Well, here’s an idea for the stash-down. Over the weekend I completed my first teddy bear for the Mother Bear Project. I know, always late to the party. Knitters have known about this for years, and my good pal Lidlady has created nearly a dozen herself. She warned me that they are addictive, and she’s right. I’m already working on a second one.
Go to the website to read about the project and see photos of all the kids with their bears. You can buy the pattern (for knit or crochet versions, in-the-round or flat/seamed) on the site. It is also available in the book, Knitting for Peace: Make the World a Better Place One Stitch at a Time, by Betty Christiansen.
Over on Ravelry, Barb and Tracie from the 2 Knit Lit Chicks podcast have started a Mother Bear KAL/CAL with some nifty prizes for randomly selected members of the group who post their finished bears between July 1 and August 31. If you’re looking for inspiration to make a bear yourself, try a Ravelry search for “mother bear” in the “projects” section and there are almost 2800 hits. Each one is made from the same basic pattern, yet all are different, with distinct personlities. Most have names, too. My little guy is “Eric” — suggested by Lidlady when I was taking so long to finish the paws that she named him “Slow-paw.”
Speaking of paws, I have not posted Part 3 of “Meet the Interns” — so here you go. Meet Maxie (male, black) and Biscuit (female, grey/blue), the last of our little orphan tribe.
Mmmmm.... bears.... tasty!
I could knit a bear.... if I wanted to!
Goes with my coloring, don't you think?
Time to meet some more of the feline staff! These guys arrived as a set, born on the back deck some two years ago. Their mom sneaked them into our shed while we were on vacation and they spent the rest of the summer growing into cute little furballs. They moved into the house that fall, when the weather (and our neighbors) grew colder and less forgiving. Yes, all FIVE of them. And Tee got promoted to supervisor.
Howie is the largest, and a keen assistant! Though he will be into your project bag and making off with a skein in an instant, he has a particular affinity for tools. It is impossible to work with 14″ straight needles around him, the little grabby-paws, but my favorite memory (sadly no photo) is the time he snatched my #13 circs right in the center of the cable and ran through the upstairs hallway looking like Fu Manchu with the needles dangling out of each side of his mouth.
Hey, don't put any of that Eucalan stuff on me, okay? I'll move when the shawl gets here.
Raymond is the other “Weasley twin.” He is a total knitting buddy, happy to stretch out alongside your leg instead of hogging up all available lap room. Not that he isn’t interested in your project and anytempting balls of yarn attached to it. But a few gentle reminders to keep his paws to himself, and he’ll just lick your hand and go to sleep.
Leo is the only long-haired one, with a decidedly short attention span. Loves to be in your lap while you knit, but can’t make up his mind which lap, or which position to settle down in, or — hey, maybe doesn’t want to be in your lap after all — wait, he’s back! Leo!
There's something soo satisfying about a rectangle...
Meet Tee, 4 years old now and into the fiber fumes from the get-go!
Intern? I should be at least an assistant editor!
Tee came to us as a little stray who showed up on the back deck and demanded attention, food, and eventually entrance to the house.
You are completely in my power...
He knew a sweet deal when he found one. And a couple of soft touches in Lidlady and yours truly. Not to mention soft laps. I’ve lost track of the number of socks and other projects I’ve knit just inches from my face, to allow room for a pile of snuggly black fur taking up all available space. We’ve lost some yarn to his curiosity, and endured many scratches from his annoyance at being poked with dangling needles when we go the 2-circs route, but nowadays Tee has settled into his role as a senior member of the feline team and largely confines himself to inspecting the finished projects and supervising the other interns.
Not such a fan of the acrylics, really, but I love the pretty pink color!
"Sugar 'n' Cream?" Now we're talking!
My best Tee & knitting story — this blue mat started out as a felting project to make a roll-up needle holder. I even knitted the 2 cabled bands to hold the needles and attached them. Even took a picture of the finished project and proudly uploaded it to Ravelry. But Tee… well, he just loved it. He loved to sniff it and roll around on it, curl up in a meatloaf on it, and sleep for hours. <Sigh…> What’s a mommy to do? He loves it so much, it is his!
Before: A felted needle case
After: Bliss, sheer bliss!