My current work in progress:

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


I Used Up the Rest of the Kool-Aid

And I didn’t drink it.


If I wanted to be all artsy-like, I’d call this colorway “Fall Foliage” or “Autmn Splendour” or something like that.


But I’m calling it “I Used Up the Rest of the Kool-Aid.”

It’s a combination of Orange, Grape, Cherry, Black Cherry, and Pink Lemonade Kool-Aid, mixed together in a variety of ways. I rather like it. I wonder what it would look like knitted?

Thus endeth my career in handpainting yarn.

Today was, I think, hotter than yesterday, but (wonder of wonders) they left the a/c on at the office overnight. When I got in this morning my office was a cool 79 degrees, and wavered between 79 – 82 all day. Aaaaaaah! I have a digital clock in my office that displays the temperature along with the time. It amuses the hell out of me that I am so obsessed with the temperature in my office. (Could it be because I’m writing something difficult and staring at the thermometer is a good distraction?) I watch it go up when the a/c kicks off, and I can now predict the exact point at which the a/c will kick on again. Yep. Easily amused.

Despite the heat, there has been sockage. I finished the Pond Scum socks!


Some Q&A

Mary asked:
As a new sock knitter and recent train traveler, I have to ask – do you ever drop and lose a DPN during your commute? I tend to be fairly clumsy, so if a needle can be dropped, it will be, and I can’t think of anything more frustrating than knitting happily along and then having to stop knitting until the next time one can find a replacement for the lost needle. Do you carry extras for such an occasion, or are you just savvy enough to not have that problem anymore?

Surprisingly, I’ve never dropped a dpn during the commute. I attribute this to the use of wooden dpns, which are far less likely to slide out of your work then metal ones. I sometimes carry spare dpns, but that is in case of needle snappage, not needle droppage. I’ve snapped a sock needle just once, and that was at home. But you never know . . .

Mary also asked:
Oh, and a Lucy question – is she of the belly-rubbing breed or is she of the freak-out-if-you-touch-my-belly species? She sure looks like she wants a belly rub in that last picture! ๐Ÿ™‚


Lucy is indeed a fan of the belly rub. She loves being petted and scritched and cuddled. I think the only part of her little kitty anatomy that could be considered off-limits is her paws. She doesn’t like having her paws touched.

Joan asked me how I get so much knitting done while working a full-time job. It’s simple — I don’t cook and I don’t clean. ๐Ÿ˜‰

The Head In the Freezer Club

Stephanie suggested we start a club. Excellent idea! It is a good way to cool off quickly.

So . . . if we’re gonna have our heads stuck in the freezer, i think said freezers should be stocked with ice cream (per Becky’s recommendation) and frozen daiquiris. Right now my freezer contains sugar-free popsicles, frozen veggies, ice, and frozen “Amy’s Kitchen” entrees. Yawn.


  1. margritas for me, please. Swirled with sangria, even better.

  2. Coffee ice cream for me, please. Daquiri’s would be nice but margarita’s would be even better!

  3. If you’d care to see how that yarn looks knit up, e-mail me. I’d be more than happy to take it off your hands ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Sounds like my freezer .. lots of frozen veggies here too.

  5. I’m usually a heel flap girl — I just like the cushion that the slip stitching provides. But the bull’s eyes on those Pondscum socks have convinced me to try those short row heels…especially with handpainted yarns. Just lovely.

  6. I here the bra in the freezer works good, too. And you don’t have to stand there with the door open.

  7. I remember drinking some frozen concoction that had all those kool-aid flavors as a teenager and they called it a suicide slush – your combination of colors and flavors looks so much more appetizing!

  8. I’m in love with “I Used Up the Rest of the Kool-Aid.”

  9. Lovely pond scum indeed. I take it you were not all that enthused with the koolaide dying. I’m with you, I’ll leave it to those who enjoy that sort of thing. ๐Ÿ™‚ Your results were very pretty though. Anxious to see how they knit up.

  10. Kroger has reduced-fat, no-sugar-added ice cream bars. I live on those.

    If you’re going to be sticking your head in the freezer but you don’t want your vegetables to thaw, or if you don’t have A/C, or if you have to go outside and actually DO something in this heat, I have a tip! My mom used to “treat” me to this when I mowed the lawn (after threatening to kill me if I didn’t): get a clean dishtowel or hand towel wet, wring it out lightly, and stick it in the freezer for an hour (that just happened to be how long it takes to mow Ma’s lawn). When you take it out, it’ll be solid, but your BLAZING HOT FACE will melt it quickly and oh my god there’s nothing more refreshing than a frozen towel.

