My current work in progress:

Long Line Slipover designed by Lesley Stanfield, knit from Jamieson & Smith Jumperweight and Jamieson’s Shetland SpindriftΒ  on a US 3 needle

Lace Edge Cardi and a Giveaway

I finished up the knitting on my Lace Edge Cardi on Thursday, and my Friday night knitting in fron of the tv project consisted of the seaming and neckband. Ta-da!

I used just under 4 skeins of Tempted Lovely Grrl yarn in a colorway that Stacy dyed to my specifications — a lovely milk chocolate. I knit this cardi with a US size 5 needle at a gauge of 6 stitches and 7.5 rows to the inch. I ave written up the pattern to fit 5 sizes — finished chest circumferences of 36, 40, 44, 48, and 52 inches. The pattern will be available very soon.

I am extremely pleased with how this cardi turned out. It is soft and drapey, just the way I wanted it. I was originally going to do i-cord ties at the beginning of the v-neck, but changed my mind. I made the size 44″ for myself because I wanted it a bit oversized. If I want to fasten in closed, I will use a shawl pin. But if/when you make the pattern you cold do the i-cord ties or button loops if you want.

I of course started a new project, but I’ll talk about that tomorrow.

Vampire Knits

On Friday I received a review copy of the new book Vampire Knits: Projects to Keep You Knitting From Dusk Until Dawn by Genevieve Miller from my publisher, Potter Craft.

Gotta tell you , I approached this book with a fair amount of skepticism. But I was very pleasantly surprised. The projects, all vampire-themed, are very cute and clever, and are in a wide range of experience levels. Both beginner and more experienced knitters will find things they can knit in here. And there is a great variety of things, ranging from very functional, like a lovely hoodie, to fun and quirky — bottle cozies for your vampire (and other) beverages.

There are 28 projects in all, including a very nice sweater suitable for a man, a child’s pullover, a gorgeous lace shrug, sexy lace mitts and cabled mittens, a hoodie, a cape, a pillow, bags, and more.

Here’s a few of my favorite projects. A cute hoodie:

A sweet feminine capelet:

A tote bag:

And bottle cozies!

The book is beautifully designed and has a Victorian feel to it. There are cute little side notes throughout that impart vampire lore, as well as a couple of quizzes and some very useful information on getting blood out of your clothing and yarn.

I was very tempted to keep the review copy to myself, but decided it would be much nicer to share.

Who wants my review copy? Here’s what you gotta do:

Leave a comment to this blog entry and tell me who your favorite movie or tv vampire is and tell me why. Leave a comment by 4:00pm eastern time Wednesday, September 29, and I will draw a winner at random from those who followed the directions properly. I’ll post the winning entry in my Wednesday blog post, ad at that time will tell you my favorite tv or movie vampire.

This has nothing to do with anything, but here is my 2004 Honda Civic’s odometer reading as of this morning:

I bought this car new in February 2004. Proof that I don’t drive very much! πŸ˜‰

And here is what Lucy has planned for today:

It’s a dark rainy day, so that looks good to me. There is a Buffy marathon on tv, so I’m good to go!


  1. Hands down, my favorite vampire is George Hamilton III in ‘Love at First Bite’ πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to buy the cardi pattern! I have yarn picked out already just waiting for needle bondage. Thanks so much for the give-away.

  2. While I do love all the TV bad boys, Gary Oldman’s Dracula is my favorite screen vampire. He makes no bones about his evil nature, but is all kinds of polite and sexy about it.

  3. favorite movie vampire – Frank Langella (Dracula (1979)) Why? It’s Frank Langella. What more needs to be said?

  4. My fave book/movie vampire would have to be the vampire Lestat. I love his arrogrance. He gets in all sorts of mischief and nothing touches him.

  5. Awright, new entry since I got in a hurry and didn’t read the second half of the instructions (blush). The 1931 Bela Lugosi Dracula, because the original is best. πŸ™‚

  6. Billi Cummings says:

    Tom Cruise in Interview with the vampire. So many reasons. So much eye candy. Great story and screenplay. Extremely sexy.

  7. Judy Philbrook says:

    I’ll go with the classic — Dracula. My daughter, however, has been a fan all things vampire for years. She would love this book — will probably need to get it for her when it comes out.

