My current work in progress:

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


DIY Holiday

I have in my greedy little paws a review copy of DIY Holiday: the Crafting Life, a magazine with 25+ holiday projects, including quilting, sewing, beading, knitting, crochet, weaving and mixed media. This magazine is available now from the link above, in either hardcopy or as an electronic download.


There are complete step-by-step instructions for each project shown. With the gift-giving season fast approaching, this would be a very useful magazine to have — most of the projects in it are pretty quick, so you could whip out some lovely handmade gifts for family and friends in no time.

As I flipped through the magazine, the first project that caught my eye was this:


Mug cosies! Aren’t they cute? They are knit with worsted weight yarn (They used Brown Sheep Nature Spun Worsted) and a U.S. size 7 needle, so you know you could whip one or two out in no time at all. Buy a set of plain coffee mugs, spend an afternoon or evening knitting, and you’ll have some really nice gifts in no time.

Another favorite:


Shisha Ornaments! If you are a woman of a certain age (cough, cough) you may remember wearing flowing garments embellished with mirror embroider from India or Pakistan. These little hearts have embroidery worked on cotton fabric and are sewn together and stuffed. There are lots of illustrations in the pattern detailing the different stitches. I did a google search for “shisha mirrors” and found that they are readily available for sale, including from some etsy sellers, and are very inexpensive.

I also loved these:


Star Earrings! These are made from beads and beading thread, using circular peyote stitch and netting techniques. I love how delicate they are.

And there are lots more fun and pretty projects —  accessories, jewelry, home items.

I mentioned that I had a review copy. I also have three copies to give away!

To be entered in a drawing to win one of my copies of DIY Holiday: the Crafting Life, leave a comment on this blog post by 11:00 a.m. Eastern time Sunday, November 23, 2014. I’ll choose three lucky winners at random at that time.

Obligatory Knitting Content

I am happily knitting along on my Sanquhar Cowl and am past the halfway point:


I worked my initials and the year in one of the “background” patterns just for fun. A lot of Sanquhar gloves were knitted with initials and dates in the cuffs so it seemed appropriate.


Obligatory Loki Content


Here he is, completely exhausted after a round of vigorous play!


  1. I love those mug cozies!! That would make a great gift.

  2. Thanks for the give-away! I love the mug cosines and the earrings.

  3. Love that cat. Love the cowl. And the magazine looks like fun!

  4. Your cowl is beyond beautiful. Very, very impressive. This magazine looks like one that will be dog eared and folded and as tired as we all are by the end of the holiday season. I’d love to make a ton of cozies as gifts!

  5. I love your knitting.

    I have been looking all over for that magazine. I hope I’m picked!

  6. Your Sanquhar Cowl is amazing! Would love a copy of this magazine. Thanks for the giveaway!

  7. Stephanie H. says:

    I really love the Shisha ornaments. I could make those all year long for various gift giving opportunities.

  8. Thanks for the sneak peek at this — would love to add it to my collection!

  9. I love the cozies on bright white mugs – very pretty!

  10. The copies would be great on thrift store mugs too – I’m all about recycling. Anyway, I’d love to win – thanks for the giveaway!

  11. Your cowl is amazing. Full stop.

    I’d love the crafty magazine; fortunately it’s affordable if I don’t win. Thanks for sharing!

  12. If only Loki could learn to relax.

  13. The book looks like one I would use a lot during the upcoming holidays. Your cowl is beautiful, It would probably take me a whole year to finish something like that. And Loki is very handsome!

  14. I absolutely love driving myself crazy trying to DIY every holiday, so I definitely need this magazine!! I has some great, manageable, projects that are a little different, which is nice.

  15. Looks like a great magazine to have. I’m totally in love with your cat! Sooo fluffy.
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  16. THe mug cozies are almost as cute as an exhausted Loki!
    Yes, I remember the flowing garments- my older sisters wore them and I always wanted such an outfit!

  17. Looks like a great book. I’m jealous of all the naps Loki gets….

  18. I would love to win a copy!

  19. Love the cosies and earrings…and of course Loki.

  20. Deborah Gajee says:

    Thanks Wendy.

  21. You are the fastest knitter! Thanks for the book offer. Appreciate seeing all of your projects.

  22. You are right! Those little star earrings are cute. I know I would have fun with that one! Count me in. As always, thank you so much for your generosity.

  23. This magazine looks wonderful! Your cowl is looking great!

  24. Catherine E. says:

    I love the star earrings! I would love to try to make them.

