My current work in progress:

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


Great Little Gifts to Knit

Last month Jean Moss contacted me to ask if I was interested in being part of her blog tour for her newest book, Great Little Gifts to Knit.


Of course I said yes. Jean Moss has been one of my knitting heroes for quite a while so whenever she contacts me I fell like an amateur musician being contacted by, say, Mick Jagger and asked to review his work.

So . . .the book is Great Little Gifts to Knit, and it is available now — good timing for getting a jump on your holiday knitting! There are thirty projects divided into sections for baby, hers, his, and home. And as the title suggests, all the projects are relatively small, so they will not involve a huge investment of time or money. They also use a variety of techniques, so you get a mini-lesson with each project you knit. For the sized items there are a nice variety of sizes, and the patterns are thorough and well-written, just what you would expect from Jean Moss. And there is a great techniques section in the back of the book.

I picked a favorite from each section:



This is the  “Cuddle Cocoon” — isn’t it sweet? I love that it comes in five different sizes, so you have some choices depending on the anticipated size of the baby. It is knit from Rowan Big Wool, so it is a fast knit. And there are two versions: an easy one knit ins a straight rib, and a more challenging version in a “swirl rib.”

From the “Hers” section:

Kitten's Paw stole

The  Kitten’s Paw Stole. I love, love, love this! The pattern has directions for two different weights of yarn, so you can make an airy light wrap or something a bit more substantial.

From the “His” section, my favorite is the Hendrix guitar strap and belt:


This is knit from linen yarn so it won’t stretch. Very clever!

And I think this is my favorite piece in the whole book, from the “Home” section:


The Welcome Toran Door Hanging. As the introductory text tells you, a toran is a Hindu or Buddhist door hanging that both welcomes guests to your home and celebrates events like weddings, births, and traditional festivals. This project is knit from cotton and cotton blend yarns (but you could of course use up your own odds and ends) and is a great introduction to stranded colorwork.

Each of the patterns tells you how long it will take to knit, be it a day, a weekend, or a vacation. Everyone is different of course and knits at a different speed, but it is nice to have these estimates.  The yarns used are all Rowan yarns, but you could easily sub others.

Jean is offering a free copy of this great book to one of my readers. Who’d like it?

To be entered in the drawing to win this book, leave a comment on this post by noon on Sunday, September 8, 2013. The Random Number Generator will select a winner at that time.

Be sure to visit the project gallery for this book to check out all the patterns. And stop in on all the stops of the blog tour:

Blog Tour Itinerary
Mon 2 Sep       Wendy Knits Wendy Johnson
Wed 4 Sep       WEBS    Kathy Elkins
Fri 6 Sep          Getting Stitched on the Farm Kristin Nicholas
Mon 9 Sep       Stolen Stitches Carol Feller
Tues 10 Sep     Knittedbliss Julie Crawford
Wed 11 Sep     Black Bunny Fibers Carol Sulcoski
Thur 12 Sep     Rhythm of the Needles Joanne Conklin
Fri 13 Sep        Tiny Owl Knits   Stephanie Dosen
Mon 16 Sep     Just Call Me Ruby Susan Crawford
Tues 17 Sep     Zeneedle Margene Smith
Wed 18 Sep     Redshirt Knitting Erika Barcott
Thur 19 Sep     A Friend to Knit With Leslie Friend
Fri 20 Sep        Craft Sanity Jennifer Ackerman Haywood
Mon 23 Sep     Connieleneknits Connie Lene
Tues 24 Sep     Knitsofacto Annie Cholewa
Wed 25 Sep     Ulla Bella Anita Tormoen
Thur 26 Sep     A Really Good Yarn Julie Schilthuis
Fri 27 Sep        Urban Yarns  Alexa Ludeman
Sat 28 Sep       Linda Marveng  Linda Marveng
Mon 30 Sep     Yarnings Jen
Tues 1 Oct       Tentenknits  Margaux Hufnagel
Fashion Crochet book giveaway
The winner of my copy of Fashion Crochet is Chris Reeske, who has been emailed. Thanks to everyone who left a comment!
Look at what I finally finished!
This is the Maidenhair Cardigan from Alice Starmore’s Aran Knitting. I made it from Wollmeise DK (a heavier yarn than called for in the pattern) and knit the smallest size. I also made it longer than directed so it’s more of a coat than a jacket.
I started knitting this in early June and finished it on August 31. Why did it take me so long? I also knit two other cardigans while I was making this — two of my three Camp Loopy projects.
I’ve started something new, but I’ll save that for my next blog post. As you can see, Loki is very excited about it!
He looks so innocent, doesn’t he? Do not be fooled! He is just resting up.


