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


Knitting Never Felt Better

A few years ago Nicky Epstein came out with a book about felting called Knitting Never Felt Better. (Cute title, no?)

I got a review copy of it in the mail the other day, with a notice that it will be coming out in paperback on April 3. Amazon appears to already have it in stock, however.

Anyhow, I had not seen it when it first came out in hardback, so took a look through it this week. What a great, creative book. Apart from having a number of patterns for felted projects, there are many knitted and felted swatches of different stitch patterns that are photographed before and after felting.

Cute baby booties project!

Stitch patterns with before and after felting pix!

And a lot of really creative ideas for things to do to your knitted fabric to create interesting felted textures.

Using different nuts to create different textures in your felted pieces = genius.

Any felting nuts out there? (Sorry about that pun.)

To be entered in a drawing to receive my copy of this hardcover book, please leave a comment to this post letting me know that you’d like the book. Puns about felting and nuts are optional. 😉

Leave a comment by noon Eastern time on Tuesday March 20 (the Vernal Equinox). I’ll draw a winner and announce same in Tuesday’s blog post.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, I am knitting along on Lintilla. See?

I don’t think I’m quite at the halfway point yet, but I’m getting there.

And here is a shockingly unflattering picture of Miss Lucy:

What you can’t see is that her water bowl is just around the corner and she’s having a drink.


  1. I’d go nuts for all those nuts. Love that idea…
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  2. Lucy “action shot” ! 😀

    Love your Lintilla shawl, it’s fascinating to watch it develop.
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  3. I felt like buying this book, but now that you are giving it away, I’m nutty for it!
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  4. I got to take a class with Nicky Epstein a few years ago. She’s very creative & a trip, to boot!

  5. RedfordPhyl says:

    Book looks fascinating. I’m overdue to felt something — on purpose.

  6. Lynne S. says:

    I’d love to win this book. OK, here goes: I’d have felt nuts if I hadn’t put my name in the draw. (Sorry!)

    I’m dying to see Lintilla on a model.

  7. marciepooh says:

    I’ve liked what I’ve felted so far (the stuff I felted on purpose at least, the socks may end up baby booties, if I’m not careful) so more ideas about what to felt would be cool. What are the nuts used for? To aid agitation?

  8. HeatherY says:

    I haven’t tried felting yet, maybe this book will make me crazy enough to try! (Yeah, a nutty pun there would be too easy)

  9. I’d like to be entered in the drawing!!

  10. I felt that would be a great book to win and I would be nuts not to enter your draw!

  11. Elizabeth says:

    I love to felt but am running out of felting ideas so I would love to win that book. I have also run out of nutty pun ideas………


  12. I think she’s really doing “downward cat.”
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  13. I’m nuts about the book and felt i should enter to win it.

  14. Felt I might get “agitated” with myself if I didn’t enter.. I’m a little nuts like that… !!

  15. I would love a copy of the book. Thanks

  16. Felt like entering so count me in!

  17. I’ve yet to felt anything (on purpose) and would love to have Nicky Epstein’s book!

  18. Looks like a fun book, and I think I’ll dispense with the puns!
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  19. I think anybody who likes felting IS nuts! 🙂 Also, I think your current project should be called Lintilla the Hun.

  20. I “felt” that I should let you know that I love the action shot of lucy and would just be “nutty” if you entered me into the contest for the book! and the lintilla is coming along beautifully! I love the color!!!

  21. It’s so wonderful that you share these books that you review. I would love to receive a copy of this book!

  22. Just finished my first spinning project and decided that felting is the destiny for this yarn, so this book will be very timely.
    PS I think that Miss Lucy looks very elegant from the rear :>)

  23. Oh Nuts! I’d love that book!!

  24. Henrycat says:

    What a fun book! I’d love to win it.

  25. Kathie Mayo says:

    Oh my, this book is right up my Interest Alley. Hope to be the lucky winner…if not, I think it will on my list of what to purchase next at Amazon.

