My current work in progress:

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



While I have been knitting along on my “main” projects, I’ve also had a “commuter” project to work on. That’s not a terribly accurate description of it as I never knit on my commute anymore. So the secondary project is worked on during my lunch break at work, and I usually only get one or two rounds in before I am interrupted, so it has been slow going. But I did finish this:

This hat is “Wurm,” a free pattern by Katharina Nopp. I knit mine in KnitWhits Freia Handpaints Sport Ombre in the Atlantis colorway. This is a lovely handpainted single ply wool that has very gradual color changes. Very fun to knit with.

Unfortunately, the hat isn’t really “me.” It’s not really the KOARC’s style either.

I need to find a head for it. 🙂


A little while ago I was contacted by the Lilly Brush company and sent samples of their brush that removes pills, lint, pet hair, etc from sweaters and other handknits made from natural fibers.

The brush comes in 2 colors, red and black.

It is very streamlined and fits nicely into a purse or tote.

I dug out an older fair isle sweater that I had knit and worn a lot — it was covered in tiny pills. I gave it the once-over with the Lilly Brush. Unfortunately, you can’t see the pills in my “before” photo, so the “after” photo here is not extremely compelling.

You’ll have to take my word for it — the brush did a great job!

And the company very kindly sent me two more brushes to give away to my readers. Who’d like one?

Leave a comment on this blog post by noon Eastern time on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 to be entered in the drawing to win one of these nifty little brushes.

 Lucy’s Blanket

Just in case you were wondering if Lucy still is enjoying her blanket . . .

She is!



  1. I’d love to win a brush! Thanks for sharing!

  2. I’d love a brush. I used a different item to remove pills and they did come off, but created new pills in the process. This sounds like just the ticket.
    Lucy looks fabulous on her blankie!

  3. Looks like you meed to find someone with really BIG hair for the hat! I would love a brush to get rid of the nasty pills!

  4. Now I can see that Lucy’s blanket is perfectly coordinated with her fur – a camo blankie.
    Down with sweater pills!
    Kristen´s last blog post ..Skeldon progress

  5. The brush sounds great!

  6. The brush seems like a great to tool to have in the arsenal. Love the hat. I just made one on The Yarn Harlot’s suggestion. Like her I only did 8 repeats of the pattern. It is perfect for walking the dogs in this crazy CT winter.

  7. The brush would be great, I am constantly fighting “the battle of the pills”.

  8. cecilia david says:

    Anything to resurrect an old sweater. Lucy looks very content with her new bed.

  9. I hate when you finish something and find out it isn’t your style. Generally that happens with me with sweaters, not hats.

    Molly : )
    Molly by golly´s last blog post ..Knitting like the Wind!

  10. The hat is cute – I love the yarn! The brush would be wonderful to win but I will have to buy one anyway. I have so many sweaters that need to be shaved of little pills

  11. Thanks again Wendy for all that you do! Hope I win.

  12. I would love one of those brushes. My two favorite sweaters are Pill City!

  13. I’d probably have alot mire sweaters to wear if I could get the pills off! Hurrah for the brush .

  14. That hat is cute! Love the colorway. I would love to win the brush. Thanks!

  15. I am in desperate need of a good pill brush!

  16. Seeing how much Lucy loves her blanket, I think I’ll be knitting one for my doggie!
    Thanks, Wendy!

  17. Thanks for sharing your swag. Who wouldn’t love a good pill brush?

  18. I’m sure the hat will make a perfect gift for someone.
    Please enter me for the brush! I’d love to try it out.

  19. I love your projects and I would love a brush.

  20. I have a shawl and a couple sweaters that would ~really~ benefit form such a brush. Might have to go buy one if I don’t win one. 🙂

  21. I’ve often wondered if those brushes work. Good to know!
    Ccr in ma´s last blog post ..No, I’m Not Dead

  22. I’d be interested in the Lilly brush, since I haven’t yet found a satisfactory answer to the pilling problem.
    sprite´s last blog post ..underoos, warm breakfast, and basking

  23. I’d love to win a brush, I hate pills! (even more than my cats do!)
    claire´s last blog post ..Le Roi est mort

  24. I’m just curious: what about your Wurm did you not like? Mine is just *too* big, but the concept was really nice … I’m thinking of either reknitting it smaller around the ear band part, or making it deeper to cover up more of my ears … would love some feedback, if you’re in the mood!
    margaret´s last blog post ..ONE BIG BREAK DESERVES ANOTHER …

  25. I have a sweater with pills & was just trying to decide how to de-pill it. I have one of the battery operated one’s & loved it until it bit a hole in my sweater! Have never tried the stones, but the don’t seem like they would work very well. Would love to win one of these brushes & give it a go!

