ice bear

This “ice bear” (ice bear (‘ijsbeer’) is the Dutch word for polar bear) was made by my ex-girlfriend C. as a package for a St. Niklaus present. It’s a Dutch tradition to give presents on that fellow’s birthday, instead of at Christmas. The packaging of the present, and the rhime that accompanies it, is often more important than the value of the present. I don’t even recall what the present was, but I still have the bear around. She made it without a pattern and it really has a nice, slightly depressed look.

But over the years it got a bit dirty so today we let it swim. In the washing machine, so the bear probably didn’t like it, but at least it is clean now. Here it sits in the sun to dry a bit, guarded by the dogs.