My current work in progress:

Tawney Sweater,by Jenni Barrett, knit from MadelineTosh Tosh Sock, using 3.25mm and 3.5mm 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. Deanne J says:

    The book looks interesting – I am always looking for easier ways to knit with different colors.

  2. That book looks great! Please Oh Great Random Number Generator…pick me….. 🙂

  3. Karen Greaney says:

    The color book looks fabulous. I can’t wait to see your stealth projects.

  4. Oh, yes please!
    .-= Karen´s last blog ..Whiskers on Wednesday =-.

  5. I’m knitting CeCe too! I know what you mean about a single row taking forever! I’d love to be entered in the book contest.
    .-= Kristin Schmoldt´s last blog ..Incredible Upside Down Cassidy Sweater =-.

  6. The book looks lovely! And good luck with your new project 🙂
    .-= MadeByK´s last blog ..Senaste väsktillskottet….. =-.

  7. Puppy (my puppy teddy) wants to know if he’s invited to lucy’s party? xxxx
    .-= Pinkadele´s last blog ..HAPPY!!! (She says leaping into boyfriends arms!) =-.

  8. The colorwork book looks interesting. I’ll throw my name into the hat.

  9. Mary Beth says:

    Looks like a great book!

  10. love Melissa Leapman! send it this way!

  11. I’ve been knitting over 20 years and still haven’t tried colorwork. One of these days… 🙂

  12. Aussie Rosemary says:

    So that is how Lucy entertains herself when you are away.

  13. Lee Long says:

    Sounds like a really fun book!!!

  14. patricia says:

    Count me in!

    If you run out of knitting, Lucy always makes good blog fodder!

  15. Gretchen says:

    Count me in too, please — I need help with color work!

  16. Oh goody, if your RNG picks me (and I DO need that book!) you can save on postage. Just tuck it in your suitcase, since I’m in Charlotte! 🙂

  17. I would love to learn how to knit with color! Pick me, please! I love the pictures of Lucy. I have two Maine Coon cats, Mamie and Mazie.

  18. That book looks great.

  19. Interesting book! I missed seeing that one. I’m so tempted by your CeCe. Or pretty much anything on the ChicKnits site 🙂

  20. What a terrific looking book! And Cece is just lovely! Hope you are having a warmer Spring in D.C. than we are in the Black Hills!

  21. I would love to win the Color Knitting the Easy Way book. I love all the different colors and what you can do with combinations. Hope Lucy has a fun party this weekend. Thanks for the chance to win. Have a good weekend.

  22. I am a Wendy with an “ie” who has been wanting to try color knitting – could this be my lucky day???

  23. I’d like that book. My cat Lucky says “hi” to Lucy.

  24. Slow and steady wins the race! The book looks pretty interesting.
    .-= andrea´s last blog ..And the winner is… =-.

  25. omg, i would love that book!! might actually make me behave enough to try colorwork

  26. Thanks for offering this book. I love this kind of knitting for mixing up variegated yarn colors. So much fun!

  27. I could use a new book!

  28. Still bummed I missed you at fibre space with your new (lovely) book.

  29. Wait–there’s a method to working with color? You don’t, like, just tie one on (so to speak) and knit away? I think I need that book, so please count me in on the drawing.

    Good luck on the lace.
    .-= Kathy In Georgia´s last blog ..No! No! No! No! =-.

  30. Always willing to help people give away wonderful knitting books!

  31. Mamie Ney says:

    Hi Wendy. Your generosity is always much appreciated.

    If you don’t have time to post, how about inviting one of your knitting friends (i.e. someone who you could trust with your password) to guest blog for you. It’d be interesting to see what other people are doing.

    Mamie (who is one of the slowest knitters and readers around – frustrating!)

  32. I would love to have a copy of that book – it looks wonderful.

  33. One can never have enough books. I just ask my dear sweet hubby to build me a new book case. I have been scared to death to try color knitting maybe a book like that could change my mind.

  34. That book does look interesting! I’m always looking for new books on color knitting, as I haven’t done much yet.

  35. Marian C says:

    Thanks for offering this giveaway. Love your Blog & Lucy!!!

  36. RedfordPhyl says:

    Niagara Falls! Or, am I the only one who got the entry title?

  37. Looks like an awesome book on color. I have been wanting to tackle slip stitch patterns. Don’t you hate those “NeverEnding” Patterns. You feel like you have knit for hours…..and geez, I am 1/4 inch closer.

