My current work in progress:

Tawney Sweater,by Jenni Barrett, knit from MadelineTosh Tosh Sock, using 3.25mm and 3.5mm 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 would love to win one of your brushes. II have one sweater that could use if right now. Thanks

  2. I’ve been looking for a small-ish pill remover and this one looks just perfect. I’d love to be the lucky recipient. The Wurm hat is cute but I think it needs a teen-aged or 20-something head. BTW – LOVE Lucy’s Cornerstone blanket!

  3. Thanks for the chance! That’s awesome.

  4. It looks like the perfect tool for my knitting bag! I would love to have one! Thank you again Wendy for sharing with us!

  5. Kathleen Kennedy says:

    Ooooooooooo….would LOVE someting to get rid of the pills and critter fuzz from my prjects, clothes, etc…!

  6. Scottie Hugghis says:

    I thought the brush advertised in Vogue magazine this Saturday. I’d like to have a chance to try it.

  7. I would love to win thanks for the chance. I have a beautiful sweater that is filled and this would be great.

  8. Martina Norelli says:

    My daughter is insanely addicted to pill removers and lint removers! I would love to have the brush. It would be fantastic. I am not a big fan of most ‘pill removers’….

  9. Me Me Me!!! Please and thank you!!

  10. I’d love one of those brushes!

  11. I love the Lucy blanket, and your larger version 😀 And, thanks for the chance to win the brush!

  12. I would love to have a change at the de-pill tool.

    How many repeats, or fewer stitches would you estimate need to be changed on the hat to resize it to want you might want. I have have been tempted to try it out.


  13. How did you know my favorite sweater had pills? The hat is great!
    Jeanie´s last blog post ..Musings on Christmas Eve

  14. Bet Lilly says, ” Keep that thing AWAY from me!”

  15. I’ve tried electric and non-electric methods for removing pills and nothing really works well. Would love to try something new!

    Love the Wurm!
    MyicheleinMaine´s last blog post ..XO Cat in Blue Midi Bag with Kitty Bead by ThreeBagsFullStudio

  16. Debbie Fiske says:

    The brush sounds great! If I don’t win it I just might have to buy it. Thanks for letting us know about it.

  17. That brush looks intriguing!

  18. I would love to win the brush. Thanks for offering it.

  19. I would love a lilly brush for pills … always dealing with them

    I just finished a wurm hat, too … and I’m not sure it is “me” …
    liz.´s last blog post ..Wurm

  20. Love the hat and Miss Lucy is soo lucky to have her own beautiful blanket. Would love to have the brush. I have a February lady sweater that needs to be brushed good to remove the pills.
    BreannaS´s last blog post ..Quilting Goal for 2013

  21. Maybe we could have a photo contest of the garment with the most pills for one of the brushes. I don’t know if you can post a photo on someone else’s blog.

  22. Lucy looks to be a real sweetie. I have 2 sister cats, Lovey and Mischief and they live up to their names.
    Love the hat and may have to give it a go for the grandsons. Always on the lookout for good Christmas project all year long. I would love a pill remover brush. I have several just waiting for a good brushing. 🙂

  23. Did I miss why you aren’t knitting on your communte anymore?
    I could really use a great tool for removing pills.

  24. I would love to win one of those brushes. I’m starting to knit more sweaters, and would like to keep them in tip top shape.
    I think Wurm is very cute. The yarn you used is gorgeous! Love the colors=)
    Lucy is such a pretty girl, so she deserves her pretty blanket.

  25. lovely hat, the color is fantastic, I could really use the brush too
    Chris Reeske´s last blog post ..How to make the stretched star

  26. OOh, I’d love to be in the draw for the pill remover, some of my knits are getting desperate! Btw, love the hat, slouchy hats are always fun.
    Rachelle´s last blog post ..Not what I’d planned

  27. Thank you for the chance to win a brush. Your the best!

  28. I could really use one of those brushes.
    Lucy looks so comfy on her blankie!

  29. I’ll have to look up the pattern for wurm, my g/daughter would love it! I, on the other hand, would love to win the brush!!!!

  30. Kathleen K says:

    Lucy looks so snuggly on her blanket…did she pick out the colors? It matches her perfectly.
    The lint brush looks interesting!

