My current work in progress:

Summit by Sloane Rosenthal, knit from Rowan SoftYak DK in shade 254 Canopy.


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. I went. I looked. And heavens I cannot make up my mind! I guess I can forego, at least for now, the cowls that come up like turtlenecks. I love the look, but my age and temperature don’t agree….sigh…..
    Cindy in Happy Valley´s last blog post ..Time to catch up.

  2. Wow! 14 years …. congratulations! I’ve had many of the cowls in this book in my favorites for a while — I’d love to own a copy. And Loki is always adorable. He looks like the cuddliest cat ever.

  3. Wow! I already wish-listed this one on Amazon, but maybe I’ll be surprised by being chosen in the drawing. Thanks for the opportunity. And thank you for your blogging faithfulness. Yours is the only blog I follow. Give Loki an extra snuggle for me. I adopted a rescue kitty in December when my senior citizen cat died. New kitty, Ivy, is still skittish. Likes to be petted, but refuses to be held. Hopefully soon…

  4. Please enter me in this giveaway. This would give 60 possibilities for stashbusting. That’s always a good thing.
    I love the Loki photos. He’s soooo lovely.

  5. Congratulations on your blogaversary!!! I love the ‘Quick’ books from Sixth and Spring, but I have never seen this one. It looks wonderful!

  6. Happy Blogiversary! (Same day as my birthday – but I’m a bit older than 14…!)

    There are some good-Loki g cowls in this book!
    Robin V´s last blog post ..“Come to Redeem Us, Come to Deliver – Here is Hope!”

  7. Knit my first cowl few years ago. Never stop loving it.

  8. Dawn in NL says:

    Lovely patterns.
    Happy blogiversary and many more!

  9. Aw Loki. Nice book and I’m looking forward to your new cowl pattern.

  10. Nice book! I knit a lot of cowls as gifts. I like them too!!

  11. Coals look cowls

  12. sagerain says:

    Cowls are so neat, quick to knot and go with anything. Thanks for the chance to win the book!

  13. sagerain says:

    Cowls are so neat, quick to knit and go with anything. Thanks for the chance to win the book!

  14. Congratulations on your blogging anniversary! The book is awesome and you have inspired me to clean off my desk and see if I find any buried treasure.

  15. The book looks great and I’d love to win a copy of it. Thanks for always inspiring!

  16. I´d love this. just been browsing cols and shawls for some portable summer projects! These are so pretty.

  17. Yes, yes he is. 🙂 And Happy Blogiversary! I figure I have been reading your blog for 11 of those years and still enjoy it very much!

  18. You’re so kind to share with us.

  19. Kim Carter says:

    I love knitting chunky cowls. They make great gifts. In fact Christmas 2015 was a “cowl” gift giving holiday. I made 12 to give to family and close friends. Always on the lookout for interesting cowl patterns.

  20. Julia in kw says:

    Love cowls…despite the fact that my current weather means I am still wearing the warm ones!

  21. patricia says:

    Love the pixelated cowl!
    Happy Blogiversary! Traditional gift is ivory, modern is gold jewery. I’ve really enjoyed your
    blog all these years. Thank you!

  22. That book could keep someone occupied for a long time.

  23. Cowls are so fun to knit, my daughter is always asking for so new ones. Be hit around here.

  24. Susan Lapierre-Jones says:

    This books looks great! I’ll try again and hope I get picked!

  25. Looks like great patterns even if you use it for something other than cowls.

  26. Great blog – here’s to another 14 + years!

  27. Congratulations on 14 years. Its always a pleasure to read what your up to. Please enter me in the book giveaway.

  28. Debbie Lumpkins says:

    I have knit two of your cowls so far. The leftover sock yarn cowl was my first stranded project and I just loved it. This book would be a lovely addition to my knitting library.

  29. Debbie M says:

    I’ve been into cowls lately, knit a few of them recently. Thanks, Wendy!

  30. LaVelle Nott says:

    Loki is always adorable and he would make a warm and furry, living cowl around anyones neck. He just looks so cuddly.

    As for that book, I love Cascade Eco Duo yarn and cowls made from then would be awesome.

  31. Those cowls look beautiful!

  32. Shirley Gallagher says:

    I love your blog Wendy. I remember when Izzy was on the masthead. Hard to believe you’ve
    been doing this 14 years!

  33. Michèle Juif Arenillas says:

    60 !
    Quick !
    Cowls !

