My current work in progress:

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


Long Haul Project

Thanks for all the nice comments on my Aran Jacket. It was a fun project to knit, and a fairly quick one, being worsted weight yarn and size 8 needles. So I decided my next project would be at a finer gauge. Immediate gratification is fun, but so are long-haul projects.

I am once again feeding my Cormo obsession, this time with the sportweight woolen-spun (in the dark grey colorway). Here’s what I have so far:

If  you click on the photo to enlarge it, you will see that I’m doing another Aran design, and in fact, it is another jacket. And it is jam-packed with cables! 😀

Moss stitch and cables knit at a fine gauge make fr slow going — but a lot of fun. And even though there are a bunch of different cables here, they are all fairly easy to memorize — the largest one is a 16-row repeat, and the others are 4 and 8-row repeats. So I have the pattern memorized and do not need to refer to the charts I worked up. (I’m not following a pattern — this is my own concoction.)

Giveaway Winner

The winner of my review copy of One + One: Hats: 30 Projects from Just Two Skeins is Deborah, who has been emailed. If you missed out on this giveaway, fear not — I have another book to review:

This is Short Story: Chic Knits for Layering by Cathy Carron. It has 36 (!!!) patterns for cropped knit tops — ponchos, boleros, shrugs, cropped cardis, and other short wraps.

There is something for everyone here.

If the cropped look is not right for you, you could easily lengthen some of the designs.

There’s colorwork, texture, and lace.

Most of the projects n the book are knit at a fairly large gauge, so I think they’d be pretty quick to knit. And would make a great holiday gift for a trendy teen or young woman. Or whip something up for yourself to wear to holiday parties.

Who’d 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 Wednesday, November 28, 2012. I’ll draw a comment at random to receive the book.

Lucy sez:

“Do we still have leftover turkey?”



  1. I would love to win the book. Thanks for the opportunity.

  2. Please enter me!

  3. oh, please enter me in the drawing, that book looks so exciting. and so does your new project.
    best wishes from Iceland
    Fríða´s last blog post ..FO nr 76/2012

  4. I come late, but congratulations for your amazing jacket !
    Dorothée´s last blog post ..0-811 Men’s jumper with norwegian pattern

  5. i love your jacket, would like to win the book!

  6. I would love to be able to knit some of those beautiful cropped tops for myself and as Christmas presents.

  7. I would love a chance at winning! 🙂
    Lilie´s last blog post ..Monster Socks – DONE!

  8. Theresa Mundy says:

    Me please!

  9. Sorry Lucy, all the turkey went on Thanksgiving! You gotta act faster sometimes.

  10. I want to knit something for myself right after the holidays. A cropped sweater would be nice!

  11. Hopefully Lucy is enjoying her leftovers all week!!! Thanks for being so generous with your giveaways.

  12. I’d love to win a copy of the book.

  13. I always enjoy Cathy Carron’s patterns. So stylish.

  14. Thank you for the chance to win. The patterns look great. Love the new jacket cables.

  15. Nice book! Thanks for the opportunity to enter to win! Thanks ♥

  16. would like to win the book but make the patterns longer.

  17. Love your blog!!! <3

  18. Me please! I love the idea of layering pieces

  19. My daughter has been looking at cropped patterns for me to knit for her. Keeping my fingers crossed!

  20. The new jacket looks great. I love cables too. They are so much fun.

  21. Barbara Boyle says:

    Ohhhhhh, magic winner selector, please pick me. Lucy would agree! Thank you for the chance to win.

  22. Catherine E. says:

    Oh me, please! I recently discovered ponchos make skinny girls look not rail thin. Yey.

  23. Good start on this project…oye vey, looks like a lot of work. I would love this give-a-way!

  24. Elizabeth H. says:

    I love the photos of Lucy!

  25. Love cropped knits for my adult daughters and for me too- Short Story looks like a fun book with lovely patterns. Please enter me in the drawing thank you!

  26. peggy connolly says:

    oh wow; these projects would be perfect for me to make for my 20+ something daughters!

  27. Marie Maher says:

    I just love your Aran work. Lucy is so lucky to watch you work all the time. Please enter me in the drawing too, Marie

  28. Pick me! Pick me!

  29. KathyM in SE VA says:

    I’m not much for crops, but have plenty of family members who are! And, I’m guessing now, you are writing a book with Aran designs?

  30. Sandra Kerr says:

    I’d love the book! And Lucy’s adorable.

  31. Florence M says:

    I would love to own this book… Thank you so much for all you do, all your hard work and especially for sharing with us..

  32. Lisa smith says:

    I would love to win the book!

  33. Please enter me in the book contest!
    Your jacket looks amazing. It will be beautiful when it’s done.

  34. My 3 teenage girls hope I win this book!

  35. I might actually get in another holiday project if I won this book. Short would be good in this scenario!

  36. I would live to win

  37. Wonderful Jacket. Would love a chance to win this book. Thanks for offering, Wendy!

  38. Catherine S. says:

    Talk about intense! I love the new project, Wendy.

  39. From one compulsive knitter to the other: I would love to have this book, I really would. I am looking for inspirations for my next projects. Thanks for writing on your blog!

