My current work in progress:

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



Last week I got a review copy of a knitting book:


This is Knitologie by Lucy Main Tweet, and it is subtitled “Creating Personal Heirloom Knits With Monograms as Simply as Cast-On and Cast-Off.”

The author had worked in fashion for such companies as Talbots, Evan Picone, J. Crew, and Bernard Chaus. After retiring she was looking for a new hobby to take up — she had done needlepoint throughout her working life. At her mother’s suggestion, she took up knitting. At the very start she admits that she is a novice knitter.

She wanted to do something interesting with her limited knitting skills — casting on, knitting, purling, and casting off. So she came up with the idea of personalizing basic pieces with her initials, starting with a plain scarf, personalizing it with her initials.


A good part of this book consists of fairly large charts of the alphabet to be used with the variety of simple patterns for square pillows, mittens, mitts, rectangular scarves, and baby caps. You could work the graphs in knit on a purl background, purl on a knit background, or in two colors.


The book is beautiful: it is a large format hardcover book with lovely photography, and it even has a cute ribbon bookmark attached to it.

But if you are anything but a novice knitter, you will probably be disappointed by the content. There is very little to challenge here. And you can find alphabet graphs free on the internet.


However, if you are a new knitter and tire of making endless plain scarves, this book can offer you some creative ideas for jazzing up your projects without having to know a lot of advanced techniques. You (or perhaps an older child you taught to knit) can create a number of very nice personalized gifts using the patterns in the book.


I am actually not going to offer this book in a giveaway because I know a relatively new knitter who I think this book would be perfect for, so I am going to give it to him.


I am making progress on Pomme de pin. I’ve worked the body to the armholes, separated, and am almost done with the back:


I ought to be able to complete the side fronts within the next couple of days. I am going to have to re-do the sleeves. As written, the pattern directs you to knit long skinny tubes for sleeves and set them into not-generous armholes. I know this will make this sweater very uncomfortable to wear, so I have already deepened the armholes. I plan to make the sleeves a little bigger around because I hate the feeling of tight sleeves. I will also knit them flat and seam them — I see no advantage in knitting them in the round.

So there.


Thank you for all the comments welcoming Loki home. He is settling in nicely here, so much so that he consented to pose for some glamour shots.


The up-side-down shot:


The shy kitty shot:


The candid shot:



  1. Loki looks wonderful and content.

  2. Cathie Jones says:

    Love the kitty porn! LOL I see mischief in his eyes, and bet he can get into a fair bit of trouble.

  3. Sootz wants to say “thank you” for the pin up shots of Loki. She thinks he is one handsome dude! Sending purrs and headbonks to Loki from the 6-pack.

  4. Ruth Porter says:

    Your beautiful boy seems to be settling in. I look forward to more pictures.

  5. Great pictures of your boy and thanks for sharing.

  6. Cecilia David says:

    He is really a beautiful/handsome fellow. I am hoping for more of those pictures. cd

  7. Knitologie looks pretty interesting – as a fairly new knitter I am often on the lookout for projects that are not too involved, but have a bit of personality – I’ll have to look out for this book. Loki is such a cute little guy. When I was a kid my family had two lilac point Siamese cats – at that time it was a brand new color variety of Siamese cat. As I recall their color continued to darken over the years.

  8. Loki seems to be setting in nicely. He is really is a cutie.

  9. Didn’t think anyone could be as photogenic as Lucy, but this guy has a way with the lense. Intense blue eyes. Oh, yeah, nice idea on the knit book and seaming sleeves. How does one know if the armholes need to be deepened?? Just made second cardigan, and indeed, too tight under arm and upper sleeve.

  10. Loki is such a lovey-bun!

  11. I have to agree with you Wendy, that this book is not for me. However I have a few tender knitter who would find it wonderful. I think I will picking up a few copies to tuck under a tree or too. What can I say about Loki My Jaz thinks he is so handsome, I have to agree with her..

  12. Joan in Wisconsin says:

    So happy for you that you are giving Loki a home. The photos today made me LOL. He looks like a wonderful guy and I too am looking forward to more photos. Am glad you got such a different contrast of color from Luci –

  13. Carole N. says:

    Wendy, The book looks very interesting and how dear of you to pass it along to a new knitter! He will be so thrilled with great projects for home décor too! I can’t wait to see your sweater completed and did I mention that I like the neutral color you chose. (Yes, last week) LOL … Loki is already a ham and almost too willing to pose for pictures! haha What a fuzzy photo friend he is turning out to be!

  14. Barbara B. says:

    So happy for you and Loki! What a beautiful cat!

  15. Yay, seaming! Better structure and you’re so good at it!

    Rose and Loki would surely tie for first place in a contest of soft, fuzzy, white tummy fur!
    Oh, okay, Loki, you get first in kitties, but Rose gets first in doggies! 🙂

  16. Love the Loki pics 🙂

    I will be knitting the Pomme de pin too and appreciate your comments, as I will also probably want to add some roominess going on your description – something to watch out for…

  17. What a cute kitty! Does he “help” you knit yet?

  18. Oh Wendy,
    I’m so very sorry to hear of Lucy’s passing. My computer was down for quite a while and I didn’t know. She was so beautiful and I loved seeing her in her many pictures, complete with added quips.
    After following you and her on your website for so long, many admirers will
    miss her…I know I will. My Cassie is 13 and Zoe will be 8. As much as I love my little companions, I know it will be devastating when their time comes.

