My current work in progress:

Sundew,byΒ Martin Storey, knit from Rowan Softyak DK,Β using 3.25mm and 4mm needles.

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. Alexandra Wright-Cross says:

    Edward Cullen from The Twilight series written by Stephanie Meyer. He both handsome and compassionate. He truly loves Bella and will go to any lengths to protect her.

  2. Mina Harker in all of her incarnations.

    Love the cardi, and the capelet from the book!

    We’re in the process of buying a used Civic as our daughter begins to drive, but it is not as lightly used as yours. Are you selling? I’d even come to DC for it! The one we’re getting is a 2002 with 70,000 miles on it, to join my 2000 Accord with 204,000 and our soon-to-be-replaced Chrysler Town & Country LXi AWD van with 240,000 on it.

  3. Teddy? You in there? Hi from Wisconsin!!

  4. Rosemary Martin says:

    Anne Rice’s Lestat. I loved him because he was believable as both a human and a vampire (the books, not the movie). Being from the steamy South and loving New Orleans and the surounding area despite that made me particularly love Rice’s ability to capture that atmosphere better than anyone other than James Lee Burke. Would love to win the book as one never has too many kinitting books.

  5. The Buffy marathon makes me happy! Spike is my favorite vampire, because he’s both attractive (okay, he’s super-hot) and unrelentingly in love with Buffy and has a damaged past with a crazy ex who’s really, really crazy. And likes to eat people.

    I never watched Angel so I don’t know how he ended up there, but his finale on Buffy was sad and lovely and I wanted so much better for him.

  6. Sounds very very interesting.

  7. I saw the book at Border’s. It looks very interesting. Love reading vampire books.

  8. Sarah Warburton says:

    I’m a huge fan of yours…and of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Love the sneak peek of the Vampire Knits!

  9. I love Count Duckula because he is not scary at all. I don’t like scary vampire movies. Would love the new book. The capelet looks lovely. Thanks!

  10. Tie between Spike and Angel, but mostly Spike, because then you have the humor factor.
    .-= Sarah´s last blog .. =-.

  11. My favorite vampire? Can’t pick one. I really like Alice and Edward. Alice is so…nice. Edward has such tremendous control. Gotta love that in a man… Now, if you had asked about wolves…then I’d be all about Jacob.

    Love that Book!

  12. It would have to be Angel from Buffy, who had his own spin off. He is just such a handsome vampire.

  13. I know people are going to say “who?” when I mention Christopher Lee but to me, he is definitely Dracula. From his voice to his creepiness on film, he captures the essence of vampire. Let me just say that he gave me nightmares when I was growing up.

  14. Definitely Edward Cullen in the Twilight movies. Love that little capelet!

  15. Gotta love me some Jessica Hamby. She’s cute, a redhead, and so in love with NOT being stuck under a rock any longer.

  16. I’m feeling old here. One of my favorites is Jonathan Frid from the soap Dark Shadows. He was scary but “good.” Bella Lugosi, of course, is my favorite. One of the reasons I like these two is that they weren’t violent and bloody like the vampires in recent times. Just enough fright to be fun.

  17. Count von Count from Sesame Street is my favorite vampire. AH AH AH AH!

  18. Team Edward!

    I thought my odometer was low at 20000 kms after 3 years. You’ve got me beat.
    .-= PG´s last blog ..Wellington Gastropub =-.

  19. Oh, alright. Bela Lugosio ’cause he was so slimy. The Dark Shadows guy was cute. Were any of the Addams family vampires?

  20. Lugosi even.

  21. Bella Legose (sp). The original Dracula from silent films.

  22. My favorite vampire was Count Duckula from Nickelodeon. He was a vegetarian vampire duck and I have not been able to find the reruns or dvds anywhere!

    Can’t wait for the sweater pattern!
    .-= Becky´s last blog ..Todays News =-.

  23. Spike, because he wanted a soul.

  24. I have been wanting this book since a couple of the patterns got yanked from ravelry.
    Love your cardi!! not a fan of brown’s usually…but that looks fantastic! Know how to spend some rav pattern swap cash now πŸ™‚
    As for a favorite vamp…loved the Count when I was little…Then came Lost Boys with Kiefer and Alex Winter…Gary Oldman made a great Dracula and Angel from Buffy though Angel is partially because David is from Philly and I used to see his dad telling us the weather every day πŸ™‚ Sorry couldn’t choose just one πŸ™‚
    .-= Jenn´s last blog ..Raining hearts =-.

