2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 9,400 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Loopy making

Fiddliest yarn evar!

Loopy in all its #knit purple-y grape goodness.

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This lacy scarf was knit for my daughter, who I will be meeting abroad at the end of the month in a much colder climate. Seems most of my knitting these days is for travelling.

It’s been just too darn hot here to even think about knitting, let alone wearing, anything from wool. Thankfully the last couple of weeks have finally shown signs of the seasons changing (mostly windier and cooler at night), but we still have a way to go before the days are cooler by far, but it’s much warmer here than in most places.

Is it any wonder I’ve limited my knitting to small items rather than full sweaters?


I love it when I find another fiber person on WordPress.com who hearts the snark as much as I do. May I introduce you to Woolwinding.

And since she didn’t link to, dare I call them, the knickers, here you go. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

If you have to blame someone, blame them. Oh.my.

Teh Sockmonkeh Coffee Cozy

Hands down this fun little piece of knitting has caused more cries of “Squee!” among my knitting and non-knitting friends, coffee shop baristas and waiters than anything else I’ve knit. Everyone wants George keeping their coffee warm!

I’ve knit about a dozen or so Georges for friends and family (and even family of friends) since the first one two years ago.

Here again is the first version with outline mouth and mini-sock toe ears:

And here’s the latest version:

Both versions were knit on US#4 needles, using:

Schoeller Wolle Wollspass (Discontinued. If anyone knows where I could find more…), DK weight: Gray/Black Ragwool
No Label (most likely at the bottom of some yarn bin or bag), DK weight: Off-white
Scheepjes Belluno (Discontinued), sock weight used doubled: Red

While I liked the first version, I felt that the mouth wasn’t really “sockmonkey” enough. So after knitting and rippping several times, here’s the alternate mouth that I came up with.

Instructions for Alternate Sockmonkey Mouth:

Cast on 8 sts with Red
Row 1 and all wrong side rows: Purl
Row 2: K1, M1, K6, M1, K1
Row 4: K1, M1, K8, M1, K1
Row 5: Switch to Off-white: Purl
Row 6: K1, K2tog, K6, SSK, K1
Row 8: K1, K2tog, K4, SSK, K1
Row 10: K1, K2tog, K2, SSK, K1
Row 11: Bind off, leaving a long enough tail that you can attach the mouth to your sockmonkey face with daisy chain or crochet.

The ears also got a bit of a makeover from the original pattern and are nothing more than two small pieces of garter stitch:

Cast on 3 stitches, increase over 2 rows to 7 stitches, knit 3 rows on the same 7 sts, decrease over a couple of rows to 5 sts and again bind off with a long enough tail to sew the ears on to the sides.

Happy knitting!

Since not a few knitters are also geeks, I wonder why it took so long for Silicon Valley to hop on the trend. While it doesn’t look like any of these cool looking socks are hand knit, it can’t be much longer before “ninja socks” are the latest thing in knitting. Oh wait!


Amigurumi and all that jazz…

My 26 year-old came strolling into my room with Hansi Singh’s “Amigurumi Knits” in hand, completely gaga over the sea star, which blew me away. He’s now into the first year of his MS in Biomed.  Think I can hook him into knitting via math? Gotta have someone to share this yarnstash with! :)

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Monkey Business

Knitted from bits and pieces of leftover stash yarn as a going away gift for my daughter before her return abroad.  The pattern on Ravelry is linked to from the designer’s blog,  thepurpleblug.com

It’s been a month of small accomplishments, including two pairs of K1 wristlets from the W2007 issue. The pattern is still available as a PDF file download and is linked to in my sidebar. Pictures coming soon.