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. You have selected some beautiful cowls to show. Minnesota girls do like to be attractive and warm while we shovel all that snow.

  2. I would love to win the book. Thanks so much Wendy! Debbie in Alaska

  3. im just lori says:

    I love the pic of Lucy with her daddy’s socks!

    And yes please–I’d love your copy of the book.

  4. Elizabeth H. says:

    Pick me! I love cowls.

  5. Freya in Californeya says:

    That book looks awesome!! I would love a copy.

  6. You are always so generous! I would love a copy of that book!

  7. Hope to see my name this time as the winner!!!!!!! It would be a great book to use and add to my library.

  8. Diane Tetreault says:

    Great holiday gifts—-fingers crossed!

  9. I like those socks. Yes, I love a good cowl – it hides a sagging neck!! Mine!!

  10. Michelle in NL says:

    Looks like a great book! I, too, love cowls πŸ™‚

  11. She’s so cute, that Lucy! Nice socks too!

  12. What great cowls!
    Also, how cool is it that the denim highlights Lucy’s lovely eyes!

  13. Lucy has Elizabeth Taylor eyes! Yes, please sign me up for the book!

  14. Elisa Maruottolo says:

    That book looks wonderful. I am just getting into knitting cowls. I love your blog too!!!!

  15. I am knitting several Cowls for Christmas presents. This book has a lot of nice looking ones. Please pick me.
    Lucy girl….you look good on daddy’s lap….meow

  16. What fun! As always, thanks for your generosity and willingness to share, Wendy.
    .-= Karen in Toledo´s last blog ..Now Appearing On Stage =-.

  17. susan murphy says:

    Pick me, me, me!!! I love cowls!

  18. I’d love to win the book. Great pic of Lucy!

  19. Cowls make such good gifts…. Pick me! I could use the inspiration of this book.
    .-= Liz´s last blog ..Hope Chest =-.

  20. Great title: Cow Girls

    Now is the time for knitting these great neck warmers.
    I’m ready.

    .-= Gerry´s last blog ..Nature girl =-.

  21. My fingers are crossed. Thanks for giving us the opportunity to enter.

  22. I have been drooling over this book. Thank you for giving us a chance to win a copy. And thank you also for deciding to share the pattern for the cardigan.
    .-= Kim´s last blog ..SHETLAND PI SHAWL =-.

  23. Hi Wendy – I would love a copy of the Cowlgirls book so please enter me in the drawing.

    BTW I absolutely adore the sideways shawl you made and plan to buy the pattern. I read your blog every day and always enjoy it – especially the Lucy pictures, I’m a major cat lover.


  24. I love different kinds of cowls and would love to make many out of this book.

  25. Thanks for offering. I’d love to have some new cowl patterns for holiday gifts!

  26. How cool are you to pass this book on?!?!?!

    Oh, this would be fantastic to get. My wife has been busting my needles to knit her a cowl, but she hasn’t seen a pattern that she likes just yet. I sure that she’ll be able to pick something from this collection.

    Thanks a bunch!

  27. Hi there. I’d like to win as well – though I’ve never made a cowl….btw – I think it is really nice of you to make up the pattern for the cardigan and I’m not just saying that. Actually – if you do pick me – pick again – it’s not realistic that I’m going to make one – I’ve got too much on backlog so to be fair – it should go to someone who will. Does any of that make sense? : )

  28. What a great way to use up the stash! Have to have it!

  29. I’d love to win this book! Cowls are easy and quick to knit!

  30. I love Cowls! I would love to win this.

  31. Crazily enough, I don’t think I’ve ever knit a cowl. Maybe this would be just the project to get me knitting again!
    .-= Julie´s last blog ..Mid Century Modern Lounge Chair =-.

  32. Yes Please!

  33. Looks like a lovely book for winter; though we’re heading into spring here atm.

  34. Hi Wendy,
    I considered purchasing the book for my knitting group at a Women’s Correctional Facility in NY. Five volunteers, including myself, teach 25 women each week throughout the year. Since the library doesn’t supply knitting texts for the women to use, they rely on our stash and books for their tutorials once they go back to their residences.

