The following post is by editor Kara Fleck.
I“m knitting bears for the Mother Bear Project and a little while ago I asked Simple Kids readers to join in with me in knitting and crocheting bears for this charity.
This giveaway is now closed. Thank you!
If you aren”t familiar with Mother Bear, it is a charity that is dedicated to making a difference and bringing comfort to children impacted by AIDS/HIV in emerging nations by giving them a handmade bear. The bears are knit or crocheted and then given to the children with a tag signed by the crafter who poured his or her love into the stitches.
Even if you aren”t a knitter, there are plenty of ways you can help out with The Mother Bear Project:
- Knit or crochet bears
- Sponsor bears
- Join the Mother Bear Project on facebook
- Purchase Mother Bear gifts
- Make a monetary donation
- Donate needed supplies
I would love it if those of you who knit, or crochet, would knit along with me on a Mother Bear KAL (knit-a-long).
I would like to make four bears, one in honor of each of my own children. I cast on for my first bear recently and have made some progress. I”m making this bear in honor of my oldest daughter.
My first bear has the front of her legs, her sweater, and her head and I”m working my way down the back. I”ve elected to do all garter stitch my first time through the pattern, though I do think I will add the suggested skirt option and I”ll give her a little scarf to match, too.
Have you been making bears? How are they coming along? If you haven”t gotten started yet, will you be casting on soon?
The pattern for the bears (knit or crochet) is $5 and . You can also find the pattern for the bears is in the book Knitting for Peace by Betty Christiansen.
You create your bear and then send it to Mother Bear, along with $3 to cover the cost of shipping. The bears then head off to their new homes, ready to be loved and offer comfort and joy.
I have purchased a pattern from Mother Bear and will be giving it away today to a Simple Kids reader to encourage you guys to join in Knitting ALong for The Mother Bear Project.
One reader will receive a copy of the Mother Bear Pattern as well as $3 to cover postage (sorry, at this time the giveaway is only open to US readers).
To Enter simply leave a comment on this post telling me why you”d like to knit a bear for The Mother Bear Project.
The giveaway will end at midnight EST on Friday April 6, 2012. This giveaway is now closed. Thank you!