My current work in progress:

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


Mid Week

Still knitting my rainbow . . .


But I also have an FO!


A wee catnip mouse, knit from the nose down. It is made from sportweight Cormo wool left over from a cardi I knit earlier in the year. It’s a gift for a co-worker who adopted a kitty last weekend.

I received a review copy of Easy Openwork Knit Tops by Kennita Tully in the mail this past week.


This book contains patterns for 5 projects that are geared towards newer knitters. They all use openwork stitches that are easy to execute and memorize. This book is proof that lace is not necessarily difficult. They all use relatively easy stitch patterns and have simple silhouettes so they would be relatively easy to knit.

And they are pretty. This is my favorite:


Isn’t that a great piece? It’s knit from a DK weight viscose/cotton blend yarn (SMC Select Reflect) so it’s nice and drapey, and the pattern is written for 6 sizes (as are the other 4 patterns in this book) from small to 3XL (chest measurerment 33 — 52″).

The other 4 patterns consist of:

An open lacy vet knit from Habu Textiles Wool Stainless Steel, pictured on the cover — see photo above.

A drop-stitch cardi knit from Berroco Lago:


A twinset knit from Berroco Captiva. The jacket is cropped and lacy.


The tank is plain with some lace detail at the hem.


There is a guide to yarn weights in the back to help you in subbing in different yarns, as well as standard abbreviation and an illustrated section of basics.

Who’d like my review copy?

To be entered in a drawing to receive my review copy of Easy Openwork Knit Tops by Kennita Tully, leave a comment on this blog post by 11:00am Eastern time on Sunday, March 31, 2013. I’ll choose a comment at random and sent my copy to the commenter.

Lucy is waiting for me to declare it dinnertime.




  1. The cross front sweater you mentioned as your favorite – that’s mine too! I’ve been debating about purchasing this book, so would be awesome if I won 🙂

  2. Michelle says:

    Love love love your blog!!! Hugs to Lucy!!!

  3. yes it looks like a lovely book, and lucy is a lovely cat! will she be making friends with your coworker’s new kitten? i have an itch for a new kitten (seems to happen every spring).

  4. linda broglan says:

    Love reading about this book and like the top with the openwork around the love Ms Much xxoo

  5. I would LOVE to get a copy of the book, and your rainbow is stunning!

  6. Great looking book. Please let me win!

  7. That first sweater in intriguing! And I’m loving your rainbow, too.
    ccr in MA´s last blog post ..Quickly–off to scritch cat and watch hockey

  8. noallatin says:

    Like other posters, I love the cross front sweater. The Habu Vest looks interesting also

  9. Love the cross front and the tank top especially. Please pet Lucy for me!!

  10. Kris Peters says:

    I really like the cross over sweater too! Pick me!

  11. celestine says:

    What a great looking book. Thanks for the chance to win.

  12. Looks like good book….my kind of styling.

  13. Jennifer R. says:

    Love your Blog! Thanks for the giveaway!

  14. I’d love to knit from my own copy of this book! I also love the first sweater you showed.

  15. That’s my favorite too!!

  16. I would enjoy a copy of this book. Thank you so much for your enjoyable blog. Your rainbow is beautiful and I can’t imagine being able to knit it. Lucy asked me to remind you that she would like a mouse too!

  17. The sweaters in this book are so beautiful!

  18. Book looks great! Thanks for the opportunity!

  19. Tanglegirl says:

    Pffft – Lucy is waiting for dinner and a new catnip mouse of her own.

  20. The book looks like it has several great patterns. Thanks!

  21. Darlene Appleby says:

    Love the scarf. Pick me because I REALLY need to win something.

  22. Nancy in AZ says:

    Thanks for the review and the chance to win. This looks like a book I will buy even if I don’t win as I really like the patterns and I’m a fairly new knitter.

  23. Thanks for being so generous, I’d love to try some of those patterns.
    Chris Reeske´s last blog post ..How to make the stretched star

  24. Susan Picciano says:

    !Ooh great number generator, pick me pick me. Help feed my library of lace books

  25. Katy Sullivan says:

    I would love to have a copy of this book!

