My current work in progress:

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


I Hus, You Hus, We’re All Gonna Bohus!

Sorry about the title there. Too much caffeine.

A couple of you have asked where I got my Bohus kit. If you’ll look over to the right in the sidebar, under Works in Progress, you’ll find a link to the blog entry where I discussed how to get a Bohus kit.

I’m afraid you’re in for a bunch of blog entries showing progress on plain green stockinette stitch done at a fine gauge.


See what I mean?

Perhaps I should write blog entries in Middle English to make them more interesting. Or vers libre. Or iambic pentameter.

Shall I compare thee to a forest tree?
Thou art as green and quite mysterious:
As I do knit the precious wool angora,
My needles slide through teeny tiny stitches.

I think my meter is off slightly. Well, I never said I was Shakespeare. I think limericks are more my speed.

There once was a Bohus divine,
Comprised of stitches so fine,
The knitter did knit,
Til she fell into a fit,
And finally crossed over the line.

But serious, folks. I love knitting this.

Diane asked:
Does it seem like is it taking a long time though since the needles are so small?

Yes and no. I can really get in a “zone” knitting this. It is great commuter knitting at this point because it’s relatively mindless. It makes great tv and movie knitting as well.

And the yarn is fabulous. I just started the second skein of the main color yesterday. I believe they are 300 meter skeins. The first skein had not a single knot or imperfecton in it. Gotta love that.

It sheds surprisingly little, considering it’s 50% angora. It’s got a lovely fuzzy halo, which so far does not seem to transfer itself to my clothes while I knit.

I should mention that at this point it’s probably about 1% Lucy fur as well.


Bah Humbug?

Nancy said:
No Spritz cookies? No breads? No tree? Bah Humbug. But your Bohus is lovely so far…. Maybe Lucy will donate some toys for a mini-kitty tree…

My Bohus is meant to represent a forest — can’t it be my Christmas tree?

No, I’m not really such a Scrooge as yesterday’s blog entry might indicate. I used to go all out. Tons of cookies. All handmade gifts. Decorations out the wazoo. I learned to just say no to the cookie-baking years ago and I’m much happier as a result. My family all have enough handmade sweaters to last them well into the next millenium.

The tree? Maybe the King of All Remote Controls, Lucy, and I will put it up this weekend. Maybe not. You never know.

Stinkerbell commented:
Some swede you are… ๐Ÿ™‚
Did you at least dring glogg??

No glögg . . . yet . . .

Oh, and Cheryl? Lutfisk? Never. Pooeys. Ich. Blech.

But THIS is Festive!


Another lovely shawl pin from Designs By Romi!


  1. I’ll just delurk from the depths briefly to dust off my soapbox and say – really good-quality angora shouldn’t shed. Especially if it is handspun angora. The bunnies and I just thought we’d mention it. ๐Ÿ™‚ Sounds like yummy yarn that I would love!

  2. I made glogg last week. Yummmmmm!

  3. After having served glogg at a Lucia party, there were several requests for more. Picked up several bottles (non-alcoholic) at IKEA to give as Christmas presents.

    Real glogg and knitting just don’t mix. Lots of redos.

    I wish I had a cat. Unfortunatly I married a man unaquainted with the elequintness of the feline species. For him they hiss, scratch and shed.

  4. What a beautiful sweater, both inside and out. Really, Wendy- it is fantastic. And your umlaut did not go unnoticed!

  5. Put up the tree this weekend? Hey Ya! Can we?!

  6. I am so impressed with your bohus, and with all the projects I found over in the right hand column! When do you have time to eat and sleep?? Your pieces are fabulous, absolutely fabulous. would that I had such a store of outstanding work behind me. You have inspired me and I will persevere! Moreover, you are a poet and a commuter. I am in awe.

  7. Janina in Red Deer says:

    I noticed that pin on Romi’s site. Do the stitch markers come off, or are they on there but good?

  8. Can’t believe how the colors in that Bohus yoke glow. That is going to be one beautiful garment. And you seem to be making v good progress on the endless stockinette.

    1% Lucy will no doubt only enhance the beauty of it!

  9. Hey Wendy, the pin looks great on that gorgeous sweater! ๐Ÿ™‚ And Janina asked if the stitch markers come off the pin: they do, even while it’s pinned on, and you can use them on needles up to size US 10.5 (6.5mm).

  10. Holy knitting needles on fire! You must knit in your office at work, It took me 6 weeks to knit a sweater on needles that small!

  11. I will not consider you Swedish until you break out the glogg or down some lutefisk. Got it ๐Ÿ˜‰

  12. Woud you could you write and entry in middle English?
    Ah you would do an ex english major proud!

  13. What a beautiful cat! Is she Siamese? I have 2 Siamese . . . come see my cats and knitting at my website. I’ve bookmarked you and I’ll be back!

  14. I’m going to a glogg party next week, I’ll raise a glass (cup?) for you.

  15. Thanks Lucy! It was your comment that helped me answer yesterday’s photo question. You deserve a grand treat!

  16. PS – the question from the King of All Remote Control’s blog.

  17. Your Bohus is beautiful!
    What does Glogg taste like? I bought a bottle of the non-alcholic at Ikea, and am going to break in to it at a party this weekend, mixed with vodka, but I have never had it before.

  18. It’s bo-daysh-hus!

    Personally I enjoy a nice long stockinette ride. The yoke is so lovely. xox Kay

  19. I must say that is one gorgeous sweater. And your poems are quite inspiring. Maybe next book will be a book of knitting poetry.

  20. Darn! I told myself I was going to imitate you and do the whole “St. Lucia’s day at my knitting blog”. (I should do it. After all, my name is Lucia, I knit and I’m even married to a Swedish American, and actually own several appropriate Lucia dolls complete with crowns. And who doesn’t need baked goods on blizzardy days?)

    I totally forgot until I came to you blog! ๐Ÿ™

    That sweater is gorgeous.