I know I have already shared this wonderful charity with you, but I feel like I can’t do it too much!
Here’s a description of what they do, from their own website:
“The Mother Bear Project is dedicated to providing comfort and hope to children affected by HIV/AIDS in emerging nations, by giving them a gift of love in the form of a hand-knit or crocheted bear.
The simple gift of a hand-knit bear with a tag signed by the knitter has touched children with the message that they are unconditionally loved.”
I discovered the Mother Bear Project a year ago and started immediately making bears. Since then, I have made 29 and am just about to start my 30th.
One of the wonderful things that Amy (the founder of the Mother Bear Project) does is to share pictures of the children who receive their bears whenever possible. Thanks to her, I have already been able to see 8 of my bears in the hands of a child. There are no words to describe how it feels.
Here are the pictures that I was so lucky to get to see…
If what the Mother Bear Project does resonates with you, check here the different ways in which you can help.
I recently discovered the Mother Bear Project.
Here is a description from their website of who there are:
“The Mother Bear Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing comfort and hope to children, primarily those affected by HIV/AIDS in emerging nations, by giving them a gift of love in the form of hand-knit and crocheted bears.
The simple gift of a hand-knit bear with a tag signed by the knitter has touched children who have nearly nothing in the world with the message that they are loved by someone halfway around the world.
The response has been overwhelming, with people wanting to help from all over the world. Thousands of patterns have been distributed, and wonderful bears have been received from people of all ages, backgrounds and knitting abilities. It has brought people together to do something kind in the face of a horrible problem.”
Moved by this project, I decided to try and do my bit, so I ordered a pattern. I received it last week and got to work immediately. I just made 3 bears as the holidays were a quiet period on the design front. Here they are:
I strongly encourage you to check the Mother Bear Project, check the pictures of the children with their bears and you’ll want to help too 😉
The bears knit in no time, any knitter/crocheter can do it.
Today, I finally had a decent photo shoot for this pattern. Thanks to two lovely children, Marta and Kelvin, who played along and let me take lots of pictures of them wearing the hats.
Here are our best shots, aren’t they cute?!
Pattern can be found here and costs EUR 2.50
I wrote this pattern especially with bamboo yarn in mind. I wanted to design a spring hat with a girl and a boy version and bamboo yarn makes me think of spring. It has a lovely shine to it that reminds me of sunny spring days.
The body of the hat is identical in both versions. The girl version includes a little bracelet, just for fun!
Note: this pattern is for both boy and girl versions
Pattern costs $3.75
Knitting in the round, Kfb, picking up stitches, Kitchener stitch
Pattern in 2 children sizes:
Small: 2-4 years – Circ 38-48 cm (15-19”)
Large: 5+ years – Circ 42-56 cm (16½ -22”)
More details on the pattern are available on Ravelry:
This operation is a great success!
Today, Casey announced that 50-60% of the total sales for tagged “Help for Haiti” patterns so far amount to $15-19K!
I only have a few patterns and I’m a pretty new designer, so my contribution is not fantastic, but, so far, here are the amounts to be donated on my side:
17-Jan – EUR 2.53
18-Jan – EUR 1.51
19-Jan – EUR 2.53
Total – EUR 6.57
I’m keeping this until the end of January for my pay patterns and I have put a price on my normally free pattern until 15 February. 100% of the proceeds from this pattern will be donated.
Ravelry has taken a great initiative of creating a special tag for designers to identify patterns for which they pledge to donate profit money to an organisation in help for Haiti.
You can find the list here.
I have included my patterns in the list.