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


Random Thursday

Because I have achieved precious little knitting for much of the past 24 hours, you are now “treated” to a series of random images.

First, the sky at 6:10am today.

Then, a scary hallway at my office. I can just picture two pasty moon-faced little girls, holding hands, materializing there.

Next up, a cute little Welsh dragon who lives in my office.

And Shaun the Sheep, ready for inclement weather.

Miss Lucy von Ragdoll, being adorable. I love when she lies like this!

And I close with a shocking photo: evidence that I do not need to buy any more sock yarn for a long time. This is approximately half of my sock yarn stash.

Think that’ll stop me? No, I didn’t think so either.


  1. That may trump my whole yarn stash. How do you fit all that in a condo?

  2. Ha! my credit with Loopy lasted 24hrs, as I was emailing Sherri about colors to make a shawl for a friends wedding. She of course suggested something that looks perfect and I ordered it. My Adamas shawl is taking forever and is at the blob stage, however I only have 2 more repeats until the final chart and I am trying to get them done by tomorrow!

  3. Wow. Just, wow. I have a stash, but it’s tiny compared to yours. If that’s half of your sock yarn stash, how big is the rest of your non-sock yarn stash?

    Sheas last blog post..When Knitting Goes Wrong – a Tutorial

  4. Half your sock stash? Unbelievable.

  5. Enjoyed your random pics today. Your stash is enviable. And Lucy is my Most Fav blog-kitty in the whole world!

  6. Oh gosh that makes me ashamed of my meager sock yarn stash. On the other hand it gives me reason to buy more (“I must have as much as Wendy!”).

    Lucy’s little furry tummy is so adorable.

    Katherines last blog post..Designing Is For The Pros

  7. o. m. g. That’s quite impressive……..and Lucy is , too!

    Cindy Ks last blog post..Test drives and socks

  8. Great random photos, Wendy. I thought my measly 82 skeins of sock yarn was a lot—-WOW! Can I come shopping at your house? It really does look like a yarn store! πŸ˜‰

    Elizabeths last blog post..As promised…

  9. I am not worthy.

    Jolenes last blog post..Let’s Play Catch Up: Part 2

  10. Holy COW or should I say HOLY WOOL ? Dang girlfriend, I was worried I had too much wool stash… you’ve inspired me to go out and BUY that yarn I’ve been lusting after! ZOWIE! I also packrat cross stitch kits, needlepoint kits, books, books and more books… etc. Creative people are like that, huh? πŸ˜‰

    Random pics are simply awweesummeeee!!!!!!!!! And Lucy kitty caught once again in an interpretative dance manuever. Such a little beauty! Have a wonderful wool-filled weekend! luv.m.

  11. Is your work haunted? Mine is. I see shadows all the time in the office I work in. There’s one bathroom I won’t go in anymore because of the shadows that fly around in there. And then there’s the one elevator by Surgery that I can never breathe in. It’s creepy, but that’s what you get in a county hospital, I suppose.

    And also – I sit here in awe of your sock yarn stash. You rock! Wow.

  12. needleglyphs says:

    Wendy you are well stocked for the apocalypse, think of how you can knit socks and then trade them for other stuff, that is my excuse anyway for more sock yarn than I can ever knit in a lifetime

  13. Nope aint gonna stop you!

    Danielle from SW MOs last blog post..As Promised a more upbeat post….

  14. You have your own personal stash-a-polooza!!

    Lucy is such a beautiful princess. The stash ain’t got nuffin’ on her!!!

    PS – I’m glad I’m not the only one that keeps “friends” at work!

    Megan S.s last blog post..Yes, I’ve been a lazy blogger

  15. Oh, my. That’s *just* sock yarn? Do you have other kinds of stash, too? Impressive. Most impressive.

    I keep a little gargoyle on my desk at work. His daddy is at Notre Dame in Paris.

