I’ve made many Mother Bears for the Mother Bear Project and most of my bears (in fact, most of the toys I’ve knit), end up looking really wonky. I’m terrible at faces. But this latest one came out ok. I watched the videos by my friends Barb and Tracie and that helped a lot.

FullSizeRender

In other knitting news, I knit a pair of socks using an afterthought heel for the first time. They came out terrible — they’re too small and they have a huge error in them. Wahhhh! I won’t be using that technique anymore… Onto a new pair of socks. And I’m contemplating a new hat design. Stay tuned…

Advertisements

IMG_2896

I have no idea why but this sweater took me FOREVER to knit. I love the way it turned out, though. I’m working on some socks now…

I’ve grown a tiny bit obsessed with project bags after my friend Barb insisted that I should no longer be using Ziploc bags for my knitting. I was in the mood to sew, too, so I made a few bags, with the help of my sister, who is a much more intuitive and patient sewer than I am. Here’s what we’ve made recently:

BagsOutside

And here’s a peek at the insides:

BagsInside

As usual, don’t look tooooooo closely or you’ll see how wonky I sew. But they’re fun little projects nonetheless. As far as knitting, I’m working on a sweater — wish me luck because, as has been chronicled many times on this blog, my sweaters have less than a 50-50 success rate.

I finished a toy: Moggy from the Dovestone Smallholding book. It was one of the most tedious things I’ve ever made, so much so that after about 20 rows of the cabled body, I frogged and reknit the body using plain stockinette stripes instead. Life is just too freakin’ short.

MoggyToDelete

I also attended Stitches West last month, a last-minute decision because I was supposed to be out of town that weekend. I had a great time. I saw some of my favorite podcasters (including the 2KnitLitChicks, the Knitmore Girls and the Elkins from Webs). I didn’t buy a lot but I was definitely inspired, so inspired that I only remembered to pull out my camera once! 🙂

MotherBearToDelete

That is the Mother Bear booth. Speaking of bears, I finally figured out the overly complicated seamless crochet bear pattern. Here is my crocheted bear alongside a recent knitted one.

BearsToDelete

Don’t judge my terrible embroidered faces — I know I need to improve. But seeing that booth of gorgeous bears inspired me. I just finished some blender socks from sock yarn leftovers and now plan to do some more charity knitting in the coming weeks. Something about the sorry state of the world has me wanting to use my knitting powers for good.

 

 

Months ago, I knit a Pussy Hat and sent it off to Washington. The morning of the Women’s March, I received this text from the beautiful stranger who wore the hat:

img_1526

Seriously, this MADE MY DAY. I ended up knitting a couple of more Pussy Hats for myself and my daughter. Speaking of my daughter, knitting her some fingerless mitts was a great way to use up leftover sock yarn.

img_1613

Annnnnd I finished a sweater. The sleeves are a bit tight — and it’s largely cotton so they won’t stretch as much as I’d like — but overall, I’m happy with this sweater.

fullsizerender

What are you knitting these days?

I’ve been knitting away. I finished a pair of socks:

img_1466And a BUNCH of preemie hats:

img_1269And a cowl for my daughter’s HS transition advisor:

img_6206

And, of course, a Pussyhat that I mailed off to Washington!img_1285

I’m now working on a sweater. I also want to knit this one, after seeing Tracie’s in person. What are your 2017 knitting plans?

I finished the flannel quilt I’ve been working on.

img_1155

As usual, it’s still pretty funky since I’m a self-taught quilter. But it’s definitely one of my better ones and it’s sooooooo warm and cozy. And last weekend I sold knit hats at my kids’ school craft fair — my 10th and final year.

img_1185

Unlike other years, the hats didn’t sell well. I’m not sure why. But that means I’ve got lots of inventory on Etsy!