  26. I would love a brush for my alpaca sweater among other things. Love the sweater, hate the pills.
    Constance´s last blog post ..Fragment Corgi Friday

  27. The brushes look great – thanks for sharing!

  28. I desperately need that brush.
    Maggie´s last blog post ..On the Needles Friday Feb 22, 2013

  29. I would love to win a brush. Thank you for your blog. You bring me enjoyment!

  30. Love the hat as much as Lucy seems to love that blanket! Would very much love to try that brush out too….

  31. Lucy looks so happy. I think I’ll knit a blanket for my little guy and see if he likes it.
    I’d love to win a brush.

  32. Delurking just to say pills are a great thing to get rid of and your Wurm hat looks great (I’m always on the look out for a yarn with long color changes besides Noro Kureyon or Silk Garden… so thanks for the yarn tip. Worm is on my short -list of future projects.

  33. Huh – I’d love to give one of those brushes a try…

    And Lucy, lol…my Zoe is so like that with wool blankets – she just makes a beeline for it when my Lizard Ridge is out.

  34. Looks like Lucy is enjoying her blanket! 😀

    I would love to try one of those brushes.

  35. It seems to be a great brush – I have never seen anything like that in Denmark så I would love to be one of the chosen ones 🙂

  36. I just made a warm hat. I love mine and it was quite a quick, fun knit! Hope you find a head that needs warming. The lily brush is a cool product. Thanks for the review.

  37. It sounds like a great brush! I’ll be on the look out for one at my LYS.

  38. I not only have pills, but also fur babies. Hope I win this brush!
    Barbara Seiver´s last blog post ..A magnificent cat

  39. Ruth Porter says:

    We are drowning in pet hair; need a brush, please.

  40. I would love a brush. I have two furry beastie roommates that leave their hairs all over the place!

  41. I have a sweater that was worn once and is full of pills. Would love to fix it.

  42. Katie Lynn says:

    I find myself really needing one of those lint shavers these days…I have three cats, who love nothing more that opening my closet and sleeping on (!) my nicely folded wool sweaters on their shelves. Plus I’ve a few handmade sweaters that are pilling on the underarms and driving me nuts.

  43. Having just used a razor to shave the pills off of a felted bag, I’d say I could use one. I’ve been tempted to knit a Wurm as I’ve never met a hat in the world that looked good on me. This might not be it either. Looks like a fun knit though.

  44. I would love to win the brush. Thank you for sharing.
    Kathom´s last blog post ..Finished Objects

  45. I’d love to win the brush–thanks for sharing.

  46. Lots of sweaters = lots of pills, I’d love a brush.

  47. I’d love one of those brushes. I was picking pills off of sweater I was wearing yesterday. Hate when I have to do that.

  48. Melissa Camhi says:

    I could use one of those brushes 🙂

  49. The brush is just what I need! I often use one of the electric shavers but have actually cut threads in sweaters(!) with it before.

  50. I have been knitting fora long time and have some old sweaters that are, for me, the knit equivalent of comfort food. I still love them, but they could use some TLC and I know one of those brushes would help.
    Sophie´s last blog post ..Finished?

  51. Barbara S. says:

    I have a sweater or two that I could use that brush on.

  52. Glad to hear there is a good product on the market for dealing with pills. I often pick them off with my fingers (and CAREFULLY snip off the persistent ones), but the finished result is not often as pretty as I’d like.
    Jamie´s last blog post ..The Many Ways That Stash Multiplies

  53. Great looking hat. The no-pill brush looks great – hope I win.

  54. Pills, the baine of the hand knitter. The hat looks lovely.
    Megan´s last blog post ..Scarf: Light weight Blue and Purple PomPom scarf by whiskerknits

  55. Always have pet hair on me. lol would love to give this a try.

  56. Savannagal says:

    Pills on clothing are such a drag. I would love to try out one of the brushes.

  57. Lucy’s blanket is such a good match with her natural colouring. Lovely.

  58. Luanneknits says:

    Hi Wendy…I just found your blog & have already subscribed!! I would like to have one of the new lint remover brushes…they look interesting! Thanks, Luanneknits!

  59. Stephanie M says:

    Who isn’t on the hunt for a good pill cleaning brush. Thanks for the review and for sharing.

  60. So great to see Lucy enjoying her blanket! My dogs love quilts and anything with stuffing. Especially if it’s fluffy enough to bounce on.

    And I would love to have one of the pill remover brushes! I even have socks that need to have pills removed.
    KateJonze´s last blog post ..Playing Catch-up

  61. Ooh I could definitely do with one of those!
    Rhian´s last blog post ..FO Friday – Crazy Colour Crochet

  62. Well I don’t usually try and enter, but I’m intrigued by something that works that isn’t a shaver, which I always worried was damaging the sweater.

    BTW, I thought my kitties were spoiled – but a Noro blankie!

  63. I could really use a de-piller! Was just looking around to see what the best one might be.

  64. Geraldine Scott says:

    I have several favorite winter sweaters that could use a sprucing up with that brush!

  65. Ooooh, do you think it would work on Chesapeake Bay Retriever fur? I have a plethora of that fiber!

  66. I would love a brush… My daughter doesn’t wear her nice sweaters to school because they pill where her backpack rubs. My current de-piller seems to be too much trouble for the marginal results I get.

