My current work in progress:

Stornoway, designed by Alice Starmore from her book Fishermen’s Sweaters, knit in Frangipani 5-ply guernsey wool in the Aran colorway, on a 3.0mm needle.


Yesterday was a very-little-knitting day, but it was a good book day!

Exhibit A:

I received a copy of Haapsalu Shawl, A Knitted Lace Tradition from Estonia. I purchased my copy from The Needle Arts Book Shop (here’s the link to the book for sale there). They are lovely to deal with — wonderful customer service and fast shipping.

The book is magnificent. Yeah, it’s expensive, but if you are into lace, I think it is worth every penny. It’s about the history of Estonian lace knitting. There are many many great photographs and illustrations. While there are no patterns for knitting shawls, there is a lot of explanation of how the traditional shawls are constructed and a huge stitch dictionary of the lace stitches used. Wow. Just . . . wow.

Exhibit B:

Speaking of wow, you probably know that our own dear Rachael has published her first novel, How to Knit a Love Song.

I call her “our” Rachael because she is a member of the knit-blog family. I’ve been reading her blog forever (I remember when it was called “My Glass House”). She is one of the “old-school” knit-bloggers from way back when there were only a handful of us.

I’ve had the pleasure of meeting her a couple of times and can assure you that Rachael is as delightful and genuine in person as she is on her blog.

So you’ll excuse me, I hope, for being a little misty on the occasion of her first book coming out. I remember back when she was an aspiring writer and I’m so proud of her and so freaking happy to see her well-deserved success.

Rachael very kindly signed a copy for me and sent it to me (and I’ll confess to you that I also bought the Kindle edition so I can read it on the go as well). I’ve started reading it and I’m loving it.

Rachael has offered a second copy to one of my readers. And I’m betting if we ask nice, she’ll sign it, too. If you’d like to be entered into the drawing for How to Knit a Love Song, leave a comment to this entry by 4:00pm Eastern time this Thursday, March 11. The Random Number Generator will select a lucky recipient.

Lucy sez:

“Hey, Digit’s momma wrote this book!”


  1. another great book…yipee…you have it on the Kindle tooo….I love my Kindle..have a good day Lucy

  2. Wow! You folks are so talented!

  3. Thanks!
    .-= Jane´s last blog ..Meet Joanne From Ready, Set, Craft =-.

  4. Our cats say to send it here!

  5. I would love to have this book! How very exciting for Rachel! And us too, of course.

  6. Sounds like a good book and I will have to check out her blog.

  7. Maureen Chandler says:

    Winning Rachel’s book would be just lovely! Thanks so much for the chance! Maureen

  8. Interesting title.
    I’d love to win a copy of this one.

    Hugs to Lucy – the fluffy little sweety.
    .-= Gerry´s last blog ..Vintage Child’s Prayer Book =-.

  9. I’d love a copy of this book. I hope I win.

  10. Stephanie Ratte says:

    Please be nice to me random generator

  11. Crystal says:

    I just read the description of this book, and it sounds wonderful! Totally my kind of book! I wish Rachel the best of success with this and her future books.

  12. evelyn Macway says:

    The book sounds great. I would love to have a copy!

  13. Mandy Sadler says:

    I would love a copy of this book.

  14. Would love to win a copy of this book. The cover is wonderful!

  15. Please enter me in the drawing for Rachel’s book. I love romance novels and knitting, so it should be fun to read her book.

  16. Stephanie says:

    It looks so sweet – I’m putting it on my to buy list!

  17. peggy c says:

    Isn’t it amazing how many great knitting books continue to be published? I love it!

  18. Please enter my name for the drawing for the book. Thank you. Your blog brightens every day and Lucy – no words can describe her personality!

  19. Maybe this time I’ll be lucky

  20. Patty D says:

    My favorite kind of books are knitting books. Please enter me!

  21. Robin May says:

    I’m in — sounds like a great read!

  22. wow this is wonderful! Please include me. thanks!
    .-= Claudia´s last blog ..Finished =-.