  40. Your work is wonderful. Also, thanks for making items available for giveaways.

  41. I would love to win!

  42. Rachel Cutler says:

    This book looks like a whole lot of fun quick knits

  43. I would love to win this book. Thanks for the chance.

  44. Luci…. gotz to give her more turrkez! She’s just to cute not to give her some!

    PS – Layering! That’s the only way we dress for winter out here in Arizona.

  45. Nice book! I’m always looking for something to knit for my DIL and her sisters!

  46. Hi.. that capelet looks so cute! I’d love to knit that for my teenage daughter.
    Thanks for showing us the book.

  47. Crop tops are not my style, but my daughter would love them. I really like some of the other ‘short’ pieces too. Another beautiful book of patterns…. Must. Knit. More.

  48. I would love to make something for my daughter from this book. Thank you for the chance to maybe do so. I just love all of your cables!

  49. These look like interesting quick knits. Thanks, Wendy!

  50. I wanted to grab a look at that book!! Such an interesting idea! And great for us short gals!

  51. I would love to win this book! I am a shorty and there are lots of items that look interesting. Thank you Wendy!

  52. Would love it!

  53. Everything u knit is beautiful and u work so quickly. Please enter me in the drawing.

  54. Thanks for the chance! Love all the jackets lately. 🙂

  55. I’d love to enter. Thank you!

  56. I would love to win this book…This is the type of knitting I like to do. Thanks.

  57. sara lawson says:

    The jacket is wonderful!! The book looks really interesting! I would love it!!

  58. Please! These look adorable!

  59. Of course I’d like that book 😉 Please enter me!

  60. I would love to win the book. I love to wear shrugs and boleros so this would be great!

  61. Absolutely loving the Cable pattern you have designed, looks fab!

  62. Wendy, you are too good!! I really like this one you are working on. I hope you saved some turkey for that poor starving cat of yours… I have several that ask the same question!!

  63. My daughter would love several of the patterns shown from this book.

  64. Cindy Ferver says:

    I love all the cabling. My cats weigh 15 and 20 lbs (poor starving waifs) and start knocking things off the counter top when they think it’s time for breakfast. (or dinner or snacks…..).

  65. The new sweater is a beautiful pattern.

  66. Long haul is good, too! Lucy loves the company 😉
    I’d love the Short Story, my daughter wants more of my knitting!
    Sandra´s last blog post ..Lesbo Plug-in for ….?

  67. I’m with Lucy!

  68. I live and work in conditions require layers to stay comfortable. This book would be well used. Thanks for a chance at receiving it.

    You Aran Jacket turned out great! I am finally inspired to try the three needle bind off to put a sweater together.

  69. Suzie Picciano says:

    Oh great number generator, choose me!

  70. Me please!

  71. sign me up!

  72. I probably wouldn’t wear a cropped top, but I have a daughter who could pull off that look very well. AND she appreciates the effort & time that goes into knitting, making her totally “knitworthy”.
    CeltChick´s last blog post ..Perilous post

  73. Cindy Fuchs says:

    Love the knits in this book. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  74. There are several patterns that catch my eye
    including the shrug in the upper right corner.
    And I can see a couple could be modified
    I can totally see me knitting at least three of these patterns
    Gerry´s last blog post ..The day before

  75. I like the patterns in this book. They look fun.
    Thank you for passing it on.

  76. These are so cute!

  77. Debra Simon says:

    I just looked at this book yesterday, and would love to have it! It looked like my daughter would really like most of the patterns

  78. Love to give this book to my daughter. She is a beautiful knitter.

  79. I looked at this book over the weekend. I would love to win this!

  80. My knit group has been drooling over this book, we are all “CowlGirls”! LOL

  81. Stardancer says:

    Those are some cool designs, I’d love to have the book!

  82. Love all the Aran knitting! I really want to try the Cormo; you make it sound so fun! Enjoy our lovely new project.

  83. Rosemary Johnson says:

    I was just looking for a shrug pattern for my daughter. This book looks like just the ticket!

  84. Dorothy in Kentucky says:

    thank you for entering my number. Ah Lucy is such a sweety as always.

  85. Nena in Wyoming says:

    So very nice to read your blog; inspirational and lovely. Thanks for the chance to win!

  86. The new project looks fin. I look forward to seeing your progress. I could use some more quick knits, please enter me in the drawing. Thanks

  87. I’d like a copy of the book – thanks for giving us a chance to win it. That’s a lot of cabling; you’ll have an intricate-looking jacket when you’re finished. Nice.

  88. I would like a copy of the book. Thanks for your generosity.
    Kathom´s last blog post ..Click for Babies KAL

  89. Ok put my name in the hat for this one!

  90. These are very cute tops. I would love to win the book

  91. Lucy is sooo adorable! I would also love to have a copy of this book. Thanks for the opportunity to try and win it.

  92. Thanks for the chance!

  93. Ahhhhhhhhh! Love it!

  94. please enter me for achance to win, love lucy and the sweater!!

  95. Kris Peters says:

    Just what I need for all that handspan yarn I keep making! Pick me!

  96. Lots of cute projects. Would love to have it!

  97. Oh Lucy you are so gorgeous! Your momma’s sweater is looking lovely. And yes please, I would love to have a chance to win a nice book.

  98. With my recent weight loss (all good!), I could totally wear the garments in this book…pick me!

  99. Your sweater is gorgeous! Love all the cables!! Also would love to win this book!

  100. I’m wondering the same thing Lucy…. Thank you for another great giveaway!