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.

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 have always felt a little nutty about felting! I’d love to have a copy of the book, thanks for sharing!

  2. I keep telling myself it’s time for me to try out felting. This book would be perfect!

  3. All of Nicky’s books are great and though I haven’t felted much, I would give it a try if I were to win!

  4. I have only felted a few times, and I sure could use a little help. Lovely book!

  5. I think that before and after pictures will help me with my indecision about felting. I will usually quilt a thick fabric rather than knit and shrink. Faster and more control I think. This book could change my mind.
    Poor Lucy- she will hate when you pull out ‘those’ pix that are unflattering. Tiger,Puff, and Capo send their sympathies.

  6. I’d feel better, too, if I had her book, cute baby bootees!

  7. Me. Me! I love felting stuff. Unfortunately I often felt things UNINTENTIONALLY. It would be nice to have a book to help me do it ON PURPOSE.

  8. The cranberry colored ‘nut-felted’ sample in the photo looks to me like a cat face. I am inspired! I would be delighted to win the book.
    Lintilla looks like it is about to crawl away on its own. What is it supposed to be when it is finished? I mean no disrespect by my question. I am just fascinated.

  9. Natalie Doyle-Hennin says:

    Have always loved Nicky Epstein’s books and somehow never got wind of this one. Thanks again for your generosity in sharing, Wendy.


  10. Love her Books !

  11. I am wondering if felting requires WOOL only? Never tried felting yet, but the felting is very comfy when touching.

  12. Love to felt and would love this book! Thank you for such a wonderful give-away!

  13. I´d like to jump into the pot for the inspiring book! Thank you ♥

  14. Abby Ryan says:

    You are always so generous about giving away books… Thanks! Would love it!

  15. Just in time. I had felted my heart out years ago and then set it aside. Nuttily, I picked it up again lately and have a great pair of felted slippers to wear around the house.
    If I had the book I could felt my way on.

  16. I haven’t done a lot of felting – mostly worried I will wreck my work, plus a little bit annoyed at the concept of knitting something larger than I want it to be and then shrinking it. But I am ready to be inspired to try something new!

  17. would love a copy of that book~ thanks for the chance to have one! Sorry but Lucy is so adorable she could never be photographed in a bad light! or angle!

  18. What a beautiful book ! Have to check this out . Thanks for the contest !

  19. I do not have any of her books, but would love this one!

    Lucy has a very nice butt! Does she do kitty Pilates?

  20. Jaimee Martin says:

    I’d love a copy of this book! My last felting project was a success…I’m ready for some new inspiration!

  21. Suzie Picciano says:

    You and your generousity!

  22. Your shawl is looking great! Poor Lucy!

  23. Debbie Fiske says:

    I’m nuts for felting and would love to learn about felting with nuts!

  24. Just started felting (slippers) and would love to expand my horizons w/ the help of this wonderful book!

  25. Well up till lately I’d not been interested in felting, but I have a project in mind that now would involve it so I need to do some research. I’d totally forgotten about this book so it would make a timely addition to my set of her books. If my project works out I’ll have to tell Lucy about it.

  26. Trish Bullock says:

    Love your Lintilla. Please enter me in the drawing for the Knitting Never Felt Better book.

  27. I’m nuts about felting.

  28. I like her books.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  29. Aw, Lucy still looks cute! I’d love to have a chance to win the book. Thanks for the contest!

  30. Dana Attwood says:

    I couldn’t feel better than if I won this book! Thanks for the opportunity…

  31. Jo morgan says:

    it looks to me that all the nuttung felty puns are covered! I’d still like to win! Jo

  32. Heather Davidsmeyer says:

    I love felting! I would love to win! I don’t think Lucy takes an unflattering picture, and I especially enjoyed seeing her on the top of your bookshelf. I think that’s the best part about owning a cat…seeing what they’ll find to sleep on or in.

  33. I usuall y felt by accident. 🙁 It would be nice to be able to know how to do it on purpose!
    lawheezer´s last blog post ..Knitting Never Felt Better

  34. OOH I’d love to have the book. Thanks

  35. Would love to have this book!

    I’ve never felted anything,,,on purpose, that is! *L*
    Michele Ross´s last blog post ..The Little Tree That Could

  36. I have some of her other books and love them. I’d love this book.

  37. I cannot compete with Gail’s awesome use of “felt” and”nuts.” I can’t fight this felting anymore.

  38. I would like to win. I have done some felting but would like to learn more.

  39. After causing the Lady Eleanore shawl to felt (cool water not warm… cool water) I am now nuts about felting.

  40. Sometimes you have to get the other end of cuteness…….

    I know if I had that book that my long haired cuteness himself would have plenty of hair in any felted project.

  41. Love to felt – would love the book. I am , as always, impressed by your knitting – Lintilla looks lovely.

  42. Savannagal says:

    Looks like a cute book. I’d like to try more felting. I’ve only made item, a handbag, which isn’t quite finished. I need to add grommets and the straps. I’ve been afraid to poke the holes for the gromments, in case they end up not quite in the right spots. The felting came out okay. Not great though. I learned that wherever I weave in my ends I will get a lumpy result. But for a first project, not bad.

  43. Absolutely would love this book for my knitting library.

  44. It looks like a great book for felting inspiration. I would love to add it to my library.

  45. I am just finishing one of Cat Bordhi’s magical kitty beds for my new cat []. I felt Nicky’s book would be a great way to go nuts for more felting projects.