  16. Honestly, I don’t know what I would do at 3 p.m. (Pacific) without this blog. I love the pics, and the stash….awesome. Big hug to Lucy, and wow, could your office corridors need some art? I wonder how many people you would stop in their tracks by doing a little knitting art for the walls…..

  17. Not to imply that you should take any more time away from your knitting… but I see a serious discrepancy between the size of the stash you just fessed up to and the size of your stash on Ravelry! Will we ever know all the details?!

    I had wondered how you had the fortitude to give away so many beautiful yarns as prizes and incentives. Now I get it. What a luxury for the imagination!

    Zhenyas last blog post..Old Dog . . .

  18. aw, that’s a woo-sea tummy that needs rubs!
    so do you keep an inventory of your stash? how do you decide what to knit next — just what looks pretty at the time or whatever’s newest?

    Katheryns last blog post..diary of a potty learner, days 2 & 3 (condensed version)

  19. I would think that the stash would encourage you

    Nancys last blog post..16 hours

  20. Wendy in Cambridge says:

    I have a huge stash, too. But I keep seeing more sock yarns that I just have to have…

    I love Lucy’s sweet belly!

  21. Great stash storage! Is it sturdy? I’ve gotten to the point where I’ve decided to store my sock yarn stash by company — it’s too big to do it by type of yarn, i.e., tiny with high twist, Louet Gems-like (includes Claudia Hand Paints), fluffy favorites, and sock yarns destined to be knit up into shawls. The yarn is in file storage boxes, in ZipLoc bags. I can’t see them (so I don’t find myself distracted by all the pretty colors and just sit there, looking and drooling like an idiot), but I have them logged into a notebook — by company, with a description of the colors.

    Seriously, how does that stash storage work for you? Do you go through every month to dust all the bags? That’s one of the reasons my stash is in boxes – with lids!

  22. Linda S. says:

    When I see your stash I feel much better about mine. In fact maybe I could do a little yarn shopping tonight. Funny how we offer each other comfort and encouragement about our yarn stashing hobbies.

  23. That hallway looks like every hallway in every government building I ever set foot in when I worked in D.C. Definitely creepy.

    The sock yarn is even more disturbing. Much as I love yarn, I don’t think I could sleep with the weight of that much expectation upon me!

    Suzanne V. (Yarnhog)s last blog post..Unlaced

  24. patricia says:

    Holy moley! What a (half) stash!

    That corridor is pretty creepy…does it end? Looks like a never-ending corridor from a nightmare.

  25. I can just imagine that at least half of your readers (including yours truly) would just love to sit and stare at your stash in person, taking out the occasional skein to pet it. Wow.

    Nicoles last blog post..Thursday 13 #50 ~ N is for…

  26. Teresa (NC) says:

    Can I shop at your house? πŸ™‚ Also, can I rub Lucy’s sweet belly?

  27. Corridor? Like something from a CIA office in a movie!

    Marshas last blog post..Naked Capitalism: Paul Davis says we’re not as free as we think

  28. I bow in awe at your sock yarn stash!

  29. OMG, I love your stash. What is it about us knitters that we can never have enough yarn. I do not think you will stop. I know I haven’t and I have more than I will ever in my lifetime use. Do I keep buying? Of course. Love the pic of Lucy. Have a wonderful weekend, and keep on knitting.

  30. Regarding your stash —
    What I said out loud is unfit to print. But there were a LOT of exclamation points at the end. Something…something…something…work of beauty…something…something… unreal is the gist of it.

    LizAndrsns last blog post..A Point Well Taken

  31. Oh. My. Good. Googleymoogley! That’s a LOT of yarn! I am soooo jealous! I think my entire stash could fit into one of those little cubes. If I smooshed it.

    knittinandnoodlins last blog post..A pool of inspiration…

  32. anne marie in philly says:

    I second LizAndrsn; holy $*^%! you have enough until the second coming!

    but don’t let ME stand in your way…LOL

    I would be afraid of sleeping in this room…late at night, the sock yarn rises up, the collective bellies rumbling with hunger…they spot a tasty, fleshy human…quick, they pounce…!

