My current work in progress:

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


Square C

I completed Square C of my Cornerstone Blanket at the end of last week:

I’m working on Square D now, the 4th of 6 squares.

Thanks to everyone (including Cornerstone Blanket designer Kay) who weighed in on the softness of Silk Garden post-washing in the comments. Apparently it does soften up quite a bit after washing. Go figure! I’m happy to hear this, and I’m very much looking forward to washing and blocking my blanket to see how it is transformed.

New Yarn!

A new yarn was brought to my attention: American Lamb, by Made in America Yarns. (Read more about the company here.)

American Lamb is a bulky weight 100% lambswool. It has 146 yards per 3.5 oz skein. It’s lovely and soft and would be great for whipping up a big cozy scarf or a fast hat.Pictured above, the “Blue Moon” colorway on top, and the “Fog” colorway on the bottom

Extreme yarn close-up:

The company very nicely sent me two skeins to try out. I’m going to keep one and knit a fast hat from it, and give away the other. I’m keeping Blue Moon and am offering Fog (a great color for a guy hat!) in a giveaway.

If you’d like to win my skein of American Lamb bulky wool in the “Fog” colorway, leave a comment on this blog post by noon Eastern time on Wednesday, January 16, 2013. A name will be drawn at random to give away the skein.


I took this photo with my phone the other night. Not the greatest quality picture, but too cute not to share:



  1. That lambswool yarn looks so lovely and squishy!
    Julia´s last blog post ..Monkey’s Christmas Adventure

  2. Lovely knitting – but my absolut favorite is Lucy. I love “Lucy says”.

  3. I love watching your blanket move along. I can’t wait to see the final result. The yarn looks wonderful. I am anxious to see the hat that you knit with it.

  4. Renee Anne says:

    Oohhhhhh, shiny new yarn.
    Renee Anne´s last blog post ..Year Two: Self-Imposed Year of Projects – Update #2

  5. I made a purse out of the Silk Garden and lightly felted it. It did get quite soft, but I also found it kind of itchy where the strap rubbed my neck. I think it was the mohair, or it could just be me. I have no issues with wool, however, and would love to be entered to win that beautiful gray. (I’m sure it would be a great color for a girl, too – me ;D).

  6. The yarn looks nearly as lovely as Lucy in the box. It is about time to make a fog hat.

  7. Pretty yarn! Is it as squishy as it looks?
    mesha´s last blog post ..Happy 2013

  8. Oh, that yarn looks nice and squishy! I love the picture of Lucy.

  9. Ashleah Younker says:

    I love cats in boxes. 🙂

  10. Fast hat out of fog? Count me in for a chance to knit a foghat! 🙂

  11. Glad to hear the news about the Silk Garden- I plan to use some in a blanket of my own soon. The American Lamb yarn looks wonderfully squishy and the colors are gorgeous. Going to have to find a store that carries that…

  12. Susan aka paintermom says:

    That looks YUMMY! Thanks for the giveaway and for the tip about the company.

  13. Wendy Lamar says:

    That yarn looks super fun to knit with!

  14. I’m in the market for a guys’ hat! I knit a hat for Christmas that turned out to be too fussy for the guy it was meant for. I’m game to give it another try!! This yarn looks yummy! And Lucy IS so cute!

  15. Cats in boxes and bags are too cute. Thanks for sharing your yarn.

  16. I love to knit quick hats and I can’t wait to see what you knit up. I always love trying new yarns!

  17. I’d never heard of Made in America yarn. I’d love to try it out!

  18. Is that a Thirty-One bag? It looks like it.
    garret´s last blog post ..Green Grass, White Knitting

  19. I’ve never heard of that company but it looks lovely! I will have to check them out.

  20. Fog–what a perfect yarn for today. It is so foggy I can hardly see across the street and into the woods.

  21. I would love to knit my hubby a hat from this! On the other hand, why do most guys only like neutral colors?

  22. What pretty-looking yarn! Sign me up, please!

  23. Yay for new yarns! Can’t wait to see how it looks when it’s all knitted up.
    mzundercover´s last blog post ..2013 sweaters … what’s next?

