My current work in progress:

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


Oh Baby

I have in my hot little hands a review copy of  60 Quick Baby Knits: Blankets, Booties, Sweaters & More in Cascade 220 Superwash — see?

This is the latest “Quick Knits” book in the series from Sixth & Spring Books. It contains (you guessed it) 60 patterns for baby items, all using Cascade 220 yarn (though you could of course use whatever worsted weight yarn you wanted).

The designs range in size from newborn to 24 months and there is a very nice variety of projects — sweaters (both pullovers and cardis), hats, booties and socks, leg warmers, blankets, and a pillow. There are lace, cables, texture and colorwork patterns — a little something for everyone.

Thumbing through it, I found a lot of patterns I really liked. Here are a couple:

A cute cabled pullover.

A mosaic blanket.

There are many more adorable patterns as well.

Since I very rarely knit for babies, I’ll pass this book on to one of you.

To be entered in a drawing to receive my copy of 60 Quick Baby Knits, leave a comment on this post by 4:00pm EDT Tuesday, May 3, 2011, letting me know you’d like it. At that time I’ll have the Random Number Generator draw a comment number at random to determine who gets the book.

New Patterns in my Ravelry Store

Today I added the Delightfully Simple Shawl and Reticulated Shawl patterns to my Ravelry store — and remember, they are both 25% off through the end of the month, which would be this Saturday at midnight (Eastern time, I think). So if you want either of those patterns, you still have time to get them at the sale price.

A very big thank you to Stacie B. and Angie D. who test-knit (at blinding speed, I might add) the Delightfully Simple Shawl from the line-by-line directions to ensure they were all correct.

The Shetland Border Shawl will likely be ready for sale tomorrow or Saturday (it’s being tech-edited right now), so keep an eye on my Ravelry store — I’ll try to get it up for sale so there’ll still be time to buy it before the sale ends. ETA: Shetland Border Shawl is now available in my Ravelry pattern store — thanks to my tech editor Sharon!

Also remember I am donating all proceeds from sale of my Japanese Garden Shawl to the Red Cross through the end of April as well, so if you thought about getting it to donate to the cause, you still have time to do so. We are now over $6000 in donations! Thank you all so much 🙂

Work in Progress

My current work in progress is another knit-from-the-bottom-up shawl, this one being made from Madelinetosh Pashmina in the Betty Draper’s Blues colorway, on 4mm needles.

After I complete this, I’m thinking about starting a circular (spiral construction) shawl — that’ll take me a fair bit longer to complete. 🙂

Lucy is a bit relieved. All this blocking assistance she has had to give me is tiring her out.


  1. I would LOVE that book. just saw it reviewed and has so many kewl things to make for babies 🙂 Love your patterns too…just did JGS and its AWESOME!!

  2. Cute book – I’ve got a couple of babies to knit for!

  3. Kathleen R says:

    I’d love a copy of this book! It’s baby season among all my friends!

  4. I would LOVE this book – my brother and his wife are possible adoptive parents for twins, and I have several friends growing their next additions!

  5. Everyone around seems to be having babies!!

  6. Helena M says:

    OOOOO I would love a copy of this book. Read a review recently and it sounded fab! 🙂

  7. Interesting timing–I just found out that a friend of mine whom I am teaching to knit is expecting. I may have to give the book a look!

  8. Baby things are so much fun to knit – plus, I can see reworking that cabled pullover into a larger size for my grandson.
    PlainJane´s last blog post ..Two Months Later Give Or Take A Week Or Two

  9. I’m having a baby in June, so this is a timely giveaway for me. I would love to win, though I know that I will have very little knitting time and my hands full (literally) in a few short weeks!

  10. Robin Stewart says:

    Oooh!! That book looks amazing!! Especially because I have two babies and the only close yarn shop sells mostly 220 superwash. If I don’t win it I will DEFINITELY have to buy it.

  11. That cabled sweater is gorgeous. I just had a niece, so I’m really into baby knitting right now.
    Little Miss S.´s last blog post ..Back!!!

  12. I’d love to get my hands on that book! I saw it on the KnitGirllls and liked it immediately.
    Julie L.´s last blog post ..About Town- L’Amour Fou

  13. Oh that is a cute book!

    And your shawls are amazing! After I finished the Japanese Garden shawl you got me hooked on your shawls. Love them! 😀

  14. I would really love to have that book, just in time for the long-anticipated great-grand due in mid-July!

  15. I’d love that book – babies are happening all around me so I’m looking for things to knit.

  16. My Japanese Garden shawl has been frogged. Operator malfunction. I had my “center stitches” one pattern off and didn’t realise until I was 3/4 done. It is being restarted, but I bought you two latest shawls today for backup.

  17. In love with the mosaic blanket – please send book ASAP! Besides it’s torture to knit anything larger than a baby item in FL for the next 6 months!

