My current work in progress:

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


I’ve Got My Mitts On a New Book

First things first, here are Dottie and Inga in their November outfits. They are dressed as pilgrims.


For their dresses I based them on Julie Williams’ Seasonal Dresses Pattern that fits all her little critters. I winkled together the rest of their outfits. I used leftover fingering weight wool.

Next, we have a winner for the Crazed Scandinavian Cowl kit, and it is Syd T., who has been emailed.

Third, I have a book to review: Spilly Jane Knits Mittens by (you guessed it) Spilly Jane. It’s published by Cooperative Press, and you can purchase the book in paperback via (who is temporarily out of stock) and in electronic pdf via Ravelry.


If you have spent any time on Ravelry and are at all into mittens, you will likely recognize the name Spilly Jane. She has lots and lots of cute mitten patterns (as well as patterns for other items, like socks) available on Ravelry. So it’s nice to see a whole book of mittens from this mitten maestro!

In addition to thirteen mitten patterns, the book has a lot of useful information for both new and experienced mitten knitters, including notes, tips, and tutorials on sizing, different thumbs, carrying yarn for colorwork, and adding embellishments to your mittens. The tutorials are accompanied by nice clear photos.

And . . . the patterns are extremely cute! They are all colorwork, in one way or another. There are two patterns for fingerless mitts, both worked in stripes. The Plain Blue Mitts would be a good pattern for a stranded colorwork newbie, as it is worked in stripes with just a bit of stranded knitting taking place when you switch colors.


I love the Cupcake Mittens:


This would be a great pattern for using up bits and leftovers.

The Penguin Mittens are another favorite:


Who doesn’t love penguins?

All patterns use fingering weight yarn and would be a great way to dip into that sock yarn stash to knit holiday gifts. The samples in the book are all knit from either Brooklyn Tweed Loft or KnitPicks Palette, but you could use any fingering weight wool or wool blend.

The publisher has authorized me to give away a copy of the eBook to one of my readers. Who’d like it?

To be entered in the drawing for a copy of Spilly Jane Knits Mittens, please leave a comment on this blog post by noon Eastern Time, Sunday, November 8, 2015. The random number generator will select a winner.

Here is Loki, practicing for the Sleep Olympics.


Freestyle. It is his best event.



  1. Loki has the gold medal all locked up!

  2. Big Spilly Jane fan here. Love her creativity.

  3. Barbara Clayburn says:

    The mitten book looks very interesting. Thanks for the offer.

  4. I love mittens and fingerless mitts.
    I also remembered to go purchase the Crazed Scandinavian Cowl pattern. I will wait until after the holidays to do it. 🙂
    Love Loki’s style.

  5. Just moved to the mountains from the beach – need mittens!
    Jennifer´s last blog post ..Tale of Two Socks

  6. Kim Deceder says:

    I would love the book – I tried the cupcake mittens and more tips, help and ideas would be great! Thanks for sharing.

  7. Shirley Gallagher says:

    I love mittens, and these are adorable. Loki’s poses are always a pleasure to see.

  8. Ooooh, I need more mittens in my life.

  9. Love Spilly Jane. So great to see her patterns in a book. I also love the cupcake mittens. Thank you for the giveaway.

  10. As always, Loki is eternally adorable. I do thank you for the chance to win, though!
    Dizzy´s last blog post ..Baby Hearts!

  11. I love Spilly Jane’s mittens & would love this book!

  12. I really enjoy Spilly Jane’s design sensibility.
    sprite´s last blog post harder update: the first ten months of the year

  13. Pick me! Pick me! I love her mittens!
    Kathom´s last blog post ..Productive Week

  14. Love the Pilgrim outfits! And I would treasure the mitten mitten book!

  15. Pretty sure my husband’s cat would give Loki a run for his money. A 23 pound maine coon can hold his own, especially in the toe floof competition.

  16. Oooh! Mittens! It’s looking like a cold winter here in Seattle, I could use some inspiration!
    Carrie´s last blog post ..The WWWP5K: Your Photos and Stories

  17. Loki gets a ten!

  18. Julia in KW says:

    Me!!! I love the penguins!!! (and I also love cupcakes!)

