Featuring---now that she's safely in her new home---Beth's owl, Sugar Plum! The name and inspiration taken from her blog title, and I loooved putting together all the yarns---it's hard to see in this photo, but Sugar Plum has both a fluffy stripe and a sparkly stripe around her midriff. Pictured with her are kittypuffs Prism and Concord, who I made for Beth's daughters.
FreshStitches when I found out my mom would be going to her talk/book signing at the Lion Brand store on Monday. Spangle (named for the not-terribly-well-photographed sparkly novelty yarn in his wings, and the glittery polymer clay I used for his beak) is made with the Halloween-ish wool I dyed back in October, and he's my first wooly owl! I gave him a little brush with a suede brush for extra fluffitude. He's smaller than my usual owls, and I was pleased with how he turned out---which was good, because I really admire Stacey's designs and wanted to make her something of utmost cuteness.
And then it was Hogsmeade Weekend over at the Knitting and Crochet House Cup, which included all kinds of awesome prompts for quick projects to make. One of them was even owl-themed, which actually helped spur Spangle into existence. I also made a couple origami owls, which was fun---I haven't done any origami for yeeeears. And then on Monday I was awake and itchy and stressing myself out pre-5 AM for no very good reason, so I gave up and turned on the lights and grabbed my hooks and typed "owl" into Ravelry's pattern search and ended up with Bowie the Insomnia Owl, made from this super-cute little pattern.
And then we had a cup of tea.
this star bookmark...
And participated in a Kool-Aid dyealong, the results of which I was really pleased with. I hadn't realized that you could just wrap your dye-saturated skein in plastic wrap to microwave it (rather than keeping it in the dye bath[s]), and that kept the colours much less muddy and made the whole process take less time, and, I think, cause less heat-fluffing on the yarn. This is yarn I hadn't attempted dyeing previously (Jo-Ann Kashmira), and I really love the way it took the colour, and it has a more...I don't know, polished? Refined-looking? texture than Fishermen's Wool or Paton's Classic Wool, which are the yarns I've dyed before.