My current work in progress:

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


Wee Garter Stitch

Here is another cute book!


This is Wee Garter Stitch: Must-Have Knits for Modern Babies & Toddlers by Vickie Howell, a collection of 28 patterns for babies and toddlers that all feature garter stitch and that are all adorable!

The name Vickie Howell is probably familiar to you. Her bio:

Vickie Howell is a knit, crochet, and craft designer/evangelist with a penchant for DIY culture and social media marketing. Vickie is most well known as the former host and creative consultant of DIY Network & HGTV’s Knitty Gritty, her bestselling craft books, and her accessible, inclusive approach to nurturing the creative community via print, video, and social media. She’s the International Spokesperson & Creativity Guide for the largest North American yarn company, Yarnspirations, Yarn Arts Ambassador for Clover Needlearts, Inc, and she knits with viewers nationwide as the host and co-executive producer of PBS’ Knitting Daily TV with Vickie Howell. She lives in Austin, TX.

This new book is due out in May, and the projects are already shown on Ravelry, here. There’s a little bit of everything: sweaters, footwear, hats, blankets, a dress and a pair of pants, among other things. Some of my favorites:


Best Dress(ed) is a sweet sportweight colorwork dress. It’s worked from the top down in one piece.


Paper Chain Garland: how clever is this? And easy too! A beginner knitter could use this to practice technique using odds and ends and end up with a cute nursery decoration.


Snow Leopard Sweetie Bonnet: it doesn’t get much cuter than this! It’s knit in worsted weight yarn and the leopard spots are embroidered on afterwards.


Horseplay Zebra Mat: this is so clever! A “zebra-skin” rug knit from bulky weight chenille incorporates short rows to make the stripes more realistic.

Each project is cuter than the next. 🙂

The book also includes a very nice how-to section with large clear photos of techniques.

And with my review copy, they enclosed a set of Clover bamboo size 5 knitting needles, a size used for many of the projects in the book.


Since I don’t have any little ones to knit for, I’ll offer my copy and the needles to one of you. Who’d like this adorable book?

To be entered in the drawing for  Wee Garter Stitch: Must-Have Knits for Modern Babies & Toddlers by Vickie Howell, leave a comment on this blog post by Sunday, May 1, at which time a comment will be chosen at random.

Martin Storey Afghan KAL

I  did finish my squares for the 6th square pattern before the 7th square pattern was released, so I am still caught up.


For the 7th square, I’m not using the pattern provided. I decided to do something different. All will be revealed in the fullness of time!


Here is Loki right after he completed a full-on Thunder Kitty run!


And in one of his favorite places:





  1. Loki is looking his usual adorable self! Congratulations on getting caught up!
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  2. Mine isn’t so ‘wee’, but I think she’d love the zebra rug upsized for bedside, and the garland – though I think I could figure out the garland myself.

  3. It looks like a lovely and useful book.

  4. I’m always on the lookout for new adorable baby patterns!

  5. Shirley Gallagher says:

    I love the happy kitty in your arms. He’s so fluffy and white, just want to bury my face in his belly.

  6. would love to win, as I just found out the first baby in my extended family is on the way and due in September! that little dress is so sweet!

  7. I would love to win this for my niece expecting her first baby in August!

  8. There seems to be a bunch of girl here or coming soon.

  9. Carrie Clinton says:

    The knitted chain would also be nice in a classroom!

  10. Susan Dobrowney says:

    Some lovely patterns

  11. What sweet patterns. And Loki looks like someone let the air out of him!

  12. Stella Matthes says:

    This book looks like it would be great for all the little things I need to knit this summer for my first grandchild, expected in October. My DD must own a million cowls because she knows her way around Ravelry and me when it comes to projects, so expectations will be high! Loki looks adorable as always.


  13. Awesome…I have some little ones to knit for!

  14. I love Vickie Howell! Another talented knitter who shares her skills, ideas and love of knitting. That very handsome Loki – he must bring such an aura of peace and serenity! aaahh!

  15. Peggy connolly says:

    What a clever book. Can’t wait to read it.

  16. Kris Hart says:

    This is just in time for me to knit for my first grandchild!

  17. I have to baby girl’s coming in June. This would be great for my knitting. Thank you Gale I’m glongley on ravelry

  18. Sophy0075 says:

    Loki is a Pluff Ball!

    I’m praying for my friend Anissa to make it through her first trimester. Then I can start praying for Trimester #2. I’m so superstitious, I’m afraid to think about what I might knit for her baby to be.

  19. I have lots of babies to knit for this year. I’d love some new patterns!

  20. Susan James says:

    this book would be great! I have baby knitting to do for a baby due in October!!

  21. So many of those look really neat. My 15 months old grand baby would love them.

  22. I have 2 (so far) little granddaughters to knit for and would love a copy of this book! Tell Loki that Oliver full on supports Thunder Kitty runs. He hit the large cat tower so hard at the peak of his run that I was watching it rock and thinking it was going over for sure. It’s a substantial piece that I have to really put a shoulder into it to move it.

  23. Donna Cook says:

    I would love to win this book and make cute things for little ones.

  24. I love knitting for babies. This book has adorable patterns and I would love to win it. Thanks for the chance to win this book!

