My current work in progress:

Stornoway, designed by Alice Starmore from her book Fishermen’s Sweaters, knit in Frangipani 5-ply guernsey wool in the Aran colorway, on a 3.0mm needle.

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. Now, that looks like an interesting book! Thanks so much for giving away so many things. And yes, I’d vote to see a picture of your haircut 🙂

  2. Count me in need!!

  3. Carol Brookover says:

    Last summer I visited Ireland and had to buy an Aran Cardigan. Since then I’ve wanted to make my own version. A Copy of My First Cardigan would help accomplish this!
    Sounds like a great addition to anyone’s library!

  4. I just want to thank you again! I am so excited to win the Lilly Brush!
    Lauren´s last blog post ..Finished Baby Bear

  5. Looks like a fun book!

  6. Cardigan Love! I really need to learn these kind of skills and this book would certainly help! I hope whoever wins enjoys it!

  7. Denise in Ohio says:

    Her’s my entry!

  8. I’m trying to figure out what cardigan to knit with some yarn I have stashed. This would be a big help!

  9. what a great book! thanks for showing it, i would so love to win this as i have been wanting to branch out into designing and putting things down on paper. This book would help guide my OCD, lol… but true! 🙂

  10. I would love to have a copy! Thanks.

  11. Wendy,

    The book that you offered: My first Caridgan book, would be a great Birthday gift for me. I would like to knit different syles, get better buttonholes and a whole lot more! I could use this to help me make many styles for all my grandchildren(15), there is never a dull moment with them. Thank you, sure enjoy your web site and blog too!

  12. kathleen in wisconsin says:

    I have never made a cardigan and this would be a great help. I got some Ugg earmuffs for Christmas and I love them…maybe they would work for you, too!

  13. The book might help me figure out why I can knit socks and lace shawls, but have a terrible time getting sweaters to work right. Thanks.

  14. this book speaks to me–please enter my name. I will add it to my collection with great reverence. cv

  15. I love cardigans and this looks like a great book. Count me in!

  16. Amanda Price says:

    After about three years of knitting, I still haven’t worked up the nerve to knit a cardigan. I have only knit scarves, shawls, washcloths, and hats so far. This book would definitely be a help to someone like me!

  17. I have never had luck making a cardi that fit, so I sure could use this book.

  18. Kira Masnica says:

    I have a mega fear of knitting a sweater. Maybe this would help.

  19. What a great looking book! Thanks for sharing.

  20. I have been adding lots of cardis to my queue recently but I’m terrified of knitting them. Would love to add this to my arsenal

  21. Charis (Nimrodita) says:

    What a cool idea for a book!

  22. Martina Norelli says:

    Sounds perfect. I love that it has such a range of sizes… and different textures and features too. Would love to have this book.

  23. Oh my goodness!! I was so shocked when I read who won the hat….Lauren…..same name as mine!! But…when I didn’t see an email from you, I knew it wasn’t me. What a disappointment.

    I’ve been knitting for years, socks, shawls, baby things…never a cardigan!! I would so love to win that book. I need a new sweater so bad and I’d love to make myself one. What better time to win a book so I can make one?!?!
    Please let me win so I don’t have another false heart attack!!!
    Have a great week….and thank Lucy for keeping us entertained!

  24. That sounds like a great book for someone who hasn’t done top-down knitting before. And I l-o-v-e the photos of Lucy — please keep them coming!

  25. Looks like a very helpful book, I would love a copy! Thank you!

  26. Oh, what a great looking book! I’d love that one.

  27. I would love the cardigan book!

  28. That book does look useful.

  29. Oh would I love to get me hands on that book.
    But I live in Denmark so…

  30. I really need this book! LOL

  31. I would so love to have this book! I have tried cardigans a couple of times with no success. This would be a great resource!

    Crossing my fingers…..

  32. I guess I have not seen any recent pictures of you – last one I saw you had very long hair. As one who has not yet tried to knit a sweater, I would love to win the book. Thnaks for another give-away.

