About a year ago, Jess bought a couple of Pocket Buns from me at a craft show. She thought they would be perfect for her second grade Spanish class; the children could take turns holding the stuffed toy while they shared during the morning circle.
The softies were named "Y" and "Z" and became the darlings of the classroom, especially "Z", or "Zeta". The children took turns being in charge of her for the day, and someone was always holding her.
After a year of intense, loving cuddling, Zeta developed some holes. Jess asked me if I could make a duplicate to replace her, and she sent me the original to copy. I had to laugh when I opened the package; Zeta had been squeezed and caressed so much that she'd grown about twice as tall as she'd originally been! Right around her soft, palm-sized middle is where the holes were, where the continuos kneading of small hands loved her right through.
I took this photo after I'd mended the holes in the original Zeta, but you can see how loved she is. The darker one is Zeta #2; she's super soft, made out of a thick cashmere sweater and reinforced with double layers of fabric.
Jess also wanted to give her kids something special at the end of the school year, so she ordered a set of WeeKinnies, one for each child.
I had so much fun with this project and am super happy with how it turned out. Thanks, Jess!