My current work in progress:

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


At Dawn

I finished my At Dawn wrap Sunday night.


I knit this from two skeins of Wollmeise Blend, in the Lavendel and Grunfink colorways on a U.S. size 4 needle. No mods to the pattern, and I have a decent amount of each color left over, enough for a pair of colorwork fingerless mitts to match, perhaps.

There was some confusion in the comments about the yardage of the Wollmeise Blend yarn. The label states that there are 364 yards per 100 grams, but the skeins are 150 grams in weight, so have 546 yards per skein.

This project was pure pleasure: a fun pattern and yummy yarn. The resulting wrap is incredibly soft and darn pretty!

Chunky Knits

Last week I got a review copy of this book in the mail:


This is Chunky Knits by Ashley Little and the subtitle is “31 Projects for You & Your Home Knit with Bulky Yarn” which describes pretty well the focus of the book! It does not seem to be listed on Ravelry yet. The publication date is October 14, so it will likely show up there soon.

Now, I’m usually not a big fan of knitting with chunky yarns — give me a nice fingering weight and a 2mm needle and I’m a happy girl. But this book has a lot of really cute and creative designs in it. There is an index page with thumbnail photos in the front of the book:


As you might expect, there are hats, cowls, and scarves, as well as a pair of fingerless mitts  and a pair of boot toppers. But my favorites are, I think, really inspired!

A knitted hassock:


A cool thing about this — it is stuffed with a queen size comforter. What a clever way to store bedding!

A cabled pillow:


A great practice piece for someone who wants to hone cabling skills.

“Sachet” balls:


These would make great gifts! You could stuff them with cedar chips or potpourri, or just plain old fiberfill if you wanted to use them as ornaments.

There is a good resource section in the back of the book with nicely illustrated techniques.

Most of the projects in the book are knitted from bulky yarns that are widely available and are knit to a gauge of 3 to 4 stitches to an inch. There are a few projects that are made from super bulky yarn, or bulky yarn held double.

All in all, a very nice book with a good variety of projects. You could whip out a lot of holiday gifts using this book.

Who’d like my review copy?

To be entered in a drawing to win my review copy of Chunky Knits by Ashley Little, leave a comment on this blog post by noon Eastern time Wednesday, October 8, 2014. I’ll choose a lucky winner at random at that time.

Loki is celebrating the arrival of October with . . . no big surprise . . . a nap.


Look at those plush little bunny feet!




  1. Ooooo. I have 30 skeins of Plymouth’s chunky alpaca. I would love this book. Thanks for giving it away!

  2. I love the satisfaction of a quick chunky yarn knit!
    Lauren´s last blog post ..School is Back in Session

  3. marciepooh says:

    Stuffing a hassock with a comforter? Awesome idea. Way better than shoving it in the closet for the Alabama summer (aka March – November).

  4. Love the knitted hassock! Great idea!
    Barbara Seiver´s last blog post ..A magnificent cat

  5. I’m sure I’ll find lots of fun projects in this book, based on your description of it. Knit with bulky yarn, they’ll be speedy knits too.

  6. Jennifer B says:

    Great looking projects! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  7. You had me at book! LOL!
    Lilie´s last blog post ..Test Knit Gauntlets – DONE!

  8. This book looks like the inspiration I need to knit up my bulky leftovers. I’d love to win!

    And your wrap is pretty. The colors are stunning together. Cheerful and uplifting!

  9. I have a mattress cover that is HUGE and needs a new disguise. That hassock is calling!

  10. Thanks for giving the book away now that you’re done with it! I could use some speedy holiday gift knitting patterns.

  11. Debra Clanton says:

    I don’t usually like bulky yarn either, but these projects look great. I would love to win the book.
    LOVE the colors of your latest project, perfect for any time of the year; a beautiful combination.

  12. Oh that cabled pillow is the project for me! Thanks for the chance to win.

  13. Teresa R. Roberts says:

    I just ordered the Lavandel yarn from Wollmeise. Now, especially, I can’t wait to get it. I love knitting in bulky/chunky yarn. This is the perfect book for me. Thanks so much, Wendy!

  14. Janet White says:

    Thanks for the chance to win.

  15. I’ve got some bulky handspun that I need some ideas for so that book looks ideal. I have problems coming up with ideas for bulky yarn as I’m also more comfy with fingering weight.
    Rachelle – Warming Crafts´s last blog post ..Guild of Weavers and Spinners new rooms.

  16. Your gorgeous wrap is outstanding and so nice to look at. Thanks for the chance to win the Knitting-Bulky book! 🙂

  17. Yes, yes, yes! Would love to have this book!!

  18. Thank you for such a nice giveaway and the chance to win this nice book. I would love a chunky project. I’m making a shawl with sock yarn now.

  19. Love the chunky yarns and there are some great looking projects!

  20. I would love to knit the cabled pillow. Thanks for the giveaway.

  21. Amy Schulze says:

    Interesting book, love the hassock idea.

