Oh my goodness, where to start? Biggest news first: we moved over the summer! We left San Francisco after having been there for about 12 years, meaning I lived in the SF Bay Area for about 14-15 years. We now live in Portland, Oregon, where we are closer to family, mountains, and so much green (in more ways than one, ha!). Aaaaaaaaand we can live in a house with a yard versus squeezing the four of us into a 2-bedroom apartment with no outdoor space in SF.
Over the past two years I worked as an elementary school teacher, but I wasn’t able to secure a position here for this school year (I hear from teacher contacts that it’s a particularly hard year for new hires), so I’m subbing. However, instead of taking subbing all that seriously, I’ve been working on some fun designs for my new shop on Threadless.com. My specialty is turning out to be designs based on Hayao Miyazaki/Studio Ghibli characters and ideas, but there are also random geeky or pop culture topics such as Godzilla, Galactus, Queen/cycling, and Stranger Things. I am having so much fun with this that it shouldn’t be allowed!!!! Please check it out! https://www.threadless.com/discover/s/henryx4 .
I will do a knitting update soon as well as an Important Event Update, as I have finished a few pairs of socks, a veritable shlanket (shawl + blanket), and a Calorimetry, http://knitty.com/ISSUEwinter06/PATTcalorimetry.html and have started a new sweater. I am seriously enjoying wearing my handknits here in the Pacific Northwest!
Hello internet friends! I’m enjoying a wintery vacation in Wisconsin and have been knitting loads. First of all, I made this gigantic owl for my great-niece! It’s crazy!!
This is the Big Snowy Owl from Purl Soho. This is the third one I’ve made, and I highly recommend it!
Next knitted a cowl with the leftover yarn for my sister-in-law, then I looked for a super bulky cabled hat for myself. I couldn’t find a pattern that I liked except for a Vicky Howell pattern that was only available with some kind of subscription, so I decided to try to come up with one myself. I did so, and decided to publish the pattern for free on Ravelry. Here it is!
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!
Bears on Parade:
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.
I’ve been sick for nearly a week now- after suffering fevers, chills, aches, cough, I finally sought medical attention and am being treated for outpatient pneumonia. I spent the week resting, mostly lying down without even the energy to knit. Finally, though, by Friday I had a finished bear.
This is Boe, named for the Face of Boe in Dr Who. She’s the second in my series of bears named for Dr Who characters. This is another of my efforts to use up random tiny balls of yarn, and this combo happened to make a kind of rainbow effect, which is pretty perfect for Boe, if you know about the character and the actor. 🙂
Hm, that title makes me think that I may have too much Dr. Seuss in my life. Nah, no such thing! 😂
Anyway, moving on…. tonight I am so pleased to announce that I have finally finished the socks requested by my husband back in….(runs off to check Ravelry) January! Maybe even earlier, because he chose the yarn from Webs, and it had to ship from Massachusetts, blah, blah.
Here they are!
The pattern is Mr. Pitt’s socks (any Seinfeld fans out there catch the reference?) and the yarn is Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light in color 4207, Salt and Pepper. As usual, I used Magic Loop, in order to have them done at the same time and be identical without having to take copious notes or think too much. 😜
With these off the needles, I’m itching to start a new pair for myself with this yarn:
This is the only yarn from Stash Exchange 2015 that I haven’t used yet, and my personal goal was to use all my stash exchange yarn (at least use some of each skein) by this year’s exchange. I’m cutting it close!
I also have the personal goal of not letting repeat offenders return to the stash exchange. So this skein really needs me to knit it up! I’m thinking toe-up to make the best use of the yardage, and simple stockinette so whatever pattern emerges (if any pattern emerges at all) will show. Wish me luck!
Last night we finally finished Halloween for the year! This last event was the culmination of all our efforts to make fantastic outfits- we had coordinated efforts with two other families to dress as characters from Dr Who! The kids and I coordinated outfits last year (Star Wars theme!), but this was my first time to have a theme with other families- it’s so fun!
Rose Tyler, Dalek, and the Fourth Doctor
Ood, Dalek, Weeping Angel
Amy Pond and Dalek
Rose Tyler and the Tenth Doctor
Amy Pond and Rory Williams as the Centurion
The Eleventh And Fourth Doctors stuck together!
The Ood enjoyed surprising unsuspecting trick or treaters, which was fun to witness.
Oh! I made “davros’ third eye brownies” for the party, to go with my Dalek eye stalk. The recipe is from the Doctor Who Cookbook, of course.
I’m no cake decorator, and i don’t think I ever will be.
And… that’s a wrap! We put a lot of effort into this Halloween, but it was worth it! Let’s see what next year brings…
Have you missed me? I’ve been having trouble with WordPress on my phone, and just didn’t manage to write posts on the computer (evidence that I am way too dependent upon my pocket computer!!!). Here’s a short catch-up post!
First, the Wee Boy and most of his Halloween costume! The Fourth Doctor’s scarf is really long, but I think it will be ok. I’m trying to get him to wear it around the house to test it out in case I need to shorten it for safety. It’s perfect if I wrap it around him twice, and a friend suggested pinning it in place, which I think is genius.
Second is my most recent leethalknits hat KAL, Mokia. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/mokia It’s a pretty funky hat, but I found that my stockinette version, with the points tied together inside, isn’t too crazy for regular life. I really can’t pull off pointy ears on a typical day.
I have been making really excellent progress with my Dalek Halloween costume. I’ll show it to you soon– I think it warrants its own post because it might end up being something of a tutorial.