My current work in progress:

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


The Right Stuff

I firmly believe that you need to have the right tools to get any job done.

I have waxed lyrical in the past about my Signature Needle Arts needles, so I won’t repeat myself here. I have also gushed about my lovely Spindlecat Studio stitchmarkers.

Now check this out:

This is a Chic-a Single Yarn Caddy that I purchased from The Loopy Ewe. Pop your ball of yarn inside, pull the end through the eyelet in the top, and zip it closed. It keeps a center-pull ball tidy as you knit from it. I wind my yarn with swift and ballwinder into center-pull balls, but usually use the yarn from the outside of the ball to keep it from collapsing in on itself once I’ve used half the ball. The yarn caddy keeps it from collapsing. It also keeps it out of the paws of inquisitive kitties. (I’m not naming names here.) You can get caddies that hold 2 and 3 skeins of yarn at a time too — great for colorwork!

I’ve got another caddy working for me:

My buddy L-B gave this to when we got together at the beginning of this month. Now I don’t know how I managed without it. It’s great for carrying my knitting around the house. Not only my knitting — when I’m ready to move to another room, I can toss in my phone, my iPad, a water bottle, and anything else I might need. And I only have to make one trip!

I’ve got a good part of the right side front of my jacket completed, by the way:

Book Review

The other day I was sent a new booklet for review from Annie’s Knitting:

This is Easy How-To Techniques for Simply Stylish 18″ Dolls by Andra Knight-Bowman. It includes patterns for seven outfits for (you guessed it) 18″ dolls.

The cool thing about this book is that each pattern includes a lesson for a different technique — knitting in the round, jogless stripes, cables, etc. So as you knit you can learn new techniques, or brush up on ones you already know. I think these doll clothes would make great gifts for little girls who have the dolls of course, as well as being hot items for a charity sale or raffle.

I’m giving away my review copy. Who’d like it? To be entered into the drawing to receive my copy, please leave a comment on this blog post by 11:00am Eastern time on Sunday, November 18, 2012. I’ll draw a comment an random to receive the booklet.

Lucy seems pleased that I have no plans to knit little outfits for her.



  1. I’d love to win that book and then gift it to my knitting pre-teen daughters for christmas!
    Lucy W´s last blog post ..Sweater Done

  2. I’d would to win the book and be able knit cute clothes for my doll collection. And Lucy is super cute!

  3. I’m in. My daughter is a fan of dolls and doll clothes. 🙂

  4. Ooh. Doll clothes with some style! I would love to win a copy.

  5. I have a super friend who has a little who is SMACK into the AG dolls right now. She’d love to get this. 😀

  6. DCAlaneKnits on Rav says:

    I’ve just been winging it usually, when I try to knit something for my DD’s AG dolls. What a great way to learn new techniques, on small projects! I would love that book. So would the DDs and the AGs.

  7. I love the right tools for the job, too-very cool way to keep what you need right at hand.

    As for the book-it would be a perfect gift for my grand daughter who is American Girl Doll crazy and also crazy for knitting! Thanks!
    Cindy in FL´s last blog post ..NY Project Line Up

  8. Would love to win that book! I am making doll blanket and clothing for my granddaughter for Christmas!


  9. Fun fun fun! Yes please. 🙂

  10. Would love to win this book to give to my sister, who adores her granddaughter’s American Girl dolls and loves to knit for them!

  11. Ooo for the win with 3 daughters and 2 (soon to be 3 we think) nieces this would be awesome!

  12. Wow, I doll clothes knitting book that I DON’T have! Amazing! I knit and sew doll clothes to donate to a Christmas Toy shop locally where our Auxiliary group gives away 600 dolls a year. I go through lots of patterns, so please count me in for your drawing.
    Penny´s last blog post ..The Right Stuff

  13. I can see a wardrobe for the granddaughter’s dolls under the Christmas tree. Fantastic!

  14. I’d love to make clothes for my nieces’ dolls!

  15. Please let it be me.

  16. I’d love the book.

  17. Would love to win the book – looks like a lot of fun!

    Your aran jacket is turning out beautifully! I may have to invest in some cormo wool.

  18. My granddaughter would love to make those beauties for her dolls!

  19. What a cute book! Perfect for all the dolls we have at home.

  20. I figure if I knit for granddaughters — one day I will have some (but not until my kids get thru College, please!).

  21. I saw that single yarn caddy, pretty cool, ehh, on Loopy Ewes site. Was the other caddy there too? I’m always using a pretty grocery tote bag to transport yarn, instructions, water, snacks to whereever I’m going to sit and work.

  22. Santa’s bringing my kiddo an AG doll for Christmas, and both she and I knit, so this would be perfect!

  23. Would love to win the book. I have some 18″ dolls who need clothes! 😉

  24. I have the same single yarn caddy (as well as the bag with the caddy built into the bottom). The book looks awesome! Thanks for the chance.

