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 birthday, you don’t look a day over seven!

    I’m Whatstash on Ravelry; I’d love a copy of your beautiful Argus shawllette !

  2. Happy blogiversary! Thank you for sharing your wordsmithery and knitting skills.

    Were I fortunate enough to receive a free pattern, my first choice would be the Miss Woodhouse Shawlette.

  3. Happy blogiversary Wendy! And to think that you gave US a gift with your new book πŸ™‚

    If I should be so lucky on the pattern front, it would be the Exonumist’s Circular Shawl!

  4. Hello and Happy Blogiversary..
    I would love to win the Lady Bertram Shawlette pattern
    I am Milai on Ravelry.
    Thanks for the chance…
    Ooooo…Pretty Lace!

  5. Cherie Maxson says:

    Congratulations, Wendy, on 8 years! I read your blog every day it comes out—and enjoy it! My Rav name is Cheryarn, and I like your Exonimous Shawl—lovely!

  6. Happy Anniversary! Today is my 32nd wedding anniversary. The day we married it was 91 degrees and I wore a winter wedding dress. In celebration, today’s weather honored us with nearly 80 degree temps.

    I hope your blogging makes you as happy as my marriage made me. Many more years.

    If I were to be picked, I’d like Exonumist’s Circular Shawl. Have a blessed day.

  7. Happy Anniversary! Have just been following you for a short while but love your book, Toe Up Socks. It has been a huge help to me in knitting socks, of which I have finished 5 pair this winter!!!! On Ravelry I am yarnygrl. Thank you!

  8. Barbara Stern says:

    Hi Wendy,
    Congrats on 8 years of blogging. It’s a pleasure to follow your adventures!
    I love your Chevron Shawlette and Stole and would love a copy. I recently completed your Argus Shawlette and it was quite fun to knit.
    I’m on Ravelry as Babsknits17.

  9. Congratulations!! And I would love Faro Easy, too. It seems to be so very popular! And I am Pumpkinknitter on Ravelry, faithfully reading you now for several years.

  10. Jenny Heard says:

    Congrats. I love your blog and both of your books. I’ve made several socks from the first toe up book. My favorite pattern that I don’t have is Red Brick Road, simple but elegant and in sport weight yarn.

  11. Quiltnut says:

    I am Quiltnut851 on Revelry….and I love your blog/newsletters. Keep it up and congratulations of eight wonderful years.

    If I am picked I would like the Β© Wendy D. Johnson Sandvik Faroese Shawl. Everything that you do is lovely….I would take anythings. Thanks again.

  12. Catherine says:

    Congrats on 8 years! And even more on having a wonderful kitty likey Lucy!

    My ravelry name is KittyCatKnit and I would love to get the Sandvik Faroese Shawl pattern! I can wear it in my friend’s wedding in August.

    Thanks so much and congratulations again!

  13. ooh! I love your order to chaos shawl. I’ve never tried a circular shawl and think it would be a fun and challenging knit! Happy 8!

  14. Barbara says:

    I’m Catsknitfish on Ravelry. I really enjoy your blog! Chevron shawlette and stole would be my favorite choice…except for that ‘Like Butta’ thing you have going at the moment! Congrats on 8 years..! Thanks!

  15. knittingdigits says:

    Congratulations! I’m enjoying your sock books but a shawl/shawlette could be next. All of yours are lovely but I think the Miss Woodhouse Shawlette looks like the one I would be best able to tackle.
    Knittingdigits is my ravelry name too.

  16. Heather says:

    Happy Anniversary! I’d love Miss Woodhouse. Iam2faboo on Rav. πŸ™‚

  17. Freya in Californeya says:

    Since I already purchased your “Order to Chaos” pattern, if I am randomly selected, then, I would like the “Exonumist’s Shawl” pattern. OH, I also lurve your latest book and have several pairs marked to make, PRONTO! πŸ™‚

  18. Barbara says:

    Oh, yeah, and Gothic spires…wonderful!

  19. Sarah/Scienceprincess says:

    The next pattern of yours I would like is the Sandvik Faroese Shawl. I’ve just done two variations of your Argus Shawlette and would like to knit more of your patterns. My screenname on Ravelry is Scienceprincess.

    Thanks for the patterns and your blog.

  20. cydney yerushalmi says:

    I love all the shawls, but you did one in a heavier weight that was lovely and would be nice and warm in the frigid Florida winters we’ve been having. I don’t remember my ravelry name but it’s probably Cydneyjo. Can’t find the book with all my passwords in it.

  21. Corinne in CA says:

    Happy 8th Anniversary, Wendy!

