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My name is Bronwyn and I am so glad you have stopped by for a visit. I hope you find joy and inspiration in everything you see here. I live with my family in a new, builder-grade townhome in a small city, even though my dream home would be a century old farmhouse in the countryside. Daily I strive to add warmth, "age," and character to our little home. I love to knit, crochet, sew, decorate, bake and go thrift shopping. These are all a wonderful release after my three small children are off to bed each evening. Thankfully, I have a patient and understanding husband, Kevin, who allows me to bring all kinds of crazy things into our home in the the name of "creativity."

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Polar Bear Sweater

It's that time of year again! Time for woolly sweaters and corduroy pants!
Every year I try to knit the kids each a new, cozy piece of warm clothing  and when I saw this pattern in a older knitting magazine of my mother's, I knew I needed to make it for Camden.


Isn't that polar bear face adorable?? 
"That's not a mean polar  bear, Mommy.  He looks like a friendly one!"
I agree, Camden.  Definitely friendly!


My mother is a yarn fanatic and has the equivalent of 3 yarn shops stored in her basement. So, when I asked, she was able to pull out enough cream coloured yarn to start the sweater immediately.


To speed up the knitting time, she suggested that she whip up the plain back and sleeves of the sweater on her trusty knitting machine.
With her expertise, she would have three-quarters of the sweater done in less than an hour!


So with a few measurements and a handful of calculations, she was off to the races!!


Vroom! Vroom! Vroom! went the carriage on the knitting machine and literally, within minutes, the back of the sweater came off of the machine.
The sleeves went just as quickly and she was done!



Look how perfectly even the stitches all are!
Can't complain about the speed either!


Within a few days, I had handknit the front of the sweater and added all of the facial details.  Another evening of stitching the parts together completed the whole she-bang.

This is how it turned out:



Pretty darn cute, eh??
Mine you - I am not sure which is sweeter - the sweater or the boy!!


Now onto my next knitting project - a charcoal grey cardigan for my daughter to go with a new pink and grey dress. No machine knitting here - only the good old-fashioned knitting needles!
I'll show you that soon!

Keep warm, stay cozy,

Love,
Bronwyn


9 comments:

  1. The sweater is really cute; but the boy wins!

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  2. The sweater is adorable and that machine is awesome! And I agree Camden is sweeter :)

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  3. Adorable! He looks very happy with it :)

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  4. Love the sweater!! Wish I was that talented! Your son is adorable! Shirley, Pitt Meadows B.C.

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  5. What a great machine! And what a great mum to have a basement with such bounty!! Camden's new jumper is brilliant. Well done you! Chel x

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  6. That is such a cute sweater. I'm knitting my first sweater right now. I think doing part of it on a knitting machine sounds like a great idea.

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  7. I am surrounded by beautifully talented women!
    This also reminds me of my cat-face sweater circa 1985.

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  8. A knitting machine - that's awesome! It took one hour to make that instead of a year? I used to knit but it so long to complete a project. I LOVE your newest sweater. Adorable!

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  9. A knitting machine - that's awesome! It took one hour to make that instead of a year? I used to knit but it so long to complete a project. I LOVE your newest sweater. Adorable!

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