My current work in progress:

Stornoway, designed by Alice Starmore from her book Fishermen’s Sweaters, knit in Frangipani 5-ply guernsey wool in the Aran colorway, on a 3.0mm needle.

My New Butler

Monday was a federal holiday here in the U.S. so I completely blanked out on blogging on Tuesday because Tuesday felt like Monday. Whoops!

Better late than never, here is my work in progress: the front of my gansey-type sweater.

I’m about two-thirds done with the front (yay three-day weekend) so I have high hopes for finishing the front this weekend and getting a start on a sleeve.

I did take some time out from knitting on this to start a swatch in a different yarn. Can anyone guess what the yarn is?

I’ll give you two hints: it is a cotton/acrylic blend and it is worsted weight.

Book Giveaway

The winner of my review copy of Extra Yarn, by Mac Barnett (illustrated by Jon Klassen) is “Stacy and the rugrats,” who has (have?) been emailed. Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway.

Speaking of Giveaways . . .

I got something exciting in the mail the other day. This:

This is the new “Crafter’s Tool Butler” by Jordana Paige, who was nice enough to send me one for review. (Note that I shamelessly pulled the photos of this case from her website since they are far nicer than any I can take here on a dark afternoon.)

The specs:

The cases is made from an attractive vegan-friendly PVC and is available in 4 colors: black onyx, bronze, deep red, and eggplant purple.

Mine is bronze.

It has six flat pockets for all sizes of double-pointed needles and crochet hooks, as well as a mesh pocket for small items such as safety pins, stitch markers and darning needles.

There is also a knitting needle and crochet hook inventory chart included.

And there are four zippered accordion pockets for circular needles with label inserts for custom numbering.

It is 10.5″ long by 6.5″ tall by 2″ thick — compact enough to tuck into a medium-sized purse or knitting bag. I foresee that I will find it extremely useful for knitting on the go, something I do a lot of.

You can purchase the Crafter’s Tool Butler from the Jordana Paige website here. There’s also a link on that page to a store locator so you can purchase it locally.

Did I mention how nice Jordana Paige was to send me one? She actually sent me two: one is for me and one is for one of my blog readers. 🙂

I’m keeping the bronze one, so I’m giving away the black onyx one. Who wants it? 😀

Leave a comment on this blog post by 12:00 noon Eastern Time on Tuesday January 24, 2012. I’ll choose the winner at random then.

Lucy is very excited about the whole contest thing.


  1. Looks perfect for keeping little toddler hands out of my equipment!

  2. How lovely!
    5elementknitr´s last blog post ..A is for Awesome

  3. Is it Tuesday yet? That looks like a great accessory!

  4. Stephanie H. says:

    I would be so happy to win this.

  5. Heather B says:

    Of course we ALL want it. Have I mentioned I’ve been reading your blog since before you even had Lucy? 😉

  6. Oh pick me random number generator – you never pick me – and it must be my turn now!

  7. This looks like a very handy item. Please enter my name in the drawing.

  8. Melissa C says:

    Looks like an adorable little case! I’d be lucky to win it 🙂

  9. I agree with Lucy – giveaways are exciting and the prize is awesome! Thank you for sharing.

  10. Cindy in Indiana says:

    Send it my way, please! Tools are ready and waiting.

  11. Very handy indeed! I love that it includes circular storage too. Thanks for the chance.

  12. I can’t resist a chance to add another knitting bag to my collection. Thanks!

  13. It’s gorgeous! I could certainly put that to good use.
    Natalie´s last blog post ..A new scarf pattern: Shifting Ribs

  14. A place for everything, and everything in one case! I love it 🙂

  15. That would be so useful!!

  16. That looks super cool. I really enjoy reading about your knitting. 😀

  17. I would love to have one of these!

  18. I am the proud owner of a Jordana Paige bag I bought last year at Stitches West. It is my main purse, and I think I have gotten more compliments from nonknitters (who are shocked it is a knitting bag). I would love to have another Jordana item — they are all so beautiful, practical, and hard-wearing.

    My guess is your swatch is All Seasons Cotton. I’ve knit several sweaters in that yarn and love the stitch definition as well as the easy care.

  19. I’d LOVE to win the Jordana Paige Crafter’s Tool Butler. Please pick ME!
    Geri´s last blog post ..Sheep Heid is Done!

  20. I love it when new tool kits come out. So much easier than rubber bands and plastic baggies and using old tins to keep track of stuff!

