My current work in progress:

Sundew,byย Martin Storey, knit from Rowan Softyak DK,ย using 3.25mm and 4mm 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. Sign me up.

  2. I have two skeins of chunky malabrigio in “Sealing Wax” (isn’t that a great name) destined to become a scarf or cowl or both… I need the book for ideas! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Just started reading your blog… love it!


  4. I’m at the end of the 2nd repeat of Part 5 of my Shetland Pie (!) Shawl, shown a few million stitches ago here. I’m finding it nearly impossible to knit this and read chat at the same time! LOL So I’m listening to some ustream show recordings while knitting.

  5. Me! Pick me!!

  6. I love cowls! Me please!

  7. What a neat idea for a pattern book! Please enter me:)

    Can’t wait to see more pictures of your cardi….you’ve totally inspired me to try DiC.

  8. I was just looking at this book on amazon. would love to have it.

  9. Cowls are one of my favorite things to knit!

  10. Oo Me! Me! Pick me! I am ALWAYS cold.

    (psst, Lucy, I still have some organic cat nip for ya, wink wink)

  11. Ruth Porter says:

    Lovely book, lovely Lucy. Winter’s coming, I need something to keep my neck warm.

  12. Cowls are a great thing to knit for Christmas gifts. New patterns would be fun.

  13. Looks like a very interesting book and a good way to try out some new techniques.

  14. I love that you address the unspoken question of what yarn the socks are knitted in…

  15. Of course I’d love a copy! Cowls make great gifts.

  16. I’d love the Cowl book! Thanks!

  17. I’d love a copy of the Cowlgirls! Thanks!

  18. Can the winner get a signed photo of your cat too? ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Debbie Pannell says:

    This looks like a great book. I would love to win it!! Then pray for lots of snow here in Oklahoma so I could wear lots of those beautiful cowls!!

  20. Spring Davidson says:

    I just bought a lovely skein of 100% cashmere this weekend to make a cowl for my BFF for Christmas. I would love to have that book! (Thanks for letting your faithful followers partake in your goodies!!)

  21. Cowls are awesome!

  22. Looks like a great book! Count me in on the drawing!
    .-= Hissy Stitch´s last blog ..Well spun! World Wide Spin in Public Day at the Ike Box =-.

  23. wow, very cute! we northern folk need warm clothes ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. **jumps up and down excitedly** Me! Me! Me!

    I would LOVE a copy of that book!

  25. The cowl book looks fantastic! I hope I win it!

  26. This looks like a great book – lots of choice all the way around. I’d love to have a copy!


  27. Carrie McDade says:

    Cute cowls….cute kitty (as usual :o) )….cute socks on KOARK.
    p.s. I have knit 3 pi kitty beds for 3 of my 4 kitties….they LOVE them!

  28. I’d love Cowlgirls. Clever title!
    .-= Bet´s last blog ..Happy 5th Birthday- Barney! =-.

  29. So many giveaways! So exciting. Too bad I never win anything!

  30. Cowls are my girlfriend gift this Christmas – could sure use some new ideas!

  31. Comment!

  32. Cowls? Sounds like fun, would love to win!

  33. Shirley Ryan says:

    What a clever, clever title….and it looks like a lot of fun designs!

    Hi Lucy…xoxo

  34. I would love that book!

  35. Celaine Killingsworth says:

    I want to win! I love cowls! I have a lucy-cat too!

  36. Count me in. Looks like fun!

  37. CaroleP (ohio says:

    I would love to win that book! Want to make at least one cowl (heehee) and haven’t found something I really like. Just looking at the pictures showed more than one.

    Also, I think today makes 2 times I’ve seen Lucy’s beautiful blue eyes (since they are usually closed)!

  38. The book looks like great fun. I can hardly look at Lucy when she does that with her eyes- what if they stay that way!

  39. Great looking cowls! Would love to win. Thanks

  40. Oh Yesssss! I would love to knit a cowl this winter!

  41. With a book like this we could bring winter on without worrying about staying warm…it is awesome!

  42. Picture of Lucy and her daddy is a great one! I would like to have the “cowlgirls” book.

  43. CaroleP (ohio says:

    BTW – just downloaded your Transverse Shawlette. I kept forgetting to do it. Plan to start tomorrow.
    Thanks, love it.

  44. Book looks fun. My daughters and I would have fun with these patterns. Thanks for offering.

  45. Please select me. I knit and I love knitting books. I am a member of Ravelry. I have taught someone to knit. I read knitting blogs. I want to learn how to spin and to dye.


  46. Would love to have this book. Many interesting patterns.

  47. What a great title for a book! Love the pic of Miss Lucy.
    .-= CatMyers´s last blog ..Hello Friday! =-.

  48. Glenda Watts says:

    Win or not, I’ll be buying this one! Thanks for the preview!

  49. I looooooooove cowls! I can’t stand tight necks on tops (or elastic around my upper arm, all this dating from my childhood), and my favorite winter tops, past and present have been cowls. I really hope I get this one!

  50. That book looks awesome – I’d love to have it!

  51. Oh please, oh please, oh please!

  52. What a fun book! I can see presents for everyone in the making. And I might even finish before Christmas if I start now!

  53. Definitely would love this book. I’ve been thinking that cowls are just about perfect…all the warmth of a scarf with none of the length!
    .-= Diane´s last blog ..Im Peachless- Just Peachless =-.

