From a little village in West Sussex, The Knitted Bear Company produces small numbers of hand knitted bears. All being made using hand spun wool from rare breed sheep sourced within the UK. Sadly many of these breeds are now disappearing and some are close to extinction. So our bears are all really quite special. We source our fleeces from rare breed farmers and smallholders within the UK, helping to support their businesses and bring awareness to our endangered British sheep breeds. We are also keeping centuries old traditions alive, using natural sustainable wool rather than man made synthetic fibres. Our fleeces are spun, by hand on a traditional spinning wheel and we hand spin straight from the raw fleece, reflecting the many different natural colours and distinctive wool types, from the hardy, water-repellant near-black Hebridean to the soft, distinctive coloured Jacob. The sheep range from the tiny seaweed eating North Ronaldsay to the huge Wensleydale with its long, silky fleece. We source our fleeces from the Scottish Highlands and Islands, the Yorkshire Dales, the Welsh hills and, of course, here on the South Downs.
Each bear is entirely hand made, from selecting the fleece to the finished very huggable bear.
Please read more about us on our Home Page (click on the Knitted Bear Company logo at the top left).