My current work in progress:

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


More Quick Knits!

I have here a review copy of the latest book in the “60 Quick Knits” series:


This is 60 Quick Knits From America’s Yarn Shops, released earlier this month by Sixth and Spring Books. Here is the publisher’s description:

The 60 patterns in this stunning collection come from yarn stores across the US, who chose the styles their customers like best. Created especially for the book by more than 40 designers associated with the stores—an owner, employee, or customer—and featuring the popular and versatile Cascade 220® yarn line, the projects range from accessories (purses, shawls, socks, and hats) to baby items to home decor—all in a range of skill levels so both beginners and advanced knitters will find something to enjoy.

You can browse through some sample pages from the book on the publisher’s website, here.

This is a lovely collection of patterns, all of which can be completed pretty quckly (hence the title of the book). There is a nice variety of items, from a felted purse:


A beautiful textured scarf:


And a colorblock pullover for a small child:


These are just a few of the patterns that caught my eye. There truly is a little bit of everything.

All of the patterns call for Cascade yarns, from the “Cascade 220” family, in various weights. You could of course substitute a different yarn, but it’s nice to know you could replicate a pattern exactly by using the same yarn since Cascade is so widely available.

This is a book of patterns only: no “how-tos” or tutorials. There is, of course, a list of abbreviations used in the back of the book, and each pattern is clearly written and any charts used are clear and easy to see.

This is a collection that would be great to keep on hand for those times you need to whip out a quick gift, not to mention something lovely for yourself.

The kind folks at Sixth and Spring offered to do a giveaway for my blog readers, so I can keep my review copy. Who’d like a copy of this great book?

To be entered in the drawing to win a copy of  60 Quick Knits From America’s Yarn Shops please leave a comment on this blog post by Sunday, December 1 at 11:00am Eastern time. A winner will be chosen at random at that time.

Meanwhile, I am knitting along on Hitofude. I have the top portion completed.



Now I am knitting the below-the-waist part — that will be a lot of knitting as I plan to add length.



And by special request, a photo of Loki’s cat pants!



He has some serious floof going on back there!


  1. Add me to the drawing, please! Some of those patterns look really nice.

  2. Oh, yes, I’d really like to have this book, Wendy. I checked out the link with the samples of the pages and I love that cable cap! Thanks, Wendy!

  3. I’d love to be the winner!

  4. I’d love that book. I also love that fluffy cat!
    Lauren´s last blog post ..Finished Project: Raituli

  5. I would love to win too!

  6. Thanks for the chance to win this book. This series has been a good one!

  7. Love these books! Thanks for the giveaway. Loki is such a pretty boy!

  8. I’m not entering the giveaway. I just wanted to say around my house we would call Loki’s “cat pants” a cute little bushy tushy.

  9. I love working with cascade 220 and would love to see what other patterns are in this book -the textured scarf is a favorite!
    Angela Hockabout – Knit Luck´s last blog post ..Working

  10. I do love a good quick knits book 🙂
    Renee Anne´s last blog post ..Y2: Self-Imposed Year of Projects – Update #47

  11. I would love a quick knit book. Those kitty fluff pantaloons are a riot! He looks like he is covered in static electricity!

  12. My goodness Loki’s looking handsome. Love the cat pants 🙂

  13. Loki is so floofy! It’s been really cold in Oregon this week and I could use a warm floofy cat in my lap.

  14. Love Loki’s cat pants! Such a floofy boy!

    Love the book and would not mind having a copy for myself!

  15. Oooh, I love the 60 Quick Knit series. Thanks for the chance.
    Hev´s last blog post ..Umm…new room help

  16. I have a (formerly) floofy kitty too. I inherited my mother’s flame point kitty last month. He was so matted, we had him shaved. He’s slowly getting his floofiness back.
    Please put my name in the book drawing. Thanks!!

  17. Would love to win the book – I love this series. Love the floof of Loki as well – do you have to brush to keep his coat untangled?

