My current work in progress:

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


Hackers Suck

Pardon the indelicacy of my phrasing, but that says it best.

I have to close comments on my blog entries after a few days, thanks to hackers going in and leaving links to porn sites. And yesterday I removed my blogroll (list of links to other blogs) thanks to hackers.

And when the blogroll service was restored, my blogroll was empty, even though they were supposedly restored from a back-up. I hadn’t gone in and deleted anything after the hack attack, so I don’t know why my list disappeared.

I initially decided to not use the blogroll service from now on, but it’s considerably more convenient then hardcoding links, so it’ll be back. Slowly. Because the ability to add links was down for most of yesterday, and still is unavailable.


Yarn Diet

Some people seem to have misunderstood and thought I was commanding everyone to stop buying yarn. Those of you who left rather vehement comments on my blog understood that I wasn’t recommending a yarn diet for one and all. The comments were all in good fun. But believe it or not, I got a couple of downright nasty emails about it. Along the lines of “How dare you tell me what I can and cannot buy?”


Okay, I’ll stop whining about stuff.

I am proud to announce that I have bought no yarn since November 6.

Lookie here!

It’s the Big Booga Bag, ready for felting! Ooh! Ooh! Ooh!


And the pieces after felting.


Lucy was surprisingly “paws off” during this process.


Knitting Baskets!

We have gone over six baskets! Wow!


  1. I don’t know what’s wrong with some people, can’t they just leave well alone? I’m also having problems with porn links being left in older comments and ridiculous emails from people. One person in particular keeps mailing me to say she hates my site. Great, I’m very happy for you, now just go away and stop reading it then!

    Sheesh, some people. Its hard to ignore it although I know that’s the right thing to do.

    Well done on your yarn diet, I dont have the willpower for that although I do try..

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  3. Karen in DK says:

    You have a great site — well-written, entertaining, educational and fun. Don’t let a few bad apples get you down.

    Big Booga looks beautiful. I haven’t made a large one yet and look forward to trying soon. I am still working on my sand dance scarf.

  4. Big Booga looks great! And don’t worry about those people …

  5. Caroline in NH says:

    Sorry about those people leaving rude comments. I had problems a while back when someone was sending spam with *my* return address… I closed down almost all my email addys and my “regular” homepage because of it…

  6. “How dare you tell me what I can and cannot buy?”
    Do you really have this much power? Because, if you do, could you please tell me to stop sneaking cigarettes when I have a few beers at the pub. And maybe tell me to stop eating so much chocolate. And, when you’re done with that would you tell my stress headaches to please take a hike!! I’d be ever so grateful ๐Ÿ˜‰
    If only….
    The latest Booga looks gorgeous!!
    Knit on, blog on and Booga down!

  7. Just wanted to let you know that I have added the yarn diet button to my page!!! I’m on a serious yarn diet and I’m glad to see that someone else is in the same boat I’m in!!!

  8. Love the booga bag–those colours are just my type.

    Sorry to hear about all the spam–the trappings of being famous I guess (internet papparazzi?).

  9. Am I going to have to get you a bloggyguard???

  10. I had to chuckle that some people were upset about the yarn diet. For me, it is like support in ANY diet. Nice to know you are going thru it too and keep me reminded I have a ton in my stash that is delicious and in need of knitting. My eyes are always too big for my ‘stomach’ when it comes to yarn so thanks for helping me on this ‘diet’–at least until the holidays are over…

    And, I am knitting a fun eyelash scarf from my stash that would have just lingered without the diet!

  11. I periodically go on yarn diets, especially when a yarn binge opportunity is in the near future, i.e. Stitches Market or a great yarn sale. I know I can ‘fast’ when I’ve got my eye on the prize. Sort of like people who diet before a reunion or wedding.
    Now that I have a fairly large stash, I find that I’m less impulsive in the yarn I buy, and have at least a nebulous idea of what I’ll make with the yarn before buying.

  12. The best thing about the proliferation of Booga J’s bags is that I get to see a variety of Kureyon colorways all knit up, so I can decide that hey, I want a sweater in #55! I love the way that periwinkle-like color just pops out!

    (Me deciding to go on a yarn diet is like me deciding to not eat pizza. It’s gonna happen, and I know it’s gonna happen no matter what.)

    That blogrolling thing was weird. All my links are back, but the update I had made to Kate’s address is no longer there.

