My current work in progress:

Long Line Slipover designed by Lesley Stanfield, knit from Jamieson & Smith Jumperweight and Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift  on a US 3 needle

The Skinny on the Skinny

Here is the back of my gansey-type sweater, which I completed yesterday.

I’ve got some neck shaping there so the neckband won’t be too high up on the neck, and I’ve got the shoulder stitches on holders so I can attache the front and back via a three-needle bind-off.

I’m making this sweater from Blue Sky Alpacas Skinny Cotton (in the gravel colorway). I’d heard great things about this yarn so wanted to try it out for myself. It lives up to the hype — it’s a soft and lovely cotton. My only gripe with it is that it tends to be a little splitty since it is made up of many plies. So I have to pay closer attention as I knit.

But all in all it is a lovely yarn with great stitch definition.

Extra Yarn

Last week I was sent a review copy of this book:

This is Extra Yarn, by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Jon Klassen.

It’s a cute little story for kids ages 4 and up about a little girl who finds — well the blurb on the sleeve says it all:

The illustrations are wonderful:

Who’d like to win my review copy?

Leave a comment on this post by noon Eastern Time on Thursday, January 19, 2012 to be entered in the drawing to receive my copy.

Lucy’s Plan for the Day


  1. Oh, that looks like a delicious book to read to the grandkids! Thanks for offering it.

  2. Shannon H. says:

    Pick me! I’ve got a five year old who needs a new favorite book!

  3. That book looks really cute, love kids books with knitting in them.

  4. I would love to win a copy of the book! It looks lovely…

  5. sbteacher says:

    The book would be a wonderful way to interest my granddaughters in learning to knit.

  6. My granddaughter and I have been playing with yarn. This would be pertfect!
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  7. laura sequeira says:

    I would love to get this book for my grandkids–it sounds so cute!

  8. It looks like a sweet book, I’d love to win it!

  9. Betsy Pratt says:

    I’m so glad to hear your comments re: BSA Skinny Cotton. This book looks delightful! I love those illustrations! And I’m with Lucy. Cuddled up, with soft comfy PJ’s on, and going to take a nap. Woohoo.
    Betsy Pratt in snowy(!) Seattle ‘burbs

  10. marilyn Goodenberger says:

    I would love to win the book. My GD is coming to visit for about a month in June and I know she would really enjoy it. She loves to read. Great cellphones. She calls often and reads books to me on the phone that she gets from the school library. She is 7 and has learned the beauty of reading.

  11. I would love to read the book to my two great nieces. They are interested in everything and see me with my yarn and knitting. Mary B.

  12. Ooh, I would love that book, for both my son and possibly his schoolmates. :). Thank you for this giveaway!

  13. My nephews need that book! Pick me!

  14. Looks like a great book for kids. I especially like the 3rd illustration with the knit stitches. Would love to win this book!

  15. Susan Shelly says:

    Love the gansey! I think my daughter would enjoy this book. Great to hear about it. If I’m not lucky enough to win a copy, I’ll check Amazon;O))

  16. I’d love that book for my knitting daughter!

  17. Joan from Wisconsin says:

    Looks like a wonderful book. Would love to win it. Loved the photo of Lucy. What a sweetheart she is.

  18. love your new sweate. The pattern is so lovely and delicate.

    I would love to win so that I can share the story with my grandson.

  19. Love the sweater!
    My granddaughter would love this book (and so would I). 🙂

  20. The sweater looks great and the book is absolutely adorable!

  21. I have a 6 yr old Great Niece whom I would love to read this book with. Yes, I want to win.

  22. Awwwww! Cute!

  23. I’love to share this with my granddaughter!

  24. I’d love to win that book! I’ve got twins on the way and need more adorable books for their collection!
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  25. This book looks charming and whimsical! You are always so kind to share! Thanks for a chance to win this copy! Have a great week! :o)

  26. I know a little girl who would love the book!

  27. So love that art work alone…I bet the story is ever so cute. Pick me, pick me!

  28. I tutor first graders in reading. I’d love to share this book with them.

  29. how cue

  30. Wendy, you have no idea how much I would like to win this book! Speaking of reading material, I picked up the latest copy of Victoria Magazine yesterday, and Wendy Knits Lace was in it! Yay! 🙂

  31. Mary McMahon says:

    I have a 5 year old granddaughter that is beginning to show interest in knitting. Looks like it would be a great book!

