My current work in progress:

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


Day Before Thanksgiving

It is the day before Thanksgiving and I have completed my Aran Jacket.

I joined the shoulders and attached the sleeves using a three-needle bind-off.

I picked up stitches around the neck and knit a neckband.

I used 8.5 skeins of Elsa Wool Cormo woolen-spun worsted weight in the medium grey colorway and U.S. size 8 (5mm) needles.

Knitting Tote

A number of you asked where my buddy L-B got the knitting tote I showed in my blog a couple of posts ago. I asked, and here is the response:

It came from one of those companies like Tupperware and Longaberger where you order from a rep’s catalog. The one my coworker had was called Thirty-One.

I checked and found  a website for Thirty-One here:


I recently received a review copy of this book:

This is One + One: Hats: 30 Projects from Just Two Skeins by Iris Schreier. It contains 30 patterns for a range of very cute hats by 20 different designers, each of which take only 2 skeins of yarns. The hats use a variety of techniques — they range from simple knit/purl combos, to lace, to texture, to colorwork.

A few of my favorites:

“Bobble Hat,” designed by Laurie Kimmelsteil, combines simple colorwork with texture.

“Slip Stitch Hat” by Lynn M. Wilson is knit from a luxury cashmere blend and uses slip stitches to form the pretty colorwork design.

“Chevron Fair Isle Hat” by Heather Walpole teams a variegated yarn with a solid in a pretty slouchy style.

Hats are great quick knits and make great gifts. You can whip up a few holiday gifts from the patterns in this book and warm some deserving heads.

Who would like my review copy?

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 25, 2012. I’ll draw a comment an random to receive the booklet.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone who celebrates. I think Lucy is thankful for sunny spots in which to nap.

She does have the cutest little feet, doesn’t she?


  1. Some of those hats look perfectly lovely!

  2. PAW FLOOF! 🙂

    happy thanksgiving to you and the KOARC and LUCY and L-B!
    anne marie in philly´s last blog post ..Key Lime Pie (for Bob)

  3. The aran sweater looks wonderful. Perhaps there is finally a hat that might look good on me. One can hope. Happy Thanksgiving holiday to one and all. I wonder if anyone has ever knit a sweater for a turkey? I know they exist for chickens in the UK.

  4. The universe works in mysterious ways. I had just come across this book thinking, oooooh, this would be great to get, but the budget has been blown on knitting books. And here you are. Would love to win this book. Happy Thanksgiving 🙂

  5. Wendy, you are such an inspiration. Happy Thanksgiving.
    Hugs to you and Lucy,

  6. Great hats – just finished WoolyWormhead’s mystery KAL and I heard she has some patterns in the book too!

  7. Savannagal says:

    Your jacket turned out great. Thanks for the book giveaway. One can never have too many patterns for hats. Hats make such great gifts.

  8. The Aran jacket looks nice.

  9. I’m all about knitting hats and could use some new patterns. Thanks for having this give away.

  10. Happy Thanksgiving. The hat book looks wonderful. Throw my “hat” into the ring.

  11. I’ve been on a hat binge lately. I could use some new patterns. That book looks great! Absolutely lovely jacket, as usual. You really have a gift.

  12. What a beautiful jacket! I hope you wear it lots and people can see what a fantastic knitter you are! Fingers crossed to win the hat book! Happy Thanksgiving to you and Lucy!

  13. Your aran jacket is simply stunning! Congratulations!
    Barbara Seiver´s last blog post ..A magnificent cat

  14. Thanks, AM in Philly! 🙂

  15. I am always amazed at your generosity! I love your honest reviews and they often help me to decide what books to purchase.

  16. Your Aran Jacket is beautiful! I do like the hat book too!

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Wishing you blessings and rest.

  17. Beautiful jacket!

    A good thanksgiving to all at chez Wendy.

  18. That sweater is gorgeous! And I could just about die from paw floof cuteness overload! Thanks for sharing your copy, and I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  19. Yup! Lucy has the cutest little feet!
    Would love your hat book-
    Happy Thanksgiving

  20. Lucy has great feet and the book would be just what I need – hats are the gift I am knitting this year.
    Jennifer´s last blog post ..A Day With a Few Friends

  21. So few comments. How bizarre! The book looks interesting. Thanks!

  22. Great job on your jacket! Please pick me to win the book.
    Maggie´s last blog post ..On the Needles Friday Nov 16, 2012

  23. your jacket is gorgeous, and I would love to be in the drawing for that hat book.
    best wishes from Iceland
    Fríða´s last blog post ..Nye projekter / New projects

  24. Gorgeous Jacket, cool looking book (pick me!!!!), and adorable kitty paws!

  25. Bonsoir,
    Lucy is so cute ! Is she a holly burmese ? I would like to see her eyes.
    Thanks for the give-away.
    And bravo for the Aran !

