My current work in progress:

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


More Socks

Been holding out on you, have I. (Talking like Yoda, am I.) For I have a completed pair of DK-weight socks that I’ve not shown you.

This pair of socks is made from Austermann Step 6-ply 75% wool and 25% nylon, with the aloe and jojoba oil treatment like the fingering weight has. I knit this pair for the KOARC’s birthday, which happens to be today. Happy birthday, KOARC!

This is yet another yarn I’ve tried in my quest for the elusive 75/25 composition 6-ply sock yarn. This one was quite worthy — very nice to knit and makes a nice-looking sock.


I have used the Random Number Generator to select the winner of my review copy of Knit Local. The winner is MJ. MJ has been emailed. 🙂

And hey, guess what? I’ve got another book to giveaway.

This is Knit Simple Knitting Workshops, from the editors of Knit Simple magazine. It came out in August, so I’ve actually had it for a little while.

The book consists of workshops that will guide the knitter through different knitting techniques. Everything is presented step-by-step with a lot of nice clear pictures.

There are how-to sections for basic knitting.

Also for some basic crochet as well.

There are also a lot of patterns, many for nice basic items, like hats.

And socks.

There also plenty of cute, very creative items. I love this bouquet of crocheted flowers.

And check out these photos for a mitered square afghan.

This is a great book for a beginner, or for someone who knows the basic techniques and wants to learn more knitting techniques.

Who’d like it? 🙂

To be entered in the drawing to win this book, leave a comment on this post by 11:00am Eastern Time on Sunday, October 30, 2011. I’ll draw a winner at random from the comments shortly thereafter.


I’m knitting the second giant sock for a giant foot.

And I’m still knitting along on both Trillian and Thin Ice. I’ve got 8 more rows to do on Thin Ice, but as each row is over 500 stitches, that will take me a fair amount of time!

And Lucy is just relaxing.

She has a rough life.




  1. Barbara Stoner says:

    What a lovely book.

  2. Happy birthday to the KOARC! Will he be getting a nice dinner to go along with his socks?

  3. I’d love to win the Knit Simple book. I’m teaching knitting basics to two new members of the prayer shawl group at my church. This book would be really helpful. None of my old learn-to-knit books have decent illustrations.

  4. Such a great idea of a book!!! My sister is re-starting to knit and as done most of her previous “knit-education” in French. This book, written in English, would be perfect for her!!!!

  5. I’ve just recently found Knitting Simple and I enjoy it. I bet this book is good too! I love your socks!

  6. Looks like a great book! I love simple patterns!!

  7. I’m going to be teaching some How to Knit classes at work in preparation for a charity project. I’m sure I could put this book to good use.

  8. looks like a great book for teaching and learning!
    Kathy´s last blog post ..Not-Quite-Live from N.Y., a Cat-Chat Show!

  9. I teach knitting to children, young adults and not so young adults so would love this book. Pick me o great Random Number Generator!

  10. I’ve been looking for a good reference to use when teaching people to knit or new techniques. This looks like it would be a great candidate. Please throw my name in the hat.

  11. Joan D. Robertson says:

    I have a friend who is just learning to knit, and this book you are giving away would be terrific for her. Please enter me in the drawing.

    How in the world do you get so much knitting done and hold a full time job? By the time I get home, get dinner made, dishes done and laundry at least started, it is 9 pm. Very little knitting time left after that, and when I try I fall asleep needles in hand.

  12. Looks like a good teaching and learning book.

  13. I need to learn to crochet. I’ve always wanted to be bi-stixual.

  14. I’d love to win the Knit Simple book. Pick me o great Random Number Generator!

  15. I’d love to win this book!!

  16. Looks like a great book Would love to have it.

  17. linda-kay says:

    Happy Birthday Koarc! And I can attest to the fact that the Knit Simple book is great because I already have a copy – so please “random number generator” pass me by on this one!

  18. Oh! This book would be wonderfully helpful to my prayer shawl group! And Lucy is gorgeous as always!

  19. I love your blog. Lucy is so adorable!! 🙂

  20. Sara in WI says:

    This would be a great book for teaching a friend to knit! I’d love it!