  11. kelly in new mexico says:

    oh wendy I LOVE the pond scum socks!!** The color knitted up just beautiful and the pattern you chose to knit them really brought the colorway out to its best potential. I’m anxious to see what you decide with the “I used up the rest of the Kool-aide” yarn. The colors are really pretty and will be very interesting to see how they knit up. one quick question…..
    do you ever knit up scarves?

  12. Ooh, I like that wool!

  13. oh! LOVELY End of the KoolAid wool! I like the sounds of what on the insides of your freezer better than mine and yup- add in the ice cream (Rocky Road!)…The Meezer agrees with Lucy – toes are touch-me-nots!

  14. I was reading through your archives today and loved reading about how you and Lucy came together. It was really fun to see the progress you two have made over the last couple of years. Just wanted to say how cool I thought it is.

  15. Oh, and I love your hand-painted. Good job with the color work!

  16. The Pond Scum looks lovely. Never thought I’d ever say that.
    Yep, paws are off-limits here, too. The insides of ears as well.
    Your freezer sounds yummier than mine.

  17. Love the “I Used Up the Rest of the Kool-Aid” yarn! My niece and I dyed yarn last August and had a blast turning my hands blue with Easter egg dye. You can see our stuff at in the archives, with follow-up posts using some of the yarn. I used some for socks, and made a beautiful Pacific Northwest Shawl with some other.

    Keep up the hilarious stuff!

  18. I vote for jello shots!

    Oh, not to be an enabler or anything, but have you discovered Sunshine Yarns hand-painted sock yarn yet?? Some neat stuff AND she’s the one who does the great Harry Potter colorways…wheeeee (figured if you hadn’t discovered Dani’s stuff yet, it was payback time to all the wonderful enabling of new yarns you’ve done for me hehehehe)

  19. Love the “I used up the rest of the Kool-Aid” yarn, but it really is the colors of my Sweet Gum tree in late autumn, even though I prefer acid dyes. The pond scum socks are lovely — think I may have to buy some of that yarn! Good beat-the-heat tip is to keep a small plant-misting bottle of water in the fridge & spritz off, then sit in front of a fan. Evap-O-Cool. My freezer’s full of Amy’s frozen dinners as well. They *rock*, for frozen dinners!

  20. I have not left my AC in days. I feel no such heat! BWAHAHAHA

    Your yarn came out B-utiful! I have so much yarn and roving to dye and I just can’t get off my butt and do it. I will bookmark your yarn for inspiration.

    (It probably won’t work btw)

  21. Oooh! Daiquiris! Or how about sherbet in vodka or high octane liqueur? They serve this here between entrees in order to “make room” for more food. (It may also cause dancing on tables.)

  22. Pond Scum? Looks more like “diesel on the water” to me, but what do I know?

  23. have you tried ben&jerry’s black&tan ice cream? heaven in a carton ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. I love your comment about how you get your knitting done by “not cooking and cleaning.” I have been suscribing to this knitting philosophy lately as is evidenced by the huge baskets of unfolded laundry around my house, and it is amazing how much more knitting I get done. ๐Ÿ™‚ Life is too short to waste on so much drudgery.

  25. I would also like vodka in my freezer.

    I am a needle dropper and snapper so I switched to socks on 2 circs. Not my favorite way to knit but after going through too many wooden needles, I switched for travel.

  26. This is the prettiest pond scum ever. I really like the kool aid dye too.

  27. I’m right there will you on koolaid dying Wendy. After one try I decided to leave it up to people with far more talent and creativity than I possess. Plus it help stimulate the economy when you spend money purchasing yarn. LOL

  28. As always, beautiful socks. I like the fall look of your hand dyed…That’s one thing I always miss in Florida, the fall.

  29. What pattern are you using for the pond scum socks? I have some yarn that would make delightful pond scum socks.

  30. I’ve dropped needles on the tram before. Not because they fell out of my knitting (I do knit socks with metal DPNs — I don’t seem to have a problem with slippage…) but because… I dropped them. I seem to have one of those hands that just freaks out occasionally and lets go of things. And the times that I’ve dropped needles, I haven’t been sitting in the regular seats with just floor beneath me, but in the one seat on the tram with an enclosed space beneath the seat, with an opening just wide enough for a knitting needle to fall through.

    Also, my pond scum sock yarn arrived today and I’m very excited about it. Every now and then I take it out and stroke it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. There’s no room for heads in my freezer. My wonderful DH went to Sam’s and french fries were on his list. I guess he wanted to be sure we never ran out again, because he bought the industrial sized BOX of fries. It was jam-packed with brown paper bags of french fries. He had a hard time getting them out of the box and an even harder time finding somewhere to put them (and we have two refrigerators!). Anyone want some fries???