  18. I would love to have a copy of this book. Thanks for the chance!

  19. Eeek, I have 4 babies in various stages of readiness. I love this book.

  20. Danelle in Kansas says:

    Hmm, eyeing the upcoming Grandmother Years . . . time to stock up on books!

  21. I’m very excited about the Shetland Border Shawl. I even ordered the yarn you used for it. Would like to buy the same circular needle from Signature Needles. What size length of cable would you recommend? Thanks.

  22. Oooh! Friends having babies all over the place – that book would be perfect!

  23. I would love a copy. All of the Cascade books are so nice.

  24. joyce t. says:

    Please put my name in the running for this cute baby book!

  25. I have the cutest baby who needs some cute knits. I’d love the book. Thanks!

  26. Thank you for the giveaway.

  27. Oh I love this book almost bought it today 🙂

  28. I have a new 1-month old nephew who would look really cute in some of the designs.
    Congratulations on the Japanese Shawl fund raiser! It was the first shawl I was ever able to knit which I believe because of the contructions from the borrom up.

    Now off to see your new patterns

  29. Oh Baby. I need to have that book.
    southparknitter´s last blog post ..Double Double Dressin’ Trouble

  30. There are always babies to knit for. This looks like just book to use for many patterns.

    Love all your shawls. You are such a knitting machine 🙂

  31. Love the book! Looks like a lot of great projects to try!

  32. I would love to have this book. Baby knits are so quick and cute. I love knitting for my 8 month old.

  33. That looks like a great book to add to my library. And I bet I could find the perfect project for several friends that are expecting.

  34. Looks like a great book and I’m a new grandmother for the first time.

  35. Since I’ve been doing knitting for the BOJ group on Ravelry I would love to try some knits from this book. Read your blog regularly and have made several of your sock patterns.

  36. Thanks as always for the contest!

  37. oh I have 2 new grandbabies to knit for. I’ve been drooling over the knits showing up from this book on Ravelry and I’d love a copy!

  38. I just added that book to my Amazon wish list this morning. And, there are more babies coming this year that I need to knit for!

  39. I’ve been eyeing this book since I heard it was coming out! I love the 60 Quick Knits book I already own, and would love to have this for all the babies coming!

  40. Great book and it seems as if I am always knitting for babies nowadays!

  41. I would love to get this book, because a good friend (who is also in my knitting group) is having a baby and I want to knit some adorable things for her!

  42. I would love that baby knit book! It’s baby season for a lot of friends.

  43. Jeanne R. says:

    Thanks for thinking of us! I would love this book since I have the first book already!

  44. I would love to have this book. I have so many friends that are having babies in the next few months.

  45. I would love to give this book to a friend who has started a grandmother “hope chest”.

  46. Patti Venenga says:

    I would love this book. Cascade Superwash is a great yarn and the patterns you featured are great! Thanks for the opportunity.

  47. I love that cardigan!!!
    Erin´s last blog post ..Episode 13 – Retreat!

  48. I would love the book! A close coworker just announced her pregnancy and I was wondering what I could knit for her and the little bean.

  49. This book would be great for my friend. She has 3 grandbabies coming within a week of each other and it has been difficult for her daughters to have babies so the prospect of 3 is truly a celebration.

  50. Hi! Thanks for the give a way. I just found out I am to be a grandma! I have been avoiding baby knits so my adult kids won’t feel pressured. BUT it is now time to knit for babies!!! Yea!!!

  51. I have a new niece who needs to be covered in handknits, so I’d love a copy of the book!

    Also, congratulations on the donation from the Japanese Garden Shawl. Incredible!
    Lynn Z´s last blog post ..Today was a good day

  52. Love Cascade 220 and this book would be great since a coworker just found out she’s pregnant! Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  53. Annie Driscoll says:

    I would love the book. I just found out I’ll be a first time great-aunt in November, and I’d like to get started ASAP!

  54. Jennifer Y says:

    I would love a copy! I foresee a baby in the future…

  55. I’d love to have that book. I knit baby sweaters for a charity through Bundles of Joy group on Ravelry. We send the baby things to an OB Ward on Pine Ridge Reservation in SD.
    Nan´s last blog post ..Ruffles &amp Ridges Baby Sweater

  56. Do want! That book looks lovely.

  57. I am at that age where everyone is having babies- so that book would be great!
    Angela´s last blog post ..Tweedy Baby Blanket

  58. My nephew says I should get that book pronto, cause he isn’t getting any smaller 😀

  59. Looks like a great book- I have a couple of upcoming babies to knit for!

  60. I am a grandmother and this book would be such a joy to add to my library of knitting books. I love knitting baby items.

  61. While my babies are now teenagers, I love Cascade 220 and there is ALWAYS a baby to knit for. I’d love to win!
    Deb´s last blog post ..We Interrupt This Afghan

  62. I love baby knits! Sign me up!

  63. What a great book, it’s nice to see some nice new baby items.

    Thanks for the reminder about your patterns. I bought the yarn for Japanese Garden and it is wound up and ready to go. Have to purchase the pattern tomorrow.

