My current work in progress:

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



A couple of months ago I was sent an advance read copy of Sheepish: Two Women, Fifty Sheep, and Enough Wool to Save the Planet by Catherine Friend.

(Don’t you love the cover art?)

I read (and loved) her previous memoir, Hit by a Farm, a few years ago. Catherine Friend is a former city girl who moved to a small farm with her partner and Hit by a Farm is a memoir of that experience. Sheepish sort of picks up where the previous book left off. Catherine Friend is (in my oh so humble opinion) a great writer — she is funny, warm, insightful, and simply a joy to read. And one heck of a nice person, besides (I’ve emailed back and forth with her a few times. Catherine, if you are reading this, did you give “The Buccaneers” DVD another chance?)

Anyhow, this book has the WendyKnits Seal of Approval and I encourage all of you fiber artists to get yourself a copy and read it for yourself.

Or you can try to win a copy in my giveaway.

Catherine’s publisher has offered to send two free copies of Sheepish to a couple of my readers. To be entered in the random drawing, leave a comment to this blog post by 4:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at which time I will draw two names at random.

Tidepool Spiral Shawl

Ive finalized the pattern for the Tidepool Spiral Shawl and it is available for sale in my Ravelry store for the low low price of $5.00. Get ’em while they’re hot.

New Project! New Project!

I started a new shawl. Here it is:

Doesn’t look like much yet, does it? Actually, this photo is a couple of days old so I am further along — though not by much. I did some ripping and re-adjusting of the pattern.

This is a pi shawl (don’t know what a pi shawl is? See this blog entry for a discussion!) being knit from Wollmeise Lacegarn (yum) in the “Fliederbusch” colorway (yum yum).

Do you like how the yarn matches the color of my lovely Signature Needle Arts needle?

I am knitting this shawl using a U.S. size 4, which in the world of  Signature Needle Arts is purple. (Incidentally, did you see that they now have their glorious circulars available in a U.S. size 9? The size 9 is also purple.)

I am using mainly Estonian lace patterns for this pi shawl (or rather, for the most part my adaptations of Estonian lace patterns) so I am calling it “Estonian Pi.”

Lucy is likely dreaming of Mouse Pie. Or maybe Salmon Pie.

See you guys on Sunday when the next clue of the Summer Mystery Shawlette will be released. Late morning. Be there or be square!


  1. Sounds like a fun read.

    I love my purple Signatures, and my blue ones that I’m using right now for the KAL 😀
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  2. Yay! I love books! Thanks so much for your generosity, Wendy. 🙂
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  3. Marcy Hobbs says:

    Love the way the needles match~

    Would love to win the book too!

  4. Wendy, the cover is indeed Fab! I can’t wait to get my hands on it one way or the other!! I am also excited to find yarn for the TidePool and dive into my first circular shawl!! The mystery shawl is just making me happy!
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  5. Sounds like a neat book, so please count me in. Love the sheep in the hat & scarf of the cover art..
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  6. The shawl is gorgeous! Love the look/sound of that book, too–will add it to my looooong to-read list on goodreads. Thanks!

  7. Oh a reason to read new books.

  8. Tiffany Newman aka Mojave Knitter says:

    Signature needles are on my wishlist….

    Love the colorway of the new pi shawl…

  9. Signature needles, WANT!
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  10. Theresa P. says:

    Purple yarn on purple needles?! Girl, that should be called “Crazy Pi.” Your eyes must be WAY better than mine. Looking forward to seeing how it comes along.

    Love the cover of that book, too. Wish he/she lived at my house. I would rub his/her ears every single day.

    Looking forward to Sunday and next mystery shawlette clue. Have a great weekend.

  11. That looks like a fun book. Like the new pattern BTW.

  12. LeAnn Renee says:

    Love the cover art. It does sound like a great read.

  13. Virginia says:

    both shawls are fabulous & love the color for the new shawl-not even going to mention Signature envy

  14. The first book was excellent! I’m so glad there’s a sequel!

  15. I’ve been knitting and not reading lately. It would be lovely to start again, summer reading, relaxing in the yard, listening to the birds, and watching the dogs run around.

  16. Ah, yes…sheep in bright green knit-wear. That’s one way to find the flock in a snowstorm!
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  17. Christine65 says:

    Hmmm. Will have to research both these books in the UK. I, like many others, have Signature envy – 2mm, 2.25mm circulars becoming available could well mean we all live on lentils for a week or three!

  18. Can’t wait to see the new pi shawl completed. Beautiful color! Off to buy the swirl shawl pattern!
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  19. The book looks great, I need to see if her first one is available on audio. Sounds like the perfect thing for mom, leslie, and I to listen to on our way to KY. Can’t wait to see the pi finished, the spiral shawl is soooo pretty!