  33. I don’t think my LYS has that much sock yarn. Good for you!!

  34. Cynthia A says:

    Two girls materializing…oh, yeah – that movie scared the bejeezers out of me, and I can totally see that idea in your hallway… eeeuuhhhh.

    Thank you for the last photo, it gives me great ammunition to counter my husband’s sighs about my yarn stash. Mine looks rather meager by comparison πŸ™‚

  35. Okay I have more than your half mark but probably not as much sock yarn as you have. I feel less guilty now!! πŸ™‚

  36. *offers up another skein to the Sock Yarn Goddess*

  37. And now I know where they filmed all those spooky corridor scenes in the Matrix…

    Chriss last blog post..Chaos and the snack sheep

  38. If you ever need help sorting/purging your stash, I am your girl!

  39. Thank you for the demi-stash photo. I called DH to see it. Now anything I accumulate short of that amazing quantity is considered virtuous!

    Barbara-Kays last blog post..A Knitterly β€œHo, Ho, Ho!”

  40. Um, may I please borrow a cup of yarn? Please?

  41. Timmie B says:

    Thank you for posting the picture of your stash again. It is always nice to know that other knitters “collect” yarn. My sock stash is not that large because I had a relatively large sweater/prayer shawl/Linus blanket stash when I started knitting socks and limited space. Gotta go figure out why I have 13 sts where I should have 12 in my Orchid Lace Scarf. I think I hear frogs.

  42. how funny! I was just about to write a post and entitle it “Random Thursday.” Great minds think alike. And all that.

    Great shots!

  43. Wow. I am in shock and awe over your partial stash.

  44. I was feeling a little quilty with the size of my stash…crap no more after yours .thank you for making me feel better,,,

    kathleens last blog post..collective twist

  45. After seeing the size of just half your stash I no longer feel guilty about asking after the Emil yarn. Happy knitting through all the beautiful yarn.
    Peace and Yarn,

  46. oh Wendy, Wendy… there’s just GOTTA be a 12 step program. *grin*

    mias last blog post..Wii Time!

  47. Whoa, dude … that’s all been acquired since the clean-out you did a year or two ago? They should name a branch of the Post Office after you. πŸ™‚

    Daves last blog post..Math Blues

  48. Do you get a quantity discount on Ziploc bags? Or own stock in the company? Might be worth considering….
    I’m wondering how you go about choosing yarn for the next pair of socks. I have nowhere near your stash quantity, but have trouble choosing which of the lovelies must be next.

    Lauries last blog post..Sunday’s Garden

  49. That’s not a stash, that’s a store.

    kmkats last blog post..A knitblogger comes Up North.

  50. Hard to know which to envy you for most, the stash or Lucy. Nah, it’s gotta be Lucy.
    Anyone who writes knitting books has to have a large stash, it’s just work supplies, like paper clips.

  51. Holy s****! Has anyone tried to stage an intervention with you yet? You must be the reason The Loopy Ewe is adding on to their space. How I would love to browse through your stash. Knit on!

  52. Dude, before I read the caption, I thought it was a yarn store! πŸ˜‰
    ha ha ha

  53. Wow! That last picture is beautiful (totally makes up for the scary hallway)! And it encourages me to buy more yarn… my stash suddenly feels quite insignificant.

    Tammys last blog post..TMI… or More About Me

  54. Oh…. my…. goodness….. I wish that these comments came equipped with the Plurk “bow down” emoticon! Impressive!!

    eliseknitss last blog post..exciting things!!!

  55. Your stash has certainly made me feel better! No wonder you’re knitting socks almost exclusively.

  56. And I was feeling bad about my sock yarn stash. πŸ™‚ I’m all alone in my quantity of stash at my yarn store so it’s nice to see on the internet that I don’t have much.