  22. That hassock idea is so clever! I’d love to look at this one.
    ccr in MA´s last blog post ..A Tale of Two Books

  23. I’d have to agree; I’m not usually one for chunky yarn, but the projects you’ve highlighted are adorable and I’d love to try them out!

  24. Monica Cortada says:

    I’d really like to try some of these. The ornamental balls look like a lot of fun. I hope I win, or if I don’t that the library will buy it. It’s getting expensive buying all the books you review that I want!

  25. Nessa Norton says:

    That hassock is genius! I will need to get the book for that pattern alone

  26. I really enjoy knitting with chunky yarn. The projects go so fast!

  27. Look purrrfect. Magic random number thingee choose me!

  28. Amy mason says:

    Fingering weight is great, but every now and again a quick to make project with big needles and bulky yarn is fun!

  29. I need gift ideas and this book could be perfect!!!!

  30. What a great book, so many quick knits. I love the hassock and Loki’s cute “bunny” feet!
    Thanks for a chance to win the book.

  31. Cute book, my kids have been bothering me for a hassock/pouf.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  32. Looks like cute projects.
    I’d like a chance to win-thanks for your generosity!

  33. I love big yarn and big items. Of course I love small too. But this sounds like a cool book. If I don’t win I’ll have to purchase for sure.

  34. Looks like a great book, a lot of nice projects! Thanks for the give-away!

  35. Virginia Manganiello says:

    Who doesn’t want to whip up pretty Christmas gifts fast??? Time is running out…. Thanks for yet another nice give away.

  36. Love the shawl, love the book drawing, love Loki!

  37. I actually love to knit with chunky yarn! So I think I would adore this book,
    Deb´s last blog post ..I Was Productive Today…..

  38. Looks like some cool projects in that book!

  39. Looks like some great projects for the home – love the cabled pillow. Thanks for the chance to win a copy 🙂

  40. TooTwistedDonna says:

    I Love bulky yarns!!! this book looks great!!!

  41. I usually prefer fingering yarn too but the sample pictures have me intrigued. Therefore, pick me, pick me!

  42. I prefer fingering too, but chunky yarn is great when my hands are bothering me.

  43. Like you, Wendy, I prefer finer yarns, but the hassock would solve two of my current household problems, and some of the other projects look good too. I would love this book.

  44. I’m spinning art yarns, so bulky is my reality. I love your scarf and colorway!

  45. Debbie Smith says:

    Love to win this!

  46. I would love a copy of this book!

  47. Alicia Grayson says:

    Lovely patterns!
    Thanks Alicia

  48. I just completed a lace weight mohair project and could use a nice chunky project to recover!

  49. I really like that knitted hassock. I could use that and it would make a awesome gift with filled with either a comforter or knitted/crocheted afghan and pillows.

  50. Deborah Gajee says:

    Just discovering chunky yarn!!!!

  51. -Just love the ‘At Dawn’ wrap. It blends well with my fascination with geometric patterns! You knit just beautifully 🙂

  52. That hassoock is entirely too adorable.
    Cassie´s last blog post ..September 28 – October 4

  53. I have a cat with bunny feet too!

  54. Stardancer says:

    I love chunky yarn. It knits up fast and it’s so squishy! Love the cabled pillow especially.

  55. I love those satchel balls. They would make great ornaments!!

  56. I’m teaching myself cables right now and I’m drooling over that pillow! 🙂
    AK McKinnon´s last blog post ..Forever a Fan: Bette Davis

  57. I’m currently knitting a simple afghan on sz 36 needles using super bulky. Interesting change from my long term project using sz 2 needles! (Beekeepers quilt)

  58. I admit to being a little bit burned out on “skinny” yarn, so I’d welcome a book of chunky patterns!
    floribunda´s last blog post ..starts and finishes

  59. First…Wow!! I’m not usually fond of colors and striped wraps like that, but….I love yours!! That is bright and so pretty. I really do like that.
    Wendy, I’m with you. I’m total in my zone with fingering weight yarn and sock size (or a tad larger) needles. But, I”m amazed at that hassock pattern! That’s a terrific idea. That book has so many things to keep me busy this coming winter. I would really love to win that…that could complete my Christmas shopping list right there!
    I Hope you and Loki are staying nice and warm….I just watched our weather man and he predicted a HIGH of 49 this Saturday!!! Br-r-r-r…time to knit!

  60. Ohhhh, what a great looking book! and a beautiful shawl too, Wendy!

  61. I live in Finland. Bulky yarns are our specialty up here. Would love to win this book!

  62. I would like to try to knit with a different pattern, would enjoy getting a book with patterns thus.
    Brrr! It is suppose to get around freezing in NE California tonight. Be safe and warm.

