My current work in progress:

Roscalie Cardigan by Alice Starmore, knit from Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift  on a US 3 needle

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. Thanks for offering. Loki is sure to take the gold!
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  2. This looks like a wonderful book! It is going on my Amazon wish list. Love Romi Hill’s work.

  3. Looks like a great book!

  4. I love lace knitting. There are many projects in this book for me! Mags9k on Ravelry.

  5. Shirley Gallagher says:

    Beautiful lace. Amazing Loki. Enjoy your blog.

  6. Thank you for your generosity! Those patterns look amazing! I can’t wait to see your girlies’ new outfits!

  7. Susan Lapierre-Jones says:

    I love to knit lace and this book fills the bill!

  8. Love Romi’s designs. Thanks so much for sharing.

  9. So many lovely designs, Romi Hill really does do good stuff!
    Keeping my fingers crossed.

  10. Your on the track to a gold medal Loki!
    Love the book and especially the last cardigan.

  11. A book by Romi, what’s not to love!?!? Both the cardigans you’ve pictured are just wonderful. I must ask, is that cat ever on his feet? The belly fluff….must resist…
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  12. Now that looks like a fabulous book, so if I don’t win it, it’s going on my Christmas list!

    Saw on Ravelry that you’re working on fall dresses for the girls. Can’t wait to see their Halloween costumes (you are doing some, aren’t you?)

  13. This book is on my wish list!
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  14. Thanks for the opportunity to win this beautiful book!

  15. Love the cardigans 🙂 Thank you for the review.

  16. Lorrraine says:

    Love lace knitting and would love a copy of the book!

  17. Beautiful lace patterns. I’m ready for a lace project about now.

  18. That book looks awesome. Thanks for the chance to win it.

  19. Alice Moisen says:

    the designs are wonderful. I would try all but the skirt (wouldn’t do for me or most people I know)
    Also enjoyed the zipper tutorial, I’ve always had trouble setting zippers in knis

  20. Love Romi Hill and have made several of her shawls.

  21. Another wonderful give-a-way, from a great blog.

  22. Was afraid I wouldn’t win, so I went to Amazon and bought it.

  23. Betti Felton says:

    Looks like a lot of great Christmas present ideas. Would love to have this book.

  24. I would love to be the new owner of your review copy of New Lace Knitting: Designs for Wide Open Spaces by Romi Hill. I know the competition is stiff from the above comments.
    Please pick me.
    Thank you so much.

  25. The book looks intriguing with all that variety just in the ones that you really like.

  26. Loki gets a 10 from this judge! And I just love Romi’s designs! He book looks lovely!

  27. Love the lace patterns and the Olympic level of napping. 🙂

  28. Heather Crowe says:

    I really like the Talus cardigan and the Little City Tee. I think those would be fun to try out. Thank you for sharing so many wonderful books.

  29. Can hardly wait to see the Halloween costumes, and Loki is a shoe-in for the gold medal in Olympic napping 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway.

  30. Jenn Thompson says:

    The cover sweater is beautiful, but I love the chinquapin wrap.

  31. I can’t wait for Sunday! I love all your cute bunny dresses. And I’d love a copy of the book too!

  32. I love Romi’s patterns. After browsing the patterns on Ravelry I can’t decide which I would do first but I would definately do most of them.

  33. Love lace! and the book looks fantastic with its various ways to incorporate lace into “normal” garments. I agree, I am too short and wide to wear that skirt, but would love to see the instructions for the lace pattern.

  34. Oh oh oh, that Manzanita Tee!!I

  35. I love lace knitting! I would love to win this book! Thanks for the opportunity.

  36. Barbara aka Potchke says:

    If I don’t win it I will buy it. It’s the best new book in ages.

  37. Would be nice to have.

  38. Heather K says:

    I’ve always liked knitting Romi Hill shawls and would love to try some of the other items in her new book. Thanks for the chance!!

  39. Yup another great book

  40. Sherry Beason says:

    Love these! Pick me please! The sweater is AWESOME!

  41. I love the blue diamond shawl! And the last cardigan – what a great book!

  42. Freya in Californeya says:

    Enter me, please 🙂

  43. I’d love to win this. I really like how many garments are designed in lighter weight yarns. There are some very lovely patterns in this collection. If I don’t win, this one is going on my wishlist.
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  44. The Williwaw Cardigan is gorgeous!

  45. I love Romi’s designs and this looks like a great book! I also look forward to seeing the Hallowe’en costumes! Thanks for the chance to win.

  46. Linda Newcomb says:

    This book has several patterns that I’d love to knit. Thanks for offering it.

  47. Soxy Jane says:

    Olympic napping team? Loki’s a shoe-in!

  48. grace yaskovic says:

    what lovely patterns!

  49. Jill McKibben says:

    Lovely designs Wendy. Would love a chance at the book.

  50. I could never wear a knitting skirt, but the other patterns look great! Thanks for the opportunity.

    Loki is a champion napper!
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  51. Pam Boulet says:

    I love Romi HIll’s designs. This is such a wonderful book. Thank you for the giveaway!