  31. I would love to win the brush, my current method does more harm than good. I’d also be happy to take that lovely hat off your hands too 🙂 .

  32. Since I can’t be trusted with a sweater shaver, I really need one of those brushes! I think I should make a blanket like Lucy’s, the “boys” are fighting over the one they have right now!

  33. i need a Lilly brush!!!

  34. I would love the brush…I have yet to find something that really works!

    Also, love the hat!

  35. I would love a brush if it actually removes pet hair! Thanks for the chance to win.

  36. I love the photos of Lucy on her blanket.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  37. Thanks for the chance to win the brush! My mini-doxie may be small but he does shed up a storm!

  38. I would love a Lily brush!

  39. I would love to win. I really like your Wurm hat.

  40. The brushes sound really interesting! I’d love to give one a try.

  41. I’d love to give the pill brush a go on my sweaters

  42. Ooh, love the depiller – if I’m not lucky enough to win – will definatley pruchase. May get a couple for knitting firend gifts

  43. Love Lucy’s blankie! The Lily Brush sounds wonderful – I have pills on so many of my knits.

  44. Susan Picciano says:

    So glad to see a tool for removing pills from handknits. Also glad to are LUCY still enjoying her blanket.

  45. I would love the brush for my woolens. Thanks for offering!

  46. I’d like to have one of the brushes, but also I’m wondering why you aren’t knitting on your commute.

  47. I would love to be the lucky winner of this brush. If not, I’ll look for it at stitches south

    And love Lucy’s blanket. She makes remember the cat my mom had. Keep sharing her cute doings.

  48. Ooh,ooh,pick me! I could so use one of these for (several) sweaters. I’ve killed 2 pill shavers already. Thanks!

  49. I could try it out with horse, dog & cat hair!

  50. I have lots and lots of sweaters that could use one of those brushes.
    So glad Miss Lucy loves her blanket.

  51. Jennifer Kluender says:

    I would love one! I have a very hairy pet and pills on my clothes.

  52. I would love a brush. 🙂

  53. I’d love a brush – I have several sweaters in desperate need of de-pilling!

  54. What a handy device–thanks for offering the giveaway!

  55. Jennifer R. says:

    What I wouldn’t do to find a “perfect” pill/lint/fur (whatever else may accumulate on my knits) remover!
    P.S. I love Lucy’s blanket

  56. KathyM in SE VA says:

    I thought maybe the hat was in honor of Dr Seuss’s upcoming birthday on March 3 as in “cat in the Hat” LOL. Would put a brush like that to excellent use around here, lots of knits with pills!

  57. Love the long colors in Wurm!
    I’d like to try that brush. by the way I just finished another summer solstice shawl. I’ll post pic after it is blocked.
    Leslie´s last blog post ..Sunday Bible Reading – I Corinthians 13, Phillips

  58. KathyM in SE VA says:

    Correction to my earlier post — Dr Seuss’s birthday is March 2nd!

  59. That’s a great photo of KOARC.
    I would love to have a de-pilling brush.
    BMGM´s last blog post ..Tidepooling tomorrow at Abalone Cove

  60. Wow, I hope you are not getting totally overwhelmed by the response here! Having said that, I would LOVE a brush! I am an avid knitter (okay – call me an obsessive compulsive knitter), and I could really use it. I also hand paint and spin my own yarn, and when it’s one ply and knit into a sweater, pills happen!

  61. What a nice hat even if it doesn’t work for the usual recipients. Nice to have gotten to test a good remover. They are so hard to find.

  62. I desperately need help with pilling. The perils of loving soft yarns.

  63. Oooooh Wendy, I sure could use one of these brushes. I am going to look them up on the web to see where I can purchase one. I was going to buy one of those sweater shavers, but…I think this would be much kinder to my garments. Thank you for the tip. 🙂

  64. Gorgeous hat! I’d love to win a brush.

  65. I’d love a brush. I seem to be drawn to yarn that pills. And Lucy on her blanket is so cute I can hardly stand it.

  66. Well, who DOESN’T need a new sweater brush?

    Two things: I just made a cap that I love, but it’s about that much too big for me, too. And my cats are telling me that I need to make them (each!) a blanket now, too.
    janna´s last blog post ..Quandary

  67. This would be great if it could pick up my dog’s hair off my knits!

  68. I saw those Lilly Brushes at Stitches West this weekend. I was very tempted to get one, but I had my budget set for a sweater and a loom, and a lot the the little things went by the wayside. (I realy did want one, though). Thanks for the positive review, and I hope I get this one!

