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This mother knitted a life-size doll after her son said he might not want to hug her anymore

Posted by Louis Doré in offbeat
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(Picture: Club Geluk)

Marieke Voorslujis, who lives in Amsterdam, has a son who is approaching puberty and runs a knitwear and knitted toys brand.

She also spent two months knitting a life-size doll of her son, to hug.

The doll came about after a discussion with her son about his needs for personal space, which conflicted with her wishes to show affection for him.

So Voorslujis, a professional knitter for her brand Club Geluk, knitted another son to hug - and thought it would be a good project for others to emulate.

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(Picture: Club Geluk)


Marieke told the i100:

We knit realistic everyday stuff with lots of details and even wrote a book about it. We knit hams, tv's plants, etc. To set the bar a little higher regarding my knitting skills i thought of knitting my son - he liked the idea and we worked together on it.

The reactions during the process were so diverse from creepy to beautiful that we decided to make some photos in real life to place the weirdness in context. It was a fun art family art project!

When it was finished we thought it would be a great idea for mothers who perhaps had a little too much love for their children and needed to cuddle too much - so they could knit there own cuddly son!

My knitted son consists of: a knitted head with cap, hands with nails and watch, knitted trousers, a knitted sweater with an obstinate slogan, knitters sneakers and knitted ipod.

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(Picture: Club Geluk)


She told Buzzfeed that both her sons loved the project and helped pose for pictures for her website:

It is more like a tribute to puberty and my sons, we do not have real issues with puberty, intimacy or contact. Quite the opposite actually!

On her online shop, Marieke also hand-makes a range of creations mimicking everyday items, such as favourite meals and popping champagne bottles, which are also pretty impressive feats of knitting.

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(Picture: Club Geluk)


Marieke has also published a knitbook from which you can learn how to make some of her 'bizarre knits', yourself - although we might start with the burger first!

(H/T Buzzfeed)


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