My current work in progress:

Roscalie Cardigan by Alice Starmore, knit from Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift  on a US 3 needle

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. I love all your shawls you’ve been knitting recently. Please enter me in for the book
    Rachelle´s last blog post ..A guitar carry case

  2. i would love to win this book, that way I woun’t have to try to justify buying a copy, as I already have a ton of knitting books.

  3. Kathleen K says:

    Ruffled scarf is looking good. Lucy as always is adorable! I would love a copy of 10 Secrets of the Laidback Knitters.

  4. Knitting is sort of holistic for me, but I would like to expand my horizons. Thanks for the chance!

  5. I am enjoying the progress on ruffles and ridges. Please enter me in the drawing. The book and a cup of tea would go well together during our winter in spring. Thanks

  6. The book sounds delightful.

  7. Robin F. says:

    I just discovered Lisa Souza’s website thru another blog that I read this morning. I would love to win this book. I’ve been drooling over her yarns.

  8. Jennifer T says:

    I’ve been wanting that book for a while now. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  9. I would love a copy of this book!

  10. I love the idea of holistic knitting! It would fit right in with the holistic lifestyle I strive to live. This book looks so awesome– I think it would be an amazing addition to my library. Thank you for your generosity Wendy!

  11. Wendy, What a fun Blog tonight. I really enjoy it.
    I’d like to have my name entered for the drawing
    for the Laid back knitter. I truely would enjoy having it.
    Pat Dixon

  12. I’d love a copy of this book!

  13. Wow that looks great! Thanks for the opportunity. :]

  14. This book looks like a winner to me ,would love to win a copy 🙂 rose

  15. That looks like a book I could sure enjoy. Thanks for offering it. Hope my name is chosen:-)
    Ellen Griffin´s last blog post ..Afghan KAL

  16. I love when other knitters share good sources and sites. Many thanks!
    LizA´s last blog post ..I’d Rather Be Sawing Logs.

  17. Carrie Mc says:

    Would love to have the laid back knitter book. I broke my back a week ago, so now I am a “laid up” knitter. My 4 kitties are wondering why I don’t bend over to chuck their lil’ chins anymore. Poor puttytats

  18. Kathy Green says:

    This book looks great!! I would love to win it!!

  19. Lovely shawl so far – can’t wait to see what it looks like when it’s finished! I love “knitting secrets” I hope I win the book 🙂

  20. Please add my name to the drawing. I am always interested in a new book. Thanks!

  21. Libba Hicks says:

    As if getting to babysit my granddaughter wasn’t treat enough, I always look forward to a visit to Fibre Space when we are in the DC area! Please enter me in the drawing for the book.

  22. Can you tell us about one of the 10 secrets, or are they…secret?

    Yes, please, sign me up!

  23. A laided back knitting book boy that sure sounds like me. My golden rule with yarn is do no harm to the wool. I believe the wool will become what it wants to become. I love the color of your project. Those deep rich colors are my favorites. Miss Lucy just remain the coolest cat on any web site any were.

  24. I need this book! I am struggling to find balance between my job, home and sthill have time for me. Love the pics of Lucy!

  25. I’d love this book!
    Susie Kline´s last blog post ..Big Brother Called & He Wants Your Facebook Password Before You Get The Job!

  26. Will have to check out the etsy store. I love fancy stitch markers!

  27. Jean Vollman says:

    This book looks like it would wonderful and I am a knitting book junkie.
    It would be fun to have.
    Love your web site and letters I look forward to getting them.

  28. CandyceJ says:

    I love how cross-eyed Lucy gets when she is guarding her mousies! I’ve had Siamese cats most of my life. There is nothing quite like them – or their crosses. Thanks for another opportunity to win a great book.

  29. I just looked at the book on Amazon and had a peek inside. It looks really interesting. I love the Watermelon vine pattern socks.

  30. Wow, the comments really come out of the woodwork when there is a give-away. It was generous of Vicki and Lisa to provide you with an extra copy to offer to your readers. Sounds like an interesting book. I’m curious to learn what secrets are disclosed. 🙂

    That copper stitch marker is neat. I’ll need to peruse Spindlecat Studio’s Etsy store.

