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. WOW, those purples (both the yarn and the needles) are SO GORGEOUS!

    The book looks awesome, too – wouldn’t mind winning it, and I’ll be sure to check out her first book as well.

  2. tootwisteddonna says:

    Sheep & book = I would love a copy!!!

  3. I loved Hit By a Farm — can’t wait to read the new book.

  4. I would dearly love to read this book. Thanks, Wendy!

  5. The book sounds like fun. This new project looks very soft and beautiful. Can’t wait to see the finished shawl.
    KateM´s last blog post ..Talking with Trees

  6. Sheep book sounds lovely, your needles are lovely, and you are lovely for the giveaway!
    Ana in Austin, TX´s last blog post ..Baby Luchadora

  7. Melissa says:

    Enter me to win, please!

  8. Love the cover art on the book. I also like how your yarn matches your needles. I’m working on a pink sweater on red needles, and the color combination is about to drive me crazy. Must go look for needles in another color…

  9. Would love to have the book. Sounds interesting. Starting on the mystery shawl this weekend. 🙂

  10. Melissa says:

    This book sounds interesting. I also cannot wait to get started on my KAL project.

  11. I love the Signature Needles although I have not yet tried the circulars. Looking forward to the Estonian Pi!
    Rebecca´s last blog post ..Summer Mystery Shawlette

  12. Phyllis says:

    Hit By A Farm, I would like to read it. I grew up on a farm. Now live on the edge of a small town- a little bit of country and a little bit of town.

  13. I love the cover and I love sheep, too bad I live in the city. Cindy

  14. I would love to win!!

  15. Love the shawl and would love to read the book!

  16. A KAL and a book give-a-way.
    Be still my heart.

  17. csalt47 says:

    This book sounds wonderful. If I’m not lucky enough to win a copy I will be looking to buy it. Thanks.

  18. The book looks like a fun read. Love the Tidepool shawl.

  19. ScottieGirl1 says:

    Sounds like a great read. I have been kicking the idea of getting sheep again…

  20. Rhonda Larson says:

    I would love to win this book! Reading, knitting, farming. All lovely ways to pass the time!

  21. Karen M says:

    I would love to read the book. I love the shawl. But, purple yarn on purple needles is Crazy Pi : ) even if they are signature arts. (ask me how I know this). I am eagerly anticipating parte deux of the KAL. Thank you for all of your work.

  22. Nancyva says:

    Neat, random generator pick me. Thanks for allowing us to enter.

  23. I love reading about sheep. Thanks for the give away and I am enjoying the KAL.

  24. That book looks like a lot of fun! I’d love to win it.

  25. Am having a hard time waiting till Sunday for the next clue — so picked up a UFO very uninteresting shawl pattern for fill in — please random number generator, pick me the read sounds like a good summer project – of course along with a shawl or two from Wendy!!!

  26. Cathy B says:

    Love the purple. thanks for the opportunity.

  27. Karen B. says:

    Summer nights are for shawls..
    Keep them coming..

  28. I would love to read Sheepish! Sounds delightful. Recognized the beautiful WM immediately from your photo – purple yarn and purple needles – heaven!

  29. Gleniece says:

    Love the book. Give Lucy a hug.

  30. Liz in Missouri says:

    I giggled when I saw that your purple yarn matched the purple needles! I LOVELOVELOVE Signature needles. I’m doing the Mystery KAL on my lovely blue 5’s, and I just got my 4 circulars in the mail 2 days ago. I have lots of different kinds of needles but the Signatures are by far my favorites.
    Your patterns are so lovely. My LYS has my Autumn Dream Scarf hanging as a sample for the summer (hope someone buys the pattern from you) and I was all set to start the Japanese Garden when the KAL came up! LOL – So much yarn – so many patterns! I love it.

  31. Purple yarn…….yum!

  32. I’d love to try the tidepool shawl. I am loving the KAL so far. I finished the first section last night (ok have 1/2 row to still purl) but I am ready for Sunday! That book looks great too!
    Christina Bieloh´s last blog post ..Shades of Green

  33. I would love to read this book!

  34. If it has the WendyKnits Seal of Approval, then I’m in. I’ll have to check out (literally) the first book this weekend.

  35. Sheepish, yay!! Count me in!

    And I think a pair of Signatures to match each project would be a fantastic idea!