  26. Who would have thought you could use nuts to create an ingenious 3D affect? I would be thrilled to win a book of Nicky Epsteins! If I won the book would sit right next to yours Wendy. The lovely lace book!

  27. DeborahKaye says:

    I can be nuts about felting!

  28. Ooh, I’d love to get my hands on this book! The mere thought is working me up into a lather!
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  29. There’s nuttin I would like better than a book on felting!

  30. I heart felting. Hopefully the luck of the Irish will touch me and the book will be mine, mine, mine!

  31. I enjoy fulling knitted items and also Nicky’s books; I’ve not got that one though.
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  32. I would like the book very much. I already own another book by Nicky Epstein and in that “other” book she has nuts too! It is very clever, indeed. Who would have thought of such a thing? Nicky Epstein, of course.

  33. Wendy, I would really like a copy of this book by Nicky Epstein. I seem to get the wrong books when I pick out felting books. So I think hers would be terrific. Thanks for offering the book to us. Deb

  34. Face it. You aren’t sorry for that pun and you know it.

  35. patricia says:

    Count me in too! Thanks for the giveaway!

  36. Would love a copy of that book! It looks fabulous!! Lintilla looks beautiful too!
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  37. “Honest officer Friendly, after I felt the nuts, I yanked my hand out of his pocket. All I wanted was a little change”

  38. I haven’t tried felting before, so I can’t exactly call myself a nut, but I would love to win a copy of this book. Thank you for the give away.

  39. I haven’t done much felting, but am always on the lookout for a felted project. Would love to throw my name in the hat.

  40. paula henderson says:

    I would love to have Nicky’s book. Felting is on my list of things to do. Thanks for the opportunity!

  41. Wendy, I love your Lintilla shawl. It is so fun watching your knitting blog with progressof your knitting. Then there is Lucy; she is adorable and love all the photo’s you post of her. I too would love the new felting book by Nicky Epstein.

  42. This felt book would be perfect. One of my very best friends will turn 40 this year and she just LOVES felting. I’m pretty sure she doesn’t own the book. Thank you for the great suggestion!


  43. Great book – our library had the hard cover and I would love to have my own copy.
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  44. Any book about knitting is for me. Love them all!!!!!!!!

  45. Thank you for the chance to win an interesting book. I hope Lucy didn’t see that picture.

  46. Stephanie says:

    I’m always on the look-out for new knitting books to add to my library! Btw, I could tell Lucy was drinking. Maybe that’s weird, but there you have it. I knew before you “told” me. 🙂

  47. Oh, felting nuts! What a neat idea! Thanks for offering the chance to win this unique book.

  48. Love all her books and love felting!

  49. I have everything else Nicky published; would love to add this to my collection!

  50. What a cool book.

    Lucy in motion is always cool. Action shots of our kitty’s are so hard to get.

  51. Stephanie H. says:

    I would love to take a crack at felting with this book!

  52. I’ve done some felting and think this Nicky’s book would be the added guidance I need to get better at it. I’d love to win this book.

  53. I’m up for a copy.

  54. I would love to win the book:-) Thanks
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  55. I used to say that I knit because I felt (like it) but now I could say that I felt because I knit.

  56. This book looks interesting. I would love to add it to my library. Thanks for the opportunity.

  57. I would love that book, sorry for the lack of puns but my daughter is getting married Sunday and my brain is on overload.

  58. I’d love to win this book. Thank you, Wendy, for the opportunity.

  59. GL Blumenshine says:

    Oh, wow. I have been looking for a book on felting textures for so long. Passively, but still, I’d freaking love that book. I’m putting it on my Goodreads now.

  60. rose lane says:

    Interesting conceept with the nuts, sure would love to win this book 🙂 rose

  61. Beverley says:

    I would love the book have several of Nickys books and have played with felted knitting lately. Many thanks for the chance.



  62. Yay! Another book by Nicky Epstein to add to the library.

  63. I would love to win that book. It looks great!

  64. Sandra Kerr says:

    I’d love to do more felting! That would be amazing to win.

