My current work in progress:

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


Cowl Girls II

Thanks for your good thoughts in the comments. I am improving after last weekend’s back issue and hope to soon be walking upright instead of resembling a question mark.

Check this out:


This is Cowl Girls II by Cathy Carron, published this month by Sixth&Spring Books. It’s a pattern collection for . . . you guessed it . . . cowls.

You can review the projects on the book’s page on Ravelry.

Some favorites:


This design is called Comfort Zone and it is made up of afghan squares. It would be a great way to use up leftovers, and you could achieve a lot of different looks depending on the colors used.


“Winter Classic” is knit from super bulky yarn so is a very quick knit — perfect if you need a last-minute gift. Also a good way for a colorwork novice to practice skills.


“Sweet Treats” combines two colors and two different stitch patterns: lace and cables.

Who’d like my review copy?

To be entered in the drawing to win my copy of  Cowl Girls II please leave a comment on this post by 11:00am on Sunday, October 2, 2016.

By the way, Cathy Carron’s first Cowl book came out 6 years ago: I reviewed it in September 2010!

Here is the little prince, worn out from a hard day of playing.



  1. It is so hard to find just the right comfie position when you are a cat, but practice makes purrfect. There are some very interesting patterns in the book.

  2. Love the pictures of your cat. I’d love this book. Cowls are the most fun to knit and make the best gifts!

  3. I adore Cowl Girls I and would love to have Volume 2 to complete my collection! Cowls are the best!

  4. Hope you get better quickly. The cowls are lovely. I made 6 last winter.

  5. Peggy connolly says:

    What a great followup book

  6. Great patterns, lovely book.

  7. Good looking projects! Cowls are a favorite item of mine. Thank you so much for sharing your knitting adventures!

  8. Loki says:please knit me a cowl too mama.

  9. WOW, love the patterns you posted. Book please

  10. Me please! I’m planning a cowl right now, so this would be very useful. Hope you feel better soonest.

  11. I love knitting cowls!

  12. Deborah Glaus says:

    I loved the first book. I bet this one will be fantastic also.

  13. I would love this book. I make a lot of cowls for friends who seem to love the ones I make for myself and wear. Thanks for the chance to win this book, Wendy, and I love the pictures of Loki!

  14. What a nice book!

  15. I would love that book. I see future gifts!!

  16. Stella Matthes says:

    Loved the first book, would be great to have this one too!! Good luck with the back and snuggle Loki for me.

  17. Looks cool. Count me in.
    Loki, how is it that you just keep getting floofier?

  18. I would love this book!

  19. What a great book and a clever title!

    I’m glad you’re feeling better. So sorry to see that someone let the air out of Loki. 😉

  20. Debbie Lumpkins says:

    Would love to have this book! I have been making many cowls lately (including many of yours).

  21. Jean Palionis says:

    In Southern California we seldom need anything very heavy in winter. But the wider cowls will make very nice shoulder covers/short ponchos. Thank you.

  22. Sandra Kerr says:

    Glad to hear you are feeling better! I would love to get that book.

  23. Hope you’re feeling back to your old self soon. Looks like a fun book.

  24. Oh I am a cowl girl! I will have to make this mine even if I don’t win.

  25. Love the book!

  26. So glad your back is getting better. Just take care and don’t overdo.

  27. My puny human vertebra need warming, and cowls are perfect. Looks like all of Loki’s vertebra are working just fine…

  28. I would love to win this book of cowls!

  29. Sweet Treats and Comfort Zone would make lovely Christmas presents. Many thanks for the opportunity.

  30. Kristine M. says:

    Sweet Treats looks lovely!

  31. If the little prince needs a new toy, have you seen the Ripple Rug Activity Mat? Our two LOVE it.

  32. alicia grayson says:

    Hope you feel better soon!

  33. sandy downs says:

    This looks like the perfect book for those Christmas gifts I need to make…..

  34. Happy that you’re back is getting better. I love Cathy Carron designs. I’ve made two of her tops (Gamine Tank and Scoop Pullover) and have several more in my Ravelry Favorites.
    Kristen´s last blog post ..Little things

  35. Love the book. If I don’t win it I’ll HAVE to buy it. Lol. Hope your health continues to improve.

  36. I liked the first Cowl Girls book and would love to knit up several patterns from this book too. I am glad Loki did such a good job at helping you be on the mend.

  37. i have the first cowl girls and would love a complete set – hope your back issues are improving

  38. I would love to win that book! Thank you for the chance.

  39. Looks like a great book. Thanks for offering your copy.

  40. They’re beautiful! Thanks for the giveaway.

  41. 2 in my knitting group alternate have both a pair of socks & a cowl in progress all the time. Rarely they switch to a shawl or something else.
    Before your back goes out again, you might want to ask your doctor next time you see him/her if coming in for a Toradol shot (generic Ketorolac Tromethamine) would help your specific back issue. I know it definitely helps mine. The injection site is very painful for a few hours, but one can walk again safely 🙂

  42. knittingdancer on Raverly says:

    I would love to win this book to share with my sister. We both enjoy knitting cowls.

  43. Love to knit cowls!

  44. Hope you’re better soon! Back issues are no fun…
    Great cowl patterns!

  45. Susan Picciano says:

    Wonderful! Cute commuter projects!

  46. Patterns look great. Thank you for the giveaway.

  47. I really like knitting cowls and this book looks to have many promising candidates.

  48. Lynette Moucha says:

    I loved the first Cowl Girls, and am looking for to this next installment! I’m sure you’re feeling better due to all of Loki’s hard work nursing you back to health!

  49. So glad you are feeling better…..would love the book!

  50. Love cowls! Making them and wearing them! 🙂

  51. I’m also an “expert” on (my) back pain. I got a heated mattress pad back in February, and it is da bomb for easing those aches. Cowls are definitely my thing; I love the first one you showed! I wonder if the library has the first volume. Sounds like a trip there is in order.
    CeltChick´s last blog post ..The last day off

  52. Still not cool enough here for cowls but I can dream….

  53. Looking is adorable! The cowl book looks great, I love making cowls!

  54. Shirley Gallagher says:

    I love cowls, and this book looks wonderful.

  55. Glad you are feeling better. I love cowls. Too many projects to know where to start first.

  56. Cowls are the best! Looks like another awesome book.

  57. Yes! We just talked about this book at my knitting group. We have the first cowl girls. Love a good cowl.

  58. Looks like an interesting and useful book.

  59. Very nice blog and very nice book. I would love it! Thanks Wendy. (hope you’re feeling better)

  60. I borrowed the previous book from the library and this one looks as good or better! I love the look of the colourwook one “Winter Classic” !!

  61. So many great cowls! This would be a wonderful resource for gift knitting.

  62. Interesting book. I started knitting squares for a blanket a couple years ago from leftover sock yarn, just adding to the pile of squares as yarn accumulates. I could certainly put them together for a cowl….stashbusting and a finished object.

  63. A book I would like to have. Hope your back is better very soon!