My current work in progress:

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


Knits That Breathe

A couple of weeks ago I was sent an advance copy of Knits That Breathe: 12 Breezy Projects To Keep You Cool by Julie Turjoman.


While the hard copy is not due out until next month, the electronic version (which is what I received) is available now.

I think this book is a great idea. The author had me with the first paragraph in her introduction:

The light bulb clicked on for me at one of the many fiber industry events I attend each year. The event convention center seemed to echo with knitters bemoaning the fact that, for a variety of reasons, they could no longer wear their warm and woolly sweaters. Frustration dripped from their voices as perspiration beaded their foreheads, because they suffered from Itchy Wool Syndrome, Acute Tropical Climatitis, or that midlife condition for which time is the only sure antidote, Variable Personal Thermostatosis (known to the rest of the world as ‘hot flashes’).

So Julie came up with 12 patterns for garments that will be cool and comfortable for those of us who suffer from any of those conditions mentioned above.  There are tunics, tees, cardigans, shrugs, and tanks knit from cotton, linen, and bamboo, as well as from some of the modern fibers derived from soy, milk, Tencel™, Outlast®, and SeaCell®.

There is a great chart in the front of the book that lists 9 different “cool” fibers along with descriptions of their elasticity and hand, how well they take dye, how good they are at wicking away moisture, how well they breathe,  how strong they are ,and more.

The patterns all come in a nice size range., going down to a 31″ chest measurement for one pattern and up to 71.25″ in one case, with lots of options in-between. you can view photos of all the patterns on Ravelry, here.

My favorites:


This is “Iced Frappuccino” and it is knit from a DK weight unknown-to-me yarn: Kollage Milky Whey, a blend of milk and soy.


This is Sirena, knit from Handmaiden Flaxen, another DW weightyarn I’ve not yet had the pleasure to knit, this one a silk/linen blend.


And Haven, knit from Berroco Linsey, a worsted weight cotton/linen blend.

I have been authorized to give away a copy of the electronic version of this book. Who’d like it?

To enter the drawing to receive an electronic copy of Knits That Breathe, please leave a comment on this post by 11:00am Eastern time, Sunday,  May 11, 2014. The Random Number Generator will at that time select a winner.

Summer Mystery Shawl

A number of you have asked me here and on Ravelry if I plan to do another mystery shawl knit-along this summer.  I’ve given it some thought and decided that, yes, I’m up for it. 🙂

I will be starting it later than I usually do because I have a knitting deadline coming up soon (cue mysterious music here) so will not be able to start work on the mystery design until after that is completed. so watch this space (and the WendyKnits Ravelry group) for the KAL announcement. I’m thinking we’ll start in July, but that date has not yet been nailed down.

Current WIP

Despite many distractions (and unfortunately most of them not pleasant) I am making progress on my second Foolproof cowl:


I am close to done with one side. I will reverse the colors in the striping on the other side.


Loki can’t come to the blog right now. He says he is busy.



  1. I was glad to see that some of the patterns have sleeves. Mother was right: women of a certain age should never wear sleeveless garments!

  2. Sherri says:

    Boy, do I need that book!

  3. Pretty book!

  4. I’ve seen a few of the patterns from that book on other blogs as well and they look like very nice designs. Thanks for the chance to win an e-copy!

  5. Leslie says:

    I would LOVE it! I’d love it for the patterns and also to see the reviews of the yarns.

  6. Shirley Gallagher says:

    I hate to break it to you but time doesn’t help. I’m 76 years old and still have hot flashes. Loki is such a joy to look at, I just love him.

  7. Margaret M says:

    Finally, knits you can wear in warm weather! Thanks for the tip on the book!

  8. Ooh, I would love to win that! thanks! I have some linen in my stash that I haven’t quite figured out what to do with yet!

  9. Janene says:

    What wonderful looking patterns!

  10. Michelle says:

    Love your foolproofs! Don’t know how you knit so fast…

    Also loving the look of these summer knits.

