Saturday, 14 February 2015

Teddy Bears

I started my small collection of teds more than ten years ago and this guy, aka Bertie, was the first bear I bought. I had been having a particularly bad day at work and when my husband and I stopped at the supermarket en route home, I saw a display of cute little teddies on sale and just couldn't resist this one! My dear old dad bought me my very first teddy when I was a baby and according to my mum, the bear was much bigger than I was, as I was only five months old at the time. She said that as a toddler, I was rather scared of my teddy and would only play with him if she dressed him in some of my old baby clothes, hence my  penchant for dressing teddy bears.

This lovely lass is called Tessie, as she has always reminded me of Tessie Bear in Enid Blyton's Noddy books. I made her dress and have also knitted her several sweaters.


Here are Bevo and Dono bear, modelling some of the jumpers and cardigans I have made for them. I named them after my two sons, much to their amusement! My older son is called Bevan aka Bevo and his younger bother is Donovan aka Dono.

I bought these two bears while we were living in Australia. They were sold as Christmas bears, the kind which wear red Christmas hats  and can be bought for under $10 in shops like Kmart.
I have since knitted them each a  Christmas sweater and matching hat and dress them up each year during the festive season.

This sweet little bear is called Murphy and I bought him while on a visit to Melbourne. He was dressed in a white jumper with an Australian flat appliqued on the front. I have since had to knit him another jumper, as the white one was ruined in the wash - the colours from the flag had run and bled onto the white yarn - not a good look!

These two bears dressed in naval uniforms were bought for me by my husband when he and I were visiting Devonport, which is a lovely coastal town and naval base on the North Shore of Auckland.

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