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.

More Rainbow

I am still knitting along on my Rainbow Viajante.


I used up my first skein of yarn (238 grams-worth) and have started a second skein. I’m not sure how big I will make this, but I am thinking another 18 – 20″ in length. I’ve got tons of yarn, so can knit until I’m happy with it.

I’ve got a few new books to review, so I thought I’d do one today.


This is Classic Elite Shawls, Wraps & Scarves: 20 Ideas * 3 Ways, a Sixth & Spring book. It’s a book of wraps with a twist: each idea is worked in three different ways, so for the 20 ideas you get 60 patterns. Nice, huh?

The idea can be a color, a stitch pattern, a technique, a fiber type — you get the idea. Here’s a couple of pages from the Table of Contents:


This is the selection of patterns for the short row idea:


The patterns all use Classic Elite Yrns (the title gives that away) and they are all clearly written, some with charts, some without. There is nothing terribly complex here, but a lot of very pretty wraps for you money.

Who’d like my review copy?

To be entered in a drawing to receive my copy, leave a comment on this blog post by noon Eastern Time on Wednesday, May 1, 2013. The Random Number Generator will select a winner from among the comments.

Lucy is having her usual Sunday here.



  1. Sure looks like a great book!

  2. That book is my cup of tea….and so is the rainbow Kauni…. Working on damask pattern sweater, even as I type. I’m not nearly as speedy a knitter as you, however.
    Cindy in un-Happy Valley´s last blog post ..Color, a day late, and definitely short!

  3. The rainbow lifts my spirits and the book looks fascinating,

  4. Terri Puett says:

    Love the scarf and the book looks great!

  5. I’d like the Classic Elite idea book review copy!

  6. I would love to have the book – shawls are the perfect knitted gift since one size fits most. Your newest one is a beauty too; I’ll be adding it to my queue.

  7. Would love the book!

  8. Love the Rainbow. i llike to make scarf as gifts, so please RNG pick me!

  9. Book looks interesting. Would love to be picked…

  10. Would love a copy of the book to add to my library. I’m a daily stitcher (knit and crotchet both) and am always looking for new techniques, patterns, etc.

  11. I’d love to win the book. Just my kind of knitting!

  12. Kim Veach says:

    Looks like a great book!

  13. I love the idea of being able to take a design and pick from all of those variations! Sounds like a fun book.

  14. Love knitting shawls so this book would be great!

  15. I’m needing some new and fresh ideas for neck ware.

  16. Linda Kelly says:

    How greeat would it be to play with this book!! Have a great day!!

  17. Another great give-a-way. I would love to win this book. I love the rainbow colors in your Viajante shawl. It will be beautiful when you are done.

  18. I love knitting shawls, scarves and wraps; I’d love to win the book!

  19. Savannagal says:

    Love the colors of your scarf. Beautiful.

  20. Rainbow is nice, Lucy is too cute! Thanks for the opportunity to win such a great book!

  21. Thank you for offering the book – it looks great! I was so sad not to be able to go to the fling (being a local and all) but I’m glad travel for all wasn’t too bad and hope you all had a great time! It’s so exciting to see your cat on your blog! Wouldn’t it be great to be a lazy cat all the time!?!

  22. This book sounds like a great idea — I’m always changing something in a pattern.

  23. The book looks great. Thanks for the giveaway.

  24. Scarves can be so classy looking. I’d love to win this book! Thank you!
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  25. The book looks great! I love making accessories.

  26. Lynne S. says:

    Sure; I’d love a copy. Thanks, Wendy.

  27. Linda Casey says:

    Classic Elite is one of my favorites. Thanks for being so generous with your giveaways.

  28. Yippee, a new book! Would love to win!

  29. Denise in Ohio says:

    Here’s my “entry.”

  30. Suzanne Wilsey says:

    Here’s to the gods of random number generation — I’d love the book!

  31. Sharen Warren says:

    I would really like to win a copy of this book! You are so kind to offer these contests.

  32. Oooooh! I am totally in love with scarves and wraps right now, so please put me in the pool for your review copy!

    And I love your rainbow, very cheery.
    Carrie´s last blog post ..A Story for Generations: Home Front Girl

  33. Loving the progress 🙂

  34. I would truly love to own this book. So many projects, so little time.

  35. I would enjoy this book. Maybe it will be my lucky day. Have a god week!

  36. I would love this book! thanks for offering it.

  37. 236 comments and counting…:) it looks like a great book!!

  38. Betty Eliassen says:

    You can’t have too many wraps!

  39. Lynne in Florida says:

    Viajante is looking really good! Carry on knitting. I’d love the book …

  40. Love the cowl on the cover and would love to win the book! KathyR

  41. I’d love to win the book!

  42. CatSamalea says:

    What a beautiful book – thank you for opportunity to win!

  43. I’m so waiting to see your finished Viajante. I’m thinking I want to knit one and I love the idea of using the Kauni. The book seems wonderful, very handy to have so many choices.

