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.

Stitch Along With Barbara

I recently received a review copy of the following:

Stitch Heaven Salutes Barbara Walker is a DVD with several hours of content. Here is the main menu:

I took photos of the DVD in progress on my iMac, by the way. I could use my mouse to select a menu item, but you could also use your remote control for a DVD player connected to your tv.

There are 18 different pattern stitches demo-ed on this DVD.

That’s the first page of the stitches menu — there are three pages of stitch pattern menus: lace, texture, and colorwork. When you select an item, you first get an overview.

And there is a video demonstrating each stitch!

The DVD also contains a great reference section:

And a video of Barbara Walker!

The same company has also released a knitting eBook, with videos embedded in the eBook. This is available in the iTunes store and is the first of a series of eBooks.

I think both the DVD and the eBook would be great for beginner or intermediate knitters looking to increase their skills.

So I’m giving away the review DVD I received. It has been opened and played once.

If you’d like to be entered in the drawing for this DVD, leave a comment on this blog post by noon, Eastern Time, on Sunday, October 16. I’ll use the random number generator at that time to pick a winner from the comments submitted.

I spent the weekend doing alarming things, knitting-wise. At this moment I have four projects on the needles. Those of you who know me know that this is virtually unheard-of. I can’t remember the last time I had more than two projects in progress at the same time.

Stop by on Thursday to see if I have maintained my sanity in these troubled times.

Lucy sez:

“Who are you and what have you done to my Momma?”


  1. I have most, if not all of Barbara WAlker’s Treasury books. How I admire the work she has done collecting patterns. She is a national treasure!
    Martha Frey´s last blog post ..The Princess Shawl/ Row 209 of Border

  2. Would love a DVD. And Barbara Walkers books are the best. Thanks for the chance!

  3. What fun it would be to win the DVD. Although I am a fairly experienced knitter I am just now entering the world of lace knitting and could definitely use some expert guidance.

  4. The DVD would be great.

  5. I try to not have more than 3 OTN at any time but sometimes I can’t help myself from starting something new. I’ve got 3 right now but am itching to start a pair of slippers too.

  6. Wendy, I have to agree with Lucy . Where’s Wendy? Who took over her blog? Four projects? I’ve been reading your blog for years and I can’t remember you every telling us about that many projects on the needles at once.

    I’ve just started the Lace Tunic using Madelintosh Tosh Merino Light in the Afternoon colorway. This is a wonderful yarn for the lace pattern. My swatch blocked beautifully and my first several rows are looking good. I’m enjoying the knitting too – thanks for such a good pattern!

    I’d love the DVD – next week is my 50th birthday and that would make a great surprise – hint, hint to the random number generator.

  7. I try to limit the number of projects I have going but the yarn just seems to jump on the needles.

  8. I borrow Barbara Walker books from the library and like them very much. It’s exciting to think I might have one of my own. Thanks, Wendy. A word about all the WIPs – I usually have only one or two knitting projects going at a time, but I also have a couple of crochet projects, and a couple of quilt projects, and then a house or garden project… Nothing is ever done.

  9. Ooooooh! Barbara Walker!!! Cool!
    E. Engman´s last blog post ..HULA HOOP T-SHIRT RUG

  10. Kamilla Mazanec says:

    Looks like a great book. I would love to have it.

  11. Oh, I would love to see the interview of Barbara Walker. Pick me, pick me!

  12. Betsy Pratt says:

    Wow!!! Double wow!! With double exclamation points!! I’d love to win this DVD. I think it *could* take me to the next level in my knitting for sure. And do we need to arrange a knitting intervention for you with these 4 projects? Can you hold it together? I just hope none of them end up in the frog pond, since I hate to see any of your incredible work frogged!!
    Crossing my fingers for you,
    Betsy in Mill Creek, WA

  13. That sounds like a fantastic DVD!

  14. How cool is that? I’d love to win!

  15. Oh this would be so great to have. I live overseas and there aren’t any knitting teachers that teach in English, so I do all my learning by computer or DVD’s. This looks like a great one to own. Thanks for the give away.

  16. This sounds terrific. I’d love to be included in the drawing!
    Nan´s last blog post ..My Not Christmas Socks

  17. Still love checking in on you and Lucy!
    Diane´s last blog post ..Summertime Visitors

  18. What a neat sounding video!

  19. Oh yes, oh yes…what a wonderful give away! Pick me oh great RNG!

  20. Thanks for the chance to be included in the “drawing”. I am so amazed at how much knitting you do – I still do the throw method and that must be why I don’t knit as fast! As usual, Lucy always makes me smile. Thanks again. Joan

  21. The DVD looks great. Alas, I will not win…yet again.
    Edna´s last blog post ..Been busy!

  22. Oooooooooh, awesome!

  23. Oooh, I want in, too!

  24. Sounds like a great DVD—would love to win! Thanks for the contest!

  25. thanks for the giveaway! It’s great to have a new way to learn stitches.

