My current work in progress:

Sundew,byΒ Martin Storey, knit from Rowan Softyak DK,Β using 3.25mm and 4mm 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.Β  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. πŸ˜‰

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. stephanie mcguckin says:

    i’ll be glad to help you out and take this off your hands the ferrets say please pick our mom

  2. I think that yarn would find a good home in Chicago with me.
    .-= yarnsnob´s last blog ..Post 203-Tomorrow =-.

  3. I just like blue yarn. That is all. πŸ˜‰

  4. Merry G. says:

    I’d love to have that yarn…….. blue dye and all.

  5. Charlotte says:

    Wow! free yarn! My husband will be thrilled.

  6. Oh! Pick me! Pick me!!! (jumping up and down, waving my hands in the air)

    I know what you mean about yarn that bleeds while you knit – I once had a semi-permanent purple line on my left middle finger (I knit continental) from a shawl I made for my mother for Christmas. I put it off until the last minute because it was annoying, and I spent the last two weeks before Christmas that year with that purple line on my hand!

  7. Linda Stewardson says:

    The yarn is beautiful. I’d love to have it.

  8. I’d love to frog somebody else’s work for once…!
    (Modified Peace Sock rocks.)

  9. Dorothy says:

    I love the modified peace sock! I do like the colour of the other yarn and would find some way to fix the problem. I have frogged lots of knitting for people but your would be the most famous!! πŸ™‚

  10. Is it meant to be — I’ve been looking at circular shawl patterns to knit for my mom and her favorite color is green and she looks great in teal?

  11. I think I could live with frogging your work. I’ve had enough practice frogging my own, that’s for sure.

  12. Poor yarn – so unloved. Do you think it would want to go abroad? Then I would definitely take good care of it!
    .-= Lone´s last blog ..Farveblanding =-.

  13. I love blue fingers… I’ll take your yarn & make something lovely, I promise!

  14. Birgitta says:

    I love blue, I love yarn and the yarn will come to a good home in Sweden.

  15. Love to have that yarn … blue dye and all.

  16. I would love to have the yarn, but at 340-something what are my chances?

  17. Anjanette says:

    I think I would dearly LOVE to have the chance to have that yarn, blue dye and all… I’m sure I could figure out some kind of solution.. Either way..your knitting is just gorgeous..I’m too chicken to knit anything like socks or try but the most basic lace patterns. You are an inspiration.

  18. Please pick me random generator. I have no funds for good yarn but I do love to knit. m’ a new knitter and I will be having surgery soon so this would surely make me happy. πŸ™‚ Thank you for at least letting me try to win.

  19. I’ll just go ahead and order that synthrapol right now. I want free yarn!
    .-= Liza´s last blog ..Yarn harlotty goodness =-.

  20. I would love to have that yarn. Because yarn is awesome. =]
    .-= YuLian´s last blog ..Perfection =-.

  21. i love a challenge, hmmmmm, i wonder if i stick my head in the sink with the yarn, will my hair turn blue?

  22. Blue dye, blue sky. I’m up for some fun! Thank you!

  23. Aww! 321 responce already..

  24. Barbara says:

    Awwwwwwww, the blue yarn would match my already blue fingers perfectly (I am knitting something out of Rowan Denim at the moment)

  25. Tiffany says:

    Free yarn is the best kind! I’m willing to risk blue fingers. πŸ™‚

  26. Willing to see how badly this bleeds…

  27. Penelope says:

    I like the captions that you add to Lucy’s photos, Wendy.

  28. Count me in! Love your blog.
    .-= Desiree´s last blog ..Stash Enhancement =-.

  29. I seem to have so far escaped the scourge that is bleeding yarn so perhaps it’s now my turn to experience it??? :0)
    .-= SinΓ©ad´s last blog ..Happy Birthday to me! =-.

  30. Katherine says:

    I’d love to enter to win the yarn. I’ve never tried Tilli Tomas, and this is one of my favorite colors.

  31. I’d like to get the yarn, too! …. Expecially the half-knitted skein – you are a kind of knitting idol for me, so it would be something like a “relic”… πŸ˜‰

  32. Me me me me .. please !
    I’ll wear gloves … anything … I love the colour !

  33. Free _blue_ yarn! Count me in. I’ll experiment to see what might stop the colour from bleeding.

  34. Jacquie says:

    I’m game to be dyed blue…who knows, it could be the start of a whole new fashion trend.
    Orange hasn’t been the same since spray tan was invented.

