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Finding Balance

picture of unbalanced stones

Balance. Woke. Enlightenment. Becoming One.

These are all part of a current (last few decades or more but within the last century) movement of people working towards becoming what they feel is a better person. You can do all the yoga, meditation retreats, and vegan/paleo/raw eating that your pocketbook can handle but you still feel empty and unsatisfied. Not happy. Let me tell you something – not a single person is 100% jumping for joy cheerful 100% of the time. That is not representative of truth or happiness. In fact, people who appear to be happy all the time experience other emotions such as anger, resentment, sadness, etc. They just process these feelings in a different way or they find meaning in situations different than others. They are not immune to the stress of everyday life – they have just found some secret to balancing it all. Or they are well on their way to leading that perfect life of balance.

Remember those little ways I told you to be able to find a moment to meditate? I’ll bet those happy people have already implemented such a secret into their routines long ago. Finding balance for your life can be as simple as implementing small changes such as that over a period of time. And we’re not just talking about a balanced diet here, either.

I think one of the misconceptions people hold when they think of finding balance in their life is that they believe there needs to be an equal amount of time spent in each area of work, home, and social commitments. This is not only untrue but virtually impossible for the average person to accomplish. It also still won’t find you the balance you seek if you merely focus on the external things in life and not the internal things as well. Yup, you find that balance within and it will spread to affect those areas outside your mind and body. It also isn’t a one and done sort of fix. finding and keeping balance is a life-long journey. It is constantly changing because life is constantly changing especially when it has fun throwing obstacles in your path when you least expect it.

How you weather through the storms of change through the hurricanes and the calm seas is the foundation of that inner balance we all seek. Work, spouse, children, siblings, parents, friends, bills, studies, and everything else that touches our lives are constantly vying for attention. You need to find for yourself a way to be able to find a moment or two for yourself. Every day if possible. Find that moment and just breathe. Calm, ground, breathe.

Now for all that external stuff? How do you find balance in that? That is more difficult because it is different for every single person. No two people have the exact same pressures on them at any point in their life. There may be similarities but they are not the same. These outside pressures are also always in a mode of change. A young parent of a young child is going to have different priorities than an older parent of a young child or an adult with no children at all (regardless of that adult’s age).There are numerous lifestyles and situations I can think of, numerous I have been in and numerous more I’m sure you can come up with including examples from your own life. However, there is one thing every person’s life has in common to be able to find balance. The important thing, and sometimes a difficult thing, is to prioritize the wants, needs, and desires. The dream journal discussed last week can help as a guide with that.

You can set small daily goals of things to accomplish and build it up to larger and lengthier things you want to accomplish. This doesn’t just mean getting to the bottom of the laundry basket but it can also include adding some time to learn a new skill, specifically set aside some socializing time or quiet time or family time. These times should be more relaxed and fun rather than high-stress. You get enough stress from the deadline at work, the cranky co-worker, the teenager whose grades are slipping, the baby who is colicky, and the dog that just won’t listen when you’re trying to house-train it regardless of how many obedience classes you attend and how many episodes of the Dog Whisperer you watch. WOW! No wonder you feel unbalanced! With all that going on you need to find that moment to breathe. Calm. Breathe. I promise you, it’s there.

Something that you may not realize or even consider but it bears telling – you can’t do it all all of the time. I know you want to believe you’re some superhero but there are others around you. Others who can and are willing to help especially at those times you are feeling overwhelmed. Reach out. Ask for help. That help will give you a moment to breathe. That breath will help you to feel more in balance. That balance will put you in a position to help another. You can do this but you don’t necessarily have to do it alone. Even if you feel alone I promise you that you are not.

Did you learn to ride a bike without training wheels? If so, good for you but many people who have learned to ride a bike learn to do so with those training wheels firmly in place. What do those training wheels do? They help you to learn balance. Keep those training wheels in place while you ride out the storms and maybe they will one day wear out and fall off. Maybe not, but you might realize that you’re not relying on them as much as before.

picture of stones in perfect balance

Typical Teddy Part 2

This took a bit but I promise it was worth the wait – here is the second half (and the bigger half) of the teddy bear instructions! It was slightly delayed due to life – that stinking life sure likes to get in the way at the worst possible times, doesn’t it?

