Friday, September 26, 2008

The story of T's bear

Once upon a time there was a pre-adolescent girl who watched her mother knit bears for all the rest of her siblings. While she thought she was too “old” and “mature” for stuffed animals her mother could tell that she really would like to have one. Mom, knowing that smaller was better in this case, started out on a journey to make a miniature bear for her oldest daughter……

The journey began. I decided that this bear’s skirt needed to be made a little bit differently than the other ones. The pattern says to pick up 20 stitches on the front and knit the skirt, pick up 20 stitches on the back and knit the skirt, then seam the sides together. WELL – I always have trouble when using variegated yarn, making the front of the skirt

match the back of the skirt
Even though I try to remember where I am in the color design on the ball of yarn, I never seem to get it quite right.

So…..I decided to knit the skirt in the round. I decided this after I had picked up the stitches for the front. I then put another needle in to all of the stitches waiting to be picked up for the back of the skirt. Then I decided that the sides of the bear needed to be seamed. The first side seam went great! It was only as I was starting to sew the second side seam that I realized that my needles were sticking out of the sides of the bear

How was I supposed to turn this right side out??? Well, the only thing to do was to pull the needles out – thank goodness that MOST of my knitted projects have had to have some frogging at some point so I have become quite good at picking up stitches after pulling the needles out. The skirt was knit in the round and I like the outcome much better.

front of skirt

back of skirt

Pattern: Mother Bear Project
Started: 7/18/08
Finished: 7/27/08
Size #10 Crochet Cotton
in white, light blue, a blue variegated (stuff that was lying around)
Needles: Size 00 for bear, Size 1 for scarf
cast on 80 stitches for the scarf

T is very happy with this bear. She loves it, she loves the color and I am happy I could make her something that she really wanted.

All the sibs together.
small bear measurements: 5 1/2 inches head to toe and 4 1/4 inch wingspan
big bear measurements: 15 1/2 inches head to toe and 13 inch wingspan

Daughter #2 rewarding her bear for a successful photo shoot with an apple jack :o)


hakucho said...

Awesome bear family! The littlest one is just precious and extra special :) They all look like they are very well loved :)

Penny said...

Your bears are really great! I am a little envious of your knitting skills too!