My current work in progress:

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


Christmas in . . . August?

I have another really cute book to review.


This is Deck the Halls: 20+ Knitted Christmas Ornaments and it is from Annie’s Knitting. The link takes you to Annie’s website, where you can order this great little book in either hardcopy or electronic download, for the very reasonable price of $9.99 for each format.

As you no doubt have figured out from the title, this is a collection of Christmas Ornaments that you can knit, and they vary from easy to intermediate.

I had a hard time narrowing down my favorites to show here because they are all so darned cute! But here goes:


I love, love, love this wee reindeer!


And the elf is also too cute for words.


The little snowflake is a great way to practice stranded colorwork without the commitment of a big project.


A little sheep! The body is knit with a textured bulky yarn so it is easier than it looks. I think you could use a worsted yarn held with a strand of laceweight mohair to achieve a similar result.


How could i not include the wee socks among my favorite? You can really go wild with creativity on these with just tiny bits of yarn.


And the same goes for the mittens.


And the tiny sweaters too!

A lot of these ornaments would be great as embellishments on special gifts or as a holiday pin for your coat.

If you got started now, you could whip out a lot of adorable little embellishments by thew time the holidays roll around.

And to help, I’ll offer up my review copy, even though I selfishly want to keep it!

To be entered in the drawing to win my review copy of Deck the Halls: 20+ Knitted Christmas Ornaments leave a comment on this blog post by 11:00 am Eastern Time on Sunday, August 9, 2015. I’ll choose a recipient at random them.

Camp Loopy

August is the last month of Camp Loopy 2015, and here is my progress on my Camp Loopy project:


This is Martina Behm’s Match & Move and I am knitting mine from Wollmeise Pure in the Sabrina and Tambopata colorways. This combo makes for nice subtle stripes.

I’m just a bit over one-third done at this point.

Loki wants you to know how tiring it is being beautiful and spoiled all the time.



  1. I could absolutely get started on this now! That way Christmas knitting would seem achievable.

  2. Love the socks and mittens!!!!
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  3. I love the mini sweaters!

  4. What a cute book! I’d love to win it.

  5. I started knitting Christmas ornaments last year and I would love patterns to knit more. Thanks for the chance to win!

  6. Love the book. If I didn’t And I’d love to have it. Please pick me, pick me!

  7. Stephanie H. says:

    I love the little reindeer. Thinking about Christmas is making my head spin.

  8. Christmas ornaments are always sooooo tempting. Looks like a great book!
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  9. Deb in PA says:

    This looks to be a great book. I do an ornament exchange every year with 15-20 other people and I think they’re tired of getting the knitted stockings. This book would allow me to switch things up.

  10. Cute ornaments!

  11. I think you need to make that sheep to go with your bunnies, kitties and other little knitted friends!

  12. What fun! I’d love to receive the book!

  13. I love the idea of gift embellishments, I’m not sure I’m that organized. Maybe some decorations and a holiday pin or two. Never know if I win the book I could get started on embellishments 😉
    Thank you

  14. Please enter me in the drawing for the book. They look like fun little projects!

  15. Love the mini sweaters!
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  16. Michele R says:

    Would love a copy of this book!! If I wanted to have anything to decorate with I SHOULD get started in August!!!

  17. Mother had ceramic elves for the coffee table. The knitted ones bring back those memories. Perhaps I’ll be the lucky book owner?
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  18. peggy connolly says:

    This book sounds chock full of goodies to knit

  19. I love Christmas knitting!

  20. Those would look great on our tree, would work in well with the heirloom decorations from my Nana’s tree
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  21. Oh my gosh these are adorable! I would knit them all!

  22. Too cute for words!

  23. This looks like my kind of book. I’ve been knitting little animals since early July.

  24. Michelle J says:

    tree pretties a 2 yr old cant break

  25. Midnite Baker says:

    Neat little ornaments that cats and dogs can play with. Love the reindeer. Has Loki picked a favorite toy/ornament yet? M

  26. Nancy N. says:

    These ornaments are so adorable! The reindeer and sheep are especially cute. THanks fr the opportunity to t to win the book – fingers crossed!
    PS – My three cats send kisses to Loki!

  27. I love the sheep! This looks like a fun book.

  28. Marylyn Sidle says:

    Interesting looking book I’d love to add to my collection of books and new ornaments for a couple of trees we’ve been decoratng these past few years.

  29. Joan from Wisconsin says:

    What a great book! And still time to make the ornaments before Christmas. Thank you for the opportunity to win. Love your comments about Loki. They make me smile.

  30. I just love those little sweaters and socks and mittens! Every year I tell myself I’m going to make some, but of course the holidays sneak up and I never find time. That’s probably what “Christmas in July” is about – time to start your holiday crafting!

  31. Elaine F says:

    Christmas will be here before you know it.. Love that book.

  32. I love to make Christmas ornaments! This looks like a really fun book.

  33. Those ornaments would be fun to knit, especially the stockings and the sheep. Loki looks very contented. And beautiful.

  34. Amy Schulze says:

    What a cute book! I’d love to add it to my library. I’m doing a sweater for Camp Loopy. How do you finish a sweater in a month? You must be really fast.

  35. Who wouldn’t love that tiny reindeer?

  36. Renee Schimel says:

    What an adorable book! This may actually get me over my fear of knitting toys!

  37. This looks like a very cute book and I am sure that I would knit many of these little creations.

  38. Love the cute reindeer and sheep especially!

  39. Phyllis G says:

    I would really love to make some of those ornaments!

  40. What a great book! So nice of you to offer it to us!

  41. Thanks for the give away! The book looks like so much fun! And since I never throw out any yarn, I have plenty of leftovers to knit lots of ornaments!

