My current work in progress:

Roscalie Cardigan by Alice Starmore, knit from Jamieson’s Shetland Spindriftย  on a US 3 needle

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. The bonus would be winning the yarn ๐Ÿ™‚

    Hi Lucy!

  2. Shirlucky says:

    I’d like blue fingers!

  3. I think my fingers would look fab with a tint of blue.

  4. I’d love to have that yarn…The peace sock is beautiful!

  5. Iโ€™d be very glad to take it off your hands and wash it.
    .-= Iris´s last blog ..Where Has My Knitting Mojo Gone? =-.

  6. Oh….I would love to have blue fingers too! Love your blog and the pics of Lucy. She’s soooooooooo precious! I love kitty babies ๐Ÿ˜‰

    .-= Kathleen Kennedy´s last blog ..A Colorful Monday, Even Though It’s Gray Outside =-.

  7. I’ll be willing to try the “moo” yarn, even if it turns me cookie monster blue.

  8. Love the color and am always willing to wash or set some yarn! Great giveaway!
    .-= Emily S. ´s last blog ..Summer of Socks 09 & A Sale =-.

  9. Since I don’t normally paint my nails, I can deal with some blue ones for awhile!

  10. Oh, my, what a generous offer — and I love blue!
    .-= gladys´s last blog far behind =-.

  11. Another lurker seeking random joy. And enjoying your blog!

  12. atomicfunk07 says:

    That’s awfully generous of you and I’d love to be the recipient of such a great giveaway. Your blog introduced me to toe-up socks when I was first making socks and was really helpful!

  13. Ooh, the yarn is beautiful! I hope my name is drawn — the extra work to make it usable would still be worth it.

  14. I’d be very proud to adopt your yarn.
    .-= Rhonda´s last blog ..I know…. =-.

  15. Jenness in Tucson says:

    I think blue fingers would go very well with the blue toenail I have from a injury I got this weekend.

  16. You have so much patience in some areas………we will benefit from this irritation , though, so thank you for the chance to get some yarn!
    .-= Cindy´s last blog ..Sandhill Crane Visit =-.

  17. Windy Brown says:

    I think that I would be willing to adopt the blue yarn. I love the blue and I love free yarn.

  18. I would love to take care of your yarn – bathe and dry it. I’m sure it would be even more beautiful. Thanks for the contest and hugs for Lucy.

  19. Ooh I’d love it! ๐Ÿ™‚ Enter me, please! ๐Ÿ™‚
    .-= Dana´s last blog ..Travelin’ sock =-.

  20. It’ll be an opportunity to try something new. I’ll risk blue fingers.

  21. peggy c says:

    I love the photos of your gorgeous kitty! And I’d love the yarn. LOL

  22. I teach knitting at a weekly senior’s knitting club. We’d love the blue yarn to match our blue hair! By the way, love your emails!

  23. What a great giveaway- thanks Wendy!

  24. What a wonderful offer. I have decided I really don’t like the yarn at the big commercial stores, but rather at my favorite yarn shop. Not to mention, I don’t want these local independents to go out of business. However, I am a stay-at-home grandma, watching my 4 little granddaughters. I have to be very choosey when buying my yarn, to get the best yarn for the money. I would love to win this yarn. The color is very nice, and I would be thrilled to rinse it and make something wonderful. Thank you for the opportunity to enter the contest.

    barb in MI

  25. I would really love the yarn. I’m on a yarn diet and have been really good and if I don’t get some new yarn in this house soon…well, let’s just say it’s not going to be pretty.

  26. You are the reason I’m now able to knit socks. I would love to learn how to knit something else using your pretty Tilli Tomas Elsie yarn.

  27. Blue fingers saves on the cost of nailpolish, right? Plus, it would give me a headstart on a costume for Halloween..
    .-= sprite´s last blog beach day ever, part 1 =-.

  28. Ricia H says:

    Even though it’s not purple, I would love to have this yarn. I loved meeting you at the Fling!

  29. Anastasia says:

    I would absolutely love to have your yarn, please! Thanks so much ๐Ÿ˜‰

  30. Oh, I am so sorry the yarn continues to bleed out.
    Could it not be saved by baptism via vinegar in sink? Just a silly thought.

  31. I’m half way through a pair of your diagonal lace socks and am ready for a new challenge (OK, well I’m only 1/4 of the way through the socks, but I’m optimistic.)
    Thanks for the incredible offer.

  32. Set the dye on 10 skeins of Tilli Thomas yarn? I’ll give it a go! Please.
    .-= Taphophile´s last blog ..WIPeout 2009 – Puppy Paw Scarf =-.

  33. I’d love to try the Elsie, dye troubles and all.

  34. Count me in for this nice yarn. Blue fingers are no problem……..LOL

  35. Beverley says:

    I would love that yarn and wouldn’t mind washing and re-skeining it at all!

