My current work in progress:

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



Have y’all seen the online magazine Knitcircus?

From their website:

Knitcircus is an independent online magazine; we publish quarterly and knit every day. Knitcircus features knitting and sewing patterns, interviews, articles, and reviews, with an eco- and socially-responsible bent. Check out the interviews, reviews, articles, recipes and pattern previews for free! If you like what you see, the pattern collection is available for purchase while that issue’s live.

I happen to mention it today because I have an article in the current issue, titled “Birth of a Sock” wherein I describe my design process and how a pattern ends up in a book.

The magazine itself is free, so you can read the articles and preview the patterns. As mentioned in the description above, you can then purchase the pattern collection for each issue online. (The pattern collection is very reasonable priced, by the way: 16 patterns for $7.50 — a great deal!)

Here are photos of some of the designs in the Summer 2010 Collection:

Want to win a pattern collection or a one-year subscription? 🙂

Jaala, the editor of Knitcircus, has very generously offered ten copies of the Summer 2010 Pattern Collection and two full one-year subscriptions for a giveaway here. So that’s 12 winners in all.

To enter for a chance to win, leave a comment on this blog post by noon on Monday, May 24, 2010. The great and mighty Random Number Generator will pick the winners and I’ll announce them in Monday’s blog post.

In my knitting news, I have to report that I spent more time killing zombies last night (curse you, Plants vs. Zombies!) than I did knitting, so my progress is woefully little.

Lucy is too busy tidying up to come to the blog.


  1. Oh for sure I do, I do…..*waving arms over head*

  2. Looks like cute stuff! Thanks for the link!

  3. I really like the idea of only buying thepatterns you want it helps keeping track of the next project in your que

  4. Please add me to the list! That shawl is adorable…

  5. Thanks for the link! I had not heard of this magazine. Nice contest too!
    .-= Tamsie´s last blog ..The Sweetest Thing. A Blankie =-.

  6. Janella says:

    Dear Goddess of the Random Number Generator,

    Please pick me.


  7. I’d never heard of them before, but now I’m going over to go look at it.

  8. Thanks for showing us a new mag that we might not have otherwise discovered. Like your current project but it actually looks like it has shadows on it with the way the yarn is dyed. Can’t wait to see how it changes when it becomes 3 dimentional.

    Thanks for blogging.

  9. Looks great! I will check it out, Wendy.
    .-= Karen in Toledo´s last blog ..Now Appearing On Stage… =-.

  10. I’ve had my eye on the semi-circle scarf in the new issue of knit circus!

  11. Kristine says:

    Great idea for a magazine and would be fantastic to win!

  12. Nice – please add me to the random number generator’s list.

  13. I have lost a lot of time to Plants vs. Zombies, so I feel for you.

  14. Allison says:

    Me please !

  15. catspaw says:

    Looks interesting – love these on-line mags. I just got a free app called Singing Cat and I’m having a great time teasing ToBe & NotToBe with it.

  16. I hadn’t heard of that site before, but thanks for the link! I love looking at knitting magazines! I’ve got my fingers crossed that I’ll win something, but I’m not usually very lucky!
    .-= Sarah´s last blog ..Finished objects and the Ravelympics! =-.

  17. Aussie Rosemary says:

    Yes yes yes. I have my hand up too.

  18. Val Rutterer says:

    I’d love to be a winner! I haven’t knit any cables since our class at the Fling but plan to make the whole sample over as a practice piece soon. Too many projects at the moment. Thanks for the magazine info. More tease for yarn buying.

  19. Wow. Some pretty patterns. I’m headded over to check out the magazine.
    .-= Tami T´s last blog ..I’ve been knitting. =-.

  20. Oh oh oh, me please, please

  21. Seems like something worth checking out! I enjoy reading your blog 🙂

  22. Courtney says:

    Thanks for the info. I’m going to go check out the magazine now.

  23. Chris J says:

    That’s a very generous offer! Thanks!

    I have to say, though, that my favorite part of Knitcircus is actually the articles.

