My current work in progress:

Stornoway, designed by Alice Starmore from her book Fishermen’s Sweaters, knit in Frangipani 5-ply guernsey wool in the Aran colorway, on a 3.0mm needle.

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. It has been cold here in Maine as well, -19 last Friday night! The book looks like it has lots of great patterns. Thanks for the chance to win!

  2. Sharen Warren says:

    I have a lot of Koigu in my stash—I’d love to win this book. We’re even having record cold temps here in south Louisiana, not complaining though, it’s so much colder elsewere.

  3. Yukie Bean says:

    Oh Loki– such a sweet kitty! Thanks for the updates, and all the great knitting– but Loki is definitely my fave part of clicking over to your blog! =)

  4. MIchelle B. says:

    I could really put that book to good use. I have a lot of sock yarn in my stash! Loki is adorable!

  5. Susan D. Smith says:

    Would love to win this book. thanks for the opp’ty. On another note, guess which movie I watched today while knitting? That’s right – THE BIG CHILL! We must be on some weird, cosmic wavelength! 🙂

  6. Jenny Cameron says:

    Happy new year from Australia ! The book looks fabulous

  7. I would love to do a bit of sock yarn stash busting with that great book.

  8. An interesting book really brings out the comments…buT who am I to talk!

  9. Looks like a great book. Just what everyone needs after the Christmas gift knitting – some small projects to keep warm!

  10. That shawl is gorgeous! I’d love a copy of this book. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  11. Loki is a doll! What a nice book…I wouldn’t refuse it if you picked me!

  12. The Britta Cowl is stunning – a project I’d love to try. But I do have more sock yarn so the book would be nice too. Thanks for the chance!

  13. annalilly says:

    Please put me on the list for the accessories book. Loki, momma can see you!

  14. Brrr! Cold here in TX too! Looks like a neat book. Hope you had a good game of hide and seek with that beautiful kitty!

  15. helen smathers says:

    Just what I need-playful colors, the gray Im working with is very boring.

  16. I would love the book. I have enough enough fingering weight yarn to knit many books worth of accessories.

  17. Really enjoy your blig AND would kive to have this book. 🙂

  18. This looks like a good book, I’ve recently become obsessed with cables and been knitting hats with cables on them like crazy. Small projects are great. Loved your cowl.

  19. It’s freezing where I am too! I’m knitting my sister a double-knit hat, but she won’t get it till her birthday, two weeks away :).

  20. Bridgette W says:

    Great looking items! I’d love to have the review copy 🙂

  21. Our cat Archimedes has taught us that if he can’t see us he is invisible, no matter what part of his body is left out , and he is a large cat. That book would be a welcome addition here where it is bitterly cold this winter.

  22. Those hats are darling! Looks like the book has some great projects. I like the shawl/poncho too.
    Susan´s last blog post ..Celtic Solstice–A Little More Planning—

  23. Barb Edison says:

    Love to win that book!!!

  24. A lot of cute patterns. I love those socks!

  25. Kristine M. says:

    That book sounds like fun. Just what I need to stay busy during this weird winter weather.

  26. Wendy Colbert says:

    This is a book I could use, I make lots of gifts for friends and smaller items means more knitting love to share.

  27. Thanks again for doing so many book gifts! This one looks delightful and I’ll keep my fingers crossed that the RNG likes me this time 🙂

  28. Lynne Wolters says:

    Thank you for this drawing offer! I’m raising my hand and asking “please”.

  29. Love those fingerless gloves! And Loki.

  30. Deborah Griffis says:

    I would love to knit accessories now after all the Christmas sweaters I knitted!

  31. Linda Swenson says:

    I can always use more ways to use fingering yarn!

  32. I have a lot of sock yarn but I haven’t knitted any socks in, oh, 7 years or so! I would love to win this book. And I too am casting on a Viajante!

  33. Brrr it’s FREEZING in Toronto! Could use some warm accessories- hat, scarf, mitts. Love the book. Thanks for the giveaway.

  34. What a lovely book, I would love to win and make that shawl for starters.