    I’ve been drooling over your Seaside Shawl pattern, so that is the one I dream of winning …

    Rav name is LadyJudith

  22. Oh, I am so excited to see your blog today! I actually just cast on my first toe up sock today thanks to a wonderful friend that helped me get going. I purchased your book over the weekend, read through it, and was ready to go today. I love it!!!

    My ravelry name is Beewing and I would love to win the pattern called Twisted Bits socks.

    Thanks for all the inspiration. πŸ™‚

  23. Congratulations on Eight Years! I’ve loved your blog since I started knitting again in 2006. I got interested when you were going through one of your shawl knitting periods and have loved watching the development of a sock pattern designer, as well as your other fabulous projects. I’d love to get a copy of your Exonumist’s Circular Shawl.
    .-= Ebony´s last blog ..Finished Projects =-.

  24. I love your Lady Bertram shawl and would love a copy! Happy blogiversary Wendy!
    .-= boutrosbabe´s last blog ..Growing the Business =-.

  25. Hey Wendy.
    I haven’t been following you for 8 years, but WOW….I certainly admire your prolific knitting ability.
    I have all of your sock books…love the toe-up socks. Now you’ve gotten me hooked on shawls, so I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE any of your shawl patterns. You can totally surprise me with one of the shawl patterns, or if the most recently completed Gothic Spires is available…and I should happen to be the lucky ‘pick’…. well I’m just sayin’ I wouldn’t turn it down!
    I’m ‘autumngirl84’ on Ravelry.

  26. Madeline says:

    Congratulations! The Lady Bertram shawl is my favorite. Thank you!

  27. Wendy, I drool over all your shawlette patterns. Never done any lace work, but I would love love love to. I need a shawlette pattern that would be good for a very beginner lace knitter and one you don’t have to knit with yarn the size of spider webbing. ( I can’t even begin to hold that) . So, I will leave the pattern choice up to you, the professional. I love all your patterns and keep up that wonderful blog.
    My ravelry name is redheadyaya.

  28. Gave your 1st toe-up sock book to my daughter – so far she has finished 3 pair and is a lace convert. I’ve recently had my eye on the Argus Shawlette – thinking of making it for my sister. (I’m Rebw12 on Rav)

  29. noallatin says:

    Happy Blogiversary and may you have many more.

    I really like your Talisman shawl and I’d love to get that pattern. Thanks for sharing. My Rav name is noallatin.

  30. Congrats! You have made the past 6+ years really enjoyable for me. This is so very hard to choose. I love them all. Miss Woodhouse, Lady Bertram and the Chevron Stole are among my very favorites. My ravelry name is sheryl.

    Thanks and happy anniversary!

  31. Congratulations! I would love to knit a shawlette for beginner but can’t decide which one I would want the Seaside or Miss Woodhouse. So if I’m lucky enough to get picked, I’ll let you decide. Thanks! I’m mparker32 on ravelry.
    .-= Michelle´s last blog ..One parting shot… =-.

  32. Wendy,
    Congratulations on 8 years of blogging. I have only been following your blog for the past 2 + years. May you continue to blog for years to come.
    I love the “Seaside Shawl”. I am Lulynn on Ravelry.

  33. Hi Wendy! Congrats on eight years of blogging! I’m bobbilicious on ravelry, and my favorite pattern of yours is the faro easy shawl.

  34. Happy Anniversary! If I were to be lucky enough to win one of your beautiful patterns, I would like Lady Bertram Shawlette. I loved your Order to Chaos circular shawl pattern!
    .-= dobarah´s last blog ..More HPKCHC classes done! =-.

  35. How nice of you to give the present on your anniversary. I love all your shawl patterns and already purchased several (which makes picking one to request easier). I’d love the Lady Bertram,

  36. Karen W. says:

    Hi Wendy,

    So you began your blog on April Fools’ Day in 2002 – a very good year but an ‘easy out’ if it hadn’t gone well. I can’t imagine having to come up with something new and exciting to talk about each and every day – especially since it would cut into my knitting time. πŸ˜‰ Happy 8th Anniversary! Love the Talisman Shawl pattern, and I could certainly use/need more luck or lucky charms in my life.

  37. Wendy Dunn says:

    Hi Wendy…Happy Eighth Anniversary, and many more !!

  38. Marietta says:

    I really love your Seaside Shawl – – – it’s a really interesting set of lace patterns. It’s just so pretty.
    My e-mail:
    My Ravelry name: knitknurse

    I also love your blog – it’s definitely one of the best !!

  39. Wendy (too!) says:

    From one Wendy to another, congratulations! I would love to try Sandvik. It looks like a beautiful challenge!


