I’d like to introduce you to another member of our family. This is RedBear.
RedBear was given to Punky on her first birthday by her Oma. Of course, she loved having a new stuffie, as she continues to love new stuffies. There have been many, many (OMG, don’t get me started many) stuffies since then, and while all of them are loved, none are loved like RedBear. He is the constant. He is the thing that as a young parent you are paranoid about losing, but she insists on taking him everywhere. Luckily, for us, she no longer drags him all over the place, but he still goes on all of the big adventures. He has been there for every birthday, every Christmas. When she took her first step it was to get her Bear. When she rode her first two-wheeler he was in the basket. He’s gone on sleepovers to Grandma’s, Oma’s, Uncle Miky’s, Nanny’s, and Brownies. He’s been camping in many place, including Algonquin Park. He’s been to Ottawa, Disney Land, and on a cruise where he met the Captain. He went to her first day of school and has met every one of her teachers. RedBear happily attended the weddings of both Oma and Poppa and Uncle Mik and Auntie Anne. He has also brought quiet comfort during two funerals. In all cases he is recognized as an honoured guest and nobody minds his presence. Among other good qualities, RedBear knows how to be quiet. He brings Punky strength on scary trips to doctor or dentist, and celebrates with her when grades are good or she learns her new piano song. She sleeps with him every single night. So when she gave me her Christmas wish list a while ago I was not too surprised to see written on it
Sweater for RedBear (blue).
Just a couple of days before I had been jumping up and down that my Christmas knitting was DONE, and there was no way I was going to do ANY MORE! But that night found me rummaging through the yarn, digging out my needles and casting on. I can’t have a chilly family member after all. And of course, a sweater for a bear isn’t going to take long to knit, even if the only thing I could find in an acceptable colour was sock yarn.
I think he looks rather dapper, don’t you?