My current work in progress:

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


40 Timeless Knits

I was recently sent a review copy of this:

This is 40 Timeless Knits, by the Editors of Vogue Knitting and Norah Gaughan. Released by Sixth&Spring Books on September 4, 2018, it is a collection of (you guessed it) 40 patterns by Norah Gaughan that have graced the pages of Vogue Knitting magazine over the past 30 years. Gaughan has contributed over 120 patterns to VK during that time — this is her top 40!

You can view all the patterns on Ravelry, here.

Looking through this book was a trip down memory lane for me. I have been subscribing to Vogue Knitting since its relaunch in 1982 and I remember many of these designs very vividly. One of the designed immediately jumped out at me:

I knit the Chevron Stitch Pullover back when the design was first published in Vogue Knitting in 1988. I don’t remember what yarn I used, but it was pink — not a color I usually gravitate towards.

Some more favorites:

The Guernsey Pullover, from Vogue Knitting, Fall 2016. Love love love this sweater — I may have to put it in my queue.

And something Norah Gaughan does so well — cables:

The Arbor Cardigan, from Vogue Knitting, Spring/Summer 2017.

I remember when this was first published, back in 1997:

The Dragonfly Pullover — more Norah Gaughan genius!

The book is a great trip down memory lane, as well as a wonderful collection of patterns from a knitting master.

Who’d like my review copy? To be entered in a drawing for my copy of  40 Timeless Knits, leave a comment on this post by Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 11:00am Eastern Time.

Last Sunday I sucked it up and finished this:

My Rose cardi, knit from Wollmeise Blend. Bonus: The weather has turned seasonably cool so I might actually wear it this week!

It’s dark and gloomy today, so this is Loki’s plan for the day:


  1. Lovely book. I’d like to be considered for your copy. Thank you.

  2. There’s more than a few designs I’d love to knit in there.

  3. Norah is absolutely one of my favorite designers. Her designs are such classics. I’d love to win this copy. Thank you. Loki has the right idea for a gloomy day.

  4. Elaine in NYC says:

    She’s such a wonderful designer. It would be lovely to have this book. His floofiness continues to look beautiful.

  5. The Rose cardi is gorgeous!

  6. Jan Feltz says:

    What a beautiful book! Thanks for,the opportunity.

  7. Shirley Gallagher says:

    Wonderful collection os sweaters. Loki looks so comfy and cuddly, i would love to snuggle with him.

  8. The dragon fly sweater is my favorite of all her designs.

  9. Ruth Porter says:

    Lovely Rose cardia, and the pattern book looks good too. I wish I could relax like Loki.

  10. I love Norah’s patterns and have knitted several from Vogue through the years. Please add my name to your list to win this lovely book.

  11. Oooo, me! I’d love to win that!

  12. Linda Hanford says:

    Love that Arbor Cardigan, Off to check Ravelry to see if it is in DK, as I just bought som Wensleydale Longwool that would be perfect for this.
    Thanks for the chance to win the book.

  13. The Arbor Cardigan is gorgeous! I would love to win the book.
    Thank you for continuing your blog.
    Best wishes always to you and Loki.

  14. Birgit Rosenberg says:

    That Cardigan turned out so pretty!

  15. Joy Coleman says:

    Oh, I remember that cabled counterpane sweater as one I always wanted to knit! There are so many others in Norah’s book that I would bookmark for winter knitting. Thanks for offering this wonderful book!

  16. Yea Loki, good plan!

  17. Desiree Nicholls says:

    I love Norah’s patterns and have done 2 of her blanket collections. I learned a great deal knitting her blanket patterns. They are definitely a “teaching moment”.

  18. Linda G Howell says:

    You are always so generous Wendy. I love the Guernsey Pullover – among others! Give Loki a kiss!.

  19. Norah is an original designer. I would love to win this book. Loki has the right idea.

  20. Yes, I’d like this so I could make a new sweater. Thanks.

  21. Jan Schaller says:

    Wow I’d love to have this book. Right away I see 2 or 3 things I really want to wear this winter. This could get me back to knitting after 3 years of thinking about it. Well if I don’t win the book I WILL buy it. Cats are so unfiltered in their responses.

