My current work in progress:

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

Best Laid Plans

I planned to have a completed Bulky Cardi to show in today’s blog post. Instead, thanks to a sudden dramatic attack of sinusitis, I have an almost-completed Bulky Cardi:

And a half-completed sleeve.

I discovered that is is impossible to knit while you are pressing a hot washcloth to your face and whimpering in pain. Which is what I did for most of yesterday.

The worst is thankfully passed, due I think to my home remedies. A washcloth dampened with water as hot as you can stand it pressed to your sinuses really helps alleviate pain and drain the sinuses. As do a number of other remedies. But this is a knitting blog, not a homeopathic remedy blog, so I shall move on.

My loss is your gain. Instead of looking at my finished project, gaze upon this:

This is Knit New York by Emma King, as as the subtitle says, it contains patterns for “10 iconic New York projects.” So cute!

The projects are almost all knit from Rowan cotton yarns, but you could easily sub other yarns. They are all darn cute, but I of course have favorites, one being the yellow cab on the cover. Here’s another fave:

A fire hydrant! I can’t help but think that this would be an awfully cute dog toy.

Check out another of my favorites, Miss Liberty:

I didn’t think it was really possible to knit a Statue of Liberty (not that I had given in a whole lot of thought) but I think this is awesome!

The instructions are clear and easy to follow and there are charts where charts are needed, like for the Broadway street sign:

It’s a really cute book and I can think of a lot of creative uses for the projects — toys for you pets, toys for your kids, part of a centerpiece or a holiday ornament, or just a gift for your favorite New Yorker or New Yorker wanna-be.

The publisher very kindly offered to send a copy of Knit New York to one of my readers, so I can keep my review copy.

To be entered in the drawing to win a copy of this adorable little book, leave a comment on this blog post by next Sunday, February 17, at 11:00am eastern time, at which time I’ll pick a winner at random.

Sleeping kitties are not eligible to win.


  1. It is sad to think of you hurting so from the sinusitis pain. It’s great that you use home remedies, as they center around the concept of healing rather than medicating. I didn’t know about the washcloth thing, but will remember it for our household. This past year I used “Wellness Formula” — an awesome supplement my local health,food store owner and friend recommended to me for a sinus problem. has them, if you are interested in looking into them at all.

    Warmest wishes to you and Lucy, hope you are completely better soon.

    J. L. Fleckenstein´s last blog post ..Nine degrees

  2. Hope you feel better. It looks like a cute book. As always, thank you for your generosity.

  3. Enter me please. I’d love to knit NY!

  4. Next time you feel an attack coming on, try showering until the water begins to cool – lots of moisture to wipe off the walls, but your sinuses will feel so much better! It’s worked for me for years & I have less that become sinus infections requiring antibiotics.

  5. cecilia david says:

    feel better. think chicken soup.

  6. It’s a wonderful town!

  7. I ❤NY! (And your work!) thanks for sharing!

  8. michael wilson says:

    feel better soon!
    wow…the creativity of knitters never ceases to amaze me 🙂 that statue of liberty proves that you can knit ANYTHING you set your heart on! 🙂

  9. Turtleknits says:

    What a unique book! I look forward to seeing other cities.

  10. love the book of ny sites….bet it has a lot of great projects for my nyc meetup knitting group !!

  11. Hoep you feel better soon. I never would have thought there’d be a knitting book of NY icons. But how fun!

  12. Sorry about your sinusitis. That is no way to spend your time. Hope you recuperate quickly.
    As a girl from Brooklyn, I’m swooning over the NY Knits-boy would I have fun with those patterns. Oh RNG please pick me.

  13. Wow, I have always wanted my own statue of Liberty! do you think it could be sized up to life size>?

  14. Sharon Cohen says:

    I’m one of those rarities — born and bred and taught to knit in the Bronx…and now live right on the city line. I MUST knit me a Statue of Liberty!

  15. What a great book……I always wanted to be on Broadway…..or better yet, knit it!

  16. Oh, my! I want to knit a yellow taxi!

    I’m still a homesick New Yorker after all these years. I love the look of this book!

  17. I love the NYC book. Really need to get my hands on it! Hope you feel better soon x
    @sclubbethan´s last blog post ..One Wise Man.

  18. Pam D'Esopo says:

    This NY projects book looks so fun–my daughter and I LOVE to take the train from Boston to Manhattan for a weekend of shopping and artistic inspiration!

  19. What a wonderful Cardi!!! and thanks for the chance for a fab book!!!

  20. Aww such a cute book and such a cute kitty! I’d love to win!

  21. Thanks for the chance to win.