My current work in progress:

Newlyn Jacket, by Jane Gottelier, knit from Rowan Original Denim, using 3.25mm and 3.5mm 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. ๐Ÿ™‚


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


  1. I love how the sweater is coming…and thanks for pointing out the release of Knitcircus.
    .-= twinsetjan´s last blog ..The show-off is shown upโ€ฆ =-.

  2. Carolyn Malloch says:

    Love to receive a KnitCircus freeby/give-away. Carolyn

  3. What a great giveaway! Consider me entered. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Hmmm, I’ve noticed the comments go way up when there is a give away. Here’s hoping the mightly random number generator chooses me. Scritches to Lucy!
    .-= Earin´s last blog .. =-.

  5. today is a great day!!!

  6. I love the lace pattern on your cardigan. Can’t wait to see it when you’ve finished it!

  7. Once again thank you for your generousity! I’d love to win so I can get at least one the sock patterns. Give Lucy a hug for me.

  8. you have some of the most generouse friends!!

  9. With grandsons in school I have lots of time to knit – there are advantages to being their Mimi! I love the idea of the e-magazines and buying only what I am interested in.

  10. Ooh, prizes. ๐Ÿ™‚

    One of my cats loves the furry mice I get them. He throws it around the room by the tail and chases after it. So much fun to watch.

  11. Sept 20th is my birthday!!! Pick me, random number generator!!!
    Kristen K

  12. Super cute bags! I must check her site! Love the kitty applique.

  13. You do such lovely work, post such enticing photos and offer Such A Deal drawings: you’re a rock-star! I feel lucky!

  14. Janet B from Cape Cod says:

    Would love to have some new patterns. Just ordered yarn to make your sideways shawl.

  15. Would love a chance! Thank-you!

  16. I agree, there are some great patterns in this issue!

  17. Thanks for the chance to win! You’re awesome!

  18. Willa Jean Dooley says:

    I jumped over to take a look… it’s a gorgeous issue. I need to spend some time with this one….

  19. Susan aka paintermom says:

    I would love to win either. I am not familiar with knitcircus.

    Your cardi looks great!

  20. Very nice knitting – thanks for the opportunity to possibly win!

  21. Count me in for the prize draw… x

  22. Karol Vellines says:

    I need some great ideas for Christmas gifts. I’m off to check out Knitcircus!

  23. Thanks for the giveaway Jaala & Wendy!
    .-= jepkey´s last blog ..You just never know =-.

  24. Please add me to the drawing. I am enjoying the Knitcircus magazine. Thank-you!

  25. did lucy win the standoff?
    inquiring minds want to know!
    and yes, please include me in drawing. Thanks!

  26. I just recently discovered Knitcircus. They have great patterns and interesting articles.

  27. adamboysmom says:

    Prizes! Weeee, pick me, pick me, pick me!

  28. Knitcircus goodies? Ooo, put me in the Random Number Generator!

  29. Pick me, pick me. Love your project at hand!

  30. What a great offer. Sign me up. I would love to win some patterns!

  31. I’m only here for the Lucy. (Ok, not really…)

  32. That looks like a pretty cool magazine, actually! Thanks for offering the giveaway. ๐Ÿ˜€

  33. I need that gift issue for Christmas gifting.

  34. Donna Hrynkiw says:

    Well gosh. And I was just looking through KnitCircus last night thinking to myself “I really like a lot of this stuff”. And now we have a chance to win some patterns. It’s a win-win, methinks.

  35. Thanks for the opportunity to win a prize!

  36. Yay, thanks for the chance to win!
    .-= kala´s last blog ..Knitting and Reading =-.

  37. i like to be your winner. love your blog, love your lucy the cat too!!

  38. I’m not allowed to spend any more money on knitting related things (self-imposed) for the rest of the year. So happy I have prepaid for some things! But winning stuff doesn’t count so I’m hoping the rng picks me.

  39. still lovin’ the cardi! hope that number generator picks me!

  40. Knitting AND cookies? Sounds like heaven to me!

  41. Eileen Bunn says:

    Thanks for letting me know about the magazine. Please enter me in the drawing!!!!!

