My current work in progress:

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


Bad-Ass Knitters, Unite!

I seem to be fixated on the phrase “Bad-Ass Knitter.”

Yeah, I’m a Bad-Ass Knitter. You wanna make something of it. Huh? HUH?

It’s the day before a long weekend. It’s been a long week. That’s my excuse. Yeah.

But anyhow . . . I think being a Bad-Ass Knitter is something to aspire to!

How to Be a Bad-Ass Knitter

1. Knit whatever the hell you want . . . whenever you want.

2. Buy as much yarn (and books and needles etc.) as you want, whenever the hell you want.

3. Never, ever, apologize for knitting.

4. Never, ever, apologize because you think something you knit isn’t “good” enough.

5. Never, ever, apologize about how you knit: right-handed, left-handed, or with your toes!

6. Traditional knitting is timeless.

7. Display your stash with pride!

8. You don’t have to follow a pattern exactly — make changes if you wanna.

9. Never apologize for knitting cat/dog hair into your sweater. It’s all the warmer!

10. Whenever a non-knitter asks you a stupid question, remember that you carry long, sharp sticks.

Whaddya say, guys? Join me in being a Bad-Ass Knitter!


But only if you want to. ๐Ÿ™‚


All good things come to those who wait.

Lizzie was such a good, sweet, patient girl that I rewarded her by sewing her up last night.


I love her. Love, love, love her. And I love that she took about 500 yards of bulky yarn to complete.

Oh, and she’s a Bad-Ass Sweater.

And here’s a seriously bad photo of her being worn.


Lucy sez

I think my Mommy has gone whacky.


Happy Independence Day

Happy Independence Day to everyone who celebrates it. And while you celebrate, send good thoughts to Americans spending the 4th in dangerous places away from home and family, eh?

Tune in Monday for the July contest!


  1. Hear hear on the bad-ass knitting manifesto! Out with the guilt and in with the delight!

  2. Exactly! Nice bulky yarn sweater. I’m starting mine tomorrow… as soon as I track down some US 11 circulars. I can’t believe I don’t have any.

  3. Lizzie looks wonderful. I must say I really like the fit on you. I really have to start paying attention to gauge so I can create a sweater that fits perfectly. And great manifesto, I might add!

  4. I love, love, love Lizzie, too. It’s beautiful and that yarn is perfect for it.

  5. Mommy may have gone wacky, but you are looking pretty BA in that sweater! Hurrah for you, you look just great in these narrower garments that actually fit you!!! No more sacks, BA!

  6. And I’m just in the mood to be a Bad-Ass knitter! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Love Lizzie!

  7. Three cheers and a tiger for you! The Bad-Ass Knitter Manifesto is well timed. Here’s a club I’m happy to join ๐Ÿ™‚

    Lizzie *and* Lucy are gorgeous.

  8. Suzanne says:

    I will gladly join the club! I am tired of non-knitters commenting on how they just don’t know how I find the time to knit with two little kids and a full-time job. Know that I am in the club, I don’t need to explain myself anymore! ๐Ÿ™‚

    By the way, I am so impressed with all of your designs. You never stop amazing me. You seem to have talent and incredible speed at whatever you decide to do!

  9. Lizzie looks fab on you! Hoorah!

  10. I’m with you Wendy! Already got a copy of the Bad-Ass button and a link back to your post on my blog.

    “No Apologies” should be the Bad-Ass knitters motto.

  11. Right on, Wendy! I’m a Bad-Ass Knitter and I’m Proud of it.
    Short story…
    A young female bartender at a resturant that we visit frequently told me that I should find a new hobby when I told her I love to knit. She said “Don’t old people do that?” I wish I had my needles with me at the time!! I really don’t care what anyone thinks!!!

  12. Hey Bad-Ass!

    That sweater looks great on you. I love the more tailored look.

    And whenever you’re ready to start marketing items with the “I’m A Bad-Ass Knitter” logo, I’m in!


