My current work in progress:

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


In Case You Wondered

I’m not just collecting knitting bags. I do still knit. I just haven’t done much lately.

I spent 2 days not knitting courtesy of whatever viral crud hit me last weekend but I am feeling almost human again, so the knitting has resumed.

I did finish the first modified Peace Sock.


I’m working on the second one right now. What I’m not working on is the circular shawl I started last week in the Tilli Tomas Elsie yarn.ย  You know, the yarn that leaches blue dye everywhere?

I found myself avoiding working on it because the leaching of dye is so bad. I’ve come to the realization that I am not willing to knit with this yarn as it is. The yarn needs to be washed with synthrapol or something similar before it is fit to be used.

And I know myself well enough to know that I will never be bothered to do this. So who wants my dye-leaching yarn?


Ten skeins of Tilli Tomas Elsie in the “Jade” colorway. Eight of the skeins are in original condition, one is wound into a ball, and one is partially knit into a lace pattern. As a bonus you get to rip that part out yourself. ๐Ÿ˜‰

If you’d like to be entered in a drawing to receive this yarn, leave a comment to this blog entry. Don’t send me an email, don’t use the contact me link, just leave a comment. You need to click on the link at the end of this blog post that reads “x responses” to do so.

Leave said comment by 4:00pm Eastern Time on Thursday July 2. At that time I will awaken the mighty Random Number Generator and ask it to pick a winner.

Lucy Sez:


“OMG! Did some of that blue dye get on my ear??!!”


  1. Oh, I’m a yarn-washer from waaaay back. Send it to me. I’ll whip it into shape!

  2. Oh, I would so wash that to use it – no problem! ๐Ÿ™‚
    .-= Lucy´s last blog ..Another month, a bunch more done =-.

  3. Oh what a drag! That’s such a gorgeous color, too! I heart it. Sigh.
    .-= Miss Knotty´s last blog ..AlpacaFarmGirlโ€™s Fiber Arts Fridays! =-.

  4. Gee, I’ll take it. In fact, I might love it. I can wash ’em in Synthrapol and hang the skeins to dry on the screened orch (assuming it ever stops raining in North Central Mass). It would be super in the random number generator picks my number!!!!

    I’m glad to hear you’re feeling better ๐Ÿ™‚
    .-= Leslie´s last blog ..Life is Good =-.

  5. Wow, that’s an awesome giveaway! I’d happily wash wash wash!

    Can’t get Lucy to do it and earn her keep? Oh, dear. What CAN I be thinking???
    .-= Lisa´s last blog ..Ten on Tuesday–TV =-.

  6. I’m game. I think my laundry tub might look pretty in a nice shade of blue. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. I’ll take ’em and hang ’em in the rainy Massachusetts “summer”! That’ll do the trick!
    .-= Sidra Vitale´s last blog ..sidravitale I feel like an overheated car. What the hell? =-.

  8. that is a bummer! the beginning of the shawl looked great! but send it to me ๐Ÿ˜‰
    .-= brenda´s last blog ..more from the other day =-.

  9. Melissa B. says:

    I would be happy to frog and wash your yarn for you! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Wow, that’s awful. Still, I’m sure I could find it a good home ๐Ÿ˜‰

  11. I wouldn’t mind washing it, sign me up too?
    .-= Rachael´s last blog ..Note to self (With no links, because I’m lazy) =-.

  12. Beautiful color and probably well worth the unrip and wash. Add me to the list.

  13. I have a huge bottle of Synthrapol waiting for this!

  14. I do! Yay for Wendy being awesome, boo for dye-leaching yarn.

  15. It’s a pretty yarn even with it’s issues!
    .-= Mary L´s last blog ..This time I have an excuse! =-.

  16. me me me me me me me me me me me me
    .-= Tiny Tyrant´s last blog ..The Mother of All… =-.

  17. Shannon H. says:

    Oooh. Blue yarn! I’d be up for ripping and washing!

  18. I’m a washer, so sign me up!

  19. Alex Fagelson says:

    Good home ISO yarn.

    Do this mean your giving up on the shawl pattern too?

