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Marni 07-26-2008 01:44 PM

FO: Mother Bear Project; my first bear

:thumbsup: This is the first bear or any stuffed animal for that matter I've made. I saw it on Knitty Gritty and just had to make one. I've named her Luanna. I think she turned out pretty good considering the amount of uncertainty and questioning what I was doing. I have since bought some brown yarn and will try another bear, but I think I'll try it in the round to eliminate all the seaming; this will require steeking which I haven't done before though. :???:

The Mother Bear Project is dedicated to providing comfort and hope to children affected by HIV/AIDS in emerging nations, by giving them a gift of love in the form of a hand-knit or crocheted bear.
The simple gift of a hand-knit bear with a tag signed by the knitter has touched children with the message that they are unconditionally loved.

ritaw 07-26-2008 02:06 PM

She looks so lovely and i know she is for a great cause :) The little girl or boy that will recieve her will love her.:)

Jan in CA 07-26-2008 02:14 PM

She came out cute! I made one in the round and it required no steeking, just some tweaking. :teehee: I was afraid they wouldn't accept bears in the round so I asked and she said they would as long as they look like the same bear. She asked me not to post it anywhere, but if someone asked I could share it. I guess she thought if it was free people wouldn't pay for the pattern on the Mother Bear site, but it's free on DIY so.. :shrug: So, if you want I can dig up the pattern. I got a new computer so I have it on on a CD.

ETA: if you look on my Rav page you can see the bear. She used it on the Mother Bear link, too. ;)

Karina 07-26-2008 03:33 PM

Cute bear, and what a good cause. well done.

scout52 07-26-2008 03:33 PM

that is so precious!!! I love it!!

Marni 07-26-2008 05:54 PM

Jan, I'd love to see your 'in the round' version of this. I can't figure out how you did it without steeking though. Since it's a small enough project, I might have to try the steeking anyway just to do it for the experience. To me your bear looks just like the MBP pattern produced... well, different colors of course.

tarrentella 07-26-2008 06:11 PM

i love the Mother Bear Project. i have made several for them now but it was my first stuffed toy attempt too. you did a great job she looks lovely and will make a child very happy.

Jan in CA 07-26-2008 06:15 PM

I sent you a PM, Marni! I think you'll see how easy it is to do w/o any tiny steeks. I think steeks might be hard to do for something this small.

Debkcs 07-26-2008 08:15 PM

Very cute Marni, and a very good cause. Did she take very long?

Marni 07-26-2008 10:14 PM

Hard to say how long exactly. I know for sure I started the project 6 days ago, but basically it was a 30-minute lunch project with probably 6 or 7 hours fiddling at home. I contemplated my methods though and stopped to ponder a lot doing everything from picking up the stitches to what kind of neckwear to use. LOL There's a lot of seaming and end weaving which seemed to go on forever! Straight forward construction though... maybe 7 hours. I figure 3.5 hours of straight knitting then maybe double that for seaming, weaving, stuffing and decorating.

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