My current work in progress:

Sundew,by Martin Storey, knit from Rowan Softyak DK, using 3.25mm and 4mm needles.

Mythic Mitts and a Book Review

The pattern for my dragon mitts is now available for sale on Ravelry, here.


As I did for the Leftovers Cowl, I’m kicking it off with a sale: it is 40% off the regular price of $5.00, which makes it $3.00, through the end of February.

The patterns calls for fingering weight wool — approximately 125 yards each of two colors. My mitts are knit from Shibui Sock in the Abyss and Roppongi colorways on a U.S. size 3 needle. I knit the size medium, and I am betting that I could also manage to knit a pair in size small with what yarn I have left over. It would be close, but I think it is safe to say that I could definitely have gotten 2 pairs of size small out of those 2 skeins.

So I’ve rounded up a bit on the yardage requirements. I always do to account for yardage differences in skeins of yarn — sometimes I have a skein that is definitely over the yardage reported on the label. Also, everyone knits a little differently, so yarn usage will vary from person to person. Bottom line: Your mileage may vary!

Lovely Knitted Lace

I have here a review copy of a new book: Lovely Knitted Lace: A Geometric Approach to Gorgeous Wearables by Brooke Nico.


The book contains 16 designs created from four basic shapes (triangle, circle, square, and rectangle). The book’s publication date is not until next week, but the patterns are listed on Ravelry here, complete with photos.

One of the things I like about this book is that the patterns are not just for shawls — there are some shawls, but there is also a cute beret, a couple of jackets with very clever shaping, an easy shirt made from two rectangles, a bolero and a shrug, a lovely tunic that I may have to knit, a gorgeous cape with dolman sleeves (the cover design), and a button-front cape that can also be worn as a skirt.

There is a detailed section in the front of the book with a lot of useful information about knitting lace, as well as step-by-step illustrated instructions for some techniques used.

The projects use a wide variety of yarns, from laceweight to worsted.

The Triangle Tulip Shawl is knit from worsted weight yarn, making it a great choice for new lace knitters:


If you are new to lace, you will find it much easier to knit with heavier yarn and bigger needles.

I really love the Floral Tunic, knit from fingering weight yarn:


The pattern calls for Fyberspates Scrumptious 4ply, which is a wool/silk blend but I think it would be great for Spring/Summer in a 100% silk yarn.

For a more immediate gratification project, how about this lovely beret, knit in a heavy lacewieght 100% mink yarn?


The publisher has generously offered to, once again, give a copy to one of my readers. Who’d like to win it?

To be entered in the drawing to win a copy of this lovely book, please leave a comment on this blog post by 11:00 am Eastern Time, Sunday, March 2, 2014. At that time a comment will be chosen at random.

Loki Sez:


“Please close the drapes — I’m trying to sleep here!”


  1. Looks like a book that would be a good addition to my library. 🙂
    Peggy´s last blog post ..Snow at the Lake

  2. Oh to win Brooke’s book would be grand! Thanks for the chance to win one!

  3. Those patterns are exquisite and oh my goodness is Loki ever a charmer *swoon*

  4. I love books on lace. The more the merrier.

  5. Love the book! Off to buy the pattern…

  6. Love the new mitts. I will have to make those I love them

  7. Carole Jones says:

    I live your mitts plus the color work cowl. I have lots of socks leftover yarn. I enjoy lace so would love to have the book. The cape that can be worn as a skirt sounds cool.
    I think it’s cool that you do this for the book author and for us knitters wanting to explore new stuff

  8. Would love towin the lace book. Thank you and the publisher for sharing the book with us.
    Loki looks so genle

  9. Loki has the right idea! And Brooke has the right book ! Thanks for sharing both!
    Mariaeb´s last blog post ..Stitch Markers – set of 7 by MariaElenaBliss

  10. Sarah Fuller says:

    Ooh I love those patterns!!
    Loki says, choose me!

  11. Loving the lace!!

  12. Looks beautiful–perfect for some summer knitting!
    Deb´s last blog post ..The Boyfriend Scarf

  13. Thank you for the chance to win! I love lace and I’d so enjoy this book. And Loki is absolutely adorable! XOXO
    Donna´s last blog post ..Recipe–Ginger Pecan Cookies

  14. I’m in – I like the Aster and Birch patterns….

  15. I’m working on my third shawl and would love to try making the Floral Tunic. I love the drape and swing of it. I like the Beret too!

  16. Susan Forman says:

    I love the mitts and look forward to making a pair- for myself! I purchased your cowl pattern and waiting to gather lots of different yarns to knit it
    I am truly amazed at how much knitting you manage to accomplish
    Kudos. Thank you for this opportunity to win this book that you
    Have given a really nice review. I love lace knitting
    Sincerely Susan

  17. I agree the tunic looks beautiful… I will be definitely planning for this one AND I would love to win the book : -) Thanks for all the inspiration. I am starting to save leftover sock yarn. 🙂

  18. Anne Patton says:

    I would love to win this book.

