My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


Slowly I Knit, Millimeter By Millimeter

Here is my progress on CeCe:

It is a wee bit longer than it was yesterday, as I only manage to do a couple of rows a day. Because the body is knit in one piece up to the armholes it takes approximately forever for me to knit a row.

I have a bit of a conundrum. I’ve got a couple of time-consuming stealth projects I am working on that have rather tight deadlines, yet I want to have knitting to show on the blog. Since this, after all, purports to be, you know, a knitting blog.

When all else fails, do a giveaway.

I have this here book:

It is Color Knitting the Easy Way by Melissa Leapman. What’s the easy way? Stripes and slipped stitches, so that you are only ever working with one color at a time. There’s a lot of great info in this book — discussion of the color wheel and theory, step-by-step instructions for mastering techniques for knitting stripes and mosaic knitting, a treasury of stitch patterns, and a number of cute patterns for both stripe and mosaic knitting.

If you’d like to enter to win my copy of this book, leave a comment on this post by noon (Eastern Time) on Sunday May 2 and the Random Number Generator will choose a winner.

In Other News

I’ve updated my Travel page and removed events that have passed.

My next event is May 7 – 9 in Charlotte, NC at Charlotte Yarn. Check their website here for all the details!

I think Lucy is planning another party.


  1. Sadly for Lucy, you will be here which means Rozz can’t sneak away for her party. Especially since he will be firmly planted in your lap all weekend! Can’t wait to see you!
    .-= Aimee´s last blog ..Pepsi Refresh Project =-.

  2. yeppers, she’s got that party-planning eye about her ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. I like that CeCe pattern a lot – perhaps it needs to go in my queue….
    .-= Leslie´s last blog ..Episode 7 – Filmed in front of a live studio audience =-.

  4. Jennifer K says:

    What a fun looking color book!

  5. I love slip-stitch patterns & working with colors. Please count me in for the drawing.
    .-= PlainJane´s last blog ..Meet Max =-.

  6. Char Braun says:

    Melissa is a great teacher so hopefully her book will be filled with lots of great stuff. Wendy, even without stealth projects I’m always amazed at how much knitting you get done. Unfortunately my day life is one that the kntting is frowned upon so I prove I’m paying attention by dooling instead!


  7. Why didn’t I route my Mother’s Day weekend flights through Charlotte?

  8. Cool looking book.

    Since you don’t have much knitting to show, could you blog about construction techniques? What’s your favorite sweater construction? Are side seams good or inventions of the devil? How about shoulder caps? Inquiring minds want to know.

  9. Looks like a fun book I would love to have, for when I attempt a Flames Hat, so I can figure out how the heck to change colors~ ๐Ÿ˜€
    .-= Sandra´s last blog ..ManyhorsesMane shares Sandra Bullock News =-.

  10. This would be great book to add to my collection. I have been looking for a good book to show me how to knit with color and this one seems to fit the bill.

  11. Diane Rizzo says:

    Melissa’s book looks like serious color fun! Pick me Oh Mighty Random Computer Machine! (not like Hal).

  12. The book does look interesting. Has Lucy read it?

  13. I should have posted this on yesterday’s entry, but this way I thank you AND I might win a book.

    I LOVE Regretsy! Thank you so much for introducing me to it. I am now glued to April Winchell’s blog and periodically breaking into uncontrollable giggles.

  14. The book looks fun. Please count me in…

  15. Wow, that looks like a great book ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. The book looks great. I’d love to have a chance to win it.

  17. Stitch patterns and technique-this book is what I need and really want.

  18. Me too – I would love the book. Hang in there with CeCe it is going to be wonderful :>)

  19. Kathy Sue says:

    Lucy is going to turn into an independent little kitty if you keep leaving her alone!
    I would love to try some easy colorwork!

  20. Oh, I need a color book so bad! And I’d love to learn slip-stitching. Maybe I’ll be lucky for once:-)

  21. Shirley. in PA says:

    I also would love the book. I’m knitting a sweater all in one piece too, and the rows take forever. Can I come to Lucy’s party?

  22. Jeanine Maria says:

    I would love to win this book! Thank you for offering this to your readers. Interested to see the stealth projects and final CeCe.

  23. That looks like a great book! Thanks for the giveaway, Wendy!

  24. How have I never heard of this book before? Have fun in Charlotte, I wish I could be there too!
    .-= LaLa´s last blog ..Episode 7 – Filmed in front of a live studio audience =-.

  25. I just completed my first slip-stitch color pattern; I’d love to try more!
    .-= Word Lily´s last blog ..Words from my reading =-.

  26. I’d love to win a book…
    Thanks for the Regretsy link – it made my day yesterday. I can’t believe I hadn’t seen it before.

  27. I hope to see you in Charlotte between classes on Saturday. Also put my name in the pot for the book. I love slip stitch color patterns.
    .-= southparknitter´s last blog ..Visiting the frogs =-.

  28. I’m knitting a man’s sweater all in one piece so I know what you mean. And you appear to knit faster than me!

    Like everyone else, I’d love to win the book.