Here’s also a little reminder of the items I used to create this teddy and an updated list of the stitches used in this pattern. I do hope you enjoy making a lovable teddy for yourself or someone else! If you have any questions or problems with the pattern, please do not hesitate to ask!

Items needed:
Bernat blanket yarn – 2 colors: Mink (Main Color/MC) and Almond (Coordinating Color/CC)
Scrap yarn for embroidering nose and mouth (I used Caron Simply Soft in Chocolate.)
2 safety eyes (14mm)
Size I-9 hook (5.5mm)
Stuffing fiber
Stitch markers
Yarn needle
Scissors

Stitches – US terminology:
St – stitch
Slst – slip stitch
Yo – yarn over
FO – finish off
Ch – chain
Sc – single crochet
Hdc – half double crochet
Dc – double crochet
BLO – back loop only
Inc – increase: 2sc in one stitch
Dec – decrease stitch/invisible decrease: insert hook into front loops only of next 2 stitches, yo, pull through 2 loops on hook, yo, pull through final 2 loops on hook. Counts as 1 sc.
Sctog – single crochet 2 together: Insert hook in first stitch (st). Yarn over (YO), draw up a loop (lp), 2 lps on hook. Insert hook in next st, YO, draw up a lp. 3 lps on hook. YO, draw yarn through all three lps on hook.
LDCtog – linked double crochet together (all in the same stitch hole): THIS is a really good explanation on how to do this!
*directions*_x – follow the stitch directions within the asterisks by the number of times (_x)

Head (using MC):
1. Magic ring with 8 sc; pull tight.head base
2. Inc around. (16 sc)
3. *sc; inc* around. (24 sc)
4. *2 sc; inc* around. (32 sc)
5. Sc; *inc; 3 sc* 7x; inc; 2 sc. (40 sc)
6. *4 sc; inc* around. (48 sc)
7. 2 sc; *inc; 5 sc* 7x; inc; 3 sc. (56 sc)
8. -10. Sc around. (56 sc)
11. *5 sc; dec* around. (48 sc)
12. Sc; *dec; 4 sc* 7x; dec; 3 sc. (40 sc)
13. *3 sc; dec* around. (32 sc)
14. Sc; *dec; 2 sc* 7x; dec; sc. (24 sc)
Stuff head. Continue adding bits of stuffing after next rounds if needed to keep the head shape.
15. *sc; dec* around. (16 sc)
16. Dec around. (8 sc)
FO leaving a long tail. Use tail to catch up loops from last round and pull tight to close the hole. Secure firmly and tuck tail inside the head to remove it from view. Your head should appear like a slightly flattened ball shape.

Face (using CC):teddy face
1. Magic ring with 8 sc. Pull tight.
2. Inc around. (16 sc)
3. *sc; inc* around. (24 sc)
4. Sc; *inc; 2 sc* 7x; inc; sc. (32 sc)
5. *3 sc; inc* around. (40 sc)
6. *4 sc; inc* 3x; 2 sc; 2 hdc; 3 LDCtog; hdc; 6 sc; hdc; 3 LDCtog; 2 hdc; 2 sc; inc; 4 sc; inc; sc.
Slst and FO leaving a really long tail to attach the face to the head.
Place safety eyes at the base of each 3LDCtog. Embroider on a nose and any other facial details. You can even do eyelashes for a girly teddy! Give your teddy character!

teddy head parts

Now it’s time to make your teddy’s head by sewing together the components of ears, face and head base. Simply place the face on the flatter side of the head base and then stitch into place going all the way around the face and securing it well to the head base. Next, hold the ears up to the head in different areas until you find where you like the placement. I placed mine so the center of the ear was diagonally aligned to the eye on each respective side.