  22. Haven’t made one of her designs, but I can see it would be rewarding… they are innovative and beautiful.

  23. Krista Hart says:

    This looks like a great book of patterns! Thanks for the giveaway.

  24. Great book! Norah Gaughan has such an interesting take on design and construction.

  25. Wow, I love her patterns. I bet the s book would keep me busy for a long time, oohing and aahing alone.

  26. Jane Page says:

    This book looks amazing! I would love to knit these patterns. Thanks, Wendy, for the chance to win this book!

  27. I have some of these Vogue Knitting issues but most of my favorites I don’t have. Amazing artist/designer.
    Rav ID: Ettenna

  28. What beautiful and interesting cables! Would love the chance to win this inspiring book.
    SparklinR on Rav

  29. I went to the Ravelry and am blown away by the different patterns. Quite a few with cables and I love cables! Thanks, Wendy!

  30. Christel Yates says:

    Beautiful book! And you are an amazing knitter!

  31. Diana Baber says:

    I’ve always intended to knit a Norah Gaughan sweater but never have yet. This is inspiring me to try!

  32. I love the interesting directions her work goes in, would love to win this book if you post internationally.

  33. That Arbor cardigan is gorgeous. Norah Gaughan is a genius. Thank you for all of your give aways.

  34. What a gorgeous cardi. Absolutely beautiful.

  35. Holly Hollander says:

    Lovely knitting!!

  36. Holly Hollander says:

    Lovely knitting and what a great book!

  37. Patsy Coats says:

    I love Nora’s cables.

  38. I’m going to retire at the end of this school year so I’ll have time to do more knitting. 🙂

  39. Love the book! I would also love to have the cardigan you just finished! LOL Quite an impressive knit.

  40. I love cables!

  41. This looks like an amazing book. I am relearning cables and hers are lovely.

  42. The Arbor Cardigan looks like it sits very well on the shoulders. Maybe one day I will attempt it, although I am more likely to knit one of her easier patterns at this stage of my life, a green mitered jacket, also in the book. Please do not include me in the drawing. I have all the issues since 1988 and a few before. Trying to locate that particular pattern would be a labor of love (although I know Ravelry could give it to me in an instant.)

  43. Christine says:

    What a wonderful book by a talented designer! Thank you for an opportunity to win this copy!

  44. Beauiful trip down memoy lane with “40 Timeless Knits”

  45. Jan Walsh says:

    Norah is one of my favorite designers. Her patterns fit me without adjustments. She designs for real people and real body styles.

  46. The designs are fabulous and I’d love to have her book!

  47. Ok, that Dragonfly Pullover is cool!

  48. What a lovely book!

  49. Norah Gaughan is so amazingly talented. I didn’t know that book was scheduled to be released, but I’d love to have copy of that in my library.

  50. It sounds like a book that is destined to be a classic. I would love to have this copy.
    PSYour cardigan with the color pooling is stunning.

  51. What a beautiful book and oh the patterns. So many, so little time. Thanks for the opportunity to own Norah’s beautiful book.

  52. Kathleen W says:

    I just finished her afghan with the variety of cabled blocks. It was a joy to use her patterns! I have been a fan since I first saw one of her designs.

  53. Judy Morin says:

    Oh my! I still have some very early issues of Vogue Knitting. I think earlier than ’82, but I’d have to check. Would dearly love to have this book.

  54. Nora G is such an inspiring designer, would love to knit that dragonfly sweater. Your sweater is gorgeous, so happy you put the blog together to keep me inspired too.

  55. LOVE her designs. That guernsey pullover is so wearable.

  56. Dawn Fyler says:

    I have recently ( within the last few years)discovered Nora Gaughan as I just restarted knitting after a many years hiatus. I was taught by my aunt as a child, but started knitting again obsessively a few years ago. I am now knitting socks( I have your book Socks From the Toe Up!), cardigans, ponchos, hats, sweaters, cowls etc. I have seen Nora’s recent designs such as that great yellow turtleneck on the cover of Fall 2018 Vogue, but I would love to to see and learn about Ms. Gaughans development as a designer. I would really enjoy the chance to knit some of these iconic designs myself.

