My current work in progress:

Stornoway, designed by Alice Starmore from her book Fishermen’s Sweaters, knit in Frangipani 5-ply guernsey wool in the Aran colorway, on a 3.0mm needle.

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. Love the Chocolate Cardi!

  2. I would love to win! Please enter me in the drawing!

  3. What a fun giveaway you get to host. Just an update to your Pi Shawl KAL…I’m still knitting away on it, learning much as I go~ : )

  4. Thanks for the opportunity to win! Hugs to Lucy.
    .-= Kim B.´s last blog ..Its a Baby Sweater =-.

  5. please put my name in the “hat” for the Knitcircus drawings!

    Beautiful cardi-in-progress…

  6. I would love a chance to win some of these patterns.

  7. Thanks for having a giveaway – looks like a fun issue!

  8. Poor Lucy, never a rest from guarding you against rodents. Stay safe!

  9. Wow, those are some pretty patterns, I’d love to win!
    .-= odessa´s last blog ..Cables and ribbing =-.

  10. Pick Me! Pick Me! oohoohh

  11. I am liking your new cardi very much!

  12. The fuzzy rat will win the battle but Lucy will win the war.

    I got Knit Circus’s email today buit have not had a chance to check it out yet.

  13. I would love to win some patterns.

  14. I’d love to win some patterns!

  15. Wonderful prizes. Thanks for the chance.

  16. What lovely giveaways! Thanks for sharing!

  17. Another neat prize. Wendy you are so thoughtful of your fans. Thank you.

  18. Anne Anderson says:

    I skimmed the new issue and saw several items I would like to try. Need to go back and read it more thoroughly. Thanks for a chance to win the patterns.

  19. KnitCircus is so full of awesome! I couldn’t resist buying the last collection, even though I had promised my husband I wouldn’t buy any more patterns until the new year. And I’ll probably end up buying this one too, even though I rarely knit gifts that aren’t baby clothes. πŸ™‚

  20. Love Knit Circus!
    I swear that you must speed knit because you seem to crank out the projects!!

  21. What a great issue!

  22. Your blog is one of my 3 top reads every day that there’s an update.

    Also Random Number Generator, you didn’t pick me yet. Maybe if I told you that I was involved* in the development of a random number generator at a major aerospace compant back in the early 70s. Maybe a great grandfather of yours??

    *In a teeny tiny non-math way, but still…

  23. Betsy Pratt says:

    Yeah for KnitCircus! Yeah for a free pattern! Yeah for your generosity! Thanks very much for the opportunity to play. BTW, love love love that chocolate cardi so far. The yarn is perfect!!!

  24. What a great magazine! I didn’t know of it before; thanks for talking about it. (Although I have no business looking or even thinking about knitting anything else. I’m only on the third go-round of my pi shawl, and in the fifth section of fifteen of the afghan. Not to mention mittens, wrist warmers…) I’d still love to win a pattern or subscription!

  25. Yay! A drawing that I didn’t miss the deadline for! Please enter me. I’d love to win.

  26. What a wonderful prize. Please pick me!

  27. Please enter me in the drawing! I’m going over to check out KnitCircus now…

  28. How do you get so much knitting done??? I love all the new knitting blogs, magazines, etc., that are being published. Such a sharing of information.

  29. Who wouldn’t want some patterns or a subscription???!!! Please enter me.

  30. martha simpson says:

    Yes,yes, yes ! I want to be a winner. Thanks for the opportunity to enter.

  31. I am enjoying your new sweater. hi to Lucy.

  32. You must be one of the fastest knitters in the world. You produce more in one month than I do in a year!! Amazing!

  33. Still loving the lacy bottom on the cardi – can’t wait to see it all done and modeled — off to Knitcircus to see what gifts I can find to do (in my spare time) thanks for encouraging us all to knit

  34. Still would like to win. Please keep me in mind, could really use some goodness. Love knit circus, btw.

  35. A comment, a comment. Thanks for offering such great prizes.

  36. Love a chance to win! Thanks

  37. Sylvia Jordan says:

    Fantastic prizes that I’d love to win.

  38. looks like it would be a fun magazine to get

  39. Terri Bergandi says:

    How very inviting! please enter me in the contest—I’ll keep my fingers crossed.

    Thanks and I love the milk chocolate coloring on the new sweater.

  40. Linda Borst says:

    I really enjoy Knitcircus, and I would love to have any of their patterns. Thank you for the opportunity.

  41. im just lori says:

    I hope Lucy wins.

    Yay for freebies! I’d like some nifty patterns, please. Pick me! Pick me!

  42. Wendy, I love the Chocolate Cardi!
    .-= Kathode Ray Tube´s last blog ..Ten on Tuesday =-.

  43. Yes!……….fun fun fun………..chocolate cardi looking lovely!!

  44. Please enter me in the contest!
    .-= janna´s last blog ..Again =-.

  45. I love that milk chocolate colorway? Any chance she might offer it to us minions? lol That color is making me hungry.

  46. Sharon Moon says:

    Thanksfor introducing us to Knitcircus. I’m ready for some gift ideas other than scarves for Christmas time.

    Here’s hoping on the good luck fairy coming through!

  47. Would love to win! Your cardigan is very pretty, love the pattern on the bottom =)

  48. Thank you for the opportunity…to lose, again. I like the chocolate Cardi…nice design.

  49. Please enter me in your drawings!!! I love to read your blog and am lovin the chocolate cardi!! Make my day, I am moving this weekend and would love to receive an email from you! Thanks!

