Brrr Bear by Spud & Chloe

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In a drastic attempt to distract me from the torturous bar exam prep I was enduring this past January, I embarked on an equally challenging (yet way more fun!) project.  I ordered the Spud & Chloe pattern called “3 Brrr Bears” from WEBS (  It was my first stuffed animal to knit EVER…actually my first project with any real intricacy.

This project was an absolute lifesaver.  It was truly calming to knit a small piece each night after a grueling study day.  I always felt that knitting was great stress relief.  But, I can honestly say it is the best therapy!  It was a great way to wind down and to top it all off, I have this incredibly adorable bear to remember this life altering challenge I survived this past winter… passing the bar exam!

Sweater Yarn in "Ice Cream"

Sweater Yarn in “Ice Cream”

My Knit Notes:

2/4/13: Supplies arrived! My first impression of sweater yarn = scrumptious! I can’t wait to get this yarn wound and get started. (I ordered 4 instead of 3 skeins after reading several ravelry projects of the medium brrr bear that noted needing an extra.)

2/6/13: Wound 1 skein by hand. I like the “turkey baster” technique – worked like a charm and wound up fast. Off to a great start on the Body. Realize now that I still need a few supplies…

Current Shopping List: 
Muslin Fabric 
Poly Pellets 
Sweater Yarn in Penguin (7522) 
Craft Eyes (21mm)from…

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2/8/13: This yarn is a delight to work with. It makes the most perfect little v’s. I am surprised how fast it is coming along, considering there are now 100+ stitches per row. I am still working on the Body, almost ready to decrease again. Now that the work is shaped like a bag, it is super convenient to carry my active ball of yarn. Since it is so easily transported, I am taking it everywhere like this! :)

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2/13/13: The body and head pieces are ready for filling, so I have had to set them aside while I wait to buy the rest of my supplies. Last night I started my first leg. The edge pickup was challenging and it’s too soon to tell if there will be holes along the seam. It seems daunting to have 3 more legs just like it still to go. I have to admit this project is a great way to learn new stitches, finishing techniques, etc.

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 So far I have conquered the pfb and ssk, which were both new to me. I have also learned the felted splice joining technique, not sure how I feel about it yet, but its certainly holding. I have done the edge pickup on socks before but this project is a great refresher. By the time I get 4 legs, I should have some confidence in the technique. Here’s hoping!

I have completed the ears and tail pieces. They are so cute! And work up really fast! I love that the cast on tail becomes the yarn used to attach to the bear. So convenient!

I have read that the stuffing and sewing should be done as you finish each piece, but unfortunately my sewing is piling up because I don’t have any filing on hand. This seems daunting to a novice seamstress. I hope to tackle this aspect of the project soon.


2/14/13: Finished the first hind leg last night! What a feat! I am excited to start the next one. A few pictures added of the pieces, all still without filing yet. Luckily, i have a few spare cables to hold the work at the filing spot while I move on to other pieces. I ordered the craft eyes from Etsy yesterday. Can’t wait to see them! I selected the 21mm size in Black.

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2/16/13: The second hind leg is complete. With all the pieces sitting together, this little guy is so adorable! I can’t wait to sew him together!


Delay: Bar Exam – Feb 2013

3/5/13: Picked up the muslin fabric, poly pellets, and stuffing today. I sewed little pouches for the poly pellets for each hind leg paw and one for the body. The bear really came to life! I used black safety eyes (see link above).

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3/7/13: Added the last 2 legs and he is super cute! So cuddly! Only ears and tail to go!

3/17/13: All done! This has to be my most favorite project I have ever made! I don’t make many for myself, but I am really happy to have splurged on this one and created something I will cherish forever. Maybe it will be a special treasure for my future child someday! :)

With this project, I met some incredibly kind knitters on Ravelry.  I asked one fellow knitter, who had previously completed this project, for a few tips and made a wonderful friend!  In search of enough Sweater Yarn in Penguin for the nose, I met a wonderfully sweet knitter who offered to mail me a few yards from her stash  - no questions asked.  I feel so grateful to have met these kind women and I love belonging to the Ravelry community.

Check out this project and connect with me on Ravelry!

In the end, I named him “Sherlock” because I am absolutely addicted to the new show on CBS called “Elementary.”  I watch it every week with my guy Sherlock by my side. :)  I hope to make Sherlock a buddy soon.  I am going to start the Purlbee Bobble Sheep project in the next few weeks.

Stay Tuned!

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