My current work in progress:

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


More Booga Bag Goodness!

Yup, this one’s a regular size Booga Bag (in answer to Teresa’s question).

And Anne had an interesting idea:

What do you think of doing one or two purl stitch(es) each row at the corners? Would that make the blocking easier? Like turning a facing, only vertical, to define the corners?

Cool, huh?

It might be worth a try! I block my bags over two small size Priority Mail boxes and they fit perfectly, but for someone who was unsure or inexperienced in blocking, that would be a good idea, I think.

Lucy’s Dinner Service

Lucy has quite an array of dishes, doesn’t she? I forget to mention that Lucy’s placemat under her dishes has a lovely photo of Devils Tower Monument in Wyoming on it. I wonder if she looks at it and wants to visit there?

Who’s a fuzzy girl?



More real life nonsense cut into my knitting time last night, but Lucy did help me do a bit more on the second sleeve of Amphora.


Knitting Baskets!

Late yesterday afternoon we hit the seven basket mark! Woo-hoo!


  1. Hi Wendy,
    I must laugh so much each time I read about the “real life nonsense cutting into your knitting time” because ….. very often I just feel exactly the same :-))
    I’ve made my swatch for Henry VIII recently, it’s sooo gorgeous, can’t wait to start knitting! (This is not much a comment, I know, but it’s so exciting, I just had to tell somebody ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Isn’t Henry VIII the greatest? I loved knitting it!

    I can understand your excitement! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Man are you up early! I think it’s funny to hear you and your readers talk about your pet’s dishes and placemats…my baby is a teacup poodle (all of four pounds) and she dines in Walt Disney’s Princess dishes which have Snow Whie, Cinderella and an arabian princess (don’t know her name…my kids aren’t little anymore)in the bottom of the dish. Her placemat is a leopard print fur; and as you can imagine, she’s a wee bit spoiled:-)

  4. You know, I designed a bag last year that is vaguely similar to the Booga Bag, but has a couple of major differences. The first is that it is knit in five panels and then stitched up. The second is that it is knit relatively firmly for something that’s going to be felted, with two strands of Lamb’s Pride bulky on #15 needles. (Or 17, doesn’t really matter.) This leaves you with a very firmly felted fabric that still has some stitch definition. The third is that, because of the seams, it really doesn’t much need to be blocked, just straightened out and dried. It’s a more structured look, but it also uses more yarn and takes more time than knitting the sides of the purse in the round.

  5. Lisa – Jasmine, from Aladdin.

    My dog (a 15-month old Shetland Sheepdog named Arwen Isobel) has a stoneware bowl that says “Royal Highness” on the side in calligraphic italic script. We got the cats, who share a bowl, a matching one that says “Attack Cat”.

  6. Oh my gosh… real life nonsense cutting into my knitting time was just what I was thinking right now. My Hubby and I had a business function last night and I grumbled to myself just now about how this really cut into the completion of Diva’s holiday dress!!

    Do you get the idea that we fiber nuts tend to pamper our companions more than the average joe? Mags and Sam have earthernware dishes that say prince and princess with a cat paw for the wet food, and bowls with a cat wearing a crown for their dry food and water.

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Wendy!!!

  7. We’re visiting my husband’s family in NoVa right now, and I finally got to ride the Metro for the first time (I’ve never lived anywhere with a subway, or even with really good mass transit period)… I can certainly see why a small knitting project is handy for the time spent, but wowza! I’m impressed you have room to knit in the evenings! Or maybe the Orange line from DC to Dunn Loring is just extra special packed. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. Stay toasty!

  8. I’ve knit a couple of bags which used a slip stitch every other row at the corners to better define the edges. I’ve also done a Booga Bag and blocked it over a 12 pack of Diet Coke–no corner problem there either.

    Your mileage may vary. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Have a Happy Thanksgiving, Wendy! You’ve been spreading a lot of goodwill through Wendyknits and deserve the blessings returned a hundred fold!

  10. “and who has such a pretty face?!”
    That what I ask Portia all the time – how funny. I lemming-d the bag – wunderbar! Time for more! Thanks for the inspiration.

  11. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Wendy. I stayed home today to prepare for the revelry, so I didn’t get my morning knit-blog fix. But at least I got to knit in line at the grocery stores! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  12. Just curious, how many sweaters do you have, it seems that you make on average 1 a month? How long have you been knitting. I aspire to be half as competant as you. Thanks for sharing your success with us, gives me hope.

  13. The book arrived this morning and i am chuffed to bits with it- Thank you so much, Wendy!

    Also, happy Thanksgiving to all those in and from the USA!