Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Look who lives at our house!

Penny was gifted a kit for Winnie the Pooh a couple of years ago.  She asked me to crochet it for her as she didn't think her skills were up to the challenge.  I'm sure she could have done it, but I agreed.  Well, Pooh sat around for a while as I finished other works in progress.  Finally, ready to start.  Get it all out of the bag it came in.  No pattern!  It is only the yarn.  No pattern!  Did I mention? no pattern!  Well, it's a Mary Maxim kit, so I get on the phone to Mary Maxim.  They no longer carry it, but one of their wonderful customer service reps helped me find a source.  Got it ordered.  Yea!  Well, by the time it arrived, I'm knee deep in another project, so the pattern is put in a Ziploc bag with the yarn.  All ready to go when I'm finished. 
Last fall, we decided to move.  And when we were packing, we used yarn and future projects to fill in all kinds of boxes.  Sounded like a good idea at the time.  Actually, if you don't need the yarn right away, it's a great idea.  Fills in all the nooks and crannies in boxes.  But, after we get moved, I decide to start on Pooh, cuz I need a break from all the moving. 
You guessed it!  We can't find him.  He is still in some box in our garage.  Penny is beginning to wonder if she will ever get this bear to add to her collection.  She never said so, but I'm sure the thought crossed her mind that maybe she should have tried to do it herself.
Well, we finally found Winnie.  He had some very interesting construction techniques.  Instead of sewing on the arms, legs, muzzle and ears, They are all crocheted in.  No matter what a kid did to this bear, he will not loose an arm or leg.  Using this method, you have to stuff as you go so the bigger he gets, the more awkward he is to work on.  But all's well that ends well. .  And here he is, sitting in our living room.

1 comment:

Nana said...

I made one of these, too, about six years ago for my first grandchild. Wasn't that an interesting technique? It was so difficult to read, sometimes I just had to do it, without regard for doing it by the letter of the pattern! But mine looks very much like yours so we must have done something right. I worked from a pattern book that also had Eeyore, Piglet, and Tigger. I made all four of them. It was quite a project as I had to find all the right color yarns--no kit. There are now three children in that household and the Pooh characters show up once and a while in the clutter of toys! I think I had more fun making them than the kids had playing with them. None of them ever really got into the Pooh stories much. Now my granddaughter is 10 years old, going into the fifth grade.