My current work in progress:

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


Baby, Baby, Baby

I’m still happily knitting along on the Baby Surprise Jacket. See?

It’ll definitely be finished by Sunday’s blog entry. give you something to look forward to. πŸ˜‰

I ordered three skeins of the Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sport for this, although I didn’t think it would take more than two. Why the third skein? For a matching hat and booties, of course! When I finish the sweater I’ll whip up some accessories.

Speaking of accessories, I recently got this nifty little bag from The Loopy Ewe.

It’s a “Beanie Baggie” from Mind Your Knitting. The Loopy Ewe is sold out of them at the moment, but hopefully they’ll get some back in. They had them in four colors, but for me it was no contest: I had to have the green polka-dotted one.

This is a little pouch to contain your skein of yarn and keep it tidy and in one place. The bottom of the bag has a built-in bean bag to weight it down and keep it in one place. There is a drawstring opening that you can adjuest to suit your needs. It is fully lined and beautifully made. I love mine!

One of the reasons I love mine so much is that the fabric is almost identical to that of a Bobbie Brooks bathing suit and cover-up I had when I was a nubile young teen. Remember Bobbie Brooks clothes (those of you who are my contemporaries)? I wondered what happened to them, so googled. Apparently the company had financial difficulties in the 1980s, filed for bankruptcy, and reorganized. While they are apparently still around, they phased out their line of junior miss clothes.

Just in case you wondered.

Thanks for all the recommendations for button websites. Today I ordered some buttons from The Button Drawer that were quite reasonably priced — $0.90 each. They are blue/lavender bunny faces. These. Aren’t they cute? Check out The Button Drawer — they have a huge selection of very cute buttons and wonderful customer service. My order has shipped already!

Lucy sez:

“Is it the weekend yet?”


  1. I recently purchased some monster-sized buttons from the Button Drawer for a simple wrap I am working on now. The kit was an anniversary gift from my husband. He got it from Loops in Tulsa, OK.

    While we are strolling down memory lane, did you ever wear Hang 10 brand clothes? I remember having t-shirts and shorts with the cute little feet on them.

  2. That little bag is awesome and the green polka dots were an excellent choice. I totally remember Hang 10 clothes!

  3. Sweater will be adorable with those buttons on it. Nice that you are making hat and booties too. Lucy has a very rough life, doesn’t she? Have a great weekend Wendy, hope you are feeling well.

  4. Pretty! That bag is SUPER CUTE!

  5. Do I remember Bobbie Brooks! We had a factory outlet store right in our town (suburb of Cleveland, where BB was headquartered) and I loved their clothing. The father of a friend of mine worked in production for the company, and had a side business of selling mill ends of their fabric out of his garage!

  6. I love the Button Drawer … my only problem is that they’re addictive and I end up ordering more than I need. But, really, is that so terrible??

    –Debs last blog post..New books

  7. And I had a pair of green petal pushers with white polka dots. If that doesn’t that make me ancient!

    Ironically I’m doing this same project, although it’s on hold, awaiting more yarn to finish. Question: How do you know what size buttons to buy when you haven’t made the holes yet?

  8. I gotta have one of those bags!
    And thanks for the info about the Button Drawer. I love buttons.

  9. Oh! Those buttons are so cute! I’m definitely going to be looking at that website next time I need buttons.

  10. Blue Happy Bunnies are an excellent choice. Can hardly wait to see it all together.

    Barbara-Kays last blog post..Our Brave New World

  11. How cute! I love the idea of a weighted bottom. Especially as you get near the end of the ball.

    turtlegirl76s last blog post..Lady E Returns

  12. Just this past June I found some really nice and classy cotton pj’s made by Bobbie Brooks at my local Dollar General! They had some regular Bobbie Brooks pants and tops, too!

    Nancys last blog post..Not Exactly Sundries

  13. Baby sweater and bunny buttons = too darling! Bobby Brooks: now there’s something I haven’t thought of in YEARS. Kind of like Yardley cosmetics – which I used to use – remember the ads? Too gear!! Just in case I ran into Paul McCartney, ya know πŸ™‚ Now I use their lavender shower wash!!

