Quarantine sweater

During the Rose City Yarn Crawl, I picked up the yarn to knit a Weekender sweater. Well, I wound the yarn pretty quickly, but it took ages to learn the tubular cast on. In fact, I’m pretty sure it took longer to learn the cast on than to knit the whole sweater.

The fit is great, and I’ve been wearing it a ton!

Happy knitting!

🐝

We got bees! My husband has wanted to keep bees for a long time, and it was easy for me to get on board with the idea.

The nuc was ordered months ago, and the hives were picked up last week. On Sunday we installed the bees! My husband and I each installed a hive, so we could each get all the experience.

His and her hives

They are so fun to observe! I just love watching the workers return to the hives with full pollen baskets, then they waddle into the hives…. so cute.

I’m also knitting, of course. I’m making great progress on my Weekender sweater.

It’s maybe 9-10
inches so far, a pretty good start.

I hope you’re all doing ok with sheltering in place. It’s hard, but we’ll get through it.

Quarantine

I’ve been wanting to blog, but have also been kind of overwhelmed and down in the dumps about the current situation. So here I’ll do a little photo roundup of things that have been keeping me sane.

Gardening!
Mending!
Puzzling!
Exploring when possible!
Sewing masks and sharing them with people who need them!
Trying something new (sourdough)!
Knitting!
Knitting!!
Recreating famous pieces of art!

Honestly, I feel lucky that I have so many things that I enjoy doing at home. There’s always something to do, and I’m never bored. I even learned a new knitting technique; the tubular cast on, so I finally have my Weekender pullover started, with yarn purchased during the Rose City Yarn Crawl. So, aside from some bickering and cabin fever, we’re doing ok. I am just extremely grateful that we’re riding this thing out in a house with a big yard, rather than in the apartment we had in SF with no outdoor space.

Hang in there, everyone!

Baby Yoda

My kids’ schools decided to start spring break a week early, meaning their last day for March was today. We decided to keep them home today. It snowed, so we spent a lot of the day indoors.

I finished and sewed up the Baby Yoda I’ve been working on for a nephew’s 21st birthday. I think this was my first amigurumi in crochet, so there are a few bits that could have been better, but I think it’s pretty cute.

His hands aren’t quite the same….

Then my daughter went to a sleepover, so my son and I binge-watched whatever he chose, and I was able to make The Child’s pod as well.

Pardon the messy background. My son piles his things on this buffet instead of actually putting them away.

I think the nephew will love his gift, and I know I’ll make at least one for us as well. It’s a cute, fun, quick, and relatively easy pattern by Ami Amour. She’s on Instagram and Ravelry at the very least, and she has some really great patterns! Totoro, Pokémon, etc! Check her out!

Faded

Mixed news! A vinegar soak did not stop my beautiful yarn from bleeding, but heating it on the stove with water and vinegar did. Unfortunately, it faded quite a bit from its original state.

At least I learned a lesson, eh?

Bleeding yarn!

Last year I picked up this pretty skein of yarn at Stitches West.

Last week I started knitting a cute little headband out of it.

I chose it for the blue specks which match my blue puffy coat.

It wasn’t long before I wondered why my fingernails looked so dirty! And my hands were turning purple!

I wash my hands OFTEN, and yet…!!!!

So the purple dye is rubbing off onto my hands. I would appreciate any advice on how to treat the FO so I don’t have a purple forehead!

Totoro mitts

Ever since I saw the pattern for these Totoro mittens (I mean, yeeeeears ago!), I wanted them. I printed the pattern out right away, but somehow actually making them was never urgent.

Enter winter in Portland. There are some days that are icy cold enough to warrant a good pair of mittens, and not just fingerless mitts! I want full mittens!

So it was as good timing when a friend asked if I wanted to make a visit to Twisted, a lovely LYS that is closing its brick-and-mortar soon. I picked out a gray and purple for the mitts, and had them wound so I’d be more likely to CO soon!

Corrugated ribbing instead of k2p2 in MC.

I casted on a few days ago, but have been reading Purple Hibiscus and felt more inclined to read than knit. But tonight I finished the ribbing and started the color work.

It’ll look better after blocking, but those purple stitches spell out Totoro. I might change the palm to a more traditional Norwegian style mitt, partly to make it easier, and…. well, it’ll be easier. 😂 also maybe warmer.

What have you been working on?

Bring in the Clowns

Yesterday I completed the last few rows of ribbing for my Bring in the Clowns socks, aka Clown Barf-off KAL. They’re pretty!

But…. they’re a bit too long in the feet!

I’m pointing to where my toes are. Ugh.

These were knit toe-up, so I’m wondering what to do. Have you ever fixed a problem like this? I could use some advice!

Jurassic Squirrel

I always get these silly ideas in my head- parodies, rhymes, almost-rhymes…. one I’ve had bouncing around my head for a while has been Jurassic Squirrel.

It almost rhymes with Jurassic World, so I imagined the super scary scene in Jurassic Park where the t-Rex is in the rear view mirror of the Jeep, but with a giant squirrel instead. It felt like it would be hard to draw, so I didn’t do it.

Until! It hit me that I could draw it as the logo instead of the rear view mirror, and it has come to fruition!

I drew the squirrel skeleton by looking at an image online, and it wasn’t hard at all. I happen to love squirrels, so I suppose that helps.

It took a little bit of time to get everything how I wanted it. I couldn’t successfully download the Jurassic Park logo font, so I made do with one that I deemed close enough.

Overall, this was a fun challenge! It has also occurred to me to create “Jurassic Bark” with a canine skeleton…. would that be cool?