  26. Carla Linneman says:

    I love the effect you get when knitting with the Habu stainless steel. Would love a book with an open knit shell/vest.

  27. I’ve never attempted a sweater or cardigan so this looks like fun!

  28. I think the book looks great! I so love following your blog! Thank you for sharing with us!

  29. Mary Pat says:

    Kenneta has a great shop if you are ever in the Manhattan, KS area. Would love a copy of her book. Thanks for the give away.

    Mary Pat
    Lincoln, NE

  30. Wendy,
    Love the rainbow. The book has some great looking open knits and they are so on trend right now.

  31. lisa smith says:

    I would love to win this book. 🙂

  32. I am LOVING your rainbow; I just learned Fair Isle in February! I’d also be thrilled with the book as a fellow Kansan and fan of Kennita’s yarn shop, Wildflower in Manhattan. She’s been a regular on the Central KS Yarn Shop Hop and it’s always fun to go in her store.

    Blessings to Lucy too – nobody every thinks it’s dinner time as often as cats do! 🙂

  33. patricia says:

    love the wip! The book looks great- thanks for the raffle!

  34. The mousie is too cute-I am sure Lucy will love it! I fell in love with your fav cardigan when I saw that-it would be a great knit! Thanks.
    Cindy in FL´s last blog post ..Black Wensleydale

  35. still hoping to learn lace. book would be wonderful!

  36. Looks like some great patterns! I would love to have that book. Thank you Wendy!

  37. Thanks for the chance to enter. I LOVE “drapey” sweaters…..this book is perfect. Please please choose me!

  38. Love the latest photo of your rainbow! Love the idea of openwork knitting book; would be nice to have. The mouse for your friends new kitten is so cute! Lucy as usual is adorable!

  39. I enjoy your blog and the pictures of Lucy. Your color works is amazing, and the rainbow wrap is progressing so nicely. Please enter me in the drawing !
    Cathy´s last blog post ..We make great pets

  40. Looks like my kind of book. Put my name in the hat! Thanks.

  41. How does Lucy feel about the catnip mouse going elsewhere? Currently working on your Norwegian Rose Socks. Have the first one done, but I used the sole pattern for the whole foot since it was quicker for me. They look really cute. Thanks

  42. I’ve look at this a couple of times & would love to have it!!

  43. I would love to win your copy. I’m in love with the drop stitch cardi. Lucy is so sweet to give up a fresh nip mouse to a new adoptee.

  44. Your color work is dazzling. What can I say, I’d like to win your copy.

  45. I love the vest! they have that yarn at my local store and I’ve always wanted to make something out of it 🙂

  46. AuntyBeth says:

    What a unique book. I just may have to buy it if I don’t finally win one of your book giveaways.

  47. Stephanie says:

    oooh! pick me! pick me! 🙂

  48. I would love the book. It is hard to find such lovely plus size patterns.

    But I only have 3 words for you: I Love Lucy.
    Angie´s last blog post ..A Mystery Solved

  49. The mouse is adorable…from a pattern, or did you just knock it off? That looks like a great book! Maybe it could come my way?????

  50. Hey, just want to say thanks for the sweet review!

  51. Debbie Smith says:

    Love the sweaters.

  52. Elizabeth Lubay says:

    The vest on the cover would be just right for springtime!

  53. I want to do the tank top so hope I win.

  54. Very cute tops…and your rainbow is still lovely too.

  55. I love the look of those sweaters I can`t wait to check this book out to see what else is inside

  56. Book sounds very interesting. I would love a chance to win it. Thanks Wendy.

  57. I love all of these. What a great book! Would love to win it! Thanks, Wendy!
    Lynn Herrin´s last blog post ..Vision Walk

  58. Love the book. Hope you will post the scarf pattern.

  59. Shirley Gallagher says:

    Beautiful sweaters, beautiful Lucy. I want the book and a ragdoll kitty.

  60. LP Starr says:

    I would love to have a copy of this book. I am always too hot with a full sweater and I have been looking for something like this. And as always, you are a beautiful knitter.

