The kids and I joined a friend for his birthday party at the zoo today!
Here are some of the cool things we saw: Editing and I don’t think I ew
Back at home, I was too exhausted to jump into my planned sewing, so I wasted time online and then wound my Sincere Sheep spinning that I’d finished just before we left for Wisconsin in June. After a wash, it should relax…
Now I’m about to start a new spinning project with this!
From being mentioned on the Yarn Harlot’s blog last week, my Etsy shop suddenly had a lot of traffic and even a few new orders. It wasn’t the best timing, stock-wise, as I had been away for over a month and hadn’t been able to make the new project bags I’d wanted to have in stock. Today I spent some time at the sewing machine and was able to stock up the shop a bit, but there’s still work to be done. The new project bags I made are Dalek, Tardis, and Star Trek-themed!
In Mother Bear Project news, I found my Gloria Bear among many bears with their new owners in South Africa. Love!
Gloria with her smiley new pal.
I finished knitting my Giants cowl at knit night tonight, but then I messed up the kitchener and have to redo it. I learned a lesson– if you knowyou’ve messed up the kitchener, stop and fix it! Don’t try to keep going and just make more work for yourself. :0
Does your local baseball team/stadium host Stitch ‘n’ Pitch? It’s a cool thing where groups of knitters/crocheters/etc get a block of seats together for a home game and there is generally some swag involved.
Tonight was such a night in San Francisco!
I, fan of no sport, went to a Giants game!
I spotted stitchers a few rows ahead, albeit not of the knitting/crocheting type.
My knitting group and I had fun! I learned that watching the game is actually fun and exciting! (More so when you’ve been with your kids nonstop for 7 weeks and finally get a long break and don’t even have to put them to bed!!)
We were treated to a lovely view on the way out.
And this cool notions bag was the swag for the evening. Cool!
Thanks, San Francisco Giants/ATT&T Stadium!
I almost finished the Giants-themed cowl I was working on! Just a few more rows! I guess I’ll have to pay more attention to baseball so I can wear it on game days? 😜
Today I did some sewing for my etsy shop! I cut up lots of geeky fabrics… And ended up with two project bags.
One is for a current order, the other is to add to my stock. With all this fabric prepped, I hope to be able to add more bags to the shop soon! Once I get my assembly line going, I can be pretty productive. It’s just a matter of having the alone time, as I can’t do much sewing with the kids around. (I don’t know how other moms do it!!!!!) My shop is https://www.etsy.com/shop/MarissaMadeIt?ref=s2-header-shopname, if you’re interested!
Tonight I also started a project to knit/wear? at Stitch n Pitch tomorrow evening. The Giants are playing the Brewers, and I have exactly zero sports-related items to wear. Maybe I’ll have a warm cowl by the time the game is over.
The other day when I went to Yarnapalooza and Northwind Books and Fiber, I entered to win various prizes. I ended up winning a gift certificate for $5! I used it toward a game the kids and I can play on the flight home on Friday.
In other news, if any of you follow the Yarn Harlot’s blog, you’ll know about the bike rally and the karmic balancing gifts you may win if you donate to the cause. Well, having been on the receiving end of the karmic balancing gifts a few years ago, I thought it would be fun to donate a prize this time around. Well, I finally got the news today that my gifts would be on her blog today!
My Zara bear is finished! She’s the last of my goal of 15 bears in 2015, and the last of my second time through the alphabet, making my bear count 52.
This was my second version of the bear beret, and it’s slightly better than the first. I’d like to make it just a bit slouchier.
In vacation news, today we hit a few literary spots in Wisconsin. First we went to the Caddie Woodlawn farmhouse/wayside.
It’s a great spot if you’re a Caddie Woodlawn fan! If you’re. If you’re not familiar with Caddie, it’s a story about a pioneer girl, and it’s based on the author’s grand mother’s experiences. It’s really fun to read!!
Next we hit a few Laura Ingalls Wilder spots– the site of the Ingalls’ cabin from Little House in the Big Woods, then the related museum in Pepin.
with cosplay, of course.
love the spinning!!
i’m tempted to simplify our own holiday gift giving, after reading this.
We couldn’t resist dipping our toes in the Missippi River while we were there!
Later we got to hang out with my best friends from high school/college, and enjoy some woods/river time.
i wish i could hang out with these guys allllll thentime!
We only have 3 days left in Wisconsin! We have just a few more things to squeeze in.
After I finished this bear and named him Yves, I decided he really needed a beret. So yesterday I made up a pattern and knitted it up, then refined and re knit it… This is the first one:
The second one was slightly better, but this one matches his color scheme better, so I’m using it anyway. He seems to like it. My bears don’t often get comments on Ravelry, but this guy got two compliments just today. I think the hat makes him extra handsome.
Today we went to Wisconsin Point on Lake Superior. It was a beautiful day for swimming, digging, rock collecting…
Then we went to Big Manitou Falls in Pattison State Park. This is the biggest waterfall in Wisconsin.
I made it to Yarnapooza at Northwinds Books and Fiber!
It’s a really nice store, located in the adorable downtown of Spooner, Wisconsin. I only took photos of yarny items, but the book selection is fantastic as well!
wonder if i won???
malabrigo trunk show
great selection of crafty books!
I left with 3 Feet of Sheep, and some potholder loom loops for the girl.
Next, we visited the Train Memories Museum in Spooner. It’s chock full of train memorabilia and history. Well worth the visit!
Then we took a scenic train ride!
Our last stop before heading home was the lake we used to go to when I was little. It’s especially nice because it’s super clean, quiet, and motorized watercrafts aren’t allowed.
The water was pretty warm, and the kids enjoyed swimming and spotting many fish swimming around.