  50. Would love a chance to win! πŸ™‚

  51. Knitcircus! Another new thing for me! Thank you, Wendy, for expanding my world!

  52. Lucy has gone to sleep I believe, but we aren’t asleep ! Hoping the great random number generator picks me.

  53. πŸ™‚

  54. Another random draw, how wonderful.

  55. Thanks for another great opportunity!

  56. Knit Circus sounds fabulous! I plan to look it up… hope I win!

  57. I should really start working on my holiday gifts…

    Lots of knitting during the next few months!

  58. I love a good cat toy stare down. Go, Lucy.

  59. I would never have known of Knitcircus if not for your blog. Please enter me in the drawing.

  60. Oh, Great and Might Number Generator please grace me with your attention!

  61. I’m so happy to hear today is a good day! Your cardie is looking gorgeous as is Miss Lucy (wouldn’t want to get in trouble for not celebrating her πŸ™‚ )

  62. It’s me again. Saying “Pick me”, again. Lamely.

  63. It is always a good day when I get to knit. Thanks for keeping us informed and the great chance to win goodies.

  64. Great articles – thanks for the offer.

  65. Tell me it isn’t holiday knitting time already. I think I am already behind with the one gift I have ONT.

  66. Great articles – thanks for the offer

  67. I would love to win the patterns. Please enter me.

  68. If I win, can Lucy autograph it?
    .-= Beth Holt´s last blog ..Love This Color! =-.

  69. Pick me, pick me! I would love to win

  70. Me, me, me, me, me………

    No, I’m not singing ;=P I’m leaving a hopeful comment!

  71. You’re so careful in your design and construction. I hope to use those skills to make a sweater that really fits!
    .-= LoriAngela´s last blog ..Sweetie Pi =-.

  72. Today is indeed a good day – my dad’s 85th birthday!! The transverse shawlette is great for a beginner to shawl’s and lace. I will pass it along to my friends. The milk chocolate cardi is calling my name – I can’t wait to see the finished cardi and get the pattern. Although, I’m more of a dark chocolate girl. πŸ™‚

  73. I absolutely adore those beaded mitts! And I’m looking forward to reading the Gifts article tonight. Thanks for pointing this out, Wendy! I’d love to win.
    .-= Deb´s last blog ..Big Time Catch-Up! =-.

  74. Have you ever done a post showing where you store all your sweaters and shawls? Your output is amazing!

    Love the chocolate brown you have for your cardigan. That is going to be fabulous!
    .-= Mary Lee´s last blog ..Dinner at 3 =-.

  75. Yay another giveaway! Thanks Wendy!
    Oh pick me pick me mighty Random Number generator!

  76. I hope Lucy wins the standoff with the fuzzy rat. I really should make some for my kitties. Oh, and please enter me in the contest, with the magic random number generator thingee.

  77. So the winner is really random and not based on the erudition of comments, how much we flatter you, or the cat. OK. But the cardi lace pattern has a wonderful feel of trees on a mountain side.

  78. Thanks!

  79. Well, I’m glad it’s a good day for somebody today πŸ™‚ I’d love to win, but with my luck these days, I know it’s just plain futile.

  80. I would love to win! Thank you for offering this awesome giveaway again!

  81. Am i doing this in the right place? I would love to win some free patterns

  82. KnitCircus, you say? Maybe some perusing will help pull me out of the funk that my cruddy workday put me in. Glad I stopped by πŸ™‚

  83. A gift issue…wow! Please enter me.

  84. Too awesome! If they keep doing this, every one of your readers will have at least 1 issue of KnitCircus!
    .-= Emily´s last blog ..Remember when I said I have a high instep =-.

  85. I’d love to win any of the prizes. Thanks for entering me in the drawing! πŸ™‚

  86. I love that there are so many online resources. KnitCircus is great, I’d love a free issue.
    .-= Claire´s last blog ..Le Roi est mort =-.

  87. KnitCircus…what a great name…..I am ready to win…..

  88. Ooo! I could use this for sure!

  89. Hi Wendy! Pick me! πŸ™‚ (Please)

  90. Your Chocolate cardi is gorgeous. I will look forward to seeing it complete! And the Transverse Shawl might be just what I have been looking for since I just acquired some laceweight alpaca. Lovely!
    Tell Lucy to be alert – those fuzzy rats can be sneaky!

  91. Maybe someday I will be the lucky winner. Please enter me, too along with the thousands of others.

  92. I love reading your blog. I try to catch it everyday. KnitCircus sounds like a fun magazine and I would love to have a subscription.

  93. More goodies! I love it ! Thanks for the Transverse Shawlette pattern. It’s on my list.

  94. Thanks for the link! I went and paged through and had a lovely time.
    .-= Barbara-Kay´s last blog ..Just Saying… =-.

  95. Enter me in the drawing. Always love to have gift idea patterns and a subscription would be sweet!

  96. Me, me, me! Please! (I’m afraid that fuzzy rat is totally going to win the stand-off . . .)

  97. We are so lucky to have a friend like you. I enjoy your blog, and keeping up with Lucy.
    .-= Helen Chase´s last blog ..Going Sideways- Wendy Knits =-.

  98. Great knits and good sounding goodies!!!!!

  99. Best wishes to Lucy: I think the rat is starting to falter…
    .-= ccr in MA´s last blog ..Summers End is Not All Bad =-.

  100. Your brown cardi is coming along nicelyand I could use some new patterns.
    .-= nannyjean´s last blog ..My Barrel =-.