    I love that your friend, Sharon, is knitting along with you as you design. Sharing the experience with someone else makes the process extra special.
    Linda´s last blog post ..Sunday Sensation – On The Alpaca Farm

  31. carol walther says:

    Throwing my needles in the pot, so to speak!:) Don’t know how you do all those fab-0 creations – u r sooooooo talented!!:):) Thanks for sharing the goods!:)

  32. Esther May says:

    As you say Wendy, Spindlecat has pretty tools to offer, but your shawl looks beautiful. I never touched Kauni but it looks soft…As far as the book is concerned, that pretty much describes me, “Laidback knitter” but I have no secrets. What? I swear, no secrets! 🙂
    Thank you Wendy for the chance to win.

  33. Love the scarf! And the book!

  34. That scarf looks wonderful I love it! I will definitely check out Esty for the markers! Thx for sharing!! you always have great knowledge!!! The book is wonderful too!!!

  35. I would love this book.

  36. Your Ruffles and Ridges project is so pretty, and is coming along nicely of course! Thanks for the chance to win “10 Secrets of the LaidBack Knitters: A Guide to Holistic Knitting, Yarn, and Life”! Sounds like a super, great read! Thank you!

  37. Oh, I would love to win ths interesting book.

  38. That is a book I’ve wanted since it came out.

  39. kathleen in wisconsin says:

    We would all like the book. But just one winner….good luck, everyone. Aren’t those little doo-dads fun? Our LYS has some nice things too, if you are ever in Delafield WI, stop in at KNitch. Nice shop, nicer people.

  40. The book looks good! And those stitch markers are just lovely – I’ll definitely have to check out the SpindleCat shop.

  41. How I would love to be “laid back” LOL — thanks for the giveaway~

  42. Barbara Petraske says:

    thanks to Vicky for allowing you and the RNG to offer a copy of the book to your readers, following with great interest your ruffle and ridges wrap —

  43. The book looks so interesting! Would love to have a copy.

  44. 10 Secrets looks like a fun read – I’d love to get my hands on a copy. And you’re right, Spindle Cat Studio has some Very Cool Stuff.
    Robin V´s last blog post ..A Spring Walk with Bonnie

  45. I already own this book so you don’t have to enter me, but I did have to comment because I have ordered from the Spindlecat Studio and LOVE everything, especially the pretty stitch markers! Fun, fun.

  46. Becca Jones says:

    I love a little philosophy with knitting patterns. I also will read any knitting book I can get my hands on!

  47. I don’t wind my yarn before hand. Usually 1/2 way through the skein when there’s knot in the middle of a cable. I’m just lazy though. 🙂
    Cleo´s last blog post ..Who I am

  48. The ruffles look fun! The book title is cute I love it as I practice holistic health care lol.
    Rachel´s last blog post ..Episode 9 – Gimme My Craft Room

  49. This book sounds great/ Thank you for your generousity.

  50. tracy van wormer says:

    I would love a copy of the book. And thanks for the look at pretty stitch markers…I will have to check them out. Love the ruffles and ridges pattern…can’t wait to see the Finished piece!

  51. Ginger Klein says:

    Why do they make you scroll all the way to the end of the comments to comment. Oy. I’m so lazy…..

  52. Went to the book website and it looks like a fun book. Thanks for the Spindlecat info. She has some cool things listed.

  53. Thanks for another great giveaway! Have been looking at this book and would love to win it.

  54. Sharon Rawls says:

    The scarf is lovely – can’t wait to see it finished. Sign me up for the book lotto!

  55. I NEED this book! I would love to be a laid-back knitter, but I’m fairly uptight having the difficult combination of being a perfectionist and having ADD! I think I knit three stitches for every stitch I deliver.

    Please, please, please.


    PS love to Lucy

  56. Love your beautiful ripple scarves. Thank you for a chance to win the book.

  57. Linda A Rollerr says:

    I. have wanted this book for a while, the great title say. It all.
    Rinebird on Rav

  58. Laid back knitting? What a great idea :). Always enjoy your progress and seeing Lucy!

  59. You must lead an exciting but very busy life receiving and reviewing so many books…knitting all those projects and working as well, PLUS keeping a house. WHEW…I am exhausted just thinking about it. The new book sounds very interesting reading as well as anthing else. Count me in.

  60. I would love to win the book! 🙂

  61. Sandra Kerr says:

    Love the colorway of the current project! Would also love the book.

  62. your new shawl looks beautiful! i would like to be entered in the drawing for the book, please. thank you for being such an inspiration and cheerleader to your fellow knitters.