  26. Happy Thanksgiving! I hope Lucy gets to enjoy some turkey tomorrow. My cat will.

  27. happy turkey day! May lucy have dra=eams of turkey livers! cool looking book

  28. Wish I could do a sweater but it seems to be a bigger committment than marriage……….so I stick to mittens, hats and, once in awhile, socks! Happy Holidays.

  29. Some beautiful looking hats! Have a very Happy Thanksgiving and may you find time for knitting!

  30. Your sweater is beautiful. I would love to win the book. Thanks for a chance!

  31. Happy Thanksgiving (and thanks for giving to us all year long!)

  32. PATRICIA RATAJ says:

    In the past 3 months I have become enthralled with hats of all kinds. I’ve made close to 30, and have given away/sold most of those. This book seems to have a lot of interesting patterns. Hope I win.

  33. the jacket is beautiful, and looks warm! I have been on a hat kick lately and am always looking for new ideas!
    Jeanie´s last blog post ..Reflections

  34. Don’t you just love it when their fur pokes through between their little paw pads?

  35. Sue hansen says:

    Your jacket is so beautiful! I am just love the look of cables and starting my own sweater! I love the hat book and you are so wonderful with sharing of your gifts!

  36. Sandra Kerr says:

    Yay! Hats!

  37. It’s great that you live in a climate where you can wear so much wool! Out here in the desert all one needs in the winter is a nice hat and jacket!

  38. Your cable work is as beautiful as your color work!
    P.S. I don’t like the hat photos in your post from Iris’s new book – maybe she put in some for people like my family who don’t like their hair flattened by the tight fitting hats. 🙂

  39. Happy Thanksgiving! Your aran jacket is beautiful.

  40. kitteh paws!!! adorable!!! would love a chance at the book!

  41. Love how your jacket turned out! Some day… can wish! Happy Thanksgiving to all! A hat book would be greatly appreciated!

  42. The jacket is just beautiful. My daughter has been requesting a hat so this book would be so very handy.

  43. Love the aran Cardi…looks great, and thanks for letting me join in the Hats Book Giveaway…Rose

  44. Beautiful Sweater, Cute Cat Feet, Great Book

  45. Barbara Boyle says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and Lucy! Your Aran sweater is mindboggling!!!

  46. My cat’s feet smell like Fritos: warm and toasty and a little earthy. (Does”warm” have an aroma?)
    I wonder if Miss Lucy’s do, too.

  47. Your jacket looks great. Would love to have the hat book.
    Thanks, Happy Thanksgiving

  48. Your sweater/jacket is gorgeous, such detail! I am into hats…maybe me…?!

  49. Happy Thanksgiving Wendy and Lucy! I would love to receive the hat book.
    Wendy, your cardigan is gorgeous. It boggles my mind how you can knit so fast, and everything you make is so beautiful.

  50. Oh yes, please enter me in the drawing. Hats are great gift projects, and I’m always looking for new, unique, charming hat patterns.

    The Aran jacket is beautiful. I’m just finishing up a cabled hat called Naughty (or maybe Knotty) but Nice, and its cable design is a bit like yours. It is the third one I’ve made from this pattern, and each gets a little easier and more familiar. I should make it my goal to complete the next one without a single frogged stitch, but I am quite a distance from that place currently.

  51. I love the Aran jacket! I’d love a chance to win the book.

    Happy Thanksgiving Wendy and Lucy!

  52. I love the jacket. If you publish the pattern I may just have to make it. The hats look perfect for my daughters.

  53. I wanna knit hats!! Your sweater is beautiful, Santa may have to bring me some of that yarn!

  54. caroline aka FiberTribe says:

    Born-with mittens!

  55. Sylvia Jordan says:

    Happy thanksgiving. And thanks for sharing your review copy. I’d love to have it!

  56. Kris Peters says:

    I love to make hats!

  57. Am in real need of some great hat patterns. This would be perfect! Thanks! And Happy Thanksgiving!

  58. Thanks for the generous give-away! I’m in awe of your knitting speed. Your sweater looks comfy cozy. Lucy’s paws are a lot furrier than my cat’s, but she’s a short-hair sweetie.

  59. I would love the book. Then my mom can knit me even more hats!

  60. 1. Your jacket looks great… I love the concept of heavy knitwear as outerwear, especially in the wind and light snow.

    2. I also love Lucy’s toe feathers… Makes me miss my kitties of years past.

    3. I’d love to win a hat book – I’m not done with my Christmas hats yet and need inspiration badly.

    Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you share a petite serving of turkey with gravy with Lucy. I had a cat who loved yams (see 2 above).

  61. That is one of the more beautiful coats you’ve knitted. The finishing is exquisite and the Aran patterns is not overly dense. Very nice – thanks for sharing.

  62. Lynne in Florida says:

    That jacket is fabulous. Beautifully designed and knitted.
    Yeah, I’d like a whack at the book.
    Yes, she does have cute (and very furry!) feet, not to mention all the rest of her.
    Happy Turkey Day to you both!