  33. Wow! Looks like just the thing for a small project knitter. So far it is just socks etc. will have to jump in & do a real sweatter eventually.

  34. I hope I win! Love your blog!

  35. hi Wendy.
    I would love that book since I am starting to knit sweaters. I am staying with one pattern designer right now because I know her sizing works for me — Heidi Kirmaier. Now if I were to move onto another designer, I don’t know if their sizing would be the same. I would really like to know how to size sweaters for me so that they would fit.

  36. Would love a copy of the book – thanks!

  37. That looks like a great book! I would love to have that in my collection.

  38. Catherine Fessenden says:

    PERFECT – i have two pregnacies in the family, I’ll be ready for an adult size when i’m done with 2 baby sizes – YEAH!

  39. looks like a great book!

  40. Sounds like a great book and I would love to have a copy! Thanks for the opportunity!

  41. I most certainly would love the book been wanting to try making a cardi for a baby so that I can expand my skills .So please pick me. I am sure LUCY wants me to win this wonderul book.

  42. This book looks like what I need to knit a cardigan, which I haven’t dared to do yet.

  43. Interesting book
    Saren´s last blog post ..Goals?

  44. Rachel Cutler says:

    I’ve never done a sweater. This looks like the book that could get me started

  45. What a great book to help my daughters create their first project.

  46. I have been trying to figure out how to knit my dh a cardigan for quite some time. I would love to use this as a means to make it happen. It would be helpful for the other knitters in the family too. Thanks for the offer.

  47. It looks like they designed a book expressly for me and my fear of cardigans! Brilliant. Please toss my hat in the ring too. Thank you.

  48. Same with me on the hats! Hard to keep on;O(( I see that Lucy is still enjoying your tote!

  49. Anna Flowers says:

    As a cardigan novice I would LOVE to try out this workbook.

  50. I’ve been wanting to start a “big” project and have been looking for an excuse — perfect timing for your giveaway — thank you!

  51. Looks like a great book! Thanks for a chance.

  52. Love cardigans, my favorite sweaters to wear and knit! Love what you do, too, especially your socks.

  53. I would love to win this book. I am really enjoying knitting sweaters lately. I enjoy your projects and updates!

  54. Christienne L Stewen says:

    Dear Wendy – You continue to share these wonderful items with us, thank you for your generosity! Even if I’m not randomly chosen to receive your review copy, I appreciate you giving us this sneak peek – when it becomes available for purchase, I’ll definitely be acquiring myself a copy. 😉 Hope Lucy is still enjoying her blanky, it came out so nicely!

  55. i have trouble with cardigans. They never seem to fit properly. Maybe this book would help me. Thank you for offering it.

  56. Kamilla Mazanec says:

    I feel like a sweater should be my next project, but I’m intimidated because I’ve never knit one. So I really really need this book.

  57. I’d love to win this book!

  58. I’d love to be entered for the cardigan book. Sounds like exactly what I need – I’m an experienced knitter but I’ve never done a garment bigger than socks.

  59. The book looks wonderful and I already have yarn but no courage. I think this would get me started.

  60. Add me to list of entries 🙂

  61. Lucy looks so comfy in the box! What is it about cats and boxes?

    The book looks like it’s wonderful!

  62. That book looks like just the thing I need!

  63. Oh my goodness! I would LOVE a copy of My First Cardigan Workbook. I have been trying to knit for many years now and just can’t seem to get past the construction issues; I can make a hat flat, I can make fingerless gloves flat, and of course scarves, and other flat projects. I tried to make a baby cardi and got to the pick up stitches for the banding and completely became befuddled. sigh… (PS, I love seeing the beautiful sweaters you design and create!) Anita

  64. I love cardigans. They are the first garment I look for when I’m chilly!

  65. I have knit a wallaby sweater, but not a cardigan. Would love to try one and this book should really be a big help.

  66. Debbie Fiske says:

    Sounds like a great book. I’d love a copy

  67. Elizabeth S. says:

    Always up for a new knitting book!

