My current work in progress:

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


The Big Chill

Brrrrrr! A good part of the United States is in a deep freeze! What better time to knit yourself some warm accessories?


This is A Playful Palette of 10 Knitted Accessories by Tabitha Hedrick and it is a collection of (you guessed it) accessories knit with fingering weight yarn. All of the designs are photographed knit using Koigu fingering weight yarn, but you could, of course, use any fingering weight yarn.

There’s a little bit of everything. Here’s a cute hat and fingerless mitt set:


A shawl:


A pair of socks:


You can view more photos of the projects here.

There’s a lot of useful information in the back of the book, including step-by-step illustrated instructions for basic techniques.

Who’d like my review copy?

To be entered in the drawing to review my copy of this handy book, please leave a comment on this blog post by noon on Wednesday, January 8, 2014. The Random Number Generator will select a recipient at that time.

Thanks for all the nice comments about my recent;y completed Britta Cowl. After completing a time-consuming colorwork project, I wanted to cleanse the palate, as it were, with something relatively simple and mindless.


This is another Not-Viajante. It’s based on Martina Behm’s very popular Viajante pattern, but with a different rate of increase to make it wider, rather than a long skinny tube. I am also using a heavier yarn — Three Irish Girls Kells Sport in the Morgaine colorway. To get a loose fabric with nice drape I am knitting this with a U.S. size 7 needle.

I have to go now — Loki wants to play hide and seek.


“Momma can’t see me!”



  1. I would like to win the book, I love making socks. Snow has not stopped here in Chicago yet, still shoveling. Trying to finish before below zero hits. Loki would be great to snuggle up with!

  2. Debbie Huett says:

    This book looks awesome! I would love to win it.

  3. Elaine F. says:

    Looks like a great book for fast knitted things. Would love to win it. Thanks

  4. Elaine F. says:

    Looks like a book with good things to knit in a fast mode. Would love it. Thanks

  5. You are exactly right; we are expecting low temperatures that haven’t been felt around here since I was in highschool. I am not ready to get out tomorrow morning to go to work. Right now I am knitting on wingspan and hope to have it done for tomorrow. Guess I better get back to it. Thanks for the chance to check out a new book.

  6. Looks like a good book for easy patterns. I loved your Britta cowl – absolutely beautiful. Glad to hear that you won’t abandon the blog without coming up with an alternative – your blog is a must read for me.

  7. Always love to have some beautiful accessory patterns!

  8. That book looks like something I would use, I already stupid cold here.

  9. I would love to have this book. Hope I win!

  10. Stephanie H. says:

    What a neat set of patterns! Thank you for the chance for the win Wendy.

  11. This looks like a book I would actually use. I’d love to have it — especially since I’ve fallen in love with socks and fingerless mitts.

  12. Mary Beth says:

    Loki is so good at hide and seek!

  13. This is definitely the time of year to knit accessories — for me!

  14. It’s so cold where I am!

  15. That accessories book looks great!

    Glad to see that Loki is being playfully adorable.
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  16. I would love a copy of this book! 🙂

  17. I would love a copy of this book – need to branch out from socks but have built up quite the fingering stash!

  18. Would love to win this book! Thanks for the giveaway.

  19. could you send some cold weather over the Atlantic, all we’ve had is rain. Looks like a great book, in my favourite weight of yarn.

  20. pattieknits says:

    I’d love to win that book! I even have the Koigu all lined up for it!

  21. Diana Baber says:

    Great selection of small projects. Happy new year to you and Loki.

  22. Loki is my daughters favorite thing on this blog. She’s still laughing at him hidding.
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  23. Junglewife says:

    I’d love to win this! also, Viajante is being added to my queue right now!!!

  24. It isn’t terribly cold here, but Id love the book nonetheless! Keep warm everyone!!

  25. celestine Getty says:

    This book looks great. Right up my alley.

  26. With a high of -15 predicted for tomorrow, I’ll need more warm accessories! This book would be very helpful. (And help to reduce my stash of fingering weight yarn)

  27. I would love a chance to win the book!

  28. Oh yes, please pick my number! I would so love to have that book!
    Michele´s last blog post ..Make-Do Engineering

  29. Cool book (no pun intended). Lol. Knit yourself some warmth. That is what I am doing waiting for Downton Abbey.

  30. Looks like a great book, lots of instant gratification projects. Thanks for the chance to win!

  31. Susan Picciano says:

    Peek A Boo Loki

  32. What a fantastic book. Thanks for the draw.

  33. This looks like a fun book! I am learning to knit, any resources are appreciated! 🙂 I’m in the deep freeze not too far from you (Shenandoah Valley); knitting a cowl now…. Stay warm!!

