My current work in progress:

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


New Heights in Lace Knitting

I have another lovely book to review:


This is New Heights in Lace Knitting by Andrea Jurgrau, new from Interweave. It contains lots of good advice for lace knitters, along with 17 gorgeous patterns.

The first chapter of the book is “Materials” — all about yarn and other stuff you need for lace knitting: yarns (of course), beads for embellishment, needles, and blocking wires. Next is a chapter on “Techniques” which contains step-by-step instructions for all the techniques you need to know to be able to knit the projects in the book. The next chapter is “Swatching” and contains, of course, everything you need to know about swatching lace and why you want to do this.

Then come the patterns.They are mostly shawls and scarves, along with a couple of hats, fingerless mitts, and socks. They all have a climbing/hiking theme. (New Heights — get it?)  My favorites:


Goddess of Infinite Giving is a round shawl knit from 1400 yards of laceweight. The description in Ravelry:

Mount Everest (known as qomolangma to Tibetans), at 29,029 feet (8,848 m) above sea level, is the highest mountain on the earth. Its massif includes several peaks above 24,000 feet (7,500 m). sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay made the first official ascent of Mount everest in 1953. It has been climbed many times since then. Miyolangsangma, the Tibetan Buddhist goddess, lives at the top of qomolangma. Known as the goddess of infinite giving, she rides a golden tiger and hands out jewels (wishes) to those who deserve them. Many climbers ask for her gifts before beginning their ascent. this piece is a full circle, a mandala if you will, which represents wholeness.



Diamond Dust is a hexagonal wrap knit from 860 yards of laceweight. The Ravelry description:

Diamond dust is a ground-level “cloud” composed of crystals of ice. Also called ice crystals, diamond dust generally forms under clear skies. It is most commonly seen in Antarctica, and this type of precipitation may continue for several days without interruption. A massif is a section of the earth’s crust that is marked by faults. When the crust moves, a massif retains its internal structure while being moved as a whole. the term is used to refer to a group of mountains formed in this way. Mount Vinson is the highest peak in Antarctica, at 16,050 feet (4,892 m). the massif is about 750 miles (1,200 km) from the south Pole and is about 13 miles (21 km) long and 8.1 miles (13 km) wide. It was named after Carl Vinson, a u.s. congressman from Georgia. the Vinson Massif was first seen in 1958 and first climbed in 1966. As of February 2010, 1,400 climbers have attempted to reach the top of Mount Vinson. this piece combines classic hex-mesh and leaves, along with stylized ice floats and sea creatures. It is a full circle/hexagon with an opening that wraps around the wearer like a cloak.

And this:


Oceana Shawl or Throw, a square knit from 900 yards of laceweight. and the Ravelry write-up:

At 16,024 feet (4,884 m), the Carstensz Pyramid is the tallest mountain in Indonesia and on the Australian “continent” of Oceania. the first documented summit success was in 1962 by an Austrian expedition. Although known as the Carstensz Pyramid, possibly as long ago as 1623 when it was first spotted on an unusually clear day, the name was changed to Puncák jaya in the latter half of the 1900s. Puncák means “peak” and jaya means “glorious.” Carstensz Pyramid is still the name used among mountain climbers.

This piece is worked in the round. Feel free to use a fingering weight yarn and work at a larger gauge for a larger throw or blanket. Just remember to have more yardage on hand!

You can view all the designs on Ravelry here.

It is a gorgeous collection!

Who’d like my review copy?

To be entered in a drawing to receive my copy of New Heights in Lace Knitting by Andrea Jurgrau, leave a comment on this blog post by Sunday (June 5) at 11:00am Eastern Time.

It’s June — how did it get to be June already? But since it is June, that means it is time for Campy Loopy! Here’s my yarn:


All will be revealed in the fullness of time.

It’s a good thing I finished this the other day:


When Loki isn’t busy inspecting my work, he loves relaxing on his own little sofa!



  1. Those look lovely! Please throw my name in the hat for the book. I also like how your afghan is coming along. I’ve got to go & download the rest of the squares for when I get around to making it in 20 years!

  2. Shirley Gallagher says:

    WOW, your blanket is gorgeous. And Loki adds to the charm, of course.

  3. PamelaRic says:

    I really love how the blanket turned out. I think the edging makes the piece. Beautiful. And I bet Loki has added the requisite amount of “specialty” fibers. Thank you for the opportunity to win your review copy New Heights in Lace Knitting.

  4. I love lace & hiking – I think this book was made for me – the projects look lovely.

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  5. Jessica says:

    Those are beautiful patterns! Thanks for the chance to win!

  6. I got a notice from Interweave about this new book and immediately put it on my Amazon wishlist. I’m so excited that you’re giving away your copy! You are so generous!

    Your afghan looks wonderful. I need to finish mine as well.
    Jamie´s last blog post ..I’ve Been Pinned!

  7. I would love the book!

    Your blanket looks lovely with all those purples!

  8. Mary Beth says:

    I love your blanket! Someday, I will knit a blanket … someday …

    In the meantime, I do love lace!

