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.

It Never Rains But It Pours

I have yet another book to review for you!

This is the latest in the “60 Quick Knits” collection from Sixth & Spring: 60 Quick Luxury Knits. All of the patterns (60 of them) in this book are knit from Cascade Yarn’s Venezia yarn, a 70/30 merino/silk blend that comes in both worsted and sport weights. While I have no personal experience with the Venezia yarn, I can see that it gets very good reviews on Ravelry. It comes in a wide variety of colors and is quite reasonably priced compared to other merino/silk blends.

You can view all the projests on Ravelry, here. There’s quite a nice range of items, including hats, collars, cowls, scarves, shawls, mitts, and more. There are patterns for colorwork, texture, cables, and lace. Definitely something for everyone.

A few of my favorite projects . . .

This adorable clutch:


A lovely fair isle beret:


And a cute cabled headband:


This book is a great source of patterns for gifts that will be quick to knit but will not fail to impress the recipient.

The publisher has kindly offered a second copy of the book for my giveaway. Who’d like it?

To be entered in the drawing for a copy of  60 Quick Luxury Knitsplease leave a comment on this blog post by 11:00am Eastern Time on Sunday, July 27, 2014. The winner will be chosen at random then.

Speaking of choosing winners at random, the winner of  A Knitter’s Gallery of Mitered Squares – 45 Unique Designs in Color, Texture and Lace is Sue H., who has been emailed. Thanks to everyone who left a comment!


I needed a short-term project because I am still in-between Camp Loopy projects. So I am working on this:


This is a diagonal garter stitch scarf being knit from Freia Fine Handpaints Sport Ombre in the “Grapevine” colorway, on a U.S. size 6 needle.

I love this yarn. I am using two skeins of it, and where one skein ends, the second skein picks up in exactly the same spot so there is no break in the gradient.

I will likely make this pattern available as a freebie once I am done. While I am knitting mine in sportweight wool, you could use pretty much any weight, and make it as wide as you like as well.


This is what Loki is usually doing after I get home from work in the afternoon.


I have to wonder what he is up to all day while I am gone to get so tired?


  1. I bet Loki is just so glad that you’re home, he is exhausted from the experience. Looks like a great books – love this series.

  2. Vicki Johnson says:

    I love reading your blog! You keep me inspired. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and beautiful projects.

  3. there are very few books I like enough to comment, but this one gets me in the running! thanks to you and the publisher for providing it,
    happy knittong!

  4. This looks like a great book. Count me on. Thank you.

  5. Ann Hefenieder says:

    Love the clutch purse, and the headband. Would love to have the book.

    Love your blog!

  6. Thank you for the opportunity to win the book, Wendy!

  7. Savannagal says:

    There’s really nothing in the book that I would knit. But our guild does a free teaching event at the local library every October and we always give away some prizes to people who stop by to learn to knit or who just join us to sit and knit. This would make a perfect giveaway prize.

  8. Natalie Doyle-Hennin says:

    Such choice of patterns that don’t seem to require a marathon of knitting. Please count me in. Does Loki like tummy rubs? He seems always to be inviting them!

  9. I’d love that book — as I’m Christmas knitting challenged this year. I just can’t think of anything I haven’t already done, and it’s too hot to really contemplate at this point 😉

  10. I can’t wait to make the Cabled Headband! Thanx for doing the giveaway!

  11. Melissa says:

    That is an adorable clutch.

  12. knittingdancer on Ravelry says:

    Cute patterns in this book.

  13. Looks like a fabulously fun book – thanks for the opportunity!

  14. MildredDP says:

    I see a few patterns already on my list to make! All of the patterns are really cute. Thank you for offering.

  15. I could really use a book of quick knits. I’m always looking for quick, last minute gifts.
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  16. Heather K says:

    YES! Quick projects for Christmas gifts – who couldn’t use this book? I keep trying, my number has to come up some day, right? LOL, plus it is fun just trying.

  17. Heather Turner says:

    That headband is gorgeous. I need more quick projects to entertain me.

  18. Projects look great!

  19. Nancy M says:

    Sounds like a great book. I know I could use it!
    I’m sure Loki needs a nap when you get home because he has been worrying about you. They miss us you know.

  20. Patricia says:

    That looks like another great book il would like to win. I have made several projects from other books in the series and they have all turned out terrific! As for Loki, maybe you need to set up a camera and record him while your at work. It could be quite interesting!

  21. Amy Segel says:

    Looks like lots of great patterns! Thanks for having the contest

  22. 60 Quik Knits looks like a wonderful book that I need. Thank you for offering it to us as a giveaway! Love Loki!

  23. Looks like great little patterns in this book. I would LOVE to win it!

  24. Count me in, love the small stuff. Thanks

  25. Barbara Clayburn says:

    I would love the book. This Cascade Series of books has been great. I love the two I already have. Please give Loki a scratch on the head from me. I sure do love seeing how Pretty that cat has become with your TLC.

  26. I would love to have this book in my collection. Especially love the fair isli hat.

  27. Deena Crossett says:

    OMG, Loki looks like he’s had a big night of carousing or watched reruns of Miami Vice all day. LOL!

  28. Camille R says:

    Sounds like a great book; and tons of fun projects.

  29. MIchelle B. says:

    So cute. Love the cabled headband!

  30. I love those books, I usually check them out at the library. As for a Loki being tired when you get home, all that sleeping is exhausting. My cats get very tired from sleeping, they need to get their 23 hours of beauty sleep.

  31. Susan Tofilon says:

    This looks like a great book of patterns!
    I would love to have this book.

  32. Christel says:

    Love this book! I have baby books in the “60 quick knit” series. They are great! Thanks for sharing!!

