My current work in progress:

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


And Today, It’s a Baby Bohus!

And what a tiny baby she is!


But, yeah, who was I kidding? Wait to start knitting? Nope. Last night I wound some of the yarn into balls and got started.

I wound all the contrast colors, and put them in plastic ziplock bags with a corner cut off to feed the yarn through. I stuck the label with the color number on the outside of each bag.


Don’t want my precious Bohus yarn getting soiled, now do I?

I wound a couple of skeins of the main color to get me started, knitted a gauge swatch, and then cast on for the neckband.

This design is knitted from the top down, so after the boredom of the ribbed neckband, you get to dive right into the colorwork. Granted, that means that you’ve got all the plain knitting to do after you’ve done the alluring colorwork, but at least you get to look at the colorwork while you knit the rest of the sweater. I am making the pullover version. The cardigan version is not steeked, but is knitted back and forth.

So I’m knitting away on the neckband. My, it takes a lot of knitting to make any progress when the yarn is this fine. As I mentioned in yesterday’s blog entry, the gauge is 8.5 sts/inch on size 2.5mm needles. The ribbing is knitted on a 2mm needle.


I think in the time I’ve spent so far on this neckband, I had knitted the entire back of Kolsva.

But I’m not complaining, not really. I love fine-gauge work, and this sweater is going to be so freaking beautiful when it is done!

Ricki asked:
What is different about the Bohus designs compared to a standard Fair Isle Yoke sweater?

First off, the yarn. Fair Isles are traditionally knitted with Shetland jumperweight. The yarn for the Bohus sweater is a 50/50 blend of angora and merino, and has 600 meters per 100 grams. Shetland jumperweight is (according to the information on the Jamieson & Smith website) 115 meters per 25 grams, which makes 460 meters per 100 grams. (Ooh, look. I can multiply. Please, no applause is necessary.)

Secondly, the Bohus patterns incorporate some texture — some of the stitches are purled on the right side in the colorwork.

Thirdly, often more than two colors are used in a row.

But if you really want to know about Bohus knitting, I strongly encourage you to read Poems of Color by Wendy Keele. I was rereading it at lunchtime today — while knitting my neckband, of course.

As Bettina mentioned in the comments, the kit I have is also available with black as the main color. That would be stunning, but I’m a sucker for green.

Marion asked how expensive the kit was — it was very reasonable. I paid 1000 Swedish kronor, and that included airmail postage from Sweden to the U.S. At the time I bought it, my credit card was charged $123.65. Your mileage may vary as exchange rates vary.

The pattern has instructions for 4 sizes up to 46″ and the kit includes enough yarn for the largest size.

Breaking Bohus News

Susanna emailed me this morning and let me know that there are several more of the Bohus sweaters kits with patterns translated into English. In addition to Forest Darkness and Blue Shimmer, the Large Collar, Rose Collar, and Yellow Collar designs are also available in English. These designs are all pictured on the Bohus Museum site, here.

It’s Thursday!

And that means it’s contest time. This is the second week of the Birthday Month Contest. Because last Thursday’s question was tough, today’s question will be easy:

In what city and state was Wendy born?

Submit your guess (one guess per person, please) to The Official WendyKnits Contest Email Address by 3:00pm EST on Sunday, December 11 with your guess for my place of birth. Because this is an easier question than last weeks, I’ll draw a name for the winner should multiple people get the right answer. The winner and prize will be anmnounced in Sunday’s blog entry.

Alrighty, then. We are supposed to have a winter storm hitting us round about midnight tonight, but I don’t care — I have the day off from work tomorrow (Use-or-Lose Leave Policy, I love thee).

Guess what I’ll be doing tomorrow?

And guess who will be ensconced in my lap whilst I do it?

Lucy Sez:


“I love Margene!”


She also says:


“May I have another wild salmon treat, please?”


  1. Ohhh can hardly wait to see more! And more Bohus in translation! Tak!

  2. I knew you couldn’t resist. You’ve been too anxious for it to come to just look at. Thanks for the tip on separating the colors into little baggies – I’ll use that one one of these days. I want a day off!! Ok, I’m just jealous. Are the new treats choke-free? They look very tastey (if you’re a cat of course).

  3. Oooh, the yarn looks so lovely all packaged up like that – makes me want to start something new myself!
    By the way, how long has it been since you’ve knit socks? Seems like a long time.

  4. Lucy looks happy. I love you too, Lucy! Don’t eat them all up in one day.
    Enjoy your day off! I’m just glad tomorrow is FRIDAY!!

  5. Oooh, I can’t wait to see your evolving Bohus!!! I’d not seen those before and they look stunning.

    I’ll admit, I’ll be curious to see your take on the difficulty of it, perhaps as compared to Dale kits or other such things. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Thanks for the feedback Wendy.. I was reading the reviews for Poems of Color today and it said there are patterns in the book for some of the styles – but I guess the yarns are what makes the sweaters so gorgeous.

    Ok – you once said you were part Norwegian – so I would place you in North Dakota (heh, heh – my sister used to live in Grand Forks and I know there are a lot of Norwegians there..) – maybe Fargo?

