My current work in progress:

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


I Can Haz Coffee Cozee

My morning cup of coffee got all dressed up!


Sorry for the blurry pic — I took it before I had any coffee. πŸ˜‰

My coffee cup is wearing a Coffee Cozee. My friend Aimee makes these and sells them in her etsy shop. Isn’t mine cute?

It’s adjustable, with an elastic loop and button, so it fits pretty much any size cup.


Aimee was with me in Florida this past weekend. Aimee is also my event planner and she very kindly drove down to Florida from North Carolina the night before I arrived so she could pick me up at the airport and drive me around for the weekend. (How’s that for a great friend?) She stayed at the hotel with me — we had adjoining rooms — and showed me a stack of these cute coffee cozees she had brought along to sew the buttons on. Because I was squeeing over all the cute fabrics, she very kindly gave me my favorite one — pink and white bunnies! Now I don’t have to use those paper sleeves for my coffee.

I had a lovely time at Sip n’ Knit this past weekend. If you are in the vicinity of Maitland Florida, you must stop by. The shop is located in a building that used to be a house, so there are several different rooms to explore. There is lots of lovely, lovely yarn there, and the room where we held classes was great — large enough for me to move comfortably around to help (and pester) all the students, and comfy and well-lit. And the shop is just so darn cute!

(Speaking of event planning, we’ll start scheduling events for 2010 in November. So if you want me to come to your shop to teach, you can contact her starting next month at the addy over in the left sidebar. )

Last week I received another great knitting book to review . . .

Haiku Knits


This is Haiku Knits: 25 Serenely Beautiful Patterns Inspired by Japanese Design by Tanya Alpert. It’s hardcover, 144 pages long, and will be released on October 20, 2009.

The title says it all — the patterns are all inspired by Japanese design. Here are a few of my favorites.

This is a lovely long scarf/stole knit from Louet Sales KidLin Lace:


This cute cropped jacket is knit from Blue Heron Rayon Metallic and Habu Textiles A-60 Linen Paper:


The pattern is available in two sizes — a small/medium and a medium/large.

This long sleeve pullover is my favorite in the book:


It’s knit from Habu Textiles A-60 Linen Paper and A-20 Stainless Steel Silk. The pattern is in 3 sizes.

There is beautiful photography all through the book:




And there is a Haiku at the beginning of each of the 5 pattern sections.

Who’d like my review copy? It’s a lovely book and I am sorely tempted to keep it for myself, but it’s really not my style (I’m leaning more towards “Aging Hippie”) so I’ll pass it along to one of you.

Leave a comment on this blog post by Sunday October 18th at noon Eastern Time, and the Random Number Generator will select one of you to receive the book.

(Don’t know how to leave a comment? It you are on the main blog page, look at the end of this postΒ  to see a link that says “x Responses” and click on that to take you to the page for this post. At the bottom of this page there will be a form for you to fill out to leave a comment.)

I have done some knitting, but I’ll save that to talk about tomorrow!


Lucy sez:


“It’s good to have Momma home!”


  1. i would love to have your copy of the book! Does it come with cat fur?

  2. That book looks fantastic. Love the Habu pullover.

  3. I love beautiful yarn pr0n photography! Please count me in on the drawing, and snorgle Lucy for me.
    .-= Laiane´s last blog ..Banana Banana Pecan Bread =-.

  4. Count me in for the drawing but I checked out the habu booth at stitches midwest and was a little intimidated. I am not sure my knitting is up to habu!

  5. Wendy knits
    Spins yarns and gives books
    haiku warmth

  6. I would love to win a book.

  7. OK, I can’t be the first, but here it is- a haiku for the book…

    The book for me please
    loveliness in the pictures
    A haiku of knits

  8. I like the blue scarf.

  9. helene harris says:

    Haiku Knits so beautiful
    serene yarns and words
    Would like to own your copy

  10. Love that coffee cozie so cute and I would love the book as well!!

  11. I love that scarf / stole picture and i would like to make it. I love lace! Jean

  12. Love the sheer pullover—aging hippy or not, that one is cool.

  13. ooh pretty. Sure I’ll try my luck.
    .-= Lori´s last blog ..Startitis =-.

  14. Looks like an interesting book. Put my name in the hat! Pam Huang

  15. I’d love to have your review copy of Haiku Knits, for my knitting book collection!

  16. Oh, what a beautiful book! Please sign me up!

  17. Haiku Knits looks like a beautiful book–how generous of you to pass it on. And I wouldn’t mind a bit if it got passed on to me….

  18. Yey for coffee cozies!

    And yey for review copies…I’d like to be thrown into the random number generator drawering pleeze :).
    .-= Mary´s last blog ..Too Many Things, All at Once, Again… =-.

  19. I absolutely love that blue scarf! Now that is my style. (Even though I’m an aging hippie, too.) Denise

  20. I would love to take that lovely book off of your hands!

  21. I would love a copy of the lovely book!

  22. I also am lucky enough to have a hand-delivered Coffee Cozee and I can confirm it works great for cold drinks too. We have milkshakes at our knit-night and the coffee cozee keeps your fingers warm AND keeps you from getting cup-sweat all over your hands.
    .-= Jadielady´s last blog ..Pretty pictures =-.

