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 haven’t read any of her books but would love to win one. The little lamb reminds me of a pin that my friend gave me and I wear it on a sweater that I made. I love reading stories with knitting in them. I’m also doing the mystery shawl and anxiously waiting for the next set of instructions. I have never tried the knitting needles that you mentioned.

  2. I just snagged the sample of her book, and it looks great! If I don’t win it, I’ll probably get it anyway.
    Stirling´s last blog post ..Good news- everyone!

  3. Gail in Texas says:

    Oh Yes…Love Books and would love to have a copy of “Sheepish” Love the new KAL also. Still working on the last KAL also, the Pi Shawl, coming along great. Having a Ball.

  4. Sounds like a great book. I’ll have to see if the library has it, or maybe I’ll win it!!

  5. Floribunda says:

    I think it’s about time I won something! (up to row 7 on the KAL and managed to do the last row without ripping!)

  6. Glirastes says:

    Thank you for letting us have a chance to win “Sheepish.”

  7. Penny Powell says:

    I would love to win the book.

  8. Wow, the Tidepool shawl is lovely and the book sounds great. Can’t wait for the next clue of the mystery shawl and to see your lovely Estonian Pi. 🙂

  9. pinkshawlgirl says:

    I do think the needles and yarn are very coordinated. Would love a copy of that little book, too.

  10. Sheepish? Looks like my kind of book! I love the cover!
    Hissy Stitch´s last blog post ..Knitters for Lucky the Cat – A Raffle!

  11. Lynette Anderson says:

    Love the purple! Love to read! Here’s hoping for a copy of the book! Love your blog.

  12. I am amazed at how many items you knit! The book sounds great!

  13. ewesmama says:

    first off love your blog, cat and am very envious of the signature needles, thanks for offering this book as a give away, hope I win, thanks!

  14. Sandy Lopacki says:

    This is soooo my kind of book. Thanks for getting the word out.

  15. RustyBird says:

    I love that purple. Lucy looks pleased with having a giveaway!

  16. When I win a ‘reading’ book, I have fun passing it on to someone else. I enjoy seeing your Pi shawls. I actually finished the one from the last knit a long, but it still needs to be blocked. Been printing out your current ‘mystery’, but I haven’t had a chance to start it yet. Thanks for counting me in for the giveaway, Wendy!

  17. Annette says:

    Where would one be able to purchase Wollmeise Lacegarn? Love, love, love that color!!

  18. I love hearing about good books! I’ve put both of these on my list. I wish I could learn to knit and read at the same time. They are my two favorite ways to spend time!

  19. Barbara says:

    That certainly sounds like a good book! Love to read it!

  20. Perfect Purple. But purple on purple is not easy to knit with. I need contrast.

  21. Your shawl is beautiful!!! Enjoying the KAL and need a new read when I am not knitting. Please add me to the drawing.

  22. Deborah says:

    oh great random number generator, pick me!!!!!

  23. Colette says:

    Another generous giveaway opportunity. Thank you!

  24. I so love the magenta color of your new shawl and appears to be another circular?? Sheepish sounds like a delightful little book…

  25. would love to win the book. Love the WM colorway. PURPLE!!!
    southparknitter´s last blog post ..Double Double Dressin’ Trouble

  26. Mariela says:

    Great looking book!

  27. A sheep wearing my favorite color. What could be better. Thanks for the giveaway. Do you ever sleep?

  28. I can’t wait to see the Estonian Pi finished! Love the color as well….

  29. This book looks delightful…would love to have a copy!

  30. My wool has arrived in the mail today and I am just about to cast on for the shawlette very excited. Never knitted a shawl before and a youtube video is ready with the long tail cast on so here I go.

  31. another fun read is “Keeping watch” by Kathy Sletto…another Minnesota sheep & llama rancher ..she raises angora bunnies too..

  32. Your mew shawl, “Tidepool Spiral Shawl” creates undulating waves as you look at it. It looks like a great shawl to create. The money you sent to the Red Cross for the Japanese cause, one shawl did so very much. Congratulations in a Big Way for Wendy!

    Please throw a chip into the drawing for the book, sheepishly she said. Thanks for your generosity.