  20. I’m a big enough sucker for a lovely blue that I’d deal with the leaching issue. ๐Ÿ™‚
    .-= Karen´s last blog ..Insanity =-.

  21. Sure, I’ll take it! I’m still working on Alice Starmore’s Mystic from at least 5 years ago because the Rowan Denim really leaves its mark everytime I pick it up and the yarn you used for Girsole? Well, mine turns my hands green. Glad it’s my favourite colour but too bad my hands will not match the rest of me for a while…
    .-= Rusty´s last blog ..A Knitting Blog With No Knitting =-.

  22. I’m willing to wash some pretty yarn.

  23. Gr – it ate my first comment.

    Me me me me me me me me me me

  24. Wow, that’s very generous of you! Put me in the drawing. ๐Ÿ™‚
    .-= Emily´s last blog ..All good things must come crashing to a halt =-.

  25. Cristel says:

    I can wash wool, most times without felting

  26. morandia says:

    I’m up for yarn that bleeds. I’ll try most anything once….

  27. I wouldn’t mind getting the lovely yarn, even if it’s a bit generous with the dye on the fingers. ๐Ÿ™‚
    .-= Deinera´s last blog ..Who needs to walk =-.

  28. OHOHOH PIck me!!!!!!

    Even though I never win these things

  29. Oooh, me, me, me!!! I had some Tess yarns that turned my Denise needles blue, so I’ve got experience in this area!
    .-= Tammy/DarthKnitter´s last blog ..Our Daily Bread =-.

  30. Glad to know that you’re better and not just collecting bags. Put my name in the pot. My bro works for textile chemical company that makes commercial rinses, etc.
    .-= southparknitter´s last blog ..On the go =-.

  31. I’ve had the same stupid virus for a week now….I could totally wash that blue yarn….

  32. I wouldn’t mind giving the leeching yarn a try…
    .-= Julia´s last blog ..More about my trip, this time with photos! =-.

  33. How very generous of you, Wendy!
    .-= Liz R´s last blog ..FINALLY =-.

  34. OOOH! Free yarn!

  35. I’d love to give this yarn a good home!

  36. A give away from Wendy? I’ll wash anything!

  37. I’m down to give the yarn a bath too. That’s too bad though that it bled so much that you weren’t enjoying knitting with it.

  38. What a generous offer. I’d love to have the yarn to wash and use!

  39. I enjoy a challenge so I’d be OK winning that yarn.
    .-= Emily´s last blog ..Nupp Zombie! =-.

  40. BlackMagicMuffin says:

    Silly Lucy, is she a natural blue?

  41. My last shawl left me with green fingers. I kinda take pride it that, it gives me a reason to talk about the project with total strangers.
    .-= Jen Hutchinson´s last blog ..Lilith Ann Hutchinson =-.

  42. HeatherB says:

    Throw me into the mix for the bleeding yarn ๐Ÿ™‚

  43. Mary Beth says:

    I’d happily sacrifice my fingers’ natural coloring for that yarn!

  44. I would be so happy to wash the heck out of that yarn. You are very kind to offer it for a contest. Thanks.
    .-= Sue Johnson´s last blog ..It’s Not Nice to Fool Mother Nature =-.

  45. I am up for washing it over and over. Crossing my fingers – I love the color!

  46. linda-kay says:

    I’d love to take that yarn off your lovely blue hands! Or was that I’d love to take that lovely blue yarn off your hands. Thanks for the opportunity! Gizmo sez, “it’s OK – I’m a black cat and the if the blue rubs off on me – I’ll look more like Elvis!”

  47. I actually *love* ripping back yarn. So therapeutic! Count me in.

  48. I’m certainly willing to try dye setting! I’ve set my batiks with no trouble…

  49. I solemnly swear to give that yarn the washing it deserves!
    .-= GeekKnitter´s last blog ..Sensory Overload =-.

  50. Count me in, too! I’m always up for a challenge.

  51. I’ll take a chance in your drawing, Wendy. Is your cold better now?
    .-= Karen in Toledo´s last blog ..Plans… Interrupted =-.

