The Knitters & Nutters Report

Volume 10


 The Society of Knitters & Nutters (SOKAN) convened for their tenth meeting on Monday, July 26, 2010.

The following Knit Wits were in attendance:  Knitter Knazi, Skattur, Elitist Jerk, and Plus One.

The following Nutters were in attendance: Lil’Croche-E, Nanook,  JustHereToWatch, Beady Boop, Beady Bo Peep, Rainbow, and Pizza Box Quilter.

Project/Progress Notes


Skattur created  SoKaN’s official logo! (Yay!!)

Official SoKaN Logo

Pizza Box Quilter experienced SoKaN for the first time tonight.  She brought her quilt work in a pizza box, which earned her the moniker1 Pizza Box Quilter.  The project she’s working on is pictured below.

Pizza Box Quilter's Work

Knitter Knazi finished another project, bringing her grand total of finished projects to two!  It’s been what, 8 or 9 weeks since she’s finished something?  Her problem is that she keeps getting bored with her creations so she stops knitting them and then goes to buy more yarn and needles to start knitting a different project. However, this week she amazed everyone with her latest design in the Transformer Collection: a hat-toilet paper cozy! 

Transformer Hat-Toilet Paper Cozy

Transformer Hat-Toilet Paper Cozy

Knazi's Hat-Toilet Paper Cozy Used as a Toilet Paper Cozy

Really, we need to linger a moment on Knazi’s creation because there’s much more that needs to be said.  First, as you may know, Knazi can’t follow a knitting pattern to save her life.  Of course, to hear her tell it, patterns are for the faint of heart and feeble of spirit. At any rate, this was her first attempt at “knitting in the round.”  Tonight, when finishing up this project, Knazi switched from circular needles to five double-pointed needles.  Plus One grew concerned and took out her instructional knitting book as a safety measure.  She opened it to the part where it explained how such things were supposed to happen.  She eased the book across the table in Knazi’s direction.  Knazi snapped at her, “I can’t look at that.  Nobody talk to me right now! SILENCE!!” Somehow, miraculously Nazi finished off the hat. (She maintains that she is a StitchWitch and that the yarn “talks” to her.) 

Second, what you don’t see in the pictures above is the transformer hat-toilet paper cozy’s transformer umbilical cord-weiner because, well…because that’s private so it’s tucked away on the inside. Maybe she’ll let you see that next time if you’re lucky. 

Third, note the joy on those children’s faces as they don the transformer hat.  When was the last time YOU were that happy to be wearing a hat?  This joy can be yours too with the purchase of a transformer hat-toilet paper cozy for just $30.002! You must come to SoKaN’s booth at Pyrate Fest 2010 to purchase this one-of-a-kind magical joy-making transformer hat-toilet paper cozy with the secret umbilical cord.  I’m not kidding. You must.

Elitist Jerk officially became a Knitting Nutter KnitWit tonight.  She impressed everyone with her skull and crossbones scarf.  She may even have a thing or two to teach Knazi in the future. (Yeah, but can she knit in the round?)

Jerk's Skull Scarf

Plus One has completed a piratical pocket purse with a skull clasp and it is soooo “the sexy”! 

Plus One's Piratical Pocket Purse

Beady Boop arrived with a rolling suitcase – yes *suitcase* –of beads.  Apparently needing just one more bead, she and Beady Bo Peep attended a bead show this week, where they bought more beads.  Beady Bo Peep insisted that Beady Boop bring her entire collection of beads to the meeting, hence the suitcase.  (I’m waiting for the day when she runs up with a rickshaw carrying her bead inventory.  At the rate she’s going, it won’t take long.) One of their best finds at the bead show was Kazuri Beads, which are hand-molded and hand-painted from clay in Kenya.  This industry provides employment opportunities for single mothers and disadvantaged members of Kenyan society.  Check out the Kakar Jewelry link to get a look at the beautiful beads and to read the full story of their origin. 

Beady Bo Peep was quite industrious herself this week. She had some truly inspired creations, which are featured below.

Beady Bo Peep's Pirate Treasures

Bead Bo Peep's Souless Sandals

Lil’Croche-E continued working on the Jack dolls.  She has three in the works!  She also crocheted an eye patch. 

Lil Croche-E's eyepatch


Nanook continued working on prayer hankies.  She’s getting fancy with ribbon embellishments.

JustHereToWatch created a yummy taco feast for the rest of us.    

Rainbow, what did you do??

The Food

Tacos, guacamole, pizza, pizza rolls, strawberry shortcake, a many-berry bowl with used poundcake, and sweet tea.

The Conversation

Logo colors, Photoshop, children abandoned by their mother at parks, beads, pirates, and The Evil Farris Wheel.  

Next SoKaN Meeting

SoKaN is hitting the street for a field trip! The next meeting will be Monday, August 2 at 6:30.  E-mail me for the location. 


1.    Moniker is a neat word that I’ve never had the pleasure of using until now.  And trust me, it is a pleasure to use the word – try it out, you’ll see.  When I was typing that sentence up there it popped in my head and I had to look it up to make sure I knew what I was doing with it. What I didn’t know is that this “hobo term” (i.e., slang) dates back to the 1840s at least and perhaps originates from the word monk due to the practice of monks taking new names with their vows.  (That little nugget of knowledge comes to you from online etymology dictionary).

2. Children and toilet paper sold separately.