  68. I haven’t made a sweater in near twenty years as my shape has fluctuated a bit in midlife. (understatement) I’m calling 2013 the year of the sweater and this book can get me over the dreaded sweater willies. Please number generator, pick me..I haven’t won a thing since the cake walk at the school fair fifty years ago. Let the law of averages fall on me and my sweater.
    Nance Henderson´s last blog post ..WIP Wednesday

  69. I do! I do! I’ve made two disappointing attempts at knitting a cardi; maybe this book would help.

  70. margie kovacic says:

    This book will aid me in keeping my notes on my card patterns. I keep loosing them and have to restart every time.

  71. Top down cardigans? You’re talking my style!

  72. amy isaacs says:

    I almost never wear hats for the same reason. I have a big head and too much shortish hair that ends up looking like a helmet if I wear a hat for more than a few minutes.

    I’ve looked at cardigan patterns in the past and wondered if I could adjust them for a larger (or kid) size and just passed them by. Might be a good book to have.

  73. Me!
    Lovely book.

  74. Looks like a book that could be useful for my semi-new-to-knitting friend who also happens to have a tot–she could certainly make use of the ‘practice’ kid size cardis 🙂

  75. Maybe a book like this would finally send me over the edge and I would knit my first adult-sized sweater! I have made two baby sweaters but am still intimidated by bigger ones.

  76. May this book find its way to my mailbox…

  77. Barb Edison says:

    Would love love to have that book!!

  78. I’ve knitted many things, including sweater vests, but never a full-blown cardigan. However, one of my goals is to knit a cardigan for myself. This book would be a big help in assisting me in doing that. Thanks for sharing with some lucky person.Hope that is me

  79. I need this book

  80. I like the idea of knitting the baby size first. I did the same with a sample sock when I learned to knit “Two At A Time” socks.

  81. I would love a chance at this book !!! Hey Lucy!
    Sarah OG´s last blog post ..{this moment}

  82. Love your beautiful work and this blog! I struggle with cardigans and I’d love to own this book.

  83. Thanks for another giveaway. Looks like a great book!

  84. That book looks great! Thanks for offering the give-away.

  85. This looks like a terrific book and one that I would love to own.
    Thanks for the chance.

  86. I need a little nudge to start a project bigger than mittens/hats/scarves/socks……I consider a sweater a commitment the size of a marriage………this book might just help!

  87. ohhh I hope you pick me.

  88. I really like to knit top-down pullovers, and now a good book on cardigans. I hope my name is picked in the drawing.

  89. Lovely idea. I’m not entirely new to sweaters, but this would be helpful at my stage.

  90. I would like to own this. Thanks for offering it.

  91. Barbara in Indianapolis says:

    I would love a chance to get this book.

  92. Great concept for a workbook. Have an 18 month old grandchild and another to arrive in May. Could build skills with this book.

  93. Betty Eliassen says:

    Sounds like the kind of book every knitter needs. Thanks for sharing the opportunity to own it.

  94. Once again, you’ve outdone yourself with so much knitting so fast. I’m loving seeing Lucy enjoy her blanky 🙂 [Learning to make a variety of top down cardi’s would be really cool to me and my mom(aka ‘best knitting buddy!’)].

  95. Thanks for the chance at the book – looks great!

  96. This seems like a very versatile book, aiding in the substitution of stitches.

  97. Midnite Baker says:

    Am feeling very lucky today, Thursday, Feb. 28. Got my CT scan results and I have no (well, you know that c word). So, enter me in the contest & hope I win this one. Give Lucy a hug for me & Sparky. M

  98. I like the concept of a knitting “workbook”. Does Lucy have a cardi?

  99. I definitely need this book. I’ve been knitting socks for years and a few lace shawls but my first cardigan last year was an epic failure……
    LizA.´s last blog post ..Happy Heart Day

  100. Margaret says:

    Gotta love the topdown cardi technique!