My current work in progress:

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


Another Book Review

I have in my possession a copy of Fresh Fashion Knits: More than 20 Must-Have Designs from Rowan’s Studio Collection edited by Kate Buller.

Published by Potter Craft, this book will be available for sale next Tuesday, October 26. Let’s take a look inside.

This book is a compilation of patterns from the Rowan Studio Collection, designed by Sarah Hatton. There are 21 patterns in this collection and not surprisingly, all the yarns used for the designs are Rowan yarns.

Most of the designs are sized from Small to Extra-Large, with Extra-Large being for women with a 44 – 46″ chest. The actual measurements of the designs themselves vary, depending on how much ease is in each one.

The photos here are a few of my favorites from the book — classic, pretty designs. I think this dress is my favorite:

It’s knit from Rowan Classic Cashsoft 4-ply at a gauge of 28 stitches and 36 rows to 4 inches, so it’s definitely a big time investment. But the results are well-worth the time, I think!

As much as I’d like to keep this book for myself, I know I don’t have time to knit what I want from it, so I’ll pass it along to one of you. Leave a comment to this post by 4:00pm Eastern Time on Tuesday, October 26 to be entered in the drawing to receive this book.

And don’t forget — the winner for the crochet book will be drawn and announced tomorrow!

Hats for Sailors Update

I got an email from Shanti’s Mom today with an update on her Hats For Sailors projects. To date she has received 47 hats and in order for the project to be a success, she needs 278 hats by the beginning of November. See the blog post linked to above for all the details. I’m hoping that she’ll get a bunch right at the end of the month, but if you thought about knitting a hat but haven’t done so yet, please do consider it. You can quickly knit a hat from a chunky weight yarn and extend some warmth holiday cheer to a sailor far away from home.

There are some Qs and As and links to some fast and easy hat patterns here on Shanti’s blog.

Lucy wants you to knit a hat. 😉


  1. Looks like a beautiful book that I would love to add to my collection. Thanks for giving us a chance!
    Lynn B´s last blog post ..All Wool- All The TimeExcept When Its Cotton

  2. Well… I want to try and get it…

  3. Lovely book – I love Rowan yarns.

  4. Lovely book – I adore many of Rowan’s designs….
    And I have two hats that are headed out to Lynne this weekend!
    Knitnana´s last blog post ..Bags and Socks and Mittens and Kittens

  5. Carol the Knitter says:

    I’m crossing my fingers!

  6. I too am knitting hats — in my case they go to a local charity serving families and children. Recently, there was an article in a magazine directed to rural Coloradoans which told about various charity knitting projects and featured interviews with some who had received the knitted bounty. It was nice to hear how much people enjoyed the knitter’s efforts.

    P.S. I, of course, would love to win the drawing!

  7. That book looks great, I would love a copy!

  8. Book looks promicing, would like to win it.

  9. Count me in for a chance at the Rowan book!

  10. Looks like a lovely book. Crossing my fingers….

  11. Please enter me in the book drawing. I am an avid reader of of blog and love your knitting. thank you

  12. Helen Johnson says:

    Love that dress pattern! And Lucy is totally cute. Please tell her I’ve knitted 3 hats for Lynne and the peeps on the U.S.S Decatur. They’re going in the mail today.

    Love your blog–it’s part of my morning routine. 🙂


  13. The patterns in the book look great.

  14. Nice patterns. Now if I just had more hands to knit with!

  15. I have to agree that’s a beautiful dress. Besides the time commitment, I don’t have anywhere to wear it. The cardigan is lovely and I can wear it! The short-sleaved ones are pretty too.

  16. Now that I’m knitting again, I can’t get enough! I would LOVE a copy of this book!
    Give Lucy a scratch behind the ears for me!

  17. if I win I’ll knit a hat ^..^

  18. Hats are knitted and waiting to be mailed. 🙂

    And the book looks fabulous — I’d love to have it!

