My current work in progress:

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


This and That. And Possibly the Other Thing as Well.

Here is my progress on my ruffled scarf:

I’m a bit past the halfway mark. I’m calling this design “Ruffles and Ridges.” A friend (hi Sharon!) is knitting it along with me as I design it, which makes it extra fun.

Lee asked in the comments “Is it better to wind the yarn before you use it just in case of something like this or is winding it harder on the yarn?”

Yes, that would be an excellent idea. That way there would be no ugly surprises. Note, however, that I did not do that with my new skein of Kauni. I am lazy, and I like to live on the edge. 😉

I do have two more skeins in this colorway, though, so if I encountered something horrific mid-skein, I have more to fall back on.

fibre space Fibre Explorers Club

Heads up! Have you heard about fibre space’s Fibre Explorers Club?

fibre space is my local LYS and it is a wonderful shop. Danielle (the owner) is always on the look out for the best of the best so there are fabulous things in the shop, both yarn-wise and knitting doodad wise. I always bring visiting knitters to hang out at the shop and I encourage you to stop by there if you are in the Washington DC area. (It’s in Alexandria, VA.)

You can read about the club at the link above. Basically, it is a club where they score stuff that most folks can’t get their hands on (to quote Danielle). Each month’s offering is themed around the origin of the yarn or yarn company and there are always fun extras. And, you can personalize the club to a certain extent — let them know which colors you absolutely do not want and which colors you love. Having been in a fibre space club in the past, I can tell you that the packages are always wonderful!

Book Review

I was recently sent a copy of 10 Secrets of the LaidBack Knitters: A Guide to Holistic Knitting, Yarn, and Life by Vicki Stiefel and Lisa Souza.

It’ a book of patterns and more. The chapters are themed by the 10 secrets and in each chapter there is discussion of the philosophy of the theme of the chapter, some back and forth dialog between the authors, tips and extras, and of course patterns.

You get biographies, interviews, tips, factoids, advice, and lists, and of course patterns by a variety of designers, some of whom you already know.

You can read about the designers, see pictures of the designs, and more at the book’s website.

Actually, Vicki arranged for me to be sent two copies so I could give one away. Who’d like it?

To be entered in the drawing to win a copy of 10 Secrets of the LaidBack Knitters: A Guide to Holistic Knitting, Yarn, and Life, please leave a comment on this blog post by noon Eastern time Thursday, March 29, 2012. A winner will be chosen at random then.

Lucy Sez

Thank you, Spindlecat, for sending me my new favorite mousie!

Have you seen Spindlecat Studio on Etsy? She sells the most awesome handcrafted stitch markers and stitch holders, shawl pins and other doodads. I’m using one of her copper ring stitch markers in my Ruffles and Ridges:

As well as a copper locking removable stitch marker to mark the center point of my piece:

It’s fun having pretty tools!


  1. Love your ripple scarves, and those copper stitch markers. Oh, and that book looks goog too!

  2. Lisa Marazzo says:

    I’ve been eying this book for a while. Would LOVE a copy. Thanks for your and Vicki’s generosity

  3. I am a knitting book junkie, and this one looks particularly appealing because of the knitters involved, the lovely patterns, and the idea that it focuses around knitting philosophy–I like the idea of that. Would love to win!
    Deb´s last blog post ..Making Progress!

  4. I haven’t seen that book yet, but that could be an edition I add to my library.
    Love the copper stitch markers.
    Laura´s last blog post ..Last Year’s Christmas Pillowcases

  5. I’d love to have a copy of this book.

  6. The book looks very interesting. I’m a new knitter, so I’m always interested in different philosophies…
    Dianne´s last blog post ..I’d like to thank the academy

  7. As always thanks for the inspiration. Love checking out your blog.

  8. Hahaha, lazy.. me too. I remember my Great Grandma always, always, always rolled her ball of yarn into a ball. Makes me feel SUPER lazy that I have a ball winder and still sometimes don’t bother. But, on my side I have a busy 3 year old who likes to help wind now! and that helps!!! LOL
    Your shawl looks lovely!
    The book looks interesting! Thank you and Vicki for the giveaway!
    Yarn.devil´s last blog post ..Inspired.

  9. Book? Win? Me? Probably not but it’s worth a try, right?

    I find those stitch markers to be interesting…I don’t have any but they look like something I could use at some point in my life. Probably several times over…
    Renee Anne´s last blog post ..Self-Imposed Year of Projects: Update #12

  10. Ooh!

    Hi, Lucy!

  11. That book would be a nice addition to my knitting library. I love the copper stitch markers.

  12. A book on holistic life and knitting? Sounds like my perfect cup o’tea! 🙂
    Heather´s last blog post ..Winterburn: all start!

  13. Looking forward to seeing the finished shawl 🙂
    The book looks very interesting, nice to see such variety in one book. Lucy, as always, looks adorable!

