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!

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).

tree

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!

Phew!

We had three events today, which is a lot for our family on a Sunday.  

For this and that reason, I only have one photo for the day:

 

fun with friends in Japantown!

  
And one for the post-bedtime luxury hour:

 
This is my latest hat for the Larkin Street Youth Services. Inching closer to 15 hats in 2015… And stash busting to boot!

Halloween event #1

One of the fun things about having kids is the number of Halloween-related events, well,  assuming you like Halloween and costumes as much as I do! Today was our first event of many, and we were excited to debut our new, or in Leia’s case, slightly improved, duds.

I got carried away with adding more and more details- I was actually sewing things onto my outfit in the car to and from the Wee Girl’s soccer game this afternoon. 
 

an important detail

  

The Boy’s costume is all DIY/regular clothes except for the mask and light saber, which I bought.

little vader

  

who’s scruffy-looking?

  

The Wee Girl’s outfit is from 2 years ago, but she insisted on being Leia again. But this time around I bought her some new boots.

  
I’m so pleased with how this turned out! I thrifted/up cycled/made the entire outfit, and was working on details up to an hour before our event.   
I came up with more details for the belt this morning. Hot glue gun to the rescue!

 

We met an Ewok at the party!
  
Darth Leia on the way home.

We have a Star Wars event tomorrow, so we’re excited to wear our outfits again and to see what getups others come up with!

Spinning and such

Yesterday I was very busy with preschool, soccer practice, and then back to the preschool for a meeting. It was made less painful by a gorgeous sunset on my way there.  

Something silly and geeky… I have a habit of paying attention to things etched into the sidewalks of San Francisco. On Monday near preschool I found that someone had written WOLF into the wet cement, who knows how long ago? On my way out the door the next day, I slipped a piece of chalk into my pocket, amazingly found parking right near it, and left my own mark.  Later I found geeky food at Target! 

 

In crafty news, I’ve been knitting bears and spinning. (I don’t know why I thought I’d have so much free time for crafts during the school year! The Wee Boy isn’t napping, and his school day is short! Therefore my days are long and my evenings short. Le sigh. ) At least I get some crafting in…. 

This alpaca wants to be spun up pretty fine, so it feels like it’s taking forever….  

But it’s nice to be making something….

Sunday

We went to the beach in Pacifica today, but I didn’t take a single photo. It was the most crowded I’d ever seen, with good reason. It was mega hot! The icy ocean water felt very good.

Later I took a +/- 16 block walk with the Wee Boy, which stretched out and out, due to his tendencies to climb every available climbing thing, take breaks, pet every dog, etc.

  
  

i think the same person has done lots of this style graffiti in my neighborhood…


And we were treated to a very pretty sunset.   
 
Instead of crafting, I perused this super fun find from the library.

  
I’m finding information with which I disagree, so I’ll need to rewatch the films. Need to! 😉