My current work in progress:

1. Woodfords, designed by Elizabeth Doherty, knit from Madelinetosh Merino Light in the "paper" colorway on U.S. size 3, 5, and 7 needles.
2. Myriad stealth projects.

First One Outta the Gate

My first Booga Bag was given to its intended recipient yesterday. This was the one knitted in color 88 for my friend Odie. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone more delighted with a gift than she was with her bag. She immediately transferred her purse stuff to it and carried it when we went for coffee (we work in the same building but for different agencies). Based on that experience, I’ve no doubt that she pestered people for the remainder of the day by making them admire her bag.

There’s nothing like giving a friend a warm fuzzy bag to give yourself a warm fuzzy feeling!

Speaking of Warm Fuzzies . . .

Be vewy vewy quiet! We’re hunting puddy-tats!

First, we set the bait:

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We have a nibble!

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Look! We nabbed us a puddy-tat!

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No fear that Princess Lucy would turn her dainty little nose up at her new bed — she loves it. She spent the evening alternating between sleeping in my lap and sleeping in her new bed.

I think she needs one for every room of the house.

L-B asked how the techno-hair handled its third trip through the washer. It didn’t seem to have any ill effects. I think it would work as stripes in a felted bag if you knitted it together with the feltable yarn. I knitted the last five rounds of the bed with the techno-hair held together with the Big Kureyon. It seems to have survived three trips through the washer without any problems, and while I am sure it didn’t felt, being 100% nylon, it smooshed up nicely when the Kureyon felted.

Here it is:

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Oh, did I mention that I got the macro lens that I ordered for my new camera? Is that an extreme close-up or what??!!

The lens (for those of you who care) is a CANON EF 50mm F/2.5 Macro Lens 10D F2.5 — and it’s totally fun to play with!

Bucket-o-Chic!

The observant among you will note the addition of a new WIP in my sidebar — a bucket hat, being knitted from the oh-so-fabulous Bonne Marie’s equally fab pattern. I am making a felted version, and knitting it from Colinette Skye wool, which I scored on an eBay auction when I fell off my yarn diet (cough, cough).

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The color is “ice.” An extremely light green.

Hmmmm . . .

What else did I do last night?

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Oh, right. I finished Fern.

What Now?

Small projects between now and Christmas. I haven’t wrapped any gifts or done any number of things I ought to be doing, so I’ll work on little things for the next week or so.

Comments

  1. WOW! Fern is gorgeous! And I am so amazed at your productivity! I can only hope to knit as much! Lucy and her bed are great, I almost had a tear watching the story unfold. She’s a smart kitty!
    Have a nice holiday. I enjoy your blog, and am inspired to knit more and better!

  2. love love love fern! i hope seomeday we get to see it next to lolly’s. ms$w?
    lucy is one lucky kitty :-)

  3. Dear Wendy,
    the fern and the Lucy bed are sooooooo beutiful!
    I am thinking about knitting a similar bed for my too cats…
    and let me ask you: HOW do you do that???? You must be a SUPERFAST knitter. Respect!

  4. Alright, it’s early…I haven’t had any caffeine yet…but I thought that was an extreme close up of your hair. I was very happy to see it was the techno-hair! (You had that windy hair shot the other day!)
    Lucy looks so sweet. I can’t wait to give the pattern a try–using stash yarns! And Fern looks lovely. If only I could just finish my Na Craga…
    Kathleen

  5. I love how Lucy is leaning on the edge to have more contact with the bed. Fern looks good too. Love the macro shot… still hoping Santa gets the hint.

  6. Fern is wonderful, the kitty bed a super idea! I have used all kinds of ‘fur’ yarn in felted projects with great success.. the purple bag shown on my blog http://tocaya.home.together.net/ is an example. Some I’ve been using for more than a year and altho’ it sheds occcasionally, it has held up well. Have a wonderful holiday!

  7. I’ve knit a purse using Noro’s Kureyon and Gedifra’s Techno Hair. I use it as my every day purse. It not only stood up to repeated washing to get to the right size, but it handles wear well. I brush the bag every week or so (or the hair gets matted) but otherwise its marvelous! (Photos on my blog on Nov 13, 14 and 19). I love texture and felting! Nice cat bed, Wendy – if we get cats this holiday (and I’m hoping we will), it’ll be added to my list of things to knit.

