Introducing – – – Blended Threads Bear-ies Teddy and Tess

An image of two cute teddy bears wearing handknit scarves

or …. the 12 bear-y scarves of Christmas

 

Meet my friends, Teddy and Tess!

Teddy & Tess are very special teddy bears.  They travel together bringing comfort and hope, joy and laughter, and most of all, LOVE.

 

I first met Teddy & Tess in the fall of 2005 – just after Hurricane Katrina made landfall in Louisiana and Mississippi.  Everyone wanted to do “something” in the days following Katrina to help the survivors.   Teddy & Tess popped into my cubbie one day and asked what they could do.  I had to get creative.   We put our heads together and came up with a plan.  We shared a wonderful journey that year!

Teddy & Tess called on all the children of our local church to bring a brand new bear to a party.  Each bear received a hand knit or crocheted scarf filled with love.  The middle and high schoolers learned to knit and crochet – yes, the boys.  One young man said to me, “Miss Bobbi,  anyone who can learn to play video games can learn to knit or crochet a small scarf.”   That’s something I’ve never forgotten.

Then, early in December, Teddy & Tess and about 100 of their bear-y friends traveled with me on a big airplane to New Orleans and a church in the hard hit Ninth Ward.  It was the first time Teddy & Tess had ever flown and we were all a bit nervous.  Each wore a bright scarf and a big smile, though, when we got to the parish school on Monday morning.

I will never forget the SMILES and HUGS from the children who had been able to return to school.  Many were living in temporary houses or with extended family members , some were still living in the church basement.  Everyone, teachers included, took a new friend “home” that day.

Teddy & Tess have had many adventures since that first trip in 2005.   Now that the busiest part of the Holidays is over, they asked me to invite you to join them on a new adventure.   They want to share the love around to all our readers by sharing some of their favorite scarf patterns.

These patterns are a gift to you from Teddy & Tess, Blended Threads, and myself.  Each day during the Season of Christmas, I will release a new little pattern.  They are FREE!  You may use the patterns any way you like — we hope you consider warming up a bear and donating it to a local charity or hospital to brighten someone’s day.

So, pull out those little bits of left over yarns (bet you’ve got them close at hand after finishing all your holiday gifts) and join us for a new Teddy & Tess adventure.  We’re writing a book in 2014 of scarves, shawls, and hats for ….. well more on that project later.  You are all pattern testers, so please, let me know if you find any typos or confusing instructions.

Patterns will be uploaded in the Pattern Patch beginning December 26th – the day after Christmas.  Image of a lovely lady bear knitting a scarf

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Merry “Christmas” to all – – – – just a bit early

As the hours race by and many of us are realizing we may have been just a little bit optimistic about how many hand-crafted gifts we are giving this year, Blended Threads would like to wish all our readers the very best of the Holiday Season – Merry Christmas from us!  And Peace – peace to relax and enjoy the crafting, the recipient will enjoy the promise of your gift as much as the gift itself.

Christmas is more than a religious celebration to me, although the religious is very important.   “Christmas” is a way of life, a feeling deep in my soul.  Hope, joy, love, believing in myself and those around me, giving the best I have to give every day – these are the threads that blend together and make “Christmas” last all year long.

So whatever holiday (or none) you choose to celebrate, I hope it’s a wonderful celebration for you.

Enjoy the season – and come back tomorrow!  There will be a special surprise for you in the Pattern Patch.

 

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