Carson BEAR Foot

So, as many of you know, I knit up my little bears based on distinctive moments or thoughts that happen in my life. Of those moments, one of the most recent had me working up a bear quickly. I got to meet my great nephew a few weeks ago, a little thing just shy of 7 weeks old with grey eyes and a quiet smile.

He’s an adorable little guy named Carson Barefoot. His father is native American, so the big joke was that my niece was now Barefoot….and pregnant. Hysterical.

Anyway, the more I looked at little Carson, the more I was reminded of a family tree, of a branching, twisting, deep rooted cling towards the past and future, a little seed of life that blooms and retracts and grabs hold, but yearns for higher accomplishments. It brought me back to my knitting, my bears.

I want to leave something phenomenal to little Carson. I want him to to walk into a business one day that his great uncle started, want him to feel the empowerment of a life protected and fulfilled by a man with a scruffy beard who pulled himself out of homelessness by knitting teddy bears. I want Carson to wake up one day and look at a bear and say, “Thank you.”

This yarn was donated to me by Liz Ferguson, to whom I can’t thank enough. Its a cashmere, silk, wool blend that feels like the tenderness of a newborn. I’ll never have this yarn again, so this is the only one of these bears I’ll ever make. But, then again, there is only one Carson, so there should only be one of these bears. Done up in this particular skein not only because of its softness, but because of Carson’s amazing little gray eyes…..always exploratory, always inquisitive, and always mindful.

I love you, little guy….I hope these bears one day offer you a future. That’s want I’m working hard for. This little bear is in honor of you: Carson BEAR Foot :)

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Bill Carl's picture

They are the cutest little bears. I just want to grab that bear and give it a big hug. Just darling. I am sure your nephew will enjoy it to the fullest. Glad to see someone else enjoys making bears.

Gregory Patrick's picture

You make bears???? I'd love to see them!

superi's picture

Your bear is adorable, and I'm sure your nephew will treasure it always.


scottly's picture

What amazes me most is how expressive Carson's bear is. Cool story and great knitting!

Gregory Patrick's picture

He looks like a little companion, come up to aid his new owner. Ready to give, ready to receive, ready to be a part of love. Thanks for the compliment!

21stcenturyDamocles's picture

amazing and cool story thanks for sharing the bears way Cute!

Gregory Patrick's picture

Thank you! I do get bombastically proud of them so much.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Conrats on the new great-nephew and the little bear for him. It's always fun making gifts for the little relatives.

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

Gregory Patrick's picture

Thank you, Joe! You should have seen little Carson. Never made a peep. But, smiled, burped, and pooped the whole time :)

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

One has to expect the burps and poops...but the nonstop smile says a lot about how happy the little guy is. Especially with a new cuddle bear and great-uncle.

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

Christopher Charles's picture

I love reading your posts on here. They are so full of thought and emotion, just like your bears. Congratulations on the newest member of your family.

Your posts are so wonderful to read. I have to admit i get excited every time I see you on the list, and I read your post first. The passion that you have for life makes me believe in the good in humanity. Thank you for your dedication to your cause. Your spirit can be felt even here in New Mexico.