My current work in progress:

Stornoway, designed by Alice Starmore from her book Fishermen’s Sweaters, knit in Frangipani 5-ply guernsey wool in the Aran colorway, on a 3.0mm needle.


I have another cool book to review:


This is Wanderlust: 46 Modern Knits for Bohemia Style by Tanis Gray, Interweave/F+W; $18.99

It is available now, so you can grab it in either paperback or eBook format.

An interesting twist: all of the projects in this book are knit from the same yarn: Cascade Yarns Longwood, which is an aran weight superwash merino yarn. Looking at the yarn’s Ravelry page, I can see that it comes in a wide variety of pretty colors.

The book has a great variety of patterns from a lot of designers whose names you will recognize. You can check out all the patterns on Ravelry, here.

Some of my favorites:


“Motif Mittens” designed my Angela Hahn. These take just one skein of Cascade Longwood and being aran weight, would be pretty quick to knit — great for last minute gifts, or maybe to get a jump on next year’s gifting season?


And this is the “Winter Waves” hat designed by Melissa LaBarre. Again, just one skein needed to complete!

There are also bigger projects:


This is the gorgeous Snoqualmie Wrap by Beth Kling.

And this:


Ann Weaver’s wonderful Lady Gansey cardigan.

With a total of 46 patterns in this one book, it is definitely good value.

Now, who’d like my review copy?

To be entered in a drawing to win my copy of Wanderlust: 46 Modern Knits for Bohemia Style by Tanis Gray, leave a comment on this blog post by 11:00am eastern time on Sunday, April 5, 2015.

In other news . . .

I did finish the Pompeii Hat on Sunday.


Because it is April, Dottie and Inga are wearing their new April dresses!


And guess what? Today is my 13th blogiversary! Thirteen years ago today (April 1, 2002) I started my blog. No fooling.

Loki sez:


“Thirteen years? No way!”


  1. Congratulations on Thirteen Years…WOW! Always amazed at your talent and wonder how you have time to throw a job into the mix. Thank you for the blog and for sharing your beautiful work with us. Best Wishes for many more!
    Mariaeb´s last blog post ..Knitting Project Bag- Zippered Large by MariaElenaBliss

  2. Congrats on 13 years. That’s a proud accomplishment.

  3. Sandra Cipriani says:

    Congratulations on having the longest running blog ever! Please enter me in your raffle for the book. I love Cascade yarns! Sandra

  4. I love four of the sweaters.

  5. The book looks great! Happy 13 years of blogging!

  6. Happy Blogiversary, Wendy! Thank you for sharing your knitting and kitty exploits with us.
    I like your bunny names.
    MicheleinMaine´s last blog post ..Ladybugs, Daisies and Dandelions Sweet Potato by ThreeBagsFullStudio

  7. Congrats on the blogaversary – I’m celebrating my 10th this year – my time flies by doesn’t it ! I ‘d like to be entered in the drawing for the book. Your bunnies are precious – hope you get lots of chocolate bunnies for Easter and the lovely Loki gets special fish dinner. Cheers Mel
    Woolwoman aka Mel´s last blog post ..MARCH MAYHEM !!!

  8. linda gaylord says:

    i can so see myself knitting up several of these gorgeous timeless patterns,especially the motif mittens! thank you so much for the generous giveaway! btw,love the pompei hat! grannysticks on ravelry

  9. Happy blogiversary Wendy. I always enjoy reading your posts and am in awe of your productivity!

  10. Happy blogversary! I would love to win this book. I really like trying different yarns and the projects look great.

  11. Oh my! So much in one post. First of all, I would love to win the book. It looks like it has many great projects in it. Dottie and Inga’s dresses are so cute, I can’t wait to see next months. Your hat looks beautiful, you knit so quickly. Congrats on 13 years! I wish I had known about your blog from the beginning. And lastly, Loki is adorable as always!

  12. Happy blogiversary!

    And just because he wasn’t there the whole time, tell Loki to bag his skepticism.

    The bunnies are adorable. When do you start with the concrete geese?

  13. Maggie B. says:

    Happy blogiversary! Great giveaway for the occasion.

  14. Happy anniversary! I love reading your blog! And I’d love for a chance to win the book. Thanks!
    b-girl on rav

  15. Robin D says:

    Congrats on your blogaversary. I would love to win. Thanks for the chance

  16. Please enter my name in your drawing. Been reading your blog for a long time..Happy Anniversary!

  17. I would love this book of patterns. I am trying to start a library, but only have 2 books of socks right now. Thanks for the offer!

