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. Daffodils! They mean Spring is truely here to me.

  2. I think possibly that I could supplant my obsession with making toys to making flowers…

    Favorite flower…whatever is blooming at the moment in my garden…

  3. Gardenias! for a tree flower, dogwood! what a lovely giveaway and thank you for asking the question. best wishes – helene

  4. I love pansies and this book!

  5. Sarah Taylor says:

    Wisteria! So purple. So deliciously smelly. So drape-y. Love it. Am allergic to it. Poo.

  6. There are so many flowers which are beautiful to look at, but I would have to choose one with a beautiful smell for my favorite. Plumeria or Spider Ginger.
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  7. My favorite flower right now is the Trillium – I’m waiting for the ones in my back yard to come out. Its been a running battle to get them going because of the deer – they enjoy them as well. I am hoping it won’t be so difficult this year as there is lots of greenery and other treats for them to enjoy so they won’t come looking (wishful thinking I know).

  8. I love daisies the most, followed closely by roses. And one of my good friends is named Daisy!

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  10. Ruth Porter says:

    I guess my favorite flower would be daffodils for St. David’s Day. (March 1) Looks like an interesting book.

  11. It’s got to be tulips – there’s nothing more beautiful than a deep purple tulip! 🙂

  12. So enjoy your blog and of course Lucy is the highlight. I’m trying to earn a few extra $$ to supplement my social security and the flowers look like a great item to sell. Best of luck to everyone.

  13. I love sunflowers. They are big, sunny, always look happy and just beautiful. Saw a hat once with a sunflower on it and it was gorgeous.

  14. Shirley Picardi says:

    What a beautiful book! My favorite flowers are zinnias.

  15. margaret says:

    I like most flowers, so is is hard to pick a favorite – maybe asters?

  16. It is inspiring just to look at the photos! What perfect timing for a book like this to come out when we’re all anxious for spring and gardens – here in Maine we got a little snow overnight, but it doesn’t seem to bother the daffodils and crocuses. I’d love to knit myself some flowers!

  17. I would love a copy of this book! Favorite flower would have to be hydrangea.

  18. my favorite woodland flower is the red trillium~ it is so delicate and stately in the shade. i also love iris(Schreiners in Oregon) and (David Austin)cabbage roses. i would love to make a noni bag…yours are beautiful!! thank you for your give-a-ways!
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  19. My favorite flower is the wonderful and frangrant lillac – is it in the book?

  20. Suzie Picciano says:

    I love tulips! My DH gave me 35 for our 35th wedding anniversary! Excited about yet another generous offer from Wendy!

  21. I love hydrangeas and lily of the valley. Thank you for this giveaway!

  22. I love daffodils & pansies the most! I can’t ever decide between them which I like the most.

  23. Suzie Picciano says:

    I love tulips! My DH sent me 35 for our 35th wedding anniversary last month!

  24. My favorite flower is the Japanese Iris. It is so elegant and delicate. I love love love it!

  25. Favorite flower is the iris.

  26. Tuliips are really lovely.

  27. Sharon M says:

    So many flowers to choose from……I love most flowers! Springtime is daffodils, summertime would be tubular blooms that draw the hummingbirds, like columbine, hostas, cannas. Fall would be sunflowers in all color combinations! And in winter…….anything with a bloom brightens my mood immensely since Michigan winters can be long and bleak. For a favorite based on scent…..lilacs, lillies, Joe Pye Weed and milkweed.

  28. That looks like a great book. Thanks for the chance to win a copy. I have lots of favorite flowers. Pansies are always wonderful for their many color combos. Iris are fun. Dafodils are the first signs of Spring at my house (always a welcome sign). Oh and I do love a tulip. Ok, I will pick tulips as my favorite (at least for today). 🙂

  29. I’d love a copy! I truly love all flowers, but anything in the spring that brings the promise of new growth always makes me happy. But to narrow it down, I think my lillies of the valley and the trilliums (Ontario’s provincial flower!) are my all time favourites.
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  30. I am so excited about this book — her designs fascinate me.