  42. Eliana Bahri says:

    I’d love to win a KnitCircus Mag!

    Thanks for the giveaway ๐Ÿ™‚

    ~ Eliana ~
    (Iknitcupcakes-Ravelry name)

  43. Pick Me! Pick Me! *waves wildly*
    .-= ellen´s last blog ..Im Having an Aarti Paarti =-.

  44. owwww I like to win and the chocolate cardi.

  45. prpltrtl946 says:

    I would love to knit a little girl that beautiful dress!!! Always lots to drool over in any edition of Knitcircus!

  46. I haven’t checked this issue out yet, but I’m on my way! Would love to win a subscription.

  47. Go Lucy!
    This was my first visit to Knit Circus! Nice!!!!!!!!!

  48. Just got back from a week of theater – I’m so glad I didn’t miss this opportunity! What a totally cute mag!

  49. Oh, I’d love to win!

  50. Rowan Falar says:

    Oooh! That would be a great way to get some very pretty patterns for Xmas gifts!

  51. What a great giveaway! I think Lucy is just toying with fuzzy rat …

  52. I would like to be entered for either prize. Please and Thank You.
    Lucy is looking intense! I think she’s winning.
    .-= pmoys´s last blog ..Gah! =-.

  53. How awesome! Id love a chance to win…

    Knitmomma (at) gmail (dot) com

  54. Wow, oh wow! Would like this much – almost as much as Lucy loves her fuzzy rat!

  55. The transverse shawlette is beautiful, I can’t wait to see the chocolate cardi! And please pick me as one of the knitcircus winners. ๐Ÿ™‚

  56. I’m not a frilly kinda girl, but I’m really drawn to the “frilly cuffs” on page 72… If I were to do them in a deep purple they would be perfect for my sister. Hmm… It is the gift issue after all!

  57. Knitcircus is awesome – and so is your blog! ๐Ÿ™‚

  58. What a neat e-zine! I was not even aware it existed until this post. Thanks Wendy.
    .-= CatMyers´s last blog ..Hello Friday! =-.

  59. Your patterns are wonderful, with some luck, I may win one of them. Please keep up your wonderful works of art.

  60. I will check it out! Thanks!

  61. Another great issue!

  62. What a great giveaway..One of these days I hope I will win something. I love knitcircus.

  63. Thanks for offering these yummy prizes! Please enter my name. Meredith (a dedicated lurker)

  64. Thank you for letting us in on Knitcirucus. The gifts look absoluetly lovely to knit.

  65. Ooh, I would love to win me some Knitcircus!

  66. Hope to win the patterns. Thanks for the opportunity.

  67. I would love to win. The toddler dress is so cute.

  68. Once again, thanks so much for the chance to win!!

  69. KnitCircus is great – excellent articles and patterns. Thank you, Wendy!

  70. There are so many lovely patterns in that issue, I’d love to win one!
    The cardigan’s looking good, like the colour.

  71. Vicki Johnson says:

    The cardi looks beautiful!! Thanks for the opportunity to win! Cheers!

  72. Linda G Howell says:

    Love the new issue! You and Lucy have a great weekend!

  73. It is always fun to try to win something new – – – thank you

  74. Clara Arellano says:

    Win, win, win — I want to win! Thanks!

  75. Catching up on reading blogs after a week away from my lap top jsut in time to read this post…..please random-number-generator, please choose me!!!!
    .-= danielle´s last blog ..Labor Day Weekend Part 1 =-.

  76. I’d love a chance to win. Thanks again for hosting such a wonderful contest

  77. I’ve never seen this magazine before. I would love to win it.

  78. This issue of KnitCircus looks super neat.

  79. Nice prize. pretty yarn, looks good enough to eat.

  80. Love your cardi-

  81. I’m looking forward to spending some time with the KnitCircus Gifts Issue. Not so sure my high hopes about holiday gift knitting always come true, but a girl can dream!

  82. I’d love to win…………pick me!

  83. Thanks for this generous giveaway!

  84. Already downloaded patterns from Knitcircus!!!!!!

  85. Cowlgirls looks like a great book. Would love to win. The sweater is looking great as well. Can’t wait to see the finished product.