My current work in progress:

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


Hat Trick

Honesty compels me to tell you that when I started knitting the Wurm hat, I had no expectation of it actually “working” as a hat for me. The only time I have ever been able to successfully wear a hat was when my hair was long and I put it up with a clip, then could put a slouchy hat over it all.

With my hair short, I can’t keep a hat on my head unless I pull it down far enough that it smooshes my bangs into my eyes. I have too much hair for a hat to sit nicely on it and stay put.

So I knew from the start that Wurm was not destined to be my hat. I just need to hang on to it until I find the right head for it.


The winners of the the Lilly SOS brushes are Lauren and KathyM in SE VA, both of whom have been emailed.

Cardi Help

I recently got a review copy of another book from Annie’s, who has been putting out a lot of great books lately. This one is called My First Cardigan Workbook and it is written by Georgia Druen.

The book is designed as a tutorial — there are 4 different top-down cardigan patterns, each one designed to teach a new or new-ish knitter new skills. You can knit each of the 4 cardis in a baby size to teach yourself the skills, and then knit full-size adult cardis using the same techgniques. As a rule, the patterns for the baby cardis use a finer yarn than the adult ones — sport for the baby and worsted for the adult, for example.

There are 4 basic cardis: texture, cables, lace, and colorwork. Four each of the 4 basic types there is an infant-sized pattern and an adult sized pattern. The baby sizes are sized for 6, 12, 18, and 24 months, and the adult patterns are sized small — 3XL (6 sizes) with chest sizes 32 -34 through 52 -54″. You can easily swap out different texture, cable, lace, or colorwork patterns so you end up with many variations available in the patterns.

Who’d like my review copy?

To be entered in the drawing for my copy of My First Cardigan Workbook, leave a comment on this blog entry by 11:00am eastern time, Sunday, March 3, 2013. I’ll draw a winner at random at that time.



  1. Leta Hansen says:

    This looks like a wonderful book! Thank you for the give-away.

  2. Oh my gosh! I have been looking for a book like this!! So glad you shared. I have been wanting to make a cardi, but fear of the unknown holds me back and I return to my scarves and dishcloths. I’m scared of sewing and putting things together. Why can’t they all be one piece lol

  3. It sounds like a great book! I’ve not attempted a cardigan yet.

  4. I’d love to have a copy of this book. Georgia owns a not exactly LYS in my area.
    Charlotte Thomas´s last blog post ..What Time is Bedtime?

  5. marciepooh says:

    Well, it’s be my second cardigan (almost finished Mom’s MD-BD-Xmas present) but the book sounds great.

  6. That’s a lovely looking book!

  7. I haven’t made a cardigan yet. That looks like it would be a wonderful book to have to guide me. Thanks for the giveaway.

  8. I would love to be entered into the book drawing, I am not a novice knitter but I am scared to tackle my first sweater. I need all the help I can get.

  9. oh nice! I have two new knitters in my family, my daughter and my niece, and this book would be just the thing to get them to take the next step.
    best wishes from Iceland
    Fríða´s last blog post ..FO nr 27/2013

  10. I need to start knitting more cardigans, because my arms are longer than the average woman’s and there’s nothing more irritating in a sweater than cold wrists.
    sprite´s last blog post ..seeking a book recommendation

  11. Have you been reading my mind, or what? I hve just this week decided I need to knit things that are bigger than hats & more complex than scarves; that leaves lacy afghans or sweaters! I hven’t yet knit an actual sweater (shrugs, I have), so this may be the book I need to get me started. I see Lucy has jumped back in a box for a bit. Our TomTom sends his regards from the laundry basket.
    CeltChick´s last blog post ..Number 200

  12. Love your blog and would love the book

  13. Jeri Weiser says:

    What a great idea to practice techniques on smaller sweaters and then transfer them to adult sizes. Additionally, the baby sweaters would make great donations to various charity sales. And, besides, I’d love to get this for my birthday (March 2)!

  14. Pam D'Esopo says:

    This is exactly the book I am searching for..looks like it will be really helpful for those of us who want to move into designing garments. Thanks for the info. (The hat looks like it was fun to make; I also enjoy knitting hats even though I don’t wear them. Shelters for the homeless can always use them, though, so that’s where mine go.) PamD

  15. Hi Wendy, I would love to win the Cardigan book.Hope all is well with you.

  16. Yes! I want to design a cardigan with the “perfect” cables! I’ll definitely seek out this book.

  17. I’m your huckleberry.

  18. Oh, that’s so clever, the baby cardigan to learn and you can choose after to do it big or not. I’m in.
    Ptinutz´s last blog post ..Histoires de filles et bonzai

  19. Samantha Steff says:

    I would love this! I’ve been dying to try making a sweater, but have been too intimidated by them to just jump in.