  1. This sounds perfect for holiday knitting…I’ve started one gift project, but still have most of the knit-worthy family to choose projects for. Thanks for a great giveaway!

  2. I would love this book!

  3. Ooooh, I have two people that guitar strap would be perfect for!

  4. Would love to win this book! And if Loki got shipped with it that would wonderful. Such a handsome kitty!

  5. Oh dear, I hope that doesn’t mean Loki is really a yarn lovin’ kitty and he really likes to ‘help’… Or is he just being a young kitty??? And your Maidenhair Cardi is just lovely!!

  6. I would definitely enjoy knitting gifts from that book! You are an amazing knitter and Loki looks like a very contented kitty!

  7. Oh, that Toran Door Hanging! I have two couples in mind who would adore being blessed by one of these to celebrate an event. What a lovely idea and unexpected use of yarn. I find myself doing more and more gift knitting; this book would surely get lots of use at my house. Thanks for the chance to win!

  8. I like the idea of the door hanger but ad a newish knitter it intimidates me. I love the baby cocoon and of course, the cat.
    Rachee´s last blog post ..#Knit scarf with #crochet roses. I’m going to bed now.

  9. I love little projects. I need to knit to help me relax after a day as a school librarian/Tech Teacher. Sounds like a perfect book.

  10. I’d love the book!

  11. Katy Schonbeck says:

    Jean’s work is always lovelylovelylovely! This book would make the perfect gift.for one of my fiber friends…and I’m ordering one for myself at our local bookshop today!!

  12. Looks like a good book. Love the cardigan. Loki is looking so comfy and very pretty today. Handsome is the better word.

  13. Your cardigan came out beautiful with the different patterns, Wendy. I’d love to win the book of gifts to make. Thanks! Can’t wait for the next mystery!

  14. I know that look, Lopi…you’re thinking cat mischief thoughts!

    Cardigan is fab – huzzah!
    Barbara Seiver´s last blog post ..A magnificent cat

  15. Beautiful cardigan. That book looks like a great idea for someone struggling to come up with knit ideas for the holidays that are not as time consuming as socks.

  16. What a wide variety of fun projects! Might be hard to give them away!

  17. Niki Vogler says:

    Love the baby cocoon and the door hanging!

  18. Would love the book – the guitar strap would make a great gift for my musical son.
    Jennifer´s last blog post ..A Tale of Two Needles and Two Bridesmaid Dresses

  19. Your cardigan looks beautiful! I’d love to win the book, good luck to everyone!

  20. Love your cardigan. Like the book too!

  21. What a wonderful treasury of unique projects. Is there a section for our four legged friends?

  22. Metta Thompson says:

    I’m going to be different – – – I have way too many knitting books (don’t include me in this wonderful giveaway), – – – another kind of stash? So, let me just say that Loki has what I’d like to call “rascal eyes”. In earlier days, we have raised many puppies – – – I really do know that look!! He’s really a beautiful cat. Knit – On!!

  23. Barb Edison says:

    You are very talented. Love all your work.

  24. I would love a copy of this book. It is full of great ideas for gift knitting. Thanks for the opportunity.

  25. That looks like a must have book. The shawl is beautiful!

  26. I am in love with the door hanging. What a gorgeous addition to a home!

    Your Maidenhair came out beautifully. Three substantial (jacket-sized) adult sweaters in three months is impressive.
    Jamie´s last blog post ..The Many Ways That Stash Multiplies

  27. what a great book! Cheers, — KAF

  28. Heidi (LunaKitty) says:

    Looks like a nice book – I love the idea of a linen guitar strap!

