>> Monday, August 10, 2009

I am not someone who sews very much. It isn't portable. My son cries when I start up my sewing machine. I hate the needles that invariably (no matter how meticulous I am) end up in the carpet. For some reason my husband doesn't want to watch a movie with me and my sewing machine running.

In my head though I am a master seamstress. I have a beautiful sewing room with lovely fabrics neatly stacked about and a wall full of quilts I have made. Ummm, I haven't ever made anything even close to a quilt, not even a quilted potholder, so you can see what a pipe dream this is. Anyway, when I knit I don't want to sew. I only sew Halloween costumes and tote bags and things that are little. When I knit, I want to knit, not sew. Why is it that I chose this as my Christmas knit for my kids? Am I a crazy person.... Yes he is adorable and yes he would look so cute under the Christmas tree. But come one....look at all these pieces. The cute little head is three pieces, the ears are four and then I have to sew on buttons for eyes and embroider the nose, that is just for the head. Thank goodness I started up now because it might take me the next four months just to sew the darn thing.

*most of the pieces for one bear*

I tried early this morning to seam up the first bear (because I have two kids and of course I have to make two bears) and well I didn't get far. The pieces are now sitting in time out in my office hidden away from little eyes until this evening when I am hoping a glass of wine will help me with the seaming....I'll let you know.

Hope your Christmas knitting is coming along better.


knithound brooklyn August 10, 2009 at 8:18 AM  

oy! that's a lot of seaming for a small knitted object. It might take a whole bottle of wine to get through!

Renee August 10, 2009 at 9:35 AM  

Good for you! I'm sure they'll turn out really well and be totally adored.

My Christmas knitting? It's in the thinking about stage still... I'd best get cracking.

CelticCastOn August 10, 2009 at 10:11 AM  

I hear ya, I love knit toys but LOATHE even thinking about sewing it up.
Good luck!!

Kate August 10, 2009 at 10:33 AM  

I almost cry when I start up my sewing machine :)
I can't believe you're already going on Christmas! I'm just starting to think about how to get Halloween costumes started.

Chris August 10, 2009 at 11:39 AM  

Yikes. I don't mind the sewing up, but that looks daunting. If you have energy to do more stuffed toys in the future, on Ysolda's animals (I'm assuming all, I've just made the bunny)you just pick up stitches on the body for each limb and you go from there. I found that easier and smoother.

Nicole August 10, 2009 at 1:06 PM  

Yikes, that convinces me... no matter how cute, I'll never make this pattern.

Pom Pom August 10, 2009 at 1:28 PM  

The bear is very sweet, though. He looks soft. It's worth it.

Jessica August 10, 2009 at 1:50 PM  

Your holiday knitting is coming along better than mine--I don't have any started yet!

Woolly Stuff August 11, 2009 at 3:25 AM  

ooooh, good luck! just keep your eye on the big picture - how happy the kids'll be when they see such cute bears under the tree - maybe that'll get you through it... I have to admit, the few times I've made toys, I've knit in the round (even if the round was 6 stitches!) to avoid sewing...

Estella August 11, 2009 at 4:07 AM  

I have a huge sweater with a ton of seaming ahead of sits very idle. Seaming is time consuming and if you want it to look right it takes even longer. Funny thing is once I get started I usually ask myself why I was getting all worked up over a little seaming.

stitching under oaks August 11, 2009 at 5:09 AM  

that is a lot of careful with the might end up with a bunny instead of a bear! :) But you'll be able to do it, just picture their faces on Christmas when they find that sweet bear!

Gigi August 11, 2009 at 6:30 AM  

Oh me too -- do not like the seaming or sewing of any kind -- a necessary evil. Your little bear looks so cute though (I agree with Pom Pom), he's worth it. I made one grandson a knitted bear last Christmas (kind of a long tedious slog), but my daughter tells me he sleeps with 'Barry' every night, so it really was worth it in the end.

Kristyn Knits August 11, 2009 at 8:54 AM  

adorable Christmas knit!
taking it one seam at a time will make an overwhelming project a finished one. that sounded I need to go start numbering my advent hats and mittens one at a time!

The Wooly Wumpus August 11, 2009 at 1:18 PM  

A glass of wine might help - and four glasses of wine will not help, but also make you not care!! LOL! Love your bear - can't wait to see it!

Angela August 11, 2009 at 1:43 PM  

Oh, I totally agree! I love knitting little animals for gifts when friends have babies - but OH! the sewing up!

way to go on getting some Christmas knitting done already!

MadMad August 11, 2009 at 7:04 PM  

Oh, my dear Lord! My head hurts FOR you! But what a good mommy you are! Wow.

lucky knitter August 12, 2009 at 6:56 AM  

That bear sure is cute though! :)

Annie August 12, 2009 at 5:35 PM  

A good glass of vino always helps. Just make sure you get all the parts in the right place!
Good luck and have fun!
PS I'm so not thinking Christmas yet. I envy you.

Larissa August 14, 2009 at 3:02 PM  

your kiddos will love those adorable bears - no matter how you seam them! and you're way ahead of me - I haven't even started my holiday knitting!

Haley August 15, 2009 at 1:03 PM  

you can do it! i have to admit that i love knit stuffed animals, but have now limited myself to ones that are knit in the round. otherwise, the seaming always takes at least twice as long as the knitting. good luck!

Alison Boon August 17, 2009 at 9:53 PM  

I too am a master seamstress in my head, the reality a far cry from my imagination though. I think the alcohol hazed approach is the right one.

Kathy August 19, 2009 at 9:32 AM  

I have been where you are. 3 years ago, I started these 2 bears I saw in the IK Holiday issue. There were so cute, I just needed to make them for my kids. They still aren't finished and given to the kids. Last year I didn't even pretend I was going to finish them and put them under the tree. Now I am pretty ashamed and am thinking about finishing them up.

Heather August 19, 2009 at 11:25 AM  

Oh, I want to make that same bear for my boys! I have never knit a stuffed animal before, and I will look forward to hearing how the seaming goes :)

Katt August 22, 2009 at 3:45 AM  

hehe i know that feeling!!

i made a Debbie Bliss bear once and had so many pieces!!

then i fould fuzzy mittens toys. gorgeous and far less pieces!

affectioknit August 23, 2009 at 8:43 PM  

I love that bear!!!

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