    Lucy – be sure to rest up. I know you’ve been working hard this week, practicing your yoga and your interpretive dance moves! πŸ˜‰ luv.m.

  14. Now I’ve got John (Cougar) Mellencamp lyrics running through my head!
    “Jacky say, “Hey Diane lets run off behind a shady tree
    Dribble off those Bobbie Brooks, let me do what I please.”
    The 80’s radio station in my head thanks you!
    Happy weekend!

    Dusas last blog post..In praise of the long weekend.

  15. Adorable buttons! I love the Button Drawer, good customer service and reasonable prices. And I ended up with the same ear worm as Dusa πŸ˜‰

  16. Oh I love the bunny buttons. In fact I love buttons all around. I am already thinking about placing an order.

    And that bag is brilliant. I may have to get some of those too, hurry Loopy Ewe get more in stock

    Aunt Kathys last blog post..Thursday- HELP!!! My Brain Is Swimming A 100 Minutes A Mile

  17. Oh yes I remember Bobby Brooks clothing!! Thanks for the update though I think I am past those types of styles.
    I too have one of the little beanie bags and love it. It is in the paisley print also known as the “Persian Pickle” design. Have a great week end and give Lucy a quick hug for me!! Hope your back is feeling better!!

  18. I remember Bobby Brooks, but they were East Coast preppy. WE wore Hang Ten. They’re gone now, too.

  19. Bobbie Brooks with no junior line? Bobbie Brooks made other sizes of clothes? That just doesn’t seem right….

    jannas last blog post..Pink Swap Goodies

  20. Thanks for The Button Drawer link. Buttons for knit projects have been a problem for me. I also would not have thought of eBay. I was lucky that I found the bears for 1st BSJ but wasn’t happy with buttons for second one. They were plain. I think bunnies or another animal would have been better. Button Drawer is bookmarked. Thanks.

    Timmie Bs last blog post..Birthday Loot and Last SoS 08 Socks

  21. I know we’re supposed to comment on knitting & whatnot, but Bobbie Brooks!! What a stroll down memory lane. In my town we had a lingerie factory (back when things were not only made in the USA, but in California also!!)… they manufactured pajamas, underwear and SWIMWEAR FOR BOBBIE BROOKS!! There’s a good chance your itsy bitsy green polka dot bikini & coverup were made in my hometown. The last weekend of every month they had an “overruns” & blems sale. I remember buying swimsuits, pajamas & nighties for $1 each – those were the good ole days. The factory shut down in the late 70’s. Sooo sad.

  22. I use to wear Bobbie Brooks all the time..and I had a cute bathing suit(bikini) also..I think it was yellow..been a while..

  23. Huh. Growing up listening to the Mellencamp song, I thought Bobbie Brooks were shoes. Makes the song that much racier!

    sprites last blog post..can’t touch, singalong, and purply

  24. Theresa in Italy says:

    Bobbie Brooks! Hang Ten! Ahh, those were the days…thanks for the trip down memory lane, enjoy the BSJ and have a good weekend!

  25. The Baby Surprise is coming out great! Can’t wait to see it finished.

    I don’t remember Bobby Brooks, but that’s probably because my mother used to crochet little outfits for my sister and me. I wish I still had my little poncho she made. I don’t know what happened to it! πŸ™

    Danieles last blog post..Swapper’s Day 2008

  26. Here’s one: A peach colored Bobbie Brooks pants suit complete with vest & blazer, two coordinating button down shirts. The pants drove me crazy because they zipped up the back. I haven’t owned a peach colored anything since. What a fashion plate! Gawd! ; P

    miss sandras last blog post..And Not a Word More

  27. That will be a lucky baby, indeed.

    I love your little green polka dot bag — that’s a great idea someone came up with. Your reminiscing about your bathing suit stirs up thoughts of clothing from those years. Some good, some not so good. Bathing suits seemed so magical when I was a little girl and a young teenager. Of course, now bathing suits conjure entirely different feelings that are not magical at all. Oh well, I find magic in other places now.

    Hope you and Lucy have a restful, enjoyable weekend.