  8. Love the putty tat hunting sequence. Lucy is so cooperative.

  9. Ahh, the sweet smell of success! Lucy looks so cute in her bed. Kitty calendar time.

  10. Wow! *Great* cat bed, I need to make one for my mom’s grandkittens (Ok, my gigantic hulking bulks of fur, living with her while I’m a zillion miles away.) If it is sumptuous enough, they may stop sleeping on her head at night!

    I’ve got knitter’s envy, but you’re inspiring me to do more and better stuff. Swell site!

  11. Fern is finis! Lovely! I hope a pic of Lucy in her bed appears in the calendar! Thanks for the techno-hair update.

  12. You never cease to amaze me. Fern is lovely, and the kitty bed is such a great idea. I’m lucky to get a couple of pairs of socks done a month, and you get all these HUGE projects done in a week or two. I bow to you. Have a lovely holiday season.

  13. Wow!!! so much wonderful knitting. Fern looks great, Lucy’s bed looks great, Lucy herself looks beautiful… Its a joy to read your blog every day. THANKS! and happy, happy holidays.

  14. Wowza! Christmas came early for me! Fern! Cat bed! A bucket-o-chic! This is a serious contender for Entry of the Year Chez Wendyknits.net. Expect me to return several times today to ogle it all again :-)

  15. Wendy, you’re such a delightful blogger! Even in the middle of all I’ve got going on right now, I have to have my “Wendy fix” every morning ;^). The lens is superb, Lucy’s bed is fabulous, and Lucy herself… well! I so enjoy all the little glimpses of the “this and that” of your life and knitting fun.

    Long may you blog!

  16. Wendy,
    Congratulations! Lucy’s bed is to die for and Fern is so beautiful. Bravo!

  17. I love this pattern, and you give me the desire of knitting it. I choose a jamieson & spinning yarn, color woodnymph.
    You know 54 kits expect me at home… but i knit one all three weeks.
    another great comment and photos of Lucy’s bed !
    Reb

  18. Wendy, I’m always amazed how quickly you finish things – not just the actual knitting, but the sewing together. I’ve noticed this with your fair isle sweaters, too – it takes me *forever* to sew down steeks and everything. How do you do it so fast?!

    Fern looks beautiful, the bed is awesome, the lens works great, and I’m glad your friend took such delight in her bag! What a successful day you had!

  19. It was not your fault that you fell off the yarn diet. Evidence shows that Ebay is the spawn of satan, how can you reist the absurdly low prices. Just repeat after me, “low prices, tempting yarn, not my fault!”

  20. KNITTERS NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS

    Twas the night before Christmas and all around me
    There was unfinished knitting not under the tree,
    The stockings weren’t hung by the chimney with care
    ‘Cause the heels and the toes had not a stitch there.

    The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
    But I had not finished the caps for their heads.
    Dad was asleep—he was no help at all.
    And the sweater for him was 6″ too small.

    When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
    I put down my needles to see what was the matter.
    Away to the window I flew like a flash.
    Tripped over my yarn and fell down in my stash.
    The tangle of yarn that lay deep as the snow
    Reminded me how far I still had to go.

    When out on the lawn I heard such a noise,
    I was sure it would wake up both Dad and the boys.
    And although I was tired–my brain a bit thick,
    I knew in a moment that it must be St Nick.

    Yet what I heard left me very perplex-ed
    For nothing I heard was what I expect-ed.
    “Move Rowan! Move Patons! Move Koigu and Clover!
    Move Shelridge! Move Starmore! Move Spinrite!
    Move over!

    Lopi, don’t circle around, just stand there in line.
    Pay attention you sheep and you’ll work out just fine!
    I know this is hard as it’s just your first year
    But I’d hate to go back to 8 tiny reindeer.”

    I peered over the sill. What I saw was amazing:
    Eight wooly sheep on my lawn all a-grazing!
    And then in a twinkle, I heard at the door
    Santa’s big boots stomping on the porch floor.

    I rose from my knees and got back on my feet.
    As I turned around, St Nick I did meet.
    He was dressed all in wool from his head to his toe
    And his clothes were hand knit from above to below.

    A bright Fair Isle sweater he wore on his back.
    And his toys were all stuffed in an Aran knit sack.
    His hat was a wonder of bobbles and lace
    A beautiful frame for his rosey red face.

    The scarf on his neck could have stretched for a mile,
    And the socks peeking over his boots were Argyle.
    On the back of his mitts was an intricate cable.

