My current work in progress:

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


Crochet for Dolls

I did tell you a few weeks back that it was the start of book season, didn’t I? Well, I have another fun book to show you today!


This is Crochet for Dolls by Nicky Epstein, released on September 3, which is subtitled “25 Fun, Fabulous Outfits for 18-Inch Dolls.”

As I mentioned before, I really don’t crochet, but when offered a copy of this book for review I said “yes please!” because it looked so darn cute and I know that a lot of you are whiz-bang crocheters.

I have it on good authority (a Google search) that American Girl dolls are 18″ dolls, so these outfits will fit them nicely. And what a great holiday gift for a special child: a custom made wardrobe for their favorite dolls.

Aside: when I was a little girl I had Barbie dolls, and my mom sewed outfits and knit sweaters for them. When I got together with friends to “play Barbies” I was very popular indeed because my dolls had such a wonderful and unique wardrobe. All my friends wanted to play with me because they wanted to borrow my dolls’ wardrobe. So if you want to boost your child’s popularity, I know for a fact that a couture doll wardrobe will go a long way towards achieving that aim.

You can see the range of patterns complete with photos on Ravelry, here. Not only are the designs adorable, but the photostyling is awesome. A few of my favorites:


I think the styling on this photo is incredible, and the dress is so cute, but doesn’t look like it would be too difficult to make.

And this:


I just love this little flower child outfit! L-B, do you see this? 🙂

And this:


Check this out: the little princess outfit comes with a matching purse!

As I said, I do not crochet. So who would like to have my review copy of this great book?

To be entered in the drawing to win this book, leave a comment on this post by noon on Wednesday, September 11, 2013. The Random Number Generator will select a winner at that time.


The winner of the  Great Little Gifts to Knit giveaway is Shirley, who has been emailed. Thank you to everyone who left a comment!

Work in Progress

My current work in progress is being knit from Biotayarns’ Dakota White, Cormo Wool, 3ply, worsted weight, 200 yards per approx 3.6 oz skein. I’m not sure exactly how I found the yarn — I think I simply stumbled upon it on Etsy, here. (At the moment the yarn I am using is not available in their Etsy shop — I think I bought all that they had.)

Here’s my project:


This is going to be a poncho. I am knitting it from side to side, with the Celtic knot cables at the top of the piece. I will knit two identical pieces for the front and the back, then join them at the top to a knitted shoulder strap on each side that will extend out to the edge on each side. Then I’ll pick up and knit a ribbed collar.

I love this yarn because, first of all, it is Cormo wool. It’s natural color and it is minimally processed. The yarn has a “rough-hewn” look to it and is slightly uneven in places, giving it the look of handspun. It’s a three-ply, and is a lovely fat round yarn and it makes the cables really pop!



Thanks for all your nice comments about Loki. If he were to read them all he’d get a very swelled head. While I do still miss Lucy terribly and life just doesn’t seem right without her, I am very glad that I adopted this wonderful kitty.


He is sweet, goofy, and lovable, and I look forward to coming home to him every day. He is also huge: he weighs about twice what Lucy weighed and he is not done growing. And I swear his neck is as big around as mine!


Loki sez: “I am a growing boy!”



  1. Would love to win this book. Loki is a beautiful big boy! 😉

  2. Rosemary Johnson says:

    Nice job matching your poncho wool to Loki fur. My flats are light colored and I tend to wear black, so I invest in a lot of tape rollers….

  3. I would love to win the crochet book for dolls! That being said, I just adore Loki! He is such a beautiful kitty. I am not sure if I read Wendy Knits more for your knitting or for your kitty updates and pictures!

  4. Based on your post, I’m predicting a resurgence in the popularity of ponchos. Which is good, because the one I started some 7 years ago should really get finished and sent out into the world. Thanks for offering the crochet book, for your give away. I would love to try these patterns, both to get better at crochet, and so my girls can be as popular as you 😀 Even better if I could teach the one who wants to learn to crochet to make them for herself!

  5. I love ponchos, the simpler of design the better. Will your pattern eventually be available for purchase? It looks absolutely lovely. And Loki looks lovely, too. I know what you mean about Lucy. We had to put down our first cat in 2006, and after a few months got another one from the local rescue group. Personality-wide, they are very different kitties, and we love the incumbent as much as we did the original, but you just don’t forget the one(s) that came before.