  40. Happy anniversery
    I love all you pattersn but the Argus shawlette is my favourite. My Ravelry name is
    one2knit. I love reading your blog daily πŸ™‚
    Have a great weekend
    .-= Lynne´s last blog ..Kate McKenzie πŸ™‚ =-.

  41. I would love to have your argus or any of your shawls that can be done with one skein of sock yarn.100g.(its my first so maybe the easiest one). I want to knit it for my mil who is 84 and freezes when its 100 degrees. or suzi4554 on ravelry. Happy anniversary and thanks for all you do for us.

  42. Thank you for your blog – me and my husband are currently posted overseas (South Korea) and so it’s nice to get some knitting news in my inbox daily! Almost all my socks are made from your patterns – I try other construction techniques, but always end-up converting to your toe-up, slip stitch heel format. I can’t wait to try your cable-style patterns in your new book. Thanks!

  43. oops – ‘abijtaylor’ on Ravelry (above post)

  44. Oooh if I randomly won I’d love to get my hands on the Order to Chaos Circular Shawl

    My ravelry name is blueyedwench.
    .-= Nicole´s last blog ..Leafy scarf =-.

  45. I am in love with your Exonumist’s Circular Shawl. I think it is glorious. My rav name is emmasee100. I really am enjoying your shawls, and watching your growth as a designer.

  46. Kim L-h says:

    1st of all— HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY!!!! I’ve enjoyed reading your blog and I love your books too! I admire how prolific you are & of course… I think that Lucy is precious and adorable ; ) It was a very hard decision, but I think that I like your Argus Shawlette the most. They are all beautiful! Happy Easter!

  47. Eight is my favorite number! Congrats on being so great at blogging for so long. I love to watch your projects as they emerge. i’m sure that I’m not alone (guessing from all the responses!!). My rav name is “lamazeteacher”.

  48. Eight is great!!! I check your blog every day. Congrats on another milestone. And congrats on your fabulous new book. I’d love a Chevron Stole pattern

  49. Deborah Myers says:


    Congratulations on your trip of eight years. You are very talented and seem to be a very fast knitter. To be able to design and complete projects as difficult of some your larger shawls are comes from great ambition. I will be watching in your future times of designing to see what you come up with. Lucy says some really neat things, and she is cute to boot. I like the shawl at the top of the shawl list – Miss Woodhouse Shawlette. It would make a great Fichu. Thanks for what you do for all of us.

    bluewingteal moniker at Rav

  50. Oops. I love Chevron Stole and I am sockdiva on rav.
    Again, congrats on 8 great years.

  51. Happy Blogaversary, Wendy, I’ve really enjoyed your blog over the years, and I’ve knitted quite a few of your patterns!

  52. Diane Schultz says:

    Happy Anniversary! I’m a big fan of your socks books, especially! But if I was going to choose a Rav pattern, I think it would be Faro Easy. (But it’s taken me a while, and some drooling, to decide on one.) I’m DianeS on Rav. And congratulations! An anniversary and a book release, all close together. Woot!

  53. Maud Steyaert says:

    Thanks! Dare I one day knit Order to Chaos?

  54. Carol Perecman says:

    Hard to choose, so many beautiful choices! But it would have to be Miss Woodhouse; too evocative of my favorite author, Jane Austen, to pass up! Thanks for the chance to win a pattern. I have been reading your blog almost from the beginning, and I have gotten so much from it. Thank you!
    Carol Perecman, Oak Park, Michigan

  55. Shannon H. says:

    Happy 8 years, and for many more to come!

    I’d love to receive a copy of the Sandvik Faroese Shawl. I’ve got some wonderful handspun lace weight yarn that’s yearning to become this shawl!

  56. I would love your new Gothic Spires but am also attracted to your Sandvik Faroese Shawl. Congrats on your blog, it was the first one I ever read.

  57. Kitty J says:

    Happy 8th Birthday Blog-
    I am knitting your Seaside Shawlette right now but would also love to do the Chevron Shawlette and Stole pattern. I enjoy reading your blog and seeing what Luci has to say because I also have a Luci, a Welsh Corgi and her sister Nikki.

  58. Congrats on your anniversary – shouldn’t we be giving you presents instead of the other way around? However, I’m never one to pass up an opportunity for free patterns, so here I am. My choice would be the Order To Chaos Circular Shawl, and my ravelry name is GinniG.

  59. I would love to win your Sandvik Faroese Shawl shawl! Pick me!

    Happy Birthday!
    .-= Colleen´s last blog ..A square knot undoes… =-.

