My current work in progress:

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


Love is All Around

Here it is the last day of June. Where did the month go? For that matter, where has the year gone? It seems like it was just January.

My little scarf/shawlette thingie is done, see?

It’s really more of a scarf than a shawlette.

It used about 250 yards of fingering weight yarn.

Madelinetosh Tosh Sock in the Creme de Menthe colorway, to be exact.

I’m very happy with it!

Using the same construction technique and lace edging, I plan to make another one that is more of a shawlette — it’ll have a deeper “body” so it is longer from top to bottom. More about that on Sunday. I’ll offer the two versions together in one pattern.

Gotta love a two-fer.

Other things to love . . .

We Love Lynn Zimmerman

My buddy Lynn Zimmerman is doing her second annual Make A Wish fundraiser — all details are over on her blog. If you donate $5.00 via her donation page (linked to from her blog with detailed instructions), Lynn will send you a copy of Laura Linneman’s beautiful My Wish Shawl Pattern. You have until August 26 to make donations.

But wait, there’s more!

For every $10.00 you donate, you will receive an entry in a drawing for some wonderful prizes! Check out Lynn’s prize blog post for details on what you could win. There are some wonderful prizes!

Actually, I think I am being very altruistic mentioning this because if I didn’t, fewer people would know about it and I would have a better chance of winning one of those amazing prizes. Of course, the fact that the Knitgirllls talked about this on their last podcast means it is already out there. So I’m not being so altruistic after all.

We Love Vogue Knitting

Because they always send me wonderful books to review, and because they authorized me to give away free tickets to the upcoming VK Live market in Los Angeles to two of my readers. These two lucky readers, chosen at random from the comments, are Brenna D. and Cathie Jones. I have emailed you two and have sent your email addys to Vogue Knitting and they will be in touch with you.

We Love Potter Craft

A couple of weeks ago I got two advance-advance copies of my upcoming book (to be published August 23) Wendy Knits Lace from my publisher, Potter Craft. (I get a box of copies next month, but the printer sends a few on early and I always get a couple of those).

I kept one copy of course, and sent the second copy to my awesome tech editor L-B because after all the work she put in on this book, she deserved to be one of the first to have it.

Yesterday Potter Craft told me they are sending me another copy so I can do a blog giveaway now!

Who’d like it?

To be entered in the drawing for this advance-advance copy of Wendy Knits Lace, leave a comment on this blog post. I will draw a winner from among the comments using the Random Number Generator at about 4:00pm EDT next Thursday, July 7, so be sure and have your comment in by then!

Last But Most Certainly Not Least

We love Lucy!


  1. Tiffany Newman aka Mojave Knitter says:

    I want the book!!! Also ‘heart’ Lucy. Such a pretty kitty… Be interested in the 2nd version of your scarf/shawlette….

  2. I can’t wait to see your lace book! I’d love to have the copy you are giving away.

  3. I love the cover!! Crossing my fingers! Pick me, pick me!!
    MariGayle´s last blog post ..Episode 13

  4. Love love love your work. AND would love to have this book!

  5. Yay for Potter Craft!! I would love an advance copy!!

  6. Can’t wait to see the new book.

  7. I’d love to win a copy of your new book! It looks lovely. The little scarf is lovely too….beautiful color and nice edging.

  8. such a beautiful book, congrats!

  9. I’d love a copy of the book 🙂

  10. I would LOVE a copy of the book! I’ll be buying it regardless but free is always good. 🙂 It looks gorgeous, Wendy!
    Erin´s last blog post ..Episode 21 – Shawl Intervention

  11. I’d love to get my hands on the book early!!

  12. azterya says:

    It looks great. How exciting for you to have physical copies.

  13. I love your shawls and am looking forward to your new book.

  14. I would love the chance to win a copy of your book! 🙂

  15. anne marie in philly says:

    and we love wendy and lucy and L-B! (waves to all)

    who WOULDN’T want a copy of your new book? perhaps the RNG will pick me this time?

  16. I’d love to have your book! And I would even lovingly share it with a couple knitting friends who are just getting into lace.

  17. That Creme de Menthe color is fantastic! Also, I totally want a copy of your book 🙂

    Even if the news is supposedly out there (ie. other people being altruistic), you getting the word out is still a nice thing for you to do 🙂 Thanks for letting me know!

  18. I would love a copy so I can knit all that you have created. You are awesome and Lucy is too. 😉

  19. I’d love to win a copy of the book.

  20. I want that book so bad, and if possible with a Lucy paw print inside.

  21. Jennifer says:

    I am excited to see your new book! I am actually working my way through knitting the patterns in your Socks from the Toe Up and I am a huge fan of your pattern writing skillz!