  57. Mmmmm…lovely.

    Sarahs last blog post..Countdown

  58. Your stash is unbelievable!!!

  59. WOW, I am having deja vu of LE at the Spring Fling!!!

    Cheryls last blog post..If Only Sleeping Dogs WOULD Lie

  60. I had a plan to sort out my stash today because I thought I had too much but, seeing yours, I feel much better!!

  61. Heeeere’s Johnny!

    I feel faint looking at all that sock yarn. Mine fits into a tote and sometimes I think that’s excessive. Must buy more.

    Mandellas last blog post..A meme

  62. Theresa in Italy says:

    Thank you, thank you, I was suffering pangs of guilt over the size of my stash but that one glorious photo has banished them forever!

  63. Meribeth says:

    Amazing. Simply amazing. I am struck dumb.

    Have no more guilt of my stash shoved under the beds….. I owe you, big time!

  64. mmmmm sock yarn…. much sock yarn… can we be greedy and ask to see the rest so we can have sock love by proxy?

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  65. babyface says:

    I don’t have 1/10 of the yarn that you have and I feel overwhelmed.
    Why are we such addicts? Something we missed as a child? I’d like
    to come and shop at your house too. You and Lucy should have a sale.
    She’d probably like to have more space.

  66. Half? Whoa. Dude.

    Brigittes last blog post..Lorelei

  67. …I bow before thee.

    Brigittes last blog post..Lorelei

  68. Thanks for showing part of your sock yarn stash, it looks fabulous. Everyone needs a yarn IRA.

  69. That yarn stash looks… delicious. It also makes mine look pathetic by comparison. PATHETIC.

    Lucy is in Cute Kitty Pose #308: “Right Angle.”

    I love, love, love, Wallace and Gromit! That’s adorable!

  70. Forget the size of the sock yarn stash… what impressed me is the wide range of colors. I seem to get stuck in a rut of the same family of colors more that I realize. I just added a new pair of socks to the drawer the other day and realized I have way more in the blue family than I had realized. Are there any color you avoid? What’s you favorite? Do you get in a color rut too?

  71. Oh my! Thank you so much for that stash picture. I’m sending it now to my husband as justification for my next yarn purchase!

    Angelas last blog post..Choices

  72. Thank you!!! Your photo made my husband realize my stash is nothing compared to others. I think I need to go order more.

    Karins last blog post..None of us are free until ALL of us are free

  73. I think of yarn like my mother thought about shoes, you can never have enough or the women that dies with the most yarn or shoes wins!!!

    Jewels last blog post..One sock down and one to go!

  74. Michele In Maine says:

    I don’t see a problem with this photo. Just buy more cubes!

  75. Dr. Jackie says:

    Only half of your sock stash? I have so much to aspire to…. *sigh*

    Shaun the Sheep looks an awful lot like Loopy, don’t you think?

  76. NoΓ©mie says:

    I LOVE your sock yarn stash!!! It makes mine look tiny, ridiculous… I love it!
    And I kind of agree with Jewel and Michele….

  77. Wow, that makes me not feel so bad about the 100 skeins of opal I’ve got stashed along with all the cherry tree, sundara and STK sock yarn, and whatever else sock yarn I have shoved in my cubbies…
    thanks for the pic!

  78. I will save your photo as evidence that my sock yarn collection is a normal, reasonable thing. “Lots of people have hundreds of skeins of sock yarn, really they do,” I keep telling my family…now I can point to the lady who designed so many of my socks as evidence that I am perfectly within the normal range.

    Sunas last blog post..Loving My Crafts, Man

  79. “I can just picture two pasty moon-faced little girls, holding hands, materializing there.” lol

    It is so strange for someone as creative and aesthetically productive as you to have to spend any time in an environment like that. Wow.

    And the half of your sock yarn stash … my gosh. Wow, wow.

    I mean, what else can a person say when seeing something like that.

    I’m shaking my head and walking away now.

