My current work in progress:

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


Just for Kicks

Thanks for the great response to my Plaid Cowl pattern. In my giveaway, I’ve sent free copies to the following Ravelry IDs: catspawlace, pac300, kittymo, tarotemp, wooliechin, and durhampa.

A couple of weeks ago I received a review copy of a new book:

This is Classic Kicks for Little Feet: 16 Knitted Shoe Styles for Baby’s First Year by Helga Spitz, due out August 7, 2018 from Sixth&Spring Books. As you can no doubt guess, the book contains patterns for 16 knitted baby shoes.

The patterns are simply adorable. You can see them all on Ravelry, here. Go! Look!

Are they not squee-worthy? I find it impossible to pick favorites, so I just picked three to show here:

Basketball Shoes

Farmer Boots


Most of the designs are knit from Worsted or Aran weight yarn, with a few done in sport weight and one in DK weight. You will need some basic crochet knowledge, mostly for making crocheted chain shoelaces. Some of the designs have embellishments, like zippers, buckles, or hooks, but none of the patterns seem overly difficult to knit.

I usually give away my review copies, but I already have a recipient in mind for this book — my newbie knitter colleague who has a new little nephew. She is finishing up her first sweater for the little guy, and he will need knitted shoes! Here is the sweater she is making him:

This is a combination of two different patterns that I morphed together for her. She is doing a great job — before this, she has knit only simple hats!

I’m still knitting too, by the way.

I’m knitting away on a Comfort Fade Cardi. I’m knitting mine from Miss Babs Kaweah DK weight wool in the Parchment, Old Gold, Petrified Forest, and Espresso colorways. This will not be completed before August 1, so I will set it aside to knit my August Camp Loopy project and return to it after that is completed.

Always good to have a plan.

Thank you for the get well wishes! My foot is on the mend, I am pleased to report. After a visit to an orthopedic surgeon I discovered that it was both sprained and broken, so yeah, double the fun.

Loki is being a good little nurse, ever vigilant, looking out for me.


  1. Ruth Porter says:

    This week, your sweet little nurse is awake. He’s so beautiful.

  2. Those moccasins. Adorable!!!!

  3. Thank you for your terrific pattern, I’m pac300 on Ravelry. You really did a number on your foot, didn’t you? Good luck healing, at least it gives you more knitting time!

  4. Jeanie Babbage says:

    I recently dislocated and broke my shoulder. My double whammy resulted in shoulder replacement surgery. I wish I had a Loki to nurse me along. May your healing go much faster than mine is!

  5. Monica Cortada says:

    Keep us posted on how the Comfort Fade Cardi works out for you. A cardigan with raglan sleeves sounds doable. I’ve given up trying to do set in sleeves. I am a “traditionally built” lady (as Alexander McCall Smith would say) and wonder if the ease is enough, or if you needed to go up a size for a comfy fit.

  6. Robin F. says:

    Those baby shoes are adorable, I want to knit a pair of farmer boots for my friend. Your newbie knitter friend is doing a great job!
    Sorry about the broken foot. I hope it heals properly.

  7. Ouch! Hope your injury heals quickly.
    That sweater is beautiful.

  8. Barbara B. says:

    Ohhhh, Wendy! So happy to hear you are on the mend!

  9. Dorothy says:

    Glad you are on the mend! Beautiful sweater! Hi Loki

  10. Trish D says:

    Oooh THANK you ever so much for the Plaid Cowl pattern! I’m durhampa on ravelry. I’m behind on my correspondence… been knitting a bunch. I LOVE your blog, especially your Loki references. I’m so glad you’re on the mend under the close supervision of your wonderful nurse. I can’t wait to get started knitting on the cowl. Thanks again!

  11. Sorry about the sprain/break but good to know it’s on the mend. It stinks when your mobility is impaired.
    I like the plaid cowl especially in the two-color version which makes the pattern pop more.
    Adorable booties!
    Kristen Chambers´s last blog post ..So long, Mystic River Yarns