  20. Erin N. says:

    woo hoo! that looks like a great read. Thanks for the contest!

  21. me please…

  22. Love the color of your new shawl, can’t wait to see the finished version. Thanks for offering another contest!

  23. Oh I’m an avid reader and what better kind of book for a knitter to read! The tidepool spiral shawl is beautiful.

  24. Joannah says:

    Love the purple + purple.

  25. I love the needles! What great color! The yarn is gorgeous too!
    The book sounds like a must read. I’ll have to go find the first one.

  26. Looks cute!

  27. Sheepish sounds like a wonderful book.

    I love the color of your yarn. I can’t wait to see the pattern emerge.

  28. That books sounds great! I’m off to see if the library has her first book! Always nice to hear about a good author.

  29. Ooo, love the color of your new shawl in progress. What a nice giveaway!

  30. The book looks like a good read! Never thought of matching my yarn to needles – will have to try that!

  31. Curvedfeather says:

    The yarn for your shawl is stunning!

  32. I finished my Japanese Garden Shawl for the second time (off center the first time) and it is beautiful. I have posted it on my facebook page and will try figure out how to get it to ravelry without the hassle of my regular camera. The yarn is Zen Garden and it is beautiful. I love the bottom up construction and wondered if I could use it on your Seriously Simple Shawl as my daughter-in-law stole mine and I want to remake it. The Tide Pool Shawl is fabulous and I can picture it in pale blue as a table cloth in my dining room. Thanks!

  33. Sheepish sounds like a lot of fun! Will also check my local library for her first book! Thank you for sharing this, and for offering a giveaway!

  34. Stephanie M says:

    I love the purple yarn and purple matching needles. My favorite color!

  35. Tami Thurston says:

    I’ll have to check out both of those books. If I get out to the only book store left near us. Maybe I can download to my e-reader. Ill have to go look. While I wait, I’m re-working my mystery Kal. Hopefully I’ll be caught up by sunday.

  36. Thanks for thinking of us!

  37. sounds like a delicious summer read! And I <3 purple!

  38. Love your book giveaways. Thank you!!

  39. Alexa13 says:

    I LOVE that purple yarn! And the picture on that book is adorable!!

  40. That looks like an awesome book.

  41. Rebecca says:

    I would love to read this book, and the new shawl looks so beautiful already. I might have to break into my wollmeise fingering weight soon. So far I have just collected 10+ skeins.

  42. This looks great; I would love to win it!

  43. Ruth Porter says:

    Hi Wendy,
    Loving the mystery shawlette, and I would like to have that book please. Hugs to Lucy.

  44. Kathleen R says:

    This book sounds great! Thanks for the contest!

  45. Wow that shawl is gonna be gorgeous!

  46. Sounds like a fun book!

  47. When I was little I always used to read books about farming, so this sounds like a good book to add to my collection.

  48. I love that color, both of the needles and the yarn 🙂

  49. The book sounds like a fun read! Both the yarn and your Signature needles look lovely.

  50. I loved her fist book! Glad to see she has another one out, would love to win it!

    love all the fibery goodness- as usual
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  51. Billi Cummings says:

    I’ve avoided reading “knitting novels”. I think because I’m expecting them to be cheezy and/or boring. SORRY! I think I’m ready to give one a try. If you think it’s good, I can give it a shot. So please enter me in the drawing.

  52. I would LOVE to read this book, and who doesn’t love a free gift?


  53. Heaven help me, but I have a wee parody running in the back of my mind: “So bye-bye, Miss Estonian Pie…”

  54. Charlotte says:

    I love the sheep on the cover of the book — it sounds like a great read.

  55. karen w says:

    I would love to read this book. I’ll have to see if the library has it if I don’t win the drawing…

  56. Am always up for a good read!

  57. Love that purple! I need to read the first book, but I’d love the new one, too! Tell Lucy hello.

  58. It looks like a great book – I’d love to win it!

  59. Love reading her blog, and would love to win the book!

  60. Sounds very interesting. I will have to get the first book also.

  61. Sounds like a good book! I checked out Hit by a Farm on Amazon and added it to my Wish List.

  62. Christienne says:

    Hi Wendy 🙂
    Thank you for always giving us something fun to look forward to – I love sheep and as soon as I opened your blog, I was grinning. : ) I’d love a copy of Sheepish so if I can win one, that would make it doubly enjoyable. Otherwise, I’ll just order my own. :o)

    Have a fabulous thursday!

  63. Lynne S. says:

    Beautiful knitting tools add to the experience, don’t they? And I’d love to have some of that Sheepish.