  19. Cindy Lynne says:

    I love knitted lace, what a lovely book.

  20. Elaine in NYC says:

    Oooh, lace! There are more than a few of these designs I’d want to knit.

    Loki cracks me up!

  21. That looks lovely! Lace is my favorite – sign me up! Also the dragon mitts are wicked cool.

  22. Who doesn’t need another lace knitting book? I always do, and this one looks lovely.

    I think Loki and I are feeling about the same today, but I don’t look anywhere near as cute as he does when I sprawl on the couch with my arm across my eyes.

  23. Very cool mitts! And Loki is as precious as ever!

  24. Alicia Grayson says:

    Love Lace and books- best combo going is a giveaway for a lace book!
    Thanks for a giveaway!

  25. Love the mitts! Thanks for the sale and also the book review/giveaway!

  26. Mary Bayer says:

    This looks like an intriguing book. I would love to be entered in the drawing. New update today. Still finding my way around this version.

  27. Sounds like a great book – thanks for the chance to win one! The beret is lovely and would go quite nicely with some dragon mitts and/or a very lovely cowl 🙂 Working to knit faster – it’s a time thing.

  28. marianne lundholm says:

    the book loks Lovely, but i suppose i cant get it because i live in sweden, and your knitting things is beatifull

  29. The lace tunic looks great.

  30. Ooh, I like the jackets and the tunic. Pick me, pick me!!!

  31. Ooh, that book looks lovely — and those mitts are wonderful!
    Cassie´s last blog post ..February 23 – March 1

  32. Tonya Sullivan says:

    Been wanting to learn lace. Such pretty patterns.

  33. Love the dragons. They are really neat.

  34. I love your mitts. I also love to knit lace. I would like to win the book. Thanks for the chance

  35. Jackie Bartlett says:

    I love creating Lacey things, so put my name the contest.! Love the pic of Loki.

  36. Rachel Cutler says:

    I love the beret. It’s exactly what I’ve been looking for in a hat

  37. Nessa Norton says:

    That book looks awesome!!

  38. That book looks amazing- I want to knit just about everything in it!

  39. The book looks great! Would love to win.

    Also, the mitts look fantastic.

  40. I’d better not let the DD see those mitts or I’ll have to get busy on them. By all means, go ahead & feed my lace addiction! You are so right about that tunic.
    CeltChick´s last blog post ..Goodbye, little friend

  41. Shirley Gallagher says:

    Wendy, I just bought the dragon mitts pattern. Thank you for the early bird discount. I would also love the lace book, please enter my name in the drawing. Thank you.

  42. Thanks for the chance to win a lace book. I do love lace, and that Triangle Tulip Shawl is beautiful. But not as beautiful as Loki 🙂

  43. I didn’t realize this book was available now. It’s been on my wishlist since I took a class with Brooke Nico at VKL. I would love to win a copy!
    Angela´s last blog post ..Lady Bathory Shawl

  44. I have looked at this book before and thought it was lovely and would love to see it. I hope I win it! I have a daughter just getting back into knitting and it would be a good one for her.

    I also love the dragon mittens. 🙂

    Hi Loki!!!

  45. Looks like a great lace book to add to a collection!

  46. great opportunity for great book. wish I didn’t live in Florida so I could knit in mink!

  47. Oh how I wish we didn’t have pet allergies in our house. 🙁 He’s soooo fluffy!

    Beautiful mitts. What a great book. I would love to win it. Thanks.

  48. The projects in this book are gorgeous. Thanks, Wendy.

  49. Alice Moisen says:

    I would love a copy of that book. I’m really into lace these days

    Alice in Portland

  50. Awesome mittens, and a beautiful book, but I can’t get over Loki’s big fluffy paws! He’s gorgeous!

  51. Yes, please for the book. Thanks for sharing!

    Glad the mitts are up. As soon as I finish this hat and scarf, I’m casting on as a farewell gift to a colleague who’s retiring. She loves dragons! (And I promised myself I would attempt color work this year. That resolution is being tested early . . .)

  52. I would really love to have that lace book! I am going to buy the dragon mitts pattern today and get started on a pair right away.

  53. Love knitting lace and this book looks like a winner.
    I hope Loki got his nap.

  54. Thank you for the early discount on the your gorgeous mitt pattern, I’ll be making these for my daughter! And thanks for the chance at the lace book – what fun!

