My current work in progress:

Sundew,by Martin Storey, knit from Rowan Softyak DK, using 3.25mm and 4mm 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. My favorite flowers are red Roses.

  2. I love all your bags & flowers! I knit bags and this would give me so much inspiration to knit different flowers on the bags. I would love, love to have this book! Thank you for offering it in a drawing.

  3. Love Noni bags – have knitted several myself. Would love this book 🙂

  4. I love peonies and wish I could grow them here in California. Looks like a great book to add to my library!

  5. My favorite flower is the red rose
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  6. Sharon M2 says:

    I made a Noni bag a number of years ago to use as a knitting bag; it’s embellished with several huge flowers. It was her flowers that initially drew me to her patterns. Favorite flower? O boy- I’ll choose hyacinth- love the fragrance.

  7. The shawl is looking great – Perhaps you’ll add a flower pin?

  8. t.powell says:

    those flowers are amazing

  9. Roses are my absolute favorite, but I would be thrilled if someone brought me any kind of flowers =) Knitting my own would definitely help with the allergies!

  10. Natasha Carty says:

    My favorite flowers are pansies, although it is very hard to choose!

  11. Hmmm. I love all flowers. Lilacs for their smell, but alas, my fave is fireweed. Not only is it rampant throughout the Yukon, but it also tells the passing of the seasons as it loses it’s bloom.

  12. Cindy Arnold says:

    Right now pink dogwoods are popping. I love to do water paintings of them. Gardenas, so fragile and sweet are hard to resist. Daffodils pop up looking lovely in spring. My favorite is fragrant roses. Thanks for sharing the book. Hope I’m lucky though probably not so congrats to the winner!

  13. Kathie Mayo says:

    Multi-petaled flowers are a favorite. I love to create felted anything, and hope I am the winner of this wonderful book.

  14. This book looks amazing. I have a jacket that I started of hers, but I am woefully behind. The flowers would be great for decorating it once I was done!
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  15. Lilies and tulips and roses, oh my!
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  16. Carrie Mc says:

    Would love to have the lovely book. My favorite flower is Double Delight rose

  17. Mary Anne says:

    Pink tulips are my favorite.

  18. Debra DAvis says:

    Wendy, love the purses and the flowers. my favorite flowers are glads. Hope you are well.

  19. Andrea F. says:

    I love Asian lilies…ALL color combos!

  20. Barb Hicks says:

    My favorite flower is the tulip. My dad planted them every fall and I knew spring was here when they bloomed. That meant summer and the end of school were going to be here soon.

  21. My favorite flower is a dandelion, each of my 5 children, when they were little, with their smiling faces would brighten my day in bringing me a bouquet of fresh picked dandelions! Those little weeds meant more to me than a dozen store bought roses anyday 🙂

  22. Arlene S. says:

    Hmmm…. Maybe Lucy would like a knitted flower collar for Easter 🙂
    My favorite flour is the orchid.

  23. RustyBird says:

    My favorite flowers are violets.

  24. This may be my favorite giveaway yet!! Thanks for the chance.

  25. Hit “post” too soon. My favorite flower is lilac–it smells like spring!

  26. I love Roses!

  27. Rose, daisy and OK I love ALL flowers! Lol

  28. Yes! yes, yes! flowers you can grow with needles.

  29. Knitscene is full of leaves and now WK is full of flowers. I so totally want a botanical wardrobe this year.

  30. So pretty! Enter me, please 🙂

  31. DeborahKaye says:

    I just love cosmos! Does the book have a pattern for them?

  32. I love the Noni bags and flowers. These are so pretty.
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  33. Melissa B. says:

    I love hydrangeas and baby pink roses! 😀

  34. I first discovered the Columbine in 1998 while staying in Wyo. It has fascinated me since then. I have tried to recreate it in frosting…no success so far. This book would be a nice addition to my knitting library.

  35. Nancy M. says:

    My favorite flowers are roses – all kinds, all varieties.

  36. My favorite flower is hydrangea. Love all the shades you can see because of the acidity of the soil, I think. I also like trilliums which grow wild here in Michigan.

  37. Celestine says:

    My favorite flower is a Daisy because ” They won’t tell”

  38. Heather Davidsmeyer says:

    Gorgeous book! I would love to win it! I also love the bags that you made from it!

  39. I saw this on The Knitgirllls podcast and fell in love! Such intricate details!
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  40. This is truly a beautiful book.

  41. I have lots of favorite flowers but my very favorite is the Dutch Iris, followed closely by any kind of Tulip. (I made the Noni evening bag with tulips on it and it was great fun!) I also like Daffodils, so I guess I’m a “Spring Flowers” type!

  42. Betty Eliassen says:

    The first daffodils of spring have to be my favorite closely followed by redbud, dogwoods and cosmos. Actually just about anything blooming in season! Beautiful idea for a book.

  43. Lucy looks like a pile of ruffles herself!

    Yes, please sign me up for the book, it looks great!

  44. What a beautiful book! Daffodils are my favorite, it’s nice to see them after a long, cold, winter.

  45. Being a master gardener, I have several faces…but I think I’d pick Dicentra or Bleeding Hearts.

  46. I love an iris, any and all colors!

  47. Charlotte says:

    I love daffodils — the colour and the fragrance.

  48. Sounds like a fun book.

  49. violets

  50. I don’t really have a favorite flower (because I’m allergic to most), but I’ve been carving pansies for a project and would love to learn how to knit them as well.
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  51. Carol Louise says:

    Right now in Missouri, absolutely every thing is blooming at once! What an awesome Spring and what an inspiration to try knitting some of those flowers! Thanks!

