My current work in progress:

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


Weekend Wraps

This showed up in my mailbox last week:


A review copy of Weekend Wraps: 18 Quick Knit Cowls, Scarves & Shawls by Cecily Glowik MacDonald and Melissa LaBarre. Published by Interweave, its publication date is Tuesday August 2, but it is already available at at the link above.

As the title says, there are 18 patterns in the book — for cowls, scarves, and shawls. And they are all knit from worsted or heavier yarns. You can see all the patterns on Ravelry, here.

My faves:


This is the Bias Cable and Lace Stole by Leila Raabe. The sample is knit from Brooklyn Tweed Quarry, a bulky weight wool. This would work up nice and fast!


This is the Gansey Shawl by Kate Gagnon Osborn, knit from The Fibre Co.’s Cumbria worsted weight yarn. I love all things gansey, and this shawl has a lovely textured all-over pattern.


And this is the Wantastiquet Cowl by Rachel Stecker. It is knit from Frabjous Fibers March Hare yarn, a worsted weight merino wool. I love the strong main cable and the cabled edges.

As I said, there’s a total of eighteen patterns — something for everyone. You can whip out something for yourself, or start knitting up some pretty spectacular holiday gifts!

Who’d like my review copy?

To be entered in a drawing for my copy of Weekend Wraps: 18 Quick Knit Cowls, Scarves & Shawls by Cecily Glowik MacDonald and Melissa LaBarre, please leave a comment on this post by Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at 11:00am Eastern Time. I’ll choose a recipient at random then!

Meanwhile, Loki demonstrates his intellectual side as he selects a book to read.



  1. pam burke says:

    New website is great–glad to have you back after the brief hiatus. Book in the latest column looks great–I have a huge stash to pare down and would love to have this book to “help”. Loki looks beautiful as always. Thanks for all the neat photos of him, and for sharing your knitting adventures.

  2. Thanks for offering this copy to us. It looks great.

  3. Thanks for this review – as always, and also for offering to give it away. Your Pool&Conquer looks lovely!

  4. Jo-Anne says:

    Thanks for sharing the news of the new book. The first bias shawl has caught my eye! Thanks for the chance to win the book!

  5. Charlotte says:

    humm, this book actually fits my “must consider knitting more than one pattern from it” philosophy. My choices: Gansey Shawl by Kate Gagnon Osborn, Highland Hooded Scarf by Kristen TenDyke, Fireside Shawl by Leah B. Thibault & Hiker’s Shawl by Melissa LaBarre 🙂

  6. I’m smitten with the Wantastiquet cowl. Those cables are gorgeous! I’ll have to check the book out.

  7. Toss me in the hat, please, Wendy. I love that Gansey Shawl.
    Catherine S.´s last blog post ..Feeling blue?

  8. emcknits says:

    I would love a chance. Thank you

  9. VirginiaK says:

    I’m intrigued by the Turkish Lace Shawl – looks like another good knitting book. Thanks for the giveaway!

  10. I’d love the book but I’m really glad that you and Loki are back!

  11. Would love to knit up some of those items in the book

  12. Ellen Z says:

    I’m never sure if I like lacy shawls, but I do really like the wraps in the book. Maybe because they are bigger? Kind of like a cross between a shawl and a blanket? Would love to try one!

  13. Love that hooded scarf!

  14. Kathyann says:

    Looks like a great book. Happy your blog is back.

  15. Cool! Thanks for the opportunity! That cowl especially looks luscious.

  16. Looks interesting!

  17. Janelle R Serio says:

    This book looks fabulous! Love the new site, too. Thanks for the giveaway!

  18. Oh, my! Gorgeous patterns!

  19. Looks like a great book and I love the shawl you highlighted. Makes me long for cooler weather!

  20. Janelle R Serio says:

    The book looks fabulous! Love your new site, too. I am endlessly amazed by your mad knitting skills! Thanks for the giveaway!

  21. Nancy fischer says:

    What a great giveaway. All the items I love to knit!