  25. Buffy the Vampire slayer… hands down… would be my favorite vampire movie… and “Amilyn” (Paul Reubens) my favorite vampire! (Don’t care for the guy as a human being in general, but he is GREAT in that role!)

    The campy over-acting of the master vampires puppy-dog-stooge? Priceless! His death scene? Hysterical!

    I don’t know what the other patterns are in that book, but I adore that little hooded cape! That would definitely be on my knitting agenda sooner rather than later!
    .-= Elianastar´s last blog ..YAY! 1-500 page views to our little blog! =-.

  26. Count Von Count from Sesame Street. I love his voice and big HA HA HA laugh.

  27. Although the movie was completely campy, and probably (though I don’t recall), a flop, I have to go with Gary Oldman in “Dracula”. Call me crazy but he over-acted it to perfection.
    “Listen to them: the children of the night. What sweet music they make.”
    You’ve just given me a…thirst…to watch it again…TONIGHT!!! mua-ha-ha!
    As a side note, my 4-yr. old has chosen to be Dracula this Halloween. Buya.

  28. I have to say my favorite vampire is Kiefer Sutherland’s David from the Lost Boys. It was the first vampire movie that I saw and oh man did I have a thing for Kiefer. Oh sure, I’m Team Edward and Team Eric but David was definitely my first vampire love!

  29. I gotta go with Mick St. John from Moonlight, too. Such a good bad guy! And I love that cape!

  30. The cardigan is lovely! and I would have to go with Spike from Buffy- bad boy with an accent and a wicked sense of humor!

  31. Would love the book maybe I will get lucky and I am also off to watch the Buffy marathon, along with the project I am working on. Love following whats going on with your knitting.have a great day.

  32. Ellen Perry says:

    I grew up watching Dark Shadows with Barnabas Collins.. I was always
    scared to death but watched anyway . Late but read all the Twlight
    books and could not put them down .. Such a love story and it reminded
    me of young love . Love the hoodie in this book . Pls pick me!
    RAverly name:

  33. I’m surprised no one has said Gary Oldman as Dracula. I didn’t necessarily like what they did to Bram Stoker’s writing (that whole reincarnation thing), but Oldman is alluring, mysterious and evil in turns. For favorite kickass female vampire, how about Selene (Kate Beckinsale) from Underworld?

  34. My favorite vampire without hesitation is Barnabas Collins. I grew up on Dark Shadows and my sisters, brother and I would all watch together (although we often were covering our eyes!) He’s still my favorite because you ended up liking the character even though he started out as so dark and scary. The book looks like it has lots of patterns my teenage neices would love me to knit for them. Thanks for bringing it to my attentions (and of course, I hope I win!)
    I’m looking forward to hearing which vampire is your favorite!

  35. My favorite vampire will always be Angel. Not currently on TV as a vampire but instead in Bones. David Borneaz is just so good to look at. I also think of him as a trendsetter for many of today’s vampires- Vampire Diaries ring so they can go out in the sun- done on Angel first. In love with a human- Buffy the vampire slayer.

  36. Henry from Blood Ties. Hot actor who in the novels wrote romance novels.Also his history made sense.

  37. I’ve never watched a vampire I didn’t like, but my #1 favorite is Barnabas Collins, of Dark Shadows fame. Such a tortured soul! And such a campy TV show – great fun to watch!

  38. Hi Wendy, I do not have a TV, but I remember from back in-the-day it was Buffy the Vampire…they seemed so normal and fighting against the bad witches and warlocks. I liked how they would concoct witches brew to counter some of the bad stuff happening.

    I recently heard about a new childrens fairy book that had concoctions made from gummy bears and ceral, etc. Sounded kind of fun.

    Did you ever make concoctions when you were a kid? I sure did. But they were scientific experiments, so fun. All using my friends’, mother’s makeup. At the price of makeup today that would be a costly experiment and a very mad mother!

  39. Love the cardi….

    I have to go with Grandpa from the Munsters. I really haven’t watched any of the current vampire movies, but love the re-runs of the Munsters!

