My current work in progress:

Tawney Sweater,by Jenni Barrett, knit from MadelineTosh Tosh Sock, using 3.25mm and 3.5mm needles.


While I have been knitting along on my “main” projects, I’ve also had a “commuter” project to work on. That’s not a terribly accurate description of it as I never knit on my commute anymore. So the secondary project is worked on during my lunch break at work, and I usually only get one or two rounds in before I am interrupted, so it has been slow going. But I did finish this:

This hat is “Wurm,” a free pattern by Katharina Nopp. I knit mine in KnitWhits Freia Handpaints Sport Ombre in the Atlantis colorway. This is a lovely handpainted single ply wool that has very gradual color changes. Very fun to knit with.

Unfortunately, the hat isn’t really “me.” It’s not really the KOARC’s style either.

I need to find a head for it. 🙂


A little while ago I was contacted by the Lilly Brush company and sent samples of their brush that removes pills, lint, pet hair, etc from sweaters and other handknits made from natural fibers.

The brush comes in 2 colors, red and black.

It is very streamlined and fits nicely into a purse or tote.

I dug out an older fair isle sweater that I had knit and worn a lot — it was covered in tiny pills. I gave it the once-over with the Lilly Brush. Unfortunately, you can’t see the pills in my “before” photo, so the “after” photo here is not extremely compelling.

You’ll have to take my word for it — the brush did a great job!

And the company very kindly sent me two more brushes to give away to my readers. Who’d like one?

Leave a comment on this blog post by noon Eastern time on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 to be entered in the drawing to win one of these nifty little brushes.

 Lucy’s Blanket

Just in case you were wondering if Lucy still is enjoying her blanket . . .

She is!



  1. I would love to win this brush

  2. Me, me, me! I’d love a pill remover. I’d rather have Lucy.. she’d be a great match for my fluffy white cat!

  3. I have been looking for something that works on pills. My felted purses also has them and I can never really get them all removed.

  4. What a nice giveaway. I could see myself brushing a lot of sweaters!
    Lauren´s last blog post ..Lehigh Valley Yarn Stores

  5. I’ve been trying to decide what sort of sweater shaver to get, this sounds great!

  6. I’d love to have this brush – sounds great.

  7. This sure beats those weird little battery ‘shavers’ by a mile.

  8. Kathy from Alaska says:

    My knits would love one of those brushes! Thanks for the chance!

  9. The brushes would be great.

  10. I love the hat!

  11. I would love to have one of these brushes; I was just reading about them in a magazine and really want to find one. I have never commented on a blog before! Exciting!

  12. Great looking hat. Might be well appreciated by Hats for Sailors. But, the brush would be appreciated at my house. As always, thank you for sharing!

  13. Deborah in CA says:

    I have a gleener, so I would love to compare it with the Lily brush.

  14. Those brushes look wonderful!
    Cassie´s last blog post ..Burrito Bowls

  15. She who knits has pills–its a given. Having a really good way of getting rid of those pills would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for the opportunity!

  16. I love Lucy!
    Tracy O’Brien´s last blog post ..Busy week

  17. I love Lucy’s blanket and she obviously does as well. I really like the yarn you used for the hat, some of my favourite colours might just have to splash out on some of that.

    Your fair isle jumper is so pretty, that is something I would like to have a go at one day !

  18. I’d love one
    Saren´s last blog post ..1000 Words

  19. Ugh, I have a lot of pills. I could totally use this! I have been eyeing the Moderne Log Cabin for a while, but I still don’t think I’m up for all that garter stitch…
    Jennifer´s last blog post ..A girl named Jumaana

  20. I love Lucy’s blanket. I would love to knit my rag doll one except for the fact he LOVES to chew up stuff that I’ve knit. His favorites are socks and washcloths. Needless to say he’s not allowed in the laundry room.

  21. The hat is cute and I could really use the brushes.

  22. Great looking brush! Enter me to win it, and I am going to the website to try and order one now!

  23. Oooh, I’d love to try that brush!

  24. Does it look like the brush works well in removing cat hair?

    I really like the colors of your Wurm.

  25. I would love to win one of those brushes! I have some older knit sweaters that have some serious “pilling” going on, and I’ve been looking for a solution! 🙂

  26. Ooh, I’d like one of the brushes!

  27. Phyllis Holder says:

    Would love the brush. Love the Wurm. Been thinking of knitting one.

  28. LOL, every knitter on the web needs one of those brushes! Thanks for the drawing– Gretcheng

  29. I love the hat.
    I like the brush too and would love to win

  30. I’m going to have to go look up that yarn. It is gorgeous. And payday is coming up soon.

    The brush looks nifty and I have plenty of sweaters to try it on.

  31. Linda Kelly says:

    Downloaded the free pattern for the hat–looks like fun. The brushes would be great to have! Love you website and watch for daily updates.

  32. I knit the wurm in Cascade 220 on smaller needles and tried it on before I knit the whole pattern. Perfect hat for dog walking on the beach – other walkers are trying to buy me yarn to knit one for them.

