Monday, December 25, 2006


I am sliding down the slippery slope of sock knitting addiction. Witness!

Pattern: Hedera from

Yarn: Lana Grossa Meilenweit colortweed

Notes: Fun! I love the laciness, and it looks great with a striped yarn IMHO.

Christmas Blog-o-rama!

After long months stashed in the closet, the gifts I made for Christmas can finally come out! Wait, that's not quite what I meant.

This year's theme: Toasty Heads and Necks. Previous years, I made cookies and helped add to that winter weight. This year, I'm getting us all out of the house and into the weather with some warm hats and scarves.

I have an obsession with Noro Silk Garden and found its perfect use: Entrelac. What a fun technique, and with the color changes in the yarn, I never got bored. In fact, I couldn't stop until I ran out of Noro.

Three different scarves, using the Entrelac technique.

Yarn: 3 skeins Noro Silk Garden

Needles: US #8 Bamboo straight needles

Pattern notes: Cast on 18 stitches, and use 6 stitches per triangle.

More Noro! Now I find myself with single skeins of Noro Kureyon, and found a great pattern for beanies. This was a great quick knit, and a wonderful way to show off the beautiful colors in this yarn.

Pattern was based on Kureyon Skull Cap

Yarn: 1 skein of Noro Kureyon

Needles: US #9 and #10 circulars and #10 dpns

Notes: I did this pattern in the round rather than knit flat. I also did not want to do the crocheted edge, so I increased the number of rows in the straight stretch from 11 to 18.

Two-Movie Hat

Pattern: Two Movie Hat

Yarn: Encore Plymouth, one 100g skein each of grey, brown, and charcoal

Needles: #6 circulars and #6 dpns

Notes: This was a bit loose for an adult head. For the boy's pattern, I modified the pattern as follows: Use US #4 needles, and cast on 76 stitches. On row 8, increase by one more than the pattern says. Knit straight for slightly more than 5 inches. Skip rows 31 and 32.

Mom's hat and scarf

My So Called Scarf and Marsan Watchcap

Yarn: 1 skein of Schaefer Marjaana in Jane Addams color

Notes: I really loved My So Called Scarf! What a great way to show off a variegated yarn! This is a closeup of the stitch pattern:

Merry Christmas everyone!

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Fluffy stuff

Okay, so the beating on my bloggy door is no longer ignorable. I'm afraid there is no knitting fit to post, so instead I give another Wonky travelogue.

On Saturday we went snowshoeing on Moscow Mountain. We hiked up to one of the peaks, and following are my pics of the trip.

This is the road that winds its way up the slope.

More height, more snow!

If you look out the horizon, beyond the stretch of heaven that hovers below the peak, you can make out the peaks of the Blue Mountains.

To the right is the peak of the range, but let's just pretend this was as high as we could go.

My breath lay white on the tips of my hair like the snow and frost on this lonely pine.

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Mom will be proud this winter

Three hats! Just in time for fall and a cold Idaho winter!

Alpaca Beanie

Pattern: HJS Studio Beanie No. 212
Yarn: Alpaca Warehouse Superfine Alpaca Yarn 1 50g skein in olive melange, held 2 strands
Needles: #4 Boye aluminum circulars, #3 Boye aluminum circulars and #3 aluminum dpns

Notes: The pattern calls for #4 needles, which I started with. Then when DH tried it on, he said it seemed too loose, so I switched to #3's. This proved to be fatal, as the hat was then too tight for a brim, so I went with a beanie style instead.

I also changed the ribbing to be all 2x2 ribbing, and at the top where the pattern decreases, I changed the decrease portions to be k1, slip 1, k1, psso, p1 at the beginning of the needle, and then at the end: p1, k2tog, k. This kept a kind of ribbing along the decreases.

The beanie was still too small for DH, so I think this is a present for the nephew.

Alpaca Beanie with Brim

Pattern: HJS Studio Beanie No. 212
Yarn: Alpaca Warehouse Superfine Alpaca Yarn 2 50g skeins in olive melange, held 2 strands
Needles: #4 Boye aluminum circulars, #3 Boye aluminum circulars and #3 aluminum dpns

Notes: The first beanie was too small, so this time I used the same yarn, double-stranded, and the #4 circulars and dpns. I also followed the pattern, since DH was disappointed that his last beanie was not vintage. :-)

Success! The hat fits nicely and DH loves it! I highly recommend this pattern, it is simple and quick and fun to have. Isn't he cute in it?


