My current work in progress:

Stornoway, designed by Alice Starmore from her book Fishermen’s Sweaters, knit in Frangipani 5-ply guernsey wool in the Aran colorway, on a 3.0mm needle.

Bleeding Yarn


The mighty Random Number Generator has spoken! The winner of my Tilli Tomas Elsie yarn is Sarah W., who has been emailed. Thanks to everyone who left a comment saying they’d be happy to risk Smurf fingers. 😉

A couple of questions from the comments . . .

Is the yak sock yarn soft? Oh my, yes, it is! It is a soft fluffy two ply.


I’m betting that when knit at sock gauge, though, it works up into a nice firm fabric. I’ll let you know when I knit it.

About the Madeline Tosh sock yarn — what yarn does it resemble?


The base is similar to (or perhaps the same as) the base for Cherry Tree Hill Supersock — a nice firm twist.

It’s a three-day weekend here in the U.S. and I’ve got a big sekret project to work on. But I’ll also be knitting on this:


Lucy plans to relax.



  1. that Yak yarn IS soft. I should have bought some just because I can, but I am trying to be SO GOOD! I will just drool on your socks 🙂
    .-= Aimee´s last blog ..Unimagined Kindness =-.

  2. Oooh, the Tosh yarn looks yummy (and not just because it reminds me of toffee ice cream!)

  3. Hope you have a very relaxing and fun weekend. Three day weekends are awsome. Congratulations to Sarah W. Hope you enjoy the yarn. I am with you on that one Wendy, it would have to go. Hugs to Lucy.

  4. Have a nice weekend. I may have to get my friend, Robin, to get a skein of the yak yarn for me when she goes to Richmond next time. That yarn sounds interesting to me.
    .-= southparknitter´s last blog ..On the go =-.

  5. Congratulations Sarah W!
    .-= Elysbeth´s last blog ..Wednesday =-.

  6. Maybe the Madeline Tosh yarn will bleed, too, so you´ll be FORCED to give it away…

    I find that my blue-green Wollmeise bleeds a tiny bit. But luckily not so much it bothers me.
    .-= Johanne´s last blog ..Happy Holidays! =-.

  7. catspaw says:

    A secret! Ooooooh, tell me, tell me!

  8. Speaking of bleeding…. a heads-up, Wendy: my Madelinetosh socks in “Jade” faded significantly after machine washing in cold water and Eucalan (and yes, I followed the ballband’s directions.) According to the comments on Ravelry, others have had problems with fading. Might be a good idea to soak the finished socks in vinegar before you wash them! Pity about the fading, as I *love* the yarn base.

  9. Not a *sekret* to me! 🙂

  10. ChristyH says:

    That picture of the Tosh yarn makes me think of “amber waves of grain.”

  11. congrats sarah!! Yak yarn i can only imagine would be wonderful to knit with!
    .-= turtle´s last blog ..long overdue i know! (and a pimp) =-.

  12. Congratulations Sarah W.!
    .-= Megan S.´s last blog ..I’m Handing Out Hints!!! =-.

  13. Love the Madeline Tosh sock yarn. Perfect color. Enjoy your long weekend!
    .-= Karen´s last blog ..Nae Bloody Heatwave =-.

  14. newjerseylaura says:

    Thanks for the yak and tosh info :). I’ve been tempted by both – and they sound lovely. Now I will feel confident ordering them before the the touch-test because they have the “Wendy stamp of approval.” I tried the applie laine that way – love it!

  15. I wanted to let you know I started my first sock, using your new book! I was on the plane, traveling back to the States to visit family, and needed the portable type of project that socks are. Your instructions for the various cast-on methods are very clear and understandable. I’m excited to see if I like sock-knitting!
    .-= Anna´s last blog ..Snaps =-.

  16. ::sigh:: I missed the Tillie yarn giveaway. That’s what happens when one goes on vacation…
    .-= kmkat´s last blog ..Animals. =-.

  17. I enjoyed my 3 day weekend even though I was entertaining my inlaws all weekend (even the best of guests is a bit tiring!).
    .-= Seanna Lea´s last blog ..searching for new running routes =-.