My current work in progress:

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


Mini Mochi Musings

I’ve turned the heel on my Mini Mochi sock.


Some observations:

The yarn is of consistent quality. So far I’ve come across no knots or slubs or anomalies.

The dye does come off on my hands a bit as I knit it, but washes off easily with soap and water.

There are no “ugly” colors in my colorway, unlike in Noro Kureyon, where you can be dreamily knitting along in a beautiful colorway and suddenly hit a patch of muddy grey.

I have to pay closer attention than usual while knitting because of the nature of the yarn. The single ply is loose and fuzzy, so I need to knit carefully not to split it. Even though it looks loose and unspun, it’s strong. I haven’t broken it tugging on it.

I think this yarn would be great for other small projects — a scarf or a hat.

Oh, and the pattern for this sock will be coming next week.

In the meantime, I could resist the siren song of my Wollmeise Lace in the Single Malt colorway no longer. That’s what was on my swift yesterday. I successfully wound the whole skein on my electric ballwinder with a minimum of intervention, so I think that’s a job well done.


Incidentally, Lucy ignores the swift and ballwinder most of the time. Because I have a standing swift, the action is not at her level. She can’t get too close to it, like she’d be able to if I were using a swift on a tabletop. Perhaps it looks like too much work for her to deal with.

And of course the news you’ve been waiting for — the winner of the Signe mitten kit. The Random Number Generator chose comment #325, which was left by ajdury. ajdury, you have been emailed!

As always, thanks to everyone who left a comment.

Speaking of comments, I keep forgetting to mention that the WordPress spam filter snags a fair number of non-spam comments, but I go in at least once a day, usually more often, to release them from the filter. And I always do this before a giveaway, so if you make a comment and it doesn’t show up immediately, don’t worry — I’ll make sure it gets out there!

Lucy sez:


Extreme close-up!

Oh, and one more thing:



  1. I approve of sock-hats for stuffed bears!

  2. I’m so in love with this yarn. At least from what I see of it on the internet. Must get some! Love the sock, very nice pattern.

  3. Oh, that new sock (both yarn, AND pattern) is absolutely a stunner!!! GORGEOUS!!! Must check out that yarn…Like I need MORE sock yarn ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  4. The color of that Single Malt is wonderful! So pretty…

  5. The new sock’s name fits it perfectly, it is a very pretty pattern. I can’t imagine how you endlessly come up with beautiful sock ideas.
    Lucy does close-ups wonderfully! But the small bear is stealing the show. It looks like he or she would enjoy a hat if you have any leftover yarn around. Perhaps a wee vest, too.

  6. That teddy is sooo stinking cute! Love the model close up on Lucy. >^_^<

    That sock looks beautiful. The shading looks marvelous!

  7. Oh, la-la, that’s a gorgeous Single Malt bundle!
    I wound the yarn for the Bohus Large Lace wristlets with plenty of help from Jasper today. Having those bitty skeins around my toes was too tempting to resist.

  8. What a joy to see Teddy modeling once again. I have missed him!

  9. YAY!!!!

    Love me some Teddy pron!!!

    (almost even makes up for not getting a mitten kit….wait, it does!!!)

  10. I think those socks look luscious and soft. I have a ball of Noro in almost the same colors, but nowhere near as soft. Love the mini-cap on Teddy.

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  11. My kitty Puma cannot resist the swift and winder. She just cannot leave it alone! I’ve tried placing decoys everywhere, but nothing works except banning her from the room temporarily. Naughty puddy tat!

  12. Extreme close up, that’s funny

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  13. Margie from Maryland says:

    Love the yarn
    Love the bear hat!!
    I guess you know that people on Ravelry seem to be DESPERATE to get that colorway – you must be glad to have it!

  14. anne marie in philly says:

    teddy in a sock hat! ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Your sock is looking great! Especially as a hat for Teddy. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  16. Aaaagh! That Single Malt colorway again! Must. Have. Now.

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  17. The single malt is just gorgeous. I may have to start stalking just for a chance at one skein. And I was just considering a yarn diet until June. Darn.

  18. That sock pattern is going to be fantastic!

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  19. I love that yarn! It looks so wonderfully soft and fluffy. And great colors too! I agree with you on the Noro, too.

  20. ooh – wollmeise lace! pretty! that sock is pretty too – looks fuzzy!