  38. Thanks for another great giveaway, Wendy!

  39. I just booked Malissa Leapman for a workshop at our guild, come October. I would
    love to have her book. Thanks for the cast on info. for Ce Ce Wendy.

  40. I think Lucy is planning a nap! And I’d love to be included in your drawing. Thanks so much for the opportunity.
    .-= toni in florida´s last blog ..Let the finishing begin! =-.

  41. I’m a new visitor to your blog. What a great prize to give away! =)

  42. My kitties would love to come to a party that Lucy might give-they would have a hard time driving from Colorado to the East Coast, tho.
    The book would be great-I’m a bit shy of mosaic knitting, but would love a good book to use to learn.
    Thanks for the contest.

  43. I like books! Especially knitting books.

  44. Looks like a great book. Do you ever go to the west coast?

  45. Ooh, sounds like a fun book!

  46. Theresa in Italy says:

    I’ll read your blog even if you have no new knitting to show us! Besides, when you do have knitting to show us, your progress is so amazingly fast that it leaves me in the dust! That looks like a fun book. Just whisper my name to the Random Number Generator, will you please?

  47. Please pick me for the book!! I tried that Cece sweater and had a heck of the time with the sleeves maintaining the lace pattern whilst increasing. It sits unfinished. I may take another run at it now that you have inspired me.
    .-= Geri´s last blog ..April Embroidery Guild Meeting =-.

  48. You could write about anything Wendy and I will read it, esp with a Lucy pic at the end ♥ love that little fluffly girl ♥

  49. as always, love ms. lucy’s pix.
    wondering if the book in question has advice/suggestions on substituting colorways? I look bilious in green tones and my attempts to create a warm colorway without green have been iffy.

  50. I love Melissa Leapmans books. I think they rock!

    Looking forward to seeing your cece completed.

  51. I love easy stuff, so that book would fit right in with me 🙂
    .-= Helene´s last blog ..Småtterier =-.

  52. I am a novice at best. This book sounds like its right up my alley!

  53. Linda Doggett says:

    I got hooked on stranded knitting on socks, easy to do and looks so impressive. The book looks like something I NEED!

  54. I would so love to be added to your book give-away. I am realy intimidated when it comes to changing colors in my work. This book looks great!

  55. Lucy makes me happy! Thanks!

  56. What a great cover on the book. It makes you want to put together some color!

  57. Thanks for the giveaway. I read your blog even when you have little knitting to show, since I know there will be something wonderful and inspiring eventually.

  58. You know me, I’m a sucker for book giveaways! It seems like my knitting progress slowed down as well this month. It must be the spring air or something.

  59. Sherie Adams says:

    Love your new CeCe – I am sure it will be luscious when finished.

    I want the book!

  60. Sarah Warburton says:

    I love…and would love to win Melissa Leapman’s colorwork book. Your blog always brightens my day, Wendy!

  61. The CeCe project looks very nice. Perfect for summer!

  62. laurie d says:

    New book looks cool–I wanna win:)

  63. Oooo please count me in ! I know how you feel when you have so many different projects on the go, I am terrible for wanting to run in all directions.


  64. Add me to the list for the book on color…love your blog and Lucy is one lucky cat!

  65. Darleen G says:

    I look forward to reading your blog every day. And now another book giveaway. Pick me, pick me.

  66. This book looks fun and I have to go check out regretsy as well!. Party on, Lucy!

  67. Please include me in the drawing for the book. It looks great!

  68. Ooh. That looks like a great book!!! Memememememe! Random number gods, pick me!

  69. susan foulds says:

    Thank you for knitting a sweater. Because of the obvious demands of blogs to have many smaller items knit quickly so they can be published, a sweater remains the most useful item, when knit correctly. We have had the pandemic of sock knitting the past few years, and while socks are beautiful items, they are on your feet, and sadly do not fit in many of the shoes we wear due to their thickness. Shawls and shawlettes also have their place. My mother, now passed on, was devoted to utility and beauty, and would spend a great deal of time getting the right yarn and pattern before knitting a sweater. I still wear a few that she made when I was a teenager ( and I am now 52). So please Wendy, how about doing a series on how to knit the perfect raglan cardigan? or something like this. There are so many hundreds of beautiful yarns that a complicated pattern is not required. Thousands of us would appreciate it. You could always intersperse it with some smaller projects.