  44. Beautiful rainbow coming off your needles! I would love the book.

  45. I would love to have this book!

  46. Lovely scarf and great prize.

  47. I would love to win anything but this book would be okay too.

  48. I love to knit scarves and shawls. The book will not collect dust on a bookshelf if I am the lucky winner!
    Marji´s last blog post ..Melbourne to Frankston and Back

  49. That rainbow color is so pretty!
    Cleo14´s last blog post ..Catch Up

  50. I love scarves and shawls – no fitting 🙂 Thank you for offering a chance to win this book.

  51. Your giveaways are the best! This looks really cute.

  52. More photos of lucy please.

  53. more photos of lucy please

  54. OMGosh, I’ve been loving shawls & scarves lately, since my 20 something daughter convinced me to wear more open necklines. I would love love love this book.

  55. I can’t wait to make my own variation!

  56. Soxy Jane says:

    Sure, I’d love the book! I’m on a shawl kick, so it would be perfect for me.

  57. Love the rainbow scarf – have been meaning to buy some Kauni for ages and think you have convinced me it has to be soon!

    Lucy looks so cosy – purrrrrrrrrr!

  58. That book looks great! Would love to win.

  59. That looks like a beautiful book! Thanks for sharing once again!
    Also, LOVE your rainbow!

  60. Carolyn McClain says:

    I would love a copy of the book!!! Lots of goodies inside.

  61. Heather K says:

    I love shawls, the more, the merrier – hope I luck out this time, LOL,
    smiles, Heather

  62. Dottie H. says:

    Love shawl patterns. They always fit.

  63. Rainbow all the things!

  64. I would totally LOVE this book! I have so many totally amazing shawl books, would love more. <3

    Your rainbow is absolutely gorgeous.
    Annastasia´s last blog post ..The Strokes – Comedown Machine

  65. Looks like a great book.Please put my name in the hat.

  66. Hi Wendy, I would love to enter your book drawing. Hope all is well with you, Miss Lucy and the KOAR>

  67. Dorothy in Kentucky says:

    Lucy looks happy as always. Such a love. I would love a chance at this book. Thanks for sharing as always.

  68. Thanks for sharing your bounty of books . I’ve been dropping by for a few years… even I can’t believe how long I have reading your blog… and I do love when you feature books. Pick me oh great random generator … thanks again..

  69. Loony Nuna says:

    Lucy doesn’t look very interested in the book, but I am. Thanks for sharing with whoever wins. 🙂

  70. Jennifer E. says:

    Classic Elite is the best and Lucy too

  71. Michelle says:

    Pretty rainbow!! Pretty wraps!!

  72. That’s a neat idea for a book and sounds like something that wouldn’t just sit on my shelf. In short, I sure hope I win.

    Stay well!

  73. OH yes please I would love to have this book!

  74. Kim Craigs says:

    Thank you for the opportunity to win! 🙂

  75. Mary Lou says:

    Any chance of another mystery KAL in the near future? I have received tons of compliments on last summer’s shawl!

  76. Would love this book. Just started to knit. Long time crocheter.

  77. The book looks like fun. I hope sequester is not having a large effect on you.

  78. What an interesting book!

  79. Suzanne Shattuck says:

    This giveaway is perfect timing for me. I have recently wanted to try my hand at a shawl or wrap. This book would be awesome. Thank you!

  80. I was just thinking today how I wanted a new scarf pattern to knit that wasn’t terribly complicated but could keep my interest. This book sounds like fun! And just the thing I might need 😉
    Melissa´s last blog post ..It’s Not About Me

  81. DeAnne Nelson says:

    Beautiful colors in the rainbow! Interesting book concept. I’d love to win it!

  82. Shawls are my favorite thing to knit these days. This book looks very appealling.

  83. I’ve recently rediscovered knitting and thoroughly love knitting anything on interchangeable circular needles. I’m especially fond of making deliberate holes in my work. Thank you for your well written instructions and reviews. And for offering this review copy to one of us lucky readers.

  84. Thanks for always being so generous with the book give-aways. And I love the shots of Lucy — keep them coming!

  85. I’ve always enjoyed looking at Classic Elite Yarns patterns online. Thanks for giving away your review copy, Wendy!

  86. What an awesome book! I would love to have it!
    Catt Grown´s last blog post ..A Cowl, Some Scarves, A Hat and WIP Wednesday

  87. Carol Cross says:

    I would love a book with so many ideas.

  88. Lisa Olson says:

    I’d love to enter and win the book!

  89. I’ve recently rediscovered the pleasures of knitting and appreciate your informative blog. Seeing Lucy is an added plus. Thank you for offering your latest review book copy to one of us lucky readers.

  90. Enjoy your blog very much and I have to have my Lucy fix everyday. The new book sounds like what I would enjoy and use.

  91. Oops! I didn’t mean to post twice. Just count me once.

  92. Add me to the list of wannabee winners!

  93. maureen says:

    Hope I’m not to late! Thank you..