Free Knitted Poppy Pattern

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I found this and thought I would type it up and offer it as a free download to print off.

PoppyI can’t knit which is a shame when I see things like this as it’s really lovely. I believe we should honor and respect those that have fallen during war time or fighting for peace and so I believe this is important. I believe in Peace. I believe in world Peace and I long for the day when war is a forgotten memory in man’s tragic past. Sadly it seems the human race is not at that point yet and we live in a world where war not only exists but where it tragically takes so many lives. I will be wearing my poppy proudly.

Download knitted poppy pattern

Download knitted poppy pattern

Here is the download Knitted Poppy

Modern Day Lost Paddington Bear

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I found this story about this lost Teddy Bear and just had to share it.

It’s like a modern-day Paddington Bear: Airport staff discover 100-year-old bear separated from its owner in departure lounge

article-2335228-1A1F249B000005DC-250_634x423Bristol Airport staff are searching for the owner of a 100-year-old Teddy bear found abandoned in a departure lounge. The antique bear, which has one eye and a floppy ear, was found in a bag with a frayed black and white photo dated March 1918 of him in better days being cuddled by two little girls. Unlike famous Paddington, the bear has no tag which says ‘Please look after this bear’, but a message in faded ink on the back of the photo which reads: ‘With dearest love and kisses to our darling Daddie from your loving little daughters Dora and Glyn.’

Staff at Bristol Airport have spent 14 months trawling flight records to see if they could find any two passengers with the same names. They are now appealing to the public to help return the Teddy, named Bristol by staff, to his rightful owner. ‘He’s well-loved, that is for sure’, said Jacqui Mills, spokeswoman for Bristol Airport.  ‘He looks a bit battered but I think that’s because he has been given so many cuddles over the years.

article-2335228-1A200437000005DC-938_634x450‘He was with lost property and we were certain that someone would claim him, but when they didn’t he was passed over to the airport police who took very good care of him and tried every means possible to find his family. ‘The postcard photograph has a second message which reads: ‘Taken on baby’s birthday March 4th 1918, one year and five-months-old.’

Ms Mills said: ‘Photographs were such a rare thing in those days and would not have been taken very often.article-2335228-1A1F24D7000005DC-641_634x912‘A photograph celebrating a birthday may have been taken a few months after the date. ‘Bristol Bear is now living on the corner of Jacqui’s desk. She said: ‘We’ve no idea how he came to be in the airport, or what the story is behind him. ‘It would be so lovely to perhaps find Dora and Glyn or their family and reunite them with this gorgeous bear.

‘He has a missing eye, a very floppy ear and I think he has had an operation to his tummy at some point, but I’m certain he has a few more cuddles in him yet.’

article-2335228-1A1F24A3000005DC-864_634x423Jasper Pearson, son of Sue Pearson who is one of the world’s experts on vintage Teddy bears, said this is an early German bear which would have been made between 1907 and 1910. ‘I cannot say it’s a Steiff without looking at it in person but in its current condition even with the lovely photo is is worth about £350. If we could confirm it was a Steiff it would be worth considerably more.’

article-2335228-1A1F24DB000005DC-317_634x784If the make was a Steiff, Mr Pearson said it could be worth more than £1,000. ‘Collectors always love bears with provenance, and a nice photo of a young owner with their bear is always much sought after,’ he said.  ‘Steiff were certainly the most famous maker of bears before the First World War but certainly not the only one.

‘Many of these early factories left few records to help identify the bears they made. We are only able to identify which country they were made in by the design and quality of mohair used to make them’.


The original article was in quite a few newspapers but this one was in the Daily mail


Teddy Bear Facts and Information

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Do you know why Teddy Bears are called Teddy Bears ? Do you know when they were invented and who first manufactured Teddy Bears ?

Here is some interesting information about Teddy Bears.

11372364-standardDo you know who this is ?? This is Richard Steiff the grandfather of all Steiff Teddy Bears. His mother was a seamstress who had turned her hand to making soft toys. He apparently made a Teddy Bear called Steiff bear 55bp which was to travel to America in 1902 but was believed lost as sea as they never arrived. People have searched for the 55bp bear but no single bear has ever been found only sketches of the bears. Steiff obviously made more bears and today the Steiff Bear button in the ear is synonymous with quality and variety.



The modern Teddy Bear is called a Teddy Bear after an American President. President Theodore Roosevelt, who was commonly known as “Teddy” refused to shoot a bear on a hunt that had been tied up. There were several other hunters competing on a hunting trip in Mississippi in 1902, and most of them had already killed an animal. A suite of Roosevelt’s attendants cornered, clubbed, and tied an American Black Bear to a willow tree after a long exhausting chase with hounds. They called Roosevelt to the site and suggested that he should shoot it. He refused to shoot the bear himself, deeming this unsportsmanlike, but instructed that the bear be killed to put it out of its misery. This incident became the topic of a political cartoon.

ideal-toy-corp-teddy-bear-1910An American Toy maker Morris Michtom saw the Teddy Roosevelt cartoon and was inspired to create a new toy. He created a little stuffed bear cub and put it in his shop window with a sign that read “Teddy’s bear,” after sending a bear to Roosevelt and receiving permission to use his name. The bear created by his company has a familiar classic shape head that I model my Memory Bears on.

By 1906 manufacturers other than Michtom and Steiff had joined in and the craze for “Roosevelt Bears” was such that ladies carried them everywhere, children were photographed with them, and Roosevelt used one as a mascot in his bid for re-election.

North American educator Seymour Eaton wrote the children’s book series The Roosevelt Bears, while composer John Walter Bratton wrote an instrumental “The Teddy Bears’ Picnic”, a “characteristic two-step”, in 1907, which later had words written to it by lyricist Jimmy Kennedy in 1932. We all know the song !

Early teddy bears were made to look like real bears, with extended snouts and beady eyes. Modern teddy bears tend to have larger eyes and foreheads and smaller noses, babylike features that enhance the toy’s cuteness. Teddy bears are also manufactured to represent different species of bear, such as polar bears and grizzly bears, as well as pandas.

While early teddy bears were covered in tawny mohair fur, modern teddy bears are manufactured in a wide variety of commercially available fabrics, most commonly synthetic fur, but also velour, denim, cotton, satin, canvas & as we know old clothes from babies or grown ups. TOTZ Memory Bears

Teddy Bears are loved by kids of all ages 🙂