Otto the Polar Bear is a great pattern. I’ve knit this 3 times already. Now I’m knitting a sample for the store, it will ultimately be a class. The yarn is Plymouth Select Superwash Merino (Worsted: 100% Merino, 218 yards). It took less than one skein. This is going to be my “go to” gift in the future.
Saturday was a gorgeous summer day. Happily I had the day off.
I started out with a cup of tea to wake the brain, followed by some necessary household duties. I have timed it and the amount of time it takes to steep a cup of tea equals the time it takes to empty the dishwasher.
Relatively alert I head outside. We have a birds nest on top of a speaker on our deck. It is inhabited by two baby birds (picture taken with a selfie stick). The momma bird gets very disgruntled every time we go outside and leaves the nest. This morning I caught her and the poppa on a tree limb opposite the deck. She was highly animated and I could imagine what she was saying:
momma: “You’ve got to do something about those giants” (Major wing flapping and chirping).)
popppa: “Just ignore them, you are being dramatic”
momma: (more wing flapping and chirping)
poppa: (exit stage left)
One row also equals the time it takes to steep my second cup of tea. Fully caffeinated and having gotten the bird conversation out of my head I settled into Big Damn Heroes. In the morning I like to knit things that are too complicated to work on with people around.
Which is why as soon as I picked up the needles I got Face Timed by one of my kids. We talked for over an hour. That’s longer than I think we’ve talked in consecutive minutes since she got home. Go figure. There’s meaning in there somewhere. At any rate, I had to put down the lace knitting and get something I can knit and talk with.
While on the phone, she reminded me that she wanted me to knit her a sock monkey. I think this was somehow influenced by Otto. Using Ravelry and Face-time (talk about juggling electronics) we narrowed down what she wanted.