  54. I was just thinking about knitting a cowl so this is magic!

  55. Jennifer Lefaver says:

    I love cowlneck sweaters! This book looks awesome. Cowlneck sweaters have been around for decades and haven’t gone out of style, probably never will. Love the blog, it makes my day.

  56. Love the colorwork cowl. I have never seen a cowl like that. Would love the opportunity to knit it up!

  57. Natalie Doyle says:

    I’d just dye (sic) to win this…

  58. Being from Texas, I first thought it said “Cowgirls” and was interested to see what type of projects cowgirls knitted? O.K., it’s late and I need some sleep …

  59. Oh! Please pick me! The last cowl I tried to knit went horribly wrong and became a “Kitty Cowl” or a cat cozy for my Pinkerton. I would like to make some cowls for humans.

  60. I love cowls! Fingers crossed!

  61. Cowls are lovely things to knit and give — they are warm and stay in place instead of getting caught in the car door, grocery cart, etc.

  62. Looks like a good book to have on any knitters’ bookshelf. Love Lucy’s blue eyes. Reminds me of when my dog liked to sleep on my hubby’s legs.

  63. Thanks for the review and the great contest. Pick me! Pick meeee!!
    .-= Ina´s last blog ..Urricanes Ardly Hever Appen =-.


  65. Cowls, wimples, neckwarmers, smoke rings — a rose by any other name… <3

  66. Thanks for offering the book!

  67. First I want to tell you how much I enjoy your daily notes – esp. the fact that you always include a pic of Lucy and what she’s been up to ๐Ÿ™‚
    Also I enjoy watching your work evolve. I’m not anywhere near your level of knitting skill yet, but your posts are inspirational.
    .-= Susan´s last blog ..Set of Three Crocheted Christmas Ornaments =-.

  68. My goal is to make several cowls, scarves, neck warmers, etc. for Christmas presents and the book would be a great help. I’d love to win!

  69. Donna from Muskegon,MI says:

    I would love a copy of that book, I’ve been waiting for it to be released. Thanks, Donna

  70. Ooo, a cowl, one of the best quick knits out there! That book also caught my eye recently *fingers crossed*.

  71. Louise in Oregon says:

    The book looks so interesting. I’ve knit short neck hugging scarves that help keep cold winter weather out but not cowls. I hope I win the book, I’d love to try them.

  72. Isn’t it strange that when your neck is warm, you just feel warm all over? Love cowls.

  73. Ooo how pretty!

    I tried to find that book at my local barnes n noble, but no luck. I love how the layout is set up with large pictures.

    Also Lucy looks extremely happy!
    .-= Heather N´s last blog ..Case โ€“ Success! =-.

  74. Me please!

  75. Enjoy your website and I love the pictures of Lucy ๐Ÿ™‚

  76. Oh my goodness, those cowls are sooo pretty! The last one you pictured – love!

  77. Lucy is looking especially adorable when she gets cuddly.

  78. I love cowls, and this could be a great occasion to use up some handspun that it waiting for good use. Thank you for the giveaway!
    Daniela from France
    .-= Daniela´s last blog ..Knitting my stash up =-.

  79. I would love to win the Cowl book.

  80. Lovely book – I’d really like to win it! And gorgeous kitty!

  81. Mmmm I think I would knit at least 38 of the patterns in that book;-)

    all the best,

  82. Madeleine Berard says:

    Please enter my name in your “Cowl Girls: The Neck’s Best Thing To Knit” contest.

  83. I LOVE cowls! They are so much harder to lose than scarves!
    .-= Joyce´s last blog ..A Week of Knitting =-.

  84. I love cowls! These are so pretty, please pick me oh random number generator!!

    P.S. It’s 8:06 am here in beautiful Newfoundland on Tuesday and we are just now beginning to feel the wrath of Igor. Keep your fingers crossed for us!

  85. I’d love to your the review copy of Cowlgirls.

  86. I’d love to win the book! Although I’ve never knit a cowl.

  87. What a great book. Thanks for pointing us to it!

  88. Sue Plantinga says:

    I’d love to win! Can I take part from The Netherlands???

  89. The CowlGirls book would be a perfect fit for me. I really like quick knits that everyone loves!

  90. Awesome book – looks like a lot of fun knits!

  91. I’m enjoying the Pi Shawl adventure I’ve begun with your lovely pattern… Lucy is beautiful as always… I’d love CowlGirls – count me in.

  92. Such a variety of designs to choose from! Hope you pick me since we have a bumper crop of acorns and I think that means a COLD winter!!
    .-= Sue H´s last blog ..Got Something Done! =-.

  93. I love it just for the title. Cowls are great fun to knit and wear.

  94. I’ve made a few cowls. Much more exciting than scarves! I’ve had my eye on this book for a while.

  95. I woud love to do the review. Lucy is goldent.

  96. I love cowls ๐Ÿ™‚

  97. Do cowls look good on people with short necks?

  98. I love cowls – no soggy ends of a scarf to trail through all sorts of nasty! ๐Ÿ˜€

  99. It would be a lovely thing to win! Especially since the book’s release date is just 2 days before my b-day. ๐Ÿ˜€
    .-= Stephanie´s last blog ..Sunday Blog Hop just for fun! =-.

  100. What gorgeous cowls.