My current work in progress:

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


October Contest Winner

Drawn at random from the entries received, the winner of the Sock Contest is Marga in Japan. The complete list of URLs for free sock patterns is here, and will be linked to from my Knitting Page.

Thanks as usual to everyone who sent me an entry.

Felting Fun

Here is my second Booga Bag before felting.


This photo demonstrates that vodka and knitting do not mix.

Here it is after being felted.


The bag went through two cycles in the washer and felted down more than the last one I made, most likely because the washer was emptier — I only put one towel in with it. I thought I was going to have to send the bag through three cycles, so this was a pleasant surprise.

Lucy is more interested in her dinner, though.


I’ve started yet another bag in color 89 — I’ll show you what it looks like tomorrow.

PiS News

I finished the body! I finished the body!

Here’s a close-up of the front neck steek:


And the back neck steek:


And I’ve just barely started a sleeve.


I think I’ll be able to announce raffle winners tomorrow! Stay tuned!


  1. The bag looks great and so does the PiS cardigan. Now that I’m all done with my Dale fair-isle, I want to start another. Mmmmm, steeks!

    Looking forward to the raffle. Thanks for organizing it. I’m sure it’s been a lot of work, but it’s for a good cause and I know everyone had fun making the mousies. :0)

  2. Sandra aka Mrs. C. says:

    Good morning, Wendy. Thanks for posting the pix of your Booga Bag. I think I will have to give Noro Kureyon another try; hopefully next time I will have fewer (if any) knots. What are the dimensions of the finished bag?

    I am in awe of your PiS sweater. I wonder if I will *ever* be able to make something that intricate and beautiful. Well, I just “won” an ebay auction for some merino wool yarn that I am going to use for my first-ever-for-me sweater. Wish me luck!

    And about that Mouse-A-Thon gallery. I took some time yesterday to enjoy all of the photos there. Beautiful, funny, sweet. I didn’t see Maxwell’s photo there, though. You could add it to the gallery if you’d like.

    Congrats to the winner of the socks pattern contest. I’m off to peruse that list now.

    Great day, all.

  3. Finished bag is about 9 x 9 x 5 — sorry! forgot to mention that in the blog entry. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Did you do your own steeking or did the pattern actually call for it? I’m going to be converting my pattern to steeks when the time comes but I don’t know if it’ll be easy or difficult.

  5. Lovely work this weekend Wendy! My Booga Bag looks just like yours… we must have started at the same point in the colour pattern. My goodness you whipped wp PiS quickly!

  6. Wow, the PiS sweater will be done in no time! I’ll bet you have it completed before the end of next week. Lucy’s tail is looking luscious as ever. What a gorgeous kitty ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. You are a nut!

    Seeing the two bags you’ve felted, I’ve decided not to change the size of mine.

    Have a great Monday!

  8. Love your second Booga bag! I have finished knitting number 89 (all but straps) and now I’m on the last bits with color 40 (felting together in separate pillowcases). Can’t wait…

    PiS is almost done… it is so fab…. You should try out for the fastest knitter contest!!!

    Can’t wait till the raffle. So many people work so hard on this… It is just terrific!

  9. another Wendy says:

    Hello there, Wendy! Why are you using steeks in your pullover?

    It looks beautiful.

    I just stumbled onto your blog a few days ago and I’m in awe of how fast you complete your projects! How many hours do you knit per day/per week?

    Your blog is very inspiring!

  10. I love the Booga Bag pattern! Mine (color 128) is drying right now. I’m trying to decide whether to put grommets on the holes — I can’t make up my mind. If I do, I’ll put three on each side — one on each outside, and one to hold the center pleat together. What do you think? Would this work?

  11. Wendy, I LOVE it!!(The Booga Bag – AND how you were modeling it!!) You had me laughing and laughing!! As soon as I finish the scarves for Xmas and charity here in Richmond I’m on TO – Booga Bags!! Love Noro yarns – beautiful colorways!!

  12. Has anyone had trouble with the Kureyon colors bleeding while washing or felting? One of the knitters I know had the reds run while she was felting her bag, so I’m somewhat concerned to felt mine. (Almost done in color 124, nice and bright!)

  13. Wow you are on a felting binge! The bag looks great. When you felt with a towel, do you ever have trouble with lint on the finished felt? I was going to use jeans or something else to avoid that. latifa

  14. Jenny (in Davis) says:

    Wendy you are too hilarious! Vodka and knitting definitely mix, although I notish my gauzzzee is off shhomewhat when I drink and knit…..

    PiS is coming along so fast! I start my BoogaJ bag soon…..

  15. Should that be called Booga-After-Vodka? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Great bag, and I’m impressed at the way you felted it into submission! Happy Monday! :-O