My current work in progress:

Moth Cardigan, designed byAmy Christoffers, knit from Rowan SoftYak DK in the Plain colorway, using U.S. size 3 and 5 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.

Book032712 240x234 Noni Flowers!

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:

baguette080906 Noni Flowers!

And “In the Sculpture Garden” for my mom:

noni080706 Noni Flowers!

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!

BookA032712 217x240 Noni 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:

BookB032712 240x160 Noni Flowers!

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:

BookC032712 240x160 Noni Flowers!

Here is one of my favorite flowers:

BookD032712 240x160 Noni 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:

BookE0327121 240x160 Noni Flowers!

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:

WIP032712 240x160 Noni Flowers!

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:

Lucy032712 240x160 Noni Flowers!

Comments

  1. Mary Ann says:

    Hortencias in Spanish, hydrangeas, they were so beautiful last year in the other Washington. I wonder how Lily’s sister, Zen, got all the way out here?

  2. oh yes please consider me. Flowers can be a rare sight here in AZ in the full heat of summer (our true dormant season!)

  3. Irises. and yellow roses. I am on a fabric flower kick right now…wanting to make all kinds!

  4. Geraniums…absolutely!

  5. My goodness, do I have to pick just one? I love them all! The Bird of Paradise speaks to me, and although it’s not a native flower, I will always remember the first time I saw these regal flowers growing outside in a huge bush, in San Diego.

  6. I love the Johnny Jump-ups!

  7. Geraniums!!!! Wait—tulips!!! But late autumn….Japanese anemones!!! Thanks for offering up such a fun giveaway!
    stephanie´s last blog post ..Yarnalong and WIP Wednesday….

  8. One of my favorite flowers are yellow roses. Thanks, Wendy!

  9. My favorite flower is the violet. I think I would need lace weight yarn to make felted violets.

  10. Hard to pick a favorite, but I think poppies would rank up near the top.
    KEM´s last blog post ..Busy knitting and spinning

  11. I love red tulips and I am about to have a garden full of them!

  12. Violets…even though my Dad had me dig them up as weeds!

  13. I think my new favorite flower is the forget me not, they grow along my path here and are always such a cheery site

  14. Gail Rector says:

    Trilliums; I named my daughter Trillium.

  15. I love morning glories, because they welcome the day.
    Kathy´s last blog post ..And They Both Purred Happily Ever After

  16. I hope the Peace Lily is included – it is my favorite flower!

  17. Love your bags – so cute! My favorite flower is the paperwhite narcissus, but I’m a sucker for all flowers, even the knitted & felted kind.

  18. I like lily of the valley and the pink stargazer lilies with the great smell oh and of course the texas state flower, the bluebonnet….

  19. Hands down, it’s the stargazer lilly. The colors and fragrance get me every time.

  20. I love daisies – I had a mixture of white an purple in my wedding. I’d have to agree that I do love the smell of lilacs though.

  21. Claudia Gabriela says:

    Red roses, I love them 🙂
    Thank you for offering the book it is very nice of you.

  22. My favorite flower is the Lily of the Valley – early bloomers and shy since they almost hide in the shadows.

  23. I love daisys!!
    jpeled on ravelry
    Jessica Peled´s last blog post ..Episode 8: I Wanna Craft All The Things!

  24. Daffodils here, in honour of my Grandmother.

  25. I’d normally tell you Lilacs are the ones. But currently I have a little stem of daphne in the kitchen, and those tiny flowers have filled the air with the most lovely citrussy sweetness. So currently daphne wins the prize!

    Love the skinny baguette. What could be cuter!

  26. One flower only as a favorite? That’s hard. I love big showy bright flowers, but I also love old-fashioned flowers. Today, though, I’m going to say hibiscus.

  27. I like the dogwoods. My favorite thing to see blooming in the spring. I would love to know how to knit some, so I hope I get the book. Thanks for your blog. I enjoy reading it.

  28. Looks like an amazing book. My favorite flowers are Lilacs….beautiful color and fragrance.

  29. My favorite flower is the Pink Princess camellia that my grandmother planted and is blooming today in my back yard

  30. My favorite flower is the one blooming in my garden at any given time, so right now it is the Ashe magnolia. I envy those of you who live far enough north to grow peonies.

  31. Favorite flowers? Gerber daisies. You can’t help but smile when you see them. For the garden I would say petunias. If taken care of, they bloom all summer.

  32. timeforme says:

    My favorite flower is a pansy!!!

  33. Favorite flower is tulip. Always means spring to me

  34. My favorite flower is the peony. (Though it’s really hard to pick just one!)

  35. Ooh, what a difficult question. I guess I would have to say Indian jasmine. You wear strands of it in your hair and it seriously perfumes the entire room. The flowers are not remarkable looking, but oh the fragrance! Just divine. I like lilacs and peonies for their fragrance too but they are mere shrinking violets (pardon the pun) when compared to that tropical superstar.

