Scholarship Bears

Bill's picture

Here are pics of some of the Scholarship Bears I've been sending to the Men's Knitting retreats. The pattern is an original one of mine, the bears are about twelve inches tall, seated.

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ronhuber's picture

I love those bears. They are delightful. Have you thought of publishing your pattern?

Bill's picture

Ron,
It's taken me years to develop that pattern...the bears are cut and sewn from knitted fabric, then stuffed. At first, I made traditional mohair fur bears. Now I'm knitting fabric, or recycling thrift store sweaters....and some are made from genuine sheepskin.
I've started trying the bear in a smaller size, but I won't make the pattern available...it's become special to me.
Instead, I'm giving the bears away for charitable purposes.

ronhuber's picture

I can understand how you feel about the pattern. I was thinking it could make you a bunch of money!!!! Of course, if everyone had one, they wouldn't be special. I have such an admiration for people who envisage something and then go ahead and make it. My mental designs often get lost in the process.

Gregory Patrick's picture

Bill, those are great! and the whiskers make them seem a touch like your own self portrait! From one bear knitter to another, I bow. :)

Bill's picture

Thank you, Gregory!

Kerry's picture

Gorgeous looking bears Bill.

Bill's picture

Thanks, Kerry.
I love making them.

AKQGuy's picture

Those are absolutely adorable bears. Great work both designing and executing.

Bill's picture

Thanks, Quinton.

michaelpthompson's picture

I especially love the sideburns and bowtie Bill!

--
"All knitting is just one stitch at a time."
Tallguy

Bill's picture

Thanks, Michael...
The bowties are all done in my family tartan, Stewart.
...I'm working on a red bear now that I've decided will be a costumed "SugarPlum fairy"...so no whiskers. She'll be a girl bear. It's a gift for a friend.

michaelpthompson's picture

A tartan bowtie, even better! I have a bowtie of my family tartan that I wear on special occasions, it's the Thompson Dress Blue:

I have a bear who wears the Thompson Camel tartan kilt. Have to get a photo.

--
"All knitting is just one stitch at a time."
Tallguy

Bill's picture

many years ago I made a Stewart tartan stuffed lion for my new nephew...and was sewing the red yarn mane onto him on the airplane going to visit for Christmas...typically last minute finishing of Christmas presents...
I really must make myself a Stewart tartan bear!

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

I never tire of looking at those handsome bears. I look forward to seeing the one for Rocky Mountain Retreat next year. Thanks for creating them.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Bill's picture

Joe, I'm so sorry I screwed up and missed the deadline!
...but I promise there will be one for next year.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

My dear Bill - There weren't any hard feelings over the mix up [on my part, at least - I can't speak for anyone else] so we can just anticipate the Bear's debut next year. I can hardly wait to meet him.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

kylewilliam's picture

These bears are amazing. I was lucky enough to see the one for the MSKR and it made me so happy. Beyond it's beautiful reason for being, the bears are exquisite studies in craft mastery.

Kyle
www.kylewilliam.com

Bill's picture

Very kind of you, Kyle!
...we miss you at Monday Night Knit...

VillageKnittiot's picture

Those are the cutest things I've ever seen! Well done! Hope to see you at a Monday night knit, soon.

VillageKnittiot's picture

Those are the cutest things I've ever seen! Well done! Hope to see you at a Monday night knit, soon.

Bill's picture

We'll look forward to seeing you, Kerry!