  31. My favorites are daisies and sunflowers. They both speak to summers warm glow.

  32. The book looks lovely, and I am a carnation girl all the way. A nice simple flower that last a long time in an arrangement.

  33. daffodils

  34. Trish Bullock says:

    Hydrangeas for too many reasons to list…..

  35. Favorite flower – daffodils – they remind me that spring is here!

  36. Debbie Fiske says:

    Wow – those are beautiful! I would love to have this book and make an indoor garden. Picking a favorite flower is hard but one that comes to mind at the moment is bleeding hearts.

  37. I love all flowers, My very favored is the elegant tulip, which is always a welcome to Spring.
    When I travel I look for artistic flowers, of various medium so to bring them back hom as memories.

  38. Andrea in Tn says:

    one of my favorite flowers? that is hard but I will list the peony as one of them. So delicate and the blooms are here but just a minute making me appreciate them in the moment. I like that concept. I would love to work thru this book thanks for the chance to win and oh yes, Hi Lucy!!

  39. I love roses and blue hydrangeas.

  40. Lovely book! Orchids are my favorite flowers.

  41. Michele Rocheleau says:

    Favorite flower – Freesias for their delight fragrance and beauty. Just a shame that they don’t last longer.

  42. Beautiful book! My favorite flowers are lupines, probably from the color, and how well they look naturalized. It’s like a treasure hunt finding them late spring!

  43. Favorite flower – violets, the shy kind that hid under trees and in woods. I would love to have the book.

  44. My favourite flower is the red poppy. I remember walking through fields of red poppies when I lived in France as a little girl.

  45. So hard to pick a favorite… Iris, if I have to pick just one. 🙂

  46. Fritillaria or parrot tulips–so dramatic!

  47. My favorite flower is orchids and gardenias too!

  48. I love foxgloves. They are just so elegant and beautiful. My favorite Noni flower is her clematis!

  49. Gosh, this is a hard one! I love irises, and all the varieties of “daffodills” aka narcissi — I guess the irises win for color; many also have terrific scents. I found a book about irises at the library, just glanced thru it while waiting for a computer terminal, and one was described as smelling like chocolate! Potter Craft is a super publisher; thank you & PC for this opportunity.
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  50. Cala Lillies are my favorite flower followed by irises

  51. I’d do better telling you my least favorite–that’s a much shorter list–and it’s only because they’re thugs, not because they’re not lovely. I think my favorite would be a rose, although the azaleas that are blooming right now make it hard not to choose them.
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  52. My favorite flowers are stargazer pillows.

  53. Jo Ann Patterson says:

    LOVE, just love tulips. Hope they’re in the book.

  54. Judy Wilkinson says:

    I love peonies, and they are getting ready to bloom in Virginia soon.

  55. I love roses and daffodils. Thanks for the contest!

  56. I love daffodils, hydrangeas, peonies, lilacs, and flowering trees like redbud, cherry, and apple. And roses, the really full ones with a rich scent. But there aren’t many flowers I *don’t* like!

  57. My favorite flowers are tulips and if there is a pattern for them in the book I would love to knit a whole bouquet.

  58. Cute! I was just looking at some patterns for knitted flowers and thinking how cool those would be to work up.
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  59. What beautiful bags. And the new flowers are wonderful. I’d love to make a bouquet to decorate with.

    Your shawl is so very nice.

    Moving soon must not buy new yarn, but it’s so hard with all of your beautiful projects in Kauni 8/2.

  60. Pam Huang says:

    Lovely flowers. Would love to own a copy of this book. Thanks for your offer!

  61. Daisies are my favorite flower.
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  62. Thanks for another chance to win a fabulous book! Frankly, I think I like most every flower. I am especially fond of daffodils as they are so associated with emerging from the darkness of winter. I also really zinnias and sunflowers both of which I associate with sunny summer.

  63. Wow, that is a fantastic looking book! My favorite flower is forsythia – I love their cheerful yellow everywhere as a harbinger of the arrival of spring.
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  64. Amazing workmanship on both the felting and the wrap.
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  65. Mallory Smith says:

    Those are so beautiful!