  52. Melissa says:

    That is some lovely yarn. I would gladly take it off your hands. ๐Ÿ™‚

  53. Loves to wash yarn….Just sayin’.
    .-= karen w´s last blog .. =-.

  54. Catherine says:

    Pretty color, I have no problem washing it, or knitting with a towel on my lap ๐Ÿ™‚ What a great giveaway!

  55. Oh, please, please please, pick me. I just finished my Chuppah knitting, so you know I have go to itness with knitting and that I will wash that yarn and use it….maybe to knit my Grandma another shawl??
    .-= Rebecca Green´s last blog ..Ripped and Restarted =-.

  56. Hmmmm… looks like lovely yarn despite the dye problem……

    Did the dye come off your fingers?
    .-= Kim´s last blog ..More Mittens =-.

  57. I admit… The color is beautiful. I would *LOVE* to see if I can salvage it and make it stop bleeding! ๐Ÿ™‚ Pick me please!
    .-= Cyd/Faireraven´s last blog ..The collection of stuff I haven’t posted… =-.

  58. donna patton says:

    Would love to wash that yarn!

  59. Kathryn Sigman says:

    I would love to take it off your hands! It is the perfect color to knit a girasole for my mom!

  60. You can enter my name — I just so happen to have the better part of a quart of Synthrapol here since I use it whenever I buy batik fabrics because they also like to leach dye……
    .-= LizA.´s last blog ..More Productivity =-.

  61. I would love to knit with the blue dye and would wash it just as you suggested. I hope there is a shawl is in my future.
    .-= Kathy´s last blog ..Friday Garden Walk Mosaic =-.

  62. I would love the yarn! Blue fingers aside, it’s lovely!

  63. Ann Rose says:

    I could relieve you of the burden of that dye-bleeding yarn, just offering… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  64. I have had a roller coaster (and not the fun kind) with house purchasing and could use some yarn therapy. I will happily take the yarn off your hands/needles…. ๐Ÿ™‚
    .-= Tammy´s last blog ..Vacationing & My Awesome Hubby =-.

  65. Deirdre says:

    Ok, I’ll bite…I might even have some of that synthrapol stuff you mention from a few dyeing experiments.

  66. Bleeding yarn is frustrating, but I’d be happy to wash it!
    .-= TheBon´s last blog ..An Open (Love) Letter to my Husband =-.

  67. That is a drag about the yarn. I’d like to give it a try, however.

  68. I’m off for the summer – I have plenty of time to wash yarn! ๐Ÿ™‚
    .-= Kim´s last blog ..Guess where I am now! =-.

  69. Cathy Smith says:

    I would love to win; please count me in and thank you for your generosity.

  70. Collette says:

    I’m so sorry that this yarn is leaching on you so badly. I knit a Shetland Triangle out of it in the American Beauty colorway and didn’t have this problem. I really loved the yarn too so I’m sorry it’s not working out for you. That said, I’d love to knit with it again–thanks for passing it forward!

  71. Kate Lathrop says:

    oh, the yarn is lovely! I’d be happy to rehome it for you, and even send you a picture of what it will grow up into!

  72. Wow – giving yarn away…. you are feeling better, you said?

    Sign me up.

    Hope you swiftly make your way back to feeling fully recovered.
    .-= LadyO´s last blog ..Still Lives =-.

  73. I’m willing to have blue paws for a while if I can be so lucky – you’re very generous!
    .-= (formerly) no-blog-rachel´s last blog ..What A Card (er) =-.

  74. I’d love to give that yarn a home! I’ve dealt with yarn that has done that before, and I’m willing to do the work!

    I feel bad that you are so unhappy with it!

  75. Sorry your yarn is doing that, well maybe, I would love it, though. The color is beautiful.

  76. I’m so sorry you’re having issues with bleeding yarn. I haven’t had the pleasure of using Tilli Tomas yarn yet, and would be glad to take it off your hands.
    .-= Tara´s last blog ..Sickly Monday =-.

  77. Nice. I would love to win this yarn. I can just wash it. Love the colors! Oohh I hope I win. I’ve never won yarn before! Please pretty please!

  78. wenchfaery says:

    I don’t mind blue fingers-they’re always one colour or another due to yarn, paint, markers, etc! I’d love to take it off your hands! ๐Ÿ™‚

  79. Ten skeins? I will gladly buy whatever chemical is needed in order for me to be able to use that much yarn. Plus that color looks surprisingly good on me.
    .-= Andrea´s last blog .. =-.

