My current work in progress:

Sundew,by Martin Storey, knit from Rowan Softyak DK, using 3.25mm and 4mm 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. I would love to win this book with such beautiful patterns.

  2. Thank you for all of your contests….Please enter my name in this one.

  3. Donna C says:

    Love the rosa rubiginosa mittens!

  4. That book would be nice. Hope I win. Thanks.

  5. Candice Harris says:

    Thanks for the chance to win a very cool book. My needles and yarn are ready…..

  6. Cathy E says:

    Loving the patterns! These flowers will not aggravate my allergies. 🙂

  7. I can’t believe it’s time for the kal to start! I must go buy my pattern!

    The book looks great. If I don’t win I’m buying a copy for sure. Love the sock patterns!

  8. The book looks lovely; I would love a copy! Thanks so much for the awesome give-away.
    Michelle´s last blog post ..Post Possible?

  9. what a great concept for a book! love it! thanks for the chance to win
    stephanie´s last blog post ..Another beautiful day in the neighborhood….

  10. Carolyn says:

    What a lovely book! Is Lucy gathering her strength for a slew of blocking and FO shots?

  11. Jean Cannon says:

    Would love to win the book! Thanks for the opportunity.

  12. Victoria says:

    Fun book to have. Wonderful to see it in person.

  13. Cool book. Can never have enough socks!

  14. Beautiful patterns! This book is going on my wish list!

  15. Love the color way of the hat, great patterns! Thanks for offering it to your readers!

  16. I love everything Hunter does. This is no exception. Can’t wait to knit from this copy of the book should I be lucky enough to win.

  17. Jane Nearing says:

    Socks just make me feel lucky. and these are lovely.

  18. That book looks like one I NEED! ;>)

    Looking forward to the first clue in a few hours!

  19. galleygirl says:

    I’m with Lucy, I’m gonnah bulk up for long days of botanical knitting!

  20. Sharon M2 says:

    I’ve been ogling this book since I first heard about it, so would love to win a copy. Thanks for the give away.

  21. Oohh.. I love the narcissus pseudonarcissus socks. I would love to see what other curiosities are in the book.

  22. Beautiful socks; great pics. Thank you for the chance to win the book!!

  23. Tiffany Newman says:

    Love old botanical prints & knitting to boot? Awesome!

    Yarn is all caked for the KAL…

  24. I’d love to win this book. Please pick me!

  25. Gail Bryant says:

    This looks like my kind of book – so many socks. So little time. I would like to be entered in the drawing.

  26. Great designs and love the colors. Hope I’m the lucky one to win!

  27. I’d love a copy! It looks like a terrific book.

  28. looks like a great book – lots of projects for gift giving
    Jennifer´s last blog post ..May Free-Motion Quilting Challenge

  29. The pictures are great and the patterns sound interesting. AND I’m ready for the KAL

  30. What an interesting idea for a book! I’d love a copy!

  31. Melanie says:

    I love the color choices for the garments. Like Lucy, I am waiting for the KAL. Happy Summer.

  32. What an interesting theme for a knitting book! Different! It would be great to add this book to my collection of patterns. Thanks, Wendy.

  33. Kamilla Mazanec says:

    I looove those sock photos. Would love to give the book a good home.

  34. I LOVE botanical arts!!!! And to join knitting to botanical arts!!! I’m in heaven!!!

  35. Absolutely love the patterns! Would love to have a copy of this book!

  36. Martina says:

    What a fabulous lot of patterns! I just love the concept of socks plus… I’d love to have the book one way or another…

  37. Maybe this is the book that will bring me back to sock knitting!
    Word Lily´s last blog post ..Baby knits, part 2

  38. babsknits says:

    Love socks and would love a chance to win this book. On another note this my first post by Kindle.

  39. Love to make socks and would love this book Thanks

  40. What a fun idea for a pattern theme!!! I’d love to see more!!

  41. I love using patterns with clear inspiration from nature, and love knitting socks- what a great combination!

  42. Wow! Who wouldn’t want a copy??? Thanks for the pictures and review. 🙂

  43. Me me, Curiosity is my worst vice and all the pictures are so lovely…

  44. Love the look of the socks- hope some are toe up. Thanks for chance to win the copy.

  45. What pretty feet! Thanks for the chance to own this treasure!

  46. Ooooh! All the patterns you showed are lovely!

  47. Looks like lots of socks to knit up. Socks are great knits, plus I love the idea of plants as inspiriation. Thanks for the review!

  48. The patterns look lovely, and it’s time to start that Christmas knitting. This book is going on my Amazon wish list.

  49. Cori in KS says:

    Have just signed up for the Summer Solstice KAL, and realized I hadn’t read your blog in awhile…time to catch up!

  50. The socks look great. I’d love to make them.

  51. What beautiful projects the socks are gorgeous.

  52. I hadn’t even heard of this one but it looks nice. Can’t wait to start the shawl.

  53. I’m with you – love the green hat!
    Robin V´s last blog post ..I’ll Have Another

  54. What a beautiful book!

  55. inspiration from nature

  56. inspiration from nature!

