My current work in progress:

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



I got an interesting book to review in the mail this week:

This is Unobtainables: Fake Elements, Real Knits by Allison Sarnoff & Heatherly Walker. The book contains 25 patterns that were inspired by fictional chemical elements.

The table of contents is a periodic table of the fictional chemical elements:

Note that they are nicely color-coded to identify projects that are lace, texture, beaded, colorwork, or cabled.

You can view all 25 patterns here on Ravelry. The majority of the patterns are for socks, but there are also fingerless mitts/wristwarmers, shawls and scarves, and a cowl.

Some of my favorites:

This is Uru — socks worked from fingering weight yarn (the yarn used for the same is The Periwinkle Sheep Sock Dream). Uru was the element used to create Thor’s hammer ,so i can only imagine that these socks will wear like iron!

Trinium is a pretty cabled cowl, worked from String Theory Caper Sock fingering weight yarn. The element trinium is an incredibly strong and lightweight alloy.

Adamantium is a pattern for some nicely cabled fingerless mitts, and it is also the metal alloy that coats Wolverine’s skeleton. These mitts are worked from Indigodragonfly Merino Nylon Sock yarn.

The majority of the designs in the book are knit with fingering weight yarn (one is in laceweight and one in sportweight). The patterns are clearly written and charts are nice and big.

Who’d like my review copy?

To be entered in a drawing to win my copy of Unobtainables: Fake Elements, Real Knits, please leave a comment on this post by noon Eastern time on Wednesday September 20, 2017. A winner will be chosen at random from the posted comments.

In other news, Loki made a new friend.


  1. Alexis Davis says:

    Those patterns are awesome!

  2. Such an interesting idea on which to base a book. Would love to have this one.

  3. What a great idea; I’d love to have it. I love this picture of Loki!

  4. Looks like an interesting way to create a knit book. 🙂 And what exactly is Loki doing to said Unicorn?

  5. Neat idea – looks like a cool book!

  6. What an unusual concept or a book. I do a lot of socks so I would love to try these out. I have friends who would get a kick out of socks made from these Unobtainables. And by the way I think in the Loki picture caption you are using the term “friend” a bit loosely! Those eyes of Loki’s don’t look all that friendly.

  7. That sounds like a fun book. Thanks for the chance.

  8. What a clever concept!

  9. Those patterns look wonderful – I love nerdy knits.
    On another note, in my feed today, you were mentioned in an article (fifth paragraph) about Sanquhar Knitting on “BellaOnline”. (The 2016 part of the URL does not mean the year.) Here’s the link:

  10. Peggy Connolly says:

    This would be perfect for me as I was a chem major.

  11. Interesting book Would love a copy

  12. The book looks awesome.

  13. I love to make socks and the book looks like a lot of fun. My niece will love a lot of the projects as well.

  14. I’ve got so much fingering weight yarn……This book should make a dent in the stash.

  15. Bridget Rickard says:

    Brilliant Nerdy Knits. Book looks fantastic.

  16. Really loving those Uru socks!

  17. I haven’t heard of this book before. It looks like lots of geeky fun. Umm is Loki sniffing that little pony’s bottom?

  18. What a cool looking book!

    Is it bad that with every blog update, i scroll to see Loki first? ❤️❤️ 😉

  19. Oh how lovely! Tossing my hat in the ring and crossing my fingers! Socks and fingering weight – my favorite projects and preferred weight of yarn. And I just happen to have a skein or two of Caper Sock I got this weekend from the visiting String Theory truck.
    Thank you for the chance to win.

  20. Pick me! 🙂

  21. Lestersmama says:

    Loki doesn’t look convinced that a unicorn would be a good playmate.

  22. This book sounds fascinating! I would very much like a copy.

  23. Looks like a fun and interesting book!

  24. I’ve got several skeins of solid color sock yarn that would be great for some of these patterns. And the geek in me loves the theme.

  25. What a nice prize!

  26. Looks like a fun book! I use mostly fingering weight yarn and make a lot of socks. Thanks , Wendy!

  27. These look like tons of fun!!

  28. Sandy Downs says:

    Chemistry and knitting!
    A win-win combination!

  29. Birgit Rosenberg says:

    Fingering weightis my favorite! Those mitts look great.

  30. Linda Broglan says:

    Love those fingerless mittens and would love to have the book.Loki looks so cute with the unicorn ❤️

  31. I’d love to win this fun book!

  32. Socks. Yes. Love socks.

  33. Ooo oh oh me!!! I love this so much!!!

  34. Oh my- Nth Metals & Kryptonite!!!

    Tell Loki we still love him best – his new friend is no match for the Loki charm!

    Thank you for your generosity Wendy.

  35. Judy Kaplan-Levitt says:

    This is a very creative book! It would be fun to knit
    some of the patterns, especially the gr of n see cake.

  36. Judy Kaplan-Levitt says:

    Sorry, the last words of my comment should read
    “the green socks”.

  37. Connie Kline says:

    I really hope I win this book – because if I don’t I’ll have to buy it. I just have to make the Adamantium Mitts for my chemistry student son-in-law!

  38. What a great collection. I especially love the Tesseract shawl, though for me ‘tesseract’ reminds me of “A Wrinkle in Time”.

    Loki is looking as adorable as ever…

  39. Deborah Gajee says:

    Wonderful collection. Love them all, especially the socks.

  40. Angel Rakowski says:

    I’ve got a sock yarn stash that needs busting!

