My current work in progress:

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


Boost Your Knitting

Note: This past week my site got upgraded to the latest version of WordPress, and the text editor has a totally different interface. Fun times! So please excuse any unintended weirdness in formatting here!

I have a fun announcement for you all!

You may know Jen and Jim Arnall-Culliford — the creators of A Year of Techniques. 

Meet Jen and Jim!

Well, they have developed a brand-new program, Boost Your Knitting: Another Year of Techniques.

Boost Your Knitting is a program to teach you new skills in your knitting. It covers twelve new techniques, with twelve patterns from twelve fabulous designers (guess who is one of them?), twelve sets of photo and video tutorials, and most importantly, twelve opportunities for knitters to experience the joy of learning something new!

Each project is small enough to be completed within a month, but also makes a beautiful item (think hats, socks, shawls and so on). Every month there will be a knitalong for that technique over in the Arnall-Culliford Knitwear Ravelry group. Boost Your Knitting includes the digital patterns and photo tutorials delivered monthly as well as a print copy of the book shipped worldwide in September 2019. It costs £30.00 and this includes worldwide shipping.

They also have a Spring Kit available that includes all the yarn for the first three months’ worth of patterns. Kits for Summer, Autumn and Winter will become available later in the year. And there’s an Ultimate package that gives you the digital patterns and tutorials, print book and all four seasonal kits. Full details and pricing can be found on the
Arnall-Culliford Knitwear website or via Jen’s profile on Instagram (@JenACKnitwear).

I mentioned twelve fabulous designers:

Left to right and top to bottom: Anna Maltz (@sweaterspotter), Carol Feller (@feller.carol Photo by Kate O’Sullivan), Ella Austin (@bombellaella Photo by Emma Solley), Felicity Ford (@knitsonik), Joji Locatelli (@jojilocat), Jen And Jim Arnall-Culliford (@JenACKnitwear and @veuftricot Photo by Jesse Wild), Julia Farwell-Clay (@farwellclay), Nathan Taylor (@sockmatician), Nancy Marchant (@nancymarchantbrioche Photo by Alexandra Feo), Sarah Hatton (@hattonknits Photo by I Hobson), Thea Colman (@theacolman), Tori Seierstad (@torirotdesign), Wendy D. Johnson (@wendy_knits)

I am very proud to be in such exalted company!

But wait, there’s more!

If you are unfamiliar with Jen & Jim’s work, here is an opportunity to win a copy their previous book: A Year of Techniques. Jen has kindly offered a copy of the print version plus the ebook to one of my readers. To be entered in the drawing, please leave a comment on this post by Sunday, February 17 at 11:00 am Eastern Time. A winner will be randomly selected at that time.

Loki sez . . .



  1. That looks amazing! Not that I need any more knitting projects, but yay! New stuff to learn!

  2. Making the same old patterns is easy and comforting and has it’s place, but making something with a new technique is sometimes just what’s needed to perk up my winter knitting!
    Thanks for the chance.

  3. What a great concept. I know a lot of us who would likely benefit.

  4. Elaine in NYC says:

    I played around with helical knitting last year–fun. His floofiness looks amazing today.

  5. I love this idea so much! I came across the Mason Dixon Knitting posts on the original projects after the year finished and they definitely changed the way I think about knitting. I knit different projects but use all the same techniques, the idea of making something I make all the time like a sock but in a new way is really appealing (not that I’ve embarked on learning any knew techniques yet lol)

  6. Nicholette says:

    Thanks for this giveaway! I would love to learn many of these new techniques

  7. I’m always ready to learn new techniques.

  8. This looks so fun! Thanks for the giveaway:)

  9. I tried (and tried!) to get used to the new WordPress interface, but the only advantage of it that I found was that once I clicked on a category for a new post, the Uncategorized one got unclicked automatically. If you click on the question mark at the lower right of the screen it offers the opportunity to go back to the Classic mode. Don’t know how long that will be available, but it is what I am doing for now.

  10. I now use several of the techniques from last year’s series all the time! Jen’s videos are so easy to follow.

  11. That’s such an awesome idea, may have to do it! Some of my favorite designers!

  12. Pick me Pick me (I’m bouncing up and down like a five-year-old).
    I think Loki wants you to pick me, too. Look into her eyes.

