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. I would love to win! Glad you are having a good day too!

  2. Ellen Perry says:

    Thank you for the chance to the blog

  3. love your blog. am still knitting away on the pi shawl!

  4. Yay Knitcircus!! Will Lucy make her move soon? Stay tuned….

  5. Can’t wait to check out the special issue! You always give away great prizes!

  6. Wendy, I am not usually a big brown fan, but I love the milk chocolate! The pattern is fabulous too. I love the just enough lace !

  7. Me too, please.

  8. Comment!

  9. paisleyapron says:

    Nice mag. It would be nice to win!

  10. Peggy Laine says:

    Must hurry to check out Knit Circus. I love your blog! Luci reminds me of our late snowshoe Siamese – long fuzzy hair and four white socks. Hmm – maybe white socks should be my next project . . .

  11. love a contest!

  12. Can’t wait to see the finished chocolate cardi. There are some cute patterns in Knit Circus. I would love to win!


  13. Debbie Wigen says:

    My dog had his eye removed today. Please, I need a pick me up! & he needs a pain pill. Thanks as always for your great blog & sharing goodies with us.

  14. Someday, I will remember to subscribe to Knitcircus. Meanwhile, drawing entries are very cool.
    .-= DPUTiger´s last blog ..This-n-That =-.

  15. Love that earband with the flower! So cute!!

  16. I would love to be selected. Raised hand waving wildly in the air.

  17. My cat does that with his catnip toys, then he pounces!

  18. Count me in. I wish I could turn out the projects like you do!

  19. Please count me in!

    I love the color you’ve chosen for your cardi. It’s very soothing.

  20. Gift knitting is almost as fun as getting a knit gift! I checked out Knitcircus and am happily plowing my way through the offerings. Thank you (and pleease, magic random number thingy, pick me!!!)

  21. Loving the cardi. Hope you are thinking about putting the pattern up for sale.

  22. Yes, love your blog (and Lucy, too)–sign me up for the drawing!!

  23. Lucy and her rat…always having differences πŸ™‚

    Your cardi is coming along nicely!

  24. Amanda Fletcher says:

    Patterns are always good! Come on random number generator! Let me win!!

  25. I love the chocolate cardi! It’s positively yummy. And I will definitely be knitting the transverse shawlette for Xmas gifts, thanks for a wonderful design.

  26. Oh cool. Please let me be random. Thanks for the chance.

  27. Judith Smith says:

    Here is my comment.

  28. Your new cardi looks great! My Lucy won’t come to the blog right now because the puppies are there!
    .-= Jeanie Babbage´s last blog ..Another finished object! =-.

  29. The fuzzy rat never fails to amuze her.

  30. I <3 Lucy! I <3 your knitting patterns. comment!

  31. Hooray, prizes are fun! I never win though…! Hope you are having fun, as I am sure you truly are…

  32. I love Lucy! I love the knitting and the patterns. Comment

  33. Thanks, I’ve been waiting daily for the gift issue to come out!

  34. Yes, please enter me! Would love to knit some new patterns.
    .-= Karen´s last blog ..Whiskers on Wednesday =-.

  35. Thanks for the contest! I love gifts issues of knitting magazines. Smaller projects, and the chance to actually finish one quickly…that’s a gift to the knitter!
    .-= pdxknitterati/MicheleLB´s last blog ..September… =-.

  36. I just looked through the issue. The things are so pretty! Especially those Josephine gloves!

  37. My money’s on Lucy winning the stand-off! I’d love to win! Thanks for the chance.
    .-= josiekitten´s last blog ..Rather quiet on the knitting front =-.

  38. I’d love to win too!

  39. Love the new shawl. But better yet are the pictures of Lucy. She reminds me of a cat I once had. Still miss her.

  40. Ooh I’d love to win πŸ™‚
    .-= Rhian Drinkwater´s last blog ..I am a guest! =-.

  41. I love the wip! Will that become available as a pattern? I think that would be a sweater that got a lot of wear!

  42. Count me in, I’d love to win.
    .-= Donna´s last blog ..FO41 and 42 and 43 2007 Afghans for Afghan =-.

  43. Patterns! More patterns! Pick me please!

  44. ooooh Knitcircus I’d like in on that

  45. I love to new pattern ideas and magazines to browse through.

  46. Carol Cross says:

    I would love to have the collection of patterns. Also, the choclate cardi is great.

  47. It is a good day. I am up early enough to read and knit !! wahoo.

  48. We’re off to see KnitCircus…the wonderful wizard of knitting…

  49. Please include me in the drawing! And I LOVE the cardigan!

  50. Good morning from the UK !.

    I have just been having a nosey at the knitcircus magazine, there are some fab patterns and the book reviews were very handy so yes please count me in for the prize draw.

    I really the lace pattern on your new cardigan project, that is my next project to have a go at lace knitting, so I will start with your traverse shawlette and then I hope you will be selling the pattern for the cardigan next .

    Best wishes,

  51. Would like to win so count me in.

  52. I love Lucy’s fuzzy rat – she’s such a sweet kitty!
    .-= PJKite´s last blog ..Shetland Shawl Update – One Complete- One More to Go! =-.

