This year I made two Christmas presents one of which was a womble. When my eldest was young the Wombles were on children’s television and my daughter’s favourite womble was Orinoco. She had a cuddly Orinoco which she loved and so when I was offered a knitting pattern to make a womble that was clearly Orinoco I said “Yes!” becuse I thought it would be fun to make it for her. (As you can see the pattern is a little worse for wear having been carried all over the place while knitting him.)
I decided to replace the white mohair of the pattern with eyelash yarn for greater authenticity. I have never knitted eyelash yarn before or the chenille needed for the face and hands but in the end it wasn’t as hard as I imagined and I could count the stitches which was important.
I am pleased to report that my daughter was really over the moon to receive him (even more than I had anticipated) so it all seemed very worth the effort, though I had regretted it a bit when it came to the sewing. (Never my favourite part.)
I also made a little blue bear for my granddaughter. I have a little blue bear that I made when pattern testing for another blogger which sits on my computer tower unit and I had asked my granddaughter whether she would like one ages ago but had never settled down to actually making one.
With Christmas on the horizon it seemed the ideal time.
I used the same wool as before because it needed aran weight and I generally use double knitting but still had a small ball of the blue aran.
However I decided to use a 2.5mm hook because I had one with a comfort handle in this size but not for 3mm which I think I used for the original. You can see that the latest bear came out a little smaller. But no bad thing and he apparently has joined the pocket pig and a Christmas angel I had made previously!