  29. Love the cardi…green is my favorite color. I haven’t knit for any of my 7 nieces and nephews yet but I might have to if I win the book ;). Welcome, Loki, Lord of Chaos.

  30. This book sounds delightful! And the Maidenhair is gorgeous. I love the feeling of finishing a project that has been put off for a while.
    Malika´s last blog post ..My Today

  31. Christmas is around the corner so I would love to win this book.

  32. Love your sweater. The book would be a great addition to my knitting library.
    Kathom´s last blog post ..Kilometers to Go Before I Sleep

  33. Love the baby cocoon!

  34. What a lovely book, I would love to win it!

  35. What a gorgeous sweater and a wonderful book. I love the idea of a blog tour. Thanks for posting the list…there are quite a few new ones (to me) that I’d like to check out.

  36. What an interesting-sounding book. I’d like to be entered into the contest, please.

    And the innocent-looking ones are always the troublemakers, aren’t they? I swear, it’d be so much easier if they looked evil when they’re about to unleash trouble!
    sprite´s last blog post ..with apologies

  37. your jacket is just beautiful! and I would of course love to win this pretty book.
    best wishes from Iceland
    Fríða´s last blog post ..FO nr 60/2013

  38. Would love to win the book & I love seeing pics of Loki, the little rascal! 🙂 Have a great Labor Day weekend everyone in the US!!

  39. Oh my goodness, I want to make the Welcome Toran!
    Lisa´s last blog post ..Spindle Bag-Little China Girl by lazysockmonkey

  40. I just love these, I need it! also, is one of the LYS’ you are going to anywhere near Portland?
    FrankKnits´s last blog post ..My Lady, we cannot delay…. okay we can delay 🙂

  41. Would love to win this book. Loki is so darling asleep!

  42. Jean is one of my heros, too. Looks like a great book.

  43. This looks like a great book, I’d love to win it! Thanks so much!

  44. What a great book of knitting diversions! Thanks for the chance to win.

    Loki looks like he has really made himself at home with you. A great fit. Congratulations on the new family member!
    pdxknitterati/michele´s last blog post ..Happy September!

  45. Those are good selections, of course, but my favorite is the odalisque hat & headband!

  46. I would love this book especially for the Toran door hanging pattern. I need one of those on my deck! Nina

  47. Loko is a beautiful cat. He looks like he could get into a lot of things. Would love to win this book.

  48. Love the looks of this book. The cardigan looks great too!

  49. What a beautiful book. I love all the bright and cheerful colors. Congratulations on Loki; he is a handsome man.

  50. Jennifer B says:

    Thanks for the chance to win! I’m loving the projects that you’ve highlighted.

  51. Is there a pattern in the book to knit that handsome white cat?

  52. I would love this book. I need some new gift ideas.
    Charlotte Thomas´s last blog post ..Picnic Update

  53. That looks like a great book – will have to buy it if I don’t win it. Loki seems to be very happy.

  54. This sounds like a great book. Thanks for the chance to win it.

  55. This book looks like it has some very useful patterns in it. My son is a guitar player, and being a college student, I’m always at a loss for something to knit for him. The guitar strap would be perfect! Loki looks like he’s making himself right at home! What an adorable kitty!

  56. I would LOVE a chance to win this book! 🙂
    Lilie´s last blog post ..Dragonfly Sample Hat – WIP

  57. Love the patterns in this book! I sure would like to win it 🙂

  58. I love one-skein books, and the patterns you showed look great. Would love to win, but will consider buying if I don’t. Loki looks like he’s really filling out and growing up – beautiful kitty.

  59. Savannagal says:

    Oh my gosh. You just burn through patterns. Your sweater is gorgeous. I hope I will be as skilled as you some day.