  18. Happy blogoversary! It looks like an awesome book!

  19. Charlotte says:

    Cascade 220 Fingering is my favorite yarn for toys + ornaments.
    Dottie & Inga may want you to make them a little blanket with one or more bunnies on it to cover them up in the cold DC winter and/or a tote for your little friend to carry them + their outfits. I used to sew doll outfits for my daughter’s dolls & would sew matching mini blankets or quilts she could wrap them up in.

  20. Congratulations on your 13th anniversary. I enjoy reading your posts, seeing your projects and hearing about Loki. Thank you.

  21. It has been great 13 years Wendy! Read your blog always. The dresses are so lovely on April and Dottie. Whats Loki wearing this Easter? Like to win this wonderful book .

  22. This looks like a great book, time to start gift knitting. Congratulations on 13 yran’s !!

  23. Congratulations, Wendy – I don’t miss a post without reading it and drooling over your knitted items. The hat is beautiful, and I’m sure it will be a comfort to your friend. Love Dottie & Inga’s holiday fashion parade. And of course, Loki is looking quite adult now. Hope you keep up the blog for another 13 years.

  24. Wow, 13 years, congrats! Loki looks unimpressed (though I can’t imagine a cat – even my own – caring).

    As for the book, it looks like some great patterns are in there and I’d certainly be happy to get it if I end up with it.

    And the bunnies continue to be just as adorable as when you first posted about them.
    Jessica´s last blog post ..Serenova Crafts Podcast Episode 13

  25. Happy blogiversary!!!
    Kelli Jean´s last blog post ..A is for…

  26. Love the pompeii hat 🙂

  27. Happy blogiversary! I love the zippered cardigan/jacket pictured on the cover of the book. Would love to win a copy.

  28. Happy Blogiversary! Dottie and Inga are adorable.

  29. Congratulations on 13 years of bringing happy wooliness to Blogland. Those mittens are a perfect gift for friends and family.

  30. Martina N says:

    Congratulations on your 13th anniversary! I’ve loved following your fabulous knitting projects, your wondrous cats, and learning about terrific books, patterns, yarns, and LYS, both near and far. Thanks for all you do!

  31. Fuego Azul says:

    Interweave Press always publishes such beautiful pattern books. Thank you for the giveaway! And Happy Blogiversary! Congratulations on making thirteen years; your blog is always a delight to read!

  32. Savannagal says:

    There’s a few things in the book I would knit. Thanks for the giveaway. Congrats on 13 wonderful blogging years!

  33. Happy Anniversary! And I’d love to be entered in the contest for the book. Thanks!

  34. Happy Anniversary! The book looks great!

  35. Happy Blogiversay! The new book looks awesome! Thanks for a chance to win one!!

  36. Heather K says:

    And once again, Happy Blogiversary! Wow, 13 years!!
    WouldnT mind having the book in my library, either, LOL

  37. Pam from Kansas says:

    Love your blog – thanks for keeping it up through these years. Looks like a fun book – I’d love a copy.

  38. Happy Blogiversary! Dottie & Inga are well-dressed as always. 46 patterns in one book, that’s a deal for sure. Thanks for the offering.
    CeltChick´s last blog post ..(Very) Short Stories

  39. Please enter me for Wanderlust! And thank you for continuing to blog when so many have gotten bored, too busy (moi, after a pitifully short time), or distracted. Not everybody wants to live on Facebook, and it’s nice to be able to keep up with someone who’s willing to share out here…

  40. Happy 13 years! Thanks for the chance to win the Longwood book.

  41. Lucky 13! I always enjoy reading and thanks for the chance to win this lovelly book.

  42. Congratulations on your blogversary. Looking forward to your blogs for another 13 years.
    I’d love to be the receipient of the Wanderlust book – not only are the patterns lovely and the yarn delightful to work with, the book and patterns remind me of my time in Germany.

  43. Happy blogaversary

    The book looks great

    Love seeing what Loki is up to

  44. Christie says:

    Happy blogiversary! Loki does look pretty unimpressed. Thanks for the giveaway.

  45. Roseann says:

    Happy Blogiversary! Dottie and Inga look lovely in their April showers dresses. That sounds like a wonderful book to add to any knitting library.