    Thanks for the chance and glad you are feeling better.


  36. Thank you again for being so generous Wendy.
    I will wash that yarn and knit it up ASAP.
    Glad you’re feeling like a human bean again .

  37. Deb in PA says:

    Pick me! Pick me!

    I’d love to have a chance at the yarn.

  38. Blue fingers please!
    .-= Melanie J.´s last blog ..No gnus… =-.

  39. I don’t mind blue fingers at all. Blue is my favorite colors.
    .-= Angela´s last blog ..Yarn P*rn Monday =-.

  40. Love the color…and willing to treat it! BTW, the modified peace sock — gorgeous!
    .-= twinsetjan´s last blog ..Would You Like a Tissue? =-.

  41. Blue can be a hard color to set, but not impossible. It always steams me when the pros get it wrong. To the lucky soul who wins the yarn, heating it in a pot of water with a healthy glug of vinegar and then letting it cool down all the way will be less frustrating than rinsing, and rinsing, and rinsing. Don’t ask me how I know.

  42. Yet another person who would love to have blue fingers!
    .-= Sarah´s last blog ..โ€œBabyโ€ Blanket =-.

  43. Kim in oregon says:

    I’m not scared of any blue yarn!

  44. I would love the yarn, but more I think I would love to say that I frogged something Wendy knit!

  45. Oooh shoot, I forgot, never a pot you use for cooking.

  46. I would love the yarn. Blue is my favorite color. And…I have synthropol.

    Glad you are feeling better.

  47. Blue is my favorite color. Pick me and I’ll either fix the dye or pretend I’m a Smurf.

  48. Blue fingers? Who cares???

  49. Poor Lucy…a blue smudge on her ear! Furface, Oliver, Harry and Houdini here; and we all say sorry this has happened! Hope your mom washes that nasty blue off you and sends the offending yarn to our house. We would promise to try and get into it to avenge what it did to you mom’s fingers and your ear! Of course, our mom would then get upset with us…but, we are willing to risk it!!!!
    Furface, Oliver, Harry and Houdini

  50. Please enter me in your contest! Thanks so much!
    .-= Valerie´s last blog ..Wonderful weekend =-.

  51. Mary Kinser says:

    My favorite smurf quote: “I don’t want to be an elf anymore, I want to be a dentist.”

  52. Oh, a chance for blue fingers? I am in! I am sure google will know how to fix the bleedy yarn. Or I’ll just pretend I have circulation problems! me me me me

  53. I always wanted to be a smurf.
    .-= tiphanie´s last blog ..Sick today =-.

  54. Blue fingers…all the rage…or so I’ve heard ๐Ÿ™‚

  55. My cat actually needs a blue rinse to cover her grays so I would love to give it a shot!

  56. Marianne says:

    I am so sorry you don’t want to fix this beautiful finger-staining yarn but I wouldn’t mind taking on the job. Love your blog! Look forward to it every day. Keep up the good work.

  57. Would love this yarn, blue fingers or not.

  58. Love their yarn, and the dye doesn’t bother me. Sure let me try.
    .-= Lori´s last blog ..Just in time =-.

  59. Wow! What a wonderful prize. Just to have the chance at winning! ๐Ÿ™‚ I would love to knit with this yarn and already know something I would make with it. A friend of mine had prostate cancer and the ribbon color is blue. How fitting!

    Glad to hear that you’re feeling better.

    Thank you for the opportunity to win. ๐Ÿ™‚

  60. Jessica says:

    Who can pass up a chance to get blue fingers AND post my very first comment on your blog? I love seeing the Lucy pictures and hearing about your design adventures. Thanks for combining two of my favorite things in the world: cats and yarn!

  61. Susan DeBettignies says:

    Wendy, Blue fingers would be better than yellow or orange, and I’d look like a smoker. Besides, tomorrow is my birthday, and I’ve never won anything like this. Thanks.

  62. I’ll take it! I love blue!!!

  63. Wendy, blue is my favorite color. Would make me look like a mermaid and I could wear my blue knitted item that would match my blue fingers, to the Monterey Coast!

    Fingers crossed,
    patty ๐Ÿ™‚

  64. Love Tilli Thomas usually..what’s up with this yarn?

  65. I’d love a chance to ‘work until my fingers are blue’. If that’s not already a catch-phrase, shouldn’t it be? ๐Ÿ˜‰
    .-= Sherri´s last blog ..Star Runners: A waste of a good โ€œHeroesโ€ actor =-.

  66. Me, Me!! I’ll pretend to have circulation problems! Blue fingers is fine with me!!

    Thank you so much for the chance to win this pretty yarn.

  67. Love the yarn!! Thank you.

  68. I don’t have a chance at tilli thomas any other way – so I might as well try this way ๐Ÿ™‚
    .-= KarenM.´s last blog ..Foodies Uniteโ€ฆ.. =-.