  13. that is rather odd that people would think you’re commanding them buy and/or not buy. i wonder if it say something about our society as a whole- that we are all often a bunch of lemmings. or, if it shows what your celebrity in the knitblog world has become- wendy speaks so all should answer. which is kind of funny. either way, people can be so sensitive and often take it out on others, and, it is pretty lame that people are insecure enough about something like their own yarn buying habits to feel you were trying to boss them around.

    in other news: the big booga looks great. i’m knitting my first out of koolaid dyed wool (no yarn diet here, i’m just broke ๐Ÿ˜‰ ).

  14. I agree with the previous comment – wow! I didn’t know you had THAT much power! But since I now know that you are The All Powerful, can I put in a few requests? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Sorry to hear about the hackers (in addition to the whiner). There are several (many??) blogs that I don’t bother to bookmark because I know you have links to their site. I’ll be happy to see when you’ve beaten the gremlins.

  15. I agree with ya on the suckage of hackers. I also wanted to say how nice the bag looks. Absolutely splendid! :o)

  16. So sorry about the hackers–this must be incredibly frustrating for you. Why don’t they confine themselves to something more challenging, like computers at the p\Pentagon or something? Surely that would be more interestesting than a site about knitting.

    I’m so impressed with the knitting basket fund. Thanks for such a great idea and handling all the logistics to make it happen.

    As for yarn diet–I’m not buying any more (at least for the next few days), but I have lots left from earlier days that now no longer looks good to me. Every now and then, you mention that you have gotten yarn in a trade. Is there some sort of bulletin board or something out there where we can post yarn we’d like to trade?

    Thanks so much for all you do.

  17. 6 Baskets! That’s 12 sheep and 12 llamas! And the flock is still growing! Well done! I’m so happy that Kureyon 55 blossomed into a lovely Booga Bag! It was unhappy languishing in my abandoned knitting.

  18. Your blog is still the first that I read with my morning coffee…gets my head into knitting thoughts immediately.

    Wondering if you decided to add more rows to the body of your bag and how high it is after felting; you had said, orginally, that you might add more when you got the the end of it. It is gorgeous! Thanks for all of the inspiration.

  19. The Big Booga is my favorite so far; I knitted a vest in that color. Hackers definitely suck–I can still hardly believe they attacked something as innocuous as Blogrolling…

  20. The bag looks great, Wendy! (I feel like I’m repeating myself — every day your knitting looks great. I need a thesaurus.)

    I was holding back on yarn buying (not a diet per se) after Stitches East, but I got very annoyed about something last night and remembered the immortal words you quoted from a knitting song a while back: More yarn will do the trick! What a coincidence that the Knit Picks catalog came that very day. I bought one of their half-off “try it now” specials, and felt so virtuous for saving so much money that I bought a Lantern Moon bag as well! Then they had no pink sock yarn so…. let’s just say my husband’s minor transgression ended up costing him almost $200. But then I felt so much better that I even forgave him!

  21. Ah, people whose middle names must be “I have no sense of humor and nothing better to do.” Sorry about that, Wendy, and sorry about the blogroll loss – I thought Blogrolling Jason had said that only changes since Saturday had been lost, but other updates indicate that the loss was more widespread. Truly a bummer. Which returns me to one of the axioms of modern life: mean people suck. On the bright side, I’m getting ready to knit my first Fair Isle – a Lopi-style cardigan (Lopi pattern, Lamb’s Pride yarn). You’re such an inspiration to me (sniff!) ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Big Booga!! What is the skein count on this size bag?? While I am on a real-time diet, yarn is my substitute for chocolate – for now- no calories, no fat! ahhhh.

  23. Wendy..

    Take a look at for some relief from comment spam.

    I’ve been hit a dozen times in the past month, but thanks to this plugin, things are quiet again.

  24. Wendy – so sorry about all the trouble on your site. Please don’t let it get you down. So many of us enjoy your site and really look forward to it! As for the yarn diet – sorry about the nasty e-mails! In looking at my comments I realized they could have been taken as negative, but I was at least trying to join in the fun and explain why I was opting out of the yarn diet. Hopefully it wasn’t one of the comments that was taken as negative. Of course, I’m with everyone else – if you are as powerful as all that I, too, have a list of less than desirable habits that I would like you to tackle!! In the meantime, keep up the good work – you are very inspiring and entertaining.

