Spirit animals!

Oh my goodness, I am having so much fun drawing Pokemon spirit animals!  Over the past few days I’ve drawn Gengar and Bulbasaur.

I’m experimenting more with the tools in Krita, and have been getting bolder with highlights and shadows.  I think my technique has improved!  It’s also been a lot of fun researching these Pokemon to find positive traits that would make them good spirit animals.  Check out their descriptions on threadless, if you’d like!  https://www.threadless.com/discover/s/henryx4

In other news, when I’m not working on my drawing tablet, I’m either reading gardening books or working on my Bring in the Clowns socks.  They’re coming along great- I’ve finished the first and am increasing for the toe-up gusset on the second. Screen Shot 2020-02-03 at 6.42.37 PM

The toe-up gusset is pretty interesting.  I’ll share better photos of it when both socks are done.

I just love how the rainbow yarn contrasts with the black to mimic stained glass.  It reminds me of Saint Chapelle chapel in Paris, or Grace Cathedral in San Francisco.  I also like how they are extra tall!  I asked for Doc Martens for Christmas, and I like to wear long socks with them so the boots don’t chafe my legs.  These will be perfect.

Happy creating!!!

Not my FO

Having given up on a sock project for which I’d dyed my own yarn, I took the yarn to our annual stash exchange. There it was happily claimed by a fellow knitter who today showed me her FO from my hand dyed yarn!

Aren’t they lovely?? I love how another knitter is always happy to have yarn that we may be tired of, or frustrated with! I’m so glad she brought them to knit night to show me!

In my own knitting, I did great on the Gramps cardigan today- a few more rows on the button band, then I can work on the adorable embellishments and buy buttons!

I can’t wait to see it on my wee boy, but not until it’s several degrees cooler here in San Francisco!

A cool day

Instead of showing you some nighttime photos of my handspun, I’ll show you something more interesting that happened today!

Tonight a friend and I went to a book reading and signing by the Yarn Harlot!  If you aren’t reading her blog, you should be!

Here we are, waiting for the even to begin (excuse my crazy eyes, I was too excited):


She’s a great writer, so funny, but also very practical and down-to-earth.  I especially love what she has to say about parenting.  She’s totally up my parenting alley.IMG_0605

During the reading, I made good progress on my Serenity socks.  The nice thing about being surrounded by knitters is that it’s totally ok to knit, no matter where you are. IMG_0606

Because I had a babysitter waiting, I got to “pre-board,” which meant that I got to go to the head of the line for book signing/photo-ops.  🙂IMG_0607It was a cool day!


A Sunday in January

The day started out nicely, at my sock knitting group, where I started a Chasing Snakes sock (pattern from knitty.com).  The yarn I’m using is Miss Babs’ Yummy (baby/sock weight) in the colorway Little Red.  The project bag made in a sock patterned-fabric was made by yours truly.  I love it!

TotoroIMG_9928wtmkReady to start a sock!


In the afternoon we decided to head down to Half Moon Bay, where we discovered Dunes Beach.  It was a great spot to spend a few hours playing in the water and collecting seashells.  In addition to lots of little shells,  I saw 4 different live sea dollars wash up with the waves.  I had never seen that before!  TotoroIMG_9960wtmk


Happily, the new sock is quite a bit further along than it was at 9:30am.