New endeavor!

Oh my goodness, where to start?   Biggest news first: we moved over the summer!  We left San Francisco after having been there for about 12 years, meaning I lived in the SF Bay Area for about 14-15 years.  We now live in Portland, Oregon, where we are closer to family, mountains, and so much green (in more ways than one, ha!).   Aaaaaaaaand we can live in a house with a yard versus squeezing the four of us into a 2-bedroom apartment with no outdoor space in SF.

Over the past two years I worked as an elementary school teacher, but I wasn’t able to secure a position here for this school year (I hear from teacher contacts that it’s a particularly hard year for new hires), so I’m subbing.   However, instead of taking subbing all that seriously, I’ve been working on some fun designs for my new shop on  My specialty is turning out to be designs based on Hayao Miyazaki/Studio Ghibli characters and ideas, but there are also random geeky or pop culture topics such as Godzilla, Galactus, Queen/cycling, and Stranger Things.  I am having so much fun with this that it shouldn’t be allowed!!!!  Please check it out! .

I will do a knitting update soon as well as an Important Event Update, as I have finished a few pairs of socks, a veritable shlanket (shawl + blanket), and a Calorimetry, and have started a new sweater.   I am seriously enjoying wearing my handknits here in the Pacific Northwest!

Happy knitting!

A vacation and a new sweater!

Hello there! I have a few things to share today! First, we took advantage of my spring break to spend a few days in Yosemite National Park- it was warm and gorgeous! I highly recommend a couple of days there!

About a week before the trip, I finished my Worsted Boxy sweater ! I thought it would be nice to get pics of it in Yosemite!

I also finally got some modeled shots of my Blue Whale shawl! I thought it might look neat layered over the purple sweater, but I’ve changed my mind!

It was a great short trip away from the city. We were even able to play in the snow up on Badger Pass, so there was plenty to keep the kids occupied! I have to spend the rest of my break doing serious things, so I’m extra glad that we managed to get away for a bit.

Happy knitting!

Stitches West 2019

Today I went to Stitches West with a friend, a friend of hers, and a friend of her friend. It turned out to be a great combination and we had a fantastic day. Here are some of my highlights:

Knits like these grabbed my attention all day!

In addition to having gorgeous yarns and samples, this booth also had these cool post-it-like pattern reminders you could take when you found something you liked. I predict this will be more widespread next year!

Mother Bear drop off!!!!

I love these rainbow braids!!!!


We caught a little bit of Steven Abe’s talk about shawls, color, etc!

These will become a Fine Your Fade! I’m very excited!

My coworker’s bestie owns this yarn shop in Pacifica- I haven’t been able to make it to the shop, so I was excited to meet her at stitches today!

The rest of my loot!

It was a super fun day! I’m pleased with my purchases and it was nice meeting new people!

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!!



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!



I’ve had this pattern in my queue since 2013, and at my son’s urging, I’ve finally started crocheting it!  I’m about 3 days in.  The sewing up is quite a feat, especially since I didn’t have the right hook and I’m using a bigger one, which is yielding a larger Catbus…..


My toy Totoros fit nicely inside, so I think this size is just right.  Next up are the other side of the Catbus, 10 legs, a head, and other bits and pieces.  Thanksgiving break has been very well spent, if you ask me….

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.


Shawl (etc) Fall

The school year started out with my almost exclusively commuting across San Francisco by bus, which meant almost 2 hours of knitting a day.  As such, I’ve finished several bears, two shawls, an epic infinity scarf, and a sweater since the beginning of the school year.


Above is the “Can’t Stop the Signal” shawl with super nerdy yarns from Steven Be, both Firefly-related, of course.  The yarns are Wild Hare Fiber Studio Pinnacle Sock.  Cunning is the orange/red/yellow colorway, the blue one is Galaxy, which SPARKLES!


I wasn’t into the “faded” fad until I found this gradient set of Malabrigo yarns at Imagiknit.  I snapped it up and here’s my “So Faded!”  To me it looks like the different shades of the ocean on a sunny day.


THIS is a project I was very excited about!  This is Naki’s shawl from Black Panther.  From the moment I saw her in it on the big screen, I knew I wanted one for myself.   In the movie, she wears it kind of as a snood/wrap, but I’m not as wee as Lupita Nyong’o, so I can’t wear mine like that.  I might add some extra rows to make it drape better.  It feels a little bit bunched up around my neck.  I still love it, though!!!

blue whale

Last but not least is Steven West’s Blue Whale shawl knit in Tosh Pashmina in the Duchess colorway.  I planned for this project yeeeeeeeaaaaars ago, but got too confused by the garter tab, etc., to continue.  SO the yarn and pattern sat and sat until I recently decided to give it another go.  Of course, this many years later, the project was no problem at all, and it only took a few weeks of bus commute to finish.  The only snag was that the ball of yarn was diminishing rapidly, while the amount of knitting was still substantial.  Luckily, ONE knitter on Ravelry had this yarn/colorway for sale, and sent it to me within a couple of days, and I was able to finish!

This shawl was worth the wait!  It is so soft and drapes nicely.  I haven’t had just the right outfit to wear it to work, but with chilly weather (hopefully) approaching, I will before long.

Happy knitting!