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Smokey Bear

by greenrabbitdesigns

Hi everyone I’d like to introduce you to Smokey Bear!

I managed to knit him over the weekend between shopping, enjoying time with my family, walking in the park and going to the cinema to see ‘The King’s Speech’ (brilliant film, well worth seeing if you’ve not done so already).

Since working with the mohair yarn I have had it in my head to make a bear. I used to make a lot of knitted toys of all descriptions when my daughter was small but haven’t done so in a long time. I used the charcoal grey mohair as it was my favourite shade out of all the colours I have and taking his name from the shade I chose, Smokey was born.

Now I don’t know if I’ll be rushing to make another one any way soon as it’s a fiddly business with a lot of starting and stopping and increasing and decreasing on very small pieces of knitting. I long to do a stretch of knitting without any stoppages, I think another bag is brewing!! I have great admiration for a knitter like Julie who makes the most beautiful little animals on the finest of needles with the finest of yarns!

Anyway Smokey has settled in well and has made friends with my old well-loved bear that I have from my own childhood. The old bear has seen a lot of life so he’ll take good care of him!

Thanks for dropping in and have a great week! 🙂

Edited to add: Sorry folks I should have given you details of the pattern I used to make Smokey, should you wish to knit him some relatives! It’s from Jean Greenhowe’s Jemima-Jane and Friends and I used the pattern for ‘A Hug of Miniature Teddy Bears’ knitting the largest bear (which isn’t very large at all).

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jill January 31, 2011 - 2:17 pm

Smokey is adorable. I just love the expression you’ve given him (I think the size of his ribbon is making him smile). He looks like he’s in safe hands with Big Ted taking care of him.
I just love teddy bears and could often be found in the Teddy Bear Shoppe in York.

Jane January 31, 2011 - 3:55 pm

I am sure Smokey loves his new home.I love your old ted too Vivienne, they have so much wisdom in their eyes-LOL!! I made a teddy bear myself some years ago and yes…really fiddly with joints and things. I love him but …never again! Have a great week, we have sunshine here finally!!
Jane x

Mia January 31, 2011 - 3:55 pm

Jill just took my line “Smokey is adorable! 🙂 and he looks perfect with your old bear! And the fact he was made of mohair too…Oh, you’re so talented, Viv!

Have the happiest crafting week!

Yours from SNOWY-SNOWY (22”) Finland,

Emma Angel January 31, 2011 - 4:13 pm

Awwwww, he is lovely.

Jane January 31, 2011 - 4:45 pm

Smokey is an absolute delight-would you be able to tell me which pattern you used please?

harmony and rosie January 31, 2011 - 5:08 pm

Smokey is absolutely gorgeous, my daughter took quite a shine to him when she peered over my shoulder just now. Praise indeed! x

nina - tabiboo January 31, 2011 - 5:18 pm

He’s so cute and I love his name.

Nina xxx

Helen Philipps January 31, 2011 - 5:22 pm

Smokey is so gorgeous – you have made him so perfectly, and he has such a sweet expression! These little toys are very fiddly to make, as you say – like you, the last time I made one I longed for a looong piece of knitting with no shaping or casting on and off!! Have a great week. Helen x

Denise January 31, 2011 - 5:38 pm

That’s a very cute little bear. I’m sure he was worth the fiddly work.

Jenny January 31, 2011 - 8:29 pm

He’s lovely Viv, and he does look right at home with your old ted! well done, that must have been such a lot of work to get him finished in such a busy weekend! 🙂 xxx

Amanda January 31, 2011 - 8:38 pm

He is wonderful!!! What a great little pal for your well loved bear 🙂

Hannah January 31, 2011 - 8:39 pm

He is very sweet!
You must be a really good knitter if you can finnish him in one weeekend!

val January 31, 2011 - 9:13 pm

Hi Vivienne, You must have so much patience! I really could NOT do such a project, I am very impressed.
Thank you for your lovely comments for my little best friend Bella …. I have passed them on to her …… with a Huge Big Kiss XX
COC for now (that is Carry On Crafting!)
love Val

alisonb2 January 31, 2011 - 9:23 pm

Oh he is cute and what a lovely friendly face!

Maria January 31, 2011 - 9:59 pm

While blog-surfing I bumped into your post – Such a gorgeous little bear

Lola Nova January 31, 2011 - 10:49 pm

Oh, what a darling bear! I am so impressed!

marigold jam February 1, 2011 - 8:08 am

He’s so cute – love hime!


simone February 1, 2011 - 5:48 pm

Smokey has a lovely little face. I like your own childhood bear very much too! x

thelinencat February 3, 2011 - 4:52 pm

He’s gorgeous! Super cute, although I can well believe it took a long time. Bethx

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