My current work in progress:

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


Alterknit Stitch Dictionary

I have another great book for review:

This is Alterknit Stitch Dictionary: 200 Modern Knitting Motifs by Andrea Rangel. Published by Interweave, it’s a 164-page hardcover book due out August 10. As you can deduce from the title, it contains 200 stranded colorwork motifs. They are described as being new and non-traditional. Some are geometric, some are based on “things,” some on animals, some on natural eelements, some on man-made and architectural elements. It’s a great collection that will help you with your own original creations. Or perhaps you want to switch out a motif in a pattern for something fresh and new.

Each motif is shown in a color chart and as a knitted swatch.

In addition to the dictionary of motifs, there are helpful how-to sections: choosing yarns and colors and color dominance, holding your yarn, dealing with floats,  swatching, reading charts, working steeks, and more.

And there are also some fun patterns that incorporate motifs. There are five patterns, for a beanie, mittens, a cowl, a pullover, and a cardigan.

This is the “Bikey Beanie:”

“Deep Ocean Mittens:”

And “Skull and Crossbones Pullover.”

All in all, a great book: how-tos, charts for motifs, and patterns for a few very cute projects.

Who’s like a copy? Interweave has generously offered a second copy for one of my readers. To be entered in the giveaway for this great book, leave a comment on this blog post by noon on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 and a winner will be chosen at random at that time.

Loki is settling down for an afternoon of what he does best: supervising my every move!


  1. Gretchen F. says:

    That book looks great! I’m really enjoying stranded knitting right now, and those patterns look fascinating.

  2. What a great book for colorwork! Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy. Loki is such a beautiful cat; I love the pics you post of him.

  3. Susanne Scheurwater says:

    Hi! looks like a wonderful new book. I would love to win a copy. Thanks for all your great posts. I look forward to them each week and of course the requisite pic of your “supervisor”! 🙂

  4. I love these guides to combinations I would never think to knit. Thanks for a chance to win. I love the pictures of Loki!

  5. Bjwalsh says:

    I have several cross stitch books in my library for motif inspiration, love them! And love your blog too!!

  6. That would be a great companion book to Mary Jane Mucklestone’s motif book — on my bookshelf!
    kmkat´s last blog post ..Chain me up and link me together.

  7. What a great book, a wonderful addition to anyone’s library.

  8. Elaine in NYC says:

    Sounds like great fun! One can’t have too many reference books for colorwork.

    Loki is as handsome as ever.

  9. Love the skull and crossbones! Is Loki as sweet as he looks?

  10. Virginia says:

    I’ll join the chorus – it does look like a great book and I’d love to win a copy! And yes, Loki is adorable.

  11. Heather says:

    This looks fun!

  12. Leslie F says:

    I would love to win a copy of this book. Thank you and the publisher.

  13. Suzi in MI says:

    I totally need to knit the spider motif!

  14. Kathleen McCunn says:

    These designs look like fun. Thank you for the chance to win.

  15. Michele says:

    This book has been on my wishlist for a long time. I can’t wait to get a peek at it.

  16. What a great book. I love the bicycles.

  17. That’s a beautiful book!

  18. Looks like a great book!!!

  19. Katherine says:

    If I don’t win this book, I’ll order a copy right away. Love colorwork!

  20. Love the book and the bikey beanie

  21. Now this book looks very interesting! I see several stitch patterns that look like I would try them out right away! Thanks for sharing the second copy!

  22. Peggy h. Connolly says:

    what a clever book. I’d like to see more.

  23. This seems like a great book.

  24. I’d love to win this book, I enjoy colourwork and non traditional is great!
    Rachelle Crosbie´s last blog post ..New Horizons Portlander Pants

  25. Wow that book looks like one I will be definitely adding to my library! I am working on learning more techniques this year! Thanks for sharing!
    Erin Bennett´s last blog post ..Been a While….

  26. Looks like a fun book to have. Something for everyone.

  27. Looks like a great book that would go good in my knitting library! Thanks, Wendy for the chance to win this book.

  28. Lisa Simpson says:

    I love the variety of motifs and would enjoy learning to make them! Have a great week!

  29. That book looks awesome! My entry, please.

  30. Deb Smith says:

    Thanks for the giveaway. Love the book and your blog.

  31. Sharon M2 says:

    Looks like a fun book, interesting motifs.

  32. PhyllisG says:

    Would love to have this book!

  33. Oh boy, I’m going to need this whether or not I’m the lucky one to win this!

  34. Me, too. I’ve been indulging more and more into color and stranded knitting. Pick me!

  35. Deborah Gajee says:

    Looks like a great book. Would love to win

  36. Cecilia David says:

    Looks like a great addition to any knitter’s library.

  37. A book for my library, and I’d love to learn some new Fair Isle motifs.

  38. Karen C says:

    Looks interesting and challenging!

  39. I love fair isle and this book looks like a lot of fun.

  40. Wow, this looks fabulous! Thanks for bringing it to our attention.

  41. What a great book!

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

  43. Karen Wong says:

    What lovely srirches! I would love to have this book!

  44. A M Becka says:

    Great book — so fun! Thanks.

  45. Wow! I need this book. Love that spider motif. Behind the ear and under the chin scritches for Loki.

  46. This book looks like it belongs in my library along with my other stranded books and dictionaries. Thanks for offering it.