  40. Spike, for sure. He was snarky with a heart of gold far before Eric Northman came along (side note – drooooooooooool). But, yeah. Still gotta go with Spike.

  41. CaroleP (ohio says:

    Well, I’m an old vampire fan, but especially so when Mick (Moonlight) was on TV. But he’s even too old for me. He was such a caring guy and now I can watch him again. I actually read the Twilight series to make sure they were OK for my granddaughter – then found out she’d already read them. Now we’ve seen all the movies.
    Like your cardi but really like the color – will it be available to us? Anything chocolate has to be loved. And do you knit all day at work? I am amazed at how fast you knit!!! Makes me feel like I’m just plodding along, but I did say I was old.

  42. 2d try – this time with the answer to the question – it’s a toss-up, either Barnabas Collins or Angel. The ones in the Stooky Stackhouse books, like Eric, are pretty cool too. Final answer: Barnabas.

  43. Barnabas Collins from Dark Shadows is my favorite vampire. He is the first vampire I remember seeing as a kid, and he caused me to be afraid of our basement, especially the root cellar.

  44. My most favorite movie Dracula is Frank Langella because he was both sexy and scary at the same time. The movie came out when I was in high school and he had my teenaged heartbeat banging away.

    Today, I tend to favor True Blood’s Eric Northman. He does the same thing to my now older heartbeat!

  45. I believe my favorite movie vampire would have to be Jasper Cullen from the Twilight Saga. A southern gentleman type becomes a vampire, gets put through a veritable hell and then reforms his worst vampire ways upon meeting his true love…a bit sappy, perhaps, but I like the idea. I’m not really a Twihard or anything, but before that series, I always thought of vampires as vaguely creepy European specimens, so breaking the stereotype was what really interested me.
    Anyway, I was quite unexpectedly impressed when I saw the book and would love to own a copy.

  46. There is a tie between Eric Northman and Damon Salvatore for my favorite vampire. They are both hot and the classic bad boys. However they can surprise you with sweetness and sensitivity when they want to.

    Your sweater is gorgeous!

  47. Lauren Kowalczewski says:

    Booooo-tiful cardi!!! I can’t wait to see the pattern.
    I loved Love at First Bite and Dark Shadows when I was younger.
    I haven’t had a chance to see the Twilight movies yet…I’d rather read the books….but Bella (later) and Edward…but my favorite non-vampire is Jacob…Taylor Lautner and his family only live a few miles from me in Michigan!
    I would sooooo love to win something and that hoodie is darling!
    Have a great week and Zoe and Cassie say “Meowie” to Lucy.

  48. The cardigan is lovely – looks current and classic. Favorite vampire? I like several but Lestat is the fave.
    .-= Holly´s last blog ..Walk in the Park =-.

  49. I think I am still partial to the whole Dark Shadows TV show, with Barnabas Collins as my favorite. Hoping that the future remake will be great.

  50. vampires ?
    bella ,becouse she is wiered

  51. I’m a huge Buffy buff, so I’m going to get really detailed with my favorite vampire – it’s most definitely Sunday. She was in the first episode of season 4, when Buffy goes to college. She’s the head of this little vampire group that kills students and then steals all of their stuff from their dorm room so it looks like the kid couldn’t handle the pressure of college and left. She’s so stereotypically 90s, and I love it SO MUCH – her hair, her clothes, her attitude.

    That all being said, that capelet is absolutely adorable and I would love to be entered in the giveaway πŸ™‚

  52. Spike! Without a doubt. He’s just so bad and pouty and sexy! I had a poster of him on my wall….well, until my daughter nicked it :-/
    .-= Puddytat purr´s last blog ..Sigh =-.

  53. I think there are some awesome projects in this book!

    Hmm, I’d have to say that Lestat lestat is my favourite because I have only watched the first three episodes of True Blood and Eric hasn’t appeared yet… I have read the first seven books though! Both are nice looking and nicely mean characters that are deeper than they look (and Eric is Swedish too…)

    In books I think Lord Akeldama is my favourite vampire (in Soulless etc)

  54. My favorite is Lestat. He’s like rock star + vampire. I love is attitude toward everyone, from his victums to his lovers…it’s fantastic stuff. Loved him best in “Tale of the Body Theif”, he became human again by switching bodies with someone who didn’t want to give Lestat his body back, (can you blame him?!). Great book! I’ll have to look for the Vampire Knits book, looks interesting.