  33. I have the other 60 Quick Knit books. This would be a nice addition.

  34. Abby call says:

    there are so many great patterns it would be hard to pick one to start with. that is one cute cat.

  35. Alexis D says:

    That clutch is adorable!

  36. paula henderson says:

    I love the 60 Quick books. Would really like to add this to my collection. Thanks for the chance to win.

  37. Oh, there are a lot of very nice pattern I like in this book!

  38. linda-kaye says:

    What a great book – the pro

    What a great book – thanks for the opportunity Wendy. Love Loki! He just seems so contented!

  39. I love small projects like these for gifts.

  40. I love that clutch. It looks so easy to make and it’s already giving me some ideas! Thanks for the chance at the book 🙂

  41. Lots of great projects in this book…would love to own it!

  42. a lot of very pretty patterns

  43. Wendy C. says:

    I love making quick things and there are alot of great gift projects in this book!!! I especially like the red clutch with the bow!!! So cute!!!!

  44. Would love to win this book. Thank you!

  45. Cathy A. says:

    Love the Cabled Headband – especially for northern WI weather.

  46. Enter me, please! Longing for fall!

  47. Thanks for the giveaway!

    I am getting ready to start hats for the fall and I love that beret!
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  48. Love it!

  49. Ann Tucker says:

    Would love to win!

  50. Just love this series of knitting books!

  51. PJ White says:

    This is wonderful stuff! I love to make hats.

  52. sgeorge24 says:

    I love that fair isle beret!

  53. BarbaraR says:

    I would love to add this to my collection! Looks like some great patterns.

  54. I need that headband!

  55. Anna-Mari says:

    Nice giveaway!

  56. Small projects are great for gifts. I can’t wait to try a few!

  57. Kristi B. says:

    Love the beret and the headband!

  58. That looks a lovely book. I would love to win it.

  59. Carla Powell says:

    I love these books.

  60. Jennifer says:

    This looks wonderful! I would love to win a copy of this, so many gifts to be made!

  61. Thank you very much for the give away. I would enjoy making many of the projects featured in this book. I especially like that adorable clutch.

  62. what a lovely scarf!

  63. I love the headband!

  64. 60 Quick Luxury Knits looks like a good book to have!

  65. I love Cascade and the book looks great!

  66. Alison Sole says:

    I really need some quick knits to start makinv xmas pressies…..always .y plan to use the summer break to get ready for the next big seasonal event. 🙂

  67. Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

  68. Count me in! I’d love to win this book!

  69. Linda Wadman says:

    Looks like 60 Quick Knits has delivered another winner. Love the projects you featured.

  70. Michelle says:

    60 Quick knits looks awesome, thanks for the chance! Love the beret.

  71. Helen Berlijn says:

    The baret is awsome and I would knit it straight away!

  72. Barbara Nolan says:

    So many awesome ideas! Love it.

  73. Love the headband etc. So cute!

  74. Love any new knitting book. My dogs are just like that when I come home.

  75. Pattye McKinney says:

    I have two of the series, I’d love this one, too!

  76. Love that headband for watching my son play rugby this winter!! Thanks for the chance to win!

  77. Rama Patel says:

    60 quick luxury Knits seems to be very tempting. I would love to have this book. If I win it great, and if not, am surely going to buy it. Thank you Wendy for this awesome book!

  78. Pam Spell says:

    Quick and beautiful is just what I need. I am knitting for therapy during chemo treatments. It realy works at taking you to a peaceful place, away from needles, chemical therapy and such. I love the hat and headband, all of the patterns!

  79. Maxine Leonard says:

    I would be thrilled to win this!

  80. Carol Beatty says:

    What am awesome opportunity that looks like an awesome book. Thank you and i love your kitty!!

  81. Would love to use that beret pattern as my first attempt at Fair Isle knitting!

  82. Nancy Bailey says:

    Fantastic patterns! Thank you for the chance to win such a fun book!!!

  83. Debbie VanDerMolen says:

    What a lot of great Christmas present ideas. Thanks for doing this giveaway at the perfect time!

  84. I love that headband!

  85. Love the book ! Projects look incredible

  86. I’d love to have a copy. Hugs and Mjau från Sweden

  87. Virginia Smith says:

    These look like they’d make great Christmas gifts! I’d love to win a copy.

  88. Debbie C. says:

    What gorgeous projects! I would love to win a copy of this book! Thanks for the nice giveaway!

  89. I would liove a copy

  90. Beautiful! Thanks for the review and giveaway!

  91. Julie Beaver says:

    What a great book, would love to win it.
    -another Loki fan 🙂

  92. Merino/silk is my favourite blend! Of course, everything I knit ends up being 1% cat hair.

  93. Laticia Miller says:

    Kitty!!!! Love the patterns – how you pick me! 🙂

  94. Laticia Miller says:

    Uh – hope, not how. Need more coffee.

  95. Ann Trautmann says:

    Oooooh, silk and merino is a wonderful combo! I am still a beginner/intermediate knitter, and with all the wonderful techniques I wonder if I will ever become advanced! : ) I love learning, and would love to try my hand at these beautiful patterns! Thank you!

  96. Quick knits, whether they be scarves, socks, or hats is what I’m all about

  97. Karen Jensen says:

    Ever since menopause l can’t wear any sweaters, so hats, socks, scarves & shawls have been my mainstay. l’d love to receive this book & get some new inspiration—& patterns!

  98. CynthiaJo says:

    I would love to win this! Every project looks like something I would love to give or love to keep! 😉

  99. Looks like a great book — would love to add it to my collection!

  100. I just love this book just from the look of it and I really would love to add it to my collection one day.
    The things you show here looks fabulous