    That’s all I LOVE

    Please choose me

  34. Yep, cowls are one of my favorite things to knit. This book would hardly ever reside on the bookshelf in the craft room, ‘coz I’d have it out in the living room picking out the next project! That pic of Loki makes me think of Jon Lovitz on SNL, throwing out one arm & crying, “Acting!”. Just so you know, the nonstop cute sometimes IS acting. I’m not sure any other critters do that as well as cats.
    CeltChick´s last blog post ..I missed you too!

  35. I’m in a cowl period myself, because of all the 4 ounce skeins of handspun lying about my house… I like the small ones, not the big ones you wrap multiple times, but with 60 in one book I’m sure there are quite a few I’d knit…and I have some Cloud in deep stash.
    Caroline´s last blog post ..Random rant about knitting patterns

  36. Wow, 14 years of blogging! Thanks for all the fun and joy you’ve brought to the rest of us. And please keep putting Loki on your blog – he is too adorable.

  37. Leslie Fischgrund says:

    Ladies and Gents, I highly recommend this book if you knit a lot of cowls…or want to. It is on my list of future acquisitions.

    Congratulations, Wendy, on your 14th anniversary. What changes there have been over that time.

    And Loki is always adorable!

  38. Wow, I didn’t know that this was out. It looks wonderful!

  39. Frosted Flowers looks sweet for spring!

  40. I just finished two cowls — my first ever! One was kind of lacy and one was Fair Isle. I would love to make more!

  41. Looks like a great book and I love wearing cowls.

  42. I have been eyeing this book for a while now! I love knitting cowls, I made many for the holidays last year.

  43. 14 years! Wow!

  44. Ettenna says:

    Crossing my fingers–Pick me! Looks like great gift -knitting! Rav ID-Ettenna

  45. Michele says:

    Thank you for sharing 14 years of knitting -and your darling kitties- with us! You are a knitting goddess!

  46. I love knitting cowls. I had dozens, until my daughter left for college when they seem to have mysteriously disappeared. I know I’ll be knitting more. the book would be a lovely inspiration. Thanks for the chance.

  47. JillSusan says:

    Happy 14th! Would love the book too.

  48. Love that pixelated cowl!

  49. Robin D says:

    Would love to win. Thanks for the chance

  50. Kathyann says:

    I love cowls and would enjoy this book. Happy blogiversary.

  51. Happy anniversary! I looked up the 14th, & it’s ivory — such a no-no. I hope you receive a lovelt tagua shawl pin, or maybe ivory-colored fiber. & much happiness in the upcoming years!

  52. Mary Beth says:

    Awww, it’s your anniversary and we get a present! I’m as addicted to cowl knitting as you are. Tell that Loki that he’s a first class cutie.

  53. I like knitting cowls. I am just finishing a Stitchnerd design, Brain Frieze, great fun.

  54. That Pixellation one looks great!

  55. I am so often drawn to the idea of knitting another cowl … thanks for the chance to win this book.

  56. Abby Call says:

    I love cowls. Happy anniversary on your blog.

  57. VirginiaK says:

    Thank you for 14 years of great inspiration!

  58. Christel says:

    Happy Anniversary! I always enjoy getting my email with your post! And cowls have become one of my favorite knits. They are quick and useful!

  59. Jackie Bartlett says:

    Congratulations on 14 years of blog writing. Wow is right!

  60. Hello..knitting Sanquhar love love it,
    Just realizing NOW that cowls to knit and wear are the best ever!
    Thank you Wendy!

  61. Erin M. says:

    Happy Blogiversary!

  62. HiWendy, I follow you on Instagram and just popped back to your blog do a quick peek. Glad to see you here too and Mr. Cutie pie

  63. I love cowl patterns. I’d love to win this book.

  64. I love cowls and knit 6 this year. Would put the book to good use.

  65. Happy blogversary! I remember reading your blog back when I was still a casual, dilettante knitter (as opposed to the yarn monster I’ve been for most of the last decade).

    That books looks right up my alley. Thanks for sharing!

  66. Lynne S. says:

    Happy Blogiversary, Wendy! (Belatedly, sorry!) 14 years is a long time. I’m so glad you’re still blogging.

  67. I love making cowls…if I could just remember to wear them! I need to store them where I see them more frequently. Would love that book…

  68. Jessica Clark says:

    I adore Cowls – the ones you posted look lovely.

  69. Lynne Wolters says:

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful book. I would love to be included in this giveaway.

  70. Had my eye on this book for a while. Love knitting cowls – no purls (generally)!