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. Haven’t seen this one yet–looks great!

  2. Amanda Price says:

    Cute little cat feet! I hope the two of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  3. I’d like to win something for a change, and I’m a hat hoarder!

  4. The sweater is gorgeous. The book would be neat. Happy Thanksgiving to all and don’t let Lucy eat too much turkey.

  5. Love the slip stitch hat – and oooh, that jacket is gorgeous! Happy thanksgiving to you and yours (and to all of us who read you).

  6. Aran jacket a true classic. Wear it in the best of health.

    Hat book is enticing.

  7. Your jacket is stunning! I would love to receive the hat book.

  8. yay for hats! great sweater 🙂

  9. Susan Shelly says:

    Lucy’s paws are adorable;O)) The hat book looks like it has some great patterns and thanks for the information on the tote!

  10. Adorable little toesies.
    Three-needle bind off on the sleeves too?

  11. peggy connolly says:

    Your knitting is amazing. If I win this hat book, I think I shauld knit Lucy a hat.

  12. What a beautiful jacket. The hat book looks cute, too.

  13. Cute hats, and I love the jacket!

  14. Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends and family. How welcome a hat book would be!

  15. Happy Thanksgiving! Hats are some of my favorite projects lately.

  16. The hats look great but i’d really like Lucy.

  17. I love your jacket and Lucy’s adorable feet:)
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  18. Another beautiful sweater.
    Thanks for another sweet give-a-way.

  19. The jacket looks great!

    You actually used 3-needle bindoff to attach the sleeve? How does that work?

    The hats sure look cute.

  20. Hats are one of my favorite things to knit and I’m always on the lookout for new patterns. I donate my hats to hospitals and the Navajo reservation. This book would be great to add to my collection.

  21. I think I like the Bobble Hat – without the bobbles!

  22. Yes those are cute little feet, in fact, dainty little feet.

  23. Happy Thanksgiving! Your Aran jacket is lovely. The fog yesterday morning was just that color.
    I am on a fingerless mitts jag just now. Everyone is getting mitts for Christmas. Maybe I should make lids to match? Love the bobble hat!
    Thanks, Wendy,

  24. I love your jacket Wendy! he book looks great. I would love to add it to my book collection. Happy Thanksgiving!

  25. Your Aran coat is awesome. I could use the hat book, I just started knitting a bunch of hats to be donated to the Holiday dinner at the University of Pittsburgh, that gives presents to needy families in the community.

  26. I love your jackets that you have been making. They are gorgeous. The hat book would be a great thing to have right now to make christmas and I have some birthdays, presents.

  27. Shirley Gallagher says:

    I love your Aran Jacket. It looks like something you will get a lot of wear out of, and look smashing at the same time. Lucy’s paws are amazing.

  28. Your new sweater jacket is fantastic. Happy Thanksgiving. Lucy always looks
    so cute. Please include me in your book giveaway. Thanks.

  29. Your jacket is beautiful. I knit a lot of hats and would love to win this book.

  30. would love to have the hat book. I enjoy seeing the things you knit.

  31. Love the Aran Jacket!!! Hope you are having a lovely Thanksgiving. Thanks for the chance to win the hat book, would come to good use making Hats for Sailors in 2013.

  32. The jackets cabling lovely. The book looks interesting and, Lucy is as cute as ever.
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  33. ;),:0 :),,,,,,,,:)

  34. Looks like a great book. Happy Thanksgiving.

  35. Beautiful design and beautiful jacket!

  36. Your aran jacket is absolutely beautiful, the colour is so nice and would go with many styles of clothes. The hat book looks amazing and I am going to google it and see what other hats it has patterns for and your cat looks very cuddly.

  37. My teenaged granddaughters would love every hat in that book. Love the jacket.

  38. Love your jacket. It looks perfect for this inbetween weather we’re having. I would like a copy of the book. Happy Thanksgiving 🙂

  39. I see a new book on your horizon…beautiful coat!! I love hats…

  40. Lovely jacket! My daughter&I make hats for Ronald McDonald House. Some new patterns would be so NICE!

  41. I love to make hats!

  42. Ohhh hats! Fun! Thanks for the opportunity.

  43. Suzie Picciano says:

    Love the jacket! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

  44. I like the bobble and would like to knit it.
    Thanks for offering the book.

  45. Happy Thanksgiving! I am making hats for Christmas presents. Hoping I win.

  46. Carol MacInnis says:

    I love my one + one scarves and shawls book – currently making bolero sweater for my daughter. Would love to add the one + one hat book to my library of patterns. Thanks for the information.

