My current work in progress:

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


Today is a Good Day

Why is today a good day, you ask? Because the special Gifts Issue of Knitcircus is out!

(I do not have an article in this issue because it is a special — my column will return with the next regular issue, the Winter Issue, due out November 1.)

The Gifts Issue is full of great stuff — book and yarn reviews, product recommendations, a lovely article about gift knitting, and an interview with Sally Melville. There are even some cookie recipes. And of course, the patterns!

There are some wonderful patterns in this issue and they all would make great knitted gifts. And some are really quick knits, so you can whip out a gift in no time. You can view all the patterns at the link above, and you can either buy single patterns or buy the whole pattern collection. The Organic Bath Set is a free pattern — you can download it from the magazine online.

Once again, Jaala Spiro, the very generous Editor-in-Chief of Knitcircus, has authorized me to do some giveaways! I have ten free pattern collections from the Gift Issue, and two free one-year subscriptions to give to WendyKnits readers.

To enter the drawing for one of these goodies, leave a comment to this blog post. As always, if you are unsure how to comment, check out my comment tutorial. Leave your comment by noon Eastern time on Sunday September 19, 2010. At that time I will awaken the Great and Mighty Random Number Generator and exhort it to choose winners at — you guessed it — random.

The Project at Hand

I am at the point on the back of my cardi where I can start the bind-offs for the armholes. Excitement abounds!

Transverse Shawlette

Thanks for all your great comments on this design. I’m so pleased you like it. I hope many of you will knit and enjoy it. πŸ™‚


Lucy can’t come to the blog. She is involved in a stand-off with her fuzzy rat.


  1. Awwww, I miss you and Lucy! Off to check out KnitCircus now!
    .-= Leslie´s last blog ..Episode 25 – Fall is Coming! =-.

  2. I would love to win some patterns, etc — you turned me on to Knit Circus through your blog!

  3. How nice!! Thanks Wendy and Jaala!

  4. Leaves a comment. leaves a comment! Goes off to look at Knitcircus πŸ™‚
    .-= Abigail´s last blog ..Pakistan Fundraiser =-.

  5. mary fontaine says:

    I love your blog and I read it every day. Lucy reminds me of my siamese, Beijing. He likes fuzzy rats, also.

  6. Sherry Coleman says:

    Thank you so much for the chance to win!

  7. free patterns? cool! free subscription? very cool! would be great to win either!

  8. Shirley. in PA says:

    Your cardi is so pretty, but I’m waiting for the pattern for the Transverse Shawlette. I have the perfect yarn waiting for it.

  9. Please enter me into the contest. Thanks!

  10. Can’t wait to see the next stage of the cardi- it’s looking good!

    Thanks to you and KnitCircus for the giveaway- count me in!

  11. the ear covers are so cute! i love gift ideas!

  12. I’m loving that cardi — the lace design and the color. Stacy did a wonderful job of creating chocolate yarn!

    I hope Lucy wins the stare-down!
    .-= Cathie Jones´s last blog ..Join the Banjo Snow Train =-.

  13. Thanks for the giveaway chance. Thanks also for all your inspiration!

  14. I am just loving the advent of these e-magazines and the like where you can just buy the patterns you want. It also solves the problem of buying a magazine, finding a pattern that you really really like, only to discover it’s not in the magazine you purchased but on-line.

  15. Sounds like a great issue! Hope I have a chance at one of the give aways. πŸ™‚ And The cardi is looking great!!

  16. The magazine looks great. I’d love to win.


  17. I would love a chance to win. Thank you for all you do for the “knitting world”!

  18. You are a temptress and MADE me order a subscription to the magazine because of your articles, ok, and the patterns.

  19. Geraldine Scott says:

    Please enter me…thanks for doing this!

  20. Pretty cardi! Thanks for doing another great contest!

  21. I would love to be entered in the draw πŸ™‚
    .-= CatieP´s last blog ..Gluten-Free Cinnamon Buns =-.

  22. Somehow, it looks as if Lucy is sleeping but perhaps with one eye open to make sure the fuzzy rat doesn’t move. Right?

