My current work in progress:

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


A Head for Trouble

First things first, the winner of a copy of As the Heel Turns: Taking the drama out of knitting socks by Hilary Latimer is Kris, who has been emailed. Thank you, Hilary, for sending me a review copy and supplying a second copy for my giveaway!

And I have another book to review:


This is A Head For Trouble: What To Knit While Catching Crooks, Chasing Clues, and Solving Murders (20 Hats and Adornments Inspired by Lady Detectives of the Roaring Twenties) by Julie Turjoman. I have the eBook version for review.

Note: Julie has a pre-order bonus via her website good through October 31, 2014. Anyone who pre-orders the print copy and e-book combo will receive the bonus e-book collection called A Head for Fashion (Ravelry link). If you order the print or the e-book, you will receive one of your choice of the six patterns in the book. After November 1, 2014, the patterns in the e-book are available for sale separately. They are a lovely companion to the main book.

Back to a Head for Trouble: as a voracious reader I appreciate the theme for this book: accessories themed after the spunky “girl detectives” of the Jazz Age. There are 10 detectives covered in the book, and for each one there is a hat plus a coordinating accessory: fingerless mitts, a scarf, a bag, etc. So, twenty patterns in all. You can take a look at all the patterns here on the book’s Ravelry page.

There is a section on the anatomy of a hat, along with detailed descriptions of each type of hat in the book — what makes a cloche a cloche? There is also useful information on how and where to measure so that your knitted piece will fit the recipient.

Each set has an introduction about the detective for which the patterns were named. I was happy to see one of my favorite girl detectives, Maisie Dobbs, included. I love Maisie’s smart cloche:


and her matching driving mitts:


Maisie tools around in an MG roadster, her pride and joy, so driving mitts were a perfect choice for her accessory! The colors used and the style of her hat and mitts are a good reflection of her personality as well.

The hats are all darling (as is the very 1920s-looking model) and I do think there is something for everyone here. These are not plain beanies, but beautifully designed cloches, tams, head wraps, and other 1020s-styled head coverings. Stylish adornments here and there really “make” the designs into lovely millinery masterpieces.

The accompanying accessories are equally as beautiful, some adorned with embellishments as well. (And there is a resource list in the back of the book that tells you where you can purchase the embellishments.) I think a hat plus accessory would make a wonderful holiday gift for a stylish woman.

I have been authorized to offer a copy of the e-book in a blog giveaway. Who’d like it?

To be entered in a drawing to win a copy of A Head For Trouble: What To Knit While Catching Crooks, Chasing Clues, and Solving Murders (20 Hats and Adornments Inspired by Lady Detectives of the Roaring Twenties) by Julie Turjoman, leave a comment on this blog post by noon Eastern time Wednesday, November 5, 2014. I’ll choose a lucky winner at random at that time.

Current Work in Progress

Here is my current work in progress:


This is Ashburn, a wrap designed by Melanie Berg. I am making mine from this yummy yarn:


This is Woolfolk Tynd, a new fingering weight merino wool yarn. I ordered it after reading a positive review of the worsted weight version on Knitters Review. This yarn really is wonderful. It is incredibly soft and fine, and the colors are lovely. Woolfolk calls this fiber “ultra merino” and as soon as I felt it I could well understand why. I have purchased more Tynd for my next project — a stranded colorwork design. Can’t hardly wait!

Loki sez:


“Quiet! I am napping!”


  1. I have been stalking this book as soon as I saw the patterns listed on Ravelry. They are beautiful and elegant.

  2. Looks like I’m first…I get to head the parade of wishes for the book!

  3. What a fun book this looks like. And projects that could be great Christmas gifts!!

  4. Your new project looks warm and lovely!

  5. That’s a great idea for a book! And it sounds like a great way to get some gift knitting done.

  6. This looks like a great read as well as a source for unusual and pretty patterns.

  7. I’m not usually a hat knitter (bar a few baby hats!) but these are beyond lovely and might inspire me to new hat knitting! Thanks for being such a nice blogger with all these give-aways

  8. Ooh! I would love to get my hands on that book!
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  9. This is SO cute!!! I would love to knit the projects from this book

  10. She’s got several of my favorite sleuths in there!
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  11. I saw this book on Ravelry and favourited it immediately! I’d love to own it 🙂

  12. Those patterns look lovely! Please add me to the drawing!

  13. Would love this book and thank you for the giveaway. Love your fur baby.

  14. Stephanie H. says:

    I love those driving gloves. I would be so happy to win this really great looking book.

