Here he is – as of this morning, finally finished and done – Bruno!
(Just so we’re clear, “Meet Bruno” is the name of the 80 year old pattern I used to knit him – I’m not using my post titles to forcibly insist that you greet my new creation.)
Anyway, as you can see, he now has cute little toes, and a nose, and a rather mustache-like mouth, and eyes. I finished the embroidering weeks ago (perhaps in August?) but the placement and style of the eyes eluded me until this morning, when I decided – enough already, he needs to see!
There was a great (internal) debate whether to embroider them, or to use boot buttons – and the buttons ultimately won, based on their ease of application. They’re black, and perhaps a little harsh against his more brownish-gray pads, nose, and mouth (the subtle color of which does not show up properly in the above photos) but whatever – he’s done, he’s got eyes, he’s got a properly hand-made “bearinality” – good enough for me.
Although after having him stand around for many weeks, I do wish I’d put a little more stuffing in; it has compressed a little, making him somewhat … saggy unless I stand him up just right.
Maybe if I get up the courage, I’ll rip out his side seam and stick a little more in there one of these days. Just a touch of reconstructive surgery…
I would like to thank everybody who helped out my sister-in-law with her survey yesterday – it is much appreciated – and maybe give a little reminder to anyone who thought of taking it but forgot, or decided to wait until later. Thank you to those who have taken it already!