Over the Summer and Fall, I worked on a ton of stash-busting bears, but I was so preoccupied with work that they just piled up until finally, yesterday I made it to the post office to send them off. But first, of course, a few photos!
Bears on Parade:
Box of Bears!:
These are from my “Literary Bears” A-Z series, so these particular bears include The Count of Monte Cristo, Fudge, Gilbert Blythe, Ichabod Crane, Jo March, Matilda Wormwood, Nancy Drew, Oliver Twist, Peekay, Ramona Quimby, and Christopher Robin.
Some, but not all are meant to resemble their namesakes. I think that was what made this bunch a little harder to part with than usual. In general, these characters were from books that were pretty special to me. I’m sure they’ll be special to their new forever friends in Africa, so it’s all worth it.
My Unique bear was spotted with her new owner in Uganda!
She’s named after one of my favorite Glee characters, the main singer in the video below. I hope they’ll be very happy together!
Looks who’s heading to Minnesota tomorrow!
10 of my 26 bears from 2015!
A few close-ups by color scheme/aka yarn I was desperately trying to use up:
Bon voyage, dear bears!
My Teresa Bear has been spotted in South Africa!
Yesterday morning I finished my 15th hat for Larkin Street Youth Services. My goal was 15 hats for 2015. It turned out to be pretty easy to churn these out- each hat only takes 1-2 days to knit.
The hats are distributed in December to homeless teens in San Francisco (this organization helps more than 3000 youth per year). Around 40% of homeless teens in the United States are LGBT. I have a special impulse to support LGBT causes, and I feel like this is an easy way to do so. A kid who’s going through a tough time during such a pivotal time of their life can receive a hand made hat (in addition to the support and services provided by this organization, which are amazing), and feel that someone cares for him or her- especially during the holiday season, which must be really rough for a homeless teenager. I hope these hats will spread some cheer and hope.
The Wee Girl’s socks, finished last night!
And my Hermione bear, finished this afternoon at the park.
You may have noticed that I’m trying to use up large quantities of blue acrylic! I’ve been putting a big dent in my bear/acrylic stash lately, but I must remind myself not to accept so much of it at the next stash exchange, as it’s pretty much the last yarn I reach for, and tends to stick around for too long.
My Robarge Bear has been sighted in South Africa!
In spite of the dubious expression, this child is most likely happy with his bear; we bear knitters been informed that 1)a lot of kids who receive bears haven’t had their photo taken before, and don’t know what to make of it, and 2) the kids don’t always understand that they get to keep the bears after the photo. So some kids look excited or happy, while others might look confused or indifferent in the photos.
Tomorrow I should have two FOs to show you. One is my latest bear (it’s nearly all knitted up, just needs stuffing and embroidery), and the Wee Girl’s socks!
These things are easy and quick to crank out, especially in heavy worsted/bulky yarn! Along with the heavy gray, I added a crazy ball comprised of my bits of leftover lace weight handspun that I couldn’t part with.
It’s very thick and warm! There will be another one much like this coming up soon. I love using up every last scrap!
Not much to say… Here’s a hat…
I had this terrible handspun from when I could not figure out my drop spindle, and for the last 6 years I had no idea what to do with the ridiculously thick/thin stuff. Well! It works nicely as a contrast color for bulky hats! Win/win!
A few nights ago, I started knitting a new charity hat, but it was looking too big so I frogged it.
I started again, using a different gray than I had originally used. After a while, I started sneezing nonstop and my nose began to run.
I realized that the yarn (reclaimed from a thrift shop sweater back in 2006?) hadn’t been washed since I bought it (and maybe not even then! I don’t remember!). As soon as I switched to the purple yarn, I was ok. The offending yarn is currently taking a bath.
What an inelegant reminder to always wash thrifted sweaters before reclaiming the yarn!!! Ah-choo!