  22. I would love to get my hands on a copy of your book! I had so much fun with they mystery shawl earlier this summer.

  23. Yay, for all the love today! I ♥ the scarf/shawlette and am looking forward its release!

  24. Thanks for the give away! I’ve been waiting for the patterns to show up on Ravelry – so addicted to that.

  25. That’s a pretty little scarf. I would love a copy of your new book!

  26. Yes, I would love the book!! Your latest scarf and the Creme de Menthe colorway is perfect.

  27. I LOVE Wendy and I LOVE lace.

  28. morandia says:

    I can’t wait for the lace book to come out! Love the little shawl too.

  29. Yes! I would love a chance to win your book!

    The scarf is really cute. I’m really digging the shallow shawlette trend that’s been going around.
    Calophi´s last blog post ..Work in Progress Wednesday #7

  30. philhellene says:

    Yes please! Otherwise I’ll have to order the book. I will. I know.

  31. How lovely! And Miss Lucy is looking gorgeous, as ever.
    Genny´s last blog post ..Mitts for mum

  32. I’m so excited for this book! I would love to win a copy.

  33. kate lathrop says:

    LOVE the new scarf! I can totally see that tucked into a tailored, collarless jacket.

    Please put my name in the hat for the drawing – I would LOVE to get an advanced copy!

    By the way, Meg is loving the Metro in DC – she says she can’t ever imagine driving there or having a car. I can’t wait to visit her and KIP on the Metro with her.

  34. I would be thrilled to have a copy of the book! I so enjoyed the June mystery shawl KAL, that knitting more of your shawls would be a delight.

  35. Oh my gosh! I’d love to win your book (fan girl squee)! I’ve been checking amazon regularly to see when it publishes – now I can just put in my calendar since you gave us a date. I cannot wait to see what you designed for the book!

  36. carol st john says:

    Love the scarf – can’t wait to see the shawlette!! Great picture of Lucy!!

  37. You knit such beautiful lace – I can’t wait to see what surprises you have in store for us knitters in your new book!

  38. I absolutely stand in awe of your knitting speed (and your design sense, too, but that goes without saying 😀 ).

    Would love to throw my name in the hat for your advance copy – buuuuut you can bet I’ll be buying a copy if I don’t win one.

    Love Lucy, too.

  39. I love the new “shawlette”- that is a gorgeous color! And of course I’d love an advance copy of your book 🙂

  40. That book looks fabulous. I can hardly wait to see it on the shelves!

  41. throw my name into the hat.

  42. Freya in Californeya says:

    I pre-ordered from Amazon ages ago and would love to win this copy so I can give the other to a friend.

  43. I love the love! You certainly saved the best for last with Lucy 🙂

  44. Awesome cover! Would love to try some lace knitting 🙂

  45. The cover really is enticing! I’d love to win this book!

  46. dawn in NL says:

    The shawlette thingie is lovely 😉 and the book looks gorgeous. Cant wait to see what is in it!


  47. I have fallen in love with your patterns!… I don’t have any knitting books just a couple magazines and the patterns I print off the web… I would love to win your book… Oh please number generator pick me!

  48. I’m definitely looking forward to your new book and I’d love to win it!

  49. I can’t wait to get it! 😀
    biomaj5´s last blog post ..Estes Park recap

  50. Melissa says:

    Thanks for having a giveaway – your book looks great!!

  51. I can’t wait to see this book of yours! Your patterns are all awesome and I am certain I will need to knit every single one in this book. Congratulations!

  52. Me too! Love the little shawlette but would rather have a larger version….new book cover looks great

  53. Please pick me. I need this book!

  54. The scarflette is lovely. It looks like a perfect quick project for holiday knitting (not that I am usually desperate for ideas for the women I know…).

    Please count me in for your newest book. I’ve been waiting for it for a long time (though not as long as you)!

  55. Congratulations! Is it awesome when you get to hold the finished book in your hands? Can’t wait to get a copy.

  56. So much love. I would love to have your book too. How fortunate that you got an extra copy, can I have it please?

  57. I would love the chance to win your fabulous book!
    dobarah´s last blog post ..June at Hogwarts

  58. I do need more knitting books, right? Especially ones about lace…something I haven’t mastered that well (just gives me more incentives to try).
    Renee Anne´s last blog post ..A Life Less (Lifeless?) Ordinary

  59. Thank you so much for the mention, Wendy! You’ve made my day.
    Lynn Z´s last blog post ..Another prize! And some FAQs

  60. I would absolutely love a copy of your book. I’ll have it one way or another but having a signed copy would be super.