  35. glad you’re feeling better. Love that yarn and I’m sure I can get it clear of leeching some how.

  36. Marlene says:

    I’d love the blue yarn and either of my daughters would love Lucy, the blue eared cat!

  37. dawn in NL says:

    I would love to be included in your draw. The yarn looks yummy, and I think I should start knitting lace πŸ˜‰

  38. Cathi Davis says:

    I would love to be included in your drawing. The yarn is gorgeous.
    Thank you.

  39. I’m used to knitting with blue on my fingers – any hand dyed blue yarn gets all over me – I’m used to it! The yarn is absolutely beautiful, and I’ll gladly take it off your hands :). Give Lucy a hug!


  40. I like the modifications to the Peace socks. And I’d take that blue yarn off your hands!
    .-= Elinor´s last blog ..dyed roving =-.

  41. So many responses! What a chance to try some new (to me) yarn, even if I end up having blue fingers. It’s been done before and probably won’t be the last time.

    I like checking in to see how your socks are progressing.
    .-= Laura´s last blog ..Last Week – Chicago =-.

  42. Danielle from SW MO says:

    Wow! Theres def alot of people willing to take it off your hands (literally) πŸ™‚

  43. Marian Allen says:

    I would be willing to take on the challenge!

  44. how sad for Tilli that quality control slipped up–how lucky for one of us!
    (Sewbeads, aka PurlButtons)
    .-= Sewbeads´s last blog ..6.30.09 =-.

  45. I think I could give that yarn a mean vinegar bath and solve the leeching problem. I’d love to have it! Glad to hear you are feeling better.
    .-= Sarah´s last blog ..Addiction =-.

  46. I’d love to have the blue yarn as I’ve never had yarn that stained my fingers.:) But thanks for the link to a product to solve the problem.

  47. I’m glad you’re back knitting! Blue is my favorite color πŸ™‚

  48. Nancy Pinn says:

    Wow! What a great prize you are offering, blue dye and all. My two kitties would love to help set the color and make a fun project.

  49. Elizabeth Howard says:

    I’m all about getting blue dye all over me and mine πŸ˜‰ Glad you’re over the creeping crud, though.

  50. The Blue reminds me of my hands after tattoing my angora goats:-)

  51. I’ll take the yarn off your hands and I have plenty of Synthrapol in the house!
    .-= Cheekyredhead´s last blog ..Be still my textile geek heart!!! =-.

  52. That yarn sure would love to come live in Canada. Gets so cold up here and it would be a lovely colour for winter…
    Happy July 1st…oops, yours isn’t till the 4th eh?

  53. free yarn! great!

  54. I would suffer the blue fingers for this fabulous yarn

  55. Colleen says:

    I’ll take it!!!

  56. Karen Brehm says:

    I would love to have this yarn!

  57. Bonnie J says:

    Blue is my favorite color! Boniblue is my nickname.

  58. Pick me! Pick me!

  59. Celeste says:

    Awww, poor little orphan yarn. I’ll take care of you and give you a good home πŸ™‚

  60. Melanie says:

    Hi Wendy, it’s unfortunate the dye is bleediing like that but I’d love to give the yarn a try.

  61. What a shame. I’d still take it though πŸ˜€
    .-= Regenia´s last blog ..I’ve gone square! =-.

  62. cecilia says:

    I do not think that you have too many bags because I love bags. Feel better, cecilia

  63. Stacy and the five rugrats says:

    *raising hand and jumping up and down* Gimme Gimme Gimme!!! (that was my daughter…I swear! And no, my fingers were not crossed behind my back)

    Lucy sez that her Birman wanna-be cousin needs some blue in his coat.

  64. Hmm… I think I can handle 10 skeins of Tilli Tomas even if it needs a wash πŸ™‚ Hope you get better soon.
    .-= theknitaholic´s last blog ..Travelling scarf =-.

  65. Heather Ricco says:

    I don’t have any Synthrapol, but I’ve made socks with yarn that bled black, and I’m making another project with yarn that bleeds green. It all washes off in the end. =)
    I would love to try that Tilli Tomas yarn.

