My current work in progress:

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


Noni Flowers!

I was lucky enough to be sent a copy of Nora J. Bellows’ upcoming book Noni Flowers: 40 Exquisite Knitted Flowers. It is due to be published by Potter Craft on April 10.

Remember when Nora Bellows came out with her patterns for Noni bags? Knit felted bags, some embellished with knitted flowers. I was entranced with them and made a couple back in the summer of 2006.

I made the “Skinny Baguette” for my sister-in-law:

And “In the Sculpture Garden” for my mom:

Both bags (and flowers) knit from Cascade 220 and felted. They were such fun to make.

Well, Nora Bellows now has a book with instructions for 40 different knitted and felted flowers!

Apart from the patterns for the flowers, there is a lot of great how-to information — everything you need to know to be able to knit your own garden. I love this spread about the importance of gauge:

Different weights of yarn and different needle sizes do make a difference, don’t they? 🙂

One of the things I love about these flowers is how beautifully detailed, realistic, and accurate they are.  The instructions are well-written and very well photographed:

Here is one of my favorite flowers:

In addition to the detailed instructions for the 40 different flowers, there are 6 patterns for some items that incorporate flowers. Here’s my favorite, a sweet little bag:

The Knitgirllls did a great review of this book in this week’s video podcast, so if you want to see more, hop on over there.

Potter Craft very handsomely offered to send a free copy of Noni Flowers: 40 Exquisite Knitted Flowers to one of my readers. Who’d like it?

To be entered in the drawing to win a copy, please leave a comment on this blog post telling me what your favorite flower is (doesn’t have to be one in the book)by noon Eastern time Sunday, April 1, 2012. A winner will be chosen at random then.

Thanks, Potter Craft! 😀

Ruffles and Ridges Wrap

My Ruffles and Ridges Wrap is close to done. Here, Lucy checks my workmanship:

Sharon is done with her version of the wrap. She knit hers using 400 yards of a heavy fingering weight yarn. Mine is done with 600 yards of what I think is a true fingering weight yarn (even though in Ravelry Kauni 8/2 is listed as sportweight). When mine is complete I’ll post photos and all the details for both versions.

The pattern for the wrap will be available for sale next week. It will include tips for using different amounts and weights of yarn and changing the shape of the wrap to a triangular shawlette. And a step-by-step illustrated tutorial for short rows in garter stitch.

Lucy is exhausted after her knitting inspection:


  1. I love pink dogwoods. LOVE. And this book looks awesome. I went through a serious Noni phase when I first learned to knit.

  2. Lucy is adorable in that photo! I love that “paw over the eyes” thing. Um, my favorite flower is … old fashioned roses.

  3. Cornflowers are my favorites. Love them with Queen Anne’s Lace.
    Headbutts to Lucy please – she does look exhausted after her inspection duties.

  4. Savannagal says:

    I absolutely love the Noni bags. This new book looks like it would be aa great addition to my bookshelf. My favorite flower is the Pale Purple Coneflower (Echinacea pallida), though to be honest, I have many favorites – all of which are native to Illinois. Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. I personally love Sunflowers because they’re so cheerful!
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  6. I love this designer and have wonded to make a bag forever. My favorite floer is the calla lily. I had some for my wedding and they were beautiful!
    Patty´s last blog post ..Short and Sweet…

  7. I think my favorite is hydrangea.

  8. KristiLynn says:

    I’d love to try a daffodil or lily! it would be great to never have to replace the flowers in my vase!

  9. Gardenia. And honeysuckle. 🙂

  10. Thank you for the giveaway!

  11. I absolutely love TULIPS! Especially the parrot ones! They come in beautiful colors. I would love to knit some (if available) and give to my mom as a long awaited replacement for all the ones I pulled out of her garden as a child!

  12. Iris or hydrangea, can’t choose just one. Hope to win the book and knit me some flowers

  13. I love lilacs….just moved to Virginia from Florida and can’t wait to plant some.

  14. My favorite flower is azaleas, because they remind me of my Mom, who loved them.
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  15. My favorite flower is the orchid. I don’t have a favorite variety, but I love how extremely delicate they are. My second favorite? the Fuchsia.

  16. My favorite flowers may well be roses, the old fashioned kind. And April 10th is my birthday, so obviously I deserve this as a birthday present!

  17. For scent, jasmine; for looks (especially since they don’t seem to have much scent anymore), cabbage roses. I’d love a copy of that book! Someday I’ll win one of your giveaways! 😉

  18. Daisies are my favorite. Looks like a lovely book.

  19. I’d love the book. My favorite flowers are dead ones…..because I’m allergic to all of them. Seriously, all. But I’m not allergic to knitted flowers, so in those I’d pick red roses.

