I designed!

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!!

 

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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!

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It’s very easy and super fast.  For a larger head, I’d suggest adding about 5 stitches to the stockinette section.

still had yarn left, so I came up with a pattern for a slouchy, bulky hat in stockinette.  Maybe I’ll publish that pattern next.

Happy knitting!

 

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.

 

Sick!

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.

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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.  🙂

New socks. Whose socks?

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!

Halloween part 4

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…

More catch-up

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.

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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.

Catch-up

I finished my latest leethalknits KAL hat!


I started the next hat KAL on Tuesday, but haven’t made much progress due to my wrist needing rest, and the pattern puts some pressure on it.  So it can progress slowly but surely.

And the fourth doctor’s scarf is coming along nicely.


It should be done in a few days, with plenty of time to spare!