My current work in progress:

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


Warm Days, Cool Knits

I have in my hands a review copy of this lovely book:

Warm Days, Cool Knits - jacket art

This is Warm Days, Cool Knits: Lighter Designs for Every Season by Corrina Ferguson (Interweave/F+W; $24.99) and it is available now from Interweave  (linked from the title, above) and wherever knitting books are sold.

As the title suggests, there are patterns for warmer climates and seasons. As a middle-aged woman with little ability to regulate body temperature, I welcome these designs! You can view all 20 patterns here on Ravelry.

This pattern collection is a nice mix of cardigans, short-sleeve pullovers, tanks, wraps, a hat, and a pair of socks. My favorites:

First of all, the cover design, Leora Tank. It is made from Shibui Knits Linen, a lovely fingering weight linen yarn (and I happen to have some in dark blue in my stash). This design features a sweet lace insert on the sides:


The pattern is written for 5 sizes, from 35″ to 51″.

Nest up, the Denford Cardigan:


I am a sucker for cables and latticework and this design fits the bill nicely. It is knit from DK weight yarn — you could use wool for a warmer outwear sweater, or a cotton blend for a lighter option. It’s written for 4 sizes, 36″ to 60″.

And how clever is this? Zolena is a pullover/cowl set.


Knit in sportweight for the body and fingering weight for the cuffs and cowl, you could use wool or cotton or bamboo or . . . any other sportweight fiber or blend of fibers. You can make a cotton sweater and trim with wool. For cooler days, wear the warm cowl. On warmer days, leave it off. This pattern is also in a nice range of sizes: 5 sizes from 34.25″ — 50.25″.

And I love the Wiley Wrap!


It’s an interesting shape — 5/8th of a circle. And fairly simple to knit. It is shown worked in two color stripes, but you could certainly work it in a solid color as well. It is worked from fingering weight yarn so that gives you a wide variety of yarns to choose from.

This is a great collection for women of a certain age (like em) who have trouble regulating body temperature, anyone who lives in a warm climate, or heck, anybody — knit in wool and wool blends, these knits would be great in colder climes!

Who’d like my review copy?

To be entered in the drawing to receive my copy, leave a comment on this blog post by 11:00am Eastern Time on Sunday, July 5, 2015. I’ll pick a winner at random at that time.

We have a holiday weekend coming up! My bunny girls are ready:


And today is July 1: that means I can start knitting my Camp Loopy project #2 tonight. My yarn is ready to go:


I am making Lavena, a lovely wrap pattern designed by Christiane Burkhard. I am using Kauni yarns: 8/2 Effektgarn in colorway “EK,” the gradient greens, and 8/2 solid in colorway “CC,” black. I think this is going to be a very fun knit!

Meanwhile, Loki is striking amusing poses to entertain me:





  1. yolanda v says:

    Bunny girls look sweet!
    Cant wait to see Lavena when you finish it.

  2. This book looks wonderful! That Wiley Wrap is to die for! All of the other patterns are great too–my style.

  3. Jennifer says:

    Sounds like a book this Florida transplant needs! Johnston4kids on rav

  4. Would love to win this book! Patterns are perfect for now knitting!

  5. Lu Mahon says:

    I much prefer shawls that are more than half circles. I’d love th try the Wiley Wrap!

  6. I too am a woman with not much ability to regulate my body temperature… and those patterns look lovely! I’d love to win a copy!
    Also Loki is the most adorable ball of fluff. <3

  7. Anne Marie B says:

    Wow! This book looks great! Thanks!

  8. I would love to win a copy of this book. I have been knitting a number of sleeveless and short sleeve sweaters so far this summer.

  9. Midnite Baker says:

    I like the Denford Cardigan. You have your yarn in bags! Loki can’t get to them. And, Loki looks like he is ready to play. Boy, are you some cat employee. 🙂 Have a Great July 4th weekend. M

  10. Lovely! I have been searching for summer knitting projects, especially for hot climates.

  11. Juanita Williams says:

    there are three patterns I would knit up they are Brayard Pullover, Emmylou and Leora tank. the patterns are gorgeous

  12. Linda James says:

    Happy 4th July everyone! I’m in south Wales in the UK and it’s my birthday on the 4th so I’ll be thinking of you all while I celebrate 🙂

  13. I would love a copy of this book. I too am very temperature regulation challenged these days! Thanks for the great review and pattern pictures. They look great. And I do love the picture of Loki at the end. He looks to be as entertaining as my three kitties!

  14. I too, unfortunately, have temperature regulation issues. This looks like it has a lot of great patterns.

  15. Perfect for HOT Eastern Washington! The book looks great!

  16. Sandra Kerr says:

    My cat does the same thing! And that book would be great here in New Mexico…

  17. Betti Felton says:

    Lots of great projects in this book. I would love to have a copy of this book.
    Loki is so handsome !

