In the Summer(what we had of it) I wrote this post on a wonderful shop in the Lake District called Temporary Measure, as it says in that post I had my eye on the When I was Bear book for Lucas' birthday. I did indeed order the book, and he loves it like I thought it was (although not as much as Fireman Sam but that's 4 year olds for you). I also purchased the pattern for the Big Bear and the Rabbit too.
I hope to have these both in my children's stocking for Christmas.
Sorry for the appalling photography, the light is awful here at the moment. It's been lovely to get crafting again, I feel as if all my inspiration and creativity as been sucked from me of late. It's nice to just concentrate on the click clacking of the needles and see a project grow. I'm not normally a knitter but a crocheter, however I've enjoyed the challenge of actually sticking to a pattern.
I'm using size 6 needles and Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Chunky (Aran), I don't normally use this yarn as it's quite highly priced(about £4-£5 depending on where you buy from) but I found a bag of 6 and half balls in a charity shop for £4 and who could resist that. I didn't know what I'd use the yarn for at the time, but as soon as I got this pattern I knew it was perfect to become A Very Big Bear.
So far I've completed the head, ears, both legs and the body. I think with the size needles I'm using and my tension it will knit up bigger than the largest size on the pattern, the head easily fits over my very chunky hands. I'm hoping to finish the arms tonight and then get on with the stuffing.
I think he'll be a very big bear indeed, just perfect for big boy cuddles.
Are you making something for your loved ones this Christmas?