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!

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? 🎥 


Thanks to a business meeting at preschool, I had some knitting time and finished my current charity hat!

I managed to use up every last bit of two yarns- one of which (blue malabrigo) I’ve had for over 5 years.  It’s nice to use up stash like this, and leave nothing to stuff back into the closet. 

And the stockinette on large-ish needles didn’t seem to hurt my hand/wrist at all. ☺️

15 hats!

Yesterday morning I finished my 15th hat for  Larkin Street Youth Services. My goal was 15 hats for 2015. It turned out to be pretty easy to churn these out- each hat only takes 1-2 days to knit.

The hats are distributed in December to homeless teens in San Francisco (this organization helps more than 3000 youth per year). Around 40% of homeless teens in the United States are LGBT. I have a special impulse to support LGBT causes, and I feel like this is an easy way to do so. A kid who’s going through a tough time during such a pivotal time of their life can receive a hand made hat (in addition to the support and services provided by this organization, which are amazing), and feel that someone cares for him or her- especially during the holiday season, which must be really rough for a homeless teenager. I hope these hats will spread some cheer and hope.