  11. Love the book!!! 🙂

  12. Eunice says:

    Great looking book with cool items to knit as well as wear.

  13. My favourite is the Flutterbye Silk Tunic, but they are all lovely patterns.

  14. It looks like an interesting book!
    Lilie´s last blog post ..Dad’s Green Socks – WIP

  15. Alison says:

    I saw a that pop up on Ravelry this week. Thanks for a chance to win a copy.

  16. Living in Florida, I really need this book. Thanks for the giveaway.

    Loki spends a lot of time with his feet in the air, doesn’t he?

  17. Nice book! I like Sirena, although I think the open sleeves might drive me nuts. The Sail Away Shrug looks so comfy and classy!
    Robin V´s last blog post ..Thanksgiving

  18. Ok. Love that cat! And I’m glad to know my suffering has a name….variable personal thermostatosis is hysterical!

  19. henrycat says:

    Thanks for the chance to win what looks like a great book! Loki is utterly adorable – especially lying on his back with his feet sticking up in the air!

  20. Oh that book sounds perfect.

  21. Ruth Porter says:

    Still Waters is my favorite, but all look good. Loki is something else again; the ultimate in relaxation.

  22. Cassandra says:

    I am of the hot flash age – so this book would be right up my alley – thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!

  23. Even though I am pretty much over the ‘hot flash’ stage, these knits look fun and great for summer!

  24. Kim Wepplo says:

    I love, love, love the front cover one! Gorgeous! Oooo…I hope I win! The Iced Frappucino is right up my alley as well! Love your blog!

  25. I have a few friends I could knit some of these for (me too).

  26. Elaine F says:

    Nice patterns. Would like to have this book

  27. Susan Picciano says:

    Oh would love this book! Have spent hours converting so many Parma to light weight summer wear.

  28. Mary D says:

    I absolutely love this book — there are so few really cute patterns/books for summer weight clothes.

  29. Jillann Madren says:

    I would LOVE to knit some cooler knits for my hot, humid climate!

  30. If you live in AZ, these patterns are good year around! Would love to knit them.

  31. Rae Gommel says:

    OOOOOO! I just got back from MSW with warm weather knitting materials. This would be the perfect book for my shore vacation!

  32. Love the sweaters

  33. Rhoda Besecker says:

    Sounds great, and I will echo the comment that cool garments with sleeves are especially welcome!

  34. Christiane Johnson says:

    Thank you for offering your copy. Some of these pattern are quite lovely. Since Northern California is in the midst of 80 and 90 for the past month or 2, these pattern would be lovely. I am doing a bamboo tunic now, and the weight is distorting the length. What would bad weather do to this blend: Kollage Milky Whey, a blend of milk and soy?

  35. Wendy Lambert says:

    Thanks for making your copy of the book available to one of us. I live in Tucson, so the idea of COOL patterns is particularly appealing! 😉 I enjoy your blog, whether I win or not … Thanks for being an ongoing source of inspiration!

  36. I’m in that time of life now so some of those definitely appeal.
    Rachelle – Warming Crafts´s last blog post ..No Time!

  37. Rebecca says:

    Looks like a cooooooll book! Thanks for sharing!

  38. Cindy Arnold says:

    Oh my oh my! I need to get this book! I have such a time with being overheated all the time! Thanks for sharing Wendy!

  39. June Frederickson says:


    When I first looked at Loki’s photo I thought it was a lop eared bunny – strange poses he does.

  40. Linda Broglan says:

    Just what I need here in the South!
    Pick me Loki bear generator!<3

  41. OOH! Me me ME!
    I work in a building with 60-year-old steam heat and it’s never cool enough for me to even wear my fall clothing. I keep the windows open year round, and students get a lot of use out of their tube tops. They used to call one of the rooms I taught in ‘the crock pot’.

  42. I sure need the book! My thermostat stays stuck on high even when it’s freezing outside!

    Loki is adorable—I’d love to live his life!

