My current work in progress:

Stornoway, designed by Alice Starmore from her book Fishermen’s Sweaters, knit in Frangipani 5-ply guernsey wool in the Aran colorway, on a 3.0mm needle.


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. I’m enjoying the summer mystery shawl, but being tempted as well by the tidepool as well. Luckily I have lots of stash.

  2. Penny Tschantz says:

    I, too, enjoyed “Hit by a Farm” and look forward to reading “Sheepish.”

  3. Love the purple. Beautiful shade.

  4. I was a city girl who moved to the country and keeps sheep. Would love to read someone elses experience.

  5. ooh, would love to win the book! and I love lucy, and your shawls!

  6. That sounds like a definite must have book, as well as the first one. Thank you for recommending them.
    Now off to buy your latest shawl pattern!! 🙂
    What’s another WIP?

  7. I love your new project already. Thats my color. I love the way that book sounds too. I`m knitter yes but I read alot of books too.Because I`m physically disabled now I knit and read most of my time. Sure I would love to win that book but even if I don`t I think thats is a book I think I will buy

  8. Heather Davidsmeyer says:

    I’m really enjoying the KAL. I can’t wait till the next bit of the pattern is up on Sunday! I’d love to read Sheepish…my fingers are crossed that your random number generator picks me.

  9. Oh, yes, please sigh me up, that book sounds great!

    The tidepool shawl is particularly pretty! I guess I like the spiral, it is so different than most Pi shawls!

  10. Knittinglady54 says:

    A book give-away!! Yay!

  11. Sounds like a fun book, especially since my daughter has a similar experience. Moved to the country and is raising some sheep!
    Would love to give it to her if I win!

  12. cdnbull says:

    I am knitting your secret lace shawlette and am so excited.

  13. hmm, sounds like I need to visit Amazon to get Hit by a Farm (??) but then I would be ready to read the Sheepish! would love to win, but it sounds like I need to read both.
    purple needles rock.

  14. Enter my name for the drawing. 😀
    that’s a beautiful purple.

  15. I do love that cover art. 🙂

  16. NanaMama says:

    Looks like a great book! Enjoying the shawlette.

  17. Reading is the second best thing to knitting. I am trying my first knit along with you!

  18. I love the wollmeise color with those gorgeous needles

  19. sounds like a wonderful book, and I love that shawl. I wont’ be buying it just yet though, I have a lot of knitting to finish first
    Rachelle´s last blog post ..SILHOUETTE MACHINE GIVEAWAY!!!!

  20. Signature needles are the best! I hope the small sizes come out soon!

  21. Thank you for offering the book – that’s such a nice thing to do

  22. Looks like a good book!

  23. I love Lucy and she brightens my day, every day 🙂

  24. Susan D. Smith says:

    If it’s got the Wendy Knits Seal of Approval, that’s good enough for me! Hope I win it to read it…And if I don’t, I’ll buy it with my extra 15% off from Barnes & Noble coupon.

  25. Jane M. says:

    This sounds like a great read. I’d love it if you picked me!

  26. A dream of mine is to move to a farm. Maybe if I read the book I’ll be ready to make a big life change.

    Love those purple needles.
    Sherry´s last blog post ..Summer Mystery Shawlette – KAL

  27. Ruth Musso says:

    I love the color.

  28. I love the purple yarn and those needles! The book sounds like a great read I would love to have a copy. Enjoying the Mystery Shawlette KAL.

  29. Darlene says:

    Love the purple needles but I am hooked, at least for now, on the Addi’s. Going to see if my local library system has the books. Would love to win one.

  30. I don’t live on a farm but I love sheep beyond belief, mainly because they give us such a wonderful fiber. Hoping to be a lucky one. Thanks!

  31. Rebecca says:

    Please enter me for the give-away – looks like a cool book…also i think you should create a shawl called “mouse pi” or “salmon pi” – I see them in a lovely gray or salmon color respectively…with little mice or fishies…hmmmm…what’ dya say Lucy?

  32. I L-O-V-E purple! Can hardly wait to see how this shawl looks finished. Thanks for the opportunity to win a book.

  33. Robin May says:

    As a transplanted country dweller, that book sounds great!

  34. I would love to enter for Sheepish please.

  35. You know you have enough yarn when you knit hats for sheep!

  36. Count me in! It sounds like an interesting read.

  37. This sounds like my kind of book! My previous love was “A Buzzard is My Best Friend.”

  38. Mary Anne says:

    Sheep. How can you go wrong???????

