My current work in progress:

Kenmare, by Martin Storey, knit from Rowan Softknit Cotton, using 4mm and 4.5mm needles.


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. Shelley says:

    I would love to be entered to win the book. Thanks.

  2. Madeline says:

    Congratulations to Rachel on publication and thank you to Wendy.

  3. LisaD in upstate NY says:

    I devour novels that include knitting as a part of the story. I would love to win this book. How nice of her to offer and for you to handle it. Here’s hoping….

  4. CaroleP (ohio says:

    I haven’t read Rachael but, think now would be a good time to start. Especially if I win the book. Please put me in the barrell! It would make a nice b-day present for me this month, too.
    I’m also looking forward to your great shawls. Have so many on my list now I don’t know where to start. Read your blog everyday, even if it’s not new πŸ˜‰ Love shawls! Love knitting shawls! Love knitting them for myself eventually.
    Can’t forget, Love Miss Lucy!

  5. I’ve heard three reviews already, and it sounds like a winner!

  6. Deborah says:

    I would love it too! finally figured out how to leave comments again. its been awhile. i love the name of the book!
    hope lucy doesn’t eat books like my cat katie-bo does!

  7. Thanks for entering me in the drawing…

  8. I would love to win Rachel’s book. I’m faithfully reading your and Rachel’s blog since 2004.
    .-= Susan´s last blog ..Not Good News!!! =-.

  9. What a lovely name for a book!

  10. Alexandra says:

    Im really excited about Rachel’s new book and plan to purchase the kindle edition as well.

  11. Christina says:

    I would love a copy of Rachel’s book. Please enter me in the drawing.

  12. I’d love a copy of the book! Thanks.

  13. Best of luck to the author!!

  14. I would love the book!

  15. I’d love to win a copy of the book. Thanks to you and Rachel for your generosity.

  16. I just love a chance to win stuff, especially books! Thanks!!

  17. April Phillips says:

    I love a good knitting story! Count me in!

  18. Desiree Nicholls says:

    I think it is so nice that you always offer to do this for your readers. I would love the opportunity to read this wonderful book. Thanks for the chance.

  19. Just wondering how do you like your Kindle? I love a new book.

  20. Heck yeah! I also remember My Glass House… and I think she’s a total rock star! Can’t wait to read the book – if I don’t win it, perhaps the library will request it for me!
    .-= Jenni´s last blog ..Crazy =-.

  21. Love lace knitting and Estonian lace is fascinating! I would love a chance for the book.

  22. Deborah Myers says:

    I would like to read this book because it peaks a real interest in me. It would be great to have a copy of Rachael’s book. Thanks for the offer.

  23. Marsha Sussman says:

    Love novels with a knitting theme.


  24. Ruth Ann says:

    Sounds like a great spring break read. Please add me to your list. I have not been disappointed by any of your recommendations.

  25. Pensguys says:

    VERY cool!!! I heard her interview on Marie’s podcast!

  26. I’m glad to know that Rachael is as neat in person as on her blog! Looking forward to her book!!

  27. Thanks for the chance to win the book – it looks wonderful!

  28. This is on my must read list!

  29. Oh!! That sounds like a lovely book!! I am saving for the lace one, I do so enjoy reading the books dealing with the history of different forms of knitting. Do you really like your kindle. I have been thinking about one but like opinions on things I am not too familiar with.

  30. Sounds like a good book with love and knitting.Hope I have good luck and win IT.
    .-= nannyjean´s last blog .. =-.

  31. That book is definitely going on my reading list!
    .-= Allison´s last blog ..Wow. =-.

  32. I would love to read the book. Will also check out her blog.

  33. Ann Moore says:

    Would love the book. Thanks for our blog

  34. I’d love a chance to win, please enter me too. Thanks for all that you do.

  35. Please put me on the list!! Would love to receive this book.. Thanks.

  36. Both sound like great books…thanks for the chance to win Rachael’s!
    .-= twinsetjan´s last blog ..March Wisdom from Dr. Yarn =-.

  37. Sounds like a fun read!

  38. I can always use a new book, and I’ve been hearing such great things about this one!

  39. Anna Housholder says:

    I sure would like to have a copy, sounds GREAT!

  40. Lorraine C. says:

    I would love to get the book. I saw the Haapsalu shawl book at the yarn store this past weekend. It is amazing.

  41. Patricia Martini says:

    I would love a copy of the book….signed too would be even better…..

  42. Carol Perecman says:

    Sounds like a fun read! Count me in!

  43. Thanks for the chance!

  44. Cathy Goldman says:

    I need !!!!! this book. And congrats to Rachel! I too read her blog and her excitement is worth every word in her book.

  45. a new good book is like a new treasured skein of yarn!
    .-= turtle´s last blog ..A Bit of Farm Pimping =-.

  46. Sounds like a great new book!

  47. Toss my name in, also…please? I love a good love story!

  48. I do need some new reading material…

  49. Susan Voegtly "CintiSue" says:

    I love craft novels. It seems like the best of both worlds. So glad to hear a recommendation! Thanks!

  50. Linda Campbell says:

    If I don’t win it here, I will order it on Amazon right away.
    If Lucy likes it, I know I will too. LOL

  51. Everytime I’m at Target I look for it so I can take a picture and send it to Rachel to enter to win Cade’s sweater! I love her blog too–in fact, I think I might have found it through your blog…did you perhaps do a post on a cabled sweater of hers?