  19. Oops! If the random number picker picks me, please use this e-address, not the one attached to my first post at 10/21, 1:24 p.m.!

  20. Love Rowan and would love the book!

  21. I love the grey fitted jacket and would enjoy the book.
    My hat went out in the mail last week. Used the same pattern that Wendy used. Easy and fast to knit.

  22. fibercrone says:

    I love the grey swing sweater.

  23. I’ve been waiting for someone to review that book. It looks lovely!
    Clumsy Knitter´s last blog post ..Still Alive

  24. Please put my name into the hat for the book. You are so kind with your book prizes and the Rowan book looks especially lovely. Thank you!

  25. Hope I am lucky enough….

  26. Those patterns look great! Not sure I have the time, but willing to give it a go!

  27. Wow! That dress does look delish! I am 7 months pregnant, and I have more than enough time to knit that while I work on getting back to shape 😉 – and all the washing and nursing and rocking… lol.
    My kitties love seeing Lucy’s pictures napping – they try to emulate her, but only Kavyn comes close 😉

  28. Love the Sarah Hatton collection. Her book would make a great addition to my knitting library!!!

  29. I would love to win it Wendy! Have a great day! Debbie in Alaska

  30. Some really pretty patterns. I’d love the book.

  31. Your Eala Bhan is coming along splendidly – 🙂

  32. Good luck with your editing deadline.

  33. That book looks great! Thanks for sharing, Wendy! Can’t wait to see your new book.

  34. Really want to win the nice book!!!!….
    MadeByK´s last blog post ..Crazy Monkey

  35. Would love the book.

  36. Rowan yarns are my favorite. I just finished a minmalist in silk wool dk, and it is beautiful. I have always wanted to knit one of their patterns, but have been too chicken.

  37. Elisabeth says:

    Thanks for yet another opportunity to Win a Book !

  38. Wendy Kim-Luellen says:

    Love Rowan designs. I’ve been collecting the magazines for several years now. I have issue 16 to current.

    Here’s hoping . . .
    Thank you. Wendy

  39. Some of the patterns look fab!

  40. The book looks like it’s full of wonderful projects. Thanks for so many opportunities to win cool knitting essentials. Love your blog – it’s a must read ~ Phyllis

  41. Looks like a great book!

  42. Ooo I love Rowan and cables.
    LittleWit´s last blog post ..Labour Day Recap

  43. Love Rowan patterns and the Rowan yarns I’ve allowed myself to pet.

    And I love Lucy, too.

    Bet I could crank out a couple hats this weekend. Wonder what I’ve got in my stash?? Off to check…

  44. Oh, I love Sarah Hatton’s work! That looks like a wonderful book.

  45. Oh, please, please, let the random number generator draw me! I love Rowan! And I’ve been a Wendy reader for years:) Keeping my fingers crossed. Thanks, Wendy for your generosity!

  46. Your sweater is coming along nicely. It is a long haul, or so I’ve concluded by reading other blogs by people knitting the same sweater. Looks like another book full of wonderful patterns that would make a wonderful addition to my library. Thanks for the opportunity to own a copy.

  47. Oooooh! I can’t wait to see this book in person! From the photos the are a few I’d like to knit. 🙂

  48. Looks like a book worth having.

    Thank you for doing this.

  49. Kathi Jobson says:

    Love Rowan and their classic designs and I would love love to win this book!!!!

  50. I would love a chance at the book – what lovely patterns.

  51. Thanks for the sneak peek of the book – I would knit all the projects you posted. Except for maybe the dress. It would probably take me about 5 years to finish it but it is beautiful.

    P.S. I love your blog but I REALLY love your cat. I grew up with one just like her and was lucky enough to have 22 years serving her.

    PPS – I’m searching my stash to see if I can whip up a hat this weekend. Thanks for the update.

  52. The book looks lovely – hope I win 🙂

  53. Shirley Ryan says:

    Cool book…Rowen is a fav of mine!