  20. I love spider crysanthemums. Partly because they are exhuberant in shape but more muted in color, and partly because they are Fall flowers… a time when much of the other floral parade has passsed by. A last hurrah before Winter.
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  21. I like roses, but white daisies are my favorite!

  22. im just lori says:

    I like tulips. And roses. And daisies. But my absolute favorite is the one handed to me by my son, plucked from our yard of weeds.

    Shot glasses make for great woodland violet vases.

  23. Ooh! I saw the knitgirllls review of this book. I’m so intrigued by it. My fav flower (since you’d like us to indicate that for the draw) is the tulip! And there’s a tulip I the book!
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  24. Those daffodils are great!

    Your readers all appreciate your generosity (and that of your sponsors).
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  25. Waterlilies are my favorite.

  26. Angie S. says:

    My favorite is a simple white rose. So delicate and lovely.

  27. Sharen Warren says:

    My favorite flower is the peony, and I’d love, love, love to win the book!

  28. Mine is of course Lilies. I had Calla Lilies in my wedding bouquet.
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  29. Lestersmama says:

    I love the way Lucy inspects your work. Lester provides the same service for me, although I sometimes feel as if he is checking it for edibility, rather than workmanship.

    My favourite flower is he tulip – mine are just peeping through the snow.

  30. There is actually a beautiful website for the book with great pictures of ALL the flowers! Have you all seen it? Favorite flower: Star Magnolia.

  31. Lynne S. says:

    That’s tough – I love so many flowers. But I’ll pick sweet peas (pun unintended), for so many reasons. (Now I’m going to read the other comments to remind me of the flowers I forgot.) I’d love to win a copy of the book. Your shawl is looking lovely – perhaps thanks to Lucy’s Quality Control work? And speaking of which, does she get a raise for this, or was it in her original job description?

  32. Sewiknit2 says:

    Jasmine! Does that count as a flower? Sue x

  33. My favorite would be a calla lily, so classy and elegant. They were in my wedding bouquet 25 years ago and are even on my good china. I’m sure Lucy would approve! Thank you for sharing!

  34. Stephanie says:

    My favorite flower is the Calla Lily.. They are so pretty! Though I love my gardenias… they smell wonderful!

  35. My favorite flower is a rose. There is just nothing like the wonderful fragrance of a rose.

  36. Stephanie H. says:

    I love the happiness a daisy always seems to provide.

  37. It’s hard to pick a single favorite flower – I love so many of them. If I could only have one, though, it would have to be china roses, about any cultivar.

  38. Daffodil.

  39. My favorite, hands down, is the iris. Lilac is a distant second.

  40. My favorite flowers are Callalilies & Tulips
    Rae´s last blog post ..Berries & Rainforests…

  41. My favourite flowers are lilies!
    Valerie´s last blog post ..Wee.

  42. My favorite flower is lilac because it reminds me of my grandmother.

  43. My favorite flower is the peony!

  44. I favor morning glories with daisies a close second.

  45. Lavender is my favourite flower. The colour and the scent are truly wonderful!

  46. I love purple iris. That book is really cute!

  47. Kim miller says:

    I love peonies

  48. My favorite flower is the alstroemerias. My favorites are the pink variety. I had them in my wedding bouquet. I would love to win this book. I need to knit some flowers for a project I am working on and I don’t own a knitted flower book. Thanks for your great giveaways.

  49. i love seeing the violets in the spring. they just make me happy.
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  50. Jennifer says:

    Hmmm, my fave flower is either peonies or hydrangeas. Too tough to choose one! I am counting down the days until this beautiful book comes out. In the meantime, I am having fun previewing all the beautiful flowers and projects here at the book’s website! You can even pre-order a copy of the book directly from Nora, and she will sign it and include a bonus pattern for a hibiscus flower. Can you tell I am a huge Noni fan?!

  51. The bags are beautiful. My favorite flower is the peony.

  52. Shirley Gallagher says:

    My favorite flower is the sunflower. They make me happy to see them against a blue sky.

  53. Oh wow, this book looks amazing. My favorite flowers are hydrangeas. The bushes around here are starting to leaf out, and I’m looking forward to lots of big blooms in a few months.

  54. please enter me in the drawing!! I’d love to be able to knit some nice felted flowers!

  55. I love daffodils.

  56. Hands down, my favorite flower is the sweet pea. My mom grew them all along the chain link fence that ran down one side of our backyard and the floral arrangements that she made from them were breathtaking.

    Poor Lucy, so worn out with all that inspecting!

  57. Debbie B. says:

    Jonquils are my favorite spring flower, but my all around favorite are roses.

  58. My favorite is an iris.

  59. I cannot wait to get my hands on this book! I’m not sure I can wait for the contest to end-I may have to pre-order on the website, thank you Jennifer commenter for that link-the photography is amazing on the website! My favorite flower is jasmine or hydrangea-or both together! 🙂

  60. AnnEdith says:

    Hyacinths. Thanks for doing the give-away!

