My current work in progress:

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




Remember the old cartoon “Fat Albert?” There was a character who wore a hat that covered his whole face, with holes cut out for his eyes.

All I need are the holes!

As you’ve probably guessed, that’s my bucket hat in its pre-felted state. Huge, no?


But lookie here! After only one trip through the washing machine, it was magically transformed into this:


I thought it would take three washes to do it, but it took just one.


I’m here to tell you that Colinette Skye yarn felts beautifully.

I made a large hat, partly because I have a big head (that’s big head, not swelled head) and partly because I wanted a hat that would fit loosely and not smoosh down my curls too much. This one does the trick. The only thing I’d do differently is to not make it as tall from top to bottom. So now I know for the next one.

Thank you

For all your nice comments yesterday. Lucy does indeed love her kitty bed and I am going to have to make her another one, for the bedroom. She usually sleeps on my bed, but sometimes she drapes herself on top of a dresser, and it would be nice if she had a cosy comfy bed there.

She’s not . . . spoiled . . . do you think?

Anyhow, I encourage all of you who have small fuzzy critters who might like a bed to make one. It’s really really easy, and it can be knitted from any feltable bulky wool, with or without the fur edging. As I mentioned before, I’ve posted the free pattern on my website. It’s available as a link from my knitting page (look under “Knitting Gallery in my sidebar).

At least two of you who have blogs I’ve read have adorable toy/teacup poodles. Those tiny tots deserve felted beds!


I’ve made a Fern page, also linked to from the main knitting page. Don’t bother to go there, because the only photo there is the one I posted yesterday. But if I have time and the weather cooperates, we’ll take some outside photos over the weekend. I’ll let you know.

Yup, I knitted it in 20 days. See? I told you it was entertaining. πŸ™‚

And Lolly, if you’re reading this, I’d love to follow Vanessa’s suggestion and have a Fern Day Out at MDS&W sometime. We could be the Bad-Ass Fern Girls!

Mobius Cowl

I started knitting the HeartStrings Soft Cables Mobius Scarf in Peruvian Collection Baby Silk (80% baby alpaca 20% silk) in color “peridot,” held doubled, on size 5 US needles — pattern and yarn bought from Elann. I think calling it a cowl is more accurate.

I started this at 2:00am yesterday morning — I’m an insomniac. This is the first time in years, though, that when I can’t sleep I’ve turned on the light and started knitting. I figured — who am I kidding? I’m not going to sleep again before my alarm goes off at . . . ahem . . . 4:25am, so I might as well do something constructive.

I left it on the couch last night and got up for a minute. Then the phone rang. When I returned to the couch, I saw this:


And I saw this:


She looks just a little too innocent, doesn’t she? I couldn’t get angry with her because it was my own fault for leaving it unattended. And the yarn is quite alluring.

Well, I decided she did me a favor, because I thought I’d like the pattern better knitted in something with a little more body. So I started it again with some Noro Cash Iroha (40% silk, 30% lambswool, 20% cashmere, 10% nylon) on a US 7 needle. And I like the results much better.


And I love my macro lens!


  1. Oh Lucy,Lucy,Lucy !
    A neat little mess though.Not strung around the furniture !
    I agree,Skye makes fab felt.I like the slight texture to it.
    That would be a nice way to start the New Year,buying more Skye…

  2. Oh thank goodness she’s tidy when she plays with your yarn! Could you imagine a yarn jungle upon your return? She’s one smart kitty. Plays with momma’s yarn and then hops right into her new kitty bed. “Yarn, what yarn? Oh THAT yarn! MEOW” LOL

    Bucket O’ Chic is very cute πŸ™‚

  3. What did you use as a form when you blocked your bucket hat? The shape is perfect.

  4. I used a china cachepot — it was exactly the right size!

  5. Wow, a Kitty Knitty Critic! She is discriminating and already knows a lot about drape and yarn weights.

  6. I still marvel at how felting can turn dull, lifeless knitting into that awesome hat. You’d think I’d be over the thrill by now.