  21. Me, me, please! I’m always looking for clever ways to stash a few needles for traveling and on-the-go knitting! Thanks for sharing!

  22. Shannon H. says:

    Oooh. Pick me! Pick me!

  23. Louise in Maryland says:

    Toss my name in the hat for this one, looks like a step up from the department store freebie cosmetic bags I’ve been using all these many years….and I haven’t known what day of the week it is for weeks now with all the lovely federal holidays. Monday my sons go back to school, so at least I’ll have to keep track of whether its Monday/Wednesday/Friday or Tuesday/Thursday.

  24. What a lovely organizational tool! I love it. I hope I win 🙂

  25. Oh my! This would mean my needles will all be in one place. What a concept. 😉

  26. Stephanie M says:

    Thank you for sharing another great product with us.

  27. What a lovely case! Thanks for the giveaway.

  28. I’d love to win a nice butler, fingers crossed. 😉

  29. I’m guessing….Rowan Calmer?

  30. Great tool case. Count me in!

  31. Love the case, I don’t have anything like it! Pretty yarn but not sure what it is.

  32. de-lurking to say: “Pick me! Pick me!” This butler looks lovely!

  33. anne marie in philly says:

    oh please oh please oh please, magic random number generator, I beseech you (on bended knee) to bestow this awesomesauce bit of knitting greatness on me.

    (pure poetry, this) 🙂

  34. Your new needle case looks awesome!

    I love the color of your sweater!

  35. Krystal Smith says:

    I just got my first Jordana Paige bag for Chrismas. I’M IN LOVE! I’d love the chance to win a Tool Butler to keep inside my new bag. 🙂

  36. Perhaps that would help protect my tools from my new kitty!
    Mujercita´s last blog post ..FO: Socrates Gloves

  37. That is a very nice case and sweater!

  38. Looks like a perfect bag to carry around in the knititng bag. Love the purple yarn, I’m guessing it’s Calmer.

  39. Wendy,

    I shamelessly comment to win the case. How pretty and practical.


  40. That is awesome. What would be more awesome? … if I won it.

    I have multiple knitting bags, and multiple knitting notions “toolbox” – and not one of them is quite perfect. This one might be.

  41. Be still my heart! The thought of my tools, needles, etc. all in one place is swoon worthy.
    And it’s tres stylish.

  42. It looks like a great case!

  43. What a great-looking bag/kit/thing. Thanks for hosting a giveaway. 🙂

  44. Who doesn’t need a butler???? 🙂

  45. Hot dog! Would that be a welcom wonder!

  46. Thank you for sharing. I would love to get better organized! A real butler would be great, but I’d settle for a Jordana Paige bag. By the way – I love Lucy. She is one smart cat!

  47. Sweet storage bag. Can’t have too much storage…

  48. Freya in Californeya says:

    The Tool Butler looks incredibly handy. Please enter me in your contest.

  49. Katie Lynn says:

    Ooooohhh! I have been wanting to try something of Jordana’s, but couldn’t decide what. (And my needles are a hot mess, so…)

  50. Me! Me! Pick me!

  51. Nice!!

  52. technikat says:

    That’s a nice looking case. It looks like it’ll keep track of the
    tools I travel with. Thanks for the give-away.

  53. OMG that is a very lovely tool case! Im kinda tired of hunting down pensil or make up cases to keep my stuff under control and looking nice…
    Elisa Campbell´s last blog post ..Fall … wait

  54. Oooh, I like this one! Particularly the storage for the circulars & the inventory card. It’s hard to remember what size your circulars are sometimes. Put me in for the contest! PS: Lucy is looking very lovely at this time of the year.

  55. Thanks for sharing! I would love to win this?

  56. Love seeing the insides and all the pockets . . . sure would love to win that butler.

  57. Thanks for sharing! I would love to win this? Whoops typo meant to type a period not question mark.

  58. another Linda, me!! please add my name to the drawing! i’d love to have another organizing bag!!

  59. I would love to win. I just love the Tool Butler
    Thanks for the chance

  60. I just love the Butler. Sweater is coming along nicely.

  61. I would love to win this!!! Thanks Wendy!

  62. memememememe

  63. Wow, on the giveaway, would be nice addition to my knitting arsenal

  64. Beverly S says:

    I love the Crafter’s Tool Butler. I am taking an online class to make the perfect purse and it looks like it has some great ideas as well as being perfect to fit in my knitting basket that sits by my recliner.

