My current work in progress:

Roscalie Cardigan by Alice Starmore, knit from Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift  on a US 3 needle

Rachael Rachael

I finished reading Rachael Herron‘s second novel this week: How to Knit a Heart Back Home. (Rachael was kind enough to arrange for me to receive a review copy, but I will confess to you that I also purchased the Kindle edition so I could read it on my iPad.)

This is the second book in Rachael’s “Cypress Hollow” series and I think it is even better than the first, which I enjoyed thoroughly. The story takes place in the same town, but the main characters are different. A nice Barbara Pym-like touch, however, is that the main characters in the first book (How to Knit a Love Song) make cameo appearances in this book. Rachael writes well and sucks you immediately into the story. There’s a nice amount of knitting content, as well as an original pattern for a very pretty sweater that is integral to the plot.

Rachael has offered a free copy of How to Knit a Heart Back Home to one of my readers, so let’s do a drawing. 🙂

To be entered in the drawing, leave a comment to this blog post, by 11:00am Eastern Time on Sunday, March 13, 2011. The great and might Random Number Generator will be awakened from its lair and exhorted to pick a winner from the comments. Then I’ll get the winner hooked up with Rachael and if you ask nice I bet she’ll even sign your copy. 😉

Please note that as usual, I require you to leave a comment to be entered into the drawing. But for every drawing I hold, I still get emailed entries, and even Ravelry messages. Please read this page if you are unsure how to leave a comment and/or wonder why I require entries via comment only.


Thanks for all your lovely comments about the Twisty Aran. I appreciate them very much!

I seem to have had many non-knitting things cutting into my knitting time this week. But the baby sweater is coming along as you can see:

Nothing much else to see here, apart from Lucy.


  1. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Wendy … First, I must say that I love your Twisty Sweater … even if I turn green with envy of your skill .. more like art.

    Second, I, too, hope Random picks me …. ah well …

  2. I love knitting for babies!
    I also like winning! 🙂

  3. Exciting, I have the first book sitting looking at me reminding me that it’s on my “to read” list.

  4. technikat says:

    Love the baby sweater! It’s not baby pink but a real, vibrant pink. Your twisty Aran is also very attractive.

  5. Ruth Porter says:

    The baby sweater is too cute. I, too, would love to have the book. Did Lucy enjoy it?

  6. I’d like a copy

  7. I loved Rachael’s last book — pick me!

  8. I loved her first book and am happy she’s produced another – can’t wait to read it! Thanks for offering it up on your blog!

  9. Love the baby sweater. I’m always looking for a good knitting /fiction book to read. Will have to find the first one.

  10. I like the idea of the sweater pattern being integral to the story. Can’t wait to see how that works out!

  11. Thanks for having a giveaway! I’ve been seeing this book on a lot of blogs and am really looking forward to reading it.

  12. Oooo even if I do not win I’m buying the book.

  13. I love novels that include knitting/knitters. Please enter me in the drawing!

    P.S. Tell Lucy to take good care of MY book!

  14. Amelia S says:

    Would love a chance to win a new book!

  15. I loved the first book, can’t wait to read the second! Thanks for the contest!

  16. Oooh, yes, please sign me up for the book!

    That pink is a beautiful color. Perfect pattern to show it off.

  17. I would love to win a copy of a knitterly-fiction book! Of course, I’ll have to buy the first one first … but it sounds like that would be a pleasure!
    Wannietta´s last blog post ..Salt

  18. Thanks for awakening the random generator…and for the chance to win this book – Cheers!

  19. I would love to win this book! Thank you.

  20. debra davis says:

    the babysweater looks great.. Is it your own pattern?

  21. “Nothing much else to see here, apart from Lucy.”

    – but Lucy is always a lovely sight to see.

    Book sounds interesting. Please draw my name!

  22. Gail Rector says:

    I have a broken heart and need to read a story about how to knit one back home.

  23. Kathleen says:

    I’d love an opportunity to get her book!

  24. I just read HIW TO KNIT A LOVE SONG yesterday!!!! Didn’t know there was another book out yet! Got mine at Stitches South last year and just read it! Would love to have the second book signed tooooooooooooooo!!!!!

