My current work in progress:

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



Tidying up one’s desk has its advantages. You find stuff that accidentally sunk down in the pile. Like this:


This is 60 Quick Cowls: Luxurious Projects to Knit in Cloud™ and Duo™ Yarns from Cascade Yarns® from Sixth & Spring Books. That’s 60 patterns in one book, people. For cowls. You may have noticed that a have a penchant for cowls.

The patterns are all knit in worsted weight yarns and there are SIXTY of them, from a bunch of designers. They are all nicely entered in Ravelry, here, so you can take a look for yourself. I am having a hard time picking favorites, but I’ll show you a couple here that jumped out at me:


Pixelation by Matthew Schrank. You could knit this in any color combo, but I love love love this black and white version.


Zip It Up by Lorna Miser, which has two zippers incorporated into the cowl. Very cool!

I could very easily talk myself into keeping this book, but I’ll be nice and give it away to a reader. Who’d like it?

To be entered in the drawing to win my copy of 60 Quick Cowls: Luxurious Projects to Knit in Cloud™ and Duo™ Yarns from Cascade Yarns®, leave a comment on this post by noon on Wednesday, April 6, 2016.

Fourteen Years

Looking at my calendar I realized that this Friday, April 1, marks 14 years that I have been writing this blog. Wow.

In other news, Loki is still adorable.





  1. emcknits says:

    That book looks great. I would love a chance to win. Thanks.

  2. What a great book for creating a stash of hand knit gifts. Have to agree Loki is adorable!

  3. Peggy Pennell says:

    You are right, the black & white cowl looks so good – I have a long black leather coatIi wear but always choose scarves/cowls for a pop of color, rethinking that now!

  4. PamelaRic says:

    I love knitting cowls and would love to have this book. Also–Happy Blogaversary! I hope there will be many more years of your wonderful blog.

  5. That looks like a fun book!
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  6. I have been eyeing this book and the black and white cowl is my favorite and will be the first one I make. I would love a chance to win the book. Thanks.

  7. Beautiful patterns!

  8. Happy early Blogiversary!

  9. Thanks for the last and hopefully another 14 years of blogging. I have always enjoyed your blog the most and am glad it is still very strong. Very interesting book. Thanks, Wendy, and Loki, supervisor.

  10. Kim Deceder says:

    Please pick me – book looks great!!!

  11. Linda-kaye says:

    Wow – happy blogaversary Wendy! Hard to believe but I’ve been a follower for at least 10 years. It’s been so much fun along the way! I also love knitting cowls and would love add this book to my library! Thanks so much for the opportunity!

  12. Happy Blogiversary! That book looks yummy!

  13. This book looks cowl-licious. Sorry, I just couldn’t help myself.

  14. The book looks lovely. Maybe I should try tidying up and see what I unearth!

  15. Cool book. Would love it.

  16. I love knitting cowls. Who doesn’t love to receive such a great hand knit accessory?

  17. I’d love to try my hand at knitting cowls–the patterns look lovely. 🙂

    Loki is my favorite fluffy friend–please give him ear scritches for me. And happy blog anniversary!


  18. Love cowls – never win, but I’ll keep trying! It’s fun just to send a comment :).

  19. I am on a shawl diet and have switched my allegiance to cowls so this book would be wonderful.

    Thanks for cleaning off your desk…..

  20. So glad you started writing this blog, I’m pretty new to it but I love it❤️❤️ This Cowl book looks amazing, I also love to knit and wear cowls

  21. What a great addition to your own patterns! Thanks for offering this to us.

  22. This book looks amazing! Like you, Wendy, I am very into knitting cowls. Not sure how many I made for Christmas gifts last year. Congrats on the blog! Loki is always adorable, just like my three kitties! I would love to win this book. Thanks, Wendy!

  23. What a great book! Thanks for the opportunity and congrats on 14 years!

  24. Cecilia David says:

    I did not start reading your blog until
    About 10 years ago. I enjoy it, your humor, cat, knitting advice and writing. Thanks ever so much.

  25. I love your blog and have been following for a few years now. I always love seeing what you’re working on. Thanks for sharing about the book.
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  26. Amanda U says:

    This looks like a fun book to have around and I love a good cowl. 🙂

  27. Monica Cortada says:

    14 years of blogging!!!! You ROCK!!!!

