My current work in progress:

Tawney Sweater,by Jenni Barrett, knit from MadelineTosh Tosh Sock, using 3.25mm and 3.5mm 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. First – I NEVER get tired of the Loki pictures! He is utterly adorable 🙂
    Second – Your bunny girls and their changing fashions are so sweet.
    Last but not least – Thanks for the chance at another giveaway. The Wiley Wrap would be my first project.

  2. robinmc says:

    These designs are all gorgeous! And I love the patriotic dresses your bunny girls are sporting! Hope you and Loki have a fabulous holiday weekend.

  3. I just heard about this book from someone who moved to a southern state and is happily knitting away. I would enjoy adding this to my knitting library. Thanks for the opportunity to do this.

  4. Love 14 of the patterns in this book just at first glance.

  5. Looks like a bunch of great patterns that would work in Mississippi.

  6. Thanks for the opportunity to win this book. It does have some lovely patterns. Loki seems to be fluffing up and out more everytime you take his picture. Such a change from when he first came to live with you!

  7. Bunny gals are sooo cute. I would love to win that book.

  8. emcknits says:

    Oh that book looks very nice! Count me in for tge giveaway. I also love your bunny girls!

  9. 5/8ths of a circle. Perfect shawl sh ape!

  10. 5/8ths of a circle. The perfect shawl shape!

  11. Saw this book advertised recently and just drooled. Would love to have a copy!

  12. this is a book I need to add to my library!! I am starting to have more problems “regulating” body temperature, and I’m not terribly excited about it.

  13. The bunny girls look marvelous!

  14. Nancy DeMere says:

    Oh, these designs look wonderful. This is a book I would love to have.

  15. I’d love to make the Mayella shawl from the book! such lovely colors!

    RavID: pynetree

  16. Wish this book had come out at the beginning of the summer when I wore out the pattern search button on Ravelry! These look great.

  17. Perfect timing for cool knits. I would love to receive this book. It looks intriguing. Thank you for your generosity!

  18. Now that I live in FL. I need more lightweight knits! janetta and bayard are first on my list.

  19. Sue Cawley says:

    I’ve had my eye on this one for awhile. It does have lovely light-weight garments.

  20. What a great book! Thank you for the chance to win it–my favorite pattern is the shawl.
    Susan Ipavec´s last blog post ..Winner!

  21. Great patterns in this book-thanks for the chance to win it. My favorite pattern is the large shawl. Your Boxy looks awesome so far–excited to try that pattern in the future too.
    Susan Ipavec´s last blog post ..Winner!

  22. nancy legere says:

    I would love to win this book. I need summer weight projects. I have a lovely stash of 100% cotton in four different luscious colours.

  23. Ooooh, I’ve seen this book before and thought about buying it. I’d love to win it!

    The bunny girls look cute as always in their dresses!

  24. Love those bunny girls! The book sounds like good patterns for us mixed tempature women!

  25. KarenVR says:

    I am also at an age where I appreciate cooler options. I love the look and feel of a sweater, but worsted weight wool can just be too heavy at times. Leora looks beautiful!

  26. Katharine says:

    Your bunnies are so cute! And that lols like a great book for a hot and steamy DC!

  27. sue schwarz says:

    really need some summer knitting. I love the Wiley shawl.

  28. Patricia says:

    Little Cotton Rabbits has Cat patterns available and they are precious.

  29. Celeste says:

    Another wonderful give-a-way, sweet!

  30. Jeanne R. says:

    This is perfect for summer knitting!

  31. Lucy Harrington says:

    What great patterns! I’ve got my fingers crossed for the book. Love your bunny girls and their outfits ~ best dressed bunnies around.

  32. Throw my name in the hat! I’d love to make some linen things.
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  33. I’ve been reading your blog for over ten years & really your posts. I recently moved to the Valley of the surface of the sun, Phoenix! I’d love a copy!

  34. CaroleP (ohio says:

    Warm Days, Cool Nights – This has been our summer – some weeks, wacky……. Your book would be a good beginning. Loki is a ham, right? And your bunny girls look ready for today or the rest of the weekend, ours began today. This book would be really handy, heavy knits don’t work for me unless the temp is below freezing. Thanks

  35. Love the Denford. Please enter me and give Loki pets from me.

  36. I too have difficulty regulating my body temperature to living in the dirty South. How I miss Boston…

  37. Looks like a good book – love the cabled cardigan.

  38. I’m also a middle-aged woman with thermostatic coltrol issues. I’d love the book.


  39. Your bunny girls sure look festive & ready to enjoy the 4th.
    That’s me – knits needed for women of a certain age group.
    thanks Wendy:)

  40. Can’t get any warmer (read hotter) than Arizona!!

  41. LaVelle says:

    Loki is looking so good. I have a fluff ball myself now, his name is Milo.

  42. What a lovely collection, especially Junius and the Darl cardigan.

  43. Great idea for lightweight knits!

  44. I love all the patterns!! Love that Loki.

  45. MissTam says:

    I love summer knits! Pick me!

  46. Anna(alcatmom) says:

    Oh Loki! You are just such a handsome clown. So many nice patterns in that book!

  47. Nice book, pretty projects.

  48. Oh my, oh my! I friend just told me about your work, so I got on Ravelry to check it out. I’m sure I have a new favorite designer!!!! Love your stuff. Thanks for such beautiful things!

  49. Charis W. says:

    What a cool book! And Loki looks very happy to help entertain, much like my sister’s cat Nova. 🙂

  50. Leslie in MA says:

    In some ways I’m extremely lucky. I never had a hot flash. I did, however, experience several+ years of mood swings. I would have taken the hot flashes any day!

    Loki seems to have achieved masterly level in kitteh-yoga.

    Hope I win the drawing 🙂

  51. I love Loki’s belly fluff in his upside down pose! So adorable!

  52. Awesome book. Double awesome bunny outfits. Triple awesome Loki. Happy fourth!
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  53. Suzanne says:

    This book is definitely going on my wish list!

  54. Cool shawl
    Would love a copy of the book

  55. Cool shawl pattern
    I would love a copy of the book!

  56. Jennifer Yeung says:

    Love the designs in the book!