My current work in progress:

Sundew,byΒ Martin Storey, knit from Rowan Softyak DK,Β using 3.25mm and 4mm needles.

Up For Grabs

Okay, who wants the Sari silk ribbon yarn and the big-ass size 15 Addi Turbo needle? (I have not received the big-ass crochet hook yet, but if it comes in time, I’ll throw that in too).

You can have it on one condition — I never have to see or hear about it again. πŸ˜‰

You’ll have to buy your own copy of the latest Vogue Knitting should you want to make the vest. I’m keeping the magazine.

Leave a comment to this entry (see my tutorial on leaving comments that I posted last week — please do not email me) and on Thursday (April 8) at 4:00pm EDT I will awaken the might Random Number Generator (it is sort of like releasing the Kraken) to choose a lucky (?) recipient.

In other news, I am knitting a swatch.

Pretty exciting, no?

This is a test piece for my upcoming Cable Class, which will be taught here and there. (Picture me waving an arm vaguely).

Lucy sez:

“I think I’ll play with my fluffy rat now.”


  1. Oooohh,ooooh please sign me up! I wanted to make that for my sister for her birthday (even though it’s on size 15’s….*sigh*).What I won’t do for sisterly love! Thanks.

  2. Me Me Me! luv.m.

  3. I had my eye on that great aging hippie vest too- here’s my entry.
    .-= Kristen´s last blog ..Not by the hair of my chinny-chin-chin =-.

  4. Well it just was my birthday so I think I need some kind of gift and there is nothing better than more yarn and more needles. woot!

  5. Michelle in Holly says:

    Yes! I am another aging hippie and I loved that vest!!! Pick me!

  6. ME!!! I love the large needles and I already have the magazine! My lips would be sealed and I would never ever wear it in your Presence. Which would be somewhat easy because I live in Oregon. But if you ever came to visit I would stuff it in the backest lowest part of my armoire. Promise.

  7. I will be glad to take the yarn and needles off your hands. I don’t have size 15 circular needles and never tried any addi turbos.

  8. Deb the lefty knitter says:

    I am a big time sock knitter and would love to take a break and try something new! Sorry it didn’t work out for you

  9. I want in! I won’t tell you all about it if I win. πŸ˜‰
    .-= Erin´s last blog ..I declare. =-.

  10. Oh, I sure hope I win!
    .-= Cayli´s last blog ..Been Busy… =-.

  11. peggy c says:

    Large needles are a challenge but I’d love to give it a try. Thanks!

  12. OOOH, ribbon yarn… never tried it … but I’d like to.

  13. knitinmom says:

    That vest looks like fun. Normally I am against vests, but this is somehow intriguing. Besides, if I am lucky enough to get the yarn and needles then I will have to get the Vogue magazine. I love the cover sweater. Someone has to get lucky, why not me?!

  14. linda-kay says:

    Well, I have the magazine, so why not? Thanks for the opportunity!

  15. Elsie Hughes says:

    Count me in!

  16. ‘Sari’ you had such a hard time knitting with these needles and yarn.

  17. Although I do think that you may try this at some future time, if you want to get rid of the yarn and needles, I would enjoy them!

  18. Would love to have that yarn!

  19. Have Vogue knitting, will happily take needle and yarn.

  20. Shirley A Ryan says:

    Please, please me…….I “need” it old random number selector! (I bet it’s Lucy that really selects the number!)

    I have the pattern! πŸ™‚

  21. We are like Jack Sprat and his wife….I am no good with little needles. Give me the big ones any days. My size 19s look like they could kill a vampire. =) Hugs to Lucy!

  22. Caroline says:

    Big needles…..fat yarn…totally something I could use right now..when all my projects are on size five or smaller needles.

  23. I have that pattern and was totally coveting your beautiful yarn. I’m sorry that it didn’t work out for you.
    .-= nikkapotamus´s last blog ..That’s what it’s for! =-.

  24. Any excuse to buy Vogue knitting. I’d love a chance to try out the vest pattern. Thanks.

  25. What happened? Last I read you were gung-ho for the ‘sweater/vest’
    Well, if you’re certain you aren’t going to use it
    I’d be happy to take over.
    Wendy, it really is such lovely looking yarn.
    Here’s hoping.
    BTW, just had my first blog giveaway last week. Your ‘Socks From The Toe Up’ and enough Regia Silk Color yarn for a pair of sox were the prizes. Had quite of few bloggers enter for a chance to win your book.
    .-= Gerry´s last blog ..Thanks to All ! ! ! =-.

  26. Christine says:

    I’m always up for another chance to win.

  27. Ruth Schoof says:

    Please put my name in the pot. I’d love to give it a whirl!

  28. I really like big needles and fast walking projects! anything smaller than 4 stitches per inch is just too slow for me.

  29. Pick my number Please

  30. AlisonL says:

    And I just happen to have the latest Vogue knitting πŸ™‚ oh well, nonetheless its always fun to follow your adventures, Wendy. Here’s hoping my number might finally get called

  31. Jennifer says:

    I would love the yarn.