Uh oh, it seems someone has a gauge problem.

But wait! It's nothing a little spin in the washer and dryer can't fix! Hooray! And now we know it's machine washable too!

Pattern: Shedir from
Yarn: Frog Tree Pima Silk, 85% pima cotton, 15% silk in plum, 2 50g skeins
Needles: #4 Boye aluminum circulars, #4 aluminum dpns

Notes: Ayyy! Hubris hit me hard. I swapped the Frog Tree yarn for the Rowan Calmer, which is specified in the pattern. The gauge was almost the same, and I did not swatch. Well, the hat was a little big, much less for a hairless head. Into the washer and dryer!

This pattern was really very fun to knit. The cabling can be a little fussy but I loved watching the twists take shape, and it was constantly interesting. And as entranced as I was with the cables, the snowflake top is the best!

The first picture is the best representation of the color of this yarn, the other pics were taken at night because I was too impatient for daylight. The fabric was just heavenly to touch, I am hoping that the cotton/silk blend will be a little warmer than the Calmer's cotton acrylic.

Yay Pima Silk!

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Ah HA!

My Knitty Secret Pal was Glittrgirl! Her packages have been such wonderful surprises, it really made my summer to get such sweet gifts from her!

I opened my final package to find these confections:

Sorry, Glittrgirl, but that pretty wrapping paper didn't last long! And how on earth did all that expand into this?

Wow! An extravaganza!

  • Look at the center - ZOMBIE BEAR! Yes, a kit to make my own Zombie Bear! Whoo hoo!
  • Thread and beads to make a MaryElla. Yes!
  • Sheer flower socks for summer!
  • Wonderfully minty Black Bullets
  • Specially wrapped lollipop (too funny!)
  • 3 cool pins - a pirate, "Knit Case" (oh yeah, that's me!), and "Make Scarves Not War" (indeed!)\
  • Mr Kipling cakes magnet (how did you know I love to kiple!)
  • Postit notes with a butterfly!

And such funny sock monkey cards you have, I'm gonna miss you as a secret pal, Glittrgirl!

Tuesday, August 08, 2006


I finally have a pair of the long-coveted Jaywalkers!

Pattern: Jaywalkers from MagKnits

Yarn: 2 50g skeins of Schachenmayr Regia Ringel, 75% New Wool, 25% Polyamide. Yarn was kindly gifted by the Flying Poodle. Thanks, Poodle!

Notions: 5 aluminum Boye dpns in size #1 US

Notes: I have size 7 feet, and thin legs, but I made the larger sized sock all the same. I tried twice before with the small size, but could not get the sock over my foot.

I loved making this sock, especially with a stripey yarn like this Regia where it makes the zigs zag so well.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

For Art

For the sake of art, and a very sweet knitting artist, I have spent hours making white acrylic garter stitch squares. If you want to, you can also Spare a Square.

One square...

18 squares!

Sunday, July 23, 2006

No yarn, no pr0n

Sorry folks, just words today. DH has gone away with the camera, otherwise I would be flashing the yarn pr0n all over your eyes like sticky on skin in the summer.

Today is the one month anniversary of my Stashalong pledge. Now, to me it is a bit too easy to pledge to 3 months of only buying yarn once a month, and with 2 strikes thrown in. So I went all in and pledged to one year, no monthly purchases. No yarn at all, unless it is necessary to complete a project.

I have begun the rediscovery of all the yarn I bought thinking this one more pack will fulfill and complete me. Buying online is the worst, it feels like I have some secret admirer sending me fluffy love through the mail. Well, now I just managed to make my anniversary sound sad and pathetic. Maybe spending days in the cool basement alone with the dogs wasn't such a sound idea after all...

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Felt Accompli!

The purse for my MIL is done! Here is the picture of the finished object.

And now my MIL can take a 32 oz. square Nalgene bottle with her wherever she goes! It just happened that this bottle was a perfect candidate for blocking the bag as it dried.

Someone had asked for the pattern, so here is what I did.

I really like the look of Sophie from Magknits. I started with that pattern, and made some modifications.

Yarn: coned wool, probably DK weight. MC = dark pink, A=light pink, B=seafoam green. I am guessing that I used about 100g of MC, 50g A, 50g B.

