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!

Home again

A few highlights from our last day or so in Tahoe:

Reading the funnies: 

hubby turned 50 during this trip! some of us were too busy with preparations to realize it…

  

The cold never bothered him anyway.

 
So. Many. Snowball fights!

 

they waited so patiently for me to throw my sbowball at the tree above them. mwahahahaha!

 
  

 

we talked about not throwing sniwballs at close range, but the message did not sink in.

 
  One last outing to go sledding- this time to last year’s favorite- Mt Rose.   

 

On the way home we stopped at my husband’s brother and sister-in-law’s house in Sacramento, and we met their new dog!  It might sound goofy, but letting this sweetie was one of the highlights of our spring break!

  
Aside from heating issues in the cabin, we had a pretty good time. For me, the most fun was pelting my family with snowballs, and I worry a bit about what that says about me. 😜 

I only knitted a few rows the entire time we were gone, a big contrast from last year when I knitted my mini mania scarf in Tahoe. It doesn’t feel like my carpal tunnel issue exactly, so I wonder if I made too many snowballs for my age. 😔

Wrapping up

Today is our last day in Wisconsin! I packed and sent off my four latest bears,  as well as my souvenir yarn and fiber purchases, which I sent home with some old photos, souvenirs, etc.

 Then this afternoon we had a littler birthday party for the wee boy.  There was also some hide n seek with a corgi.  And splitting of rocks to find out what they looked like inside. 

Now that was a full vacation!! I’m looking forward to being home and being in a two-parent household again! I’m exhausted!! Wish me luck on the long flight home! 

Zara Bear and Little House

My Zara bear is finished! She’s the last of my goal of 15 bears in 2015, and the last of my second time through the alphabet, making my bear count 52. 

  
This was my second version of the bear beret, and it’s slightly better than the first. I’d like to make it just a bit slouchier.

In vacation news, today we hit a few literary spots in Wisconsin. First we went to the Caddie Woodlawn farmhouse/wayside.   

    
   
It’s a great spot if you’re a Caddie Woodlawn fan! If you’re. If you’re not familiar with Caddie, it’s a story about a pioneer girl, and it’s based on the author’s grand mother’s experiences.  It’s really fun to read!!

Next we hit a few Laura Ingalls Wilder spots– the site of the Ingalls’ cabin from Little House in the Big Woods, then the related museum in Pepin.

 

with cosplay, of course.

  
    
    

love the spinning!!

  

washing machine!

  

i’m tempted to simplify our own holiday gift giving, after reading this.

   
We couldn’t resist dipping our toes in the Missippi River while we were there!  

Later we got to hang out with my best friends from high school/college, and enjoy some woods/river time.   

  

i wish i could hang out with these guys allllll thentime!

 
We only have 3 days left in Wisconsin! We have just a few more things to squeeze in.

Yves Bear

After I finished this bear and named him Yves, I decided he really needed a beret. So yesterday I made up a pattern and knitted it up, then refined and re knit it… This is the first one:

 
The second one was slightly better, but this one matches his color scheme better, so I’m using it anyway.  He seems to like it.  My bears don’t often get comments on Ravelry, but this guy got two compliments just today.  I think the hat makes him extra handsome.

Today we went to Wisconsin Point on Lake Superior. It was a beautiful day for swimming, digging, rock collecting…

  
 Then we went to Big Manitou Falls in Pattison State Park. This is the biggest waterfall in Wisconsin.

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Yarnapalooza, trains, and a lake

I made it to Yarnapooza at Northwinds Books and Fiber!

   
It’s a really nice store, located in the adorable downtown of Spooner, Wisconsin. I only took photos of yarny items, but the book selection is fantastic as well!

wonder if i won???

    

spinning fibers

    

local yarns!

  

malabrigo trunk show

  

great selection of crafty books!

I left with 3 Feet of Sheep, and some potholder loom loops for the girl.

  
Next, we visited the Train Memories Museum in Spooner.  It’s chock full of train memorabilia and history. Well worth the visit!

    
    
  Then we took a scenic train ride!   

Nemakogon River

 Our last stop before heading home was the lake we used to go to when I was little. It’s especially nice because it’s super clean, quiet, and motorized watercrafts aren’t allowed.   
   
The water was pretty warm, and the kids enjoyed swimming and spotting many fish swimming around. 

What a fun day!

Barron County Fair

We spent a rainy afternoon at the County Fair today! We admired many animals…  
    
    
 
Won a horse race…

   
Mostly avoided the fair fare…

  Admired the 4-H projects, especially this cake!  
Played games and won some prizes…

 Hung out with a friend from my knitting group in Sam Francisco!

  
And the wee boy was invited to fight bad guys with a local sheriff who admired his light saber. 

 The kids had a good time!