  21. I love this sock…the color, the textures…beautiful!

  22. Wow — that is gorgeous yarn! I’ve only heard about it and hadn’t really explored, but I may have to see if I can get my hands on some.

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  23. Theresa in Italy says:

    No ugly colors—sounds like a slogan! Works for me. Very fetching as a hat for Teddy, too. Have a good weekend!

  24. Mmmmmm, thanks for reviewing the Mini Mochi. It’s calling my name, but I’m being strong. No MM until other things get done. It’s an incentive plan. But the colorway you chose is the colorway I want!

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  25. OH, now that is a pretty sock. and it likes me- i can tell! So if you get bored and have no room, it wants to come live with me. it said so. i heard it!

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  26. Elizabeth says:

    This has nothing to do with yarn….

    I made the chocolate poundcake recipe you posted, and afterwards a great many people were extremely happy! I’m looking for an excuse to make it again for the chocolate-baking smell alone. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  27. Oh, bother. I just passed up mini mocha at my not-s0-local yarn shop. Another trip is needed, I fear. Anyway, what is a standing swift? TIA, Sally

  28. Aww, Teddy!

    I was wondering: my last comment (I think it WAS the contest post) was put in time-out by the spam filter, and I couldn’t figure out why. I didn’t mention yarn pr0n or put in any links or anything….it seemed very innocent. Maybe it was random!

    I just got the Mini Mochis I ordered from TLE last night, and they are so soft! The colors are very vibrant and pleasing (I got ‘Autumn Rainbow’ and ‘Intense’ colorways). In seeing and feeling them in person, my first thought was indeed scarf or something similar, because I wanted to put them against my cheek. I wonder how durable they’ll be as socks? (Of course, tightly knit, everything’s more durable.)

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  29. I bet Teddy would like a hat/scarf ensemble…or maybe a shawl if there is any leftover of that pretty yarn?

  30. I love the minimochi colors. I think you hit the nail right on the head when it comes to ugly colors. I like about 90% of a skein of Noro and then BAM! Something that makes me think twice about working on it.

    Usually it looks fine once it is all done, but it also tends to have nots, weird slubs or other imperfections that I don’t want to deal with in an expensive yarn.

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  31. I LOVE that colorway you’re using on the sock…. can’t wait to see what you’re going to do with the Wollmeise!

  32. Michele In Maine says:

    My Wollmeise stash will be complete when I can get my hands on some Single Malt lace! That is, until I fall in love with even more new colors.

    Lucky you!

  33. The sockie is looking quite warm and cuddly, but my favorite shot for the day is the wound ball of yarn. My husband wants to build a swifter for me, and help automate ball winding here. I must say though, I have enjoyed the quality time he and I have shared since we married (not quite three years now) with him patiently holding a hank of yarn while I wind.

    Anyway, your wound ball looks lovely and I can see why Lucy would respect it the way she does … it is a respectable looking ball of yarn.

    Have a great weekend,

  34. That sock is absolutely beautiful!

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  35. Definitely love the sock! I really can’t wait for it. I’ve be knitting that as soon as you have it out. Well, keep on making art.

  36. Have you decided on the lace for the wollemeise? I can’t wait to see what it becomes!

  37. Love the sock!
    Hi Teddy!

  38. I can never keep my Madcat out of my knitting when he’s awake, and if I break out my swift and/or ball winder, I have to shut him away in another room. He’s just too kittenish to resist my yarn. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  39. That sock yarn is gorgeous!

  40. Hi Wendy,

    Glad to see you love Mini Mochi! And the sock pattern you are doing looks super.
    Would you like another colorway to play with as well – happy to send – email me and we’ll pop some in the mail. I’m working on 8 new color combos, too. And we’ll have a Mochi 5 worsted weight before too long. We were “testing” the new yarn and it passed with knitters – so onward and upward!

    Knit On!
    Susan at Crystal Palace Yarns

  41. Oh I love that Single Malt Colorway! What’s it going to turn into?

  42. That is some seriously lovely yarnage! And I love the little hat!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  43. Katherine says:

    I need convincing to try toe-up again.

  44. I’m glad to see Teddy got a hat for use in the cold weather — although it’s warm here today :-> was up to 47!

  45. Wendy, thank you again SO MUCH for my Signe Mitten kit. I just got it in the mail today and love it even more, if that’s possible ๐Ÿ˜€

    I’ve never knit with this yarn either (although I’ve fondled it once or twice) so this will be a new experience all the way around.

    Thank you!

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