My current work in progress:

Sundew,by Martin Storey, knit from Rowan Softyak DK, using 3.25mm and 4mm needles.

Noni Flowers!

I was lucky enough to be sent a copy of Nora J. Bellows’ upcoming book Noni Flowers: 40 Exquisite Knitted Flowers. It is due to be published by Potter Craft on April 10.

Remember when Nora Bellows came out with her patterns for Noni bags? Knit felted bags, some embellished with knitted flowers. I was entranced with them and made a couple back in the summer of 2006.

I made the “Skinny Baguette” for my sister-in-law:

And “In the Sculpture Garden” for my mom:

Both bags (and flowers) knit from Cascade 220 and felted. They were such fun to make.

Well, Nora Bellows now has a book with instructions for 40 different knitted and felted flowers!

Apart from the patterns for the flowers, there is a lot of great how-to information — everything you need to know to be able to knit your own garden. I love this spread about the importance of gauge:

Different weights of yarn and different needle sizes do make a difference, don’t they? 🙂

One of the things I love about these flowers is how beautifully detailed, realistic, and accurate they are.  The instructions are well-written and very well photographed:

Here is one of my favorite flowers:

In addition to the detailed instructions for the 40 different flowers, there are 6 patterns for some items that incorporate flowers. Here’s my favorite, a sweet little bag:

The Knitgirllls did a great review of this book in this week’s video podcast, so if you want to see more, hop on over there.

Potter Craft very handsomely offered to send a free copy of Noni Flowers: 40 Exquisite Knitted Flowers to one of my readers. Who’d like it?

To be entered in the drawing to win a copy, please leave a comment on this blog post telling me what your favorite flower is (doesn’t have to be one in the book)by noon Eastern time Sunday, April 1, 2012. A winner will be chosen at random then.

Thanks, Potter Craft! 😀

Ruffles and Ridges Wrap

My Ruffles and Ridges Wrap is close to done. Here, Lucy checks my workmanship:

Sharon is done with her version of the wrap. She knit hers using 400 yards of a heavy fingering weight yarn. Mine is done with 600 yards of what I think is a true fingering weight yarn (even though in Ravelry Kauni 8/2 is listed as sportweight). When mine is complete I’ll post photos and all the details for both versions.

The pattern for the wrap will be available for sale next week. It will include tips for using different amounts and weights of yarn and changing the shape of the wrap to a triangular shawlette. And a step-by-step illustrated tutorial for short rows in garter stitch.

Lucy is exhausted after her knitting inspection:


  1. At this time of year, all flowers are my favorite. Extra soft spot for roses though.

  2. I’d have to say the rose – not just for the velvety petals and the lovely scents (in the heirloom varieties), but they’re good eating & drinking, too! Few things combine beauty & utility the way the rose does.

  3. I love pansies. I haven’t knit any Noni bags, but I’ve certainly admired them.
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  4. Barb Bartelme says:

    Favorite flower – many, but in spring Peonies. Would love this book also. New project looking good and Lucy darling as usual. Have a good day.

  5. Pat Eloe says:

    Love the book!!! My favorite flower is the hybrid tea rose.

  6. I would love to have this book!!! I have making a Noni purse on my knitting bucket list and this book is the perfect fit! Thank you for sharing! I love Lily of the Valley–they have the sweetest fragrance and they just ring of love!

  7. Old fashioned roses that smell. Wisteria. And Johnny-Jump- ups/Violas. They are sooo cute…

  8. Julie L. says:

    Favorite flower? Well, I’d have to say peonies–for their softness, their multilayeredness (not a word), and their delicate smell. They’re like softballs of elegance.

  9. My favorite flower? Tulip! Or daisies, if tulips cannot be found. 🙂

  10. Lothea Lian says:

    My favorite flower is generically the tulip, but specifically the fire tulip!

  11. What a great book! I may have to buy it if I don’t win. And I’m on a book diet. Currently my favorite flowers are ranunculuses! So pretty! Thanks for the great review!

  12. Gardenias

  13. My favorite flower is the daisy — simple and sweet. 🙂

  14. Enter me! And please spend some time catering to Miss Lucy’s every whim. It looks like she’s had an exhausting day!

  15. Margaret says:

    Wow~ Who wouldn’t want this book?
    I would love to have a copy.

  16. monica b says:

    I love my bleeding heart

  17. RoadBunner says:

    The hibiscus is my favorite flower 🙂

  18. I love tulips, and they’ll be out around here soon – looking forward to that. It would be wonderful to knit them for the rest of the year.

  19. Dana Attwood says:

    The Dahlia is my favorite, the bigger the better. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  20. I like a lot of flowers, but have a special soft spot for orchids (usually dendrobiums, but I like most of them).

  21. My favorite flower is the crocus, I guess because it is so ephemeral.

  22. I love Iris,
    and English violets,
    and Hibiscus,
    and Daisies,


  23. Claudia Collier says:

    Favorite flower…gerbera daisy. And I too knit a Noni bag-stranded color, but no flower. Still love. it.

