Stitches West 2018

This is about a month overdue- so much for timely blogging.

Sooooo I took my first day off last month, and spent it happily at Stitches West. I volunteered at the Mother Bear Project booth, then browsed old and new favorite booths with friends.

I dropped off Dickon, Anne with an E, and Huck Finn at the Mother Bear Project booth.  Bye-bye, bears!

Gorgeous crochet rainbow vest!

I ❤ this madman with a sweater.

The Steven Be booth is always a fave.  I didn’t buy anything here this year, but I showed off the shawl I made with yarns he helped me pick out last year. 

This shawl was gorgeous, although its wearer was camera-shy.

What a wall!

I love this dress, although I don’t think it would particularly flatter me.

There has been plenty of commute-knitting going on here, so I hope to update again soon.  I am on Spring Break this week, and although I have a LOT of work to do, I should be able to find some time to knit and write.


Finished (a while ago) and blocked (a few days ago)!

I feel like this is one of the most amazing things I’ve ever knitted- I tend to knit simpler items, but this had a lot going on- color changes, garter Stitch, cables, eyelets, I-cord, picot thingies! It’s crazy bright and fun, and I’m looking forward to its public debut at Stitches West tomorrow! I hope to get a photo with Steven Be, who helped me choose the yarns at his booth last year.

And I may see some of you there as well! Happy knitting!

PS I just realized that in my modeled photos, I wore the shawl inside out, and the picot thingies don’t show up! Big oops!

Too quiet

Well, things have been quiet on the blog, but not in real life. Teachers aren’t kidding when they say the first year is super crazy. I’d say that if you’re earning your credential during your first year, it’s even crazier.

Even so, because I’ve been commuting across the city by bus a lot, I’ve gotten plenty of knitting done! Here are a few examples:

I finished my Dr. Who named bears and started a new A-Z series, Literary Bears. I started with Algernon.

Babar was next. I didn’t start out with the intention that the bears would resemble their namesakes, but I was weak to the power of suggestion.

And the kids and I had a nice winter break in Wisconsin, where the temp barely surpassed 0 degrees F once.

Happy winter!


Well, blogging is a different world now that I’m working full-time.  Thanks to commuting by bus about half of the time, I’m still managing to get plenty of knitting in, even if it doesn’t seem like it.

My Reyna Shawl is finally finished, blocked, edging undone and redone, and re-blocked!  This yarn, Plucky Feet, isn’t all that soft, but it’s resilient and squishy, and the resulting shawl should wear well.

reyna shawl

I also have a few bears to show, bears 101 and 102.

Atraxi bear!

atraxi bear

And Yeti bear!  My son called this one a zombie bear; maybe the neon green wasn’t the best choice.  yeti bear

I only have one bear left in my Dr. Who-themed alphabet.  Next up will be Literary Bears!  I already have my A-Z list completed, but might change it up as I see fit.

Happy knitting!


Totoro FO!

You know those projects that have been in your Ravelry queue for years and you might never actually  get around to makng them?  Well! I finally got around to such a project!

I’ve wanted this Totoro bag for ages, and I actually don’t know what was holding me back, aside from the fact that crochet can hurt my wrist….

I found the soot sprite fabric on Spoonflower. I thought the susuwatari would be smaller, but since it’s just the lining, it’s ok.  I didn’t line the strap, but after wearing it for a few minutes with my phone inside, I think I’d better. It stretches out quite a bit!

The bag is supposed to have Totoro with ears, but I think he looks ok as is. Opinions?

100th bear!

This bear has been almost finished for a few weeks. I’d been putting off finishing her, maybe to delay the excitement of finishing my 100th bear for the Mother Bear Project.  Here’s Rory Williams!

40 & etc.

I turned 40! I’d been craving izakaya food, and my husband wanted to take me out for my birthday, so we ended up at Izakaya Sozai in the Sunset district of San Francisco. It was perfect! The food was really good, and we had a flight of sake which really made me nostalgic for my years living in Japan.

We had just enough time left (babysitter clock was ticking) to dash over to North Beach to have a bit of dessert at Caffe Trieste. Biscotti, rugulah, and baklava.

This is extra-special to us, because we first met at the Caffe Trieste in Berkeley. ❤️

40 feels ok! I’m tired due to a new job and all, but am trying to keep that creative spirit flowing! We had a kinder birthday today, and I whipped up a wee messenger bag for the birthday lass.


The lining is purple, and it’s reversible! I fudged the strap placement, because I thought the straps were too wide for the wee space.  I had to rip it out and finagle a ruched look.  

Hopefully I can perfect this, because I’m hoping to make some wee bags to wear around work when I don’t have a pocket for cell phone, etc.

Happy Saturday!!!