    They would certainly apprecial the opportunity to use this book to make gifts for their family, friends and themselves. Your generosity of having the Women win this book would opens the hearts and minds of many.

    The book will be a wonderful addition to their knitting education.
    Best regards,

  35. This looks like a great book. Have a good week!

  36. I would love this book. I have many gifts to knit… and try not to make them all identical.

  37. Robin Diebold says:

    The book looks interesting. I would love to win.

  38. Ohhh, I’m known as the cowl queen at my local LYS. I would LOVE this.

  39. Cowls- love them in a soft yarn for keeping toasty.

  40. What a beautiful book! I’ve never knit a cowl before, but what a wonderful way to start! πŸ™‚

  41. I love knitting cowls, but some of them look similar to ones published in Vogue Knitting. I wonder if it just happens to look similar or if they are the same patterns?

  42. HalifaxMommy says:

    I have never knit a cowl – i really should attempt one. but out side socks i hate knitting in the round.

  43. Cowl Girls looks fun. Pick me, please!

  44. Those cowls look like fun knits! I’d enjoy the book.

  45. Great looking book. Count me in.

  46. Amazon is recommending this book to me, so I’ve been curious about it!

  47. As I look at all the comments I’m glad I’m not responsible for picking a winner πŸ˜‰
    Has Lucy always been crosseyed, or is it the cuddle excitement?
    .-= Jeanie Babbage´s last blog ..Smarter than you think =-.

  48. martha simpson says:

    My favorite item to knit. Oh, I so wish I could win this book. I recently knitted one of silky wool. It is lovely. Cowls are a joy to knit.

  49. Julie Lovelace says:

    Oh, I like Cowls! I’m a Cowl Girl.

  50. I love cowls! I’d love to see this book.

  51. Oh I love cowls, and just decided to knit one for a co-worker for her BD. But I have no idea what pattern to use …

  52. I have some quivet that Is just enough yardage for a cowl. Pick me!

  53. Oh yes, it does so get cold in Louisiana in the winter. We’ve had snows the last two years in a row! (I know, you’re unimpressed.) I’d still like to knit the cowls.
    .-= Barbara-Kay´s last blog ..Just Saying… =-.

  54. Cowls are one of my weaknesses — random number generator, please pick me!

  55. oooh! me please random number generator!

  56. Fingers crossed

  57. Ooh, I’d love a copy of the book, just love it!

  58. Cowl – please enter me!!! Thank you!

  59. Looks like a great book. I’d love to have a copy! Pick me!

  60. I Love Cowls, and so does my trendy daughter.
    I know she would love some of them in the new book, and I would
    enjoy knitting them…Here’s my wishlist/entry. thanks jjh

  61. Oh my gosh, now you’ve got me wanting to knit up nothing but cowls — how cute are they and the subtitle? Love it. Don’t expect I’ll win but definitely a book to put on my wish list!
    .-= Wool Free and Lovin’ Knit´s last blog ..You wont believe it- or maybe you will =-.

  62. Ohhhhh Me please. Tell Lucy she needs to try to

  63. Cowl Girls just wanna have Spun!!! Luvs the catchy title. pure genius-

    I hope I win, but I’m shellfish, I not gonna give it to noooooo-body~ πŸ™‚

    Miss Lucy aka Daddy’s Girl, makes a nice Leg Warmer~β™₯β™₯β™₯
    .-= Sandra´s last blog ..Opt-In to the ArtFirecom Group Deal! =-.

  64. kelly-ann (on ravelry) says:

    Very catchy title for a book. I started knitting cowls last year and I love them for myself – awesome for wearing inside.

  65. Looks like a great book; would love a copy.
    .-= Patty Madrigal´s last blog ..Flowers in the Garden =-.

  66. Love the name and the photos posted. Would love to win – thanks!

  67. I love these cowls! Gorgeous!

  68. Me! Me! Me! I’ve been dying for an excuse to do something like that. If I had the book…….well, I’d just have to make one (or 2 or 3…)

  69. book looks fabulous! as usual – thanks for the generosity!