  32. Oooooo, me please, pick me! (waving hand shyly) I can promise that you will never see these items again, especially in vest form. Now maybe a sumptuous silky scarf or stole……. πŸ˜‰

  33. Colleen says:

    Free things that involve silk, count me in.

  34. Hmmm – sari silk ribbon – I bet I could think of *something* to do with that! Big-assed Addis? – I’d have to work on that one!

  35. Stephanie says:

    I would love to have it. Looks yummy.

  36. I’m not taking a chance on the yarn or needles, I just wanted to say that I’m thinking of starting a blog just so I can do the same thing — have a way to get rid of projects we don’t want in our lives any longer. It’s just not enough to offer them to friends or even acquaintances — they know where I live!

  37. Amanda Fletcher says:

    I would GLADLY take those Addi’s off your hand and, I promise, you will never hear about them again πŸ˜‰

  38. Kathleen says:

    Will this be my lucky day? I love Addis. I have the 11s and 13s already, plus a couple of sock sized needle sets. The yarn looks beautiful. I was looking forward to seeing your vest. I remember when my aunt had a cool hippie vest in about 1969. I thought she was absolutely the most beautiful person in the world.

  39. KathyM in SE VA says:

    Hey, I think I made one of those vests IN THE 60’s, back when I was learning to knit (as a baby of course – HA). Put my name in the hat.

  40. Be happy to grab it! πŸ˜‰ Hope I win!

    Sheri from KY

  41. Mary Beth says:

    Thanks for the chance.

    I’m enjoying the Laurel socks and your newest book a lot.

  42. Lynette Anderson says:

    I too would love your cast offs!! Love your blog.

  43. This is my birthday month so those big needles and the ribbon would be a great giftie. I love your swatch. πŸ™‚

  44. Does the winner have to not blog about the lovely whatever that she (or he) ends up making out of it? Or will it please you to see a FO out of it?
    .-= Colleen´s last blog ..The Boring Set Up =-.

  45. Thank god, you’ve come to your senses! Please – do not enter me — I don’t want the big-ass needles and bulky weight yarn, either. (I almost didn’t comment, because I am sure to win something if I really don’t want it!)
    .-= janna´s last blog ..Miss Me? =-.

  46. Pat Murphy says:

    Big needles kill my hands after a while – so it takes forever to make something , but I’ll happily give it a shot again!


  47. And I was about to order a 15 for a project i want to start. I can wipe it form your mind for you. I am going to make a cat bed for my cat Mow, yes Mow he was dumped near my house and we took him in. He is the sweetest thing ever we have had him for about 6 years now.

  48. i’d be happy to take it off your hands.
    .-= staci´s last blog ..Tackle-It Tuesday =-.

  49. Sure wish you were in Oregon so I could take some of your classes. Maybe some day.
    I haven’t done any projects on large needles and would love to try it without investing in the supplies. I already have the Vogue magazine, so I’m all set to win.
    Wish me luck.

  50. I LOOOOVE Vogue Knitting magazine and have the latest issue. I would LOOOOOOVE the big ass needles, hook and yarn. What fun!

  51. I like big ass needles. I agree though that after knitting with smaller needles my hands will hurt if I do not give them a rest. It doesn’t help that I am on a computer all day at work. Thanks!

  52. Beverly Shaw says:

    I’ll take it Wendy. My Granddaughter will love anything I make out of it!

  53. Nephele says:

    I have the issue of Vogue. I could make the vest and send the completed garment back to you…

  54. I’d love to try it!

  55. Oh yes! Yes please!

  56. Count me in! I’m always game to be enabled πŸ™‚
    .-= Melanie J.´s last blog ..Spring =-.

  57. Up for grabs? I have my hand in the air. Looks like a fun project.

  58. Sorry the project didn’t work out for you. 15s don’t bother me a bit and the mag is in my house.

  59. Not my thing, but my mom would love it! She’s visiting in a couple of weeks. Would be wonderful to bequeath it to her.

  60. Mary G. says:

    When you decided to bag this project, I was hoping you would put the needles and yarn on offer. Thanks for the giveaway!

  61. Sure, go ahead. It would be nice if you sent it.

  62. Chunky silk yarn, big needles…..what a switch from tiny little needles for socks!

  63. One can NEVER have too much yarn :>) Perhaps the leftovers could reappear as a little silky mousie for Lucy????

  64. Marion Lujan says:

    I already have the magazine and am a hippy at heart myself. I also like to knit with big needles….I guess I go for instant gratification. With four kids at home it gets hard to find the time to knit in the first place, so when I do, it needs to go fast. I promise to give it a good home and never speak of it again. Silk…something missing from my stash…oh random number generator…pick me!
    BTW – Love all your shawls, shawlettes, wraps, etc….can’t wait to try one for myself (on little needles of course)!

  65. I promise to never speak of it again…… oh high and mighty random number generator…… pllllllleeeeeeeaaassseee pick me!! This is absolutely fabulously perfect for the freeform knit/crochet stuff I’ve just started doing.

