And just like that, here’s another bear FO!  This is K-9, another bear named for a Dr. Who character.

He was finished a few days ago, but I was busy, or sick….

I spent Easter Day miserably on the sofa, sick with a cold but cheered by being covered in handknits.

I feel much better now, thank goodness, and I’m nearly done with yet another bear. I’m on a roll, because they’re instantly gratifying, and the stash busting feels great.

Bear FO

Although I am knitting almost every day, I haven’t had much to show for it lately, for a few reasons. 

1) most of my projects are biggish one that are moving slowly.

2) I’ve been very distracted by the news and the book series I’m into; Percy Jackson and the Olympians.

3) I’m becoming a bilingual elementary school teacher. This one is taking lots of time and energy, as you can imagine. I have several tests to take, webinars, job fairs, interviews, paperwork, etc. I’ll start training at the end of next month, start teaching in the fall with an internship credential, and earn a Bilingual Multi-Subject Elementary School teaching credential at the end of the 2017-2018 school year. 

I’m trying not to stress out about all the things I have to do, so here’s a bear I just finished to distract myself:

This is Jackie Tyler, named for Rose Tyler’s mother. 

And a peek at a still-secret sewing project that only needs an hour or so before  completion! 

I should be able to send it to its new owner on Monday morning. Yay!

A sock!

This evening I finished a sock, aside from the afterthought heel.

I’m using three leftover balls of blue from three different sock projects (hey Marissa, maybe you have enough blue socks now….?), and the yellow/green/blue is leftover yarn from a pair of Monkey socks.  I’m using every last bit of two blues, but I’ll still have yellow and the toe/cuff yarn left. 

I started the second sock right away, because I have a deep-seated fear of Second Sock Syndrome.  I almost always knit my socks two at a time to avoid SSS, but because this was travel knitting, I wanted it to be simple, fun, and somewhat instantly gratifying. PS the metal needles didn’t make any TSA agents bat an eye.

Do you prefer one or two at a time when it comes to sock knitting?

Travel FO!

On Thursday night I finished my Textured Shawl (recipe by Orlane), and blocked it. It’s squishy and warm!

I managed to delete the photo, but here’s the link to my Instagram post about it.

I now have a sock going on, and as I’m only doing one at a time, it seems to be coming along quickly!

Travel knittingĀ 

Tomorrow we’re heading across the country to spend a week in Connecticut, visiting my husband’s family there. We have some long flights ahead of us, so I’ve been planning my knitting.

I’ll work on one handspun shawl, Textured Shawl Recipe by Orlane (I’ve made this pattern before and loved the result!).  

I also have a pair of socks I plan to knit with this Steven Be yarn that I bought at his shop in 2015.  The colorway is “Cunning,” a la Jayne Hat. šŸ˜œ. I’m not sure if I’ll make them plain vanilla or do a quick search for sock patterns that are good for variegated yarn with short repeats. šŸ¤”. If you have any suggestions, let me know!

I’ve prepared lots of snacks and activities for the kids during the long flights, but please wish me luck anyway! 


Inspired by a friend on IG, I decided to take out my spinning wheel tonight, for the first time in ages! 

I took the pink and purple bits from a “Three feet of sheep” package I bought in Wisconsin in the summer of 2015. 

Apparently I have no problem spinning super thin yarn, even when it’s been a while. Yeah, I’ve still got it! šŸ˜œ