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Sunday, 4 December 2016
Pretty Plush Polar Bear...
Sometimes it is fun to do something completely different. I've been knitting for so long this year that my hands are very stiff and painful, and while I still enjoy knitting, I felt it was time to have a little change. I saw this pattern in the latest edition of Simply Sewing magazine and thought I'd like to give it a go.
I used a couple of pieces of vintage wool blanket that has been felted, bought at a craft fair a couple of years ago. I also decided to completely hand sew this - I can use a sewing machine but find it hard to control when making smaller items. Just as well I did as some layers (ears & tail) were almost 2cm thick!
The pattern had the bear embroidered with snowflakes - well, I didn't want to do that, I like a bit of realism. So I looked up some pictures of polar bears feet and gave him some little pads instead, plus embroidered claws on his front paws.
I like him a lot - he's very firmly stuffed, making him quite a substantial toy.
Now all I need to do is find him a good home - any volunteers?
Made the first mince pies of the season last week - delicious!