Scary Bear

Since learning my new skill back in October, I’ve become quite dedicated to knitting and am really enjoying this hobby. I’ve even managed to complete a few projects well enough to gift them to friends and family, although my pile of badly made baby hats is shamefully large. I just can’t bring myself to give away a project I messed up, and messing up is about 50% of knitting – it’s called “frogging” because when you rip out stitches you “rip-it rip-it”. It’s pretty much the cutest way ever of saying YOU SUCK AT KNITTING and should find an easier hobby.

Since about a zillion people I know are having babies, I bought a book of book of baby knitting patterns to get started on a few specific gifts. I also bought what I thought was enough yarn for three teddy bears in three different colors, one of which would be my practice bear for Baby Evan before I attempted one for REDACTED (Let’s just say someone who might read this). Unfortunately, between mistakes and my inability to judge how much of a tail I need to cast on, I ended up one ear short with my yarn. Then Baby Evan was so excited to play with his new toy he ran off with the snout piece and I cannot find in anywhere. So now I’m waiting for my yarn order before I can remake the nose, sew on the nose and ears, stuff the head, and attach it to the body. This is what the finished bear is SUPPOSED to look like:


And here’s what my bear currently looks like:

Skeptical cat is skeptical of Headless Zombie Bear.

Of course, since Baby Evan wouldn’t keep his hands of the pieces before they were even stuffed, he’s seeing nothing wrong with Headless Zombie Bear and has started dragging him around already.

Zombie Baby enjoys a snack of headless bear.

I’m tempted to just leave Headless Zombie Bear headless and zombie-fied. I think a headless bear lovie is hilarious and would like nothing better than to send Baby Evan off to his first sleep over with my sad, pathetic first try of a bear and have him explain to people no, it’s SUPPOSED to look like this. I could start a whole trend of creepy, headless stuffed animals. Or maybe that’s where serial killers come from and I should keep my dark sense of humor to myself.

p.s. LOVE THE NEW CAMERA. It makes my crowded room and giant pile of plastic baby toys look all soft and colorful. And I still don’t know what I’m doing. Also: no red eye on my Zombie Baby!

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11 Responses to “Scary Bear”

  1. Emmie Bee says:

    HOLY COW! Suzanne- you are super talented. I vote for headless bear as well. I love creepy.

  2. AGreenEyeDevil says:

    Too cute, that makes me want to try knitting again!

  3. Mkp-hearts-nyc says:

    haahahaha. That’s awesome. I absolutely vote for leaving him unheaded. I also love the slightly out of focus cat in the second picture.

  4. Audrey says:

    Go you! When I got pregnant with Ev I got all of those knitting for baby books from the library and made the hubby make photocopies of various patterns I wanted to try. And then we moved and I never found them again. Nor did I ever once bother to recheck them out from the new library where they are available. I’m impressed that you followed through and actually made the headless zombie bear. I’ve had books about making plushies sitting on my bookshelf for a month..and fabric and child-safe eyes up in my sewing room for just as long. And still..nothing. I’m not sure what’s holding me back.

  5. Raincheckmom says:

    I think it looks like the cat gnawed off the head…

  6. Brigid Keely says:

    Get some red embroidery floss and make the neck stump red.


  7. i kind of love the zombie bear. but i’m pretty sure no one should listen to me. poppy’s current favorite toy is a red plastic beer cup. that’s sticky. because i drank a rum and coke in it.

    i may be an unfit parent…

    but hey look, i got you a flower!


  8. I also have love for that headless bear, and damn girl you can knit. My foray into knitting included an unfinished scarf and a hat that was supposed to fit me but probably wouldn’t have even fit my baby when she was born.

    Also: Zombie Bear reminds me of Teddy Scares

  9. Londonmum says:

    ha hah ah ha that’s classic. Keep the bear as it is!

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  11. Jeanne says:

    I was looking for more teddy bear patterns and came across your blog. It reminded me of the first pair of baby bootees I knitted (for my incipient baby). They would have been fine if the baby had been born with deformed feet. Now, I’m a grandmother and finally can make the bears I love.

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