    Thinking about knitting another short not pointy stay-on without a pin or button type of shawl for my mother. I picked up some local natural white alpaca (DK, I think) that would keep her 87 year old (and counting) shoulders good and warm. Her first one is Malabrigo worsted — same yarn, different dye lot, as her lapghan.

  23. Alicia Howard says:

    Off to look at Knitcircus…hi lucy!

  24. P.S. Got my Alice Starmore book yesterday but I don’t think I want to make that sweater you do. I like the green you picked, however.

  25. I love your new cardigan – and can’t wait to see it finished. What is the fate of the Whispy cardi?

  26. Thanks!

  27. You are one fast knitter Wendy! I like the look of the cardi.

  28. Another great issue would like to enter & your Cardi is coming along nicely.
    .-= Rae´s last blog ..Finished Objects =-.

  29. I am thinking the fuzzy rat may win, as Lucy has a busy schedule of snuggling and napping to uphold.
    .-= picadrienne´s last blog ..10 on Tuesday – Why to watch Football =-.

  30. Hi Wendy–loving the cardi’s you’ve been working on!

  31. There are some cute patterns there! Thanks for the link.
    .-= Ruth´s last blog ..A bit of the random =-.

  32. Since I hurt my hand last spring and cannot knit, I have been reading your entries daily – I love it! You also made me aware of Knitcircus and yes, this issue is great. Thanks for your great blog and a chance to win something. ( it would make my hand happy!)

  33. How sweet! looks like a great issue! p.s. you are seriously trucking on that cardigan.
    .-= Beck (lemonhalf)´s last blog ..Dinosaur or Dragon Fingerless Mitts =-.

  34. Another great issue of Knitcircus! I’d love to win one of the prizes.
    .-= Lynn Z´s last blog ..Cracking the Oyster =-.

  35. I love the cardi and would love to win one of the prizes.
    .-= southparknitter´s last blog ..Double Double Dressin’ Trouble =-.

  36. count me in please; thanks for your generosity.

  37. That rat’s got nothing on Lucy.

    Off to read KnitCircus (the best thing that’s happened to me today)!

  38. I would love to win KnitCircus stuff – I found them through you!

  39. Ummmmm cookies.
    Love the sweater, seriously considering dyeing up some for myself to knit it up when the pattern is available. πŸ™‚
    .-= Stacy Little´s last blog ..Awesome!!! =-.

  40. Count me in on the drawing please.

  41. Oooooh sign me up please!

  42. Some of those gifts look great! Would love to win! πŸ™‚

  43. Contest? Did you say Contest, you know that thing I never win, lol, Samson says Hi

  44. YOU could knit them up fast. I will have to settle for “in a reasonable amount of time.” πŸ™‚ Love your sideways shawl and your chocolate cardi. I still can’t get over how quickly you turn things out. It’s taking me 1 hour 45 minutes just to do one repeat of chart C on my pi shawl. Sigh. But I’m loving it! I would love a chance at an issue of Knit Circus, so count me in, please!

  45. Oh, I just started to get seriously into knitting and decided this year I will be giving knitted gifts to my Mom and sister. Was thrilled to see how much progress I made on one scarf in just a few days.
    I would love to win some free patterns to take my new hobby even further!
    .-= Gardenia´s last blog ..One year on – RIP Patrick Swayze =-.

  46. Love the chocolate cardi! Would love to win some new patterns!

  47. Love reading your blog… Fingers crossed for being a winner!

  48. Please count me as a contestant! Barbara VG

  49. That sweater looks amazing!I am a brown lover, and that yarn really calls to me. Can’t wait to see what the finished product looks like.
    .-= sarah´s last blog ..Must be a record or something! =-.

  50. I will have to check this issue.

  51. I love your cardi progress! And the color is beautiful!

  52. Karen Scheer says:

    I would love to win some patterns. I’m very much enjoying this issue of Knitcircus.

  53. Add me to the list,please, of those who appreciate your skill at making pretty things, and you admire your generous nature. The pictures of Lucy always bring a smile. What personality you are able to capture in your photographs!

  54. Thank you.

  55. Learn something new every day, Off to invetigate this Knitcircus of which you speak.

  56. Diane Rizzo says:

    I will check out the on line magazine! Way Cool!

