My current work in progress:

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


New Lace Knitting

I’ve got another great book to review:


This is  New Lace Knitting: Designs for Wide Open Spaces by Romi Hill, (Interweave/F+W; $24.99; September 2015), a collection of 19 garments and accessories that incorporate traditional lace patterns in modern pieces.

Romi starts the book with a listing of her 10 Golden Rules for lace knitting, commonsense advice that anyone knitting lace would do well to follow. The patterns are in these following sections: Waves and Ripples, Diamond Fantasia, Leaf and Trellis, Twin Leaves, Wind and Shore, and Twining Lilies.

In the Waves and Ripples section, Neoma’s Shawl caught my eye:


This shawl is knit from fingering weight yarn and incorporates the very traditional feather and fan pattern into a two-color shawl that incorporates some short row shaping.

In Diamond Fantasia, I fell for the Town Square Shawl:


This is a triangle shawl knit in laceweight yarn, that is knit in a non-traditional manner — there is no center spine. I love how the diamond theme appears in different ways in different sections of the shawl.

In Twin Leaves, I love the Silver Birch Slouch beret.


This is knit from DK weight yarn and can be made lined or unlined

Next up, the Leaf and Trellis section. I think this denim skirt, Hope Valley Flounce, is fantastic!


Not that I could wear a skirt like that . . .

In Wind and Shore, my favorite is the Williwaw Cardigan.


Knit from fingering weight yarn, it uses the traditional Print o’ the Wave lace pattern, but turns it on its side!

And last is Twining Lilies. Check out the lovely Bright Moment Cardigan.


This is worked in fingering weight yarn and is actually not very difficult to knit.

You can check out all the patterns from the book on Ravelry, here.

There’s a nice glossary of terms and techniques in the back of the book.

The book is a nice, well-rounded collection of projects: not all shawls, not all sweaters, not all accessories. But a nice assortment of all three.

Who’d like my review copy?

To be entered in a drawing to receive my copy of New Lace Knitting: Designs for Wide Open Spaces by Romi Hill, leave a comment on this blog post by 11:00am Eastern Time Sunday, October 4, 2015. A winner will be chosen at that time.

Thank you . . . 

. . . for all the nice comments about my finished cardi and the quickie zipper tutorial I posted last Sunday. Come back this Sunday to see Dottie and Inga’s Halloween costumes!

Meanwhile . . . 

. . . Loki practices for the Olympic Napping Team.






  1. Gina in the SF Bay Area says:

    Wow! There are some beautiful patterns in this book! Romi’s designs are always so wonderful.

  2. I love that skirt design, wouldn’t mind giving it a go!

  3. Romi Hill is a fantastic designer! I’ve got a couple of her shawl clubs’ subscriptions in my library. I’d love to win a copy of this book.

  4. Wow, there are some gorgeous patterns in there! I particularly love the cover sweater.

  5. I don’t need to be in the drawing…..I already have my copy. Such lovely things in there!!!

  6. What lovely designs! I especially like the Talus cardigan, but the cardigan you mentioned is also very nice. I won’t know what to knit first!

  7. Thanks for your always-interesting blog.

  8. I really like the look of that book.

  9. Sometimes Loki looks like a sheepskin rug! I’d like to knit from this book; thanks.

  10. That would be a lovely book to own! But even better is cute floofy kitty feets!
    Sarah´s last blog post ..Skirt

  11. Lynne in Florida says:

    Oooh! I wants it, I do. I’ve knit several of Romi’s designs, and loved each and every one of them.

    Loki has a lock on the gold in Olympic Napping.

  12. There are some pretty things there!
    Ellen´s last blog post ..Feel the Bern

  13. I want to rub Loki’s tummy, I like that picture. Nice book too!

  14. What a lovely book. I can see myself knitting several of the patterns.

  15. I’d really love to win this one!

  16. This looks like a great book. Would love to have this.

  17. The new book looks intriguing — I’d love to win a copy!
    floribunda´s last blog post ..Very productive retreat

  18. Oh what a lovely collection – I just love Romi’s work!
    Valerie´s last blog post ..The littlest hobo

  19. I am so glad you did a review of this book; I’ve had my eye on it since it was announced, but this is the first look I’ve had at some of the designs from it. I have a thing for swingy, open-front cardigans like Bright Moment, in addition to a love of lace in general.

  20. Those patterns look beautiful and I would love the book!!

  21. Oh my…I just love Neoma’s shawl!

  22. The patterns you featured are lovely!

  23. Lovely to catch up with your work, after some trouble logging into your site for a while.

  24. I would love this book. The patterns look amazing. I have been knitting a lot of lace lately, so this would be great! Thanks for the review and chance to win this book. Oh, and also, I have 3 kitties trying out for the Olympic napping team!

  25. Some really beautiful lace pieces! Thanks for giving away the book, Wendy.

  26. Venice Smith says:

    Given the choice of ONLY working lace, cables or color work, I’d pick lace every time. I love knitting it and I love admiring it.

    Thanks, Wendy.

  27. Such pretty patterns. I love lace.

  28. I love lace knitting! And I love Romi’s patterns. So I definitely would love to have this book. Thanks for the chance.

  29. Chris Reeske says:

    Thanks to your book I can knit lace, so I’d love to get this one too.

  30. Thanks for the drawing! Loki has gold medal form!

  31. Monica Cortada says:

    Those projects look lovely! I love how at ease Loki is with exposing his belly. It shows he feels so safe and comfortable.

  32. I like knitting with lace and it appears that this book has lots of it. I would love a copy of this book. Thank you for the pictures of Loki. It makes me smile everytime I see a picture of him

  33. Romi has a fantastic sense of lace knitting. I have knit more of her patterns than any other designer. Probably most of these will go into my queue as well.