  8. I’d have to go with Eric from True Blood–he’s very hot (for a guy who is totally cold) and clearly in charge–I like a guy who’s a bit edgy.

  9. Love your cardi. I will definitely be purchasing the pattern. Not into the whole vampire thing, but love the pics you posted from the book. Not sure I would go out and buy it, but would use it if I won it!

  10. Maura Endicott says:

    I have to say Barnabus Collins from Dark Shadows. But recently I am all about Eric Northman from True Blood. Yum!

  11. My favorite vampire would be Gary Oldman from Bram Stoker’s Dracula. He is SUCH a great actor. Loved him as Serius Black in the HP movies too πŸ™‚

  12. I have to snortle a little at Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise being described as ‘old school’. Those must be younger readers than me! Granted, they’re not 21st century vampires….but Bela Lugosi is what *I* think of as truly old school. πŸ˜‰

    Erm, I’m handicapped a bit by not usually seeing scary movies, and hardly watching TV. Though I did just get Buffy from Netflix, but haven’t really watched it yet. But with that in mind, one of my favorite vampires — well, TWO of my favorite vampires are David Bowie and Catherine Deneuve in “The Hunger”. It’s a little different take on vampirism. But they were elegant and scary at the same time, and oddly sad.
    .-= Cathy-Cate´s last blog ..Twilight Eye Candy Friday =-.

  13. i feel like a bit of a dweeb for admitting… but there was a comic company in the 90’s that put out graphic novelizations of anne rice’s vampire series…
    I LOVED the art. LOVED. They never did finish due to bankruptcy…
    Recently though, I really enjoyed “Daybreakers”. I really enjoyed daybreakers because they stress the importance of humanity (i guess it depends how you look at it…) vampires are cursed, doomed, unwanted. I think that those qualities have been lost in the romanticism of the vampire lately. It was really refreshing to see. So my answer will be “Edward Dalton”.
    (Though on the other hand, i do completely enjoy a true “monster” of a vampire as well.)

    All this talk about tempted lovely grrl yarns makes me want to go get some…
    .-= pmoys´s last blog ..Gah! =-.

  14. April from SD says:

    I have to be honest and say I haven’t really seen a lot of vampire shows/movies except for the Twilight movies. I prefer her in literary form but I’d have to say my favorite is Alice Cullen. She’s quirky and kind and generally likable.

  15. I think tv wise currently it has to be Eric from True Blood – there is just something about him! Being easy on the eyes doesn’t do any harm either.

    Love the look of that book too, it isn’t out over here yet!
    .-= Sarah (welshmillie)´s last blog ..2 Years Ago =-.

  16. Rats, I can’t figure out how to edit a comment…I like them because they were dark and gothic and trapped the Doctor and Romana in a dark dungeon where they had a beautifully romantic exchange (for the 4th Doctor) and were able to “swallow whole planets”–and it took a steel spaceship to kill the main one. No simple stake through the heart for this one!

  17. I’m not a huge fan of vampires, but I guess my favorite vampire would be Jeremy (played by Robert Sean Leonard) in “My Best Friend is a Vampire.” That was the first vampire movie I saw. He was a genuinely nice guy, so that’ll make him my fav. πŸ™‚
    .-= biomaj5´s last blog ..Progress is slow =-.

  18. My favorite vampire character is Alex O’Laughlin in Moonlight. I find him to be sexy, charming, a wonderful protector, and just wonderful. I loved the interaction between Beth and Mick. I love the way he watched over her and cared for her all those years. Makes me wish we had our own personal Mick! *sigh* Anyway, he could turn this old lady into a cougar πŸ˜‰ We love your blog and books. We have been faithful followers for a very long time. Thanks for all your hard work. It’s most appreciated.

  19. I’m not interested in the give-away.

    My favorite vampire is the grandfather from Cronos (movie). After I got home from the theater, I double checked all the windows and doors before going to bed! Excellent movie!
    I also like the original Nosferatu- the silent movie version. Good and creepy. Meghan(?) from way earlier in the comments mentioned a corollary movie- Shadow of the Vampire. That was so good and the ending left me speechless and shocked!

    NIce cardi, by the way!