  65. Oh, what a wonderful book! I’d love to win it!

  66. Carol brennan says:

    Just what I need

  67. Nuts + felting could get me interested in another felting project. Count me in.

  68. Like the book, yes, it sure sounds fun.

  69. Dear Wendy, wow! I and my fiber group called Ewe-Knit-Tea would treasure this book. One gal Is trying to get felting info on how to make a horse blanket. Another one has dorset sheep which fleece felt tremendously. But in our 5 person group we share all our resources because we are all quite broke 2retired2handicapped. Each year we make charitable items .In the last year we did preemie items and this year, special Olympic scarves. We are just normal rural women who care about each other plus others. I can tell you Wendy, five of us would rejoice over this book!, blessings, grace in vt, aka Halalsilks on Rav and You tube. P.s. I just got your lace book through knit picks.. I hope to learn lace so I can teach our group !
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  70. You always do this to me Wendy, all these wonderful books I just have to have so I spend and I spend on books

  71. Anything Nikki does is first rate. I did your seriously simple shawl in the kauni colorway and man, is it ever green!

  72. I have the book and if my number is chosen, I’ll decline; I have to tell you I love it. I too had the good fortune to take a class with Nicky a few years ago,and she is a fabulous designer, knitter and instructor. Boy was that a fun class, and such clear direction/instructions!

  73. I would love the Nicky Epstein book! I always FELT I should have one! LOL

  74. Poor Lucy, you posting such an unflattering photo! Better hope she doesn’t have a camera and blog of her own….

  75. I have felted only one project. Would love to know about other projects.

  76. I’ve never ‘felt better’ about leaving a comment!

  77. Nicky Epstein is so inspiring! And so are YOU!

  78. that is a funny cat picture 🙂

  79. Betty Eliassen says:

    The book sounds great – but how could you do that to Lucy! Just hope she doesn’t read your blog or some of your lovely shawls may get felted…

  80. Betsy Pratt says:

    Poor little Lucy. But we all know a girl can have a bad hair day once in a while! I adore Nicky Epstein and have never taken a look at this book either. Looks like creative Nicky! I’d love to see it.
    Betsy in soaked Seattle suburbs

  81. Marie Howe says:

    I am a felting fanatic. I’d love to have Nicky’s book.

  82. Celestine says:

    I didn’t see this book either when it first came out. I would love to have a copy.

  83. Would love the book for reference!m thanks!

  84. Barb Hicks says:

    would love to have this book because sometimes you felt like a nut and sometimes you don’t

  85. Oh nuts, I felt that I’d like this book!

    Lintilla looks gorgeous.

  86. RustyBird says:

    I want the book!

  87. Love felting. Hides a multitude of sins. But if I can’t have it, I hope it goes to Ewe-Knit-Tea! and thanks for sharing!

  88. I love to felt and am always looking for new and fun ideas! Would love to have the book.

  89. Would be happy to have this book! You Rock Wendy!!! This would be perfect for ideas for a felted purse I’ve been wanting to knit. : 0)

  90. What a fun book! 🙂
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  91. In the first place, there are no unflattering photos of Miss Lucy. She is gorgeous from every angle. Secondly, I would love to win the book on felting. =)
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  92. I felt I’d be nuts if i didn” comment. Seriously that a lovely scarf.

  93. Annie Wilson says:

    I’d love to get a felting book. While that’s not nuts, I’m sure Lucy thinks you are for taking a picture of her tooshie.

  94. While not Lucy’s best photo, she is still very lovely!! And why yes, I would love to get a “felt” book 🙂

  95. Please enter me in to win. No puns, just cant come up with anything new.

  96. Oh neat !!!!!!! — Cashew see how much I’d like to win this book!!!

  97. Not creative enough to come up with puns, that’s why I need to win the felting book! It can help me with my creativity. 🙂

  98. Oh I would love this book,, have been down the felted bag path quite a few times and would love to try somehing new.

  99. I felt like entering the contest. I’d be nuts not to. This book looks very interesting!

  100. I have a number of her books but not that one. I’d love to add it to my collection!