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« on: July 01, 2008 02:33:51 PM »

Early childhood for me had a lot to do with watching and learning from the Big Three: Sesame Street, The Electric Company, and Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood.  To this day I admire Fred Rogers very much for his dedication to teaching children to be decent to each other, to express their feelings, and to be creative.  Some of my favorite guests on his show were simply people who painted portraits for a living, or did pottery, designed furniture, or made crazy sculptures out of scrap wood and junk jewelry.

So here is my Mr. Rogers amigurumi.  In keeping with the classic opening and closing segments of his show, where he changes from dress shoes to play shoes, and puts on a sweater, I made the sweater and shoes removable.  Shoes attach and detach with Velcro.

Because he's helpful as all get-out, my husby John made a scrap basswood Trolley at my request, using his awesome Exacto knife and Dremel drill skills.  I painted the  Trolley with acrylic paint.  One pair of shoes may be stored inside the Trolley at a time . . . when Fred isn't wearing them, of course!

It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood . . .



Here's Mr. Rogers, sans sweater:



And with sweater:



Close-up of Trolley with dress shoes fitting inside:



Let's see what's on picture-picture today:



Well, I forgot to take pix in progress until this point, oops:



And here's Trolley, off to the Land of Make-Believe (or at least out of our parking lot):



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« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2008 03:12:23 PM »

I also loved Mr. Rogers Neighborhood.  You did a great job paying attention to details, especially to the paint job on Trolley.  It looks just like it did on television.  Thanks for reminding me of some fond memories. 
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« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2008 03:16:20 PM »

That is absolutely darling!  I loved Mr. Rogers as a child. Smiley

The last picture of Trolley is very sweet. 
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« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2008 04:32:40 PM »

I bet his mother (who knit all of his sweaters) would have loved it as much as I do!

I have fond memories of watching with my daughter - who wouldn't sit still for much of anything else.

We loved it when he went to factories (crayons, toilets, tubas!).  And every "opera" was an occasion - we'd picnic on the floor in front of the TV.

And his books are wonderful. 

(small aside - friend of a friend worked on his TV show in Philly.  As joke, some of the staff once put a blow up doll in the closet.  When he opened the closet to put his jacket away he just kept right on singing and grabbed the doll and danced around the room with it.)

This is just so cute and so clever - it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: July 01, 2008 05:12:01 PM »

Mister Rogers would be proud of you! This is awesome. You did a wonderful job. His face looks just like him.  Great job!
I adored Mister Rogers as a kid (all those hand-knit sweaters inspired me to learn to knit.) My kids adore him (and Mr. McFeely) now and are inspired by the many things they see on his show.
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« Reply #5 on: July 01, 2008 05:26:20 PM »

 Grin This makes me smile and cry a little bit for the "good ole days". You did a fantastic job on him - he's exactly how I remember him   Wink
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« Reply #6 on: July 01, 2008 05:37:53 PM »

This made me tear up a little, too. Mr. Rogers rocks, and you did a great job on him here!
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« Reply #7 on: July 01, 2008 06:09:47 PM »

That is just wonderful.
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« Reply #8 on: July 01, 2008 08:35:45 PM »

This project so rocks!
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« Reply #9 on: July 01, 2008 09:39:04 PM »

He truly was my hero too! I am glad you immortalized him in yarn.  Cheesy When I was in school I wrote him a letter and he actually wrote back! (yes, it was him writing, If anyone thinks otherwise I will cry) I kept an autographed photo of him on my wall til I was 19. Did you know that he was a ordained minister? Thank you for sharing this wonderful project! It rocks.
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« Reply #10 on: July 01, 2008 10:07:37 PM »

When I was in school I wrote him a letter and he actually wrote back! (yes, it was him writing, If anyone thinks otherwise I will cry)

How terrific and meaningful that you have a personal letter from him! His foundation still writes back to people who write him.  My 3 year old son sent in a drawing and Mr. McFeely (David Newall now PR director for Mr. Rogers foundation) wrote him a letter praising his efforts and also sent an autographed picture.  Mr. McFeely also called(!) him for his birthday. (That was my son's birthday wish to talk to Mr. McFeely and have a speedy delivery bag.)  Mister Roger's heroic efforts continue.
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« Reply #11 on: July 01, 2008 11:25:06 PM »

This is truly AMAZING.  I am feeling very teary and sentimental just looking at him in his little sweater.  You should find a way to contact his widow and show him to her.  I am sure she'd love to see it.


He truly was my hero too! I am glad you immortalized him in yarn.  Cheesy When I was in school I wrote him a letter and he actually wrote back! (yes, it was him writing, If anyone thinks otherwise I will cry) I kept an autographed photo of him on my wall til I was 19. Did you know that he was a ordained minister? Thank you for sharing this wonderful project! It rocks.

As a teenager I was in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette for a community service project and he wrote me to tell me how proud he was of me.  Seriously.  I wrote back and he wrote back AGAIN and responded to what I had written.  A few months later, he died.  I will bet you 100% he did hand write you that letter himself.  He was a great man.
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« Reply #12 on: July 02, 2008 04:50:22 AM »

I grew up without PBS and without Mr. Rogers. He was a joke to me and my friends when we were teenagers. I caught a few minutes of his program once in my 20's and thought he was bizarre.

Then I had children.

While searching for a show they could watch one morning, the last few minutes of Mr Roger's Neighborhood were on. I thought, "Well, we'll watch this until Arthur comes on." I was hooked. The kids were hooked.

Mr. Rogers did a lot of good for the world. He wasn't my childhood hero, but he's one of my adult ones.