  25. Okay, so where can we find the other cool little tote? Inquiring minds want to know! Thanks, Wendy 🙂

  26. I would love that book to knit for my grand-daughter’s dolls.

  27. Like it or not, I think Lucy would look fabulous in that capelet..

  28. My Daughter is a huge fan of 18″ dolls and I have found that the outfits also fit her newborn doll! I have made several with sewing patterns from the web but have not seen many patterns for knitted outfits. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  29. I would love to win this book. I would enjoy making clothing for my granddaughter’s American Girl doll. It would be great to make them matching items. Thank you for the opportunity.

  30. well my niece won’t put her little girl in the hand knits I have made for the little girl, maybe the little girl will put hand knits on her dolls, ‘eh? Thanks for the opportunity!

  31. Suzie Picciano says:

    Would love to win this for my Grandaughter.

  32. grrlgeek42 says:

    OMG! I would love this book! I love knitting doll clothes for my daughter and step-daughter and this would boost my collection of patterns!
    grrlgeek42´s last blog post ..Cross Stitch

  33. What a great post Wendy, so many cool things. I love that bag for the skiens of yarn. I am going to check that out for sure. I like you love my signature needles. Many of my friends don`t see why they are the best needles ever. But I use mine for everything. That book is super cool I have nieces that would love to have doll colthles for Taylor, Amiee, and Sara.

  34. Awwww! Cute clothes! I would love to win this! Such cute patterns! Thank you Wendy! The cabled jacket is looked really nice! I am doing a sweater for my grandson in cables. They are fun to do! Give Lucy a big hug from me!

  35. I thought the yarn caddy interesting. I have been thinking about getting one. The book on doll clothes would be fun. Thanks for the opportunity.

  36. Knits from this book would wow the three little granddaughters!

  37. Oh-I would love to twin the book. With 5 granddaughters and multiple dolls, it would be a blessing!

  38. My granddaughter is getting a doll from us for Christmas. This would be great to make her doll some outfits. Thanks for the chance to win

  39. I’d love a chance to win the book!

  40. Wow, how perfect. My grandaughter just got McKenna and has already requested knitted clothing for the doll.
    Thanks for the chance to win.

  41. Ronnie Granade says:

    I am giving my granddaughter her first American Girl doll for Christmas and I was planning on knitting clothes for the doll. This book would just be the ticket for that endeavor.

  42. Carol Harrison says:

    Please enter me in the guve away! I jsut picked up McCalls pattern M6669. And my first thought seeing the leggings sewn up in knit fabric was, “I will make a pair and then use them to size some hand knitted ones!” And have plans to use the finished hoodie to make a knitting pattern.

    These look like fun!

  43. This looks like some fun knits for my granddaughter’s dolls

  44. I have a grandaughter now so I’m planning ahead!

  45. My daughters would squeal if I knit for their dolls. At least it would be faster then knitting for them.

  46. Kristina Peters says:

    What a great way to try new techniques and make something for a little girl’s doll.

  47. I’d love the book. I’ve enjoyed knitting some doll clothes for my daughter. The patterns look great.

  48. What a great book! I think this may be the sort of book that might inspire my daughter to try knitting, and I’d love to try the patterns myself.
    Jennifer´s last blog post ..Travel knitting

  49. Vicki Johnson says:

    Thank you for keeping this knitter inspired with all your designs and sharing your projects. The doll clothes look like fast, fun knits!

  50. The yarn caddy is real neat. The book is cool also.

  51. I would love this book! Santa is sending an 18″ baby doll for Christmas and I would love to be the perfect elf and help dress her for my granddaughter Teegan!

  52. Pick me – pick me – pick me- for the adorable 18-inch doll outfit book! Thank you!!

  53. That is a way cool book. I would regift it to one of a number of young ladies I know….!
    Robin V´s last blog post ..Squirrels and Husbands

  54. The new book looks intriguing. My lovely grand-daughter would have such fun if I knit her doll lots of goodies for the holidays!

  55. That book would come in handy with all the girls I know (I have 3). I am SO glad to hear that you will not be knitting little outfits for Lucy. Her usual attire is perfect!

  56. Susan Shelly says:

    What is the name/brand of the big caddy? Love it! Always love to see what you are working on too;O))

  57. It feels so wonderful when one is organized…! Cute doll clothes…awesome. May even fit preemies??

  58. Artemidorus says:

    I have three granddaughters (one of whom is learning to knit) who would love it if I won that book!

  59. Great way to learn new techniques….I would love copy of the book.

  60. Thank you for your generosity! My daughter still loves her American Girl (and other 18″) dolls so this would be great!

  61. Carol-Louise says:

    This is an exciting book! I have a 6 year old Great Niece and I love knitting small pieces. I’ve done more than 60 pr of fingerless mitts back when they weren’t even popular , just a very functional item for craftsment who do outdoor shows in the fall. So I’d love to try the patterns in this new book… Thanks

  62. too cute 18″ doll patterns, love to have it to knit for my daughter’s dolls.

