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