My current work in progress:

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


The Knitter’s Activity Book

I got a new book to review last week — this:

This is The Knitter’s Activity Book by Sincerely Louise (aka Louise Walker). If you are like me, you looked at the cover and thought “how fun!” I mean, who doesn’t love a knitted lobster?

While there is a statement on the cover that it is fun for all knitters, I think it is mainly directed at older pre-teens and teens. (The title page has a “This book belongs to” box for the owner to enter his/her name and age, so there’s a clue.) There are twenty cute patterns for the following items: Lion Mug Rug; Triceratops Slippers, Lobster Dinner, Faux Taxidermy Heads including Pig, Cow, Donkey and Giant Elephant; Polar bear; Toucan; Meerkat; Killer Whale; Chickens; Raccoon; Corgi; Starfish; Swan Door Stop; Giant Balloon Dog; Pretty Platypus Scarf; Roselle-Laura the Manta Ray; and Crocodile Rug. 

The Lobster Dinner is featured on the cover, and I love the interior photo of it as well:

Another of my favorites is Lola the Polar Bear:

In addition to the pattern for Lola, her story is told in a series of photos, with cartoon balloons depicting her thoughts. Very very cute!

The cuteness continues:

Cruelty-free taxidermy!

But wait, there’s more! In addition to the patterns there are puzzles and activities, like this word search:

And a cute flowchart to help you in deciding to knit:

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

The patterns are all pretty easy and straight-forward, so I’d be comfortable giving this to an older child.

So who’d like my review copy?

To be entered in a drawing to win my copy of The Knitter’s Activity Book , leave a comment on this post by 11:00am, Sunday, July 28, 2019 at 11:00am Eastern Time. I’ll pick a winner at random then.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, I took some time out from knitting Freshet to whip out a chemo cap for someone who just started chemo:

I knit it from leftovers of Rowan Softknit Cotton that I used for my Kenmare sweater. The pattern is Martina Behm’s Tensfield hat.

And Loki is still adorable.


  1. MizMelly says:

    I’m a big kid at heart, and I see some fun knits in this book. And Loki is as adorable as ever!

  2. Hello.
    My 10 year old leftie knitter would love this, please!

  3. My 10 year old leftie knitter would love this, please!

  4. My 11 year old goes through bouts of picking up needles, so this might be what it takes to get him back on the wagon.

  5. Christine Pines says:

    Loki looks like the sibling of my cat. So cute. And I would love this book.
    I have 2 nieces who are just learning to knit. I think they need projects
    to inspire them. Hope you pull my name out of the hat.

  6. Jane Page says:

    I have been teaching my granddaughter to knit, and this book would be so fun for her! Thank you so much!

  7. Monica Cortada says:

    This book sings to my inner child which is never far below the surface says this veteran elementary school teacher. 🙂

  8. Charlottewv says:

    This book looks like lots of fun, love the flow chart! Aww, sweet Loki looks so comfy—I wonder what he’s dreaming ❤️🐾😴🧶

  9. Sandra Kerr says:

    Loki definitely is always adorable.

  10. Linda Newcomb says:

    I love the polar bear named Lola! That’s my dog’s name, too, and she’s also white. Wonder if she’d like a polar bear toy to chew on? Lol.

  11. celestine m getty says:

    I have a granddaughter that would love this book. I taught her to knit when she was 4.

  12. Would love to see the elephant head as I love elephants so I will be checking it to that. I only have one niece who would love this book. I am the one who taught her how to knit. If I don`t win it I will buy it for her. I have a off topic question about Loki Do you brush him daily ??? He always looks so soft to the touch

  13. Michelle says:

    OMG I love the decision tree!! Have saved the pdf, printed it and placed on my fridge! Just in case my husband asks any silly questions about why something else did not get done. LOL.

  14. MaryEllen Reimers says:

    What a fun, different knitting book! I’d love to win!

  15. I love any book that finds reasons to knit..also one that encourages young folks to pick up needles. Very imaginative. I can’t wait to teach my granddaughter to knit.

  16. My daughter would love this!

  17. This looks like a fun book. I know some little in my family how would love the knits in the book.

  18. This is such an interesting and fun book. Lots of littles in my family who would love the lobster and/or polar bear, just for starters.

  19. Debbie M says:

    Looks like a fun book for any knitter. Not just teens! After I’m done with it, I’ll give it to my grandchildren!

  20. The cover made me smile. The activities look like great fun. I will share with my knitting students and my guild members.Loki is so laid back. He doesn’t look bothered by the heat wave

  21. Totally fun book. I love the whole concept of making knitting even more fun.

  22. Lisa Simpson says:

    I would love to make a corgi!!! Small projects appeal to me.

  23. What a cute book! I’ve been teaching some of the neighbor kids to knit, and I think this would be great.

  24. May Wong says:

    I’m not too old for activity book. I love the lobster. hee.

  25. sue atkins says:

    Darn, too late!

  26. Linnell Nickerson says:

    Just got thru reading our Blog From when you began til today. Was truly wonderful to read. Enjoyed every word. Felt so bad about Lucy one of your cats, but you gave her a wonderful life. Loki is just precious. he reminds me of my cat named Thumper, who was a ragmuffin too. All white fluffy haired and weighed between seventeen or eighteen pounds. I still miss him! He lived to be almost twenty years old. We had a male cat, Rag muffin like Lucy Who lived to be nineteen years old. They are very loving and dorsel cats. I can’t believe all the wonderful knitting you do and you are quite fast. Your a treasure amongs the knitters. I’ve knit for 60 odd years but nothing like you. I wish I had your memory when doing Lace knitting.You take care of yourself. I know what a bad back is to have! I have one. I had an operation on mine that didn’t seem to help much. Keep up the wonderful blog!!! Take Care !