My current work in progress:

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


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 =-.