My current work in progress:

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


More on the Alpaca Sock Yarn

Andi left a comment to yesterday’s post mentioning that there is a page devoted to the new Classic Elite alpaca sock yarn on their website. That page is here. You can view a bunch of the colorways there — they look really yummy! The yardage is 450 yards per 100 gram skein which, as Andi pointed out, makes it a good yarn for shawls as well as socks.

I did start the second sock.

Lacy Rib Sock 071707

Lacy Rib Sock 071707

I think I’m going to be sorry when this pair of socks is done because the yarn is so lovely to knit.

Mail Call

I got a couple of very cool gifts in the mail yesterday! First, this:

New Sock Yarn 071707

New Sock Yarn 071707

This is a skein of gorgeous yarn from Judy. She was kind enough to offer to send me some sock yarn to help me feel better. (It is a well-known fact that sock yarn possesses magical healing powers.) Look at this color!

Sock Yarn Closeup 071707

Sock Yarn Closeup 071707

It’s called “Rainy Day Blues” but to me looks like a favorite pair of jeans. I love the heathering and subtle shading. Thanks, Judy!

My second gift was this book, sent to me by L-B.

Book 071707

Book 071707

Three Bags Full: A Sheep Detective Story. Does that not look like an extremely fun read? I’m really looking forward to diving into this, so I will be moving it up close to the beginning of the rotation of books to be read. Thanks, L-B!

And a week ago, I got something amazing in the mail.

Wild Apple Bohus Kit 071707

Wild Apple Bohus Kit 071707

This is the kit for the Wild Apple Bohus. Or in other words, my knitting Holy Grail. This was sent to be out of the blue by an extraordinarily kind and generous person who, I think, had some inkling about how much I was looking forward to this kit being made available at SolSilke. (It’s not listed on the website there, but it is indeed available — I have noticed at least one other person in blogland has ordered one.)

The Wild Apple is the Bohus design that I love above all the others. When I found out that Solveig was working on it, I was beyond delighted. So you can imagine how I felt when I opened the mysterious package and saw it. There may have been hyperventilating and tears and hugging of the kit . . .

What came in the mail today?

Donor Card 071707

Donor Card 071707

My ID for the National Marrow Donor Program! ๐Ÿ™‚

Lucy Sez

Lucy 071707

Lucy 071707

“That’s fine, as long as no one expects me to donate my catnip . . . “


  1. I like Wild Apple, too! It inspired me to buy the book after I checked it out of the library. I looked for Kimmet Croft yarns at MSWF but I don’t think they ended up showing. What a lovely surprise for you. The sock yarn is especially nice, too.

  2. Oh my gosh! I have been waiting for the Wild Apple to come out. Of course, I just emailed Solveig (two minutes ago)! Was at Meg Swanson’s knitting camp and she brought in 6 vintage sweaters. So beautiful!!

  3. That wild apple: I’m hyperventilating!

  4. Ooooooh please tell me you’re going to start the Wild Apple soon and not keep us in suspense??

  5. do you know some worsted weight yarn, self-striping, that would be good to knit socks?

  6. With all those goodies, you must be feeling much better! Just curious, what does Lucy’s pillow say? Something about “cat hair”? We might need one of those around here. Think I’ll bathe a couple of cats. That always helps.

  7. Who wouldn’t feel better after such a fabulous mail day?! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. I just finished reading that book from the library. I thought it was a little slow, but I couldn’t solve the mystery on my own so that was good. I probably wouldn’t recommend it to anyone because it didn’t truly engage me, but it was enjoyable enough. The sheep were darn funny!

  9. agritty says:

    Gorgeous Bohus – is the pattern in English too or just Svenske? I knit the Blue Shimmer from Solveig and it is incredibly beautiful. She is doing SUCH important work! Can’t wait to see your Wild Apple.

  10. Wow, happy mailness! You deserve it ๐Ÿ™‚ (Which is the only thing stopping me from coming up there and stealing the Bohus kit.)

    I love that the Snapple bottle matches the sock perfectly!!