  63. I’d love to win the book – my daughters have dolls! Thank you.

  64. Hi, I would not have any use for the doll clothes book, so please don’t include my name in the drawing. I’d like to see it put to good use. I am writing instead about information on your wonderful knit caddy, it looks perfect and I’ve been looking and looking. Can you tell me where your friend got it from?


  65. My 8 year old would love for me to win this book. It might give me another chance to teach her to knit…

  66. Oooooh! Love the caddies! And my nine year old would just love it if her Mama won the book, since she has amassed a collection of knock off American Girl dolls. 🙂

  67. love the organization! (and the book)

  68. Lynne in Florida says:

    That little book would sure come in handy around here – I have an honorary granddaughter who craves doll clothes. I like the Chic-a bags, keepers, etc., but will never buy one – my limited dollars get spent on yarn, not fancy stuff to keep it in.

  69. Oh – I have the perfect little girl and her doll to knit a few outfits for.

  70. I’d love to win a copy of that book to knit for my own doll, Rebecca. And to learn as I go…..

  71. I have another of Ms. Bowman’s doll patterns collections and think they are really great. lease put my name in the hat for this one!

  72. Have a doll-loving little girl and would LOVE that book!

  73. Judy Morin says:

    With 4 DGD’s, I *need* this book to help them learn more than the basics. I don’t live near an of them, but I’m rying to teach them (long distance), the love of creating with their own hands.

  74. I am loving all the jackets you are making lately, and I love the doll clothes book. I’ve made a few doll sweaters for my granddaughter and would love to try my hand at more. I’m a fairly new knitter and could use some lessons in new techniques.

  75. Oh my goodness! i would love to have this book! I have 4 daughters. 2 that knit and would love to knit for their dolls!

  76. Looks like a fun book and timely with the holidays quickly approaching.

  77. My knitting daughter would so enjoy knitting these for her little sister! Thanks for the giveaway!

  78. I would love to make some clothes for my friend’s daughter’s American Girl Doll!

  79. Love 18 inch dolls! And small knitting projects!

  80. My Lester has no Interest in yarn. However, any Addi circular needle left in view is fair game for a wrestling match.

  81. hawknitr13 says:

    little doll clothes seem a perfect fit for leftover yarn!! lovely, up-to-date styles i assume!!!
    ^)^ linda

  82. Thanks for reviewing the yarn caddy & the book. I might actually be able to interest my non-knitter daughter if we had the book! Not that she’s into dolls, but we do have two cats…one of which goes “tharn” when we put hats on him; imagine how much fun he’d be in a sweater.
    CeltChick´s last blog post ..Cute overload

  83. My grandmother used to knit doll clothes. What a wonderful tradition- and with new styles!

  84. I’d love the book! I have a couple nieces, and daughters of friends that these would be great for! And doll clothing seems to be something I might actually get done!! LOL
    Lee Cockrum´s last blog post ..It is hard to think of what I will never be

  85. I would love the book!

  86. Hi Wendy,

    Love watching the progress of your beautiful projects, as well as Lucy’s perspective 🙂
    I would really enjoy being able to give dd some Christmas presents from this book… and maybe tempt her to work on some too, thereby achieving my ultimate goal of turning her into a knitter 😉

  87. I would love to win this book! My daughters have several 18″ dolls, and my older daughter is an avid knitter. She would love to own a copy of this book.

  88. Knits from that book would thrill my daughter for her little Emmy doll.

  89. I would adore the book–I have several small nieces, and lots of dolls to knit for!

  90. Lovely book and my nieces would appreciate it if I won!

  91. I would love this book!
    turtleknits´s last blog post ..New Recipies to Try

  92. Bridgette W says:

    I’d love to knit the doll outfits!

  93. What fun! I’ve always loved dolls and have knit clothes for my Barbies and my daughter’s Cabbage Patch. Would like to knit for 18″ dolls and to learn new techniques for each outfit. Thanks!

  94. I would love to have the book. My g-daughters have AM Girl dolls

  95. I’m so gonna have to check out those caddy’s…..I tried to make one out of an ice cream container and it works but not for 3 skeins of yarn.
    brandi´s last blog post ..Update on Ray

  96. I have two little granddaughters who would be so pleased if Nana knit something for their dolls.

  97. Crossing my fingers you pick me!

  98. With umpteen granddaughters and grandnieces in the doll stage, this book would be a God-send, LOL. And then of coure, there are my own dolls and the churh charity sale . . . lots of reasons to love this book.
    And your sweater is really looking good, you sewem to get SO much done.

  99. 18″ – that would be a relief after the Barbie clothes that I have been knitting for our Holiday Craft Fair. BTW Lucy your Momma is very creative so don’t be surprised if one day……!

  100. Deena Crossett says:

    Awesome, my three grandgirls would love these clothes for their dolls. And it’s funny, I’ve been considering the first bag that you featured, the Chic-a Single Caddy and now that I’ve seen it here, it’s going on my Christmas list…or maybe 3 of them :).