  28. Geri Ball says:

    Duo is on of my favorite yarns! Keep on blogging.

  29. That looks fabulous! And I have lots of worsted weight yarn to use up.

  30. Deborah Smith says:

    I love cowls. Hope I win

  31. I love your blog Wendy and look forward to it. Then your Loki has my total attention as does my cat Misty. Thank you for all you do for us!

  32. Gina Woolbright says:

    I checked this out from the library and put it on my list of books to buy. I’d love to win it!

  33. Stella Matthes says:

    I have loved your blog for 12++ years and have a big fluffy cat too. Thanks for sharing so much with us and especially the chance to win this book!

  34. Love cowel and would love the book.

    Thank you.

  35. Looks like a fantastic book! And, WOW…60 patterns!

  36. Ellie Wilson says:

    I love cowls, (almost as much as you do) and these look fabulous! Pick me! Pick me!

  37. I am the cowl queen of Creston. I would LOVE the book.

  38. Happy Happy Joy Joy to your faithful Blogging. Wow!!!! I just organized my yarn. What fun it would be to enjoy matching my yarn with patterns in this awesome book. Thank you, Wendy!

  39. Venice Smith says:

    I have lots of cloud and duo, so I could really use this book! Thanks, Wendy!

  40. Congratulations on 14 years of your wonderful blog

  41. Happy 14th Anniversary! I would love this book!

  42. Annette Dufek says:

    I love the B&W version! I would love that book!!!

    April 1 is my birthday. So happy 14 years to you and happy many years to me!

  43. I would love to win this book!
    Hi Loki!

  44. Kathleen says:

    Happy Blogiversary! Yours is the first blog that I ever put in my favorites!
    Those 60 pattern collection books are fabulous. I would love to have the cowl one. Buttoned up and Tied in Knots are crying “knit me!”. A trip to my LYS is on the list!

  45. I would love it please!

  46. Stephanie H. says:

    Congrats on 14 years of blogging. You and your knitting are such an inspiration. Hear’s to 14 more.

  47. Sandra Kerr says:

    Oh me! Me! I love this book and would love to own it.

  48. Kris Peters says:

    That’s what happens when you tidy up! Would love to own this book. Thank you, Wendy, for 14 fantastic, informative, inspiring years!

  49. Thanks for all you do for us and for a chance to win this great book.

  50. Anne Becka says:

    Congrats on 14 years! I love your blog!

  51. I’d love the book. And congrats on you blogiversary!

  52. I agree, Pixelation is a beauty.

  53. I would love to win this book. I pick projects that challenge me and I’m sure this book is full of challenges!

  54. Susan James says:

    I love the idea of a cowl……….I’m terrible about losing scarves!! This way it WILL stay around my neck! LOL!

  55. Congratulations on your 14 years of great blogging! And yes, Loki is definitely adorable as was your great friend Lucy. We love your designs, and your good spirit, and your wondrous felines. Thanks for brightening my days and making me a better knitter.

  56. Jane Kettlewell says:

    I love knitting cowls for myself, daughter, daughter-in-law and friends. This book looks great and so does Loki 🙂

  57. Congrats on 14 years! That is just amazing and just think of the wealth you have provided 🙂 Thank you!
    And 60 Cowls ~ YES! I’d love to win! Thanks for the opportunity…

  58. Teresa C says:

    That black and white Pixelation is too cool.

  59. celestine says:

    I agree that black and white one is the bomb. Congrats on 14 years.

  60. EllenPerry says:

    Happy Anniversary Wendy !!
    I love your blog and find it quite inspiring
    I love this book and more importantly I love cowl

  61. Wow-that’s a lot of cowls! Really like the colors and contrasts.

  62. This book looks awesome! I wear cowls almost year round. I think I’ve been reading your blog almost from the beginning. A long time anyway… 🙂

  63. And I, probably one of MANY, appreciate every blog entry for each of those 14 years! Thank you, Wendy and Loki!

  64. Happy to see a book full of ideas for worsted weight yarn! Thanks for the chance.

  65. I love cowls too! Thanks for doing so many giveaways over the years! Happy Anniversary!
    Thank you
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  66. Wow! 14 years of awesome blogs, thank you and congratulations!