  20. ah! don’t count this twice! i needed to clarify that everyone needs to see daybreakers and “cursed, doomed, unwanted” is meant to vampires in general. that movie, they’re the norm. i’m going to stop attempting to speak, its getting worse the harder i try.
    .-= pmoys´s last blog ..Gah! =-.

  21. Clearly I have a lot of old tv shows and movies to catch up on! Vampires can be okay, but I seem to be partial to werewolves. Maybe I just can’t warm up to a fellow who’s dead half the time. So, my favorite tv vampire has to be Count von Count, from Sesame Street. He’s the only vampire who has every taught me anything worthwhile – the very basics of math!
    .-= Chennpug´s last blog ..When does advocacy cross the line into disaparaging others =-.

  22. I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I was a bit suspicious about the vampire theme but the patterns are cute. Thanks for the review.
    .-= Crystal´s last blog ..School Year-Wisconsin Sheep &amp Wool =-.

  23. My favorite vamp is definetly Angel from BtVS. I like that he fights on the side of good, but ya still gotta be careful (esp. if you’re Buffy), cause that soul could disappear and Angelus could come right back, and nobody *really* wants that.
    .-= Eli´s last blog ..Cheap is the new clean =-.

  24. My favorite vampire was from TV’s Dark Shadows – Barnabas Collins. He was such a gentleman and deliciously campy. Bite me, Barnabas!

  25. I’m kind of a purist and love the old Count Dracula ones with Bela Lugosi, but when I was a teenager I loved Dark Shadows on TV.

  26. Ruth Schoof says:

    My absolute favorite vampire has to be Barnabas Collins from Dark Shadows back in the late 60’s, early 70’s. I was just a young kid but loved that show. It seemed so scary at the time. Good memories!!

  27. Favorite vampire? How about the Count from Sesame Street?

    Or maybe Spike or Angel from Buffy.

  28. Bela Lagosi because I haven’t watched any vampires since seeing him in horror movies as a child. I did used to love Dracula back then.

  29. I’d love the book, Edward Cullen is my fave at the moment – although he has a little too much attitude at times in the films! Your blog is fab!

  30. Frank Langella in Dracula
    Seductive shipwreck survivor Dracula (Frank Langella, reprising his Broadway role) works his deadly magic. (1979)

    Bev Love aka paletpc
    .-= Bev Love´s last blog ..It Is Mine Whine =-.

  31. Gosh, I don’t know who my favourite movie or TV vampire is… maybe Gary Oldman in Bram Stoker’s Dracula. I’m old school ;-[
    .-= Silverlotus´s last blog ..A Knight with a Ghost =-.

  32. Barnabas Collins is my favorite tv vampire because he wasn’t scary to me!

  33. Michelle Pierce says:

    I admit that I love the whole vampire thing. I don’t know if I have a particular favorite or not though. But this book has so many things I would love to knit up. Especially for my sister who is totally and completely into the the “Twighlight” series.

  34. Bela Lugosi, though Frank Langella was pretty good, too.

  35. Love the cardi! Looking forward to seeing the pattern. I think I like Alice from Twilight the best.

  36. Love the cardi! πŸ™‚ My favorite vamp is Spike from _Buffy_. Love the punk look, and love the accent!

  37. It’s gotta be Eric Northman from “True Blood” — he can glamour me any time!! πŸ˜€
    .-= twinsetjan´s last blog ..I’m gone- baby- gone… =-.

  38. Vicki (dragonfly7673) says:

    Spike of Buffy/Angel!! Drucilla for the second, she’s just nutty and fun
    .-= Vicki (dragonfly7673)´s last blog ..My Beezy Girl- may she be at peace =-.

  39. Diane Rizzo says:

    How many fingers am I holding up? That’s right 1….2…..3……Count Dracula!

  40. kelly-ann (on ravelry) says:

    What a cool idea for a knitting book – love the design on the cover!

  41. Kiefer Sutherland. Yum.

    And Lucy has the right idea…I’m tempted, even though it’s sunny here and I have a *ton* of stuff to get done.

  42. Wendy! My car had that much mileage after 6 months! Although I drive ALOT. Cute book. I’m glad you panned it as I never would have even picked that up. It sure did look cute!

  43. Shirley. in PA says:

    I have to go with Barnabas Collins from Dark Shadows. He was super creepy. I used to watch the show on the afternoons waiting for my kids to come home from school, and they hurried to watch it too.