  36. Yes, the cover is great. Love the chance to read and now I’m going to find yarn and cast on 241 sts – thanks to Carin at Round the Twist. Thanks for the pattern!
    GailR´s last blog post ..One Down- One to Go

  37. The book sounds good!
    Love the tidepool sawl but that new one is YUMMY!!!!!!! Mmmmmm, purple!!!

  38. Sheepish? Oh yah, I could use a laugh or two. May has been a tough month.

  39. Oh, I would love to win this book. I love the new shawl. It’s gonna be gorgeous.

    Love the Tidal Pool shawl, too. It’s amazing. Working on the Summer Mystery Shawl. Love it so far.

    Thanks for all the wonderful designs.

  40. Sandy R. says:

    It sounds like a great book. And I love Estonian Pi!

  41. I’ll never turn down the chance to read a good book.

  42. Annette says:

    What a great book cover!

  43. This sounds like a good book!
    Aberdonian´s last blog post ..Is anyone still out there

  44. Michelle Bingnear says:

    Oh, I would love to win the book. And I am so struggling with the Summer Mystery Shawlette. Did I forget how to count? Do I have more than two thumbs? Will I ever be able to knit lace?? Thanks!

  45. Jo morgan says:

    This booknwould be the perfect compliment to summer knitting early mornings on the deck. thanks for the chance to win!

    Tide pool is truly gorgeous–congratulations! Jo

  46. Heading to the bookstore for Hit By A Farm – sounds right for hoilday reading next week.

  47. Yummy color for the latest shawl. Lucy is going to look positively regal on it when she helps with the blocking :>)

  48. Commenting! Thanks for the opportunity!

  49. Love the color you’re working with! Sometimes the color makes all the difference in whether you finish a project or not. Please pick me for the book!

  50. Sidweena says:

    Thanks soooo much for the FUN Mystery Shawlette pattern, I’m enjoying it VERY much.

  51. kristine says:

    Sounds like a great read!

  52. Would love to have the book. My brother raises sheep.

  53. Jennifer says:

    I love the circular shawl! The color is one of my all time favorites 🙂 I am eagerly anticipating the opportunity to read this new book! Love to Lucy, of course!

  54. Sounds like a great read. I love humorous authors, especially when they write about other things I love!

  55. Please enter me in your drawing. Hit By a Farm has been on my wish list since it came out. If I win, I guess I’ll have to buy that one and read it first.

  56. I would love to read Sheepish, thanks for offering us a copy. And the purple colorway is just spectacularly eyecatching. I wonder what a Fliederbusch is, really?

  57. ME! I’d like a book!

    New project looks like a pretty hat! 😀

  58. At Yarnover last month, on my way to a class, I dashed by Catherine as she was at a booth with her new book. It looked like fun! I am glad to hear your endorsement and hope the RNG picks me. (I will also be checking out her prior book.)

    The newly-completed shawl is lovely, and such a rich imperial purple for the new one begun!

  59. Wow. This sounds like a fab book. Can you pick me, please? I’ll be living in a hotel for a few weeks while my house is being repaired from a burst hot water heater (picture an entire house of damaged hardwood floors and drywall and insulation) and I need a book to read while I’m away from home.

  60. Mary Lou says:

    Random number generator: please pick me!
    Oh, and I am loving the purple yarn and purple needles! My favorite color is purple of any shade, good choice, Wendy.

  61. Kathy C says:

    Books about what someone loves to do are always great fun to read.

  62. Even if I don’t win, I will certainly check this book out of my local library – and the prequel!
    Jenni´s last blog post ..In the meantime

  63. Heather says:

    Sheep to Read – two of my favourite things!! Seriously, I love to read and this book sounds wonderful. And your Estonian Pi looks good enough to eat. Can your Signatures double as chopsticks??

  64. CandyceJ says:

    I was in the mood for a novel so I downloaded Hit by a Farm onto my Kindle (I live in the middle of nowhere and its the only way to get something soon!) I’m loving it. Thanks for the insight.

  65. I’m ready for a good, new read that isn’t a mystery. Thanks for the opportunity. I’m also about ready to embark on your mystery shawl project. Have a fabulous weekend!

  66. Lucianne says:

    What a fun-looking book! I’m a sucker for anything with sheep…

  67. Sue Noetzel says:

    Wendy – thanks for the opportunity to win the book. Sounds like an interesting read!

