Months ago, I found a pattern on Pinterest for a Valentine’s Bear. It’s so cute, I decided to try to make one for each of my grandkids. I felt like I was doing a good job of getting the stitches right, but when I sewed the pieces together, they looked crooked. Plus, the heads were floppy. After completing the two bears, I looked up the reviews on the pattern, and many people commented on how the bear’s head was too big for its body, and that they were having a hard time getting the head to sit up straight. (Note to self: Read reviews before attempting any patterns.)
Projects likes these are an investment in time. It’s difficult when it doesn’t turn out the way you like. I sorta felt like tossing the little bears in the trash, because they weren’t perfect, like the picture on the pattern. Then I thought how everything doesn’t have to be perfect, and that maybe they would love them because their grandma made it. I wrapped the bears in gift bags and gave them to the grandkids yesterday.
My little granddaughter hugged the bear tight, close to her neck, which warmed my heart. She called it bunny, and pointed to her brother’s bear and said her brother’s name. She wanted to let us know he got one too. “Heart,” she said, when she pointed to the chest.
My grandson liked his bear too. “It’s so soft,” he said, when he hugged it. “How did you make it, Grandma?” he asked.
”I crocheted it.” The bear got a good looking over and another hug. Funny how the bear’s head doesn’t flop around when it’s being hugged! Hugs straighten everything out, right?
Most of the time, I work on simple blankets, so I can stitch away, without counting or keeping track of stitches. Once you learn the pattern, it sticks in your mind and becomes automatic. Whatever! Now I think I’m going to try to crochet a bunny, because Easter is on its way. I found a pattern that has good reviews! Besides, practice makes perfect.
Have a Happy Valentine’s Day! ❤️
It is not the gift, but the thought that counts. ~Henry van Dyke, Jr.
The bear is so cute. The kids knew exactly where to hug them. Happy Valentine’s Day.
Thanks, Mary! Yes, they did. Happy Valentine’s Day to you too!
You inspire me (as I’m trying to take up crocheting myself! Haven’t got much practice in but I hope one day to be able to make a bear or bunny!)
Yes, you’re right. Kids will love anything grandma makes for them, just because it came from grandma. I’m sure your creations were much better than you’re giving yourself credit for anyway! 🙂
We are our own worst critics, right? But, the bears did look pretty funny! Oh well. I try not to be too hard on myself.
Good luck with crocheting! Be sure to check the reviews first, if you find the pattern on Pinterest. 😉
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