My current work in progress:

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


Cowl Girls

I recently received a review copy of Cowl Girls: The Neck’s Best Thing to Knit by Cathy Carron. Apart from a cute title, what does it have?

Well, plenty of cowls to knit! There are 40 patterns to knits things to wrap around your neck, and go over your head. Most of these designs can be called cowls, I think, but there are a few hats as well.

There is a wide range of techniques used in these knits and the patterns range from quick and easy (thick yarn on fat needles) to more complex, like this colorwork cowl:

A few more of my favorites. This:

And this:

And this:

The book is being published by Sixth&Spring Books and is due out October 5.

Who’d like my review copy?

To be entered in the drawing to win my copy, leave a comment on this post by 4:00pm eastern time this Thursday, September 23, 2010. Don’t know how to leave a comment? Check out my comment tutorial.

A winner will be chosen at random from the comments left and announced in Thursday’s blog post.

Back to my own knitting . . .

Great progress has been made. I finished the first sleeve of my cardi but since I neglected to photograph it, you’ll have to take my word for it.

Knitting on the second sleeve will commence tonight.

And here is Lucy, in a photo from this past weekend, happily ensconced on her Daddy.

Photo take with Lucy’s Daddy’s Droid Incredible — great pic, eh?

(The sock yarn used for the socks pictured? I believe it was Regia Stretch but as I knit them a million years ago, I’m not sure.)


  1. I want to win. Pick me please!
    .-= Frankie´s last blog ..Busy Weekend =-.

  2. Love how Lucy’s eyes match her daddy’s jeans. Also, please send the book this way. I could use a new fashionable cowl this winter.

  3. OOOO.. I love cowls! Please put me in the random number generator..
    .-= PlainJane´s last blog ..Grandma Who Dances With Crochet Hooks =-.

  4. pick me, pick me – love knitting cowls and such, especially since the princess has been asking me for them
    .-= Karen´s last blog ..Deep into the Deep Dish Pie =-.

  5. Oooooh! That looks lovely! I hope I win. I’ve been throwing a skein of handspun around my neck – time to knit it.

  6. I’d love the book!

    I wish my cats would sit on me more….
    .-= Colleen´s last blog ..Testing- 1- 2- 3! N =-.

  7. Looks like a cool book. I’m all for a random lottery.
    .-= Rose-Marie´s last blog ..Finished objects and free patterns! =-.

  8. Some beautiful cowls on those girls.

  9. I wouldn’t mind winning this book.
    .-= Sarah´s last blog ..Mystery Monday =-.

  10. I saw this book the other day and I’d love to have it. I think I could knock out a bunch of Christmas gifts in time for this year!! Thanks!

  11. Please enter me into the contest. Thanks!
    .-= sprite´s last blog ..into the stacks- practice makes perfect =-.

  12. Looks like a good book thanks for having another good giveaway.
    .-= Rae´s last blog ..Bind Off One Cast On Two =-.

  13. I’d like to win this – but I’d give it to Laura as a giftie ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Going through a cowl phase at the moment in preparation for travelling (one cowl in bag rather than one hat and scarf) and am yet to find the perfect pattern. A whole book would be great – thank you so much.
    .-= Taphopile´s last blog ..More Improvisations =-.

  15. I’m in.

  16. Well that’s a pretty nifty little book, pardner! Thanks for the contest!

  17. Count me in too!

  18. It’s getting chillier day by day now. A cowl, that’s what I need to keep warm. Winning this book gives me lots of ideas and patterns to make one for myself and then I’ll make one for my husband and son !!

  19. I would love the book; I’m enjoying making cowls this year!

  20. I have been waiting for this book to be released! I’ve fallen in love with cowls!

  21. Alicia Howard says:

    How funny. I just asked my son’s teacher what she would like for me to knit for her this year and she said she wanted a big chunky cowl! I certainly need to check out this book!