  64. A thousand times yes I need this! Especially before the current crop of babies dries up around here.

  65. I knit lots of baby things. This looks like a must have book.

  66. Oh baby knittin…I love it!!!

  67. Would love the book! I’m getting ready to have another baby (by May 15) so quick & easy is the only knitting I’ll be getting done for a while with a toddler & a newborn. It would be nice to have some new patterns to choose from 🙂

  68. This looks like a wonderful book! Just what I need to keep all my cousins’ kids in snuggly knitwear.

  69. Thank you for putting the Delightfully Simple Shawl on Ravelry! I just purchased it after frogging a Dark Joy Shawl I had been working on. Apparently someone who is new to knitting lace and has little experience with charts should NOT start with Hand Maiden Lace Silk on the Dark Joy Shawl!!!! I hope to have better luck and a whole lot less frustration and swearing with a beautiful but easier shawl pattern!

  70. Henrycat says:

    Wow, some great patterns – I’d love to win a copy of the book.

    Congrats on raising so much money for the Japanese Red Cross!

  71. limedragon :-: Harriet says:

    I’d love this book if I’m lucky enough to win! Now I must go check out your two newest patterns. : )

  72. I would love to have this book. I have several babies to knit for.

  73. I would love to have this book because I have a newborn nephew who needs lots of hand-knits. He was born after my sister tragically lost twin girls just over a year ago, and I want her to know that he is as special to me as he is to them.

  74. That would be a perfect book for me right now. I have a friend from high school who is having twins! We graduated in 1987! Yikes!

  75. Archaeoknitter says:

    Would love to have the book, there are 7 babies coming between now and september, and I think it would get ALOT of use 🙂

  76. SnowCat MacDobhran says:

    I’ve been watching that book make the blog tour and I’m really looking forward to getting my hands on it one way or another!

  77. Ruth Porter says:

    Babies and knitting; a wonderful combination. Does Lucy approve??

  78. Two of my favorite knitting things in one book – baby knits and Cascade 220. I must get this book. I see a trip to the bookstore in my future.

  79. Cascade 220 is the best, and there are lots of babies to knit for…
    Kristen´s last blog post ..Pretty things

  80. That Lucy is such a ham!

  81. I’d love a copy of this book! My friends a pushing out babies like there’s no tomorrow, I’m always looking for new things to knit for the wee ones! 🙂

  82. Please count me in. I’d love something more interesting in the land of baby knits than blankets and a single sweater (I know there has to be more out there, but that is what I’ve made so far).
    Seanna Lea´s last blog post ..10 Tuesday Being thrifty

  83. Kathleen says:

    Oh I would LOVE to have this book! I have a brand new niece to knit for and this would be perfect!!!!

  84. Margaret says:

    I would love to have the 60 Quick Baby Knits book.

  85. I’d love to have this book.

  86. I would love to be the lucky recipient of this book. Having learned to knit after my baby was grown into an opinionated toddler, I haven’t had the opportunity to knit for my own child. Hoping to rectify that with #2. 🙂

  87. this looks like a great book! thanks for your ongoing “giveaways”!

  88. I’ll add my name to the “I would love to have this book” list. So kind of you to offer it up to the blogging universe!

  89. Margaret Peck says:

    This is just what I am looking for. So many babies, so little time.

  90. Oh my…I would LOVE to win this book – there are soooo many cute patterns in this one!!! Also, I need to get over to your Rav store to purchase some patterns before the end of the month – the trouble is choosing which ones. I have frogged my JGS as I just didn’t care for the yarn I was using (Noro) so I’ll attempt it again once I try my hand at handspinning!! Just waiting for my wheel to arrive!! Thanks for the chance to win Wendy!! Keep those patterns coming!! …Lisa 🙂

  91. DeborahKaye says:

    A friend has a baby coming so I now have a baby to knit for. I hope I win the copy of this book.

  92. I’d love the book! Poor Lucy! She does look exhausted from helping!

  93. Would really enjoy the baby book. Smaller items take less time and offer more variety

  94. What a perfect book for those of us who knit for the little ones.

  95. Thanks for the chance to win! My knitting needles are hoping to win!

  96. I have to have this book I have three new babies in my family to knit for. Yes please entry for me I have bought your pattern for the Japanese garden shawl and I have my yarn and needlles ready. I`m goning to enjoy making it, as soon as I finish up some socks.

  97. Katy Sullivan says:

    I love knitting for babies! i would love to have a copy of this book!

  98. I love knitting for babies; thank you for sharing.

  99. CandyceJ says:

    Have a new niece and have been looking at this book. Thank you

  100. Melissa Hamp says:

    Thanks for the