    πŸ™‚ firefly

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  80. I thought your stash photo was a picture from a yarn store!

  81. i have a shaun the sheep in my office too. πŸ™‚

  82. Love Shaun the sheep, Lucy the great and envious of that sock stash… wow

    Aunt Kathys last blog post..Friday- Time Flies Fast but you already knew that right?

  83. Lynne E. says:

    So many colors, so little time!

  84. If you get a chance to look at the CNN website for KittyKat Fashion Show, is is held at the Algonquin Hotel. They have a resident RagDoll that sits in the lobby on her own sofa. You and Lucy would enjoy it. Have a nice weekend.

  85. When I first saw the picture of just half of your sock yarn I thought you were taking a picture of your LYS! Wow! your stash is awesome and the colors are fantastic. I hope you will take a picture of the second half so we can see your full stash in all its glory. Love the pics of Lucy, she’s so pretty.

  86. Oh, my word! And that’s only half? Can you spell S.A.B.L.E?

  87. My jaw dropped when I saw all of that sock yarn. How did you keep track of what you have – or do you even try? I found myself somewhat mesmerized by the picture πŸ™‚
    Does Lucy ever sleep in that position? Is that her way of asking for a tummy rub? I ask because both of my kitties have been known to sleep like that and both of them want tummy rubs when they lie like that awake. But my in-laws have a cat that lies like that and then attacks with claws if you touch his tummy. I also ask because I never tire of the Lucy stories.

  88. Love that early morning pic.

    Half your sock stash? Sock yarn doesn’t count as stash, right? I.Must.Buy.More.Yarn.

    Marions last blog post..Trouble with socks

  89. Sunnyknitter says:

    Yarn Envy…

  90. I hope the size of that stash means that yarn companies send you all their new colors and blends for you to try out and mention in your blog…and you just can’t knit fast enough to keep up. Otherwise, we just may have to start a Stash Anonymous Group. I’m lucky my husband hasn’t complained about my collection…in case he ever does, I’m gonna show him this picture in today’s blog.


  91. I love Lucy’s belly:-) So cute. I am envious of your sock yarn stash. It’s amazing.

  92. I will be thankful for what I have.
    I will be thankful for what I have.

    I’m glad that you have been so blessed!! You do knit so many socks and it’s perfect being able to pick whatcha wanna work with!! Looking forward to seeing more and more of your designs/creations.
    (you really have no excuse for a day off from knitting!! now, we know!)

    Mrs. C.s last blog post..Happy Anniversary to me!! (and hubby too, hehe)

  93. A bit like having your own lys, uh?

    Andreas last blog post..Si no puedes tenerlo… tΓ©jelo! / If you cannot have it… knit it!

  94. I love Random Thursday. Great photos. BTW, if you ever need anyone to sort through and catalog your stash, let me know. That would be a great weeks vacation for me!! You are my hero. πŸ™‚

    Danieles last blog post..Let the Games Begin….

  95. I can only aspire to your stash greatness.

    Melissas last blog post..Waiting

  96. Wow. I am speechless, but have shown my hubby so he can no longer complain about my meagre stash.

    Alisons last blog post..Some book reviews

  97. Wow. Your stash is amazing. You have generously made many of us feel much better about our much smaller mounds of yarn. Thank you.
    And Lucy is adorable.

  98. Lee Cockrum says:

    I also thought that it was a yarn store photo when I first saw the sock stash photo!!

  99. I really enjoy reading your posts and this one made me sigh… sigh with relief. There are others out there just like me. Your sock yarn stash looks like mine πŸ™‚ and yes, I did order more yesterday. There are so many gorgeous yarns out there, what’s a girl to do, eh? Not that anyone is complaining in this household since they benefit from my addiction.

  100. Wow! I am in awe πŸ™‚

    I showed the picture to my hubby so he can see that I really don’t have “that much yarn”, especially since that is just half your sock yarn!!!