  11. Sp glad to see that you’ve gotten yourselve on the marrow registry! This is so important. I have an acquaintance who just went through a bone marrow transplant and her donor was all the way over in Europe! It’s really important to get more people on the registry here in the states. Kudos to you!

  12. Love that your sock matches your drink. Was that planned? =)

    What lovely gifts. Sock yarn, a bohus kit and of course your gift of donating bone marrow.

    Dear Lucy, we would never think of asking you to give up your catnip.

  13. Ok, totally off topic here, but that Snapple? Does it contain the high fructose corn syrup? I was a BIG fan of the iced tea until they changed it from sugar to the corn syrup. Bleckkkk!

  14. Oops, wrong url in there.

  15. Ann Carpenter says:

    Hello Wendy and Lucy too, What a nice mail you got. I wish I’d get some like that. Wendy, dear, I hope you are feeling better. I’ve been worrying and praying about you since you said you were having an MRI. Have you gotten the results yet? Inquiring minds want to know and nosey minds are painfully curious. Please take care of yourself and let Lucy and KOARC help you around the house. We love you and don’t want to lose you. You are the first place I go every day.
    Ann Carpenter in Dallas where the rain has stopped and it is HOT

  16. Hiya!

    I wanted to know where did you get your lace rib pattern for your sock? I really like it!

    Also I am clueless a what is in the Wild Apple Bohus Kit? Please direct me to the light! :oD

  17. Hope your scan went well and they found something treatable.

    What a lovely trove of gifts. And lovely colors in that new yarn. I’ve been on a shawl/scarf out of sock yarn craze lately so the yardage is a plus.

  18. Oh wow, another Bohus kit? So excited to see it! And about the Marrow Donor program, you are amazing!

  19. The Wild Apple Bohus! The most beautiful of all. I would hug the kit, too :). Can’t wait to see you make it with Solveig’s spectacular yarns. Hope it made you feel better. An apple a day keeps the doctor away!

  20. I read Three Bags Full a few weeks ago and it was great fun.

  21. That alpaca sock yarn looks luscious – but is it itchy? I love alpaca except for the itch-factor, I can handle it in a sweater (when I can wear something under it) but not in socks. I guess you might not be able to answer that yet as alpaca never feels itchy until you put it on… in my experience anyway.
    I’m very impressed with the speed at which you knit socks btw – makes me feel inadequate though! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  22. Ok, my two questions are above in other comments but want to make sure I find out the answers ๐Ÿ™‚ First, what does Lucy’s pillow say? Second, what is a wild apple bohus?

    that new blue yarn is gorgeous! What a happy day, I love getting packages! I thought about buying that book, let us know what you think of it.

  23. Awesome on the Marrow card! A cause dear to my heart, having a beloved friend who was once in need of a marrow transplant…

  24. Oh! *Swoon* The Wild Apple! I can’t wait to see it!!!

  25. yup…love that vildapplet!! I’ve been waiting too & got it a few weeks ago. I made one several years ago out of bulkier yarns of many brands, but this kit is the real mccoy.

  26. Oh, I’m so not above smacking you upside the head, and running away with your Bohus while you’re down! But then I live in Toronto, and you’re in DC, and I’d probably run out of breath and not get into Yarn Heaven. Oh. Wow. You lucky girl!

    Yay you for being a donor!

  27. Wendy- I am in posession of “Guld” which I suppose makes us Bohussies.
    It is a scientific fact that sock yarn will cure all ills.

    And let’s hope Lucy’s nip is safe.

  28. What fun! The kit looks lovely. I’ve been aching to try bohus — maybe someday. And wow, a donor card — what a great thing to do. I just heard of someone yesterday who received marrow from a donor who is now in complete remission. What a gift.

  29. Sounds like a really great mail day!

  30. May God bless you for signing up for the Bone Marrow Program. I was on the registry, but had to remove myself when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I will consider you my replacement! ๐Ÿ˜‰


  31. Judy does such a fabulous job of dyeing yarn. The heather quality of the color is unique and it knits up nicely. It’s hard not to buy one of everything she has! Your Bohus sweater(s) are always in the back of my mind. I really do need to get a kit and knit one up soon. They are spectacular! Can’t wait to see Wild Apple!