  55. The Vampire LeStat from Interview with a Vampire is my favourite. The movie was good but the book just makes you love him!!

    I have two vampire obsessed young daughters who would also love the projects in this book – their favourites change daily so I can’t really keep up πŸ™‚

    Great cardi – and I love Lucy’s comments, such a wise cat!

  56. I join the ranks in saying the Cardi looks wonderful.

  57. It would have to be Christopher Lee playing Dracula in the old Hammer Studio movies. I used to stay up until the wee hours of the morning watching them. So corny, and gory. When I was 14 or so a friend and I were busy writing a script for our own version, that’s how much we liked the Christopher Lee Dracula movies.
    .-= Patty Madrigal´s last blog ..Flowers in the Garden =-.

  58. Love the cardi – the book looks awesome – thanks for giving it away. Favourite vampire has to be Spike from Buffy – he’s hot, funny, knows his limitations and works well within them! Also, the accent – HELLO!

  59. Linda Doggett says:

    Bela Lugosi. He was one scary vampire!

  60. the first vampire movie I ever saw when I was a kid and the very first one that comes to my thoughts is 1979’s Dracula with Frank Langella and Kate Nelligan – it’s not the best vampire movie but it’s my pick.

  61. Despite all the hot men who play vampires these days, one of my all-time favorites is Vampire-Willow from Buffy season 3. I just love the way the show writers used the character to develop Willow-Willow while still giving me a really fun episode.

    On the other hand, I love the episode of Smallville in which Lana joins a sorority and turns into a vampire because of meteor rock infection. Worst episode ever, but I laughed so hard.

  62. And – my favorite movie vampire is Viktor from Underworld

  63. Love the cardigan. It is simple and elegant.

    My favorite vampires have to be Spike from Buffy and Bill from True Blood. (The Bill from the TV show not the Bill from the books.)

  64. It would have to be Spike. His wit just slays me…pun intended. I loved the episode of Buffy where they had him tied up in a chair and were forcing him to drink pig blood out of a coffee mug. I thought I was going to fall off the couch laughing. I also like Angel, but only when he’s Angelus or beating the snot out of somebody–the tortured, brooding bad boy thing just doesn’t do it for me.

  65. I think for sexy i have to go with Spike… always did love when he was on the episodes…

    other than that I loved Pee Wee’s death scene in the movie of Buffy.. it makes me giggle every time and even my oldest now will pipe in “JUST DIE!” and then start laughing πŸ™‚

  66. I love vampires and this book looks great! Choosing a favorite is tough, I guess I’ll go with Spike because he had such funny one-liners.

  67. I really don’t have a favorite in particular, but I loved Lost Boys. And I think Jacob is pretty cute with no shirt πŸ˜‰
    .-= Michele´s last blog ..Feeling Inspired =-.

  68. You’re new cardi looks soooo comfy!!. I don’t have a favorite vampire – never really got into all that dark stuff, but the book has some cute stuff in it.

  69. here we go again…….LOVE your give-aways……would love it more if I could win πŸ™‚

  70. Eric on True Blood. Just mean enough to be attractive…from a TV standpoint! LOL! Love the cardi and the book!

  71. I think my favorite has got to be Dracula a portrayed by Frank Langella. For one thing, Dracula is the granddaddy of all vampires and just inspires so much in the imagination. For another, Frank Langella made him sexy, not just dangerous, and I think that really paved the way for all of the vamps to come.

  72. I guess my favorite is Eric from True Blood. Nice eye candy and pretty true to the book. πŸ™‚

  73. It’s a tough call between Count Chocula and Angel. But I think I’d have to go with Count Chocula.

  74. Bela Lugosi – he’s the ORIGINAL! Just realized his name was Bela!

  75. My favorite movie vampire is George Hamilton as Count Dracula in Love At First Bite. What can I say, I like my funny bone to be tickled.
    .-= Ann Devine´s last blog ..Count down to vacation =-.