  24. Lamb’s Wool looks lovely – thanks for the chance at it.

    Lucy in a Box, however, is cuteness personified!

  25. The blanket squares look great! I’m also glad to hear that Silk Garden softens up after washing, as it is one of those yarns that I’ve considered using but haven’t taken the plunge yet. The colors are fantastic.

  26. Oh it looks so soft! And the colors are lovely, too.
    Sava´s last blog post ..Vivian and the Photo Box

  27. Connie K. says:

    I would love to try this new yarn, and a lovely hat would be great!

  28. I’d like to try that yarn, too, Wendy. It’s cozy looking. Thanks for counting me in.

  29. I could use a win right now, life is a little rough.

    Silk garden def softens up. It took me a long time to get on the Noro wagon, partly because I shared your skepticism. I think you’ll be quite pleased.

  30. The yarn would make a great pair of slippers as well as a guy’s hat.

  31. One can never have too much lovely yarn. Thanks for sharing!

  32. Why do I think ‘tea cozy’ when I see that yarn?

  33. It is interesting to see how the yarn is plied.
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  34. Would love to try the bulky yarn – both my son and husband are resisting wearing the hats I’ve already made for them………maybe this would win them over!

  35. Oh hats. Instant gratification. Thanks for the giveaway!

  36. Wow, that yarn is awesome!!

  37. That yarn looks lovely to work with. What cat doesn’t like to be in a box

  38. New yarn looks beautiful. Love the name fog. As always, Lucy is a big hit!!

  39. Oh, I’d love to feel how lambswool differs from sheep! Also, the squares look great, and congrats on your Lucy-in-the-box!

  40. Lovely!

  41. That looks like lovely soft yarn – thanks so much for offering this giveaway!

  42. great lucy pic! cat in the box always a good picture!
    thanks for opportunity to win fog.

  43. loveelamb says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! I’m always on the lookout for new yarn to try.

  44. I would love to made a hat with this beautiful yarn.

  45. I know a guy who would love a woolly hat …..

  46. Joal Broun says:

    I can knit a scarf with this yarn while watching the Super Bowl.

  47. I just love blankets made from squares like that, definitely on my to-do list. Looks great!

  48. Love that Lucy is playful; she always seems so serious. =)

    Also, LOVE the idea of a “Foghat” as mentioned earlier. Guess that dates a couple of us, eh?

  49. Love the look of the new American Lamb yarn. Might have to get some to make the hot water bottle cover (the first one I made is proving quite popular). Your Cornerstone Blanket is looking great.

  50. Meredith MC says:

    I love Domestic wools!

  51. Lucy in the box made me gasp out loud! This yarn sounds wonderful, I am off to see where I can find some!
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  52. How much for the cat in the bowl?

    Um… sorry priceless is to much for my budget!

  53. Lucy looks quite comfortable in there! That Fog is a lovely color, and rather apropos for today which has been nothing but fog both weatherwise and emotionally.

  54. Looks like an interesting texture on that yarn.

  55. Ruth Porter says:

    Fog looks good, and I’d love to have it. Does Lucy come with the box? We’ll take her too.

  56. I’ve never used lamb’s wool before – I’d love to try it.

  57. It looks like very squishy yarn
    Megan´s last blog post ..Spinning Fiber 100% Angora Purple by whiskerknits

  58. Your squares are looking great. I love the yarn that you are giving away. I tried to spin some like that last year but it didn’t turn out well. This year I will try again.
    BreannaS´s last blog post ..Quilting Goal for 2013

  59. I love the idea of American made yarn! I’ve used some Lamb’s Pride in my time and would love to try this; additionally, I owe my neighbor his hat for this year. It’s become sort of a tradition and he asked me about it the other day, I better get cracking!

    Lucy looks so adorable in that box. I have to put any box that comes in the house down on the floor for a day or two until Mr. Tux gets his fill. Cats are such marvelous creatures.

  60. Would love to win, Wednesday is my son’s birthday, I can’t think of a better gift than the promise of a new knitted hat from mom.

