My current work in progress:

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


Back to Real Life

I always find it annoying to drag myself back to work after a long fun-filled weekend, but today I did.

The highlight of my morning was that the Coke machine spat out two cans of Diet Coke for the price of one.

But things could be worse, and for the most part my day was uneventful.

Roseann asked about the booklet that was created for the Bohus exhibit.


No, that’s not my name on the cover. I’m Wendy D. Johnson. Wendy J. Johnson, the co-author of this booklet, was at the exhibit, so I got to meet her. Her husband took a photo of us together to mark the auspicious occasion: The Meeting of the Wendy Johnsons.

Anyway, back to the booklet. It’s not a pattern collection,Β  but a series of articles and essays about Bohus knitting, written by, among others, Solveig Gustafsson, Kirsten Olsson, Susanna Hansson, and Wendy J. Johnson. It’s a great little book packed with a lot of information and history, and gorgeous photos.

I checked the American Swedish Institute website and don’t see it for sale in their online shop, but you could give them a call and see if you can buy it over the phone.

Speaking of their online shop, they do have a section for Bohus Knitting, and there are kits for sale there. Just sayin’. πŸ˜‰

ETA: The booklet is now available for sale in the online store — link in the paragraph above. πŸ˜€

I’ve finished my Sign of Spring Socks — see?


Tempted Good Grrl sock yarn in the “Iris” colorway — I’ll be writing the pattern up soon.

And here is Lucy, the picture of contentment!



  1. Love the socks and they’re my favorite color. Thanks for the links to the Bohus kits shop.

    Timmie Bs last blog post..More about Knitting at the Lake

  2. Lucy has the look of contentment cuz the Mama’s home πŸ™‚

    The Sign of Spring Socks rock in that color!

  3. Great looking pattern as usual, Wendy. Love the color. Thank you for sharing the links for the Bohus kits.

    Elizabeths last blog post..Another Day Another……Hat!

  4. Linda in Chicagoland says:

    Looks like your readers called! Answering the demand, the program book is now available online.

  5. I really like those socks.

  6. Lucy looks beautiful and I love that yarn colourway, a really nice effect without pooling – or is that just the way I’m knitting?

    Lotties last blog post..A ‘Credit Crunch’ Cardigan

  7. The sock is a delight! So is Lucy!

    Cindys last blog post..Little Bits

  8. Glad your first day back at work wasn’t totally miserable. Hooray for free soda! That makes it a BOGO Soda deal right? πŸ™‚

    LittleWits last blog post..FO – Simple Bag

  9. Wow, two Wendy Johnson’s that have books… wow.

    I like it when I can see lucy’s pretty blue eyes

    Aunt Kathys last blog post..Sunday- So The Weekend Ends…

  10. Thank you for the links. I’m not that great of a knitter, but Bohus fascinates me!
    The heat is on, there’s a new sheepskin on the couch and Mommy is once again home!! If that doesn’t spell contentment, I don’t know what does!

  11. Thank you for explaining the book, I did think it was you and was wondering when you found time to sleep. Thank you also for the link to the kits and the book.

    Roseanns last blog post..Ethan’s Hat

  12. The socks turned out great!

  13. I just love the Bohus lookand feel. I was lucky enough to pet one during the Yarn Harlots book tour last year…actually 2007 and it was so lusciously soft. Definitely will have to go into my to do list.

    Lizs last blog post..Caring for Orchids

  14. That’s a beautiful pattern! Must have one.

  15. Those are veerrrrrry purty socks…as usual!

    Cindy Ks last blog post..No Birthday Knitting/Spinning for Me

  16. I love the sock. The color is definitely a joyous springtime color. I see delphinium and hyacinth and some of the early iris that grew in my mom’s Minneapolis garden. Lucy looks very happy to have you home.

    Candis last blog post..It’s Moving Day!

  17. Another beautiful sock, a contented cat, and a free soda- life is good!

  18. Margie from Maryland says:

    so – where’s the picture of the two Wendy Johnsons??? Do we get to see?

  19. seems like a bunch of fun!
    looks like lucy just finished grooming! nap time!

    Cookis last blog post..Finished one sock!

  20. OOOH! Those are pretty socks! Lucy is lovely, as always.

  21. gorgeous socks! too cute to have another wendy johnson out there!
    pretty kitty as usual! >^_^<

    Annas last blog post..Mad Hatter

  22. Wow, I’m tempted by those wristlet kits. I’m a decent stranded knitter, but the large Bohus kits intimidate me. A little wristlet couldn’t be too bad, even with multiple colors per row.

    Jessicas last blog post..Progress is Being Made

  23. Glad to see you’re back designing socks. And these are beautiful! Looking forward to the pattern. Will it be available at the Loopy Ewe?

    E. Engmans last blog post..CHRISTMAS GIVE-AWAY

  24. oh, I love them. I am catching up on sewing but then I may just catch up on sewing….

    christina (apronstrings)s last blog post..ORDER IN THE COURT!

  25. Wendy,
    I hate to sound like an idiot…but here goes anyway….you have got me all interested in bohus, and I saw some patterns I loved….wild apple was my first choice, like you πŸ™‚ How difficult is it to do buhus knitting? Is it like fair isle? What makes it “bohus” – is it the patterns and their history? Also, how can I find out the chest measurements? I don’t speak Swedish. I have been into lace shawls and stoles, and haven’t finished my Hanna F, but really love these Bohus designs. THanks.

  26. Love, love the socks including the color. Good thing I already haave Poems in Color or I’d be tempted. Glad you had a good time.

  27. Love the new socks!

  28. Oh – the socks are gorgeous! I liked very much reading about your weekend in Minneapolis (have you seen any “little green apples” there?) …

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  29. Awe! Lucy must have missed you =)

    Looks like you had a blast! Lovely sock

    Megan S.s last blog post..Double Debbie Downier

  30. Oh dear, I hope they have enough books for us all! hehe. I’ve got one and a hat kit on the way now. It’s just as well that they didn’t have the sweaters there, as I really shouldn’t have bought the hat kit!

    ps. Hi Lucy!

  31. Love the sock!

    Marions last blog post..January in a nutshell

  32. Both my maiden and married last names are so unusual that I doubt I’ll ever find someone with the same name as me. What fun a meeting of the Wendy Johnsons must have been πŸ™‚

    Marys last blog post..Leaping Beeps

  33. I went to see what was available for the kits, and while I did love one of the hat/scarf kits I would have fallen hard for a sweater! I’m all about more sweaters this year.

    Seanna Leas last blog post..ow times two

  34. Your Sign of Spring socks are gorgeous! Thanks for the bohus information, too. The designs are inspirational.

  35. Thank you so much for plugging the ‘bookalogue’ and for being part of the opening weekend’s festivities. It was great to see you again.

  36. I’m glad you clarified that the book wasn’t you. I mean, when I saw the book mentioned on another blog, I assumed it was you until you mentioned on your blog that there was more than one Wendy Johnson. How funny!

    Wandas last blog post..’09 Knitting Resolutions