My current work in progress:

Stornoway, designed by Alice Starmore from her book Fishermen’s Sweaters, knit in Frangipani 5-ply guernsey wool in the Aran colorway, on a 3.0mm needle.

Mmmmmm, Yarn (and a Giveaway!)

When L-B and I meet up with knitting friends at Graves Mountain in November, there is usually a field trip to someplace that involves yarn.

As you can see from yesterday’s blog entry, this year we visited Kid Hollow Farm. I showed you some of their beautiful animals yesterday, but saved the yarn haul for today. Some I did not photograph because it is destined to be a gift. but lookie here:

The top skein is sock yarn. It’s a fingering weight (4.3 ounces and 443 yards) and is a blend of 48% kid mohair, 30% merino wool, and 20% nylon. I can’t wait to knit with it — the yarn has a firm twist and just the slightest halo from the mohair. It looks like it will have great stitch definition. The color is caled “Foggy Mountain.”

The bottom skein is brushed mohair — 90% mohair and 10% nylon. This is 8.3 ounces and and 1038 yards. At the Kid Hollow Farm shop, Pat has a pattern for a simple pullover sweater that takes one skein of this yarn, but I plan to knit a shawl from mine.

I acquired some more yarn. gifts from L-B:

The top skein is Suffolk Sock, a new sportweight sock yarn, from Solitude Wool. It’s 70% Suffolk and Dorset wool, mixed with 30% nylon and is a 3.8 ounce skein with 275 yards. L-B got this at the Fall Fiber Festival in Montpelier, Va last month. That’s where she got the bottom skein, which is a new sock yarn from Carodan Farm.


I was so taken with the sck yarns at Kid Hollow Farm, that I purchased a skein to give away to a WendyKnits reader:

This is the same yarn composition as the skein pictured at the top of this entry. It is 4 ounces and 412 yards and the colorway is Brilliant Jewels. Would you like it?

Leave a comment to this entry by 4:00pm EST tomorrow (November 11) and I’ll pick a name at random from the comments to receive this lovely yarn.

Here is my progress on my stole:

And here is my sleepy little princess:


  1. Kristine Murphy says:

    Awwww…. Lucy looks adorable as always! πŸ™‚

  2. I’m a blue ho. For sure.

    Lauries last blog post..Chevron scarf

  3. leslie - knitting therapist says:

    That shawl is looking terrific!
    Oh yeah, PICK ME!

  4. Your stole is quite beautiful.

  5. Thankyou for letting Lucy keep us all entertained on Plurk while you were away – and glad to hear you had a great time! The colours in that yarn are beautiful, and I have just the place for it at home πŸ˜‰

  6. Shopping for fiber is so fun! Glad you found some wonderful new yarn. I’ve been knitting “oldies,” notably two pair of Fiber Trends Felt Clogs, and wondering if Lucy still uses her Kitty Pi? (Please enter me in the drawing, kthx.)

  7. I can see that I’m going to have to go to Kid Hollow. When I saw them at Sedalia Festival, I was a little overwhelmed and missed the yarns. Also I was looking to build roving stash at that time. It’s about a 3 hour drive from here but maybe some of my KF from Danville will go with me and help drive. Thanks for sharing.

  8. A girl can never have too much sock yarn. And a cat can never have too much sleep.

    Suzannes last blog post..My Lucky Hat

  9. Your purchases are so beautiful!!!!!!! And I loved the animals yesterday. Being a goats breeder myself, I can appreciate. I don’t have any angora goats yet, but it’s our intention to get some next year!!!! Lucky you to have the chance to pet them!!!!!!

    Catherine Michèles last blog post..Ce soir, on brode!!!

  10. I would love to win that yarn!! Looks like the your visit was very productive!

  11. Karen in Baltimore says:

    The Brilliant Jewels colorway is gorgeous!