  20. What a great idea to have the same pattern in baby and adult. Sounds like a book I would like to add to my collection!

  21. Amanda Rae says:

    I would like the book!


  22. ACraftyKnitter says:

    Please pick me!

  23. Guess Lucy’s not included, but she is apparently ready for shipment.

  24. Stephanie S says:

    I’m just getting into sweater knitting. This book looks like a great resource to learn more! Would love to win it!

  25. Sherry Coleman says:

    Thank you for the chance to win!

  26. My first sweater was not a success – so this book would be a great help when I start the next.
    Jennifer´s last blog post ..From Many Hats – One Bag

  27. As someone who has never knit a sweater before, I think that book looks great!

  28. Sounds like the book I need to make my first sweater for myself.

  29. I’ve been knitting for a few years now but haven’t gotten beyond the hats, scarves, cowls and socks level yet. To come right down to it, I’m afraid to start a sweater and it sounds like this book would walk me through it quite nicely. Thank you for the offer.
    Darlene´s last blog post ..OUR "LITTLE"

  30. making lots of cute baby sweaters but would to make something for me for a change. I know mini socks work well to teach newbies, why not sweaters? My knitting meetup at work would love to share this book! Thanks for keeping us in mind.

  31. making lots of cute baby sweaters but would like to make something for me for a change. I know mini socks work well to teach newbies, why not sweaters? My knitting meetup at work would love to share this book! Thanks for keeping us in mind.

  32. Lynne in Florida says:

    Lucy has abandoned her beautiful new blankie? Of course, it IS a box(ish) …

  33. I would love a book on how to knit a cardigan! 🙂
    Lilie´s last blog post ..O Elf – DONE!

  34. Wonderful book! Would be fun to have matching cardigans with my baby.

  35. Count me in – looks like a great book.

  36. I’d love this book; thanks for the chance to win.

  37. Looks like an interesting book!

  38. Cassie Brown says:

    Of course I want the book, but it does bring to mind some dreadful mother-daughter outfits with, of course, matching cardigans.

  39. Teresa R. Roberts says:

    If I don’t win it, I’m gonna buy it. It looks great! Thanks so much.

  40. That sounds like a great book.

  41. That sounds like a great book-I would love a copy.
    Thank you!

  42. Wow, this is the book I’ve been waiting for!
    Thank you for the giveaway.

  43. This book sounds like it covers all of the holes left in knitting cardis. I am extremely excited to see how the book presents it. Thanks for the opportunity, Deb

  44. MarySue Munter says:

    I’d love a copy of the book. Thanks for the offer.

  45. I understand about the hat. There is one right now in my living that is being given to an auction being held at our church. Hopefully it finds a good home. I have been want to make a cardigan for myself, but have been hesitant. This book sounds like the support I need to make one!
    Cathy E´s last blog post ..Catching Up #2

  46. Kathy Green says:

    I have yet to complete a sweater. Maybe this would be the book to get me going on one.

  47. Looks like a great book. I would love to win. Thanks for the chance.

  48. Barbara Boyle says:

    I would LOVE to win the cardigan workbook! Thanks for offering it!

  49. This looks like a great book — and I’ve got sweater on the mind!

  50. I’m hoping to start a new job in a few weeks, at a slightly chilly location. This would be the perfect book to help me whip out a couple work sweaters. Thanks!

  51. I would love to attempt a cardigan! This book might be the ticket!

  52. This is a terrific idea! Wish I’d had this when I learned to knit.

  53. Sandra Kerr says:

    Yay for cardigans. Much better project idea in the desert than the sweater.

  54. I need this book. Hope I can win it

  55. Lucy looks so comfortable. Many years ago I had a sealpoint tabby with a face a lot like Lucy’s. Her name was Duchess and she was just that regal. We haven’t had a cat since she died at age 18 1/2. I wonder how my border collies would react to a kitten. The book looks great.
    Jeanie´s last blog post ..Musings on Christmas Eve

  56. I would love to add this book to my library. I love to knit cardigans.

  57. Sounds like a good book. Would love to win it.

  58. cool book!

  59. Susan murphy says:

    I am currently knitting a beautiful cardigan (Levenwick) and am almost ready to,start another….

  60. Cardigans are next on my bucket list. Would love to own this book. Thank You for the give away and Thanks for telling us about it.

  61. I would love to have a copy of this book. I have had my eye on it since I saw it on Amazon. It looks like a great book and hopefully it will have good directions.