    Warmest wishes,

    fireflys last blog post..A few of my favorite things

  28. Linda in Chicagoland says:

    I’m older than you, but I also loved Bobby Brooks! I don’t remember a swimsuit, but I do remember several favorite outfits that were BB.

    Love the BSJ. Haven’t made one yet. Maybe I should and have it on hand if needed.

  29. …um…is it ever *not* the weekend for the cats – ?!? Oh, wait, the weekend means Mommy gets out the ironing board so they can help “press” the clothes…..

    Love the bag, btw, what a great idea!

  30. thanks for the link to the button drawer, I too have been looking for a good source of buttons, as there is nothing local except Joannes. which is fine, but there selection is somewhat limited. Love the little green bag… soooo darn cute!!!

  31. Can’t wait to see your finished baby surprise jacket! I am working on one for my daughter who is almost 2. She keeps petting it….I gotta knit faster, which is hard to do with an almost 2 year old “helping.” Love your pic of Lucy’s cute little kitty lips!!!!!

  32. Michelle from Arizona says:

    I had lots of Bobby Brooks ‘outfits’ as a teen. Too funny that you tracked that down :>) I liked sprite’s comment… sprite must be younger than us.

  33. Lois Boulware says:

    Longtime reader, first time reply. I make almost the very same mac and cheese, but add the following: 1 finely diced onion, and cover the top with sliced tomatoes before baking. And the only mustard worth it’s mustard is PLOCHMAN’s. Love your blog.

  34. I started the BSJ (Mission Falls 1824 Cotton) a few weeks ago and was wondering if you did anything special with the paired M1 increases? I just did the one where you lift the strand from front to back and knit through the back loop. I’m not delighted with how it looks (it okay, just a little weird) and was wondering if you did something different. I suppose I should have done one a M1L and M1R at the least…

  35. Cute sweater and I love the yarn, but I have to say that bag is a must have!!!!

    Jewels last blog post..Tomato sweater

  36. I haven’t actually made a BSJ before, though I am sure I have instructions somewhere. I love the idea of anything that can be made with just a skein or two (and well, preferably sock yarn… I seem to be mostly buying sock and laceweight these days). It looks like a lot of fun!

    Seanna Leas last blog post..desperately looking on the bright side of things

  37. I remember Bobbie Brooks. I hadn’t thought about that brand in years.

    Love the little polka dot bag. I’m going to watch for one for myself!

    Marions last blog post..A Loopy Groupie at last

  38. Love the bag!My Bobbie Brooks swimsuit was turquoise with white polka dots.I loved that suit.My big toe wouldn’t fit in it now.Sigh…

  39. Thanks for the bag review, now I have to watch the Loopy!

    The BSJ looks lovely.

    Elysbeths last blog post..A TAS finished for TAO

  40. Gramma Phyl says:

    I also remember Bobbie Brooks, but do you remember their slightly less expensive line Robby Rivers? I do. I had a loverly coordinating slacks outfit is chocolate brown with a brown and orange print blouse. This was very special to me as a teen as my mom made most of my clothes.

    Watch out with that BSJ as they tend to become rather addictive. I have made the for several babies. The my grandkids saw one and decided that they would make perfect sweaters for the family bears. How can Gramma say no to such a request.

    Lucy, my Suzy says you are her hero. She has been trying to use your methods of persuasion on her human and hasn’t achieved your level YET.

  41. Those buttons will be totally adorable!!

  42. Oh the beanie baggie is so clever! And I remember Bobby Brooks clothing! it is amazing somethings the things that pop into your head or you are reminded up randomly, isn’t it?

    Millys last blog post..She is on her way

  43. Lucy must have had such a busy week to be looking forward to teh weekend so much. Perhaps she’s been doing a little knitting on the side.

    Alisons last blog post..The state of being busy

  44. OMG–I had that same bathing suit and cover-up but had completely forgotten about it until you jogged my memory. Too funny!

  45. Your site is very inspiring, especially the baby stuff. I used to knit a little here and there…if I ever have time again, I’ll know where to visit πŸ™‚