  42. Monica Cortada says:

    Those are so cute!

  43. Pam Huang says:

    Thanks for sharing your freebies. These are really cute. I’d consider buying a copy if I don’t win!

  44. Teresa R. Roberts says:

    I want to get this for FroggyMonkey if I win it. If not, I’ll gift it to her. Thanks so much for the opportunity. Hi Loki!

  45. Would love the ornament book.

  46. I think I actually might have time for a few of those, love the mittens.

  47. Hope I get lucky !

  48. alicia grayson says:

    Ooo looks like a great book! I’d love to get ahead on some Christmas knitting too.

    Thanks for the giveaway
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  49. Do we foresee elves and reindeer in your future?

  50. so freakin’ cute! I’d love to win this.

  51. I think these are super cute and just about the size prohect to wedge into my holiday knitting schedule.
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  52. carol winter says:

    Oh such cute mittens! If only there was a pattern for the Loki kitten it would be purrfect.

  53. I would have to make a bitty mitten tree and a bitty sock tree. Then, all the rest.

  54. Betti Felton says:

    Love the ornaments. Would like to make many of them as gifts.

  55. Very cute! Would love to have the book.

  56. Adorable! I would love to win. Thanks

  57. I’ve never knit miniature ornaments. Would be a great book to have!

  58. I would love to win this book. I like making Christmas ornaments for friends. It seems like people love to get a hand made ornament for their tree. The reindeer is adorable, maybe my favorite! Thanks, Wendy for sharing!

  59. I love instant gratification knitting! Such cute little ornaments, great way to jump start Christmas Knitting.

  60. Hi Wendy,

    Yes, I’m entering yet another give-away!! I have to win some time, right?
    I’d so love to win that book, those little knits are darling.
    I do make some tiny sock earrings, so I’m hoping some other patterns
    are tiny, too. We have lots of cousins so those would make great gifts!
    Cassie and Zoe are beautiful and spoiled, too, but I love them anyway.

  61. My favourite would have to be the little mitts!

  62. so cute knitted ornaments ♥ love the reindeer and the little sweaters

  63. My tree needs some of those ornaments.

  64. The ornaments are adorable I would love this book thank you for the chance to win it.

  65. I have a “vintage” mini stocking on my tree; it would be fun to ado some more mini knits!

  66. Sandra Pearson says:

    What a cute book…good luck everyone!

  67. Mary Nagle says:

    This would be a handy book for me as I had planned on making each of my grandkids an ornament this year. Thanks for this chance to be the recipient.

  68. Diane G. says:

    What a great way to use up your little bits of yarn! I would love to be entered into this draw.
    Pat Loki for me.

  69. Robin P. says:

    Love the Christmas littles! Please enter me.

  70. Janice Lavoie says:

    I need to get a head start on Christmas gifts since I am a student that works full-time. Pick me…please…

  71. Here’s my comment! I’d love to have this book; may even buy it. 🙂
    Thanks, Wendy for so many years of interesting, entertaining posts!

  72. Very cute ornaments. They are one of the few things I can knit my in-laws because they live in Arizona. The ornaments look great on their tree!

  73. Book looks like a good source.

    So will we see an elf companion (or what’s a collection of elves?) to the bunnies and kitties?

  74. Those Chirstmas ornaments are all so adorable! I’d love to win the book!

  75. Alice Moisen says:

    This would be great for Christmas Fair knitting

  76. I would use this book. And I agree that the ornaments are so cute. The reindeer is my fav!

  77. Kathleen Kennnedy says:

    This would just be too much fun!!! I want!!!

  78. What a nice way to practice miniature knitting. Thank you for giving your copy away.

  79. Gina Zahra says:

    So lovely!!! I would like to eventually have a completely hand knit tree 🙂

  80. I’ve been collecting miniature patterns for a special project and would love to have this book!

  81. Those tiny sweaters are adorable.

  82. Love, love, love the sheep!

  83. Susan Hemingway says:

    Those ornaments are adorable. The elf is my favorite!

  84. So cute! Would love to use this book!

  85. Never too early to start on Christmas knitting. The little mitts and sweaters are so cute.

  86. Gretcheng says:

    These ornaments are adorable! It would be great to be able to make my own. Thanks for the continuing give-aways.

  87. The ornaments are so cute!

  88. Please add me. The ornaments are really cute! I would love to make the reindeer.

  89. I love the reindeer!!!

  90. SQEE!! Teeny little mittens — I have died from the cute. If I’m drawn as the winner, great! But I will buy the book otherwise; it’s just too full of cuteness.
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  91. Cute patterns!

  92. Could really use this book!
    But, my heart really goes out to poor Loki. No creature should be worked so hard. Really.

  93. Oh my goodness… the tiny stockings and mittens are my favorites… no wait… the tiny reindeer… no wait… the tiny sheep. I can’t choose! Thanks for the chance to win the book.

  94. So many cute decorations in this book!

  95. I have been looking for the perfect knitted Christmas ornaments and this book seems to have several options. I could really put it to good use!

  96. roz thompson says:

    I’m going to make Christmas ornaments for my cards this year, I would LOVE this book!!!

  97. I love the idea of little knitted ornaments! Especially because I have many friend with cats and they either give up on having a tree-or use cheap ornaments because the cat plays with whatever ones it can reach!! So having a bunch of cute knitted items would solve that problem!

  98. How adorable! I would love to try some of those ornaments

  99. Too cute! It’s very generous of you to give away your copy.

  100. This would be a fun book to have. Have made some things for tree, would like to make more..