  66. This is so generous of you. I would wash and love the yarn. Thanks for the chance!

  67. I would love to have try the yarn!

  68. Marilyn Stober says:

    I SOoooooooooo love the color of that yarn. Please enter me.

  69. Beth P. says:

    I don’t mind washing yarn!! I would love to have it!


  70. throw my name into the pot.

  71. Ruth Schoof says:

    Ooh! Ooh! Pick me!! Pick me!!

  72. Pick me, pretty please.

  73. Heather M says:

    ooooh! yarn! i love yarn.

  74. Cheley Martin says:

    Put me in, too!

  75. Sorry about the yarn. I have knit with black yarn that did the same thing. Thankfully I was only making socks so it only got on my hands. But that sure is some PRETTY yarn!

  76. I like leaches πŸ™‚
    .-= Pinkadele´s last blog ..Poor Bloggy =-.

  77. okay, I suppose that makes me a leech that leeches?

    In any case, would love to knit a shawl out of the yarn, and I have the perfect one for it! I’ve been considering knitting one of MMario’s circular shawls–this would be perfect!
    .-= Tenna Draper´s last blog ..The Tarot Never Lies =-.

  78. Jane in PA says:

    I like blue – I’ll take the yarn!

  79. I would like the yarn! πŸ™‚

  80. Tillie Tomas…blue…count me in!
    .-= Aimee´s last blog ..Sigh =-.

  81. Count me in for the challenge
    .-= Clestial´s last blog ..This might be crazy… =-.

  82. Susie B says:

    Yes, yes, yes. Even if it turns my fingers blue. Count me in.

  83. I can’t believe your giving that yarn away! But I’d be happy to take it off your hands.

    I love your Peace Sock too. πŸ™‚

  84. I would happily give a new home to that yarn. Its so pretty you have to forgive it. πŸ™‚

  85. Edie Swartz says:

    What a stash of yarn for a give-away! Include me of course!

  86. I will gladly give that yarn a new home. I love “problem children,” sometimes they turn out to be the best thing ever.

  87. Karen S. in DC says:

    The pretty pretty yarn would be loved and have a comfortable place in my home.

  88. free yarn? count me in!!!

  89. As a designer I’d love to make something with the Tilli Thomas.
    .-= Christina´s last blog ..Switchboard and Alter Ego =-.

  90. I’d love to take the yarn off your hands! I knit a whole shawl with yarn that leached orange…and learned my lesson about synthrapol. I’m happy to take the extra steps!
    .-= Flan´s last blog ..Bike Racing =-.

  91. Knitforever says:

    I love that color–and a good challenge! Must be some way to make the dye stick.

    What a generous offer, Wendy (and Lucy), even if it is turning your fingers (and ears) blue.

  92. I will relieve you of your leaky yarn. I will knit something beautiful and have smurf hands if necessary. One woman’s cast off yarn is another woman’s dream yarn.

  93. Pretty Sock!! (Oh and who doesn’t want a chance at free yarn, even if it is oozing color.)
    .-= kim´s last blog ..Where’d I go? =-.

  94. Oh, me, please! I have a container of Synthrapol at the ready!
    .-= Reesa´s last blog ..Magic – Kettledyed Merino Roving =-.

  95. I’ll give it a go – – but I never win. It would be cool to receive your knitting in progress tho.

  96. Possibly winning your dye-leaching yarn is likely as close as I’ll ever get to having Tilli Tomas, especially in that quantity. Lovely yarn, but pricey. So I’ll throw my hat in the running.
    .-= Andrea´s last blog ..Weekenderies =-.

  97. Lisa Bartell says:

    I would love to have this yarn. I can wash it up. I even have a spare washing machine for just this kind of thing.

  98. Hester Sturrock says:

    Having been on a severe yarn budget (as in no major purchases for a year) I would love some blue yarn than lets its dye ooze out slowly. Thanks – Hester from Atlanta

  99. I’m sorry the yarn isn’t working out for you, but I would love to give it a try if I win.

  100. Kay in New Mexico says:

    Happy to help you out by taking that awful bleedy yarn off your hands. I buy Synthrapol in big bottles. I do not want one of the people I read every day to be upset by nasty bleedy yarn! Eew.