Hand knitted bears from rare breed wool
Working from home in a small village in West Sussex, I knitted my first bear about nine years ago. Then knitted a few bears for friends and family but it was my Dad who really encouraged me. I couldn't have started the business without his support, he really believed in what I was doing. He has sadly since passed on but The Knitted Bear Company lives on in his memory, creating small numbers of the hand knitted bears he found so appealing and with the wish that they should bring so much pleasure to others.
Some happy bear customers say....
"A few months ago I came across the Knitted Bear Company on Facebook and was intrigued to take a look. I discovered that Diana, bear knitter extraordinaire, is based in West Sussex, my home county. She knits all her bears (not to mention dogs and cats) from hand spun wool from rare breed sheep and fills them with more wool to make them plump and cuddlesome. When I realised one of the breeds she uses is Southdown sheep - I succumbed and ordered one of her adorable little pocket bears.
These were inspired by the home made pocket bears given to soldiers as mascots in World War I and they genuinely are pocket sized. My little one arrived this week so I thought I'd give a sense of scale by photographing him in my hand. It took a bit of juggling to get the lighting right then fire my camera while holding my hand out in front of the lens but I got it right eventually. All I need to do now is come up with a name for this little chap before he comes out with me in my pocket on the odd photographic adventure!"
"Just to let you know, Arthur arrived safely about 15 mins ago.. he is gorgeous.. he will be introduced on Twitter later today..."
"Little Pascal arrived in a waft of fragrance! Another beautiful bear, thank you." (Pascal was filled with organic French lavender.)
"They're here and I'm so very happy. I cannot tell you how much I love both little Aldwyn and darling Dempster. They are well-crafted, gorgeous bears and definitely worth the wait. And their clothes are too adorable. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!
I will keep you updated on my travels to Shetland Wool Week and Iceland with my darling bears.
Thank you again. It's like receiving a parcel of love!"
"This darling little North Ronaldsay bear arrived in excellent condition and in excellent time ! His very expressive eyes talk right to the heart and have brought much comfort and joy to a little girl. The knitting job is excellent ! It's so wonderful that you are making your bears so extra special by using yarn from rare breeds of sheep. Thank you again and all the best!"
"My daughter, who is expecting her first child, picked this bear out specifically as it was made of pure Castlemilk Moorit wool, and being a knowledgeable " wool person" knew how rare this was. And to be handmade to boot, and so cute!! She was thrilled!! It is the first BABY item bought for her, and I know she (and baby) will treasure this for many years to come. Thank you so much!! (now one for me soon, as I am not knowledgeable about wool, but I am a bear collector!!!)"
"This bear has SUCH personality! He is So cute!! Made with such attention to detail - it will be the perfect gift for a dear friend - just a real treasure! Thank you!"
"It was wonderful to return from a long trip and be greeted by tho darling little fellow ! I' sure that the North Ronaldsay sheep would be happy to know that their wool was being made into darling bears and spreading more happiness around the world. This little fellow has a darling expression and a very cute scarf! He will bring a lot of comfort and joy.
Best of success with your bears. It is a wonderful thing that you are using rare fibres."
"The bears arrived in excellent time and excellent condition.
Thank you so very much and all the best to you!"