  43. Love the idea for the book. Lots of time in the South it is unpleasantly hot. And, of course, I still need to knit! Those projects look like just the ticket.

  44. Ginger Klein says:

    Loki doesn’t look particularly busy to me. He’s goldbricking! Oh, and I’d like to win the book, if you don’t mind.

  45. Bonny Horton says:

    Just what this Southern girl could use. Please add me to the list to maybe win the book and please pet that precious Loki for me!

  46. Kim in Willow Spring says:

    Perfect for summer in NC. I’d really love to win this one.

  47. NanaDeb says:

    As always-thanks for the opportunity to win yet another really great looking book!
    I am on the lookout for warmer weather knitting and this looks to be just the thing!
    Glad to see Loki is doing such a great job keeping things in order-it’s a tough job…………

  48. Oh my! This book look’s like what I need. I knit a lot of sweaters for my daughter as she lives in Peoria, Arizona. I will be moving there within the next 6 months as my husband passed away suddenly in March. I looked on Ravelry and really like the sweaters shown in cool yarns that are in the book. I am most interested in her reviews of the different yarns too.
    Loki looks like he is relaxed and enjoying life! Thanks for sharing him with us all.

  49. I seldom leave comments for your give aways but this one I will. The book will be on my to-buy list if I don’t get selected, but as a victim of all of the above, I will be checking out some of the fibers I’ve not heard of before and some of the patterns which I fell in love with.

    Meanwhile my floofy orange cat says hi to your floofy white cat.

  50. patricia says:

    I live in Albuquerque, and it has already been in the 80s.

    Thanks for the drawing!

    I’m glad for a delayed start to the KAL- busy time!

  51. Melissa L. says:

    Me me! I can’t work with wool so I’d love this book.

  52. Blueberry says:

    Love the patterns and I can’t wait to make a few of them…:) thanks!

  53. Looks like a cool book for those having ‘personal summers’ all year ’round 🙂 I’d love to win.

    Also, good news on the KAL; but happy, happy for the delayed start. I am hopelessly behind on a KAL at my LYS right now.

  54. Oh, how I would love that book! And if I can’t win it, I’ll try to lose gracefully and BUY IT!!

  55. I love the look of cool knits, except for outdoors I never need wooly stuff, but love to knit it. Love that sweater on the cover.

  56. Sounds like a fantastic book! I’d love to check it out.

  57. Cheryl says:

    I have other books and I like the idea of them. The patterns you show are beautiful. Your work is awesome but you cat has captured my heart! I have 6 and cats are awesome!

  58. Anne Marie B says:

    I would love this book. I live in Austin, where it is hot, hot, hot!

  59. Amy Eileen Koester says:

    What lovely patterns, just what I need in Florida!

  60. Alicia Howard says:

    Now that’s the book I need!!!

  61. Sandie C says:

    I would love to win a copy of this book.

  62. You are the fastest knitter! I live in Arizona so cotton is a must. Thanks for the chance.

  63. Sirena looks like just the thing to cast on for right now! Add a surprise heat wave in SoCal to all the other diagnosis resulting in higher-than-normal personal body temps, and I am in need of some relief.

  64. Summer knits would be perfect for living in southern Texas. I am going to have to check this book out if I do not win it. 🙂

  65. Alicia Grayson says:

    OOh This is the book for me!

  66. sally M says:

    Thanks so much for the give away! You are so nice to your blog audience, and I love the patterns. And Sunday is my 18th anniversary so maybe the rng will be good to me 🙂

  67. This book looks great for us non-wooly types.

  68. Wendy TC says:

    Thx for the give-away! Book, Loki, shawl…all good things!

  69. I would love to win this ebook and try out some of the lush yarns described in the book.

  70. Just watched the Knit Girllls review this book and it looks pretty freakin’ awesome.

  71. I never win anything but I am intrigued by that book.
    maryanne´s last blog post ..Mending As Art

  72. catspaw says:

    Hope things get better soon. If you need a break in the country, just say the word.