Oh, and to keep this on topic - you did a fantastic job! You really captured his face and his essence. Love the shoes and the trolley too! Great job!
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« Reply #13 on: July 02, 2008 05:46:36 AM »

I almost decided to do Mr. Rogers also!  I absolutely loved his show as a child.  You did a great job!
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« Reply #14 on: July 02, 2008 06:00:45 AM »

I watched Mr. Rogers when I was a child, but didn't get too wrapped up in it, or so I thought. When I was 2 months pregnant with my daughter ( and very hormonal ) he passed away. I cried every day for 2 weeks. I had no idea how much of an effect he had on my childhood, until I imagined raising a child in a world without Mr. Rogers. I called my mom daily to grieve to her. So as a joke she got me his biography on DVD for my birthday, after that I got another one, then I got The World According to Mr. Rogers, and The Simple Faith of Mr. Rogers.
He is still my hero. If anyone has ever come close to figuring out what life is about it is him. He was a kind, and wise man...and now I'm bawling again. Embarrassed
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« Reply #15 on: July 02, 2008 07:13:23 AM »

I loved that red cardigan.
Oddly enough he was red-green colorblind.
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« Reply #16 on: July 02, 2008 07:48:34 AM »

What a lovely project!  Thanks for posting it. 

I didn't watch Mr. Rogers as a kid; I grew up in England and didn't move here until I was much older.  But I experienced his show as an adult -- he was a comfort to me when I was home sick or had a day off or just felt crummy. 

I don't have any children but I still watch Mr. Rogers when I have the chance. 

Loudon Wainwright III wrote a song about Fred Rogers called Hank & Fred -- it's a lovely tribute to both Mr. Rogers and Hank Williams.  It's worth a listen. 

I'd like to think that we are all better people because of Mr. Rogers. 

Gotta go -- I'm getting all maudlin here and don't want to start  Cry Cry at work!

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« Reply #17 on: July 02, 2008 07:50:27 AM »

Wow! I had not thought about those shoes and that trolley in forever. Thank you for a great walk down memory lane. The items are wonderful.
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« Reply #18 on: July 02, 2008 09:18:11 AM »

I love him! You did a super job! And props to your hubby for Trolley!
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« Reply #19 on: July 02, 2008 11:34:11 AM »

You did an incredible job (your ami version looks just like the real thing!).

I love Mister Rogers, and hope someday I can be just like him when I grow up.  He is my hero. 
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« Reply #20 on: July 02, 2008 12:51:12 PM »

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« Reply #21 on: July 02, 2008 02:45:00 PM »

I also recieved a personal letter from Mr. R in childhood, in response to one I wrote him. It explained that King Friday was a jerk because he was lonely, and in reference to your childhood hero explaination, he also told me that trying is the important thing, that every effort makes the world more beautiful. Cheers to your beautiful effort!
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« Reply #22 on: July 02, 2008 04:00:12 PM »

I remember watching him as a child and not quite understanding why he would change his shoes if he was going to be inside anyway, but the shoes and the cardigan are just as much of the charm of Mr. Rogers as Trolley and the Land of Make-Believe. Yours is a perfect translation of man to miniature.
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« Reply #23 on: July 02, 2008 04:07:16 PM »

I love Mr. Rogers!  And This is absolutely awesome. Now you have me dreaming of an amigurumi Henrietta Pussycat and X the Owl! 
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« Reply #24 on: July 02, 2008 06:25:27 PM »

Mr. Rogers!!!!!!!!!
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« Reply #25 on: July 02, 2008 07:07:03 PM »

Dang! THis is great...I could tell it was Mr. Rodgers just from the thumbnail pic. Trolley is cool too! Wink
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« Reply #26 on: July 02, 2008 08:10:33 PM »

not gonna lie, i kinda teared up as well. so wonderful! what a great homage to a great man, and my favorite part is trolley, oh how i loved that show.
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« Reply #27 on: July 02, 2008 09:44:03 PM »

I grew up on Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood and this is wonderful!  Smiley
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« Reply #28 on: July 02, 2008 10:38:14 PM »

my first reaction was MY CHILDHOOD!!!!!! and only after i stopped squeeing was i able to actually take a close look at the pictures and admire all the hard work you did.

<33333 his blue sneakers! and you made them removeable! oh, i love this!
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Yeah! Mr. Rogers! This is so cool!  Smiley
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« Reply #30 on: July 03, 2008 09:10:40 PM »

My kids were just watching Mr. rogers today. Smiley My son loves it because Mr. rogers is always telling them where things come from and how they're made...crayons, towels, robots...and my daughter likes how happy he is. She just smiles when he comes on and sings along with him. Awesome work, this ROCKS!
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« Reply #31 on: July 04, 2008 06:36:04 AM »

Wow! It's amazing how much your ami actually looks like him. Great job!
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« Reply #33 on: July 11, 2008 10:43:53 PM »

I love these!!!!!  So adorable, and definately brought back many memories of Mr Rogers from my childhood.  I loved the Trolley and would dream about my own rides on the trolley when I went to bed as a little girl!!! 
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« Reply #34 on: July 13, 2008 07:11:07 AM »

JenGoPop, this is the cutest ami I've seen in a long time.  I LOVED Mr. Rogers when I was a kid growing up in Phoenix.  I watched his show religiously, and would run off to find my cardigan, in PHOENIX, to zip it up with him.  I've tried to find it on PBS to watch with my kids but it comes on at like 5 in the morning. 

Your DH also did a rockin job on Trolley too!  in fact, this whole project "rocks"!!!

I remembered that I'd bookmarked this article I found on mental floss a couple of months ago:  http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/5943 if anyone else is interested.  it made me cry...

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it looks EXACTLY like mr. rogers!!!!
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« Reply #36 on: August 08, 2008 12:55:42 PM »

I love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Does he have a whole closet of little sweaters?!
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