My current work in progress:

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


Big Booga Bag!

Some notes about the Big Booga Bag.

I followed Julie’s Booga Bag pattern with the following changes:

I cast on 60 stitches and did 40 rows. I picked up 19 stitches on each of the short sides, and 60 stitches on the cast on side, for a total of 158 stitches around. I knitted 70 rounds on the body of the bag — made it just a bit taller than the “normal” bag.

I did a two-stitch i-cord edging around the top of the back, and in the middle of one of the long sides, made an i-cord loop to be used to close the bag with a button.

I made about 6 feet of i-cord for the handles, and knitted a 40 stitch-wide rectangle to use as an outside pocket — didn’t keep track of the number of rows. All this took just about 6 skeins of Kureyon.

In case you wondered, I did start another regular-sized Booga Bag — this one in color 89, like the last regular one I did. I took that one to work and my boss told me the color combo was her favorite. Because I still had plenty of color 89, I thought I’d make another one for her. Whether she wants it or not. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Yarn Diet

There are those of you who express doubts about my ability to stay on a yarn diet. Some of you have even suggested betting against it. Can you imagine?

I’m planning on staying on the yarn diet at least until after New Year’s. Anyone wanna bet me I can’t do it? If I lose or you lose, you hafta buy me yarn.

Heh heh heh.


Here’s a close-up of the pattern motif:


Cool, huh? I’m just about done with the body, and I think I’ll do the neckband next.

Lucy is very impressed.


And here is a mysterious photo of Lucy. She’s such an exotic princess!


Well y’all have a happy Wednesday. I’ll be away from my computer for large periods of time over the next few days, so if you email me and I don’t answer, don’t take it personally!


  1. This morning I don’t know which I like better — the pictures of amphora or Lucy. I think Lucy would have to win cause that lounging photo made me want to scratch behind her ears or something.

    BTW: now that I’m getting up earlier (7 am) it’s nice to have your blog all fresh and shiny each morning to look forward to reading. :o)

  2. Karen in DK says:

    Maybe Lucy should wear Amphora! The blue in her eyes matches the blue in the sweater (must be the Mara) — at least on my computer screen!

    Both are beautiful — Lucy’s eyes and the sweater.

  3. I love the sphinxlike Lucy photo. She’s so gorgeous.

  4. I am so proud of your yarn diet. I am with you on this diet. I am also on a yarn diet for the whole of 2004!!! I have enough yarn to make sweaters for the year and just need some black needlepoint wool to finish up all of my needlepoint projects.

    Good Luck.


  5. I’m with Donna. No yarn for 2004. That is – after I receive the latest shipment of Rowan, and the two Norwegian sweater kits. Thank goodness I got those purchases in before the Wendy Diet began.
    Just out of curiosity Wendy – how frequently did you purchase yarn before the diet began?

  6. I want a poster of lucy for my office for Chanukah please.

  7. I’m admiring your Amphora. Makes me want to knit one, but in cardie version. Not, however, until after the diet is under control. I prefer to call it my “I have too many freakin people in my family to buy Christmas presents for” diet.

  8. I’m on the yarn diet too girls…. I am swallowed by the amount of yarn of have (I still have about 4.5 pounds of qivuit alone if that gives you an indication). I do have an order from J&S (Thanks Wendy!), and an order from Elann coming in. Does get your creative juices going, trying to use balls of yarn I love, but never intended for a specific project!

    Now, I was told that J&S hanks are smaller than AS hanks, so I may run out of yarn… Does it count if I buy more yarn because I run out?
    Perhaps I better wait this weekend to start my diet….. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. Hey Wendy, not that I’m trying to tempt your yarn lust, but did ya hear that SheEweKnits has a stock of Jamieson’s brand new ARAN yarn? I hear it’s a perfect sub for Bainin. Did I mention that it comes in 19 fabulous shades? Oooo, I’ll bet it just *glides* through the fingers, caressing the needles, draping luciously across your lap…

    Lolly (suddenly craving a cigarette and off to see how the betting pool is going) ๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. I’m on a yarn diet as well–no sweater amounts of yarn (socks and such are still okay) for a Long Time. Don’t know how long that will be, but I have to finish a few things first!

  11. The “mysterious” photo of Lucy is just plain art. Beautiful! ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. I have added your yarn diet button to my page. If you start to feel faint and the thought of buying yarn creeps into the head of yours… just email me… we can keep each other on the wagon

  13. First of all, you amaze me with how fast you pump out your projects…and the speed inwhich you knit that intricate colorwork. With that said, I now have a question. When you stripe your bags do you knit in the tails or weave them after knitting? I’m feeling a bag coming on soon (I have a good stash of Lamb’s Pride wool, bulky weight) and would like to stripe my project(s), but am thinking about all of those tails to tuck.