  70. Any trips to Colorado in your future??? And I can always find room on the shelf (stack, pile on the floor…) for one more book if the Mighty Number Generator randomly picks me. 🙂

  71. Gotta love a contest! Thanks for hosting and offering lovely gifties.

  72. Took 2 cable classes with Melissa at Stitches East last year, where she was kind enough to allow us to look at a preview copy of this book. It looked fantastic then, and I could hardly wait for the book to come out. She even snuck a bit of preview of technique into one of the cable classes, such a sneaky one. Loved her, love her cable books, I’m sure this one will impress as well.

  73. Oh, that book sounds great! I’m horrid at picking color combos, but like what they do for projects! I’m always so scared the combo won’t work, and so end up picking a solid.

  74. Would love wo have that book! Thank you!

  75. Melissa Leapman books seem to always contain great information. Wendy, if the stealth projects need to be finished on a deadline just put Lucy pics up! She is an extremely cute sub for knitting content for a while!

  76. A masterpiece always takes time to perfect! Anyway nobody can knit as slowley as me – and I have no stealth projects in the background!

    Millie and Alf want to know if they can come to Lucy’s party?
    .-= Sarah (welshmillie)´s last blog ..An oopsie followed by more success! =-.

  77. Count me in for the drawing. I see colors.

  78. Looks like a fabulous book! Am adding it to my wish list. Thanks for the giveaway. 🙂
    .-= Ina´s last blog ..Easter knitting instructions: Have you checked out these free knitting patterns? =-.

  79. Thank you for a chance of winning a copy. It sounds like a wonderful book.

  80. Looks like a fabulous book. Am adding it to my wish list. Thanks for the giveaway. 🙂
    .-= Ina´s last blog ..Beyond the knitting instructions: How important is yarn twist? =-.

  81. Rachel Peterson says:

    Hi Wendy!

    Enjoy the stealth knitting! I would love to win your book giveaway. Have a great weekend.


  82. Pick me! Pick me! Understand about the slow progress and I don’t even have a stealth project right now.

  83. Easy color knitting sounds wonderful!!!! And, by Melissa Leapman! WooHoo!

  84. A book on color would be great. I love doing socks using two colors.
    .-= Anotherewe´s last blog ..Antioch =-.

  85. I Love this color. may I be the winner.
    ^5 To Lucy

  86. We can at least assume that the stealth projects are progressing well since you don’t have much time for blogable knitting. Hope this is so. Also looks like a great book.

  87. Ooo! I do think you shouldn’t worry about not having progress to show us. I’m sure you can think of something to write about, or, when in doubt, just tell us how wonderful your stealth projects are and make us wish we could see them;)

  88. Charlotte K says:

    I’d love to add this book to my collection. I’m hoping to try my first stripe pattern soon. Maybe if I win this book I’ll learn to do it the easiest way! Thanks for blogging – I really enjoy reading it every day. The CeCe looks great – can’t wait till you finish it. Maybe you’ll find time to come to San Antonio one of these days. I’d love to meet you!

  89. I love the CeCe and your website. I could learn to love the book.

  90. I would love to win that book.

  91. The book looks so interestng, I love working with a slip stitch pattern – please count me in.

  92. I’d love to win a copy of the book – Thanks for having these contests!

  93. Beverly Shaw says:

    I’m just brginning to get into colorwork and loving it!

  94. Looks like a cool book!

  95. SheilaD says:

    CeCe is coming along gorgeously. I really love the color.

  96. Colour!!! It scares the bejesus outta me!!! Easy sounds soooooo good!

  97. Count me in, sounds like a wonderful addition to anyone’s library.
    .-= Donna´s last blog ..FO#41 and 42 and 43 (2007) Afghans for Afghan =-.

  98. Joannah says:

    Obviously, Lucy is a Party Girl! Obviously!

    Thanks for passing along knitting resources, and information about knitting resources so often. It helps to have a sense of what resources are out there and which address which level of skill so that we all can stretch where every we need/want to. Thanks.

  99. Pedro is home from Camp Mouse and I think the partying was really done by the counselors (his grandparents – The Grups) because they looked more tired than he did. He sends his best wishes to Lucy.
    .-= DonnaW´s last blog ..First Project from the Loopy Haul =-.

  100. Lisa Leavitt says:

    Just started reading your blog and really enjoying it! Keep up the great knitting!