  21. Ooh! Pick me!

  22. anne marie in philly says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE KOARC! hope lucy gives her daddy many kisses!

  23. I’m glad I’m not knitting for big feet, that’s a lot of sock for one pair of feet!

  24. Looks like a great book for checking how-to. My fingers are crossed. Thanks.

  25. I often find myself talking like Yoda, so it made me giggle. The book looks great and would love to win it!

  26. I’d love a copy of this book!

  27. I am sure that Lucy has such a rough life. She is such a pretty kitty, give her a hug for me.

  28. Randi (GMaggie on Ravelry) says:

    I would love to win that KnitSimple book – it looks great!

  29. The book sounds fun. More sock patterns, YEAH!! Can never have enough of those. I’d love the book.

  30. peggy connolly says:

    another great book for all of us. Who doesn’t need a refresher? How do they keep thinking of such great books?

  31. Carol Kumpf says:

    Would love this book for my daughter who is pregnant and a new knitter!

  32. OK how do you read my mind? Saw this book and put it on my wish list…now I have a chance to win, Yipee! Thanks for the opportunity!

  33. Pam Carter says:

    I just started following you. Looking forward to some great knitting ideas. Love the socks!

  34. My niece is just learning to knit and I would love to give her this book for Christmas.
    Good luck everyone!!

  35. love to read a great book

  36. Thanks for always sharing with us! Your newly completed socks are bee-u-ti-ful!! Lucy must be such a wonderful little buudy!!

  37. Me – please!

  38. Lisa Smith says:

    I would love to win the book

  39. I’m a big fan of Knit Simple and would love, love, love this book. Maybe it could help me with my Christmas knitting! I’m sooooo behind schedule…

  40. Wendy I’d love to use this book to encourage me to crochet something other than an afghan! It looks a very interesting book. Thank you for donating it.

  41. THanks Wendy–put my number in the bin….looks like a handy little book.

  42. Trudy Elliott says:

    I would love the Knit Simple book, and I love Lucy!

  43. I could really use a book like this! I’m working on a pair of socks now!
    Michele Ross´s last blog post ..My Living Will

  44. linda a roller says:

    I love your DK socks & the color.You sure have it tog Wendy..
    I woould love a handy knit/crochet guide.

  45. I’m working on socks, too. Finished the first one and am about 1/4 through the second one. Using a mosaic pattern on this pair.

  46. Carol brennan says:

    Would love to win this book.

  47. I appreciate the chance to win another book. You are so generous. Thanks a million.

  48. This would be the perfect book to win and donate to the local library for all to new knitters to enjoy.

  49. I would love a copy of this book! Thanks for your continuing generosity.

  50. Hey! I would love that book. Always looking for knit books that are full of info and fun to read.

  51. Joan from Wisconsin says:

    Love the magazine and would love the book. Lucy always has the right idea! Thanks for all the things you do/give away.

  52. I would love to learn how to crochet please.

  53. I would love to win Thanks. I like your socks.

  54. Looks like a great book. I like the socks.

  55. If I should be so lucky – it will go to my DD. I’ve enabled her on spinning – now for something to do with the yarn…

    Socks look great
    GailR´s last blog post ..Updates

  56. Pick me..pick me..pick me…I’d LOVE the Knitting Workshops book….Thanks for the chance to win..

  57. What a great book!! Hi to Lucy!!

  58. I would love to win this book.

  59. Another book???!!! I like your reviews…and this book would be a nice addition to my learning section.

  60. I just wish I could finnish a complete pair! 🙂

  61. This looks like a great resource. Wish me luck.

  62. Amanda Underwood says:

    Ooh. Very cool. Just starting socks for the first time…two inches feels like a win so far.

  63. Jennifer Y says:

    love the bouquet of crocheted flowers! would love to try something like that for my wedding!

  64. Charlotte-Ellen says:

    My daughter (24) could definitely use the Knit Simple book. She has ADD & dyslexia, so is a visual learner. The books I’ve given her have “too many words & not enough pictures”.

  65. Heather Green says:

    That book looks lovely. I love technique books, as I am always wanting to make sure that I am doing things correctly. 🙂

  66. Margaret Borchers says:

    I am often hesitant to try a new project -afraid of getting stuck in a technique I am unfamiliar with. With so many pictures, this looks like it might help.