  23. That is a beautiful book. I went to one of the classes that taught you how to read the patterns..very interesting…I love the scarf…the cute coffee cozy is adorable. I did the same thing you did on Columbus felt so good to mellow out alll day..have a great week

  24. fabulous looking book.
    .-= Kathy´s last blog ..Spotted, Off Broadway! =-.

  25. Dr. Jackie says:

    I was thinking about that book, but was waiting for an expert endorsement. Since you provided one, can I now win the book?

  26. Melanie Gordon says:

    I’d love to win the book ..thanks πŸ™‚

  27. Pick me! Pick me! Oh, and I’m not an “aging hippie.” I’m just aging! LOL

  28. I’d love the book! I have four skeins of the Louet that would be perfect for the scarf!

  29. Please enter me in the giveaway! Thanks.

  30. Robin Fremer says:

    Oh my youngest will swoon over that long sleeved pullover- pick me! Pick me!!

  31. OH! I love the coffee cozee. So cute! I might just have to go buy one of those for myself. πŸ™‚ The book looks stunning too. I really like the scarf and pullover! I’d definitely want to try some of those patterns. πŸ™‚
    .-= Dana´s last blog ..The Bridges of Madison County- Robert James Waller =-.

  32. Love the cup cozee-cute and saves the environment. The book looks absolutely lovely too! =)

  33. Your knitting is always so beautiful.

  34. Wow that book looks amazing! Hope I win, although chances are slim to none! Have a good week!

  35. love the long sleeved sweater!

  36. annalilly says:

    Glad you had so much fun and have recovered some from wilting in the Florida heat/humidity! Reusable coffee cozies are a great idea, too. Count me in for the pretty book.

  37. Gorgeous book! The items you’ve highlighted for us are so stunning that I will definitely be getting a copy of my own should I not win this one. πŸ™‚
    .-= Genny´s last blog ..Huzzah – progress! =-.

  38. dawn in NL says:

    Hi Wendy,
    The book looks like an ideal addition to my meagre book collection!

    Love that photo of Lucy!

    Thanks for sharing both,

  39. It is a beautiful book – I love the ethereal look of the projects.

  40. Love the book – the cover sweater looks gorgeous – not that I could do it justice!!!
    Thanks for sharing!

  41. Ooooh! Pick me. That book looks full of pretties!
    .-= Jamie´s last blog ..gone =-.

  42. Domo arigato! Haiku book looks great.

  43. The coffee cozee is CUTE! I’m intrigued by the new book — the photography does look beautiful. I know Lucy is glad you are back home.

  44. Love to have the book!

  45. I would love the book also.
    .-= Debbie´s last blog ..I have been knitting =-.

  46. Glad you had a good time.

    Aging hippie?

  47. If the RNG selects me, I’d be glad to knit the scarf for my daughter πŸ˜‰

    Thanks again Wendy!

  48. oooooh! pickmepickmepickme! Sorry, that was obnoxious. (= The little teaser photos look gorgeous. I’d love that book.
    .-= Elizabeth´s last blog ..4 Down, 5 (6? 9?) to Go =-.

  49. Oh what beautiful patterns! Please, count me in for the draw. My friend would look lovely in the one on the front cover, if I don’t win yours I’ll have to hunt up the book when it comes out in Canada so I can knit it for her…

    p.s. Thank you for being so generous as to continuously give away your review copies. I suspect that your generosity is more appreciated than you may realize.

  50. I am finally beginning to see the reasoning behind a coffee cosy πŸ™‚ That is awesomely cute.

    From another hippy, aging disgracefully in my case πŸ˜€
    .-= Helen´s last blog ..Distracted =-.

  51. I love the knit on the cover. This would make a lovely early birthday present for me!
    Hint, hint…

  52. I would love to be counted for the knitting book. How kind of you to give it away!

  53. Love the cozy-I’m not the coffee drinker in the house but would like to know if a cozy would help absorb some of those little coffee drips?!! Not surprised you have such a clever and thoughtful friend as Aimee! (The knitted pile is intriguing!)
    .-= Cindy in FL´s last blog ..Home Routine =-.

  54. The scarf/stole looks lovely too!
    .-= Kim´s last blog ..Fools Gold =-.

  55. Nancy Pinn says:

    Please add my name to the list of those who would love to receive the book. Although I’m in the aging happy hippie category, I do have younger friends and a daughter who would love gorgeous in those patterns! This summer I crocheted cotton coaster-cozies for glasses. Maybe it’s time to turn those thoughts to coffee cup cozies!

  56. cecilia david says:

    Do you ever talk with a group of knitters? cecilia

  57. Nancy Pinn says:

    Please add my name to the list of those who would love to receive the book. Although I’m in the aging happy hippie category, I do have younger friends and a daughter who would look gorgeous in those patterns! This summer I crocheted cotton coaster-cozies for glasses. Maybe it’s time to turn those thoughts to coffee cup cozies!