  13. I’ve never heard of the Year of Techniques before. Interesting and thanks for the giveaway.

  14. Wonderful to see you as part of this great group! It would be fun to win this — I loved the things I did in the Mason-Dixon Knitting Year of Techniques, but hesitated about this one, because (like then) it tends to interfere with the regularly scheduled knitting. I didn’t do all those projects, and probably wouldn’t do these. But I enjoyed learning new things and getting better at (or learning new ways) the things I already know. Bad grammar – sorry, but you get it? Thanks!

  15. Lisa Simpson says:

    I love how knitting can be as simple or complex as a person desires. There’s a project for everyone! I would love to try all of these new boosts to knitting. I am taking a brioche class in March….Hope I can make sense of it!

  16. Barbara Runcie says:

    Loki is looking quite handsome

  17. What an amazing opportunity!

  18. Kathryn Hagen says:

    What a great prize! And Loki looks lovely tonight.

  19. I signed up and cannot wait for the classes to begin.

  20. Looks like a great book!

  21. Deborah Gajee says:

    Love the idea of building on techniques.

  22. Jackie Felix says:

    Congratulations on being one of the chosen designers! Thanks for the chance to win the Year of Techniques book. Also, that is a spectacular picture of Loki..

  23. Marla Ford says:

    Looks like a great opportunity. Congrats.

  24. Congratulations to you! And thanks for a chance to win! The first a Year of Techniques made what seemed impossible to be quite possible. The videos are outstanding. Looking forward to another set of learning opportunities.

  25. What a great offer! But have you considered giving away a framed pic of Himself – that is a splendid portrait.

  26. This sounds like an amazing series. I would really like to learn new knitting techniques. Such great designers! Thanks , Wendy!

  27. You definately deserve to be in that group of designers. Congrats. I would love a copy of their first year of techniques for my library

  28. Monica Cortada says:

    What a great idea! Congratulations on this recent endeavor. I’d love to win the book.

  29. This sounds like it would be the perfect thing for me!! I love learning different techniques.

  30. Year of Techniques sounds awesome and I’ll look into the Boost Your Knitting.

  31. This looks to be major fun.

  32. I’ve just recently started to play around with helical knitting and am having a lot of fun. Lately I’ve been much more interested in leaving my kntting comfort zone than I’ve been for a while and will probably join you in (at least trying to) boost my knitting.

  33. This looks like a great book to have in my library as a reference. Congrats on being part of the group.

  34. I like the idea but don’t want to make things I have no interest in. I’ll look at last year’s projects and perhaps that will sway me.

  35. Christel Yates says:

    What a generous offer! Congratulations on being part of this year’s project!

  36. What a great opportunity to win this book. Never too old to learn. I am 76. Love the photo of Loki.
    Joan from Wisconsin

  37. This sounds like a great addition to my knitting library. Congratulations to you on being involved in this great project.

  38. Would love to win. I’m 76 and still learning new things. Love Loki’s photo.
    Joan from Wisconsin

  39. I would love to win. Thanks for the chance.

  40. I love knitting challenges and learning new things so this books sounds perfect for me.

  41. oh my gosh! I hadn’t heard of the Year of Techniques. I’m definitely checking out the new series. Congrats on being one of the designers!

  42. This is the book I would like to win the most ever! And I am super tempted to enroll this next year too. Crossing fingers! Thanks for the opportunity.

  43. Thank you for the opportunity to win! It’s always great to learn new things. I hope I’m lucky enough, but if not, you still alerted me to the possibility. This year is all about possibilities! Give Loki an ear or chin scritch from me. He looks fantastic.

  44. You are so generous with your readers! AYoT looks like a great book!!

    Kisses to Loki!

  45. What a great sounding book! I’d love to win!

  46. Looks like a wonderful book. Would love to learn some new techniques!

  47. Loki says “Pick Iris’ name for the book! Iris is pretty sure I am (or was) a boy, unlike another comment which says I’m (or was) a girl.” (I know this makes no difference to the random number generator.)

  48. What a neat plan of projects. Will definitely be checking out their website. Thank you for bringing them to my attention.

  49. Congrats on being selected as part of the group!

    PS …Loki is adorable!

  50. Gloria Hornbecker says:

    Thanks for giving us the chance to get such a great book! Such talented people, my goodness!
    Whazzup to you too, gorgeous Loki!! 🙂

  51. Debbie Hallamek says:

    I would love to win! Thanks!!!

  52. That looks like a book I could really sink my needles into!

  53. I would love to Boost My Knitting! Thanks Wendy for introducing this new book!

  54. What a generous offer! Thank you 🙂

  55. Anita Dodds says:

    One of the things I love about knitting is that you can never know everything. There is always so much to learn. I’m excited to explore this new way to learn.

