My current work in progress:

Freshet, by Irina Anikeeva for Brooklyn Tweed’s Wool People 13, knit from Rowan Softyak DK in the Steppe colorway, using 3.75mm and 4mm needles.

Unexpected Cables

Check this out!


This is Unexpected Cables: Feminine Knitted Garments Featuring Modern Cable Knitting bHeather Zoppetti (Interweave/F+W; $24.99), new this month. You can look at all eighteen patterns on Ravelry here.

The book is divided into three sections: Refined, Lace, and Abstract. The author says in her foreword:

Refined is the most traditional section. Projects in this chapter take the classic Aran and make it more modern by using lightweight yarns, delicate twisted stitches, and feminine shapes. The Lace chapter uses the unexpected pairing of cables and lace in delightful garments and accessories. Abstract focuses on unusual constructions, directions, and textures. Patterns in this chapter have a modern and edgy feel.

My favorite from the Refined section:


This is Maytown, a vest knit from sportweight yarn. I love the unique mesh look of the beautiful center cable.

From Lace:


I love the Safe Harbor cowl. Worked in worsted weight, it would be a lovely quick knit and would make a great holiday gift knit from a luxury yarn.

And from the Abstract section:


Penryn: a pullover worked in DK weight. I love the asymmetrical cable that is woven and then closed at the top.

The book has beautiful photos and nice big cable charts. The sweater designs are presented in a nice range of sizes and the instructions look clear and easy to follow. A glossary in the back of the book contains step-by-step illustrated instructions for some techniques used in the book.

Who’d like my copy?

To be entered in the drawing to win my review copy of Unexpected Cables: Feminine Knitted Garments Featuring Modern Cable Knitting leave a comment on this blog post by 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Sunday, October 18, 2015. A winner will be chosen at random at that time.

Crazed Scandinavian Cowl

I am now more than two-thirds done with the knitting. Thank you for all your lovely comments about this design. I will make the pattern available, but first I have to finish my prototype, write up the pattern, and test it.


Loki has consented to have a photo of his paw floof posted.



  1. drats. Meant to say, I’m giving pattern books away. Keeping the technique ones, at least for the time being.

  2. This looks like a very nice book! Cables are such fun to knit.

  3. Linda G Howell says:

    I see many things to knit! Love Lokie’s floofies!!

  4. Martina N says:

    What gorgeous cabled garments! I would love to knit some of them for myself or my daughter!

  5. Kristine M. says:

    I love these designs! Maybe if I get the book, I’ll finally figure out cables!

  6. Heather Crowe says:

    I love these cables! I like Cocalico and Penryn the best. Thank you for once again introducing us to a fun knitting book.

  7. Susan Ipavec says:

    Penryn looks like such a nice addition to any fall/winter wardrobe. Thank you for the chance to win. Loki looks so cuddly!

  8. That looks like a fantastic book. I would love to own it. Give Loki a skritch behind the ears from me!

  9. I come for the pictures of Loki because he’s adorable! I would love the book though. I have discovered a love of cables and have made and will make more items with them. Thanks for the chance to win it!

  10. Roseann E says:

    Unexpected Cables: Feminine Knitted Garments Featuring Modern Cable Knitting by Heather Zoppetti would make a nice addition to my library–one can never have too many (knitting) books. I would love to knit the Penryn sweater.

  11. Love the Penryn!

  12. a lovely collection and I love doing cables. They add so much to the garment.

  13. I do enjoy new ways to look at cables. What a fun book

  14. Floof!!!

  15. yolanda v says:

    I love cables!
    Thanks for the giveaway…

  16. Looks like a fun book. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  17. Ooh, I do love cables. Thanks for the giveaway.
    And the paw floof… oh my…

  18. Lynne in Florida says:

    DO, please, thank Loki for the beautiful paw floof. He’s such a beautiful cat, and so easy to adore. I took one look at Penryn and had to have it. Coincidentally, my bestest friend in my college years was also named Penryn. I lost track of her a loooong time ago, and I surely do wish I could find her again.

  19. Charis W. says:

    Love it and love Heather’s patterns! Loki is adorable as ever. 🙂

  20. Pick me…pick me..teehee.I’m intrigued by the pairing of lace and cable.I’d love to see more..

  21. This is the book! I keep seeing glamorous sweaters and various items knit with cabling. This would be a fantastic book for my collection. Thanks

  22. Whoa! You had me at the cowl, but Penryn is gorgeous!

  23. Agree. Agree. Agree! I love cables, both the “look” and working them. I especially appreciate seeing the projects of lighter weight yarns. Also, congrats on the cowl. I’ve been thinking: A Fair Isle cowl would be great for double-knitting practice. Your CSC has inspired me.

  24. Love those cables!

  25. What a beautiful book. I love cables. The vest is perfect. Thank you for the giveaway.

  26. Really pretty patterns. Different without being weird. Thanks for putting my name in!

  27. Deena Marshall says:

    Thanks for the review. Also looking forward to seeing your stealth project – I have some Elsa fingering that’s looking for a pattern.

  28. Mary Alyce says:

    What cable knitter would not like a copy of this book? I would love it, and given the current rate of exchange of Canadian to US dollars, I’m not likely to get it for a while. Unless, of course, I am lucky enough to win this!

  29. Love cables. These look beautiful. Mags9k on Ravelry.

  30. I would love to have this great book..I love making cables so beautiful.

  31. Lovely cables!

  32. Stephanie says:

    Ah, Penryn is really eye-catching 😀

  33. Cables make for fast knitting… I love new unconventional styles, with classic construction.

  34. I love cables ♥ please take me in for drawing – maybe I’m the lucky winner???
    Thank you 😀

  35. Jeanne Ramella says:

    I love cables! Thanks for your generousity Wendy!

  36. Sandra Kerr says:

    I love lace and cables!

  37. I would love to do Penryn!

  38. Mujercita says:

    I would love to win- those patterns are gorgeous!

  39. Janice Lavoie says:

    Glad to see Loki just chillaxin’.

  40. I love cables, and the Penryn sweater is amazing! Not to mention Loki’s spectacular toe floof!

  41. I would love to win this book. Thank you!

  42. What a fun book! Hoping for a lucky draw!

  43. I LOVE cables and Loki is gorgeous!!

  44. This looks great, I love cables!

  45. The book looks good! I’m in!