  24. Favorite flower I love them all! Roses,daffodils,sunflowers,are top of the list.But i also love tea olive flowers for fall and winter,then there is the tiny blue flowers on rosemary.I cant decide! Consider me for the drawing so I can make them all!

  25. I always find it interesting to get other people’s viewpoints and perspectives on any aspect of knitting – so I’m sure I would enjoy this book if Im lucky enough to win. Thanks or the opportunity to enter the drawing – I always enjoy your blog.

  26. If I am forced to choose one favorite flower, it would be the magnolia. But, truly, I love them all. I also LOVE to knit flowers. I wish I had the book in my hands. Thank you for even the possibility of that coming true.

  27. paula henderson says:

    Flowers in time for Spring. I’d love to win! Thanks

  28. Genie Cormode says:

    Flowers are one of my top ten favorite things about life. It is hard to pick a favorite, but today it would be hyacinth.

  29. Lynn Kenny says:

    I love daylilies -all the exquisite variations.. used one for my Ravelry pic. Please pick me!

  30. Hi Wendy! and “meow-hello” to Lucy from my kitties!!

    In Texas, they are called Bluebonnets, and in Maine, they are larger and called Lupines. Either way, they are gorgeous and my favorite!

    Pick me!

  31. I have a friend named Noni and I would love to make her and others some of these great flowers. Beautiful concept. Flowers that don’t fade.

  32. I saw that the knitgirllls reviewed this as well! I have whispered to a friend that this is what I want for my birthday. I’ve been wanting to learn how to crochet just to make flowers. If I get this book I can just knit them! My favorite flowers are anything brightly colored. I probably have a slight preference for tulips though. 🙂
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  33. Scotlynn says:

    I am partial to bleeding hearts. Or violets. I may just have to purchase that book, but winning would be a thrill!!!

  34. The book looks great. I love daisies!!

  35. Hmmm, favorite flower would be a carnation for their variety, easy acquisition, beauty and yummy smell.

  36. Bananieknits says:

    The gardenia takes me to Florida where I used to visit my grandparents.

  37. I love peonies. They are beautiful!

  38. I’m captivated by Irises. I think it’s the blue/yellow ones that get me the most. Pick me for the book, please!

  39. My favorite is the Iris.

  40. I haven’t tried felting as yet, but I did pick up a book about Noni felting. I saw some scarves and they were just beautiful. Flowers would make small projects, almost instant gratification. I can see this may become addictive.

  41. What a cool book!

    Lilies of the valley are my favorite flower. They’re already coming up here in Wisconsin this year: so odd for March!
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  42. Luray Rose says:

    I love the idea of a knitted garden! Roses for me, and daisies.

  43. Deb Sanger says:

    My favorites are anemones . . . I love the intense colors. I have trouble growing them though!
    Maybe the book has some to knit 😉

  44. I love me some knitted flowers…….hope it’s my turn to win! 😉

  45. Oooooooh, hibiscus! No, California poppies! No, bachelor’s buttons!

  46. Louise in MAryland says:

    Lilly of the Valley is my top fave, then lilacs. Oh, and I love bleeding hearts, too, and Iris….

  47. Dahlias are my absolute favorite, or maybe peonies, or lily of the valley, or……

  48. Holly Dambaugh says:

    I love tulips and lilacs

  49. I love hibiscus. They make me think of the beach. 🙂
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  50. I love lily of the valley and lavender and rosa mundi. Thanks for offering the book. Happy knitting.

  51. Without a doubt my favorite flower are calla lillies. There is something intensely lovely about their shape that I adore. On the other hand, my favorite fragrance is lily of the valley. So perhaps I should just say ‘lillies’ and include them all.

    It would be magnificent to have a chance at that book. all the beautify flowers…and without a single antihistamine.

  52. I love flowers, but especially snowdrops. They remind me of my grandmother and my childhood and that spring – and summer, will actually be back soon.
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  53. Peony is my favorite!

  54. Diane Rizzo says:

    Hydrangeas are my favorite. I planted different varieties in my backyard. This book looks lovely.

  55. I love tulips!! Seeing fields of tulips just makes me smile!! Wouldn’t a bunch of felted ones just hit the spot anytime?
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  56. Love Queen Anne’s Lace…

  57. Orchids, definitely orchids. I wish I could keep them alive.

  58. Donna from Muskegon,MI says:

    I love Irises, hopefully there will be one in the book. I’ve only seen 1 other pattern available for one.

  59. Linda Stackowitz says:

    My favorite flower is the Stargazer Lily. I love the smell.

  60. Love flowers.

  61. Cindy Petty says:

    Hi Wendy! Love your blog! I read it faithfully. I love, love, love flowers! My favorite flowers are the simple ones, like daisies! I also adore Azaleas. We have a place here in Southern Indiana that is an Azalea Garden; great for weddings and such! If you ever plan to visit us (especially in the Spring), I would love to take you! TTFN! Cindy

  62. Roseanne Nichols says:

    Favorite flower – gardenia. What a wonderful book!

