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Archive for May 25th, 2010

Abundance!

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

We knitters in Lansing (Michigan) are making Comfort Bears for the Police Department. I have written about this here before. The bear pattern that I wrote to assist the project is called Fast-Finish Teddy (Free Version/PDF Download Here).

Bears Knit from LynnH Pattern

Bears are being knit using any pattern the knitter wishes. However, since I did the presentation at Schuler Books (scroll down), many folks are using my pattern.

I wrote the pattern to be very, very easy. There are cuter bears (though I think mine’s adorable). However, I am willing to bet there are not easier ones to knit.

There are three versions of the pattern out in the wild. There is the version I handed out at Schuler Books, which is no longer available, because of two newer revisions. There is the free PDF version linked above, which is 5 pages long and contains all instructions to make it easy for someone who knits regularly.

KnittingKidzWithBearsAnd then there is a 7-page printed version of the pattern. It contains many more photographs, and explanations of every technique in the pattern, including how to make a knit stitch. It includes photos saying “it should look like this before you bind off” and such things. I’m currently using that pattern to teach High School art students to knit.

Right now, you can buy that Enhanced pattern, printed in color and in a page protector, at Rae’s and Threadbear (links below). One dollar of each pattern sold goes to EVE (End Violent Encounters), an incredible charity in Lansing which has helped two women I know personally.

Bears are being collected at several Lansing-Area shops. These above are some of the ones at Rae’s Yarn Boutique, made from my pattern. She had many more which were knit in other designs.

Local friends, you can also drop bears off at Threadbear Fiberarts, Woven Art (East Lansing), and Yarn Garden (Charlotte). If you are not a knitter or crocheter, they are accepting sewn or purchased bears as well.

The first bear pickup is scheduled for June. There is another pickup in December, and the plan is to keep knitting for this project continually. Unfortunately, I am afraid that there are more kids in sad situations than the number of bears we can reasonably knit. We are giving it a good old college try.

I am particularly fond of the face on the white bear at the bottom right. Isn’t that big nose and smile, just perfect??? The kids I teach to knit at the shop, pictured above, are very fond of the large brown bear at the back. It’s made of very fuzzy, very fat yarn on big needles. Adorable.