  47. Love hats! Would love a copy!!!
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  48. Jean Reich says:

    Your knitting is absolutely amazing. What a beautiful jacket.

  49. Cute little feet indeed. Our ‘guest’ cat has now gone home. I miss her little feet and fluffy tail. The coat is beautiful! Thanks for giving away a copy of the book.

  50. Lucy’s paws are definitely the cutest! I do love the new jacket too. Great work. I give hats more than any other garment. New fun patterns are always welcome. Happy Thanksgiving!

  51. This is a perfect time of year to win a hat book. Just in time for a holiday project.

  52. Looking for hat ideas for an 11-year undergoing treatment for a brain tumor. She has started losing her hair. These are fun and I’m sure we can adapt them to a smaller head.

  53. One can never have too many hats…or potential hats.

  54. My daughter just started selling thirtyone products – which one was the tote you used as a knitting tote?
    Your Aran jacket is to drool for!
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  55. Mayr Plante says:

    I could use more hat patterns. I have more than a few hats to knit between now and Christmas. Your jacket turned out wonderfully well.

  56. Midnite Baker says:

    I could use the book, as I’m starting chemo Wed, Nov. 28. Not happy about that. And, Sparky is letting me know she doesn’t like being left alone, while I had all my tests done. Hope you
    had a Happy Turkey and Lucy got some too. Sparky has turkey every day, so she didn’t care. M

  57. One can never have too many hat books. Great patterns!

  58. Love you jacket. Love cables. Lucy is cute as ever.

  59. Looks like a good book. Love the sweater BTW. I’m fond of textured knits, although I knit more plain stockinette or garter than anything else.

  60. Your Jacket is Awesome! I so want to make hats…

  61. Redhedhels says:

    The book looks great, I’d love to win so thanks for the chance to win. Lucy, as always, looks like she’s having a great day.

  62. What’s your secret to knitting so quickly and with intricate patterns without suffering hand pain? Your coat and latest sweater are fantastic. Do you wear them or are they knit for the enjoyment of the process?

  63. After a bunch of failed hat attempts, a few new patterns may help!

  64. Thank you for the giveaway! Love reading your blog 🙂

  65. Love the jacket!!! Would also love the book . I knit hats for charity so it would be lovely to have some different designs to add to the mix

  66. Rosemary Johnson says:

    Great hats and cute cat feet! We are cat feet worshipers in my house too.

  67. Lucy’s feet are adorable! I just wanna tickle her little toes.

    Thank you for the opportunity to win the book–I’ve only knit a couple hats so far but I like them!

  68. The jacket looks great. And with the sudden change in temperature, I’ve been thinking of hats!

  69. It looks like an interesting hat book. And our weather is cold enough that we go through a lot of hats. I’d love to win this book! Your Aran jacket is beautiful, Wendy.

  70. Andrea in Tn says:

    her little feet are precious aren’t they? I would love to try some of the patterns in this new book- thanks for the offer!!

  71. Your jacket looks great! As does Lucy. I throw my hat into the ring, for a chance at the book… Sorry…

  72. Hope your Thanksgiving was a peaceful one.
    I always enjoy seeing your lovely FOs and would love to be included in the drawing for Iris Schreier’s book.

  73. Wow! You knit sooo fast! Beautiful jacket and lovely book.

  74. I love the jacket! and thirtyone bags are great

  75. handmadebysue says:

    I adore hats and Iris Schreier’s books – would love to be the lucky recipient.

  76. Love the jacket! I’m ready to knit hats – it’s getting cold.

  77. Recusing myself from the drawing, but couldn’t wait to go sign into my email to tell you how much I love your Aran Jacket! It needs the scent of a peat fire, but I hope it still has a bit of the fireplace where it began! 🙂

  78. Leslie Schroeder says:

    Love your new jacket! Thanks for sharing your book. It looks wonderful!

  79. I’d love a copy of the book! Hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving. 🙂
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  80. Cute hats! Fabulous cat!

  81. Hats are truly a great way to get rid of some stash! Thanks for doing the drawing!

  82. Loony Nuna says:

    That jacket is marvelous! And Lucy’s toesies are so very cute. 🙂