  68. Sharon Moon says:

    whooooee… I have six rows and no major mistakes- the markers help on the Shawlette.. Please register me for the new book. When I am not knitting, I’m reading..

  69. Susan B. says:

    I’d love to read those books. Please enter me in the drawing and thank you for telling us about them. I would never have heard of them otherwise.

  70. Looks like a fun read, Wendy! Thanks!

  71. Sounds like a fun read! I’ll have to add it to my list.

    Also, thanks again for the Summer Mystery Shawl! I’m having fun with it.
    Nicole´s last blog post ..Life’s a Beach

  72. Betty Eliassen says:

    Any book with sheep in bright green knits has got to be good.

  73. Lauren Kowalczewski says:

    HI Wendy, I saw the Summer Mystery Shawl and am crawling through my stash!!
    I’d love a copy of that book, reading is my 3rd favorite pastime, behind knitting and spinning.
    Thanks so much for all your generosity!!
    Cassy & Zoe say, “How are mew?” to Lucy.

  74. Sounds like a really interesting read and I love the color of your lacegarn…yummy.

  75. Melissa says:

    Must find and read these. Even if I win still need to find her first one.

    Love the shawl.

    I need a commute so I have more knitting time or something 😉

  76. love it! love the tidepool too!

  77. Harriet says:

    Looks like a wonderful book. Would love to read it. Beautiful purple needles.

  78. oooh, would love to win the book! Thanks for the chance.

  79. That does sound like a cute book.
    I love the flashy purple needles, but is it hard to knit the matching purple yarn?

  80. katherine parker says:

    sounds just like the kind of book i love to read. i’ve read all of yours and will look for Friends’ HIT BY A FARM which i would love to read and share with my partner, Janet. Thanks for directing my attention to great reads, and for all the fun i get reading your books and blog. katherine

  81. Kristine M. says:

    The book sounds great! You always review such interesting reads.

  82. I would love to read the book!

  83. I just finished reading The Dirty Life (also about a city girl moving to the farm), and it sounds like Sheepish would be a good follow up. Add me to the list!

  84. Dawn A. says:

    LOVE 😉

  85. Love the cover too!

  86. Elizabeth G says:

    I would love to read this book. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  87. Amy mac says:

    Purple is my favorite color! And Sunday is so far away…waiting for the next portion of the mystery!!

  88. I’m just curious as to whether or not you have trouble seeing your stitches since the yarn (which is gorgeous) matches the needles (which I am equally drooling over) make to well.

    That would strain my eyes to the limit.
    Tiny Tyrant´s last blog post ..Cutting Ties

  89. Amy Abramson says:

    Would love to read this…count me in!

  90. I am getting the first book from our library. I would love to have a copy to read then donate to my local library.

  91. Just started the mystery shawlette. Would love to win a book. Book buying suffers due to yarn addiction.

  92. Madeline says:

    Hit by a Farm… her first book title sounds like my life dream!

  93. OH purple is my fave color! I’ve been wanting to try the signature needles I really should ordermyself a pari or 2!

    That book sounds great!
    MIchelle B´s last blog post ..Sew Obsessed

  94. Linda R. says:

    You recommended not too long ago for an author, Rachael Herron, and I loved her books, (just getting started on her second book, Knit a Heart back Home) so I’m adding this author to my list to check out as well! Thanks for letting us know!

  95. Carol Hall says:

    I love to knit and am really enjoying your new mystery shawl, I also love to read and it looks like this book covers lots of my favs. Keep up the great patterns as you know we love them. Looking forward to your new book also.

  96. Pi? are you sure it isn’t spelled Pie? as in Apple Pie, Blackberry Pie…I wish! But I would also love the book. So here’s my no cents.


  97. Very cool! I always love to see how your shawls turn out! I got my needles and yarn for the mystery shawl today.. but not sure when I will be able to catch up! Ahh here hopeing for some quiet knitting time! Thanks for sharing!!

  98. I have been avidly following your blog for some months, and am impressed with all of your designs. Despite several works in progress, I decided to join your KAL. So far, am enjoying and looking forward to the next part. Thanks for your hard work and sharing your creativity.

  99. I’ve watched “The Buccaneers” a couple of times and still have the DVDs. And I”ll probably watch again. 🙂 Going to try and start the Shawlette this weekend.

  100. Tidepool Shawl is gorgeous! Might be next project. Would love to win a copy of “Sheepish”. Hope you will have a good weekend.