    And Addi giant needles… how absolutely brilliant! Life with big needles will be so easy peasy!


  66. Me! Me! Me!

  67. Yes, please, sign me up! It’s beautiful yarn.

  68. I love the occasional giant-needle project, and since I have no blog you’ll never hear about it again (unless you choose to Rav-stalk me, which I think is unlikely!)

  69. Deborah says:

    more yarn, what we all need! i seem to do better with big needles than little ones. and i promise never to mention it! oh great random number generator, shake your circuits and pick me!

  70. I’d love to try it and I’ve already got the magazine!!! Promise I’ll never talk about again…if I win!

  71. I think the yard is lovely! I would love a chance to try it out! πŸ™‚

  72. I’ll take it off your hands. I like big needles. πŸ™‚

  73. Oops, I did mean that the YARN is lovely!

  74. Cindy Ferver says:

    I would love to take the yarn and needles off your hands. And I just so happen to have that issue of Vogue Knitting. Pleaseeeee…………..

  75. I’m sorry the project didn’t work out for you. The yarn sounds interesting, and I’d love to try it. Should I win, I promise not to post a comment here about how it goes. πŸ˜‰
    .-= Ina´s last blog ..Easter knitting instructions: Have you checked out these free knitting patterns? =-.

  76. Yarn! You realize, you’re an enabler, Wendy πŸ™‚

    If I’m the lucky one I’ll kindly (and quietly) accept.

    thanks! Looking forward to tomorrow’s blog…

  77. Jessica says:

    Why not? If you’ll send it….I’ll take it!

  78. Linda S says:

    Ooooooooo…..yarn and addi s. Oooooo again. Pick me, Pick Me!!!!
    Wendy, if you actually see this I just want to say thanks for sharing all your information to this wide world of knitters. Your toe-up socks (1st book) really turned my lightbulb on for socks. I have really wide feet, so the toe up method is awesome.

    thanks much

  79. Quiltnut says:

    I’m game to try anything new….it is always the adventure. I promise never to mention a word about it.

  80. I’m used to knitting with big ole whopping needles. Of course I won’t get picked, but I’d sure love to. Thanks for offering it up to the masses!

  81. I think I could do something with that yarn!
    .-= Valerie´s last blog ..Button, button – I’ve got the buttons =-.

  82. Wendy, I can’t believe you are giving up so quickly!!!!! I learned how to knit on those large needles and that’s all I knitted on, Then when I wanted to learn your socks…… shock….. I had to go into tiny needle training for a while. But,… I can now knit with a size 0 or 15 and enjoy each for what they are. You can too! But if you are sure, then I would love to have them. Always wanted a 15 addi.

  83. I do adore knitting/crocheting things on big needles so I would adore getting the yarn. Knitting on tiny needles scares me.

  84. Would LOVE to have the yarn and big-ass needles. I have the magazine – looked at that pattern and have it marked to make – it’s good for South Florida!

  85. LaVelle Nott says:

    I can handle size 15 needles and yarn to go with it. My hands hurt if the needles are real small. Knitting is such fun.

  86. Pretty, pretty yarn! Maybe my un-lucky streak will end with this one! ;o)

  87. do want big needles and yarn!
    .-= Leigh´s last blog ..Orchid People =-.

  88. I would love to make that vest. I have the magazine, so I’m set. I think it would be awesome! I just finished an afghan for my son using 15s and loved it.

  89. In for a penny…

  90. Carrie McDade says:

    I would like to have the Sari silk ribbon yarn and the big-ass size 15 Addi Turbo needle. My cat, Zippy, who looks like a black version of your Lucy, would also like it if I get the stash and needle.

  91. Kim L-H says:

    You are so generous! I love working with size 15’s! the little ones are very fiddly for me, but I do my best! ; ) thanks in advance!

  92. Andrea in Tn says:

    Me take me!! My big ass can handle this for you !!! Andrea in TN

  93. I would love a chance to win your jumbo needles and yarn!
    .-= Breanna Sackrey´s last blog ..Jack Frost Wonder Land =-.

  94. Ann Moore says:

    Love the yarn and the needles. Please Oh Mighty Generator select me!

  95. Karen Blancher says:

    A challenging project for fine wool knitters.

  96. Robin Diebold says:

    Don’t know if I can handle the size 15 needles but would love to give it a try. Thanks Wendy.

  97. Oh, what the heck. I’ll sign up and see if the random number generator favors me. I’ve used size 50s before (will never speak of that project again!) so size 15s will surely be easier than that.
    .-= Leah´s last blog ..Something I Can Show =-.

  98. Suzanne says:

    I do! I do! Mum’s the word. I won’t even show you what I make with it…unless you are dying to know. Thank you for sharing!

  99. I’m in for the beautiful yarn ….pick me pick me oh random picker…

  100. Ooh a chance to add to the stash? And big ass tools to boot? Sign me up please!