  55. RNG, please pick me! I am just learning to knit lace.

  56. Oooo. Beautiful dragon mitts, and lovely lace too. Thanks for the give-away.

  57. Always loved lace! All of those patterns (and especially that beret) look absolutely lovely. Looks like a wonderful book!
    Jessica´s last blog post ..FO – Gradient

  58. Phyllis Holder says:

    Would like to be added for the book. I’m really into lace right now,

  59. Marcy Doane says:

    Great mitts! It must have been really hard to chart the dragon. They are fabulous! I’m a lace newby and would love to try a project or two from this beautiful book.

  60. I love to knit lace. I especially like the Triangle Tulip Shawl.
    Lmecoll on Ravelry

  61. knittingdancer on Ravelry says:

    I love knitting lace items. This would be a nice book to add to my library.

  62. The book looks like it has a lot of great projects.

  63. Like the book, LOVE the cat!

  64. Terri Puett says:

    I love lace! This book looks really cool. I also wanted to compliment you on the cowl pattern – it is in my favorites.

  65. I’ve been looking at the patterns on Ravelry, and actually put the book on my wish list. More lace is never a bad thing.
    Loki is gorgeous – I just want to cuddle all his fluff!

  66. Deborah Keep says:

    Love the mitts excellent dragon by the way well done you………Like the look of the book here’s hoping…………Kissy for Loki

  67. I love the cape and tunic. And I love knitting lace. (fingers crossed)

  68. Oh, how I would love to have that book. I have enough Fyberspates Scrumptios 4 ply to make that gorgeous tunic and it has been waiting to tell me what it needs to be. I think it just did!

  69. i’d love to win the book!!!!

  70. I love lace. That is why I crochet so many doilies.This book looks like it has some very practical lace wearables. You are so generous to share these books with your readers. I would be tempted to keep them all to myself.

  71. Have taken several classes w/ Brooke; would love her book!!! Love the dragons, too!

  72. Beautiful mitts. Great dragon design. Thanks for sharing your design and a copy of the book.
    Kathom´s last blog post ..Just a quick note.

  73. What an inspiring collection of patterns. I will have to get a copy.

  74. I could have used a cape. Of course, I couldn’t knit it either.
    Cindy in un-Happy Valley´s last blog post ..What you should know about breaking a shoulder…..

  75. Your leftover cowl is a thing of beauty. Brooke’s new book looks great also. Thanks for the giveaway.

  76. Looks really interesting! would love to win!

  77. That book sounds wonderful! Would love to have it.
    Loki hides his eyes just like our Erica does. Gives me a giggle everytime I see her doing it.
    Judy Exline´s last blog post ..Let It Snow??

  78. It is already 1am where I live so I should be in bed instead of knitting… What the heck?!

    Thanks for organizing the draw!

  79. Love the mitts! Thanks for a chance at the book, that lace tunic is calling to me!

  80. I’m heading over to Ravelry to buy the mitt pattern! I really like the tunic pattern in the book too.

  81. I love lace and would really like to add this to my collection. Thanks for the giveaway.

  82. Dorothy in Kentucky says:

    I love the mitts and an on way to order. Oh that book looks wonderful too. Can I put my name in the pot to win that absolutely adorable Loki with the cute little dark nose. I have a question about him, is he a healthy boy? I want him to be with you a very long time!

  83. Lace is my very favorite…and glad that it just isn’t only shawls! I like wearable clothing for my lace! Thanks for the chance to win this.

  84. Lace just love it.

  85. Savannagal says:

    The Camelia shawl on the cover is lovely.

  86. I love knitting lace! Please send me that book!

  87. Taiya Carleton says:

    I’d love that book. I’ve always been fascinated by lace.

  88. Chris Reeske says:

    I bought the mythic mitts pattern, my daughter will love them. I have just become OCD over lace in the last 2 years, so I’d love the book.

  89. Love the dragon mitts, and am really into lace – so thanjs for the chance to broaden my horizons – lovies for Loki, too

  90. Thanks for the chance to win!

  91. When I say lace knitting there is suddenly a line forming of my babies (kitties) because they know I will be in the same spot for several hours. This book looks like it would keep them happy for several days.

  92. Lovely lace, lovely kitty!

  93. Ooh, that book will be added to my Amazon list. I have a lace addiction!

  94. As a newish knitter, I have yet to tackle lace, but I think I could handle two rectangles! Thank for the chance to win this lovely book.

  95. Barb Edison says:

    What a lovely book. I love lace more than anything. Loki is such a beautiful cat. He looks so loving. I would love to see that book!!

  96. I adore that mink hat!

  97. Love to have the new book of lace. so many gorgeous patterns.

  98. Lynne in Florida says:

    Oh please, random number generator, pick me! I wants this book!

    Whassa mattah, Loki, you can’t sleep in daylight? What kind of nocturnal hunter are you, besides beautiful, of course?

  99. This looks like a great book!