  39. Andrea W says:

    I love everything knitting! Would love to win your copy! Oh, and that purple color is gorgeous!

  40. Christina says:

    Adorable title and pics on cover. Would love to win a copy.

  41. SuePearl says:

    Love your blog, all of your knitting, your kitty, and now your book review! Sounds like a fun read!

  42. katmayo says:

    The author of this book will be paying a visit to the Yarnology store in Winona, MN this Saturday. I’d love to win a copy. Too bad I wouldn’t have it in time to have the author autograph it. Thanks to your encouragement Wendy, I’ve started knitting. Haven’t made any socks yet, but hope to as my ability progresses.

  43. Laura T. says:

    The book sounds wonderful! I will definitely have to look up her first book, and of course I would love to win the second!

  44. Gail Rector says:

    Yes I certainly did notice the color coordination and I love my Signature Stilettos I’m using the blue circular for the Magical Mystery Tour. It is my second actual lace project (I have one lace sock finished) It is my first lace using Signature (my sig dpns were busy with other yarn when I decided to knit a lace sock to warm up for this project) and I encourage anyone considering them to give Signature a try … those pointy points get in multiples and bring through the loop with so much ease, it makes you feel like this beginner feel like she passed a grade in school.

    I love the skilful use of language and so I’m sure I’d enjoy reading the book and will look for “Hit By a Farm” and her blog.

    Thanks for all this Wendy….. and Lucy!

  45. Love the color of the new project…and the needles…

  46. Book it!;) Love the purple sticks – all of your shawls are amazing!! 🙂

  47. Gail Rector says:

    Oh Gee, I’d edit my entry if I could. I thought I deleted the conflicting voices.

  48. Margaret Peck says:

    I would love to be chosen. Thanks for the opportunity.

  49. Shirley Ryan says:

    I love the cover picture too…sounds like a fun read!

  50. I just read the first few pages of Hit By a Farm and I can’t wait to read more. Oh Great Random Number Generator, please pick me. Please! Please! Please! (Do I need to beg? ‘Cause I will.)

  51. Wendy T-C says:

    Thx for the book giveaway. Will try to find it if I don’t win it. KAL sounds fun, but I am already behind!

  52. Whitney says:

    Awesome giveaway!!!!! Would love to win this book 😉

  53. Thank you for sharing the book – hopefully I can win a copy. If not, I’ll look for it! Yes, the cover art is wonderful! Enjoying the KAL also!

  54. Just put this book on my Amazon wish list, although if I win, that would be even better!

  55. catspaw says:

    I’m trying to save my pennies for SOAR but I so want some more Signatures. Oh, and I want the book too!

  56. Put me in for the book!

    I love the spiral shawl- may have to make it 🙂
    Angela´s last blog post ..Tweedy Baby Blanket

  57. Jennie C says:

    The cover alone looks like reason enough to read the book. Thanks for your generosity!

  58. LOVE the Fliederbusch color of your new project, it sooo looks like my Princess Hula Sunshine’s favorite sparkle ball toy…she’s of the Snowshoe breed 🙂
    Please enter me in the drawing for ‘Sheepish’ !

  59. Book is on my wish list, as are the needles, yarn and pattern. Thanks for sharing!

  60. I’m almost finished with the first Mystery shawl clue. Would love to have a good book to read.!

  61. Would love to win the book …. but am putting both of them into my Amazon cart anyway, ready to hit the purchase button if I don’t win! Thanks for the “leads” to books and yarn and patterns! I always learn about new things from reading you.

  62. Adore that purple! Both the yarn and the needles push my buttons!

  63. Ooohh, I love the idea of Fleiderbush laceweight with matching Signature needles! Gorgeous!
    MicheleinMaine´s last blog post ..Central Park Linden Trees Project Bag

  64. I have the first book in my Wool Room, but I’ve never finished it. I think I’ll do that this weekend!

  65. martina says:

    I would love to read this book. I just added hit by a farm to my wishlist. Going on vacation soon and going to get it for reading on the way!

