My current work in progress:

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


Sock Yarn Winner

The Random Number Generator has spoken. The winner of the sock yarn pictured in yesterday’s post is Samina, who left comment number 583. Samina, I’ve emailed you.

Thank you to everyone who left a comment. πŸ˜€

Today is a federal holiday, so I did not have to go to work today. I did a little cleaning up, and went out for my annual eye exam. I came home with a slightly altered prescription clutched in my hot little fist and new contacts in my eyes. So I’m seeing a bit clearer, which is always a good thing.

I did spend a little time working on my stole:

Miss Lucy thinks it looks nice on her.

There were some questions/comments about the brushed mohair I pictured yesterday:

As I said yesterday, it is 8 ounces and over 1000 yards. But I would not consider it laceweight. This type of brushed mohair is knit loosely on a large needle, probably at 3 or 3.5 stitches/inch for a sweater. Anything tighter and it would be too dense. You want the knitted fabric to be soft and airy.

I do think I’ll knit a shawl with this, but I haven’t decided on a pattern yet. It will be something very simple. I think.

And Lucy would like you to know that I have not turned the heat on yet. And I have the window open.


  1. I tried to turn my heat on…and it wouldn’t work! Guess a trip to the basement is in order.
    I have some lovely mohair in wonderful “mardi gras” colors, to knit myself a cocoon sweater. I know they’re so 80’s but it just looks so noonny!

    mehitabels last blog post..Nov. 10, Monday

  2. My landlady turned on the heat last night – I could do without it.

    The mohair looks gorgeous and in the skein the way you have it on the chair, looks unspun. Maybe it’s just me.

    Karens last blog post..Stash Enhancement

  3. But Lucy, I just came back from the weekend in the DC/Baltimore area and it is still warm there. I was shocked to drive into snow in the mountains of western MD yesterday morning.

  4. It doesn’t appear that Lucy needs the heat on as she has your wonderful stole keeping her warm. πŸ™‚ I hope your day off was relaxing.

    LittleWits last blog post..Veteran’s Day

  5. Hope you enjoyed your day! Tell Lucy the weather forecast for this weekend is 95 degrees on Sat here in SoCal. If she would like to spend some time under our ceiling fans, I would be happy to oblige her! Everyone I know is praying this is the last Santa Ana of the year! Ay carumba!!

    Love the stole and the brushed mohair is GORGEOUS! Luv.m.

  6. I’ve been enjoying the chilly weather here in Colorado, and happily spent all yesterday without the heat on…until I woke up this morning and practically had to chip the ice off the comforter to get out of bed. I can’t wait until I have my own house, with a programmable thermostat – freezing at night, roasty-toasty in the morning.

    Imbriums last blog post..Windows and Doors

  7. I look forward to seeing how your mohair yarn knits up. Lucy is a cute little “stole model”. I can already see her posing on your stole as it blocks.

    Roseanns last blog post..Annemor #11 Progress

  8. Your mohair reminds me of an eggplant cardigan I knit about 10 years ago out of LaGran. Excuse me while I go dig that out of the cedar chest…
    I can’t wait to see your finished stole.
    Tell Miss Lucy to consider herself lucky – we’re getting our first snowfall tonight – about an inch is expected. Here we go….

  9. I don’t have the heat on either, but those windows are closed!!

  10. We do have our heat on and I would invite Lucy to visit, but I don’t think the dogs would go for it!

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  11. I fell for that same Kid Hollow brushed mohair last month at the Fall Fiber Festival in a different colorway! I’m halfway through making the pullover sweater that they show with the yarn. Just thought it might be worth mentioning that in that particular sweater, it’s done at a worsted weight gauge, about 4.5 stitches per inch, and it’s not at all dense that way.

    Cathys last blog post..Stitches to Remember

  12. I alays loved those during-the-week extra days off. They felt even more like an extra than a Monday or Friday add-on.

    I’ll be interested to see how that mohair knits up.

    KarenJoSeattles last blog post..We’re Number One

  13. The mohair is simply amazing! Thank you for showing us it’s full glory! I have been tempted to try a project with it, but I haven’t knit with mohair before – any tips?

    Congratulations to Samina!

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

  14. I had the day off too and got to meet with the Tuesday afternoon knitting group!

    Come out west Lucy- the heat is on the the windows are closed.

  15. Lucy, I think you are pressuring your mother too much, try reverse psychology.

    Elysbeths last blog post..For winter

  16. congrats Samina!
    Aw, I do think that would make a lovely shawl. Best of luck! (and omg your Lucy is adorable.

    Cookis last blog post..null

  17. Poor chilly Lucy! Thanks, Wendy, for the contest and congratulations to Samina.

  18. i am excited about your mohair. i don’t think you have knit a predominately mohair project in the 1.5+ years i have been reading, so this is a special treat!

    kittythings last blog post..the first

  19. Theresa in Italy says:

    Congrats to Samina! Lucy does make a very good shawl model, and I think she knows it.

  20. I love the way Lucy always looks when you drape your knitting on her…. she pretends indifference and feels like a queen πŸ˜‰

  21. We had to turn the heat on (though I would only allow it to 66) or my husband was going to turn into a popsicle. It kept me way too toasty though.

    I feel your warmth!!

    Cindy in Happy Valleys last blog post..Some things I think, I think….

  22. Thanks Wendy – I’m looking forward to fondling that hank of yarn. I’ve been in knitting limbo since my 8 month old kiddo seems to never sleep, so this will be a great way to kick start my knitting mojo again. By the way, the high’s supposed to be 74 here in Jacksonville, FL. We won’t be turning on our heat either :-p

  23. I have a sweater I started with a similar yarn (though probably not quite as nice), and the only thing I’ve worried about is the opacity of the sweater. It’s something I think about even if I expect I’ll be wearing it with a tank top or camisole.

    Seanna Leas last blog post..a long weekend

  24. That mohair is pretty but with mohair being so narcissitic (loves to cling to itself) it seems like it’d be a nightmare to wind! Is it?

    Have you thought of a scribble lace scarf or shawl with it?

    5elementknitrs last blog post..SP13 Questionnaire

  25. And I’m sure Miss Lucy is letting you know that the heat issue is critical to her happiness…The Calico Curmudgeon is unhappy that I’ve got our’s on such a low number. But not unhappy enough to crawl into her fleeced cocoon called The Millie bed we got from Siamese Rescue.
    (so she has only herself to blame…)

    Knitnanas last blog post..More Goodies – Spoiler Alert!

  26. The brushed mohair is so pretty. I’m sure anything you make with it will come out great. Also, the stole is fab! πŸ™‚

    I’ve had my heat turned on for some time now, although Paul and I are talking about starting to use the wood-burner at night and on the weekends. We use propane which is going for “gasp” over $4 a gallon now. That’s $2,000 to fill up the tank. UGH – definitely makes you wish for mild days!! πŸ˜‰

    Danieles last blog post..Three Projects for Weekend Knitting…

  27. Can’t wait to see what you do with your mohair. I have some similar weight which hasn’t told me what it wants to be yet, so I keep looking, looking.