  60. Love some of those knitted gifts!

  61. I would love that book! The door hanging is so lovely

  62. What wonderful patterns – I would certainly be quick to cast on with many of these!

  63. I would love to win

  64. Sylvia Jordan says:

    Love jean moss! Would definitely like to have book

  65. Have to say the wensleydale tea cozy is my fav!

  66. The cocoon is too sweet!
    The book is a gem – thanks for sharing it with us.

  67. I would love the book. I’ve been on a quick knit kick lately.

  68. I would love to win this book. It looks amazing.

  69. What an interesting book! And what a gorgeous kitty 🙂
    MicheleinMaine´s last blog post ..Lavender Lattice Sweater Bag by ThreeBagsFullStudio

  70. I love quick projects – no time to get bored! Just in time for holiday knitting.

  71. What a great book. That door hanging looks like a fun knit.

  72. Melissa Vink says:

    Wow very nice book! Thanks for the chance

  73. Love the baby wrap

  74. The book looks great, and I love Maidenhair. However, it’s Loki that’s making me want to run out and get another cat.

  75. The book looks fantastic – thanks for the opportunity to win it! Loki is just delightful and is reawakening my need to have a house cat…sigh.

  76. I really love that door hanging – Jean Moss does it again!

  77. Kaye Reynolds says:

    Sounds like a very good book to have for some quick holiday knitting. Loki is a very handsome fellow who seems to be supervising his household well.

  78. I have to agree with you on the Welcome Toran Door Hanging. Utterly charming. Congratulations on Maidenhair…she’s on my to-do list.

    Loki is absolutely delightful, and what a handsome guy he is. From experience, I’ve found neutered males to be the most affectionate and wonderful pets.
    Angeluna´s last blog post ..9/11 Remembrance and an Odd Momento

  79. Looks like a great book, especially for a procrastinator like me. Loki had THE cutest nose!!!
    Susan´s last blog post ..2011: A Fibery year

  80. I would love to knit some gifts from this book! You picked some great favorites. Thanks for the giveaway!

  81. Wow what a fantastic book! Would love to win!

  82. Love that scarf pattern.

    Thanks for the chance to win this book.

  83. Would love to be in to win; I do have to wonder how you get so much knitting done? I try but with 2 sons and a husband, plus all the housework and the cats I don’t get anywhere near enough knitting time.
    Rachelle – Warming Crafts´s last blog post ..A Spring Garden

  84. I’d love to win this, and also appreciate the list of knitting blogs to check out.

  85. The cuddle cocoon is so, so cute!

  86. I love that baby cocoon and I have just the baby coming for it!

  87. I love the patterns you featured. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy.

  88. Jackie Wilson says:

    Just great!

  89. Kris Peters says:

    Looks like a very handy book to add to my library…….pick me!

  90. love your picks from the book. I would love to make all of them. I certainly hope my number comes up. Looking forward to your crochet adventures..

  91. Hi to Wendy and Jean, It has been years, but I used to be on a mailing list that offered free patterns frequently. I loved those patterns!

    Wendy, your new Maidenhair Cardi is great and your new kitty adorable.

    I love the Jubilee Jacket, Hugs socks, and the Welcome Toran. I guess that ties into the Tree of Life kit I purchased from you. It turned out wonderfully. The tie being that I love stranded knitting. Thanks for the Boo pattern.

    Thanks for a chance to win your latest book Jean and for Wendy being the blog host at the first stop! With love and kisses — Deb

  92. so many beautiful things…that Toran Door Hanging is calling my name. thanks for the giveaway offer.
    deanna7trees´s last blog post ..some unusual lace…

  93. Would love to win this book, especially with a grandbaby on the way!

  94. The cardigan turned out quite intriguing. Love it! Loki looks so sweet and happy! Thx Mom…

  95. Sandra Kerr says:

    I love smaller projects to do amongst my larger ones!

  96. dorothy in kentucky says:

    I love the cardi/ jacket. I am going to steal that Loki he is amazingly cut such a little look in his eyes. Lucy was such a little princess and this guy is the jester I can tell. 🙂

  97. dorothy in kentucky says:

    Oops I meant cute and little devil look in his eyes.

  98. I would love to knit the coccoon. We are expecting 2 babies in the family in January. This would give me enough time to knit a layette.

  99. Deborah Gajee says:

    Great for gift giving too. A friend recently started knitting again after she saw me knitting “Just as you like it” for a friend and this would be a great book for her.

  100. Deborah Gajee says:

    The name of the scarf is “As You Like It”