  61. Deb Jonckheere says:

    I have two favorite flowers that I love equally. Poppies and Peonies.

  62. I’m partial to White Gardenias.

    Sometimes a project just needs a little something-something to make it pop. I can’t wait to get my grubby little hands on a copy of that book!
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  63. These patterns look like a lot of fun.
    And my favorite flower is a daffodil.

  64. Noni struck a high note with me when I first thought about felting. My first Noni was The Cinch Bag and it turned out great! The picture above made me want to knit my elderly mom a Noni Bag and my 21 year old daughter loves Calla Lillies! Can’t wait to view this book.

    Thanx Noni!


  65. Tanglegirl says:

    Noni flowers would look fabulous on the hats I make!
    Hi Lucy!

  66. Kathy Schreiman says:

    Can hardly wait to receive the new Noni Flowers book…just finishing up Ella…she is such a beauty. Thanks to Nora for all her great designs & inspiration

  67. I love peonies.

  68. Gasp! Gorgeous patterns! I love magnolias. We had a large magnolia tree in front of my parents’ house and the scent was amazing. Katrina took to the tree, but I still stick my nose in magnolias whenever I’m back down South and see them. Oh and star Jasmine, which I unabashedly stick my nose into and sniff whenever I see them because it’s impossible to grow here! Thanks!

  69. Marie Howe says:

    My favorite flower is the daisy.

  70. Noni me!

  71. There are so many beautiful flowers, but forget-me-nots growing en masse are my favorite.

  72. Loony Nuna says:

    So hard to pick just one flower! One of my favorites is the lady slipper. They grow in our woods here in New England. 🙂

  73. I love blue hydrangeas! the colors mesmerize and they are so beautiful on a cloudy day.

  74. Roses are my favorite.

  75. Sandy officer says:

    My favorite flower is a Martagon Lily. My husband hybridizes them and this year will register one named after me! I’d love it if there was a lily in this book. I will have to buy it if I don’t win it.

  76. My favorite flower is a yellow rose. I planted a yellow rose bush right at the bottom of my front steps, and it’s beautiful!
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  77. alicia howard says:

    My favorite flower is the gardenia!

  78. What a beautiful book! Thanks for the eye candy 🙂

  79. Daisies are my favorite flower. Love love love the purses!!!!!

  80. Pheasant eye narcissus. And columbines. And many others!

  81. Shirley Ryan says:

    I just love hydrangeas and amaryllis. 🙂 I just wish they were easier to spell. It woudl be fun to knit one!

  82. I would love to have that book just to look at in the winter. Around here it gets so cold and snowy that its a joy to even see a picture of flowers

  83. I like daffodils. They are so happy and usually make me smile. Next would be peonies and lilacs and I can’t choose between them.

  84. I’d love to win! I love NONI.

  85. Freya in Californeya says:

    My garden is full of daffodils. since I am allergic I can’t bring them inside, so it would be awesome to have some pseudo-dils inside to admire.

  86. Karen W M. says:

    Favorite flower is a peony – is the plural peonies? Interesting book.

  87. I love lilacs and orchids! My home town in NY has a lilac festival ever year it’s amazing to see and the air smells lovely!
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  88. My favourite flower is the peony; we have several in our garden, or did before Dh did the gardening. I’m hoping they’ll pop back up next spring.
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  89. This looks like an interesting book! I am a big fan of embelishments. My favorite flower is the carnation! I can still remember the smell of the fresh flowers in my hand corsage I wore on my wrist for my high school dance!

  90. peggy connolly says:

    oh , my fav flower has to be the hyacinth–so fragrant and detailed but so fleeting.

  91. I think my favorite flower is the carnation. I love its spicey scent. I expect it would be hard to knit and felt, though.

  92. I have two favorites and both for a different reason. The rose and the daisy

  93. Nancy Clark says:

    I would LOVE this book….. my favorite flower is lily of the valley,or………lilac, or roses. Impossible to pick just one!

  94. I love tulips! They have so many varieties, colors, and petal types, and they are so darned cheerful (or at least I think so.).

  95. Libba Hicks says:

    If “pushed into a corner”, my favorite flower is probably the daffodil….such a breath of spring! But fresh-cut flowers in the house have always been a treat, and it was to a date’s advantage to figure that one out quickly!! Please enter me into the drawing.

  96. I. Love. Roses. They are exquisite, regardless of the color.

  97. TooTwistedDonna says:

    My favorite flower is the Sunflower!! Tell Lucy my Girls Lily and Cleo say Meow!!!

  98. Kathy Green says:

    My favorite flower is the daffodil. It usually means that spring is here!

  99. Lilac or peony. Love both of them

  100. Favorite flower–that’s hard. Possibly lilacs for their beautiful smell.