  22. Lovely patterns, very into shawls and wraps these days!

  23. Great book!

  24. Sharon M2 says:

    I would love some fun. Quick patterns for fall!

  25. I really like the Gansey Wrap also! Thanks for the contest.

  26. Linda R. says:

    Thanks for the give away! And letting us know about the new book!

  27. I’d love to win your review copy of this book!

  28. Those are beautiful! Yes, sign me up. 🙂

    I think I can guess what Loki is reading: A Cat’s Tale! 😉

  29. Cynde Davis says:

    That gansey shawl is gorgeous. I appreciate you letting us know what’s new in the pattern world!

  30. Annette Dufek says:

    Those patterns look gorgeous. I would love a copy of the book.

  31. Sue Horlander says:

    This book has so much to offer. Great for gifts. Wendy you are such an inspiration.

  32. Looks like a book I need…what a great collection of patterns. Thanks for the chance to win!

  33. Deborah Gajee says:

    Oh my gosh. Lost for words. So lovely.

  34. Cindy Ferver says:

    I love cowels and I love cables I may have to order this book if I don’t win it.

  35. celestine says:

    Wow what a great looking book. Wraps are my favorite apparel.

  36. Could mean a great Christmas for a few people.

  37. Susan Picciano says:

    Sounds like a great one!

  38. Lynn Winders says:

    This looks like my kind of book. Thanks for the contest

  39. Monica Cortada says:

    These wrap patterns are calling me! I just finished the Tree of Life afghan by Nicky Epstein. It took me a whole year. I could use something that works up quickly and easily about now.

  40. What a great book!

  41. Wendy, thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of this book. Shawls and cowls are my favorite things to knit. Living in Michigan, we have several months of the year that we need to have beautiful and warm garments that keep necks warm! I would love this book!

  42. I just had the opportunity to review this book at my LYS- the Bias Cable and Lace Stole is my favorite, too- I would love to win this book!

  43. Elayne alexander says:

    Timeless. Knitting. Shawls. Good books to show us how. Thanks so much.

  44. Just checked out the patterns on them all…I would adore a copy of this!!

  45. Robin D says:

    I would love to have this. I would make the gansey shawl first.
    Thanks for the chance to win

  46. I’d love to have a copy of this book. There are a couple wraps I could knit to take with me on my vacation to Saugatuck, MI in October.

  47. Marilyn says:

    These patterns look wonderful, both to knit and wear. It’s a bonus to know they’ll work up quickly with worsted weight.

    No Loki here, though, to help me knit.

  48. I’ll have whatever that cat picks out.

  49. Thank you for sharing your review copy with us. Lovely to know that they’re using worsted weight. Beautful patterns. By the way, I’m a very big Loki fan. He’s adorable.

  50. Humbirdblue says:

    OMG! This is the perfect book for Gift knitting! Thanks for the chance to win!

  51. Christiane Johnson says:

    Since Christmas is coming, the book would help me in making the perfect gifts. Oh well, even if Loki does not pick my name ifs nice dreaming for a while.

  52. Nancy Pinn says:

    Thank you for another chance to win a great book of patterns!

  53. Thanks for continuing to make offers like these. Look like solid patterns!

  54. Looks like a fun book. Add me to the drawing please

  55. Love, love, love the cable coeval patter??

  56. Joyce Vaughn says:

    Looks like a wonderful book and I would use several of the patterns. Thanks for the chance to have it! Beautiful picture of Loki……

  57. Donna Cook says:

    Lots of lovely wraps. I would like to win the book.

  58. I love knitting scarves and shawls so this is the book for me!

  59. Looks like the book has a great variety of designs. I would love to explore the options!

  60. Susan James says:

    I love the Turkish Lace Shawl!!

  61. Virginia says:

    This is my kind of book. Just love all things wrap!

  62. Marcia Mahood says:

    What a lovely book. And I love all the clever comments your talented cat makes too.

  63. Love your Pool and Conquer! Thank you for the opportunity to win this book. Give Loki a snuggle for me…

  64. margie kovacic says:

    Love this book. Please pick me.. Give Loki a kiss for me.