  25. That magazine looks like fun as does the cat!

  26. I love both the earrings and the shisha ornaments that you show – hope I win and can see more. If I don’t win I’ll have to buy it!

  27. I just ordered an Ashford Knitter’s Loom for my self for Christmas. Would love to try out the DIY weaving project!

  28. Thanks for the great give away!

  29. Susan Picciano says:

    Sounds wonderful. Enjoy turkey day with Loki!

  30. Rae Gommel says:

    Love the sanquar. Question is it always done in black and white?
    I dont knit presents for anyone (too many bad experiences and under appreciation) but would still love to win the book!!

  31. What a neat gift idea to put their name in it without using a tag. Wow.

  32. I love mug cozies, and you’re right – they do make great gifts!

  33. Monica Cortada says:

    The craft ideas book looks like a lot of fun. Also, I’m looking forward to when you publish your Sanquhar Cowl. The little patterns are fascinating.

  34. I love Loki’s photos. He inspires naps. I have two Gt Danes who could rival him in the relaxed department.
    The book looks inspiring. And I do remember those mirrors.

  35. The mug cozies are darling. Your Sanquhar Cowl is coming along beautifully. I love it. Then Loki looks adorable and well rested after a day of playing. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Wendy.

  36. I love learning new things!

  37. Great gift ideas. Also love watching the progress on your cowl. Can’t wait for the pattern. You will publish a pattern I’m hoping

  38. Annastasia says:

    For those of us that are multicraftual, that book would be super useful!

  39. Crafty gift suggestions are always welcome. Thanks for the opportunity to receive some great project ideas.

  40. Kathleen Kennedy says:

    Would LOVE to have this!!

  41. Louise Perry says:

    I would love a copy as Christmas is my favorite Holiday!

  42. Your cowl is looking amazing. I would love to make those ornaments!

  43. George Ann Boehm says:

    Would love to have this. Looks like it has a lot of fun project.

  44. It is like a sampler…DIY Holiday, is there any other way?

  45. Love this collection of crafty goodness.

  46. Greetings!!

    Oh, the weather in Michigan is frightful,
    but your giveaways are so delightful.
    As long as I’m all snowed in….
    let me win, let me win, let me win!!

    Happy Thanksgiving to Loki and his family!!

  47. Midnite Baker says:

    What a relaxed cat!!!! Have a Great Turkey Day and I don’t think you have to give any turkey to Loki, as she doesn’t look like she needs any, as per per picture. … all stretched out…. M

  48. Those mug cozies are just the thing!!

  49. Holly Dambaugh says:

    Diy Holiday is right up my alley. Every year my family get some kind homemade gift from me.

  50. Absolutely love your Sanguhar cowl! I knit one mitten last year with a childhood friend’s name on it. Now to knit the second mitten with my sister-in-law’s name on it. Both of them passed away far too young. Never thought about putting a date on them. I really like that idea.

  51. WOW LOVE love live your cowl. Thank you for the chance to win the book.

  52. Sandra Kerr says:

    Loki is so fluffy! I love it. Would also love the book. 😉

  53. Joan from Wisconsin says:

    Thanks for your generosity with all the items. Your latest project is unbelievable. Can’t imagine being able to do that! This last photo of Loki is the cutest one yet. Could just give him a big hug.

  54. Charlottewv says:

    Loki is such a little sweetheart! I love seeing his pictures. You continue to amaze me with your knitting…such beautiful creations. You are sooo talented. Thank you for sharing.

  55. Alicia Grayson says:

    Great giveaway! Love your patterns!
    Ravelry id: alikat2004

  56. Looks like a great magazine, Wendy. No question that you like it, LOL!

  57. First: Yes, cat content is obligatory.
    Second: Lion Brand’s Facebook page has a link to an essay about UK’s drive to include crafting in school as an everyday activity, essential to quality of life issues. Author is a sassy, humorous female (who does that sound like?) and her anecdotes re: crafts in her life are fun and touching.
    So, DIY holidays is perfect. Count me in, in, in.
    PS. Hope your TDay is coming along swimmingly.

  58. Oh, I love those little mirror thing-ies! I used to embroi… :::oops::: Still, must pick up a copy!
    Love your cowl! Stay warm!
    Rav: LannieK

  59. The magazine looks like fun! but not as fun as your fur baby…I just want to rub his tummy! He looks so soft and contented.

  60. Alice in Richmond says:

    ah the shisha…those were the days of wine and roses…

    Love to Loki!