  46. Laura McMahan says:

    I am a felting nut and I am nuts about Nicky Epstein. Love to have the book. Thanks,Laura

  47. sandyharsh says:

    I’d love to win this book! Her books are so interesting!

  48. I love a copy of the book.

  49. CarolynZ says:

    Hoping to win this book – I’m a felting fan.

  50. Saw the column & just felt I had to have her book! I have several of her other books and enjoy them immensely!

  51. I would love this book. It looks like great ideas.

  52. Ooooh. Me! I love felting.

  53. As a new knitter, I’d love to have a copy of this book. Nicky Epstein is one of my favorite designers!
    Michelle´s last blog post ..Received Yours Truly Paper and Cards Magazine!

  54. Aw, nuts, I never win anything. And I’ve felt that way for a long time…

    I’d love to have the book, those baby booties intrigue me!
    Tee´s last blog post ..Soft as a Bunny

  55. Donna Shadix says:

    I love your scarf…beautiful!!! Please enter me into the contest, I’d love to see her book.

  56. Kay April says:

    I am a felting failure…maybe the book would help!

  57. Never thought I would feel this way, I have gone “nuts” for “felting”. Love that this book is offering photos of pre- and post-felting and would love to have it!

    P.S. My BlackJack and MaryJane kitties meow “hello” to Lucy!

  58. I haven’t done any felting lately. This looks like a good book to get started again.
    Beverly´s last blog post ..Setting Goals

  59. I’ve never done any felting before; I’d love to have this book!

  60. I would love this book – it would be my first Nicki Epstein!

  61. I really felt that I needed that book! It was driving me nutty!

    Now I’m going to win it, so no worries.

  62. Looks lovely. I really would like being able to see what stitches will look like after felting. Would love to have this book.

  63. Have you ever just felt that you really would go nuts without this book!?

  64. Elizabeth says:

    Would love to try out these techniques!

  65. Helen Johnson says:

    I’ll spare you the puns, but that book looks like a lot of fun.

    Lucy looks so soft and pettable, even in her most unflattering shots. 🙂

  66. Ooooh! Looks like a fun book! Pick me! Pick me!

  67. I also felt like entering!
    Diane´s last blog post ..Ooh, Shiny Things…

  68. My birthday is next week and I’m nutty for this book!

  69. I felt like I needle this book. Oh yeah, I went there.
    Becky´s last blog post ..A Rainbow Amanda Hat and Midnight Purple Toenails

  70. I have a copy of this book and it is lovely. I can’t wait to try some of the patterns.
    Brandi´s last blog post ..Oh The Fiber – Cheviot Sheep Part 2

  71. Awesome book! I never thought to use nuts, or other unshrinkable objects, in a felting project

  72. I’ve been wanting to try felting. I’d love to wine the book.

  73. Hmmm.. wonder how I missed this book. I’m nutty for both Nicky and felting. I’ll toss my comment in the well, and maybe go check it out at the library as well. I have to see what the nuts are for!

  74. I would love a crack at winning the book! Thanks again Wendy!

  75. It has been a while since I have felted and have plenty of fleece to start again!

  76. It has been a while since I have felted and have plenty of fleece to start again! My last project was a had.

  77. I love her books!!

  78. I would love to have this book–the ideas sound so fun!

  79. My first (and only) felting project was a purse that was a “size”-mological disaster, and was subsequently cut up into coasters….I NEED that book!

  80. I so want to start felting and this beautiful book would be wonderful to have. Thanks so much for sharing.

  81. Woiuld love it. You can never have too many knitting books!!

  82. Ahem! There’s no such thing as an unflattering picture of Ms. Lucy. She’s gorgeous at any angle.
    Sue´s last blog post ..Gail’s Quilt

  83. I love felted objects and would really love this book. I felt like I should enter to stop me going nuts.

  84. Pick me oh-great-and-wise-number-generator!

  85. I love felted nuts, bags, slippers, hats… just not sweaters (yes I have felted one of those by accident.)

  86. Yo Beach says:

    Felted nuts.

  87. I’ve always felt nuts about Nicky. 🙂

  88. Lestersmama says:

    That is such a paparazzi-style pic of dear Lucy. You next post will have to have a beauty-shot to make it up to her.

  89. I’ve never done felting (on purpose anyway). I’d love to have this to give me a starting point!

  90. SewIKnit2 says:

    I’m a newbie felt-nut and agree her books are rather scrummy – paperback version sounds interesting but nothing beats a good old hardback!
    good luck with project!
    Happy felting! sue x

  91. Nicky is so creative, this book looks great
    Kathy´s last blog post ..And They Both Purred Happily Ever After

  92. My sister in law has been making fabulous felted stuff and has gotten me interested. This would be a timely addition to my library. Thanks for entering me.

  93. When I first started knitting, I made several felted projects because they hid a multitude of sins. Now, I just want to do some felting because it’s fun!
    Leah´s last blog post ..The New Project

  94. I have wanted to learn felting and this book looks like a great place to start.

  95. I’ve felt like I’d go nuts over felting if I only knew how! Thanks for the opportunity!!

  96. I swear, this blog needs a feed right into my Rav queue. Every lovely scarf you knit finds its way onto my to-knit list!

  97. What a wonderful book. Hope I win!

  98. I am a felting nut and would love the book. Your Lintella is lovely. Thanks for the giveaway, most generous.

  99. MaryEllen says:

    Would love this book to prove to my hubby that not all felting is done by accident! Thanks Wendy and Lucy!

  100. Love het books. Would love this one.