  44. Lia Domingues says:

    Oh, I still miss Buffy… It was so great such a small girl with such great power! πŸ˜€
    But my favourite vampire is Eric, from True Blood. Oh boy…… He’s soooo gorgeous!
    Hugs, dear… :-*********

  45. Definitely Eric Northman from True Blood, a sexy bad boy with a hidden heart of gold. Love the Hoodie and Capelet designs you showed.

    LOVE the cardigan and will definitely be getting the pattern – gorgeous!

  46. Love the Cardi

    Eric or Bill, Bill or Eric – How do you expect me to pick just one, they are both HOT!!!! (and it’s all your fault because if it wasn’t for you,I’d never have tuned in to that show and be waiting for the next season to come out on DVD!!!) πŸ™‚
    .-= Karen´s last blog ..Butterscotch Pi =-.

  47. Hmmmm….. Either Eric or Spike. Bad Boys with good hearts. Who doesn’t love those?

  48. If I win this, my kids will squeal with horror. But never let it be said I’d pass up something fun . . .
    Favorite vampire–Constantine from the book SUNSHINE by Robin McKinley. Talk about tortured.
    But who wouldn’t love Barnabas Collins, too?

  49. I like the movie Bram Stoker’s Dracula. This was probably my favorite Dracula because the beginning of the movie gives the viewer the back story to why Prince Dracula has aligned himself with the devil so to speak. His bride, Elizabeta believes that her prince is killed in battle and commits suicide. Then Dracula returns and denounces God because the church declares Elizabeta’s soul is damned. That part has always put a “human” spin on Dracula for me which I find really interesting. Plus Gary Oldman is creepy and intriguing at the same time.
    .-= Lynneth´s last blog ..Sweater – Year Two Etc =-.

  50. Not a vampire fan but I’m gonna say Mick St John just because Alex O’Loughlin played this character. This looks like a fun book.

    Looking forward to getting the cardi pattern. It is beautiful.
    .-= southparknitter´s last blog ..Double Double Dressin’ Trouble =-.

  51. I really like Dean Winchester, sure he’s not a vampire, he’s one hellva hunter.
    .-= Saren´s last blog ..List Day! =-.

  52. Barnabas Collins from Dark Shadows. I was at just the right age (12) to stop by my friend Harriett’s house on the way home from my paper route and watch the show that my mom forbid me to watch. Hee hee.
    .-= Alice in Richmond´s last blog ..83110 What cars How many =-.

  53. Gaaahhhhhh!!!! I forgot the why!!! Spike is my favorite vampire because I love his accent and his blonde hair! Did I redeem myself? LOL!

  54. Don’t have a favorite TV vampire; my heart belongs to Edward (Cullen). I’d love, love, love to get the book. I’m really liking the hoodie!

  55. My favorite vampire is Angel from “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel.” I think it’s because he is good at heart, wants to be the better person but is hampered by the fact that he’s a vampire and even vampires can make mistakes. All along, he tried to better himself, knowing that he’s fighting against his tendencies to kill and drink from humans. He’s not perfect, but he atones (or tries to) for his sins.
    .-= Heather´s last blog ..Monday Morning Rants- Raves and the Rest =-.

  56. Don’t have a TV and been ages since I went to a vamp movie, however, I do have a favorite book vamp. Thomas, from the Dresden Files. Dresden it a wizard living in Chicago. Thomas is, well, you will have to read the books, but his type of vamp feed on lust… Love the cardi and hope Lucy didn’t overdo it this weekend…

  57. In my mind, there can only be one and it’s Bela Lugosi’s original portrayal of Count Dracula. Although I do have to agree with the reader above who said that James Marster’s Spike was an amazing character.

    Your cardigan is lovely and has me craving a sweater project. It’s been years since I’ve made one but your recent projects have me searching my stash for the perfect yarn.

  58. My personal favorite vampire was actually only a vampire for one episode. I loved Alternate Willow, the bad a** bisexual vampire. I loved it when the episode first aired, loved it more when Willow started dating Tara, and even more when Willow went all bat-s*** baddie witch. It was spectacular foreshadowing.

