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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!

« 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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