May 31, 2009

Baby Bobbi Bear

In my haste to finish this gift before flying over to England for Christmas, I neglected to take pictures of the finished object. My sister-in-law recently got a new camera and sent me some pics. He looks to be holding up well.

I made this teddy bear as a Christmas gift for my nephew who was 16 months old at the time. The teddy bear pattern is Baby Bobbi Bear from Blue Sky Alpacas. I used the Blue Sky Organic Cotton and therefore thought that stuffing him with polyester filling just didn't seem right! I got some wool stuffing from Joy's Waldorf Dolls instead (only partially organic but at least natural). I think the wool stuffing is a great idea for toys as wool is naturally dust mite and mold resistant, naturally antibacterial and flame retardant, and won't harden over time like cotton stuffing.

It's hard to know how densely to pack the stuffing and having never made one before I'm not sure how well it will hold up over time.

Although I added duplicate stitch (swiss darning) around the neck, it still lacked definition. I made the little scarf, tightened it around the neck, and stitched it in place.

I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out, although there are a lot of Baby Bobbi Bears on Ravelry that are way cuter (case in point)! Oh well, I saw my nephew give his new teddy hugs while I was visiting so I don't think he minds : )

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  1. I am very envious of your knitting skills. My grandmother showed me just the basic stitching needed to make a scarf. I would have no idea how to start making a teddy bear! Great work!!

  2. Awww what a cutie teddy bear! :)