teddy head

Body (using MC):
Continuing from the Legs instructions:
17. Sctog connecting the legs with this st by using the first half of the stitch on one leg and the second half of the stitch on the other leg so that upon completion of the stitch the two legs are joined together at this point. This will now be the starting point for each round.
18. Starting in next st, 22 sc; sctog; 22sc
19. *inc; 22sc* repreat. (48 sc)
20. 11 sc; inc; 3 sc; inc; 14 sc; inc; 3 sc; inc; 11 sc.teddy tail
21. *inc; 24sc* repeat.
22. *12 sc; inc; 6sc; inc* repeat; 12 sc. (56 sc)
23. Inc; 9sc; inc; *17 sc; inc* repeat; 9sc. (60 sc)
24. -25. Sc around. (60 sc)
26. *dec; 8sc* 6x. (54 sc)
27. Sc around. (54 sc)
28. *dec; 7sc* 6x. (48 sc)
29. 3sc *dec; 6sc* 5x; dec; 3sc. (42 sc)
30. *dec; 5sc* 6x. (36 sc)
31. Sc around. (36 sc)
Stitch tail into place and then begin to stuff body. Make sure stuffing is firm but not bulging the feet and the belly area is as firm or squishable as you want it. I usually go for a squishable belly. Continue adding stuffing as you crochet more making sure there’s a good amount in the neck area to help eliminate making the head too floppy.
32. *dec; 4sc* 6x. (30 sc)
33. Sc; dec *3sc; dec* 5x; 2sc. (24 sc)
34. Sc around. (24 sc)
35. *dec; 2sc* 6x. (18 sc)
FO leaving a very long tail. Attach arms to the body then sew head onto the body using the long tail you just created from round 35.

Ta-da! Teddy complete!

teddy completed

Oh, you Charmer, you!

charm books stack

Jar spells and the various other sorts of charms are probably one of the most well-known and used areas of the cunning craft. Of these, I believe the some of the most used are for the protection of the Self, home, and protection of others whether they be child or animal. They are created to protect from physical, emotional, spiritual, and financial attacks from other people, practitioners, those of the Otherworld (lumping spirits, fae and any being that is not inherently human in this category momentarily), and even bacterial/viral attacks. These charms are practiced in possibly all forms of religious and spiritual belief. I say possibly because I haven’t studied every different spiritual or belief system… yet. However, of the ones that I am familiar, whether through my own actual practice, the practice of friends, or through study, there is always some form of a protection charm contained within the myths and mythos even if it is not called exactly that. A rose by any other name and all (thanks, Shakespeare!)

Charms can be used for “white” or “black” magic. Or green magic or purple magic or whatever unicorn rainbow glitter flavor of magic you proclaim to use. I just use magic. I am a magic practitioner. I do not assign color to my workings. I do work or I don’t; no color of magic involved. You do you. I have found over the years that it doesn’t really matter in the long run. Those who profess to only use white magic always have that line they will cross. There are those who say they only practice black magic yet they will protect another from harm. Again, a line they are willing to cross. The most honest practitioners are the ones who profess to practice grey magic – not entirely good and not entirely evil. In my mind and according to the alignment system of D&D, that sets them more at a chaotic good than anything else. Chaotic good doesn’t have a color – it just is.

Charms are also one of my very favorite types of magical workings. They are part of magic both high or low; animistic or Judeo-Christian, and anything in-between. Now, most followers of a monotheistic or Judeo-Christian religion will say that they don’t practice charms or magic. And yet, it is still found in their history and within their regular practice – even if they don’t realize it or want to accept it. This is a fact and not up for debate.

Why is this my favorite? Because it is so versatile, of course! It can be done with lots of items or hardly anything more than a writing utensil and something to write on (or carving into something). However, I will not say that it is easy. It can be fairly easily implemented depending on the charm and what you are trying to accomplish. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t take knowledge, work, and a bit of yourself put into every one. You don’t get something for nothing.

