final details

There are so many things I've been meaning to post here but I just haven't had the time or energy to do it.  I've been really busy making work and teaching and have also managed to get really sick.  I still have a lot to do to get ready for Renegade but my new #1 priority is to get healthy.

I just made this rabbit. I'm calling it "rabbit friend" because I made it as a little companion to a very special bear I haven't had a chance to show you yet.  I love this tiny toy...stuffed with wool but with a jointed head and the softest velvet body.  I'm going to try to make a couple more of these before we leave for San Francisco next week. 

Thank you for the nice comments on the last post.  Your encouragement and support means a lot.


to-do list

I stayed up much too late last night knitting sweaters for these mice.  I have a to-do list and I'm trying hard to stay on schedule from now until we leave for San Francisco so I feel good about the amount of work I'm bringing to Renegade.  I woke up this morning (groggy and crabby) and looked at my task for today: "finish knitting mouse sweaters!!"  Mouse sweaters...jeesh.  I think everyone around me would appreciate it if I would chill out a bit.


teens painting

My summer Teen Painting  class is in full swing and I'm really excited about their work.  Next time I'll show you some images of the drawings they did today...gorgeous.  This is one of my favorite age groups to teach: 12 to 15 year olds.  I've been playing a lot of The Beach Boys in class...I'm not sure if they get how perfect it is.

I'm obsessed with taking vintage-y looking pictures with my new phone!


a little surprise

A make-over for Benji's shaving brush while he is at work today.

for dads

Happy Father's Day to all you loving, hard working and FUN dads out there.  This is a picture of our team's beautiful ballpark...one of my husband Benji's (who is a truly remarkable dad) very favorite places to be. 


this week...

...was a very busy week.  But I did manage to make two batches of brooches which feels good as I've been meaning to make more for Renegade.  I made some cats this time!


happy place

Our city used to be filled with streetcars but now there is just this one and one other that give short rides on the weekends.  This one is quite near our house and we go on lots of rides in the summertime.  It's one of my very favorite things to do with my boys.  Yesterday I made them promise they would always go on trolley rides with me, even when they are teenagers...so it's settled.



sister and brother 



a new pattern

He was made using a brand new pattern.  This pattern is a lot like the very first pattern I made when I made a bear for my son Oscar for his birthday.  This one is a bit smaller but with a fuller (four piece instead of two piece) body.  He has a sister too made of a beautiful coral color mohair but I haven't had a chance to photograph her yet. I finished the black bears too...I'll show you them when I have a nice sunny day to take pictures again.


h e a t w a v e



we like to draw

Their drawings really inspire me.  I have that itchy feeling I get when I have ideas for new drawings but no time to realize them.  As soon as I'm done with this group of toys I'll start to draw again.  I have come to the conclusion that not having a dedicated drawing space is really holding me back.  I'm working on that.

I have a website now for my drawings!     



who's hiding in there?

I'm making a couple of bears this week (like this guy) with this crazy nappy mohair.  Right now they just look like hairy beasts but after a careful haircut I'm sure their true character will emerge.  I made this pattern some time ago specifically to work with this thick and somewhat unruly mohair.  I imagine if I were to use it with a short or sparse variety the bear would end up looking like something else entirely...a weasel maybe?

I sat down today to figure out exactly how much time I have before Renegade and what I still want to get done.  I'm feeling a bit panicked about it to tell the truth.  It's times like these that I really feel the limitations of working entirely by myself, but I've made myself a schedule I'll just do the best I can!