My current work in progress:

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



No, not the fragrance by Calvin Klein.

Something that Julie (Queen of the Booga Bags) said in my comments yesterday got me thinking:

And you say you love bags. Do you also love baskets, boxes and other
containers? I am obsessed with them and my husband says it must be
somthing psychological — this obsession with containers. He he!

I hadn’t really thought about it before, but yes, I do love all sorts of containers. To the point of obsession. Thinking back on it, I think I’ve always had a container obsession.

I have an embarassing number of purses, because I am always in search of the ultimate purse. No purse yet has met all the requirements for ultimate pursedom. It must be able to sit in my lap on the train without falling over. It must be easy to open and close with one hand. It must have an outside pocket to hold my farecard and car keys. It must have an inside pocket to hold my pens and other small junk. It must be large enough to hold my purse stuff plus a smallish knitting project, but not be too large as to be unwieldy. Oh, and it must have both a shoulder strap and carry handles.

Many purses have tried, but none have yet met all those criteria.

I have Coach purses, Louis Vuitton purses, Dooney & Bourke purses, and Brighton purses. All have tried, none have met my requirements for Purse Charming.

I have similar issues with luggage and totebags.

I love baskets. I love small collectible boxes. I have always wanted to collect Battersea enamel boxes and antique Limoges boxes but they are too bloody expensive.

A Special Treat!

Here’s a special treat, courtesy of Vanessa, a frequent Wendyknits reader and commenter.

Wendyknits presents . . .

Vanessa’s Tiny Felted Bag


Isn’t that adorable? And what a great way to use up leftovers from your Booga Bag!

Here are photos of it in its pre-felted state:



And here is the pattern:

tiny purse-
leftover kureyon
co 40 sts (10 1/2 needles)
k1, sl1 across, turn
k1, sl1 across, turn
repeat each row 21 times, or 42 rows altogether. you are making a tube which will be turned inside out, so don’t mess up the k1, sl1 or it won’t be a tube!
alternate slipping every other stitch onto separate needles, now you have a tube.
b.o. 20 sts,
k 20 sts
p 20 sts
k1, ssk or sl1 k1 psso, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1.
repeat last 2 rows til you have 4 sts left.
p1, p2tog, p1
do i-cord to make a loop, b.o.
sew loop together.
turn the bag inside out.
you have a tiny envelope.
felt along with your bag.
sew on button. done!
of course you can make it as big as the amount of leftover yarn you have, i had a pretty small amount.

Questions, comments, praise? — email Vanessa!


Lucy helped me do a bit of work on Amphora.


This is the narrow pattern that is worked at each side of the body. Cute, eh?


November Contest

The November Contest will be announced on Monday — watch this space!

Speaking of Monday, I’m taking the day off work. Tuesday’s a holiday so that means . . .

Four day weekend!


  1. i’m so excited i could burst! now i’ve had my 15 minutes…

  2. Wendy is the Queen and Vanessa the Princess! Great bag, Vanessa, I learned that tube thing a few years ago but haven’t put it to any constructivbe use yet. Knit on!!!

  3. Véronique says:

    Wendy, my favorite bags are from the Longchamp line because there is a large choice of sizes, colours, etc… :

    I also like very much Didier Lamarthe and Lance, but could not find a web-page for them.
    Maybe a shopping trip is in order…
    Amphora looks fabulous.

  4. Veronique, I’m not sure if I should thank you or curse you for giving me the URL for the Longchamp website. So many beautiful bags! So little money! Arrrrggghhhhh!!!!!

  5. Thanks for the Amphora close up…my fingers are itching to get back to the Shirt Tail hemmed FI…but it will be after the holidays for sure!

  6. Well, I too love purses and containers of all types. And now that I am living in Japan, what have I decided to collect while I’m here? Bento boxes! I don’t mean the type you get at restaurants which looks just like a divided tray. I mean the type Japanese people use as lunch boxes – the cutest little multi-level boxes, sometimes with internal dividers and built in chopsticks… cute, and yet practical for every day use. What more could you ask?

  7. Vanessa, that’s a great little bag! Thank you for sharing the pattern with us all.

    Wendy, Amphora is so beautiful — I may have said this before, but it is so hard to believe it is only 4 colors. What an inspired design.

    Have a great long weekend — I’m hoping to do the same thing on Monday if my crisis dies down! (Send silent thoughts of international cooperation over to the British government, if you wouldn’t mind.)

