Baby Yoda

Last spring I crocheted a Baby Yoda and his space pod for my nephew. I really wanted a Baby Yoda for myself, and over the past week I finally made time to make it!

This time I decided to also make his soup bowl. The buttons on the pod are a little off-center so maybe I’ll add one more to even it out.

The second everything was done, I took him outside (twice) to get some nice shots of him in nature.

This pattern is by Ami Amour on Ravelry. I love it because it’s free, very clear and detailed, and she has step by step videos for the entire pattern. This was super helpful for me, because my first attempt at the ear turned out crazy. But when I crocheted along to the video, it came out great.

I feel like a kid with a new toy, you know? When it’s brand new and they want it with them at all times. I want Baby Yoda to accompany me all around the house. 😆

Happy crafting!

Done!

Last week I finished my huge granny square blanket! I connected the squares with single crochet with wrong sides together, then finished it off with a few rows of single crochet.

It’s BIG!

In other news, the garden is providing lots of beautiful tomatoes.

Yes, there are also a couple of over-ripe cucumbers! First time gardener issues….

And I’ve discovered this amazing vegan lemon poppyseed donut recipe! It’s from veganricha, who I follow on Instagram. She has fantastic recipes!

That’s all for now, but I’ve been doing lots of creating, so I’ll be back soon!

COVID project

I don’t know about you, but my motivation and creativity haven’t been gray these past few months. Craft-wise, I’ve only really felt like working on my granny square blanket. The focus on only one project has paid off, because I have all the squares crocheted together!

I had to stand on a chair to get it all in one shot!

I’m pleased with it, but I could have taken more time to arrange the squares to even out the colors a bit, and I wish I’d had some brighter greens to use.

Last night I started the border, and it really ties it together nicely!

Aside from this mega project, I keep myself busy in the garden and in the kitchen. I’ve canned pickles, jam, and relish so far. In the garden, my cucumbers, squash, tomatoes, and flowers are flourishing. Peppers and eggplants are also looking good!

The kids and I have also been exploring outdoor swimming options around Portland- we’ve found some really fantastic places where we can distance ourselves from others and have a great time.

On a recent sunny day, the beach was much more crowded. On this day, we only saw two other parties. Win!

How have you been keeping sane these days?

Bears, bears, bears!

Two of my bears have been spotted in Zambia!

 Yves:  
And Wanda:

 
This Friday I’ll be volunteering for a bit at the Mother Bear Project booth at Stitches West, so I thought this year I’d like to wear a bear hat. I found an easy pattern using bulky yarn (I used some handspun doubled), and managed to make the entire hat yesterday.

  
I spun this  yarn from Rambouillet roving that I bought at a (more or less) local farm, so it’s very rustic- lots and lots of vegetable matter.  Doubled, it was perfect for this project although it’s kind of stiff and my carpal tunnel is flaring up as a result of the stiff yarn combined with crochet. I’ll have to take it easy for a bit. 

All in all, it was a good weekend for bears!  I hope you had a good one!

Dino hat, street art

Last night I finished crocheting another hat for our preschool’s fundraising auction! This time, a dinosaur!

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And for fun, here are some pics of a super fun block the Wee Boy and I came across on an errand this morning.

Yarn bombings!


  
  

The boy couldn’t resist giving the crochet pieces some cuddles.

Koi sidewalk!


  
Goofy!

Weekend recap

Well, I’ve figured out my problem with uploading photos to WordPress.  I simply used up all my data!  Luckily that’s an easy fix.  What isn’t an easy fix, however, is that when I try to upload new media here, and open up my Photos file on my iMac, photos taken since mid-December aren’t showing up.  I can’t figure it out.  Ugh.

Anyway, here’s a bit of what I did this weekend:

I’ve been working on spinning 138 grams of ??? fiber, which was dyed by a friend and brought to our 2015 stash exchange.  It’s turning out thin and lovely.

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There was a photo shoot of the owl hat I crocheted for the boy’s preschool’s fundraising auction, which is coming up soon.  I’m also crocheting away at a cute dinosaur hat to contribute as well.

