My current work in progress:

Tawney Sweater,byΒ Jenni Barrett, knit from MadelineTosh Tosh Sock,Β using 3.25mm and 3.5mm needles.

Now We Are Eight

Eight years ago today, I starting blogging my knitting. While it seems like a million years ago, it also feels like it was just yesterday.

In honor of this auspicious occasion, if you leave me a comment and mention which of one my patterns available for sale in my Ravelry shop you might like to win, I will, throughout the weekend, arbitrarily and completely at my whim, send free copies of patterns to randomly selected commenters. Be sure you leave a valid email addy in your comment (email addresses are not displayed on the blog once the comment is published). Alternatively, if you tell me your Ravelry username in your comment, I can send the pdf as a gift through Ravelry.

This is for people who leave comments. Please do not email me. Please do not use the “Contact me” form from the link at the top of the page. To leave a comment, you must visit my actual blog (not respond to the entry emailed to you, should you be subscribed to my blog via email). Once at, if you scroll down to the bottom of the post, you will see a link that looks something like this:

Click on the link that reads “x Responses” and it will open up the single page for the post. You will then need to scroll all the way to the bottom of the page to see the form that you need to fill out to comment.

(All this “how to leave a comment” instruction might seem a little over the top, but every time I have a contest that requires the leaving of comments I get many, many emails from people who don’t know how to leave a comment.)


Here is the state of the project I showed you yesterday.

Ooh, a lace edging.

The yarn is Tilli Tomas Demi Plie. The color is “Natural.” I picked this up a couple of years ago when someone was having a great sale (kpixie, perhaps?) along with a pile of it in the Parchment colorway, which became a Hanging Garden Stole (a birthday gift for my sister-in-law — last year I think).

This yarn is 100% silk and has 290 yards to 50 grams, so it’s sort of a heavy laceweight. I love this yarn.

Oh, what is that an edging for?

You’ll see. It’s either going to look fabulous or be a monumental fail.

Have a great weekend! I hope to see a bunch of you at fibre space tomorrow.

Lucy sez:

“I’m staying home. And I guess this means that Momma will be late coming home tomorrow. Hmmmph.”


  1. Happy anniversary! I don’t know how long I’ve been reading but it has been a long, long time. Right around the time you got Lucy. I like Lady Bertram. Rav name is craftyland.

  2. Congratulations on 8 years! That is great and we have all benefitted from your sharing. Thank you.
    I love the circular shawls and I would choose Order to Chaos Circular Shawl.
    I wish you 80 more years of blogging!

  3. Love all your patterns. So hard to choose. I really like Miss Woodhouse Shawlette.
    I really enjoy your website, hope you continue to blog for a very long time.

  4. Dawn Draper says:

    Happy Blogiversary! I have just started knitting a pair of Laurel socks from the new book, and I’m loving it. I hope you continue to blog for many more years. If I were so lucky as to win in a random draw, I would love a copy of the Printemps Shawlette pattern. My Ravelry name is dawnlovesnoro.

  5. Kate/Massachusetts says:

    Congratulations on eight years! Has it really been that long? I think I’ve been reading your blog for a lot of it! As much as I’ve enjoyed your knitting adventures, I just have to say that I’ve loved Lucy more! She always makes me smile. Gothic Spires is a beauty that I would love to have – thanks for the chance to win it!

  6. Cynthia A says:

    Thank you so much for offering a pattern contest, and a very happy Blog anniversary!
    I would have to say that my favorite is your Argus Shawlette; it is just beautiful!

  7. Tanequil says:

    Congrats on eight years!!

    I’ve been loving your toe up sock books but I didn’t realize you designed shawls as well. Order to Chaos Circular Shawl caught my eye – that one would be a lot of fun to knit. I’m Tanequil on Ravelry πŸ™‚

  8. Happy Blogiversary!!!

    My favourite is Lady Bertram.