  19. Oh Loki, if only I could relax like you. But I should knit mittens instead.

  20. Spilly Jane’s patterns are always interesting. I was starting to worry about dresses for Dottie and Inga.

  21. Cathy Chesnut says:

    Heading over to check out Spilly Jane.

  22. Her patterns are so adorable, the penguins look great!!!
    Abigail´s last blog post ..11th Month or Hour

  23. Phyllis G says:

    I love knitting mittens and would really love to win Spilly Jane’s new book!

  24. Jennifer B says:

    Looks like a gret book. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!

  25. Please enter me in the drawing for Mittens by Spilly Jane!

    I may not comment every time, but I love Loki in all his fluffiness! 🙂

  26. Nothing but gold for Loki! Thanks for offering the Spilly Jane book!
    Kris´s last blog post ..Happy Independence Day!

  27. I love to knit mittens and next to your pattern, I love Spilly Janes!
    Thanks for your generous giiveaways!
    DelightedHands´s last blog post ..November is Necks

  28. Dottie and Inga look adorable! And those penquins make me want to knit mittens!

  29. Love knitting mittens; would love to win.
    Nan Palmer´s last blog post ..Finding Serenity – Knitting as meditation

  30. Oh yes please! I need this book!

  31. Jeanne Palermo says:

    Yes, yes, yes, please!!! Lots of great Christmas gifted here.

  32. Mittens are a favorite knit for me!! Pick me! 🙂

  33. If my niece sees the penguin mittens it will go on my list of things to make for her. Mittens are a nice quick project to practice on like socks.

  34. I am moving from California tomOregon and will be needing mittens! The ones in Spilly Jane’s book are really cute. I would love to knit some.

  35. Spilly Jane is a favorite, and I wish her well with this book. Love the cupcakes!

  36. The Pilgrim dresses are adorable, as well as everything you knit for your ‘girls’!

    I love mittens!! I need my fingers together because of severe arthritis…gloves don’t work for me. I still love to knit, just a little slower.
    Those patterns are so beautiful, I’d love to be able to make some nice, warm mittens, not only for me but for my wonderful family, as well.

    I think Loki has that event in his fluffy little pocket!

    Thank you for gifting this great book!!

  37. Barbara Berggren says:

    I’ve made some Spilly Jane’s mittens before. I Love ALL of her patterns. I can’t wait to see her book. Thanks for the “heads-up”.

  38. Mary Beth says:

    I’ve always wanted to try a Spilly Jane pattern!

  39. Barbara Berggren says:

    This is a correction to my email listed on the previous post. Sorry for the confusion:).

  40. Dottie and Inga!
    Count me in! Thanks for the offer

  41. Linda Swenson says:

    I love to knit mittens and Spilly Jane’s patterns are fabulous!

  42. Beautiful mittens! Love Spilly Jane.

  43. Would love this book…have lots of kids to knit mittens for.

  44. I love Spilly Jane’s patterns especially trolls.

  45. Pick me!

  46. Thanks for sharing the spilly Jane book. Love her gnomes & flamingo patterns! Was hoping you’d write a gloves & mitts book some day. Your sock books have long been my bible.

  47. Birgit Rosenberg says:

    love knitting mittens!

  48. Joan from Wisconsin says:

    Would love the mitten book. Thanks for the opportunity to win. You are very generous. Can I be Loki’s Olympic Coach? I’m also good at lying down……..with help from my bad back though.


  49. Christiane Johnson says:

    You forgot the little bonnets for Inga and her sister. Pilgrims always have bonnets. LOL.. They are so cute. And his Majesty pose is excellent. A rest well needed. I have Jane’s book and really like it

  50. I love knitting mittens, and this book sounds like it has great patterns. Thanks for the book review and a chance to win the book.

  51. Always loved knitting mittens. Cute designs.

  52. I’ve wanted the cupcake mitts for a while. I even thought about buying a kit for them but I still don’t have cupcake mitts 🙁
    Lilie´s last blog post ..John’s Blue Hat – WIP

  53. Juniper jane says:

    I adore Spillyjane’s designs!!!! I would be honored to knit some of her mittens!!!

  54. Well……

    If no one else wants this I’ll take it! LOL!