  24. I just recently found Knitcircus, and it looks pretty neat. Sure, sign me up for the drawing. That was easy enough.

  25. after leaving this “pick me” response, I’m heading straight over the Knitcircus!

  26. PvZ is a GREAT game.
    .-= Tiny Tyrant´s last blog ..Why? =-.

  27. Lorraine C. says:

    I always need more knitting content. Thanks for the contest and the link.

  28. Those baby socks are adorable! I’ve been looking for a cute, quick baby knitting project.

  29. I’m always on the lookout for more “yarn candy!” Hoping the random number generator is kinds……..

  30. zenzele says:

    Love the baby socks!

  31. Barb Harger says:

    Me, too. Me, too! LOL that would be a nice surprise when we get back from DS’ graduation!!

  32. you are always so generous!
    .-= leah´s last blog ..Dropping back in! =-.

  33. Jennifer Vey says:

    Count me in, I would love to have those patterns! =)

    Plants vs. Zombies, I will have to check them out. I am always on the look out for a good iPad/iPhone game!

  34. Lynda Hitt says:

    I like knitcircus…I enjoy the articles and love looking at the patterns.

  35. Who wouldn’t want to win that!
    .-= Rose-Marie´s last blog ..My socks are finished! =-.

  36. SweetpeaTX says:

    Thanks for the link to Knitcircus – nice mag. I hadn’t heard of them before. Enjoy your blog a lot.

  37. Oh great and mighty Random Number Generator, pick me! I love Knitcircus — the knitting is fab and there’s cookie recipes, too. Thanks for a great contest.
    .-= Ina´s last blog ..May Crochet =-.

  38. Sounds interesting!

  39. Thanks for sharing! I hadn’t heard of the mag, but it sounds like a great one!

  40. I love how the stripes are being bent in the new project. You might get me to knit something other than socks if you keep up these non-sock/non-stole projects.

  41. Thanks for the link to Knitcircus. Please enter me in your contest.

  42. What a great promotion! I hadn’t heard of the magazine before – I hope I win!

  43. Barbara says:

    Off to read Knitcircus.

    Thanks for the chance to win some free patterns.

  44. Very cool! I also hadn’t heard of that online mag before.
    .-= Emily´s last blog ..How do you Photoshop leg hair? =-.

  45. Ooh! Me please!
    .-= sprite´s last blog ..oh, hello there… =-.

  46. Aurelia says:

    Cool – another online magazine to read!

  47. patricia says:

    Count me in!

  48. Thanks for the link – it’s a nice publication! I’m in for the contest. Thank you!
    .-= Michele Corbeil´s last blog ..Dogwood Blooms Project Bag Set =-.

  49. Please enter me in the contest – I’m off to read the articles now!

  50. woohoo! great patterns too.

  51. I’d love to win the patterns!

  52. have to check it out! and pets for Miss Lucy
    .-= kristen´s last blog ..SP15 Refreshed questionnaire =-.

  53. Dr. Jackie says:

    Oh boy…another online knitting mag! I’d like to win please…

  54. Karen Davis says:

    I really enjoy your blog. Thank you for letting us know about the new magazine.

  55. It looks like a neat publication! Sign me up for the drawing. Thanks!
    .-= Lynn Z´s last blog ..Never a dull moment =-.

  56. That sounds like a nifty new pub. I’m off to check it out!

  57. That is very generous of Jaala. I wondered where Knit Circus had gone – have checked the local yarn store (in WI) occasionally and noticed it missing for a while. How nice to see something local go big time on the web.

  58. Sure, I’d love to win a subscription. I can never have enough reading material about knitting!
    .-= Deb´s last blog ..Lots of Progress! =-.

  59. I would love a chance to have a copy!

  60. Congrats on mention in “Birth of a Sock”!!! Sign me up, I’m heading over to their website now! 😀

    Hugs to Her Aloofness, Miss Lucy, even when she’s too busy for her Subjects LOL! ♥♥♥
    .-= Sandra´s last blog ..ManyhorsesMane shares Recipe Blog of the Day: Strawbarb Pie =-.