  65. Wow, the tool butler looks fantastic. That’s for the chance to win one!

  66. That black onyx one would look great in a male knitter’s knitting bag. I would be proud to carry it if I won it! Me, me, I want it!
    Rusty´s last blog post ..Buy One, Get One Free Wool Ease Thick and Quick at Michael’s

  67. Deb Meyer says:

    What an awesome looking case! I would love to win it! thanks for the give-away!

  68. Lucy is of course pleased that you’re keeping the color she coordinates best with! I don’t have a black cat right now, but black goes with everything, right? I’ve heard how wonderful Jordana bags are, and I’d love to see for myself.
    ccr in MA´s last blog post ..Revelation, and Pangs of Startitis

  69. What a treasure. I’d love to have it. Sign me up!

  70. I am so in need of a tool keeper, and this one looks like it sure would do the trick. Thanks to you and Jordana.
    Looking forward to seeing your Gansey-type sweater.
    Darlene´s last blog post ..SNOW!

  71. What a great giveaway! Again! Anything that can help organize would be most welcome.

  72. Pick me for a change!

  73. I would love to be included in the drawing. I think I have misplaced many organizers over time. I could probably open my own shop if I ever found all of the missing pieces!

  74. I’m with Lucy!!!!!! This is absolutely AWESOME!!!!

  75. I would love to win it!

  76. I won’t put my name in because I honestly don’t think I’d ever switch out my tool kit I use now, but I must say that looks really awesome, well thought-out and nicely made!

  77. Kate/Massachusetts says:

    What a nice tool carrier! Thanks for the chance to win one. Is Lucy drawing the winner’s name?

  78. That day, 24 January just happens to be my birthday:-) That would be a lovely gift:-) Hint, hint.
    I really could use the Tool Butler.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Ellen Griffin´s last blog post ..Afghan KAL

  79. Awesome case!

  80. Oh very cool butler! .-)

  81. Maureen J says:

    I wish I’d had that with me early this week. It looks great for times when you don’t want t o drag the whole knitting bag along.

  82. Can’t have enough organizers! Woohoo!
    Katrina´s last blog post ..the shop is open for business again!

  83. That looks cool.

  84. I’d love to have one of those bags to keep my knitting tools in!!

  85. I’d love to win that butler!

  86. I love organziers! That one look very useful.

  87. Pick me..Pick me..Pick me for the black onyx needle case. Thank you!

  88. Lucy doesn’t seem impressed by this handy tool butler, but I am!

  89. Wow – even with a three-day weekend, I’d be hard-pressed to keep up with your knitting. Looking great and the Crafter’s Tool Butler is very cool. Did I tell you the one where my knitting needle rolled out of the car door while we were driving down the highway? Couldn’t believe the little rascal fit out that space.

  90. Amanda Hume says:

    Wow, that is nice. I would love to win it. Right now I do not have anything to keep my tools in. I usually throw everything in my purse and hope nothing gets broke, lost, or pokes through and tears up my purse. Thank you for the chance to win.

  91. Would LOVE LOVE LOVE one of those cases. Pick me, please, please, please!

  92. What a great tool bag for on the go knitting! Thank you for the chance to own one!

  93. Would love to win that! Love your knitting and Lucy is so cute
    Rachelle´s last blog post ..Wardrobe Wednesday

  94. paula henderson says:

    Wow it’s lovely. I would really love to win it. Thanks for the chance!!

  95. This new Butler looks really great. I’d love to send it to my Granny on the other side of the country. I love that she’s online (email etc.) so we keep in touch about each other’s knitting projects. She crochets as well and uses DPNs (I’m a magic looper), so I know this tool will be great for her needle/hook stash.

  96. Yes please!

  97. That is quite the nifty knitting tool bag with a space for everything. I have a beloved plastic case from childhood (I come from a long line of packrats) that everything fits into perfectly. I mourn that the day will come when the clasp fails; although I will probably keep dragging it around secured with a rubber band.

    Hmmm, could the new yarn swatch possibly be making you *calmer* as you knit with it? 😉
    Kristi´s last blog post ..Hello 2012

  98. Shirley Ryan says:

    i bet it would look a lot better than my Ziploc bag!

  99. please put my name in the magic box too!!!! and give lucy an ear scratch for me as well!

  100. Please include me in the drawing for the Crafter’s Tool Butler. I’d almost be willing to kill for one! 😉