Picture of nails and pins and porcupine quills
                                      Nails and pins and porcupine quills!

Collecting things for charms can be done with a specific purpose in mind or can be gathered to be used at another time. It is rare that I go anywhere without accumulating random bits of stuff in my bag, purse, or pockets. Feathers, stones, leaves, shells, dirt, seed pods, egg shells, bits of cloth, buttons, nails, pins, beads or charms can be gathered in the darnedest places. Everything in nature has magical properties and can be used to represent an abundance of things. Even things not found naturally occurring can have a magical use so don’t discount anything. You don’t have to be a packrat either. Be smart about what you pick up and what you leave behind. It can all have a purpose or a meaning. And sometimes a cigar is just a cigar (thanks, Freud!)

horseshoe

A magic square or a horseshoe are two examples of a common charm. Many people are familiar with a horseshoe above a door for good luck. Depending on your set of beliefs would depend on whether the horseshoe was hung with the tines pointing up or down. Tines up means it is gathering all the luck and in other beliefs, if a horseshoe has its tines down it is pouring the luck onto whoever walks underneath. Magic squares have been found in many ancient writings and are believed to have been used by magical practitioners as a form of protection magic and also in numerology. Magic squares have been known to be used in creating talismans. Agrippa used magic squares in his Three Books Concerning Occult Philosophy by joining the seven known planets (during his time) with seven different magic squares. Each of those seven magical squares are numerical and different according to the planets they represent. Other magic squares contain letters and most magic squares are palindromic. A palindrome is a word, phrase or sequence that reads the same backward or forward. The Sator Square (pictured below) is a four times palindrome and is believed to be one of the oldest representations of a magic square when discovered unharmed but under the ruins of Pompeii. There have been other Sator Squares found in other areas of Europe, Britain, and the Middle East. It is believed to be created for protection or, more specifically, protection from fire. Some believe it must be carved into a particular type of metal during specific astrological times whereas others believe it is inherent in the Latin words themselves and any “specialness” added will only enhance the protective powers of this charm but it can be created with nothing more than a writing utensil and something to write on.magic square

There have been charms consisting of Bible quotes written on parchment, rolled and sealed within door frames. Boots or shoes within the walls or hearth of a home. Even the skeletal remains of a cat have been known to be found within the walls of older homes when undergoing restoration or reconstruction. Many of these items and the tales behind them can be seen at the Witchcraft Museum in Boscastle, Cornwall. Things such as a horse or other large animal heart pierced with countless thorns, pins, and nails that are hung within the chimney or from a high beam in the house to protect the home, its inhabitants, and their belongings from any evil-doers or ill-wishers. However, I think the oddest practice that I have found along these lines is a piece of bacon pricked and pierced with pins and nails and then hung far up a chimney. Presumably, to act as a decoy for the house’s inhabitants and the pins to prick at the person who originally sent the curse. I see this more as a bit of a waste of a perfectly good piece of bacon!

A witch’s ladder or knotted rope is yet another form of a charm. There are a number of ways to create one and a number of reasons to do so. It all involves knotting a rope in certain ways and sometimes adding things within the knots. Different knot magic represents different things and is created slightly differently depending on the creator. Some of my crocheted items have magic knotted into them. Not everything I crochet has magic woven in, but some things have – especially those things I have created with a specific person in mind and it is usually protection magic that is woven in as many times it is also something to be worn.

Of all of these different ways to create charms, I think the most prevalent and possibly the first image that comes to mind is of a tiny bag or piece of cloth that contains any number of mystical objects. These charm bags are then to be worn or placed in a pocket as protection, to bring good fortune or good luck, to help clear certain health complaints, to enhance one’s charm or beauty, or any number of other magical “fixes” that can be done. I think that’s truly why they are my favorite type of magical workings – because of the pure versatility! With that said, I need to go work some charm magic!

