It began with wanting to knit my daughter a Christmas present.  Not being a fan of surprises, I did not want to present my daughter a knitted garment she hadn’t seen. Having to start somewhere in the investigation of what to knit for her, we began with patterns I had saved over the years.  Our tastes are different as are our lifestyles, so I did not think she would actually choose any one of these yet I did think these patterns would lend some inspiration.  Well, I was wrong.  The bear sweater by Tiny Owl Knits stopped her dead.  In my queue for a few years, she fell in love with it and visualized hers to be in the colors that are seen in the pattern.  I found a great visual to help with the face.

The knitting of it was quick and easy; sending it off to her was another matter.  She promised me a photo shoot (one day, maybe) so these are the only pics I have of it now.

It is made with Plymouth Yarn Encore Colorspun worsted.  The color spun gives it a denim flair, the bear face itself scraps of bulky wools from my stash.  I did add french knots for glisten of eye.  What is working best for her is the dense fabric as it offers a great tightness of the hood and the ears stick up perfectly.  Maybe, you can tell here.

Very satisfied with the end result yet still desiring a bear sweater myself (oh, brother), I purchased a relatively inexpensive (a lot of yardage in one skein) James C. Brett Marble Chunky soft bulky acrylic, considered an entirely different color scheme, and used this gorgeous Kodiak as my muse.

Again, scraps from stash make up its face.  I’ve always wanted to learn how to add side pockets and thought this a good project to attempt.  I mean, a hoodie with pockets?  Made sense to me!  Following the well-written directions in Deborah Newton’s Finishing School, a Master Class for Knitters, some scrap worsted, double pointed needles here I am picking up the edges of the prepared side seam to knit them.

End result.  a pocketed version in warm tweedy browns.  Seen here, bear and I are on a local golf course during pre-season, making a perfect back drop for whimsy.  Photo credit:  hubby photographer

Oh, so cozy

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