  6. I would love to have this book. I have a granddaughter who has learned to crochet and she loves getting outfits for her Am Girl doll.

  7. I am so happy to hear that you and Loki and getting along well together. At the beginning of August, my little chihuahua of 13.5 years had to be put to sleep. It has been a very difficult time and I miss him every day, but nothing has helped more than to bring in a sweet little puppy girl to ease the quiet times. Loki is certainly a handsome man!

  8. I’d love this book! I might have to buy it if I don’t win it! Loki looks like such a joy to snuggle with!
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  9. Kristine M. says:

    Loki is an adorable knitting inspector!

  10. This would be a great gift for a friend.

  11. American Girl dolls were just starting out when I was a kid, and I feel like I grew up with the company. I have a young niece who is just about old enough to appreciate the AG dolls. It’d be great to win this book.

  12. Oh my gosh, these are so cute. My nieces, or should I say great nieces, would love these outfits for their dolls. And Loki is a charmer!

  13. The doll clothes are adorable, would love to have the book. It is a beautiful late summer day here on the west coast.

  14. OHHHHHH, would I LOVE to win the the crochet pattern book for dolls, especially AG dolls! Random Generator, please pick ME!!!!
    Loki agrees.

  15. My daughter has 10 AG dolls. I could do an outfit for each of them!
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  16. Can’t wait to see the finished poncho. It’s okay to always have place in your heart for Lucy. My first “little man” will always be with me even though he’s been gone 10 years. Jut keep your heart open for more love. I’m sure Loki is filling your days with joy. He’s such a beautiful young man. ( and a growing boy)
    And hey, his coloring goes with the poncho!

  17. Susan Picciano says:

    My cousin and I learned how to knit and crochet from our Grandma so that we could make our own Barbie clothes. We played Suzie & Judy runway show every Sunday at Grandma’s. Now I have grandaughters I knit clothes for their dolls. So sad they live so far away.

  18. love those BIG BOYS! when he hits 20 lbs, he’d better stop growing! 😉

  19. My granddaughter just received her first 18″ doll. I love to crochet, and have enough appropriate yarn for MANY wardrobes. Since I didn’t win the knitting book, I shall buy it, as I will do if I am not selected for this one. They are great!

  20. dorothy in kentucky says:

    I love your new project. Seems Loki does too. Did you give Loki his name or was that his name when he came to you? He is so opposite of Lucy he looks a clown and she was a princess.

  21. Loki is so cute! I would love the book, my daughter would like it even more.

  22. Carol Brookover says:

    I’ve been making doll clothes since I can remember. I had a wonderful pincushion doll with a crocheted pink dress and thought it was the most amazing thing ever. I’d love to win this book and give it a go for my great niece Ava!

  23. I belong to a group on Ravelry and I would love the crochet book for 18″ doll clothes.

  24. My daughter would love for me to have this book. And Loki is a beautiful boy!

  25. I would love to make a wardrobe for my grandaughter’s doll!
    ^)^ linda

  26. My 3 nieces all have AG dolls for which i sew and knit for. I would love to win this book so I could do crocheting for their dolls.

    Loki is a growing boy; what a sweetheart!

  27. Wendy, I think I am doing it right this time! I read the instructions about entering your contests! Well, I have two little great-granddaughters in Palmer, Alaska, that like the doll outfits I knit and crochet for them! I have never met them as they are great-granddaughters by “love”.
    Loki is so lucky to have found such a wonderful home and “mom”! You know, they do find you and pick you! Keep up the wonderful kitty stories! Only the very best to you, Jeanie

  28. This book.looks great!

  29. An interesting pastime…

  30. Rynette Coon says:

    This book is exactly what I have been looking for!

  31. 1st – as beautiful as you knit, you do really need to learn how to crochet, just to add the occasional edging or decorative touch to your knitting – with only one “needle” it really is so much simpler & faster (I crocheted for over 45 years before switching to knitting due to my wrist.)
    I’d like to put in my name for Nicky’s new book, as yours & hers are the only ones I’ve bought every single title published.

