My current work in progress:

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


Psst! There Was Also Felting . . .

This past weekend was not exclusively about dyeing yarn. There was felting too.

Friday night I cast on for another Noni bag — “In the Sculpture Garden.”


I used the yarn called for — Cascade 220. I finished the body of the bag on Saturday.


It’s a small bag, so it went pretty quickly. Saturday night and Sunday morning I knitted some flowers:


And some leaves:


And then on Sunday afternoon, I felted everything.

The bag felted down prettily after 2 hot/cold cycles in my washer.


Cat included for scale:


I let the flowers and leaves go for 3 cycles, and then I trimmed the flowers a bit with scissors.


I have the same handles that are pictured on the pattern.


And I’ve got some lovely dupioni silk for a lining.


I think I’m only going to put one flower on each side — I like the look of the bag with just one. I didn’t use any mohair in the knitting of the flowers, by the way (the pattern directs you to). I decided I’d prefer a non-fuzzy flower.

Am I Dying to Dye?

While the Kool-Aid dyeing over the weekend was fun, I think I’ll leave the handpainting of yarn to the professionals. Though I do have enough Kool-aid left to dye another skein . . .


  1. Can’t wait to see the bag all put together. It’s going to be gorgeous!

  2. Hi

    Love the bag. It has turned out really well. I think you are right about the flowers. The other thing to think about is how they would get in the way when you were using the bag.

    By the way thanks for your help in listing my request, I ordered and have received my new long circulars. Just waiting to finish a project if I can resist casting on that is! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Knit on >^..^<

  3. I’m a bag ho, and you’re not helping ๐Ÿ˜€ . I love that bag!!

  4. Fabulous! Can’t wait to see it all put together. It will be so chic!

  5. Do you think you’ll carry this purse?

  6. Shirley says:

    Maybe instead of koolaid dyeing you should try
    solar natural dyeing. The colors look like they have
    little lights inside and almost all the colors go
    together even when you wouldn’t expect it.

  7. Gorgeous! Where did you get the green handles? I have the same pattern but I haven’t been able to find the handles.

  8. Sheri in St. Louis says:

    Ooooh – I JUST got the yarn to do this bag in the mail today!! I’m really trying to make myself finish my in-progress-Booga-Bag before starting this, and there you are tempting me with your In the Sculpture Garden Bag. I must resist.

  9. Those felted flowers are just perfect!!!

  10. Lurve the baggy!!!!

  11. Pretty! I wish I had some green wool to use with my brown-y-grey wool. That bag is going to look fabulous!

  12. I hope my Sculpture Garden bag ends up looking at least half as nice as yours. And where did you get those limey green handles?

  13. That bag is going to be wonderful! I am going to have to add those Noni patterns to my wish list:)

  14. Great bag,Wendy!Did you follow the suggested colors on the pattern? Can’t really tell on yarn web sites what the darker green looks like and the pattern has 2 suggested darker colors. Like your choice.

  15. I do believe that my girls would love a Noni for Christmas…….great work…….and such fun…..

  16. LOVE the bag!! The flowers are great too!

    Did you get a moment to check out the Grand Prize on the Chip N For Dale site http://chip-n– If you haven’t looked, take a peek!

  17. Such a lightning-fast knitter you are! I agree – can’t wait to see the bag all put together.

    I agree with you re: the yarn dyeing. Fun to try. Once.

  18. I still can’t get over the felted flowers and leaves, that’s so cool. I am in LOVE with that green duponi silk. LOVE IT.

  19. You really aren’t helping! My husband says I have too many handbags already and then you go and show a picture like that!

  20. great colors!

  21. I just finished my first Nonie bag last night – you inspired me! I used up exactly one skein each of the two colors I used for the Garden Party bag. I need to buy more for the flowers. I think I’ll make mine a little smaller than they specify. I was thinking of using beads for the middle too instead of yarn.

    I love the handles and the Duponi silk fabric!


  22. I can’t believe that you’re nearly finished with two Noni bags and I haven’t even started one yet! I’m so jealous.

  23. Beautiful Beautiful !!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Nice bag! The flowers are wonderful.

    I just did the sassy baguette. It was a pretty nice fun knit.

  25. Yay! This is the same bag i will be starting soon….so fun for me to see your progress first!

  26. Is it me or were you trying to make your bag look like an Andes mint? I’m just sayin….

    I don’t know that I want to dye anything either. Perhaps you can drink the Kool Aid?

  27. Must go get those patterns. And I must agree with Jon, I thought Andes mint when I saw the bag too! Not that that’s a bad thing.
    I agree about dye. Takes too much time away from knitting.

  28. Lucy sez: Hey Wendy what’s this bag doing trying to hog the spotlight in my picture? You could have at least done it in blue to match my amazing eyes.

  29. Have you ever looked at these crocheted flowers and forms. They’re amazing and someday I hope to try one or two.
    I still have to try felting and other decorations. They’re all on my wish list, along with your great bags. I took out the live part of the link since I don’t know what it does to your blog.

  30. Yum! Chocolate Mint!

  31. i love your noni bags! i just finished my first flower for one of the garden party bags and the one thing i couldn’t quite figure out was the bobble for the middle. i ended up sort of fudging it to make it work. i hope they felt as nicely as yours, but i am skeptical…it just seems so big and floppy.

  32. Another great bag! I agree with you about fuzzy flowers. It even sounds a bit weird.

    Watch out, dyeing is addictive.

  33. Hi Wendy – your Noni bag is looking great! I’ve just bought this pattern too – I’m a bit puzzled by what appears to be a sort of loopy edging in the photo on the front of the pattern. It doesn’t seem to be in the instructions… or am I just going bonkers?

    I’d also love to know where you got the handles, please!


  34. I would put the 2 flowers on one side only … so that they face OUT away from you when carrying it. Otherwise the one on the inside will bet bump & smushed or pulled off if it gets caught on something your wearing or whatever. That’s what I think anyway. IT’s sure going to be a beautiful bag!!

  35. That bag looks great. I’m feeling inspired.

  36. It looks fantastic! I just did that bag too and I really love it. Got stuff for the lining and zipper yesterday ๐Ÿ™‚

  37. Ooooh, I gotta knit me some Noni bags. That’s adorable!