  13. Boy, BAD-ASS, that fits me to a “T”. I snagged the button and will link you too. My house has gone to hell, but I don’t care, I knit every day!

  14. Jocelyne says:

    A REALLY true story: When i was youger and went away from home to study history and archeology, i had to take the train every friday and sunday, and of course, i was knitting. Once, a man asked me seriously if he could kiss me. I said NO, so he ask me to mary him…..and all that between Marseille and Avignon. I said NO. The reason why was that the fact i was knitting made him recall of his gran-mother…..No comment !
    OK for being a “bad-ass knitter” !

  15. Lizzie is lovely!

    Also, I love the Bad-Ass Knitter manifesto. I’m sending it to all my knitting friends, and snagging the button. Love it. Bring on the knitting!

  16. lv2knit says:

    I am a BA knitter and proud of it. My friends support and encourage me, even putting up with my ramblings about my WIPs. Those are some BA friends! My license plate is “LV2KNIT” so everyone driving by can tell I am proud to be a knittin’ fool!

  17. Thanks to Lucy’s “whacky” Mommy for the laugh! Bad-Ass Knitter?? Count me in!! Have a great holiday weekend! Love, love, love Lizzie too!

  18. Damn right I’m a Bad-Ass Knitter! I will be displaying the button with pride!

  19. Lapis Lazuli says:

    I AM a BadAss Knitter. Where I work, I’m the most sought after guest for every baby shower we throw (which is about every 4 months,it seems) because everyone knows that I’ll be giving a one-of-a-kind hand-knit baby item. I display my bad ass-itude with pride.

  20. I’m a bad-ass knitter, I’m a bad-ass knitter! BRING IT ON BABY!

  21. Oh yeah! I’m feeling bad ass today, and I’m knitting! Thanks for the button – I’m displaying it proudly!

    Lizzie looks great. Happy holiday weekend

  22. Wendy – you are the cat’s meow! Love your manifesto! And Lizzie is wonderful – that center cable is the cherry on top of the whipped cream. Thank you thank you for your wonderful blog. Happy 4th!

  23. Your new design is awesome. I think reverse stockinette works very well with variegated yarns and with cables. Great new color, too. Bravo!

  24. I would love to join your Bad-Ass Knitter’s Club. Count me in.

    Your Lizzie is gorgeous.

    Lucy looks good in her pic today. (As always)

    Happy 4th!

  25. Bad Ass and Proud!! Lizzie is awesome. Happy 4th of July to all you bad asses. I’m so excited for my 3 day weekend!! And what am I gonna do? Knit Baybee..Wendy please tickle Lucy’s feet hair for me.

  26. Wendy,you sneak! You added Bad-Ass Knitter T-shirts to your shop! One is winging its way to me today! ๐Ÿ™‚ Soooo cool!

  27. Happy 4th Wendy and huzzah for Bad-Ass Knitters! Count me in!

  28. jo morgan says:

    Count me in the bad ass knitter group! Someone mentioned earlier that she was tired of being asked how she finds time to knit with two small children, etc. I have a theory that many people who ask that question are, in truth, making a mean statement that they have much more important and pressing things to do! What a crock. Happy Independence Day! Jo

  29. GREAT IDEA, knittin’ grrrl. Yes, that’s perfect. I’m IN, big time. LOVE Lizzie on the bod…fabulous actually. Have a super 4th yourself!!

  30. Hey, can you make up bumperstickers!? Then we could proclaim it to the ‘real’ world, too!

  31. Happy 4th to you too. As I was reading about your Bad Ass Knitter I thought hmmm someone should make a button. Lo as I scrolled down there it was. I’m definitely stealing it and putting on my blog. I am soooooooo tired of the ‘YOU paid that much for …’ hey it’s my money, I work for it, I’ll do as I please hehehe

  32. Wendy,

    Thanks so much for #8. Everyone seems to think that you “have to stick to the pattern” and don’t believe me when I say otherwise.