  63. Wendy, your At Dawn wrap is lovely;love the colors. Loki looks beautiful as always!

  64. What a great opportunity, as always! I love the shawl, it’s vibrant but not too much so, a great accent for fall.

  65. BarbaraS. says:

    Love the hassock and I’d love the book! thanks for sharing.

  66. Love Loki’s paws! Such a pretty kitty! Also love me a quick, chunky knit. Especially after churning out a few Honey Cowls in sock weight yarn on #3 needles.

  67. Mary Nagle says:

    Just getting started on my Christmas list of items to knit and bulky sounds like a quick and easy way to complete many gifts, The book looks like it has many options and i’d love to add it to my collection and start using up my stash. Thanks for sharing.

  68. Kim in Willow Spring says:

    I’m with you and usually prefer to knit with fingering or lace weight, but this book does seem to have some great patterns. The hassock is wonderful.

  69. Cheryl S. says:

    I have to make that hassock! Love the pillow too.

  70. You mentioned the exact reason I’d like to own this book. Christmas knitting! When it gets down the deadline and I know I’m not going to finish everything I planned this book looks like it could save my sanity!! Thanks!

  71. This book of patterns for chunky yarns would round out my collection of pattern books.

  72. Looks like a great book. Thanks for the opportunity!

  73. Anne Marie B says:

    Love that ottoman! Thanks!

  74. Susan D Smith says:

    I’m not usually a fan of chunky yarn or chunky knitting, but this book has some interesting patterns. I love the hassock (and so will my cats!)…Thanks for offering this book as a give-away!

  75. Looks like fun! Thanks for sharing.

    When I was first learning to knit, I swore I’d never use any yarn that didn’t call for a size 8 needle or larger. Nowadays I mostly work 4-7, so be careful what oaths you take! Still, I loves me some chunky yarn once in a while, and that hassock is terrific.

  76. I’d love to win this wonderful book. Things knit up so quickly with chunky yarn. It’s super satisfying for me. I hope Loki is enjoying this cool weather in NY!

  77. Love the knitted Hassock! Your At Dawn shawl looks fabulous!

  78. I love your wrap. A matching pair of gloves would be an amazing compliment.

  79. Abby call says:

    Love the purple and lime green together on your latest project.

    This looks like a great book when you need a last minute gift that can be made quickly.

  80. I haven’t knit with chunky yarns in a while now, but I do like the look of those sachets/ornaments. Those could be nice little “extra” gifts at the holidays.

  81. As the queen of knitted gift procrastination, a book with smallish projects using chunky yarns is right up my alley!

  82. Your “At Dawn” wrap is lovely. The colours are perfect. I love green and purple together. Please pick me for the Chunky Knits book. The sachet balls and the cabled pillow look great. Thank you for the giveaway.

    deblyn153 on RAV

  83. Dude, I so very much want to knit a hassock and stuff it with the extra Queen comforter.
    mesha´s last blog post ..More Mystery!

  84. Katherine says:

    I love the color combination of your shawl – really pretty. You are such a prolific knitter. I wish my wrist and thumb let me knit that much.
    Happy knitting and thank you for the chance to win the book.

  85. That ottoman is speaking to me — I hear it calling to me!
    Thanks for the give-away.

  86. Charlotte says:

    Beautiful little Loki, I love his little bunny toes!! So cute! Chunky Knits book looks very interesting. Thank you for the giveaway!! Have a great weekend!

  87. That hassock is adorable! I’ve been wanting to do a project like that for a while.

  88. Kristine M. says:

    I love knitting with chunky yarn! That book would be perfect for me.

  89. grace yaskovic says:

    love your shawl, and that hassock is motivating me!!!

  90. Looks like a great book for making gifts.

  91. Venice Smith says:

    I also lean toward finer gauge yarns but there are times when a heavier yarn just makes more sense, with the added bonus that they work up much faster. I’d love to win this book.

  92. Yes please! I’m really into chunky right now.

  93. I love knitting with all sizes of yarn (though I do tend towards lace and fingering…)! Looks like a fun and useful for whipping up fast gifts.

  94. rj gosnell says:

    I would love to win this book. I too, prefer lace weight yarn and a size 2 needle… so I have amassed a ton of chunky in my stash and I was thinking the footstool that covers a queen size comforter would be the perfect project! Thanks for the great blog and I love your “At Dawn” it is coming out beautifully!

  95. Hmm, and I happen to have a comforter just sitting in my upstairs hall, and some chunky yarn I was considering destashing . . . . Thanks for the opportunity to win this book!

  96. What a great book! I love chunky knits!

  97. Heather Turner says:

    Bulky yarn is the best! I can’t wait to knit these projects for my house and my friends.

  98. I love that hassock!!!!

  99. Ohhhh lovely! Thanks for the opportunity!

  100. MildredDP says:

    Great ideas for chunky knits & cable… Lace & a cable hassock… Wow! The pink caplet is cute!
    Thank you