  9. Happy Anniversary! I have been reading your blog for about 2 years. I enjoy it a lot.
    I am not a cat person but I have become a fan of Lucy. My old Pup, Amy says Hi and she would never chase her. (that is because she can’t get up very fast anymore)

    I like all your patterns… it was a hard choice. I would love the Printemps Shawlette.
    Keep blogging!
    Your Blog Fan, Sheryl

  10. Wow! Has it been 8 years already? Happy Blogversery! Faro Easy is an awesome pattern that I don’t already own πŸ™‚

  11. As a lover of Jane Austen and many things British (can’t say all, seeing as how I have tasted black pudding) I would love Lady Bertram. On Ravelry I am josyknits. You must have influenced my choice of Rav names as you did my decision to try Henna. Love it, even though I my head smells like Pop Eye’s kitchen for a week.

    Happy Blogiversary!

  12. Cathy Smith says:

    You are always so generous! Happy Blog Anniversary; I’d love the Lucy Sock pattern

    Ravelry name: katydid1235

  13. I still love the Exonumist’s Shawl, at least half for the name πŸ˜€

    Cinnabars is my moniker on Ravelry
    .-= Constance´s last blog ..When you sing in choir =-.

  14. Happy Anniversary! Enjoy your blog and patterns.
    Like Projects for Leftover Sock Yarn

  15. Congratulations! I’m going to go with the Argus Shawlette pattern. It’s beautiful. Here’s to many more years to come, cheers!

  16. SusanInStatenIsland says:

    Hi Wendy — 8 years hardly seems possible. Seems like yesterday when we joked about finding Lucy’s pic on a button (was it some etsy seller??) and kidding about what she really does all day long while you’re at work. I’m knitting a sock from your first book today so it only seems fitting that I pop by the blog and wish you well. If you’re in the mood to send out a pattern to me, I’d love the Chevron Shawlette and Stole. Happy Thursday! Susan

  17. Happy 8th Anniversary! and many more to come. I love reading your blog and have enjoyed watching all the shawls develop. My favorite is Sandvik Faroese Shawl.
    My Ravelry name: SusanB-knits.
    .-= SusanB-knits´s last blog ..WIP Wednesday =-.

  18. I love the Chevron Shawlette/Stole – need a simple project for so interesting yarn.

  19. Happy happy Blogiversary!

    You mean, which of your patterns in your Ravelry shop that I don’t already OWN, would I like to win? Well, in that case, my dream pattern would be Order to Chaos, which I don’t have yet only because I have too many full-size shawls queued up already (mentally as well as on Ravelry) to justify another pattern purchase….but I love that one.

    And, as a bonus, by getting an updated look at your shop, I think I just got a sneak peak at one of my Spring Fling classes!

    CathyCake on Ravelry, BTW.

    Silk lace edging…before the rest of the project….fascinating. I am intrigued!
    .-= Cathy-Cate´s last blog ..First Flowers of Spring =-.

  20. Happy Blogiversary!!!! Not sure that’s how you would spell that but congrats!
    I love your patterns and have your books, now if I just had some more knitting time! I am always amazed by how much you accomplish in what seems like so little time. I couldn’t pick just one of your patterns so I will say the Seaside Shawlette (I have some perfect hand-dyed for that!) or the Faro Easy Shawl/Wrap- surprise me, should you choose me! Happy Spring! πŸ™‚

  21. Kathryn Sigman says:

    Happy 8th Anniversary! I love your patterns and have quite a few but, would really love to get your Talisman Shawl pattern! I am dangdoris on ravelry

  22. Kristi ~ Ohio says:

    Happy 8th Anniversary Wendy. I really enjoy your blog. It was the first blog I ever read. πŸ™‚ I would love to receive your Order To Chaos pattern. I am “queenbee1958” on Ravelry.

  23. patricia says:

    Happy blog birthday!

    I found your blog after reading your first book, Wendy Knits. I’ve enjoyed every day.

    My favorite (well, one of them) is the Seaside Shawlette.

    Thanks for having the contest!

  24. Congratulations. It just seems like yesterday, doesn’t it? I love the Order into Chaos circular shawl. Hope you keep blogging for many more years.
    .-= Dorothy´s last blog ..Pretty! =-.

  25. Happy Anniversary! I would love to receive the Box Leaf Wrap– or the Seaside Shawlette. You have so many!

    Ravelry name is ckamin

  26. Happy Anniversary! I would love to win the Order to Chaos Circular Shawl, it’s beautiful!

  27. Poor Lucy, she misses her Mama! So glad I found you blog a few months ago. I have been really enjoying it. I have really been contemplating the Chevron Shawlette once it gets too warm out this spring for big ol’ wool projects. Happy Knitting.