  57. Ack! I’m still frantically spinning the yarn for my Summer Solstice Shawl. Don’t tempt me with beautiful distractions! But wow, these are gorgeous and I do have a degree in botany…

  58. Jean Gilmore says:

    I LOVE the sock patterns you show. Please throw my name in the hat for the drawing.

  59. Pretty, pretty. Thanks for the opportunity.
    Lori´s last blog post ..What Happened?

  60. I would love to be the winner for this beautiful book. I am entered in a drawing to win a copy of The Knitter’s Curiosity Cabinet by Hunter Hammersen

  61. I would absolutely love this book! Beautiful patterns

  62. This is the combination of the things I love the most, knitting and gardening. I would love to have it.
    Carol Durusau´s last blog post ..Dark Days Challenge

  63. What a treat! Looks like a super fun book and one that I would love to have.
    Thank you for your generosity for sharing.

  64. What a wonderful idea! The names and the pictures are great!
    liz.´s last blog post ..The Knitter’s Curiosity Cabinet

  65. As I was reading the first part of your post I figured nah!
    However, as I saw more and more of these sock patterns and the mitts
    This book should be right here in my Library.
    Wendy, I’m also very ready for our First Clue.
    Gerry´s last blog post ..Vodka Lemonade Sweater

  66. this looks like a lot of fun projects. the pictures are so great – I wish I could get a good picture of my swatch to enter that contest as well. I am running out of time!
    Wendy, thank you for sharing your creative talents with us. I am ready to start the KAL – I am trying beading for the first time on this one.

  67. I am a sucker for socks. They look challenging and fun. Helen

  68. Hunter’s socks are such fun to knit! I’d love to win the book.

  69. That book looks soooo amazing!

  70. Beautiful patterns! The colors used in the photos are so rich looking – and the patterns look fun to work! Thanks for the opportunity to win the book!!!

  71. Comment!

    (read: I love those patterns. Go random number generator, pick me!)

  72. Susan Shelly says:

    Looks like a great book! Glad Lucy is readying herself for the KAL! Me too;O))

  73. Betty Eliassen says:

    Lovely patterns and a good description. Add me to the bouquet.

  74. Catarina says:

    The book sounds really pretty! I want to make a good 5 or 6 patterns.

  75. I am in love.

    My first career was as a scientist because I grew up wanting to be Jacques Cousteau (if you are too young to remember him, he invented scuba and single person submersibles (called bathyscaphes) and had the coolest show on TV in the 60s and 70s). The Life Aquatic was a take-off on his relationship with his son Phillippe.

    Even though I moved to another career, I still love the biological world. I hope your random number generator chooses me.
    Jamie´s last blog post ..Spring fever

  76. Looks like an interesting book and I’d love to win a copy.
    Sarah´s last blog post ..Argh! Yarndage!

  77. Beautiful and interesting patterns!

  78. Those patterns look great. The fact that there’s sock patterns paired with other things is very nice and a very good presentation method in my opinion.

    Botanical illustrations are always very pretty and to see them reproduced is great.

  79. noallatin says:

    It looks like an interesting book. The pictures are gorgeous.

  80. Astroknot says:

    Wow, what a stunning and gorgeous book! I love socks and I love nature-based knitting; an excellent combination.

    Looking forward to the KAL!

  81. Carol MacInnis says:

    Beautiful photos of knitted pieces. Would love a copy of the book. Thanks for your blog and your books – I’ve learned a lot from Wendy Knits Lace!

  82. Nancy H. says:

    OH, I so love her designs. Had just discovered her designs recently and heard of the book.
    Love it! Thanks for sharing.

  83. Lovely book,have been working on socks lately. Thoroughly enjoy Lucy and her comments.

  84. I would love to get this book. Thanks for the opportunity
    Chris Reeske´s last blog post ..How to make the stretched star

  85. Would love the book.
    BTW-your photos of ‘bigger on the inside’ inspired my husband to teach himself lace knitting and make for our daughter, a huge dr. Who fan. He’s almost done. He mentioned that he was in awe of how quickly you completed yours.

  86. Debbie H says:

    Looks like a great book. I would love to win it.

  87. Wow, that looks like an amazing book. What a fabulous giveaway. On the KAL front, am I the only one still unsure of yarn choices at the eleventh hour?

  88. Lisa from western Mass says:

    Plant-based patterns — what a lovely idea! They’re beautiful. Thanks for your generosity with all of your giveaways!

  89. The book looks fabulous. I’d love to win!

  90. patricia says:

    Time for the KAL already! What happened?

    Looks like a great book!

  91. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of this book!

  92. OH !!!What an inspiration to pick out thhe yarn,pick up the needles – and create!!! And,yes,agree the photography is unusually descriptive and inspiring!

    Sandra in Colorado

  93. Pauline Storum says:

    wow – great teasers from the book! would love to win that!

  94. I love Hunter’s patterns!

  95. I love Hunter’s patterns!!!! Would love to have this book!

  96. Love Hunter’s patterns! Thanks for this contest. 🙂

  97. Cindy Ferver says:

    I love pattern books almost as much as I love yarn! I may have to buy this book if I don’t win it.

  98. What a clever book idea!

  99. That hat is lovely but those socks are extra pretty.

  100. Love books, and this one looks like it has such great projects in it. Keeping fingers crossed.
    Romona´s last blog post ..Lucy