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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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?