  12. Oh very pretty yarn! Looks like Lucy is all worn out from the yarn porn!

  13. It looks like you had a good time. And got some nice yarn. What more could you want from a weekend away.

  14. I, too, would love the yarn! Thanks for the opportunity and for sharing your trip!

  15. Nice haul. I’m jealous. πŸ™

    tiphanies last blog post..Sick today

  16. Looks like you had a productive weekend.

  17. Me! Me! Me! I love sock yarn! I love blue! I love Wendy! I love Lucy!

    (Is that enough sucking up and gushing for ya?)

    kmkats last blog post..I got nothin’.

  18. The stole looks beautiful so far! I always love to see the pic’s of Lucy πŸ™‚

  19. Your trip sounds like it was wonderful! The yarns are so pretty, I can’t wait to see what you make from them.
    That blue sock yarn is pretty, you are so sweet for doing giveaways!

  20. Beautiful yarn-it looks like you had a great getaway!

  21. You ask if I’d like it?! I’d love it!!

  22. Oh yeah! That yarn really wants to join my stash, they would make a great match!

    Your stole is beautiful!

    Angelas last blog post..Absent Minded

  23. adamboysmom says:

    Yarn please!

  24. Your little princess is conveying eloquently that “all’s right with the world,” now that Mommy is back home.

  25. Ooo yum! That yarn looks gorgeous! I would love a shot at winning it.

    Also, that brushed mohair looks more like something you would spin than knit… and a pullover from ONE skein?! Hello!

    I see Lucy is training for the sleeping Olympics again… my Peari might become good competition for her.. she’s practicing hard too!

    saffitys last blog post..Christmas Insanity Update #2

  26. Beautiful yarns, all of them! For what it’s worth, I reminded Lucy that her movie choices were rated R and she should watch something else….

    Joyces last blog post..I’m so angry..

  27. OOOH. I’d take that! Thanks.

  28. Wow, that’s some really lovely stuff. Thanks, as always, for your generosity!

    The stole is gorgeous!

    Kirsties last blog post..Life Happens

  29. The yarn looks beautiful!
    I can’t wait to see the completed stole, it’s looking fantastic!

  30. KatherineR says:

    Pick me!
    Then I can stop drooling on my keyboard. πŸ˜›

  31. Does Lucy know how cherished she is? Or does she just feel entitled?

    Love that blue sock yarn!

    pdxknitteratis last blog post..Beadazzled

  32. So much yarn, so little time. πŸ™‚

    Please count me in on the contest.

    Lynns last blog post..FO: Shetland Tea Shawl

  33. I would LOVE to receive that yarn. Well… any yarn really, but especially that gorgeous stuff!

    Kathleen C.s last blog post..Fall Fiber Festival of VA ’08 and more!

  34. You are such an oustanding person thinking of your blog readers!

    It looks like you had one amazing adventure over the weekend! I think it’s important for people to have those on a regular basis! Good friends and good yarn are important for the soul!

    Megan S.s last blog post..We Have A Winner!!

  35. ooh – pretty yarn! you should knit slower so that we all don’t look so bad! πŸ™‚

    mais last blog post..yes, we can.

  36. Oh dear… those colors are gorgeous! I wonder if this might be the lucky comment to win it…

  37. I’ll play!!! Referring to yesterday’s blog post, I used to live in Shenandoah, VA, just south of Luray. Beautiful. Miss it–but live in Asheville, NC now, so don’t miss it all that much! LOL!

  38. Gina Corvari says:

    MM-mm-mm! Would love it!

  39. Leaving a comment to get in the drawing…I really am a HUGE fan, but don’t comment very much because of time restraints.


  40. oh my– I would love to win! Glad you had such a nice weekend!

    Janices last blog post..NaNoBloPoMo–ok, maybe not so much

  41. I think you were very restrained in your purchases. I don’t know whether to say Congratulations or are you feeling well? HA. Please pick me. I need a jolt of yarny goodness so much. Thanks.

  42. Lovely yarn! I’d love to have some!

    Glad you have fun on your field trip.

    heather ts last blog post..Conversation With A 7-Year-Old Boy

  43. Clearbrook (Shawn) says:

    very nice acquisitions. I wish they had some shops close to where I live. We only have one LYS for a 50 mile radius. Not much to pick from. Oh well, I just live vicariously through everyone online.

  44. Melanie Zahara says:

    Beautiful color – just perfect for a cold fall night with jeans!