  22. The book looks awesome – I need to get in the business of reviewing stuff! Please enter me in your contest and give Miss Lucy a snorgle for me.
    .-= Leslie´s last blog ..TheKnitGirllls Ep 26 โ€“ Where the Featherweight is Done! =-.

  23. Jen In Ypsi says:

    as my sister want a cowl for Christmas, it would be great if I won this!

  24. Shirley. in PA says:

    Oh please, me. I love cowls, and they make wonderful gifts. Lucy looks adorable in that photo.

  25. I need more Xmas gift ideas – this book looks perfect.

  26. Love cowls – especially with handspun!

  27. That book looks awesome! count me in!

  28. COWLS! Love them!!

  29. Kathy Strand says:

    My Lucy (aka Charlie) loves Daddy’s lap best too! Would love to add this to my library! Pick me, Pick me!

  30. I’ve only ever made one cowl. I hadn’t realized that they were perfect for trying out new techniques. I might have to get this book, if I don’t win it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  31. Thanks for the contest and giving away such an interesting book. I hope you get to keep one for yourself.

  32. penelope dubois says:

    I have never seen a whole Cowl book. Looks really fun!

  33. In the throes of the first cold of 2010 so a cowl would be the perfect comforter :>)

  34. I’ll take your word that you knit the sleeve ;)) now please pick my comment to win the review copy of the book! Thanks so much for the opportunity!

  35. I adore “scarves I can’t lose,” and cowls fit that bill. If I’ve got to take one off, I can stick it on my arm and it doesn’t slink off without my notice. I’ve also been known to slip one on my head like a headband.

    I’d love to see the variations on the cowl in this book… whose title caught my eye the first time I saw it a couple of weeks ago. Thanks for sharing. ๐Ÿ™‚
    .-= Elianastar´s last blog ..Series Why Swatch Dimension- Part One =-.

  36. Haven’t knit a cowl yet, but those are some cute ones!

  37. Blinkiebloo says:

    I’ve always knitted scarves, never a cowl, looks like a great thing to try next!

  38. Yay for giveaways! ๐Ÿ™‚
    .-= biomaj5´s last blog ..Progress is slow =-.

  39. I’ve been thinking that I don’t knit enough cowls! I would love to have patterns for some really incredible cowls. Thanks for sharing Wendy!
    .-= Katherine´s last blog ..Bye-Bye Pi =-.

  40. Love those cowls!

  41. I think cowls are the next great thing for knitted gifts. Thanks for the chance to win the book!

  42. Who would have thought! A book all about cowls! I’d like it…usually a quick knit! Thanks for giving it away.

  43. I really want to win this book……thanks for offering us the chance to win!

  44. I’m always cold. I’d love to win!

  45. I just requested that book from my local library. Looks like fun.

    And I just love socks that are old enough that I don’t really quite remember what yarn they were knit from! Oldies but goodies. Lucy looks very sweet on Daddy’s knees.

  46. those would make great gifts for my family! maybe I will win and then I won’t have to go out to the mall to shop this Christmas!

  47. Pick me! This has to be the seventy-eleventh contest I’ve entered and not won.

    But thank you for the opportunity. Your generosity is not lost on me.

  48. I love cowls–I so want a copy.

  49. the book looks fun! thanks for being willing to share!

  50. Hmmm…I have a daughter-in-law-to-be who is very fashionable. This would give me wonderful possibilities for gifts for her. What does Lucy think??

  51. Thanks!

  52. It would be kewl to have to the cowl book!

  53. I was looking at this book today and would love a copy!

  54. I’d love the cowl book–and, more importantly, my daughters would love a new cowl.

  55. Would so get lots of use from this! seems everyone i know no longer wears scarves, and personally… I’d rather knit a cowl anyday!

  56. I’d love to have this book! Those jeans really set off Lucy’s beautiful blue eyes.

  57. Great foto from the Droid! And great handknit socks too.

    Count me in on this drawing.

  58. I would absolutely love to have that book! Please pick me.

  59. I love cowls! I hope this is the one time I win something. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  60. As I’m having my own private summers, I’m afraid i won’t be able to wear turtlenecks this winter as I often strip at a hot flash moment’s notice. I think a cowl would be easy to slip on and off.

