My current work in progress:

Sundew,by Martin Storey, knit from Rowan Softyak DK, using 3.25mm and 4mm 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. Jennifer R. says:

    What a fabulous book! Thanks for the review & giveaway.

  2. sounds like a great go-to book!
    danielle´s last blog post ..Labor Day Weekend AKA 40th Wedding Anniversary!

  3. Looks like a great book….and as for Loki, they are soooo cute when they are asleep.

  4. Very cool book! I need to put that one on my list!
    Lee Cockrum´s last blog post ..Getting back on the horse! (And a rant about the poor writing I find on various blogs!)

  5. I love the Toran Door Hanging. Lots of great possibilities for holiday or seasonal colors!

  6. Marilyn (Merry) Fenton says:

    Jean’s patterns are always so fun and colorful. : )

  7. i knit xmas little gifts every year, so this book would be great to own!

  8. Loki is adorable! If I didn’t have dogs….

  9. MIchelle B. says:

    The book looks great. I’m so glad that you and Loki found each other.

  10. Susan Picciano says:

    What a fun looking book!

  11. This looks like a really neat book! Would love to have a copy. Your sweater turned our beautiful and I am so enjoying the pics of Loki:O))

  12. I’d love to win a copy of this book!

  13. I am intrigued by the book and the timing is great as I am seeking out smallish gifts to knit for holiday gifts. Thanks for the opportunity to own it. BTW – I’m loving the photos of Loki. He looks like he has quite a personality.

  14. Just what I need for Christmas inspiration!

  15. Ooooh love the baby cocoon!

    Loki is beautiful and he looks massive!

    I am on the lookout for a new cat, I hope I find a kitty as gorgeous and full of character as Loki
    Puddytatpurr´s last blog post ..Week 34

  16. Loki is adorable! And the book seems like a perfect way to ease into holiday knitting…

  17. I’d love to win this book!

  18. Your selections from the book look like fun to make. Also, loving all tha cablework you’re showing us. It leaves me dreaming of a particular sweater I want to knit once all my shoulder trouble is behind me. Thanks!

  19. Looks like a fun one! Johnston4kids on rav

  20. Looks like a great book. I would love to win it.

  21. Sounds like an interesting books with varied projects.

  22. The book looks great, and Loki is so adorable!
    Cassie´s last blog post ..September 1-7

  23. This book looks great! Would be a great addition to the knitting library. Thanks for the giveaway!

  24. Looks like a great book!

  25. Sharen Warren says:

    Need/Want this book!

  26. Adorable kitty! Book looks good too.

  27. I’d love to have a copy of this book – the welcome toran is particularly appealing! Thanks for sharing it with us readers. — Cate

  28. Suzanne Shattuck says:

    I don’t know what I like best, the sweater or the kitty! I guess I’ll have to go with the kitty because I am plus-size and could never afford the yarn. lol

  29. I would love that book! Have a new baby to knit for, a niece so would be handy.


  30. Elena Bales says:

    Gorgeous cat, and who can’t use a new knitting book?

  31. Nancy Pinn says:

    Beautiful kitty! Thanks for an opportunity to win another terrific prize.

  32. Would love to win that lovely book:)

  33. I too, have been following Jean and her wonderful tours. I would so love to go. I just need to convince a knitting buddy to go with me.
    I love the kitten stole and the Toran in this new book! What a fabulous idea to make the Toran as a new home gift. I have the perfect couple to make this for!
    Now I just need the book!

  34. Loki is such a cutie pie!

  35. looks like a great book – and just in time!