For Galen’s birthday, Steve and I gave him a small bag of instruments. The instruments came from Playful Pixie, a small, on-line, Waldorf inspired, toy store that went out of business last year. When they were closing out their inventory, I picked up a bunch of random little things for the future. I bought one each of all the little instruments and I think it cost me considerably less then $10 total for them all. Some of the instruments were already sold out, but we ended up with a reed penny whistle, Indian drum rattle, train whistle, cow bell and kazoo. Galen is my little musical boy and he’s been enjoying putting his goodies to use. He likes them all, but I think that the drum is his favorite.
But his big gift this year, was a teddy bear.
This boy of mine, has been crazy about teddy bears for quite some time now and I was starting to think it near criminal that he didn’t have one of his own.
And so, for his second birthday, he got one, lovingly made by mama.
They made friends fast and I am so, so pleased about it!
The pattern is from Debbie Bliss’s book Simply Baby.
The yarn is color-grown organic cotton by Blue Sky Alpacas. I really like this yarn, but I can’t even begin to tell you how frustrating it was to sew the seams with it. While this yarn is pleasant and soft and knits up nicely, it breaks at the slightest bit of tension, making it a nightmare for seaming, which this pattern required a whole lot of.
For the stuffing I used untreated wool from a friend’s sheep that the children and I scoured and carded last fall.
Watching him be so, head-over-heels, over-the-top, in love with something that I made him? I tell you it’s just sheer bliss!