There comes a time in every parents’ life when their little babies, who needed them from feeding to clothing, grow up and reach an age where they’re becoming more independent and getting involved with their friends. Rather than spending some time or cuddling up with you, your kid starts getting more social media with friends. What to do in such situation? Well, a mother and textile designer Marieke Voorsluijs, who was facing the same problem, has created a knitted doppelganger of her son to solve the issue.
This self-confessed ‘smother mother’ deprived of cuddles always used to miss cuddling her son, soon after he hit teenage and got involved more with his friends. By knitting a life-size model of her little boy, Marieke (who is affiliated with an Amsterdam knitting shop called Club Geluk) has found a warm and cuddly way to avoid being neglected by kids.
She spent nearly two months knitting her wayward child with wool. She even ensured that each detail of the woolen version emulates her son’s little quirks and character. Therefore, the knitted creation consists of a baseball cap, hands with nails, swollen lips, trousers, sweater, sneakers, over-sized watch, iPod and headphones around his neck.
Marieke explains in an interview,
I am a professional knitter who likes to knit weird things for my brand Club Geluk. 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 it and we worked together on it.
While some people on internet are finding it creepy, there may be few who would consider its therapeutic value for parents who have too much love for their children and need to cuddle. What’s your take on this woolen version of Marieke’s son? Creepy or adorable?