  23. PLEEEEEze pick me! I figure if the book is as good as the blog, it’s a winner!

  24. I for one almost hope I don’t win, because I think I remember Rachel mentioning the books would be at Target, and I wanted to buy it. But I would LOVE a signed copy, so if i win I’ll keep that and buy a copy for my mom!
    Rachel seems so sweet and … *thinks* Bubbly. And I mean that in the best possible way.
    .-= Jadielady´s last blog ..And the voting is closed! =-.

  25. Wow, now I’ve got 2 more books that I want to read. The list just keeps getting longer and longer.

  26. Oh I would love Rachael’s book – it sounds like just what I need to encourage me through the days to come.

  27. My Glass House! Go Rachael!
    .-= Mags´s last blog ..The Year in Review, continued. =-.

  28. I’d love to win! πŸ™‚

  29. I have only recently signed on to receive your daily posts. Great fun to see all of the shawls that you are “cranking” out. I am working on my first shawl….a gift for a friend in Maine…..MUCH counting involved here! But, I am enjoying it and will make more. I can’t believe how fast you are making them. Also, the kitty looking for mistakes is very helpful….my dogs only help me to make mistakes! Please throw my hat into the ring for the book!

  30. Robin Diebold says:

    I would love to win a copy. Thanks for the chance to win one.

  31. Oh boy would I love to win that book — just the cover has me “ready to read”.

    Scritches to Lucy please πŸ™‚

  32. Therese says:

    Who doesn’t need a good book after a gnarly float on the frog pond…the perfect de-stresser!

  33. You’re turning me into a lace knitter!

  34. Suzanne says:

    Oh my, I remember when she had My Glass House. I had forgotten all about that.

    I would love to read her book but either way, I will be reading it in the future.

  35. Cheryl Nickel says:

    Oh, I love knitting books…..non-fiction as well as fiction! I hope I win the new book. Thanks Wendy!!

  36. Count me in. I’ve love to win a copy.
    .-= Beverly´s last blog ..Yarn Parade =-.

  37. Linda from Kansas says:

    I added it to my B&N Ewish list for my nook.

  38. Count me in for a knit lit. book, gotta love’em!
    .-= tammy pell´s last blog ..Colors =-.

  39. I’d love to read it, may get it on my kindle so I can read while knitting!

  40. Would like to win the copy, please count me in.
    .-= tammy pell´s last blog ..Colors =-.

  41. Ray Janikowski says:

    Thanks again and as alway for an opportunity to win a copy of the book.

  42. Pick me!

  43. Denise in Ohio says:

    Come on random number generator, come on……

  44. Linda L. says:

    Congratulations on the new book, Rachael. I would love to read it.

  45. How to Knit a Love Song – ooooo doesn’t that just sound delightfull!!!! I like signed books – “Sock on!” sound familiar?

  46. Corinne in CA says:

    I would love to read Rachael’s book. I don’t know her yet, but a recommendation from Wendy is good enough for me!

  47. Book, Book, Book. I am going to have to get a copy. The teasers Amazon had were too much fun.

  48. I haven’t been able to knit for weeks because of a sore hand. I’d love a good story about knitters to pass the time!

  49. Kathleen says:

    I would love to win a copy of the book. Thank you.

  50. Please put me in the drawing. Thanks!
    .-= Lynn´s last blog ..Breathing: it’s not just for breakfast anymore! =-.

  51. Bridget R says:

    I’ve been reading her blog almost as long as I’ve been reading this one. Congrats…

  52. Jessica Peled says:

    Ooooh..I hope the random generator picks me!!!!

  53. I, too, have been reading Rachael’s blog for a long time but not as long as you have. She writes in such a way that you feel you know her even if you’ve never met her.

  54. I love it! I never thought of Digit in that way Lucy!!

  55. I just read about Estonia Lace and thought I’d love to have it (can’t afford it right now) (maybe the easter bunny will bring it) and I devour knitting fiction books. Please Mr. number generator . . . Thanks Wendy for not letting me knit alone! . . . love and hugs to Lucy

  56. I’d love a copy of her book and I’m heading to her blog right now.

  57. Colleen says:

    I’ll end up with both books some day, I’m sure, but this is a good an opportunity as any! Thanks for being so generous!