  70. I could even get a couple of these cowls finished for Christmas! And I have a granddaughter who’s being posted overseas shortly, and she indicated that gossip in her group said she’d be happy to have something snug around her neck on chilly nights. Of course, there’s always a scarf. Maybe mittens with the ends that fold back….

  71. Dear Random Number Selector,

    Please select me.

    Thank you,


  72. Those cowls look great. I would love to have the patterns to knit some. Thanks for offering the book, Wendy.
    .-= Debbie´s last blog ..Quilting Corner came to visit =-.

  73. I lust after that book. All the new fashion magazines show lots and lots of
    cowls –

  74. How clever! I’m thinking that those for whom I knit who live in cold climates would love these!
    .-= LoriG´s last blog ..Powerful Books for Teens and Former Teens =-.

  75. i was browsing cowl patterns today on ravelry. i would love to knit cowls from the cowlgirls, expecially the world’s fair colorwork cowl.

  76. Stacy and the rugrats says:


  77. oh pretty!

  78. Remember when the Mad Hatter tried to steal Batman’s “cowl” for his headwear collection, from the tv show?
    I’m so old…XD

    I’d love to take a look at this book, in cold weather i NEED to protect my throat from the elements.

  79. Pat Whatley says:

    It’s getting cool here already and will be needing warm stuff soon.

  80. A book! Please please please pick me, Mr. Random Number Generator!

    Thanks for offering it.
    .-= Sarah/Scienceprincess´s last blog ..Knitting! What a good plan! =-.

  81. Cowls – Perfect for Northeast winters!

  82. who doesn’t love a cowl.
    .-= ikisti´s last blog ..The goings on in pictures =-.

  83. I’m a huge fan of cowls, and I LOVE that title, so please enter my name! Dying to go back to Fibre Space soon, but not sure when I’ll go. Sorry I missed your last visit; I almost went but….
    .-= Rose´s last blog ..Sunny Sunday =-.

  84. I’d love a copy of the book. Thanks for the chance to win something!

  85. Ruth Schoof says:

    OMG!! Can’t wait to get my hands on the new book! Please add my name to the pot! Thanks.

  86. That looks like such a fun book!

  87. tx for the chance to win!
    best wishes.

  88. Cool book. Are Lucy’s eyes really that blue? So beautiful. ToBe & NotToBe are greeneyed, but then, they’re torties.

  89. I’d love to win your review copy of the cowl book.

  90. margieinmaryland says:

    I’d love to have a copy of Cowl Girls.
    PS I really like Daddy’s socks!

  91. Aw – I’d love that book! I have a bunch of beautiful yarn that I have no idea what to do with – sick of scarves. I need a cowl πŸ™‚

  92. I really look forward to seeing your blog pop up in my in-box. Your Lucy has a great ‘way’ with words!. The comments always make me smile. A big Hello from the UK. Happy knitting, triciax

  93. With a title like that one, what’s not to love! Everything in it has GOT to be good!

  94. CowlGirls looks like fun. Throwing my (cowboy) hat in the ring.

    The blue jeans show off Lucy’s lovely coloring.
    .-= Angeluna´s last blog ..A Nod to the Ancestors =-.

  95. Very cute!

    I’d llove the copy of Cowl Girls. I have a pic of Mr. Kibs with a cowl on. I’ll see if I can figure out how to send it to you.

  96. Oooh! Pick me, please!

  97. Thanks for being so generous with your giveaways!

  98. Thanks for sharing pictures from that book–looks like a good variety of patterns/styles/techniques! Thanks also for allowing your readers a chance at winning a copy of it!

  99. love this new book…if i don’t win it from you i will end up pre-ordering it probably…please random selector..pick ME!!!!!!
    .-= Teresa in Oklahoma´s last blog ..Sheris Posie Socks by Wendy Johnson =-.

  100. Wow, I’ve been looking for a book like this! Thanks for the review, Wendy. I’d love to win this. πŸ˜€
    .-= Silverlotus´s last blog ..A Knight with a Ghost =-.