I haven’t done a lot of knitting or crocheting recently. Not really sure why, I think I just needed to slow down a little and take a break. So to get back in the crafty mood again, I decided to crochet a teddy bear, because toys are fun, little projects that don’t take too much time and bring a lot of joy.
I found the Stuffed Bear Toy pattern by Viktorija Dineikiene in my pattern library. It’s been there for a while, if I remember correctly I bought it with a discount over a year ago when I participated in a summer Amigurumi Crochet Along on Ravelry. I thought that after all this time waiting for his turn, he deserved to finally be crocheted!
I used some leftover Stylecraft Alpaca DK yarn in camel shade. The pattern teddy looks quite different and while it’s super cute, I wanted just a basic, beige teddy bear, Winnie The Pooh style. That’s why I only used one colour of yarn and I didn’t embroider eyes or mouth. Instead I used safety eyes and nose (the nose was originally for cats, but I cut the whiskers off) and left it this way. Just a simple little bear! It’s also probably the first toy I made that isn’t overstuffed. Usually I tend to overstuff my toys pretty badly.
This project took me over a week, which is really unusual – typically such a small item shouldn’t take more than 2-3 days of very relaxed work. But once I finished it, I felt the return of my knitting mojo. I decided it’s time to knit the planned gift sets for my Dad, Brother and Nephew, so I ordered some yarn in their colours, or at least what I imagine would suit them. I can’t wait for it to arrive to start knitting! Meanwhile, the teddy is waiting in the box to either be given as a gift or go to the next auction.
As for the auction itself, it had one unexpected side effect: people have been contacting me asking to buy my stuff – mostly dolls. I’ve never really considered doing it for money but in fact I think I could give it a try as long as they don’t want them as Christmas gifts, because I want to focus on my own planned gifts first. But in January I’m going to be mostly free, as it’s a time of break in my work too (until the end of the month when I have to go to Brussels for a week and then work from home again), so as long as they are willing to pay what I request and wait until then, why not? I’m always happy to crochet dolls, plan their outfits and hairstyles, but I don’t have little girls among my family and friends’ kids, so I don’t usually have a reason to crochet them. So I guess that would be a new thing for me to try in life 🙂
Speaking of new things, we have visited Kildare over the weekend. I’m feeling a little better (though I still have another GP visit for more tests planned this week…) and I really needed to go out, so we planned it as a combined visit: in part to see the area and visit a few local attractions, and in part to go shopping in the Kildare Shopping Village outlet. It didn’t quite work out as planned though: it started to rain heavily as soon as we left Dublin and so we only saw the Grey Abbey ruins before heaving to hide under a roof.
Kildare is a place related with the legends of St. Brigid’s, one of Ireland’s saint patrons. She is partially legendary figure, most likely merging the life of an actual person with the myths of a Celtic goddess with the same name. There are a few places related with her in Kildare, but we had to postpone visiting them for another time as the rain and the cold wind was too much for me, still not fully healthy.
The shopping however was successful: apart from the winter jacket for the Boyfriend, I found 2 pairs of discounted shoes, one for winter, and one for the spring. Since I really don’t like black shoes, I’m always happy when I find some nice alternatives. My new winter boots are turquoise, and my springtime shoes are light beige, and both made of suede and super comfortable. What more to ask for? 😉