  60. Susan Q. says:

    Happy Blogiversary! I own all 3 of your books and enjoy reading your blog. I also own some of your individual patterns but would like the Miss Woodhouse Shawlette pattern if I am chosen. I am shquinn on Ravelry. Your catnip mouse pattern has made many cats happy at some feline animal shelters I donate toys to.

  61. Charlotte says:

    Happy Anniversary!!! — and I look forward to lots more blog posts by Wendy & Lucy.
    My favourite is the Argus Shawlette — enjoy your weekend.

  62. Yvonne in Southwest Virginia says:

    Faroeasy is one of my favorite knits and a great gift.

    I can’t believe it’s been 8 years. Happy 8th!

    I’d love to have Exonumist…and actually have it in my RavCart.

    I’m knitwitch39 on Ravelry.

  63. Happy Blog Anniversary!!! Love reading your posts and all your shawls too! If I were to pick one to do it would have to be “Order to Chaos Circular Shawl” as I loved it when you made it and still love it! Hope you have a great weekend! My Ravelry name is DopeyDebi. Thanks for being such a great blog for us knitters.

  64. Congrats on eight years! I’d love to win the Seaside Shawlette.

  65. Shelley says:

    I would love the Seaside Shawlette, or the Exonumist’s Circular Shawl.

    And….Happy Anniversary. I have had 8 years of pleasure reading your blog.

  66. Suzanne says:

    Happy Blogiversary!

    I would LOVE to win the Exonumist’s Circular Shawl pattern. It’s breathtaking!
    I’m BrittKnits over on Ravelry.

  67. Happy Anniversary. I smiled at your instructions on commenting where you gave an example of the comment format and there were “18” comments. Hmmm…I see hunders of people wanting your patterns! I’d love the Lady Bertram myself. But it was hard to choose – they are all lovely. I’m “changeling” on ravelry.
    .-= Cat´s last blog ..A Happy Day’s Work =-.

  68. Happy Blog-Anniversary! I’m rather smitten with the Chevron Shawlette and Stole…
    .-= Jenni´s last blog ..Trend analysis, the collaboration edition =-.

  69. Margaret Hendrickson says:

    I have your new book and found the perfect pattern for my gray Lorna’s Laces. I tried (3 times) to knit Cookie A’s Vilai but the yarn said no way and is now happy becoming Diamonds and Cables.
    As to the pattern I like on your Ravelry store, I’m torn between the Projects for Leftover Sock Yarn and the Sandvik Faroese shawl.
    Thank you for your books and blog.

  70. Kitty J says:

    Sorry, I think I like the Pacific Northwest shawl instead. Since that is where I live think that is a great choice.

    kittyupstairs on revelry

  71. 8 year. Wow, that’s a long time! Congrats! I’d go with the Chevron Stole pattern since I’m more of a stole girl than a shawl girl. Ravelry: beckyhd13

  72. Happy Blog-anniversary! And Happy April Fool’s Day as well! I have enjoyed reading your blog for close to 8 years! Congrats!

    Lady Bertram Shawlette is a beautiful pattern that I would love to have. Thanks!

  73. Heather says:

    Happy Blogiversary! My favorite pattern is the Chevron Shawlette and Stole. I’m needlewheedler on Rav.

  74. I like the Argus shawlette.

  75. peggy c says:

    How do you come up with such beautiful designs? The Faroe Easy Shawl caught my eye!! As does your beautiful kitty.

  76. I have had such fun knitting your socks. I look forward to meeting you when you come back to Minneapolis in May.
    Docrock on Ravelry

  77. Happy blog-iversary! I would want to win your Order to Chaos shawl. Because I love love love it.
    .-= RebKatz´s last blog ..A yarn diet does NOT mean… =-.

  78. Happy Birthday! (or whatever you might call it!)

    I love all the shawlette patterns… it’s hard to pick! I think the Seaside Shawlette is my favorite. πŸ™‚
    .-= Lynnie´s last blog ..New Adventures =-.

  79. Wow, 8 years already? I’m in love with the Talisman Shawl. I’m yarnhoardinmama on Ravelry. πŸ™‚
    .-= Jen´s last blog ..Dances, birthdays, and paw prints =-.

  80. I’m a big fan of your blog and look forward to your posts in my mailbox each day. You are one of the most prolific knitters I know. I’m a big fan of your sock books and have a pair on the needles right now. Just about finished with the Argus shawlette, too. Love the patterns. I’d love to make the Chevron Stole if I am a lucky winner.

