It's been a while since I've updated Amigurumi To Go but it's with good reason because I left Canada and went to Finland! I just returned home on the 17th and I have been fighting a bad case of jet lag. The 10 hour time difference takes a few days to adjust to but I'm happy to say that last night I managed to sleep through for the first time in 3 days, wahoo! I'm feeling more normal today :)
In a week or so I will make up a post with pictures and talk more of my trip. I will be putting that post on my other blog. I'll give you all the heads up when it's ready.
And today I thought I'd just share a bit about the reason I went and also pass on a
free pattern for that bear you see...
The picture above is my Great Aunt Katri, she is my grandfather's sister and my father's aunt. She is the reason I went to Finland. She asked me to come to see her now because she will be 101 years old in December of this year and she said her time here on earth will end soon. However, she still lives on her own, taking care of herself and she even gardens still. Her voice is SO strong and she laughs a lot. She is full of good humor! I see now where my father gets it all from. Nobody knows when their time is up and after my visit there I wouldn't be surprised if she lives on for years to come! But I am so thankful and feel so honored that I was able to spend time with her. I love you Aunty Katri!
my daughter Gracie made Katri this drawing. My aunt cried when she saw it, and I heard now she will frame it and hang it on her wall. So sweet!
That bear she is sitting with in the first picture above is the one I made her a couple years ago. At the time I made the bear I never thought that one day I would walk into her home and see it there sitting in her living room. After all Finland is so far from home!
But what a fun for me to see her hold it in person! I remember the day I tucked it inside a box and sent it off to her. I was so excited and she had no idea it was coming, haha and when it arrived it made her so very happy!
I also made the little pouch with the tiny bear inside. From his toes to the top of his ears he is 2 inches tall. I never did get a pattern made up for him. He was one of my firsts that I made so small with thread. I originally made him for the dollhouse but I decided that his purpose was to make my Aunty smile instead. Mission accomplished and well done Little Bear :)
Maybe one day I'll get another one made with a pattern to share. The big bear I made using a pattern I found online. I held a foxy yarn and a worsted weight yarn together and made some minor adjustments. I also made the foot pads with a very soft yarn but I can't remember now what it was. You can see more of the big bear and get the link to the free pattern here on my facebook page (look in the first comment under the album there)
Ok,, that's it for now. I will take a couple more days to rest and hang out with my kids. They stayed here in Canada with my parents when I left so we have some more catching up to do and stories to tell each other. It feels so good to be home again :)
See you soon!