  52. Yay, you’ve pointed me in the direction of another knitting blog to add to my reader πŸ™‚
    *tosses name into the hat for a chance to win*

  53. Wow that sounds so exciting – a new book with a knitting theme. I’d love a copy.


  54. Awesome, a new author!

  55. I’d love to read her book!
    .-= Darlene´s last blog ..OH SO FUNNY FOR FRIDAY =-.

  56. Both books look wonderful!

  57. I love books that have knitting woven into the story.

  58. Sounds wonderful! Going on my list, too!

  59. I would love to get my hands on a copy of Rachel’s book…especially if it’s signed. If I don’t win…again (*sigh*)…guess I’ll just have to go to Amazon and buy a copy.

    Thanks to Rachel…and you, too, Wendy…for great blog writing. You have inspired me to begin my own this year and I’m enjoying it immensely!

    By the way, Wendy, I checked out Keri’s web site, found her bags for sale on Loopy Ewe, and DH bought one of the Petite KIPs for me. I LOVE, LOVE it!!! And I owe it all to you and your comments. See what an influence you have on people? (No pressure or anything. LOL)
    .-= Ruthie´s last blog ..It’s done but I’m not =-.

  60. I got misty just reading your memoirs~ “How to Knit a Love Song” is such a perfect title-crosses fingers, I’m so ready to lace! β™₯β™₯β™₯

  61. ooh! I want a book!

  62. I’d really like to get the book. I love her blog!

  63. Thanks for the contest – I just heard Rachael on Knitcast the other night, and the book sounds really fun!

  64. I would love to win Rachael’s book!
    Happy knitting, happy reading.

  65. How awesome! Thanks for doing this. I have this book requested at the library, but it’s going to be a while before it’s my turn. I can’t wait to read it!
    .-= knitmomma´s last blog ..And yet another contest… =-.

  66. myra Harrell Fleming says:

    Looks like some good reads, I never win anything…! Where’s the shawls? The suspense is killing me.

  67. Kathie Brownlee says:

    OK…I’d love to win

  68. Oh, I love knitting novels. Count me in!

  69. Jacqui Bennett says:

    Ooooh how lovely, a day of reading and relaxing πŸ™‚

    Wouldn’t mind a copy myself πŸ˜‰

  70. dawn in NL says:

    I read Rachael’s blog too, and would love to read her book. Going to have to buy it one of these days.

  71. Oh wow, a knitting love story! The reviews look good which means of course I must have this book and read it. Says she who has not touched Friday Night Knitting Club since it was gifted to her!

    That is a cute caption from Lucy.
    .-= Jocelyn´s last blog ..And now for something completely different =-.

  72. I would love to read that book, so please enter me πŸ˜‰
    .-= Karen S´s last blog ..Smaller and smaller… =-.

  73. Yes please, I’d love to win the book!

  74. Beverley says:

    I am in I would love a copy and must get a copy of the “lace” one as well.


  75. Diane Liebenthal says:

    Sounds like a wondderful book – thanks for the opportunity to win a copy.

  76. I would love to have a copy of Rachel’s book. Thank you and hugs to Lucy!

  77. I am always looking for a good read!
    .-= Sewbeads´s last blog ..Groundhog Day 2010 =-.

  78. Knitasha1968 says:

    Added Rachael’s book to my Amazon wish list but would love to win a copy.

  79. Ashley W says:

    I would love to win a copy! πŸ™‚

  80. Susan Sanders says:

    Just heard about her book and put on the wishlist πŸ™‚

  81. Kindle is great but a book in hand is so much better,

  82. Sign me up for a chance!

  83. Ooooh, Thursday’s gonna be a nerve-wracking day for me – winning this would take some of the sting out of it!

  84. I’d love a copy of the book – it’s on my wishlist as well!

  85. That is a fantastic title. I’d love to read it.

  86. Pat Kelley says:

    I would love to have a copy of the book. The next best thing to knitting is reading about knitting.

  87. I wonder if I can get these books for my Nook?

  88. I would love a new book to read and this looks fun. Congratulations, Rachel.
    .-= Laura´s last blog ..No Going Out in This =-.

  89. Robyn Russ says:

    Yes, please!

    Also, I meant to ask; what’s a wrist tag do/for?

  90. Sounds like a wonderful book. Definately on my to read list.

  91. How exciting! I’d love to read that book! Can’t wait to see the results of the shawl book, too! You make me want to knit lace!

  92. Sounds like a great book! Please enter my name in the contest.

  93. I just heard an interview with Rachael on Knitcast. It’s definitely a book I want to read!
    .-= Sandy Z.´s last blog ..No Gold Medal Winner Here =-.

  94. Fiction and knitting all in one? Sign me up!

  95. Congratulations to Rachael!
    .-= Patty Madrigal´s last blog ..Sugar Bombs =-.

  96. Yay for Rachael! I heard this reviewed on KnitmoreGirls and am excited at the prospects!

  97. Wendy- Let me just say, that Marsha and Louise at NABS are every bit as wonderful, and knowledgable in person.

    And congrats to Rachael on her publication.
    .-= Lorraine´s last blog ..Blue Monday =-.

  98. Connie G. says:

    Would love a copy of her book! Thanks for the opportunity to get it for free.

  99. Both books sound wonderful. I love the title “How to Knit a Love Song.” As I was coming into work this morning, I was thinking about one of the projects on needles in my home. It is a sweater for my daughter. I love knitting for her. It’s a special time when I can think about her, remember her as a child and enjoy her as an adult. The book title is an exact explanation of what I do when I knit for her! Thank you, as always, for sharing.

  100. I think it’s amazing how supportive knitters are to one another. Thank you Wendy for showing us again the sweet nature of this crafty group!!