  45. Lovely, lovely yarn!

  46. I love the colorway and I see beautiful socks waiting to happen.

  47. Oh, gorgeous stuff!!!

  48. Looks like you had a beautiful and relaxing weekend… I especially loved the pictures of the farm!

  49. Sounds like you had a wonderful weekend! Very special to get away with good friends, and it involved yarn, too-WOW! All the yarn is beautiful — would love to win that pretty sock yarn!

  50. I love the design of the stole; the wedge shaping is so much more practical than the traditional long rectangle shape. It seems to help break the project up from lace overload, too.

  51. I love a give-away! Your stole is gorgeous.

  52. Kristi ~ Ohio says:

    How generous! Great colorway that happens to be one of my favorite colors. I’d love to win. πŸ™‚

  53. Lindsey P. says:

    Very pretty colorways in all of them!

  54. Beautiful yarn, and as always, lovely knitting photos. Thanks for the contest!

    Gladyss last blog post..I love you, Mom

  55. Lovely yarn Wendy. It looks like it was a wonderful trip.

  56. Wow, wonderful yarn! Good luck on the shawl.

  57. Hi Wendy,

    I would love a shot at the yarn. Thank you for the opportunity. If I win, it will be very appropriate, because tomorrow (11-11) is my anniversary. πŸ™‚


    Rosanes last blog post..Happy New Year!!!

  58. Gorgeous yarn, gorgeous shawl, and of course gorgeous Lucy!

  59. Please include me in your random drawing. I just finished a sea silk scarf (or small shawl) based on lace patterns from your first book. will send a picture as soon as it is blocked.

    ellens last blog post..Two Projects Off the Needles

  60. I really miss you when you don’t post your blog, Wendy. I hope that you felt cooler up in those mountains last weekend. I think that if I was as warm as you, I wouldn’t want to wear warm socks at all. Go barefoot and tickle Lucy with your toes.

  61. Mmmm – blues and purples, my favorite colors. I would love to have the yarn.

  62. CHOOSE ME!!! PICK ME!!! LOVE ME!!!

    Wendys last blog post..

  63. Gotta love those fall fibery getaways with friends. Well, gotta love all fibery getaways with friends. Looks like some yummy scores at Kid Hollow, and of course I’d love to win the sock yarn. The stole looks great, and the shape appears to be a stroke of genius. I’ll rely on your report about that when it’s finished.

    Sandra Ds last blog post..Brasstown Autumn

  64. Beautiful! I love trying new sock yarn.

  65. I love Pat’s yarn (and Peavine Hollow’s raw kid mohair). a few years ago I made a very light pullover from the kid/nylon. The colors are beautiful and the sweater always gets compliments, even though it was easy peasy. Be forewarned though. The mohair and nylon tend to “creep” apart and I had to smooth them together quite often while I knit in order to avoid little mohair blobs.

  66. oh noooo…we cannot let sock yarn be lonely. i’d love her to come home with me and never be lonely again. you have amazing taste wendy.

  67. I’m glad you met the animals too. That brushed mohair doesn’t even look like yarn- it looks more like roving.

  68. Lovely yarn you got, and quite the striking stole. I got a lot of yarn over the weekend, too, and I keep petting it and holding it, while trying to remain steadfast in finishing a pair of brown socks (that is so hard!). I hope I win, but if I don’t, I know someone else will be very happy with that pretty yarn!

    Sunas last blog post..Let the Drooling Begin!

  69. Oh so pretty, I love the colours!

  70. Oooh, want! πŸ™‚ One of these years I want to sneak out there and tag along on this trip – it looks like so much fun!

    Tammy/DarthKnitters last blog post..Sooner or Later

  71. Lovely yarn! I’m willing to give it a good home!

    Jens last blog post..null

  72. That yarn is beautiful!! I am always drawn to blue yarns. Pretty, pretty!

    Cathys last blog post..Toe-up progress

  73. Ooh, pretty!

  74. Very pretty. Do you have a pattern in mind for the lace weight? Or still pondering?

    Cookies last blog post..Did I really say posting daily?