    Glad to see you feel the same way.

    Kitty kisses to Lucy.

    You too have a great 4th and remember our service members far and near.

  33. Excellent manifesto. I’ll be joining and proudly putting up the button.

  34. Lizzie looks great — you must have had some serious A/C going to put it on for a pic.

    Have a great holiday and weekend!!

  35. Think we should get a real wearable Badass button. In my years of knitting I have been told twice not to knit in meetings because it was distracting. (More distracting than the snoring?) We need to have something more concrete than the evil eye to give those cretins.

  36. Are you going to put the BadAss Manifesto on a separate page so we can have a permanent link to it???

  37. I did just now during lunch! It’s linked to from the bad-ass button in my sidebar under my picture.

    And there are bad-ass items for sale in the Wendyknits store. I’ve already ordered myself a t-shirt. ๐Ÿ™‚

  38. LInda M says:

    Way to go! Everybody’s said everything already, but I’m with you too.
    happy weekend, happy knitting, and thanks.

  39. I think you might just have empowered me with your Bad Ass Knitter banner. Of course, I might have to just put “Bad Knitter” on my mine…I never seem to finish any of my projects. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  40. LOL – you know, since I read yesterday’s post I’ve ALSO had the phrase Bad-Ass Knitter going through my head…in fact I started to design a logo for it – wanna see it what I come up with (you’re welcome to stick in in your Cafepress *if* you like it!)

    *stealing Bad-Ass button…cuz I’m Bad-Ass!*

  41. LOVE the BA credo! Have been enjoying your blog, creations and Lucy very much. My birthday gift to myself this weekend is my own blog and the BA button will be the first to go on!

  42. Count me in too!! I’m proud to be a bad-ass knitter! LOL! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m taking the button and will update my blog with it later tonight. Bad-ass knitters unite! ๐Ÿ˜€

  43. RIGHT ON!!!

    I am so weary of hearing other’s rants about what is OK and NOT OK to knit, write, shop, stash about KNITTING!!!


    say it loud say it proud

    I’m a BADASS Knitter!

  44. Haha! Oh yeah! Bad-Ass Knitter here. I just posted some obscene shots of my recent stash additions the other day, too. 100% guilt-free, bay-bee!

  45. I think I’m a little shocked by Lizzie. I hate bulky yarn, and I normally hate sweaters MADE with bulky yarn, and here I am lusting after your new creation. Would you just cut it out please? Pretty please? You’re throwing all my yarn principles right out the window. (That’s ’cause you’re BAD ASS — and I’m BAD ASS, too!)

    I really like that phrase in caps. Hee. Digit and Adah send kisses….

  46. Badass knitters unite… well, don’t mind if I do! *grin* I love having my sharp pointy things always at the ready ๐Ÿ™‚

  47. I am definitely in. Proud BA knitter ๐Ÿ™‚

  48. I just started reading this site, but I’m proud to be a Badd-Ass Knitter, too!

  49. I am totally behind the Bad Ass Knitter. Having been so since I started knitting. As to knitting every where. I don’t carry a purse so much as a work bag with what ever is my current project.

    Current in progress
    2pr. Socks one needs toe of second sock finished the other needs the ends woven in.

    1 Alpaca lace scarf on 3mm.

    1 wool sweater in Brown Sheep sport. Knit in pieces have begun the front the back is finished.

    4 cotton tanks 1 on 3.5mm needles, 1 on 4.25mm, 1 on 5mm, 1 to be sewn up and the neck and arm holes crocheted.

    None from a pattern just what I wanted to knit.


  50. LOVE Lizzie! Gosh, I may have to drive my (bad ass) butt down to DC to visit Knit Happens!

    Have a great 4th.

  51. Bad ass, f*ck ya!! Do I have to ask permission to add that button to my site?!
    Love it, love your work, ;ove your site, love you… Can I use the long, sharp sticks on my husband (he’s driving me crazy tonight!!). xxoo