Free to be

Sometimes when I spin yarn, I want it to be really perfect and even. Other times I’m able to let the yarn decide. Today I didn’t predraft too much, but let the yarn fulfill its fibrous destiny:


I’ll almost done with this half of the totally fiber. We’ll see what it becomes! 

WIPs and a bear sighting!

Hi friends, I’ve been quiet in this space lately (sometimes wordpress acts up on my phone, which is where I prefer to blog), but there has been some knitting, some vacationing, some coursework, and lots of baby steps toward starting work in a few weeks.

I’m currently knitting three shawls at the same time, which is unheard of for me, but there is a good reason for each of them; 1) because I really want a neutral gray shawl, reyna2) because of Colorpalooza, doodlerand 3) because it’s a Don’t Panic Mystery Shawl Knitalong and I find it hard to resist Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy-themed knits!!!

It’s a mystery KAL, so I won’t spoil it, but it looks very pretty!


It’s been a while since I’ve had a bear sighting, but today I was alerted to this guy!  Thorin Bear has been spotted in Africa with his new owner!

Thorin

Happy knitting!

 

 

New bear & etc

My 98th bear is done! Meet U.N.I.T.


As you can tell, I’ve been focusing on using up those tiny balls of leftovers, resulting in pretty random color choices. 

I’ve also started a Doodler shawl for a more challenging Colorpalooza project: 


This week also also included lots of pretty views due to driving to and from sailing camp:



And whale watching at Fort Point!

That speck out in the distance is a whale! We saw about 6 this day!


And the week ended with us getting really excited about homemade baguettes!

It crackled for several minutes after taking it out of the oven! So cool!

The first batch came out so well that my husband whipped up another batch of dough while the kids and I were out this afternoon. The Wee Boy hugged me in gratitude for this bread! How much more highly can I recommmend the recipe?? 😂. It’s from the book The Homemade Vegan Pantry, which I’ve found to be a really excellent resource. 

I hope you’ve had a good week, too! ❤️

Colorpalooza IV

Well! It’s been a good week for knitting! I finished the burgundy/gray colorwork hat, 

This hat is so perfect for the beach in San Francisco in summer..


Re-knit my Sanpo hat,

It FITS this time!


And made a mixed-up toddler version (including Sanpo, Magic Coffee Baby Hat, and a heart motif from Stitch n Bitch):


Hooray for Colorpalooza for the colorwork inspiration! 

Colorpalooza III

Well, I need a redo on my Sanpo hat. It’s so big…


Two needle sizes down should help, right? I have wanted this hat for so long- now that I can do the edge, I have to make it work! 

Today I started another colorwork hat, and it’s going well.


These are two kind of “wild card” yarns, because they’re both hand spun from a small flock of sheep in southern Oregon, and they tend to be thick/thin in places. So I wasn’t sure if they’d be great for colorwork, but they’re coming out fine.

I think this will make a nice, warm hat, which I need for this Northern California summer….

Colorpalooza II

After two false starts, I knitted my Sanpo hat up in a day!


After blocking, it’s a bit too roomy… I might need to knit myself a smaller one. I’m also not thrilled with the top- I’d like to go back and do the crown decreases as per the pattern. Also I like the true-ness of the colors I chose (because I can be a stickler for details!), but I also like the high contrast of the light gray with the black and wonder if I’d like the hat better with all light gray and black. Thoughts?

Colorpalooza-wise, I also whipped up a polka dot baby hat for a summer instructor of mine who is expecting. 

I only took this one blurry photo!


I also finished a bear tonight! Jackie Tyler!


And I finished my intensive teacher training today. I passed with high grades and lasting friendships, but am still seeking the right school placement for the Fall. Wish me luck! 🍀 

Good, bad.

We’ll, thanks to a YouTube tutorial, I figured out the braided rim for my Sanpo hat. Sadly, I casted on 120 stitches instead of 112, and have to rip back or frog. Sigh. I’ve lost all of today’s work.


At least I learned a new technique….?