My current work in progress:

Roscalie Cardigan by Alice Starmore, knit from Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift  on a US 3 needle

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. Heather K says:

    Nothing like knitting to help solve a mystery – count me in!

  2. Donna Jefferis says:

    This book looks great, thanks for doing a give away. I like all the cute wee scarves.

  3. What a clever concept! BTW, I love the Maisie hat!

  4. What a fun idea for a book! I love the cover. I bet some of Agatha Christie’s heroines are mentioned.

  5. I love mysteries and need a new hat (or two). Book looks very interesting!
    Jennifer´s last blog post ..Dreaming of Snowflakes

  6. Those driving mitts really are perfect–the wrist detail makes the pair.

  7. I love this book!!! would be wonderful hats for two daughter in laws that are hard to buy for!!!


  8. Love some of the hats. I work for a school district and believe it or not it does involve some sleuthing!

  9. Catherine S. says:

    Attention, Wendy: I’m not commenting for the book. I cannot wait to see what stranded colorwork you’re cooking up. It’s been a while.

  10. I’d love to win the book. Some of the hats are so cute.
    Lmecoll on Rav

  11. Oh! Stylish!
    mesha´s last blog post ..Traveling

  12. Wow, I love literary knits and Maisie’s accessories are wonderful: that bold colorway is the bee’s knees. Don’t know 20’s detectives except “Lord Peter”, “Campion” and Agatha Christie’s creations. so a downside is all the books I’ll have to get to meet these gal ‘tecs. (Some “downside”!)
    I used the link to see the book; it went to Amazon and the paperback book. But A doesn’t have the e-version listed. Hope it’s Kindle-compatible.

  13. Love hats for small projects!
    my kitty is in loki’s pose, but she is a truly short short hair, so the look is not so mysterious and alluring as loki.

  14. Thanks for the chance to win the book, and for sharing your beautiful knitting… and Loki too!

  15. This has to be the best hat book. Hats are hard to make up, without being boring caps. I think this will be inspiration for a warm winter. I need this book.

  16. I totally want this book just for the awesome, awesome title! And I am sure the projects are full of awesome to match! Thank you! 🙂

  17. Birgit Rosenberg says:

    I love knitting hats!

  18. Love Maisie Dobbs and would love the book. Thank you for the giveaway.

    deblyn153 on RAV

  19. Beautiful looking book! I would love to win it. Love this era in fashion!

  20. Stardancer says:

    I love this idea! I ADORE a lady detective!

  21. I have always wanted an MG Roadster! What a fabulous and fun book – I love the hat and gloves that are pictured. Thank you for the opportunity to win – I hope I win! Thanks, Wendy!
    Happy Knitting!

  22. That book has some nice looking hats.

  23. Oh what a fantastic idea for a book! Thanks for the opportunity!!

  24. Very intriguing! Thanks for being willing to part with it.

  25. Barbara Clayburn says:

    Wendy – those hats look like a lot of fun to knit. I love that style. Please enter me to win the book.

  26. What gorgeous patterns!
    Faith´s last blog post ..A Letter to My Daughter Gretchen: Three Months Old

  27. Oh my goodness, pick me! I want to be Maisie Dobbs when I grow up.

  28. Looks like a great book. Thanks for the give away.

  29. Karma Graham says:

    Yes, please enter my name. The whole book sounds like an amazing adventure!

  30. I would love to win this book! The genre is a favorite of mine. Thank you for the chance to win and bringing this book to my attention.

  31. Again I’m saying thank you for the offer and would be thrilled to win!

  32. I’d love to win this book, thank you.

  33. Kerri Skrudland says:

    This sounds intriguing.

  34. Kristine M. says:

    I love these knitting books with a story behind them. So much fun!

  35. Lots of great hat patterns! Thanks for counting me in, Wendy.

  36. Mysteries and knitting are always a terrific combo! Beautiful hat and I love the mitts!

  37. Grace Doolittle says:

    I’d love to be entered. I’m a mystery fan and a fan of the era, this is a great concept for a new book.