  61. I need more yarn in my house like I need another hole in my head, but that’s never stopped me before! Please enter me in the drawing, and thanks for sharing. I promise if I win I’ll make a hat for someone. (I love to knit hats but I never wear them myself. Go figure.)

  62. Squishy yarn, very nice. I like the way the blanket squares are looking.

  63. Please enter me in the drawing and thank you for sharing. I have a grey pea coat and the lighter grey would look good with it.

  64. The new yarn looks interesting and lately I’m a little obsessed with all things gray. Please include me in your drawing with my thanks.
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  65. I have a husband that would love that colorway, although I kinda do too 😀

    Purty Kitty in a Purty Box
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  66. My Siamese likes that sort of “activity” too. But mostly she likes her heating pad.

  67. A cosy hat that is a quick knit is just what I need!

  68. Looks lovely and squishy
    Rachelle´s last blog post ..Hot, hot, hot!

  69. Betty Eliassen says:

    How kind and generous of you to share the yarn – it looks good enough to make it tempting to keep.

  70. Chelsea W says:

    That will be one sweet blanket! Thanks for the chance for the yarn 🙂

  71. I love the thins Lucy gets into! Plus my hub needs a new hat!
    Jeanie´s last blog post ..Musings on Christmas Eve

  72. Since watching knitting podcasts I’ve become more aware of different fibers. Seems lamb’s wool is especially soft, just right for a reverse-cable scarf for Hubby.

    That Lucy’s a hoot-n-a-half.

    GerryART´s last blog post ..One-Sleeve-On, One-Sleeve-Off

  73. Great looking yarn!!

  74. Would love to try a new bulky yarn! Thanks for the offer! Looks like Lucy is in one of my favorite 31 totes?!!!

  75. Love to win the yarn. Your blanket is awesome!

  76. The blanket looks great. Also, I’d love to win that yarn!
    Brian´s last blog post ..fourteen

  77. I would love to try some new yarn! Thanks!

  78. Mary Beth says:

    Oh it’s all so pretty.

    Thanks for the chance.

  79. Barb Hicks says:

    Would love to try the yarn. I have been on a real hat kick lately and it matches my new coat. Love the blanket and especially the Lucy pic

  80. Great colors. Looks like a great yarn to work with.

  81. What a great color!

  82. Lovely yarn! I have a scarf that almost matches the grey. Lucy in a box—that’s so cute!

  83. Amanda Underwood says:

    I love that Lucy has an argyle box – mine have been fighting over the Amazon box that just came. 🙂

  84. Nice. Pick me.

  85. Would love to try the new yarn…it looks incredibly soft!

  86. Lisa smith says:

    I like to try news yarns

  87. That yarn looks yummy! And I love the picture of lucy-in-a-box!

  88. I love the Lucy pictures.
    Thanks for the chance to win.

  89. Lucy is so beautiful!! Thanks for the chance to try and win the new yarn.

  90. I’d love to win the Fog colored yarn — very appropriate to the Northwest where I live. But I bet it is not nearly as soft as Lucy!

  91. Susan Picciano says:

    Lucy looks like she’s saying,”you looking at me”?

  92. absolutely adore the kitty in the basket picture

  93. Thanks for telling us about American Lamb!

  94. Andrea in Tn says:

    New yarn? I would love to try it it looks so soft and warm

  95. Dear Lucy,
    Please tell Wendy that I would very much like to try out the lovely yarn.
    And give her my;
    Best Regard,

  96. I would love the ‘fog’ to try out. I’m already going through all the possibilities in my head.

  97. Lucy, you look very cute in the box! Tell your “Mum” that I would love to win the American Lamb in “Fog”. Actually, it is very foggy here tonight and everything is melting before it gets really cold again. Wish your “Mum” a Happy New Year for me.

  98. Pic of Lucy is so cute! Yes, please sign me up for the drawing.

  99. Is Lucy helping you by trying out what looks like a Thirty-one bin? I know my yarn and cats love my thirty-one organizer. I would love try out Fog. Thanks for the chance.

  100. A new yarn to try! That sounds wonderful.