Thursday, July 30, 2009

I'm knitting a teddy bear!

My Mum subscribes to Crafters Choice. For those of you that are unfamiliar, it's a book club for solely crafty and cooking books. It's pretty sweet. Through her, I got one of those deals where if I joined I could get four books for 99 cents. I jumped at the chance! The shipping was $11 - but still, four books for $12? You can't beat that!

Here's what came in the mail this week...

If you follow this blog even sort-of regularly - you know that I, along with my partner-in-crime Heather have a SERIOUS cupcake thing going on!

Now that I'm knitting, I absolutely want to learn how to crochet as well!

You know how I like quick and easy projects, and you may also remember that I'm getting a sewing machine for my birthday. I can't wait to give some of these projects a try!

Now, the final book I ordered kind of on a whim...

Look at it - it's adorable. Knitted bears! How sweet! Plus, the book gives all kinds of patterns for clothes and costumes for the bears. I ordered it will full knowledge that I am nowhere near skilled enough to knit a bear. I'm still such a knitting novice! I figured I'd keep it until I got better at knitting and could actually use it.


Turns out that there are patterns for "simple" "intermediate" and "advanced" bears. And you know what? The "simple" bear is just knitting, pearling, increasing, and decreasing. Amazing! I've only been working on it for two days and look how I'm doing...

You have to ignore all the floating strings - the pattern told me to leave long tails for sewing. And yes, he's missing a leg - it's in progress and will be done this evening. If all I did was knit constantly, I swear I could knit up this entire little bear in less than a day easily.

The instructions for assembling and finishing the bear are a little vague - so I'm a bit intimidated about that part. Reads like it will be more complicated than the knitting. BUT, we'll see. I'm just happy to be knitting more than scarves!

Stay tuned, you'll be seeing this little fella again soon... and hopefully he'll have two legs and a face by then! : )


Lindsey Wolfe said...

I'm using a Martha Steward idea for cupcakes for Logan's birthday party next week.

Not sure if I'm just going to use a box mix to make them or what. Any tips/suggestions? you can email me or facebook me if that is easier.

Meg@MegaCrafty said...

Hooray a knitted bear! Can't wait to see how it progresses and finishes up. I swear the sewing up of the Easter bunnies I made was harder than the knitting too- but you have way more sewing experience than I do so I'm sure it'll come together quickly. Congrats on another non-scarf project.

Joanne said...

I'm procrastinating a little on the sewing together of the bear - I'm intimidated! Hopefully I'll have something to show soon!