  25. Thank you for the recommendation! Nothing better than knitting, yarn & books and books involving knitting in the plot are the best!!! I’m definitely going to see if I can get her first one for my Kindle, and this one just in case I don’t win. 😉

  26. Debbie H says:

    I would love to win the book! I really enjoyed the first one and I hear this one’s even better! Debbie in Alaska

  27. Sounds like a great book! I would love to win this one!

  28. Would love a chance to win the book. Love the Twisted Aran Sweater and the Helena. Love the color!

  29. I would so love to read this novel! When my hands hurt too much to wrap anymore yarn around the needle, I hold a warm mug of tea and lose myself in a good story. Thanks so much for your blog, Wendy! And a scratch on the cheek to Lucy.

  30. ANtonella says:

    Sounds like a good book.

  31. Margaret says:

    Oh my~

  32. Carol Slifka says:

    Thank you for sharing all that you do with us.

  33. Lucy and a book. What could be cuter.

  34. I love to hear about interesting books! Please enter me inthe contest!

  35. sandra anderson says:

    lucy looks spoiled and relaxed! I’d read the book for sure. Thank you!

  36. sandra anderson says:

    love the aran sweater. looks perfect as everything you knit does!

  37. Love getting new books to read! And finding a new author that I like is doubly good!

  38. Hope my number is picked. Always looking for good authors.

  39. I would love to win the copy of Rachael’s book. I wonder how long it will be before Lucy starts knitting. Take care.

  40. Carol Knits says:

    If I don’t win the book, can I PLEASE have an hour with Lucy? I just love seeing her every day:)

  41. hmm a new to me writer! LOVE those! Looks good! I will have to pick up book #1. Lucy looks like she enjoyed it as well.
    I would of course love to win this one!

  42. Your Helena is gorgeous and I’d LOVE to read a Knitting Novel 🙂

  43. Sue Dial says:

    I have been waiting for this book. I would love to have an autographed copy.

  44. The book sounds really cool! Thanks for the chance to win it.

  45. Jennifer B says:

    Thanks for the chance to win – sounds like a good read!

  46. Cheryl K says:

    I’m a read-aholic, and if I can combine it with my knitting addiction, even better!11

  47. I’ve never read a Knitting novel, but there’s always a first time!
    Rusty Boyd´s last blog post ..Knitting Retreat

  48. I can’t wait to read the new book, it would be nice to win one and not have to wait for my tax return!
    Sarah-potterknitter´s last blog post ..Quick

  49. Robin May says:

    Looks like I need to check out this series!
    Would love the book.

  50. Well, if Lucy liked it, I’m sure I will too!
    ccr in MA´s last blog post ..Gradual Improvement

  51. I will look for both those books to download to my Kindle — thanks for the recommendation!
    Mary´s last blog post ..Rest in peace- Mom

  52. I’m always looking for a good read…and with knitting, that’s a real bonus.

  53. Miss Princess Perfection (also very floofy) is very angry at me because I didn’t pass on her regards to Lucy the last time I commented, so Lucy, prrrrip? from MPP. Wendy, I’d love to have a copy of this book. Speak firmly to the Great and Powerful RNG, please?

  54. The baby sweater is looking great. Well done to Rachael on her second book too!
    Jane/WTKnits´s last blog post ..Duck EggsAnd Other Stuff

  55. Sherry Anderson says:

    If I don’t win the book I’ll buy it – along with the 1st!

    Love the baby sweater!!!

  56. Sharon Amara says:

    Would love a chance at the book.

  57. The pink baby sweater is adorable! But I think reading about knitting would be fun, too …

  58. Please random generator pick me.

  59. Love to knit! Love to read!! Would love a new read!

  60. Always love a series with some knitting in the story.

  61. I hadn’t heard of these books. Must find the 1st one. Hope I win this one.

  62. Yes: books, knitting and cats!………unbeatable combo

  63. I would love to win a copy of the book. It sounds like a great read. I think she should write Lucy into her next book,that would be so “cool”. What do you think?