  34. margie kovacic says:

    Thanks for the drawing. I give Loki a 10 for form and a 10 for agility.

  35. Love the projects and information. Would love the book . I love lace knitting.

  36. Cecilia David says:

    Lace knitting is my favorite.
    The cardigan that you just finished is very versatile.

  37. I have just started lace knitting. These patterns are beautiful.

  38. Love Romi – would love to win her new book . . .

  39. Loki looks sure to take the Gold! You go Loki!

  40. Drooling!

  41. The book sure looks like a lot of fun.

  42. I really like Romi Hill’s patterns.
    Love to see this book.

  43. Kris Peters says:

    Would love to win this book! The sample of patterns is lovely.

  44. I love lace knitting. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy of the book

  45. I love Romi’s designs, will keep my fingers crossed.
    sewsable/Rachelle´s last blog post ..Jaycee Boggs has a new Craftsy Class!

  46. Birgit Rosenberg says:

    Oooh, pick me! I live lace knitting!

  47. Sandra Kerr says:

    I love the patterns you featured. Pick me!

  48. I wants the precious!

    I could always use a new book about lace knitting 🙂
    Renee Anne´s last blog post ..Y4: Self-Imposed Year of Projects – Update #39

  49. Would love to win this book because I’m a big fan of all of Romi’s designs.

  50. I’d love a copy!

  51. Thank you for the review! They all look beautiful!

  52. Pick me! Pick me!
    thanks for your continuing generosity…

  53. I’d love to be entered in the drawing for your review copy! Not that I could wear that skirt, either, but I am currently definitely into finishing short row shawls and love the gentle waves of Neoma’s Shawl, too.

    BTW, I think that position Loki is in is called Dreaming of Reaching for Oreos in my virtual Yoga class… 😉

  54. What a awesome collection of patterns! I love Romi’s designs.
    Melanie´s last blog post ..Market Jacket just in time for spring

  55. Romi does such gorgeous designs. I’d love to have a copy of her book.

  56. Nancy Nevin says:

    Beautiful patterns. I could be tempted to try one or two of those. The wraps are especially lovely.

  57. There are lots of patterns I would knit in that book.

  58. These are all very pretty! Please add me to the drawing.

  59. I love the beret!

  60. These patterns are all so lovely — if I win the book, it will be hard to choose which one to do first!

  61. Oh, yes, I love this whole book!

  62. Saw this book advertised in a knit mag and would love to have it in my collection.

  63. How many more practice rounds does he have before he qualifies?

  64. Beautiful patterns. Really like the skirt! Thanks for the chance at the book.

  65. I absolutely love the patterns I’m seeing! That book looks like a nice addition to my collection. I already have and love Wendy Knits Lace.

  66. Michele Ross says:

    Beautiful patterns! Would really like to have this book!

  67. Oh I love Romi’s designs too! Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

    Also, Loki would totally win the Napping Olympics!
    Lina´s last blog post ..Moon and girl shots

  68. Knittingquilter says:

    Oh my gosh, Romi’s designs are stunning. Thank you so much for offering this book

  69. What a wonderful book!! Cant wait to see the girls costumes!

  70. As an avid lace knitter, I would love to have this book. Can’t wait to see the Halloween costumes.

  71. A new lace book! I’d love it! Thanks for offering it.

  72. Denise Wessman says:

    Wonderful new lace book. Thank you for sharing this with us. Loki and I need to power nap.

  73. Jeanne Ramella says:

    Looks like so much fun!

  74. Loki is super adorable!!! Love Romi Hill designs!

  75. Please enter me in the drawing , I haven’t yet knit a Romi design and would like to. Loki gets my vote for expert napping!

  76. Great possibilities !

  77. This book has been tempting me at my LYS, but it would be really fun to win one!

  78. These are beautiful shawls. One can always use shawls where I live. I don’t think I would have the guts to wear the skirt, though.

  79. Love Romi’s designs, and would really love to have this book! The skirt is beautiful, I wish I could wear it, but maybe my DD would like it.

  80. Love that book

  81. Thank you for the giveaway. Book looks fun.

  82. I love Romi’s designs. It’s great to see lace used in something other than shawls all the time.

  83. This book looks lovely. Thanks for entering me, and for the nice giveaway.

  84. Thanks for sharing. Pick me, please!

  85. Peggy aka PickleSoup on Rav says:

    Wow, what a fun review! And thanks for offering it up. 🙂

  86. alicia grayson says:

    OOo! Love Romi’s designs so this would be a great book!
    Alikat2004 on

  87. I love lace knitting. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  88. Paulette Schirmer says:

    Awesome choices and pictures!

  89. This looks like an interesting book. My golden retriever could give Loki some competition in the napping dept. She sleeps in that position every night for a bit while we watch tv.

  90. Lovely designs. Pick me please!

  91. Elizabeth Miller says:

    Love the Town Square Shawl in Romi’s new book.

  92. I love to look at and queue lace patterns. I haven’t been too good at following through with making them. Winning this book would change that, maybe.

  93. Amy Schulze says:

    I love Romi’s patterns! What more can I say!?!

  94. Kathy in Alaska says:

    I’ve been loving the lace knitting lately, and these look fabulous! Thanks, Wendy, for the chance to win. Best to you and Loki from Rocky and me.

  95. Some lovely patterns…Thanks for the giveaway.

  96. Love the lace, love Romi’s designs!

  97. Romi Hills patterns are beautiful.

  98. Ruth Porter says:

    Beautiful book, please choose me. Can’t wait to see the Halloween costumes. Hugs to Loki.

  99. SuthernGirl says:

    Romi’s patterns are fabulous! Would love to have this book…..

  100. That book looks great! Thank you for the chance to win.