It’s been a busy week, but I’ve had some bear news!   Orlando has been spotted in Africa!

orlando bear

Liz Ten got a heart sewn on! (She’s far right in the top right photo)

liz ten

And I finished knitting Rose (as in Rose Tyler).

rose tyler

In spite of being home alone for the week, I’m super tired because of classes, coursework, new early schedule, a bus commute, and starting today, fieldwork!  I was charged with teaching a short reading lesson tomorrow morning– I decided to try Fantastic Mr. Fox out on the kids, wish me luck!

2015 goals recap

Before we get too far into 2016, a recap of my 2015 knitting/fiber goals.

  1. Spin up my handspun stash (as of New Year’s Day).  I did the worst on this one. Aside from the yarn I spun for my POP blanket, I don’t think I knitted up any other handspun.  I spun a lot, I gifted some, but I definitely didn’t reach this goal.


  2. Learn to darn my hand knit socks.  I did this, at the very end of the year!


I’ve missed some of these!  I’ll be happy to have them back in rotation.


3. Knit 15 bears for the Mother Bear Project and 15 hats for Larkin   Street Youth Services.  I blew this one out of the water, knitting 26 bears and 15 hats (plus one that I never wore that I added to the donation pile).  Some of these bear photos are the ones I knitted in 2015, others are some that were sighted in 2015 in Africa with their forever friends.

I was also lucky enough to 1) volunteer in the Mother Bear Project booth at Stitches West and 2) join other bear knitters in Minneapolis for their monthly get-together where they sew hearts on the bears prior to their being shipped off to Africa.


next year I’ll put a little more focus on making attractive hats, rather than using up my stash quickly.  Some of these ended up a little fugly.


Recovery and bears

Yesterday’s wisdom tooth extraction went fine– I spent most of yesterday sleeping, resting, downing broth and juice.  Today has been more of the same.  The pain hasn’t been bad, because I’m keeping on top of the pain meds and icing my puffy cheeks fairly regularly.  I can move on to thicker liquids today, so I’ll start with soups.  I haven’t been as hungry as I expected to be on a liquid diet, but to get more calories in, I had ice cream for dinner last night and for lunch today.  So it’s not all bad.  :0

On to bear news!  A few days ago, the Mother Bear Project posted new photos of bears with new owners in South Africa, and Amy had found my Frank Junior and Norbert among them.  Today I looked back through them and also found Frank Junior in a group shot.  Cute!

Frank is the mostly orange one with dark green stripes and a hood.

Frank Junior!

Frank Junior!

Today I looked through some new photos from Botswana and found my Paul Bear.

Paul Bear

Paul Bear

I haven’t done any knitting yesterday or today, so that’s it for my crafting news.  Back to recuperating!