  25. If it makes you feel any better, I knew your yarn diet was a personal choice. I even went out and bought 9 more balls of yarn the next day ๐Ÿ˜‰

  26. Glad you told us what had happened to your links. I wasn’t going to comment, as it is your site and your links, but it was a major nuisance yesterday finding all the sites that are usually just a click away from your site.

    Isn’t it a shame that all that energy and time being used for negative activities such as hacking couldn’t be channeled into something useful?

    And my reaction to your yarn diet? Oh, goody, more for the rest of us!

  27. Wendy,

    It’s completely off today’s topic, but I just started a Baby Norgi. Although I didn’t think it was possible, I’m even more impressed with your fair isle prowess now that I’m trying my very first Wendy design! Thanks for giving me somewhere to start. My favorite part so far is that keeping good tension with two color knitting is easier with finer yarns.

  28. I wondered what happened to the blog roll. I really like this feature, since it tells me what blogs have been updated.

    So sorry for your bad day, maybe it was a conspiracy, as mine was stupid/mean people day as well.

    Never commented here before, but wanted to say that you inspire me. Thanks for lightening my day.


  29. another Wendy says:

    Here’s my .02 re: your yarn diet. I think when you restrict yourself, your creativity increases–an inverse relationship, so to speak. Hey–all I know is that when I used to quilt, I had SO MUCH fabric it stymied/overwhelmed me. Not so, now, with yarn. And you know what? It feels good!
    Good for you, Wendy!

  30. I’ll put AOL’s spam messages right up there with hackers in the suckiness quotient. And for those who have a problem with your yarn diet, all I can say is
    “Lighten up Francis!”

    (I’m going to have to rent that movie for my kids because I tell them that all the time and they have no idea what I’m talking about!–we finally rented Monty Python and the Holy Grail and they now get “run away, run away!”)
    My booga will be hitting the washing machine tonight #91, really cool!! Have a great Tuesday!

  31. I love that movie!

    I’m a lean, mean, knittin’ machine!

  32. Sorry to hear about your hackers. I seem to get one rude person continually posting to my blog board. Actually kind of amusing, at least it’s not porn spam, just someone who doesn’t care for me.
    I like the Big Booga. I purchased more Kureyon last week, the day before you announced your yarn diet. The yarn diet sounded good at first but then I saw something I just had to have on eBay. Maybe next year. ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. Maybe you should open your blog with “I am Wendy the Great and Powerful, who are you and why do you seek me!”

    Isn’t it a shame that some people are only happy when they’re making others miserable? What a sick world we live in. Don’t let it get you down. I’m working on Frogner and going to start my first Booga Bag. You and L-B are my inspirations. We love you just the way you are!

  34. Poo poo and double poo to the hackers and the peple who have no humor…. Perhaps they need a bit more coffee in the morning?!?

  35. Wendy, are posting bots writing to your site? Might be able to get around it by changing the script names, since MT has fairly standard names and it’s not difficult to guess them and write a script to attack them. I’m going to try this myself not sure how long it’ll let me stay ahead of them though.

  36. So sorry to hear about all the troubles you’ve been experiencing with your website. I’ve had some of the same problems–hackers really do suck! I’d definitely give that plugin Jerry mentioned a try.

    Your booga bag looks fabulous! I’m knitting my first one and am excited to try out the felting process.

    I wish Lucy would give my cat a talking to, because she won’t leave any of my projects alone ๐Ÿ˜‰

  37. minasgranny says:

    Just wanted to say how much I enjoy and appreciate your blog – you have taught me a lot about knitting and have helped me find all kinds of (mostly) knitting-related info. You also inspire me in ways besides knitting. I’m so sorry about the nasty emails (shame on them!) and the truly tacky hackers. Isn’t it amazine what kind of twisted stuff turns some people on?!?

  38. You knew I was kidding about the yarn diet, didn’t you?? ๐Ÿ˜›

    How can someone like your mean one even BE a knitter??…knitters are smarter than that…

  39. “Non lite tes bastardes carborundurum” (Don’t let the b*stards get you down ๐Ÿ™‚

    What in the heck are porno/spam/hackers thinking when they do stuff like this to a KNITTING site? Hello? DUH? Not like they’re going to drum up a lot of business. Sheesh, if these guys put half as much effort into doing something positive & productive, just imagine what advances we could make.