  61. Cute patterns, especially liked the twin set. Will be moving from the COLD northeast to HOT Arizona and that set would be ideal. A cool tank and a bit of ‘cover’ for overly cool air conditioning.
    Love the new wrap!

  62. Laurie Heeren says:

    Wow, I would love to win that book. My cat would like to know where to find a FO for him; hum never tried to knit something so small.

  63. Susan aka paintermom says:

    I’d love the book! It is my fiftieth birthday today.

  64. There’s some really nice patterns in that book!!

  65. I would love that book. several pieces I would knit.

  66. Count me in 🙂

  67. These are intriguing patterns, please count me in.

  68. That’s exactly what I have been looking for! I saw a pattern in Bergere De France magazine.. and loved it. However, to order the magazine would cost more than the book.. So, I would be most happy to take the copy off your hands!!! Or.. I could just go order the book maybe? Anyway, thanks for posting the book!

  69. I’d love to knit the drop-stitch cardi knit and cross front sweater!

  70. I wouldn’t mind giving a few of those patterns a go. I think your favorite is mine too from the all the photos you’ve shown.

  71. LN in TX says:

    I like that cardi! I need a pattern for one that would be on the quick side.

  72. I would love to win a copy of the book and try the patterns. Please enter me.

  73. These patterns look very wearale and comfy. Thanks for sharing.

  74. Would love to knit the first sweater.

  75. Although I’ve been knitting lace for a while now, I’ve yet to make a sweater of it! So this would be an interesting read. My kitties aren’t that into catnip that can’t be (for Hinky) worn all over or (for Tom) eaten entirely. Truly, these two goofballs are such fun when they’re nipped–she rolls in the stuff, and he cleans it off her. And that’s the only time he gets that close to her.
    CeltChick´s last blog post ..“Just breathe normally…”

  76. Ooooh, I love the first one you posted!
    mesha´s last blog post ..Things That Make Me Smile

  77. Hi Wendy, I would love to win the copy of the book. Hope you will have a Happy Easter!

  78. What a sweet mouse for a new sweet kitty who’s found it’s mommawholovesherthemostest! Also like the moibus style of cardigan!

  79. ooooh, loving your colors. i can’t wait to see it all put together!

    Thanks you for the chance for the book! It looks lovely!

  80. Now these knits are something I might actually wear because they wouldn’t be too warm for where I live in CA. I love the green cardigan.

  81. The patterns in the book look interesting. I like the first vest, but I’m not sure about knitting steel/wool.

  82. Love these patterns. I would do the twinset I know.

  83. The cross sweater is lovely. I’m wondering how it is joined. 🙂

  84. Andrea F. says:

    Thank you for your generosity. Lucy is a lovely lady!

  85. Louise F. says:

    Happy Easter and Happy Knitting!

  86. Deidre Corbet says:

    The pieces in this book are exactly how I want to dress. Would love to win a copy of it!

  87. Eileen Bunn says:

    Thank you for sharing..both your work and new products.

  88. I would be very interested in those patterns and your rainbow is looking lovely. Hi Lucy!

  89. Can you share the pattern you used as well as the brand and kind of yarn and the colors.

    It’s quite beautiful


  90. I finally am going to get some time to work on my knitting projects. I always enjoy new books. It would be nice to receive this one. Thank you. Jean

  91. Susan Lapierre-Jones says:

    I love your blog and I epecially love Lucy!

  92. I think my favorite is also the cross-drape top. It looks like an interesting book–it would be nice to win this one.

  93. This would be an awesome one to win! I appreciate the chance.

  94. love it!

  95. BreannaS says:

    Poor Lucy,

    The knitters kitty never has any mice just like the shoe makers children don’t have any shoes. LOL
    She doesn’t look too concerned.

  96. Debra Simon says:

    I have been looking at this book – it looks terrific!

  97. Those pattern do look lovely!

  98. Yay for catnip mice! I made one for my mom’s new cat, Romeo. Apparently, he’s already lost it. 😉

  99. Such a cute mousie!! And yes, oh yes, that looks like a wonderful book, I would *love* a copy 🙂

  100. I live the twin set … and the catnip mouse–my kitties need a couple of those!