  81. Les McBride says:

    Congrats on the anniversary! I first found you by someone gifting me your S(p)ock socks pattern, along with some appropriately shaded blue yarn. I had tried socks before, top down, and while I’d finished a pair, I didn’t enjoy it. The S(p)ocks are the first pair I enjoyed, and I’ve even knit them more than once now. πŸ™‚ I have looked at your to-buy patterns before, and I really like the looks of the Sandvik Faroese Shawl – I’ve not knit a shawl yet, amazingly. (I still feel like a “baby” knitter, though it’s been… 3 years now? Give or take.) My Ravelry name is CyberIstari. πŸ™‚

  82. Vicki Johnson says:

    Happy Blog Birthday! I am delighted that you are blogging and check in quite often to see what you writing about! Thank you for sharing your life with all of us! I am quite fond of the Chevron Shawlette and Stole pattern. Happy blogging and knitting!!

  83. Congratulations on your Anniversary! Love getting your blog and seeing what wonderful patterns you create! I would really like to knit your Argus Shawlette. Btw, my heart did a little flutter when I read your April Fools tweet today! Took me a minute to realize that was exactly what it was!!

  84. Melinda Davis says:

    Happy Anniversary! I do so enjoy your blog. Order to Chaos would be my pick.
    Ravelry name: sweetgumbear

  85. Linda L. says:

    Happy, Happy 8th Anniversary on your blog, Wendy, and many more smart and informative blogs in the years to come! I am “Lindalina” at Ravelry and would love a copy of your Sandvik Faroese Shawl if you pick me.

  86. Oh, 8 years of blogs! I’m lucky to update my Facebook once a week. I love all your patterns, but if I had to pick just one, I’d pick the Sandvik Faroese Shawl. Beautiful!

    I am Nimrodita on Ravelry (and Plurk!).

  87. Happy Anniversary! Just recently found your blog and I am really enjoying it. My favorite email of the day. I love all your designs and am amazed at your speed. I am totally dating your chevron shawlette. Would love to have any of your designs. My ravelry id is baugus.

  88. Lori Beard says:

    woo! Congrats on the anniversary! You have a second grader here in your blog. Or a mature cat.

    I’d take the cat. πŸ˜‰

    imjustlori on Ravelry. πŸ™‚

  89. Thank you for your regular blogging. Congratulations on 8 years! I love several of you patterns. At the moment I am particularly fond of the Chevron pattern.

  90. I’ll be difficult and say that I’m crushing on your Gothic Spires stole. Can’t wait for the pattern!

  91. catspaw says:

    Eight years – wow! I love the Lady Bertram and Argus shawlettes. Oh, Seaside is neat too. I’m catspawlace on Rav (but you knew that). Anyway, congratters and keep it up.

  92. Congrats on eight years! Here’s to many more!!

  93. Happy Blogiversary Wendy!! I’d love to win the Order to Chaos shawl pattern! You know me everywhere (including Ravelry) as OliviaKnits. Please snuggle Lucy for me & Joon!
    .-= Olivia´s last blog ..Got my Eye on You =-.

  94. Happy eighth! I’ve been following you for 3 years. I really like your Chevron Shawlette and Stole pattern.

    Tinkite on Ravelry

  95. Happy Blogday (Blogirthday; or Blirthday)…

    Either way Congrats for having a blog for 8 years…and for writing in it on a regular basis.. πŸ˜€

    I’m loving both the Exonumist and Order to Chaos shawls….either would be awesome! πŸ˜€

    I’m cozystitches on Ravelry. πŸ˜€

  96. Happy, Happy 8th! I would love to have your Chevron Shawlette and Stole. I received your last book last week and read it that night! It’s great. I’ve already marked my favorites and have been adding to my stash in anticipation of starting.Here’s to your next 8 years. (my ravelry name is rrobi).

  97. Happy Blogoversary! Thank-you for sharing your wonderful self with the knitting world for the past 8 years- here’s hoping for many more to come!

    Your Exonumist’s Circular Shawl is my favorite of your shop patterns. It’s absolutely beautiful!
    .-= Carrie´s last blog ..Phoenix Twist- Handspun Hand dyed Corriedale =-.

  98. YAY! Congrats on your anniversary! πŸ™‚

  99. Berndette says:

    Happy anniversary Wendy! here’s to many more! I would totally love to win the Faro Easy pattern

  100. Maureen says:

    I’d love the Chevron shawlette and stole, because it’s the only one with a stole so far, I think, and I just bought the Argus pattern, which will do fine for a shawlette.

    The Chevron shawlette is also beautiful, and it would be hard to choose whether to do that or the stole, if I didn’t have Argus waiting for me to find the perfect yarn.

    Your creative mind is amazing, and your knitting skill and speed inspires me, when it doesn’t dumfound me.

    Knit on!