  63. I love the scarf! Thanks for the chance to win. This looks like a great book to have!

  64. Ooh, that scarf looks luscious.

  65. Carol Louise says:

    I’m a bit of an obsessive compulsive knitter, so learning to be Laid Back could be a good thing!

  66. Love a copy! Enjoy all your tidbits and Lucy’s company.

  67. Annie Wilson says:

    Not that I have trouble being laid back, but a few extra pointers would help! As well as a few new patterns.

  68. Gosh, I’d love to win a copy, of course! And what a pretty ruffle! I wonder if it’s hard to do?
    Donna´s last blog post ..Knitting Socks

  69. I love that ruffle. Not too much, not too little. Perfect!
    pdxknitterati/MicheleLB´s last blog post ..Playing “Beat The Clock?”

  70. bionickristie says:

    That is a fabulous book! Saw it at a fiber festival and regretted not getting it!

  71. would love to be entered in the drawing
    thanks for the LaidBack chance!

  72. I’ve got some Kauni in my stash and you are inspiring me. Thanks for another opportunity to win a great book!

  73. I just finished going through my closet and selecting books I need to either sell, donate or recycle….so I shouldn’t even be thinking about this book….but I am. Love the title….and I do now have some extra space : )

  74. nice prize! and will you be offering the scarf pattern when it’s done??

  75. shawl looks great! i hope we all can be laid back knitters 🙂

  76. Thank you for the giveaway!

  77. Stephaine Reynolds says:

    I like this latest shawl you are knitting. Hope a pattern will follow.
    Oh, and yes, please, I would love the book, too!

  78. like the ruffles…and great pics of said scarf too!

  79. Wendy, you’re so generous with your gifts! That’s only one reason I can’t wait to read your newsletters. I love seeing what you have on your needles, what new toys you have and what Lucy has been up to.
    I would love a copy of the book, I checked the website and recognized some of the contributors. I’ve learned so much over the years by reading things from these very people. I have a booklet of Annie Modesit’s hat patterns and some day…..yes, some day….I will make myself one of those gorgeous hats.
    I’ll keep trying to win one of your give-a-ways…maybe I’ll get lucky this time.

    Lauren, Cassie and Zoe

  80. This looks like a fun book, and I’m definitely a laid back knitter.

  81. The book looks really interesting! Please pick me!

  82. Sounds like an interesting book! Love the shawl!

  83. Love the kauni projects
    Pls add me to book giveaway,


  84. Samantha says:

    What a cool book! And the drawing is on my bday, how can I not enter??

  85. That’s a great book. It would be nice to have a copy… ; )

  86. I’d love a copy! And yes, having pretty tools is pretty awesome. 😀
    Julia´s last blog post ..Random Thoughts About Stuff

  87. SusieQ100 says:

    This book has been on my wish list since it came out! I would really really love to win it!

  88. Ooh… I need to be more laid-back. Maybe the book would help! : )

  89. Enjoying your blog….I don’t call my tools –tools; I call then toys, because I like to play around with my knitting. The book sounds delightful.
    Leslie´s last blog post ..Scavenger Hunt Sunday –March 25

  90. I like to think I am a laid back knitter, though I could always use some new tips!

  91. So far it appears that you would need 184 books to satisfy everyone. Maybe some of us will have to buy it.
    The gradations in the yarns you have been using lately are so subtle and so beautiful.
    I am wondering if the past few creations you have made are heavy – since they are not only solid texture but garter stitch too. Aren’t they very, very warm? Or are they intended to be worn outdoors instead of in an office or home.

  92. Sally Miller says:

    I ‘d like the book, too. And I look forward to the blogs where you mention where to locate a specific yarn, pattern, or tool. I’m always looking for new recommendations & shops.

  93. Midnite Baker says:

    Read the synopsis at – just may have to buy this book, if I don’t win it.
    Love the color and shape your knitting is taking. M

  94. I think you are a very good enabler, i will be guying some stitch markers today!
    I love the ruffle on the shawl!!
    Hi to Lucy 🙂

  95. Amanda Underwood says:

    I love how the shawl is turning out. 🙂

  96. Love the scarf. I would like to win the book. It is on my wishlist

  97. This books sounds like a fun read! Would love to be a winner!

  98. Those are beautiful stitch markers 🙂

  99. Book looks like a great read. Thanks for the giveaway!!

  100. Jackie Wilson says:

    Very cute, I like the ruffle.