  80. Stephanie Miller says:

    Yarn. So. Purty! My kittys Ida & Grover say Hi to Lucy!

  81. Freya in Californeya says:

    I have no idea how to wash yarn before knitting it, but am willing to learn. Count me in on the randomness ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

  82. I’ll take the dye off your hands, gladly! You could probably just soak it in vinegar and hot water to set the dye instead of synthrapol.
    .-= Marlana´s last blog ..Vilai =-.

  83. I bought some Tillie Thomas yarn at Stitches South in Atlanta. Mine is brown (for cardigan) and beige (with sequins throughout the yarn for a shell and the trim around the cardigan). I certainly hope I don’t have the problem that you are having. I love that color and I originally asked for it but it was not available—now I’m glad that it wasn’t. I had a similar experience with a hand dyed yarn from Oregon. The dyer of the yarn told me that it was the indigo that she used to dye the yarn—that was over a year ago and I have still not finished those socks. I’m not a fan of bleeding yarns. I’m afraid that I would be doing the same thing you are doing—so sad!!!
    .-= Elizabeth´s last blog ..Hazy, Lazy Days of Summer….. =-.

  84. I’d be glad to take it off your hands and wash it.

  85. I’d love to take the yarn off your hands! And I’ve been a knitter for a long time, but never attempted socks so I bought your book the other day and I’m excited to learn. Yay!
    .-= Allison´s last blog ..Turning the corner =-.

  86. My mini mochi that I insist on knitting SOMETHING with (though I’ve ripped it out more times than I care to admit) is already turning my hands blue, so I’d be glad to take that yarn off your hands ๐Ÿ™‚
    .-= Jessi´s last blog ..Motown Tango Part 5: Footwork and Knitterly weirdness… =-.

  87. Oh lovely! I don’t mind blue fingers!

  88. Ok I’ll bite . I have some synthrapol….by the way I am a twitter follower and an occassional sock knitter:)
    .-= martha Bilski´s last blog ..Looks like Bailey =-.

  89. I’d like to give it a try; the yarn really is lovely.

  90. I’d be glad to give your wayward yarn a new home.

  91. D: all of the above. Sorry you were sick, glad you’re feeling better, I love the color of the yarn, wouldn’t mind washing it myself (I have a solar clothes dryer installed in the back yard to hang it on!), and I’m just finishing my first pair of toe-up socks.
    Oh Random Number Generator, pick me!

  92. Hi Wendy–I’d be more than happy to turn blue from this yarn!!!!!!!

  93. Oh that is such a pretty blue!!! I would love to use it for something!!
    .-= qutecowgirl´s last blog ..Well that didn’t work =-.

  94. Hi Wendy,
    That yarn is a beautiful blue and it’s sad that it’s bleeding dye all over you while you knit. I’d be thrilled to have a shot at correcting that problem and have a swift and skein-winder standing at the ready just in case the random number generator might happen to select my comment. Hope you’re feeling better soon!
    P.S. Just got your new book last week and LOVE the patterns and explanations!

  95. What a shame. It is such a devine colour, I have friends who would think they had died and gone to heaven if it was in their stash. You don’t have a wonderful friend who could make it right for you? I’d offer but as I’m on the other side of the world the postage might be a bit much. Much commiserations. Marian

  96. I was really looking forward to watching the shawl grow. Well, feel free to send it this way!

  97. Alicia A. says:

    Hi Wendy! Happy to hear you are feeling better and knitting!! I see there is no shortage of fiber-folk who would like to win your yarnz, but I’ll throw my hat in the rink as well. It’s really very generous of you. Enjoy the rest of your shortie week!!

  98. Sandy H. says:

    Since blue is my favorite color I would be happy to lovingly wash and care for the yarn – hopefully a shawl is in my future!

  99. whoa. I’ll take it!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    My current dislike is my blue lace yarn that leaves its stench on my fingers, not unlike Tide. I hate Tide.

  100. I’ll wash it! ! I used to be a “red” person, but lately I can’t get enough blue!