Betty Bear is made from the softest and most luxurious alpaca yarn that I purchased in May last year from Stanmore Park Alpacas at Yatala (south of Brisbane). The weekend was an open day as part of National Alpaca Week. The yarn cost $6 for a 50g ball and I used 4mm knitting needles. I’ll probably experiment next time with 3.75mm needles so the finished product has a tighter weave. The yarn was homespun on the premises which makes it all the more unique.
The pattern came from a gorgeous book called Knitted Toy Tales: Irresistible Characters for all Ages by Laura Long and it’s the Mummy Bear pattern. This book has the cutest little characters you can knit and they are all photographed beautifully. I have a few more I’d like to complete but finding the time is the problem! I have made one of the Mischievous Mice and once I make a couple more, I’ll feature them in a future post.
This must be a picture of an earlier edition of the book. That’s the Mummy Bear on the right hand side.
Laura Long also has an internet page if you’re interested in reading more.
I have also just ordered her latest book Knitted Toy Travels. Can’t wait for it to arrive.
The added embroidered fabric on the ears, paws and feet really adds to the character of the bear. It’s a bit fiddly to do but well worth the effort.
Betty Bear sits in my bedroom along with my other knitted teddy….Bartholemew Bear who is featured in a previous post.
I hope Betty Bear inspires you to knit some cuddly happiness.
Ciao for now!