  73. angie s. says:

    Very pretty patterns.

  74. Judith Smith says:

    Living in Oklahoma it would be wonderful to have a copy of this book.

  75. I live in Maine, and am currently enjoying the brief period of cool (not freezing) temps with no bugs or humidity (which will arrive in a few weeks). Otherwise the sweaters come on and go off regularly to try to adjust! Thanks for the opportunity.

    Loki leads such a busy life. He should really slow down and smell the roses.
    MicheleinMaine´s last blog post ..Custom listing for editknitbook by ThreeBagsFullStudio

  76. Kris Peters says:

    Never considered knitting warm weather togs!

  77. What a great book! I would love to win a copy!

  78. What a wonderful idea. Most of us that I know of quit knitting in the summer because the yarns are too hot and heavy to work with. So, I will turn my attention to crocheting doilies or knitting them because I don’t get so hot…and I can’t stand doing nothing. I look forward to perusing this book.

  79. Geri Ball says:

    What a great idea. I’d be interested in trying these patterns.

  80. Claudia says:

    Please enter me for this book. It looks like something I need to get!

  81. Angie M. says:

    What a lovely collection! Perfect for the Florida knitter. I could definitely see myself making Sirena.

  82. Beautiful! And since I live in Houston, very appropriate!

  83. Jennifer T says:

    The patterns look lovely.

  84. Natalie Doyle-Hennin says:

    Already starting to feel hot under the collar here in Arlington. Had to take off a lovely alpaca sweater when the weather was in the 50s because it was already feeling too warm after I’d had it on 15 minutes. Thanks for putting it up for adoption.

  85. Mary Tole says:

    Hi Wendy and Loki, thanks for having another drawing, I love thinking I might get lucky, this might be my day, etc. On the off chance that I might not win I am strongly thinking of purchasing this in ebook form. I really like the patterns I see and since I am a very large woman the styles are appealing to me.

  86. Debbie M says:

    I definitely NEED this book! Glad to see someone putting out something like this. Thanks for counting me in. I sure am looking forward to this year’s mystery shawl, Wendy! The timing is just right for me. I’d like to finish up something I’m working on. In fact, it’s my second Hitofude, the pattern that I found through your blog!

  87. The iced Frappucino is breathtakingly beautiful.. I would love to make it..

  88. Carol Lee says:


    Since I’m in the group the opening paragraph refers to plus I live in central Texas (seriously limited wool wearing time), I would love a copy of the new book. Nice looking patterns – simple, not close to the body. Perfect for warm weather and/or hot women. Thanks!!


  89. Amy Schulze says:

    I’m hoping that book is a birthday surprise–my big day is Saturday!

  90. I am moving to Brazil for 3 years and could definitely use knits that breathe!

  91. What a useful looking book!!

  92. Cute tops that I would love in my repretoire…

  93. I love knits, but I’m always hot. This book sounds like a great idea to me!

  94. I can certainly relate, having several of those issues myself, so this book would be greatly appreciated. I have a cat who likes to sleep on his back too!

  95. That’s a brilliant idea for a book. Thanks for the review, and a chance to win.
    pdxknitterati/michele´s last blog post ..Oregon coast weekend, symmetry, and more

  96. auntiemichal says:

    Please give Loki a couple of skritches extra from me! And tell that random number generator that I’m overdue. LOL

  97. I’ve always looked for “cooler” knits because I live in CA, but also have a fluctuating internal thermostat. So, I’ll always prefer 2 or 3 layers, rather than a single really warm garment.

    Also, many of the cooler fibers are so silky and lustrous. Just like a monkey, I’m drawn to shiny things.

  98. Carolyn says:

    I live in Texas – I need this!

  99. Shelda says:

    Funny, I was just looking at those patterns on ravelry earlier today. A couple of your faves were mine too.

  100. Yvonne says:

    Love the look of this book. Would love a copy!