  28. MzMelly says:

    Feliz Ocho Aniversario! (with mucho more to come!!) I’d love the Chevron shawlette and stole! My Ravelry name is Mizmelly.

  29. Darla J says:

    Happy anniversary!! I’ve been reading for the last 3 years since I got back into knitting. My favorite pattern would be the Lady Bertram Shawlette. I’m Cookiejar on Ravelry.

  30. Congratulations on 8 years of blogging. Also congratulations on your new book. Just got my copy and it is great.
    If you should happen to draw my comment, I like Seaside.

  31. Hi! I am a longtime reader, but maybe not commenter. I love your Seaside Shawl, among others. I also love your sock book, which I have been learning a lot from.

  32. Congratulations on eight years!

    If I had to choose just one of your Rav patterns, it would be Argus. My ravname is amyers.
    .-= angela´s last blog ..Whee! =-.

  33. Tiffanie says:

    Leaving a comment is Faro Easy. But I really wish I were knitting an Exonumist’s Circular Shawl with a feline friend on my lap.

  34. Congratulations on your anniversary! Only discovered you a few years ago when I picked up knitting again and was bit by the sock obsession. I’d love to have the Seaside Shawlette. Thanks for your generosity. You are the best!
    LynnK on ravelry

  35. Ann Rose says:

    Happy Eight Years, Wendy! I wish I could recall when I started reading your blog, but the time has passed in a happy haze of yarn fumes, excellent instruction and exciting inspiration. I would love to try the Sandvik Faroese-style shawl.

  36. Ohhhh – I just LOVE giveaways! – never won one but still, you never know πŸ™‚

    I would love the Miss Woodhouse pattern, I keep drooling over it.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Happy knitting
    Ani (dippy2knit)

  37. Eight years seems like a great start. I love your blog, and Lucy just cracks me up sometimes.

    If I have to pick just one pattern from your Rav store, it would be the Exonumist’s Circular Shawl. I’m nearing the end of my first-ever circular shawl, and I think I’m addicted!
    .-= GeekKnitter´s last blog ..The Beginning Of The End =-.

  38. Happy Blog Anniversary! I’m sure gonna miss hangin’ with you at Spring Fling this year. Maybe next year! Seaside Shawl is my choice. They are all so beautiful and I’ve already bought several.

    Applesuzy on Ravelry

  39. Happy 8th whatever-a-versary!!

    I’m so into toe-up socks noe because I’d you and your fab books! I need to take a break from socks now and would love a copy of the new Chevron Shawlette and Stole pattern (for varieteh, y’know). I’m KarenGMT on Ravelry!

  40. Oooh, happy 8th blogiversery! You always have awesome giveaways…

    I like all of your shawls but my favorite is Ms Woodhouse Shawl.

    I’m YuLian on Ravelry

  41. Hi Wendy, and congrats on 8 years of blogging. Lucy must be exhausted from all that typing. I would love to try the Alana socks. BTW, am looking forward to knitting through Toe Up Socks for Every Body. I’m rhporter on Ravelry.

  42. mary Roach says:

    I love contests. My pick is the exonumist’s shawl. It’s a beauty!

  43. Happy Birthday!!! I love your Order to Chaos Circular Shawl, the spiraling pattern is beautiful.

  44. michelle says:

    You are definitely the most faithful blogger ever and the fact that you have been doing it for 8 years…..well, we should be giving YOU gifts. Thanks so much for all your inspiration and books and patterns and blogs. You help all of us be better knitters! I love all your patterns and even own some of them.(Miss Wodehouse and all three of your books.) If I had to pick right now, which I guess I do, I would pick Seaside. But I love them all. Thanks again for making knitting more accessible and more fun for all your readers.

  45. Congrats on 8 years! That’s amazing. You’ve been publishing so many great shawls lately that it’s hard to choose! I’d love the Lady Bertram shawlette though. It is so pretty and feminine! Plus, it doesn’t take much yardage as you knit it.

