My current work in progress:

Pitch by Emily Greene, knit from Elsawool Cormo worsted on a US 6 needle

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. Lestersmama says:

    Lucy is the rightful “owner” of any box, bag, or basket in your home. As is Lester in my home .

  2. I love Fog! 🙂

  3. Considering ‘fog’ is a typical winter weather condition around here, I think it would be appropriate if I won it! LOL

  4. Would love to win the yarn and….. a Lucy in the box! Just saying! 😉

  5. Cute picture of Lucy in the tote! The blanket is coming along so nicely and I would LOVE to try the American Lamb yarn;O))

  6. I would love to try this yarn. Thanks for the drawinf

  7. Lucy in the box is wonderful!
    The yarn looks nice, too, and perfect for a hat for my son.

  8. I’d love some lamb’s wool. I haven’t used any since I spun some from a friend given to me many years ago, when she was keeping lambs.
    Chris Reeske´s last blog post ..How to make the stretched star

  9. I know someone who would love a hat made from this yarn!

  10. Silk Garden is one of my favorite yarns. I made Kay’s earlier mitered crosses afghan using Silk Garden, and I love it. Also think that new yarn looks yummy! And so does Lucy — she’s adorable!

  11. Kathy Guenther says:

    I love your blanket. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Blanket squares are coming along beautifully! Thanks for chance at the “fog” american lamb yarn. A Lucy-in-the-box might be a new trend!

  13. Love the quilt and would love to try a hat with fog!

  14. handmadebysue says:

    The lambs wool Fog color would be perfect for a hat for my son who, as a So Cal native, is not used to the cold he is experiencing in AR where he is currently working.

  15. I’d love to win the yarn. It looks so pretty!

  16. Half the squares done already? That’s terrific!

    The yarn looks lovely and soft, but I think I would make into a cowl if I won it.

    Thanks for the generous giveaway!
    Jamie´s last blog post ..New Year’s Resolutions and a Few Observations

  17. Sandra Kerr says:

    Free yarn would be awesome!!

  18. I have been on a hat knitting binge for my son, one more would be fun to do.
    Love the Box O’ Lucy.

  19. I’d so love to win that yarn. A dear friend just had a birthday and I missed it!! That would be such a great “forgive me” gift.

    The blanket is beautiful…but Lucy is prettier. You really need to always have a phone/camera handy…we don’t want to miss any spontaneous poses.

  20. Blanket is looking wonderful.
    Would love to try the Lamb in ‘fog’.
    Lucy is soooooooooo cute!

  21. PICAdrienne says:

    I have two young men I knit hats for on a regular basis, and a gaggle of young ladies that are requesting (and getting) headbands and boot toppers. That yarn looks like it would work so well for all those quick and loved projects.

  22. Natalie Doyle-Hennin says:

    Thanks for sharing the yarn with us, Wendy.

    Am loving watching your blanket come together. The colors are exquisite.

    Are you aware of (or has anyone here tried using a substitute for the Noro yarn in this pattern? Did it work out. I read some old posts about substituting Plymouth Boku when Silk Garden was called for. (My main concern is the cost – judging from the number of yards required to make up the blanket it will be a very expensive one indeed.) But the pattern looks so attractive with the Noro that I have a difficult time imagining what other yarn might be a good choice at a lower price. The white/cream background really makes the colors pop.

  23. A hat it will be! I love to try new yarns!

  24. I see your cat in a box and raise you cat in a laundry basket! Our new kitten flipped one over this morning and trapped himself in it and ran around. His humans were too hysterical with laughter to remove him from it.

  25. Love trying new yarn!
    Rebecca Kugele´s last blog post ..Freshly Pressed: Weekly Faves

  26. I’ve been following your progress on this blanket and have grown to love it so much that I found myself eyeing the Noro in the yarn store over the weekend…hmmmm….
    Pearl*´s last blog post ..Rag-Top Mittens

  27. Thanks!

  28. Laurie Heeren says:

    I would love to try out Fog. I have never heard of American Lamb yarns. I am defiantley going to check out thier web site.

  29. I have a very old sweater that’s lambswool, very warm & remarkably rugged (how else could it get old?). I’d be very happy to give this new lambswool a try. And what is the deal with cats and boxes (of any type)? When I want to sort the laundry, I have to chase a cat out of every single laundry basket. Then he wants to crawl into the laundry duffles too. We develop a bad case of cat-in-bag syndrome….
    CeltChick´s last blog post ..Knitting Resolutions

  30. I hope I win- I’d love to try this yarn!
    amy´s last blog post ..[misc] Murderface Monday

  31. I brought up the box for the Christmas tree and all of a sudden it sprouted a cat!
    lawheezer´s last blog post ..Square C

  32. Hummm…. I just came across a slouchy hat knit with bulky yarn. I bet Fog would look lovely knit up in that pattern….

  33. I’d like to try it.
    Saren Johnson´s last blog post ..1000 Words

  34. Beautiful new yarn! I would love to try it!

  35. That yarn looks deliciously squishy, and such pretty colors too!

  36. squishy yarn and fluffy cat. what could be better?

  37. That yarn looks lovely. Just the thing to get me out of my funk and knitting again.

  38. I need a quick knit. A hat out of Fog would be perfect.

  39. I’m loving watching your Cornerstone grow! And I’m always up for trying new yarns. 🙂
    Word Lily´s last blog post ..Christmas socks

  40. Kristina Peters says:

    I need a quick project and a hat in Fog would be delightful!