    About the negative comments re: yarn diet. People who have no sense of humor or who are so weak minded that they must get their life’s guidance from reading other people’s blog postings need to get a big reality tap! Hello, people…get a life!

  40. Wendy, I was all motivated by your will to go on a yarn diet and thought I’d try it, but I already FAILED. I went to the yarn store today and bought two skeins of mohair for no reason other than they looked pretty. But I promise to try after December, when the sales end. Hee!

    Booga Bag is looking pretty!

    P.S. I can’t believe the way some people interpret things. I get strange e-mails or comments like that sometimes from people who get all hyper-sensitive or offended about things *I* write on *my* site, like what I’ve got on my site is up there especially for them. Uh..helloooooo? It’s my weblog, and it ain’t about you, slappy.

  41. Becky, does it count as staying on the yarn diet if someone else buys the yarn for you? Just one skein . . .

  42. Well based on the premise of if you work out enough you can eat what you want, how about if you knit enough you can buy all the yarn you want?

    How about knitting up a little voodoo dolly in the shape of blog gremlin/spammer/sucky folk and getting those long corsage pins and letting em have it? I think that would use up some of those little shetland yarn odds and ends, no?

  43. Don’t you just hate it when people take things the wrong way?

    Bleh, some people can be a bit dence at times, but I’m sure those knitters (by now) have realize what a mistake they’ve made in their all too quick assumption.

    The smart knitter understood the yarn diet concept, idiots in general don’t tend to grasp ideas.

    Oh well.

    Sorry to hear about the hack-i-ness.

    Take care, hun.

  44. Hackers and migraine at the same time. You deserve better!
    In Ref. the Yarn Diet – I am so sad that you missed my confession about my 40 lb. J.& S. stash.
    Your site is about:-
    Inspiration to the rest of us.
    Elevating the level of knitting skill for many.
    Help for needy animals.
    And now, help for people who need to be able to
    support themselves.
    I think you should be nominated Knitting Delegate to the U.N.
    Your writing is humorous and intelligent.
    You are read and appreciated worldwide.
    Keep going. We’ll be reading.
    Best wishes,

  45. Ok, if it doesn’t count if someone else buys the yarn for you, how about it doesn’t count if no one sees you buy it? After all, we all know calories don’t count if no one sees you eat them! Or . . if the person you’re with buys more than you do it doesn’t count? Hmmm – the possibilities are endless!

  46. Jenny (in Davis) says:

    I agree with all of the above, Wendy. Don’t let all these jerks get you down. We love you. I can’t believe anyone would think you were telling them what to do! How very amusing.

    I myself just splurged on Pacific Coast Highway on ebay (DAMN YOU, STARMORE, DAMN YOU!) and so I am on a serious yarn diet… for as long as I can stand it, which I’m sure won’t be very long after the book comes in the mail ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Don’t change who you are, Wendy.

  47. I really like your blog, Wendy. I’m deathly allergic to cats, but I love reading about Lucy.

    Just in case you DO have the power to make people do things they don’t really want to ….. can you make sure I go hiking every second day from now on?

  48. Love watching Amphora progress, what a beauty….Booga bags too….. How many ways can I say ‘ I like it, I like it’
    Hoo hoo, a yarn diet….implies we have too much stash… last I qualify for a group….DH is sure to want me to sign up….. grin
    Awwww Wendy, those nasties, hacking your blog!!! Just goes to show you that prolonged hacking will destroy brains.

  49. So, some people thought you were ordering them not to buy yarn? Well, I can see that. Because you are kind of bossy like that, oh, NEVER. Actually, your reputation as the most prolific yarn procurer on earth sort of blows that out of the water. Speaking of which, I’m kind of worried about what this yarn diet of yours is going to mean to the general yarn economy. I think Elann’s sales must have gone through the roof during tank season and Noro must have a bust of you in their offices by now. Are you *really* not buying any yarn. Hmmmm. I think I need to set up a web page to take some bets on this. Anyone want in on the action? ๐Ÿ™‚

  50. re: just one skein, it doesn’t count if someone gets it for you to finish a pre-yarn diet sweater!

  51. Joan in Reno says:

    Even if you had ordered us to quit buying yarn, I can’t imagine getting that exercised about it. If you don’t like what you are reading, just don’t read it any more. Simple, no?

    Love you and Lucy. Keep it up!