Needles: #6 and #8 Boyes Aluminum interchangeable circular

Notions: stitch markers, 3 stitch holders, and a button or bead for closure

First, I mapped out the pattern I wanted. I knew I had 3 colors to work with, and I wanted hearts. I made this chart for the colorwork. The grid paper was easy, I just made an Excel spreadsheet and made the columns and rows equal, then printed it with gridlines to have a blank sheet to work with. My pattern will work with any chart that is an 8-stitch, 7-row repeat.

With a #8 needle, CO 39 stitches in MC, with yarn doubled for extra strength (note that you should use #6 needles here to have a clean, square bottom). K 28 rows in stockinette stitch.

Pick up and K 13 sts along the left edge of the rectangle just worked. Pick up and K 39 stitches along the CO edge. Pick up and K 13 sts along remaining side. (104 stitches)

pm. K 4 rows in MC.

K 42 rows in chart, beginning with the row that has color B (first MC row in my picture is superfluous).

K 4 rows in MC.

BO 46, place 6 on holder. BO 46, place 3 on dpn, remaining 3 on holder. Make an I-cord with the 3 stitches on the dpn until the cord is 20 inches long. Place stitches on holder. Make a second I-cord with the last 3 stitches until it is also 20 inches long. Twist the cords together and join with the 6 stitches on the opposite side using kitchener stitch.

Using crochet stitch, make a loop that will serve as the closure.

Felt and dry. Add the button or bead where the closure loop will reach and stay taut.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Can't see the FOs for the trees

Okay, the purse is still drying. I've cast on for Jaywalkers in Regia, this pseudo-fair-isle blue colorway. It's fun enough, but I'm bored. So if you are here, and still reading, I know you too are bored.

Last weekend we did the Goodman Creek Trail off Highway 58 in Oregon. Here is the trail in the first 1/2 mile or so.

This is Goodman Creek, our destination. The trail was only 2 miles to the creek, but it was a fun Sunday afternoon hike. The best part was the water along the trail and in the creek - the dogs loved it! If only they had loved it less and stayed still for a moment, I would have some pictures of them too.

One of the viewpoints along the way looks down into Lookout Point Reservoir.

Now back to cuffing that durned sock!

Monday, July 17, 2006

Button, button, who's got the button?

I do! Poor old-timey Wonkyknit now can proudly enter the blogosphere with its very own button, thanks to the superspectaculofabulous Penny Karma!

Hooray for the gifted and talented!

Felted Purse Step 2

I finished the purse last night, a perversion of weird wool and fair isle and Sophie. Pictured here is the purse pre-felt. So if I do end up making a mashy pulp of a bag, you will have something to remember it by.

You know that clever idea I had to double the strands on the bottom of the bag? Well, if you choose to take that route, I am now legally bound to tell you that you should use the same size needles on the bottom and top. See that bulgy baggy bottom? Case closed.

Now for the ego-stroking. Here are the floats! No, it's not a parade, it's fair isle!

Well, all right, it's not so hot but I'm damned proud!

Now I'm off to the laundry room to take this bag down to size.

Silver bullet package from my SP!

This weekend the postman brought a shiny silver package all the way from the UK. I'm cashing in on some good karma here. I have no knowledge of exactly how and where and to whom my good deeds were bestowed, but I'm willing to acknowledge my exemplary behaviour if it results in this:

Runner's World Magazine (yay summer and sunrise runs!)

Marigold tea (mmm, calming relaxing evening tea)

Cute choco-crazed woman card (yeah, baby!)

And best of all, my own Lily of the Valley Perdita in a soft green with lovely emerald beads and sequins! Displayed here on my pale scrawny wrist (somehow it fits perfectly too!)

And I have to point out that the fastening is even more beautiful, with these exquisite silver roses:

Wherever you are out there, thank you Secret Pal!

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Exciting experiment #1

And now I will attempt a felted bag, Sophie from MagKnits.

The following factors will contribute to the drama of this plan:

  1. This is my first felted bag
  2. This is my first bag
  3. The yarn is some generic wool I got on eBay.
  4. I am making up my own fair isle pattern to go on the bag
  5. I have never done fair isle before
  6. I have 1.5 weeks to complete this project
  7. The bag is for my MIL
  8. It is my MIL's 70th birthday
  9. My dad is coming to visit this weekend, which will drastically decrease my knitting time
No pressure!

