My current work in progress:

Benedict, designed by Michele Wang, knit from Rowan Softknit Cotton in the Cocoa colorway, on a U.S. size 6 and 8 needle.

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. That looks like a wonderful book to have around for reference.

  2. I still have not made socks… right now I am making a giraffe… but socks scare me! Maybe the book can help me sockophobia! YAY!

  3. Sally Miller says:

    I’d like to win, too! I enjoy every blog so much!

  4. My favorite sock yarn has been for a very long time Holiday Yarns’ sock. It’s a 4-ply 75 merino/25 nylon. It wears very well.

    I think I’d like the book because I know the easy ways to cast on, but not the usual ways like long-tail.

  5. Caravanmom says:

    I have recently started learning to knit. I have crocheted for years. I would love to win this book!

  6. This would be wonderful for my daughterinlaw as she is learning to knit!

  7. Lynda Treen says:

    Please Pick me for the book Love your site.

  8. Love the socks, keep saying I will knit some for my hubby !

    I would love to be entered for the draw, the book looks fab, I would really lke to learn to crochet as well.


  9. Kathie Mayo says:

    I would love to win the book. I need help with the basics!

  10. I like your socks! I’ve not gotten the courage yet to try socks. I can’t wait to see Ice. I really like the color you’ve used. I would love a shot at the book. I need to learn more techniques. My Samson has taken to laying on the desk when I’m on the computer and he knocks everything in the floor! Thanks!
    FoFo´s last blog post ..Need Suggestions Please!

  11. I like your socks! I’ve not gotten the courage up to try them yet. Giant Sock? LOL I can’t wait to see Ice, I really like the color you have used. My Samson has taken to laying on the desk of late and knocks everything to the floor. Tends to irritate the hubby. I would love a shot at the book! I need to learn new things! Thanks for being so generous!
    FoFo´s last blog post ..Need Suggestions Please!

  12. susan murphy says:

    I love the magazine and the book would be very nice to have.
    I am enjoying watching your progress on trillian and Thin Ice. It is on my TO DO list.

  13. Margaret Peck says:

    This book looks like something I could use while teaching a friend to knit.

  14. What great pictures! I would love to add this to my library.

  15. That book would be so perfect for my friend Sara who I am teaching to knit.

  16. Libba Hicks says:

    Oh, this looks like a most helpful book for me! Hope I’m lucky!!

  17. Looks like a great book! I’m a self-taught knitter and need all the help I can find. Love our blog.

  18. This looks like a very handy book to have, thanks for offering it to your readers.

  19. Katy Sullivan says:

    I would love to own this book! You can’t go wrong with the basics.

  20. Yes please! I would like the chance to win as well. I enjoy your blog, Lucy is such a camera hog though. 😉


  21. Kit Fessenden says:

    love Knit Simple mag, would love this book also!

  22. That book looks fab and would look great in my fiber craft bookshelf.
    MarthaH´s last blog post ..Rhinebeck Q & A

  23. Wow, I’m so glad I found your blog… I’m a recovering cancer patient, learning to knit and crochet. 3 months out of transplant, so I’m still not permitted to travel public transportation. This would be a great book for me. Thanks for the opportunity!!!

  24. Yea, wish my life was as hard as a cat’s life.
    Saren Johnson´s last blog post ..List Day

  25. Love the socks and your giveaways!

  26. Ooh … pick me 🙂

  27. We should all have lives as rough as Lucy’s, LOL! My niece is learning to knit, so I’d love to win this book for her. She’s such a quick study, too — I’m sure she’d be sharing this with her friends in no time.
    Anna´s last blog post ..Oh well (deep subject!)

  28. Nice book! I would love to win it! Thanks Wendy for the giveaway.

  29. Me please! I would love to have it!

  30. This looks like a great book for my niece who is just learning to knit. Great reference! Thanks for the giveaway!

  31. Pick me! Pick me!

  32. Ooooo . . . . new books and patterns . . . . . a good thing.

  33. Love the honklng big socks. I just knit a pair for a friend, and would love to another in that colorway.

  34. Have recently been asked to help at a local High School where about 30 students are undertaking Rachel’s Challenge and sprucing up a local park with some knitted and crocheted items — the students are just learning how to crochet and then knit so this book would be a perfect reference — RNG this is a really worthy cause and would create a new generation of crafters — I’m really looking forward to helping. Love Lucy’s position —-

  35. desiree nicholls says:

    I’m always amazed be the amount of projects you complete.

  36. I like all the pictures in the book. The pattern for the afgan caught my eye and looks like it might be fun to knit.

  37. Looks like a great book – pick me, pick me!!!

  38. I would love to learn so new knitting .

  39. Happy birthday to the KOARC from a fellow October birthday person! I’d love the book; consider it a belated birthday present!

  40. Knit Simple for a simple knitter. Sounds good to me.

  41. Love how this book looks, and would love to have it. Thanks for all the great giveaways.

  42. Karina Bates says:

    That book seems like a good xmas gift item……Thanks for offering it!

  43. Your socks are beautiful! Thank you for sharing your lovely projects and of course I love seeing pictures of sweet Lucy. Thank you also for the chance to win the book.

  44. Susan Shelly says:

    The socks look great! I could really use a copy of this book! And yes, Lucy does have a rough life – lol!

