Once upon a time, Marieke Voorsluijs had two little boys who loved nothing more than cuddles.

Until, one day, those two little boys turned into moody tweens and decided that their phones and friends were far more important than cuddling their mother.

Marieke soon learned the hard lesson that little boys – and their hugs – are fleeting. These once-clingy babies turn into toddlers, too busy to stop for a snuggle. Then they are suddenly in school and are too big for hugs. And, eventually, they turn into tweens and teens and become entirely too cool for cuddles, especially in front of other people.

It happens to the best of us. It’s hard and heartbreaking. But Marieke wasn’t going to let this transition sadden her.

‘I might knit myself a new son’

She took matters into her own hands, literally, and knitted herself a new son. A soft, cuddly son that would never ever deny her hugs.

And she and her soft, cuddly knitted son lived happily ever after.

Cuddles on demand, never complains about dinner

As fairy-tale-esque as it sounds, this actually happened! That’s right guys, it’s not a yarn (see what I did there?). Marieke, a mum from Amsterdam really did knit herself a new son.

She did so as a joke and to basically regain the attention of her two boys, Rover and Bor. It took two months and 35 balls of wool but Marieke had the cuddly son she’d always wanted.

Marieke explains that her knitted son consists of a knitted head with a cap, hands with nails and watch, knitted trousers, a knitted sweater with an obstinate slogan, knitted sneakers, and knitted iPod.

He doesn’t argue about setting the table or roll his eyes and his feet don’t smell like mouldy cheese.

Knitted son goes viral

Marieke shared her knitted son, who happens to be life-sized and bears a striking resemblance to both of her boys, on Bored Panda and through her Instagram page, Club Geluk.

“The reactions during the process were so diverse – from creepy to beautiful – that we decided to take some photos of this impersonation in real life to place the weirdness in context. It was a fun family art project!” Marieke explained.

Of course, Marieke’s knitted son was just a bit of fun. And, while creepy, it could also be a good idea for us mums wi ith too much love to give. After all, you can never have too many cuddles from your son, even if he happens to be made of wool.

Looking for more clever mum-creations? Have a look at this mum’s cardboard cutout version of herself, used to stop her toddler from crying every time she left the room. Genius, right?


Born and raised in Canada, Jenna now lives in Far North Queensland with her tribe. When the mum-of-three is not writing, you can find her floating in the pool, watching princess movies, frolicking on the beach, bouncing her baby to sleep or nagging her older kids to put on their pants.

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