My current work in progress:

Sundew,by Martin Storey, knit from Rowan Softyak DK, using 3.25mm and 4mm 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. Planning to retire to New Hampshire from San Francisco! Mittens will be necessary for this temperate climate girl!

  2. I like the title of this blog post, and the mittens look fun to knit.
    Good luck everyone!

  3. Dottie and Inga look lovely. They must be the best dressed bunnies around. Thanks for the book review. Will put it on my wish list.

  4. Love the cupcake mitts!!

  5. yolanda v says:

    Sleep Olympics…lol
    Cupcakes mittens are cute!

  6. Denise Wessman says:

    Cupcake mittens!!!!!! A low calorie version of something wonderful. Now I just have to figure out how to make knitting and tatting an aerobic activity.

  7. Beth Collins says:

    I love Spilly Jane’s mittens! So glad to see she has a book.

  8. I’ve been looking for a good pair of mittens for gift knitting and those penguin ones are adorable! Such a generous giveaway.

  9. I love Spillyjane patterns! And the dresses on the bunny girls are adorable.

  10. I would love the mitten book, I have someone who needs the penguins.

  11. Peggy D'Eath says:

    I love mittens! The penguin ones are adorable!

  12. I would love to win this book. I love making mittens.

  13. ohhhh! she’s a favorite!!! I have a pair of ‘lobster’ mitts ready to be cast on!! How did I not know about this new book!?!?!? (you’re so right—who doesn’t love a penguin?)
    steph´s last blog post ..someone’s SOOOO confused….

  14. spilly Jane! I have been following her patterns on ravelry for ages… Thanks for the giveaway!

  15. Spilly Jane’s patterns are always winners

  16. Love the new outfits!

    Thank you for picking me for the Crazed Scandinavian Cowl kit! I can’t say I don’t win things anymore!

    Fingers itching to start that beautiful pattern with the beautiful yarn.

  17. ! I looove spillyjane! Such cute designs. Thanks for the offer!

  18. I have two kittens* who would love to find some mittens!

    (*they’re full grown kittens!!)

  19. Living in the Pacific Northwest, I am chronically under-mittened. I could sure use that book!

  20. I’d love to win a copy of this book! Thanks.

  21. Catherine S. says:

    Me! xo

  22. Those cupcake mittens are super cute! Fingers crossed!

  23. Looks like a great book! Thanks!

  24. Mittens! Mittens! Mittens!

  25. Love!

  26. Love these patterns and Spilly Jane. Also have lots of palette… Just saying. Give Loki a pet from me and my cats.

  27. Janice Lavoie says:

    Time for me to win something! I can feel it!

  28. Love the girls dresses!

  29. First, I just love Dottie & Inga… They are the best dressed bunnies.
    Also, I’d love to win a copy of Spilly Jane’s mitten book. I’ve had my eye on her designs for some time, and I definitely need to dispose of sock yarn stash.

  30. Cecilia David says:

    Her patterns are very well written. Cecilia

  31. I love mittens. Thank you!

  32. Thank you for the opportunity to win Spilly Jane’s ebook, Wendy.

  33. I want the penguins!

  34. I am totally in love with your kitty!

  35. Hi Wendy-hope everything’s ok…

  36. spilly jane is the bomb!

  37. I love Spilly Jane designs!

  38. What a cool book!