When you’ve slacked on blogging so long it’s hard to catch up…. Well, a little photo dump never hurt anyone, right? 😉
In a nutshell! This summer I’ve sewn many new masks, knit two pairs of socks, visited Yellowstone, started spinning again(after fixing my wheel), did much gardening and canning, dyed some yarn, got new glasses, and took a new profile photo for social media.
I’m about to start a new job teaching Dual Language Immersion for third graders. So intense!
Over the past few days I’ve been gathering up the latest of my Mother Bear Project bears that had been packed in a few different spots when we moved, so I can send them off to MN before they head to Africa.
I believe these are the last ones to complete my 5th A-Z series of bears!
Before I could get them sent off, I received a few emails from Amy of the MBP with some pics of my bears with their new forever friends.
It’s always sweet to see the bears with their new friends. These two are from my Literary Bear series. First is Christopher Robin, followed by Matilda. Matilda even has a satchel to carry her library books!
Last week I celebrated my 43rd birthday! My husband really spoiled me with some knitting goodies!
He went to one of Portland’s loveliest yarn stores and treated me to a new swift, a candle, hand balm, a farming needle, sheep pin, wool soap, a necklace that doubles as a knitting needle gauge, the most darling scissors, and a gift card.
In my FO news, I finished the wording on my Godzilla cross-stitch last night, and today I washed and ironed it. I’m so pleased!
Am I spoiled or what?
My plan is to stitch our house number over the door when we buy a house, to personalize it.
When we first had to shelter in place, and my kids were suddenly with me all day, I definitely felt a lot of stress. I even lost some of my knitting mojo for a bit, and set aside the socks I had been working on in favor of more mindless crochet granny squares.
Well, having finished the big granny square blanket, I finally picked up my Angee socks again, and finished them pretty quickly! I am so pleased with them!
The pattern is Angee by Cookie A. The yarn is Little Skein in the Big Wool House Sock, in the Gotta Give Em Hope colorway. I picked it up at Stitches West in 2019. The rainbow speckles really tickle me, especially now, being stuck at home due to COVID AND fires.
Hello internet friends! I’m enjoying a wintery vacation in Wisconsin and have been knitting loads. First of all, I made this gigantic owl for my great-niece! It’s crazy!!
This is the Big Snowy Owl from Purl Soho. This is the third one I’ve made, and I highly recommend it!
Next knitted a cowl with the leftover yarn for my sister-in-law, then I looked for a super bulky cabled hat for myself. I couldn’t find a pattern that I liked except for a Vicky Howell pattern that was only available with some kind of subscription, so I decided to try to come up with one myself. I did so, and decided to publish the pattern for free on Ravelry. Here it is!
All week I was lucky- my jury group didn’t need to report to duty. But after a super fun mom’s night out last night, I called the jury instructions and was told to come in this morning.
This morning I scrambled to find something mindless to knit on wooden needles (in case metal were taboo- why didn’t I do my research???). I grabbed some size 9s and two different yarns on my way out the door. In my ravelry queue I found Barley, a simple hat by tincanknits, and casted on as soon as I sat down. Thank goodness I’d tossed a random ball of cascade 220 into my backpack as well, because the first yarn wasn’t looking good in that pattern.
Anyway, after a pretty boring morning, I had a great start on this hat, and by the end the day, ta-da!
I have to go back to jury duty on Monday, and I’ll be better prepared, knitting-wise.
P.S. I got new glasses! They’re not too hipster, are they? 😜😳🙄
Hm, that title makes me think that I may have too much Dr. Seuss in my life. Nah, no such thing! 😂
Anyway, moving on…. tonight I am so pleased to announce that I have finally finished the socks requested by my husband back in….(runs off to check Ravelry) January! Maybe even earlier, because he chose the yarn from Webs, and it had to ship from Massachusetts, blah, blah.
Here they are!
The pattern is Mr. Pitt’s socks (any Seinfeld fans out there catch the reference?) and the yarn is Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light in color 4207, Salt and Pepper. As usual, I used Magic Loop, in order to have them done at the same time and be identical without having to take copious notes or think too much. 😜
With these off the needles, I’m itching to start a new pair for myself with this yarn:
This is the only yarn from Stash Exchange 2015 that I haven’t used yet, and my personal goal was to use all my stash exchange yarn (at least use some of each skein) by this year’s exchange. I’m cutting it close!
I also have the personal goal of not letting repeat offenders return to the stash exchange. So this skein really needs me to knit it up! I’m thinking toe-up to make the best use of the yardage, and simple stockinette so whatever pattern emerges (if any pattern emerges at all) will show. Wish me luck!
Have you missed me? I’ve been having trouble with WordPress on my phone, and just didn’t manage to write posts on the computer (evidence that I am way too dependent upon my pocket computer!!!). Here’s a short catch-up post!
First, the Wee Boy and most of his Halloween costume! The Fourth Doctor’s scarf is really long, but I think it will be ok. I’m trying to get him to wear it around the house to test it out in case I need to shorten it for safety. It’s perfect if I wrap it around him twice, and a friend suggested pinning it in place, which I think is genius.
Second is my most recent leethalknits hat KAL, Mokia. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/mokia It’s a pretty funky hat, but I found that my stockinette version, with the points tied together inside, isn’t too crazy for regular life. I really can’t pull off pointy ears on a typical day.
I have been making really excellent progress with my Dalek Halloween costume. I’ll show it to you soon– I think it warrants its own post because it might end up being something of a tutorial.
Phew, it’s hard keeping knitting secrets, but finally I can share the secret project I’ve been working on. It was for my knitting group’s birthday swap, but my swappee was ill last week and missed knit night. Tonight I was able to present her with….