  32. I love crocheting for dolls, so this looks like it would be a fun book.

  33. Jeri Weiser says:

    First – I’m not interested in the book. But, I love to hear about Loki. And, my next project (OK, actually #2 in the lineup) is a poncho with Irish cable styling knit in two pieces. I am making it in a moss green. My pattern calls for fringe, but I’m not sure about that yet. Will your poncho have fringe?

  34. This book is so cute. Its on the Christmas list as a gift for my niece who is a new crocheter. Also getting the knit version for her sister, the new knitter
    They both love their American Girl dolls.
    Winning this book will make a 8 year old girl very happy and a 52 year old woman’s wallet a little happier too. 😉

  35. I would LOVE this book–I have 4 granddaughters that love their dolls and I would crochet all these cute outfits for them!!
    Thank you for offering this contest!!

  36. My son enjoys your Loki pictures! Thank you for the chance at the book. 🙂

  37. My little nieces (twins, age 5) would love these outfits for their dolls. I never made clothes for my daughters doll, but it would be fun to do it for the little ones!

  38. With 5 grand-nieces in the doll stage, this book would be a God-send, LOL, especially with Christmas just around the corner. Loki looks like quite the little warrior.

  39. I also miss Miss Lucy (and have BTDT re: ill kitty & missing her) – but Loki is such a charmer! In the photo of him on the bed/scratcher, I love how sturdy and substantial his legs are!!

    Oh – the book lokos great, but don’t include me in the draw, I just had to comment on kitty 🙂

  40. I’d love the book–my nieces and I play with 18″ dolls together!

  41. Gee, I learned to crochet before I learned to knit AND I have a four-year old granddaughter who loves to dress her dolls. Thanks for the chance to win!

  42. My cat uses the scratching block like a lounge just like Loki is doing in his picture. I am amazed at how long these items last – we have 4 cats all using the block and it is over 2 years old.

  43. Debra Simon says:

    I would love to have the new Nicky Epstein book! I have 2 granddaughters that I knit/crochet doll clothes for, and would love some new patterns.

  44. Linds Goodmsn says:

    the book would make me so happy. I make doll clothes for three little girls who have problems and it helps them cope.

  45. What a handsome boy you are, Loki! My grandma made Barbie clothes for me, and the Avon lady who visited my Mom also sold handmade Barbie clothes – I think Mom bought more Barbie clothes from her than Avon stuff! (Don’t put my name in for the book – I have minimal crochet skills!)
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  46. My girls would so love that book – 18 inch dolls are all they play with currently.
    I would love to make something that will be ‘easier’ to finish than the clothes I am working on for me!
    Please enter me for that draw!

  47. I would love to win this book. My granddaughter was sitting next to me when I opened your website to show her Lucy and Loki . She wants me to knit or crochet clothes for the american doll handed down from her older sister , especially the princess pink dress. I promised to pray really hard to for us to win this wonderful book. So here is my entry.

  48. Wendy, like you I don’t crochet, but my daughter does…and we have two little girls in our familywho’d LOVE crocheted duds for their new dolls! Thanks for this oopportunity… and HI to Loki!

  49. Winning the book would be fantastic! And Loki is looking very handsome and sleek.

  50. My twin ladies (6 ys) would love me to make them some new outfits for their dolls. So I’ll try my luck here. Thank you so much for giving that book away. Also, I really shouldn’t show them pictures of your lovely kitten. They’ve already been pestering me about pets 😉

  51. We have recently adopted 3 cats. The last of our elderly cats passed away and we lasted two weeks without any pets in the house. They don’t fill the hole in my heart but they allow my heart to grow with new love so the hole is not so much of my heart. Oh dear, philosophy in the morning. I must lie down.

  52. When my dad´s friend passed away earlier this year my son kept asking, is R still dead? Will he always be dead? And I answered, yes he will always be dead. Then he looked at me very annoyed saying, but mummy I think he has been dead long enough now!

    And so has Lucy, my grand mother and all those that we miss. In Sweden we always say that they are in Nangijala – the famous after death country Astrid Lindgren invented. And so it is! There they are, taking care of each other.

  53. These would make the most fun take-a-long projects! Thanks, Wendy!