  25. That Loki just makes me smile and smile and smile. xoxo

  26. I love Vickie Howell and this looks like such a fun book! Thanks for the chance to win!

  27. Roseann E says:

    There are so many fun and darling patterns in the book. I’m starting to knit now for my someday (fingers crossed) Grandbabies! Thank you for the offering the book up to one of us!

  28. Lauren Kowalczewski says:

    HI Wendy,
    My cousins have grandbabies all over the place! Unfortunately, I don’t…but I love knitting for them. The book would be perfect….I don’t have but maybe one or two little people pattern books.
    As usual, Loki is a pro at posing.

  29. Love the book. Would love to win! Rav ID: Ettenna

  30. New babies popping up here. Good luck everyone!

  31. Awwwww how cute. I’m making baby clothes for my 3 daughters incase I’m not here when they have their babies.

  32. I have many little ones to knit for and would really like this book.

  33. Theresa Nance says:

    Oh how sweet! I’m in my third time around with making baby things (children, grands, and now great-grands) so this would be the perfect addition to my reference library. If I don’t win, I’ll definitely have to buy this one.

  34. We have a three year old granddaughter and just found out another on the way! I could sure use that book! Thank you

  35. Lovely patterns. My 2 grand kids would enjoy!

  36. Love garter stitch and my next-door neighbour has recently had a baby. Thanks for offering this as a prize!

  37. Awesome and cute designs. I will try to make for my nephew. Nice share. Thanks…

  38. See see, love the zebra rug would make a great lap rug , for those of us going thru the 6 th childhood…

  39. knittingdancer on Raverly says:

    I love the little pink dress. Can’t wait to see your afghan when it is finished. I know it will be beautiful just like all of your projects.

  40. Very cute designs. Vickie Howell is one of my favorites.

  41. The paper chain banner is very clever and has lots of crafting potential.

  42. I’m in love with sock knitting, right now, but there will be babies arriving in the future… many weddings brings many babies! Ta Da! I get a chance to knit baby things!

  43. grace yaskovic says:

    adorable book would love to win it!!! Thanks for always doing this!

  44. Barbara H says:

    There is a new one on the way in our family—would love to knit the zebra playmate!

  45. I don’t have toddlers of my own anymore–my kids are 8 and 4–but friends are still having babies, so I still have little people to knit for. I’d love to win this book.

  46. You’re right. Cute things in that book. and I would like to make every one of them for my adorable year-old granddaughter. Put my name in the pot!

  47. Katie Kanakos says:

    I’d love this adorable book!

  48. I would love this book. I have 3 grandkids who I knit for all the time. I am always looking for more cute patterns to make for them. Thanks for the giveaway!

  49. Heather Koncz says:

    Spring babies are starting to hatch, LOL. I would love this book.

  50. I have yarn waiting for a project from the book! Thank you for sharing your projects, and Loki. My Vinny and Callie are both shy, not quite as “drape” as Loki.

  51. Alexis Davis says:

    Sooo cute! I want to make that blanket/rug for my son!

  52. Jane Kettlewell says:

    I knit for my grandchildren all the time including identical twin boys. I would love this book.

  53. Cheryl S. says:

    Would love to have this book. There are always little ones to knit for!

  54. Rocksolana says:

    We welcomed our first grandchild in November and I’m constantly on the lookout for new things to knit for her. This book looks like it would keep me busy for quite a while.

  55. The zebra rug is too cute!

  56. With a bunch of grandchildren in the picture I know this book and I would be very happy together.

  57. Debbie M says:

    My mother-in-law would love this book! She’s the knitter for all my grandchildren. Thanks, Wendy!

  58. That book has some adorable patterns I could use for my grandbabies!

  59. The patterns look so sweet. I’ve never had any children but my niece is expecting the first baby in our family since she was born 25 years ago. She is due in September and I will become a Great Aunt for the very first time. It’s a girl! I love the feel of Clover bamboo needles. Can’t wait to start a new project.

  60. Stephanie S says:

    I LOVE the Zebra play mat! What an adorable blankey 🙂

  61. Squeeze! I love these projects, especially Best Dress(Ed)!

  62. Anita T. says:

    I would love to win this book. Thanks for the opportunity.

  63. I have some new grandchildren to knit for and could use this book.

  64. I would love to win. Thank you.

  65. Such a fun book!

  66. A two year old granddaughter and her one month old sister – need I say more?? Thanks for the chance.

  67. My granddaughter Zoe would look so cute in that adorable little pink dress! Thank you for the opportunity to win this book and needles!

  68. That book looks like loads of fun! I was drawn to the zebra, but it all is so cute!

  69. Katelyn M says:

    Thanks for the review of the book. Looks like a lot of cute projects. I have a toddler and a little one on the way. It seems like a perfect book. Thanks for the chance to win!!!

  70. Looks like a cute book with lots of knits perfect for making my twin grand daughters look their best. Keeping my fingers crossed.

  71. Susan Ipavec says:

    What adorable patterns! I have a niece who is scheduled to make her debut in late August and I would love to win this book!

  72. What cute patterns! Thank you for another beautiful offering 🙂