  33. Off to find Hit by a Farm. Thanks for sharing!!

  34. I’ve written the author’s name and book titles down for when I have time to read again. Late June can’t come soon enough in my book. (yay, giveaway selection on my birthday!)
    DPUTiger´s last blog post ..Maryland Sheep &amp Wool- 2011

  35. That looks like a delightful book – would love to win it!

  36. I took your suggestion to read “How to Knit a Love Song”, Herron’s 1st. Loved it. I trust I’ll love this book, too. Hope I can win it.

  37. This looks like a really fun read! Thanks for the give away! I still need to get beads for my mystery shawl…. I have got to get to the store!

  38. I’d love to give the book a try – sounds like something I’d like (and a prequel, too!) Thanks for the mystery shawl along. My clue is done and I had to start another shawl to tide me over until the next clue Sunday!

  39. I learn about such cool things reading your blog! I can’t wait to read the 1st book in the series!

  40. JudieKnits says:

    Now you’ve done it! I followed the link to read about Hit By A Farm and bought a Kindle copy for my iPad. After all, I have to be ready to read the sequel when I win it! :0)

  41. Ohh the Tidepool is gorgeous! Love the matching yarn and needles too. As has been said, thanks! The book does sound like a great summer read.

  42. Judy Williams says:

    It would be really great to have some new reading material while I recover from my second knee replacement. I’m working on the knit a long shawl and having fun trying to keep stitch count which varies inspite of markers everywhere. Must be the pain meds but it does keep me occupied. Enjoy reading your adventures in knitting land.

  43. I want to know why it isn’t Sunday yet.
    I want that book.
    I might settle for whirled peas.

  44. Melinda says:

    How did I not know about the first book? I’ll try to get it from my library so I’ll be caught up when I win the new one.

    Back to working on the mystery shawl.

  45. Sheepish looks wonderfu! Off to find Hit by a Farm (and figure out which yarn I want to use for my mystery shawl).

  46. Comment!

  47. The book looks great!

  48. Loving the Mystery Shawl and would love to have a book to read when waiting for clues!

  49. The book sounds fun; with that cover, who wouldn’t like it!

    Your new shawl (pi) looks like more fun, along with the spiral shawl.

    I haven’t even seen signature needles ins person; would love to try them when my ship comes in 🙂

  50. I love sheep!
    Jan W.´s last blog post ..Ribbon Winners

  51. As a city girl – OMG – what a city girl that married a country boy – I need to read these books. My country boy has joined his maker so I would love to relive some of those early days of learning that life exists outside of the country club – where country has an entirely different meaning. Thanks for sharing this information

  52. Love Tidepool! I keep having problems, totally unrelated to knitting, that are interrupting my labors on the Mystery – I’ve got 51 stitches still to go on the cast-on, so I’m waaaaayyy behind. I think I need to turn off the phone, and put a “go away!” sign on the door. Then all I have to worry about is my fur-baby, who has been sick the past few days. She’s rapidly improving now, however. She sends “prrrrrrrt!?” to Lucy.

  53. just got the new shawl pattern…can’t wait to try it!

  54. LaVelle says:

    This author sounds awesome. I will look her up. In the meantime send me the second book and I will catch up. BTW I love the purple yarn of your new Pi shawl. Can’t wait to see it done and maybe try to knit it myself. PI shawls are interesting.

  55. I’d love a copy of the book — count me in for the giveaway. I’ll go to Amazon now to look for Hit By A Farm.

  56. Shannon O. says:

    I’d love to win that book. Thanks for the giveaway.

  57. Katerina says:

    I love hit by a farm! Can’t wait to read this one!

  58. GeniaKnitz says:

    I bought my first purple Signatures to use for the Guinness World Record gathering at the 2009 Sock Summit. Made a good half of a Jared Flood Noro Silk Garden striped scarf while waiting in line for the doors to open; been hooked on them ever since. Probably I will need to buy some more at SS11.
    Would love to read Hit by a Farm, and then pass it on to my niece who lives with her young family on a farm, and is herself writing a book about their first year!

  59. Beverly (db81971) says:

    The sheep on the cover is adorable!

  60. I’ve heard good things about this author and would love to get a copy of the book.

  61. My birthday is Sunday and it would be lovely to be a winner!

  62. One of these days, I will have the Signature sock dpns.

  63. Love the cover. Made me smile.

  64. dawn in nl says:

    I would love the book. That purple is gorgeous – does it not make knitting difficult having the needles match the yarn?

