My current work in progress:

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


They Call Me Bohus Knitter

I’m just mad about Bohus.
A-Bohus is mad about me.
I’m-a just mad about Bohus.
She’s just mad about me.

They call me Bohus Knitter,
Quite rightly.
They call me Bohus Knitter,
Quite rightly.
They call me Bohus Knitter.

So here’s today’s progress pic:


Looks like yesterday’s, only a wee bit longer.

And here’s what happens when one leaves one’s Bohus-in-progress unguarded Chez WendyKnits:


On Squeezing in Time for Knitting

Kenny commented:
Here is my problem. When I knit, I need to really sit and concentrate. I find it really difficult to pick up my knitting here and there throughout the day. Maybe I’m just an inexperience knitter?

Like I couldn’t really pick up something that has increases or decreases or colorwork and just knit for 20 minutes while in the doctor’s office. If I did that, I would totally screw up.

This is a really good point. If you are a new or new-ish knitter, it can be difficult to just pick it up and throw it down whenever you have a spare minute or two.

Because I’ve been knitting since the era when dinosaurs roamed Central Park, I tend to forget that.

However, a new knitter could use this sort of stop and go knitting as an aid to honing one’s skills. Keep a dead-simple project with you — like a garter-stitch dishcloth. Whip it out whenever you have a few free moments and knit a few stitches. And so on.

If you screw it up in your stop and go knitting, it’s not a big deal. It is, after all, just a dishcloth. Those are minutes you’d otherwise not be using to do something constructive.

If you make a mistake, try to fix it. The worst that can happen is that you kill a dishcloth. If you complete a square that has obvious errors in it, who’s to care? It’s a dishcloth, and it will still work to wash dishes.

Another idea on a slightly larger scale is to use this time to knit small blankets out of machine washable yarn that you can donate to your local animal shelter or rescue organization to use as cage blankets. The animals won’t mind if there are obvious errors in your knitting.

And the more you do, the more your knitting will improve. Wax on, wax off.

Speaking of Rescue Organizations

Commenting on Lucy’s crossed eyes . . .

Yeah, I guess with her coloring, she does have some Siamese in her somewhere. (Though she definitely does not have a “Meezer” voice). I’m not well-versed in kitty genetics, but that must be where her crossed eyes came from.

Speaking of which, I recently found the very first photo of Lucy that I ever saw:


That was the photo that accompanied her listing in Petfinder, when she was at the rescue organization, waiting to find a new home. Look at that desperate little face! One look at that and I was putty in her paws.

Lucy sez:


“You still are.”

Happy Solstice!


  1. I’m beginning to feel like a blog stalker – two days in a row I’ve been the first to post (or so it seems as I type). Bohus looks great and you still haven’t run out of songs. Interesting. And who wouldn’t be putty in her paws? I’ve never met her and already think she’s pretty darn fabulous.

  2. Hi Wendy-
    The Bohus is coming along nicely. For Kenny-one trick I use are post it notes-marks where you are in a pattern when you have to put your knitting down. Also-as you knit the more complicated stuff-try learning how to read your knitting such as what each type of decrease looks like, be able to count pattern repeats and so on. Then if you have to back track-you can get to a place you recognize….Good Luck Grasshopper!
    PS-Yes I am still working on Christmas-1 more pair of fingerless gloves to go, then it is ME time!

  3. Man, you must REALLY love Lucy to let her sit on your gorgeous colorwork long enough to pose for a picture. I love my cats, but, they’re not allowed to lay on the knitting!

    Perhaps that’s because I’m still a new and anxious knitter, who does little more than garter-stitch (or k2p2 ribbed) scarves, which work fine for the here-and-there knitting. Although, I’ve been reading Stitch-and-Bitch and want to try the little purled heart pattern on some potholders, which should go quickly and be a nice way to practice pattern knitting.

    Which is a long lead-in to a question — at what point does your brain get comfortable with reading charts (i.e. even rows are read backwards from odd rows and the symbols mean the opposite on even vs. odd rows, etc.). I fear that’s just too much math and confusion for my feeble brain….

  4. Always good for a grin, Wendy! I love the “Lucy sez” feature. And that’s great advice for new knitters. Killing a dishcloth, indeed!

  5. For those stolen moments throughout the day, I keep a stocking stitch sock in my pocket.

  6. cher Johnson says:

    In comparing Lucy’s before and after photos, she looks so much more relaxed and “in charge” now. Just as she should. 😎
    Your Bohus is coming along beautifully. I love those colors…Agreed, stop and start knitting is just wrong, so hard to follow…It kills me to stop in mid-row too!

  7. Wendy –
    And just how does one properly pronounce “Bohus”? The sweater is gorgeous and I am goofy enough to try singing along to each new song lyric you work up. I want the proper Swedish pronunciation!!!!!

  8. All unattended knitting in my house becomes cat beds! It’s their right as superior beings…

  9. Wendy –
    The sweater is a knock-out, your knitting ability is enviable, but I’m hung up on how to pronounce Bohus!!!!! Help! Is it bow-HUS as in HUGE or bow-HUS as in HUSH little baby.
    Hurry. Cannot sing those Donovan lyrics without the proper Swedish intended by the authoress….