  14. I love watching your garter stitch projects coming along. Beautiful! thanks for sharing your perspectives on the book!

  15. The book looks great, thanks for the chance to win.

  16. The fibre space Fibre Explorers Club sounds really interesting, I’ll have to check it out.

  17. I would love this book.

  18. Sounds like a great book. I enjoy watching the progress of your projects and that you always have a picture of Lucy. Your comment awhile back about being a persistent knitter rather than a fast knitter was really helpful. Thank you!

  19. Would love a copy of the book and the ruffles are looking great! I really love the yarn! Just screams call down and pet me!

  20. I love those copper stitch markers and the book would be great too!

  21. Caroline says:

    HI Wendy Love the look of the ruffles on your shawl. The book looks interesting – thanks for the chance to get my hands on a copy. Must go over and take a look at the pretty stitch markers. C

  22. Love the copper stitch markers. Cool tools and pretty accessories may be frivolous, but they can add so much pleasure to something we spend many hours doing, so why not?

  23. Love those stitch markers! Too bad I can’t use copper much.
    Word Lily´s last blog post ..Elegy for Eddie by Jacqueline Winspear

  24. Jennifer says:

    Thanks for the chance to win a knitting book. Sounds like a good read too.

  25. What a different and interesting concept for a book. Nice way to think out of the box.

  26. I’d love to win! The book looks wonderful!

  27. the book sounds very informative! hugs to Lucy.

  28. That book would be great. Thanks for entering

  29. Lisa (in BC) says:

    That book looks like a perfect philosophy for both myself and a friend. We’d have to take some notes to achieve “laid-back”, but that’s all to the good! I’ll toss my number into the proverbial pot and see if I can win.

    SpindleCat does have some lovely items! I found her stuff at the first Sock Summit. Hadn’t seen the copper stitch markers – I like those!

  30. l defintely need the secrets of being laid back while knitting.
    Beverly´s last blog post ..Setting Goals

  31. Heidi (Aponi) says:

    That sounds like a great book – I’d love to have a copy!

  32. Heather N says:

    I love books like this that have a ton of information about everything! 😀

  33. The book looks interesting & I’ll definitely check it out. Thanks for the Etsy seller link, too. I love finding new stitch markers.

  34. oohh, that book looks really interesting and I would really like to get my hands on it.
    best wishes from Iceland
    Fríða´s last blog post ..Lige nu.. / Rigth now..

  35. Alicia Howard says:

    Fibre Space rocks!

  36. The book looks wonderful, would love to win a copy.

  37. I need all the knitting secrets that could possibly come my way. I’d absolutely love this book!

  38. I have had that book on my wish list for sometime. I would love to win it.
    Katiebell´s last blog post ..Sick Day

  39. paula henderson says:

    I had not heard about 10 SECRETS. Looks like a book I need to read! I’m also checking out Spindlecat’s site. Thanks so much for the chance to win.

  40. I would love a copy of that book. Love the ruffles too.

  41. Looks like an unusual book. I’d like to see it! Thanks, Wendy!

  42. who doesn’t like hearing secrets, not this gal
    megan´s last blog post ..sewing

  43. I will have to check out fibre space the next time I am in Alexandria. I go to the area pretty frequently for work and their store hours are so good. So many places close at 5 pm during the week which makes it really hard to actually get to some new places unless I have time between meetings.
    Lauren´s last blog post ..Orzo Pasta Salad

  44. Wow I would love to have this user friendly book. I have read that it have nice photographs . its exactly for advanced knitters like me.

  45. Henrycat says:

    Thanks for the chance to win that book – it looks great! And your ruffles and ridges looks like fun.

  46. Thanks for the link to fibre space – I’m going to explore that further! I’d also love to be a laid-back knitter; it’s a wonderful idea! Thank you for sharing with us!

  47. I’d love to win!
    garret´s last blog post ..I can’t think of a thing for this title

  48. Geraldine Scott says:

    I could use lots of tips on becoming a ‘laidback’ knitter!! LOL!! Please enter me for the giveaway…thanks so much!

  49. Very cool book and I love that copper stitch marker.

  50. Angie S. says:

    This book is definitely on my wishlist!

  51. The stitch markers are gorgeous… I have a weakness for copper-coloured things. I’ll have to hunt down a set for myself. Also, that book looks interesting!!
    wendy´s last blog post ..of pots and things

  52. Natasha Carty says:

    I am new to your blog and I have been really enjoying it. I am interested in this book because I am NOT a laid-back knitter. I have 40+ projects backlogged (I counted them recently) so I always feel like I have to get the 5 current projects I am working on done so I can move on. Please enter me in the book give-away. Thanks!

  53. The book sounds very interesting. It would also be interesting to read how you get your ruffle to stand up so nicely.

