My current work in progress:

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


A Felting Tale

Yesterday I felted my Booga Bag.

Popped it in the washer, inside a zippered pillowcase along with towels and jeans.


I ran it on the hot wash/cold rinse cycle — it took two trips through the washer to felt it down to size.

Then I put two small size Priority Mail boxes and a copy of “Lord of the Rings” inside it.


Then stood it upside down so it could dry properly.


It felt pretty dry yesterday — I think my washer’s spin cycle is very efficient — but I’ll leave it there for a day or two to make sure it’s perfectly dry.

Lucy seems unimpressed by the whole thing.


I’ve got more that six feet of i-cord for the handles, I think — more than enough. But I wanted to make sure there was plenty in case it shrunk down alot. I used a bit of the third skein of Kureyon to finish off the body of the bag, then just knitted the rest into i-cord. There were serious transit delays Friday afternoon, so I got all the i-cord done on Friday.

I probably could have felted this bag down a bit more, but I like the size now and how the fabric feels. It’s about 9 x 9 x 5 inches.

I’ll post a photo when it’s complete and the handles are on, and send a copy to you, Julie. Thanks for the great pattern!

Turning Off Comments

Over the weekend, someone spammed my comments, big-time. It was all older blog entries, and most of them were from what looks like a porn site, complete with link to the site. Each one was from a different IP address, so blocking the IP won’t work.

What I’ve decided to do is to turn off commenting after an entry is a couple of days old. I have turned off commenting for September 1 through last Friday’s entry. So if you try to leave a comment on an older entry and can’t, that’s why.

And if you see an odd entry in the comments that’s not about knitting, I’d recommend not clicking on the link.

Some people are really a pain, aren’t they?


  1. lucy looks like she thinks the spammers are a pain! i love the look on her face ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Karen in DK says:

    I love that Lucy-Look, too!

    Your bag is so pretty and now you’ve inspired me to try to make one. Thanks!

    Did you ever check out the Vogue knitting article? I would love to see it but cannot get Vogue Knitting over here.

  3. I *love* the Spongebob in the bag picture! We’re big Spongebob fans here.

    Yes, spammers can be an incredible pain; they should all receive *severe* electric shocks, at the very least.

  4. So much for Blog Etiquette ๐Ÿ™

    I love your Booga bag, Wendy! And Lucy is a star, as always.

  5. Thank you for posting the felting process in such detail. About one year ago, I tried to felt a pair of clogs. I did something wrong (they stuck to each other) and all that good knitting and yarn were wasted. I have been gun-shy ever since. Kureyon is gorgeous and costly and I would hate to goof this one up!

  6. One more question…Do you use soap when you felt?

  7. Hi Purl! Yes, I did use soap in both wash cycles while felting. So my bag is CLEAN! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Karen, I did buy Vogue Knitting over the weekend, so got to see my URL in print. I was in the Interweave Knits article a few months back — I even had a quote in that one.

    Just something else to make my head swell even more!

  8. 3 things:
    1) the bag looks awesome :^)
    2) spammers suck :^(
    3) I have that EXACT same spongebob — but ate all the candy in one sitting. :^o

  9. 3 things:

    1) thank you! ๐Ÿ˜€
    2) I agree! ๐Ÿ™
    3) so did I ๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. Hmmm..Spongebob gave me an idea—How about a felted pumpkin bag? Would the face disappear in the felting process? Lucy looks a little peeved by another bag to fill for you! Not that she doesn’t have enough toys to share. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  11. I’ve gotten a few porn spams too. The IP addresses were all similar, so I decided to block a range of addresses. I hate to think that there’s some decent person out there who’s now unable to visit my site, but I can’t take the porn spams. As soon as I update my MT, I’m gonna go the closing comments route as well. Sorry they got you too!

    Love the Booga Bag! Was it fun to felt?

  12. Here’s a link to an anti-spammer site, I think from Jerry G (. . . Manly Art).

  13. Looks like you’ve got links turned off also. Here it is again, revised.
    http colon //www dot jayallen dot org/journey/2003/10/mtblacklist_monday_hell_or_high_water#entrytrackbackinfo
    Hope it shows this time.