  15. Ooo, I’ve been ogling these patterns … pick me, pick me!


  16. You are so privileged to receive so many interesting books. count me in!

  17. Great book for hats and presents!

  18. It’s time to knit myself a new hat. These patterns would be perfect!

  19. This looks great. Maisie Dobbs is one of my favorites too.

  20. A new take on literary knits, what fun! The patterns are lovely. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for this one (and my knitting needles)!

  21. I’m very interested in the period covered and in having a book to add to my collection. I’m in need ad a new hat…

  22. Teresa R. Roberts says:

    I love the title and the whole concept! I may have to buy this if I don’t win it. Thanks so much for the opportunity.

  23. The book projects are so appealing. Thanks for the giveaway.

  24. Judy Cinerari says:

    A head for trouble is a fabulous idea for a book. All my favourite detective heroines have a serious sense of style and would look great in these creations.

  25. Shirley Ryan says:

    I would love it….it looks fab! Thanks for the chance to win it!

  26. Anne Patton says:

    Who wants a Head For Trouble? I do.

  27. Oh my goodness! What a lovely book idea!

  28. Judy Smith says:

    I love the hats.

  29. Susan Sayles says:

    I love making hats. This book looks great

  30. I would love a chance to win this book!

  31. Susan Picciano says:

    Ooooo looks like fun!

  32. Leslie in MA says:

    Hats and Mitts – among my favorite things to make for people! I’d love a copy.

    It’s good to see Lopi asserting himself.

  33. OOOOH, my favorite era, and my favorite genre as well! Would love for you to pick me! (you keep missing me on the books I really want!)

  34. Tiffany Newman says:

    Oh I like this collection… I tend to be drawn to these type of hats (knitted one recently).

  35. I would love this book!

  36. Love the look of that book
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  37. Murray McKnight says:

    I would love to win this!! Sounds so fun. Thank you for chance to win.

  38. I don’t usually knit hats, but these patterns are especially inspiring. I’m also wondering if any would work as chemo caps. At any rate, would love to win!

  39. Love the Maise set!

    Loki- you could use that super fluffy tail as ear muffs!

  40. Lovely patterns! As always, thanks for the review, and thanks for sharing the book.
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  41. Rachel Molder says:

    Would love to have new hat patterns 🙂

  42. Bev Forbes says:

    luv this type of project can’t wait to get started on one.

  43. Cindy Lynne says:

    What a lovely idea for a book!

  44. Sounds like a fun knitting book.

  45. Would love to have this unique book.

  46. That book sounds yummy and I would so like to dress like a lady detective.

  47. Alice Collins-Thompson says:

    I’m in love with the pics you posted and would adore this book if I’m lucky enough to win it!

  48. I would love to have this book my Mom was born in the 20’s

  49. Marti Keefe says:

    Sounds like a great idea for a book, and the hats look fantastic.

  50. Natasha Carty says:

    I love the Maisie Dobb’s books too! Mysteries, female detectives from the 20’s, and knitting. Just add a cup of tea and we have perfection. I’d love this book!

  51. Love, love, love! Maisie is one of my favorite series, and I am excited to learn of some new-to-me authors to try. Oh, and the knits are beautiful too! Fingers crossed! (Have I used enough exclamation marks?)

