Susan Dennis (susandennis) wrote,
Susan Dennis

Bears - soup to nuts

I started knitting teddy bears the summer of 2005. I had a few months of knitting other animals but mostly it's been bears and usually it's been about 20 +/- every month so I have a process. (Here's the pattern if you want it.)

I buy most of all my yarn at Herrschners.Com - they have the largest variety of acrylic (the bears have to be 100% machine washable), soft soft, inexpensive medium sized yarn.  About 4 or 5 times a year they offer free shipping for $35 or more order and I hop on that. If I am fairly stocked, I'll order about $35 worth (which works out to about 25 bears). If I'm low on stock, my order will be more like $80 worth.

When the yarn gets here, it goes into my green ottoman.

I pull skeins out of here to put into the knitting basket - the one that is pictured in this journal every day.

The stuffing is Fairfield Poly-fil. It's the best and it's always available somewhere. I sometimes order it online and sometimes drive to JoAnn's or Walmart to get it. I generally buy 10 pounds at a time. That's about all I have room to store. Not long ago JoAnn's had it onsale, online with free shipping. My Stuffing Nirvana!

I also use ChiaoGoo Red Lace Circular Needles - I use a #4 for the bear and a #1 to pick up stitches for the arms and ears.  I have lately gotten them at Amazon. They only last about 3 or 4 months but they are fabulous and not outrageously expensive so when they break I just replace.

Yarn and stuffing morphed with needles and you get a bear. It's not rocket science!!

Then, when the bears are done, they go to the green chair.

Once a month I move them from the green chair to the back room to line up for the monthly photo. (They get too crowded on the chair that by the end of the month, I can't get a good picture of each of them.)

Then into big shopping bags - usually 3 - and off to The Seattle Baby Corner where they go out with supplies to indigent mothers of new babies.

There have been a lot of bears over the years and I don't plan to stop. It's a great excuse to watch junk TV.

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