Anyone who has hung out in the blogging world for long will have noticed that there are a lot of very talented knitters out there. Sadly, I am not one of them! As an enthusiast of self-sufficient living, it makes sense to me that I should try to make some of my family's own things--clothing, toys, etc. But every time I try to sew or knit anything, it just doesn't work out the way I had envisioned.
One recent project was a knitted teddy bear I made for Jasper.
I got the instructions from Melanie Falick's book, Kids Knitting (there is a link to it at the left if you care to look). I like this book because it gives project instructions in English, rather than in knitting language (which I can't seem to grasp). But maybe I took the casual tone of the instructions too seriously. The book specified bulky wool, but I couldn't find any in a colour I liked, so I got a worsted wool instead--I figured it would be okay if I got smaller needles. I pictured the teddy bear just being smaller than the one in the book--but since the instructions said things like "knit garter stitch for about four inches" that just didn't work! I ended up with a legs and body that were long and skinny--when I sewed the two halves of the legs together I had to fold quite a bit of leg under.
And then there is the problem of his lumpy, misshapen head and crooked ears...but I guess it doesn't matter. Jasper likes him, which is all that matters. I did learn some things from doing this project, and I hope next time to do a bit better. :)