  53. Please enter me in the drawing.

  54. I already want to knit several of those patterns! Must… finish… WIPs…

  55. Those are very exciting goodies! Please put me in the running…they sound like fun.

  56. Thanks! πŸ™‚

  57. Oooh! Looks like a fun issue. I’m a big gift knitter. Thanks for the chance to win!
    .-= Pixiewear´s last blog ..Countdown to Biscuits and Bluegrass =-.

  58. I hope I win a subscription!

  59. I love the Knitcircus Gifts Issue! Please enter me in your drawing.

  60. What great prizes! Count me in!

  61. Just flipped through the new issue and it looks great!

  62. Well I haven’t even looked at the issue yet, but I know I want the collection! Thanks for offering these giveaways; I’m a nut for collecting patterns.

  63. I have seen the issue, it is wonderful!! Thank for the chance to win the patterns!!

  64. LOTS of comments! If you have a giveaway, they will come…

    Hey, I guess that includes me too!

  65. Love KnitCircus, just bought your toe up sock book after making a pair of toe-up using one of your free patterns. I will never go back to top down. Thanks

  66. Starting to see recurrent patterns of behaviour with that rat.

    GO KnitCircus! Yum for the cookies.

  67. Not sure what I think about Knit Circus. I was deeply disappointed when they went digital.

    Hope Lucy wins the stand-off with her fuzzy rat!

  68. I’m still working diligently on my Shetland Pi Shawl – but I think I could squeeze in a few of the patterns from the magazine. πŸ˜‰

  69. Marilyn Stober says:

    Would love some Knitcircus stuff.

  70. Did you ever make Lucy a toy out of the Lovely Grrl yarn? She doesn’t seem to love the brown as much as she loved the green!

  71. I love your blog. Keep up the good work!

  72. Thank you for the chance!

  73. Your chocolate cardi is shaping up nicely. Does the yarn really get lighter from bottom to top of your front piece as it looks in the picture? The back doesn’t look that way so I’m guessing it’s an optical illusion. I really like it if it’s actually doing that!

    I’d love the subscription to KnitCircus. Not that I’ll win. (Hey, reverse psychology might work.)

  74. Alice Moisen says:

    I’d love to win, of course. Also love Lucy. She’s such a nice kitty

  75. Yes I am throwing my hat in the random number generator–whooo hoooo for some cool patterns.
    waves to lucy~~~~~

  76. You introduced me to another mag… It will be interesting to see how I function with a totally on-line mag. There are definitely some really cute patterns and great reviews and articles.
    .-= JaneB´s last blog ..I Love to Travel =-.

  77. Oh my, Christmas knitting…. I really do need to get that list made!

  78. I’ve always heard such good things about Knitcircus – I’d love to check it out.

  79. You are my hero and inspiration! Patterns inspire also, so pick me!

  80. What a great looking lace design on the cardi! Hope to win something this time!

  81. KnitCircus is a great online resource! Thanks for your articles.

  82. What a lovely idea! And thanks for a lovely read every day…d

  83. Thanks for the chance to win some freebies. Enjoy your column.

  84. love knitcircus!

  85. I’d love to be entered in the drawing! Thanks.
    .-= Melanie´s last blog ..Coraline Sleeving =-.

  86. I love Knit Circus!

  87. Very nice. It looks excellent. You will have a beautiful cardigan in no time!

  88. Stacy and the rugrats says:

    Gifts, gifts, gifts! Must start knitting the gifts! Ahhhh!!


  89. Love the look of the new cardigan!

  90. Oooh, love those Moroccan lace socks in this issue of KnitCircus. Please enter me in your giveaway, thanks!

    .-= MissusVonkysmeed´s last blog ..Popping the sock cherry- part 2 =-.

  91. I hadn’t heard of knitcircus before now… off to check it out!

  92. Wow! Generous, indeed. I’d love those!
    .-= Tall Kate´s last blog ..How to cook summer squash- part 1 =-.

  93. Would love to win! Your sweater looks like it’s coming along great! Wish I had the time right now to dive into a project for myself – seems like there are too many things to do for others right now, but after Christmas I will try to get something done for me again!

  94. Lovely! Sign me up too! πŸ™‚
    .-= leah´s last blog ..New beginnings! =-.

  95. Sign me up for the draw please!

  96. What a great prize! I would love to win.

  97. Ruth Schoof says:

    Please throw my name in the hat!! Can’t wait to check out the KnitCircus site.

  98. It looks like a great issue of Knit Circus. It is great that you have copies to giveaway.
    .-= Nadine B´s last blog ..Too much =-.

  99. Woohoo!! What’s not to like about the chance of winning free patterns or a subscription? Thanks. And yes, I will finish my shawl – just takin’ a little break – yours was b-yoo-ti-ful btw.

  100. Oh, thanks for the chance to win Knitcircus stuff! I saw the gift issue yesterday and my mouth is a-waterin’.
    .-= Ana in Austin, TX´s last blog ..Oh- I forgot- =-.