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.
We had one more weekend birthday party yesterday, but I couldn’t show you our homemade gift in case the parents happened to see my post. The birthday boy and his family are Star Wars fans, so I made some cloth snack bags using Star Wars fabric.
In bear news, I finished Zuul bear, completing 1) a set of five to send off, and 2) the 26th and last in my series of bears named for characters from my favorite movies!
I have been seriously stash busting with this last set of Bears, using up every last bit of tiny leftover balls than tend to linger in the bear yarn box, getting tangled together….
Left to right are Vernon, Westley, Max, Yoda, and Zuul. Can you guess all the movies they’re from? 🎥
Last night I finished another bear. She is named Uhura for the super cool character from Star Trek.
Lately I’ve enjoyed sending the Bears five at a time, and she is number five in my current batch, so these guys will be heading to Minneapolis tomorrow.
Last night I finished up my T bear, named Thorin for the dwarf Thorin Oakenshield from The Hobbit.
He happens to be dressed in Green Bay Packers colors, so I made sure he’s wearing a hat and mittens so he can endure the Frozen Tundra. 😜
Last night I finished my S bear, which I named Starlord after the character in Guardians of the Galaxy.
Yes, my Q bear was named after the same character, but, well, I really liked him!
This bear took forever to finish, entirely because I didn’t spend much time on him, he was totally a spare-minutes kind of bear. He’s named Klopeck after characters in my second-favorite movie, The Burbs.
what is that, slavic?
Because the bear yarn is so dark, and I gave away my tan yarn, I tried making whites and pupils. Well, I think he looks 1) sneaky 2) drunk, or 3) sleepy. But he’s passable and I don’t tend to spend a lot of time getting the features absolutely perfect, so he’s done.
Now off to bed, because although I have my energy and happy sinuses back, my throat hurts like the dickens. Good night from Mayfield Place!
Today some fellow Purl Jammers and I attended Stitches West! I wrote a bit about it for the Purl Jam blog: https://purljamsf.wordpress.com/2016/02/20/stitches-west-2016/
I didn’t spend as much time in the marketplace as usual, which was good for my wallet. I also notice that with every year that I go, I feel less inclined to buy a lot. But it’s still really fun to see what’s new– patterns, yarns, trends, and to visit favorite booths (I’m looking at you, Miss Babs! http://www.missbabs.com).
I only ended up buying three things; some Miss Babs Wowza, roving from Wonderland Dyeworks wonderland dyeworks, and roving from Anzula http://anzula.com. It was enough!
Here are some fun photos from today (I only took a few all day!!!):
Me and Amy at the Mother Bear Project booth
Superhero bears! Not pictured: Thor and Iron Man.
There were Downton Abbey-themed yarns and patterns! Gorgeous!
I’m totally going to try this!!!
I thought Amy should keep the bear hat!
The Village Bears!!!! #1 favorite bears today!
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!