  32. Oh I have been without my computer and am catching up on your blog. I have a question. I am usining a cotton yarn and just love how it feels but it is extremely”linty” Is that normal in cotton that is worsted weight and very soft.?
    I would love that book and even if I do not have much of a chance to win I think I will be purchasing.
    Lucy I have missed your pretty little face. I almost forgot, Happy birthday a little late this year. Hope it was a good one.

  33. I have two grandnieces who do not yet know the joy of yarn. Maybe this would be the gateway…
    Jeanne B´s last blog post ..The State of Yarndeavors

  34. Awesome book!!! will defiantly love it for the girls! Will have to keep an eye out for it!

  35. Hi Wendy,

    I’d love to get this book. I have two grandnieces learning to knit! Thanks for offering this book!

  36. Ooh! This would be a great book to read to my little niece who is always asking me to teach her to knit (I’ve tried, she just doesn’t have the patience yet as she’s only four) but she loves watching me. A book about yarn designed for kids would be great!

  37. Sara in WI says:

    Hi! If I don’t win the book, I’ll have to order it from my library….it looks so darn cute! I am a retired kindergarten teacher with quite a collection of children’s knitting related books!

  38. oooh. that would be so much fun. my daughter is a 4th grade teacher and i get to read a book to her class every year! i usually bring my knitting with me. how much fun would this be!!

  39. Oh boy, my daughter is already fascinated by my knitting, yarn and row counter. A book about it would be so wonderful! Fingers crossed

  40. OOOO! Me, Me, Me!! (You know, if the random number thingy picks me.)
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  41. This is adorable! Thank you for making it available!
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  42. Sounds fun.

  43. I am going to play Lucy today. Off of work!!!!
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  44. Off of work today! Home all alone and going to play Lucy!
    Linda´s last blog post ..The Skinny on the Skinny

  45. Off of work today…. don’t you love three day weekends? Going to do a little knitting and play Lucy.
    Linda´s last blog post ..The Skinny on the Skinny

  46. Oops first time posting…… I guess it has been working. Have a good day all you chicks with sticks.
    Linda´s last blog post ..The Skinny on the Skinny

  47. knitteriam says:

    This looks like a terrific book! My teenage daughters…yes, teenage…would love to have a copy of this book. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  48. Arlene Hoose says:

    Would love to win that book for my grandkids. I love that
    yarn you are working with on your gansey. Looking forward
    to seeing it finished.

  49. a wonderful gift for my future “knit like gramma” grandbaby.

  50. Amanda Underwood says:

    I’ve been stalking this book on Amazon waiting for it to come out. My daughter loves “I Want my Hat Back” by Jon Klassen and the artwork is fantastic.

    The gansey is fantastic too! I was listening to the BBC podcast on saving the gansey in Scotland and I’m finding myself with the sudden urge to add it to my repertoire.

  51. My daughter would love this book! Pick me randon number generator!!!
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  52. Ooooo, would love to read this with the g-kids!

  53. I would love this book – and I think my girls would, too! It looks cute.

  54. Stacy and the rugrats says:

    Books about yarn for children. Woot!

  55. Alice Moisen says:

    I love kid’s books. And a kid’s book about yarn? It doesn’t get any better than that. Hope I get picked!

  56. The book looks fun! – Your knitting quality and quantity is inspirational.

  57. That book looks charming. I wish my plans for the day matched Lucy’s….

  58. I love children’s picture books!

  59. Would love this book for my LYS – it would be a great addition for the New Mom & Tots group held there.

  60. Sharon Rawls says:

    beautiful sweater and darling book – would love a copy

  61. I have a daughter about to turn four. 🙂

  62. How cute! I would love to read that to my sons.

  63. Cute book! I would love to read it to my niece. Count me in.

  64. Love the yarn artwork–very creative!

  65. Judy Smith says:

    This book would be great to share with children

  66. I keep hearing such wonderful things about this book. I know a granddaughter of a knitter who also happens to be a PRO at reading for her age, and she would love this!