  67. This would be a great book, would love to win it.

  68. Got 2 pairs of
    socks on my needles right now and would love to win the book. I can always use a new slant on knitting.

  69. Looks like a good book to give to a beginner. I know just the one.

  70. hope I got the address right this time.

  71. This makes me want to get my dpns out and make some socks. I think I might the minute I get done with one of the projects on the needles now.
    Kelli´s last blog post ..Weekend Weekend – Where did you go?

  72. KathyM in SE VA says:

    Would love to give this book to my daughter-in-law who has shown a real interest in knitting, taken a few classes. Put my name in the hat. Thx.

  73. Would love this book to give as a gift to encourage a new knitter! After I’ve red it of course!! LOL

  74. Would Love to win a book. Love Lucy. I have 3 cats.

    Barb form Idaho

  75. Would love a book. Love Lucy too. I have 3 cats
    Barb from Idaho

  76. I love resource books.

  77. That looks like a great book! Thanks for the info!

  78. Please God let me win this book!

  79. Karen Lindsay says:

    I love all your knitting projects. I started out looking for sock how-to’s, which is how I found your site and tutorials. This book looks like it would be just what I need since my new personal goal is to become a proficient knitter. I crochet very comfortably, but want to be in the same place with my knitting. I think I need this book. 🙂

  80. The book looks nice–I like the hat patterns, as I am currently in hat obsession mode!
    Deb´s last blog post ..Sweet Feet!

  81. Wow, this book looks fabulous. I would love to have a copy to flip through. I definitely think I could learn a lot!

  82. folksmith says:

    Looks like a great book. This is a book I would like to have in my library. Hope i win!!!

  83. Nice book! And I love your patterns and enjoy your blog!!

  84. me me me! would love the book!!!!
    and give lucy some catnip! she has a hard life!

  85. In my next life I want to come back as Lucy. At your house….just saying…………..

  86. You are becoming the sock lady all over again…Love the book!!

  87. We could put that book to good use in our knitting club which all of us are working on different projects.
    nannyjean´s last blog post ..Sammy Jo

  88. I would love this book to give to a dear friend who took the same learn-to-knit class as me, but who hasn’t caught the bug to the extent that I have — it might be just what she needs to get the mojo going.

  89. That mitered square afghan has definitely caught my eye!

  90. Just wanted to say how much I love your new lace book. I want to knit everything in it. I must leave right now and get started.

  91. Nice socks.
    E. Engman´s last blog post ..EVENING CRAFTERS SEPTEMBER 2011 PROJECT

  92. Marguerite says:

    I’ve been teaching some kids and teenagers to knit, and this book looks like it would be a great resource for them!

  93. great looking book..this would be perfect for my sister!

  94. This is NOT easy to find!!!!! But here is what I wrote in the email I was not supposed to send, AND in the CONTACT I was also NOT supposed to send :((

    I hope by “this post” you meant this email!!! I love the socks…and sure could use the books with 2 grandchildren to knit for now!! And I know that Lucy would just love my Brigid…NOT!! Hehehe Brigid is not a cat friendly cat!! But she sure loves me! Thanks for interesting posts
    on these emails. I look forward to them.

    I THINK I am finally in the correct place :(( Sorry for bothering you!!

    Jude Lynch

  95. I always like reading your posts, especially since they are from my home state and you keep me up to date on the weather, and you talk like Yoda, why not, say I? It’s kind of pirate talk too. And we both have (had?) red hair.
    Denny Stein´s last blog post ..You Don’t have to be Hawaiian to Love Spam

  96. Sounds interesting to me. 🙂

  97. That Lucy, she just keeps upping the cuteness 🙂

    (Looking forward to seeing your completed “Thin Ice”!)

  98. Beverly S says:

    I am in awe of how much knitting you get accomplished. I read your blog everyday and love all your lace, socks, etc. Just got your latest knitting book and plan to retire at the end of the year so looking forward to some fun knitting.

  99. Would love to win that book.

  100. Midnite Baker says:

    Neat Book! This will help me brush up on the basics.