  54. Book looks great. Put my name in the hat.

  55. Oooh, I *love* that knitted dress in the Rowan book! Please include me in the drawing. Your Eala Bhan is beautiful. The teal green is going to look stunning with your hair color 🙂

  56. Ooo, very pretty book and I love to knit with Rowan yarn. 🙂

  57. I love that second blue sweater! Its soooo pretty

  58. I never win these things, but what the heck. Thanks!

  59. Sharen Warren says:

    I love Rowan yarn & the Rowan books, so I’d love to win. Eala Bhan is beautiful!

  60. Congrats to all of you who have made so many hats already. It warms me up when I see how much people really do care.

    On a different note, the Rowan book looks fabulous. Through my name into the hate for this one.

  61. Please, god of the random number generator, pick me. I have a few of the studio issues but love me a compilation.

  62. I love the Rowan Designs, i love the book. Thanks Wendy.


  63. What a fabulous book – and blog!!

  64. Cute dress, wouldn’t mind having it in my wardrobe and the book in my library.

  65. Love the cover cardigan. I’d definitely enjoy getting this book!

  66. Shirley A Ryan says:

    Oooh>>>these look like fun, I love Rowan….thanks Wendy!

  67. Thank you for supporting the men and women who serve in the US Navy!

  68. Heather Soly says:

    Put my name in the hat, please.

  69. I so love the Rowan Demin!!

  70. Margarita says:

    I’d love to win this raffle. I’ve been wanting to knit that sweater tee.

  71. The book looks amazing! I would like to be entered in the drawing!

  72. Wow..great patterns. I love win the book.

  73. Oh what a lovely book! I would love to take it from you! It’s be. A great college care package too 🙂

  74. cool

  75. Would love to have the chance to look through this book in person!

  76. Love the Rowan books. Thank you for sharing.

  77. I totally understand about Eala Bhan!

  78. I love how classic these designs look.

  79. roz thompson says:

    Please enter me into your drawing for the Rowan book, I LOVE Rowan and I really enjoy your blog. Thanks!! Roz

  80. What a lovely book. How nice of you to give one as a prize.

  81. A beautiful book I would be honored to own! Thus begins the dreams of a novice knitter…

  82. The pictures look awesome! I would love the book! 🙂
    Jill M in Ohio´s last blog post ..Stash Report Week 43- 2010

  83. That Bella top looks a lot like my style. I hope you pick me I’m not organized enough this year to knit a hat, but if you give enough notice, I will try for next year. I like sailors. (No snickering now!)

  84. Yvonne in Southwest Virginia says:

    What a terrific-looking book. Love, love, love that cardi!

  85. I love Rowan designs. Please include me in the drawing.

  86. I would love to win this book! I want to knit every pattern in it!
    Thanks for the giveaway Wendy 🙂

    Iknitcupcakes on Ravelry

  87. I’d buy the book just for the Tango sweater pattern alone. It’s so smart looking.

  88. I’d love a crack at the Rowan book.

    Love your blog (and Lucy pictures, too)!


  89. I love that dress, have been seeking the perfect knitted dress pattern for years and this may be it.
    ohsewcrafty´s last blog post ..FO- Sage

  90. Thank you, Wendy, for the opportunity to win this book.


  91. I love knit dresses, too. My three of my five fave dresses are knit; unfortunately, two of them are t-shirtish fabric, so a little too “cazh” for the office.
    I’ve also been daunted at the aspect of knitting a dress at a dk or fingering gauge, but worsted just doesn’t seem like it would yield an attractive end result. But maybe if I can figure out the knitting machine that’s been sitting in my closet for four years,. . . :<
    Thanks for the great pix and the giveaway.

  92. Looks like a “must have” book! I love Rowan!
    Vicki´s last blog post ..Great patterns for just a little handspun

  93. How lovely of you to give this book away – I would love this as I’ve not yet got any of the Studio books. Can’t believe you have stopped working on Eala Bahm (sp?), it was looking beautiful.

  94. Book looks great. Hope I win.