A little sewing

With warmer weather coming, I started wanting some cooler pants to wear in the garden. I can’t wear jeans when it’s very warm! So I bought a copy of Sonya Philip’s Pants No. 1 and some fabrics from Joann’s, and today after work I dug in! I was able to whip up one pair and a matching mask (😂) in little time.

I wanted pockets but! 1) I forgot. 2) when I remembered, I couldn’t really grasp Sonya’s pocket tutorial. For my next pair, I’ll add in the pocket from the Washi dress, which I really like.

I’ve been so busy in the garden, sowing, transplanting, hardening off, etc. and yesterday I built 3 trellises for my climbers.

This morning I spotted 3 ladies in the yard, taking a closer look at my beds. We’ve put so many in the property, including the front yard and Hellstrip, so we get a lot of attention thin from neighbors!

Happy crafting, gardening, etc!

Eventual update

No apologizing about not having blogged for ages, I’ll get right into things.

In January we bought our first house!! It’s a 1924 Tudor and it’s so charming. We’ve been busy transforming the front lawn into raised beds. This includes the Hellstrip, which we’ve filled with three beds which will be inhabited by flowers preferred by pollinators, hummingbirds, etc. No pics of the very muddy work we accomplished today in the rain. 😆

Of course I’m also busy with my seedlings inside, and I have a big variety of veggies and flowers started. We have very big hopes for the garden this year, since it’s out first year with our very own beds!

I even had to recruit our Girl Scout cookie booth table!

I’m crafting news, I’ve only been working on a crochet square blanket for my niece’s son, who is due at the end of March. Thanks to my son’s meddling (ie putting the squares into piles of the same type), I’m now working on making an even number of each type, which should give the blanket more of a pattern. Somehow I only have this picture of two squares. PS I got the yarn from my local Buy Nothing group! Join yours!

I’ve also started a new full-time teaching job, and have the best co-worker.

As a teacher, I’m lucky to now be fully vaccinated, so I can return to work in person as soon as plans are in place with the district. Gosh, that’ll be nice! Staring at black spaces on the computer and asking, “so-and-so, are you there?” can get kind of sad.

I’ll leave you with a cute kitty photo and hopes that you all are well!

When I stepped out the back door, I found this view when I turned to close the door. They are vigilant!

Stress mending

I don’t know about you, but Election Day and night dragged on forever for me. I told myself to mend a sock anytime I had the urge to check the news. By the end of the day I’d mended almost all my handknit socks.

I started out with my standard knitted patch, but it looked terrible so I experimented with weaving, duplicate stitch, and a very new-to-me concept of a crochet mend. This turned out to be my fave, because it looks like fancy doilies on my socks.

This has also been a reminder of some of the less fortunate yarn choices I made when I was new to sock knitting. The bottom two socks are very silky and beautiful, but have worn through a lot, especially the one on the right.

And the bottom left socks? Somehow I chose a needle that was too big so the socks are loosely knit and ended up as knee-highs, even though they weren’t meant to be.

Overall, it was a very productive day and keeping my mind on mending helped my mental state.

How are you faring in these uncertain days?

Bear sightings!

Over the past few days I’ve been gathering up the latest of my Mother Bear Project bears that had been packed in a few different spots when we moved, so I can send them off to MN before they head to Africa.

I believe these are the last ones to complete my 5th A-Z series of bears!

Before I could get them sent off, I received a few emails from Amy of the MBP with some pics of my bears with their new forever friends.

It’s always sweet to see the bears with their new friends. These two are from my Literary Bear series. First is Christopher Robin, followed by Matilda. Matilda even has a satchel to carry her library books!

Happy knitting!

Baby Yoda

Last spring I crocheted a Baby Yoda and his space pod for my nephew. I really wanted a Baby Yoda for myself, and over the past week I finally made time to make it!

This time I decided to also make his soup bowl. The buttons on the pod are a little off-center so maybe I’ll add one more to even it out.

The second everything was done, I took him outside (twice) to get some nice shots of him in nature.

This pattern is by Ami Amour on Ravelry. I love it because it’s free, very clear and detailed, and she has step by step videos for the entire pattern. This was super helpful for me, because my first attempt at the ear turned out crazy. But when I crocheted along to the video, it came out great.

I feel like a kid with a new toy, you know? When it’s brand new and they want it with them at all times. I want Baby Yoda to accompany me all around the house. 😆

Happy crafting!

Birthday and FO

Last week I celebrated my 43rd birthday! My husband really spoiled me with some knitting goodies!

He went to one of Portland’s loveliest yarn stores and treated me to a new swift, a candle, hand balm, a farming needle, sheep pin, wool soap, a necklace that doubles as a knitting needle gauge, the most darling scissors, and a gift card.

Aren’t these sweet? They’re also very sharp, which came in handy when I had to snip out some of my cross-stitch.

In my FO news, I finished the wording on my Godzilla cross-stitch last night, and today I washed and ironed it. I’m so pleased!

And this! I love silver jewelry, and pieces that are unique, so of course this is perfect.

Am I spoiled or what?

My plan is to stitch our house number over the door when we buy a house, to personalize it.

Happy crafting!

Almost caught up!

Yesterday and today I used my crafty time to recoup my progress on my Godzilla cross-stitch project. Today I reached the point where I’d been before ripping back, aside from the helicopter.

I’m glad I took the time to cut out the wrong colored stitches. I’m much happier with the correct color.

In other news, the trees are starting to change here in Portland! There are bursts of colors here and there.

After so many years in an area without very distinct seasons, I love it here where each season is so different.

Happy autumn!

Big oops

The other day I was working steadily along on my Godzilla cross stitch project when I suddenly realized I’d used the wrong shade for a good portion of his body!

WHY are these two different colors labeled the same??!!

Some family members tried to convince me to let it be, that it could be a unique version, but I’m a pretty Virgo-ish Virgo, so I spent yesterday and today’s crafty time pulling out the wrong color. Boy, was it tedious! But it was worth it, even though it was more stitches than I’d thought.

These are the stitches I pulled out and have to redo.

I don’t mind the redo too much, because the thread I’d mistakenly used was way too blue and would have bothered me. It shouldn’t take too long to fix, then I only have the words to stitch at the bottom.

Happy crafting!

Cross stitch in progress

Having wrapped up a few knitting and crochet WIPs, I’ve taken out a cross stitch pattern that I haven’t worked on in ages. This time I’m determined to finish it!

Go go Godzilla!

It’s a very silly piece that, when finished, will include a helicopter and the words “May Godzilla destroy this house last.” I bought the pattern on Etsy. It was very reasonable, especially because this is the second one I’m making.

I used to do so much cross stitch in high school and college, but back then patterns were more “country cottage” style, so I eventually stopped, aside from a little project now and then. Now, however, there has emerged a new genre of geeky and subversive patterns that have drawn me in again!

Is there and art or craft form you’ve rediscovered?

Angee socks!

When we first had to shelter in place, and my kids were suddenly with me all day, I definitely felt a lot of stress. I even lost some of my knitting mojo for a bit, and set aside the socks I had been working on in favor of more mindless crochet granny squares.

Well, having finished the big granny square blanket, I finally picked up my Angee socks again, and finished them pretty quickly! I am so pleased with them!

The pattern is Angee by Cookie A. The yarn is Little Skein in the Big Wool House Sock, in the Gotta Give Em Hope colorway. I picked it up at Stitches West in 2019. The rainbow speckles really tickle me, especially now, being stuck at home due to COVID AND fires.

Stay safe!