  61. Always love your posts, especially Loki’s photos… that cowl is magnificent.

  62. Shirley Gallagher says:

    Oh my, your cowl is impressive. I don’t know how you can do such detail work with ease.

  63. Awesome giveaway! I love those earrings too! And I may not be of a *certain age* yet, but I have definitely found those mirrored flowing garments at folk music festivals 😛

  64. Love the Sanquhar, intrigued by the book. I can’t quite picture the cozies on mugs I’d be drinking out of, but they’d be great on the ones sitting around with pens stuffed in them, or filled with candy as holiday gifts.

  65. Love the cowl you are working on. The book looks like it would have some fun projects.

  66. Stardancer says:

    The cozies sold me!

  67. I saw your cowl on piterest. It’s gorgeous!! The magazine looks like a great resource fingers crossed.

  68. That all looks brilliant! I would love a copy, and so would my friends with whom I promise to share!

  69. Your cowl looks lovely! I would love a copy of the magazine…and maybe make some gifts that do not involve knitting (gasp!)?

  70. I really want to make those earrings! Thanks!

  71. I like the idea of your initials and date in the cowl. It should help you remember when you made it and ensure that you don’t lose it. Thanks for the offer of the magazine. The holidays are always busy and quick projects are perfect.
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  72. Love the mug cozies. They would make great teachers gifts!

  73. Thanks for the giveaway! I’d love to win a copy.

  74. Oh! That looks wonderful. I’d love a chance to win! Thanks!

    Also- your cowl looks lovely! 🙂

  75. Wow, thanks for the chance to win! I love Christmas gift knitting projects (and both your Sanquhar knitting and Loki look awesome!)

  76. The knitting is beautiful!! And so is the magazine – I have my fingers crossed. 🙂

  77. Holiday knitting – what happened to Fall??? I definitely need help with gift giving.

  78. Dorothy Bunch says:

    Loki you just steal my heart everytime I see you! Your cowl is looking beautiful!

  79. love how the little feet are poking out of the loki fluff.
    would love a copy of magazine, too.

  80. I am truly amazed at the amount of beautiful knitting that you are able to do – the cowl that you are finishing up is a major piece of work. I love that you put your initials and the date in, too. Great work, as always, Wendy!!!

  81. Enjoying your blog tremendously. The book looks great would love to win the copy. The earrings would be nice stocking stuffers 🙂

  82. ceecy Nucker says:

    Just a quick comment as I must look up peyote stitch. It’s the first time I’ve heard of it. Something new every day! (Hope I’m lucky enough to be chosen, too.)

  83. I love the star earrings! I’d like to make them for my daughters for Christmas. Keeping my fingers crossed that I win a copy of the mag!

  84. Oh! Cute ideas for gift giving. I hope I get picked. You always have great give away’s
    Thank you

  85. The star earrings are adorable, and having a beader for a child I’d really like her to make some! This is an awesome giveaway, appealing to all us “multi-craftual” folks.
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  86. Not that I need any more projects before the holidays, but this magazine looks like it has some great stuff that will work for any holiday or celebration!

  87. Heather Turner says:

    Your cowl looks absolutely gorgeous. Thank you for all the giveaways that you do. This holiday magazine has so many cute ideas for Christmas decorations and gifts.

  88. Looks like some fast and easy projects which I would love, now that Christmas is speeding towards us!!!

  89. Please don’t think of the knitting content of obligatory! That cowl is awesome. I’d love to score a copy of the DIY magazine. And yes, I must be a woman of a certain age, I did wear those mirror-embroidered flowy things!

  90. looks awesome

  91. DIY looks like lots of fun! I love the cowl.

  92. I’d love to win the magazine.
    Lmecoll on Rav

  93. Kristen Macho says:

    Thank you so much for the giveaway. The patterns are so cute I would love to see the rest. Best of luck everyone.

  94. Book giveaway has lots of possibilities! I am enjoying watching the cowl progress, very interesting.

  95. Kaye Reynolds says:

    I need to make mug cosies now–don’t even want to think of how many days I have left to knit before the gifting time.

  96. Many if those projects look like fun!

  97. The projects in this book look like just the thing to help lift me out of my pre-holiday grumpiness. I don’t want to be a Grinch this year!

  98. Thank you for the give a way. I hope I win, my fingers are crossed!

  99. What fun! I like to make holiday earrings for my son’s teachers and support staff. Please toss my hat into the ring for the magazine. Thanks!