  64. That Tide Pool shawl looks absolutely gorgeous, as does the scarf-wearing sheep!

  65. Cathy Goldman says:

    would love to read this book and I can’t wait until Sunday to get the next KAl section of the shawl pattern. I’m ready and waiting…and so far it’s lookin’ good….cg

  66. Pick me please. I’ve never won anything. Ever. At all.


  67. Love the cover 🙂

  68. Will you pick me even if all I’ve done is cast on my mystery shawl? Please?

  69. I love the cover! That sheep looks like he likes wearing the hat and scarf. Too cute!
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  70. Love that color purple AND the cover of the book! I’m going to catch up on my shawl to get ready for Sunday!

  71. I’m having a wonderful time with the mystery shawl! The book sounds like a great way to rest my knit-weary hands.

  72. Always up for a good read!

  73. I so want this book!

  74. Love the cover! Just had a lamb moment about an hour ago. Not my lamb, mind you, but one who has been in my house a couple of times and has spent some of an evening on my front lawn. Anyway, Gracie has been hand-raised because her mother abandoned her. She thinks she is a person and has not been spending time with the other sheep and lambs in the same pasture as she. This morning, the many sheep in the upper pasture came down to Gracie’s section, surrounded her, and walked her up into the upper pasture with them! Now her human has instructed her other human friends to stop referring to Gracie as if she is human so she will really become a ewe.

    I’ve been reading a few knitting related fiction books lately and am happy to hear about these. Thanks for the book suggestion, and pick me please!

  75. Carol Perecman says:

    Looks like a great book! Thanks for the chance to win it…

  76. Sounds like a fun read – I’m off to check out the first book (hoping to win the second before I buy it!).

  77. I have heard great things about these books. I need to get my hands on the first one….

  78. I’d love a copy of Sheepish! By the way, Your Tidepool Spiral Shawl is gorgeous!!!
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  79. Someone else recommended this book—I forget who. I’d love to read it.

  80. Celestine says:

    Love the cover of the book. I want to read this book. I was a professional banker for 25 years then married a farmer and moved to the country. I would love to read someone else’s take on going from the city to country.
    Thanks for thinking of us Wendy….

  81. Ahcamero says:

    Sounds like an awesome book! I’m going to have to read the first one too!

  82. The Estonian Pi looks like fun 😉
    The first chart of the Mystery Shawlette was fun and quick to knit. I cast one twice for it – didn’t realize that I had the wrong needle size in the wrong place until I was trying to knit the first 2 rows and the tension was off. I knit it in the car while Hubby made deliveries and the baby napped and played in her car seat.
    I wish you could release the next chart before Sunday… It would help me help the baby take her nap! lol. I guess I’ll just have to finish my sock…
    And Thanks for the book recommendation. I wonder if its an audio book? I have no time to read anymore…

  83. This is going on my to buy list. Can’t resist funny farm books .

  84. This book has been on my Amazon wishlist for a couple of weeks, seems like perfect summer reading.
    P.S. Loving the Mystery Shawl.

  85. Thanks for giving away such great books!

  86. The book sounds great. And I LOVE the purple…yarn and needles!!!

  87. Those needles are wonderful — I really must try some Signatures at some point but they are so expensive. And I love your Tidepool shawl pattern too; if it’s anything like your Mystery Shawlette it’ll be a dream to knit. Can’t wait for part three at weekend! Thank you, Wendy! *hugs* 🙂

  88. Heather H says:

    I love the purple! 🙂

  89. hi Wendy! would love to win the book! and looking forward to watching your new pi shawl grow!

  90. i have been reading your blog for years. Loving the shawlette pattern.

  91. The book sounds great, and that purple is fabbo!
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  92. I will definitely look for this one! Oh and I’m having SUCH fun with your mystery shawl! Finished the first 12 rows and looking forward to the next clue! Thank you!

  93. Jeanine says:

    Sheepish looks most excellent! And I love your Tidepool Shawl, I am marching right on over to Ravelry to purchase it. Thank you for sharing the book!

  94. penelope10 says:

    I am in the mood for a good read, with my fluffy cat next to me!

  95. The Tidepool Shawl is just lovely. You have GOT to stop knitting all these fabulous shawls….I can’t possibly keep up with you!

  96. As I’m a knitter on the farm, would love to read this book! Thanks so much for the chance!

  97. PleaseLouise says:

    I am so excited about this KAL! I would love to read the book, too…

  98. Suzanne says:

    I have Hit By A Farm next to my computer, it was a fun read. Glad to hear there is a second book.

  99. too cute!

  100. I’ll be looking forward to seeing the Estonian Pi come out in a pattern!
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