  58. Christina says:

    I, too, used to read Rachael’s blog when it was called My Glass House. Great giveaway — thanks to both of you!

  59. Thanks Wendy and Rachel!

  60. yarnbeans says:

    I’ve been reading Rachael’s blog for years and I’m just so happy for her!

  61. Iris M. Giuliani says:

    I love anything in knitted lace even books.

  62. Melissa says:

    sounds like a great book – please enter me in your drawing!!

  63. I would love to win a copy of the book to help me get started reading it sooner!

  64. As much as I love Lucy (and Chaos and May), Digit is my most favorite blog-cat, because how many cats actually return from the dead???
    .-= janna´s last blog ..Harbingers of Spring (and a knitting-related question) =-.

  65. David's Mom says:

    Sounds like a great book. Would love to have a copy.

  66. Barbara Stern says:

    Heard from Heather Ordover that this book is terrific. Please enter me in the drawing.

  67. Kathy L. says:

    I have been a huge fan of Rachael for a couple of years now. I would love to win a copy of her book!
    Thank you!!

  68. Ruth Schoof says:

    Please throw my name in the pot. Always looking for a new read, especially a knitting read! Thanks!

  69. I’d love to read this book! thank both of you for offering this give away.

  70. Add me to the pot too. I am loving all your shawls.

  71. linda-kay says:

    Wendy – thanks to you and Rachael, for the opportunity to win her book. But just in case I’m gonna put it on my Amazon wishlist too!

  72. debra davis says:

    Would love to win the book. Just saw it recently and it’s on my short list. Love your blog!

  73. Julia B says:

    Would love to read Rachael’s book. Thanks for the chance.

  74. Oh yes, I would love a copy. Sign me up!

  75. I’ve enjoyed your book recommendations in the past, so I’d love to receive a copy of Rachel’s book. Thanks to you both for making it available!

  76. I want this book soooooooooooo bad. I love to read knitting novels.

  77. Mallory says:

    I would love a copy of this book. It sounds super interesting!

  78. Mary Beth says:

    Thank you for the chance and also for the lace book recommendation.

  79. I look forward to reading a book from a real knitter.
    .-= LoriAngela´s last blog ..Aloha =-.

  80. Yes, I’d love this book! I hope the random number generator likes me this time! Thanks.

  81. Please, random number generator, pick me! I would love that book!
    .-= Colleen´s last blog ..Valerie’s Tallit =-.

  82. I’m the 7th person (of 7 so far) on the reserve list at the library.

    Thus I would love to receive a preview book.


  83. Edna Lum says:

    Thanks for letting us know about Rachel’s new book.

  84. Suzzanne Lawrence says:

    I would love to have a copy!

  85. Me, me, pick meeeeeee!

  86. It sounds like such a lovely book!

  87. Heather says:

    I’d love the book, too! It’s already on my wishlist!

  88. I would love the book. I saw it at Borders last week but hadn’t purchased it yet. I had no idea that she had a blog but now will have to read that too.

  89. I would love to win the book.

  90. Any book about knitting has got to be a winner in my book πŸ™‚

  91. Deborah says:

    Congratulations to Rachael on her book.

  92. BobbinKnit says:

    I could really used a new good read. Crossing my fingers.

  93. Teresa C says:

    Looks like a good book.

  94. I would love a copy of this book πŸ˜€ Thanks!

  95. Cynthia says:

    Would love to read this book!

  96. Sheila Langworthy says:

    Those that can, write, those that can’t comment on blogs to try to win a copy of a wonderful book that one who could did! Take care

  97. Love reading. Love knitting. Would love to have this book!

  98. Sarah/Scienceprincess says:

    I would like a copy of Rachael’s book, please, please, please, nice random number generator.


  99. Henrycat says:

    I will have to check out Rachael’s blog. Her new book looks intriguing! And that gorgeous shawls book sounds amazing.

  100. knitopia says:

    Would love to read Digit’s mamma’s book!