Wednesday, July 23, 2014

WOYWW 268 - Another Satisfied Customer

Hello dear friends.  Happy Wednesday.   It's the day we meet up at Julia's place, at Stamping Ground.  This is the day that desks are shared from around the world.  I don't have a desk to show this week but I do have a finished project to share.
This is the little guy whose blanket I have been knitting on (and completely ripped out once).  It is so soft and came out nicely.  I knitted it in seed stitch, which is knit 1, purl 1, using an odd number of stitches.  It's one of my favorite stitches and I make spa cloths using this pattern.

Other news in my part of the woods.  We have a bear in town.  He looks quite healthy, which I'm grateful for.  I'm guessing this fellow is about two to three years old.  Bears usually stay with their mamas until they are two years old.  He is of the black bear variety, which is the bear of New Mexico.
You could call him a tree hugger!  I see that he's been tagged (that thing on his right ear).  I'm hoping he'll be relocated to the Jemez Mountains soon.  He hasn't been aggressive towards people so it would be nice to get him to a proper area soon.
Did you know that Smokey the Bear has New Mexico roots.  Here's a little history lesson for those that are interested.
The living symbol of Smokey Bear was an American black bear cub who was caught in a wildfire that burned 17,000 acres in the Lincoln National Forest in the Capitan Mountains of New Mexico.  Smokey had climbed a tree to escape the blaze, but his paws and hind legs had been burned.   He was found and brought back to the camp. 

Smokey Bear (or Smokey the Bear) is an advertising mascot created to educate the public about the dangers of forest fires.  The Smokey Bear slogan I recall from my childhood is,  "Remember.....  Only YOU Can Prevent Forest Fires".  We'd see these signs up in the mountains when we'd go camping, a favorite family activity.  The Wikipedia link is HERE  if you'd like to learn more.

Thanks for stopping by.  I will visit those that visit me (please leave your number) and those that end in the same number as me.  



Nikki C said...

Awe what a cute bear we get black bears up here too and I so remember that slogan growing up. I had a couple stickers or badges from school if only I still had them. If we knew what our toys would be worth now. Then again I might not have room for my stash lol and that blanket is so sweet and must be just the softest :)
Oh and you'll be getting some more Happy Mail again you won :)
hugs Nikki 2

Annie said...

Love the photo of the little one enjoying being surrounded by your love :-)
That bear looks just as cuddly but I guess he's not. Hope he's found a home soon.
Annie x. #32

Di said...

Gorgeous knitting Kay - and what a darling baby!

And of course I love the bear! Do you recall that when we were in New Mexico one wandered along the river bed not far from our hotel in Santa Fe? She had a sore paw and was relocated after her rescue. Val Kilmer turned up for a look see - of course we were oblivious until it was all over!

Hugs, Di xx

Neet said...

What a gorgeous baby. Don't you just want to cuddle him. He looks well pleased with his new blanket - which incidentally is gorgeous.
Thanks for the history lesson - think I would be a bit scared if there was a bear wandering around where I live (even if it was bear country).
Have a good week
Hugs, Neet 14 xx

Elizabeth said...

Hello Kay, sweet baby looking adorable tucked up in the beautiful blanket you knitted for him. Your bear looks adorable too - but I think I'd keep my distance if he was wandering around my neighbourhood :) I enjoyed reading about Smokey the Bear too - it would seem that bears can be quick-witted and brave when in danger. Thanks for sharing. Wishing you a great week. Elizabeth x #63

Shaz Brooks said...

Hi Kay, the blanket looks to be much loved! Wonderful bear picture, and love the slogan about preventing forest fires- people just don't think about the havoc they can create, do they? Have a great week, Hugs, Shaz #22 xx

Kim said...

What a very nice blanket! And he is a beautiful bear. I haven't seen ours in a few years...but hunters are prevalent in our neck of the woods, which is a shame.
Have a great week.
-K 372

Princess Judy Palmer said...

I always feel the pressure because only *I* can prevent forest fires. So much responsibility...!

The bear looks very healthy indeed and quite content where he is now. He'd do better in a more remote location though I'm sure.

Great photo of the satisfied customer! Judy #71

Winnie said...

Wow, cuteness abounds on your blog today. I am sure the little one loves the blanket! I used to camp often with my late hubby and we would go to bear talks and found them interesting. Normally baby bear around means mamma is too. They are adorable. Thanks for the visit today! Winnie #45

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Wow, we only get pheasants and hares around here! I hope he gets relocated safely.
That blanket is looks as if it's being appreciated!!
Hugs, LLJ 12 xx

dottielottie said...

Hi Kay, I would be so excited to see a black bear, behind closed doors of course, I mean me not the bear behind a closed door.Enjoyed your snippet of info on Smokey the bear too.Your blanket is lovely as is it's little recipient. Happy WOYWW
Hugs Lottie #75

Helen said...

Not sure I'd like to see a bear quite so close.. Love the blanket, it looks so soft snuggling round that little fella! Helen 6

Bridget Larsen said...

I cant see anything but that cute baby LOL, i would be very scare if a bare that big was in my area but I guess you are used to it
Bridget #3 said...

That bear does look healthy. I love the photo but would not like to be close enough to take the photo. I'm not a fan of bears. We have them in the mountains here and that's close enough for me. said...

That bear does look healthy. I love the photo but would not like to be close enough to take the photo. I'm not a fan of bears. We have them in the mountains here and that's close enough for me.

Diane Baker-Williams said...

What a great post! In the news I have been seeing reports of bears going through neighborhoods, swimming in pools, eating out on porches. Luckily we do not have that here, only the occasional coyote. Enjoyed my visit today. Diane #51

sandra de said...

Lovely pic of the baby and now I know what that stitch is called ... the blanky looks lovely. As for selling, I think everyone's comments confirmed my own thoughts. People who buy handmade items expect to pay very little. Quite competitive online and you pay lots of commissions on what you sell. I also hadn't realised how important it was to be using facebook/pinterest/twitter/you tube. I was exhausted at the thought of doing all the advertising that I wouldn't be able to craft. The people who sell really seem to do it word of mouth and that can keep it more personal. Have a lovely week and I hope the bear gets moved to a better area for him.

Robyn said...

Thanks for your kind words. That's interesting about Smokey the bear. I live in the wilderness to my rear and bears are regular occurrence.
Robyn 4

Regina M. Hamilton said...

He is so cute, and see that he really likes his blankie. I would be scared to death if I saw the bear hanging out in the neighborhood. Thanks for stopping by. #7

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Luffly post Kay... love the knitting. We call it moss stitch. Love the bear too that's a smiler.. as long as he's friendly. We have bad bushfires too and animals suffer sadly. Happy WOYWW Shaz in Oz x#8

Ali H said...

Thanks for visiting & your kind words - the bear is amazing !! So unbelievable that he is just wandering around town ! Ali x 9

Angela Radford said...

We have wildlife here in the UK but thank goodness not bears.
I have many Steiff bears and that's how I like them though I have to admit he is rather cute.
Happy crafting, Angela x #44

fairy thoughts said...

2 cute little fellows there at first I thought a baby had landed on your desk ha ha. That's an interesting story about smokey bear and I am so happy to hear he is going to be relocated rather than shot which would have been terrible and sad. After all bears probably lived in the area before people arrived. I hope it works out ok
Janet @13

glitterandglue said...

Cute little guy there, Kay. Trust he loves his blanket.
'Tother guy not so little. Beautiful - but isn't he a bit scary?? Are black bears dangerous? You say he hasn't been aggressive....
Take care. God bless.
Margaret #10