  9. I always love knitting lace and would love to add this book to my library.

  10. Kitty Ortman says:

    I love learning more about lace, so please add me to the list for the wonderful new book. Thanks.

  11. Mary Tole says:

    Hi Wendy, I enjoy lace knitting and have some lovely yarn that would go with some of these patterns. Thanks for the drawing. Loki, with all his fluff looks very regal on his couch.

  12. What a clever idea for a book. I love lace exquisite.

  13. Oh my what a lovely book. I haven`t knit lace in so many years. I use to do it a lot but then I found socks. I have a question, where did you find the kitty sofa

  14. Shirley Ryan says:

    I love lace and knitting it….this looks like an interesting book to have!

  15. Jeanette Belle says:

    Lovely lace!

  16. The designs are lovely and the descriptions sound really interesting.

  17. I agree, the afghan is beautiful. I love to watch for your projects, they’re so amazing!

    Please, oh please…enter me for the book! I’m looking for a special shawl pattern for my cousin, she just got her 6 month cancer check-up….and she doesn’t go back for 1 year!!
    This calls for a family celebration and I want to surprise her with something as beautiful as she is!!
    Thank you for your wonderful posts.

  18. Beth Downing says:

    Oh, my! That looks like a gorgeous book. One can never have too many resources for lace.

  19. Lace is wonderful to knit especially once blocked to perfection!

  20. Please enter me for the book. Purrs to Loki! 🙂 >^..^<

  21. Birgit Rosenberg says:

    Hiking and knitting, my favorite things!

  22. I love your blanket. Alas, I will never have the fortitude to stick to so large a project. Instead, I’d join Loki. What a cute sofa! My cats are jealous.

  23. Oooh! I love lace! Lovely to have a story with each one!
    Please enter me in the drawing for this one.

  24. oh that book looks very interesting. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  25. Jeanie Babbage says:

    I love knitting lace and the patterns here are wonderful! This is a ‘must have’ book for me!

  26. I love the Diamond Dust shawl. I’d love to make that.

  27. I would love to have this book! I started knitting lace shawls and other lace pieces a few years ago, and the lace has become my favorite pieces to knit. I used mostly fingering weight yarns, but have tried lace weight a couple times, and am getting to like it. I love your blanket! I turned out beautifully. And I akways love seeing what Loki is up too! Thanks so much, Wendy!

  28. Oh, what trouble this book would keep me out of! I am not a fast knitter, and I can imagine being tied up for months watching one of these beautiful lace items flow from my needles.

  29. Hooray for Camp Loopy! I cast on my lace project today. It will be fun to see your project for June. This looks like a beautiful book. Thank you for the opportunity to receive it!

  30. The lace projects are beautiful. Would love to try my hand(s) and sticks on any of them.

  31. Lovely patterns. Would love the book.

  32. Peggy Dyer says:

    Beautiful book! And your afghan looks wonderful!

  33. I love knitting lace and this book looks very intriguing

  34. Looks gorgeous – would love to have that in my library!

  35. My stash has the lace weight yarn–just need the book. Loki’s couch looks comfortable.

  36. Annette Dufek says:

    I would love the book. The patterns look beautiful!

  37. I would love to have this book. Thank you for offering up your copy. I am not sure I would be that generous.

  38. Carol77584 says:

    Beautiful designs In New Heights in Lace Knitting. I think Oceana and Diamond Dust are outstanding. Would love to have a copy.

  39. Nice designs in the book, but I really lovr that blanket!

  40. Love the inspector and love the edging.

  41. catspaw says:

    Wow, those are some seriously beautiful shawls, especially Mt. Everest. Your green and brown combo is going to look fabulous. Oh, and I love Loki’s little sofa.

  42. Cindy Lynne says:

    What a beautiful book, lace is my favorite!

  43. These are lovely, I love all of them!

  44. Linda G Howell says:

    I cannot resist lace knitting – love shawls!

    Plase give Loki a kiss & enter me in the drawing.

    Thank you!

  45. Gretchen Berry says:

    What a cool book and beautiful knits!

  46. Catherine S. says:

    This looks lovely, Wendy. My name ==> hat, please.

  47. Christel says:

    What a beautiful book! Perfect patterns for Wollmeise lace!

  48. The lavender shawl pic is so so pretty. And the descriptions are so lyrical. 🙂

  49. I would love to be considered for this book. Lace is on my “To Learn Better” list this year.

  50. I haven’t seen shawls that gorgeous in quite some time, love the Goddess one especially!

  51. That book looks great! Thanks for sharing a review

  52. Looks like a lovely book. Thanks for the giveaway!

  53. Anxious to see what you will knit with the Wollmeise! Loki looks so cute on the sofa – love it!

  54. This book is going on my hit list for sure! Thanks for the giveaway!

    Alikat2004 on Ravelry

  55. ooooOOOOOooooh!! Love the beautiful lace 🙂 Planning what project I can start first, should I be the lucky winner!

  56. I am always enchanted by shawls and lace. It would be wonderful to have this book.

  57. Donna Livingston says:

    I would LOVE to have this book! Thank you for the opportunity. P.S. Kisses to Loki!

