indie dyer could have walked it to me in less time.

    I don’t think we have similar taste in perfume, as I don’t recognize many that you mention, but I received a bottle of Perry Ellis 360 for Christmas, and I really enjoy it as a daytime, light, fresh scent.

    Brendas last blog post..When only pretty will do

  77. Julia in KW says:

    I’m in the pool, too! Book looks very interesting. I use addi-turbo 24’s for my socks, but I do like the length of the needle…to each his or her own…that’s what makes us all so interesting!

  78. I’d love a chance to win this book. Thanks!

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  79. I would love to read this book. It sounds lovely.

  80. I would love to read this book…thank you for the opportunity!

  81. I have to agree with Athena Gray on my review of the Kollage Circs. I had left a comment yesterday about it, and she completely validated my problems. I took them back to my LYS and they were wonderful about taking them back. So, I got some great Noro Kaiyo with the store credit! All’s well that ends well…

  82. Maria Katechis says:

    The book sounds interesting, especially since I’m the mother of a son who asked me to knit him a sweater recently. He picked out the yarn – Stahl Big Mexico. He chose the pattern – V-neck raglan which I’m knitting circularly. He better wear it – OR ELSE!!!

  83. Count me in too! Very nice of you!

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  84. I love love love to read! Thank you for your generosity.

  85. Karen in Baltimore says:

    My sister sent a “Priority” envelope from Florida, and it took eight days to get to Maryland. I doubt the service will improve when the rates increase ~

    Oh, and I’d love to read the book.

  86. PICAdrienne says:

    I would like this hand me down book.

    Lucy, what about eau de poisson?

  87. Book sounds great – please throw my name into the hat.

    Julies last blog post..Book Rate

  88. Julie in Virginia says:

    The books sounds like a great read. Lucy looks adorable today.

  89. anne marie in philly says:

    steven and meredith say: “cousin lucy, eau de poisson, c’est formidable!”

    I would enjoy the book too!

  90. The book sounds really good… sign me up for the drawing!

  91. How generous of you to offer to give away your books! Thank you! Oh, and I like Guerlain L’Instant because I grew up in a house in New Orleans with a big magnolia tree in the front yard, and that’s what this smells like to me! One sniff and it brings me back to my childhood home. My hubby loves it because he grew up in Mississippi, where there are also magnolia trees everywhere. Purchased mine in EPCOT, too, so there is that memory as well!

  92. That sounds like a book that is right up my alley. count me in.

  93. History and knitting all in one, can it get any better?

  94. I love reading, and I love knitting- sounds like the perfect combination! Especially as I’m currently knitting my first sweater (it went on sabbatical for a bit while I detoured into birthday gifts, but now it’s back!)

  95. Happy Hump Day, Wendy. I would love to be entered into the drawing for the book. It looks like a good read up at the cabin this summer – in between knitting, of course. Thank you.

    JoAnns last blog post..Friday Knit Night

  96. Ooooh that sounds cool!! Please enter me in the drawing for this book! (** closes eyes and sends good gree-gree to the random number generator**)

    Miss Lucy is just lovely.

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  97. Okay, with 90-some odd already wanting, I’m going to dilute the odds ONE MORE TIME!!! LOL. Hand goes firmly up.

    So what are you knitting on next?

    shellys last blog post..Girls do what girls do

  98. I would love to read the book. I am a sock knitter thinking & looking to knit a cardigan.

    Suzis last blog post..Kroy Socks with decoration

  99. What a great sounding book. If I’m not the winner, I’ll add it to my request queue at the library.

    sprites last blog post..into the stacks: 2009.2

  100. OH, I hope I win! I need a good read.