  55. would love to be in to win, pat Loki for me.
    Rachelle Crosbie´s last blog post ..A Step Backwards and Some Forwards as well.

  56. I love mittens!

  57. Midnite Baker says:

    Oh my, another cute book. Enter me & we will see what happens. Thanks, M

  58. I love mittens! Thanks for this opportunity.

  59. I would love to get this book and make some mittens before it’s TOO cold here in New England! Thanks for the opportunity! Hugs to Loki! 🙂

  60. Mitten season will soon be here, and they are great fun to knit!

  61. Perfect timing! It’s finally cold enough to warrant some mitten knitting.

  62. Diane Griffith says:

    The nip is in the air. Can’t think of anything better to knit than mittens !!

  63. Love Spilly Jane’s patterns. Would love to win this book!

  64. So cute! Would be very useful to knit Christmas gifts!!

  65. Oooh, would love that one. Thanks for the chance

  66. I have enjoyed looking at Spilly Jane’s patterns over the years and would enjoy this book.

  67. Looks like a great book. I love Spilly Jane’s mittens!

  68. Love those penguins, can’t wait to see what else is there.

  69. Just what I need to get me making stranded mittens instead of just favoriting them. Yes, enter my name please!

  70. I bet Loki wins the snooze contest. Congratulations to the winner of the ebook!

  71. I love Spilly Jane! Yes, please put my name in the hat. 🙂

  72. Now that I finally learned colorwork, I’d love to knit some Spillyjane mittens! Thanks for the chance to win!

  73. Spilly Jane is awesome! Thanks for the chance to win the book.

  74. More mitt patterns…..sigh.Thank love to win the book.

  75. The patterns are all so cute, but the geometry of the Midtown mittens calls to me.

  76. Thanks for the chance!!

  77. My favorite mitten knitter!
    Ellen´s last blog post ..My Rhinebeck Weekend

  78. Oh, I love Spilly Jane and I am needing some new mittens. Her patterns are so cute and clever.

  79. Suzie Picciano says:

    Would love a copy of this book! Got 9 g-babies to knit for!

  80. Especially love the cupcake mittens. Am just beginning to get fairly proficient with colorwork. Would love to win this book.

  81. Mari Henderson says:

    Wonderful mittens to make for those without.

  82. I love spillyjane patterns! What a great giveaway!

  83. Oh, man! More amazing colorwork to play with!

  84. I’d love to win! I’m so inspired by all your colorwork. I need to try my hand at it.

  85. I for one adore penguins & must make those mittens.

  86. alicia grayson says:

    Lovely Spilly Jane book. I love her patterns!
    alikat2004 on ravelry.

  87. I love knitting mittens!! Oh, my name is Jane:)

  88. I love Spilly Jane! She lives across the river from my hometown. I’ve knit one of her patterns and it’s my favorite set of mittens. I also love the bacon pattern and pints!

  89. I love knitting mittens, these patterns look great

  90. Mary Nagle says:

    I am in the process of finding mitten patterns for Christmas gifts.
    This would be so helpful.

  91. I enjoy knitting fingerless mitts and giving giving them as gifts. You don’t have to live in a cold climate to enjoy them. Hope to win. Loki is looking good as always.

  92. I love knitting mitts. This looks like a great book. Thanks!
    gussek on Ravelry

  93. Sarah Fuller says:

    Thanks for alerting me to her book. I love love love her patterns and of course would love the book too. Btw, the “girls” are terrific.
    I just might make one and that cowl was something special. How is it that Loki sleeps through everything?

  94. Love the penguin mittens! And Loki is soooo adorable. 🙂

  95. Such cute mittens! They’d make such great quick-to-knit gifts. Thanks for a fab giveaway! 🙂

  96. I need some new mittens in my life.

  97. Spilly Jane and MITTS MITTS MITTS,,,,, perfect ebook,,, I have to have the hosta mitts,,, one way or another that pattern will be mine. (-:

    I have the absolute opposite of Loki living with me….

  98. Ooh, I love Spilly Jane! I would love to win a copy of the book (and will be getting it anyway…). 🙂

  99. Oh, those cupcakes are killing me with their cuteness!
    Sarah´s last blog post ..Thirty-Four

  100. The cupcake mittens makes want to knit them while eating cupcakes!!!!!