My current work in progress:

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


A Dozen Beanies for Baby

I have here a review copy of another great book from Annie’s Knitting:


This is A Dozen Beanies for Baby: Quick Knits for the Little Ones. Here’s the back cover, which shows the other 5 hats:


This little book is 32 pages long and is available either in hardcopy or as a pdf download — the link to buy is in the title above. I think all the hats are pretty darn cute, and would make great quick gifts.

The patterns (with one exception that is knit in sport weight yarn) are for DK though aran weight, so they will kit up very quickly. The yarns used are all from well-known companies (Plymouth, Cascade, Berroco, Sirdar) and you could easily sub different yarns.

Each pattern has a difficulty rating and all patterns are clear and seem to be easy to follow. There is a nice illustrated how-to section in the back.

Now, I don’t have any babies to knit for, but maybe you do? If you would like to be entered in a drawing to receive my review (hard) copy, leave a comment on this blog post by 11:00 AM Eastern time, sunday, September 13, 2015. At that time we’ll select a winner at random.

Meanwhile . . .

I am making nice progress on the back of my sweater/jacket:


I took this photo last night so it is a bit darker than the photos from the last blog post. The true color is somewhere between the two.

And here is the Little Prince, fast asleep atop one of the dressers in my bedroom:


I have three dressers in my bedroom, and Loki has required that I clear off two of them (along with my nightstand) for his exclusive use. He is trying to gain control of the third dresser, but I am doing my best at resisting him. We refer to this as “The Battle of the Third Dresser.”


  1. I have seven grand kids to knit hot for, this look’s like just the book to get the job done. I’m. Glongley on Ravely Thank you Gale

  2. Thank you kindly for offering this great book!
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  3. Knitting a hat is my favorite way to welcome a new babe.

  4. Those hats are so precious!

  5. peggy connolly says:

    What a great book. I can’t wait to try one

  6. Such cute looking hats!

  7. Give it up Wendy, you know Loki will win that dresser eventually.

  8. Looks fantastic! I have a new grandson coming in December and I know there’s a hat that would be perfect for him!

  9. Hold your ground on that dresser Wendy!

  10. Renee Schimel says:

    Seems like there is always a new little nugget to knit for. Would love some quick knits!

  11. Joan from Wisconsin says:

    Boy, this looks like a fantastic book. I have been making that “Highway Hat” that was on Knitters Paradise and would love to have more patterns to choose from. I usually donate and/or give the hats to friends’ grandchildren. Love what you are working on now. Pattern? Just beautiful.
    Thanks for the opportunity.

  12. What a great book with such cute selections! Thank you for the opportunity to get this! Hello to pretty, “fluffy” Loki!! I love still seeing the very beautiful Lucy’s photo on your website Wendy.
    Sweet, sweet kitty! Best wishes!

  13. I would love to have this book. The hats look adorable, and I love making baby things. I make baby knits when I hear of a friend or family member having a baby or grand baby. I also make baby hats for the preemies at the PICU at the hospital near my home. Thanks Wendy!

  14. I have lots of little ones in my life and plenty of stash yarn to use up too. Great way to use that.

  15. We all know that Loki will win. Lol.

  16. Birgit Rosenberg says:

    I have a baby nephew/niece cooking right now. I sure could use that book!

  17. Jennifer T says:

    Those hats look really cute. Thanks for the chance.

  18. Stella Matthes says:

    Wendy, thanks for offering this book. I have a greatniece I like to knit for (made a gnome and a strawberry hat when she was born). Also have a friend whose daughter just had twins at 24 weeks so would really like to bring some sunshine to their hospital stay for the next several months.

  19. I would love to win this. So far I know 6 babies that were born this year and 2 more are due soon!

  20. Amy Schulze says:

    Cute book!

  21. Love the back of your sweater/jacket. Your cabling is always a delight to see!

  22. Wow! What a cute book. Thanks for another opportunity to win. While there are no babies or grand babies in my immediate future, I do knit hats for the babies at the local hospital.

  23. Oh my gosh what cute hats! I love to knit these!

  24. Julie Sall says:

    Lots of babies in the family to make hats for! Thanks for sharing.

  25. I knit baby hats for charity and would love to have the book to add more variety to the hats I make.

  26. Suzie Picciano says:

    Perfect book for my 8 grandsons and 1 granddaughter!

  27. How cute. Count me in.

  28. Fabulous little projects! Just the thing to take a break from a sweater project. I love knitting for little people.

  29. Mary Medlin says:

    Two babies to knit for right now and love giving beanies as gifts. Also have my own ragdoll to watch me knit. I would love the book.

