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.



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. 

Bear sighting!

My Robarge Bear has been sighted in South Africa!


In spite of the dubious expression, this child is most likely happy with his bear; we bear knitters been informed that 1)a lot of kids who receive bears haven’t had their photo taken before, and don’t know what to make of it, and 2) the kids don’t always understand that they get to keep the bears after the photo.  So some kids look excited or happy, while others might look confused or indifferent in the photos.

Tomorrow I should have two FOs to show you.  One is my latest bear (it’s nearly all knitted up, just needs stuffing and embroidery), and the Wee Girl’s socks!


A few nights ago, I started knitting a new charity hat, but it was looking too big so I frogged it.

I started again, using a different gray than I had originally used.  After a while, I started sneezing nonstop and my nose began to run.  

I realized that the yarn (reclaimed from a thrift shop sweater back in 2006?) hadn’t been washed since I bought it (and maybe not even then!  I don’t remember!).  As soon as I switched to the purple yarn, I was ok.  The offending yarn is currently taking a bath. 

What an inelegant reminder to always wash thrifted sweaters before reclaiming the yarn!!! Ah-choo!