  57. I love how your chocolate cardi is looking. So pretty.

  58. I’d love the chance to win some patterns! Thanks! ☺☺☺

  59. Love the new yarn! Will check out Knitcircus for sure.

  60. Those sound like some wonderful giveaways, as the gift giving season is coming right up. I’d love to win!

  61. Great progress on the cardigan!

  62. I love KnitCircus. Would love the patterns.

  63. RedfordPhyl says:

    Too many patterns and too few hours to knit. What’s a person to do?

  64. Please enter me in your contest—thanks!

  65. Commenting to win free patterns. I really like the one scarf!

  66. Oooo… goody goody! Fast knits for the holidays. I can’t wait to check out the new KnitCircus issue.

  67. I didn’t realize a new issue of Knitcircus was out already. Yay! And thanks for the awesome draw!
    .-= Silverlotus´s last blog ..Meet Inga =-.

  68. *delurk* Have just discovered how much fun Knitcircus is, and I’m thinking I’d love a chance in this contest! Thanks for offering it πŸ™‚

  69. My bet is on Lucy to win the standoff.
    Please enter me for the drawings.

  70. Hi Wendy – I went to check out Knitcircus and it’s so cool! I’d love to win some goodies from them. Thanks for the opportunity…
    .-= Chris´s last blog ..Cookie A Mystery Socks =-.

  71. Thanks for turning me on to Knitcircus!

  72. Knitcircus is a treasure trove of great information!

  73. Love your blog! Haven’t read knitcircus before. Ill have to go pick up a copy!

  74. Love the new sweater- I can’t wait to see how it turns out! Off to check out the new KnitCircus now πŸ™‚

  75. Janet Lewis says:

    I think Lucy will “win” the standoff.

  76. Thanks for a chance to win!

  77. Would love to win one. Thanks, Wendy

  78. Oooh! Pick me, please!

  79. Would love to win. Thanks.

  80. Robin Diebold says:

    I would love to win. Thanks for the chance.
    I like the pattern at the bottom of the cardi. Can’t wait to see it done.

  81. The cardi is coming along and is lovely. Can you believe that is that time of year again. Let the holiday knitting begin.

  82. Ooh, yes, please sign me up!

    The cardigan really is beautiful – and you don’t have to worry about spilling cocoa on it!

  83. Patterns/subscription!? I’d love to have either.

    Enjoying the cardi in the works right now.

  84. I love watching your knitting projects progress.

  85. So cool! Paused knitting two at a time socks to scope out KnitCircus!

  86. Count me in again – you know I love contests!
    .-= Bridget´s last blog ..Give Peace a Chance =-.

  87. I would love a chance to win. Thanks for the opportunity.

  88. The patterns would be fun but a subscription would be funner! I love browsing….. Thanks for the chance to win.

  89. Love more patterns. Bought your sideways shawlette and am thinking about spinning yarn to knit it–just thinking not doing.

  90. Thanks Wendy for offering all these gifts to us

  91. I am loving your sweater and love the color.
    I hope you share the pattern.
    Thank you for the chance to win some of the great patterns over at KnitCircus.

  92. Yay! I already purchased the pattern collection – the beaded mitts – Josephine- are a must do! But I would LOVE a subscription! Thanks, Debbie in Alaska

  93. Please random number generator, pick me. I am a nice knitter and would love to win. πŸ™‚

  94. Mary Deveney says:

    Love the issue. Would really love the patterns and subcription! Thank you! Mary in Naperville

  95. I would love to win the free patterns and subscription.

  96. gifts? patterns? sign me up!

  97. Hmm, Lucy knows how crafty those toy mousies can be, sometimes it’s best to look like your napping. So Lucy doesn’t like the chocolate Lovely Girrl yarn or have you not given her the chance to pass judgment on the new skeins? *snicker* Just wondered…..

  98. Love your new Transverse Shawl.

    I nevr would have discovered Knitcircus mag if not for your blog, Wendy. Thank you for all the bits of knowledge you pass on daily to relatively new knitters like me.

    Yes, it has been a very good day. I have been knitting most of it.

  99. I’d love either prize. Thanks for offering!

  100. Hope Lucy wins the standoff!