  34. Martina Norelli says:

    What a nice selection of ‘small’ projects. I love it that they were geared for Koigu as I have a bag full of bits and pieces bought at Maryland Sheep and Wool that I haven’t used. A perfect match!

  35. Mary Bayer says:

    I have some sock yarn just waiting to become something cozy! Thanks for the opportunity.

  36. The book looks like there would be some fun knitting inside! I would love to win. Thanks for the chance to throw my name in the pot!

    Loki the magnificent!

  37. This looks like a book I would use right away! Thank you for the chance to win it.
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  38. Looks like a great book to add to my library, thanks for the chance!

  39. I have lots of fingering weight in my stash!!!

  40. I’d love to win. Thanks for a fun tweet that sent me here

  41. The book is cool! I would love to make those socks.

  42. I’d love to win this book!!!!

  43. I love Loki’s idea of hiding. It’s hard to hide well when you’re floofy!

  44. Stash busting!!

  45. I actually have that book on my Amazon wish list but it would be more fun to win it here! 😉

  46. Cindy Lynne says:

    I just love to knit accessories!

  47. Amy Schulze says:

    Looks like a great book! The deep freeze has settled in and I will be home tomorrow. Teachers like snow days just as much as kids!

  48. And I thought it was tough down here in Orlando when it didn’t even get up to 50 the other day… 🙂

  49. That book looks wonderful

  50. Those are very nice designs for fingering yarn. I particularly like the sock patterns.

    Thanks for yet another great give away!
    Jamie´s last blog post ..Xmas might happen after all

  51. Ruth Porter says:

    Love that blue shawl. Loki,looks like he’s ready for the cold weather.

  52. Thank goodness I live in Central California where it is not snowing! I would love to win the book because accessories are fun to make and knit up pretty quickly. Thank you!

  53. Barb Hicks says:

    Here above Philly it is freezing. Would love to knit some more warm accessories. I am currently on a fingerless glove kick so this book would fit right in

  54. Looks like a lovely book. I hope I win!

  55. Mary Tole says:

    Thanks for the drawing, I love the chance to win something lol. Loki is so cute and I bet he is fun to cuddle with. Good luck to everyone suffering from the severe cold.

  56. Dorothy in Kentucky says:

    Oh that looks likecafun book. I would love a snuggle with Loki duuing this cold spell. Stay warm and safe.

  57. Susan James says:

    ooh! ooh! I like the shawl! I love the socks! I love the hat!!

  58. Kathy in Alaska says:

    I kind of enjoy it when the rest of the country gets to experience a little bit of Alaskan weather. Is that wrong? LOL

    Thanks for the chance to win…. best to you and Loki in the New Year!

  59. Love it…even I could make them…I think?

  60. Looks like there are some pretty cute patterns in this book!

  61. Leslie Schroeder says:

    Love quicker projects. After Christmas knitting, it’s time for some selfish knitting! Thanks for offering the book.

  62. Nancy Thone says:

    Great idea for a book – I’ve got a lot of plucky primo to use up!

  63. Love quick projects to have going in between big ones, thanks again Wendy.

  64. some cute projects. Just what i need, more items to knit!

    Thanks for the opportunity to knit more. I love your blog.

  65. The book looks fun!

  66. These accessories look like the kind of gifts I knit for my grandson’s teachers, school bus driver, etc. I stock-pile knit gifts all year, and then my daughter doesn’t have the expense of buying teacher’s gifts (which would be a burden for her family). It’s a win/win: I get to knit more without guilt!
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  67. Amy Eileen Koester says:

    What a lovely book! Thanks so much.

  68. Karen Blancher says:

    Looks like a great book. Thank you…

  69. Happy New Year to you & that handsome Loki! Thanks for the chance to win a great book! Take Care! 🙂

  70. Eileen Bunn says:

    Please enter me in the drawing…. I’m in Michigan and it’s cold here……

  71. I’d love to have this book. Thanks for the link to the slipper pattern in the previous post. Two pairs of wool socks are barely keeping my feet warm in this frigid weather.