  67. What a fun looking book! I’d be happy to have it come live with me 😉

    And I like that Skinny Cotton. Might have to check that out. I really “need” more yarn, ayup!

  68. I’d love to win a copy of this – it looks terrific!

  69. We are always in need of cute books around here 🙂 Little Man loves books so the more we have, the better!
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  70. I would LOVE to win this book to read to my 6 grandchildren! They love to watch me knit and I even got this great “funny” from my son:
    while I was out of commission for six weeks following thumb surgery! Back to knitting again until I do the other thumb!

  71. I’d love to give that book to my niece! It looks wonderful!

  72. My granddaughter would love this book.

  73. Ooh, that book looks fun!
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  74. oooh, such a cute book. We’re book lovers and yarn lovers. I’ve just been teaching my 5, 7, and 8-year-old kids to knit…would love to share this fun book with them!

  75. Betty Eliassen says:

    I need all the ammunition I can get to indoctrinate my grandchildren – especially cute and clever books! The sweater is looking good. I am glad you are such a fan of 3-needle bind-off on the shoulders. It looks great and has always been plenty sturdy enough for me.

  76. This would be a lovely addition to my Children’s book collection!!!! I love it!!!!!

  77. Me! Pick me.

  78. Oh goodie, another book giveaway. Looks like a cute one to read to my grand children.

  79. Maybe my grandaughters will be the lucky ones!
    Thank you!

  80. That sounds like a cute book-and my grandson and I like to read together. Thanks Wendy!

  81. I would love the book for my granddaughter. Thank you for once again making this generous sharing available to us.

  82. Thank you Wendy for offering this book as a give away. My grandchildren would love it. BTW, the sweater is really coming along nicely.

  83. I love children’s books and their illustrations!

  84. This looks like a darling book! I love kids’ books, especially illustrated. I’d join Lucy in a heartbeat, if I could. Honestly, hibernation looks so inviting.

  85. Perfect for my little granddaughter. It is a way to stay together when we cannot be together. Lucy is purrfectly correct to cuddle down and stay warm.

  86. Teresa Fussell says:

    Being an elementary school librarian I can never resist a new book. Would love this one! Thanks

  87. I would love to win this for my soon to be 8 year old, who is learning the love of yarn. 😀

    Sweater is shaping up lovely.
    Sarah O G´s last blog post ..This is so very cool.

  88. Oh, what a fun book! I’d love to be entered in the drawing please.

    My Mia is recovering from back surgery so she’s definitely adopting the Lucy pose.
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  89. I hope the random generator is on my side this time. I encourage my daughters with beautiful illustrations to adventures that they never would have previously considered. This looks like a great book. I’d love to see it!

  90. My granddaughter will celebrate her fifth birthday on the 27th and I know she and I would both love this book. Thanks for your generosity.

  91. extra yarn looks like a lovely book! thank you for the opportunity to win! Best wishes.

  92. I’m a teacher, and my kids must wonder about all the knit books we have. I would love to add this to the mix.

  93. Cute book.

  94. would love to share this book with my niece! thanks!

  95. Perfect book for my granddaughter!

  96. My youngest daughter would LOVE this

  97. Karina Bates says:

    This looks like great fun for some of the young ladies I know. I would love to receive it. Thanks for offering it.

  98. Amy Abramson says:

    What a great story for sparking interest in the fiber arts! I would love a copy!

  99. Margaret Peck says:

    This book looks neat, would love to be the winner. Lucy has the right idea for a gloomy day.

  100. I would love to be entered in the draw for the book for my lovely littl’un (who has just turned 8 months but is very advanced when it comes to grabbing Mummy’s knitting!) Thanks!