  69. Yes please. ๐Ÿ™‚

  70. Enjoy your blog. Hope I win. ๐Ÿ™‚

  71. I’m definitely game for some blue fingers…er yarn! ๐Ÿ™‚

  72. What a wonderful prize! I used a brown yarn to knit a pair of socks and it did the same thing, so it wouldn’t bother me a bit.

  73. I’d love to use this yarn. Time on my hands, might as well have blue fingers and a story to tell.

  74. I have some neede tips already stained blue from a previous yarn ๐Ÿ˜‰
    .-= Helen´s last blog ..Month-end Review =-.

  75. Joan Neal says:

    Did you say free yarn? Please count me in!

  76. Wow! Look at all the comments. I’m still trying to make it through toe-up sock. I’ve ripped out 4 versions because the pattern got lost in the handpainted yarn. I had to go buy a new skein (darn!) to try the Butterfly sock pattern in your new book. So, this is attempt 5. :=) And then the heat hit, so I haven’t felt like doing anything that involved a lot of moving.

  77. Maureen says:

    I’d be thrilled to Synthrapol it. I’ve been meaning to get some for my new experiments in dyeing fiber and yarn. I’ve been learning how to spin, on a spindle. I’d love to have a wheel, but the expense, etc. is preventing that.

    You used to spin, didn’t you? Have you done any lately?

  78. I can set the dye myself….I dye stuff all the time. And if I think ancestrally (I’m Irish — think Druid) then the blue fingers will fit right in anyway.
    .-= Martha Marques´s last blog ..How and Why to Use a Soaker =-.

  79. So you want us just to leave comments, eh?

    Seriously? No email? No nothing? Just a comment?

    I love the peace sock – I’m in a hippie kinda mood over here, trying to find some zen so it fits!
    .-= Megan S.´s last blog ..WARNING: This product contains a high fiber content – proceed with caution. =-.

  80. Don’t have an excuse to want it, just want it. Thanks!

  81. OK, I could use an adventure – pick me, pick me!!
    Jo Ann
    BTW – enjoyed you at The Yarn Lounge in Richmond this weekend, I am the one from NC who has never made socks. I am pleased to report that I am working on the instep of a gorgeous royal purple sock! I am so proud!!

  82. Michelle says:

    free yarn? really? who would say no?

  83. Kristi ~ Ohio says:

    I’m glad you’re feeling better Wendy. I would love the blue yarn.

  84. Who can say no to free yarn? Blue is my favorite color, so I don’t mind blue fingers.

  85. So I’m leaving a comment. Just thought you ought to know, I just bought your (first?) book on Amazon – it’s now a kindle book, so I thought I ‘d see if knitting books were good on a kindle, well, an iPhone kindle, LOL:)
    Beautiful work and yes, I’d like to try my luck for the yarn:)
    Have a good one,
    Joan in “Merln”
    .-= Joan´s last blog ..I break for socks:) =-.

  86. Poor Lucy! We’ll save you from the blue!

    Glad you feel better.
    .-= Elysbeth´s last blog ..Wednesday =-.

  87. Dibs to those of us who’ve bought your sock book AND knitted more than one pair–two so far!

  88. Add me to the LONG list. I’m always up for a recycling challenge.
    .-= Sarah-potterknitter´s last blog ..Studio Tour Time Again! =-.

  89. Karen Patterson says:

    pick me pick me

  90. I am almost finished with red yarn that bleeds – if cross the two projects I have a chance at purple fingers. Game on… ๐Ÿ™‚
    .-= Kate´s last blog ..A new tradition =-.

  91. I would love some! I’ve needed to buy a couple a skeins to finish my Sahara sweater and just never been able to find another skein when I had money to buy them. Thanks so much and give Lucy a pet for me.
    .-= Deniasha´s last blog ..In Which There is Much Naughtinessโ€ฆ. =-.

  92. Sometimes it’s best for all involved to just let go, I have to say that this is really the best choice for yourself and the yarn.
    .-= Lynnie´s last blog ..Guess what? =-.

  93. Don’t you just hate it when things don’t work out the way you hoped? Lucy, even if you you did get some blue on you, I bet it tastes a little like milk.

  94. Free Yarn? Just for asking? Hells yeah! Me please!

  95. Please enter me in the drawing… I’m willing to wash the yarn if it’s by TT
    .-= Allison´s last blog ..MIA? =-.

  96. Ooh, pretty! I’ll gladly take that yarn off your hands!

  97. I’ll take it! Blue or not…

  98. love the color and love your cat

  99. Lori Beard says:

    Sure, why not? That blue doesn’t look as bad as the blue from the naturally dyed yarn that I was futzing around with this month.

  100. blue fingers make for interesting conversation. Count me in.