Tuesday, September 27, 2016

WHOOO WHOO WHO... Wants to Color?

I had so much fun making that Yoonsi cowl coloring page last month, I decided to whip up an autumnal coloring project. 

These little owls can be used as gift tags, hung off door handles or strung up in a festive garland. Or you can just leave them as a whole sheet and color them on your lunch break like my coworkers have been all week.

You can download the page here. I recommend printing them on card stock, especially if you are planning on cutting them out.
(Please do not re-upload the coloring page to another site.)

If the owl looks familiar, it is! It is based off the owl in the center of the Hocus Pocus cowl, trick or treat bag, and mittens

If you have fun coloring them and want to share, please feel free to tag me on Instagram! My username is Wonderfallz. I would love to see what color combos you come up with!

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Yoonsi Cowl

Many years ago I saw a picture of one of my favorite actors on a casual dress red carpet. I liked the color combo he was wearing and the pattern on his shirt. They were not my usual style which inspired me to try and branch out a bit and try something new. The first incarnation of this pattern was an infinity cowl that did not work in the slightest. I started a cowl version at the same time but it found it's way to the bottom of my WIP bins and stayed there for a while. This year, in an attempt to slim down the WIP's bins (and piles and bags and boxes) I pulled the cowl back out and gave it another go. What was supposed to be a casual mindless project turned into 4 cowls; I enjoyed the process and like the end product so much I made 4 of them. So I am very happy to share my latest cowl pattern with you now.

The Yoonsi pattern is a funnel shaped cowl, knit in the round, with alternating bands of garter stitch and simple colorwork. It is a fast and easy pattern and because it gets smaller as you go, it feels like it flies off the needles.

Yoonsi is made using either fingering or sport weight yarns on a 24" US Size 4/3.5mm circular needle. The pattern includes 3 different motif patterns and the yardage varies slightly between them. See the Ravelry listing for more info.

Chart A

Chart B
Chart C
*I've worn this one a lot before photographing and you can tell. I couldn't help myself and threw it on the second it was done and wore it for a month straight. It needs to be reblocked. 

Chart C was inspired by a Chinese web drama I was watching called Go Princess Go. the colors were just so stinking pretty I had to make something in that vein. This one is my favorite to wear. I really like to be seen from space when I get dressed.

Finally since Chart C's cowl was so very, very bright I thought I would try something a little more subtle. Light blue and brown are one of my favorite combos and I had both a beautiful cone of tan alpaca my dad brought me from Chile, and several skeins of light blue lace weight alpaca, so I made a fourth cowl. I used the Chilean alpaca for both the motif color and garter bands.

As a little bonus, for no other reason than I wanted to give it a try, I made a coordinating coloring page!

I will leave it up here free for the first week and after that it will be available with the pattern. I've decided to leave it up for everyone. Please do not upload this coloring page to another website. 

If you make a Yoonsi cowl or just have fun with the coloring page and want to share with me, please tag me on Instagram, username: Wonderfallz

Wednesday, April 20, 2016


My affection for mermaids and need to depict them in knit form has continued in my latest cowl pattern, Ningyo!

Ningyo's motif can be transformed to look like any number of scaled creatures depending on the color choice. This pattern is excellent for troublesome multi-colored yarns as scales tend to have an iridescent quality to them.

From mermaids
(Socks That Rock Mediumweight - in an unnamed purple from Rhinebeck, Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Sport - Wonderland Heather, Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Sport - Mink Heather)

to goldfish
(Touch of Twist Peruvian Alpaca - green, Brooks Farm Tenino DK - coral, LB Collection Baby Alpaca - tan)

 even dragons
(Brooks Farm Yarns Mas Acero - purple/brown/grey, Ella Rae Classic Solids - gray)

Ningyo is another funnel shaped cowl.  If you are slender like my model, it will cover your shoulders, or if you are like me it will fan out around your collar.

The pattern is written for sport weight yarn but includes instructions for customization. The dragon example was made using these tips for a worsted weight yarn. A lovely test knitter used the instructions to make a fingering weight version.

For more information see the pattern page on Ravelry.

Here is a bonus ridiculous pic. I blame the City Bakery hot chocolate.