Creating and Planning a Dream Journal – it’s not what you think!

hands holding the word dream

Today we are going to ponder on dreams – not the kind that occurs while you are asleep but those dreams that you wish for in your waking life. They can be adventurous dreams like wanting to be able to travel the world or owning a house or finding the perfect mate or not worrying if you’ll be able to feed your family because you bought a new table lamp. If you are poor or you have ever been poor then you know that purchasing something ‘frivolous’ like a lamp or rug is adventurous. Regardless of size or monetary value, dreams can be priceless and essential towards living a fruitful and meaningful life. And we all have them! Some of those dreams are similar and others are very very different but they are still there for us waiting for us to accomplish our dreams.

One of the best ways to be able to begin this dream accomplishing journey is to write down your dreams. Yup – start yourself a dream journal! You can use your phone, tablet, pc, notebook, 3×5 cards, an Excel spreadsheet, whatever works best for you! For me, I find it best to write things down on cards or scraps of paper that I can then rearrange and organize before committing to “nice” paper like a dedicated spiral-bound notebook. The physical act of writing creates signals between the brain and your subconscious on a molecular level that is difficult to describe without getting all scientifically neurological and we are not going to go venturing into that realm right now. We are going to focus to venture into your dreams  – and find out what they are! I’ll bet you can even think of 50 dreams you’d like to accomplish right now if time, money and any other worries were of no concern. Some of you may say “I can think of more than 50!” while others struggle with creating such a list. You are struggling because you are not freeing yourself of constraints and you are not broadening your horizons beyond the tangible. “Free your mind and the rest will follow…” (I’ll stop singing.)

At this moment you might be thinking I am crazy; that I have no clue what I am talking about; that I am just too flipping full of positivity nonsense that I cannot possibly have ever lived in the real world. Well, I have. I do. And I am right not because of purely my own belief but because of methods that have worked. So hear me out before passing any further judgment or dismissing me as a positivity-obsessed loon.

Now, I want you to write down your dreams. Remember to not limit yourself as to what you can physically or mentally or financially afford right now but your dreams Dreams are not dependent on all those things. Dreams are wishes; they are hope; they can be anything They can be tiny or they can be HUGE. What they are, ultimately, is yours.

Got that? Got them written? I’ll give you a few more minutes to scribble things off the top of your head – yeah, that’s right. Don’t think too deeply! If you’re thinking hard then you’re concentrating and putting logic into the mix. This is not logic – it’s dreaming!

Now that you’ve got your bunch of things written down (you can always add more later), we are going to categorize them. Wait, what? I just told you to not think and now I’m telling you to think. Yes, I am. Here is a selection of categories that your dreams may fit into – you may also think of other categories not mentioned here. This is your journal, so compose it how you want.

Physical
Emotional
Intellectual
Spiritual
Psychological
Professional
Material
Financial
Legacy
Creative
Adventurous
Character

Do you see some categories that you had not even thought of mentioning for your dreams? Go ahead, if the list of categories suddenly spurred some dreams to be placed into other little boxes, go ahead and do that. I’ll wait.

Some of you may be having fun with this little exercise. Other may be thinking “this seems like work!” It is supposed to be fun but nothing ever came of nothing and we want to create something so… just do this little thing. Remember, you’re not doing it for me. You are doing this for yourself. You are enough.

You can organize (or not) your journal however you like. You can make it full of lists and a few simple words. You can write whole essays on a single topic if that makes you happy. You can dedicate an entire page to just one of your dreams. However, you want – this is yours to create. Why are you doing this? To help you make those dreams come true, of course! Some of these things will be long-term goals or feel like you will never be able to reach them. Those “unreachables” will be committed to the long-term line.