  56. Congratulations! I’d love to win their previous book. I hope to buy the new one. Thanks so much for letting us know about it!!

  57. Linda Newcomb says:

    Omg! I would love to win this book. Thank you for the opportunity.

  58. How exciting! An opportunity to learn something new!

  59. Awesome -i has to be good with that lineup! Would ❤️ To win this..

  60. Bennie-Ruth Zdean says:

    Thanks for the give away – I have wanted a copy of this book since it came out!! Thanks asp for your blog. It has helped e many times!

  61. Sounds like a fun idea, even a skilled knitter could find inspiration in a different project each month.

  62. Definitely would like to improve my techniques.

  63. Hey, Wendy! Looks like you’re in good company there. I would love to win the book as I think I have become a little stale in my techniques — using the same ones all the time. This old dog needs to learn some new tricks. What beautiful floof Loki has.

  64. I heard about this the other day as well sounds interesting congraulations on being in the new series

  65. Ann Jefferies says:

    Wonderful. Thanks for the giveaway

  66. Chris Reeske says:

    Thanks to you and Jen and Jim for the giveaway. Can’t wait to see what it will be.

  67. GeniaKnitz says:

    Wow, sounds incredible!
    (Perhaps not as incredible as the gorgeous Loki, but then, what is?)

  68. Thanks for the giveaway! It looks like a good book!

  69. Patsy Coats says:

    I love learning new techniques.

  70. Tina Menard says:

    I love to learn new techniques.

  71. This is so fun! Would love to expand my knitting techniques

  72. Michelle MyBelle says:

    Would love to learn more about knitting. It sounds like so much fun.

  73. Kristina Peters says:

    I need all the techniques I can get! Pick me!

  74. Venice Smith says:

    I just signed up for “Boost Your Knitting” and am very much looking forward to getting started. I would love to add “A Year of Techniques” and hope I may be lucky enough to win a copy. I feel as if I am a reasonably competent knitter, but there is always something to learn or improve upon and a handy reference is a must. Thank you for this opportunity.

  75. This looks like fun!

  76. I definitely need to find ways to expand my skills! Thanks!

  77. If only I could keep all the ‘new’ things I learn in my head and remember to use them when I need them… maybe this book would help ?

  78. I had not heard of “A Year of Techniques” before, but am definitely going to check it out. Thank you for the chance to win the first issue. And Loki is handsome as always!

  79. Susan Corcoran says:

    You’re in with an illustrious crowd. I’m glad to see you’ll be sharing your knowledge

  80. Loki sez I should have this book!

  81. I bought their new book earlier this week and can’t wait to get it!

  82. What a great idea! I’d love to win the book!

  83. Wendy Tompkins says:

    Would love to win! Loki is beautiful!

  84. Whazzup Loki!
    Looks like a wonderful book.

  85. Tracy R. Beck says:

    I would absolutely love to win a book of techniques, to expand my knitting future! And I love seeing photos of Loki as well. Thanks for the book offer.

  86. Michelle L. Kutrybala says:

    You in very good company. It looks like a fun year.

  87. I received Knitting Ganseys for Christmas and loved the workshop aspect to it. I would like to win this book.

  88. Nancy Thone says:

    I’m considering doing this techniques class this year. I’m in a knitting rut and this just might get me out of it!

  89. Love to have a copy of this.

  90. Ruth hibberson says:

    Looks like a great book, and I love to win the first book 🙂

  91. I love their blog & would be thrilled to win! Crossing my fingers

  92. Congratulations on being one of the designers. Well deserved recognition. Thank you for the giveaway. Fingers crossed the great number generator picks me.

  93. Margie Szymanskyj says:

    Never heard of Jen and Jim, or their program. Sounds interesting. Thanks for the introduction and book giveaway!

  94. Rachel Eggleston says:

    What great fun … thanks for new possibilities 🙂

  95. I love this idea!! I will def look into this.
    Judy´s last blog post ..First camping trip of the season! Yay!

  96. What a great giveaway! Thanks for sharing.

  97. Looks like a great book Wendy! and Loki is so handsome as usual!

  98. Denise Nash says:

    Ooh, would love to win this! I’ll be looking into the upcoming year of techniques/book. I need something to inspire me back to knitting after a long break.

  99. I would love to win a book about new techniques. Thank you for the chance.

  100. Sometimes a little push out of your comfort zone can lead to amazing discoveries! Sounds like this would be a great way to do that.