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There was lots of outdoor time as well, of course– lots of playground time and tree climbing.  The weather this weekend was really warm and sunny, so we had to be outside.  I kind of miss the rain, though.

I hope you had a nice weekend!

 

 

It worked!

For all my struggles with this crochet owl hat, I’m kind of amazed that it turned out well.  Sadly, I can’t insert a photo (what’s up, WordPress???), but here’s a link to the project on Ravelry.

http://www.ravelry.com/projects/mhenry/baby–childs-owl-hat-4

I’ll take better photos in the daylight– the magenta and purple are very pretty but the night lighting doesn’t do them justice.

Now I’m back plugging away the the other crochet hat, which is supposed to be a dinosaur hat if I can pull it off.

Good night!

 

Off my game

Since last night I’ve been trying to crochet a couple of hats. Normally I do ok with crochet, as long as I have my copy of “The Happy Hooker” at my side, but these hats are coming out too big.

http://www.ravelry.com/projects/mhenry/owl-hats

My plan is just to frog back to the number of stitches of a hat I crocheted that fits the Wee Boy great, and crochet on from there. That should work, rightt?

 

Vacation knitting 

Lately I haven’t posted that much about crafty pursuits, because of all the fun vacation things we’ve been doing, so here’s a wee update:

My Wonderland Dyeworks socks are coming along fine. They’re just plain vanilla socks, and they can’t quite decide whether to stripe or pool.   
Also, I did some excavating/organizing in my parents’ garage today, separating things of my grandma’s to keep and things to sell or donate, since she recently moved from her apartment into a nursing home. I knew she has knitted quite a few baby hats for charity, and indeed, I found some good crafty stuff- knitting needles and crochet hooks, a knit washcloth, crochet thread, a  crocheted doily and tablecloth, and a handwritten pattern for slippers!

 

I don’t think I can bear to let the beautiful FOs leave the family, so I’ll check around to see if anyone else is interested in them.

And I’m vacation news, the kids took their first jetski rides today, with one of my childhood best friends ! They loved it!!   

 

San Francisco Bazaar!!!

This morning the Wee Girl and I went down to San Francisco’s Fort Mason to attend San Francisco Bazaar, my favorite local (and free!) craft show.  It isn’t the kind of craft fair you might remember from your childhood, with doilies and cheesy stuff.  This is funky, cool, edgy, very San Francisco and very awesome!  If you are in the area, it’s really, really worth the effort to attend.

http://sanfranciscobazaar.org/shows/holidayshow/

Some of my favorites this year:

Geeky neckties for your favorite fandom!  By Pepe and Ale, https://www.etsy.com/shop/Muluk

Geeky neckties for your favorite fandom! By Pepe and Ale, https://www.etsy.com/shop/Muluk

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Beautiful rings!

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I heart this!!!

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soooo cute!

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I love this idea!

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These little guys!!!

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Bowties ARE cool.

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Upcycled potholders!

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If I didn’t already have my soot sprite mug from 2 years ago….

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www.gneisswood.com They have really neat items– from lovely inspirational quotes to the San Francisco skyline to slightly dirty jokes…. And the lad who talked to us was super nice and friendly.

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Upcycled fingerless gloves! Really, really lovely!

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Fantastic woodwork!

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If only I could rock this look, it would be so handy!

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Who doesn’t need an angry kitty tote bag??!!

The Girl was such a good sport while I looked at everything (it helped that lots of vendors have dishes of complimentary sweets for the taking, and that we had her friend and his family join us, and that there is just so much CUTE STUFF!).  My only regret is that I knew that Chibi  https://www.etsy.com/shop/chibiland had a Star Wars cloth bucket for sale and I didn’t buy it, and it sold after we had been there.  That’s the risk with hand-made/one of a kind!  You can’t just put it on your wish list, because it might not be available later!

Luckily the Wee Boy had a long, well-timed nap, so we were able to continue our mother/daughter time while ignoring housework.  Walking around amongst so much creativity and artistic talent, I left feeling as refreshed as if I’d spent the morning at the beach or in the woods.   With such a relaxing start, the kids behaved better than usual all day, I was much more patient than ususal… I declare it the best Sunday we’ve had since…. last year’s San Francisco Bazaar??

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