  65. I would love to win this book. Appreciate the giveaway

  66. Jean Palionis says:

    Wow! This is the time of year when a wrap is needed. It is Hot outside and cool inside. I was looking for a wrap to make. What a nice book. Thank you. I would really like to have this book.

  67. Just thinking of shawls and coals,for holiday gift knitting! I start tomorrow. The gansey shawl would be great.

  68. Sophy0075 says:

    Oh, my favourite is definitely the gansey shawl. I love the texture, and the pattern allows the yarn to star.

    Speaking of stars, I see Loki is quite the educated feline. Does he have a particular genre he prefers? My cat Faith likes to curl up behind the Naval Chronicles and American History.

  69. Nancy lewis says:

    Near as I can see, at least one of the three patterns you reviewed would make the book useable. Appreciate your reviews, they help me augment my knit library.

  70. Nikki Bufkin says:

    I love knitting shawls and would really enjoy this book!

  71. Phyllis Holder says:

    Love those wraps and the cabled cowl! Put me on the list!

  72. Looks like a book with projects in it that I would like to knit! I am impressed with Loki’s intellect;O))

  73. Looks like this book could lead to some fun knitting

  74. KathyM in SE-VA says:

    This book has been on my wish list since it was first announced. Would love to put my hands on your copy 🙂 thanks for the offering!

  75. Myra Fleming says:

    Love the cabled cowl…would be a great gift to try my hand?

  76. Love your blog, never miss one! Would enjoy this book. ?

  77. Amy Schulze says:

    Great book, thanks for sharing it!

  78. Kathleen says:

    Your pool and conquer is fabulous! Love the literary Loki. Thank you offering the book.

  79. I missed you…and Loki!!! Those patterns are glorious. I’d so love to win that book. I keep trying…..haven’t won anything yet…..but I keep trying.

    Loki is so inspiring….I show his photos to Cassie and Zoe and try to get them more motivated, hoping they’ll be a little more intellectual. Hopefully, one day it will work!

    Thank you for your generosity…have a great week.


  80. Sarah Fuller says:

    Thanks for the look at the book. Would love to win and am throwing my name in the ring.

  81. Alexandra Graziano says:

    Would love to win this book, My Ragdoll cat, Dulcinea (Dulcie for short) sends her love to Loki.
    The patterns in the book look great and quite easy to work. Give Loki a hug from Dulcie, she would be so pleased.

  82. Looks like my kind of knitting!

  83. Chris Reeske says:

    I love shawls, good looking book. Thanks fro the give aay.

  84. Susan D Smith says:

    Just de-stashed and know that I have a number of yarns that would be scrumptious to make these patterns!

  85. Looks like a very nice book

  86. Sounds like a great book. Will have to put in my list.

  87. I’d have to agree with your favorites; they look like a lot of fun to make.

  88. Checked out the patterns on Ravelry. Found a couple that were intriguing. Thanks for the give away!

  89. I think the projects in this book could keep me occupied this fall & winter!!
    Please add me to the lottery……

  90. Alexandra Woods says:

    Thanks for a chance to own this book, it is full of great items to wear and gift!

  91. Looks like a fun book, with some faster-to-complete patterns.

  92. Shirley Gallagher says:

    Love wraps in the winter. This book is lovely, please add me to the drawing.

  93. This books looks like it has simple and challenging patterns. Please include me in the drawing.

  94. Will wait until after drawing to order my copy.

  95. Oh me oh me oh me! 🙂 I LOVE all of these! Thanks for the give-a-way opportunity!

  96. I could do a lot of Christmas knitting from a book like this. Thanks!

  97. Nothing better than a project you can whip up in a weekend! Thanks for the review and the opportunity!

  98. Thanks for the opportunity to win the book. I would love it.

  99. If love to win your book. I am a cowl fanatic. Thanks for the giveaway.

  100. I would love a copy of this book – shawls, cowls, wraps – I never leave home without one and I love to knit them. BTW – thanks for always including a pic of Loki!