Bear sightings!

Over the past few days I’ve been gathering up the latest of my Mother Bear Project bears that had been packed in a few different spots when we moved, so I can send them off to MN before they head to Africa.

I believe these are the last ones to complete my 5th A-Z series of bears!

Before I could get them sent off, I received a few emails from Amy of the MBP with some pics of my bears with their new forever friends.

It’s always sweet to see the bears with their new friends. These two are from my Literary Bear series. First is Christopher Robin, followed by Matilda. Matilda even has a satchel to carry her library books!

Happy knitting!

Baby Yoda

Last spring I crocheted a Baby Yoda and his space pod for my nephew. I really wanted a Baby Yoda for myself, and over the past week I finally made time to make it!

This time I decided to also make his soup bowl. The buttons on the pod are a little off-center so maybe I’ll add one more to even it out.

The second everything was done, I took him outside (twice) to get some nice shots of him in nature.

This pattern is by Ami Amour on Ravelry. I love it because it’s free, very clear and detailed, and she has step by step videos for the entire pattern. This was super helpful for me, because my first attempt at the ear turned out crazy. But when I crocheted along to the video, it came out great.

I feel like a kid with a new toy, you know? When it’s brand new and they want it with them at all times. I want Baby Yoda to accompany me all around the house. 😆

Happy crafting!

Birthday and FO

Last week I celebrated my 43rd birthday! My husband really spoiled me with some knitting goodies!

He went to one of Portland’s loveliest yarn stores and treated me to a new swift, a candle, hand balm, a farming needle, sheep pin, wool soap, a necklace that doubles as a knitting needle gauge, the most darling scissors, and a gift card.

Aren’t these sweet? They’re also very sharp, which came in handy when I had to snip out some of my cross-stitch.

In my FO news, I finished the wording on my Godzilla cross-stitch last night, and today I washed and ironed it. I’m so pleased!

And this! I love silver jewelry, and pieces that are unique, so of course this is perfect.

Am I spoiled or what?

My plan is to stitch our house number over the door when we buy a house, to personalize it.

Happy crafting!

Almost caught up!

Yesterday and today I used my crafty time to recoup my progress on my Godzilla cross-stitch project. Today I reached the point where I’d been before ripping back, aside from the helicopter.

I’m glad I took the time to cut out the wrong colored stitches. I’m much happier with the correct color.

In other news, the trees are starting to change here in Portland! There are bursts of colors here and there.

After so many years in an area without very distinct seasons, I love it here where each season is so different.

Happy autumn!

Big oops

The other day I was working steadily along on my Godzilla cross stitch project when I suddenly realized I’d used the wrong shade for a good portion of his body!

WHY are these two different colors labeled the same??!!

Some family members tried to convince me to let it be, that it could be a unique version, but I’m a pretty Virgo-ish Virgo, so I spent yesterday and today’s crafty time pulling out the wrong color. Boy, was it tedious! But it was worth it, even though it was more stitches than I’d thought.

These are the stitches I pulled out and have to redo.

I don’t mind the redo too much, because the thread I’d mistakenly used was way too blue and would have bothered me. It shouldn’t take too long to fix, then I only have the words to stitch at the bottom.

Happy crafting!

Cross stitch in progress

Having wrapped up a few knitting and crochet WIPs, I’ve taken out a cross stitch pattern that I haven’t worked on in ages. This time I’m determined to finish it!

Go go Godzilla!

It’s a very silly piece that, when finished, will include a helicopter and the words “May Godzilla destroy this house last.” I bought the pattern on Etsy. It was very reasonable, especially because this is the second one I’m making.

I used to do so much cross stitch in high school and college, but back then patterns were more “country cottage” style, so I eventually stopped, aside from a little project now and then. Now, however, there has emerged a new genre of geeky and subversive patterns that have drawn me in again!

Is there and art or craft form you’ve rediscovered?

Angee socks!

When we first had to shelter in place, and my kids were suddenly with me all day, I definitely felt a lot of stress. I even lost some of my knitting mojo for a bit, and set aside the socks I had been working on in favor of more mindless crochet granny squares.

Well, having finished the big granny square blanket, I finally picked up my Angee socks again, and finished them pretty quickly! I am so pleased with them!

The pattern is Angee by Cookie A. The yarn is Little Skein in the Big Wool House Sock, in the Gotta Give Em Hope colorway. I picked it up at Stitches West in 2019. The rainbow speckles really tickle me, especially now, being stuck at home due to COVID AND fires.

Stay safe!

Done!

Last week I finished my huge granny square blanket! I connected the squares with single crochet with wrong sides together, then finished it off with a few rows of single crochet.

It’s BIG!

In other news, the garden is providing lots of beautiful tomatoes.

Yes, there are also a couple of over-ripe cucumbers! First time gardener issues….

And I’ve discovered this amazing vegan lemon poppyseed donut recipe! It’s from veganricha, who I follow on Instagram. She has fantastic recipes!

That’s all for now, but I’ve been doing lots of creating, so I’ll be back soon!

COVID project

I don’t know about you, but my motivation and creativity haven’t been gray these past few months. Craft-wise, I’ve only really felt like working on my granny square blanket. The focus on only one project has paid off, because I have all the squares crocheted together!

I had to stand on a chair to get it all in one shot!

I’m pleased with it, but I could have taken more time to arrange the squares to even out the colors a bit, and I wish I’d had some brighter greens to use.

Last night I started the border, and it really ties it together nicely!

Aside from this mega project, I keep myself busy in the garden and in the kitchen. I’ve canned pickles, jam, and relish so far. In the garden, my cucumbers, squash, tomatoes, and flowers are flourishing. Peppers and eggplants are also looking good!

The kids and I have also been exploring outdoor swimming options around Portland- we’ve found some really fantastic places where we can distance ourselves from others and have a great time.

On a recent sunny day, the beach was much more crowded. On this day, we only saw two other parties. Win!

How have you been keeping sane these days?

I thought….

I thought I’d sworn not to make another blanket made up of small squares that I’d have to sew together, but….

Here we are! I’m trying to balance out the colors that are lacking so it’s more rainbow-like. With quarantine, BLM, and moving soon, crocheting squares is just what I need right now.

What have you been working on?