  58. The cozee is adorable! The book, gorgeous.

  59. Ruth Schoof says:

    Sounds like fun!! Add me to the pot!

  60. Love the blog! Love the book! Never win, but I guess it won’t hurt to try again!

  61. PinkSkatingGirl says:

    That book looks fabulous! Thanks for offering it.

  62. Oh! Yes, that would be lovely…please count me in on the drawing. I love gorgeous photos … dreamy lace.
    And what a cute coffee cup warmer.
    .-= Knitnana´s last blog ..Ten Things I LOVE About Getting Older =-.

  63. Hi. Put me in the drawing too. Lovely book.

  64. love the pullover and the cardigan and the scarf – leads me to believe I’d like most things in the book!

  65. I just found your website thru you toe up socks book… it all! my kids and I , we were laughing at a Simpsons joke that included a haiku just yesterday (which led to our own haikus…)…….

  66. Lovely book – I’ve always wanted to try knitting with those Habu Textile yarns.

  67. The book looks interesting

  68. Absolutely! Sign me up πŸ™‚

  69. Thanks for including me, Wendy!

  70. Barb Edison says:

    Just a beautiful book! Love the sweaters and scarf. How’s Lucy girl doing? Gracie is just as gorgeous as ever! Have a good day!

  71. Fall must the the season for new knitting books. I just received Lily Chin’s “Tips and Tricks” and Kristen Nicholas “Color” book. Both are keepers!

  72. Sophie Kim says:

    Love japanese designs and would love to be included in the drawing

  73. I would love to have your review copy. I’m a fan of haiku, too. Thanks for the chance to win it!

  74. That book looks lovely! Please add me to the drawing! (And chin scritchies to Lucy)
    .-= Melanie´s last blog ..Autumn Leaves Cardi =-.

  75. The coffee cozies are such a clever idea!!! I really like it!! And this book is absolutely beautiful! I was in Japan last summer and I’ve been impressed my the elegance there. I would love to peruse that book!!! Thank you for the giveaway!!

    .-= Catherine´s last blog ..GΓ©nΓ©reuse Annette =-.

  76. It’s a lovely book! I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

  77. Yes, please.

  78. Count me in for the book drawing!

  79. I much prefer to think of this stage in life as just about reaching that “comfy” feeling you get after a couch or car is no longer in that fancy-new stage.

  80. Oh that book looks fab! I’ve got some kidlin that would love to be that pretty blue scarf/wrap. Same color even. Raising my hand like Horseshack! ooo ooooo! (the young ones are clueless about that reference I suppose!

  81. Love that Japanese style.

  82. Aging hippies unite. Would love the book and a coffee cozee for my tea- would that then be a tea cozee?? .

  83. What beautiful pictures! Love the shawl and if chosen I will gladly accept the book.
    .-= Linda´s last blog ..Chilly Weather =-.

  84. That book is gorgeous.

  85. Please throw my name in the hat. That cropped jacket looked quite interesting. I enjoy reading your blog.

  86. Oh! It is a very pretty! πŸ™‚
    .-= Lynnie´s last blog ..All Done. =-.

  87. I need it! I haven’t won anything yet, so I’m due!!

  88. Gorgeous book. My 20 year old daughter would look gorgeous in several of those knits. And, she’d be happy to let me knit them for her… πŸ™‚

  89. Ohh i LOVE flordia. I lived in Pensacola for a short while, when my ex husband was in the Navy and they had to pull my away kicking and screaming when he was transfrered to WV. I am a chicaogland girl so i loved the BEACH being 5 min from my house, and the lack of a winter. Glad i did leave before that horrible hurricae that hit Pcola though. I head the neighborhood i lived in was destroyed.

  90. We all love when you share! Thanks for the great opportunity for the book.

  91. What a great looking book! I would love to win this copy! Thanks for sharing.
    .-= Monika´s last blog ..Pause =-.

  92. I frequent the Habu store in NYC whenever I’m there. I’d love to have a reason to buy more of their lovely yarn. Please consider me for the drawing!

  93. Stephanie R says:

    I would love to have this book…I would give it to my sister for part of her Christmas present. She loves Asian styles and the projects look like they would be great on her. We live 900 miles apart but knit together by phone and e-mail when the phone bills get too high!

  94. I love the book and the short jackets.

  95. I am love with the jacket- wow, so lovely!

  96. Put me on the list – the patterns look great. I don’t know about wearing stainless steel however.

  97. jane wileman says:

    Hi never left a comment before, but the Haiku knits book looks absolutely gorgeous!! Thought I’d give luck a chance xx

  98. The book looks lovely. Count me in.
    .-= Natalie´s last blog ..Gail =-.

  99. I’m totally addicted to Habu, but limited by the posting fees to the Netherlands. I did love the shopvisit in NY. I would like to win the book !!

  100. Lovely book! count me in…