Say hello to Henri bear. He is very happy to make your acquaintance.
In the last month of Winter I’d gotten a bit bogged down in my big sweater project so I decided a small diversion was in order, and this little guy was just the trick. The pattern is named, unsurprisingly, “Henri the Knitted Bear”. It’s by Rachel Borello Carroll and it’s a free download on Ravelry.
The pattern calls for a small amount of worsted weight yarn and I used Sullivans Aztec, a super soft alpaca/acrylic blend that I found on sale at Lincraft. I think this is a rebranded version of the discontinued Lincraft Lima which I used a few years back for my first ever knitting project, a blue and green striped scarf. This yarn would be perfect for small projects like toys and scarves and it comes in a couple of colours (red, green, blue) plus several natural shades so perfect for knitting small bears! I used reddish brown “Ginger” for Henri.
It was good to get this little project finished so quickly because my long-term sweater project, using the orange tweed Peace Fleece, was causing me some grief and I’ve now restarted it for the third time. Sometimes you just need a small win. I did get something else done for August though…
It’s based on a four-leaf clover design so green seemed like the right colour to choose for this one (plus I’m getting a bit low on my red yarn so I really will need to get some more).
Oh, and I’ve almost finished my Araucania Ranco socks… and I’ve cast on for a vest too using some Cleckheaton Merino Silk that I found on sale at Clegs. I think I must have had a burst of late Winter start-itis. Better get cracking so I can report back on my progress next time!