  66. Hope the random selector picks me to win Sheepish!

  67. The sheep is so cute!!!!

  68. Hope the random selector picks me to win Sheepish!Whoops iPad is sensitive and sent comment twice sorry

  69. Love the Tidewater shawl. Reminds me of swirling water. And it would be nice to have something to read since my yarn is packed and ready to move.
    Beth´s last blog post ..The Aftermath

  70. Suzanne says:

    Love, love, love my Signature 4s! Someday I’ll have the entire set, but for now I have to be content with my 4s. 🙂

    I’m enjoying the KAL and I’d love to read the book…

  71. shalena says:

    the book looks like it will be a fun read and the purple yarn is AMAZING!

  72. I have some cashmere merino laceweight in just that purple that I think I will use for the tidepool spiral or maybe wait for the pi shawl. I can’t decide!
    I love reading about trading one way of living for another. The bumbs almost always make for fun.
    Jeanie Babbage´s last blog post ..It has been a year!!!

  73. Loved “Hit By a Farm” – I’m sure this one will be great, too. Thank you for having this contest!

  74. Thank you for your giveaway!

  75. I’d love to win a copy of “Sheepish”. Awesome cover!

  76. My daughter is getting married this weekend, so after that I will have time to have a good read. Love tidepool. Are the tips of those needles extra pointy? I like a sharper needle for lace work.

  77. Henrycat says:

    The book sounds delightful! I hope I’m lucky enough to win a copy. Thanks for the opportunity.

  78. Laceyknitz says:

    Sounds like a wonderful read! Please count me in on your giveaway. s excited about this KAL and love that gorgeous purple yarn.

  79. Can’t pass this one up. Looks like an amazing book and I absolutely love the new shawl and can’t wait to see the new pi. I have a wonderful skein of Ruby Thursday that may have a project now.

  80. Ooh, would love to win this book! I’m getting ready to cast on for the mystery shawlette, and also have the japanese garden shawl queued up!

  81. Now I need to get matching needles. Sigh….. LOL! Please put my name in the hat for “Sheepish”!

  82. stephanie says:

    The cover for the book looks so cute! Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  83. I so love seeing your shawls, and I love reading about knitting, almost as much as knitting myself….

  84. Mary T. says:

    Read thWould love to give this one a read as well.

  85. Mary T. says:

    Let’s try that again! Read the first one and laughed ’till I cried. Would love to give this one a read as well.

  86. I love reading your posts, especially Lucy’s part. Would love to win the book too, thanks for offering.

  87. Sounds like it would be an enjoyable read!

  88. Linda Borst says:

    Alas, Signature Needles are a little out of my budget range right now, but a free copy of Sheepish is just perfect.

    Linda Borst

  89. Judy aka lamazeteacher says:

    Doesn’t look like the odds are in my favor when I read all these comments, but I still want to try. Your book review makes “Sheepish” sound like an very enjoyable read. I think I’ll keep my knitting needles (and my fingers) crossed, just in case!

  90. Nancy P says:

    Yowweeee! You sure know how to bringing knitting to another level — matching needles and yarn. Complementary colors would work well. Wonder if some day a knitting needle designer/manufacturer will develop hollow needles that all you to insert a sample of the yarn being using for total matching? And, on top of that, another opportunity to win. Dear Random Number Generator, please select me! Thanks, Wendy!

  91. Oh my gosh!!!!! How weird is this…..I’m currently reading Hit By a Farm and LOVING IT!!!!

    Sheepish is definitely on my list=)

  92. sounds like a good book!

  93. Michelle says:

    I would love to win this book! I just got a Nook Color and have been looking for something new to read. Hope she does e-books! I’m going to go look for her first one now.


  94. Libba Hicks says:

    Oh, what a nice birthday present that would make for……me (she says sheepishly!)….

  95. Katy Sullivan says:

    I would love to get a copy of the book!

    Oh and the shawl and needles are beautiful. Purple is my favorite color!

  96. The sheep with the scarf and hat is just too adorable! 😀

  97. You have an amazing gift! To top it off, I feel lace competent when working on your patterns. Love your work. The giveaway sounds like the perfect summer read. Thank you.

  98. I love to knit and I love to read.

  99. I am ready for a good book to read between knitting projects. I also love those purple needles i must look for them.

  100. Stephanie Reynolds says:

    I just friended (is that a word?) on face book and have enjoyed her posts. Would love to have the book! I agree with the post above. I don’t read much anymore cuz it’s hard with needles going! I would love a talking Kindle!! But I would find time to read this book if I win it!