  18. There are so many beautiful things in this book! I would have a hard time choosing which make first!

  19. Love the Wiley wrap.
    Love Loki pix even more..
    Lisa´s last blog post ..Minimalist Couture

  20. I would love that book!

  21. Seamyst says:

    Please enter me for the book drawing!

  22. Elaine F says:

    That book looks very interesting.. Many nice things to knit.

  23. Claudia says:

    This is one book I’d LOVE to own! Thanks for the opportunity!

  24. Anita Dodds says:

    Looks like a great book. would love to win a copy. thanks

  25. that Denford cardigan looks like a fun knit. Love the bunny dresses. Poor Loki he needs to learn to relax.

  26. PamelaR says:

    Living in Tucson, AZ and also being a woman of a certain age, this looks like it would be perfect. Mr. Loki always makes me laugh. He seems to know how adorable he is and poses to show off his cuteness.

  27. this book is speaking to me

  28. Christiane says:

    Needles are sticking to your fingers it is so hot (111 on my porch), but indoor it is a cool 80. Perfect temperature for knitting. Funny Loki, He has the same pose as my Spot, except she has short fur. Happy and Safe 4th of July

  29. I overheat easily and wool makes me itchy. I’d like to win if it’s OK that I won’t be able to respond right away. I’m going on vacation !

  30. Shirley says:

    Oh boy…just the things I love to knit….it’s really hard for me to find good patterns, that I like. I’d love to win this..thanks for the chance!

  31. Kris Peters says:

    Would love to win this book!

  32. Phyllis says:

    Looks like a great book! Many interesting patterns. Put my name in the pot!

  33. Courtney says:

    I love the tank so pretty!

  34. These designs are fantastic! I would love to have this book.

  35. Shirley says:

    I live on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Hot and humid! Please enter me in the drawing for this wonderful book! Thank you!

  36. Just what I’ve been looking for! Aaaannnnd, ahem, since my birthday happens to be July the fifth, it would totally be the coolest gift I would get this year!!! Just sayin’ but I bet Loki would think so too! :0)

  37. Beverly Seibenhener says:

    I would love to have this warm weather book. I live in the deep south and it is hard to knit sweaters. etc., that I can wear here. This looks like it has some really good patterns that would work for the south. I love knitting and enjoy getting your blog every day, Wendy.

  38. Michelle P. says:

    What a lovely book. I love any pattern and yarn that allows me to continue to knit through the summer heat.

    And I love the Loki pictures. Always so cute.

  39. Denise Wessman says:

    Love all the knits

  40. i would *love* a copy of this book! It was written with Savannah GA’s hot, humid summers and over- air-conditioned buildings in mind. Leora is very tempting.

  41. Looks like some fun knits.

  42. The bunnies look adorable. Thanks for reviewing the book. Looks like a nice collection of patterns.

  43. Currently dreaming of warm weather, it’s cold here in NZ!
    Rachelle Crosbie´s last blog post ..C1 is out

  44. Would love to win this book. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  45. Marilyn says:

    I’d love a copy there is never a limit to beautiful knitting books, I think.

  46. Margaret says:

    Yes, indeed, those are pretty knits! Good for temperate climes like mine.

  47. Donna McClelland says:

    Amazing Book! I have to pick “Darl Cardigan” as my favourite.
    They are all so beautiful, but I love the lace pattern in this sweater. Can you win if you
    live in Canada? We need those sweaters!

  48. Sue Horowitz says:

    I could use some Cool Knits. It’s definitely warm in Southern California. LOL

  49. The patterns are beautiful and I am a middle-aged woman living in Texas. This would be a wonderful book to have.

  50. Me!! Pick me!!!!
    (I know, it’s shameless, but I really would like this book!)

  51. Mary Beth says:

    I may not be a “certain age” yet, but that doesn’t mean I would like some lightweight knits to add to my wardrobe!

  52. Linda R says:

    The Denford cardigan does look lovely. So many patterns….

  53. I love the cardi! Count me in.

  54. Sharen Warren says:

    One of these days I hope to win one of your book giveaways – maybe this is it.

  55. Being a woman on the far side of that certain age, and living in the southern California desert, I most definitely would love to win a copy of this lovely book! 😉

  56. Looks like a great knitting book! Love seeing Loki on his Scratch & Rest! My kitty hasn’t tried it on her back:-))

  57. The patterns are beautiful…all of them. I keep leaving hoping to one day win one of your giveaways….since this is my Birthday month, I hope it’s this one.
    I can’t wait to see what the new Camp Loopy project is, your projects are all so great.

    Have a wonderful week, Lauren, Cassie & Zoe

  58. Amy Schulze says:

    Nice book! I totally get the regulate the body temp issue.

  59. Dusti Y says:

    I’ve had my eye on this book for a while, looks like a good one!