  29. Boy, do I understand. However, at least I can bring Lady Bertram to Maryland this weekend.

  30. I would love to be considered for the drawing! Hope you and Lucy enjoy the coming weekend together–I am sure she’s happy to have you home!

  31. You could always show pictures of your stash ๐Ÿ˜‰

  32. Willa Jean Dooley says:

    If you even suspect that Lucy is planning a party, be sure to lock up the booze! There are few things as abhorrent as a drunken kitty.
    Back in high school, a friend’s parents took a trip-of-a-lifetime to Ireland. Did Mom bring back a planeload of wool? nooooooo. She filled every cranny in her luggage, and her excess baggage, and probably her purse, with dried peat. PEAT! Which, when burned, smells (to me) a lot like burning buffalo chips. But chacon a son gout, y’know.
    Not long after that, they left him alone for a weekend, and he, predictably, had a party which, predictably, was crashed by half the teenagers in Southern California. The booze was totaled, the house was trashed, the pool was filled with refuse. But the really BIG deal was that someone had burned all of the peat. Every molecule. In the fireplace. In the summertime.
    I believe it’s possible that my friend is still on restriction.
    You might want to read this little tale to Lucy before you leave.

  33. Oh! Another Charlotte trip – Zknitter was just telling me about this the other day, and I do declare I need to finish my Wendy socks and bring them to meet you!

  34. Multi-color knitting is the last knitting frontier for me. Lace is no problem for me, even with lace-weight yarn. (Well, I have yet to try nupps, but I don’t feel intimidated by them they way I do by colorwork.) So, yeah, that sounds like a book that might help me conquer that particular fear.
    .-= aliceq´s last blog ..Waiting =-.

  35. Oh how I’d like to receive Melissa’s color book. Fair Isle/colorwork has been on my “to learn” list for several years now and I just need a gentle nudge to push me over to doing it. Thank you.
    .-= Darlene´s last blog ..Day 3: ONE GREAT KNITTER =-.

  36. Lynette Holzer says:

    I have more knitting books than the local library, but this one looks good!

  37. Oooo Ooooo pick me pick me…..

  38. Yep, it’s ALL about color!

  39. That looks like a neat book- include me in the drawing please, thank you!

  40. Sign me up! The color book looks like just what I need to figure out my grandaughters striped leg warmers. The first pair I knit were very time consuming — all those ends to weave in!

  41. Lucy sez “Pick Mary, Pick Mary”!!

  42. Marie-france says:

    I’d love to have that book Wendy

  43. i wish you were comming out this way ๐Ÿ™‚

  44. I’m in for the book! And I’ll see you in Charlotte. Looking forward to that!

  45. I would love the book.

  46. Adamboysmom says:

    Pick me O’random generator!

  47. Throw my name in the hat if you would. You should come to the Pacific Nw its getting to be nice this time of year.
    .-= Rae´s last blog ..Inspiration-Knit & Crochet Blog Week Day 2 =-.

  48. Donna in Ely says:

    I would love to win this book! so far my colorwork experience has been self striping sock yarn. When I got braver I mixed the colors up into monster socks, I think I used 9 colors. Sure would like to know how to do it for real.

  49. oohh…me please!!

  50. I’ve been a subscriber for awhile, love that your posts always end with your cat Lucy!
    I have a cat named Lucy as well! (she’s only part Siamese)
    Color is one of the biggest areas my knitting needs work so count me in on the drawing! Thanks!

  51. Would love the book and can’t wait to see your stealth project.

  52. Fab giveaway! Hope you’ve prepared some party snacks for Lucy – catnip crispie cakes are a sure-fire winner!
    .-= josiekitten´s last blog ..A little bit about not much! =-.

  53. I have been too chicken to try anything more daring than self-striping yarn. Hepl a newbie expand her knitting horizons.
    .-= Leslie in Maine´s last blog ..Design Wall Monday 2-8-10 =-.

  54. Please enter me in your contest. Thank you.

  55. Thank you for the chance to win. Haven’t done any color work yet and would love how to learn!

  56. Okay I’m in on the book drawing…

    A few years ago I tried knitting the Cece. I failed miserably mainly because I kept screwing up the stitch count…… I keep thinking that maybe I should try again…
    .-= Angel ´s last blog ..itty bitty blocks =-.

  57. I can always use another book by Melissa Leapman!

  58. I really like Melissa Leapman. Wish I could get an invite to Lucy’s par-tay!!

  59. SweetpeaTX says:

    What a great book. I’ve just gotten into colorwork knitting, and I’m enjoying it very much. The book would sure help me out. Hope I win. Love your blog.

  60. Looks like a great book!

  61. The book looks really neat!
    .-= Caroline´s last blog ..two weeks of tv roundupโ€ฆ =-.

  62. Put my name in that random number generator, please! I love color.
    .-= kmkat´s last blog ..Saturday chuckles. =-.

  63. I love color! I love books about color! I would love this book. And on another topic: what makes something a stealth project? You seem to always be referring to stealth projects, and I’m just wondering why so many secrets?

