I don’t know about you, but I’ve already got Christmas on the brain. I’ve been cranking through lots of projects… that I can’t talk about here because family members read my blog (lame! Not really, but it does throw a cramp in my blogging this time of year).
But when I do a lot of targeted, purpose-driven, knitting sometimes I get a little burnt out. I can start to feel like I’m “manufacturing” projects, not actually knitting. Sometimes I want to just make something fun- like a stuffed animal.
And, you know, if it’s a stuffed animal for a good cause, that’s even better!
So, imagine my excitement when I found this amazing teddy bear-making project (or rather, re-found… I had read about it before, but totally forgot about it).The Mother Bear Project makes adorable, one-of-a-kind, hand-made teddy bears and then distributes them across Africa to children whose lives have been affected by HIV/AIDS. Could you ask for a better cause?I went over to their website, and saw that they have patterns for the same bear, both knitted and crocheted, worked flat and in the round. The best part (other than that whole helping-children-in-need thing) is that the pattern is so simple, it just begs to be embellished. Take a look on Ravelry to see everyone’s take on the basic Mother Bear. There are bows and dresses, overalls and striped shirts, and teddies of every color of the rainbow!This project is just inspiring!
Have you ever taken part in a big group-knitting project like this?