  26. Kathy in Alaska says:

    Hi, Wendy and Lucy! Pick me, please! Thanks for the chance.

  27. DVD with Barbara Walker?!? I need that. 🙂

    Thanks for the giveaway.
    Sally´s last blog post ..Kids Sewing Challenge

  28. Ruthie A. says:

    FOUR projects on needles?? Mercy, woman! That’s a lot for anyone!! Hope you can keep it all straight and not end up with WIPs.

    I would just LOVE to get that DVD!! I am a visual learner so this is just what I need instead of a book. Count me in!!

  29. Four projects? Loco! Yes, please sign me up for the drawing!

  30. I would love to win this. I’m an intermediate knitter.

  31. I am a very visual learner and really love the videos available to enhance my skills as a knitter. Count me in for the drawing!

  32. This would be excellent to send to beginner/intermediate knitting daughter, she is in Georgia and I am in New Zealand and we find skype good but this DVD would give her some great skills. She can’t wait for her Christmas visit so I can show her how to cable it will open up heaps of possibilities for her.

  33. Leslie Gaylord says:

    I would LOVE the DVD! …. crossing my fingers 🙂

  34. Chris Reeske says:

    Thanks for the chance to win. I can always use all the help I can get.

  35. I’d love to win the dvd!

    I always have loads of ongoing projects but I usually only actively work on about three.
    Malin´s last blog post ..Blogging again

  36. wow! this is huge!
    thanks for the opportunity.

  37. I would love a copy of the DVD.

  38. Pick me, please!! Looks wonderful, thank you for the opportunity!

  39. I would love to win. Thanks for the chance

  40. Lisa Smith says:

    Whee-hee! Great prize!

  41. Gotta love anything Barbara Walker

  42. Barbara Walker? DVD? Perfect! Always enjoy your blog, Wendy. My two cats Tonks and Weasley say Hi to Lucy!

  43. You are a wonderful and prolific and a benefit to all us knitters. Someday, someone will write a book or do a video about you. In the meantime, the Barbara Walker DVD would be great to have.

  44. That should say wonderful and prolific knitter. Obviously, 0630 is too early for my brain.

  45. Wow…what a great book! Look forward to seeing how this inspires you! 🙂
    Natalie´s last blog post ..This Moment – smiles with momma.

  46. Stacy and the rugrats says:

    Woot! Don’t blink!

  47. OMG 4 projects!!! That’s almost more than I have. (I’m gonna blame lalaknits and castonitis for at least one of mine.) For you that is totally unheard of. I’ve only known you to have commuting project and one larger piece that can’t be worked on commute.
    southparknitter´s last blog post ..Double Double Dressin’ Trouble

  48. Elizabeth says:

    My computer is working again, and this DVD would be a terrific celebration of that fact!

  49. Janieknits says:

    Would love to have this dvd!

  50. Ohhhh I adore Barbara! I would love to have a copy of the DVD!

  51. I love her treasuries. I’ve checked them out of my library on a regular basis. Visual learner that I am this DVD would get a wonderful home at my place.

  52. Alice Moisen says:

    This would be great fun! patterns, demos, Barbara herself! WOW!

  53. I’ve recently returned to knitting after a hiatus. Sometimes I feel like a rank beginner. Ms. Walker’s tutorial would be welcomed heartily.

  54. looks like a fabulous dvd. i know i would love to win it 🙂

  55. Sounds like a perfect DVD for a beginning knitter like me. I just finished a easy basic sweater so I have nothing on the needles, going to have to fix that tonight. Curse the 9-5 job, so much less time for knitting.

  56. Carol Hathcote says:

    Love all of Barbara Walkers books. I’d love this DVD. Sure hope that random generator has my number.

  57. Audreayoda says:

    It looks like an awesome tool for a newish knitter like myself. I hope the random number generator picks me.

  58. I would love to have this DVD featuring Ms. Walker; I’ve never won anything knitty before so that would make it doubly great!! Thanks for the opportunity.

  59. Carol Kumpf says:

    This DVD looks great! I would give this to my daughter for Christmas! She is expecting her 1st baby this Spring and she is a new knitter.

  60. Kristine M. says:

    I love this idea. It always helps me to have a book of stitches on hand for new projects & the DVD shows exactly how to do them.

  61. I try really hard not to have multiple projects going, but I guess if I count the hibernating projects, I technically have 4 going as well. What I really need to do is knit the second sock of the pair I’m working on. One sock isn’t going to cut it.