  52. There’s nothing more fun than knitting lace.

  53. Mary Beth says:

    I just love Romi’s work! If I don’t win, I’m going to have to put this on my Christmas list!

  54. cynthia Stubbs says:

    I have never knit a shawl. I knit a little triangle with a spine that I think is how a lot of them are made. I am so proud of my Vonica, a zig- zag lace pattern cardigan that my daughter just loves! I had some disappointments since then but keep knitting! I never stopped feeling proud when she wears it! Ive had success with lace and want to do more. I would love this book.

  55. This looks like a great book and I would love to win it. Thanks for offering it.

  56. Savannagal says:

    The pattern I like best is the Manzanita Tee. I’m not sure I’d make any of the others, but I like that Tee.

  57. Looks like a great book. I’d love it.

  58. Roseann E. says:

    WOW! So much gorgeous lace. I absolutely love Romi Hill’s patterns! The Williwaw Cardigan is fabulous! I am drooling over this book and would love to be the winner of the copy you are generously offering.

  59. What a lovely book! I haven’t bought a new knitting book for ages, but this looks like it has some fab patterns I would definitely make.

  60. I love Romi’s designs in general and looks like there are lots of lovelies to knit in this book.

  61. Marilyn Nance says:

    Beautiful designs! Would love this book.

  62. Pick me! Pick me!

  63. I have several of Romi’s patterns but what I really want to do is rub that tummy. Loki must be a lapful plus it must be about time for him to start getting his colors?

  64. I love the Bright Moment Cardigan. It looks like it would be fun to knit and comfortable to wear

  65. what a nice book – thanks for the chance to win.

  66. Thank you for the chance to win the book, there are some beautiful patterns in it.

  67. Thanks for the give away! Hope I win, loads of cute patterns in the book.
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  68. Beautiful patterns in this book. I would love to win it. Thank you for the chance

  69. I, too am delighted with the Hope skirt. I’d have to think hard to cobble some kind of yoke, then wear it as a tunic!

  70. The book looks lovely…lots I would love to knit and wear!

  71. Loki is a shoe-in for the napping team. You better start lining up his endorsements!

  72. Wow, this book looks fantastic. The Williwaw Cardigan is too awesome for words. Thank you for the giveaway. Please pick me!!

  73. knittingdancer on Ravelry says:

    I love knitting lace. I missed not having a Summer Mystery KAL with you this year.

  74. Lovely patterns! Thanks for the offer to give this book away!

  75. Dianne T. says:

    I love the the cover design and wish I could see all the others. Thanks for offering this drawing!

  76. I really like Romi’s patterns. Very well written. Thanks for the chance to win her book.

  77. I’d love to tackle a new lace project…thanks for contest..

  78. Lovely book!

  79. Donna Ch. says:

    Really like the patterns in the book. Fingers crossed!!

  80. That looks like a book I would knit from! Thank you for the chance to win a copy. On another note, is Loki growing a lot more hair? That is longer? He is so gorgeous!

  81. Finally the interweb is working for me again and I can say what a neat book.

  82. Love the patterns in this book! Hugs and kisses to Loki! So cute!

  83. What lovely eye candy! just what I needed after twelve plus hours of work. I’d love to win this book. Thank you for offering it!

  84. I adore lace garments

  85. Martha michael says:

    I love Romi’s patterns. I’ve been waiting to buy her book, Thank you!

  86. Glad for another reason to let you know how much I like your finished cardi – the length, the patterns, etc. Would love to see it on you! It would take forever for me to knit it tho. Would also enjoy a video of you knitting – maybe in slow mo 🙂 so that I could keep up!
    As for Romi’s new lace book – she knows her lace, I’ve done a couple of he shawls, very pretty. I would really enjoy the book if my number comes up – thanks for the opportunity. Don’t let Loki miss any naps! He looks like such a sweetie!

  87. There are some lovely patterns in there! The skirt would look fantastic on my daughter!

  88. Oh, I love the Bright Moment Cardigan. It is rare to see lace in slimming vertical panels like that. I’d love a copy of Romi’s book. Thanks for the chance, Wendy!

  89. I love Romi’s patterns! And Loki is really adorable. 😉

  90. Beautiful book! Love lace knitting!

  91. That book looks fantastic, I would love a chance to win it.

  92. I love the Bright Moment Cardigan and the Town Square Shawl. I think Loki will make captain of the team!

  93. Oooo I love that tan cardigan!!! I’d be happy to win!

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  94. Linda G Howell says:

    Romi Hill? Enough said. I know this book has many projects for me.

    Thanks Wendy and Romi!!

  95. I just got this book this week, and I’m TOTALLY IN LOVE WITH IT!!!

  96. My two favorite designers are Wendy and Romi!

  97. Always love Romi Hill

  98. Williwaw!!! Got to make it!

  99. I would love to win a copy, after all, it IS my birthday! 🙂

  100. What a beautiful book!