Bears, bears, bears!

Two of my bears have been spotted in Zambia!

 Yves:  
And Wanda:

 
This Friday I’ll be volunteering for a bit at the Mother Bear Project booth at Stitches West, so I thought this year I’d like to wear a bear hat. I found an easy pattern using bulky yarn (I used some handspun doubled), and managed to make the entire hat yesterday.

  
I spun this  yarn from Rambouillet roving that I bought at a (more or less) local farm, so it’s very rustic- lots and lots of vegetable matter.  Doubled, it was perfect for this project although it’s kind of stiff and my carpal tunnel is flaring up as a result of the stiff yarn combined with crochet. I’ll have to take it easy for a bit. 

All in all, it was a good weekend for bears!  I hope you had a good one!

Dino hat, street art

Last night I finished crocheting another hat for our preschool’s fundraising auction! This time, a dinosaur!

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And for fun, here are some pics of a super fun block the Wee Boy and I came across on an errand this morning.

Yarn bombings!


  
  

The boy couldn’t resist giving the crochet pieces some cuddles.

Koi sidewalk!


  
Goofy!

Weekend recap

Well, I’ve figured out my problem with uploading photos to WordPress.  I simply used up all my data!  Luckily that’s an easy fix.  What isn’t an easy fix, however, is that when I try to upload new media here, and open up my Photos file on my iMac, photos taken since mid-December aren’t showing up.  I can’t figure it out.  Ugh.

Anyway, here’s a bit of what I did this weekend:

I’ve been working on spinning 138 grams of ??? fiber, which was dyed by a friend and brought to our 2015 stash exchange.  It’s turning out thin and lovely.

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There was a photo shoot of the owl hat I crocheted for the boy’s preschool’s fundraising auction, which is coming up soon.  I’m also crocheting away at a cute dinosaur hat to contribute as well.

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There was lots of outdoor time as well, of course– lots of playground time and tree climbing.  The weather this weekend was really warm and sunny, so we had to be outside.  I kind of miss the rain, though.

I hope you had a nice weekend!

 

 

It worked!

For all my struggles with this crochet owl hat, I’m kind of amazed that it turned out well.  Sadly, I can’t insert a photo (what’s up, WordPress???), but here’s a link to the project on Ravelry.

http://www.ravelry.com/projects/mhenry/baby–childs-owl-hat-4

I’ll take better photos in the daylight– the magenta and purple are very pretty but the night lighting doesn’t do them justice.

Now I’m back plugging away the the other crochet hat, which is supposed to be a dinosaur hat if I can pull it off.

Good night!

 

Off my game

Since last night I’ve been trying to crochet a couple of hats. Normally I do ok with crochet, as long as I have my copy of “The Happy Hooker” at my side, but these hats are coming out too big.

http://www.ravelry.com/projects/mhenry/owl-hats

My plan is just to frog back to the number of stitches of a hat I crocheted that fits the Wee Boy great, and crochet on from there. That should work, rightt?

 

Sock Sunday, non-sock version

Today was our monthly Sock Sunday meet-up!  I started out working on a snowflake, which, of course, was neither knitting nor socks.  I made some good progress, then had too much trouble with the pattern to continue crocheting socially.  I might actually turn to the chart in lieu of the written directions in this case!  This is a first!  GULP!

Let it snow!

Let it snow!

Today was our photo shoot for our “Cultural Heritage” themed KAL.  Most of us knit the Eisern pattern, although you might notice that some of us skipped the twisted stitches in the solid section, due to lack of visibility of said twisted stitches or possibility of crippling carpal tunnel.

Mostly Eiserns.

Mostly Eiserns.

A friend and I took turns photographing each other’s Eisern FOs, as I realized I only had taken sock selfies!

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Tonight I’m spinning the locks that I’ve finished drum carding.  It’s not going amazingly well, and I’m realizing that I much prefer to spin fiber that is already prepared.  Carding isn’t really my thing, and I prefer spinning fibers that are well-prepared.

Odds and ends

Well, it’s been raining.  If you’ve heard anything about the current drought in California, you won’t be surprised to hear me swear that I won’t complain about the rain this entire season!  We’re enjoying it so far.  We’ve been going on rainy walks in search of puddles, followed by hot chocolate.

The really fun thing about rain is the gear, and going out in the gear.

Boy in the rain.

Boy in the rain.

Last week I was sad to hear that my closest sewing + knitting shop, Pincushion, is closing.   I managed to make it over today between the gym and preschool pick up.   I was happy to find that it is still open for a few weeks.  I wish I’d made it to the shop more often, but it’s so hard with the little ones.

Sad...

Sad…

The discounts are quite deep, and there’s still a good deal of stock.

There are good deals to be had.

There are good deals to be had.

Cascade Heritage Paints

Cascade Heritage Paints

Fabric!

Fabric!

More yarn!

More yarn!

More yarn!

More yarn!

More yarn!

More yarn!

More yarn

More yarn

I left with just two balls of Cascade 220 Quattro for baby knitting.

The red one!

The red one!

But later in the day, I went back to choose fabric for a quilt, which is to be my niece’s wedding gift next June.  Nothing wrong with an early start, right?  I’ve chosen a very simple large patchwork pattern, and the Wee Girl helped me choose from blues and greens, the bride and groom’s preferred colors.  I think it’ll be a cute and nature~y quilt!

This was my first time shopping for a quilt.  The first two I made were from remnants I had in my stash, so this made me a little nervous!  I think they’ll go together fine, as long as I place them carefully.  Although I do see quilts with arrangements that I just don’t understand.  I might be too strict about what goes with what….

A quilt-to-be!

A quilt-to-be!

This evening I started what’s become a holiday tradition for me; snowflake crochet!  My grandma used to make these for my mom for Christmas, and now that she’s been Heaven for several years, and I now have some basic crochet skills, I’ve taken on the torch, or hook, as it were.  My first one or so are usually kind of funky, as I get used to the tiny stitches again, but I catch on ok.

Snowflake season!

Snowflake season!