  62. The DVD sound terrific. Hope you don’t lose your mind with all the projects on the go. I have a small lineup of five UFO’s from when I lost my mind. Each project has less than an hour to completion but sit in their little bags waiting patiently. Best of luck.

  63. tootwisteddonna says:

    Very cool DVD! Thanks for the opportunity to win it!!!!

  64. Margaret Peck says:

    This is a great idea. Please count me in.

  65. My knitting needles are crossed in hopeful anticipation!! Oh wait – my needles always get crossed – but for the wrong reasons. But this time may be the best! Seeing something in action is the best way to learn- for me at least.
    Sue H´s last blog post ..Namaste accessories FS

  66. What better way than knitting a project than to spend time learning some never before tried stitches.

  67. I’m a beginner AND visual so I would love to have a chance. Thanks Wendy!

  68. Karina Bates says:

    I know someone for whom that would be perfect! And I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t mind looking at it either!

  69. I would love to receive it.

  70. I’d love to win the DVD – I love Barbara Walker!

  71. Yay, for multiple WIP’s!
    MicheleinMaine´s last blog post ..Sock Love with Pink Ribbon Project Bag

  72. OOOhhh…Ms. Barbara!!! Random number generator…pick me! Pick me!

  73. I can always use ALL the help I can get.

  74. Wow, I’mwondering if the E-book had the DVD embedded in it.I’m off to check it out. It will have to go on my wish list till after Rhinebeck.

  75. Heather Davidsmeyer says:

    I usually only work on one project at a time too…although I’m trying to branch out slightly. I don’t like starting stuff as much as just working on it, so I’m trying to start a project before I finish the previous one.

    Today’s pic of Lucy is especially cute!

  76. Liz in Missouri says:

    Wow! The DVD would be GREAT!
    Four projects, huh? I’d say that’s manageable, but it’s amazing how they tend to drag on and on the more you have going! LOL

  77. Just found your blog the other day. Guess we’re very different because I have 4 projects started…2 socks on 2 circs, a sweater vest, a baby sweater & a scarf all going right now. I do see your point ongetting things done–the sweater just needs the finished edge & buttons. Looking forward to reading you often-Kate

  78. Whoa, what? A Barbara Walker DVD set??? She’s amazing!

  79. I rally enjoyed Barbara’s books. The DVD sounds wonderful.

  80. Ruth Porter says:

    I’d love to have this to play at home. Hugs to Lucy.

  81. One thing is for certain, I love her books. I think a DVD would be absolutely the best thing. If I don’t win, I am going shopping soon.

    Thanks for this great opportunity. Someone will be so lucky.
    Rav: MzCruse

  82. DeborahKaye says:

    Hats off to Barbara Walker!

  83. I would love to have this DVD. Thanks for a chance to win.

  84. The screenshots look great. I definitely prefer videos over written instructions. 🙂

  85. Looks like a great resource!

  86. This is wonderful! thanks for the chance!
    Sharon´s last blog post ..Fabulous Day of Spinning

  87. I love the book / DVD idea. I turn to youtube so often for instructions, but love the photos and illustrations in books.

  88. I can never get over how nice she looks. Barbara Walker must be the kindest woman judging at looks 🙂
    Little Miss S.´s last blog post ..An extra proof

  89. You’re working on multiple projects? Lucy’s right! Also, interesting DVD concept. I’m going to have to check it out.

  90. Barbara Walker, what a treat! Thanks for the review and drawing.

  91. What a treasure! I am so glad that such an amazing lady has been “preserved” on DVD!!

  92. pick me, pick me!!!

  93. WOW – count me in 🙂

  94. What a great DVD! Thanks for the giveaway!

  95. More education for us newbies is always better, right? Would love to have the DVD. I always have too many projects on needles…I think right now… 4? Maybe one I’m forgetting. I guess they would go faster if I picked one, but strangely, there is always a baby about to be born, or something else that comes up and I do love to shop for yarn, so more projects=more shopping…So far this year I’ve finished 27 things though, so what is good for one I guess is different for others.

  96. Gina in the SF Bay Area says:

    The great thing about knitting is that there is always something to learn — even for “experienced” knitters. Lucy says so – therefore it must be true.

  97. 4 projects? I know I have way more than that, but I am only working on one of them at a time (start tons and then finish serially). I’m assuming that on Thursday at least one of them will be finished and sanity will start making its way back into your life.
    Seanna Lea´s last blog post ..Victor’s bad day

  98. I have a Barbara Walker book, but know nothing about her! The DVD looks great.

  99. I have been saving up for Ms Walker’s books for a long time. House repairs keep getting in the way.
    Seeing a video is almost as good as having a person show you.

  100. she looks like an amazing woman…and would love to have some stitches to stitch.