  18. Loki’s got some serious floof going on! What a gorgeous kitty!

  19. Love Cascade 220, especially in the Aran weight. Pick me, please. And thanks for sharing!

  20. Shirley Gallagher says:

    Please add me to the drawing for the book. And your sweet Loki grows more gorgeous every day.

  21. Hm, I couldn’t find any pages on the publisher’s website, but I did find the book on Ravelry. Lots of great mittens and hats!
    Robin V´s last blog post ..Changing Seasons

  22. Please include me in the drawing! I enjoy working with cascade yarns and I like patterns for easy to make items especially when I need to make someone a gift! Loki is so cute! I love love love his floof!
    Stephanie S´s last blog post ..Autumn Fern Möbius

  23. Elaine in NYC says:

    The book would be lovely. His Floofiness is indeed handsome!

  24. Some quick knits sound really good right about now. Why, oh why, do I wait until the last minute to do my Christmas knitting???? I would love to win the book.

  25. Would very much love to have this book. I looks great.
    I love Loki

  26. This book would have made my holiday knitting way easier! I would love to have this book.

  27. It’s always nice to have quick knit ideas with Christmas so near.

  28. Love those floofy pants!

  29. MIchelle B. says:

    Quick knits are always useful! Love Loki’s cat pants too! He has changed so much since you got him.

  30. Add me to the drawing, please. Love Loki’s cat pants.

  31. Looks like a good book to have on my shelf. Thanks, Wendy!

  32. Yes, please enter me in the drawing. I have made several pieces from other books in this series and they have all turned out great! I love Loki!

  33. Love Loki’s cat pants! The book looks great. Thank you for the opportunity to win it.

  34. you had me at “Cascade 220″… lovin’ the pants, Loki!!

  35. Love the scarf that was pictured! And Loki, of course. 😉

  36. Loki’s the king of floof!

  37. Cascade 220 — great stuff! I’d love to have the book so am putting a lucky * right there!

    Loki is a delight!

  38. Would love that books….as the World’s Slowest Knitter, quick knits always catch my eye!

  39. what a cool giveaway! Loki’s the real prize here though, I’m guessing!

  40. Sounds like a wonderful book — “quick knits” would be a nice change of pace for me!

  41. Wow, I love Loki’s fluffy cat pants. My older sister’s cat has similarly fluffy pants, a bit more dense–it looks like she is wearing sweatpants. Loki looks like an aristocrat from the 1600s!

    Oh, yes, I’d love the book too, it looks very fun.

  42. I have two of the 60 Quick Knits for baby books and love them. I would love to add this one to my knitting library.

  43. Yes please! This looks just the thing for my type of knitting – stolen moments for beautiful knits.

  44. Looks like a great book!

  45. Quick Knits! That is what I need right now! lol….AND I love Cascade 220 yarn!
    danielle´s last blog post ..Monday Thoughts

  46. I would love to win this book. They have a great series.

  47. I love these books. Thank you for the opportunity to win this new one.
    Happy Holidays!

  48. Janet White says:

    I’m always wanting another pattern book. Count me in. Janet❇

  49. you have a beautiful cat. I would love to win that book. I like easy things.
    Elaine F

  50. I’d love the book. Thanks for the chance to win.

    Lmecoll on Ravelry

  51. Cool book. Gosh, Loki is very fluffy! So cute.

  52. A great collection! Loki looks like a polar bear!!

  53. I absolutely love the “60 Quick Knits” series–but don’t have this one yet! I’ve made several projects from the volumes I do have. Looks like this one is just as nice.

  54. paula henderson says:

    I love the QUICK KNIT series, and didn’t know there was a new one. Thanks for the chance to win!!

  55. Need some quick knits – as have way to long a project on needles for Christmas gifts!
    Jennifer´s last blog post ..How Do You Eat A Tree (or Conquer a Long To Do List)

  56. Just love quick knits. Looks like a great book.

  57. Those ARE some serious cat pants! So cute a fluffy!

    Thanks for the chance to win that book. Looks perfect for what I’m doing lately!