  64. Enjoyed her first book – would love to read Rachael’s second one!

  65. Can’t wait to see the finished baby sweater. I’d love to read the book.

  66. This sounds like a book that I could really enjoy! I would love to win it.

  67. The sweater looks great! I’d love to win Rachael’s book…Thanks for the chance…

  68. bunny dimmel says:

    My students are always wondering what I am reading. That book will throw my middle school students a cruve ball for sure.

  69. SharonLuvs2knit2 says:

    I am new to your blog and I am enjoying it. The drawings are a great perk! (from my Kindle 2)

  70. The book looks interesting from the write-up at Amazon, and your recommendation.
    Martha Frey´s last blog post ..The Princess Shawl- Row 209 of Border

  71. Would love to win the book.

  72. Thank you so much for the opportunity to win Rachael’s new book. I would love to read it.

  73. Sounds like a good read. Wish I could read and knit at the same time.

  74. Sandy Mark says:

    I would love to receive this book. I read the first one and loved it. And your Aran sweater is beautiful. I’m making a baby hat with the same color yarn as your baby sweater for a new mother to be!

  75. Wendy D. says:

    …Hey Wendy…I want to read that book !

  76. Will Lucy sign the book if I win? Bonus!

  77. Would love to read How to Knit a Heart Back Home! Please enter me in the drawing. Hi to Lucy.

  78. I would love a copy of this book. Thanks for doing yet another wonderful giveaway.
    pamela dayton´s last blog post ..overheard

  79. A book about knitting, what could be better to read!!

  80. A new knitting story! Put my name in the hat! Thanks!

  81. Would really like to win a signed copy!! I’ll have to buy the first one so I’ll be ready when I win!!!!!!!!! *S*

  82. Carol Brennan says:

    Hoping to win.

  83. Loving the baby sweater…the color is great!!! And now I must dl the first book so I can be prepared when I win this one…thanks for the tip on a great book …

  84. Would love to read this! Please enter my name for a chance. Thanks!

  85. I have room on my bookshelf, so I hope you pick me!

  86. Ever hopeful! Your twisty aran is gorgeous. Lovely work.

  87. Annette Mand says:

    Would love to read the book. Please pick me
    I will probably download the first one onto my Kindle.

    Also love your ARAN sweater, cannot wait to see the pattern. 🙂

  88. Quiltnut says:

    Count me in for the book…Lucy thinks it is a good thing so it has to be good!

  89. Paulette says:

    You got me interested! I want to get the first book now and read it and maybe win the 2nd! I like the title………sounds good!

  90. Rachael’s first book was delightful. I’ve been looking forward to her second release since finishing it. Pretty please, dear Random Number Generator? Pick me, pick me!
    Jeanne B.´s last blog post ..Yay- Steelers- Yay Mac G5 is Home

  91. Lynn Kenny says:

    Got to meet Rachel at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival last May. She puts a lot of heart and soul into her characters. I loved her first book and eagerly await the chance to read her second one.

  92. Helle "Gracie" Berry says:

    I read a lot…and knit a lot, so that being said… but I would like it on my Nook! Though a hard copy would do!

  93. Book looks great, not heard of these before. I’ll look for the first book and try to read it before I receive this one 🙂

  94. Jan Champion says:

    Thanks for the opportunity to win the book.


  95. Would love to win that book. Her first one is on my wish list for my upcoming birthday! Thanks for not including spoilers!
    The baby sweater looks sweet and the color is rich.
    Lucy is adorable. Did you see her distant cousin on abc news videos, the kitty who stole a lot of stuff from his neighborhood? I can’t help but admire the industriousness of that cat! His family had to have a day where neighbors could come over to comb through tables of items for their missing belongings!

  96. I would love to win this book!

  97. I’d love to be able to get Rachael’s 2nd book to put on the ipad I plan on getting tomorrow! Lucy seems to be enjoying the book tremendously.

  98. Elizabeth H. says:

    I loved her first book – I’m sure I’ll love this one too!

  99. The baby sweater is coming along. My daughter loves the color. Lucy doesn’t look like she feels much like reading.

  100. As all of the others have stated – I too would love to have a copy of this book. Thank you for the opportunity!
    PS – Your kitty is darling. Jan