  63. Great give-away. Terrific sweater. Cute kitty.

  64. Ooooh, book give-away! Love the sweater. Love the kitty.

  65. Very cute wee feet, there’s something about cat feet though, except when they’re using their claws to get up on you.
    Rachelle´s last blog post ..Friday Finished Object!

  66. Oh, I’d like that book!
    And yes Ms. Lucy has cute toes…kinda like mukluks, ready to pounce thru huge snow drifts 🙂

  67. Love your sweater!!! You must knit as fast as a machine….I’d still be deciding what color to make it 😉
    Thanks for letting us know that those fluffy cute things were Lucy’s cute little toes. I thought it was a fluffy toy. Darling little toes.
    I would like that book, really into hats this year (it could always be a few days late!)
    Happy Thanksgiving, extra couple days off work, whatever you plan to do, enjoy!

  68. Happy Thanksgiving to all of you. Love the jacket.

  69. Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! I’m so very thankful that my Mom taught me how to knit. My current obsession is hats so this book would be perfect for me!!

  70. Karen Roman says:

    I love the bobble hat, and would love a chance to make it. Enter me!

    And have a fabulous Thanksgiving. 😀

  71. Kathy in Alaska says:

    Wendy, your Aran jacket is beautiful. Nice work! Thanks for the chance to win the Hats book, and Happy Thanksgiving to you and Lucy (and the rest of your family), from me and Lucy’s admirer, Rocky. 🙂

  72. Lovely jacket – I would love to win the book because I love hats

  73. Happy Thanksgiving! Hope Lucy gets a special treat for the day. Love the beautiful design work on your jacket!

  74. Venice Smith says:

    I love knitting hats. Whenever I’m between projects, I cast on a hat to keep my fingers busy.

    Oh, and your coat is gorgeous! And yes, Lucy’s little feet are adorable!

  75. Louise Perry says:

    Beautiful Aran Sweater! I would love to win the book. I hope you, and Lucy, have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  76. Your work is so beautiful and your designs work so well. I know you will enjoy wearing it.

    Thank you so much for the cady information, I was one that inquired. Would sure like to win this book on hats, I’ve recently gotten into knitting hats for gifts.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

  77. nice jacket….nicer feet.

  78. You never can have too many hats!

  79. Your jacket looks very nice, love Aran knits. The patterns in this book look interesting, thanks for the chance to win this. Happy Thansgiving.

  80. I LOVE the two toned slouchy hat! Happy thanksgiving to you and Lucy!
    mesha´s last blog post ..Halloween 2013

  81. Kamilla Mazanec says:

    I participate in the Hats for Sailors project. I really really need the book of hat patterns.

  82. I would love to have yhisn book.

  83. Your Aran is beautiful! I have been particularly interested in hats this fall, and would love the book. Am always looking for a hat which looks good on me. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone, .I just read a newspaper article about a POW from the Viet Nam War, and the Thanksgiving Day he spent in Hanoi Hilton. He talked about how he was so grateful for the meager amount of food he was given that day. We have so much to be grateful for and owe so many who sacrificed for our freedom.

  84. I would love a copy of the Hats pattern book…looks very interesting. Happy Thanksgiving!

  85. The book looks great. Thanks for offering it! Happy Thanksgiving

  86. I enjoy reading your posts. Happy Thanksgiving!

  87. I thoroughly enjoy keeping up with your projects though I’m fairly new at all this. Most of them are far beyond my skill level, but I’ll get there.

    I’m looking forward to winning my new book. 🙂

    Happy Thanksgiving from Texas!

  88. I like the booble hat too. Looks like a great book. Lucy is just cute all over!

  89. Have a nice Thanksgiving!

    As I am planning a hat knitting spree, I would love to win the book.
    Karin´s last blog post ..Stars for Max

  90. I love knitting hats! And as it’s my birthday on the 24th, it would be a lovely surprise to win the book!

  91. I love hats. Please pick me!

  92. Blinkiebloo says:

    Great aran jacket! Good to see that aran is as much on trend in the States as it is in the UK.

  93. I would love this book as I have a bit of a thing for hats and am only able to do short projects at the moment. They all look gorgeous!!!

  94. Love the Aran jacket, very nice and something for me to aspire to – one day!

    My favourite hat is the Chevron Fair isle , love the colours that have been used.

  95. I need a hat for, gasp, myself! Of course, as a knitter I can’t go out and just buy one!

    Love your jacket. It looks so cozy.


  96. Your jacket is beautiful! Thanks for the chance to win the hat book.

  97. Your jacket is lovely. Happy Thanksgiving!
    Robin V´s last blog post ..Squirrels and Husbands

  98. Eleanor Swogger says:

    Love the hat book. Can never have enough hats. Give thanks for family, friends, and knitting.

  99. Jackie Wilson says:

    Love the jacket

  100. Ruth Porter says:

    Beautiful jacket, Wendy. Happy Thanksgiving to you and Lucy.