  58. Yes, please enter me in the drawing. Looks like a great book! Thank you and thank you to the good folks at Sixth and Spring

  59. Loki is so fluffy!

  60. I love the 60 Quick Knit series!!

  61. Sandra keltai says:

    Another book to add to my collection!!!!! 🙂

  62. Looks like a great book to have in my knitting library.

  63. Pat Emerick says:

    Would love to have this book … I’m always looking for quick knits and love Cascade yarns.

  64. I would love this book, I don’t knit as fast as you so quick knits are a good idea for me.

  65. Lisa smith says:

    Looks like this would be a good library addition.

  66. Love the knitted purse. That is one gorgeous cat.

  67. We sure could use this book of quick knits at our cancer community center. We love small/fast knits.

  68. Loving all your Loki pics, Wendy !! He’s a Joy.

  69. Really Loving all your Loki pics, Wendy !! He’s a Joy.

  70. Quick is about all the time I have right now. This would be more than welcome.

  71. Sounds like a great book! Thanks

  72. Savannagal says:

    There’s lot of quick knits in this book. I’d love to win your copy. Thanks for the giveaway.

  73. There are only a few who make it on my knitted gifts list, but I am always on the lookout for great patterns!
    Loki is really coming into his own!
    Jeanie´s last blog post ..Musings on Christmas Eve

  74. I would love a copy of the book! And I love Loki’s cat pants!!!

  75. Loki is quite the gentleman in his floofy little pants.

  76. Sounds like a great book! Loki’s floof is wonderful!

  77. As always-thanks for the giveaway! I love a book with great patterns and quick knits-all the better to finish my Christmas knitting.
    Loki is just adorable!

  78. Continue to enjoy your blog!Am constantly amazed at your knitting abilities!!

    Would appreciate this book..the designs are inspirational..Saw a couple that I would like to ssssssstart knitting RIGHT NOW!

  79. Thanks for the contest!

  80. I love the “Quick Knit” series, and I would love to have this book. That cable cap is gorgeous!

  81. I would like to be entered in the drawing. I wish I could knit half as fast as you. You are to knitting what I am to cooking, but you are better known.
    Adrian Seltzer´s last blog post ..Learning to Cook Week 2 Moroccan Stew

  82. Sounds like a neat book.

  83. Linda Newcomb says:

    I looked at the patterns and see at least 4 of them I’d love to knit. Would love to win this book! Thanks for the opportunity. And you cat is gorgeous.

  84. I hope I’m on the list to win! Thanks for sharing!

  85. The book looks terrific! Happy Thanksgiving!

  86. Your kitty is gorgeous. Please add me to the drawing. Thank you for sharing.

  87. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of “Quick Knits”.

    I just love Loki’s bushy tushy too!

  88. Susan murphy says:

    I would love the quick knit book!!! Thanks!

  89. Charlotte Rutland says:

    It looks like a fun book. Would love it.

  90. Carolyn Niceforo says:

    Please enter me in the drawing for the new book I love the quick knits series I would live to knit the scarf first that you showed in your email Hugs and kisses to Loki

  91. Deborah Gajee says:

    What a joy if I should win.

  92. I know I would enjoy book…thanks Wendy.

  93. Loki’s “cat pants” are stunning!!!

  94. Andrea in Tn says:

    I have been thinking about buying this book but have been saving money for Christmas pressies— this would be a wonderful gift for me so thanks in advance!! Andrea

  95. I love the 60 knits books and would love to win this one.

    Zowmom on ravelry

  96. My local yarn shop carries Cascade. I’d love to win this book.

  97. That really looks like a winner! Especially this close to Christmas!

  98. Always looking for fun gift projects!

  99. Loki is all fluff! Seriously, this would be a great resource for any knitter!

  100. Corinne in CA says:

    Ooh, quick knits … just my speed!

    My daughter, our three cats, and I are Wendy and Loki fans. Our Dougie is getting floofy too, but Loki still wins the floof contest.