My current work in progress:

Tawney Sweater,by Jenni Barrett, knit from MadelineTosh Tosh Sock, using 3.25mm and 3.5mm needles.

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. Libba Hicks says:

    Please include me in the drawing. It was be a treat for my granddaughter.

  2. Eileen Bunn says:

    That looks like a great book for my new grandson after I share it with my class. . Please enter my name in the drawing.

  3. The book looks adorable. I know a few little kids who would love to read this with me.

  4. Celestine says:

    WOW, thanks Wendy.. If I don’t win this book will hafta purchase one for my grandaughter

  5. Wendy, I’m loving your gansey. And I didn’t think that I would when you first talked about the project. You’ve reminded me to keep an open mind – thank you! Will you be publishing the pattern once you are finished?

    Mac Barnett’s book looks delightful. Thanks for the opportunity to enter the drawing for your review copy. Win or loose, I think my niece and nephew will be getting a copy of Extra Yarn for their third birthday in February – along with their own box of not-so-ordinary yarn!
    Linda´s last blog post ..Sunday Sock Pattern – The start of a new sock pattern

  6. The book looks adorable!

  7. that is a good looking book. Fun!!!!!!!!!!! Would like to win it.

  8. The book sounds fun! (and I love Lucy’s plan for the day!)

  9. What a great book. It reminds me of my grandson. he is always into my stash looking/asking for bits of leftovers. Thanks for a chance to win.

  10. What an interesting idea for a children’s book!

    I love the gravel colorway of this yarn! Beautiful!
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  11. The illustrations — especially the bottom one — look clever and absolutely adorable!

  12. That looks like a great book:-)

  13. Veronica K says:

    Ooh, I love the concept of this book, and I think my kids would too. 🙂

  14. oh what a fun book to read to the little ones!
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  15. The book looks adorable! Thanks for offering it up.
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  16. Adrienne Martini just reviewed this book favorably, too. Throw my name in the hat!
    kmkat´s last blog post ..I knitted a thing.

  17. Darling book!!! Would love to have it for my grandchildren library that I am building. I could get them reading about yarn and seeing the real thing up close and personal.

  18. OOoh, I’d love that book!

  19. One of Oscar’s gave books is Martha Moth Makes Socks so I know he would love this one!

  20. Margareta says:

    Well, let’s give fate a chance. Two four-year-old twins are also looking forward to winning this book! One of them even started to crochet during the winter holidays. It’s only chain stitches so far, but who knows? The world needs more fibre addicts.

  21. Susan from Phoenix says:

    Lovely knitting pictures again. Thanks for a chance to win, again!

  22. Kris Peters says:

    What a delightful looking book!

  23. The book looks great! My granddaughter would LOVE it!

  24. good reading to have on hand when the g-kids visit

  25. Lisa Smith says:

    Thanks for the chance to win, Wendy!

  26. My little girl would love this book!

  27. Looks like a great book for grandkids – or great-grandkids, got one of those on the way…

  28. southparknitter says:

    I seem to be following Lucy’s plan as of late. I’ve been doing lots of sleep knitting. I have a couple of young friends who’d love the book.

  29. Youngin would love Extra Yarn! She’s five and reading, so this would be a lot of fun for us. Thanks, Wendy!

  30. Would love this kid’s book for my doctor’s office!

  31. Your knitting never ceases to amaze me.

    The book looks like it is so much fun!

  32. As the mother of a 3.5 year old girl who thinks nothing would be better than a box full of yarn, I’d love to share this book with her. She loves to “knit” and then asks me to untangle her creations.

  33. Cool book. I would love to win it for my great-niece. She is three….going on 19! She wants to learn to knit. Can’t do that with needles because she will poke her little brother. Must find something yarn-y for her to do.

  34. This is so wonderful! I would love to win a copy!
    Maddy´s last blog post ..Toe Up From The Flo Up

  35. Cute book! My 10 year old daughter is just learning to knit and would love this book! Thanks for sharing!

  36. That book looks awesome!

  37. I love to win this book 🙂

  38. I have a 5 year old granddaughter who would love this book.

  39. What’s better than a yarn book of any kind???

  40. Laural Homstead says:

    I’m a reading teacher and always looking for way to bring knitting into my work with kids. This looks like a great book to read to/with my groups!

  41. What a lovely, cute little book. I’ve love to have it.

  42. I’d love to win the book for my friend’s daughter. 🙂

  43. I could use something to smile about! Would love to win a copy of that cute book!
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  44. dixiestitcher says:

    Awww what a cute looking book!! I hope I win it…I have a bun in the oven now..hopefully a girl this time!!! 🙂

  45. Debra SimonI says:

    My granddaughters love my knitting, and I would love to give them this book!

  46. Marseille says:

    That book looks like fun! I’d love to be in the running…..

  47. The book is absolutely adorable!

  48. It looks like a fun read.

  49. Oh, such a cute looking book. I would love to win it to use in my kids’ learn to knit class.

  50. Ania Bloch says:

    What a delight! I’ve taught kids to knit at the library and it would be lovely to share this book!

  51. I would love this book – it sounds great!

  52. Aww, A children’s book about knitting. Cute!

    The Gansey is looking good…. I’ll have to give that yarn a try.

  53. Kimberly Yue says:

    Wow, this book sounds adorable! I taught my daughter to knit at the age of 5 (1 1/2 years ago) and I know she would love to have this book. Thanks for offering it and for giving me the chance to win it! 🙂

  54. please enter me in the drawing, thank you!! the book looks lovely.

  55. That looks like a good book.

  56. The sweater looks lovely. I looove Lucy’s plan!
    Brandi´s last blog post ..Oh The Fiber! Cotswold Sheep!

  57. I hate to sound like everyone else, but: Please pick me!! I returned to knitting (having been taught by my grandma long ago) when my granddaughter Nina was born. She loves books and she loves my sweaters. Thanks.

  58. Would love to read this to all my grandchildren who love my projects!!

  59. My daughter just learned to knit over Winter Break and I would love to share this book with her!

  60. Rebecca Evers says:

    I know just the girls to give this to, my great neices who want to learn to knit like their auntie.

  61. i love the book…and my kids are always asking for a “piece of yarn.”
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  62. What a cute book, please enter me in drawing.

  63. I know a lovely almost 2 year old who would adore this book… he’s already wrapped up in his momma’s yarn all the time!

  64. Holly Burnette says:

    I hope all of the comments are read because I am 59 years old and am raising a 10 year old granddaughter who needs strong, interesting and positive female role models. In 6 months I have taught her so much and am always buying her books at garage sales and thrift stores. I am sure this is a book she would love. The first book I bought for her she said “Is this book mine to keep?”

  65. I have a charming little 31/2 year old who would LOVE that book. Your sweater, as always is flawless.

  66. That book would be amazing in the nursery of our upcoming arrival 🙂

  67. I’d love to have this to share with future nieces & nephews, and (not soon, I hope) grandchildren!

  68. What a wonderful book, my 3 year old grand-daughter often sits on my lap while I knit and she will help with the yarn over the needles for a bit. She says she will learn to knit when she is older. I try to get her books about knitting and it is great they have some nice ones to read to the little ones.

  69. I would love this!! I teach kids and would love to share my love of knitting with them!

  70. Comment… haha… Looks like a lovely book! Thanks for the chance.

  71. Ooh! A darling child’s book with knitting content — I feel the planets aligning. 😉

  72. loverly looking book! great blog…


  73. i just recently heard about that cute book. it looks like such a sweet story! thanks.