  60. I would love to win this book. The patterns look wonderful!

  61. I like the pretty shawl and I sure could alight weight one for the cooler evenings during the summer. Thank you.

  62. So fun to see the girls new dresses! Count me in!

  63. Kathi Novak says:

    I’d like a chance to win this book – looks like it may have some interesting patterns. Thanks!

  64. I am always looking for inspiration!

  65. 0MG – I think this book was written me in mind. I would SO love to win a copy. Thanks!

  66. Lynne in Florida says:

    Me, me, me, me, me! :hand waving wildly in air. I dearly love Corinna’s designs!

  67. Ruth Porter says:

    Nice book, and I would love to have it. Is Loki into yoga poses?

  68. Lee Long says:

    Cool. Looks like a great book.

  69. I have been looking for a warm weather knitting project…this would be a great source!

  70. elizabeth says:

    will be really interested to see your shawl knitted up like the look of the design but really cant see it properly on the pattern page and your colors look good

  71. Thanks for the chance to win! Love the bunny dresses.

  72. Jillsusan says:

    This book is just what the knitting doctor ordered for warm humid DC summers

  73. Would love to win this book ;there are several patterns I’m interested in!

  74. Susan Picciano says:

    Beautiful patterns!

  75. I think I’m in with my peeps! Woman of a certain age who likes lighter weight sweaters and wraps. Please add my name to the list.

  76. Love the Denford Cardigan. And look at that adorable bundle of fluff. Loki is such a good boy to entertain you like that.

  77. Ettenna says:

    I would SO love to win this book. I have the yarn in a gorgeous turquoise hemp for the cover sweater. Really hoping I am the lucky person this time. Rav id: Ettenna or contact me by email! I’m crossing my fingers)

  78. Tracy Beck says:

    I would love this book, I’m really into tank tops i the summer, and the lace sided one is beautiful. Please pic me!

  79. Marcy Doane says:

    What a lovely book! I love that cardigan with the cable design. I have made several of the designs that you have blogged about. We seem to have similar taste.

  80. knittingdancer on Ravelry says:

    This book has some really cute patterns in it. I especially love the shawl patterns.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  81. Love the wrap and the socks — cute patterns. Thanks for the opportunity!

  82. oh I love the Cardi
    thanks for the chance ;o)

  83. I would love a copy! I live on the gulf coast. Challenging to find knit wear that I can actually wear!

  84. Always dreaming of Hawaii, and these patterns would be perfect! Happy 4th of July to you and Loki. I am just finishing up a pair of the Diamond Gansey socks for my husband. I just love your sock books soooooo much. Happy knitting, Wendy!

  85. Vasiliki says:

    I would love to win this book. I would like to knit something for summer weather.

  86. I have been contemplating buying this book since it came out. It’s on my wish list, would be thrilled to win it!
    Thank you

  87. This is just the book for me! I live in Southern Arizona, love to knit, and need more things I can wear more than once a year.

  88. catspaw says:

    Those are nice patterns. I’m usually pretty underwhelmed with summer-type knits but these are great. And Loki gets cuter all the time,

    Happy 4th to you and yours and the bunny twins.

  89. I just knit a shawl from Shibui Linen and it is fabulous. As another middle aged woman without any temperature control, I really appreciate these kinds of knits.
    Cindy in un-Happy Valley´s last blog post ..And there’s more….

  90. Florence says:

    I looked at that book and thought it looked lovely. I would love to have a copy. Thank you for giving it away to one of us lucky people. Your bunnies are adorbs! Loki is just too cute. Want to rub my face in his floofy belly. If he’s like mine he’d probably kick me. Mine doesn’t like that. 🙂

  91. Pauline says:

    Looks like some great patterns for living in San Diego!
    And love the patriotic bunny girls!

  92. I don’t see how you get any knitting done with such an adorable cat to entertain you.

  93. CarolynZ says:

    Being in central TX, I need this book. Thank you.

  94. Charlotte says:

    hummm, I do like the patterns, & will make two of the shawls, but I definitely don’t like the chosen yarns. The title implies cooler yarns for patterns for warm days, but except for the tank, which is from 100% linen, every yarn I clicked on it’s pattern at Ravelry, even the socks, was a wool, wool blend, or alpaca blend, none of which would work in our summer high heat, high humidity days & nights.

  95. Savannagal says:

    Interesting that you chose to showcase the exact patterns that I liked best. Leora, Denford and Zolena. I would love to win the book. Thanks for giving me the chance. Have a terrific and safe Independence Day!

  96. Love the Wiley Wrap! Your bunny girls are gorgeous but Loki is gorgeous-er lol. Thanks for the chance to win!

  97. The bunny girls look adorable in their new dresses – such a fun project.

    Linen and linen-cotton blends have become my go-to yarns for living in the South. The book would fit perfectly with my knitting plans – so many patterns for my lifestyle! Thanks for the opportunity.

  98. Been quite warm here recently. All of the patterns look great!

  99. I also love that Denman cardigan. Looks lovely!

  100. Denford!!!