  63. I love the big colorful gerber daisies, just bought a big batch for a birthday! They are so vibrant…

  64. The carnation is my favorite flower because of the exquisite scent. Almost spicey.

  65. Two favorites…gardenias are so fragrant & beautiful but I can’t forget pink dogwood blossoms. They are just a delight in spring in Ohio for just a short time & then I wait a whole year to enjoy them again.

  66. Katherine says:

    My favorite is the iris.

  67. One of my current favorites are camellias – I’ll claim them since I don’t think anyone else has here yet.

  68. Phyllis Holder says:

    Just what I need. It looks like a great book. My favorite flower is Colombine.

  69. I could use that book! I have a great-great niece arriving in June and a blankie that needs to be adorned with flowers! FINALLY another girl!

  70. The book looks incredible! My favorite flower is the passion flower. I doubt it is in the book but it would be interesting to try to knit.

  71. I love sunflowers. A month ago, I planted about 15 seeds which sprouted out in 3~4 days. But they grew too fast, too thin. Now they are all gone. I will redo the rest of package of seeds.
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  72. Where was this book when I was trying to come up with a flower design to trim my granddaughter’s hat?! I always say hydrangeas and pansies are my favorites, but I really love almost all of them!

  73. Right now my daffodils and hyacinths are on bloom bit my favorites are tulips.

  74. Marilyn T says:

    I like most flowers but my favorite is the sweet pea.

  75. So hard to choose, but I think my favorite flower is the peony!

    What a fun book! Thanks for having a drawing, Wendy!
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  76. Mary Beth says:

    A Lily.

    Thank you for the chance.

  77. Kristine says:

    Favorite flower – daisies. This looks like an interesting book!

  78. Adriene Brookes says:

    I am new to Wendy Knits, but I am in love with all the beautiful things I see. My copy of Wendy Knits Lace arrived today. I was thumbing through it when I came across instructions for something that had been holding me back from starting a pattern I really wanted to try, and just couldn’t understand what or why they were asking for. Your instructions were so clear and made perfect sense they way you explained it. I whipped out a crochet hook and needles and gave it a try. Provisional cast on is no longer and obstacle. The patterns in the book are gorgeous and I can’t wait to try one or four of them.

    and my favorite flower is Lily, my great great grandmother’s name.

    Adriene Brookes

  79. I want to say I’ve never meet a flower I didn’t like, but that would be untrue, there are a few I just can’t warm up to but if I must choose…Sweetpeas I believe. A beautiful range of colors and so sweet an aroma.

  80. PoodleYarn says:

    Noni’s patterns are masterful works of engineering! I have been waiting for this book to be published for a couple years now, and would be really grateful to win this copy!
    Favorite flower? hmmmm that is tough……..really tough. I do love dahlias, roses, peonies, iris, daffodils, lilacs, and oddly enough, those really hugh thistles!

  81. Kristina says:

    I, too, knit the Scupture in the Garden bag – I love it! I have always loved the details of Noni bags. My favorite flower for looks is the Iris, and for smell, I love Gardenias.


  82. What is your secret to being able to knit everything up so fast? I sit at a computer all day. I would love to sit knitting all evening knitting (my cats would love it also). But my hands would hurt and I’d become even wider than I already am.

  83. Daisy’s, Sunflowers, tulips…. Cosmos… LOL Lilacs… I like most flowers with their bright colours and life.
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  84. That looks like a really neat book! Thank you for giving away a copy.

    Also, Lucy is too cute! I love her pictures so much!

  85. MizMelly says:

    Calla Lilies? So elegant and beautiful!

  86. My favorite flower is the star gazer lilly. I used to work part time in a florist delivering flowers, and I could always tell whenever an arrangement had a star gazer in it….such a sweet smell!

  87. I love roses the best.

  88. I have always loved the yellow gladiola best, but love gladiolas in general. This was also my grandma’s favorite.

  89. My favorite are lilacs. To me, it isn’t spring until the lilacs bloom. They remind me of when I was a little girl. There were gigantic lilac bushes just outside my window &the I would crack open the window to just let the scent permeate the room!

  90. Roses!

  91. Karen Shannon says:

    Thanks for the draw Wendy! I love Noni’s designs. My favourite flower is the wild rose.

  92. I think my favorite flower is the tulip–it looks so elegant.

  93. Pretty flowers! I love pasque flowers.

  94. My favorites are roses, I find them irresistible

  95. I love just about any flower but especially Gerber Daisies and Daffodils!

  96. My favorite flower is the crocus. It lets me know that spring is just around the corner. But this year, they where up in February and we did not have a winter. Oh for the warm weather.

  97. Rosebud!

  98. I love roses and iris.

  99. My favorite flower is the delphinium. I have a row of them in front of our stone wall. They bring in July for us here in Northern Vermont.
    Your new shawl is great!

  100. I think my favorite flower is a pansy. The colors are great for a dreary time of year.