  32. I love dyeing with koolaid! I primarily use it to dye. It’s been working pretty well when I dye merino roving to spin. I’ve done quite a bit of koolaid dyeing, and sold some of the handspun. I have a strange process that I use incorporating the oven… it’s fun ๐Ÿ™‚ gorgeous colors, can’t wait to see what you’re going to make… happy knits

  33. Wendy, I think your Kool-aid dye job looks really, well, cool. Very pretty, actually. It should be fun to see what it does knitted up.

  34. Where do I line up to join your club – I like can see the T-shirt now: I don’t cook and I don’t clean: I KNIT!

    Between general work business and the heat, I haven’t made it over to the Wednesday knitting group – but I will try in the future.

    I really like your pond scum socks!

    All the Best and Love to Lucy!

  35. I work in a circa early 1960’s building. My little walk in closet sized office has an AC vent. But all year round it’s 78-82 degrees in here. Doesn’t sound like AC is reaching my little corner of the world does it??

    I love the pond scum yarn too! Hi Lucy.

    p.s. Did anyone mention frozen Snickers Bars in their freezer?

  36. Hi Wendy! “using up the last of the Kool Aid” is a far more original name than “autumn” something! The color is fantastic – such a great combo. It’s soooo hard to use Grape and not have it look like mud. Yours is fab!

    Love your Pond Scum socks!

  37. Great dye job!

    See you in the freezer.

  38. Oooo I love the way that colorway. I can’t wait to see what you knit up with it. ๐Ÿ˜€

  39. anne marie in philly says:

    I don’t cook and I don’t clean either – that’s what I have a man for (heh heh heh)!

    ben n jerry’s chunky monkey ice cream, boston market mac n cheese, phillips crab cakes, and stouffer’s lasagna would be in my dream freezer. alas, there is only ice, frozen chicken/beef/pork/hot dogs, bread, and ice pops currently in my freezer.

    steven and meredith are pet-me-all-over-even-my-paws cats; they send their greetings to their cousin lucy.

    stay cool, girlfriend!

  40. Lets start a No Cooking/No Cleaning/No company Club… I can’t seem to find much knitting time lately, and it’s annoying the crap out of me. I am a much better person if I can knit even just one little row a day.

  41. Completely off topic for this post, but I’m going to be buying a Clun Forest hogget (at least I think that’s what it’s called – the first shearing of a lamb born this past spring) and was wondering if you had any advice for a relatively new-ish spinner about what to expect in terms of staple length. Thanks!

  42. Does microwaving count as cooking??? I keep frozen dinners for the kids in my freezer. I can knit between beeps. I don’t make them that often, but I do try to keep cooking to a minimum, especially August in Houston. That’s why I love my crock pot. It doesn’t raise the temp of the kitchen, and I put the food in when I get up and leave it alone until hubby gets home. Once the kids are off at school (starts Aug. 16th and I can’t wait), I can spend the rest of the day knitting.

    I have done some dyeing with the dyes at Hobby Lobby, and had great success. No Kool-Aid. I don’t let my kids drink it, but if it’s in the house, they’ll want it. I might try after school starts because I just love the way yours turned out.

    Ben and Jerry’s Turtle Soup- caramel, chocolate, cashews, vanilla ice cream- heaven in a cone.

  43. I’m going to have to break down and try the whole kool-aid dying thing now. Never thought I’d want to bother with dying my own yarn, but then again, never thought I’d want to spin my own yarn. It’s insidious isn’t it?

    Does your yarn smell fruity? Like having your own aromatherapy?

  44. Kathryn in Tidewater says:

    This is a constant problem for me. I LOVE the colors in the skein, but don’t like the spread of color when knitted. How do you solve this problem without an outlay of $%$$ and time?

  45. I like the way the yarn knitted up better than I liked it on the skein!! I love the way the colors run knitted up! It’s unique. I do love it. Is that brown and red skein in need of a home? heh heh heh

  46. I agree – I think the yarn turned out great. Nice color combinations and gradations.

    And thanks for answering my queries! Now, go rub Lucy’s belly for me! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m now going to stick my head in the freezer. Wish I could stick the entire bod in there, briefly.

    Which reminds of my laboratorian days and the wonders of the walk-in refrigerator. I usually spent five minutes or so in there cooling off on hot summer mornings after walking up the big hill from the parking lot. But I digress….

  47. Nancy Hart says:

    Wendy, dear, your KoolAid yarn looks fabulous!

  48. Oh man, Wendy–that kool-aid yarn is gorgeous. I’ll trade you the yarn for a few chocolate martinis…..