  75. Ohh! Lucy is so adorable. I bet she is so glad to have you home.
    Your trip sounds like it was a blast. Nice progress on the shawl. I am casting on for my first stole tonight! <3 Pick me!

    Annastasias last blog post..That was a bit bizzare.

  76. Beth Patrick says:

    I certainly enjoy reading your blog and the yarn is BEAUTIFUL! How kind of you to think of your readers.

    Wishing you the best!

  77. Ooooo luffly give-away yarn, I’ll take a stab at winning it! πŸ™‚

  78. Oooh, pick me pick me! Your shawl is lovely and your yarn is delicious, so hopefully some of it will come to my home πŸ™‚

    Natalies last blog post..Maybe Fate and not so much Karma!

  79. Like I need more sock yarn . . . but have try for that gorgeous yarn. Thanks for thinking of us!

  80. Brilliant jewels, you say? Is there a woman alive who wouldn’t like some brilliant jewels? Gorgeous yarn. Thanks for being so generous and giving it away!

  81. Lucy looks so much bigger when her back fur is sticking up like that.
    As for the yarn, I promise to give it a very loving home. πŸ˜‰

    Sharons last blog post..Better than chicken

  82. Wow! Your shawl looks AMAZING! I love how the verigated is working up!

    I have a question … what weight is that brushed mohair or is it roving? I cannot tell from this distance (from chicago).

    Abby Ms last blog post..A strong bad weekend.

  83. Hi. I enjoy your site and seeing all your socks! I also love to knit socks and would like to put my name in for the yarn giveaway. Thanks.

  84. HI Wendy

    What beautiful yarn! I am sure it wants to wing its way Downunder! πŸ™‚ I am interested to see the construction of your shawl. It should stay on the shoulders much better than a normal triangle shawl.



    Beverleys last blog post..Yes I am still here…!

  85. Ooh, I really like the way your stole is coming along! I was skeptical at first, but now that there’s more of it, I think it’s going to be strikingly lovely.

    Also, that Brilliant Jewels colorway is very pretty!

    Merediths last blog post..Democracy

  86. I’ll give that yarn a good home. Betsy

  87. That is some beyoootifulll yarn πŸ™‚ That stole is looking great, too! And what a cuute Lucy picture…

  88. Would I like it? I would love that yarn!! Thanks for the giveaway πŸ™‚

  89. I’d love it! And I’m sure it would love me. πŸ™‚

  90. Oh! I love that yarn, so beautiful and in all my favorite colors. πŸ™‚
    The shawl is also lovely, was it hard to pick up the stitches for the side panel? I’ve never been a fan of picking up stitches.

  91. I hope I am the lucky winner! I love lurking into your knitting world and thank you for being so generous. Lucy as always ROCKS!!

  92. C.Harms in Alaska says:

    Oh, how did you know that was my favorite color group? Please enter my name – I’d love to make a pair if Wendy socks from it!


  93. Beautiful. I dream on living someplace like that!

  94. I just LOVE sock yarns in any shade of blue. (fingers crossed – but only until I start knitting tonight).

    Carols last blog post..Intricate socks – bleh!

  95. Don’t pick me – I’ve been lucky enough already. I just wanted to say what you already know: that Suffolk Sock with that Suffolk and Dorset mix should be practically indestructible. It takes me right back to my very beginning spinning days when I was only allowed to practice on down breeds and reminds me there’s a whole pile of Portland in the garage!

    Mandellas last blog post..Look Mum, I Made Art

  96. Pam from Kansas says:

    Count me in on the yarn. Love the color. It would look nice next to Miss Lucy.

  97. Kate/Massachusetts says:

    Your yarn haul is gorgeous! Thanks for the chance to win a skein of it!

  98. Comment!! Comment!!

  99. That mohair yarn is so beautiful! The sock yarn sounds delicious too! I can’t wait to see which shawl you knit with the laceweight.

    sarah in sudburys last blog post..It’s Been So Long

  100. Lorraine C. says:

    Love the yarn and all the pictures of trees. I miss seeing the leaves turn color. In Texas, the trees just go from green to bare.