Marieke Voorsluijs, a textiles designer from The Netherlands says the life-size knit took about two months to make and she had both her sons’ blessing.
‘My son is reaching puberty. We used to cuddle all the time, but those days are becoming scarce,’ she explained in an article for Bored Panda.
‘Now he’d rather hang with friends, play with his phone and listen to his iPod,’ she writes. And while she accepts that this is ‘exactly according to nature’s plan,’ she missed the hugs.
So, in consultation with her son, she came up with a way of giving him his personal space while indulging her ‘smother mother’ tendencies.
Behold her knitted son. He also likes junk food.
Marieke, who is well known for knitting replicas of everyday objects (she also does hams), says she and her (real-life) sons had a great time working together on the woolly doppelganger.
Check out more of Marieke’s real-world knits here.