Crafting With a Purpose


Recently my mom attended a knitting conference put on byKnitting Universe called Stitches West. This is a place where knitters can learn the newest techniques about the newest gizmos and yarns. There are also many booths there of people selling their yarn and knitting accessories. While there, my mom stopped by the Mother Bear Project booth. This is a non profit organization that has volunteer knitters/crocheters that make teddy bears that are sent to africa for kids that are in high HIV/AIDS ridden countries. These children have nothing and the bears are a way to show them that someone does care for them, even if we are halfway around the world.

Mom picked me up a bear kit while there which included the yarn and simple pattern. I have since finished my little bear and it turned out so cute! I don’t have a ton of spare time, but I do like to have a project while we are relaxing watching tv in the evenings.  This is a very worthy cause in my book and is a great way to use up extra bits and pieces of yarn. You can embelish the bears as you wish. Mine has a scarf that is hard to see in the picture.

If you are a knitter or a crocheter, here is a link to the pattern. It costs $5, but you can make as many bears as you like. Make a difference in a child’s life and craft with a purpose.

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