My current work in progress:

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


Forever In Vogue

I have here a review copy of the soon-to-be-released Vogue Knitting: Classic Patterns From the world’s Most Celebrated Knitting Magazine.

This is a “best of” collection that celebrates the 30 year history of the “new” Vogue Knitting magazine, which was launched in 1982. The book contains at my count 76 patterns from the past 30 years.

Vogue Knitting was originally started in the 1930s, and ceased publication in 1969. It started up again in 1982, and I have subscribed from the very first issue.

This book gives you a brief history of VK from its very beginnings to the present, with lots of great photos of those early covers. There’s lots of fascinating information about the designers, editors, and photographers who have worked with VK over the years.

And of course the patterns.Many of them I remember well, and a number of them I have knit.

The patterns are all from the 1980s through the present. Looking through the book was definitely a trip down memory lane. I made this design from the Spring/Summer 1983 issue:

Here’s a lovely pattern from the 1990s I made, from the Spring/Summer 1996 issue:

I’ve not made this Shirley Paden design from the Winter 2000/2001 issue, but isn’t it gorgeous?

As I said, I counted 76 patterns total, all with complete instructions. While this would make a lovely coffee table book, it is much more than that.

The publisher, Rizzoli International Publications, Inc. generously offered to send a copy of this gorgeous book to one of my readers. (I’m keeping my copy!)

To be entered in the drawing to win a copy of Vogue Knitting: Classic Patterns From the world’s Most Celebrated Knitting Magazine, leave a comment on this blog post by noon Eastern Time on Tuesday, November 8, 2011. At that time I’ll draw a name at random to win the book.


I ma knitting along on Filey and still enjoying the process. The pattern is written specifically for denim yarn that shrinks in length, so all pieces of the sweater are knitted longer to accommodate for this shrinkage.

I’ve finished the second giant sock of the pair I was knitting and am about to cast on a new pair of giant socks.

And I blocked my Thin Ice!

This Week

I have some special guests arriving on Thursday . . . The Knitgirllls! They are coming to visit and accompany me on my annual knitting retreat with friends to the wilds of Virginia. But before we head out for that, we will be at fibre space in Alexandria Virginia on Thursday, November 3, from around 4:00pm to 7:00pm. If you are in the area, stop by to sit and knit with us!

Lucy Sez:

“I’m resting up for when Leslie and Laura get here!”



  1. Have fun on that retreat, ladies. The new Vogue Knitting book looks wonderful, and it would be great to win a copy. Good luck to whichever one of us does just that!

    Best wishes,
    firefly´s last blog post ..Gathering up the wild things, 2011

  2. That looks like a lovely, lovely book!

  3. The collection looks interesting! I hope there are lots of wicked ’80s designs in there. your thin ice looks incdredible … well done! Have fun with the knitGirllls!!
    Heather Kinne´s last blog post ..Episode 53 – FO No!

  4. Facinating book, lovely shawl 🙂

  5. Wow, the VK book looks great!

  6. I’m sure that book is awesome- thanks so much for the give-away!

  7. Would love that book. It looks very enjoyable!!!!

  8. What a great book, looks like there are some great sweater patterns there.

  9. That is quite the book! I would definitely love it just for the background, as I LOVE old magazine pictures. But I am sure I could find many things to knit, too!

  10. That book would be a wonderful holiday gift, if I were willing to part with it!

  11. That book would look awesome on my coffee table. (And I would knit from it too. )

  12. Oh, yes, the Vogue book looks interesting.

  13. Book looks wonderful! Hope I win! 😉

  14. im just lori says:

    Why sure, I’d love to have that book. And I’m trying to get out there to see you (and the Girllls) on Thursday. 🙂

  15. Stephanie says:

    The book looks lovely, and I love your shawl, so pretty!

  16. Eileen Bunn says:

    Please enter me in the drawing. Have a great time!!

  17. The book looks awesome. I have their book for socks and it is a wonderful sample of the most interesting sock patterns they had published.

  18. That book looks absolutely yummy, as does your shawl.

  19. That would be fantastic, I’d love a copy of the book.

  20. Please add my name to the list for the drawing—hope I win!

  21. Pat Knitard says:

    Oh my gosh! I am a Huge fan of Vogue Knitting ~ this would be a great addition to my library. I just found out the other day one of my coworkers is related to one of the Girllls ~ you are all going to have so much fun! I wish I could be there, too.

  22. this looks like a great addition to my library. cd

  23. You thin ice looks lovely.
    And I’d love to win that book!

  24. Barbara VOn Gehr says:

    Love the new Vogue book and would be thrilled to win it!