  47. Nikki Bufkin says:

    Please pick me! This looks like a great book and is going on my wish list for sure.

  48. looks to have some interesting motifs.

  49. Joan Kass says:

    Fabulous book! So many interesting stranded motifs.

  50. Oh, this looks WONDERFUL! What a great time to be knitting.

  51. Elizabeth says:

    Looks like a fanatic resource. The designs really do look contemporary and up to date. Just seeing the book’s cover is inspiring. I’d love to try the sweater, but with a different design, i think ?

  52. What a fun book! And, as always, an adorable kitty!

  53. Barbara Stern says:

    I love the bicycle hat! It’s a great look on or off my bike.
    Thanks for offering the chance to win a copy of this book.

  54. Suzanne says:

    I would love this book!!!

  55. This looks like a wonderful resource and the projects you chose are great. I need to put this on my wishlist.

  56. I would love to win this book. It’s a great reference.

  57. I would love this book it would be fun to work with. Thank you Gale

  58. Cindy Cameron says:

    Looks like a great book. I’m still slowly doing a my favorite things scarf so this would be great to look at for ideas.

  59. Lestersmama says:

    What an interesting stitch dictionary.

  60. What a great book!

  61. I’d love that book

  62. The Deep Ocean mittens are gorgeous. Thanks for offering review books as give-aways.

  63. Looks like a really useful book! Loki is adorable – as always!

  64. I LOVE knitting books!!!

  65. Nancy Thone says:

    What a great idea for those of us who’d like to use more modern motifs in our knitting. Thanks! Nancy

  66. Oh my! The paw prints are perfect!!

    Give Loki a kiss from me.

    Thanks Wendy!

  67. This looks like an AWESOME book!!!! Rav ID:Ettenna

  68. Peg Blechman says:

    Thank you for the opportunity to win this great book- modern stranded Knitting designs – hooray!

  69. Laraine Y says:

    Looks great! Thank you for all the books you give away 🙂

  70. Shelley Dawson says:

    Loki always looks good lol. I’d love to win a copy of this book ?

  71. sue atkins says:

    I could see using this for double knitting pattern ideas

  72. Extremely interesting patterns. I would love it, as would most who see it.

  73. Mariela Siegert says:

    That book looks wonderful!

  74. Looks like this would be a great addition to my knitting book library!

  75. Carol Perecman says:

    Looks like fun! Thanks for the chance to win it….

  76. I just got a promo e-mail from Interweave & actually went straight to Amazon to put this book in my cart (deferred to later, because wishlists just don’t work for me). I want it, I want it, IWANNIT!
    On an unrelated note: very nice close up of Mr. Floof (that’s how I think of Loki; hope neither of you mind me taking the liberty).
    Thanks for the opportunity & Happy July.

  77. The cover alone has me thinking of several projects. Can only imagine what the book holds inside.

  78. Amy Schulze says:

    What a cool book! Thanks for sharing it.

  79. I like the bike, but love the cactus! I’ve added the book to my list

  80. Thank you. I could use some great ideas!

  81. Oh wow, those look fun, yes please sign me up!

    (Loki looks like he is above such petty things as new pattern ideas.)

  82. Dorothea says:

    I’m having a lot of fun with mosaic knitting right now and I love some of the patterns you showed. Definitely a book for my collection.

  83. This looks like a fabulous book. Thanks for sharing!

  84. Sophy0075 says:

    Love those Ocean Mitts. I’m always on the lookout for new stitch patterns. Any mosaics in there?

  85. Chris Reeske says:

    I did some stranded color in a pair of socks, but I’d love to do more.

  86. Ummrania says:

    This looks so interesting and useful, I would love a copy.

  87. Michelle says:

    Looks like a great book to get one’s creative thoughts really flowing! I enjoy seeing your sewing and crafting projects. . .and your sewing photos have spurred me back into that a bit. Wish there was more hours in the day!

  88. Ann Ross says:

    I Truly enjoy seeing your american doll restorations. They really are works of art. I also like that you donate them to girls who might not have a doll otherwise. Is there a book in the restorations? Thanks for your informative blog. Ann Ross

  89. Beverley says:

    Yes please! That book looks great. I love technical books as opposed to pattern books. Thanks for the chance.

  90. Sounds like a neat book.

  91. I would love to own this useful book, thanks for the opportunity. Always look forward to your cat’s photos.

  92. I am so impressed with your doll clothes. I sew too and am just inspired by yours.

  93. I have been acquiring stitch dictionaries and this would be a great addition to my small collection.

  94. This is a valuable assistant to designing my own patterns.

    KathyRV on Ravelry

  95. Celestine says:

    What a nice book. Thank you for the drawing. Your sewing and knitting is so inspiring.

  96. Christine Frostenson says:

    Thanks for a chance to win! Loki is such a star–I love his pictures!

  97. I’d like to own a copy of this book just for the yoked sweater pattern alone! Please, Loki, choose my name!

  98. Pretty neat! I picture the skull and crossbones sweater on Abby from NCIS, but with the motif in black.

  99. Who wouldn’t love another stitch dictionary, especially if it has unusual motifs! Please include me in the draw, and thank you for the chance. 🙂

  100. How many cats supervised the writing and production of Alterknits?