  66. My favorite flower(s) are orchids, with daisies and daffodils following close behind.

  67. Lily-of-the-valley! It is so delicate and elegant and smells so good!

  68. Looking out at a rain soaked garden, pretty knitted sunflowers would certainly cure these blues.

  69. Stargazer Lily is my favorite with Lilacs a close second. 🙂

  70. Toss up between a yellow rose and white tulips.

  71. Sidney B. says:

    My very favorite flower is Lucy, but daffodils are second. Or maybe snowdrops. They are both out together this year, which is highly unusual.

  72. I do not have one favorite flower as I think a full Iris in bloom in just gorgeous, maybe in purple or even yellow. Then there are the blooming cactus, if you have never seen cactus bloom, many cactus with many blooms in magenta or yellow, just wonderful. Then the spring bulbs when they pop, well as I said too many.

  73. I love zinnias. And I’d love this book.

  74. I remember when you knit those bags. I bought the pattern for in the Sculputure Garden but have not knit it. The flower book looks enchanting.

  75. Pick me, pick me! Daffodils are my fave, I’m a March baby!

  76. I love whatever is currently in bloom, so today it is Stellata of the Magnolia variety!!

  77. I love daisies, for much the same reason Meg Ryan’s character does in the movie You’ve Got Mail – they are just so friendly!

  78. My favorite flower has always been Lilac…..I love the fragrance!! Thanks Wendy!
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  79. Kristina Peters says:

    It would be a toss up between mophead hydrangeas and delphiniums, neither of which do I seem to have much success with….perhaps knitted ones are my forte?

  80. Snow Drops.
    First flower to show it’s lovely little heads, generally peeking through the snow.
    Then you know that Spring really, really will be coming soon.

  81. A fragrant smelling rose……

  82. margi borck says:

    I love all flowers but I would have to pick sunflowers as my fav.

  83. Jeanne Pigage says:

    My favorite flower is the sunflower as it always turns toward the sun :o)

  84. My favorite flower is the sunflower!

  85. My sister and I just discovered this technique last summer. Neither of us has had time to take a class or experiment with it yet. Maybe this summer! In the meantime, I’d love this book. Thanks for the chance to win!

  86. Ah, my favorites are peonies! I feel a felting frenzy coming on, after seeing the book.

  87. Nasturtiums! I love the colors from yellow to red, and the sweet round leaves. And I love to use them as a salad garnish as they’re edible!

  88. Sara Denbo says:

    I love pansies the best, and so do my three daughters. This is why: If you spread the flower petals away from the center, you’ll see a little Dutch girl inside. We all thought that was so cute. Thanks for the great giveaway! I would love to win this new book.

  89. Erica Roberts says:

    My favorite flower is the Flanders field red poppy, or coquelicot in French. Wonder if there’s one in this beautiful book.

  90. Heather K says:

    I love flowers and I love how Nora makes them.
    My favourite would be Black-eyed Susans.
    And your latest shawl turned out very nicely!

  91. My favorite flower is the Hyacinth. Wonderful smell.

  92. Michele Heaton says:

    Irises…peach ones, if available!

  93. Purple iris. I’m so happy in spring when they bloom. This book looks so lovely. It would be wonderful to have and hold it and spend hours pouring over the beautiful pictures.

  94. CynthiaC says:

    Gahh. Pick a favorite flower? Okay. I can do this. Enie, meany, miney, mo… Dhalia. They’re a lot of work where I live (need to be lifted every fall, cleaned and stored, tubers started indoors in March, transplanted out in late May/early April…) but the rewards are so showy and striking.

  95. Peonies! This looks like a lovely book.

  96. Another book giveaway, how awesome. Your new shawl look great and Lucy is as lovely as ever.

  97. My favorite is the iris.

  98. Marsha C. says:

    Ooh, I love spring flowers! My favorite? Lily of the valley. No, lilacs! No, wait, tulips! Aack! I love ’em all! Also would love to win that flower book! Thanks for another chance to enter to win another great book.

  99. Gerbera Daisy wins my vote.
    The pictures in the book are amazing.

  100. This time of year I’m looking forward to Peonies! Later it will be waiting for blue Asters. I guess I like the messy ones.