Morven Bear loves to handle the soft textile yarns in the Studio where she was born. She loves the smell of the sheep wool and the texture of the fine spun Shetland wool.
She also loves being around when Liz and Andrea have friends visit who sit and knit and chat over a cup of tea - and one such friend is Mavis Clark.
Mavis and Morven immediately struck up a friendship.
Mavis is a traditional Shetland lace knitter and she teaches this skill around Scotland, Morven became an excellent student.
She listened attentively when Mavis explained about the Hap being a shawl the women of the Shetlands wore, the finely knitted kind for special occasions which traditionally should be fine enough to pass through a wedding ring .
Morven knew she wanted one very much and watched as Mavis counted the stitches in the intricate design being careful not to speak and interrupt Mavis' concentration .
She loved the feather and fan stitch design from the Island of Unst and when Mavis explained about the 'Makkin Belt' - a knitting belt where the women of Shetland hold the ends of the double pointed needles when they are knitting Morven pleaded with Liz to help her make a bear size belt.....needless to say she now has her very own Makkin !
Mavis of course, took the challenge of creating a bear sized Hap, with the favoured feather and fan design, resulting in Morven being presented with her very own unique Hap knitted from natural Shetland wool.
No wonder she is a very smiley, happy bear !