  52. Oooh, I love those Noni bags. They are so pretty. Hmmm. My favorite flower? Japanese Camellias are probably my favorites. I love irises, too. The shawl is looking quite lovely, too – as is Miss Lucy.
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  53. Barbara S. says:

    I would have to say Chrysanthemums.

  54. That looks like a fantastic book! I love hydrangeas, but I’m not sure I have the patience to knit one… 🙂

  55. I would say coneflowers of any color are my favorite. LOVE Noni’s bags.

  56. Jennifer T says:


  57. My favorite flowers are tulips, one of my friends could really use this book.
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  58. Only one flower? Guess it would have to be a loong stem rose!
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  59. Sunflowers are my favorites. The embellishments are so classy.

  60. My favorite flower is Gerber Daisy

  61. My favorite flower is a peony, but all of Noni’s flowers are beautiful and I’ve knit several. I can hardly wait to see the new book and maybe, just maybe I’ll be the lucky winner.

  62. Snapdragons, because my grandmother always had about a hundred of them planted along one wall of her stucco house. She’s been gone about 45 years now but I still remember how beautiful and colorful they were.

  63. laura sequeira says:

    My favorite flower is the sweet pea. Reminds me of gardening with my grandparents in San Francisco. Next is the pikake–grew up in Hawai’i so loved them in leis.

  64. operaknit says:

    So many spring flowers are happening in my neighborhood right now! My favorites are my neighbor’s forsythia hedge and the red bud tree outside my bathroom window.

  65. Susan Shelly says:

    The flowers are gorgeous – as is your wrap! I am anxious to see the pattern. I could use a short row project – need to learn that. And I love it that Lucy is checking it all out – LOL!

  66. Sandra Kerr says:

    I love Calla Lillies. They’re so unique.
    And I’d love a copy of the book.

  67. I LOVE plumerias, but haven’t seen one from Noni designs yet :-/. I’ve made her backpack w/pansies, and it is fantastic! Noni designs are so unique and absolutely spectacular!

  68. I love hydrangeas most and yellow roses second. Lucy is looking a little ruffly herself.

  69. Annie Wilson says:

    Those are beautiful! Thanks for offering a copy to one of us!

  70. These look beautiful! I would love to make the daffodil – looks just like the ones that came up in our garden last week with the unseasonably warm weather….

  71. Kathleen K says:

    Lily of the Valley, has been my favorite forever!

  72. lilacs!

  73. Ginger Klein says:

    Hi Wendy. My favorite flower is the rose. No, wait! Peony….no rose, no peony. Okay. I want a bouquet with both! Always.

  74. Charlotte - a different one from above says:

    wow, very rare to see a Charlotte at all! I have all Nicky Epstein’s books with flowers, but would still love to actually “win” this one.

  75. Its always beeen Roses for me,knitted flowers, sounds fun rose

  76. I would love a copy of the Noni Flowers book!

  77. l agree! The lilac.

  78. I just want to say I’m excited for Nora’s book! She was my knitting instructor when I first started knitting and I really enjoyed my subsequent Saturday morning knitting sessions at our LYS before she moved away. Yay for her book!

  79. This week my favorite flower is the daffodil, which are blooming 1 month early here in Wisconsin. 🙂 Next week something else may bloom and my favorite flower may change. 🙂

  80. Peonies are definitely my favorite

  81. I Like them all, but Tulips are my favorites!
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  82. My most favorite would be Roses, nice smelling roses cut fresh and put inside….love them.

  83. My favorite flower is the hydrangea, so I kind of hope there ISN’T a pattern for it in the book… I can imagine they’d be very fiddly and repetitive to make. I did a hydrangea cake for my birthday last year, and that was fiddly enough – and piping icing goes a lot faster than knitting!
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  84. I taught my daughter-in-law to knit a couple of weeks ago, and she told me she wants her next project to be a rose. This book would be perfect! My favorite flower is a freesia–I’ll never get over how wonderful they smell!

  85. Birds of Paradise. They are so elegant and vibrant.

  86. Daisies! Followed closely by crocis – that looks wrong. Those bags are fabulous. g
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  87. That book looks like it could be so useful. I haven’t really tried knitting and felting flowers before but it’s inspiring me!

  88. I love old-fashioned snapdragons. This book looks wonderful. I’d love to win it!

  89. It’s gotta be daffodils or yellow roses. Yellow flowers make me happy!

  90. i love camellias. which is good living in the south. i also love LUCY!

  91. Hydrangea, blue preferred. Iris would be a second. Thanks for the drawing!

  92. SusieQ100 says:

    I think my favourites are Gerberas. They always look so happy!

  93. Favorite flowers are proteas which I usually get from Hawaii.

  94. Amy Lacy says:

    Oooh!!! I love me some knitted flowers! Hats, bags, sweaters, they all benefit from a little flowery goodness! My favorite flower is the rhododendron, followed by the hydrangea for it’s color and the lilac for its lovely scent. Thanks for entering me!

  95. I was sure it was sweet peas and then I got fickle over a trillium and a dogwood blossom could do me in or queen annes lace ..oh I give up I promise to knit every flower in the book and make up more!,,,,

  96. Midnite Baker says:

    Would be fun to knit some flowers, since I can only grow herbs in my garden. M

  97. My favorite flower is the peony. I would enjoy winning the book. It would be fun to knit flowers in the springtime, especially since it is now pouring down rain here in Oregon. It’s good knitting weather!

  98. Big fragrant stargazer lilies!
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  99. Sally Miller says:

    It got down to 19 degrees yesterday morning. I’ve been covering my bleeding-heart plant with a bucket at night. She tells me when it is spring. And my lilac bush has leaves as big as your thumbnail now. But my mostest favoritest are the wild violets that sprinkle my yard late spring. I won’t let my hubby mow under the clothesline until the violets have faded.

  100. My favorite flowers are violets.