  14. About the comments – yes, got hit by these spam this weekend. I would suggest installing MT-Blacklist as well to over to that site that AJ referred you to. I’ve got it installed – you need to have loaded on the server and I’ve put a request in with my hosting service.

  15. Spammers are out of control. There should be laws against Porn Spam.

    L-B, I think you could do a felted pumpkin bag. Look at Stefanie’s site ( for her felted skull bag… if you can felt a skull, why not a jack-o-lantern?

  16. Thanks,Rebecca! The skull would be fun,too!

  17. I love Lucy’s disinterested look! She’s got such personality!

    I ordered some non-Noro yarn (solid colors) to make a bag…can’t wait for it to come! I need some relief from the boredom of my husband’s 2×2 rib sweater. Ugh!

    I was reading someone else’s blog last night and they, too, mentioned getting all kinds of porn spam. Someone has been busy! Sorry it got to you, Wendy.

    Thanks for all the great felting photos.


  18. Yes, spam is truly evil. I think there should be a law against it and against unsolicited telephone calls, too. And can we talk about junk mail?? (Don’t get me started — I’m a raving regulator!)

    I love your bag, and I think it’s great that the chartreuse showed up one more time to make matching top and bottom stripes. (Oh, and I’m extremely jealous of your ebay score! I’ve really got to learn how to use that.)

  19. How ’bout a Booga-Spongebob bag??? Lots of yellow yarn (with maybe a few inches of brown at the bottom–don’t want him pantless). Cool!

    Where did you score Halloween Spongebob? (Of course, if you tell me anywhere other than Wal-Mart, I’ll be out of luck–here in the boonies!)

    Try the bubbles on Lucy–I think she’d love them!

    Cheryl in AL

  20. Spammers, UGH! I loath them so…. Sorry they hit you.

    Love the way Lucy is looking at you… Priceless!

    Where did you get the Halloween Spongebob??? Oooo…. Diva has a Spongebob mini lunchbox and needless to say, I can’t touch it, “dis Spongebob is mine Mommy…”

    May have to try the felted Spongebob bag. Hmmm… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  21. Another side of spam: someone used my husband’s e-mail address when posting links to a porn website on people’s blogs. You cannot imagine the nasty e-mails he got from bloggers! He answered each one separately, basically saying that his e-mail address was “highjacked”. Some people were OK with that, but some just continued slamming him. Please do consider that some of these email addresses may belong to completely innocent people.


  22. My spam all came from one email address (but from multiple IP addresses) – a Yahoo address that is invalid.

  23. Wendy-of-the-tattooed-goodness-that-is-Shaun –
    Your little prize is in the mail today!
    Mwah, darling!

  24. ugghhh, i hate those spammers!
    looking forward to seeing a photo of the finished bag ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. Someone sent spam email to an email address of mine the other day, and it was an address I’ve only ever used for commenting on blogs. That struck me as uniquely scummy and I wouldn’t be surprised if it was the same batch of bastages. I’m hoping there is a special level of hell reserved for them, complete with lots of broken glass and lemon juice and salt. I don’t care if it is someone just trying to make a livelihood or something, there are lots of other ways to make money. I mean, REALLY. grrr!

  26. I think Lucy’s expression can best be described as “nonplussed.”
    And, the bag rocks!

  27. Spammers suck. ๐Ÿ™

    What’s the green yarn-looking material in Lucy’s picture?

  28. I’ve never felted before… so I’m scared I’ll mess things up. I’m a walking contradiction with 2 left feet. Bad combo.

    I also want to say thanks for the lace pattern indexes. I was looking for some cute bookmarks and doilies. <3

    Just paying my homage! ;D

  29. Wendy,you’re so-ooo speedy! I don’t know how you do it. It’s all so beautiful. Thanks for the inspiration.

    I guess we all love Lucy. Can we see her tail again soon? Is that a Pierre Deux sofa she’s lounging on?