  62. That book is exactly what I need! I have enough yarn for about 3 sweaters and I prefer cardis, but have no real experience with them. Thanks for the opportunity to win this book!

  63. Jackie Wilson says:

    Sounds good

  64. I usually do pull-overs because I can’t seem to get the knack of a cardigan – sides, back, never come out right. Maybe this would help? (My cardigans would fit Lucy.)

  65. I have the perfect newbie knitter to gift this to!

  66. I have not knitted a sweater yet, so this would be a treasure!

  67. Sounds like a great book to add to my knitting library!

  68. Oooh, I’d love that book!

  69. Lisa-Marie Haugmoen says:

    I wouLd love to be chosen to receive a copy of the book. It would be a welcome addition as I’ve never knit a top down sweater. Love your blog! :.))

  70. I need something nice and easy to guide me through the process of cardigan knitting. This may just be the one! Thank you!

  71. That looks like a great book….I’d like to try it out!

  72. I need the cardigan workbook!!

  73. Oh my mother would actually be proud if I knit a sweater all by myself. I would be a true knitter in her eyes (finally).

  74. KathyM in SE VA says:

    Well, I’ll throw my name into the hat. I’ve made kids’ cardigans but need more effort towards adult sizes. And if I don’t win, I’ve still put this book on my Wish List on a popular book website. I like workbook-type instructional materials; it must date from kindergarten or something. LOL

  75. Looks like a very useful book to have
    Rachelle´s last blog post ..The Planned Post, lol

  76. Woohoo! Cardigans! I knit my first one this last fall…Levenwick by Gudrun Johnson. It was also my first sweater and I am quite happy with it. But I would definitely like a workbook like this one…

  77. I would definitely like to expand my skills and learn how to make some cardigans. I’ve mostly made socks and other small projects.

  78. This is the year of the sweater for me – my first sweater – so I need all the help I can get

  79. Wait! You cut your long hair? I missed that, haha.

    I like to knit hats but won’t wear them unless it is truly frigid out. It ruins my so-called hairstyle and I think I look like a bean-head.
    MicheleinMaine´s last blog post ..Cookin Chickens Project Bag with Chicken Bead by ThreeBagsFullStudio

  80. I’ve tried cardigans and have had to rip both of them. I am an accomplished knitter but really can’t seem to get cardis right. I could really use a book like this to help me out. I will put this on my Amazon Wishlist for sure.

  81. Pam Chamberlain says:

    Sounds like a great book!

  82. Venice Smith says:

    I would love a refresher course on top down sweater construction. Count me in!

  83. Cristy Ray says:

    This looks like a great resource for someone just starting to knit cardigans (ooo, pick me, lol)

  84. Yes, please put my name in the Wurm hat for the cardigan book!

  85. Suzanne Burke says:

    Hi Wendy,
    Nice review! I haven’t made a sweater yet but this book looks comprehensive. Thank you for sharing!

  86. Esther McDonald says:

    I’d like to have the book to give my friend who hasn’t yet made her first sweater. She could really use the book.

  87. I love cardigans! Hope to win this book. Thank you:)

  88. Looks like an interesting book.

  89. Susan Picciano says:

    Love that it comes with the spiral spine. Makes it very easy to lay flat.

  90. This is the book I have been waiting to have written. I love knitting top down and I love cardigans! Thanks for the opportunity.

  91. It would be a great book for our guild library and our beginning knitters.

  92. Debbie Smith says:

    Love to win this one

  93. Libba Hicks says:

    My daughter hasn’t attempted a sweater yet, so this just might encourage her. Thanks for letting me enter the drawing.

  94. Jennifer Murphy says:

    I love your blog. I know that won’t get me picked, but it is true nonetheless.

  95. Sounds like a wonderful book. I’d love to win your review copy.
    Lucy looks so comfy in your bag.

  96. I’m in love with Lucy. Since I know that you won’t send me her, I would love to have the book as a second place prize!
    MariGayle´s last blog post ..Episode 35 "Never Put Off for Tomorrow…"

  97. Got some babies in the family do would love to knit them some cardis and learn some new techniques! Thanks for sharing!

  98. Finally! Maybe this book will be simple enough to help me knit a cardigan that will fit me properly and won’t drive me nuts trying to put it together! Terrific!

  99. Oh wow, this book looks fantastic! I really want to knit a cardigan, but have yet to try it!

  100. dorothy in kentucky says:

    I am just curios how did 6ou have your hair cut and why. I felt inspired by you and your free spirit ideal on letting your hair grow. Can you share a photo?? Please.