My current work in progress:

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


Looks Like a Penguin

First things first, the winner of a copy of Good Measure: Knit a Perfect Fit Every Time by Deborah Newton is Jeannie Gray, who has been emailed. Thanks to everyone who left a comment to enter the giveaway!

Speaking of books, have you seen this one?


This is Penguin: a Knit Collection by Anna Maltz, which came out earlier this month. I follow Anna Maltz on Instagram (she is @sweaterspotter) and pre-ordered the book from her when she first announced it. It arrived at the beginning of last week, in hard copy, along with a code to download an electronic version on Ravelry. You can order your own hard copy and eBook here.

The book has 11 adorable penguin-inspired patterns, and you can preview them on Ravelry, here. I love how they are all inspired by penguins but are not all in-your-face obvious penguins. well, go look at the patterns and you’ll see what I mean.

That said, the first thing I cast on was the adorable Pinglewin — a soft toy penguin.


One of the things that makes this toy so stinking cute is that the penguin itself is all white. The black portion is a removable hoodie she wears!


Seriously, how cute is that?

I have knitted Pinglewin’s body, and have given it a bath, fulling it slightly while bathing it.


I knit her from aran weight wool, and I did not have any aran weight black or charcoal wool, so have sone on order. When Pinglewin dries I can assemble her and then when my black yarn arrives, I’ll knit her little hoodie.

Along with the patterns, there are lots of cute stories, illustrations, and photos. Look at the endpapers!


So cute! It is a lovely book, through and through and I have a feeling that I will be knitting another Pinglewin soon! I am still working on my cowl, which is nearing completion, but sometimes you just have to knit a penguin, you know?

Loki sez:


“What’s the deal with penguins, anyway?”




  1. Loki should understand all about penguins, considering he’s got a super-fluffy half-penguin look to him! The book does look adorable & the patterns in it are awfully cute. I may have to drop one in shopping cart, too.

  2. Denise Wessman says:

    Love the penguin!!!! I see a future of new custom knits for 2016. Inspirational! Penguin may need a cat outfit!?!?

  3. Midnite Baker says:

    Love the penguins!!! So Cute!! Give Loki an ear rub for me. And have a Very Merry Christmas from my house to yours. M

  4. Amy Schulze says:

    I’d love to knit a penguin too. Have a Merry Christmas!

  5. Pinglewin is adorable! I may have to buy a copy of the book so I can knit one for my son. He went through a penguin phase a few years ago & was completely obsessed with penguins. We spent so much time at the Richmond zoo watching the penguins that I fell in love with them too. Okay, so I’ll really be buying the book so I can knit myself a penguin….
    Merry Christmas!
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  7. i think loki may need a black penguin hoodie! then perhaps he’ll understand the lure of the penguins.