It’s been a minute since I talked about my bears!
And… that’s mostly because I have kind of been slacking…
Well, not slacking exactly, but getting busy with other things, so I haven’t been working on my bears as much as I had hoped to.
If you remember, I resolved to make one bear every month, so that I would end up with a nice even dozen to send in at the end of the year. So far, unfortunately, I’ve more or less been doing one bear every other month, then three bears last week when I realized how far behind I was.
So, at least now I’ve got six bears all knit up (except for one arm, but I’ll take care of that this afternoon) and ready for stuffing.
It feels good to be more or less back on schedule. Unfortunately, now I’ve got to do all the finishing still…
I guess it’s time for a good TV binge-watch and marathon stuffing/arm attaching/face embroidering session this evening. Oh, but they’ll be so cute when they’re done!
Are you making any Mother Bears? How many have you got going this year?
OK, I changed my mind. I’m not up to making the amazing, complex patterns I posted about on Wednesday. I’m sorry, but… oof. It turns out that I’m not up to making a giant lace shawl right now. (And, when I went into my stash and looked around to see if I had anything appropriate for knitting up those patterns, and didn’t find anything.)
Instead of going to the yarn store and dropping a bunch of money on yarn I probably won’t use (as fun as that can be), I decided to try to use up more of my leftover worsted weight.
It’s time for more bears!
Remember the Mother Bear Project? I made a big box of bears for them last Christmas. They deliver hand-made teddy bears to children in developing nations whose lives have been affected by HIV/AIDS. You really couldn’t ask for a better cause to support. (Also the bears end up super cute.)
I worked on this red, lavender and blue guy at work, while the kids were at recess yesterday. (Recognize the lavender yarn?) I forgot how fast these little dudes knit up. I’m almost to the leg split, and I probably did about 2 hours of half-hearted knitting on this guy.
I’m happy to be back on the bear train! Have you made any bears for the Mother Bear Project? Or, have you done any other knitting for charity?
It’s here! It’s here! My pattern showed up in the mail, and I’m dropping all my Christmas knitting to start on my first bear!
For my $5 donation, I received a beautiful (and heartbreaking) pamphlet on the Mother Bear project (can a pamphlet be heartbreaking?), my very own copy of the knit-in-the-round pattern, and an adorable tag for me to sign and tie around my finished teddy’s wrist.
Upon examination, the pattern looks well-written and straightforward, and I’m raring to get started!
I dug through my stash, and found some nice heathered merino (leftover from designing my Human Beans) in lovely mahogany, evergreen and grassy green shades. It’s super soft, and pretty strong-perfect for a stuffed animal.
Have you gotten to start on your Mother Bears yet? Did you order your pattern? It’s not too late!