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.

 

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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!

 

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!

2015 goals recap

Before we get too far into 2016, a recap of my 2015 knitting/fiber goals.

  1. Spin up my handspun stash (as of New Year’s Day).  I did the worst on this one. Aside from the yarn I spun for my POP blanket, I don’t think I knitted up any other handspun.  I spun a lot, I gifted some, but I definitely didn’t reach this goal.

 

  2. Learn to darn my hand knit socks.  I did this, at the very end of the year!

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I’ve missed some of these!  I’ll be happy to have them back in rotation.

 

3. Knit 15 bears for the Mother Bear Project and 15 hats for Larkin   Street Youth Services.  I blew this one out of the water, knitting 26 bears and 15 hats (plus one that I never wore that I added to the donation pile).  Some of these bear photos are the ones I knitted in 2015, others are some that were sighted in 2015 in Africa with their forever friends.

I was also lucky enough to 1) volunteer in the Mother Bear Project booth at Stitches West and 2) join other bear knitters in Minneapolis for their monthly get-together where they sew hearts on the bears prior to their being shipped off to Africa.

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next year I’ll put a little more focus on making attractive hats, rather than using up my stash quickly.  Some of these ended up a little fugly.