  57. knittingdancer says:

    Beautiful sweaters in this book.

  58. Love Norah Gaughan!
    Vikki G.´s last blog post ..40 Timeless Knits

  59. Celeste Culpepper says:

    Would love this book…..another wonderful give-a-way.

  60. Wow. I checked the thumbnails on Ravelry, and there are so many that I would love to knit! I’ve got my fingers crossed!!!

  61. Yes, Memory lane……!
    I loved the cabled bolero, and wanted to knit it. Then I became ill, went through a lot of hard times ( family, job, houses, money, health, etc…), and stopped almost any knitting and crochet for 10 years… I’m coming back to it now, so I’ll probably buy this book.
    I used to read every posts in your blog, and some others. Quite a few have disappeared, and I was very happy to see yours is still there!
    Have a nice day, Jocelyne/Jocerane from France

  62. Aunt Colleen says:

    I love Norah Gaughan’s work!!

  63. Would love to own this book!

  64. I really enjoyed the Norah Gaughan interview on the Fruity Knitting podcast recently and would love to have a chance to win this book.

  65. I actually have the yarn to make the Arbor Cardigan. She has some lovely patterns that I would enjoy knitting.

  66. Linda Newcomb says:

    I love Vogue patterns and would love to win this book.

  67. Love the Rose cardi, especially the colors. Please consider me for the N.G. book. Thanks

  68. I just finished one of her sweaters that was the cover of fall Vogue Knitting and will definitely do another!

  69. Thanks for this opportunity, this book is going on my wish list!

  70. Wow, I love that dragonfly sweater.

  71. I’ve been ogling this book lately, too. Have always loved Norah’s designs.

  72. Charlotte Nay says:

    The Rose cardigan is beautiful, Wendy! And Loki, today is a good day for a long cat nap. He’s just adorable!!

  73. JillSusan says:

    I would love to add this book to my knitting library. Thanks Wendy, for the chance to win it.

  74. Norah’s designs keep my mind working. Maybe I’ll be lucky on this one?

  75. Your Rose cardi turned out lovely!

  76. I love The Dragonfly Pullover!

  77. It is always a pleasure to look over Norah’s designs. She is so creative in her sweater construction.

  78. Sharen Warren says:

    Your Rose Cardi is lovely – enjoy the cool weather. I would love to win Timeless Knits.

  79. Sharen Warren says:

    Your Rose Cardi is lovely – enjoy the cool weather. I would love to win Timeless Knits

  80. These are beautiful sweaters

  81. pam Huang says:

    You hve inspired me to knit a Rose Cardi. I also love Norah Gaughn.

  82. Norah Gaughan has the most interesting knit constructions out there. I love her work. Going through knit patterns I had clipped from old magazines so I could toss the magazines I was surprised to see the patterns I saved were hers.
    Also – good use of the Wollemeise yarn.

  83. Yes please, these look incredible!

  84. JHKJackson says:

    I’ve got this in my wishlist on two different accounts so even if I don’t win, I plan on adding it to my knitting book collection. ? Nora Gaughan has many lovely patterns. Hugs to Loki!

  85. What a wonderful book! Thank you for the opportunity to win it!

  86. Venice Smith says:

    I would love to win a copy of 40 Timeless Knits. I’ve long been a fan of Nora Gaughan. That Arbor Cardigan would be instantly in my queue.

    Your sweater turned out simply gorgeous. You, as always, are such an inspiration!

    I’m Venice1093 on Ravelry.

  87. some very interesting designs in the book. would be cool to win.
    thanks for sharing.

  88. I want to knit the Guernsey Pullover too!

  89. Barbara Altman says:

    I’ve not yet knit any Norah Gaughan patterns, time to start, whether I win or not! that dragonfly in your blog post is fantastic!

  90. I love Norah Gaughan’s work. I hadn’t seen that dragonfly before. I think I need to make that.

  91. I have added the Guernsey Pullover to my to-do list.. I don’t know for who or what yarn yet, but I really want that on my needles!

  92. I have added the Guernsey Pullover to my to-do list, it is just calling my name.

  93. I would love to win a copy of this book.
    Just wondering what Loki’s plan would be for a day when the sun is shining.