  41. This book has some great sock patterns, and I think the names of the elements are very clever also. It looks like Loki is particularly interested in the “rag doll” tail on the unicorn. Is he trying to decide if this commonality is enough upon which to base a friendship?

  42. Carol MacInnis says:

    Looks like a great collection. I’d love to win the book!

  43. Elisa Olvera says:

    There’s nothing I like more than knitting with sock yarn! Love the socks and the fingerless mitts! Would love to see the other patterns in this book.

  44. Michele Ross says:

    Would love a copy!!

  45. Cool book. Would love to make things from it.

  46. I love the cowl.I have lots but one more is what I need.

  47. My middle daughter is a fan of these characters. I’ll have to make some of these for her. My fav for me is Orichalcum. Hope i win.

  48. If you choose me, I’d have to knit some mythril socks for my son. He would be thrilled.

  49. Love how people come up with these ideas! Also like it that the book was dedicated to Carrie Fisher.

  50. I looked up the patterns on revelry as well and they are really cool! I think Loki might well be interested in the unicorn friend but he’s “That’s no color for a proper tail!”

  51. Jean Palionis says:

    Oh! Yes! I would love to have a copy of this book. With winter comming I am all into socks right now. Thank you. Thank you.

  52. Loki is sniffing the unicorn’s behind! It must be true that unicorn farts smell like perfume – or maybe catnip!

    Yes, please sign me up for the book, it looks so clever!

  53. Cecilia David says:

    Lovely projects. Good for presents and stash busting.

  54. Love the look of the book, I have a thing for socks.

  55. I love books like this

  56. Thank you for the opportunity to win a book copy Wendy. The ‘periodic table’ is great and so are the patterns. (love Loki’s new friend!)

  57. That is totally up my alley!

  58. Shirley Gallagher says:

    Itrs elemental. I would love this book. Also, glad Loki has an unicorn to play with.

  59. What a great idea for a book!

  60. Ah Loki, everyone dreams of owning a pony(or even better a unicorn) at some time in their life. Glad your dreams came true!

  61. Interesting book and patterns.

  62. As a chemist, I find the book topic just hilarious.

    As a cat owner (especially with our current rambunctious resident), I have to wonder how long the unicorn’s colorful bits will remain attached to the unicorn.

  63. What an interesting concept. Patterns look fabulous. Hope i win this book

  64. Shelly Sargent says:

    I have this book on my wish list on amazon. I love Yarn Yenta and her beautiful patterns. Just not the money to purchase right now.

  65. What a unique concept! Thanks for the opportunity.

  66. I love comics and fantasy. This is a really interesting take on the theme. Thank you for the chance!

  67. Another interesting give-a-way.

  68. What a fun idea!
    Charlene´s last blog post ..Heard it’s been ruff

  69. I’d love to win your copy….what exactly is Loki doing??

  70. Susan Ipavec says:

    These patterns looks so beautiful! I am especially taken with the socks 🙂

  71. Kris Peters says:

    What a unique perspective! It would make the perfect gift for a friend who is a chemist and actually owns periodic table leggings!

  72. Oh, yes, those are lovely patterns!

  73. Those look like some very practical fun projects. I’d love a copy of the book as I am very busy knitting up goodies for my youngest daughter who just left for college in the Pacific Northwest! Blessings to whomever receives this book!

  74. Helen Johnson says:

    I hope Loki and his new Unicorn friend have lots of fun adventures. 🙂
    That book looks really cool–my favorite is the periodic table.

  75. Paula Nicoll says:

    I’d love to win this fun book. The fingerless mitts are a must make.

  76. Anne Patton says:

    I need this book.

  77. Heather Koncz says:

    Loki NEEDED a unicorn!! Like I need this book – really an interesting concept.
    I will keepp my fingers crossed LOL.

  78. First time I take part in your drawing, I like very much these nice patterns, I’m a chemist too.
    Hi to Loki!

  79. Very original idea, and so many great pattens! I bet Loki loves that colorful, fluffy tail–pefect for a kitty toy!

  80. Catspawlace says:

    Looks like an interesting book. Love Loki’s new friend. And how is Teddy?

  81. Looks very interesting and intriguing.

  82. These are so incredibly cool! It makes my little geek heart pitter patter with joy!

  83. So excited for Yarn Yenta publishing her book!

  84. A very cool concept for knitwear

  85. I’m enough of a science geek to love the concept of this book!

  86. Cute book! Nice projects. Thanks, Wendy!

  87. Loki is so lovely! (As are those patterns!)

  88. One can never have enough sock patterns! Or the possibility of developing adamantium claws…

  89. I’m so into making socks now — would love to win this new book!!

  90. Love the patterns! Thanks for the chance to win this book!

  91. Nice sock patterns.

  92. Oh that cat

  93. Melissa (aka Witchknit) says:

    I’d love to win the book, but even if I don’t thank you for all the giveaways and for the fabulous patterns (your own and the ones showcase by making for yourself). I’ve “discovered” a lot of patterns I never would have found if it weren’t for you.

  94. Awesome book and patterns! Thank you for offering!

  95. How intriguing! Even if I don’t win I’ll be keeping an eye out for thus book!

  96. It looks like an amusing book. I would love to win this book.

  97. That book is so on my wishlist. Count me in for the drawing.

  98. Thank you so much for offering this book! It looks like fun!

  99. Yes, I would like that book. What a different concept for a knit pattern book.
    Loki looks a bit suspicious of the new toy!

  100. Debbie Barnett says:

    What fun! I see several gifts for grandchildren here.