My current work in progress:

Stornoway, designed by Alice Starmore from her book Fishermen’s Sweaters, knit in Frangipani 5-ply guernsey wool in the Aran colorway, on a 3.0mm needle.

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. Kristine M. says:

    I’m so glad Loki is improving his mind! He’s a very smart kitty!

  2. Looks beautiful! Plenty of time to start a gift for a fall birthday, too!
    Loki looks very dignified. Mrs. Meowple just sits on my books so I’ll stop reading and pet her… 🙂

  3. This would be lovely inspiration to knit for all my new Minnesota family!

  4. knittingdancer on Raverly says:

    This sounds like a great book. Thanks for the giveaway.

  5. This book looks wonderful. I love the sampling of projects you posted. From just those three, I know this books is a treasure. Thanks for the giveaway and I really enjoy your blog.

  6. Pat Ortiz says:

    I love the new website and would love to receive your copy of this wonderful book

  7. This book looks like tons of fun – thanks for giving us the chance to win a copy!

    Loki is completely adorable, but my little seal-point Siamese girl Raina could give him a run for the money 🙂

  8. This looks like a great book. I love patterns for wraps and shawls that aren’t the “triangle” shape. I find other shapes so much more versatile.

  9. Maryln Boltin says:

    OH wow! would love to have that book! Looks like some patterns I might actually knit..

  10. Oh, Loki! I hope you choose one of your momma’s knitting books! This new give-away looks great!

  11. Christmas knitting… I come 😉

  12. Lucy Harrington says:

    Ah…it’s coming, isn’t it? The year seems shorter every year, but thank heavens! there’s knitting. I would love to give this lovely publication a good home. I might even knit it a cover….

  13. Thank you for the Ravelry link so we could easily see them all. There are several patterns I’d like to try.

  14. Sweet! Another wonderful give-a-way.

  15. Michele Cashen says:

    This looks like a good book. Hope I win. Thanks

  16. Those cables are great. I would love to win this book!

  17. Roseanne W says:

    Beautiful patterns, would love to win!

  18. Mary Tole says:

    Please include me in the drawing. There are some interesting and fun looking patterns.

  19. Kathi oyster says:

    Looks like a great book

  20. Those projects look lovely and remind me cooler weather is coming. YAY! So tired of this heat and humidity. Thanks for the chance to win the book. Loki is gorgeous as always!

  21. Looks like a great book to have in my knitting library. Thanks for the review.

  22. Cheryl King says:

    Would love to have the book. Knitting shawls is my favorite knitting project

  23. Love the look of these wraps. Using thicker yarn appeal for a quick knit.

  24. MizMelly says:

    Now that looks like a book worth buying!! I love to do quick knits in heavier weight yarns!

  25. Lynne Hebner says:

    That book looks wonderful!

  26. Some very nice designs – thank you for opportunity to enter.

  27. ooh, I’m seriously in love with that Wantastiquet cowl. But that could be due in part to the lovely green – my favorite color. 🙂

    I’d love to win this book! Off to look at the other patterns in it…

  28. looks yummy…hope I win! Fav ID: Ettenna

  29. whoops – should be RAV ID!

  30. How I wish I was you, lovely knitting books show up in your mail box and you have a cat that can read. You have a life I would love to lead

  31. Sandy Tanner says:

    Love the book.

  32. Sandra Kerr says:

    I would love this book. Most of my wrap patterns are for fingering weight yarn. This would be a nice change.

  33. Linda G Howell says:

    Wow Wendy! Your book reviews are fantastic! I think the Gansey Shawl is the one for me.

    Give Loki a kiss!

  34. I would love this book! I love shawls and cowls and ganseys too!

  35. Erica Roberts says:

    So many gorgeous things to make in this book. A great addition to anyone’s bookshelf!

  36. I would like this book please.

  37. How wonderful, a chance to win this marvelous book, thank you. Loki Ned’s to read A Cat in the Hat!

  38. yolanda v says:

    Thank you for the giveaway.
    Love the cabled cowl.

  39. Sherry Beason says:

    I hope, I hope! Thanks for sharing the copy with your fans! And it is nice to see Loki nicely balanced on the shelf!

  40. Anita Tinlin says:

    Would love to win the book. Thanks for the opportunity. Really enjoy the pictures of Loki.

  41. Looks like a fantastic book!

  42. Love the patterns!

  43. Cables, lace, texture – love the variety!

  44. Martha Rice says:

    This is on my Amazon wishlist. I would love to receive your review copy. It would save me money to buy the yarn for one of these lovelies.

  45. I love that floofy boy! Loki’s looking great.
    Re: the wraps book, I’ve always been a “sweater weather” gal, & have worked up numerous cardis & jackets (even a knee length coat when that was the rage). But now that I’ve moved to a crazy hot and muggy town (out of the whole year, temps dipped <70's fewer than 6 weeks in 2015), I need a wrap for any shopping excursion, office visit, even taking a bus ride because EVERYONE cranks up the AC. It's too hot for the lightest cardi, even for the few moments from the car door to the store door but too cold when inside for short sleeves! HELP
    Thanks for offering the giveaway; hope I'm the recipient.

  46. What a wonderful book! Perfect timing, as fall draws near. Thank you for the chance to win it!

  47. Looks like a fab book! I love the look of the Wantastiquet Cowl !! Thanks for the chance to win 🙂

  48. Amy Badger says:

    Ooh, enter me please. This book inspires me that Fall is just around the corner, and soon will need some heavier layers to wrap up with. A worsted weight shawl would do the trick. Rav: amybadgerk. Thanks!

  49. Looks like a fantastic book!

  50. Just beautiful. As soon as the weather cools down enough to stop sticking to my yarn, I would like to try one of these.

  51. That looks like a useful book. Thank you for the opportunity to win it, Wendy!

  52. Susan Ipavec says:

    I always look forward to your blog posts…your project pics are so inspirational, they make me want to start some new ones right away! Thank you for the giveaway–I’d love to win. I really enjoy making shawls, but I’m also a sock-lover.

  53. Kris Peters says:

    Would love to win this book and make some of the shawls with my handspun yarn!

  54. Jo Anne W-M says:

    Looks like a nice book. I’d like to win!

  55. I love the way you always include the links to Ravelry to show all the patterns available in a book nearly as much as I admire Loki who is definitely not 1 spoilt cat 😉

  56. Awesomeness! Just got back in to kniiting and this looks perfect for my hectic life!

  57. Christie says:

    Beautiful wraps! And Loki is aways beautiful of course. 🙂

  58. Great book! Thanks for the chance to win your copy.

  59. I would love to receive this book. There are so many patterns I would like to knit. I will add them to my non-physical challenge for My Peak Challenge. I

  60. Susanne Scheurwater says:

    Thanks for the chance, although it hasn’t happened yet! here’s hoping. I love that bias shawl!

  61. Looks like some good patterns. Glad you are posting again.

  62. Katherine says:

    I think the North Star Cardigan and the Nonotuck Wrap look awesome, but love all the pieces…that Gansey Shawl looks so cozy.

  63. Debbie McP says:

    Ooh! Always up for a book giveaway, especially for quick knits!

  64. Anne Landser says:

    I love the look of all the wraps! They are all gorgeous and they get more so every page.
    Also love the photos of Loki, lives up to his namesake, can I adopt him please?

  65. The patterns you highlighted are beautiful. Thank you for considering parting with the book.

  66. Sharen Warren says:

    Yes, independent designers need our support…one of the many reasons I love Ravelry. And they are usually very helpful with good pattern support, KAL’s etc. It’s like knitting with a friend who is an expert knitter, and I often learn a new technique to add to my skill set.