I did a swatch last night. This yarn is scritchy! Ow!

This evening I hand-felted it with hot water and soap, here it is still wet:

Okay, I'm starting to enjoy this more.

My plan is to make the bottom and handles with the dark pink color. I am also going to double the yarn on the bottom, just to make it more sturdy. I had read a few other comments about the bag needing this if you want it to sit on its own. Since I am going to have a 8-stitch repeat pattern, I am going to not do the decreases. There is probably a cool and clever way that I could accomplish the decreases, but I do not have the time for that kind of mental anguish.

MIL is a very sweet woman, I want to give her a nice present for her big day. Wish me luck!

Sunday, July 09, 2006

We are Mesozoic if you please

It's the stentorious Mr. Stegs, breathtaking Bronty, and the tantalizing Trice all done!

Pattern: Dinosaurs from Xtreme-Knitting
Yarn: Miscellaneous acrylic scraps. Yes! It's acrylic! At least now these dinosaurs won't go extinct.

Other Materials:
Boye's interchangeable needles - sizes 5 and 6
Polyfill stuffing

These were really fun to make, especially from scrap yarn. I added green stripes to Mr. Stegs since his pale yellow wasn't doing anything for me. I'm hoping these go to a niece or nephew, but who knows? They might end up on my project table to keep me company. They sure are a hoot, those silly 'saurs!

Go Fetch!

Yay for Summer Knitty and all the wonderful patterns therein! I finished Fetching in time to wear them in the artic cubicle.

Pattern: Fetching from Knitty Summer 2006

Yarn: Debbie Bliss Merino Aran in burgundy. The pattern called for Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran, which has the same gauge as the Merino Aran. I used about 1 1/3 balls, although the pattern only called for 1 ball. The pattern has you use a smaller needle to puff up the knit, and perhaps the yarns scrunch differently.

Needles: Bamboo #6 dpns

Fun level: 9 (10 when I think about wearing them)

Notes: Others have pointed out that the cuff and bind-off curl, but I like that. It makes a pretty petal of some otherwise chunky gloves.

Action shot and bonus doggy face! Sorry that the photo is a tad blurry, but obviously it was not my fault. And I am not torturing the poor doggy, I am giving him face-pets, but the requirement to sit was apparently torturous to him. Poor Pooh Bear!

Friday, July 07, 2006

Now let's talk about me.

Cut and pasted of course:

"Rules: Please leave a one-word comment that you think best describes me — it can only be one word long. Then copy and paste this into your blog so that I may leave a word about you."
from Bird's Nest Knits. One word is quite a challenge!

Thursday, July 06, 2006

More from the fiber front

Tonight I picked up the rest of the purchase I made with my wheel. Such a nice woman, I am sad for her loss of fun toys, but hopefully I can gain back some karma by making nice FOs for friends and family. Included were more tools:

Carders (nice ones too!)

A skein winder (it's been nice working with you kitchen chair, but you may now return to your original duties as butt-holder).

And now you'll see why those carders will come in handy. I got about 2 pounds of unwashed wool, here you can see a closeup of the crimp and all that lovely lanolin. It smells so nice and sheepy!

And over ten pounds of hemp fiber! DH will be so pleased when I make him a beanie of handspun, handknit hemp! Okay, let's not get too optimistic yet... It looks like it's all ready to spin!

I will need a few more accessories, like a threader and bobbins and - oh yeah - lessons!

Keeping my fingers crossed for nasty stay-indoors type of weather!

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Back to the future socks!

Neon anklets - What a Feeling! Oh, it's a flashback to jelly shoes and singlet lace gloves. Here I present my interpretation of vintage, mixing a pattern from 1948 and colors from the 1980's. Zowie!

Pattern: Women's Cable Anklets from Handknits by Beehive - Socks Men and Women published 1948

Yarn: Regia Cotton Surf - 41% superwash wool, 34% cotton, 25% polyamide

Gauge: 30 stitches per 4 inches in stockinette

Needles: Bamboo #2 dpns

And just to prove that I actually did complete a (somewhat) matching pair, here they are cuddled together in socky love. Color is washed out intentionally to spare thine eyes.

My toes are pleasantly toasty and my heart is full. Yay socks!