  61. Quick and fast, plus techniques, I’m in. And win or not, I’m getting a copy!

  62. Pick me. They’ll make excellent gifts.
    .-= Beverly´s last blog ..The Big One! =-.

  63. Margaret S. says:

    I just finished my very first cowl and am in love! I saw this post and got really excited!

  64. Me! Me! Me! Please!

  65. I would love to win this book. I’m a girl and I like knitting cowls so perhaps I am a cowl girl.

  66. Cowls! Looks like great ideas for Christmas gifts!!
    .-= Jakki Mitch´s last blog ..An August Birthday =-.

  67. Oooh! I’m a collector of cowl patterns, however there isn’t much need to wear them in the desert. Oh well, I can dream for a cold snap!!

  68. I love cowls!!! I’ve knitted a couple of my own design =)

  69. Cool book! Throw my name in the number generator. Or whatever… you know what I mean.

    Seeing Ian’s socks reminds me I’ve been neglecting my man. :- ( I need to get to work on some socks for him.

  70. even the cowl queen (that would be me!) could use a new set of cowl patterns! thanks for the giveaway!

  71. thanks for offering the book.

  72. what a great book! Keeping my fingers crossed!

  73. That book looks awesome! ๐Ÿ™‚

  74. I love cowls. I need a copy of this book! Very generous of you to pass it along

  75. Nice cowls!

  76. le sigh!
    .-= Freda´s last blog ..Schools out forthe remaining part of the spring =-.

  77. Omg! I love that book!

  78. I’d love a copy…this book looks so fun!

  79. Cowlgirls…neck’s best thing….how very clever! How do they come up with these things!? Love it and cowl patterns ๐Ÿ™‚

  80. Sylvia Jordan says:

    I would like to have it.

  81. Is it ok to jump up and down and say “please pick me”? What if I say “pretty please”? I love cowls!

  82. I keeping thinking I should try to knit a cowl. Interesting book!

  83. Susan aka paintermom says:

    Hope I win! Thanks for the giveaway.

  84. Lookd like a great book to have in one’s knitting library. It would make me happy to be the winner of this book.
    .-= Joansie´s last blog ..Cedar Leaf Shawlette =-.

  85. I just discovered cowls and I’m currently knitting the Shawl Collared Cowl by Alana Dakos (Never Not Knitting).
    .-= SusanB-knits´s last blog ..Brown Monday =-.

  86. Joan Robertson says:

    Please include me in the drawing. This book is on my list to buy as soon as it comes out

    Joanie R

  87. Would like to try some. Thank you.

  88. Oh another cool knit book! Yah!

  89. Cowl-a-bunga ! I hope I win this time. Whoo hoo.

  90. Lucy makes a great heater cat! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’d love to win that copy of the cowls book. Definitely plan to knit some of those.

  91. Pick me please! I love to knit cowls. I posted one I’ve knit on my website – the pattern is “A Noble Cowl” a great pattern for a lacey cowl. Just wish it would cold enough here to wear them more! 98 degrees today! Yuck!
    .-= Lynneth´s last blog ..Sweater – Year Two Etc =-.

  92. Sherry Anderson says:

    I was just drooling over a post about this book and got your email! I would love to be the winner!

  93. Yes, please!

  94. Yes to cowls!! also yes to droid, but is Incredible a newer one?? I have the original Motorola like you featured last fall/winter on here. VERY CLEAR detail, are there more controls or is the operator very experienced?

  95. LOVE to knit cowls and would love some new patterns to work from!

  96. I’d love to win this book. It would be great for stash reduction….

  97. Wendy I really enjoy winning would be fun to try so many neat neckwarmers.

  98. The patterns look great. I’d love to win the book. Thanks!

  99. Oh, I love cowls, keep my neck and shoulders warmer than a shawl or scarf!

  100. What a great pic of Lucy! The CowlGirls sounds fun.