  46. Dolores R says:

    Congratulations on your blogiversary! May you have many more to come. I’ve been drooling over your Exonumist’s Circular shawl and not just because it’s done up in my favorite color – it’s exquisite. Give Lucy a few extra pettings tonight and let her know her fans said hello!
    (oldagestasher on Ravelry)

  47. Suzanne says:

    Wow. 8 years. I don’t remember what i was doing 8 years ago. Probably a blessing.
    I have had my eye on the Seaside Shawlette for a while now.
    Pick me! Pick me!

  48. Happy Blogiversary! I just went and looked up *all* your sock patterns on Ravelry πŸ™‚ I’ve seen a lot of new ones but not all of them. I love, love, love the Phoebus Apollo sock pattern. Gorgeous! Anyways, my Rav name is thekniftyknitter.
    .-= Melissa´s last blog ..Just Breathe =-.

  49. Congrats on 8 years! I’m knottyk on Rav and I like the Argus shawlette.
    .-= Karen´s last blog ..Whiskers on Wednesday =-.

  50. I love the Argus Shawlette (which I just queued). Happy blog birthday! (Rav name flanknits)

  51. Kathryn says:

    Congrats on 8 years! I love the Argus shawlette. It’s lace without being too frilly. Lovely!

  52. I love “Order to Chaos”! That appeals to my mathematical soul.

  53. KatherineR says:

    Happy Blog-versary!

    I would love to try Faro Easy (if anything can be easy. Ha!)

    My ravelry id is KatherineR

  54. Sandra D says:

    Happy 8th Anniversary! I think I found you at about the 5-6 year mark. About the same time I realized what blogging was, actually. Thanks for being there for knitting inspiration 5 days a week! I would enjoy knitting Faro Easy, and it’s a style I’ve been wanting to try. Many happy returns!

  55. Karen in Baltimore says:

    I think the Talisman shawl is spectacular.

    Happy eighth year anniversary! I hope there are many more to come.

  56. Joyce Laurie says:

    Hi! I’m jrlaurie at Ravelry and my favorite of your sock patterns that I don’t own yet is the Asparagus Cable Sock. Thank you for your generosity through the years. You have shared so much with all of us. It’s been fun to follow you, Lucy and your knitting,

  57. Happy Blog-iversary! I love the Lady Bertram Shawlette! I’m on Ravelry as QuiltLady63. Here’s looking to many more years — love the socks and lace patterns. One day, I’ll try a lacy socks pattern. πŸ™‚

  58. ruth hibberson says:

    Happy anniversary. I hope you keep blogging – I like the knitting and Lucy. I’d like the celtic frost mitten pattern. My user name at ravelry is emmaursula

  59. wow, 8 years! In blog years that’s more like 56 or something (or is that dog years….). Anyway. Congrats! And thank you for the giveaway – I really love your Argus shawl and would commit this gorgeous skein of madelinetosh to it. It would be a beautiful marriage!
    .-= Lori´s last blog ..i seem to be on some kind of roll =-.

  60. Happy 8th Birthday!
    I’d like the Celtic Frost Mittens.
    .-= Ida´s last blog ..My Dancing Sock and Yarn Update =-.

  61. I’d love to work on Miss Woodhouse! I’m mpifilms on Ravelry.

  62. Happy Anniversary! And thank you so much for sharing your creativity! I love all your patterns. I have had my eye on the Sandvik shawl for a while though. I am marilise on Ravelry. Thank you, and say hi to Lucy for me.

  63. Happy Anniversary! I love your Sign of Spring Socks! They are prefect for…well, right now. knittingstarfish on Rav.

  64. Happy Blogiversary sweetness! I hope you had a wonderful day πŸ™‚ I for one would be happy to win your Exonumist’s Circular Shawl pattern, it’s divine.

  65. Happy Anniversary!! Hopefully there will be many more to come!

    marydear on Ravelry is very interested in Projects for Left Over Sock Yarn…funny how many little midget balls of yarn I have acquired since learning to knit socks!
    .-= Mary´s last blog ..Spiders! =-.

  66. Congratulations on 8 years…my how time flies. I love Lucy.
    Ravelry name: janjet coveted pattern: Order to Chaos

  67. Suzanne says:

    Congrats on 8 years. My pattern choice would be Seaside Shawlette, it is beautiful.

