Sunday, October 31, 2010

Gifting by use of Heritage Skills

A heritage skill that i have been given by my mother and grandmother is crochet, and i am very grateful for it.  I love having it.  In addition to having a great (and cheap) hobby for relaxation, crocheting is a great source of homemade and often very appreciated gifts.  Not to mention, again, cheap.

Right now, my crocheting hobby is very cheap.  Over the past two years, i have accumulated an entire chest full of free yarn.  Two different people gifted me with entire trash bags filled with old, unused a friend, and one a freecycle member.  This makes it very easy for me to give inexpensive, unique, heartfelt, hand made gifts that cost me nothing but my heart, thoughts, and labor.  A labor i love.

This weekend, i had a one-year old's birthday party to attend.  While i love this particular one-year-old, i had a hard time deciding what i should give him for a gift.  One-year-olds are tricky like that.  I started looking and came upon a crochet project i have never done before - a teddy bear.

I found that pattern at Mielke's Fiber Arts.  This particular pattern calls for regular worsted weight yarn and a size G hook.  But the finish product is only about 4 inches tall.  Wanting a little bit more size, i decided to use two strands of yarn (two different shades of brown) and a size N hook.  My variation made my teddy bear about 7 inches tall, instead of 4 inches, which seemed a little better size for a four-year-old boy.  Being without traditional stuffing, i used a t-shirt, cut into tiny pieces, to stuff my little bear.  An altogether cost-free product that took me two to three hours from start to finish.

I really like this pattern because it's very flexible, easy to understand, and easy to personalize.  All the parts can be different colors if you want the patchwork effect - or whatever you want to do.  And the arms and legs are attached by a kind of crocheted "hinge" that allows movement, floppiness, or the ability to arrange it on a shelf like i did, sitting down like a very well-behaved teddy bear. Altogether, a very cute project that i really enjoyed.

Check out Mielke's.  Their pictures are better than mine. 

1 comment:

  1. I LOVE making crocheted teddy bears! 'Specially the ones with the "hinged" arms and legs :D Haven't done that pattern specifically, though.

    Don't you love to crochet? I find it so relaxing. (Although I, over the years, have spent entirely way too much $ on yarn, in addition to being gifted lots too.) I love to pray for the person who'll be receiving the item (whether I know them personally or not) while I'm making it.


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