Yup, you guessed it – the next step to organizing these dreams are to give them a time frame. Do not just jump in whole hog and do not tell yourself this is impossible. It is totally possible. These are your dreams and you need to believe your dreams will come true. You can make this happen for yourself provided you are patient and you believe in yourself. Choose one thing – one little thing. Details the steps to accomplish that little goal. Make them baby steps and slowly ease into it. For example, you may decide one of your dreams is to lead a healthier life. One of the steps to doing so would be to eat healthier. We’ll say that you like to drink soda pop – a LOT. You know this is not a healthy habit but you really like it. You can start to step into a more healthy beverage by replacing one soda with one other more healthy alternative. Water is great but if you are not ready for that, replace one soda with one herbal tea. After a while, you then up your game a bit to drinking two glasses of water or tea or whatever the healthier beverage of your choice is at the time. Goals being accomplished in a manner that will help you towards that dream rather than jumping in with both feet only to backslide and get discouraged. This example can work for anything you want to accomplish. How do I know? I have been using this method for myself in many different categories for the last several years and seeing absolute results. You can, too. I believe in you.

You may have noticed and may ask why I have placed this in the Meditation Monday category of my blog. This will take dedication and meditation is a dedicated practice. You can use whatever dream you have chosen to be your focus as part of your daily meditation. You can even work towards the goals of more than one dream! mind blown

Example: you can work towards the physical dream of a more healthy diet while simultaneously working towards an emotional dream of being more empathetic towards your fellow humans. You will be doing the physical act of substituting soda for a more healthy beverage and meditating on empathy.

Envision the fulfillment of your goals. Truly see your Self accomplishing whatever it is you set out to do in minute details. If this is difficult for you or you begin to self-doubt, set that aside. Re-focus. Remember that you are enough. You are enough and you can do whatever you set your mind to do.

Typical Teddy Part 1

I enjoy crocheting. To be able to create something with a hook and some string is quite amazing to me. It is also relaxing and can be meditative if there’s a repetitive pattern I am following. It can be something practical or something fun or something warm or something beautiful. In my mind, there’s not a lot that cannot be done – it’s just a matter of figuring out how to do it. One of the more fun things to do is to create stuffed toys AKA amigurumi. Amigurumi is the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small stuffed yarn creatures. Much like these little octopuses pictured:

tiny octo
      Tiny Octo in the palm of my little hand!

We also call them stuffies in this house. I don’t always make tiny stuffies. Sometimes I make really big stuffies much like this really big octopus I made for my niece one Xmas. She could use it as a beanbag for her little toddler self! I promise I don’t have a “thing” for tentacles. These just happen to be really good demonstrations of things I have made.

giant octo
Giant octopus doesn’t fit under the Xmas tree!

What can be a fun challenge is to create a stuffie (or hat or anything) that doesn’t currently exist in pattern form by creating my own pattern. Most of the time, I don’t write down what I did so the item is truly a one-of-a-kind item never to be exactly duplicated. However, even if I create something from another creator’s pattern, I still find a way to make the item unique by adding my own tweaks to whatever I may be creating.

Just recently, I was given the challenge to create a teddy similar to one from this customer’s childhood. Not only to create one but TWO so they could gift one to each of their children. Now I truly had to write down what I was doing as I experimented getting yarn and hook to cooperate and recreate something previously made from faux fur. Somehow, I was able to make something the customer loves. This also means I have an original written pattern! This also means something for you, dear reader. It means that not only have I created something worthy but I am also going to share this pattern with you. Lucky for you if you crochet. If you don’t, and you want a teddy made using the materials listed (colors can be changed) I will make you one for $35 plus USPS shipping. If you want one made from different materials (maybe you want a different yarn altogether) then we would discuss those options. For instance, if you wanted a teddy made from chunky alpaca yarn instead of Bernat Blanket, the cost would differ due to the difference in cost of the materials used.

It will be released in parts as I recreate the prototype teddy using the colors requested by my customer. This also means I will be testing the written pattern as I go and taking those all-important photos of the different parts. However, it also means you won’t get an image of the completed teddy until it is *cough* complete. Below, you’re going to get the list of items needed, stitches used (US terminology), and the directions to create the tail, ears, and arms. Why do I specify US terminology? Well, for those who do not crochet or are fairly new to this hobby, there are two main sets of terminology used within crochet: US and UK terminology. The names of the stitches are the same or very similar as to be easily confused when reading a pattern. However, the actual stitches themselves differ and that can cause great confusion if you typically follow one set of rules only to find your pattern isn’t working out right because you were assuming it was written under a different terminology. Here is where you can find a handy-dandy little crochet conversion chart.