  52. The Ashburn looks lovely.

  53. I wear hats all the time. The book would be wonderful.

  54. What a great book. I would love to win it.

  55. Cool book! A fun 20s hat would be great this winter.

  56. That book sounds interesting, I love 20’s fashions, a lot of what I like to knit is mitts & hats.

  57. I’ve been eyeing this one…it would be great to win it! Thanks!

  58. LOVE the Twenties look and this book looks absolutely wonderful! I would really like to win it as I love hats and accessories, too, so it would be a great combo for me!
    Thanks, Wendy, for all the insight and perspective you provide! I enjoy reading your posts and seeing all the knitting you manage to do! You’re amazing! 🙂

  59. This looks like a great book.

  60. Kathy Manning says:

    What a great idea for a book. I love the Maisie Cloche and she is my favourite sleuth after Phryne Fisher who I see is also featured in the book

  61. Kathy in Alaska says:

    OhOhOh! These patterns are totally fabulous, and I love the theme that unites them all. I would LOOOOOOVE to win a copy of this… thank you, Wendy, for the chance to win! Best to you and Loki from me and Rocky. 🙂

  62. Laura Sahlberg says:

    I would LOVE a copy of the book. It sounds wonderful.

  63. Lynne in Florida says:

    These are yummy! Please enter me.

  64. I too am a mystery reader. These patterns are so nice and pretty too! I would enjoy the book two ways- just reading the book and knitting the patterns. I’d love to win this book.

  65. love the retro look of the hats! And what a great profile on the model!

  66. How lovely! I adore the colors of the Maisie set!

  67. Cherie Jones says:

    I love reading mysteries too. What a fun looking collection. I hope they are as fun to knit. It is very nice of you to give such wonderful gifts.

  68. This has got to be the best title for a book, ever….

  69. Barbara S. says:

    What fun hats! I’d love to own this book.

  70. Barbara Fredrick says:

    I’d sure like to win this book! Love the mysteries too.

  71. I would love to win a copy of this book! What a brilliant way to market it!!! : )

  72. What a neat idea for a book! Fingers crossed. =)
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  73. That book looks like a lot of fun!

  74. Shirley Gallagher says:

    I love the hats in this book. It would be fun to knit for friends.

  75. Love the patterns in the new books!
    I’m starting Ashburn as son as I finish my current project – if I can wait that long!

  76. Cute hats

  77. SuthernGirl says:

    Mysteries, hats and the Roaring Twenties…..I’m in! Love it all…..

  78. I love that cloche too.

  79. knittingdancer on Ravelry says:

    There ares really cute patterns in this book. I would love to win a copy. Thanks.

  80. Lestersmama says:

    Oooh! I see one inspired by Phryne Fisher!

  81. That book looks like fun! And Loki is looking especially floofy!

  82. I loved reading Nancy Drew mysteries, and now enjoy looking at the versions of the same stories published in different eras…”roadsters” become ‘convertibles” and “tea shops” become “coffee bars”!

  83. Hats & other accessories are some of my favorite things to knit, as they’re usually fairly quick to knit — I am all about the “instant” gratification! I read the Knitters Review too, and really appreciate the efforts of te OVIS project to sustain the Patagonian grasslands. Loki must practice teh napz; that is Cat Rule # 2!
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  84. Swoon. I’m on a hat kick at the moment. This is going on my wish list

  85. I started wearing hats when I was about 12. Now I can make my own! Would love a copy.

  86. Gina Zahra says:

    That looks like such fun…I would be interested in reading the stories that inspired the patterns

  87. I love the cover of the book, and what a great theme. I like Maisie Dobbs too.

  88. The Roaring ’20s are one of my favorite decades! I could knit myself something cute and pretend I’m on my way to a speakeasy. 🙂

  89. I love Maisie Dobbs, too!
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  90. I would love this book. I enjoy reading mysteries and knitting hats.

  91. 1920s style hats are about the only type I can wear! Add mitts and other accessories and it’s a book with me in mind!

  92. Love your blog, love mysteries, love to knit, love your give-a-ways.

  93. Your Ashburn colours look great together.

  94. What fabulous patterns! I really like the look of this book!

  95. I enjoy knitting hats, but these patterns seem special!! Cloches are becoming and stylish. The book’s literary tie-in is original.

  96. Savannagal says:

    There are so many cute hats in his book. I really love that vintage style. I think I was born in the wrong time period.

  97. Oh no, now not only do I lust after the book, but I want to explore all the literary female sleuths that she references!

  98. Great idea for a book. Hats are so much fun!

  99. Rhoda Besecker says:

    Love the hats and the book’s premise!

  100. As a woman with a whole shelf dedicated to Agatha Christie, this is the best giveaway I’ve ever entered!
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