Knitting rut

Lately I haven’t knitted much more than charity hats and bears, which are all well and good, but I started to feel like I was in a rut. A quick trip to Imagiknit and casting on a few new projects helped.

I left with some Malabrigo Merino Worsted and a skein of Madeleine Tosh Twist Light. At knit night I casted on and have been knitting happily since.

Yarn store = inspiration!

Charity knitting

Lately I haven’t felt like knitting much aside from bears for the Mother Bear Project and hats for Saint Anthony’s. 

I tend to use “Turn a Square” a lot for charity hats- it’s pretty quick and easy to memorize, and is a good stash buster.

And here’s my latest bear, Donna Noble.
I’ve just had a breakthrough in terms of bear bows- they look cuter when the bow is tied more loosely! I’d always thought a tightly-tied bow was perky, but a loose one, as it turns out, looks nicer. 

And, just for fun, here are some pics from the Botanical Gardens yesterday. I’m still recovering from pneumonia, so pardon my tired visage.

Mokia hat, finally modeled in daylight!
Goofy kid and me, and oops, I was wearing my hat backwards. 

Another bear!

It’s nice to be well enough to have the strength to knit a bit throughout the day! Another bear has flown off my needles! Here’s Clara, named for Clara Oswald.

And here she is with Boe, posing under the bear print where the finished bears line up until they’re sent off to Minnesota. 

I’m making a concerted effort to use up every last tiny scrap ball of yarn in my bear stash- it gets so messy and tangled! It’s going very well and my yarn storage is much neater. ☺️


I’ve been sick for nearly a week now- after suffering fevers, chills, aches, cough, I finally sought medical attention and am being treated for outpatient pneumonia.  I spent the week resting, mostly lying down without even the energy to knit.  Finally, though, by Friday I had a finished bear.


This is Boe, named for the Face of Boe in Dr Who.  She’s the second in my series of bears named for Dr Who characters.   This is another of my efforts to use up random tiny balls of yarn, and this combo happened to make a kind of rainbow effect, which is pretty perfect for Boe, if you know about the character and the actor.  🙂

3-day weekend (+) recap

To spare you my sad rantings, here’s a photo essay of our past few days…..

On the day after the election, my husband asked if we wanted to go see some huge waves.  I couldn’t think of anything I’d rather do at that moment, so off we went to the Marin Headlands, where the waves were very, very big.

There was inspirational graffiti on an old military structure.

The Wee Boy practiced big jumps.

I finished a bear, Amy  Pond.

We took a hike in the Presidio to clear our heads.

We visited guinea pigs to distract ourselves from more serious matters than how to get them to make that happy, purry sound.

We discovered rope swings.

We petted numerous wandering cats in our friend’s neighborhood.

And we kept petting guinea pigs.

And, on a serious note, this made me cry big, drippy tears.


A bear!

A little brightness in contrast to the…errr…. challenging week we’re experiencing here…. One of my bears has been spotted in Africa! Here’s Quill Bear, named for Peter Quill from Guardians of the Galaxy.


I really needed this.  Back to my bear knitting…..

More wee prezzies, and bears!

We had one more weekend birthday party yesterday, but I couldn’t show you our homemade gift in case the parents happened to see my post. The birthday boy and his family are Star Wars fans, so I made some cloth snack bags using Star Wars fabric. 

In bear news, I finished Zuul bear, completing 1) a set of five to send off, and 2) the 26th and last in my series of bears named for characters from my favorite movies!

I have been seriously stash busting with this last set of Bears, using up every last bit of tiny leftover balls than tend to linger in the bear yarn box, getting tangled together…. 

Left to right are Vernon, Westley, Max, Yoda, and Zuul. Can you guess all the movies they’re from? 🎥 

Wee prezzies

We have two birthday parties for little girls tomorrow, so tonight I whipped up some headbands for last-minute (as usual🙄) gifts. The insect one is my favorite! 

As you can see, I have so much trouble throwing away even the smallest of scraps, so I stitch leftovers together into bigger leftover pieces- very useful for wee headbands! #thrifty 

New socks. Whose socks?

Hm, that title makes me think that I may have too much Dr. Seuss in my life. Nah, no such thing! 😂

Anyway, moving on…. tonight I am so pleased to announce that I have finally finished the socks requested by my husband back in….(runs off to check Ravelry) January! Maybe even earlier, because he chose the yarn from Webs, and it had to ship from Massachusetts, blah, blah. 

Here they are!

The pattern is Mr. Pitt’s socks (any Seinfeld fans out there catch the reference?) and the yarn is Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light in color 4207, Salt and Pepper. As usual, I used Magic Loop, in order to have them done at the same time and be identical without having to take copious notes or think too much. 😜

With these off the needles, I’m itching to start a new pair for myself with this yarn:

This is the only yarn from Stash Exchange 2015 that I haven’t used yet, and my personal goal was to use all my stash exchange yarn (at least use some of each skein) by this year’s exchange. I’m cutting it close!  

I also have the personal goal of not  letting repeat offenders return to the stash exchange. So this skein really needs me to knit it up! I’m thinking toe-up to make the best use of the yardage, and simple stockinette so whatever pattern emerges (if any pattern emerges at all)  will show. Wish me luck!

Halloween part 4

Last night we finally finished Halloween for the year!  This last event was the culmination of all our efforts to make fantastic outfits- we had coordinated efforts with two other families to dress as characters from Dr Who!  The kids and I coordinated outfits last year (Star Wars theme!), but this was my first time to have a theme with other families- it’s so fun!

Rose Tyler, Dalek, and the Fourth Doctor

Ood, Dalek, Weeping Angel

Amy Pond and Dalek

Rose Tyler and the Tenth Doctor

Amy Pond and Rory Williams as the Centurion

The Eleventh And Fourth Doctors stuck together!

The Ood enjoyed surprising unsuspecting trick or treaters, which was fun to witness.

Oh! I made “davros’ third eye brownies” for the party, to go with my Dalek eye stalk.  The recipe is from the Doctor Who Cookbook, of course. 

I’m no cake decorator, and i don’t think I ever will be.

And… that’s a wrap! We put a lot of effort into this Halloween, but it was worth it!  Let’s see what next year brings…