“Pure Michigan” Bear

“Pure Michigan” Bear is knitted of soft merino Shepherd’s Wool from Stonehedge Farm and Fiber Mill of  East Jordan,Michigan. His skin is knitted in their Milk Chocolate color and his sweater is knitted in Creamsicle. This guy, who I named Lansing to honor Michigan’s state capitol, is stuffed with unspun wool from the Frankenmuth (Michigan) Woolen Mill.

I’ve had Joan C. Haigh’s and Patricia Wulff ‘s “Best Friend Bear”  pattern in my stash since it was first published in Interweave Knits, Winter 99/00. The pattern was also included in Interweave Knits Holiday 2006 edition. The opportunity to knit for a local hospice silent auction seemed a good time to finally cast on. He’s knitted flat–in only three pieces. Lansing’s sweater is Beth Brown Reinsel’s Sampler Gansey from her book Knitted Ganseys. It’s a teeny-sized, full feature gansey, complete with underarm gussets. The neck needed modification to accommodate Lansing’s pumpkin head, though.

Nice snout. Cute round belly. You gotta love those cheeks.  And his butt is cute too. You’ve seen the “after” photo, with Lansing sitting in his garden, among the Creeping Jenny. Next is his “before” photo.  This photo would frighten Lansing, but he doesn’t read my blog so it’s OK.

6 thoughts on ““Pure Michigan” Bear

  1. Lansing is adorable. I’m glad to see you use all Michigan made products. I love his sweater and the creamsickle color. I agree,Hospice is a great reason to cast-on!

  2. Thanks, Kathryn. Stonehedge Farm’s Shepherd’s Wool is such wonderful yarn!

  3. I love the bear………and the sweater is adorable. We have lots of Shepherds wool yarn at Yarns to Go & Fabric in Alpena……..see you again. You have done lots of knitting since your visit!!! Thanks again.

  4. @Durenda…thanks so much. Shepherd’s Wool is one of my favorite yarns. Even though it’s Michigan made, it’s hard to find in the Detroit area, where I live. What a great “excuse” (ahem, not that I need one) to come to Alpena to your shop!

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