  10. My Shadow – a rescue that navigated the mean streets of Detroit to find the door to my Mom’s store – had crossed eyes when he was a baby. He has grown out of it now, but I used to tease we were going to have to get him a little pair of kitty glasses. He’s a beautiful silver tabby, but there must be some Siamese in there somewhere – his eyes are still blue also.

  11. Lucy looks so different now; more contented. I also love the “Lucy sez” section. The day wouldn’t be complete without it!
    I keep easy projects in my bag at all times, even when I think the possibility of knitting is low. You’ll never know when an opportunity comes along.
    My cat would be sitting on my knitting more often if hubby is not sensitive to cat hair.

  12. That is simply gorgeous!! Oh, the sweater’s nice too πŸ™‚

    I let the P-Man do push-push on the knitting…. he loves it and he’s careful, how could I deny him?

  13. As undisputed Queen of All Things Dishcloth I take exception to your cavlier dismissal of my art as “just a cloth, who cares if you screw it up”.

    You watch it, missy, or you’ll be next on The Green Dishcloth List!

    Oh, and Diamond would like to know if Lucy is single, and if she’d be interested in a younger man. He thinks she’s hot.

  14. You go on with your bohus self πŸ™‚

  15. You are crackin’ me up with your music!! hahahahhaha Keep up the great knitting! Ms. Lucy looks very secure and confident!
    Happy Holidays!
    The Hills are alive with the love of Bohus

  16. despite Rabbitch’s threats (or promises, maybe you would like a green washcloth, or two …) I love your dishcloth advise and will pass it along to all the new knitters I know!

    Rabbitch, if you are reading this, please send me red dishcloths!

  17. My solution to the portable knitting problem is to always have two projects – one portable and a more complicated one for home when I can concentrate.

  18. Oh gosh – the hills are alive with the sound of Bohus! You had to say that, Marie??? Between you and Wendy I’m earwormed for sure!

    Bo-ho hus
    Bo-ho hus
    Bohus all the day
    Oh what fun
    It is to knit
    A Bohus every da-ay!
    (jingle bells will never be the same)

    It’s easy to see how you fell in love with Lucy’s adoption posting photo. You’d have to have a heart of stone to resist.

  19. Thanks Wendy! Now we are all enabled to have multiple projects going at the same time because (in theory) we need different levels of difficulty for different occasions/moods (and not because we are fickle or whatever …)

  20. Hi Wendy, thanks for noting my comment on your post.

    So……. on knitting on the go, if you’re knitting a sleeve, and it says to increase x stitches every y rows….. when you stop, do you memorize the row you’re on or are you just able to pick it up, look at it and know when your next increase is?

    Same for color…… do you memorize where you are on the chart, or do you instinctively know what should come next?

  21. Lucy looks very content today. You’re a good mom.

  22. Jenny from Duluth says:

    Oh, Bohus… even little digital pictures on a computer screen at work make me think “even though I really really hate miles & miles of stocking stitch, and I’m not sure my tension in color work is good enough for the quality of the yarn, and That Is A Dang Small Gauge, and wow, *how* much does it cost?? and and and, AND, I really want to try!!! That is a gorgeous sweater!”

    I’d hate to think what would happen if I were to see it in real life. *sigh*
    I should just stop reading knitting blogs for awhile if I ever want to reduce my stash.

    I suppose it didn’t help that I asked for yarn for Christmas, did it?? πŸ™‚

  23. Kenny, you mark the pattern–I use white post-it tape that comes in several widths–I like the half-inch wide and move it up the pattern as I go. The glue lasts much longer than post-it notes and you can tear off the length you need.

    I also always work off a copy of the pattern and leave the actual pattern at home, so I can write notes on it if I need to and it won’t get lost (ask me why I do that!).

    On the knitting itself, you can use safety pins as markers–I put a pin at each decrease–that makes it easy to count the decreases and see where you are. Also to get them the same on the second sleeve, sock, or whatever. You can get coiless pins in the beading department at Michael’s or there are more expensive locking markers you can get at some yarn shops.

    I use markers all over my knitting. I could never remember where I was without them.

  24. Knitting cage blankets in your stolen moments is a wonderful idea! No deadline, no need for perfection, and the most grateful and deserving recipients you could wish for – thanks for the idea!

  25. Okay that explains a lot. Obviously I am part Siamese as well, since one eye is ever so slightly crossed, and my eyes slant upwards just a bit, and I have been told I have marvelous high cheekbones. I will have to ask my mother about this.

  26. Two of my cats, Soleil and Eclair (they are sisters)have some attested siamese blood. One is tabby, and the other one has three colors. Their eyes are not crossed, but they are emerauld green (Eclair) and light turquoise (Soleil).
    When you see Lucy before and after, you really have the proof that cats have true feelings, and a great capacity of expression; so many people dont understand and say the contrary …..!

  27. The people at the rescue place where I adopted my kitty begged me to take her home right away. They said that being in the shelter is very stressful on some cats and many get sick because no matter how good the shelter is, it is just not the same as having a home.

    Lucy is so pretty so could be a model.