  61. Congratulations on your new book and Pick ME!!!

  62. im just lori says:

    Me me me! Because I love my mother, and would give her the other one I have reserved! (I love my first edition signed copies, too.)

  63. Ooh, I would love a copy! The more lace knitting this summer, the better!

  64. I can’t wait to see all the designs in your new book. I’d love to win it.

  65. Oh oh me me me!!! 🙂

    And of course we love Lucy – she’s the most awesome kitteh ever.

  66. Tina R. says:

    Yipee, another wonderful Wendy Johnson book that I’ll need to get should I not win the giveaway 🙂

  67. mosprott says:

    Oh yeah! I would *love* a copy!

  68. I would be thrilled to have your new book!

    I love your new scarf / shawlette!

  69. Would love to win your awesome, fabulous, wonderful, phenomenal, gorgeous, stupendous book! The drawing is the day before my birthday, maybe I’ll get lucky! Give Lucy some rubs!:)

  70. Congratulations on another publication!
    Kristen´s last blog post ..Animazement May 27-29 2011

  71. Wow, that scarf/shawlette is utterly gorgeous! And my donation has been sent in to the wonderfully talented Lynn. I’m hopping up and down waving my arms in the air yelling “Pick me! Pick me!” for your lace book, but I might just have to buy it anyway if I don’t win it from your blog or Lynn’s. Your shawls are SO pretty and I had so much fun with the Summer Mystery Shawlette. Thank you for your generosity!

  72. I love the way that your mind works and I can’t wait to see what your have come up with in your lace book.
    Lynda´s last blog post ..WOW!!!

  73. I would dearly love to be a proud owner of your new book!

  74. Thanks for giving away one of your books. I just finished the mystery summer shawlette and waiting for the pattern for the new scarf/shawlette. I like your patterns a lot and I hope I can win the book.

  75. I would love a copy, and I love the fact that you are helping Lynn, who happens to be my sister, help others. Thank you!

  76. What a fun give-away, thank you! 🙂 I gather Lucy is a beauty shot and not included? She’s gorgeous.
    Ro´s last blog post ..Eat Sleep Knit Outing

  77. What a lovely scarf-shawl. I am looking forward to both that pattern and your new book, as I have enjoyed your previous patterns and books very much. Congratulations on the publication!

  78. Count me in. Even if I don’t win it, I want your book!
    Kim´s last blog post ..The Sock Club Is Backing Up

  79. I gotta say that’s a good use of sock yarn! I also want in on the draw… me, me, me!!!

  80. Alicia Joynson says:

    I recently knit your summery mystery shawlette. It was my first of your patterns. You are so detailed and it made using a chart and lace for the first time, not so scary. I would love more of your patterns and the Book! <3

  81. Its the perfect time to knit lace. I’d love to win your new book!

  82. I’d love to be the first (I guess the second really) to get your new book.

  83. Savannagal says:

    Thanks for the opportunity to win your new book. I’ve only knit the simplest of lace and am looking forward to trying some new things. Thanks much.

  84. Well if I don’t win your book I’m still going to be getting it but hey I’m game for trying to win a free copy. Thank you!

  85. oooooooh so many things to love so little time?

    i always do love the dose of Lucy!

    piddleloop´s last blog post is where i try

  86. Jean A. says:

    I’ve already got this book in my wishlist at Amazon, but if you’d like to give me one early that would be lovely too! And Lucy is lovely, as usual.

  87. I would love to have that book.

  88. I would love to have a copy of your new book. Thanks for the giveaway!

  89. Carol Ware says:

    Dear Wendy,
    I would like to have your book.

  90. Please Random Number Generator pick meeee! I need that book so much!

  91. We do indeed love Lucy!

  92. Bonnie G. says:

    I’d love a copy!

  93. Ohhh, yes to the book.

  94. I love the title of the blog, the scarflette, and, of course, the pics of Lucy. I would LOVE the book too!

  95. Pick me! Pick me! Please! It looks like an awesome book!

  96. Lovin’ your scarf/shawlette thingy and look forward to a pattern one of these days. I certainly covet your new lace book!
    Darlene´s last blog post ..HAPPY FATHER’S DAY

  97. pinkshawlgirl says:

    Wendy, I love the new little scarfette. Can hardly wait for the pattern to come out.. I love Lucy, too.

  98. I would love a copy of your new book.

    Lucy certainly deserves to be loved, she’s so beautiful! But Gwendolyn is quite pretty too, especially when she’s wearing your shawls.

  99. Jennifer says:

    I would like the book, but I would really like a copy of your pattern for your scarf/shawlette thingy!

  100. Oooh, pick me!! I love all the shawls you do!