My current work in progress:

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


Warm Knits Cool Gifts

I received a review copy of Warm Knits, Cool Gifts: Celebrate the Love of Knitting and Family with more than 35 Charming Designs by Sally Melville and Caddy Melville Ledbetter. Published by Potter Craft, the book was released earlier this month.

The book is a collection of 35 patterns for a lot of different things you can knit as gifts — and of course for yourself as well.

Here are a few of my favorites. A baby hat:

Seriously, how cute is that?

This sweater and skirt is my favorite design in the book:

The skirt is done in a very clever way. It’s one of those “Doh! Why didn’t I think of that?!” kind of things.

Here’s a great “guy” sweater:

And a cute cap you could whip up in a jiffy:

An afghan knit in strips, so you could actually use it before you finish it:

And a “skating” coat.

Sorry about the glare on the page — this coat is really adorable with a lovely shape.

There’s lots of extra information about the inspiration for the designs as well as little tips and tricks in call-out boxes. Reading the head notes for the patterns really gave me a good feeling for Sally and Caddy’s personalities, how they differ in their approach and ideas. It’s really a lovely book and the designs are very knittable and attractive. The garments are offered in a wide range of sizes and are made from popular easy-to-find yarns.

Sorry guys, I’m keeping this book for myself. It would be nice of me to give it away, but I can’t bring myself to part with it. 😉

That reminds me, the winner of the Fresh Fashion Knits Rowan book is Deb. Deb, I’ve emailed you.

Today Lucy has been working on her yoga stretches.


  1. im just lori says:

    What a gorgeous coat! I don’t blame you for keeping this one.

  2. Celestine says:

    Thanks for showing us your book. I do not blame you for keeping it. Looks like a great book. Gotta get to the book store to view myself.

  3. Totally understand why you don’t want to give it away. After seeing the book at a store I put it on my personal wish list. Is it unrealistic for someone just shy of 50 (me), who doesn’t skate well, to want her very own “skating” coat?

  4. well done Lucy ^..^ …. I can’t believe you’re keeping the book!! I suppose I’ll just have to buy one without trying to win it first 😉

  5. I don’t blame you either for keeping the book!

    Chalk me up as another just shy of 50 gal who now wants her own skating coat, too.

  6. hmmm, haven’t seen this one yet, will have to look it up!

  7. I really loved that sweater and skirt – just went to Amazon and put it in my cart so I don’t forget about it – maybe I’ll buy it for myself for my birthday… Normally I do socks so a sweater like that would be a huge project, but it is so pretty… Thanks for the review!

  8. Oh I love that book I saw it at a LYS I think I will just have to buy it Go Lucy, Girl you got it going on

  9. Yeaaaa Lucy — wish I could stretch like that – am sure Wendy, that you will pick an item in the book and share your progress with us – can’t wait

  10. I really appreciate your showing us the different books you get. Sometimes you decided to let one of us take the book off your hands and sometimes you keep them. Since most of us don’t get a book we just really enjoy the intro to books that we might not know we really want otherwise. It does help.

    Also, I appreciate the explanation about the cables. It’s always nice to get a touch of insight into how someone else designs.

  11. Love the coat! –and the baby hat–

  12. Beth Wilson says:

    Just ordered it !! LOVE the baby hat and sweater and skirt !!

    As I speak Tessa is upstairs sounding like she’s running on the Meezer raceway ….
    Aren’t they just the Best !!

  13. Now that’s just plain mean, teasing us like that!

    That’s probably the first book I would really have wanted to win too!


    Wendy 🙂

  14. I think you deserve to keep at least a couple of books.

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  15. I LOVE this book! I took Sally’s workshop a couple of weeks ago and she is an incredible teacher. I am doing the Center Panel Vest in a lovely plum shade of purple. She had several things from this book with her and the pictures in the book do not do them justice. That skirt and sweater is gorgeous!
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  16. Like Lucy, the skating coat is toooo cute!

  17. So what was your favorite? So do you take pictures of the book pages to post, and hence the glare? The coat is very darling.

  18. the fact you are keeping says a lot about this book. My dear Ellie was practicing her Yoga too, a very similar pose, I might add. Your knitting is always lovely, but Lucy takes the cake…

  19. Awh Lucy, knows the importance of balancing movement with ease.

  20. You’re such a tease, showing this book but not offering it in a giveaway (LOL)! Guess I’ll have to check Knit Picks to see if it’s on their 40% off book sale (doubtful, as it’s newly released). In kitteh news, Miss Hinky found a daddy longlegs in the bath, but couldn’t quite figure out what to do with it, so after she chased it around a while I dispatched it.

  21. I will have to add this book to my wish list. As much as I love knitting books, a lot of them don’t have designs in styles I would wear. I’m not much of a fashion person, but I like simple, clean, elegant and classic styling when I think about it.
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  22. Woo-Hoo! Yes, Knit Picks has this book on the 40% off sale! I have ordered it, and will likely receive it within the week! Lordy, I need to figure out where I’m putting all the new knitting books I’ve been getting. Maybe I should thin the herd? Have to think about that!

  23. I don’t think I’d be able to let that book go either! Thanks for bringing it to my attention, so I can put it on my “dear Santa” list.
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  24. madonnaearth says:

    But wendy!!! I was this close to winning the last giveaway! lol

  25. I’d love to add this one to my library!