    I also kept meaning to thank you again for the incredible work you and Theresa did on the Heifer Project contributions. I just looked and you’re almost at $4,000…that is just incredible. I’m glad your readership are such amazing folks.

  7. I just bought some of that Baby Silk for a lacey Jaeger sweater pattern and it seems oh so yummy. What are you going to do with it instead??

  8. *LOL* I know well how innocent cats can look! You made me laugh, thank you!

  9. I’m embarassed to say that I had to look several times from the description to the picture to figure out that you said “peridot,” not “periwinkle.” (Where’s the purply-blue yarn??) I’m glad to see that Lucy will be keeping you on your toes.

    The hat looks great – can’t believe how much it went down in one wash. I, for one, am dying to know what your next sweater will be!

  10. Awesome bucket! The color is so lovely and wintery. I have some Skye in my stash that I’ve been dying to play with. Were you able to do the hat in just one skein? Did you knit a double thickness for the brim?

    I’ve also been admiring Lucy’s new bed. I have three cats who love to lay on the things that I am knitting. Maybe I’ll have to make them something special of their own!

  11. Thanks Wendy!
    After seeing how awesome your new digital photos have been I dropped BIG hints and today received the camera as my birthday gift from my husband (his b-day is 1-2, also). Isn’t he a good guy? My cats are already running from me so I don’t ‘shoot’ them again.

    Thanks for printing the prefelting on the bucket hat. Gives me a much better idea of how much felting to expect.


  12. I love the hat Wendy! I’m going to try it with some homespun wool I have sitting around. Could we see a picture with you in it for real???
    Hugs to Lucy.

  13. Oh, do I know that “innocent look”…I see it in duplicate every morning as I find either:

    a. All my magazines/comics knocked off the endtable
    b. A dining room chair knocked over (due to them jumping on top of some fabric that I’ve draped on it
    c. Random items from my living room table strewn about the living room
    d. All of the above and more…


  14. Hee. I’ll meet you at the fried twinkie stand for the official Fern Fashion Show πŸ˜‰ I can’t wait to see the yarn you used up close. Mine is actually starting to pill a bit {insert horrified gasp}. I need to haul out the little sweater shavy-thingy so I don’t embarrass my sweater when it’s standing next to yours. πŸ˜‰

  15. I am LAUGHING out loud at that top photo. You crack me up, Wendy! And I can see that Colinette Skye makes for a gorgeous hat. You sure know how to pick ’em πŸ™‚

    P.S. Seriously considering knitting a bed for my dog Lucy. Maybe I’ll make it a New Year’s Resolution!

  16. Thank you,Lucy, you devilish, gorgeous feline! Meeeooowwrrrr…..purrrrrr….rrrrrowlll!

  17. wendy, is there a rowan yarn that would make a decent substitution for the skye felt hat yarn? i’m guessing the polar alpaca/wool blend which normally takes a size 8mm needle but i don’t know if alpaca is suitable for felting? ‘big wool’ on size 100mm is just too big isn’t it? maybe chunky print is best but it’s a very uneven yarn in terms of thickness? i’ll search backward to find your original pattern link for this elegant&stylish hat. suits you./n

  18. It’s your hat before felting ! wooooh !
    first : i am laughing and i can’t stop
    two : i am impressed of the result.
    Fine !!!

  19. Well, Lucy and I are kind of “yarn sisters” afterall, she likes fondling the yarn as me πŸ˜‰ She’s so cute, it’s difficult to tell her anything.
    Great hat, you did a wonderfull job there. I don’t know this, so I’m going to check rightaway on Colinette’s site. Thank God, I’not on any kind of diet πŸ™‚

  20. That Lucy is a little stinker for rearranging your knitting…but, I’m like you – when you love ’em, you love’em and they can do no wrong…and if they do, we’ll make it right! That’s what good mommies do.

  21. Mush mouth!

  22. Hey-buh guys-buh! LOVE the Mushmouth picture. Fat Albert cartoons were one of my faves. Thanks for the big laugh this morning!