Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Knitting for Charity: The Mother Bear Project

During the summer I knew that I wanted to do something with my time to help others. Awhile back, I had heard about The Mother Bear Project, a non-profit organization that provides hand knit and crochet bears to children in emerging nations affected by HIV/AIDS, and I had noticed that they have a growing online community on Ravelry which included monthly bear themed challenges (we all know that I love a good challenge!). I have inherited a TON of random yarn, so this seemed like the perfect project to both stash-bust and help a good cause, so I decided to give it a go. For a $5 donation, you can receive either a knit or crochet pattern and some tags to name your finished bears. I chose the knit versions.

1) Pierre Bear
    For my first bear, I decided to knit the pattern as written including the scarf. This one is inspired by Frenchmen and my husband's first teddy bear. 

2 & 3) Val & Tyne
     These bears are obviously inspired by Valentine's Day. 

4) Sunshine
    This bear has his swim trunks on because he's ready for summer.

5) Kaiser Bear
    In July I wanted to knit a sports themed bear, so I created a bear inspired by the South African Kaiser Chiefs Football (Soccer) Team.

All together now!

Here they are on their way to their new forever homes.

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