My current work in progress:

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



The Big Booga Bag is all done. Side one:


Side two:


In answer to Lisa’s question in yesterday’s comments, this bag is knitted from self striping yarn, so there are no color changes. But if I were making a bag with several colors, whether I knitted in the tails or weaved (wove?) them after knitting would probably not matter. As a rule, I tend to weave rather than knit in, but there’s really no reason why you couldn’t do either.

Amphora News

She has a neckband! Here it is, in its unfinished state. There’s a facing that will be sewn down on the inside.


Lucy checked the instructions while I was knitting.


Yarn Diet!

The diet continues. Lolly, you are a very bad girl to try to tempt me with new yarn. Hang your head in shame!

And thanks to Kimberley for her offer of moral support! One always needs a buddy on a diet. Especially when more than one of your friends says “You? On a yarn diet? Ha ha ha!”

A question in my comments yesterday about my yarn buying habits pre-diet. Nothing consistent — if I saw something I’d like, I’d buy it. I bought as though I feared the iminent extinction of sheep. But I could go long periods of time without yarn purchases. If there was nothing that tempted me.

I am a fickle girl!

Knitting Basket

Check out our total! I think we’re well on the way to a seventh basket, thanks to you generous people!


  1. What splendid knitting. I love the booga bag variation, and Amphora is too gorgeous. Amphora doesn’t present like only four colors…I can’t get over it. Beautiful!

    [I hope you have Thursday off (going by your post-time!)].

  2. Lovely Booga Bag… I’ve been felting away for Christmas presents, and wondered how you sewed your pocket on? I’ve been toying with adding pockets to my creations as well. I’ve never commented before, but I read (and admire) you every morning before my kids (3 and almost 5) demand breakfast. Amphora is GORGEOUS. Thanks! Suzanne in Ohio

  3. Karen Heinig says:

    I just finished a regular-sized Booga bag and I also thought about making it larger. I love your results! I put a pocket on the inside of mine–it’s a Christmas gift and who couldn’t use a pocket for their keys, right? The other thought I had was to make another one using BIG Kureyon since the resulting fabric would be thicker and more substantial. I don’t have any of that in my stash yet. LOL

  4. Love the Big Booga!

  5. Oooo me too — lovin’ the bag! And of course, lovely Lucy. :o)

  6. Great bag-could you share the finished dimensions? I LOVE that kureyon colour (keep to the diet Steph, keep to the diet)!

    And I love Amphora–it’s fab

  7. Very cool Big Booga Bag! I love that color too. I’m trying to get some to make a bag for my sister for Christmas. I think it’s a sophisticated shade. Love the pocket too — may need to add some pockets to some of my bags!

  8. You know, we should form a support group for the yarn diet. :::my name is Mary, and I buy too much yarn:::::

    I have to admit…I am going to my LYS tonight to buy some Anny Blatt. It is all 50% and I am buying mohair for scarves to sell at a craft fair next year. So that doesn’t count, right? After that…no more!!! I moved in May and realized that I had 10 boxes of just yarn not to mention all the other yarn gagets. Help me!!

  9. LOVE your bag!!! Love Amphora! It’s such a pleasure to see your “work in progress” and your work completed. It gives me motivation! Many thanks!

  10. Ooo I have to have that bag!!! And those colors are so fab… Must… go… get…

    Did I mention my diet starts Sunday??? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Love Amphora and little Lucy… I just want to lay with her!

  11. Mea Culpa,Wendy! Your resolve is to be admired! ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. I notice you didn’t use grommets or some other kind of reinforcement for the handle holes on the bag — are you worried it might rip if there’s weight in the bag (or is the bag for lighter-weight items)?

    Personally, I guess I’m never sure if grommets or reinforcement are the right answer or not — I mean, if it’s gonna rip out, it’s gonna rip out through the grommets or reinforcements pretty much as quickly as it would rip through a buttonhole or eyelet because, well, you can’t reinforce all of it…. Then again, maybe the bulk of the wear is more friction-related, so grommets or reinforcements help? Whaddaya think?

  13. I love the side pocket on the Booga variation!

    I’m joining the Yarn Diet myself – my stash is big enough to entertain me for a long time and I need to save the money! Made a button for myself that anyone can use if they want:

    Be Strong!

  14. I’m sorry Wendy. {Hanging head *reeeally* low} I am deeply ashamed of trying to make you buy new yarn. Um. Yeah. Deeply Ashamed. I just want you to know that as penance, I will not buy any more of that beautiful Jamieson’s Aran for a whole month. On the other hand, your Amphora is so pretty, I may have to contact my special secret yarn agent and get her to order it for me from “She Who Will Not Sell Yarn to Moi” ๐Ÿ˜‰

  15. Love the way the pocket looks. Amphora is stunning. It looks like you are doing a different neck than the pattern.