My current work in progress:

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

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 bought a yarn caddy from Loopy Ewe when you mentioned it before. Really like it!
    With 5 granddaughters, I would love the book…

    Thanks Wendy. Your blog is the only one I read regularly.

  2. Our doll obsession is experiencing a growth spurt at the moment. They definitely need some knits to dress up for all our trips around town. 🙂
    Margot´s last blog post ..Growing up

  3. Looks like a great book to have to knit for the 18″ dolls. I know my GD would love having some of them – wait a minute – I mean all of them.

  4. That book sounds lovely! What a great idea for charity auction knitting! Am I using too many exclamation points? 🙂

  5. I would absolutely love a copy! My young nieces would LOVE to have some knitted doll clothes! I’d be a “Great” aunt! 😉

  6. I’d love to win the book – I’m already on a mission to find good patterns for my daughter’s AG dolls!

  7. Oh, my sister would love that book. She makes doll clothes semi-professionally and bemoans the lack of knitting time in her life. The projects in that book would be a great way for her to combine her interests.

    BTW large project bags are da Bomb: practical, reusable and tidy. I’ve got one for each major project.

  8. Betty Eliassen says:

    I’m sure Lucy is just being modest and would actually love to have a custom-knitted outfit – perhaps out of mouse fur.

  9. Perfect! I have doll clothes on my Knitting To-Do Christmas list for my granddaughter.

  10. Nancy Pinn says:

    What a hoot to knit doll clothing. My mother used to sew clothing for my dolls. She enjoyed it until I got my first Barbie. Years later she told me it would embarrass her no end to see Barbie naked on her sewing table. Thanks for another chance to win!

  11. Would love a copy of that book. I’m thinking doll clothes would sell at the LYS for Christmas gifts. Great idea.

  12. No! No! *I* want it! (can you hear the whining?) What fun to knit American girl doll clothes!

  13. You always have great ideas & products to share. Thanks for sharing once again!

  14. Marilyn Nance says:

    Looks like a fun book!

  15. I know a little girl or 4 that would love some doll clothes. What a great book!!

  16. I have a daughter who would be thrilled with this book – both for me to knit and for her to learn a little more knitting for her (actually her older sister’s) 18in doll.

  17. O. M. G. My daughters don’t know yet but they are getting American Girl dolls for Christmas and this book would be perfect for me to make clothes to go with the dolls!
    Jen´s last blog post ..This is Halloween, Halloween, Halloween…

  18. I hope to win the booklet to knit the doll clothes. My daughter loves to dress her doll!

  19. If I don’t win, I’m going to have to go find that book. My sister and I were so relieved that I had a baby girl so we know we have at least one girl to hand down our American Girl collection to. I can’t wait to make her clothes to go along with what she’s inheriting.

  20. The plaid square Caddy rocks! what is it,, must have one 🙂 hi lucy

  21. Kathleen C. says:

    I have been meaning to knit some clothes for my granddaughter’s doll–getting a book just might spur me into action!

  22. My 10 year old daughter would absolutely love the 18 doll patterns! She is becoming quite the proficient knitter and what better way to learn?!
    Alissa´s last blog post ..A Sporting Chance

  23. This would be great for me to start on some items for my hospital charity bazaar next year.

  24. My granddaughter would love knit clothes for her doll. Thanks for the review

  25. Is the Chic-a Knit Caddy the answer to the imponderable (to this point) question of why center-pull balls just don’t work out in real life? I have a swift and ball winder, too, but do my knitting from the outside because I’ve had too many UGLY entanglements to untangle as a result of wanting to pull from the center. Any other words of wisdom on this subject?

  26. Cindy Fuchs says:

    My granddaughters would love to dress up their dolls in these cloths!

  27. I would LOVE to win this book. With 4 granddaughters that love their American Girl dolls, I would be busy knitting outfits for them!

  28. My niece is getting a doll for Christmas and this would be great to make her some clothes to go with it.

  29. Debra Simon says:

    I would love to get this booklet! I have the 2 books they have offered for knit patterns for 18″ dolls, and have been working my way through them for my 2 granddaughters’ dolls.

  30. I’d love to have that book! I have an 18″ doll that I’d like to knit outfits for.

  31. I would love this book so I could knit outfits for my granddaughter’s American Girl doll. Hope you draw my entry. Thanks.

  32. Christine Brungardt says:

    My daughter is 10 and loves American Girl dolls.
    It will be interesting to see how many responses you get.
    You might find yourself a new book idea.

  33. 18 inch dolls are big around here. I’d love the book!

  34. I know a granddaughter that would love knits for her doll.

  35. Peggy aka PickleSoup on Rav says:

    What a cool way to get great lessons in an easy format!! My 10 and 7 year old knitting daughters would love this even more than me!!! Thanks so much for the chance. 🙂

  36. I’d love to knit these doll clothes for charity. I’ll buy a few 18″ dolls to wear the clothes, if I win the book.

  37. There’s something to be said about beautiful dolls clothes. I love the way these little clothes are so beautifully put together and the yarn colors used are lovely.
    Any little girl would love a doll dressed in such finery 🙂

  38. I could knit some doll clothes for the kindergarten classes at school. Would be fun!

  39. Of course, Lucy would look fabulous if she were to change her mind. But she looks fabulous regardless!
    Kris´s last blog post ..Baby Blanket, Baby Steps

  40. I would love the book, having a GD with 18″ dolls. Thanks again for your generous sharing.

  41. grace johnston says:

    I think I might get in just under the wire 😉

  42. I was just wondering where your friend L-B got the great caddy? I would love to have something like that to carry around with me.

  43. My wife loves knitting and I never thought alot about it, but I have to say. Knitting and crocheting creates some of the nicest things. You all have my respect.I love what you all are doing.