  69. Love the yarn colorway! And the pattern is tempting.

  70. The hat yarn is fantastic. The brush sounds like a winner too.

  71. How cool! I’d love a pill removing brush.

  72. Love the blanket! Hi Lucy!
    The brush is also pretty wonderful – thanks for sharing!

  73. I’d love a brush. I agree, Lucy looks very comfortable on her blanket.

  74. Carol Louise says:

    With 2 cats of my own, I can appreciate that brush!
    Pills on sweaters are such a pain… I’m anxious to give it a try…
    Thanks for the info!

  75. I was wondering if the hat would be a slouch or more fitted. Thanks for trying the brush and offering to share. Love Lucy’s blankie and it looks like she does too!

  76. Can always use a brush to remove cat and dog hair…………………….which seems to multiply in my house!

  77. I’ve some pilly knits that could use some help, certainly, but my 100 lb. husky/lab/?? mix who sheds a scientifically- impossible amount daily (seriously- it just does not make sense) is the bigger, more loveable reason I’d be thrilled to win. Thanks so much!

  78. I’ve been searching for a good pill removing tool. I have a couple of poor cashmere sweaters that look like I have let the cat wear them and rub up against every frictional surface he can find! Thanks for giving me a change to enter the drawing.
    Theresa´s last blog post ..Catkin Progress

  79. Kristi ~ Ohio says:

    With 2 cats, 2 new kittens and 2 dogs I think I would really like this brush…for both pet hair and pills on my sweaters. I love your hat colors. 🙂

  80. I love the colors of your hat!

    That brush looks really cool, I would love one!

  81. Life can be such a pill… would be great to have a brush to deal with the pills!

  82. I’m a lurker (I accidentally wrote stalker, then remembered 🙂 ) I drool over your knitting, cat and lifestyle silently.

    Could really use a brush, thanks for entering me in the raffle 🙂

  83. I have been wondering, to tell you the truth, what the heck to do about the “stuff” that showed up after felting a purse. Do you ‘comb’ the little fuzzy bits off? Nice to have a gadget to tackle that little problem. Thanks for the opportunity to get said gadget. Love the sweet kitty blanket, by the way. It would no doubt help with bedding laundering issues!

  84. Midnite Baker says:

    Can use a pill remover. Have others that do half a job. Hope I win on this one.

  85. Meredith MC says:

    I need a brush for my sweaters! I have a pathetic battery op fuzz remover that barely woorks- I usually am more successful just picking off the pills. Sigh.
    Thanks for the chance to win. 🙂

  86. I would love to win this! I have some things in need of pill removal right now.
    Sarah´s last blog post ..Inspired or Insane

  87. That brush sounds fantastic!

  88. Natalie Doyle-Hennin says:

    Clever little brush.
    Hats are tricky. Most I’m attracted to look better on the hat rack. Do love the pattern, though, and see someone on Ravelry seems to have turned it into a cowl.
    Lucy looks very happy on her blankie.
    Cheers to all.

  89. The hat is lovely, even if you don’t have a proper head for it yet.

    That little brush looks marvelous! Thanks for the chance to win one.

  90. I love the colors of the hat but I have to agree that it’s a difficult style to wear. The brush sounds great! Thanks for the offer.

  91. Lucy makes her blanket look beautiful;
    My knits need a little brush like that one.
    I hope the rng picks me!

  92. Love the colors of the hat.

  93. Wow! A lot of us knitters would like to try that brush. Count me as one.

  94. I have an afghan that benefit from that brush.

  95. I would absolutely love the brush!

  96. The colors on Wurm are very pretty, lucky recipient, whoever it goes to! I have a scarf that would Love to be introduced to that brush! 😉
    Cleo14´s last blog post ..Hither and Yon

  97. Barbara Stern says:

    This brush sounds like an amazing tool. I would love to own it.
    Love the Lucy’s blanket. My cats should be so lucky!

  98. The brush is a really good idea. Would love to have one.

  99. I would love one of the brushes. I major in pills. I like the hat and love the yarn – the colors are fantastic.

  100. I’d love to try out one of these brushes!