  67. I only have a couple of handknit sweaters. This would be a great way to keep them usable and looking fresh!

  68. CraftyAshley says:

    I would love to try one! 🙂

  69. I have to ask — why do you not knit on the way to work anymore? Is it too crowded? Or was it just impossible to knit without interruptions asking about your “crocheting”??

    Lovely hat — I won’t say I’ve never seen KOARC looking better though ;-p

    Please enter me for a brush — pills are a horrible thing to suffer and my knits love being non-pilled.

  70. Oooh, nice brush–but even nicer fair isle sweater!

  71. Love the hat with it’s long, slow color change.

    On the pill front: Last week, I pulled out an ancient handknit sweater with the intention of wearing it, but it’s covered in pills. (Twenty-plus years of wear will do that sometimes!) The brush sounds great.
    Barbara´s last blog post ..Hand Knits from TV Land

  72. Love the hat, but it’s not something I would wear either. Very pretty, though!

  73. The brush looks like a great idea. I haven’t had much luck with using sweater shavers on hand knits, and I’m not brave enough to try using a razor as I’ve heard people suggest. 🙁

    I love the colors in your warm hat! Why not frog the top of the hat and turn it into a cowl?
    Laura´s last blog post ..FO Friday: Scalloped Lace Toddler Cardigan

  74. I see what you mean about the hat. The brush looks great and if I don’t win, I’ll buy one – or two – or five.

  75. I love your Wurm…one of the women in my knitting group just made one for her partner – it turned out great. I may have to make one too 🙂

  76. Love the colors in the hat. The brush osunds wonderful. Send one my way. 🙂

  77. Shirley Gallagher says:

    Lucy looks so comfy on her new blanket. And I would have need of the brush.

  78. I’d love to have a brush. I still admire your knitting.

  79. The brush sounds great – I used to use sweater shavers until I accidentally shaved a hole in my favorite sweater dress, so I’ve been in a bit of a bind since then. I have this great cashmere sweater from an aunt that I can’t bring myself to get rid of, but can’t actually wear because it sheds like a Persian cat.

    BTW, love Lucy’s cornerstone blanket. I have two baby cousins coming in the next few months, and I’ve been looking for patterns for gifts – this might be just right. I’m not sure about the mitered squares, though – I don’t think I’m that confident in my increase stitches.

  80. Love the hat!! The brush sounds like a great tool to have.

  81. I just finished a wurm too! I liked the warm, double thick brim but I don’t think mine was long enough and slouchy enough. Since I donate most of my items to charity it really didn’t matter though. Might be willing to give it another go though some time.
    Melissa´s last blog post ..The Fake Nail Saga

  82. Ooh ooh, me me!! I want one of those.

  83. I’ve been meaning to buy something like that for a while!

  84. Marie-france says:

    I love the colours in the hat.
    Can I have the brush please?

  85. Emily Cossins says:

    The brush sounds great, thanks for the chance.

  86. The brush sounds great and I have a sweater that could use it…

  87. I’ve always wondered how the pill remover brushes work. This one sounds nice.

  88. I have lots of pills to get under control! Thanks for the chance to win!

  89. Mary Jackson says:

    Lots of wool sweaters and lots of pills. Would love to have one to try out. Thanks to your contributors!

  90. I would love a brush! One of my favorite sweaters is so covered in pills that I don’t want to wear it, but a de-pilled version would be lovely.
    Michelle´s last blog post ..New Pattern: Eclectic Shawl

  91. I made Wurm out of the same stuff (different colorway)! AND I just cast on another with my Knitspot Breakfast Blend in Cocoa. It’s such a nice pattern, makes a cozy, warm hat. Lucy looks so cute on her new blankie!

  92. I would also love to rid my world of sweater pills, ONCE AND FOR ALL!

  93. I’d love to try one of those brushes! We have two cats, and there’s always fur on my knitting.

  94. I’d love to have one of the brushes. I’m sick of picking the pills off one by one with my hands!
    Catt Grown´s last blog post ..A Cowl, Some Scarves, A Hat and WIP Wednesday

  95. I didn’t know someone made a GOOD thang for getting rid of pills! Please pick me! I have garments just lining up for their turn to be brushed.

  96. Elaine in NYC says:

    I’d love to win a brush. Lucy looks so cute on her blankie!

  97. I am proud to say that I have finally reached that point in my knitting life where I am starting to get really old, pill-y knits. It would be nice to get rid of the pills, though so count me in for the drawing.

  98. Lestersmama says:

    It’s absolutely marvelous that Miss Lucy has her own mini-Cornerstone blankie. She is so trendy.

  99. Wow, something that actually works to remove pills and animal hair!!! Thanks for the review and chance to win!

  100. Loved the hat! Just frogged the one I have been working on this week, if it was going to be a cowl, it would have been great. Knitting reality can be a surprise sometimes.