  67. CL Camilleri says:

    Pick me the color possibly are endless knitting will never be complete

  68. Roseann E says:

    So many great looking cowls that it’d be hard to choose a favorite (or even a favorite dozen)! Thank you for another opportunity to win a wonderful book!

  69. It’s fun to find cool stuff in the pile isn’t it? Congrats on your blogaversary! I would love to win the book. Thanks!
    gussek on Ravelry

  70. Loki, what a show stealer!

  71. What a fabulous post!! Congratulations on your Blogaversary. 14 years is amazing. You have turned me into a cowl lover and the pics of Loki are always heartwarming.

  72. Paula Nicoll says:

    Congratulations on 14 years of blogging! Love the cowl pictures you posted. Would love the book so i can see the rest!

  73. Your desk wins….for now 😉 This book looks like a keeper!

  74. Wow, what a great book! I’d love to call that my own…

  75. I love cowls…so much easier than fussing to keep scarves tied. Congrats on the blogiversary!
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  76. GeniaKnitz says:

    Happy Blogaversary, and please don’t stop! It’s a favorite of mine.
    The pictures of Loki don’t hurt, either!

  77. Oh, I love Pixelation! I will have to look for this book; cowls make great gifts for the very few people in my life who deserve hand knits. =)

    Happy blogiversary!

  78. Great book–I love Pixelation, too.

  79. Would love to have the book. Congratulations on 14 years. That is awesome.

  80. I’ve had my eye on this book and would love it. Thanks for sharing!

  81. I can’t believe that it’s 14 years either. Time passes too quickly or not fast enough. I still use your first sock book for the toe up method of socks-when I make them.

  82. Love your blog. Would love book to share with my group.

  83. Ginger Klein says:

    Wow. 60. In worsted. It boggles!!

  84. Thanks for the chance to win – congratulations on 14 years blogging!

  85. Mary Tole says:

    If I should be lucky enough to win I will have to find more friends in cold climates to take advantage of the worsted weight yarn. An even better idea will be to find a charity for the homeless that can make use of warm cowls.

  86. I love the 60 quick knits series! And I love cowls. This book is great. Congrats on your blogaversary. 🙂

  87. Happy Blog 14th Anniversary. Wow….
    This book is full of great cowl pattern, I want to knit a lot of them.

  88. Looks like a very nice book to have.

  89. What a great book! I would love to win.

  90. You can never have (or knit) too many cowls. I would love to win this book. Congratulations on 14 years – that’s quite a commitment. I’m sorry to say I’ve only been reading it for 3 years.

  91. Tracy Beck says:

    I would absolutely love to win this book. I just discovered cowls a year ago, and have made a couple with a MKAL starting next week. I just love them. Not too hot, not too cold. Fun to wear.

  92. Robin F. says:

    Oh my- 60 cowls- My favorite thing to knot for gifts. I will spend time browsing the patterns on Ravelry. Hope I win the book

  93. Sandra Jones says:

    I too love cowls. In fact, one is rarely off my needles. The cowls in this book are beautiful and I would love a chance to win.

  94. Happy blogaversity! I love your cowl deaigns but more designs are always welcome. They are so practical and make such great gifts. I’d love to win the book.

  95. Happy early blogversary, Wendy!

    Thanks for the opportunity to win this fabulous book.

  96. Lestersmama says:

    Congrats on 14 years of excellent blogging! l read very few blogs these day. Jean’s Knitting, Mason Dixon, the Harlot, Kate Davies, and you.

  97. knittingdancer on Raverly says:

    I have been on a cowl knitting kick lately. I would love to win this book.

  98. Congratulations on 14 years! That is quite an accomplishment. And Loki is adorable as always 🙂

  99. Denise Nash says:

    Amazing how a cowl or scarf can warm you up on a cold day. And cowls are not endless in their creatiion — they are DO-able for a slow knitter like me. Would love to win this book.

  100. Loki is always adorable! And I love cowls. Even if I knit fast enough to knit one cowl per week, this book would last over a year! What a bargain!