My current work in progress:

Tawney Sweater,by Jenni Barrett, knit from MadelineTosh Tosh Sock, using 3.25mm and 3.5mm 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. Awesome, I’m in!

  2. Jennifer R. says:

    What a fabulous book! I would be thrilled to win!!! Thank you for sharing all of these wonderful giveaways.

  3. gafette says:

    Oh! I try to win a copy because this book like amazing!

  4. With this book I might actually knit a sweater! It seems like just the thing for me! Thanks for the chance to win!
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  5. Seems like I am in good company with being intimidated by the thought of knitting a sweater! This book sounds like the perfect recipe to start with. Thanks for letting us know about it!

  6. I could use some cardi help! So far have attempted 2 and completed 1!

  7. MizMelly says:

    I have yet to finish any sweater I’ve started knitting. I wonder if this book would help??

  8. Thanks for thinking of your followers! This book looks great!

  9. Wendy, this sounds like a great book. I would love to win it.

  10. I’d love a copy! Seems like every sweater I knit turns into a “learning experience.”

  11. would really love to have the cardi book.

  12. Verena B says:

    Oh, that book looks great!

  13. Thanks for a chance at this great looking book! It is the help I need to figure out cardi patterns for my size .

  14. Caroline says:

    I ahev just completed my first adult cardigan and it was a disaster – really need this book! Thank you

  15. Patti Dmytras says:

    I have been looking for a book like that. Include me in your drawing please. Lucy looks so cute boxed in.

  16. I’d love to win the cardi book!!!!
    Tammy´s last blog post ..Miles of garter stitch….I LOVE IT!!!

    Color Affection

  17. I would love this book. I am new to sweater knitting and it is a bit daunting. A good tutorial would be awesome.

  18. I can’t wear hats either which is a shame since there are so many cute ones to knit right now. A cardigan would be nice too, especially with tutorial instructions.

  19. Margaret Griffin says:

    It looks like a great book.

  20. Ok, saw the wurm hat post and almost went right over the part of it where you said it didn’t work with your short hair…wait! What! When did that happen? Ok I have been working 12-15 hour days since September and am apparently doing a lot of reading in my sleep. I think I would have ‘membered this. Did you post pics? I didn’t see any…but like I said I might have been asleep while I was looking. Would love a copy of the book for when I can knit while awake. I don’t do the sleep and knit thing-I drop too many stitches.

  21. I am searching for a perfect cardigan to replace one that finally wore out. My Grandmother knit it and she, my mother, and I wore it.

  22. The photos of the sweaters look good but the cat in the box tops all. Say “Hi” to Lucy for me.

  23. Gail in Texas says:

    Yes, I would love to have a copy of this book and learn to knit a cardigan sweater.

  24. Thanks for doing such a great give away! I really enjoy your blog, especially the kitty!

  25. Dorothy Van Daele says:

    Love to be entered in the draw. Always enjoy your blog and learn from you.

  26. penelope says:

    Lucy, you are the sweetest! Love the idea of the book!

  27. This looks like a great book and I’d love to have it! Thanks for the giveaway!

  28. Cindy Kane says:

    No more excuses to learn to knit a cardigan if I win this book.

  29. Barbara S. says:

    I had decided to knit a sweater a while ago, but have yet to take the plunge.

  30. I have this book and it really written very well. Whom ever gets this book get a book that has a lot of useful information. Good Luck! And would recommend you put it on your have to have list..

  31. Michele says:

    I think it looks like a great book to have in my knitting library.

  32. Penny Bowen says:

    Would love to win book, just started to knit sweaters for myself. Have knitted for everyone else. Love all your projects and there pictures!

  33. Cathy B says:

    Sounds like a good book. Thank you for the opportunity.

  34. ellen cohen says:

    2013 is my year to learn how to knit sweaters that fit and that look great! The cardigan workshop would really help me reach this goal. 🙂

  35. I have issues with hats as well. Aside from the big floppy hats worn on the beach or while working in the garden hats never seem to fit right or look good on me.
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  36. I love cardigans and would love this book!

  37. Now that looks like a great book! Thanks for the opportunity – top down sweaters are my new knitting love even if it will be July before ya know it.

  38. Karrie Steel says:

    Interesting looking book. Hello Lucy 🙂

  39. That looks like an interesting book

  40. AuntyBeth says:

    Since I’m getting ready to try my hand at a cardigan for the first time, this would make a great addition to my knitting library.

  41. I just saw a cardi I would love to knit, this would be a great “step one” (at about 21 balls of yarn, I want to go in knowing I will love the finished product, rather that the loved product FITS!!) Thanks for the opportunity. scritches to Lucy for me, if you need an excuse… 🙂

  42. I’d love to have this book. I want to experiment with wool(winter) and cotton(summer). It looks great!!! Thanks.

  43. cecilia david says:

    anything that you think is woth while is worth having in my

  44. peggy connolly says:

    wow; this looks like a super book that I could really use!

  45. Martha Donley says:

    I would love a copy of the book as I just ordered two sweaters worth yarn.

  46. SkyFlake says:

    So generous of you to put this up for give-away, thank you! I’m thinking this would help me move on from hats & baby things. *nervous knees shaking together*