My current work in progress:

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


The Knitter’s Curiosity Cabinet

I have in my possession a review copy of  The Knitter’s Curiosity Cabinet by Hunter Hammersen.

As it says on the cover, this book has 20 patterns inspired by vintage botanical illustrations. Ten different botanical illustrations are represented (and reproduced) in the book, and for each one, there are two patterns: a sock pattern, and a non-sock pattern: mitts, a hat, a cowl, or a shawl.

The cover socks (see above photo) are chysanthemum frutescens, and there is also a chysanthemum frutescens hat:

(This pattern really caught my eye because of the gorgeous green yarn used: Traveller by Verdant Gryphon in the “Ireland” colorway.)

These socks are crocus vernus:

And narcissus pseudonarcissus socks:

And linaria bipartita socks

One of the patterns for mitts is rosa rubiginosa:

As you can see, the photography is lovely, and each pattern is accompanied by several photos of the item. The charts are large and clear and there is an excellent key to the symbols used in the front of the book.

The patterns are for the most part sized in 2 or 3 different sizes (one cowl is 4 sizes and one shawl is 1 size only) so you can fit pretty much everyone. You could bet a lot of gift knitting covered with the patterns in this book.

Hunter sent me a review copy and very kindly offered to send a copy to one of my readers as well. Who would like a copy?

To be entered in a drawing to win a copy of  The Knitter’s Curiosity Cabinet by Hunter Hammersen, please leave a comment on this blog post by 11:00am Eastern time on Sunday, June 24, 2012. I’ll use the Random Number Generator to choose a lucky recipient then.

Summer Solstice Mystery Shawl

Are you ready? Got your needles? Got your yarn? The first clue for the 2012 Summer Solstice Mystery Shawl will be released in a few short hours!

Lucy can hardly contain her excitement!

“A KAL? I gotta bulk up!”




  1. Pretty patterns and I LOVE the color of that hat!

  2. What a delightful concept for a book! I look forward to seeing it, if not from winning this contest, at the library or bookstore.

  3. Your narrations of Lucy crack me up!

  4. Savannagal says:

    I bought this book and it is delightful. I would love to win a copy to give to a friend. Thanks for the contest.

  5. Kristen says:

    These patterns look absolutely lovely. Thank you for the opportunity for a contest.

  6. Barbara S. says:

    The patterns you have shown look great.

  7. Oooooo, what luscious designs! And my Ravelry queue grows ever longer….
    Laura´s last blog post ..Yarn as a souvenir

  8. Barb Runcie says:

    I agree with Leslie. The captions are so Lucy-like.

  9. I love these patterns! Thanks for the giveaway.
    Joyatee´s last blog post ..Inspiration during these Tribulations

  10. That book looks great! I would love it!

  11. This book would be perfect for me, I work in a garden store!

  12. When is Lucy getting her own book?

  13. I love the linaria bipartita socks!

  14. Me! Me! Pick me! *Waves hand wildly a la Hermione Granger*

  15. Interesting concept! Looks like a nice variety of lace styles and item types.

  16. Kristie says:

    This sounds like a fantastic book!

    And I can’t wait to start the KAL!

  17. I love knitting socks! I am always looking for new patterns so this would be great. Looking for ward to the start of the KAL!!!!

  18. Very cool designs!
    Angela´s last blog post ..Doh!

  19. Lovely patterns. I’d like to try them.

  20. Danielle says:

    Oh maybe if I can’t keep flowers alive I can at least make some items inspired by them. I love that book I have to order for the library’s knitting collection.

  21. That looks like an interesting book. Please throw my name in the hat!

  22. That looks like an amazing book. Please throw my hat in the ring! I haven’t won anything on your blog in years. Maybe I’m “due”. 🙂

  23. Lovely book, I keep looking at it longingly on Ravelry.

  24. Jennifer B says:

    This looks like my kind of book! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  25. this looks so lovely, please count me in for the drawing.
    best wishes from Iceland
    Fríða´s last blog post ..FO nr 47/2012

  26. NANCY WENBERG says:

    Sounds like a delightful book and one that I could definitely use.

  27. I must have that book!

  28. Love Hunter’s patterns!

  29. Lynne in Florida says:

    Ooooooh …… shiny ….. SOCKS!

  30. I love Hunter’s patterns, I must have that book!

  31. This book looks Yummy!

  32. Jody H. says:

    It sounds like it could be a sci-fi knitter story!

  33. Melissa says:

    Thanks for having a giveaway – this looks like a great book!

  34. What beautiful photos from that book! Looks lovely, and I could certainly use that book!

  35. Interesting socks and I agree that the photography looks good (loving the green hat). Might have to look if the book’s available via
    Christine´s last blog post ..A Flumpy Week

  36. Barbara says:

    What a beautiful book! I wold love to win a copy. Thanks, Barbara

  37. Leah W. says:

    That looks like a great book!! Consider me entered.

  38. Minimerlin says:

    I love those purple socks! And I am soooo excited for the KAL!!

  39. The book looks really good. And Lucy is so cute!!

  40. Marilyn Nance says:

    Love the purple socks! I would love to have a copy–mn

  41. Tina Russell says:

    This looks like a gorgeous book!

  42. This looks like a wonderful book. Please include me in the drawing.

  43. Lovely! I really like the sock patterns you highlighted.

  44. Oh, I have heard such wonderful things about this book and have heard Hunter Hammersen on a number of Podcasts.
    I’d LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to win!!!
    Deb´s last blog post ..Knit, Swirl!!!!

