I began making memory bears in 1995. I didn’t go looking for them, they found me. I began making bears out of used sweaters I bought at thrift stores and gave them away as gifts. Over time those bears evolved from something rather pathetic into something worth marketing. I especially like embossed or embroidered sweaters but living in the short winters of the south they are hard to find. I got the idea to hand embroider my own and began with variegated yarn. I also crocheted lacy and ‘vintage’ collars for the sweater bears. The bears took a whole new direction when people began asking me to make bears for them out of their ‘stuff.’ Memory bears became the major focus of what I do and the sweater bears rarely occupy my time. I still have moments when I’d like to take the time to see how creative I can be with knit and yarn.