  68. Happy Anniversary! Reading your blog helped inspire me to pick up the needles again after a hiatus of several years. Thank you! If I had to choose, I’d go with the Argus shawlette and my Ravelry name is demetrice. Looking forward to many more years…

  69. Wow! Eight years is a lot! Congratulations! You’ve got a couple of years on me, too. Mine will be 6 in June.

    BTW, I like the Sandvik shawl. Beautimous!
    .-= Sandy Z.´s last blog ..Bits & Pieces =-.

  70. Happy 8th! If i was to win one of your patterns it would be the Faro Easy shawl. I am still looking for the perfect shawl to knit.
    Give Lucy a skritch from me!

  71. Congrats on 8 years of blogging. Lady Bertram is my favorite pattern. My Ravelry username is Waunaknit.
    .-= Amy´s last blog ..Week 13 Stash Report =-.

  72. Happy Blogiversary!
    You were there for me when I started knitting socks. sigh.
    I would have commented despite the contest, so I have no idea which pattern I would want.
    .-= Ann in CT´s last blog ..Schleppy Sweater: More Whining About Math & Measuring =-.

  73. Happy blogBirthday to you! I, for one, am glad you’ve hung in there so long. Reading about you is always a nice 5 mins or so of my day. And of course the pics of Lucy are a very important part of every day!!

    Did you know I actually found your blog *after* finding your first book? That’s unusual for me since most of my life is lived via interwebs.
    (my rav nick is unrooly, in case I actually get randomly picked!)

  74. Congrats on your 8 year anniversary. I have a lot of leftover sock yarn so I would like the Projects for Leftover Sock Yarn pattern if I’m one of the lucky winners. I am alaskagirl on ravelry.

    Hi to Miss Lucy.

  75. Michele says:

    Congrats on 8 years!! Wish I could say I’ve been reading all that time but I only discovered your blog last year and I’ve enjoyed it ever since. I’m packratknitter on Rav and I would love to knit Seaside Shawl. Congrats to Lucy, too – love seeing her on the blog, too:)

  76. Congratulations on eight years. I like the sandvik shawl. and I am TheFiberArtist on ravelry.
    .-= Anita´s last blog ..No Gold For Me =-.

  77. Congratulations on eight fun filled years! Everything I learned about sock knitting (my major vice now – sad but true) is from your blog, free patterns, instructions, et al. You are the ultimate enabler and I will be eternally grateful. I might even try lace, though I’m tempted to wait for the lace book to come out – imagine it has shawls, stoles, socks and other lace patterns that you are working while everything thinks you might actually be sleeping.

    I did purchase one of the shawlette patterns for my mother (Seaside I think), but I like Miss Woodhouse myself.
    bshipper on Ravelry

    PS – bring back the cafepress tchotckes!

  78. Happy Anniversary, Wendy! I would so love to win a copy of your Sandvik Faroese Shawl, but I would be happy with any of the Shawls! I am yellowladybug on ravelry.

  79. Wow, eight years of dedicated blogging! Thanks so much for all of the lovely knitting that you have shared with us.

    I love the seaside shawlette! I’m doglover on Rav.

  80. Happy Anniversary! I’ve really enjoyed reading your blogs over the years. I’m glad that Miss. Lucy gets to stay home and enjoy the view from her own window =) I really like your Chevron stole/shawlette pattern. My ravelry id is jeannes. Thanks for all your generous impulses!

  81. I’ve been following you for the past 6 years, thanks for all the good knitting entertainment and inspiration!

    My favourite is the Miss Woodhouse Shawlette πŸ™‚

    Happy blogaversary!! And give Lucy a hug too!
    .-= Helene´s last blog ..Sokker =-.

  82. Patty D says:

    I would love the Seaside pattern. congrats on 8 years – quite impressive.

    Raverly is ncmomof3

  83. Happy Anniversary, Wendy! I look forward to your blog posts every day (and the pictures of Lucy!). It’s hard to choose but I think I’d like Gothic Spires if it’s available. Or Chevron. All your patterns are great!
    .-= Michele Corbeil´s last blog ..Spring Green Dots Project Bag Set =-.