  41. Your squares are striking, The lambswool looks yummy.

  42. Ha, I was just thinking about how I needed to find a good yarn for a new hat.

  43. Ooooh, the yarn for the giveaway looks SUPER soft. I keep wanting to try noro but the scratchiness of it has so far, kept me away.
    Mallory´s last blog post ..My life is awkward

  44. This would make a nice, warm hat for my husband. Thanks for the chance. Have a good week!

  45. Would love to try the new yarn! Thanks for the offer!

  46. savannagal says:

    Glad to hear of another American made yarn. Thanks for sharing.

  47. The new yarn looks yummy. I would love to try it.

  48. I’m picturing a soft comfy cowl with the grey. Thanks for the give away.

  49. Pam Gardner says:

    I love the cornerstone blanket esp. the colors! I was looking thru the American made website and realized I had made an afghan with all the colors of another of the yarns they list-Florafil, a couple of years back-very pretty but extremely weighty as a blanket. Put me down to win the yarn…always up to try something new.

  50. I love gray yarn!

  51. Jennifer R. says:

    I absolutely LOVE the blanket! The colors are beautiful. I would love to try out a new yarn! Thanks for the entertaining pics of Lucy!!!

  52. Lucy is so cute! (Cats are awesome.) The yarn looks soft – I’m preparing offerings for the random-number-generating god.

  53. Yes please! My son could do with a warm hat for his job as a teachers aide at kndergarten and I could get his 12 year old daughter to knit it as a birthday present. She is working on a scarf for him at the moment and is ready to move on to some shaping I think “new knitter”


  54. That yarn looks very squishy.

  55. Love the Lucy photo!! She looks so sweet. I love how cats love boxes, mine are hilarious sometimes with the boxes they will get in.
    Lee Cockrum´s last blog post ..I really wonder about some people

  56. Can’t wait to see your finished blanket – love seeing your block-by-block progress! And Fog is so appropriately named!

  57. Andrea F. says:

    I would love to try that yarn. I love gray’s so Fog is perfect to me!!!

  58. Cute picture of Lucy and I love the container she’s sitting in!

  59. Looks yummy!

  60. The fog labswool looks lovely.

  61. That grey looks perfect for a cozy cowl. Thanks for the chance. By the way, your blanket looks amazing. I wish I could afford a blanket’s worth of Silk Garden.

  62. Mmmm. Bulky-weight lambswool. Perfect for a hat for my mostly-bald DH.

  63. Kim Hunter says:

    Lucy looks as soft and hugable as the beautiful Fog Yarn!! That is totally my color too 🙂

  64. Lynne in Florida says:

    Lucy is a beautiful cat! And in an argyle box. Definite squee!

    The blanket is going to be some kind of gorgeous when finished. Someday, when I finish everything else I’ve got in the queueue.

    Sure, I’d love a shot at that yarn. Love the color! Grey is my beige.

  65. That yarn looks soft!

  66. Ooh! Nice! I can see a great hat for my son out of tha!! Thanks for giving us new yarn to dream and drool over!!

  67. I always enjoy hearing about new yarns, especially American made. Lucy looks especially cute.

  68. I made a pair of socks! no frogging, very little modifications, don’t know what I’ve been afraid of, they were easier than all the toys I make.

  69. Love that grey yarn! And I’ve enjoyed watching your progress on the blanket. Can’t wait to see how it turns out 🙂
    Melissa´s last blog post ..Can it be spring yet?

  70. Thanks for the chance to win that big smushy yarn

  71. it’s coming along!…. i would love to play and win yarn! 🙂

  72. I am hurriedly wrapping up a Knit Picks Hue Shift afghan so I can cast on my Cornerstone Blanket. The yarn sits on top of my desk hutch, mocking me.

    You look lovely, Lucy!

  73. A chance to try a new yarn? Super! Thanks : )

  74. Heather S. says:

    The lambswool looks so squishy and soft. I love that it is from Philadelphia, making it local for me. 🙂

  75. Lucy is too cute ~I just love her!

  76. Beautiful yarn. Thank you for the opportunity to try it for free! 😉

  77. I’d love to try out that yarn! I love my thirty-one bags, too!!

  78. Lucy looks so comfy in that box.

  79. sara lawson says:

    Oooh I would love the skein! Its beautiful.

  80. Lucy is too cute for words. Also looks like a good yarn your giving away. Must go on my list to get in the future.

  81. That looks like a great yarn to use to make a hat for my son, who likes neutrals and almost only neutrals.

  82. The grey looks awesome. I need to make hats for charity, and that would be a great yarn to use for cold, cold winters.
    Seanna Lea´s last blog post ..home sick

  83. The yarn looks wonderful! (And so does Lucy). Thanks for the giveaway!

  84. While it is a great guy hat color, it’s an even better ME hat color!

  85. I would love to try this yarn

  86. Hi Wendy, It is so nice of you to share your gifts with your readers. I have never received anything…but, it is great for those who do. Thank you!

  87. Grey is my favourite! And your blanket is lovely.

  88. Michelle Cochrane says:

    Love the name “American Lamb” and the Fog color way is beautiful. Hubby would like a nice squishy hat…

  89. The grey yarn would be nice… though I REALLY want to win the Lucy giveaway! (Yeah, as the human attached to multiple cats, I realize that’s never going to happen. But she’s SOOOO cute!)

  90. The blanket is beautiful. We all need a hat and a scarf in this cold weather. I look forward to seeing your new hat.

  91. Thank you for the link to the company. I’m always in the market for a new yarn and I might have to invest in some of that grey. I have someone in mind who could use a new winter hat.

  92. I spoke too soon. Anyone else having trouble with the link or is it just me…as usual? 🙂

  93. Oh – pretty yarn. That would make a lovely hat!

  94. What a great yarn! I can’t wait to get some myself. I love the texture. It should be super soft. 😀


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