  32. Hi Wendy,

    I am in the midst of reading _Three bags full_ and love the sheep’s perspective on the murder. I would particularly recommend this book to a knitter.

    Did you buy any sock yarn on Loopy Ewe’s latest sneak-up? I was happy to snag a hank of Wollmeise in Campari Orange.


  33. I really appreciate how your knitting compliments the colors around the socks, the Snapple, the keypad, all very nicely coordinated and soothing.

    Liza the Blogless

  34. Sock yarn has healing powers indeed! Sounds like you’re feeling so much better. Wow, I have to go check that blue out – I adore blue jeans, and that would make a perfect scarf and maybe fingerless gloves to wear with my favorite pair in the winter!

    Ah Lucy. *sniffs* My friend’s beloved ragdoll just passed away, and Lucy curled up like that looks so much like George I’m in tears.

  35. Bonjour Wendy,

    It feels good to read you again. I hope your back is better.
    How spoilt you are !! Some of your santas cheat, they send you amunition for the summersock, and some to divert you from it !!

    I like to read you daily ๐Ÿ™‚


  36. anne marie in philly says:

    ALERT – I was just reading “the yarn harlot” blog; she is coming to your neck of the woods this fall. to “bailey’s crossroads”.

    no philly dates for the harlot, alas; dang, we just LOVE to have knitting bloggers come visit us (wink wink nudge nudge).

    scritches to lucy from cousins steven and meredith.

  37. WHAT gorgeous blues! OH my they match Miss Lucy’s eyes!

    And…I was actually phoned about a year ago for my bone marrow. I’d joined up years ago during a drive for a young man in our church who needed a transplant (of course THEN I wasn’t a match). Unfortunately, once you start treatments for an autoimmune disease, you’re pretty much disqualified.
    I’d have liked to have been able to help.

    I hope you’re feeling lots better, Wendy.

  38. Your book suggestions are always very interesting to me. I’m a librarian (and an avid reader of mysteries) so my ears ….er, eyes always perk up when I see a book suggestion by you.

    Lovely blue yarn, can’t wait to see it transformed into something yummy! And your new sock pair are superb!

    As I am a medical librarian, I can attest to the fact that the world needs more people like you to help out those with health issues. Bless your heart! luv.m.

  39. Carole from Lansing, IL says:

    I read Three Bags Full last week and loved it! The sheep really made me laugh.

    I’ve been in a long-arm cast for the past eight weeks, with several more weeks to go so I’ve been unable to knit anything recognizable (and boy have I tried), so I’m living vicariously through your blog.

  40. My Wild Apple kits are due any day now. I’m so excited I can barely stand it.

    My great mystical knitting Mecca has always been the Wild Apple, but as as a jacket, with the vertical bands of color. Solveig hasn’t kitted that (yet) but she has kitted Wild Apple both as the pullover and also as a hat and scarf combo. She said if I got both the kits, I’d have plenty of yarn to make the jacket and probably the hat as well. That, cobbled together with the general instructions for a different jacket she does have kitted, and a little bit of adjustment on the pattern repeats, and voila, a Wild Apple Jacket!

    I was so all over that, I can’t even tell you how fast I whipped out my credit card. Land speed records were set. I’m surprised I didn’t sprain my wrist. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    P.S. She also has Green Mist just about ready to go. It’s not on the website yet, but she does have it. Another on my wanna-knit list.

  41. dee near Berkeley says:

    Oh, Wendy, how wonderful to get a Bohus kit as a gift. I’d just keel over. Wild Apple is a wonderful design and I’m delighted that there’s a hat and scarf combo, too. But one of the ones I’m hoping for is Swan. It’s so elegant.

    I need to know HOW all you folk find out what Solveig has ready and new or just in the planning stage. HOW????

    Feel well and let Miss Lucy and her daddy take care of you.