This pattern (like most amigurumi)utilizes the magic ring/circle and is worked in the round except for the ears that are worked in rows. If you do not know how to crochet a magic ring/circle, here is a great video to help teach you. Any of the pictures below can be enlarged by clicking on them if you need to view anything up close. Please, do not hesitate to ask if you have any questions!

Items
The pile of things I am using to make the teddy (fiberfill not pictured).

Items needed:
Bernat blanket yarn – 2 colors: Mink (Main Color/MC) and Almond (Coordinating Color/CC)
Scrap yarn for embroidering nose and mouth (I used Caron Simply Soft in Chocolate.)
2 safety eyes (14mm – or whatever size you want)
Size I-9 hook (5.5mm)
Stuffing fiber
Helpful to have: Stitch markers, Yarn needle, Scissors, Row Counter

Stitches – US terminology:
St – stitch
Slst – slip stitch
Yo – yarn over
FO – finish off
Ch – chain
Sc – single crochet
Hdc – half double crochet
Dc – double crochet
BLO – back loop only
Inc – increase: 2sc in one stitch
Dec – decrease stitch/invisible decrease: insert hook into front loops only of next 2 stitches, yo, pull through 2 loops on hook, yo, pull through final 2 loops on hook. Counts as 1 sc.
Sc3tog – single crochet 3 together/triple invisible decrease: Insert the hook under the front loop only of the next three stitches. This gives you four loops on the hook. Yo and draw it through the first three loops on your hook. Yo again and pull through the remaining two loops on the hook. Counts as 1 sc.

ears
Pictured: 2 ears. The ‘extra’ center tail is from the magic ring. I use it to help attach the ear to the head more securely.

Instructions:
Ears – Make 2 (using MC):
1. Magic ring with 6 sc; pull tight until it looks like a half circle.
2. Ch1; turn; *2 sc; inc* repeat once. (8sc)
3. FO leaving long tail for sewing onto the head.

 

Tail (using MC):

tails
Pictured: 2 tails front & back

1. Magic ring with 8 sc; pull tight.
2. Inc in each st. (16 sc)
3. scBLO in each st. (16 sc)
4. *sc; dec* 5x; sc. (11 sc)
5. FO leaving long tail for sewing onto the body.

 

Arms – Make 2 (using MC):
1. Magic ring with 6sc; pull tight.
2. Inc in each st. (12 sc)

Making thumb
Making thumb

3. Sc in each st. (12 sc)
4. *sc; inc* 6x. (18 sc)
5. 4 dc in first st; 17 sc. (21 st) You will begin forming the thumb – don’t miss the hidden st just after the dcs!
6. Sc; sc3tog; ch1; 17 sc. (20 st)
7. Sc; dec; 17 sc. (19 st)
8. Dec; 17 sc. (18 st)
9. Sc around. (18 sc)
10. Dec; 16 sc. (17 st)
11. Dec; 15 sc. (16 sc)
12. – 16. Sc around. (16 sc for 5 rounds)
17. Dec; 14 sc. (15 sc)
18. – 19. Sc across (15 sc)
Fill hand with stuffing firmly and a bit loosely through remaining half or so of the arm but not to the top. You do not want the entire arm stuffed tightly or the bear’s arms will not hang at his sides.
20. Press both sides of the top arm opening together so they lie flat making sure thumb is pointing forward. Sew or sc both sides together then FO with a long tail for sewing to body.

arms
Two completed arms!

That should get you started while I get to work perfecting the head, face, feet, and body. Until next time – enjoy this little Friday Freebie and have a fantastic weekend!