  7. Sorry – I should have emailed my guess. Will do that! Its been a long day…

  8. Wow, the word “Bohus” caught my eye as I was glancing through my blog feeds…I didn’t know people were aware of this tradition again! I just read a book about Bohus knitting and was very impressed with the designs and the aim of the collective.

  9. The yarn looks so nice the way that you neatly packaged it. Wish I had known that trick a long time ago, when I was knitting a Fair Isle sweater. Boy, what a mess!! Thanks for all the tips of the trade in your blog.

  10. Wendy, I’d love to enter the contest this week, because I share your city and state of birth! But my browser, for whatever reason, won’t open the contest email link. Can you say what the actual address is?

  11. Gotta get tougher with the questions Wendy – this one will definitely be won by the luck of the draw. ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. I have to second Ashley’s request, mostly because I’m totally old school on the emails…my primary email client is Pine, so the mailto: link won’t work for me. ๐Ÿ™

  13. I bet Lucy got another treat. How could anyone ignore that look?

  14. Arrrggh! Wild Salmon, you say?! Why I remember when I was attacked by a rabid wild salmon back in my Alaska days. I was an old prospector pannin’ for gold, and barely ekin’ out a livin’. I’d been in California near that there Sutter’s Mill, but things were a bit too crowded there for my liking! So I hightailed it up to Seward’s Ice Box where a man could be a man, and the lady grizzlies were glad of it!

    I was just about finished panning for the day – the sun was fixin’ to go down – in this little creek that couldn’t a been more than a half-foot deep, when up jumps the biggest goll-danged salmon man or bear ever laid eyes on. Where that monster came from or how he came a floatin’ down that shallow creek I never will know.

    But don’t you know, that danged fish done clamped his razor-sharp teeth right onto my nose and just wouldn’t let go! I howled and screeched like a banshee, but that devil-fish he just hung right in there. Finally, the pain was so bad that I just fell on the ground, and when I did, this wolf ran up outta nowhere and snatched the salmon right offa my nose! Scraped a buncha skin off, too, but I was glad to get rid of that demon fish.

    Why, ma’am, I sure hope to tell you – as sure as I’m a grizzled old prospector’s ghost – that I hope never to see another creature as evil as that there wild salmon that nearly cost me my nose all those years ago.

    I may be in prospector heaven, but I’ve gotta just say “no” on fish night here. And to think that I used to just love fish. Oh, well, at least there’s plenty of delicious filet mignon here (hey, it is heaven after all!).

  15. I sent an e-mail to Soveig last night asking her how much the sweater would be and how long it would take to get to me here in the U.S. She e-mailed me back the very next morning with the answers. I think that I will be ordering one also. I have to look at a 2.5 mm needle first to see if I think that I would ever be able to actually finish the sweater.

  16. This is going to be one stunning sweater. I’m really looking forward to seeing the completed yoke!

  17. Given your speed, I am worried that you will show off a completed yoke this evening! It’s not that I don’t want you to finish the garment, obviously I do, but I want to string this out as long as possible.

    So, maybe you need to go bake some cookies, eh? Or go give Lucy another Wild Salmon treat and take a break from the knitting…

  18. After reading your post today, I realized another significant difference between Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Fair Isle Yoke Sweater and the Bohus. EZ’s FIYS is knitted from bottom up and the Bohus is done from top down. Bohus looks good so far!!

  19. BTW, you also look like an OCD person. Takes one to recognize the other. I would have also totally bagged all the yarn in separate bags like you do. ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Wendy!

    Thanks so much for all the information on the Bohus kits! I emailed them yesterday and already received a response back. Amazing. I ordered my kit today. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I lived in Sweden in High School and really learned how to knit there. My “Swedish Mother” re-taught my knitting and taught me how to read patterns (in Swedish of course). I simply love Bohus knitting.

    I have the book Poems of Color and pulled it out last night. Crack. That is what it is. One look and you are addicted. Now I can’t wait for my kit!!!

  21. Oh, BTW, it’s probably somewhere on your blog, but I would like to know what you do for a living?

  22. Marie-france says:

    I’ve tried twice to send an answer to your contest and my email has bounced straight back, rejected for abuse it says! Honest, I haven’t sent any abuse so don’t know what to do next!

  23. Drool. It’s gorgeous. I’m waiting for the day when they do the Wild Apple. It’s my abosolute favorite, although I’m a sucker for green, too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. the green will be lovely with your red hair ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. Can’t wait to see the progress…

  26. The wait is killing me.

    I began refreshing last night at 6:50 p.m. your time and thought that showed restraint. Now I am fearing that we will have to wait until tomorrow afternoon. Sigh.

  27. Lucy has lovely manners. A lady always says “please” and “thank you” before biting your hand off to get more treats.

  28. I can’t wait to see your Bohus. I am afraid I will turn on my computer in the morning and find a completed Bohus. I know as soon as I see yours, I am going to want one too.

  29. I hope Lucy appreciates what a beloved Kitty she is; my in-laws are visiting and for them the height of good, healthful living as well as political correctness is wild caught atlantic salmon. Even in L.A. it was around $24/lb. Here in deep fried chicken country it just plain doesn’t exist. I may order cat treats for them next time….

    Would you mind terribly giving us an (extremely) brief bohus history? I’m curious as to how old it is. I’m a history geek that way.

  30. That is SO clever with the ziplock bags. Wowsers.