  61. Add me to the list! Looks like a great collection. I’ll go now and investigate further. obtw, the only good zombie is a dead zombie. Keep up the good work! ; )

    LynnK in Calgary AB

  62. Woo! Everybody loves a give away!

  63. Oh, I could never have too many patterns. They look like fun.

  64. Wow! Cool magazine link. Very interesting. Thanks for having such a wonderful blog!

  65. Robin Pearce says:

    Ooh I love that ethereal white shawl! Sign me up for the contest.

  66. Colleen says:

    Yay for more patterns!

  67. I would love to win! Let’s see if I have any random luck this time 🙂
    .-= angela´s last blog ..Whee! =-.

  68. Lynne Davidson says:

    Leaping up and down – but also inspired to knit CeCe – doing it in Svale by Dalegarth

  69. Oh, me please! Also, Plants Vs. Zombies is a giant, FUN timesuck. I have a lot of little plants in my Zen Garden that need loving right now, in fact…

  70. Count me in – that sounds like fun!
    .-= Kate´s last blog ..Work Ethic =-.

  71. Thanks for sharing:)

  72. Looks like a neat resource!

  73. Thanks for sharing this site. I am always on the hunt for new patterns.

  74. Oh random number generator, please pick me.
    .-= southparknitter´s last blog ..Visiting the frogs =-.

  75. Windy Brown says:

    Even though I need more knitting patterns like I need a hole in my head, here is hoping that the great and powerful number generator will pick me.

  76. Sounds like a great offer to me! I’m IN! 🙂
    .-= Claudia´s last blog ..Finished =-.

  77. Thanks for sharing this site. To the Random Number Generator, you know how complete my life would be if I won.

  78. I’ve liked a lot of patterns that have come out of Knitcircus. I like that it’s a small publication with well designed offerings.

  79. imjustlori says:

    Free stuff? Yes please!

  80. Alisonl says:

    would love a chance to win 🙂

  81. Interesting magazine! Would love to be selected.

  82. heather says:

    that looks like an awesome mag. got to go check it out!

  83. Those are some CUTE baby socks! I would love a subscription to Knitcircus.

  84. I’ve never heard of this magazine before- it looks great! Congrats on the article!

  85. Thanks Wendy – would love to win – congrats on the article.

  86. I’d love to win. Thanks for the heads up about the magazine. I hadn’t heard about it yet.

  87. Online publishing is interesting. This one is at its 10th issue and I’m not sure I’d heard about it before. I’d be happy to win.

  88. Julia S. says:

    *jumps up and down*

    Pick me!
    Pick me!

  89. Thank you so much for showing it to us! I didn’t kow this magazine. Thank you for the giveaway too!!!!

    Catherine from Qc
    .-= Catherine´s last blog ..SAL UFO/RR 2010 – Projet de Mélissa =-.

  90. Mary G. says:

    You’re making good progress on that top, despite killing zombies. Thanks for the intro to another knitting mag. I’ve bookmarked it.

  91. Sherry Coleman says:

    Thank you so much for the chance to win! Looks fabulous!

  92. Eloise Warfel says:

    Some very interesting articles. Like a lot of the patterns also. Thanks for the link.

  93. What a nice magazine! A very good addition to my browsing-the-internet-time:-) Thank you for the give-away and a hug for Lucy!
    .-= Daniela´s last blog ..Pompon disaster =-.

  94. Love those patterns! Thanks!
    .-= Katheryn´s last blog ..finishing out January . . . =-.

  95. Janet Perez says:

    I’d love to win!

  96. Hopefully my number will be random enough!

    Maybe you can teach Crazy Dave (of PvZ) to knit?
    .-= Annette´s last blog ..Monday Already?? =-.

  97. Very interesting-looking magazine. Patterns, too.
    .-= E. Engman´s last blog ..CRAFT IN AMERICA SERIES =-.

  98. Kim Dills says:

    Pattern collection looks like a nice deal. Count me in

  99. What a nice giveaway!!

  100. Jen In Ypsi says:

    I’d love to be a winner of this!