If you go down to the woods today…

If you go down to the woods today…

I like to knit… I’m not particularly good at it, but it is something I enjoy doing. I also enjoy teaching others to knit. I particularly like knitting with a purpose, so I make socks as gifts, and just recently, teddy bears.

My little miss had a trip to the emergency department a while ago (nothing major, just over concerned first time parents apparently) While in there she was given an “ED Distraction pack“. A wonderful brown paper bag with little things to distract little people (and the big people worrying).

Little Miss fell in love with the teddy. I mean, really fell in love. It made her week. We still read the book that we were given, and although the bubbles are long gone, they’ve always been a winner in our house (in fact I used to carry bubble mixture around in my handbag).

So I got hold of the wonderful person who organises these packs in our area to find out if I could help out. As my reward I was sent a pattern for the easiest teddy bears you’ve ever encountered:


Sadly I forgot to take pictures before I dropped my teddy’s off to be rehomed…but this is one of the early bears, who eventually got a facelift which made him/her much happier 😉


It’s a wonderful pattern for little knitters, learner knitters, or travel knitting. I now carry a small ball of yarn and a 4mm circular needle with me, ready to knit a teddy whenever I find one of those rare moments where I’m somewhere with free time on my hands.

Try one – I’m sure you’ve got little ones (or charities) that would love a teddy or ten.

If you can’t think of a charity in your area google:

  • NICU (Newborn intensive care unit)
  • ED Distraction Pack
  • Women’s Refuge
  • Humane Society
  • Rescue Mission
  • Salvation Army
  • Good Samaritan Ministries
  • Stuffed Animals For Emergencies



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