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Sunday, 13 February 2011

I've Been Knitting!

I've not done any knitting for years - I've never been good at finishing knitting projects but I saw a lovely knitted teddy bear on a website and on a whim I found the pattern and bought it.   It uses self patterning sock yarn.  I've never made socks and never knitted with such fine yarn but was determined to finish this as the wool was rather expensive.  
I decided not to buy a separate ball of wool for the snout and made the entire bear from the same wool.
So far so good - I love the way the wool makes the pattern but because it's a small bear the stripes of solid colour are quite wide.  I'm not using the same brand of wool as the pattern as I couldn't find it from a UK supplier and didn't want to pay yet more postage than I already had.
  One leg down, second leg, body and head, arms ears and snout to go!  After knitting the second leg you pick up the stitches from this leg and continue the body and head in one piece.  The arms, ears and snout are very small and quick to do and I finished it in a few evenings. 
Here she is, I think I could have sewn her together more neatly but I like her.  
I haven't thought of a name for her yet - any suggestions?  I'm not sure if I'll keep her or give her away.
I've used less than half the wool so I could either make another or use the wool for something else. I don't trust my renewed enthusiasm for knitting to last very long but I'll let you know if I mange to make anything else.

5 comments:

Polly said...

What a lovely bear. I love the colours and I think your finished one looks better than the original.

Shoogly Beads said...

I think she's absolutely gorgeous and agree with Polly!! How about 'Ginger Rogers' after the lovely dancer???

Carola Bartz said...

The bear turned out so beautifully. I love self patterned sock yarn.
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Jude said...

Ha, you and me both - I too have suddenly rediscovered a passion for knitting after having done none for years. I was inspired by a pattern for a gorgeous cardigan I saw online. Hopefully I'll manage to finish it, but there's a long way to go yet! Congratulations on completing the bear - he's really cute.

I'm Toni said...

I agree - Ginger Rogers is a lovely name for this cute bear! It goes with the colors, too! I've recently begun to crochet again after many, many years!
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Toni

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