  46. Lovely book, I’d love to get one

  47. What a fun looking book.. I will have to keep an eye out for that particular yarn as I have not seen it before. Liked the Lady Gansey cardigan.

  48. Congrats!
    The bunnies are so lucky; I haven’t gotten my act together enough to have a new Easter best. 🙁 But, your discussion of what appears to be a charming collection of very wearable knits is cheering me up, no end. Tanis’ accessory chat is my favorite part of the current Knitting Daily program, so I think I will love her book.
    Happy Spring!

  49. Happy Blogiversary!

  50. Happy blogiversary ! Congrats on the book review also. I followed the blog tour of the book you reviewed earlier and I was bowled over by some of the reviewers. Had they looked at the book. hats for cats (the actual wording escapes me at present) was a very cute book. you showed some photos and someone else did a podcast but some of the reviewers seemed to have no idea what was going on. I appreciate your comments and the time you take with your reviews. There are so many new books and your help is appreciated, even if we forget to tell you sometimes. thanks

  51. Happy Blogiversary!!! Do some celebrating with Loki!

  52. yes, please. how gorgeous!

    and I must say, i love the photos and comments by loki. makes my day every time.

  53. Happy Easter! Wanderlust looks really interesting.

  54. Kristine M. says:

    That wrap is beautiful!

  55. Mary Beth says:

    Ooh, I love the Snoqualmie Wrap!

  56. Happy Blogiversary and what a GREAT BOOK! I especially love Ann Weaver’s Gansey.

  57. still-learing says:

    Thank you for inspiring my knitting! Yours was the first knitting blog I read, > 10 years ago, and I enjoy seeing and reading about what you’re working on. Here’s to many years of knitting inspiration yet to come!

  58. still-learning says:

    oops – missed that “n” before I hit send. Embarrassed face here.

  59. 13 years already, eh?
    would love to win the draw.

  60. This sounds like just the right book for my college-age daughter who is getting more serious about her knitting – some funky patterns to keep her interest and add to her experience!

  61. Happy Anniversary and many more!

  62. MamaSue says:

    Congratulations! Love the bunny dresses…how appropriate!

  63. (Not That) Joan says:

    Oh yes please, and Happy Blogiversary!

  64. I love those mittens and hat, super cute.

  65. Ooh. .Snoqualmie is beautiful.

  66. Kerri Skrudland says:

    Happy blogiversary! I would love to win.

  67. Dorinda says:

    Would give it a “good home”!

  68. Happy anniversity. The bunnies are so cute. They are on my “to make list”.

  69. Congratulations on 13 years! Keep going, OK? I’m getting geared up to make bunnies and a fox – inspired by Dotty and Inga. I think they will be my summer knitting.

  70. Heather says:

    There are so many fabulous patterns in this book. I can’t decide if I would rather make the windowpane mitts or the chutes and ladders blanket. Congratulations on your blogiversary!

  71. Congratulations on your 13th anniversary. I so love those bunnies too!

  72. Happy Blogiversary!! Been a follower since 2007! Thanks for a chance at this fun looking book!

  73. Jennifer says:

    Neat book–thank you for offering the opportunity here.

  74. These are the cutest and they look pretty easy! I’d love to add this book to my collection.

  75. Soxy Jane says:

    Happy Blogiversary and thanks for all the information and entertainment you have given us.
    I, too, like that cardigan and would like to have the book to knit it.

  76. Bunnies are adorable! I’d love to win the book!

  77. Sandy H. says:

    Happy Blogiversary! I look forward to each new entry – gratititus Loki pictures included!

  78. Nancy DeMere says:

    Congratulations on 13 years from a long-time reader and here is to at least 13 more.

  79. Congrats on 13 years.

  80. Marybeth Bentley says:

    Happy blogiversary Wendy! Many thanks for all the inspiration you have given me over the years. Because of you, I can read a chart, I have made 3 pi shawls and I can knit a pair of socks in a jiffy, toe up! You never know how you touch another life and you have really touched mine. Thank you. Beth

  81. Congrats on your anniversary. What a great 13 years! And this looks like a book I would love to have.

  82. Congrats on your blogging lomgevity! Love those photos from the book, esp. The mittens!

  83. Oh. That would be lovely!

  84. Phyllis says:

    Keep on blogging! The book looks great.

  85. Thanks for the years of inspiration – congratulations on your anniversary! And thanks for the opportunity to win the book.

  86. Happy Blogiversary! This book looks like lots of fun.

  87. Happy Blogversary