My current work in progress:

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

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. My bookshelf just collapsed on me this weekend while I was rearranging my knitting library, now I’ve got a larger, sturdier bookshelf with lots of room for more books. This new book could help me start filling up some of the empty space

  2. I have this book on reserve at the library (it’s on order) but winning a copy would save me a trip! Have a wonderful weekend.

  3. Pat Schwarz says:

    I love the fair isle beret the colors are beautiful! The head band is beautiful also! I would love this book!

  4. Looks like lots of great projects to try.

  5. Betty S. says:

    I love the clutch, the beret, & the headband. I can see any one of my 6 granddaughters loving each of these items. What a great book for Christmas gift inspiration!

  6. Patterns are only suggestions

  7. Thanks for showing us this great book. As a newly retired teacher, I would love to win the book. After 28 years I am really having a hard time.
    Please give Loki a hug.
    Lisa´s last blog post ..It Never Rains But It Pours

  8. Oh my gosh, I adore these patterns! I love all the wonderful wraps, and the two-color lace scarf is divine!

  9. Lisa S. says:

    I love books! Especially when they’re knitting books!!

  10. Carley Greene says:

    I saw the book at my LYS when the Cascade rep visited, and the yarn is delicious. On a completely different note, what is it with chubby, super fuzzy kitties lolling about on their backs. Mine will randomly plop on you on her side, or lie on her back with all her legs in the air.

  11. Michelle Chua says:

    Hi Wendy…One thing comes to mind: I won’t have to search for patterns to knit!! With 60 Quick Luxury Knits, I can knit 60 projects, or more, if I knit a project twice. Hence, I can concentrate on other Christmas preparations come year end. Yes, 60 Luxury Quick Knits would certainly come in handy.

  12. Kim Parker says:

    I love quick knits like hats and gloves! The beret looks awesome, although I’ve yet to try fairisle colour knitting! Would love to win the book!

  13. This is an awesome give-away and I absolutely love that scarf!

  14. Linda T says:

    I always appreciate accessory books, especially for gifts.

  15. Mahootinalaska says:

    How awesome! Must make that tam I love colorwork and I’m so new it’s is just so fun.
    Thank you for sharing

  16. Kelly Reilly says:

    Looks like another great book with some amazingly fun to knit patterns. I’d love to win a copy!

  17. Love the patterns and can’t wait to get some of that yummy yarn.

  18. The Headbands are really nice Almost time for recess duty again this year would love to make a few just for that…

  19. Love the projects in the book. Lots of Christmas ideas.

  20. I would love this book! 🙂

  21. Beautiful clutch. A must make!

  22. Kimberly says:

    Oooo….the headbands! For the girls hockey team! Gotta make those! Pick me…pretty please!

  23. Joanna Burgess says:

    What lovely items. Would love this.

  24. Barbara H says:

    The 60 quick knits series is a great one. I’d love a chance at their latest offering! Thanks 🙂

  25. Marybeth Bentley says:

    That is one beautiful cat!!!

  26. Judy Mitchell says:

    Often when I browse through new knitting books, I only see one pattern I’d like to do. But… at least half of these are ones I could see myself knitting, gifting & using!

  27. Esther49 says:

    Looks like some beautiful patterns. Please enter me. And pet Loki for me?

  28. Thank you for offering such a generous giveaway! The patterns are gorgeous!

  29. KitKatKnitter says:

    Oh, those are some nice projects! I could think of a few folks I could knit them up for.

  30. Christine says:

    Would love to have a copy of this book

  31. Love the new patterns which would all make great gifts (and I will have a lovely time making them!). Thanks for the inspiration.

  32. Monicaeva says:

    I love the 60 quick knits series.

  33. Loki is a very relaxed boy. That’s the way I want to spend a hot day too.

  34. This book looks great! I especially like the cabled headband~ would like to make one! Thanks for sharing this contest 🙂

  35. I love those gradient colors in your scarf. The 60 Quick Knits series is one I always thumb thru and would love this most recent offering. Loki looks comfortable.

  36. Would love to knit the cabled headband. The book sounds great!

  37. If Loki is like my cats he was busy thinking of was to pay attention to him.

  38. Tracy Smith says:

    I love elegant small projects like this! That’s one of the reasons I already subscribe to Vogue!

  39. Love this collection, thanks for the chance!

  40. Love the cabled headband!

  41. I’d love to have the book. I am loving ur seaweed pattern right niw from your book! I am going to knit them all. I love knitting socks but really should attempt something else

  42. Thank you for the chance to win Wendy….what will your first project from the book be?
    Connie´s last blog post ..Mystery

  43. Tammy L. Mitchell says:

    I love Cascade! The Venezia is wonderfully soft, I got a hold of one skein of sport weight and LOVE IT!

  44. Ann Powell says:

    I can’t wait to see the designs in your new book. Love your designs.

  45. Melissa R says:

    Yes, please! I’d LOVE a copy!

  46. Melissa says:

    I love the headband!!

  47. M Perez-Lopez says:

    Great giveaway, and plenty of time to knit them all before the holidays!

  48. Looks like some cute projects in this book and would love to win a copy. thanks

  49. Looks like some cute projects in this book and would love to win a copy. Thanks!

  50. Diane Thompson says:

    Great site, great designs

  51. Kaye Reynolds says:

    Love the scarf and Loki!

  52. Looks like a fun book.

  53. I adore small projects – – and so does my stash! 😀

  54. Love quick knits. Makes for great gift giving.

  55. I’d love that book!

  56. Wendy wheeler says:

    Great projects to give for gifts or keep for myself!

  57. Happy Knitting 😉

  58. Would love a copy of that book

  59. Gorgeous,gorgeous, gorgeous! Another stunning publication from Vogue Knitting.

  60. Lovely patterns, I would love to win this! Thank you for the opportunity 🙂

  61. Lori Travis says:

    Nice clutch

  62. I love the 60 Quick Knits books! Count me in for the drawing.
    Kristen´s last blog post ..Knitting Pattern: Linen Stitch Dish Cloth

  63. I love Freia yarn too!

    Book looks great for summer knitting and ADD 🙂

  64. My daughter would love that headband. I need to knit it for her!
    Ann´s last blog post ..What is it about Port Ludlow knitters?

  65. Annie May says:

    Love the headband!

  66. This book looks adorable.

  67. A lovely book – to go with your lovely Loki.

  68. Charlotte says:

    I so wish my yarn store would have another tour of Cascade Yarns. It’s been 4 years already since the last one!

  69. Jill McKibben says:

    Would love a copy of the book…love your diagonal scarf~