  59. Congratulations on such a great cardi — I do hope you enjoy wearing it, and I can’t wait to see the pattern πŸ™‚

    As to vampires, I’m very intrigued by the book. My favourite TV vampire would need to be Angel from Buffy: The Vampire Slayer/Angel: The Series. He’s one complex character, who made a choice out of love and paid the immortal price, then cursed to receive his soul back and have to atone for his actions. Quite an interesting blend of the things one does for love, for power and glory — and the price one pays for such actions…

  60. Have to say that I love Gary Oldman’s Count, but then I love most of Gary Oldman’s characters. He is such a chameleon! Loved the Anne Rice books but wasn’t a fan of the movies. Tom Cruise just didn’t do Lestat justice for me.

    The lace cardi is beautiful. You are amazing!

  61. Don’t you find it ironic that you are giving away a book called “Vampire Knits”, while talking about watching a Buffy marathon?

  62. Lestat de Lioncourt from Interview with the Vampire.

  63. My favorite t.v./movie vampire is the original Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Bela Lugosi. No teenage angst or sparkles.

  64. my favorite TV vampire is Barnabus (sp?) Collins from Dark Shadows. A hint of my age.
    sounds like a fun book!

  65. The book looks great. I love the hoodie. I’m an old-school vampire fan so my favorites are Count Orloff from Nosferatu and Barlow from ‘Salem’s Lot (the novel, not the TV adaptations). Both are the creepy, sleep-in-a-coffin-filled-with-soil-from-their-homeland, only-come-out-at-night, will-burn-up-in-the-sun types. I also like Claudia from Interview With the Vampire (again, the book, not the movie). I really felt for her growing older but remaining in a 5-year-old’s body, and I cried when she “died” for the second and last time. Barnabas Collins is my favorite TV vampire. He was just so creepy and cool, and I had to make sure I was at a friend’s house to watch “Dark Shadows” ’cause my mom wouldn’t let me watch it at home. I’ve heard that Johnny Depp is going to portray him in a new movie version, in which case that will be one smoking hot vampire πŸ™‚

    And only 14.5K miles??? Sheesh, my last car, which I totaled after only having it 4.5 years and was still making payments on it, had just under 100K miles on it. Then again, I live in SoCal, where public transportation is nonexistent, for the most part.

  66. O.K., Favorite Vampire and why. Gotta be Christopher Lee, ‘cvause he is one creepy dude!

  67. I had heard that this book was surprising. Would love to see it in person!!!
    .-= Whitney´s last blog ..Emergency =-.

  68. I love the hoodie. It would even look good on my biggggggggg bust. LOL

  69. I have been thirsting for this vamp book!!!! My favorite vampire is Bill Compton (played by Stephen Moyers) on HBO’s True Blood!!! Bill is kind, gentle, loving, and definitely more human than most vampires. He loves Suki with everything he has and would face the true death for her! Be still my heart!!!!

  70. im just lori says:

    My favorite?

    The Count on Sesame Street. I quote him to this day.

  71. Love the milk chocolate yarn and the cardi.
    Vampires! Well it is a real conflict for me as I love Bela Lugosi as Count Dracula or Jonathan Frid as Barnabas Collins. I would stay up late on Saturday night to watch horror movies when I was a kid and they showed all kinds of them.. But I would also rush home from school to watch ‘Dark Shadows’ ! It was awesome then, but it seems so campy now! πŸ˜‰
    .-= Jeanie Babbage´s last blog ..Double the fun! =-.

  72. Babette Cohn says:

    My favorite vampire is Eric the Viking from True Blood; he is sexy, mysterious, hot, and sexy!!

  73. That cardi turned out so great!

    Hmm, a favorite..that’s hard. I loved George Hamilton in Love at First Bite just because I love comedy and seriously, a tan vampire?! LOL.

    I really truly had a thing for Spike from Buffy, he was mad, bad, and dangerous to know, but he had humor and was sexy to boot.

  74. My fav vampire: Bella Lugosi because he looks so well-dressed in black and white!

    yes, please sign me up.