  54. Ruth Porter says:

    The book looks great, and would be a good addition to my library. Looking forward to your workshop at Carodan Farms in April. Hugs to Lucy.

  55. Cynthia Eggers says:

    I’m loving your scarf, love the stitch markers, and would love to win the book!

  56. Interesting book. Love the stitch markers.

  57. Ooh! That’s a book that’s on my wishlist, so I’d love to win a copy. Thanks so much for sharing–both the book as well as your knitting life.

  58. I would love to win that book! I have been looking at it for a while now, so this is a great opportunity. Thanks!

  59. Oh sign me up please! That sounds like an interesting book. Thanks!

  60. Looks like a great book! *groan* the last thing I need is an introduction to a new fiber or yarn club… off to check it out anyway. Take care!

  61. cecilia david says:

    I really like your current creation. Beautiful color. cd

  62. I’m pretty laid back and would love a copy of this book.

  63. Looks like a great book! I’d love to win it! 🙂
    Jessica´s last blog post ..More to come

  64. I’ve notices issues with Noro, somewhat like the Kauni. Next time I use either, I will for sure be winding them up to check for ‘issues’!

  65. Knitting advice from a laid back knitter — I’d love it!!

  66. The book sounds wonderful!

  67. Katie Lynn says:

    I’ve seen that book on a few other blogs…I think I need it. Sometimes I get pretty stressed out about knitting, which is totally not the point! It usually has to do with wanting to knit a certain pattern but never coming up with the right color/yarn combinations…I am having that problem right now with the Grellow Cardigan, I just can’t seem to get the project up off the ground!

  68. Paula Bannon says:

    That book looks really lovely. 🙂 I’d love to win!

  69. TooTwistedDonna says:

    Sounds like my kind of book!!!!

  70. Christel says:

    Ooh, nice! I wouldn’t mind a copy of this book!

  71. I certainly would enjoy reading this book! The yarn looks like it is behaving this time Wendy! Have a great week!

  72. The copper markers look so good with the blue! Makes me feel like i neeed some…

  73. That shawl is really lovely! And you knit so fast! Must be the flamethrower….

  74. Anne Marie says:

    Looks like a great book!

  75. Debbie H says:

    I would love a copy of the book. Looks great! Say hi to Lucy for me! Debbie H gussek on Ravelry

  76. StormyMonday says:

    I’d love to have a copy of the book!

  77. Sharon M2 says:

    I’ve heard good things about this book!

  78. Barbara S. says:

    I am always on the lookout for new stitchmarkers. I will need to check out that etsy site.

  79. Shirley Ryan says:

    Of course….I’d love to win it! Looks like a great book.

  80. mememememememememe!

  81. Sad to hear about that less-than-stellar skein of kauni, but it’s good that this one’s working out. 🙂
    That looks like an interesting book. I hope I win.

  82. Please enter me in the drawing for the looks awesome. Thank you

  83. This book looks fantastic and fun! I’d love a chance to win it.

  84. This book sounds very interesting and I would be welcome a chance to win it.

  85. Spindlecat has great yarn, too.

  86. I always have my hand in the air when you do a giveaway. Maybe my time has come.

  87. Kathleen says:

    I would love to win. Thank you.

  88. Love a giveaway. Count me in.
    Thanks for all the other great ideas. Love the copper stitch markers!

  89. I LOVE IT!!!!!! That colorway is so me! What are you using? I would love to have a book. I don’t have any books at all.

    Thanks for sharing!

  90. Sarah Taylor says:

    I have to think that with an almost 2 year old I have to be a laid back everything. By default. But it would be fun to look at the pretty pictures!

  91. Love your ripple scarfs! You are so inspiring and give us all wonderful ideas. Have to check into the copper stitch markers. I would love to have a copy of this book.

  92. Don’t enter many of the book giveaways, but this one looked intriguing!

  93. Your shawl is coming along beautifully and how nice you have someone knitting it along with you — always more fun with two. I’ve been trying to win that book for awhile now — maybe this time will be the charm!
    Wool Free and Lovin’ Knit´s last blog post .."From My House to Yours", Happy Holidays!

  94. I need to be a more laidback knitter, so would really love a copy of the book. Thanks for the generous offer.

  95. I love your contests, please enter me.

  96. Lisa Smith says:

    Wow…I love the stitch marker. I enjoy the litlle special things also. Thanks for a chance to win the book.

  97. Celestine says:

    I have been looking at this book to decide it I would like a copy. Please let me win….I would love a copy of this book.
    Thanks Wendy

  98. KatherineR says:

    Sounds like a fun book!

  99. Sandra Johnson says:

    I would love to have that book – although, right now, I seem to be so laid back with a bad case of knitters block !


  100. Love following your progress, I don’t seem to be able to relax into knitting….. yet!! Thanks for reviewing so many books, love seeing Lucy too!