  45. I’d love to win a copy of this wonderful book.

  46. Wow, what a idea! I LOVE botanical illustrations!

  47. Those are some gorgeous patterns. Even if I don’t win a free copy there will be one on my shelf soon!

  48. cannot wait to see clue 1!

  49. This book looks AMAZING! *fingers crossed*

  50. I would love to knit something from this book!

  51. Sounds like an amazing book. I would love to win.
    YuLian´s last blog post ..Pattern: Honeycomb Twist Socks

  52. The book looks like it is a keeper. I love the patterns you showed.


  53. Looks as if this is a beautiful book that would fit quite nicely on the shelf next to your books. I’d be very happy to receive this just in time for vacation 😀

  54. Courtney says:

    This looks so awesome, and reminds me of a class I took on wunderkammers and other sorts of curiosity cabinets. Those socks all look gorgeous!

  55. Pick me!

  56. Love the peak into this book. You are right, it seems to be full of projects for gifting.

  57. What a curious looking book, no pun intended. As a frustrated botanist, the patterns intrigue me.

  58. Thanks for the giveaway! The patterns look gorgeous!

  59. No, Lucy, it’s a Knit-along, not a Kibble-along!

    I love Hunter’s design sensibilities.
    sprite´s last blog post ..into the stacks: hatchet

  60. Looks like a really nice book and the pictures show really nice projects.

  61. Those are really pretty!!

  62. Thank you Hunter Hammersen for donating a copy to give away! and thank you Wendy for doing so!
    LisaDP´s last blog post ..Easter knitting

  63. Rachel B. says:

    Me please!

  64. I’ve never made any Hunter patterns but they look lovely. I’ll give the book a good home!

    kb (aknitontheside on rav)

  65. Katie Lynn says:

    How pretty! I especially like that hat. I’ve been looking for some hat patterns as of late and that one is really eye catching!

  66. Those are really lovely patterns, I would love to have that book.

  67. Carolyn says:

    Looks like beautiful patterns!

  68. Nancy Jo Clark says:

    I love it! I will definitely have to add it to my sock book library!

  69. Kathleen Ball says:

    I am looking forward to the first clue for the KAL!!!

  70. How nice of you (as usual!). Looks like a great book.

  71. I love Hunter’s patterns so I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed. 😉

  72. kathleen in wisconsin says:

    Another collection for my que.HOw do you choose just one?
    Love the botanical themed socks!

  73. Divissa says:

    Those patterns are lovely! Though not as lovely as Lucy, obviously.

  74. What a wonderful prize. Pick me, please.

  75. Yes, I’d like to win a copy.

  76. This looks like a really neat book!
    Joy´s last blog post ..Growing

  77. What a very cool book! I will keep an eye out for it.

    Thanks for the fun blog reading, BTW. I’ve been lurking for quite a while.

  78. Debbie S. says:

    I love botanical-themed items, especially ones with leaves. This book looks fun and I’d love to win. Thanks, Wendy (and Lucy).

  79. Marie-france says:

    That looks like just the book for me! Please!

  80. Oh, sign me up please. I would love to have a copy of that book (I’ll bet Lucy would want me to have ti also…teehee). Thanks.

  81. Beautiful. Thanks for the chance to win a copy! –Best, Kelli Ann in Sutton QC
    kelli ann´s last blog post ..C’est la fin…

  82. I would love a copy of the book! It looks like so much fun!

  83. I love botanical illustrations, and socks and all that other stuff too.
    Laura Conrad´s last blog post ..News of the week of June 12, 2012

  84. This sounds fantastic! I’m so excited for the KAL by the way!

  85. Tanglegirl says:

    Beautiful book! Hi Lucy!

  86. The book looks great! I’d love the free copy, of course…

    Also… I can’t wait for part one of the KAL to be released!!! I’ll be sleeping with the needles under my pillow like cops in the movies do with their guns!!

  87. Beth Gray says:

    Ooohhh, holiday knitting FTW!

  88. i’m waiting on pins and knitting needles for the KAL….and as for the book?? please oh please oh please!!!

  89. I’m curious to see all the patterns, hope I win!

  90. oOOooo pICK ME !!!! I should really look into the knit along but i’ve been so bad lately on my knitting but maybe…………….

  91. Kate/Massachusetts says:

    Thanks for the chance to win a copy of the book! I really like that hat, too, and the socks are just amazing! Scritches to Lucy!

  92. DebrafromMD says:

    I love the patterns that you have shown from the book. Would love to win it. But the more importantly, is it the 20th yet? It has to be somewhere in the world.

  93. Love the mittens! Beautiful book, would love to own a copy.

  94. Diana C says:

    Add me to the list for the drawing of the book.
    Thanks for the opportunity.

  95. What a great idea for a book. I love botanical illustrations. Thanks for the competition. Woolpiggy (Rav)

  96. Sarah Taylor says:

    Wants! I love patterns based on plants. Loves it!

  97. CraftyAshley says:

    Looks very cute!

  98. What beautiful patterns! I would love that book!
    Susan´s last blog post ..dearest grandbaby

  99. Darlene says:

    I would love to receive a copy a this nook. The pictures are beautiful!

  100. Darlene says:

    I would love to receive a copy a this book. The pictures are beautiful!