    Lucy had a very loving family to live with so I know she is happy keeping her eyes on you and your new kitty. He’s gorgeous, too. Loki is a lucky kitty.

    Best wishes and heartfelt condolences,
    Lauren, Cassie and Zoe……in West Michigan

  19. Loki is quite the camera ham already.

  20. Sandy Officer says:

    Loki looks like a beautiful cat. I hope you have many great years together.

  21. Lauren,
    I think all of us that have 4 legged children agree totally with your comments. Those times will come which we all wish they would not. So sorry, sweet Lucy is gone. Peace be with her. Jane

  22. Mary Tole says:

    He seems to be settling in nicely. I see a twinkle in his eye and I think Loki has quite a personality that will show more and more each day. Loki is a beauty. Since he is younger then Lucy he will also be more active as well but then again tom cats are more laid back. Enjoy each other and thanks for sharing. I look forward to a lot more pictures and stories of his antics.

  23. Loki is wonderful! I think he’s one lucky kitty. We are all going to enjoy getting to know him.

  24. Will miss seeing Lucy. 🙁 But, at the same time, will enjoy seeing more of Loki. 🙂

  25. penelope dubois says:

    I can’t get over how so perfect Loki is for you! Rescue animals pick us out!
    Annie picked me out when I went to the shelter, after I lost my Maine Coon, Buster.
    They always seem so grateful!

  26. Charlotte says:

    Yesterday, I arrived home with another lovely, but a duplicate knitting book from Goodwill to give away to a knitting friend because once again I didn’t have an updated list in the car. Fortunately, other than ones like yours, most of Nicky Epstein’s, and the updated Principle of Knitting, I buy very few new books, but your e-mail today, your previous giveaways, & remembering an e-mail last year when you did a major clearing out, made me wonder.
    What knitting books would you never give away (regardless of whether you have them now or not)?

  27. Ok, the glamour shots of Loki made me giggle! He’s a cutie, for sure. Has he taken well to being groomed? My little lady kitteh lets me do just about anything at all to her, as long as I talk baby talk to her while I’m working. I’m trying to figure out what sort of jumper to make for her. I’ve already decided Mr. TomTom needs a turtleneck.
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  28. Waiting for the paw floof shots. I love me some paw floof. How are Teddy and Wanda dealing with Loki. (He sure is cute)

  29. Wow, Loki is one beautiful kitty. That fur looks like a field of milkweed. Although I do think once he settles in, we’ll need to see a close-up of those oven-mitt paws.

  30. Mary E Osborne says:

    Beautiful kittah!

  31. Thanks for the close up shots of Loki, he is a handsome boy!

  32. Loki knows how to play to the camera–he’s a star!!

  33. Hah! Loki loves the flying upside down pose as much as my guys do! And they have the same cubes to play in. Really, he’s a doll. Keep enjoying him. We’re loving the eye candy from this end! best wishes

  34. Congrats on Loki, looks like he’s settling in well! My Loki is a 75# red husky mix who is snuggling with one of the cats right now!

  35. Pamela Beeching says:

    Lovely to know more men are knitting!

    Loki is obviously a gift to the camera! He has taken to posing prettily (and a little scandalously, if I might be so bold as to mention it) like a duck to water!

  36. Catherine S. says:

    The camera loves Loki, doesn’t it? 🙂 He looks very content. Thanks for the book review: I have a couple of new neighbors who want to learn to knit and these look like wonderful and non-boring projects for the novice. Plus, I’m a sucker for books with ribbon markers.

  37. Wishing you many years of contentment with your dear Loki! He’s a handsome boy!
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  38. Welcome to Loki! What a looker. My mother has a rag doll, and swears she knows the word “beautiful”! (Our lovely tabby prefers to focus on words like T-R-E-A-T.) Looks like Loki is happily adjusting to his new home. So glad you have a new companion – I loved the shots of Lucy and her days. Sharing her, and now Loki, makes your blog special.

  39. Loki looks like a mischief- maker! Thanks for all the kitty spam!
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  40. Looks like you two are getting to know each other well. Great pics, looking forward to seeing more…

  41. Loki has beautiful eyes! He looks like he is such a good kitty.
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  42. Lynne in Florida says:

    Love the tenderly held cattoy in the upsidedown shot – Loki is a star already! Also love the sweater. Thanks for the tip re the sleeve and armholes – will definitely use it! I hate hate hate tight armholes. Maybe the ultra-skinny body types can deal with it, but those of us more fully endowed suffer.

  43. I like the simplicity of Knitologie designs but I’m mostly excited about my Toe up Socks in a box which I just received in the mail! I got hooked on toe up socks after knitting your Vintage Lace socks from Wendy Knits Lace. My Christmas presents are in the works! Thank you!
    Loki is a cutie. I have a Lola. Cats are the best knitting pals when you are knitting lace.

  44. My deep condolences on the loss of your beloved Lucy. She did go way too soon, but there is some comfort in knowing she could not have been more loved, doted upon, and appreciated each and every day. Just a week before Lucy’s passing, we completely unexpectedly lost our perfect, beloved cat to one of those horrid blood clots to the back legs. Lily wasn’t quite 5 and we, too, were grateful for her daily. Even with two new kittens, we still haven’t gotten over the shock (but they are a distraction!). Loki is precious and I wish you 20+ years of bliss together. He’s one very lucky guy!