  84. Tonya Millett says:

    Congratulations on 8 years! That is great and we have all benefitted from your sharing. Thank you. If I was to win one of your patterns it would be the Faro Easy shawl. I am still looking for the perfect shawl to knit. My Rav ID is Craftygurl

  85. Crystal says:

    Happy Anniversary blog! 8 years is a long time, congratulations on keeping it up!

    I had a tough time deciding between your Printemps Shawlette, and your Seaside Shawlette. Then I saw Order of Chaos, which is just amazing. So, I’m choosing Order of Chaos Circular Shawl.

  86. Congrats on 8 years! I’ve enjoyed reading about you and your fuzzy kitty. I’ve been on a shawl kick and I’d love the Argus Shawlette.

    yarnho924 on ravelry

  87. HAPPY BLOG-AVERSARY. I especially love Argus today… tomorrow, who knows. I love just watching your progress.

  88. Kathleen says:

    Happy Anniversary, Wendy! Eight years is a long time in the computer world. My favorite pattern of yours on Ravelry is for the left-over sock yarn. I am MadameKnits there. Your sock books are practically like another member of my family. They are on the dining table, or the coffee table, or my bedside table πŸ™‚ As my progress is about one sock per month, I beg you, don’t tempt me with any more amazing designs! I’ve got enough sticky notes in your books to last me for about two years!

  89. Oh seaside shawlette for sure.

  90. Yea for 8 years and hoping there will be many more. I love your Lady Bertram Shawlette and would be honored to be gifted the pattern. I’m WyoNana on Ravelry. Congrats again to you and Lucy!

  91. Hi Wendy, I just want to wish you Happy Blogversary! 8 years – wow. I love your socks (have a Socks from the Toe up signed by YOU) and have your newest on order – should be here any day – yupie. I have never tried a shawl/stole but I really like your Sandvik Faroese Shawl. Looks like something I could do. I am known as DawnLee on Ravelry.

  92. Eight years?

    Seems that it was just eight months ago since I followed Kitty Pi links and discovered your nest on the net!

    I’m TinaRose on Ravelry and would like Faro Easy, please. Perfect shawlette to to gift my mom on Mother’s Day using the alpaca my sister gave me after she met the Alpaca who contributed it’s fleece for the shawlette.

    Mom doesn’t like shawls, however with her cold shoulders… I think this will be perfect. Maybe if I call it a scarf……

    also can be found at not(DOT)rckt(DOT)scienceATgmail(DOT)com

  93. I love the Argus shawl…. but I like Miss Woodhouse too! On the off chance you pick me I love to be surprised.

    My name is Nestra on Rav

  94. Happy blogoversary!

    I love love love the seaside shawl!

    I’m pskeel on ravelry.

  95. Happy Anniversary!!…….what fun……something to celebrate!

    I would love a copy of the Seaside Shawl…… you can tell from my website I love the ocean! I also read the description and it’s says it’s an easier pattern and I’m a new knitter. I’ve only made one lace shawl and am working on 2 more although they don’t have as much lace as the first. I’m on ravelry as “symonangel”. much gratitude for the opportunity!

  96. Happy Anniversary! I found your terrific website after I purchased your “Socks From The Toe Up”, which I just love. I read your blog regularly and enjoy Lucy’s “comments”. πŸ™‚ I’ve not yet knit a shawl….just started a “dishcloth shawl” just to wear in the recliner. But oh how I’d love to knit your “Faro Easy” to use at the office to ward off out-of-control air conditioning this summer! I think my friends at work would be quite impressed. My Ravelry name is “Cricket54”, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed. Have a wonderful weekend!
    .-= Cricket54´s last blog ..Feather and Fan Scarf =-.

  97. Deborah says:

    happy birthday to wendy and lucy!!!! my dog is jealous!!!

    love the patterns for leftover sock yarn

  98. Kathleen R says:

    Happy bloggiversary!

  99. Mary Beth says:

    Congratulations on eight years and thanks for your blog, patterns, and books. Very informative and entertaining.

    I really admire the Exonumist Circular Shawl.

    Thanks for the chance.

  100. Happy 8th Anniversary! I love the Seaside Shawl. I also love the yarn you used for it. Give Lucy some lovin’s from me!