    And suddenly on one I spotted a small label:
    “S.C.” in duplicate on the cuff.
    So I asked, “Hey, Nick, did YOU knit all this stuff?”
    He proudly replied, “Ho, ho, ho, yes I did.
    I learned how to knit when I was just a kid.”

    He was chubby and plump, a well dressed old man,
    And I laughed to myself, for I’d thought up a plan.
    I flashed him a grin and jumped up in the air,
    And the next thing he knew, he was tied to a chair.

    He spoke not a word, but looked down in his lap
    Where I had laid my needles and yarn for a cap.
    He began then to knit, first one cap then 2–
    For the first time I thought I might really get through.

    He put heels in the stockings and toes in some socks,
    While I sat back drinking a scotch on the rocks. Quickly like magic his needles they flew,
    Good Grief! He was finished by two!

    He sprang for his sleigh when I let him go free,
    And over his shoulder he looked back at me.
    I heard him explain as he sailed past the moon,
    “Next year, start your knitting sometime around JUNE!”

  21. Fern is absolutely beautiful, Wendy. I’m just another awestruck reader bowing before you! 2 weeks start to finish?!?!?

    I’m glad Lucy likes her bed, and that you can now actually USE your BBB instead of leaving it out for her to sleep on. ;-) Hope the ear is feeling better!

  22. Peg, that is hilarious! I missed it before I posted. Great writing!!

  23. Joan in Reno says:

    WOW! Great knitting (in the blog) and great poetry (in the comments)! Not to mention, pictures of Lucy. Too much good stuff all at once.

  24. Oh lovely things today! Peg is so silly! I am going to give a copy of this in my card for my mom as she is not getting her Sanquhar gloves for Xmas as planned. *sniff* (Got her the VK Book though!)

    Wendy, Wendy, guess what you inspired me to do?!? Well actually your photo in the December 12 post and the girls who commented who also inspired me….

    I cut 14″ of my hair!!! Never had short hair and I cannot believe how sassy I feel! I have been going back and forth on this short thing for a long time and yesterday I made a real last minute appointment and did it! I have waves that I thought I never had. I may go back and make it even shorter (more pixie-like)!

    Sorry about changing the subject, I had to let it out! ;-)

  25. Oh wow! the Lucy bed is amazing! It might be just the thing to keep my cats from sleeping in my yarn stash! Thanks for always being such an inspiration!

    Stella

  26. Greatly enjoyed seeing Lucy’s new bed and Lucy in it. My poodle likes to lay on top of my knitting…while I’m knitting it. Perhaps she’d like a felted bed as well. Oh, and Peg’s poem is a riot!

  27. Wendy, I never knew what a blog was until three weeks ago. Now I can’t let a day go by without checking on your knitting, Lucy and your wonderful sense of humor! Fern is beautiful and I am inspired to be more disciplined about finding time for my knitting! I have two Maine Coon Cats that I dote on but I think Lucy might be a teensy bit more spoiled. I also loved the poem by Peg.

  28. Well done on two more excellent finishes Wendy. Lucy looks so cosy and must be the most spoilt kitty ever! And Peg, thanks so much for a good laugh. I’m sure we all relate (apart from Wendy of course – who would have finished all Santa had to do in half the time …).

  29. Jen from Texas says:

    Wendy,
    I’ve been a vicarious reader of your web site for months. As a fairly new knitter, you have provided me with tons of inspiration and several good laughs! :) I am going to attempt the mini-fair aisle project on the Knitting Beyond the Hebrides site and was going to order from Jamieson & Smith. They don’t have secure online ordering, though, and sending my CC# in an e-mail makes me antsy. Have you had any problems with this? Is there someone else equally as cheap I could order from on the internet. I’m not near any yarn stores.
    Thanks and give Lucy and good chin scratch for me! –Jen

  30. Fern is gorgeous. Miss Lucy looks lovely in her new bed.

  31. Jenny (in Davis) says:

    OK, Wendy – I had to say I had my doubts about the kitty bed, being the owner of two finicky felines myself. But I laughed so hard at Lucy loving her bed – I can just see her tentative sniffing, the forepaw treading, then the FLOP into the bed. Hilarious! I had my husband come see the pictures, they are so cute!

  32. Wow – what a cool bed for Lucy! Om’gosh and you finished Fern – it’s beautiful. Lots of holiday goodies goin’ on there! :)