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Teddy Bear

This is a project I finished recently, and it will likely be one of my favorite things that I make all year! 

I should make it clear that I do NOT have a good history with stuffies.  When it comes to knitting them, I'm fairly terrible at it.  I also don't enjoy it, which could be why I'm terrible at it.  I love knitting, but something about the fussiness required to produce a stuffie just stifles my creativity ("stuffies just stifle"... say that ten times fast!).  I pretty much gave up on the idea of creating stuffies with yarn, until...

I discovered crochet!  I don't mind making fussy things with crochet; and in fact I enjoy it!  Still, though, they rarely turn out exactly how I want them to (crooked eyes, uneven limbs), so my enthusiasm was at a measured trickle until I could see how things were going to turn out.

I almost gave up as soon as I started the first ear (which is how the project begins).  The yarn is uber-thick and unforgiving (polyester) and once the stitches are made, the yarn takes on this amorphous texture that prevents you from easily distinguishing stitches.  This is a GOOD thing in the overall scheme of the project, as it gives a nice smooth finish to the bear.  It is bad as you are in the midst of creating it, though, as you have to struggle to find the stitches (only at first, though... as I went along it did get easier).

Thankfully I stuck with it, and I'm so glad I did.  I messed up the paws a bit, and then had to crochet a third arm because the first two I made were of such a vastly different size that no amount of clever sewing could disguise that fact.  A third just had to be made, and so I did it, not wanting to stare at this bear from now until eternity whilst having the annoying though, "those arms just don't look right..."

In the end, I got it finished and I am SHOCKED at how much I love this thing!!!!  Not only does it actually look like what it is supposed to look like (that would be a BEAR, lol!) but I really am proud of how it came out!  Are there minor imperfections here and there?  Sure, but overall, I'm dizzyingly and unapologetically happy with this darling bear.

As you can see, it is currently BIGGER than my daughter, the intended recipient!  No worries, though; it is planned to be a Christmas present, at which point she will be at a developmental stage where teddy bears will be welcome and exciting!  I know I'm sure excited!  :)

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  1. I use this yarn to create baby blankets! I love it!

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