  58. Jean Palionis says:

    I have some lace thread that I have been waiting to find something beautiful to make. It looks like this book just might fill that bill…especially with all the helps it contains. Count me in thank you!

  59. Hannah Tatem says:

    Love lace! Fantastic blanket. And queue continues to grow.

  60. Chris Reeske says:

    Love the lace book, makes me want to travel to the places mentioned. Blanket is lovely.

  61. Oh so pretty! I love lace and I love books. Goddess of Infinite Giving is my kind of knit.

    Beautiful job on the afghan.

  62. Linda R says:

    Oh my! The Goddess of Infinite Giving shawl is stunning. Love lace of all kinds. Thanks for the giveaway.

  63. Diane Griffith says:

    That looks like a fantastic book! Scarves, hats, shawls. Everything is gorgeous.
    PS: Your cat is far too cute and I love that he loves his couch

  64. Jennifer Ley says:

    Love the blanket and as always Loki is a sweetie. Would love the book as am just getting into knitting lace.

  65. Michele Ross says:

    Yes, please, I would LOVE your review copy!! I want to make each of my daughters a wedding shawl and I’m sure I could find one in this book!

  66. Anne Marie Becka says:

    Lovely designs. Thanks!

  67. RobinF. says:

    I was just browsing that book last nite. I would love to have the book to help me use up all my stash lace yarn. Your MS blanket is beautiful and looks so cozy. Lucky Loki, a couch that doesn’t have to be shared. I started my Camp Loopy project yesterday. June is a short month so I will work hard to finish on time. Thanks for your generosity.

  68. I’m not interested in the book. I just want to say that your blanket is beautiful!!

  69. Adele Lott says:

    Would SERIOUSLY. Love to have that book. I’m a big aficionado of all your work Wendy. Please choose me!!

  70. They are all so lovely, I love Diamond Dust wrap.
    Loki’s is adorable on his couch.

  71. knittingdancer on Raverly says:

    I love knitting lace. Your afghan is beautiful.

  72. Those shawls look like some amazing projects. Congrats on finishing your Afghan. I love a cozy blanket. Hope your kitty isn’t too hot with the summer heat. He is very cute on his couch.

  73. Shannon N. says:

    Thanks for such an awesome giveaway. I really enjoy lace knitting during the summer months. I absolutely adore the Alpine Garden Cowl. I have accumulated quite a lace weight stash and these patterns would look gorgeous in them. Happy knitting!

  74. Love the lace and love the history lessons. Thank you for the giveway. The afghan looks amazing. Also love Loki’s sofa.

  75. Kristin says:

    Love your blog!

  76. Rebecca says:

    Loki looks adorable in his couch!

  77. Kathryn Dahn says:

    New to your blog, am loving it! I have 3 drawers of lace weight that I have been collecting for years. Really like the Oceana shawl. Thanks for the chance to win.

  78. Ettenna says:

    This book has some lovely designs. I would love to win a copy.

  79. Vasiliki says:

    Lace is something I don’t have enough of in my projects and I would like to change that because I love lace. This would be an excellent book to get back on the lace train. Plus, my birthday is this month, so this would be an excellent present!

  80. Add me in for the book. Also, I just have to say – cats get all the best furniture!

  81. Cool book. I’d love to win it.

    Thank you for offering it, Wendy!

  82. Dorothy Bunch says:

    I would love that book but i also love your afgan. It is beautiful! Isn’t funny how our pets love their own furniture! So cute and well Loki is so delightful!

  83. Seeing as lace is my favorite thing (after dog and DH, of course) I’d appreciate being in the drawing for the book.

    I have to say, not many women can boast of such a decorative couch potato…

  84. Lynette says:

    All that quality control is exhausting for Loki! But it must work, because your projects are always beautiful! The lace book looks lovely,

  85. Lace is perfect summer knitting.

  86. Love the look of these lace projects

  87. Celeste says:

    Another wonderful give-a-way…weeee!

  88. This book was already on my wishlist! Looks fabulous.

  89. Heather Koncz says:

    Love lace, love your afghan, love Loki – would love the book, LOL.
    Thanks for the chance.

  90. The patterns in this book are lovely. I would love to have the book!

  91. Lace, lace, and more lace — what’s not to love? I’ve got her previous book, and would really like to have this one too.

  92. MaryAnn says:

    I love the look of this book, enough to make my first comment ever. Pick me, please!

  93. That looks like a wonderful book. Thank you so much for sharing!

  94. These designs are really beautiful. Count me in.

  95. Linda N says:

    All beautiful patterns. I’d love to win this book. Thank you.

  96. I would love the book. It looks beautiful!

  97. Love lace! But drat! I went to DGS’s graduation, had to take my knitting out of the bag I it could be considered a weapon!) and DGD put it in the car she came in. Graduation was great!, Dinner was lovely, BUT left without my knitting and they are all going on vacation for a week starting tomorrow! Need something to sooth my disappointment – lol.

  98. I love lace. Thanks for offering your review copy. And Loki is adorable.

  99. I love these beautiful patterns…

  100. Elizabeth says:

    Just wondering of there was any chance of a summer 2016 mystery KAL?