  75. I’d love to get that book to go along with my other gothic book called “Anticraft” πŸ™‚

  76. Jason "Jai " Harman says:

    I’ve been bitten by the vampire bug since about 8th grade and am still hooked πŸ™‚

  77. Have to go with Bela Lugosi! BTW, I got my car last Nov. 30th. Tomorrow I will hit 18K miles.

  78. Favorite vamp of all time is definitely Eric from the Sookie Stackhouse novels… doesn’t hurt he’s sexy as heck in the True Blood series either :oP

    Thank you for sharing this lovely new book

  79. I love vamprie movies I like the old ones and the new ones Its all cool to me but my all time favorite is Barnabus Collins I was 14-15 when Dark Shadows was on TV and I remember telling Mom I was so sick that I couldn`t go to school, so that I could watch the progam. As I remember it was on at noon in our area, so I would sleep until noon ….Mom would ask if I could eat anything and I always could. I got to eat in front of the TV. That was a big deal to get to eat in our Living Room. I would get comfy on the sofa and then there he was so dark and menceing Oh I loved that show I have seen it a few times since those days and he still gives me a chill.

  80. I like Eric from True Blood just because he is nice to look at. LOL
    .-= Cindy Roberts´s last blog ..Finally Fall =-.

  81. I browsed through this book in the bookstore. I expected it to be cheesy, but it’s not. I love the cowl pattern.
    Like a lot of others, my favorite vampire is Spike.

  82. Yey finished cardigan! Yey Buffy marathon!

    When I first read your contest rules I blanked…I remember my book vampires more than TV or movies…but um, yeah, I’m Team Spike all the way :). I think mostly because I didn’t already have a picture of what my book vampires might look like. Movie-wise though, I have a soft spot for Gary Oldman, probably from his Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead role…and his Dracula, from “Bram Stokers Dracula” was awesome.
    .-= Mary´s last blog ..We Shall Shine Like the Sun =-.

  83. Dracula in Bram Stoker’s version. Despite being evil at the end you feel sorry for him that he lost his beloved and that it drove him to being what he was.

  84. I gotta go with the buffy love and say Angel as well….meeeoooooowwww

  85. I’m a Buffy fan after studying it at uni, and my favourite vampire will always be Spike!

  86. Spike all the way! πŸ™‚ Angel is just too broody for me.

  87. The book looks great! I would say Edward Cullen is my favourite vampire. He is such a romantic, and oh so cute!

  88. It’s gotta be Blade because he’s the sexiest vampire ever!

  89. Lovely cardigan. Can’t wait to see the pattern for it.

    Dracula all the way. So classic. But for a more modern vampire I’d have to say Carlisle Cullen. He teaches that you can rise above what’s expected of you if you have the motivation.

  90. Barnabas Collins from the TV series Dark Shadows. I loved the show and watched it until it ended.

  91. I read all the books by Ann Rice in the vampire chronicles and did enjoy it somewhat coming to life on screen; Interview with the Vampire. On TV I think it’s all re-runs now they have a vampire called “Angel” and I like that show too, he’s a vampire who refuses to give into his urges and fights against vampires that don’t.

  92. Never been a vampire fan but after careful review of the others favorites have to say George Hamilton would be my pick – that was a very funny movie….

  93. I have a freind Lala who would like this book. I liked Bela Lugosi as dracula. I am just old school. Have no clue what the names of the movies is.

  94. Bela Lugosi’s Dracula

  95. I laughed so hard when I saw the knitted bottle holders! At first I had to think about what they had on them then it dawned on me….blood types. I’m still laughing about it.

    I’ll send you the odomoter pic from my 2004 Honda CRV….145,000!!! Proof that I spend most of my life in my car.

    Let me know when you are ready to trade that Civic in.

  96. Now I am telling my age. Dark Shadows was a soap opera on TV and Jonathan Frid played a very scary vampire, Barnabus Collins. I rushed home from school every day to see this show.
    BTW: Beaudiful cardi.

  97. Love the Cardi. My favorite vampire was Elvira, mistress of the Dark. She used to host campie movies and I always wondered how much duct tape it took to hold her in her dress!!!!!

  98. I loved Mick the Vampire on the series Moonlight. Too bad it had to be cut. :0(

  99. Great sweater and fun question. I wouldn’t have thought of the Count from Sesame Street but he’s a great choice. Still, I’ll go with Barnabas Collins.

  100. Rowan Falar says:

    My favorite vampire is David from the Lost Boys. He’s sexy, scary, and what a vampire should be. He doesn’t sparkle in the sun, he goes Poof! And then when he dies, you see the innocent boy he once was….