  45. Love that book and really enjoy reading your blog, I’ve learned lots from you.

  46. The socks look nice and cozy. But what qualifies as a “giant foot”?

  47. Happy birthday, KOARC! (It’s been a while since you mentioned him and I was hesitant to ask.)

    The book looks like a great tool to use with my beginner knitters. Thanks for another contest. Jo

  48. This would be a great starter book for a friend of mine looking to get into knitting again. Thank you for the opportunity to win it!

  49. Stacy and the rugrats says:


  50. Liz in Missouri says:

    Well – I think the socks look great – and it’s good to know about a new yarn. Well – new to me anyway. Congratulations to MJ.

  51. I’ve been meaning to subscribe to Knit Simple…….this reminded me and I will go and do it right now. Thanks for the chance to win again!

  52. Just love your socks. I haven’t knitted DK weight sock in quite some time but you have inspired me to start again. The book looks wonderful!

  53. I’d love a copy… please… 🙂

  54. oooh socks…. book looks great, luv the pictures!
    turtle´s last blog post ..still alive… really!

  55. yummy socks, luv the pics in the book!

  56. I’d like to enter the book drawing on behalf of the young ladies (late elementary maybe as old as early middle school) whom I will be teaching to knit this afternoon. They want to be able to make items to keep folks warm this winter in Manhattan, KS. So I’ve volunteered to teach them. One of them (we’d do a second drawing) would love to have the book to learn from. Though I’m sure it would be shared.

    Thank you for your generosity.

  57. Can’t resist a contest, please enter me.

  58. Looks like a good book to add to a library.

  59. Would love to have the Knitting Workshop book!

  60. You can never have too many knitting books….not to mention it would help me remember what I USED to know about crochet before I jumped the fence into Knitting Land. 🙂
    Cricket54´s last blog post ..Best Laid Plans

  61. Happy Birthday, KOARC! Looks like you’re getting some very nice socks!

    I’d love to win the book, I’ll keep my fingers crossed.
    twinsetjan´s last blog post ..Holy Cats…We’re Almost Four!

  62. Would love the book – your reviews are always so enticing and informative.

  63. Would love to win a copy.
    Tammy´s last blog post ..More Fiesta Baby Boom to play with……

  64. Grace Mae~ says:

    I’d love to win this book. I am teaching a class to two girls as a 4-H project and I am tight on money. This will be fun. That book is exactly what I need.

  65. I would love this book. I’m hoping this would expand my knitting skills.

  66. would love to be entered for the book!

  67. Hello cruel world, I need this book!

  68. The book sounds perfect for a beginner like me.

  69. penelope dubois says:

    Would love to win! Great book to have on hand!

  70. II so wish to have Lucy’s rough Life. Looks like a really informative book

  71. Love the gray socks! Reminds me that the bight fun colors are not always the best for garments.

  72. oh, how I would love to win this book. Also, I think it’s time for a “paw floof” photo:)
    Melanie´s last blog post ..I Survived the Wedding…

  73. Your socks are great I’m working on my 5th pr for socktoberfest. Of course I haven’t made socks for my son yet who has about the same foot size as your intended recipient. Lucy looks so relaxed to have a cats life.
    Brandi´s last blog post ..Oh The Fiber- Camel Part 1

  74. I love Knit Simple magazine!
    mesha´s last blog post ..What Does This Say About Me?

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

  76. Cool book!

  77. Oh! That would be the perfect gift for a friend of mine who wants to take up knitting. Please send it my way so I can pass it along.

  78. Sharon Kubichek says:

    very hard, look so cute, it is.
    never mind the book. my kittehs like the centerfold 🙂 .
    the dog is “meh, another prickly object”.

  79. Bluetoespinner says:

    Please pick me. 🙂

  80. Lestersmama says:

    Love to win the book, I would.

  81. Please pick me 🙂
    Bluetoespinner´s last blog post ..Where the heck have I been…

  82. Thank you for the chance to win this book! Love to Lucy! >^..^<
    Donna´s last blog post ..The Butterfly Palace

  83. Would love the book! I’m enjoying knitting my Trillion with Happy Feet yarn, Color 5…

  84. Lucy’s adorable!

  85. I would love to have this book in my library! Awsome! Thank you Wendy for all your gives away!

  86. Me please!
    Julia´s last blog post ..Berry Berry Mitts

  87. This would be a great book for reference also for me to give as a gift to someone wanting to learn to knit!

  88. Barbara Rude says:

    Put my name in the hat for the book.

  89. Rebekah Pope says:

    I would love a copy of this book. It would be a great additional to my knitting library.

  90. I love your blog and read it regularly

  91. I love your blog – thanks for having one! Please also enter me in the drawing, the book would be a great addition to my book “stash”

  92. Mary L. Pelikan says:

    I’d love to win this page; I’ve knit for about 65 years, but never tried the “toe up” method, and hope to be able to attempt it with this new book for beginners. Maybe it will be an opening to a whole new world of knitting socks!

  93. Please enter me in the drawing for the book. Would dearly love to become a better knitter and understanding the basics, with clear instructions and photos to help me, would definitely be a good start. Don’t get out much, can’t afford classes…. but to win that book, now that would be very nice. Thank you for the chance to participate.

  94. One can never have enough knitting books!
    Adrienne´s last blog post ..My First Spinning Wheel

  95. What fun, again!

  96. Your Thin Ice shawl is looking beautiful! I’m excited to see the final product.

  97. Pick me! Pick me!

  98. beginning knitter here would love a copy of the book

  99. I would love that book! I am currently working on a project from your book “Wendy Knits Lace”! I just wrote a blog about my progress and would love to learn more knitting techniques.


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