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:

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Christopher Robin:

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Bears on Parade:

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Box of Bears!:

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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.

 

Bears!

It’s been a busy week, but I’ve had some bear news!   Orlando has been spotted in Africa!

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Liz Ten got a heart sewn on! (She’s far right in the top right photo)

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And I finished knitting Rose (as in Rose Tyler).

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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!

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.  🙂

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? 🎥 

Hi there!

Ok, readers, I’m back!  My carpal tunnel has gotten loads better, due to rest, acupuncture, and very helpful Occupational Therapy with exercises/stretches/massage as homework.  Since I last wrote two months ago (!), I’ve managed to make lots of things, so this will be something of a photo dump.  I hope you don’t mind!

In sewing news: I made myself a Tardis skirt!  It’s this simple lined skirt by Robert Kauffman: http://www.robertkaufman.com/quilting/quilts_patterns/simple_skirt/  It’s great!  Easy, quick, free pattern!  I’ll totally make it again, but with pockets next time.

Baby sewing!  I made these rompers for my great niece (the awesomely chubby thighed baby) and for my cousin’s granddaughter, whose daddy is a big Batman fan, and I happened to have the right amount of Batman fabric for a romper and a reversible bib!

Rompers:http://www.made-by-rae.com/2012/06/updated-the-ever-popular-baby-sunsuit-tutorial/

Bibs: http://www.joann.com/baby-bib-with-pocket/P268109.html#prefn1=isProject&q=bib%2Bwith%2Bpocket&prefv1=true&start=2

Then I made some eye masks for the Girl’s best friend and family, who just moved home to the UK.  http://www.tillyandthebuttons.com/2015/07/how-to-make-eye-mask-free-pattern.html

 

In knitting news, I’ve made two hats for the Leethalknits mystery hat club.  These are Vanguard and Omnia.  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/vanguard   http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/omnia  The special increases on Omnia hurt my hands, so I switched to regular old kfb, and it was much better.  I also like the ridge that kfb made, as opposed to  the sloppy eyelets I was getting with the center double increases.

In bear knitting news, I’ve finished several new bears.  Last night I finished one more, which I haven’t been photographed yet.  I’ve finished up to the letter R (Rugen)and have started S (Saruman).

And I’ve had several bear sightings in Africa!  I might be missing a few since I haven’t been keeping up on here, but here are a few!  Kylo, Henrietta, Buttercup, and Gandalf.  You might notice that most are from my current journey through the alphabet, where I’m naming them for characters from my favorite movies, so I have to get more sent out!  I sent a box to Minneapolis last week, so I’m doing well with these.  It helps that the stockinette doesn’t irritate my hands/wrists.

I’ve also swatched for a new top, but haven’t started it yet due to a trip and my fallback knitting of bears.   This is a Berroco booklet I found at Imagiknit after falling in love with the knitted sample on display.13643714_1148590665192987_495343036_n

And of course, we’ve had lots of local adventures, mostly centered around getting the kids out in the trees.  We’ve played at Stow Lake, in the Presidio, many parks and playgrounds, the Exploratorium, and we’ve done lots of swimming at the pool….  Yesterday the kids and I came back from 3.5 days on the Lost Coast, which was gorgeous (all the pics below except the line of children at the SF Botanical Gardens).

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Yep, we’ve been having some pretty good summer adventures.  Mostly our days are unstructured, aside from Thursdays and Saturdays, when the Girl has been playing baseball with the Junior Giants.   Yay, summer!  And yay for being recovered enough from Carpal Tunnel to be able to craft and blog again.  It’s nice to be back!

Klopeck Bear

This bear took forever to finish, entirely because I didn’t spend much time on him, he was totally a spare-minutes kind of bear. He’s named Klopeck after characters in my second-favorite movie, The Burbs.

 

what is that, slavic?


Because the bear yarn is so dark, and I gave away my tan yarn, I tried making whites and pupils. Well, I think he looks 1) sneaky 2) drunk, or 3) sleepy. But he’s passable and I don’t tend to spend a lot of time getting the features absolutely perfect, so he’s done. 
Now off to bed, because although I have my energy and happy sinuses back, my throat hurts like the dickens. Good night from Mayfield Place!

Stitches West 2016

Today some fellow Purl Jammers and I attended Stitches West!  I wrote a bit about it for the Purl Jam blog: https://purljamsf.wordpress.com/2016/02/20/stitches-west-2016/

I didn’t spend as much time in the marketplace as usual, which was good for my wallet.  I also notice that with every year that I go, I feel less inclined to buy a lot.  But it’s still really fun to see what’s new– patterns, yarns, trends, and to visit favorite booths (I’m looking at you, Miss Babs!  http://www.missbabs.com).

I only ended up buying three things; some Miss Babs Wowza, roving from Wonderland Dyeworks wonderland dyeworks, and roving from Anzula http://anzula.com.  It was enough!

  
Here are some fun photos from today (I only took a few all day!!!):

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Me and Amy at the Mother Bear Project booth


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Paddington!


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Superhero bears!  Not pictured: Thor and Iron Man.  


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There were Downton Abbey-themed yarns and patterns!  Gorgeous!


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I’m totally going to try this!!!  


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I thought Amy should keep the bear hat!  


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The Village Bears!!!!  #1 favorite bears today!