  76. Fun Knits. I can always use a new book of patterns πŸ™‚

  77. My favorite movie vampire is Brad Pitt in interview with a vampire because he was so darn sexy!!!

  78. Been looking at this book on line. Love the victorian aspect as I was hooked on Dark Shadows as a kid. Run home after school to check out the latest episode. Wonderful job on the cardi.

  79. Favorite vampire hs to be Gary Oldman as Dracula in Coppola’s version of Bram Stoker’s book. Terrible movie, but I could watch Gary Oldman all day. Second favorite might be the guy from Van elsing. He was pretty awesome in that over-acting kind of way.

  80. Judith Smith says:

    My favorite is George Hamilton in Love at First Bite.

  81. Thanks for going to the trouble to make your cardi available in a range of sizes.

    The book looks interesting.

    Have you read The Historian?

  82. I can’t say I love the vampires (it’s a generation thing), but I love the Victorian styled designs, capelets and such, and would love the book. πŸ™‚

  83. my favorite vampire is Klaus Kinski from Nosferatu. there was a rumor that he did not take his fangs out for months after filming. he was scary.

    thank you also for the pictures of your work and Lucy.

  84. I’m going with Gary Oldman from 1992’s Dracula as my fave.

  85. I wish I could say one of the vampires from Dark Shadows, but it was so long ago that I can’t remember any of them πŸ™‚ My current favorite movie vampire is Nosferatu, from the silent German movie Nosferatu. I “like” him because he is beyond creepy, and he has these horrible long thin hands. Eek!

  86. Jean Gilmore says:

    Bella Lugosi. He’s classic.

  87. I’m not huge into the vampire thing and I know I’ve read more than Twilight, but since that’s all I can think of this early in the am I’m going to go with Alice.
    What’s cooler than a tiny pixie of a thing that not only can kill you if she’d like, but can see the future?!

  88. I love vampire movies. My favorites include Spike from Buffy, and Lestat. However, I read the Anita Blake novels (only the earlier ones), and Jean Claude is super tasty sounding!

  89. Love the hoodie on the cover! Thanks!

  90. Wendy Wickett says:

    Choose me!! Pick me!!

  91. Very few vampires are not my favorites. Lately it has been most of the vampires in the Sookie Stackhouse series. Leslie Nielsen’s vampire in Dead and Loving It is still an all time favorite. Thank you for another opportunity to win a fun book!

  92. Love the cardi, can’t wait for the pattern. Also love the hoodie and would cherish the book. Pick me please.

  93. Edward Sparklepyre? Bah! Give me a REAL vampire any day. Nosferatu leads the pack, followed by Bella Lugosi’s Dracula. Bring out the stakes and garlic!
    .-= Hissy Stitch´s last blog ..Oregon Flock and Fiber 2010 =-.

  94. I’d have to say Brad Pitt was my favorite in β€œInterview with the Vampire.” So cute and tortured. I also liked Frank Langella in ‘Dracula’ in the 70s or 80s version, for just looking so so good.

  95. Eric from True Blood….but Oh, My, when Bill says Sookie .

  96. I’d love to be entered in the book drawing! I love vampire stories/movies/whatever! Thanks!
    .-= Melanie´s last blog ..Metro =-.

  97. My favorite t.v. vampire is Angel, though I need to re-watch Season one and watch Season two of True Blood – there may be some competition there. Why Angel? He fights the good fight, is delicous when he’s un-souled as Angelus, and is adorable when he’s turned into a puppet.
    .-= Kendra´s last blog ..Beautiful Not-Christmas Socks =-.

  98. My favorite TV vampire is Mick St. John from Moonlight. He’s my favorite because even though he has the typical quiet, troubled attitude, he isn’t overly emo and he is accepting of who and what he is without being savage.
    .-= Dusty´s last blog ..No Purls of Wisdom =-.

  99. Oh, I love that hoodie! As for vampires, I’d say that in the movies I have to go back to the old Hammer classics and say Christopher Lee. In TV, you gotta love both Angel and Spike.
    .-= Cricket54´s last blog ..Egg-stra Special Sock Kit =-.

  100. April Phillips says:

    Oh, I’ve got two favorites: Jessica from True Blood, because she still shows her teenage angst, and I just love it when her fangs pop out all by themselves! Also, Emmett from Twilight. He just shows so much enthusiasm for being one – the strength and his unending love for Rosalie.

    The book looks great!