  65. floflette says:

    Lover the book cover.
    I also love your knitting needles and I am very curious to see you estonian shawl.

  66. I’ll need something to read when I finish th latest Sookie Stackhouse novel. Summer is my time to knit & read!
    Rusty Boyd´s last blog post ..Keeping You in Stitches Retreat

  67. I love the way you reel us in to enjoy and experience the things you love. I want to call in sick and work on my KAL and now I want to buy the Hit by A Farm book………….thanks for all of your inspirations.

  68. Thanks for the contest!

  69. Sharon M says:

    I love the book’s cover!. Looking forward to the next mystery shawl clue.

  70. Teresa Wertz says:

    here we go again…hopefully i can win SOMETHING COOL from Wendy’s giveaways 🙂

    love it all Wendy!
    Keep up the good work!

  71. oh, curse you and the lovely round shawls. ::add to queue::

  72. Besides many knitting projects, I plan to read 20 books this summer. That one looks like fun!

  73. Allison says:

    I’m sure I would really enjoy reading this book!

  74. windzgirl says:

    Summer is coming and I would love to read Sheepish on the beach!

  75. Alice Moisen says:

    SOunds like a good read. The Estonian Pi also sounds like fun

  76. Connie G. says:

    Ok, I’m hooked after I read the front and back cover of Catherine’s last book and it’s now on my “to Read” list.

    Beautiful shawl. Must check Ravelry pages. And can’t wait for the next installment on the Mystery KAL.

  77. michelle says:

    Oooooh! Catherine’s story looks really interesting. I’d love to have a copy!

  78. I am going to see if my library has the books……sounds like a good read.

  79. Oooooooooooooo would love the random number generator pick me! My brother and cousin are both sheep farmers.

  80. Thanks for the book recommendations! I will read them both.

  81. Books! Love them! Mmm. . . Just ordered sz 5 & 7 Signature circs (already had sz 6) as my birthday present from me to me.

  82. I’m thinking the shawl might be a square one?

  83. a mccleary says:

    Count me in. And it’s nice to know I’m not the only one working on more than one shawl.

  84. Love the new pi shawl. Book sounds interesting. I ‘m sure many of your readers fantasize about giving it all up to go live on a farm and raise their own sheep and have their own source of fleecy goodness….

  85. Estonia Pi is gorgeous even now..the book sounds wonderful.

  86. The Tidepool Shawl is gorgeous, and I love the color on the Estonian Pi. Can’t wait to see how it turns out.

  87. Beth Gray says:

    Such a cute cover sheepie!

  88. I was just trying to find her books in my local library yesterday and they don’t have either sheepy book. I would love to read it!
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  89. I’ve heard about this book before, but your review was much better!

    Coming from a family of math nerds, I can’t wait to see the Estonian Pi pattern, too.

  90. Kim C in NC says:

    Would love to read this book.

  91. I would LOVE to read this book. Thanks, Wendy

  92. Going to see if I can find Hit By A Farm at the library… both it & Sheepish look good! Waiting for beads to continue with my Shawl and last night found another yarn that I may use for another or may just use it, I don’t know yet! 🙂

  93. I saw that book listed on Amazon the other day….. and almost bought a copy! Sounds like a very interesting read 🙂 Thank you for the giveaway!

  94. Lindsay says:

    I’m always looking for knitting books to add to my collection. I think that one would fit in rather nicely

  95. I loved her first book. I’d love to read the next. Thanks for the review.

  96. Sounds like a fun read. I may have to look up the first book as well.

  97. Robin F. says:

    I’m always on the listen for a new author to readl Thanks for the recommendation. Hope I win a copy. I’ve been lurking on the signature needle site. Lusting after a circular but it will have to wait til I win the lottery

  98. Oooh, an Estonian Pi–can’t wait to see that one!

  99. Pam Huang says:

    I’m enjoying the Mystery Shawl and am anxiously awaiting the 2nd installment. I’d also like to read Sheepish. Add my name to the raffle! Thanks!

  100. Love, the sheepy on the front of the book, love the colors of the shawl/needles and LOVE watching Lucy!