  25. Wow, what a great idea for a pattern collection!

  26. What fun to travel down memory lane with Vogue Knitting! Can’t wait to see the collection.

  27. The book looks awesome and of course it is, it’s “VOGUE”♥
    I am looking forward to seeing you on Thursday 🙂

  28. What a great book! Thanks for the heads-up. I’d love to win it, but I’ll be buying it if I don’t.

  29. Please, please, please, count me in! Thin Ice looks lovely.

  30. Sounds like an intriguing compilation 🙂 Do count me in!

  31. Wonderful book. I remeber the Shirley Paden sweater.
    Beverly´s last blog post ..Snapdragon Tam

  32. Oh, ah! I have just the coffee table for this book!

  33. well, have a wonderful retreat! I’m looking forward to the Knitters Review Retreat in a few weeks!

  34. I’d appreciate a copy of this book.

  35. Wonderful book!!! I would LOVE to have it! I’m a subscriber since 2007, but I don’t have the older issues. Thank you for the giveaway!

  36. Ruth Porter says:

    Thin Ice has been added to my faves. But I’d like the book, too. Victoria and Alberta send hugs to Lucy.

  37. I would love to win the book and am curious about the giant socks.

  38. Shirley. in PA says:

    Please enter me into the drawing. I have always enjoyed Vogue.

  39. I like knitting and Vogue!!

    Hi Teddy!

  40. Thank you for a chance to win a terrific book. Your shawl looks fabulous. Have fun at the retreat.

  41. I’m definitely throwing my hat into the ring for a chance at the book. Thank you.

  42. The book looks wonderful! And your knitting retreat sounds like a lot of fun. But I have to admit I’m surprised Lucy didn’t help you block your Thin Ice — isn’t that her job?

  43. Susan (LotusHips) says:

    That book looks fun! I bet I’ve made a bunch of stuff in there too 🙂

    Have fun at Fibre Space… One of these days I’ll make it up there at the same time you’re there to say hello 🙂

  44. That gorgeous lace blouse has been on my radar for ages. Lovely!

  45. What a great book!

    Yout Thin Ice shawl is gorgeous by the way. I don’t know how you manage keeping Lucy off it. My two kitties are too rambunctious. I always have to block pieces out in the garage where the babies don’t go!

  46. Roz Thompson says:

    I would LOVE to have that book!!! Hope I win it! roz

  47. Boy, does that Vogue book bring back memories. They had so many great designs in the 80s, a number of which I knitted. I would love to win the book!

  48. What a great book! That would be a wonderful Christmas gift – for me!

  49. The book sounds wonderful, quite a few magazines are turning 30 years old. Good luck to everyone.

    Have fun at your retreat.

  50. What a lovely looking book. I’d love it!

  51. oh my, I would love to own that book! please include me in the drawing.
    best wishes from Iceland
    Fríða´s last blog post ..FO nr 88/2011

  52. Wow! Sounds like an awesome edition. Enter my name, please.

  53. VK is probably my favorite of the knitting magazines. I wish my collection went back to 1982.
    Kristen´s last blog post ..Now November

  54. There is nothing i love more than vintage vogue knitting.
    Wonderful publication.

  55. The book sounds amazing. I love reading knitting book reviews with all those perfectt knit photos and the knitgrrls video podcast. It is so reassuring to see their beautiful FOs – especially the tiny imperfections and how they fix them.It’s nice to know other knitters have the pesky problem I encounter all too often.

    Have fun on the retreat. I will be waiting to see what happens with the sleeves.

  56. Melissa C says:

    That looks like a great book to win 🙂

  57. Yummy, yummy Vogue patterns, count me in please!

  58. Hi Wendy! Thanks again for your encouragement!! I started my sweater. This book looks beautiful; I’d love to own it!

  59. I probably made some of those Vogue patterns too. I did a lot of knitting from that magazine in the late 80’s/early 90’s…

  60. I so love Vogue magazine. Thanks for the giveaway. Hope that I’m the winner!

  61. anne marie in philly says:

    I figured it was getting near the time of the annual wendy and l-b retreat! have a great time!

  62. Vogue Knitting? I’d love for you to take it off my wishlist.

  63. Your Thin Ice is LOVELY!!!! I realy like how it turned out. How do you block a shawl like that? I have things I need to block and I’m not sure how to do it.
    FoFo´s last blog post ..Back to Work

  64. Vogue patterns are classics. Would love to win a copy!

  65. Have a great time with Leslie and Laura – I LOVE their video cast! Your Thin Ice looks stunning!

  66. Oh, I’d love that book!! Looks simply lovely….as do the patterns!

  67. Wow; I wonder how they decided which ones to include.

  68. I’ve never knit with denim before, it sounds like an interesting material to work with. I’m really curious to see how that Filey will turn out.