  36. Honeysuckle and Nicotiana. I love their wonderful smells!
    lawheezer´s last blog post ..A Little R and R

  37. my absolute favorite flowers are peonies! there’s also these pretty wild flowers that grow in our yard that I love too, but I don’t know what they’re called

  38. I love lilacs; we have two varieties in our front yard, surrounding our porch, and sitting out there in the spring is heavenly…

  39. My favorite is the tulip

  40. I Love dutch iris. I also love Noni patterns and have had great success with felted purses.

  41. My fave flower is peony. I love the scent and the full gorgeousness of the rounded shape with myriad petals.
    BTW: You must be one of the most prolific knitters on earth! lol. How do you crank it out? Are you a continental knitter?

  42. My favorite is any and all day-lilies.

  43. Susan D. Smith says:

    Cleome…Rothschild Lily…Jonquils

  44. Wow, that’s a hard one. I love Siberian iris, and pansies. And hollyhocks. And who wouldn’t love roses. And peonies. And the smell of lilacs and honeysuckle. Mmm…. I’m so glad I don’t really have to pick just one!

  45. Donna Shadix says:

    My favorite flower is asian lilies.

  46. Gretchen says:

    Oh, I dearly love hibiscus! I hope she has one in the book… 🙂

  47. My favorite are lilacs. Had a bush growing outside my bedroom window when I was little.

  48. I absolutely love Daffodils, spring has sprung !!!

  49. Daisies or Sunflowers. Those purses are adorable.

  50. Choosing just one flower as my number one favorite is a challenge. I think I would have to select gardenias for their sentimental value to me. Sixty-five years ago, my mother walked down the aisle with a bouquet of gardenias to greet my father and exchange vows of matrimony. It was a pivotal moment in a love story that endured throughout their time on earth. I always think of my parents whenever I see a gardenia and it brings a smile to my heart.
    Linda´s last blog post ..Thursday Thoughts – A Clever Hat

  51. My favorite flower is Iris. My mom grows them indoors every winter! I’d love the book. The pictures are awesome! Thanks for sharing!

  52. Dorothy Van Daele says:

    At this time of year, tulips are my favourite. Next month, poppies, then peonies…. What a beautiful book!

    I’m a new sock knitter and wanted to try toe-up. Found “Socks from the Toe Up” at my local library, and I’m on the second vanilla sock. Your instructions are so clear that I have had almost no rip-backs, yet the crochet cast-on was completely new to me and so was the wrap. Toe up seems so much more elegant than the cuff down that I learned first! Love your book! I’m searching for a copy of my own. Thank you.

    Dorothy

  53. I love pansies and violas with their smiling “faces”

  54. My favorites are lilacs, and lilies-of-the-valley. I really do enjoy pretty much all flowers, but you said to pick a favorite so I did.

  55. My favorite flower is the lilac. My grandmother had a huge lilac bush in her tiny, urban backyard that smelled exquisite every spring. Grandma is long gone, but those memories come flooding back every time I smell lilacs.

  56. Sweet peas. No, Lily of the valley….tiny tiny bells and fresh frangrance….are they in the book?

  57. i’m not sure….i think at the moment lilies 🙂

  58. I love tulips! The shape is just so appealing.

  59. My favourite flower is the Magnolia, so beautiful its almost regal.

  60. Karen Hoffmann says:

    Love any flower that will bloom for me!

  61. Daffodils are definitely my favorite.

  62. Geraniums are my favorite flower

  63. Elizabeth S. says:

    Would love to help Spring arrive by knitting some beautiful flowers!

  64. The rose is my favorite flower, but I would love to make any of the flowers in the book.

  65. Susan (sjanova) says:

    What an amazing book! I knit flowers every year for a lady who will be 94 in a few weeks and haven’t started yet (yikes). Since her daughter is having an Asian tea party for her, I have been looking for an appropriate flower. A lotus flower, maybe? My mother loved sunflowers. Me? I like almost all the flowers I see (unless they have an obnoxious scent).

  66. Rochelle says:

    I also would love this book! My favorite flower is vinca. It is hard to choose a favorite though.

  67. Kathleen says:

    My favorite flower is pansy. I would love to win the book.

  68. Just like so many others, it’s so hard for me to pick but irises seem to be a theme for me on Spring. The knitted flowers in the book are gorgeous.

  69. Freesias are my favorites 🙂

  70. I love Magnolias. This Noni book is georgeous!

  71. Daffodils for me.

  72. My favorite flower is the pansy. My great grandfather had a greenhouse and pansies were his specialty, and when I was in college, my sorority’s flower was the pansy. I don’t know if this book has one, but I’d love to win.

  73. My favorite flowers are pansies.

    This book looks amazing!

  74. The Noni flower book is beautiful! After seeing it, I’m tempted to try a felted bag on my own.

  75. my fave (at the moment) = iris

  76. I am so glad you shared this. It brought back so many memories for me. My favorite blog post so far.I love knowing what it took.
    Sophia´s last blog post ..Learn Spanish in Medellin

  77. One of my favourite flowers is a fushia and another would have to be a creamy orchid. They are exquisitely feminine.