  72. I am always grateful I live in sunny Southern California at times like this! But I still like to knit hats, scarves, shawls, socks, and the like. A new book would be nice. Thank you ahead of time.

  73. Sandra Kerr says:

    What a pretty book. I’d love to win it. My cat does the same kind of thing. She hides in the top perch of the cat tree. It’s shorter than I am, so it’s easy to see her.

  74. Looks like some really cute patterns! Fingering weight is perfect for my part of the country.

  75. This book is really full of real cute patterns that my fingers are itching to knit!
    Love your Not-Viajante and the color is gorgeous! You have made a lot of progress; anxious to see how it looks finished.
    Love photo’s of Loki anytime.

  76. Carol Brookover says:

    I love making scarves and shawls… They’re quick and easy and so satisfying to wear! I’d love a copy of this book!

  77. Lisa Adcock says:

    Thanks for the book review. Those mitts look like they’d keep my fingers warm in weather like we have now in Michigan!

  78. BarbaraS. says:

    Accessories book looks like a winner. I’d love to own it. Your Britta Cowl is gorgeous! I’m thinking about making it.

  79. Looks like a good book. Have fun playing with Loki. Stay warm.

  80. Well, I couldn’t see him… Can’t imagine you read all the comments on give-away posts but just have to say ‘you’re so clever’, your talent for modifying knitting patterns to suit you. Thanks for the opportunity!!

  81. Gina Zahra says:

    It is cold up here in Canada too – this book would be just the thing 🙂

  82. Your cowl was beautiful. I would love to win the book. So many of the patterns look great. 🙂

  83. Loki’s always good for a chuckle. I have a lot of fingering weight yarn, and would love some more ideas on how to use it (since I’m about the slowest sock-knitter EVAH).
    CeltChick´s last blog post ..And one more!!

  84. knittingdancer on Ravelry says:

    I love knitting projects with fingering ideas. This book will give me some new ideas. Your cowl is beautiful. Hope you and Loki stay warm during these cold days.

  85. It definitely IS cold enough to knit lots and lots of accessories! All to be worn at the same time. BRRR (even in Mississippi!)
    Leslie´s last blog post ..Second Finished Project of 2014

  86. We have hit negative 50F windchill here. Not fun. I need to stay in and knit more, maybe this book will help inspire 😀
    SarahOG´s last blog post ..{this moment}

  87. Thanks again for the chance to win such an interesting looking book. I love fingerling weight yarn. Happy New Year.

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

    Lmecoll on Ravelry

  89. Would love a chance to win this book. Although, with the current temp at -19, I’ve been thinking about chunkier yarn 😉

  90. I have wondered about the Viajante, not sure it’s something that I would use but it looks very interesting. How did you alter the rate of increases?

    I’m always interested in another knitting book. Thank you for offering it.

  91. Gretcheng says:

    I have a half-finished Viajante, which is unfinished because I really want it to be wider too! I think I will bite the bullet and start over. Would you please share the changes to the rate of increase you used? That would be very helpful to me so I don’t knit about a million little stitches again and not like it… Thanks–

  92. What a timely book. I’d love it. I haven’t yet mastered mitts. I’m sure this book would set me straight.

  93. haha yes i love when my cats “hide” by standing behind something smaller than they are. Yes i’d love to win the books. thanks!

  94. California is breaking records for daytime highs perhaps the rain will come if I start knitting woolly hats????

  95. Maggie G. says:

    I’d love to win this book. Such beautiful patterns. Thanks for the opportunity.

  96. Elaine Larsen says:

    Leaving a comment. Thank you!

  97. I’m so fortunate to live in So Cal and milder weather – but it still gets cold in the early am and late pm, and lovely knitted accessories are always great to have and wonderful projects. I’d love to be the lucky winner.

  98. Soxy Jane says:

    This book would be a great way to use up some of my overflowing sock yarn stash.
    Loki doesn’t look one bit worried about the cold!

  99. Heather K says:

    Well. it is COLD!! in Toronto, and I love to knit with fingering weight yarn – so it would be great to win this book, LOL. Thanks for a chance.
    Loki looks loverly, as usul.
    Smiles, Heather K

  100. Jill McKibben says:

    thanks for your good tips, project, etc and updates on your sweet kitty! I’d love the book.