  69. The book looks wonderful and would make a great addition to my collection.

  70. What a beautiful book to have. I hope I am the lucky winner.

  71. Now I want to know who Pat works with that is related to one of us…. Lucy better rest up, I’ve been resting my paper ball throwing arm in preparation 🙂
    LaLa´s last blog post ..Episode 83 – It’s A Design Feature

  72. Wendy, I hope I win this book because I want to be like you some day – looking through a “best of” and seeing countless patterns that I knit “way back when” when they originally came out. Knowing that there are so many of us out there gives me serious warm (and very excited) fuzzies. With all the fiber running through my veins, I really don’t need caffeine! Your extremely beautiful finished Thin Ice has convinced me that I now need to knit one of my own. You know how you could be on the fence about a certain design, and then looking through all the finished projects on Ravelry you discover one that totally tips you over into the “must knit one NOW!!!” category? Well, I think yours has done that for me. Congratulations. 😉

    On a side note – you know how excitement raises your body temperature? Well, that doesn’t really work so well with me being a lover of knitting and all. I always have my treasures close at hand, but don’t really get to wear them all that much because it seems as soon as I put them on, I see something on Rav or get a crazy cool idea and have to take them all off again! It’s a good thing knits are so aesthetically pleasing, or I’d be in trouble… Enough rambling. Now I need to go look at a certain yarn I picked up last weekend at SAFF (which you really should check out some year, by the way). I think it might work really well as a Thin Ice.

  73. Vogue Knitting always has great patterns. I’m sure there are many I missed along the years included this book. Thanks for sharing.

  74. Lisa Smith says:

    I love books, This one would be great to win.

  75. Your Thin Ice shawl is lovely. Looking forward to the pattern!

  76. Your shawl looks lovely. Hugs and scritches to pretty Lucy.

  77. Vogue has some great patterns. I have their Vintage Vogue book and have knit a couple of things from it. Would love to have this one too.

  78. I would love to read this book.

  79. Stephanie H says:

    Vouge of course is wonderful.

  80. Would love to win this book!

  81. What a lovely birthday present that youd be! I’ve been trying to convince myself I don’t need any more knitting books. But I’d never turn my nose up at a treasure like this!

  82. Hey! Didn’t Lucy help you block your Thin Ice???

  83. Oh your Thin Ice is just beautiful!!!
    Would love to win the book!
    Michele Ross´s last blog post ..My Living Will

  84. Margalioth says:

    Wow I’d love that book!

  85. I love, love, love Vogue Knitting. I have several issues from the 80s. I still refer to them. Please pick me random number generator.

  86. I am sure there are many lovely patterns in the book that I would love to try. I haven’t been knitting long and so will not see any that I have knitted already! Thanks for the chance to win and have loads of fun on your retreat!

  87. would love to have a happy birthday to me win of this lovely VK book! thanks for the opportunity.

  88. I hate to admit it, but I had no idea there was a difference between an ‘old’ Vogue Knitting and a ‘new’ one 🙂 Oh, well, in the ’70’s I was too young to properly appreciate Vogue anyway. The book sounds fantastic!

  89. I try not to enter unless I really want the prize, and this definitely qualifies!

  90. Wow. Great book. Thanks for the opportunity.

  91. I went to Vogue Knitting Live in LA last month and have a great time. I love their magazine and would love, love, love to have a copy of this book.
    Lois Richmond´s last blog post ..Grab n' Go Mini Circular Needle Case with Outside Pocket – Herd of Sheep

  92. very interesting….

  93. Looks like a great book. Thanks for having a give away.

  94. Would love to have a copy of this book. Thanks!

  95. The sweater from the ’90’s looks interesting. Something that could be thrown on and out the door ya go.
    Take care when all you knitters get together, Wendy.
    Lucy has the right idea.
    Gerry´s last blog post ..Accomplished ! !

  96. Great looking book – love the shawl – Lucy looks warm and comfortable. Hope you enjoy your weekend.

  97. I was hoping to see someone review it. Like the Shirley Paden pattern too.
    Lori´s last blog post ..Day 302 – Still Holding On

  98. Linda D. (epic1313) says:

    That book looks awesome! I am so disappointed Laura and Leslie are up this weekend. I’ll be in town for a wedding Next weekend.

  99. Had no idea VK ceased publication for awhile. Would love to win the book!
    Diana´s last blog post ..Indecisive

  100. Natalie Doyle-Hennin says:

    My first issue of Vogue Knitting dates from 1963 and contains the first pattern I ever knit. Have been a fan of their magazine in its different iterations ever since. What a wonderful addition this would be for my library…