  33. Could absolutely use that brush for my sweaters.

    I don’t think I could pull off the Wurm hat either. You need someone with biiiig hair. I have very small hair.

  34. This sounds like the perfect brush and the fact that it fits in your purse is an extra bonus!

  35. I don’t just want a brush, I NEED one! Every last knitted object I own (except for one cowl) has serious pilling that needs to be addressed. Thanks for the opportunity 🙂

  36. CatSamalea says:

    I would love a chance to win one of those brushes, thank you!

  37. I love the cat’s blanket but I am not sure I would let a shedding pet of mine have that! You are a better person than me!

    Would love the brush. If I don’t win could you at least tell me where to get one?

  38. The brush seems to work wonders! Thanks for all your postings.

  39. Lucy looks lovely on her blanket.

  40. Love the warm, I’m going to knit one of those…
    the brush sounds fantastic!

  41. wUrm :~}

  42. As someone who is “owned” by a Six-Pack of cats, let me tell you – cat hair ABOUNDS in our house. If this miracle brush will work on my clothes, it will work on anyones! 😉

    PS – Ozzie is still madly in love with Miss Lucy!

  43. mary mcmahon says:

    would love to brush my fair isle sweaters. thanks, Wendy. mary in cincinnati

  44. I’ve got a closet full of sweaters that need de-pilling. This year I’m going to choose more durable yarns that won’t pill as much, but in the mean time I could make good use of that brush!

  45. Please pick me! I’d love a sweater brush!

  46. On behalf of all my furry friends, Gildabeest, Hester Pesterina Grumblebutt, Harrie Canary, the singing beaglejack and Lizzie-cuz-my-big-sister-hates-that-name! I am going to have to get one of these brushes, I figure if it does pills, it may make a dent in pet hair too, Thanks for the tip! Sincerely, Jeanie

  47. Animal hair and pills both? What a great idea!

  48. Hats are so easy to knit for my husband and two sons (they love the Yarn Harlot’s Lorne’s Hat pattern) but not so for myself. I have knit and frogged three different patterns in the past year. I have downloaded Wurm myself, but recently decided not to knit it for myself as I know it would not be “me” as well. Having said that, I do think the “pill removing” lint brush is a nice compact and effective looking item. I sure could use it on a number of knitted items.

  49. Loony Nuna says:

    I’ve long been looking for a pill remedy that actually works. Hopefully I can get one here. Thanks so much for sharing.

  50. A pill brush is a great idea! Love the hat—-I think I’m going to do one using Crazy Zauberball.

  51. Lucy decorates that blanket beautifully! (A rewarding cat to knit for – so appreciative!) And yes, I would like one of those brushes.

  52. A brush to deal with pills? Sign me up 🙂

    And Lucy looks very happy on her lovely blanket!

  53. I just finished knitting “Wurm” and I love it…..hope yours finds a good home. Would love to win a brush!

  54. Since the brush really works, that is terrific and ever so useful

  55. Since I can’t read the hundreds of comments, I don’t know if anyone else has given this advice. Just rip it back by 4 ridges. It worked for me. I found it too pouffy in the back but now it fits just fine. Oh yes, almost forgot, I reduced my cast on stitches to 80. Now as for the brush, sure I’d love it. I checked the website but they don’t tell you how to purchase it or I’m too dumb to figure it out …ciao
    Rositta´s last blog post ..Albino Squirrel

  56. Lucy looks very comfy on her blanket. Beautiful wurm and yarn, too bad it doesn’t fit. Would it work to felt it a bit?
    I have several sweaters that would benefit from a pill removing brush. Hope I win one!

  57. I’d love one of those brushes to keep my knitted items nice!

  58. Ooh, I have two cats. I could use this product…

  59. I would love to win something like this! Thanks for the opportunity!

  60. Susan Ritchie Voegtly says:

    That is, without a doubt, the prettiest Wurm I have seen yet! My favorite colors – Caribbean!
    Lucy is the happiest creature this long winter! I would love the pill remover! Thanks for the recommendation of a great new product.

  61. Pills & pet hair! I have both and would love to have a brush that works to remove them.

  62. I’m still in search of a device to remove pills to my satisfaction. Perhaps this is the one. Lucy is so lucky to have such an awesome blanket!

  63. Would love to try one of the brushes. Wish I had one now because my lint roller did not take care of all the pills, etc on the sweater I have on today and it makes me crazy. Thanks.

  64. Oh, those bitter pills! Thanks for reviewing the comb–looks like a winner. All the softly zspun yarn that looks so beautiful and feels so soft always pills for me.:-(

  65. Okay, I’m in! I have one of those little defuzzers that only partially works and drives you crazy. I was too afraid to buy the battery operated one. I might make the sweater disappear!
    lawheezer´s last blog post ..Wurm

  66. Just under the wire! That brush looks like it would be a big help to my sweaters.

  67. Pills — the bane of every sweater-wearer’s existence. The brush sounds terrific!

  68. Sarah-potterknitter says:

    I love the colors of the hat, but it will take the right person to wear it!
    I’d love to have a pill brush, I’ve been shaving one of my older sweaters a bit at a time each time I wear it. Slow going!