I’ve had this pattern in my queue since 2013, and at my son’s urging, I’ve finally started crocheting it!  I’m about 3 days in.  The sewing up is quite a feat, especially since I didn’t have the right hook and I’m using a bigger one, which is yielding a larger Catbus…..


My toy Totoros fit nicely inside, so I think this size is just right.  Next up are the other side of the Catbus, 10 legs, a head, and other bits and pieces.  Thanksgiving break has been very well spent, if you ask me….

A box of bears

Over the Summer and Fall, I worked on a ton of stash-busting bears, but I was so preoccupied with work that they just piled up until finally, yesterday I made it to the post office to send them off.  But first, of course, a few photos!


Ramona Quimby:

ramona quimby

Christopher Robin:

christopher robin bear

Bears on Parade:

bear lineup

Box of Bears!:

box of bears

These are from my “Literary Bears” A-Z series, so these particular bears include The Count of Monte Cristo,  Fudge, Gilbert Blythe, Ichabod Crane, Jo March, Matilda Wormwood, Nancy Drew, Oliver Twist, Peekay, Ramona Quimby, and Christopher Robin.

Some, but not all are meant to resemble their namesakes.  I think that was what made this bunch a little harder to part with than usual.  In general, these characters were from books that were pretty special to me.   I’m sure they’ll be special to their new forever friends in Africa, so it’s all worth it.


Shawl (etc) Fall

The school year started out with my almost exclusively commuting across San Francisco by bus, which meant almost 2 hours of knitting a day.  As such, I’ve finished several bears, two shawls, an epic infinity scarf, and a sweater since the beginning of the school year.


Above is the “Can’t Stop the Signal” shawl with super nerdy yarns from Steven Be, both Firefly-related, of course.  The yarns are Wild Hare Fiber Studio Pinnacle Sock.  Cunning is the orange/red/yellow colorway, the blue one is Galaxy, which SPARKLES!


I wasn’t into the “faded” fad until I found this gradient set of Malabrigo yarns at Imagiknit.  I snapped it up and here’s my “So Faded!”  To me it looks like the different shades of the ocean on a sunny day.


THIS is a project I was very excited about!  This is Naki’s shawl from Black Panther.  From the moment I saw her in it on the big screen, I knew I wanted one for myself.   In the movie, she wears it kind of as a snood/wrap, but I’m not as wee as Lupita Nyong’o, so I can’t wear mine like that.  I might add some extra rows to make it drape better.  It feels a little bit bunched up around my neck.  I still love it, though!!!

blue whale

Last but not least is Steven West’s Blue Whale shawl knit in Tosh Pashmina in the Duchess colorway.  I planned for this project yeeeeeeeaaaaars ago, but got too confused by the garter tab, etc., to continue.  SO the yarn and pattern sat and sat until I recently decided to give it another go.  Of course, this many years later, the project was no problem at all, and it only took a few weeks of bus commute to finish.  The only snag was that the ball of yarn was diminishing rapidly, while the amount of knitting was still substantial.  Luckily, ONE knitter on Ravelry had this yarn/colorway for sale, and sent it to me within a couple of days, and I was able to finish!

This shawl was worth the wait!  It is so soft and drapes nicely.  I haven’t had just the right outfit to wear it to work, but with chilly weather (hopefully) approaching, I will before long.

Happy knitting!