Somehow, this popped up in my feed reader the other day – a link to the Wayback Machine with pictures and short pieces about young Christoper Robin Milne and his teddy bear. So far I haven’t found a credit for the photographs, although it seems likely they are AA Milne’s own work, and hidden from history, the maker of this marvellous colour work pullover with its unmistakeable Fair Isle motifs.
Spring firmly is on its way here on the north east coast of England, when traditionally we clean and clear out, pack away the winter woollies and bring out our light summer raincoats, our tee shirts and little cardigans. So we’ll be keeping this on a back burner, looking at the shape and thinking through design elements and colour choices to start a series of posts showing how traditional Fair Isle can be recreated using 21st century top-down construction methods while retaining the texture and feel of the authentic garments.
Little Christopher, if you hadn’t already guessed, is the owner of possibly the world’s most famous bear Winnie The Pooh. Way before Disney brought his wildly coloured and hectic version to Hollywood, the tales of and journeyings of this philosophical and friendly creature stood as metaphors for the gentle delights of childhood in the immediate post-war years of the 1920s.
Many of us have a childhood teddy bear hiding in an attic or in a box under the bed. Here’s mine, rediscovered this December past, his fur all scathed and scarred, his feet and hands repaired lovingly with patches of american tan stockings. Oh the delight!
On the arm of the chair is a yellow cash-cotton Monkey Magic throw/blanket/shawl, pattern soon to be revamped and available again when the debacle about EU VAT rules on digital downloads is resolved. If you would like a copy of the pattern now, please let me know in the comments and I’ll email one to you.
The cushions are also hand made: simple designs for a home refurb and with instructions to come.
But yes, this is the first in a series of posts looking to recreate the Christoper Robin pullover. More to come, including simple to follow charts and tips for easy two-colour stranding….