  30. Baby boys are sprouting all around me. Lol Thank you for the chance to win.

  31. I knit hats for the Click for Babies in Portland, Oregon. Would really like some new patterns to use for this charity. Thanks for offering your copy of this book.

  32. Alexis Davis says:

    That book is so cute. My son would look adorable in the elephant hat.

  33. Nice looking book, fun to knit with.

  34. Cute hats! I make lots of baby hats and would love to add this book to my collection.

  35. I bet Loki wins. Just sayin

  36. First grandbaby due in 1.5 weeks!! I NEED this book!!

  37. What a generous offer! I would love to knit a few of those hats for my first grandchild due in January.

  38. Venice Smith says:

    I’m looking forward to completion of your jacket, and hope you will offer the pattern for sale. I’m a sucker for a good sweater pattern, and I love those cables.

  39. Kim Deceder says:

    would love a copy of the book – thanks for sharing!!

  40. I’m at the age where I’m a new grandma and my friends are also having grand babies. This book would be perfect.

  41. I love the hats! What a great way to use up some of my stash. Please add my name to the list.

    As for the Battle of the Third Dresser. Good luck. I have empty boxes in my living room to keep my cats off of my work table. Sometimes it works.

  42. knittingdancer on Ravelry says:

    I am always looking tor new patterns to knit baby hats for charity. This book would be a great tool.

  43. What an adorable book. I have six new babies i my life. All have new blankies but not hats. I would really love this book. Thank you for giving it away.

  44. Marcy Doane says:

    All the hats look adorable. I like to make hats for babies, then give them all away. Would be a great thing to have some new patterns. Thanks for the opportunity!

  45. Your sweater is looking gorgeous! I have a new grandson coming in January, so this book would be perfect to help me keep his little head warm.

  46. My knitting group knits for WICS and we make blankets and baby hats. This would be perfect. Thanks

  47. Those are some darling little hats! I don’t have babies or grandbabies, but I know people who do!
    And my cats clean off my dresser and night stand on a regular basis. I resist emptying them for their enjoyment because I have stuff too!!

  48. Super cute, I have a baby in progress to knit for!

  49. I have 7 grandkids and I knit hats for charity so I would love to have a copy of this book – looks like a great book.

  50. I have a 4 month old niece who definitely needs hats for winter 🙂

  51. It’s baby knitting time. I just found out about two friends who are expecting. Hats are the perfect gift or package topper.

  52. I love knitting hats for my grandkids. That book looks like a good one with lots of choices.

  53. Susan Lapierre-Jones says:

    I am always hoping to win, hasn’t happened yet but you never know!
    Would love to make some baby hats.

  54. Love knitting baby hats! Looks like a nice book.

  55. ohhhh. I’d love to make some cute baby hats. Thanks for the chance!

  56. I really like the hat with earflaps. The others are cute too.

  57. My first grandchild is coming in January. These are adorable

  58. grace yaskovic says:

    I knit at least 6 hats every month for charity, this new book would ramp up the selection to pick from. You are always so generous with your review copies!!!

  59. Knitting hats for all of the little ones in my family for Christmas this year. This book would provide some inspiration!

  60. Ooh, that book looks great! I was trying to pick a good pattern for a knit baby hat just this week (and my birthday is Sunday…). 🙂
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  61. This is wonderful and timely! I have a grandbaby due 9/14. Thank you for sharing your review copies!

  62. I just may have to get this book!

  63. What a cute book.

    Good luck with “The Battle of the Third Dresser” All flat surfaces don’t necessarily belong to the purring fuzzies in our lives. Though they do believe that they should.

  64. I don’t have any grandchildren that are babies anymore, but I knit for every baby I come across, so some new hat patterns would be most welcome. They look darling!

  65. I would love to be entered in the drawing. Thanks so much for offering the book.

  66. Too cute! I’d love a copy – thanks for the chance.

  67. Mary Peterson says:

    Awesome! Thanks for sharing the book love! Would be a fab resource for my grandbaby due in February!

  68. Such cute patterns ♥ at the moment I’m in a “for baby-knitting-fever” , so I would love to be entered in the drawing 🙂 thank u

  69. Cute patterns. Our family had a new addition of a great-niece last week. I think this book would have one or two (!) new patterns for her. Thank you for the give a way.

  70. I am up to two and 2/3 great grandchildren and my youngest son is trying to have his first child, my 8th grandchild. I love knitting hats for them.