  64. She definitely does look like she’s plotting trouble… my Harley usually gets that look and a day later I will find a ball of merino munched on.

  65. kelly-ann (on ravelry) says:

    I love the cable books by Melissa Leapman and had no idea she had writting a book on color knitting.

    BTW, thanks for telling me about regretsy — hysterical!

  66. I would love to win this!! Please, Random Number Generator, Pick Me!! :0)

  67. Margo D. says:

    I need some color in my life!!

  68. That looks like a great book!

  69. I’d love to come to Lucy’s party!

  70. Catherine says:

    Lucy can have a party in Charlotte…so bring her with you. Or you can drop her off at my house on your way down. Please please please!
    And I wouldn’t mind the book either. You could bring it with you instead of shipping it!

  71. Mary Beth says:

    Thanks for the chance!

    Finished my laurel socks– made them into anklets actually b/c it’s freaking hot in TX. Am making the anklets with the dragonfly button. Darling.

  72. I’m making the same painstaking progress on my Trapeze Coat — 411 stitches can just not be hurried. Hang in there, it will be worth it in the end!
    .-= Wool Free and Lovin’ Knit´s last blog ..A nod to Julie at "Little Cotton Rabbits" =-.

  73. Ooo, that book looks really interesting. I hadn’t heard of it before, but now I’d love to get my hands on it. I love her books on cables and found them immensely useful. I have no doubt that this book will be the same.

  74. Cheryl Nickel says:

    Thank you for thinking of us Wendy! We love your blog ๐Ÿ™‚ !!

  75. I haven’t done alot of multi-colored knitting for quite some time so I would love to have the book and learn the newest techniques!

  76. Linda from Kansas says:

    The book looks like fun. So put my name in.
    I can hardly wait for more of the sweater to be completed.

  77. I’d love a copy of the book – I’m wrestling with Fair Isle right now!
    .-= Kate´s last blog ..Suspiciously Familiar =-.

  78. I do love a good giveaway, but does this mean we won’t be seeing knitting for a while?

  79. That looks like a lovely book. I love Melissa Leapman’s books.
    .-= Jen´s last blog ..Help paying to finish college =-.

  80. Ruth Schoof says:

    Please throw my name in the hat. I love, love, love knitting books!!!

  81. I took a class from Melissa Leapman and own her cable book. I would love to have this one too. Maybe I’ll be lucky.

  82. Ooooo! A “grown-up” coloring book! What a treat!

  83. Slip stitch was one of my first major projects. I’d love to win the book.

  84. Stealth projects? OOOoooooooo.

  85. I would like to be throw into the hat for the book. I don’t do the likes because I don’t know how. I would love to learn how. Beth

  86. Susan D Smith says:

    Sassy & Rubydee likely partied all weekend while I was in NYC. But the pet sitter isn’t telling and neither are the kitties! I found a couple of very neat knitting books at McNally/Jackson, an indie bookshop on Prince St. in Soho and snapped them right up. Also found luscious Manos Rittenhouse yarn at Purl and some merino/baby camel to spin. It was definitely time to come home after that and create!

  87. Celestine Getty says:

    WOW another book giveaway. Thank you Wendy….your the best…And by the way the book you showed us yesterday is a HOOT…what fun….

  88. Wendy, this is one book that every knitter I know would love to have in their library, if it is not there already.
    I am so happy to have this opportunity to win my very own copy.
    Hugs & โ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅs,
    .-= Gerry´s last blog ..I’m knitting =-.

  89. I think my three kitties are hoping for an invite…

  90. I am absolutely brand new to reading blogs and am totally addicted. So now I will leave my first comment (I think I am leaving a comment…) to thank you for your commitment to writing for us all so frequently. I look up from my knitting and thoroughly enjoy checking in! Lucy is gorgeous.

  91. This book looks like a lot of fun! Thanks for the giveaway!

  92. Color, yay!
    .-= RebKatz´s last blog ..Farmersโ€™ Market Win =-.

  93. Thanks!

  94. I’d love the colourwheel information and the theory part.

    Heck, I’d love the rest of it too.

  95. Karen W. M. says:

    I could definitely use the book, Color Knitting the Easy Way by Melissa Leapman. I need all the help I can beg or borrow. I pride myself on not stealing. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  96. How do you do it? You publish books, travel, knit and work. Love Lucy!!!
    I really would love the book, not a new knitter but got hooked on you sock book. Did my first sock following your directions. Wonderful book!!

  97. Oh boy, that book might finally get me to break the color barrier ๐Ÿ˜‰

  98. myra Harrell Fleming says:

    Hi Wendy, watched your podcast with the girls…the color knitting book sounds fun! Wish you were on the West Coast instead of the East Coast.

  99. Well, we like reading your blog even if you have little or no knitting to show, so there! We’re looking forward to seeing you at the Yarn Lounge in July!

  100. I am in awe of how fast you can crank out that lace. I’m getting the courage up to knit my first lace “anything” and it will probably be one of your shawlettes. Thank you for thinking of the beginners.