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.

 

Imogene Bear

I finished  a bear!  
I was going to name my “I” bear Inigo for the character from my #1 favorite film, but as I wanted to use up lots of blue acrylic, she is a girl and I decided to name her Imogene after a very minor character from About A Boy.  I think she’s sweet, don’t you?

Next up is J…

Bear sighting!

My Robarge Bear has been sighted in South Africa!

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In spite of the dubious expression, this child is most likely happy with his bear; we bear knitters been informed that 1)a lot of kids who receive bears haven’t had their photo taken before, and don’t know what to make of it, and 2) the kids don’t always understand that they get to keep the bears after the photo.  So some kids look excited or happy, while others might look confused or indifferent in the photos.

Tomorrow I should have two FOs to show you.  One is my latest bear (it’s nearly all knitted up, just needs stuffing and embroidery), and the Wee Girl’s socks!

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These days I’ve been working a little on my Trillian, a little on the Wee Girl’s socks, and also on a secret (Non-knitting)  project. Tonight my hand is hurting from the small needles of the first two projects I mentioned, so I went back toy current bear project.

  
Im using stash exchange yarns- somehow my friends always convince me to take lots of yarn “for bears.” I’m an easy sell, I guess, because I have quite a lot of bear yarn, in spite of the large number of bears I’ve made. 😁

2015 Goals Update

Realizing that there are only a few months left to complete my 2015 knitting-related goals, I checked back to the goals I’d set out for myself on the Purl Jam blog back at the beginning of the year.

*Marissa’s goals are:

1) Knit up her handspun stash (as of December 31, 2014)!

2) Darn handspun socks! She bought the darning egg late last summer, so….!!!

3) Charity knitting: 15 bears for the Mother Bear Project and 15 hats for Larkin Street Youth Services.

Results so far???

1)According to my Ravelry project page, it looks like I  haven’t knit anything using my handspun in 2015, except maybe scraps here and there for bears and hats!  Left to be knit up?  This much, I think.

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I’m much better at taking spinning notes in my tiny notebook than uploading my spinning info to Ravelry, so I’m not sure when I spun some of these….  But as you can see, I’m nowhere close to knitting them all up!

2) I haven’t darned any socks yet!  The darned darning egg stares at me every time I open my craft closet….

3) At least I’m making some progress with charity knitting, however skewed it may be!  I’ve knit up 23 bears for the Mother Bear Project, but only 4 hats for the Larkin Street Youth Services.  Yesterday when I thought about these goals, I started a hat right away and finished it tonight.  I have excuse for not knitting hats!

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This was knit using one of my “crazy balls” that I made a few months back.  It’s a fun and easy way to stripe, even if the results are crazy!

How are you doing on your 2015 goals?