  8. on the “container” thread. I just found the neatest little container for transporting socks (and other dpn projects) in progress. Pictures are posted on my blog at:

  9. Have a GREAT weekend – you deserve it!

    While hope springs eternal, I have temporarily given up on finding the perfect purse and have turned to backpacks – I’m using one from REI – while it still doesn’t meet alllll my criteria – at least there is room for my knitting and my wallet, etc. I also have a thing about “knitting bags” – my apartment runneth over with my collection.

    Wendy, technical question – I see with Amphora you’ve knit a facing at the bottom – could you explain how that works. I’m starting to knit a fair isle from the book “Sweaters from New England Sheep Farms” – “Indigo” – using wonderful yarn from Snowstar Farm, but I want to use a facing at the bottom, not the suggested border. Many thanks.

  10. Beth in Richmond says:

    Wendy, I LOVE the small purse!! I use the little ones as it forces me to only take along what is really necessary. I was going to wait til after Christmas to knit up a bag – but now I’m off for Noro yarn tomorrow to do several small bags.
    *And Hello to Lucy from Teakie and Sooner!!

  11. Heh. There is no such thing as too many bags, boxes, baskets or neat things to put other things into… There is such a thing, however, as not having enough space to keep them all in 😉

    I fall into the container obsessed as well. The Container Store used to be a very dangerous place for me. But lately I’ve gotten more into making them for myself via origami or other papery mechanisms.

    Amphora is lovely!

  12. Oh my goody-ness! I love that tiny little bag, Vanessa. I had left over Kureyon that I had no idea what to do with, but I suppose I’ll be mak’in me self a little bag ^_^.

    Thanks ya Wendy for putting the pattern up.

    I’m lov’in Amphora, Wendy (is doing a research paper on decorative Greek art from the Archaic period).

    Take care

  13. I seem to collect “Stuff-to-put-stuff-in” for knitting as well as all my other “stuff”. Little tins, beautiful boxes and baskets fill my home. Mind as well make the “stuff” look nice and be organized at the same time.

  14. Margaret Robinson says:

    Wendy, I just read your comments about collecting, bags, containers, etc., to my husband. He accused me of writing those comments. Yes, I, too, am on the continual search for the ultimate purse … but have sidetracked off to the perfect backpack. Last purchase is okay as purse, but doesn’t really hold any knitting other than a premie cap or one sock.


  15. Gotta say it ~ Me Too! I’ve been a purseophile as far back as I can remember. My aunt was one, too, so I guess I take after her. And I’ve got the container bug as well. Hmmm, never made the connection before but I like it. The little felted purse is now a must ~ thanks!

    Just came back from the library with a copy of Alice Starmore’s “Aran Knitting”. I covet this book but will have to be content with borrowing it for now. Hard to rationalize since I spend far more on a single handbag.

    As always, Wendy, supberb kntting 🙂

  16. Wendy I have your purse! At least I think it meets almost all of the requirements you listed. It’s a pebbly leather like the Dooney and Bourkes (sp?) so its pretty stain resistant with an outside pocket, a handle and a strap, and the inside is divided into two pockets with a dividing smallish zippered pocket and a small zipped pocket on the lining and a magnetic clasp on the flap. The only bad part is that I have no idea where it came from or what brand it is, a friend bought it, didn’t like it and gave it to me years ago. I carried it a few years ago but I have attention deficit pocketbook disorder and have to change purses frequently (however I have had the same wallet for 13 years and refuse to give it up-go figure!) and the purse is buried in my closet somewhere. If I can find it, I’ll see if I can find a brand name or something so you can track one down-I don’t think I can part with any of my purses. Right now I’m carrying a linen Kate Spade that is nice because it holds everything and I can look in and see everything, but so can everyone else, so I have to guard it with my life. Anyone else have this problem with Kate Spade bags?

  17. Ditto for me on the purse, knitting bag, container obsession thing…I think it must be a gene that all obsessive knitters have. Personally, I wouldn’t have it any other way! I love being obsessive about my knitting and anything related…now I can add knitblogging to the list! (sigh)

  18. Purseophile, that’s me! Here I was, just reading along the comments and wondering if there was a name for this affliction. That one is perfect, Marie!

    I finally gave up on the perfect purse and settled more for a wallet on a string type purse and larger knitting bags so I can toss my purse inside. It’s working for now, but the search continues.

    Lucy looks lovely in Amphora, but then she looks lovely in anything. My son (who is 13) reads your blog over my shoulder, hoping to catch a glimpse of Ms. Lucy.